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Autumn

There is a change of seasons happening now, both in the natural world and the spiritual realm. I love fall colors, crisp air, smells of warm spices and burning leaves. Autumn is a time of harvest before the winter rest. Fall is a gathering of the land’s offerings. Carefully tended gardens transform into mason jars of warm goodness, abundance and nourishment. As summer’s green leaves wither, fall’s fruit is triumphantly exposed. Bright oranges, reds and yellows decorate the trees. Nature is heavy with produce, colors calling attention to harvest before the plant die off for the winter. Time slows, the sun’s brightness fades to muted shades of autumn. Fall is, to me, the most beautifully evident season. As things die off, more abundance is exposed. The weather changes, coolness soothes the air. It’s a little darker in the evenings. Comfort. It’s a time of cinnamon and comfort.

In the Spirit, we lay our gatherings before the Lord in gratitude and wonder. We take inventory of His blessings with a thankful heart. It feels warm, vibrant and peaceful. We are ready for a cozy winter, safe in the Lord’s provision, warm in His lovingkindness, and amazed at His never-ending goodness. Fall is a time of reflection and worship. As I look upon the mountains of winter squashes, pumpkins and melons; the rows of jars filled with vegetables and fruits, I reflect on the abundance and generosity of a God who meets every need, gives more than enough, and loves so vastly, it takes a lifetime to catch a glimpse of it. As I gather my thoughts into a quiet place of warm thankfulness, I see myself throwing old broken branches, brown leaves of doubt and dead vines of fear into the burning barrel. As the smoke rises to Heaven, the Lord smiles on my sacrifice of flesh simply because He is good. There is an undercurrent of excitement, expectation and wonder. What are we going to do Lord? I can’t wait to find out your next plan!

Have you ever raked up a big pile of vibrantly colored fall leaves just so you could jump in the heap and play like a child? For me, turning around and falling backward into a pile of leaves is the very definition of my spiritual autumn. A falling into the trustworthy arms of Jesus, laughing and playing joyfully in His provision and protection. It’s like a game, a hayride with my best friend. Fall is freedom, a release of finished things; an expectation of comforting things. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. I encourage you today, to jump in the leaves, play in the beauty He has given. Enjoy Him. He is the creator of all things, the giver of all things. The season has changed, the harvest of abundance is here. Jump in! Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessings.

The Clock

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I have a really cute clock in my study.  The clock ticks but it doesn’t tell time.  The battery is defective.  It makes the right sound, but it’s sole function as a time teller, does not stay true.  The time is off by hours, not just a few minutes.

It’s just like us in that the thing that runs the whole mind, will and emotions, may need a fresh charge.  The clock can never work  accurately as intended if its source of power isn’t recognized and maintained.  The clock can’t rely on itself to work properly.  It needs that power connection to run.  Refresh the battery, and see what happens.  When the clock submits to the correct source of power, it works perfectly.

What’s your source of power?  What keeps you thinking accurately?  Are you connecting first with Jesus for power and strength and wisdom?  Are you ticking along kind of halfway?  Maybe it’s time to change the battery!   Blessings!

The Library, the Tree, and the River. A Conversation with Jesus

Come to the Library. What do you see?

Very dimly, I see walls and stacks covered with books. My focus is on the library table I’m sitting at. There are rows of tables. I’ve been here several times; the building is magnificent in its gold leafed splendor. The stacks of books are old and worn, but not dusty.

Open that big ancient book before you.

There are pictures and notes and footnotes below the pictures. The images are clear, lifelike, almost like photos. There are pictures of events; Jesus in the boat on the Galilee, Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses in his reed boat on the Nile.

This is the history scrapbook of the world. I’ve recorded everything; every event, every life, every tear, every joyful moment. See the tiny book there on the table? Open it. What do you see?

I see gray pages and black lettering with black and white dull pictures. It’s dim and hard to see. It seems insignificant. I’m not interested, I want to see the big book again.

This is the book of the devil’s attempts at victory. He is insignificant. It’s a shame, he was so beautiful and loving at first. It broke my heart to expel him from Heaven. He tries to steal, kill and destroy, but my children resist him. He has done much damage, but he lives in frustration because of my victory. His book of triumph is small, love always prevails. You must fight him and keep him insignificant in your life and that of your family and friends. Yes, he is at work, but I have given you gifts to discern and overcome.

