Nailed It!

    Once in a while, I find myself in a frustrating situation I didn’t expect, didn’t ask for, and definitely don’t like. Just the other day, one of those things happened, and it wasn’t fun. First I got mad, then I tried to justify my thinking, then I was sad, then I got depressed. I just felt like the whole world was against me and I wanted to go hide. Ever been there? Ok, yeah, I’m not alone. Some might call that a pity party.

    I took it to the Lord and presented my entire case for acquittal of guilt and responsibility, in triplicate, single spaced, and backed up with scripture. Hmm, no relief, still depressed. Then I rebuked the devil for messing with me and trying to get me to be ineffective, yadda yadda. Yep, still depressed. Then I looked for excuses and reasons to justify my behavior, but nothing worked. As I sat there in frustration, the Lord simply spoke to my spirit, “You reap what you sow.” Oh. I was forced to take a good look at myself, my thought process, and my sin process. Ok, it all lines up with the Word, yep, my flesh was pretty upset and I was throwing a spiritual tantrum. You got me Lord. I sowed discord and I reaped discord. My bad.

    Now here is the entry into the valley of decision. Do I maintain my innocence, justify my behavior and excuse my own selfishness or manipulation? Do I go along acting sorry but secretly puffing myself up because I know the better way? Or, do I release and submit every dark place in me to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Do I humble myself and nail my pride and fear and flesh to the cross as Jesus did? Oh man, that’s the hard way. Now I have to ask my friends for forgiveness, and it’s hard! I could smack myself upside the head for being a dope yet again! I must get on my knees, ask for purity in my own heart, ask for clarity in my mind, and control over my fleshy soul. As I began to repent, I began to see my junk fall off me in chunks of yuk. My sin, my selfishness, my need for control and approval, dissipated into a fine mist and floated away. As I emptied myself of myself, Jesus filled me with Him. He is faithful. I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, of power and of a sound mind. I have the mind of Christ. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Everything the enemy would do to me for evil and destruction, the Lord will turn for my good and for His glory.

    It’s clear, the only way to peace and freedom from the things of this world, from depression and sickness and inadequacies, and from my own self-imposed nonsense, is repentance. Cast your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you. He said in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me, you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He said it, He then showed us how to live it, and asked us to believe it. It’s there, He has overcome the world. We live in it in the authority of the name above all names. We are subject to the world’s decay, but we absolutely can overcome in Jesus. That doesn’t mean some fine day, it means now. And the truth shall set you free. So, by nailing our junk to the cross of Christ, we begin a journey of overcoming in peace, comfort and love. Sure, we have to be corrected and go through a fire once in a while, but that’s a time of refining, a time of purification. I choose to yield up to it and come out better equipped to serve as a vessel for God’s glory and honor. Praise the Lord for His unfathomable love.

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Camels

    While in prayer yesterday, I saw a picture in my mind of camels walking over a high mountain of desert sand. “So Lord, why am I seeing camels?” “Is there a warning, a prophetic word of knowledge or word of encouragement for someone?” I kept looking at the camels and I heard the Lord speak into my spirit saying, “Camels are adapted to the desert and can survive.” “They can thrive because they are a storehouse of their own need for food and water”. “Be a storehouse of the things you need to survive and thrive, both in the Spirit and in the flesh”. “Feed on the Word of scripture and store it up for future times in the desert seasons.” “Store up your food and water; scripture and prayer.” “Your prayers are saved, safely catalogued and stored up.” “I love to hear them, I can’t bear to throw them away.” “Like a beloved valentine, I save them all.” “Pray, store up prayer in the Spirit.” “Your prayers are a collection of your life and progress, and I have them all.” “There are storehouses in Heaven housing the prayers of the saints.” “Look it up.”

    So, it’s true. In the Bible times, storehouses were used to keep necessities for life in seasons of drought and winter. Great stores of grain, wine and oil, and barns full of livestock.  See 2 Chronicles 32:28.  In fact, God has storehouses in Heaven. Psalm 33:7 indicates he stores the waters of the sea. In Job 38:22-23, God speaks about the treasury of snow and the treasury of hail saved up for treacherous times. While I was looking at these scriptures, I thought it would be interesting to learn about camels. Why camels?

