LOVE

LOVE

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries, with a special thanks to Al Robertson and his notes from Duck Commander Study Bible.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:34-35 (NIV)

The fastest way to ruin your fellowship with others is to allow envy, boasting, or pride to stir up trouble in your family, community or church family. I call those the “three love busters.” By contrast, see what Jesus did to uphold fellowship while acting in service to His closest friends.

Sometimes you will see us ribbing each other, and giving one another a hard time. It’s what men do. But we here at Sons of Thunder have taken John 13 to heart. We really do love each other, and we have learned the importance of protecting the fellowship we have from negative influence like envy, boasting or pride.

Envy always runs toward hate and away from love. This is because when your envious of what another person has, you get eaten up inside with resentful desire. Love enjoys watching and celebrating with other people when they do well, but there’s not an ounce of joy in the bitterness that envy produces. Envy turns us ugly and ultimately drives a wedge between people.

Boasting is a verbal love buster. I find that the people who do the most boasting usually feel the most insecure. In fact, they’re usually the most envious of other people, which is why they brag on themselves; to try and make up for feeling less than others.

Pride is flat out vicious. Why? Because pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Pride doesn’t stop at envy or boasting. Pride paints a bullseye on other individuals and makes them the target of repeated scorn and disrespect. Pride isn’t trying to make up for what it lacks. It wants to take from others, tear down their self-esteem, spread gossip, or pick out the persons most sensitive flaws to bring them down a notch or two. There’s not an ounce of love in pride.

Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder MinistriesIn John 13:34-35, Jesus gives a new commandment. This commandment wasn’t about rituals or traditions. It was about one thing: love. We’re commanded to live in loving fellowship with each other because when we do, the world will know we belong to Jesus.

– Lenny Hall

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P.S. – Don’t forget the Men’s Meeting is held every 3rd Thursday @ 7:00 PM at Sons of Thunder Ranch, located at 1352 Ridgeview Rd. NW, Floyd, Virginia 24091.  All men are welcome!

Uncommon

Uncommon

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

John 3:16 (NIV)– 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

One thing all of mankind possesses in common………the desire to be uncommon!!

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made for separate and individually unique purposes. Therefore there is something inside us all that screams for all others to recognize us as individuals. Thus we resist with all that is within us, any hint of being stereotyped or put in the box of generality and insignificance.

When purpose is not known or abused (abnormally used) there is no vision, and a disconnection (separation from the agenda of) from the Maker. Where there is no vision, people perish. Therefore, not having a solid relationship with the One who made us, we seek the adoration of those who did not!!

A nonreligious man lives with the knowledge that something is missing, and has a discord within him that drives him to find it. A religious man, or to say a man who has tasted of the relationship with the One who made him, who has known and then walked away from the purpose and vision for his life, is then most miserable.  He must tell himself and others a lie in order to reconcile his rebellion and emptiness within his own mind. He may even conjure up his own form of justification for his sin(s) by telling that he has the same relationship with the Father as before. He will therefore revert, out of loneliness in his separation from God, to seeking the adoration and approval from men. When confronted with truth, he will become very angry and hostile against the one(s) delivering the message of truth up to, and including Yahweh Himself.

Willful sin in the believer, unrepented, becomes oppression and opens the door to being in league with the enemy, often without knowing or admitting it. That’s what makes the religious man so hard to deal with.  Therefore, the message is the same as it was before having the relationship with the Father, repent and have your sins forgiven!! Your sins have separated you from the kingdom! Why do you continue on in your religion if you are no better off than the man who has none? Where is your reward? What is your reward?

For His name’s sake, He wants to break the yoke of sin from the Church. For the sake of each of each individual, and the joy He had in making us he wants to return us to His bosom.

We are all born missing that warm, safe place we were formed in where there was only us and the Father and no one or nothing else to interfere or steal His doting attention. We are jealous of anyone or anything else that diverts it away from us.   We search for that “feeling” everywhere and within everything and everybody to get back to that place. Inside every human is that baby that screams “I am, remember me? Give me all of your attention!”  If we do not feel we are getting enough positive attention we will in our infantile manner seek negative attention.  Either way, we will fight for attention.  We will demand recognition in some fashion.  In our unreasonable fit of foolishness, we push away the only one who can give us PROPER attention, not realizing we never lost His attention, it was us who got distracted.

