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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.

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.

Happy 2019

2019 will be a year of new horizons, new vantage points, a year of firsts, and a year of joyful amazement. For those with ears to hear, the Lord will cause you to enter into His presence with overwhelming joy and purpose. You will find yourself interceding in greater travail. You will find yourself stopping to hear His instruction. Your senses are magnified as you surround yourself in His glory. Out of your mouth will come pleas for a clean heart; out of your spirit will flow rivers of living water. This is a year of fruitful harvest. This is a year of greater vision. Blessings.

Is it True?

Editorial Note:  I feel compelled to clarify some things in this post.   The Lord showed me  that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, and in this season,  has come to distract.  He is working overtime to get people and ministries distracted from the commission to further the Kingdom of God and speak life.  We must meditate on the Word of God and discover the great works of instruction that are set down to benefit us in our pursuit.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Philppians 4:8 demonstrates our power to change our way of thinking and stay focused on Jesus.  Blessings.

    Why do you supposed God downloaded Philippians 4:8 to Paul? I find it amazing that Paul was writing a letter to the church in Philippi, beseeching them to be in unity. He encourages them to support each other and assist each other in the ministry. He commands them to rejoice. Does that even fit in there? Rejoicing recounts the blessings of God. Worship and praise rearrange things to proper perspective. Rejoicing forcefully pulls one out of depression, self-absorbed thinking, and turns the mind to the heart of God. Immediately after that, he gives perfect instruction. Be anxious for nothing but bring your concerns to God, and the peace of God will overtake you. That is a promise. Stop complaining, stop talking smack about other people, quit recounting your frustration and confusion, and hand it over to God who will handle it in a way that works out for the good of everyone involved. Let the peace of God guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Seek Him, embrace His peace, let go of frustration and confusion, knowing He has your back. Keep rejoicing and thanking Him till you have release.

    Then comes verse 4:8, one of the most urgently important exhortations in the Bible. It will keep you in a place of communication with the Lord, at peace and effective. Whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, is virtuous is praiseworthy. Do you want to let go of being hurt by someone? Did someone say or do mean ugly things to you or about you? Did you lose your job? Did you get sick? Well, what is true about it? Is it really truth or is it the enemy creating dissention and division? The enemy is a liar and when you feel frustrated and confused, depressed and angry; ask yourself if what you are perceiving is the truth. If you need to make amends, Jesus will help you do it. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers of darkness. The devil wants to destroy you. Are your thoughts noble, just and pure? If not, repent of them and give them up. Pray! It’s not easy, just keep doing it till you get breakthrough. I have had to do this many times in my life. The Bible says I have the mind of Christ, but I also have flesh to fight. Many times, we just have to reject negative thoughts because they are not from God and are not true. We rebuke the enemy and resist the temptation to go back to that wrong thinking. Instead, we need to stop in our tracks and just start rejoicing over what God has done. Ask for freedom and peace and truth. Start running thoughts around in your head of the goodness of God. Remember what He has done for you. Speak those things that be not as though they were. There is always grace enough to start over. If we persevere, a moment always comes when the light of truth dawns, the depression lifts, and the gray areas are illuminated with the warm cozy love of Jesus. And just like that, transformation comes. You are free and happy, light and full of joy. It’s up to us to choose.

    The instructions are right there in the book. How amazing is it that Jesus included all this in salvation? The only book that has survived thousands of years, has all the wisdom of God set forth right there in those pages. When we read it, we are changed, improved and refined. What if Paul had not written this letter? Generations later, here we are. We would not know how to live in freedom and truth. Keep in mind that Paul was actually in prison when he wrote this. Nothing could imprison his heart and mind. He could have been miserable, wallowing in self-pity at being unjustly accused. God showed him the avenue to peace. God preserved this information for us. I believe God’s plan for us is peace and freedom as we navigate life. In this world there will be trouble but rejoice. Jesus changes things. So, no matter what is going on around us, if we will prayerfully guard our hearts and minds by doing these things, our lives will emerge victorious and at perfect peace. Think on those things. Ask the Lord to show you His heart for you. There is no better friend than Jesus. Blessings.

Brain Bucket

    My brother used to ride motorcycles and he referred to his helmet, as his brain bucket. The other night, I was drifting off to sleep when I was hit with nasty negative thoughts about myself. The thoughts attacked my basic personality, my core values and started to really discourage me as a human being. Suddenly I heard myself boldly speak out loud, “devil, you cannot penetrate my mind, my head is covered with the helmet of salvation”! Whoa! Wow! I turned the light on and wrote that down! Lord, what are you revealing to me right now?