Look at the book of maps. These are the places the gospel has been presented. It is updated daily. Almost every piece of earth has now heard it. People can accept or reject it; their choice.

We are no longer in the library. We are walking in a park; the park of Heaven where the trees and the river are. There is the Tree of Life. It bears fruit unto righteousness. The leaves are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22. Somehow I remembered that.

Pick some leaves. Hold them and pray for the healing of the nations; for old wounds and resentment from past conflicts and wars to cease. Pray for truth to come to leadership. Wash them in the water of the River of Life and let the healing sap flow all over the earth.

Yes Lord. Please bring healing to the hearts and minds of the world. I’m realizing that the leaves I hold are extremely powerful. I stop and pray for the world leaders. An urgency rises in my spirit. Jesus continues after a minute.

The Tree of Life exists in Heaven for your use on earth. It can’t thrive on earth; it would eventually be destroyed. But here, it is safe, and its provision never fails. Come and pick its fruit, come receive divine health, wealth and everything you need for life and godliness. It’s all here in Heaven, right before my throne, being fed by the River of Life. Come and take all you need. It is not to high and out of reach. You are a citizen of Heaven; the fruit is free. The leaves will not cease to exist until they are no longer needed. Use them.

I’m taking the fruit of freedom from sin and shame and I’m feeding the spirits of my family and friends. I’m taking the fruit of provision and feeding my loved one’s health, healing and peace. I declare they rise with health. I’m taking that fruit of the Spirit into my life. I receive the providence of God. Thank you for that. I can come and pick the fruit any time. Anyone can!

I realize, I am standing on the main street of Heaven, right before the throne room. It’s like a huge amphitheater overlooking the park. As I slowly turn from the Tree of Life and the River, I see the Father and Son leaning toward me as they sit on their thrones, each smiling with loving eyes and excitedly giddy body language. They want me here; they invite me to partake of Heaven and share the good news on earth. Yes! They are so happy! It looks like they are saying, another one comes and understands! Yes! I realize I can come visit anytime! Someday I will live here, but now I’m free to come and visit. I’m free to partake of the Tree and the River, the library and vaults of promise. Everyone can!

To live in the supernatural is normal. Let people know there is more. You are citizens of Heaven temporarily assigned to Earth. You are welcome to visit and partake. My throne room is open to all who believe. You must pray Eph 1 over the Church. Remove the blinders, rebuke the lies of Satan. Open the eyes of their understanding with the Word that they may know the riches of my glory, all freely available to them. If I would give my only son, why would I not give everything else? Tell them I have set before them all life and
liberty and abundance. There’s so much more! Take!

Spiritual Irrigation

We are irrigating our small 5-acre patch of alfalfa that happened to come with the new house. It’s hard work for people our age, but somebody’s gotta do it. Twice a day my husband and I go out and change the location of the irrigation pipes. Each galvanized pipe is about 16 feet long and we hand carry them, hook them together and repeat the process until all the line of pipes are moved to the new location in the field. Then we turn the water on to fill the line and start the big gun sprinklers. It takes a little over an hour to unhook the pipes, walk them to the next location and start the water. The work is hard. We tromp through 3 ft tall alfalfa plants wearing heavy rubber boots; mosquitos swarming all around, sweat dripping, bending and lifting and carrying. I’m kinda proud of us for even being able to do it! It is a priority. If we don’t steward the crop, it will die and we would be left with a field of dried up twigs, unusable as feed for neighboring farm animals.

Faith is like that. If I don’t persevere to water my spirit with the Word of God, I will dry up, be ineffective and ignorant of His immeasurable goodness. If I don’t immerse myself in conversation with God and scripture, I won’t know Him, know His character and His profound love. Just as water brings nourishment and vitality to the alfalfa, so does time with Jesus do for me. It nurtures me that I may provide spiritual food to others. Today I will pull on my spiritual boots, push myself past my physical limits and stretch my ability to persevere. Why? Because I know God will do what He says He will do according to His Word.

