September 29, 2018

 
WISDOM FOR THE JOURNEY


 
Our walk with the Lord is a spiritual journey. Every one of us will encounter good times as well as bad times. Every one of us has a story to be told that will also set others free. As Christians, the way that we respond to difficult situations determines our destiny. Joseph experienced constant betrayal. His brothers threw him in a pit and then sold him as a slave. He was then thrown in a prison wrongfully, but through it all he never sinned and never lost his focus because he had a dream and was determined to see it fulfilled.

Psalms 105:19 says concerning Joseph, the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. Pharaoh gave Joseph his signet ring as well as authority over all of Egypt because the Lord gave Joseph favor for his obedience. It was all in preparation of Gods plan which was not only for Joseph but for his family and the nation of Israel. Some of you are ready to throw in the towel but the Lord wants you to rise up and shake off the despair. Every man and women of God who were used mightily endured hardships.

The Lord says as you continue on this journey, throw off the weights that would slow you down. Discard of anything that would hinder you from advancing. Don't carry any baggage from the past and don't look back as this will slow down your pace. As you leave the past behind, your mistakes of the past will not cancel out My plans for your future. Forgive those who hurt you and release those who were malicious. I will bring restoration and I will lead you back in the right direction if you have gone astray.

Don't allow worries to dominate your thoughts. As you come into alignment with My will you will be able to receive clear instructions. Don't entertain thoughts that bring fear and confusion. Stay focused and be careful not to allow anything to impair your vision and obstruct your focus. I have created you and called you by name, therefore I will give you the strength and endurance for the journey ahead.

Seek Me for the wisdom which is required for this journey. Seek Me for My wisdom which your natural mind can not comprehend or discern. My wisdom will lead you in the right direction and place you on the right path. As you seek Me for wisdom and guidance, I will lead you with compassion and guide you in peace through this journey. Never lose focus of the dream that I have placed on the inside of you. Allow Me to take residence in every area of your life as you walk with Me in this Covenant that I have provided for you. You will then be able to rest in the assurance knowing that I will truly watch over My Word to perform it says the Lord.


Psalm 32: 8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Proverbs 16: 9
A mans heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
 
1 Corinthians 2:14 -15
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.


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September 22, 2018
 

PURSUING JESUS

 
The Holy Spirit showed me people who were packing their bags, zipping them up, putting a lock on them, and throwing away the key. These people had given up on pursuing the plans that Jesus had for their lives. They used to spend all their time in the secret place but now the light seemed to grow dim in their prayer closets. They used to be the first ones in the church when the doors opened. They no longer play worship music in their cars or search for the latest books and CD's on revival.

Pursuing Jesus has become a task and a burden rather than a privilege. Difficult times have brought discouragement. In the book of Hebrews the apostle Paul encouraged the people not to throw away their confidence because it will be greatly rewarded. If you don’t become weary in well doing, in due season you will reap if you faint not. Be persuaded that what He has promised to you, He will perform and complete.

There are numerous stories throughout the New Testament where people would do anything to touch Jesus. Everywhere that he went people would swarm around him just to hear his teaching. Lives were transformed, people were delivered, healed and set free. A man named Jairus fell at Jesus feet and begged him to go to his house. Jesus willingly went and healed his daughter. A woman who had an issue of blood was desperate to touch Jesus and she pressed through the crowd just to touch his cloak. He replied to her; women your faith has made you whole, go in peace.

One time when Jesus went through Jericho there was a wealthy tax collector who was short in stature named Zacchaeus. He was not able to see Jesus because of the crowd so he climbed up a sycamore tree just to see him. Jesus told him that salvation has come to his house. Jesus healed everyone who ever went to him. The only time he had to withdraw himself from doing miracles was in his own hometown because of their lack of faith. Jesus is calling you back to pursue your first love.

The Lord says; I am calling you back to pursue the vision that you once had. I am restoring the dreams that you have forsaken. Do not be dismayed by adverse circumstances. Do not allow discouragement to overwhelm you and lead you in the wrong direction when things happen that you have no control over. The assignments from the enemy are meant to divert you from your purpose but as you pursue your dream, your perseverance will catapult you into your destiny. The misfortunes that were sent to destroy you will strengthen you as you endure without wavering

Don’t be disillusioned when people reject you, spitefully use you or speak against you. Don’t lose your focus when situations seem hopeless but pursue the vison that you had once again. It is time to bring that dream back to life. I will restore your fragmented lives and shattered dreams. I will heal the broken hearts and restore your joy. Don’t be disheartened by disappointments that you have encountered and don’t be overcome with fear. Trust in me to once again make the crooked paths straight as you pursue the plans that I have for you once again says the Lord.

John 6:2
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Hebrews 10:35
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.


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September 15, 2018

 
THIS IS HOW I FIGHT MY BATTLES


 
This morning I was listening to the song “This is how I fight my battles”. I thought about the scripture in Ephesians chapter six concerning the armor of God. The Holy Spirit then showed me how some people are fighting the wrong battles. They are having confrontations with others because they don’t know who their enemy is. They are under pressure but they don’t recognize that they are retaliating and wrestling in the flesh. The bible tells us that we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Then the Lord showed me those who have battles in their minds but they don’t know how to deal with them. Some people are overcome with fear, anger, worry, confusion, depression and discouragement. As I was writing this I heard the words “Southern comfort” which is an alcoholic beverage. Some people are fighting their battles with drugs, alcohol and other substances just to cope and to mask their problems. 