    We are familiar with Ephesians 6:10-18, the whole armor of God. I’m even ashamed to say, I am pretty sure there’s nothing new in this, we have heard sermon after sermon on the topic. And yet, here I am, looking at it again with fresh revelation pouring out. I am properly chastised and ready to look again! We know the Apostle Paul is teaching us to take up the armor of God lest we leave ourselves exposed to attack. It’s interesting to me that the NKJV says “take up”, not put on. Paul is saying, grab it, take it, make it yours, speak it out and march. Verse 17 reads, “and take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” I usually just casually read that and assumed I have the helmet of salvation because I am saved. I moved on the part about the sword of the spirit. So, today I realized I need to back up and evaluate the sentence in its entirety. Here’s how I broke it down.

    According to the Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible, 1986, Thomas Nelson pub., the helmet was put on first because the head is the most vulnerable part of the body. Paul, the author of Ephesians, was a Roman citizen, and I believe he used Roman military imagery to enhance his lesson for us. It works beautifully and is just as relatable now as it was when he wrote the epistle. The Strong’s Concordance applies the number 4030 to the word helmet. Interestingly, I can only find that Greek word used twice in the new testament; Ephesians 6: 17 and in I Thessalonians 5:8. “… and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.” 4030, Pereklphaiaia, literally means to encircle the head. Salvation, 4992, literally means gift of God. To apply the helmet of salvation means to encircle the head with the gift of God. It’s a short rabbit trail, but hope of salvation means the anticipation with pleasure, expectation or confidence in the gift of God.

    Look further with me into verse 17. The sword of the spirit is defined as this: Sword, 3162 is literally a knife, or figuratively, a war or battle. (This is where I got excited.) Spirit, 4151, is pneuma, to breathe, air, or God, Christ’s spirit, Holy Spirit. Word, 4487, Rhema, is to speak, to pour forth, to command, to speak out. God gave Jesus to the world as His word, 3056 logos, the divine expression of God and the direct communication of God. Jesus is God, sent to earth in human form, to tell of the good news, that God is love, He desperately cares about all His children, and wants us to know Him. Christ’s act of death upon the cross opened Heaven to us and paid the price of our sin for us, brought us freedom from sickness and disease, poverty, delivered us from bondage to all kinds of sin, addiction, and ignorance, and set us free from future attacks giving us peace and hope. We are protected and cherished and all we need to do is believe Him. We will not suffer judgment or need for atonement, it has been freely paid for us, once and for all. God is excited and waits with joyful anticipation of spending eternity with us. God does not change; His word does not change. Once decreed, spoken or communicated, it is yea and amen, eternally relevant and the issue is finished.

    All this research into the Greek language was to magnify my own understanding of the truth Paul so eloquently conveyed. It is my contention that God was revealing to me something new in this very familiar scripture. To activate protection from attack, all we need do is respond with all the vitality and confidence given to us in the name of Jesus. Just the fact that we possess eternal life and cannot be killed, defeats the value of any attack. The more we study the word of God and know His heart for us, His plans, and His intentions, the more certain we become. The Bible says we are equipped, we have everything we need for life and godliness. We need only receive it, activate it, give it priority in our lives. How? Renew your mind by reading the word of God. Pray over the scripture, ask for wisdom, ask for change in your heart. Ask the Lord to right the places of wrong thinking and fill empty spots with revelation. Look for reasons to worship His majesty. Forget not His benefits. Rejoice in His holiness. We can’t expect to be effective if we are not willing to invest in what He has given us. It’s not all about us, it’s all about Him and His unending love, mercy and grace.

    So, when the battle comes, I will grab onto the full armor of God with all the vast implications of the privilege the uniform carries. I will encircle my mind with the gift of God and I will seize the sword that belongs to Christ’s Spirit, to God, and to Holy Spirit, knowing He goes before me and is my rear guard. The battle is mine says the Lord, and therefore, I am not overtaken because the very word of God defends me, promises truth and protection to me, guarantees victory, and most importantly, brings glory to God the father who is the creator and lover of my soul. So, I will engage, because the full weight of the name of Jesus has made me a warrior, confident only in Him, convinced of His unchangeable faithfulness. Thank you, Lord, for supplying me with a very effective brain bucket and the grace to employ it. Blessings loved ones!

The White Flag

    I was praying recently about some things that I was sick and tired of dealing with in my life. If I can’t fix it, get a grip on it or get over it, I need the author and finisher of my faith to take over and show me how to get free. So, I was praying and asking to see what the reasons were, what caused me to think the way I did about some things, what door did I open, and how to tear down strongholds that have hindered me from reaching my destiny. And God, being faithful and righteous and ready to help, began to put a vision before my eyes.

    I saw Jesus standing right there with me in all my attempts and failures, the trials and errors, the frustration and short-lived victories. He is standing there waiting for me to hand it over to Him, once and for all. I began to talk to Him. “Lord, forgive me for holding onto these things, excuses, justifications, ways of fooling myself”. “Forgive me for believing a lie when the truth was right there all along”. “I can’t do this anymore, I’m tired of my inability to control these situations”. “How do I get free from this”? “Lord, I want to give this to you, completely and totally”. “What will you give to me in exchange to seal the deal”?

    Jesus handed me a folded flag, a banner. It’s pure white. I know the Word says His banner over me is love, acceptance, forgiveness, purity, wholeness. “It’s a royal flag”, He says. “It’s to be used by a royal conqueror, one mighty in battle”. “You break the curse and the stronghold”. “Simply repent of believing and accepting a lie, renounce it, hand it to me, and accept my gift in exchange”. “This is a flag of surrender”. “The battle is over; the fighting has ceased”.

    Ok Lord! I began to call out things that hurt me, things that kept me from being courageous, things that stuck around in the dark corners of my mind and tormented me. I waved that flag of surrender over the things in my life that were bogging me down. The things that hindered my destiny and my quest to know the heart of God. I flew that flag over each named thing that held me back, repenting and renouncing. I laid all those things down in a heap and flew the victorious white flag of surrender over the whole pile! I began to shout and dance and laugh over the mess as Jesus stepped up and lit it all on fire. The bonfire consumed it all! It left nothing. My sacrifice of self-doubt and insecurity, of things I did that weren’t good for me, things I didn’t want to let go of, vaporized in the wind of the Holy Spirit. Even the flag caught fire and burned bright until I had to let it go. It all burned, a sweet-smelling aroma to the nose of God. Gone, forgotten, nothing left but a few ashes tossed into the wind. The Bible says God forgets our sin the minute we repent. It is as far from Him as the east is from the west.

    I felt light, empty of a burden, free and happy. Jesus lifted an urn and poured the oil of gladness over my head. He then poured the wine of His spirit over me, and then again, the oil of anointing. He said, “you are leaving all of this behind, it is gone, erased from our memory”. “Your new season begins, new life and vitality”. “Good things”.

    How Great is our God. I am in awe. Jeremiah 23:11.

The Highway of Holiness

Often in the middle of the night, I wake and write down the time. This morning the time was 3:56 am. The Lord never fails to give me a scripture that corresponds to the time, so I keep a notebook on the nightstand. I knew immediately it was Isaiah 35:6. It was our first night back from a 3-day road trip that was a fun mini vacation to a place the Lord has put on our hearts. Isaiah 35 is a promise to us, and Mike and I have been drawn to this chapter again and again. This time there was clarity as never before. Verse 6 says: “Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” I believe He is promising us joy and wholeness in our next life adventure. Our voices will be heard, and we will live in abundance of peace and happiness. But what really caught my attention was verses 8 through 10:

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.


wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;

they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;

everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

My spirit began to leap like that deer and my voice rose up in praise. You see, life is a series of detours. On our road trip, we had to take a detour because road construction was going on in the main highway. That detour was short, but it was beautiful. We may have never seen that lush farmland had we not been obedient to the detour. The detour could have been a boring or a bumpy road; it could have been a desolate and dirty way, but it was not this time. It was beautiful because God works all things together for His plans and purposes and glory in our lives.

I believe the Lord shows us a destiny, a destination, a promise to look forward to. The road to that destiny may not look like we expect. There might be detours on the way to the Highway of Holiness that prepare us and mold us and sever us from unrighteousness. We need a little construction, rebuilding and restoring now and again. How can we get on the Highway of Holiness if there are still things we need to shake off? Keeping the promise of God before us, we press on. Perseverance is the vehicle to righteousness. When we arrive at the off ramp of our destination, we begin to leap like a deer and shout for joy! The promises and freedom overtake us, and we give God the glory. The doors open, the details fall into place, the momentum is unstoppable! We are covered in joy and safety and peace and love. God longs to remove us from captivity, to free us from man-made rules and regulations. He wants us free to stop “doing” and start just being His friend. Glory to God for His lovingkindness that goes from everlasting to everlasting! What an adventure!

