What makes us righteous? The Book of Romans makes reference to our faith in Jesus being the single thing that makes us righteous throughout it. In ourselves, not one is righteous, but through faith in Jesus we have been made righteous.
It is no wonder that there is such an attack against God’s people’s faith. If the enemy can get us to abandon our faith and trade it for unbelief, causing us to live in accusation against God’s faithfulness, then he has succeeded in destroying the very thing that calls us, “Believers.”
I felt a deep stirring for all of those who have had their faith attacked to the point of struggling with unbelief and believing that God has failed them. As I prayed for them I cried out to each one saying, “Hold fast to your faith above all else!” This is your our precious possession! Faith is our secure posture— for the Word says that those who put their trust (faith) in the Lord will never be put to shame…and never disappointed. The world and life may bring disappointments but his love will never leave you in lack.
At the end of my life— I want my faith to be the confident assurance that I enter eternity with. There is is no disappointment on this earth that will compare to the glorious riches we will receive when we stand face to face before him.
If your faith has been attacked— take it back before the end of 2021! Begin the New Year with your faith fully intact. It does not have to be feeling— but a declaration and decision that becomes your unmovable posture. No matter what happens— good or bad, joy or pain— hold fast to your faith!!
Take a moment today to pray for those who are wavering and questioning their faith. Unanswered prayers, losses, disappointments are hard and can wear down even the strongest— but we must hold onto our faith as our most precious treasure! Let no one and nothing rob you of your faith in Jesus!
My heart and prayers are with you to be strengthened in your faith and in your love. I pray that in every place that 2021 has brought you pain and confusion that you will be comforted; receiving grace and healing. He loves you and nothing can take that from you.
Two days ago I was editing a chapter I wrote for an upcoming prophetic book to which I was asked to contribute. As I reread one section that referred to the 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and New Testament, suddenly the Holy Spirit clearly spoke to me. He said one sentence that gripped me immediately. I heard,
“This is the end of the ‘silence of the lambs’ and now begins the ‘roar of the Lion of Judah.’”
When I heard the word, “silence” I saw a number of things. First, I saw a spiritual war in the heavenly realm over the earth, as the enemy seeks to silence the Church. Second, I saw human laws and mandates that have been put in place to silence the Church. Third, I saw men and women in deep disillusionment, believing that their prayers had fallen on deaf ears; as if God had not heard their prayers. Finally, I saw the message of the Lamb of God being silenced from the ears of many who could be set free through salvation by grace.
I find it interesting that we are in a time in the United States that we have been recognizing and doing many prophetic acts and spiritual journeys regarding the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower Compact, and the covenant the Pilgrims made with God as they began their life in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 2021 also marked 400 years since the first “Thanksgiving” (which we all understand went terribly wrong by 1622 when the Jamestown Massacre occurred). There has been many journeys of repentance by believers this past year regarding the breaking of covenants with God and with the Native Americans. Many have been led by the Spirit to rewrite and enter into the original covenants made with God regarding his desire and intent for our great nation: that it would be a Christian nation!
I personally believe that there has been a great war in the heavenly realm and in the earthly realm to stop what God began 400 years ago—a war to silence the lambs, the followers of Jesus Christ. This often unperceived war (or undiscerned/unrecognized war) has resulted in what we are seeing today: disunity with man and God, broken covenants with man and God, and evil having the loudest voice while Christ-followers are silenced.
The announcement that I heard: “This is the end of the ‘silence of the lambs’ and now begins the ‘roar of the Lion of Judah’” is a turning point! Just like the arrival of John the Baptist after 400 years since the final words in the Book of Malachi.
Let’s take a moment to reread the words in Malachi 4 (the final words before the 400 years of biblical silence),
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant—all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount Sinai for all Israel.
“Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:2-6
The end of the silence comes with the arrival of John the Baptist— the forerunner voice that preached God’s Final Judgment and baptized repentant followers in preparation for it. His message began a new level of warfare to silence the sheep of God’s fold and yet his message, through many messengers, has gone forth from generation to generation. The war to silence the message and dilute it’s core truth—creating a lukewarm church—is more fierce than ever. The message of the fear of the Lord that brings men to repentance has been tragically silenced from the understanding of the mass majority of mankind.
Though I do not know or pretend to know how God will turn this, I sense that he is about to roar over the wicked and the righteous alike. One will fall and the other will flourish. The Lord gave me Proverbs 29 to confirm this,
“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” Proverbs 29:2
Sheep nations will rejoice and flourish while goat nations cause their people to groan in oppression and misery. Proverbs 29 goes onto say,
“When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.” Proverbs 29:16
We will see the downfall of many wicked who hold seats of authority in all realms of society (from church to finance to government). The flourishing of sin will be diminished by the roar and the flourishing of repentance and the fear of the Lord will be heard in the land. The Spirit of Elijah that restores the the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, and the undiluted message of John the Baptist will no longer be silenced as the roar of the Lion of Judah is heard!
Finally, I “sense” (I have not heard this from the mouth of the Lord but sense this from what I feel in my spirit— I want to make that clear) that God will do something in the United States that will be in response to his roar which will ultimately echo through many nations to bring the fear of the Lord and the flourishing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Since 2020 began and ushered our world into a global crisis, I have watched as many believers have struggled to keep their hopes high and their faith strong. For sure we have all experienced many losses and gone through many trials but God is saying, “RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND WATCH WHAT I WILL DO!”
I saw expectations lifted up like a banner being raised or flags being flown over lives, homes and cities. It was like a people rising up and taking a stand! I believe that God is calling his people to get up— STAND UP— and make a stand before heaven and earth, before God and all of Hell’s resistance— a stand that says, “Who can stop the Lord Almighty.”
“I, the Lord All-Powerful, have made these plans. No one can stop me now!” Isaiah 14:27
When the Lord purposes (plans, promises) something in your life— nothing can stop him! You may have experienced long delays, seemingly impossible circumstances or great resistance— but it is time to stand up and raise the banner of expectation that declares, “WHO CAN STOP THE LORD ALMIGHTY!”
He is the One who births nations in a day, raises the dead, heals the sick, fill empty jars with oil to pay the debtors, puts life in empty wombs and coins in the mouths of fish. He has not changed! He has not been restricted by any government or man-made policy— HE IS GOD! He is asking his people to shake off the lethargy and unbelief that seeks to steal our joy. It is time to leave the cave, make a stand and raise the banner of great expectation because of “who he is.” Raise it high for all to see!
If you have lost your way or lost your hope, as a corporate family of God, we now call you forth from the grave of disappointment and despair into expectation and confident hope. We call you forth out of the lies that have caused you to see God as distant and “unable” into the posture of declaring, “My God is able to do more than I can ask or imagine!” We, together, call all of those who feel disenfranchised into their legal rights as sons and daughters to believe and even expect the impossible. We say, “You shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!”
He is bowing low to lift you up. He is breathing life, his breath and his very power into you to raise you up once again. It is “by his Spirit” that you will live in joy and hopeful expectations again. Just watch as you leave the cave of disillusionment— watch what your God will do for you!
I don’t know what lies ahead for this world in 2022, but I do know that the purposes he has for you cannot be stopped! There is a reason to have great expectations in this season— it is Jesus! He is God Almighty.
Therefore, I declare over your life, “All that he has planned and purposed for your life WILL be accomplished! Who can stop the Lord Almighty!”
Around the one week before Christmas mark every year I find myself struggling to be at peace. I absolutely love the holidays but as a mom (and now grandma), I am usually in charge of buying the gifts, wrapping the gifts, putting up the decorations, planning the meals (although my AMAZING husband does so much of that!) and what feels like a thousand other little things that add up to a very “busy mind.” I find myself laying down to rest at night but rather than sleeping, going over lists in my mind of all that needs to be done. Last night was one of those nights.
As the hours slipped by I understood the scripture that says, “Strive to enter into rest…” (Heb. 4.11). I was truly “striving” to enter into rest last night. These times, though they are not a crisis or any sort of emergency, remind me how vital it is to practice peace— the peace that surpasses understanding— on a daily basis. If we don’t practice living in the supernatural peace that comes only from Jesus, then when we are faced with a real crisis or emergency we will flounder and find ourselves overcome by the storm or circumstance that surround us.
As you prepare to go into 2022, do a peace check-up. Is your peace based on your surroundings or circumstances? If chaos is all around can your soul still find the rest and peace that is unshakable? The best time to “practice peace” is in the midst of chaos. It’s not a great gauge when peace is all around.
So, every December— in the midst of joyful celebrations, I will find that my peace gets tested and it’s a good time to gauge my “peace meter”, which I found lacking last night. Today I will begin to pray that His peace will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I will be purposeful in making sure that I am clothed in His peace and that my soul is recalibrated to His peace. Remember, peace is a practice not a one time victory that remains forever. It is an exercise of your soul to remain aligned with His Spirit.
As we approach one of the busiest times of the year, let’s be purposeful in practicing putting on peace. Let us finish the year strong in our souls by being saturated in His peace. And let’s ring in the new year with a life that has been aligned and recalibrated to the One who declared, “Peace on Earth, good will toward all men.”
Peace is a practice— let’s practice it with great purpose!
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As I was reading through the Book of Philippians, I was stopped by a verse where Paul is greatly hoping to send his dear and trusted friend, Timothy, to the believers in Philippi. This is what Paul says about Timothy,
“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 2:19-21
Paul makes it clear that there are few (or even no others) like him. Timothy walked and lived with a “genuine” heart of concern for the welfare of others— he was not merely seeking his own interests. It is so sad that it is rare to find such a man.
On occasion I have to the absolute joy and privilege of meeting these rare men and women. They love, they serve and they live with the heart of Jesus for his people with such genuine integrity. These individuals always just cause me to stop and watch (and learn). They give without the thought of “why am I always giving?” or counting the cost. They love without limits and without a demand to be seen. They serve with both joy and true concern for another. They are genuine!
Church culture has far too often highlighted gifts over true character, resulting in a performance driven culture that drains both the leader and the people. I find myself wondering, “Where are those who are like Timothy?” Where are those with proven character and genuine concern for the people’s welfare? Where are the leaders who take far greater joy in their people truly becoming like Jesus and having his character developed in them. If we had many Timothy’s throughout our congregations we’d probably have healthy families and churches that were truly “lighthouses” in the world’s storms.
This is not to bring condemnation on anyone because I have met those who I would consider true “Timothys.” Yet, in the current global atmosphere, we need those with the character of Timothy more than ever before. We need men and women who will walk in genuine love and concern for the well-being of people they are called to serve. And each of us need to ask the Holy Spirit to do that work within us. Paul fully trusted Timothy to be sent because of his integrity and we want the Father to trust us with the people that he sends us to. When we stand before him, I fully believe that will be one of the things that remains— how well and how genuinely did we love and care for others?
It is time to daily ask for a heart like Timothy’s, which was like Jesus’. Not just for pastors or for that rare individual that is loving well behind the scenes— but for every man and women and every gift and every position to walk with genuine concern for the well-being of the people they are called to serve.
What if the leaders of nations had the integrity of Timothy that put the well-being of their citizens before anything else? The people would thrive and the nation would prosper! What if the business leaders served like Timothy and raised up other leaders with a genuine concern for their employees well-being? Those companies and corporations would also thrive and prosper because their employees would thrive at work and at home. What if fathers and mothers, pastors and church leaders, teachers and doctors had the character of Timothy? What a different world we would live in!
So often money or the desire for a recognized name (or the desire for power) has usurped the genuine concern that Paul describes Timothy as possessing. May the Church be those who change this and model what Timothy carried in every sphere of influence; from family to government, businesses to churches. May we genuinely model what it could look like when God’s people become like Timothy and nurture people to have genuine concern for others first and foremost in whatever they will do.
“God, give us this genuine concern for others! Forgive us for every place that has not carried your heart and for every selfish ambition that uses others for personal gain. Transform your people, in every sphere of influence, to walk and live like Timothy— who had your genuine heart. Raise up a people who cause others to thrive and prosper because they were shown true and genuine love and concern as they matured in character.
In 2006 Kris Vallontton gave me a lengthy prophecy in which God called me “a prophet of compassion.” He said that it is a rare breed of prophets but that I would raise up other “prophets of compassion” and they would have a heart like Mother Theresa for those they see. I have carried this word for over fifteen years but it’s only been in the past two months that it has been brought to the forefront of my mind to see released. It has felt like a “time release” word that has finally come upon the proper time.
I believe that there are many of these “prophets of compassion” who will suddenly arise and prophesy when moved out of a spirit of compassion. Many of these tender hearted ones have been hidden in the secret place praying with tears of love and compassion as the Lord entrusted them with the deep things on his heart.
I see them coming from the secret place and walking through the streets and through the nations like Mother Theresa did in the streets of Calcutta, India. They will feel the prophetic power flow from them like Jesus did when healing power flowed as the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of his garment. Their words will bring healing, release true identity, touch the “poor in spirit” with the riches of heaven and shift nations and people groups. Their words will have been conceived in the compassion that flows from intercession and even in deep travail. In a world that feels harsh and harmful to the souls of many— these prophets will be the voice of comfort and hope to many. They will be like the “hem of the Lord’s garment” touching earth.
Often these prophetic voices have felt “out of place” or been mislabeled within the church body because of the uniqueness of their gift and the way they are “wired.” They can evangelize but it’s not in the way that your typical evangelist operates— for they will be walking through their day and suddenly compassion for someone will be stirred in their hearts and prophetic power will begin to flow. Their words will feed the hungry and impoverished souls just because they walked by them on their journey. It will break the spirit of heaviness off of wounded ones.
These prophets will walk among a particular people group or step onto land and they will be gripped by compassion for those people or that land and out of deep compassion that is intermingled with intercession they will release the heart of God that both comforts and heals.
Their words will have a “pastoral” element upon them that causes those who hear their words to feel deeply loved and held. They are not actually “pastors” (by gifting/calling) but their words will feel like the Father has bowed down to lift the one who receives their words into his arms.
It is time for this company of prophets to arise. Our world needs these prophets of compassion to speak and prophecy like never before. Even the earth is longing for their words of compassion to release a comfort that has the power to heal and restore creation and nations.
Pray for these ones to come forth in readiness and purity. Pray protection around them because the enemy fears the release of these voices. There is a vulnerability (not a negative weakness but a deep tenderness) upon them that needs to be partnered with by those who will surround them with prayer and awareness of what they are carrying. Heidi Baker is an amazing example of this gift— she has been a forerunner of this gift put in action for all of us to see. Not all will function as she does for their spheres of influence will be in many different expressions and callings.
Please know that I am not saying that other prophets have not functioned apart from a heart of compassion but this will be the main motivation of these particular prophetic voices.
It is time for the prophets of compassion to arise!
As I waited on the Lord the Holy Spirit led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to “who is God?”; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the “impossibilities” that are even now upon many of the lives of God’s people. We are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
“O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering.
And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD —he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”” 1 Kings 18:36-37, 39
Life and circumstances in 2021 may feel like a “drenched altar” where you have offered your best. So many things look impossible but may the faith and assurance that Elijah walked in come upon you to believe that our God will prove Himself faithful in the “impossibles” that surround you.
Many of the prophetic voices have been prophesying with faith like Elijah had! They are prophesying the breakthrough of impossibilities and miracles; often in the midst of their own impossibilities. We must be found on the side of faith then on the side of despair and hopelessness. Faith does not disappoint because our hope is ultimately in our King— Jesus Christ. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many impossibilities surrounding the lives of people that I know but miracles don’t happen in the ordinary but in the extraordinarily impossibilities that come before us. God is merciful and we will see His mercy manifest as miracles in 2022. These are our Red Sea, Jordan River, Jericho and David vs Goliath moments. Let us face them in faith! I’d rather die in faith then live in unbelief! It’s time for fire to fall and consume your impossibilities!
1 Kings 18 goes on to tell of when Elijah prays for rain. Though there was no sign of rain he sends his servant seven times to look for rain clouds after he prayed. Finally his servant returns the seventh time and reports that he saw a small cloud, only the size of a man’s hand. Elijah tells his servant to go report to Ahab to go swiftly because an “abundance of rain” will come quickly…and it did!
I see a small cloud, the size of a man’s hand and I know that it is a sign to prepare for a downpour— abundance of rain to suddenly fall. Mercy is falling!
All that is impossible for man is possible with God. The spirit of Elijah is prophesying that the fire will consume the offering and the abundance of rain will pour down upon the dry land. That is who our God is!
Each morning I wake up to see these words written on the wall of our bedroom, “His Love Will Calm Your Fears.” They remind me to begin each day in the home and refuge of His love. There I am given peace, rest and joy in His presence.
While panic and negative news fills the airwaves and the conversations all around us, the good news of His love ushers us home to a place where only victory and triumph reside.
“So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Isaiah 28:16
In the refuge of His love we are able to exchange panic for peace and shaking knees for a sure foundation. The home of His love is filled with every good and perfect gift— there is no lack within a life who’s foundation is Christ.
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25
Our home and place of refuge is built upon the Rock of our Lord— and it withstands every storm, flood and wind that comes. The life built on trust in Jesus will not fail or fall. Your fears are calmed and you can find rest and comfort from the surrounding storms.
I hear in my spirit, God declaring and releasing a blessing upon the homes of those who trust in Him. For they have an unshakable hope— an eternal hope that cannot be stolen. He is releasing mercy, comfort, peace, provision and gifts from above. Because you have built your home on the Rock of your salvation— He says, “Wisdom has built your walls and My love has become the shelter and cover over you. I am pouring blessing from Heaven upon your heart and your home even now.”
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4
I see the storehouse of Heaven opening up to shower you and your household with abundant blessings. I see this happening upon your hearts and your homes even today. Why? BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE THE LORD YOUR REFUGE AND BUILT YOUR HOUSE UPON HIM!
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
He is the God of mercy and the God of miracles. He looks with favor upon you and causes His favor to go before you. He is turning ashes into beauty and mourning into joy. His blessing is upon you. This is not to be a time of dread but of joy and expectation. YOU WILL SEE THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING.
Shake off the dread, the threats of doom and the hopelessness that is in the homes of the wicked— for you are blessed and you have hope because His love NEVER FAILS!
“The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” Proverbs 3:33
Rejoice today and open your arms and hearts to receive the blessings that are being showered upon you today.
Each day the Lord has been encouraging me to take up a weapon that we do not often speak of when we are discussing warfare; it is rest and stillness.
Isaiah 30:15 says,
“…You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.”
As humans, we are quick to engage in a battle that appears before us or to raise our voices to declare what we believe to be truth and righteousness. This is not a bad thing when it is the Lord’s instructions but the past few months the Lord has “quieted my soul” and drawn me into a place of trust and confidence that often needs no words.
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” Psalm 131:1
This world has continuous matters that are often “too lofty” for me. Does that mean that I ignore them or pretend that they do not exist? May it never be said that I ignored suffering or injustice. And yet, often when I go before the Lord with these “great matters” I hear him asking me to come and lay them at his feet, along with all of my concerns and anxieties about them. Then he whispers that it will be okay and that “he knows.”
He then takes me to a place of sovereign peace and active, quiet confidence. It’s not a passive quietness but one that declares, “You are God.”
For me, stillness is often an act of greater discipline than declaring loudly his Word or praying in the Spirit while pacing and engaging my body, soul and spirit. Yet, I am finding that there is great authority and alignment in this posture of peace and stillness that partners with the awareness that he is the mighty Lion of Judah. It is like the lamb lying down with the Lion— knowing that in rest my deliverance will come and in quiet confidence I will be strengthened— no longer to be worn out by the battle.
Again— this is not to suggest that there are not times to engage in a form of warfare that swings a sword and charges the enemy, but there is great victory in rest and quite confidence. There is deliverance in the place of surrendering your “actions” in order to trust in his power and might. I have found deep intimacy in this place of knowing him to the point of awe, wonder and stillness.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Christ lives in me, therefore, I can yield to his life and power within me— even in my stillness. I have found great power in corporate praise and declarations but equally as great of power in my private posture of intentional rest and quietness as I put my full confidence in him.
He longs to restore you, strengthen you and deliver you from all that has wearied your soul.