Challenged yet Comforted
Purpose and Objective
Challenged yet comforted is derived from 1 Corinthians 14:3 and Acts 9:31.
1 Corinthians 14:3
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
To edify is to speak the truth with the right kind of witness (Ephesians 4:16), to exhort is to warn or to admonish urgently. When I combined the words edify and exhort I got challenged. The other word is comfort; thus my title Challenged yet Comforted.
The first thing you will notice about these interpretations is I donít teach much. This is on purpose. My goal is not to teach in these interpretations, my goal is to reveal and at most expound on what God has revealed through His Bible and then arrange an interpretation that is both easy and challenging to read. Revelations from God interpreted edify the church and are His prophetic word to us (Acts 10). Although what I have written are indeed interpretations of the Bible, they are not teachings. They are prophetic interpretations of the scriptures. In other words, a teacher grabs a Bible, interprets, and then teaches. I grab a Bible, interpret, and then prophesy. It is the same method but just utilizing different gifts. I have the prophetic gifts to:
1. Abide in the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3).
2. Receive revelation from God (Romans 16:25).
3. Interpret and expound on revelation (Ephesians 3:4).
4. Edify, exhort and comfort the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3).
What I have done with these interpretations has been easier because I havenít had to do the first two, to abide in the mystery of Christ and then receive revelation from God. God spoke to me directly from His already revealed Word (The Bible). As a result, all I had to do was interpret and expound on the Bibleís revelation (because the Bibleís revelation satisfied the first two steps), and then mercifully exhort, edify and comfort the body of Christ with an arranged interpretation.
So this is what I did:
3. Interpret and expound on the revelation from the Bible.
4. Edify, exhort and comfort the body of Christ.
The Bibleís revelation satisfied the first two steps already, so I utilized steps 3 and 4 on the Bibleís already revealed Word and got my prophetic interpretations.
Just for edification and clarification, you will notice occasionally that some interpretations are not so much based on the Bibleís revelation, although they are backed by the Bible. These interpretations are based on revelation I received as I abode in the mystery of Christ. For this reason, they should not be called prophetic interpretations of the Bible; they should be called prophecy for the church. I donít have a specific section or volume where I place these interpretations so you will occasionally see these interpretations scattered throughout the volumes. You will notice them. They focus less on interpretation of the scriptures and more on prophetic utterances for the church today. The reason I havenít created a specific volume for these prophecies is because much of the work I do is seasonal based on a certain push and focus from God. Whether I am in the Bible during this push or abiding in the mystery of Christ, I believe the word the Lord wants to speak during these seasons should be contained in a timeline. I believe this allows the reader to receive the spirit of the messages as well as the prophecies in conjunction. This website is called, Challenged yet Comforted, based on the prophetic word. Some of the prophecies are interpretations of the Bible and others are revelations backed by the Bible but not necessarily originating from the Bible. These revelations originated from my ministry of abiding in the mystery of Christ, receiving revelation, expounding and interpreting (working out knowledge) within the revelation and then presenting a word to exhort, edify and comfort the body of Christ.
If you donít believe revelation from God needs to be interpreted then quickly explain for me the entire book of Revelation. Not so easy. The Book of Revelation is pure revelation straight from heaven just as the Lordís vision is to Peter in Acts 10:9-17. And as we know, the vision wasnít speaking about eating unclean food it was speaking about Godís desire for the gentiles to be saved. Therefore, the revelation still needed to be interpreted by Peter for the future edification of the church (Acts 10:28).
As of June 2010, all 42 interpretations listed on this website have undergone a rewrite. I began my notes for these interpretation back in 1999. I completed the first volume in 2003. The second in 2004 and 2005. And the third in 2008. None of the interpretations have changed, but I have added much knowledge to the already existing interpretations. The interpretations are now sturdier, and I have reinforced the interpretations and the website as a whole. I wanted to take what was written and make it cleaner. I wanted to make these interpretations speak for themselvesÖ so I wouldnít need to back up my work via answering too many questions. After the 2010 rewrite, I believe many of these interpretations can stand alone.
I stopped writing Bible Interpretations in 2008 at the Lordís leading. This was strange because I had plenty of content. Little did I know 3 years later the Lord would call me to take that content and make 126 YouTube videos. I did the videos from July 2011 to September 2013. The video topics are much like my written interpretations but in speaking format.
Novels: Sally and Sally Captivity
Sally was finished in 2005 and self-published in 2007. It is a 428 page fiction novel about a woman prophetess. You can read it for free at www.sallybook.com or you can support my ministry and purchase it here. The work is copyrighted.
Sally Captivity was finished January 2013 and self-published on April 3rd 2013. It is the sequel to the first novel and is 257 pages long. You can read it for free at www.sallybook.com or you can support my ministry and purchase it here. The work is copyrighted.
Both are fiction novels but there is a twist. The two main characters in both novels are prophets. Therefore, both novels contain prophecy for the Church.