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The Shelter of the Most High (Book Review)

by Francis Frangipane

The Shelter of the Most High, by Francis FrangipaneI love Francis Frangipane’s writing.  His gentle but uncompromising commitment to humility and the servant lifestyle just grips me. He carries the authority to be able to say the things he does, because he has been through the fire and allowed the heat to refine him.

The Shelter of the Most High is a book about intimacy with God and dwelling under His protective covering through prioritizing relationship with Him. It gives deep insight into what it means to cease striving in our own strength and truly enter into the rest of God (Hebrews 4). Basically, it’s a book about what the Christian life was always meant to be.

Here are a few quotes:

  • God has always been more concerned with the condition of our hearts than the activity of our hands. What we become to Him is far more consequential than all we will ever do for Him.
  • He will not fight for our attention; He must be sought. He will not startle us; He must be perceived …. We must learn to see Him Who is unseen.
  • Before the Lord is through with us, the way of Christ will be more than something we know; it will be something we instinctively choose in the midst of temptation or battle. This is where we graduate into the power of God.
  • Rescue is the constant pattern of God’s activity.
  • [God] intends to make your life a key that unlocks God’s shelter for others.
  • Our primary purpose in life must be to abide in Christ. Otherwise, we can become so   consumed with the deteriorating condition of the world that we fail to see the deteriorating condition of our own soul.

Other concepts revealed:

  • If we know God, we are in companionship with Him. If we are companioned with Him, He sees to it that we dwell in His rest. God’s rest means we are not fretting or striving to work. God works in us, with us, and surrounding us.
  • When we grasp Who God is, we enter into a place of spiritual immunity. We receive into ourselves the victory Jesus won for us — oneness with God in Christ.
  • Seeking and finding God is our end-all purpose and goal.
  • In the abiding place we are fascinated with Jesus, fastened on Him, guided by His voice, surrounded by His love, sheltered from distresses and distractions.
  • To Him, the voice of our weak prayers is sweet. We are lovely to Him.
  • The secret place of the Most High is not only a place of shelter, but also of restoration.
  • We come to a place where we can carry out our spiritual warfare from our position in the shelter of the Most High.

I highly recommend The Shelter of the Most High as essential reading for any Christian who desires to live an overcoming life in Christ from a place of absolute security and safety. If you long to go deeper in relationship with the Lord, absorbing the keys presented in this book will help you to get there.

Prophecy (Part 5): Misuse and Abuse

We need to have the fear of the Lord about our prophetic words.  It is a great privilege to hear God speak to us, and we should reverence every word that He speaks.  But there is a tendency to fall into pride when we hear from Him frequently.  It’s all about Him, not about us.  We must not forget that.  When we do, we fall into misuse and abuse of the prophetic word.

Here are some ways that prophecy can be wrongly used:

Validating self – When we release a prophetic word, and later on it comes to pass, if we feel we have to remind everybody that we had prophesied it, we’ve got a problem.  “I heard that!”  “I had that one first!”  “Do you remember that I said that was going to happen, back three months ago?”  We are trying to build up our own importance.  This is self-glorification, and it smells bad to those around us.

Manipulating through personal prophecy – When we want someone to do something we think they ought to do, it is mighty convenient to have a “word from the Lord” to nudge them in the “right” direction.

Many years ago, a young woman came to me with a “word from the Lord” for my life.  It was that I had my eyes in the wrong direction concerning marriage.  God wanted me to focus entirely on Him, and not allow myself to be distracted by the things of this world.  She said God wanted to show me a better plan about who I would marry than what I was now seeing.  The problem was, she and I were both interested in the same man, and she had perceived me as the competition!  Although I’m sure she did not mean to do wrong, and sincerely believed her word was accurate,  its effect was to try to manipulate my actions to bring about her desired results.  (For those who are curious, I’ve been happily married to that man for thirty years now.)

Even if our word about someone is accurate, if releasing it to the person could be manipulative, it is best to just keep it to ourselves.  If it is truly from God it will happen without our help.

Manipulating of leadership – There are more prophetic people than we could ever imagine who secretly want to rule the local church through their prophecies.  God gives the vision for the  church to the pastor (or the apostle, if apostolic government is in place), not the prophets.  This is not well understood by many, and needs to be taught.  Prophetic people aid the pastor (or apostle) by submitting what they are hearing.  Their words may help him better define the vision God is giving him, but finding the vision for the church is not the prophet’s domain.  For better understanding on this topic, I recommend reading Francis Frangipane’s article, Jezebel’s War Against Spiritual Authority. 

Manipulating circumstances to bring about a prophecy’s fulfillment – Self-fulfillment of prophecy is not always possible, of course, but when the decisions others will make are involved, prophetic people are sometimes tempted to try this.

Some years ago, a woman I know had a dream that involved a series of events, culminating in a person she knew leaving a particular ministry.  She told the person about the dream and the incidents that would lead up to his departure.  The series of events did happen one-by-one, but, do you see that by planting in the man’s mind what his response should be, she manipulated him and the circumstances?   She may have had a real word from the Lord, but by telling him he would leave that ministry when a certain string of events happened, she set him up to make a decision that would fulfill her dream and thereby validate her.  Her dream may have been fulfilled anyway, but by releasing her information inappropriately, she manipulated circumstances for a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We will continue discussing misuse and abuse in the next post.

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The Intercessor Manual

Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries