Jeffrey and I and our entire family would like to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
As you enter the holiday season with thankfulness and a grateful heart, may the blessings of Heaven come upon your earthly homes and hearts. We are so grateful for all of you who have so faithfully stood with us in prayer and financial support throughout 2021.
We pray abundant blessings upon you and your loved ones— may you prosper in every area of your life and may your children follow in all of his ways.
Have a beautiful day and may joy abound to you throughout the Christmas season.
“…He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1
I wish that I could properly tell you how many beautiful people surrounded me at times in my life that I was brokenhearted. I would not be where I am today if it was not for Jesus’ faithfulness in the midst of my pain or for sending those who loved and comforted me unconditionally.
“The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” Psalm 37:14
During times when I was broken-hearted He never came and told me to change my thinking, to “do something to make me better” and he never made me feel as if I was less spiritual for being crushed in spirit. He just held me. He poured comfort over my broken heart and made sure that I knew that he was constant and present.
We come to these moments of experiencing a broken heart for many different reasons: the loss of someone we love, deep disappointment, and even sometimes our own sin or failure that has brought deep grief to us. Yet, no matter the source of our pain— Jesus comes with unconditional love, comfort and help.
In the seasons of my own personal grief— the sources have often varied; sometimes loss and sometimes my own failures— but what never has changed is that he has always come with the same love and comfort. He didn’t question the source of my broken heart (he already knew) and he didn’t limit his love or comfort based on if the pain came from my personal failings— he just came and loved me— right where I was.
I often wonder if many have become too “wise” in their own eyes to just stop and give love and comfort. I have watched those in the church all too often go to those with a broken heart with an agenda to fix them rather than comfort them. And yet, in my experience, that leaves the person in deeper pain and in more agony than before. In God’s wisdom, he comes to the brokenhearted with love that has no agenda except comfort and healing.
When we go to the one who is broken hearted with the unconditional love of Jesus— it often will do a deeper work then any “words of wisdom” or agenda to fix them ever will do. Love is the key that sets caprives and prisoners free. It releases the merciful love of God. Mercy is love.
When I was a new believer, it was the love of Jesus that was transforming me day by day— and healing my broken heart. About two years after my salvation I went to a Bible college and ministry that was well known but I would quickly discover that us was also very legalistic. I spent the next few years under the intensity of this teaching and loud voices that said, “You should do this and you should do that!” This harsh representation of Jesus halted the beautiful transformation that had been taking place the two years prior. Suddenly I was hearing that “I” needed to make myself change and if I didn’t it seemed to me, through their words, that they were saying the Father would be mad at me if I didn’t fix myself.
When I was newly saved God came and healed my broken heart, he liberated me from captivity and he opened my prison doors. But during the years of being shown “a different Jesus” and a Father that demanded performance, I found that I became a captive once again. This time I was a captive to my own weakness and a prisoner to a religious message that was anything but unconditional. Rather than mercy triumphing over judgement— the message seemed that judgment was being held above mercy. It took me many years to get free from that heavy yoke.
Of course God desires holiness and his character to be produced in our lives but his love rarely needs help to accomplish that. His love was making me hungry for his Word— religion made me afraid of it. His love was binding my wounds but legalism cut deep. His love was revealing his face but the law caused me to hide my face.
When you come across someone with a broken heart— just love! Love will comfort, heal and set them free.
I’m a “fixer” by nature so it is easy for me to want to go in and fix whatever is the source of what is hurting someone but I have had to learn (and still am learning) to just listen, love and often be silent. His love will speak what needs to be spoken to their hearts.
If you have a broke heart (or have had one) and someone brought a rod of correction rather than arms of love please know how sorry that I am for that experience. If you needed a friend but received a “correctional officer” instead— I am so very sorry. If you cried out for help and rather than receiving the oil of healing you received vinegar— I pray that right now the sweetness of his love will be like honey on your lips and wash way the bitter taste that it left.
Lastly, if you have lost someone and anyone has tried to tell you how to grieve or put limits on the time that you have to grieve— may our precious Comforter come to you now and make space for you to fully grieve and heal. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Remember that he wept with Lazarus’ loved ones even when he knew that he was about to raise him back to life— that is how our precious Jesus is with us.
He came to heal the brokenhearted— let’s be like him and be healing to those who are hurting.