I pray for you in this moment my friends, that the big gun sprinklers of glory stretch over you, educate you, and water your soul and spirit. I pray the Word of God opens the eyes of your understanding and fills you with supernatural vitality. Let the love of the Father saturate you and bring you peace. Blessings.

The Big Merger

    I see the word MERGER. It’s just like that, in all caps, bold and standing alone. The Spirit says, many churches are wimping out when they need to be ramping up. It’s time for The Church to come together in one accord, fully submitted to the Holy Spirit, listening, flowing. I see stadiums and huge convention centers filling with hungry people who want to hear the true gospel; the good news that Jesus came to save them from sin and death because He radically loves them. I see pastors working together as the disciples did, to bring love and truth to the lives of people, individually and corporately. No one is first, no one is last, they are all working in tandem to accomplish the Kingdom of God on Earth. No personal agendas, no man-made mission statements, no fear, no denominations, sects or rule books; just love. Jesus brought love, abundant life, peace and freedom. He is our king; we follow His example.     

    Let’s look at the last command of Jesus before He ascended to Heaven. Just preceding the statements in Mark 16:17-18, He tells the disciples in verses 15 and 16, to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The great commission. Keep in mind this is an appearance to the disciples after He died and rose from the grave. He conquered death, the very definition of the Dunamis power of God. It’s that powerful. He delegates this authority to use His power over to the disciples. He promises them in Luke 24:49, that the Holy Spirit would come and endue them with the power. Acts 2:39. That same authority and power and equipping passes down to us. So, how do you know you are getting the full meal deal at church? The answer is right there in Mark 17-18.

        17. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; the will speak with new tongues; 18. They will take up serpents (demonic deceivers, not actual snakes); and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18. The power to overcome obstacles, give proof, meet needs and preach the good news.

    Ok wait, lots of Jesus loving churches don’t believe in spiritual gifts. Lots believe the use of tongues is a spiritual gift that needs to be interpreted. Let’s clarify. There are two very different giftings of tongues. The special gift of tongues used in a corporate setting is when a person stands up, delivers a message in tongues then sits down. That message, according to 1 Corinthians, must be interpreted to be in line with the Bible and the Spirit. If it’s of God, and usually is, the interpretation follows. Personal tongues is a holy and spiritual language given to any believer who will ask for it. It’s a prayer language, it’s evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. When we don’t know how to pray or what to pray, the Spirit prays through us. It is extremely useful for prayer in agreement with God and personal edification. The Bible is the will and word of God. If spiritual gifts are criticized and negatively judged, it grieves the giver. Just saying. All you need to do is ask the Holy Spirit for understanding and scripture to back it up.

    Are we seeing this in our churches today? Does a typical Sunday service come alive with the glory and manifestations of the Spirit of God? Are there testimonies of His goodness in everyday lives? Is the Holy Spirit revered and allowed to move? Are there healings, miracles, deliverance and prophesies? I believe the vision I’m seeing is God in His goodness, proving Himself to His people in spectacular methods that benefit them in very personal ways. He wants our hearts, our attention and our devotion. He wants to set us free of hurts and sufferings. We are the Church. Let’s merge with one another in unity, giving God the glory and praise. Blessings.

Delegated Authority

    The word “comparison” has been coming up in prayer frequently over the last few months. Today I decided to ask for wisdom that I might share it with you and perhaps free us all from something. It turns out to be much more insidious than I suspected. I was wondering why I felt unproductive. Why was I not writing anything of depth or benefit to the Body of Christ? Why haven’t I had visions and revelation lately? As I began to pray, the Holy Spirit began to reveal the stumbling block. I was comparing myself to other writers and prophetic people.

    When we compare ourselves to others, it opens nasty doors that suck you in to self-destructive thinking, torment and insecurity. The bell in my head should have gone off, but I missed it. The Holy Spirit said to me, with realization of a gifting, anointing, assignment or promise, comes an attack. The enemy isn’t going to stand idle and let you grow in power without trying to take it from you. James 4:7. Good news, we have already won, so stand up and defend your position!