For some of you the battle is a battle between your flesh and your spirit. There is a story in the book of Genesis about Rebecca, the wife of Isaac who was pregnant with twins named Jacob and Esau. The story goes on to say while Rebecca was pregnant, she inquired of the Lord and asked Him what she was experiencing as the twins jostled each other within her womb. The Lord responded in an allegory that there were two nations within her womb which shall be separated, one will be stronger, and the older shall serve the younger. The Holy Spirit showed me that Esau represented the flesh and Jacob represented the spirit. Many of you are experiencing a struggle within yourself which is your flesh warring against your spirit.

The Lord says; as you experience this inward battle, don't allow your flesh to take dominion and control. Don't allow the nature of your flesh to win as your old nature is battling with the divine nature. Never allow carnality to rule, but as you allow My Spirit to lead and direct you from within, you will be set free from this constant struggle. When discouragement tries to set in, know that you have the strength to follow the way of the Spirit. Use that which I have imparted to you. Do no allow yourself to be controlled by your senses, neither be controlled by thoughts that are conflicting with My word. As you go through difficult seasons, prayerfully seek Me to lead you and guide you in the way of truth.

Just as the rivalry was between Jacob and Esau, stand steadfast and don't give up your birthright. Don't dismiss the blessing that I have bestowed upon your life by submitting to anything that is contrary to My will. Hold on to the dream that I have placed within your heart, and understand the Covenant that I have made with you. Don't allow fearful thoughts to overwhelm you, and never let go of that which I have already provided for you. As you learn how to master your flesh and submit to My Spirit, you will begin to have a new strength to choose each day who you will serve. The thoughts and mindsets that try to war against your soul, will quickly dissipate as you allow Me to lead and guide you from within says the Lord. 


Genesis 25:22 -23
But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like this?" So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: "Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger."
Ephesians 6:10-12

2 Corinthians 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Galatians 5:16 - 17
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.


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September 8, 2018
 


DEMONSTRATION OF THE POWER OF GOD



We are living in a season of shifting, shaking and experiencing many changes worldwide as well as in our personal lives and ministries. To some people it appears as if the darkness is dominating this world, but then there are those believers who recognize that small cloud the size of a man’s hand rising out of the sea. They know that the days ahead will be glorious times of demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit just as they had experienced in the book of Acts.
 
The Lord wants to use every one of us in extraordinary ways not in word only, but in manifestation of His power with healing, miracles, signs and wonders. Jesus said in His word: These signs will follow those who believe: In His name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. The glory of the Lord is going to shake many ministries who have a form of godliness but deny the power.
 
In the book of First Corinthians Chapter two, Paul told the Corinthian church that he did not come with eloquence of speech or carnal persuasiveness, but with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Paul did not speak mere words of man, but he ministered in demonstration with miracles, signs and wonders following. When Paul prayed for people they were healed, set free, delivered, and even the dead were raised. He ministered in authority and boldness declaring to the people that their faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

The Lord says; This is a new day. You are the generation who I have chosen to walk in My authority, power and demonstration of My kingdom on this earth. I am about to release My glory on this earth as it is in heaven. You have been created for miracles, signs and wonders. I am looking for those who will speak to the mountains, rather than encircle the mountains repeatedly.

I am looking for those who will run the race with endurance and stand strong when the winds and waves of adversity arise. They will be those who will walk on water rather than allowing the waves to overtake them. They are those who will release My light into areas of darkness, and the desire of the wicked will perish as they come into the light. They will drive out the inhabitants of the land as My glory arises within them, comes upon them and moves through them.

As you allow My word to sustain you, you will be strengthened beyond your natural abilities. You will no longer be limited in your ways of thinking. You will no longer look to the wisdom of man, but you will understand the truth of My word. As you trust Me, you will no longer be confused by diverse doctrines.

Just as Paul threw the viper off into the fire and was unharmed, you also have the authority to throw the vipers off that tries to attach themselves to you. You are not mere men and women, but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation who will release others out of the kingdom of darkness into My marvelous light. As My light is released, the darkness will instantly diminish. This is the day of the demonstration of My glory. This is the divine plan and purpose that I have for you in this season says the Lord.


Romans 8:19
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4
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.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 4:20
For  the kingdom of God  is not in word but in power.


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September 1, 2018


 
THE GOD OF RENOVATION

 

The Holy Spirit showed me a house being renovated. The word renovate means to rebuild, revamp, redevelop, repair, renew or restore to a better state. In this house the walls were being torn down and rebuilt, a new staircase was installed, a new roof was built, fresh paint was applied to the walls and it was completely refurnished. 

Many of you are in the process of renovation. There are things in your life that seem to be out of place and it may be an uncomfortable season but Jesus is getting you ready for what He has destined for you. He is removing some things that need total demolition and He is strengthening areas that need to be reinforced. He is mending and repairing areas in your life that needs to be restored. All of this is all in preparation to redesign you with a new wine skin to be able to contain the new wine. Some of you are being groomed for a ministry. A larger building requires a stronger foundation.

The Lord says, I will rebuild the damaged places with new life and make adjustments where needed. I will refurbish the rooms of your life that have been infested by pestilence and bring rejuvenation just as I promised to restore the years that the locusts and canker-worm have eaten. I will rebuild and replace the areas that have been decayed and secure the structures that have become weakened.

I will repair the areas of your life that have been battered by winds of turmoil and tragedies, and I will breathe the breath of life back into your being. Allow me to rebuild the desolate places and heal those areas where you have been broken and wounded. Allow me to heal your emotions so that your soul will be revived. Allow Me to realign those parts that have been dislocated.

Allow Me to re position and redesign things that need repair. You will no longer be fatigued but I will energize you and send you forth with new stamina, mobility and confidence. Every area of your life will be reconstructed as I break off the restrictions that have kept you from advancing. My plans and purposes will unfold as I re-establish you ad bring you into perfect alignment with My will says the Lord.


Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:13
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for  His  good pleasure.
 
1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 





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invitation to invade the impossible in His name.
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