Some days I get to thinking about the way we do things in the church and if they are actually aligned with the character of God or just something we learned through culture and religion.
Yesterday and today have been some of those days of pondering the deep and raw things that we face as humans.
I have walked with a global team from many nations for over twenty years. Throughout the years I have noticed that some cultures are more reserved in their expressions and some are much more demonstrative in their expressions. For instance, the believers that I walk with from North America and England can be prone to wear a “stiff upper lip” when things are challenging and they will “find truth and through faith stand firm in it.” Yet, many of those that I walk with from the Middle Eastern nations or from places like France tend more to be very demonstrative and will express deep emotions while standing in truth and faith.
Having been born and raised in America and being raised in the American church for nearly 40 years (next year marks 40), I often feel like a Middle Eastern in an American culture. I feel things deeply and when I cry— I weep! This can be when I’m touched by the Lord or when I feel compassion for someone hurting.
Many times when this has come on me I have had people come over to pray inner-healing over me or even pray a deliverance type prayer over me. Quite honestly, it has made it hard to be true to how God has wired me because somehow in North America we give the impression that it is more “spiritually mature” to hold our emotions together and keep a “stiff upper lip” in the face of hardships. We give the message that “faith does not weep— only defeat weeps.” Why do we think this? Is it pride or control or do we think that Jesus was like this? Remember— he was Middle Eastern!
When Jesus came upon Lazarus’ friends and family, at his tomb, he knew that he was going to raise him to life and yet he first wept with those who were weeping. It probably wasn’t our contained and controlled silent tears that we see at a funeral here in North America (messy weeping is only for privacy when you’re alone), but I suspect there was weeping and wailing because their brother and friend had died. They knew he was in heaven but still they wept— and Jesus wept with them.
When my brother died this past January, quite honestly, I wailed in tears— a lot! I couldn’t contain it and quite frankly I didn’t go to church for a month because I knew I couldn’t contain it. In America it would be disruptive and a nice intercessor would gently ask you to come to another room with them for prayer. Ponder that.
So here is my question— I have noticed that our generation’s sons and daughters (those who have kids in their 20’s & 30’s) deal with deep issues of anxiety, struggle with depression and often feel isolated or alone within the church. Yes— in the body of Christ. I walk with a lot of young adults and this is a real struggle.
I understand that there is gross darkness like we never dreamed all around them but I think that within the church it may be something more— something that our American culture has creating by having an atmosphere of having to “hold it together.” We have modeled a culture and atmosphere that often says to them, “If you have faith then you war, not weep.” But can we weep and still war?
I actually believe that you can war while weeping and that God created us with deep emotions that are to be expressed. I am not talking about weeping in hopelessness or raging in unrestrained anger, but rather that we create an atmosphere where people don’t have to be alone in a shower or under the covers of their bed to pour out the depths of their hearts. I often wonder if the anxiety we see, even in the church, on the younger generation is because they have been taught to “hold everything in” and how to act appropriately in church? Can we stand in faith and still allow our emotions to be given a place of expression?
When I go to other nations “prayers of travail” are common. The Chinese will deeply travail in prayer, the Egyptian’s will travail in prayer— but it is rare in America (not unheard of but not common). They do not travail because they don’t believe or have faith but when God causes his compassion to come upon them for a people group, an individual that is sick or for a nation that is suffering— they travail. And often, I have travailed with them.
I have seen more breakthrough in their prayers than in any other culture. Recently, I was with a group of Chinese who persevered and travailed in prayer for a young woman that we all love who was dying of cancer. Through a Zoom call we met, we cried out and we wept in travail— AND SHE WAS MIRACULOUSLY HEALED!
I believe in standing firm in faith, decreeing truth and using the weapons of our warfare according to the Bible to see a turnaround but I do not believe that we have to shut off our emotions and separate them from our posture of faith. I wonder if this has created a sense of isolation and anxiety for our children in the church. Remember…Jesus wept!
If we don’t know how to weep then how will we know how to rejoice?
