We are living in exciting times. Even though the enemy is trying to push many people to the breaking point, the Holy Spirit is about to move in a powerful way. To some of you the tests and trials have been unrelenting and seem so overwhelming but now is the time to stand strong and not retreat. Just as grapes are crushed in the wine-press through a process, this will bring forth much fruit in our life as we endure, stay strong and stay steadfast. I have also been facing some physical challenges for the past few weeks. They are not life threatening, and I was told that I need surgery but I know that it will be resolved soon. I covet your prayers at this time. I am standing on His word and I am sure of what I believe.
Jesus wants you to trust Him no matter what you may be facing. He will not allow you to be devoured or defeated by the enemies schemes. He hears every verbal attack and sees every assignment that has been sent against you. He said in His word that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but He promises to deliver us out of them all. Just as He was in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, He is also with us. I am looking forward to the coming year with great expectation. Jesus has awesome plans for those who abide in the Vine. I want to wish all of you, your families, and your ministries a Blessed Thanksgiving.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
November 23, 2013
Wound Up in Fear or Stirred Up in Faith
The Holy Spirit brought me back to a prophetic word that I shared a few years ago. He showed me a picture of a multitude of people with wind up keys on their backs walking around like wind up dolls. Each person was walking in a different direction. Some people were walking to and fro wandering aimlessly without hope and some were being swayed in the wrong direction. Some were lagging behind while others appeared to be in a trance of fear. There were some walking in a circular motion not realizing that they weren't going anywhere, just like a hamster running around on a wheel.
But then I saw those who were marching with determination knowing exactly what their destination was as they were trusting Jesus. They marched on with courage and confidence. They had fire in their eyes and the Word of God in their mouths. They stood upright, they were bold and radical in their faith, and they were steadfast in what they believed. They seemed to have a protective shield around them as every fiery dart that came against them was extinguished. They were not swayed by adverse circumstances or bad reports, but they stood on the word of God.
I asked The Lord what this meant and this is what He showed me. Every person in the universe is walking around wound up in different situations. Some people are wound up in worries, some are wound up in confusion, some are caught up in the love of money and many are wound up in fear. But then there is the remnant who are stirred up in faith, stirred up in joy, and they continue to stir themselves up spiritually by praying in the Spirit.
The Lord says, allow Me to unwind you from the pressures that so easily beset you. Do not fear this dilemma that seems to be too large for you to handle in the natural, and allow Me to release you from the tormenting anxiety and confusion in your mind. Trust in Me to provide all your needs in every area. Allow Me to remove the burdens from your heart as you are entangled in complicated situations. Those of you who are fatigued from the cares and the weights of the world, come and rest in Me and I will restore your energy and I will revive your stamina. Take your eyes off the circumstances around you and allow Me to direct your path. Trust in Me when all else fails. Don't allow worry or fear to overtake you. I will release you from this distress as you position yourself and come into the secret place of My presence. Be bold and be strong, as you follow My leading. I will stir up and resurrect those dreams that have faded away through discouragement.
As you trust in Me you will gain the tenacity to be steadfast once again and pursue the plans that you have been contending for. You will once again gain the endurance to run the race as you have desired. Keep your focus on My Word and don't look at things in the natural. Everything in the natural is subject to change. I am the God of restoration and nothing is impossible with Me. As you stay steadfast in these trying times, you will come forth as gold. I Am your deliverer, I Am the God of your destiny and I Am with you in the fire of affliction. Although it may look like the waves of adversity are pulling you in a vortex, fear not. Rejoice and know that this too will come to pass and know that I will bring you in to My plans and purposes for your life. As you trust Me, that very thing that is coming against you will be your greatest testimony. Stir yourself up once again, and I will bring you out stronger as you endure and put your trust in Me says the Lord.
1 Samuel 30:6
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
1 Peter 4:12 -13
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Jude 1:20 -21
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
November 16, 2013
Moving Targets Vs Sitting Ducks
While I was at a conference last week, the Lord brought my attention to the worshipers. Many of them were dancing with abandon, rejoicing exuberantly and others were worshiping passionately with multicolored flags. They were all continuously moving as they glorified Jesus in an extreme anointing. As I observed them, The Lord showed me a picture of a shooting gallery with moving targets. The faster the targets moved, the more challenging it was for the shooter to hit them. The Holy Spirit said, a moving target is more difficult to aim at than a sitting duck. As long as you keep moving with God, the enemy can not effect you.
The Lord says, I am calling you to move with Me and become ablaze with My glory. As you continue to persevere and press in through difficult times, you will soon recognize the strategies of the enemy. Allow the difficult situations to catapult you ahead, rather than allowing discouragement to overtake you. Those who have confidence in Me, will not be moved by the fiery darts of the enemy. They will have the wisdom to overcome every fiery dart that is sent against them. Don't allow anything to pull you back and don't procrastinate any longer. Be strengthened as you allow My word to dwell in you richly searching your innermost being and as you do, you will then discover the assignment that I have for you. You will not go out in your own strength, but you will go in the anointing and authority that I have placed on your life. Be willing to burn your bridges behind you and forget the mistakes from your past.