    Wikipedia says that a camel can carry up to 80 lbs. of fat on its back in its hump. Like most people, I thought the hump stored water, but science has corrected that misconception. And get this, baby camels don’t get humps till they start eating solid food. Is that not like us? We can’t digest the whole scripture without a foundation. When the living Word is applied to our lives, we digest it further, use very molecule and appropriate it fully. When the camel exhausts its emergency food supply, the hump shrinks down and falls off to one side. By consuming food and water, and having some rest, the hump returns to its upright position. We also refuel with prayer and the Word, and pop back up, ready to go. Camels can drink up to 20 gallons of water at one time and that is stored in one or all three stomachs. The work of God is so evident and wondrous in the camel. Most mammals store body fat all over. Camels store it in the hump, thereby keeping the insulating properties of body fat to a minimum, adapting them to life in an extremely hot environment. Further, when a camel exhales, water vapor becomes trapped in the nostrils and is reabsorbed into the body as a means to conserve water. So, you can see a camel is the epitome of adaptation. It survives and thrives, its own little ecosystem.

    Like the camel, we are to be storehouses of fat and water. We are to fill up and pour out. We are to bring the rain of the Holy Spirit upon a dry land and provide moisture to weary parched hearts. We are the balm of heavenly oil applied to dry bones, lifting up and renewing. How do we do that? We store up the Word in our hearts, we feed on it. We commit scripture to our minds and we are ready in season and out to pour out truth, love and encouragement; and speak it out.  Adapt to your environment, open your eyes and look for opportunities to love. Stand in the authority of the name of Jesus. The Word of God is like the fat and the water, stored up for future use; ready to be declared and shared and applied. In Revelation 5:8 and 8:4, golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, are described. The prayers and incense waft together up into the nostrils of God, a sweet-smelling offering to the great Lord of all. Consider this, God Almighty loves and cares for our prayers and keeps them in safe vaults, ready and available.  He brings them out frequently.  Prayers of praise and worship, prayers of thanks, prayers of supplication, prayers containing the scripture; the very words of God. None fall away or are forgotten, all are vital and full of life.  Prayers are not just words, they are communication, beloved talks with God, preserved intimate conversations that are cherished by our loving Father.

Gates

    Several of my friends are touring Europe this week and their pictures are absolutely breath taking. Particularly interesting to me are the gates. Beautiful filigree gates towering above stone streets, the entrance to something old and stately and of irreplaceable value.

    In my spirit, I see one particularly tall and majestically ornate gate, covered with scroll work and filigree etchings. It has two magnificent and impossibly tall doors. It is made of iron for strength, covered with silver for beauty. The shape is of that used in cathedrals in Spain and Italy. There is an ancient silver lock in the center of the two doors. This lock has not been opened for years and years and what the gate is guarding, is unremembered.

    One small person of no import, no great stature, no great demeanor, approaches the gate and with a special silver key, opens it. At the command of that seemingly insignificant voice, those gates swing wide and all are invited to pass through. The declaration made by one, makes availability ready for all who will go through. Those gates are the entrance to physical and emotional healing. The path that was once difficult and hard to comprehend, is now open, passable and straight. Come without fear, all are invited. Set aside what the mind reasons, and believe the Word.

    Jesus commanded us to heal the sick, raise up the dead, and cast out demons. Peter apprehended that understanding. He said to the man, I don’t have money, but I’ll give you what I have, which is healing. Get up in the name of Jesus. I don’t think that guy ever even considered the possibility of healing until the split second that Peter declared it. He was stuck in his own misery and just hung out where he could beg for money. He had no hope, no joy. But at that moment when Peter raised his voice to God in all the authority of the name of Jesus, and declared healing to the man, the man mixed in what little faith he had rising in him, and God intervened.

    Somewhere along the road of history, people lost their understanding of the authority, power and supernatural abilities given to them in the name of Jesus. Healing became uncommon. The enemy got us to believe excuses and doubts and fear stepped in. Man put limits on the Holy Spirit out of fear and ignorance. But God is limitless. His mercies are limitless. His promises are limitless. There are no what ifs, no yeah buts, no catches, no stipulations and strangulations. There is only Jesus. If we will believe Him, He will add to us. He will join us; His spark will ignite us. The supernatural is reality, it is freedom. He is an all-consuming fire. His fire consumes disease, and death has no hold. Poverty and religion are burned. He consumes my sin, burns it to nothing and forgets it forever.

    It is now that the keys to the mysteries are being revealed and presented. All over the earth, keys to mysteries are fitting ancient locks and opening signs and wonders throughout all creation. Mysteries are becoming scientific fact. Theories are being revealed as truth or are destroyed as excuses. The impossible is now the miracle. It’s as simple as black and white. Right here in front of us. The glory of God is about to overtake us. The declarations of God’s glory and truth are being shouted. Ears are beginning to open, eyes are beginning to see. I saw that as the pray-er inside the gate began to rebuke death and disease, the pray-ee added faith and together they grabbed hold of the gift. At that moment, God mixed His faith with the two, and the spark of fire ignited into a flame of fulfilled promise. It’s real, it’s ready.