I spent many years traveling with a group of French and English. The French knew how to dance for joy and weep in sorrow (and in joy). I remember how hard it was for them to comprehend the emotional control and restraint of the English. Both groups loved God deeply and were both were so very faithful— but the English struggled with the passion of the French and the French struggled with the restraint of the English. Of course there are times that passion and emotions can begin to usurp the Spirit and can run amuck— but I believe that God desires to have our souls submitted to his Spirit without cutting off passion and emotion. Emotions aren’t bad! They are only negative if not submitted to the Spirit of Truth. There is freedom (even emotional freedom) when we have fully surrendered and submitted our souls to his Spirit.
Therefor, should we, in the Church of North America, re-examine how we model prayer, expression, passion and faith? Our victory isn’t gained in self-controlled emotion but it is secured in Christ— who knew how to weep and still resurrect. Faith is not stronger when we restrain passion or emotion— faith is our posture and belief in the midst of human emotions.
Jesus didn’t shy away from calling a leper a leper or a blind man blind out of fear that acknowledging the infirmity would block his power but instead his compassion released the power to heal those bound by infirmities. I wonder if at times he healed with tears of compassion in his eyes? Remember, Jesus didn’t tell those who came to tell him that his friend Lazarus was dying, “Do not say that he is dying because that will align your faith with death.” No, their faith was in Jesus and his power to heal— so they ran to him and told him what was happening.
This is what I am pondering today as we stand in the midst of people suffering in this pandemic, in the midst of wars and rumors of wars and in the midst of darkness. We have the beautiful, eternal and imperishable victory— but we were created with deep emotions and those emotions do not stop the power of God from flowing. Maybe we should travail a little more and allow the compassion of Christ to move freely. Maybe this will give a place to our children and our children’s children to walk without the anxiety of having to hold it all together to prove that they are walking in faith?
Let’s make a place for them to rejoice with passion and to weep with compassion. Let’s consider that maybe our restraint is restraining the prayers that require weeping and compassion.
Just some deep thoughts to begin my day… thank you for listening.
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A week ago I had one of the most unexpected and transforming encounters of my life. I am praying that the Spirit will help me to share it with you so that you can truly experience the transformation as well.
I was in our Sunday service here in downtown Portland, Oregon. As always, worship was powerful and beautiful from the moment we began. Then, I found myself being drawn into a place in the spirit that I had never been before— at least not like this. I was no longer in Portland but I was going to a heavenly place. As I was moving from one realm (the earthly realm) into the other (the heavenly realm) I began to experience every grief, burden and “battle outcome” being swallowed up by the sound of heaven.
I suddenly found myself bowed down in The Throne Room where I was absolutely overwhelmed and overtaken by the kindness of God, the mercy of God, the holiness of God and the absolute victory of God. I began weeping uncontrollably— not because I was sad but because it caused everything in me to cry out, “Holy, holy, holy!”
I could see other people coming from earth to heaven and as they did, all defeat and death was swallowed up in the victory of Jesus. This place was so vast and yet so full— but FULL of every aspect of God. Waves of “who he is” wound wash over me, one after another, and I’d bow down even lower while crying out, “Holy, holy, holy are you!” A wave that revealed his kindness would come and take my breathe away because it would fill every part of this place and everyone (and every being) within it. Then a wave of his mercy would come and the same thing would happen— and so on. I never wanted to leave this place because I was absolutely free of every sense of defeat and immersed in complete victory. Eternal victory!
When I began to experience my spirit returning to the room on earth, I passed through a place where I saw the enemy. He was holding two playing cards— one said, “Victory” and one said, “Defeat.” Then without any words spoken to me, I suddenly knew that as long as the church (His sons and daughters) had an “outcome” mentality of victory or defeat that it enabled the enemy to play that card again and again. He held the victory card for himself and played the defeat card against the saints of God. But it was us who were empowering him to play it and even to hold it.
I knew that the Lord wanted us to have our minds renewed with the imperishable victory in found in heaven (that swallows up death and defeat) and become a people who view and believe that for those “in Christ”, victory is the only outcome— no matter what our natural eyes see or circumstances seek to dictate.
In that place (The Throne Room) death and defeat was swallowed up in absolute victory and all I could do was cry out “Holy.”