Therefore repentance is the message for the Church in order to bring healing and restoration. In our secret sin(s) we have separated ourselves from God. We hide just as Adam & Eve did, when asked about it. We lie just as Cain did, when given opportunity to confess. We draw others into participating in it and gain favor from men as Balam did in being obstinate in turning from it. And, we incite others to rebel by insurrection and sedition as Korah did in being defiant in questioning the justness of our earned wages for it, which is death and permanent separation from our Father.

He sets before us good and evil, life and death, Him and His kingdom or separation from Him and His kingdom. It isn’t a debate, it is a decision. He wants us to choose life, choose good, choose Him and the eternal inseparation from that warm, safe and joyful place we once knew.

But it is our choice! Repent and be Restored is the message and it is a hard one to deliver to the Church, especially when they love and make a lie. And they WILL most often shoot the messenger for he tells them what they already know and are trying to hide and deny just as Adam & Eve did in the garden. Whereas Adam first caused the separation and terminated the possibility for those slow, wonderful walks in the garden with Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder MinistriesYahweh, Christ restored the right to once again know the joy of experiencing that. If we let sin separate us from Him now, we only have ourselves to blame. It is His desire to recognize us as the uncommon and unique children we are, to return us to that warm and safe place where we are the center of attention.

We are now without excuse!! We must gently and lovingly remind the Church of all of these things. Judgement must begin at the house of God.  

– Lenny Hall

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Prayer, Not Just a Task

Prayer, Not Just a Task

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” -Matthew 6:6

Why do I have a “quiet time” or spend time in the “prayer closet” with God? Why am I in the secret place? The reason we live a life of devotion and go into the secret place is for one reason: It’s where He is. We do not go in there to pray so that we can come out and find Him. We go into the secret place because we are only interested in spending time with Him. We don’t pray to Him in secret so that we can come out feeling validated for ministry. It will never work. Do not apply the principle and miss out on discovering Him.

One of the hardest things to do is to make it a point to live in constant prayer. Add to that certain time slots in the day to dedicate to prayer and you will have your hands full. It’s simple to sign up for anything to help at your church, or even go do something for someone because you get to see the physical fruits of your labor. But going into and living in prayer doesn’t always produce physical fruits that can be seen with the eyes. But what it does do is validate you (not ministry)and empower you to do every single task God lays out before you.

Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder MinistriesThis is all part of the lifestyle of Christianity. Not church, not denomination, but lifestyle. Purpose in you heart to always be in prayer. That is your open line to the Father. So here’s the challenge. Make it a point to be in prayer, constantly and in certain times. After you purpose to do this, then do it!! You will be forever changed.

— Lenny Hall

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The Calling of Preacher…

The Calling of Preacher…

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

1 John 2:27 NKJV —    27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you willa] abide in Him.

The Calling of Preacher, More Than Seminary

An Oracle of Almighty God who speaks words that are more often than not inspired by the Holy Spirit in a rhythmic fluid style.

The art of preaching is not a learned behavior, rather an anointed function that carries weight and power that breaks negative and false paradigms off of the listener. Seminaries and Homiletics can not produce a preacher, as the “art of the preacher” is reserved only for those the hand of God has anointed and empowered. Preaching has the unique ability to bypass the conscious mind and penetrate and even impregnate the very spirit of its audience. Often the preacher is not speaking to stimulate the mind rather they speak words of deep wisdom as they understand that deep calls out to deep. They bend the bow of their tongue and aim the fiery arrows of God’s blazing words into the spirit of man.

A preacher in and of itself is a calling not a profession, for one can not choose to be a preacher, rather God calls the preacher through a holy interruption somewhere in their life’s journey, arresting them by the heavenly calling, at this point, the calling empowers and ignites a fire within him/her that burns deep with in their heart with passion and zeal.

The Word and Prayer is the fuel of the preacher, as these two are the hammer and chisel that enables them to penetrate even the hardest of hearts. The illumination of revelation that comes from deep study and prayer is the cadence that the preacher marches and moves to. Very seldom will a preacher be moved by the will of man, but they bend ever so easily at the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit, for the Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder Ministriespreacher knows at the end of the day, that as an oracle, it is not their word that they must steward and deliver to the people, rather it is the word of the Lord. It is when the preacher lies their head on his pillow at night that his heart must be at peace with the heavenly calling, knowing that they have been faithful to preach the word with power under the holy anointing in the Spirit of Love.