Run with the truth so that the adverse situation's that arise will bring endurance rather than lethargy. I will teach your hands to war and your fingers for battle. I will train you how to adjust in difficult situations and show you how to use the stumbling blocks as stepping stones. I will show you how to use every trial to take you to a higher level. As you continue to move with Me, I will release you into a greater glory. Allow Me to rekindle the fire in your life once again. Don't allow the enemy to gain ground, and don't become a sitting duck to be hit. As you continue to run with the vision, the enemy will not have a foothold. Don't do anything foolishly that will make you an easy target for the betrayer. Those who know My word are not vulnerable to the adversary because they know who they are in Me. I am calling you back to gain the spiritual momentum that you once had, and I will meet you as you draw close to Me, I will draw close to you says the Lord.
If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses.
If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
November 9, 2013
Fellowship With My Beloved
The Lord showed me someone running on a treadmill. They were running as fast as they could run, but growing exhausted as they went along. They never advanced, but remained in the same place. Some of you are trying to obtain Gods approval and favor by works. You are trying to gain momentum in your spiritual life in your own effort. A name, a title or a diploma will not increase revelation, nor promote any one of us in the kingdom of God. We could only understand spiritual things and learn to hear His voice through a personal relationship which is fellowship with Jesus.
The Lord says I am inviting you into a deeper relationship with Me. This is a place of intimacy where you will experience new levels of My glory. As you come into this place of rest, you will develop the fellowship with Me that you have longed for. This is the place where I will visit you. This is the place where visions will be received and My voice will be heard. It is the place where My anointing is released and you will encounter Me in a new and fresh way. This fellowship with Me is the place where revelation is deposited, My gifts are cultivated and My Word will come alive. This is the place that brings refreshing to your soul. It is a place where you can escape out of business and the distractions of the world. This is one of the mysteries of the kingdom, to live in Me and I in you.
Don't pursue things in the natural to obtain a personal relationship with Me. Don't strive for My favor or try to run in your own effort, but as you come before Me, release your cares, your burdens and anxieties. Release the fears and concerns of what your future holds. Come to Me asking for wisdom and direction for your life. Submit your requests to Me and make your dreams known to Me as you come before Me with your prayers and petitions. This is the place that will bring you to the next level. This is the place where you will find joy unspeakable and full of glory. This is the place that will release peace to your heart and mind. All the turmoil that you have been experiencing will dissipate as you enter this place with Me and rest in My presence. As you enter this place of fellowship you will find shalom even in times of distress because I Am present and My Shekinah Glory is in this secret place says the Lord.
Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal."
John 14:16- 17
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you
John 17:22 -23
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
November 2, 2013
"THE MAMA'S AND THE PAPA'S"
The Lord says, I am raising up the men and women of faith to be mentors to the next generation of believers. They are those who are grounded in My word, know how to hear My voice, and are able to discern that which is spiritual from that which is carnal. They will disciple the younger one's and help them to discover their purpose for their lives, as they walk with them through their journey. They will train and equip them for their assignment ahead. They will mentor in stability through wisdom and love. These mentors will reach out and rescue those who are in desperate situations because they know what it is to pay the price as they have also been through difficult times.
They will teach them submission and they will show them how to distinguish between what is good and what is evil. They will teach them how to walk and train them how to be led. They will teach them when to war, and teach them when to stand. They will train them how to be overcomers in every situation. They will not mentor from natural knowledge, but they will teach what they have learned through divine revelation from My word. They have studied to show themselves approved to train, encourage and support those who are still on milk. They will show them things to come and give them strategies and wisdom for the coming days. They are those who know My authority and walk in it.
I am looking for men to train the young men how to be strong and very courageous. To train them in leadership and to be tenacious in spiritual warfare. To teach them how to be more than conqueror's in every battle. To encourage them to pursue the plan and calling on their lives and never retreat in battle.
I am calling forth the Naomi's to train up the young Ruth's. The godly women who will comfort and teach the younger woman how to live a lifestyle of integrity, sincerity and respect. To teach them how to walk in humility, wisdom and honor in their relationships.
I am calling forth the Elijahs to train and raise up Elishas with a double portion of their Spirit. To train the prophets and teach the younger ones how to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To show them how to follow in their footsteps and be used in miracles, signs and wonders with respect and reverence of the anointing on their lives.
I am calling forth the Paul's to train up young Timothys in prayer. To teach them how to live godly lifestyles and show them how to refrain from sinful ways, and how to walk in the fear and admonition of the Lord. To teach them to be strong in what they believe, fan the flames and stir up the gifts that were given to them. To warn them against false teachings and false prophets, and to always endure hardness as good soldiers. Encourage them to never be ashamed of the gospel.
These men and women of faith shall be the mentors who will prepare the younger generation for the days ahead. As they lead these young lambs, they will teach them how to walk in love at all times, and keep a clear conscience. They will advise them on righteousness and teach them to have clean hands and a pure heart. They will be an example to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Me. Demons tremble at the sound of their voice because they know their authority. I will give them the wisdom and knowledge that is required and I will be their guide as they lead these younger ones into a life of virtuous living. They will mentor not just with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power says the Lord.
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
1 Corinthians 2:4 -5
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
God sees you not as you are but as you are destined to be! ~ John Kilpatrick ~
"We don't have miracles because our expectation is smaller than our desperation."
~ Larry Randolph~
Society prospers when one sees the functional value of the one
tilling the field as equal to the one who prayed for the rain.
~John Paul Jackson~