God is desiring a transformation from being an “outcome minded” to “overcoming minded” people. We must remove the card that says, “Defeat” from the enemies hand so that he cannot play it against us any longer. Every time he plays it and it is believed (due to not seeing the outcome we desired or hoped for) it releases doubt, defeat, depression and disillusionment which opens all kinds of doors to become more worldly minded. We move further away from the awareness of his holiness and begin to embrace the lies that we are defeated. We are to be heavenly minded and everything that we experienced is swallowed up in the victory that Jesus secured for us over 2000 years ago. Every experience, even the painful ones, should draw us closer to heaven where we are healed by who he is and every attribute that is within him. The hard “perishable” (temporal) experiences should be brought to the imperishable (eternal) truth and clothed with garments of praise. Then our weeping would even cause us to cry out, “Holy!”
The enemy is using this defeat card as his “trump card” (a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage) against God’s people. It’s time to play it against him and pull it from his hand.
I am not saying that hard things will stop happening here on earth if we remove this card from Satan’s hand. But if we renew our minds so that the only possible outcome for those in Christ is victory then the “effects of believing defeat” will stop devastating our souls through these temporal circumstances and trials.
I want to say this with absolute conviction, “ULTIMATELY, FOR THOSE IN CHRIST- THE ONLY OUTCOME IS VICTORY.” That was what I took away from this thirty minutes in The Throne Room.
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “”Death has been swallowed up in victory.”” 1 Corinthians 15:54
In that place I was clothed with the imperishable— the eternal— and experienced everything relating to death and defeat being swallowed up in victory. EVERYTHING!
I am praying that God would, by his Spirit, transform our minds and beliefs to become an “overcoming minded people” rather than an “outcome minded people” that have a victory or defeat mentality. Let’s pull that defeat card out of the enemy’s hand leaving him with only a victory card that declares “his defeat!”
May the imperishable truth, this eternal truth, overcome our temporal and perishable circumstances and minds. Victory is the only imperishable truth for those in Christ. So we cry out, “Holy, holy, holy are YOU!”
I have discovered that when you write a book about navigating through wilderness seasons that it might test the truths that you have written about. So, I am navigating peace and finding Jesus as my “door of hope” while having to postpone the release date until Tuesday, November 30th.
We have worked with the platforms that print the books for countless hours over the past week after a human error was discovered. Everything is ready but we cannot go live with the updated ordering links until we are sure that all of the hundreds of preorders will be printed with the correct file (long and involved story that I will not bore you with— “Jesus take the wheel”)
This book carries the redemption of heaven within the pages and stories. Therefore, we are going to see this delay redeemed as well.
Thank you for your patience and love (and prayers!). What we’ve been facing is unprecedented obstacles that we’ve never had with any book before this (and we were dealing with Covid when the initial error occurred).
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“But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!” Psalms 93:4
Have you felt like you’ve been the underdog in a boxing rink with an opponent that has knocked your feet out from under you with his punch? If so, know this…THE LORD IS MIGHTIER THAT THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SENT AGAINST YOU!
I felt my spirit rise up this morning as I declared, “I am arising in the might of my God!” Many lives have been hit so hard that they have fallen to their knees. But the enemy has forgotten that for the believer, victory is accessed on their knees. It’s not in their strength, but often in their weakness that the power of God takes over!
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
He is mighty to save you! You may feel knocked down but you are not knocked out! It’s time to shake off the disorienting and stunning hit you took and rise up “in His strength and might!” Let your spirit arise while on your knees and watch God release His victory punch on your behalf.
This is your “Rocky” moment! The enemy is rejoicing and dancing in victory a bit too soon. He thinks you’re down for the ten count, but suddenly I hear the count go from “one, two, three, four, five…” to “five, four, three, two, one!” There is a reversal and I see God’s people rising up in victory. As the count is reversed the sound is like a mighty punch upon the enemy that will take him down by the might of God. As you are rising up in your spirit, your enemy is going down!
“…It is not by force nor by strength, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 4:6
The battle belongs to the Mighty One, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Suddenly you will rise and laughter and joy will fill you with renewed strength. There will be no trauma left, no mark left of what hit you because there is a supernatural reversal.
Get ready to see the Spirit of the Lord bring you an unprecedented victory! You may have been seen as the underdog in this battle but because you have put your hope in the Lord, He is coming in might and power to save you and restore you.
If you are down today after a “knock down blow,” while you’re down, begin to declare, “May God arise and my enemies be scattered!”