     Mark 3 is a fascinating chapter, so full of wisdom and character that it took a couple of days to soak it all in. In verses 22-30, after being scrutinized and accused by the Pharisees, Jesus was angry and grieved. He mourned the blindness of the religious leaders and the false doctrine they forced on the people. He wasn’t worried about what they could do to Him, He was grieved at their hard hearts. Jesus was full of the Spirit of God. He was full of the Dunamis power, the excellent might and glorious explosive power of God that could not be quenched. So, Jesus instructed his disciples and delegated to them, His Exousia power of God, empowering them to preach the good news, heal the sick and cast out demons. The Exousia is defined as the delegated authority to use and administer the Dunamis power of God. That authority passes to us as believers, and it has never been rescinded. Wait, what? Yeah, read that again.

    Therefore, when the enemy comes against you to distract and take your joy in the Lord, your very identity in Christ and keep you from using the giftings and callings (which are irrevocable), stand your ground. Use that authority delegated to you by the Lord Jesus Himself and resist the devil and he will flee from you. It is written, it is the final word on the matter. Stand. Use your weapons with joy and expect the victory that you already have by the blood of the lamb! You are not powerless, you are mighty and you wield the Dunamis. May the shalom peace of God overtake you and bring you to your knees in joy at the wisdom and provision of our almighty God! Blessings.

The Most Excellent Way

    Without love, I am an irritating sound. I grate on people’s nerves; they want to run away. I can have all the benefits God gives us as Christians; spiritual gifts and supernatural powers, but when I don’t do it from a place of love, it is empty and meaningless. I can write a big check for the offering plate, but if it’s not given in love, it’s valueless. First Corinthians 13 explains that and more. God is love, and love never fails. Everything else in creation can be destroyed, but love will remain. What if I have no love for God or for others? What if I get tired of whiny, needy people? What is left then? Nothing that builds the Kingdom of God. Perhaps hurt feelings, confusion and consternation, but nothing eternal.

    We know these verses in First Corinthians. We often hear them recited at weddings. The words have a much deeper purpose, so let’s look closer. The Bible tells us to rightly divide the word of truth. It’s like looking into a mirror, seeing what’s wrong, and fixing it immediately. So, we look into it. Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn’t envy, it doesn’t parade itself, is not puffed up. Love is not rude, selfish or self-centered. Love is not easily provoked, love thinks no evil, it doesn’t rejoice in inequity. I can conclude that love sets self aside for the benefit of another. That’s what Jesus did. He set his own desires to remain in Heaven aside, so that He might come to earth, know us, be crucified, and pay our ransom to sin. He taught us ultimate love by fulfilling the law and bringing grace. This love of His rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Oh, I see the answer to my question in there. If I get tired of whiny, needy people, I need to check my love levels. Love esteems others better than oneself. Jesus urged us to love one another. Love like He loves. In the spirit as I write this, I see a huge hay wagon full of love, and people are gleefully hopping on board. Let’s get on board the love wagon!

    I Cor. 14:1 boils it down to this, “Pursue love”. Pursue Christ. Pursue behavioral change that lines up with the explanation of love in these verses. I want to get in agreement with God in these commands. I want understanding and release down in my spirit until love is the defining characteristic of me.

    I Cor 12:31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. 1 Cor 13: the way is love. Chapter 14 says pursue love and desire spiritual gifts. Administer prophecy, healing, hospitality, mercy, exhortation, and do it with love. Not for show, but to give God the glory. Only Jesus can purify our hearts enough to love others like He loves. What an amazing thought! To run full bore after Jesus, His Word and love, you become effective in the kingdom. And that’s really where it is. The most excellent way.

Blessings.

Sound

    I believe that sound is another example of God’s provision for life, love and joy. He created sound. Sound worships; sets singing and dancing in motion. Think about it, true sound that is moving, fluid and beautiful, is for God, from God. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of the music of waterfalls, birdsong, or trees gently rustling in the wind. Every natural, organic sound, every sound of creation, glorifies God. Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6. Let the sound of rushing waters, earthquakes, and thunder, pour out worship to the Lord God, the author and finisher.

    Remember the noise of the earth shifting, shaking; the moan of an echo; rain tapping out symphonies on smooth rocks; hail drumming in sync with the heartbeat of Heaven. Think of volcanos throwing fire and thunder in a magnificent display of praise and worship. When you hear it, the hoofbeats of horses proclaim the dance beat of good news. A flaming warm fire crackles warmth and security deep within your soul. These sounds are familiar. They affect us. They have significance. They acknowledge creation.