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Phoenix Rising

    Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of devastation and destruction, we rise. We, the believers, the Church, the Body of Christ, are each individually, a new creation in Christ. All the old things have passed away. We rise in victory over sin and death, disease and sufferings, emotional abuse and betrayal. We, are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. The City dwells within us, empowering us to live in Kingdom wisdom and authority. The promises of God, the Words of God, are our source and shield; the truth, the love, uncompromised and ready in season and out.

    We rise, knowing we have full assurance of salvation, freedom and value to our Father. We rise, knowing we have the mind of Christ and are created in the image of God. We rise, in confidence. No weapon formed against us will prosper, and every tongue that speaks against us, we shall condemn. This is the inheritance and the life of a Kingdom dweller. We rise, secure in the perfect love of Jesus, the power of His might, His resurrection that conquered death, and the restoration of all things necessary for abundant life. It is humbling to know the God of creation has made us to dwell with Him. It is humbling that He chose us before the foundation of the earth, to enjoy a mutual, intimate, fellowship and friendship. It is His desire that all come to the full knowledge of Jesus and choose His salvation. He waits for us.

    We rise, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the grave and conveyed us into the Kingdom of His love. We rise out of the ash heap of our former lives, free and victorious; ecstatic and overwhelmed with the goodness of God.

    We rise, we soar through the Heavens, we seek the face of God, we hear His voice, we hide under the shadow of His wings, and we worship with abandon. We hear His heart and pray from Heaven in agreement with Him. He rejoices over us with singing; He loves to set captives free and give us a future and a hope.

    We rise together, the Church, the Body of Christ, His peculiar people. We rise, knowing we will never be cast down. We can only rise.

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Superheroes

    The Lord God has an army of intercessors, people who are called to pray out mysteries and strategies, and birth God’s plans in the Spirit. I believe that in this mighty army are special ops, special task forces. One of these special forces is made up of ordinary people like you and me. These task force members are those called to deep prayer and supplication with fasting. Perhaps they pray for territories, or their own churches, or governments, nations and individuals. These agents invade darkness and bring light. They take their instruction from Jesus; they do nothing without going to prayer and hearing from the Father. I believe this particular task force is called the Jesus League. They are a band of super heroes suited up in their uniforms, going to front line combat in prayer. They are equipped with supernatural faith and understanding of authority and power conferred to us by Jesus at the cross. Mat. 28:19-20, Mark 16:14-18.

    Can’t you just see them? Picture in your mind the super heroes of the Justice League. Ok, I’m being a geek, but can’t you see the Justice League standing tall, united together, determination on their faces, ready to help the helpless. The original DC Comics heroes included Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman.  I see the comic book cover in my mind, they are proud and powerful. They are unstoppable.

    Likewise, in my spirit, I can see the Jesus League. They are fully submitted to God, on their knees, crying out on behalf of the Body of Christ. They intercede for us, they fight battles for us against principalities and powers of darkness, they save us from peril. These warriors stand on the Word of God. They worship the Lord and march into every engagement in humbleness and love. They won’t quit until the battle is done. They are transparent. They have cried out in the wee hours for a clean heart. They represent the diversity found in the Body of Christ. People from every tribe and tongue from around the world, kneeling before God, united with the Holy Spirit in purpose and determination. They know their authority. They know the victory is already theirs and they call it into being. The Lord goes before us and is our rear guard. He calls the intercessors to march in unison in prayer, to the sound of victory.

    Pray for your intercessors. Hold them up, lend them strength. They have paid a great price to have the privilege of living a life of prayer. They can see into the spirit realm, they often pray in the Spirit and in their understanding at the same time, interpreting both prayers simultaneously. They pull down Angels and the resources of Heaven for your life specifically. What an amazing gift. What an amazing responsibility. This is God at work on our behalf. In the world, people hurt one another. In the Spirit, people work with God to love one another. He partners with us, He works in our hearts, He provides a way and He protects us. Again, I am humbled and overwhelmed by His great goodness, His reckless love, and His plans for us. And, He uses us to accomplish those plans and purposes, exceedingly, abundantly, more than we could ask or think! God makes superheroes. This is amazing grace.