This morning I was taken into a vision of God’s people being pulled back by some unseen force. They were confused, disoriented and even resisting this force that was seemingly pulling them back. Then I was taken to see the the greater picture and they were actually in God’s hand as he held a massive slingshot. He had his people in this slingshot (they are the stone) and he was pulling it back with great force— further and further. The pressure was getting great and greater the further he pulled back. He was aiming at a great “Goliath” type giant that was mocking, opposing, threatening and arrogantly fearless of God’s people. But he was forgetting that they were in the hand of God.
That was the end of the vision but I distinctly felt as though the “pulling back” was just about complete and a great launch that would take down this giant would happen soon and when it did it would be a quick “take down.”
If you feel pulled back, like you’re being forced into a tight place, and feel great pressure— it may be that you are being pulled back as a stone in the slingshot in God’s hand that will suddenly be launched with great strength and accuracy to take down that which is threatening God’s people.
Rather than resisting and rebuking— come into agreement with being a weapon in the hand of God to take down this great giant. Say like Mary, “Be it unto me according to your word!”
Yield to God’s hand and trust him as he does what only he can do! The stone is about to be launched and take down the great giant!
The past few days I have picked up in my spirit what seems to be an assignment sent to divide relationships. It’s not something I’m aware of in the natural but I keep picking up on a stirring of agitation, differences of opinions and confusion that robs peace and unity.
Often the Lord will allow “feelers” or those with prophetic sensitivity to pick up on something unseen as a warning to beware or rather BE AWARE! Be aware if you begin to feel agitated at someone, be aware of moments of offense and deal with them quickly, be aware of the loss of peace that can draw you into chaos and concussion and be aware of your flesh!
We can take every thought and reaction to thoughts and feelings captive with the help of Holy Spirit. But don’t let your thoughts wander or take you down paths that have thorns and thieves.
Often when the enemy is losing ground he will revert to his “same ole tricks” that create chaos, confusion and criticism. He hates peace, joy and love therefore he is always sending demons to disrupt and disturb these amazing and powerful fruits of the Spirit.
It often comes out of left field and if you have not trained your soul to “catch these little foxes” they will spoil the fruit. So be aware of these little foxes that create big havoc.
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Song of Solomon 2:15
I have seen first love being rekindled in the hearts of God’s people and that love is turning hearts to one another as well. We must protect the tender love that is blossoming on the vines at this time. Watch over your heart, your mind and your love carefully— and pray for God’s people to “catch the foxes” and let the blossoms become fruit on the vine of the Father’s vineyard.
As many celebrate Halloween today I kept being drawn to a word within that word which is “Hallowed”. Hallowed means, “may your name be Holy”.
We read these words in Matthew 6,
““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
I love this prayer, especially during this time in the world, I find myself praying these very words often,
“As we, Your people, declare, ‘Holy is Your name’ we also ask that Your kingdom would come and Your will be done in our nation and in the nations as it is in Heaven.”
We ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in our lives, our families, our homes, our churches, cities and nations. His will is the wisdom that we desire to walk in and His kingdom is the culture that we long to live in.
This is how He taught us and encouraged us to pray. God would never teach us to pray in a way that He doesn’t intend to answer. You can pray this prayer each day with faith that He will answer. His name is Holy (Hallowed) and on a day that so many dress up to be someone or something that they are not, our God never changes or lies, He never leads us to believe something that is not true. Holy and true, faithful and good is our God!
The prayer goes onto say,
“Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:11-13
Once again, if God teaches us to pray for our daily bread then He intends give us our daily bread. Our Father promises to provide for our daily needs. This is not only our physical needs for provision but it is also for the provision that we need spiritually. As we forgive we are then forgiven. His grace continues throughout the ages that washes us from sin. Then God goes further and keeps us from temptation and the evil one. We are to pray this daily in the same way we pray daily for our provision. Remember to ask the Lord to protect our nations from the evil one as well!
Today may we declare that HE IS HOLY. Holy is His name in all the Earth. As many will be celebrating fear and darkness this day may God’s people be declaring, “Hallowed be Thy name!” May He deliver us all from the evil one.
May we declare this day, “Hallowed be your name, Jesus!” This is the name that brings peace, life and promises. While death and fear is made “acceptable” today (even to children)— we will rejoice in the “GIVER OF LIFE!”