     

Fierce

April 12, 2017   I heard the Lord speak this word.

Women are rising up.  Women are being placed in positions of honor, of success and integrity.  Women are taking their places, seated in Heavenly realms; hearing My instruction, preparing, getting battle ready.  Women are excited deep within.  They hear a distant rumbling, the shaking, the upheaval of old tired man-made doctrines, and crave truth.  Women hear my command to build themselves up in their most holy faith. Women have sighed up, they have donned their battle armor and I will display their hard won medals of honor.  Women commit to the long haul.  Women stand in determination, planted and rooted deeply in Me.  They are nurturers, they understand the soft gentle way of speaking encouraging words to the wounded and sick.  They tend to them, they nurse them back to health.  A women can take a hand and guide a  young one to truth.  Women can make a person feel valued and loved, women are soft and unafraid to show emotion. Women yield easier; listen harder, love fiercely.  I know them, I created them.

Women fight for their place and for the place of others.  Women jump into battle to protect their own.  Women will bear burdens and share their strengths.  Women can be trusted with the deep secrets of pain and suffering.  Women are fierce, loyal and loud.  I know them, I created them.

Women of gentle integrity, mighty warriors, and generals of love are stepping up.  Insight, wisdom, determination and commitment are on display to a dry and withering land bound by chaos and confusion.  An army of fierce women with a sweet mothering spirit is lining up to break hearts of stone, love through the concrete walls of pain and open doors to the Kingdom for the lost and afraid.  They are my sweet fair warriors, worshippers who are fearsome, mighty and strong in the Lord and the power of His might.   I know them, I created them.

I am,  I see you, I will never leave you nor forsake you.  I am with you always, even until the end of the age.  I have loved you with an everlasting love.  I know you, I created you.

 

The Opportunity for Unity

I’m noticing the word, “unity” everywhere lately. Personally, I’m crying out to the Lord for a return to unity in peace and love for one another. Because He leads me to pray this way, I know in my heart of hearts, it’s possible, it’s coming! There is hope! Nothing will dissuade me from believing that our town is coming together in the joy of unity! It’s so exciting! I’m dancing around my kitchen in anticipation!

    The word tells us to build one another up, encourage, celebrate each other’s talents, gifts and abilities. I ask myself to stop and think. How can I promote other people? How can I showcase them? How can I brag on my friend’s talent for hospitality, or another one’s gift of accurate prophesy? After all, it’s not that it matters that a person is smart or talented on their own, it’s that the gift of God is recognized in them and encouraged. It’s that God gets all the glory. Amen?

    As Christians, we are the Church. It’s not a building, it’s a population of Jesus lovers. Every person has a perfect contribution, without which, the Body suffers. No one is exempt, we are all important. How can we, the believers, join in perfect unity? How do we bring all our gifts and callings together to function as one?

    Over the last year, I’ve been to almost every church in our town. The interesting thing is that each church has its own unique flavor. All of them have positive elements to draw on. If we all joined together in one place, let go of control and jealousy and just worshipped the Lord, we could blend in a perfectly harmonious stew of joy. The angels would join in, it would become a celebration. The Holy Spirit would be free to move. Doctrine and ideology would fade, pure worship would shimmer with the colors of Heaven. Lives would change. Individuals would be known and loved as a vital part of the whole. Genuine interest for one another would spark. There would be no favorites, no ignored ones, no need for individual discovery or self-help. There would only be unselfish, Christ centered parts joining together for worship of our King of Kings, Lord of Lords. All focus on Jesus, no inward glances. All creation would celebrate with us. We would be revived. Our purpose would be to glorify God, we would be free from strife and the foolish things of this world.

    Revival.

    The word unity is found in the word opportunity. It’s also found in the word community. Humility understands that it’s not about an individual. The threat is removed, the flesh is removed, sin is removed. This is perfect freedom. We automatically esteem others more important than ourselves. The focus is on the glory of God and His great love. All voices rise in worship, the oneness is restorative, spirits are revived with love for Jesus. We become immersed in our spiritual and not our physical. Then we are free. Uninhibited joy breaks out. Clap your hands O ye people, shout to the Lord with the voice of triumph! Yeah, it’s ok to dance and shout and be joyful! It’s ok to submit completely to the Holy Spirit and let Him bless! Let Him reign in the room!

    Let’s put it together. Let’s be healthy and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. People, we are so loved by Jesus. We have the mind of Christ. Let’s look at one another as Jesus looks at us. Let’s promote one another, live in humble adoration of Jesus, ignore our flesh and resist the devil. Let’s just worship and praise and celebrate our Lord because He is for us. I’m determined not to succumb to the yeah-buts, I’m determined to see it happen!