    Sound is communication. Sound can be a warning, a proclamation, entertainment, a statement of need or exclamation. Sound envelops us, stirs us, brings us to attention and it points us to God. The roar of a lion, the bark of a dog, the squeak of a mouse, the song of a human; all praise to the God of creation.

    The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Psalm 24. We are compelled deep within to praise Him. If we are prevented from praising God, creation will still cry out. Luke 19:40. What will we do? Sound honors its Creator, worships His majesty. He is to be sought after, followed and deeply loved. Only in Him is true wisdom and authority and life so abundant and overflowing that nothing can contain this joy. He is the definition of love. He is mercy. Surrender to Him, to the Sound of great love. Selah.

A Love Letter from Jesus

The Lord Jesus is serious about you. He says, “My beloved beautiful one, I am waiting for you with a breathless wonder. You have captivated my heart. I long to fill you to overflowing with love and adoration. I have danced with you as you slept. I have seen you dream of beautiful things, but I have so much more just for you. Dance with me in spirit, look into my eyes and drink in my devotion. I came 2000 years ago to set you free. I knew you would be born, I was thinking of you. I came to pay the price for your sin, to serve your sentence. Be free in Me. You can do all things through Me. Nothing can separate my love from you, nothing can prevent me from passionately pursuing you, nothing can defeat you.”

“I opened the doors, swung wide the gates, and set things in motion just to delight in your joy and fulfillment. Come closer my love, be seated with Me in Heavenly places. Talk with Me, call on Me and I will answer. Wait for Me in the secret place known only to us, and I will come, always. Oh, my beloved, the time draws near, the banquet is being set. The musicians are tuning their instruments. The wedding draws closer my bride. Only a short time more and we shall dance.”

 

I am honored to present you with this good news, this love letter from Jesus. He is wildly in love with you. I feel like an intruder in your love story, yet it’s for me as well as every person in the world. This wildly intimate, unbridled love is for all of us, individually, uniquely, according to our own relationship with Him. Remember His devotion to you. Remember you are one of a kind, specifically formed for His delight, in His image, with His mind and heart. Selah.

Speak

I saw a special gold-plated bench next to the throne in Heaven. It is the Scribe’s bench, and it’s my turn to sit and record. As I quietly wait, the room grows dark. Thunderings roar and the walls appear to have fireworks exploding across their surface. I sense a word is about to come forth. No one is breathing, the atmosphere of Heaven is charged.

The softest, purest, most loving voice begins to speak. “Tell people I am angry. I am jealous for them. Yes, jealous of their devotion to other things. I love them with a love not humanly understandable, but yet they remain closed off to me. These ones are stiff-necked and fully believe the lie that I am not. But, I know their hearts, I know them because I made them. I know there is a seed in their hearts. I built in the seed of faith, it is implanted. They may deny my existence, but the uncertainty quietly picks at their minds. The Word will cause that seed to grow. The Word will counter the lies they believe. Speak the Word! Work it in your vocabulary. Speak the Word in daily life. It will penetrate and divide bone from marrow. The marrow is the inner hidden part, the life. Speak to it. Holy Spirit is here to help you.”

“This is an urgent request. Listen my people, the time is short. Start praying those seeds to life. The implanted word will prosper as you water with the Word and prayer. Tell people to pray. Don’t worry about offending, I am a rock of offense. I came to offend traditional thinking and erroneous assumptions. There is fire in the Word. It is the absolute truth. The Word is a powerful cleansing and delivering instrument.”

I asked God, does everyone have the same word implanted within them or is each unique to them? He said to me, “all are the same, “I am”. This is the answer to every question. That’s all one needs to know. Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way…. I am. Speak the Word, tell the good news, pray the awakening of those who are dead to my offer of salvation. Pray the watering of the Word, the hard husk of the seed, to open and fall off. Pray the seed stretches it’s face toward the Son, grows and prospers. Fight for people! Know that I go before you and I have your back. I am fighting with you, for you and Heaven is cheering you on.

 

 

“He who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will manifest myself to him.” John 14:221.