 

— Lenny Hall

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Taking the Next Step

Taking the Next Step

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

2 Samuel 15:1-12 (MSG)

15 1-2 As time went on, Absalom took to riding in a horse-drawn chariot, with fifty men running in front of him. Early each morning he would take up his post beside the road at the city gate. When anyone showed up with a case to bring to the king for a decision, Absalom would call him over and say, “Where do you hail from?”

And the answer would come, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”

3-6 Then Absalom would say, “Look, you’ve got a strong case; but the king isn’t going to listen to you.” Then he’d say, “Why doesn’t someone make me a judge for this country? Anybody with a case could bring it to me and I’d settle things fair and square.” Whenever someone would treat him with special honor, he’d shrug it off and treat him like an equal, making him feel important. Absalom did this to everyone who came to do business with the king and stole the hearts of everyone in Israel.

7-8 After four years of this, Absalom spoke to the king, “Let me go to Hebron to pay a vow that I made to God. Your servant made a vow when I was living in Geshur in Aram saying, ‘If God will bring me back to Jerusalem, I’ll serve him with my life.’”

The king said, “Go with my blessing.” And he got up and set off for Hebron.

10-12 Then Absalom sent undercover agents to all the tribes of Israel with the message, “When you hear the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet, that’s your signal: Shout, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’” Two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem. But they had been called together knowing nothing of the plot and made the trip innocently. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he managed also to involve Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s advisor, calling him away from his hometown of Giloh. The conspiracy grew powerful and Absalom’s supporters multiplied.

 

As we continue to grow and develop our true devoted relationship with Jesus in 2017, there are always obstacles. The scripture says that narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way. So as we determine to become the man God intends for us to be, we already know that it’s not going to be easy. But He also tells us that ALL things are possible through Him. So in review the gate is narrow but we can make it through, and if we rely on Him, the difficult path has a navigation tool as well. So guess what? If we say “Yes” to Jesus, we make it!!

We also need to be cunning, and innocent but those are topics for a later day. As we press in today I want to expose one of the enemies that will try to shut us down before we can enter the gate of our calling. He is a hindering gatekeeper that wants to turn you away, and make you feel good for leaving. His name is Absalom. In 2 Samuel 15, we see this man who hates King David. So he stands at the gate of the city and misleads, and deceives people who are trying to get to the King.

Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder MinistriesSo here is the hard question, but it must be asked. What is keeping us from going through the gate? What is keeping us from going to the King? Is it the Absalom of drugs, alcohol, pornography, adultery? Or is it simply the Absalom of pride, unbelief, hatred, bitterness? Whatever this Absalom is in your life, Jesus is the King. So call on the name of the King, and He will remove any Absaloms in your life that are keeping you from getting to Him.

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Attention Men!  Sons of Thunder Ministries will be having a Men’s Ranch Meeting on Thursday at 7pm at the Son’s of Thunder Ranch location:  1352 Ridgeview Rd NW Floyd, Va 24091.  All men are welcome!  They meet every 3rd Thursday of the month.
Connecting to the Body

Connecting to the Body

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

2 Kings 2:6New International Version (NIV)
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”  And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”  So the two of them walked on.

As we go into 2017 seeking God’s idea of manhood, I am convinced that connecting to a ministry or faith father is one of the keys of finding purpose and fulfillment. All throughout scripture there are many faith fathers that God uses to change people, and entire generations. In these scriptures in II Kings we see Elisha following Elijah everywhere he went. He knew that the man of God, and his prophetic ministry was what he was called to. Elisha knew that only Elijah could Father, and mature him into the double portion prophet God called him to be.

Even in my own life I did not start to produce a fulfillment of my calling until I let God lead me to the fathers of faith that He had for me. After connecting to these men, I started seeing a fulfilling in my own life that had not been there before. If you are running from plugging in somewhere, or connecting with a faith father, let me encourage you to connect. Having your “own” thing with God is a form of rebellion, and you will never mature into the man He has called you to be without connecting somewhere. Whether it be a local body, ministry, or an apostle that shares the same vision, CONNECT!

As we go further into our callings and further into 2017, let’s grab hold of the promise of Jesus Christ, let’s connect Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder Ministriesdeeper with our Heavenly Father, and ask God to show you the faith Father your supposed to plug into so that we can begin to see our calling fulfill, and our lives to produce eternal fruit that remains.

People will know you’re my disciples by the way you love one another. — Jesus Christ

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