Last night I had a brief, yet profound (and completely unexpected), encounter during a time of worship. Suddenly, I found myself in the third heaven and I was looking out upon the “Crystal Sea” or “Sea of Glass” that is before the throne. I have never seen anything like this before. The sapphire blue was breathtaking and endless; and the sky (horizon) was like fire and reflected His eyes. The stillness upon this sea was far beyond “the lack of a storm or waves”- it was a sovereign stillness and peace that carried great power that saturation the entire atmosphere. It was as if a great “weightiness” was upon the peace— a weighty peace.
As I stood there, looking out upon it, Lord asked me, “Would you like to walk upon it?” He took my hand (though I never saw His face— only heard His voice and felt His hand take mine) and He walked me out a short distance upon this crystal sea of glass. I don’t know how to describe what I saw but over this immense sea the sky had what I can only describe as both the sunrise and sunset happening simultaneously. Actually all of the colors from the beginning to end of morning and evening somehow were intermingled and the sea and sky reflected it all. I knew that His face was the source of these colors and that all of heaven reflected His image, His power, and His beauty. The weight of peace and rest on this sea and in this place was an experience I will never forget. It was the most powerful stillness I’ve ever encountered and yet it was such a brief moment that I was there.
I wanted to share this with you because of what happened next. As I was taking in this peace and beauty the Lord said to me, “Did you know that you can bring this peace from heaven down to earth?”
After He spoke those words, I was immediately back in the room in Washington DC where we were worshiping and praying. I knew that we had the authority to take this weighty peace and see it come into the earthly realm.
We have received many warnings that when President Trump announces the Supreme Court nominee that it will be like a civil war in our streets and nation. But as many of us have prayed, we’ve felt peace that makes no sense in the midst of warnings. I felt that God was giving us permission to ask for the peace that resides in heaven (coming from His throne) to come upon Washington DC, upon our nation, and upon our households. It is like a blanket of peace that comes down to intercept the plans of the enemy.
It reminded me of how people with anxiety disorders will use a “weighted blanket” to calm them. This was like a heavenly weighted blanket that would bring peace and rest to the anxieties and fears that produce anger and violence. It holds supernatural peace and rest that calms the chaos.
From this encounter I feel that we can all begin to bring heaven to earth for the sake of our nations, for our households, for our individual lives. All sin that has been brought in repentance to Jesus, is cleansed by His blood and put under the “sea of forgetfulness.” Where there is absence of sin there is manifest peace and order. The Lord has put our sin into the sea of forgetfulness and given us this “sea of glass” (peace, rest, and stillness) in it’s place.
A remnant of His people have been repenting on behalf of the United States and bringing our sins before the throne of God to be washed by the blood of Jesus. Our sins are being thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and a “sea of glass”— His peace and presence is being offered in its place.
I don’t know how this will manifest on earth— possibly it will bring a distinction by resting on His Ecclesia (making us a refuge) or maybe it will stop the chaos and violence that the enemy is stirring up in our streets and cities? I only know that Jesus said, “You can bring this down to earth.”
I don’t want to interpret the full meaning but I do want to bring the experience to you so that you can enter in and add your faith to it. You can declare and ascend by the power of the Spirit in order to bring back this sovereign and weighty peace.
Recently, during a time of intercession, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Kathi, do you know what the enemy hates most of all? He hates my image in every created person.”
Instantly I understood why we are witnessing the depth of depravity regarding identity, gender, and sexuality that we see today. Last week’s Democratic National Convention featured a panel that hosted an individual who claims to be a “Black-Vietnamese, transgender nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King.” The attack against our children and our children’s children, regarding identity and the image of God that they were created to display, is beyond anything that we could have ever imagined in years past. If someone would have suggested that a political party would have hosted a panelist that claimed to be a “mermaid Queen-King” we would have shaken our heads and said, “That will never happen!” And yet it is happening.
What was yesterday’s insanity is today’s celebrated norm. The confusion and delusion is truly mind boggling. In saying this, there is no hate or lack of compassion for those who have been caught in this great deception because if Jesus were here waking the earth, these are the ones He would have dined with and told stories to that would have brought them to salvation. Oh, how He loves all who He has created; and we must do the same.
My point in bringing up this level of confusion regarding identity, gender, and sexuality is to point out that the enemy absolutely hates to have to look upon the image of God within you and me and our children. He wants to wipe it out; make it so distorted and diluted that God’s image within mankind is unrecognizable.
It is the greatest mockery of God’s creation. This mockery and perversion of true identity is a slap in the face of our crucified Savior. It is not only a great wound piercing the heart of Jesus but it is heart-breaking and heart-wrenching to every Christian parent that has loved their their precious son or daughter, dedicated them to Christ, sung over them lullabies of Jesus’ love, and raised them in the truths of the Word, only to see them caught in the trap of this great deception.
How do I know this? Because one of my beautiful children has been caught in this deception. All our other children and their spouses love the Lord with all of their hearts, but this one precious child has been stolen and is trapped in a life that is destroying the beauty of the image of God that she was created in. As a parent, who loved and nurtured such a beautiful creation, I find my heart so deeply grieved for such a waste of beauty and identity— I grieve for the loss of all of the plans that the Lord has for her life that are not being lived out.
But this article is not about my child but about “our children and our children’s children!” This may be one of the greatest attacks on mankind ever played out. So, what can we do?
Jesus is the great Intercessor and we must join Him as intercessors. When I hear a believer say that he or she is not a “great intercessor” (as if that were a calling such as a pastor, teacher or apostle) I immediately think, “Well, it’s time to become one!” We are all to have prayer and intercession be nurtured in our lives in the same way we nurture our lives with the Word of God. I’ve never heard a true Christian say, “I’m not a follower of the Bible.” We all know and understand that the Word of God is our lamp that lights our path; that is undisputed. So, why do we label some people “intercessors” and some not? If we want to see the image of God in our children and in the generation that is being born today, then we must join Jesus in His intercession for them!
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34
Rather than condemn, we must begin to intercede! We must allow our private times with the Lord and even our corporate times together to become times that we enter into His intercession. In 2016 I was involved in a time of corporate intercession, along with ten thousand other believers from all across the world, as we entered into the intercession of Jesus for the US elections. There was no mention of a particular candidate, but rather a crying out for His will to be done. I watched as thousands of Chinese men and women rushed to the front of this convention center in Jerusalem to “push” in prayer. It wasn’t even their nation being prayed for but they entered into the intercession of Jesus with groaning too deep for words.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
The “wordless groans” were so deep and pure. They were bringing heaven to earth. The next day most of us were completely shocked by the election results— to this day I believe it was birthed in intercession by the nations of the world who entered into the intercession of Christ.
What if we began to do this for our children; for the preservation and revelation of “the image of God” that is within them? What if rather than another conference we gathered to intercede? If we grabbed the horns of the altar and did not let go until we saw the breakthrough?
“Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and grabbed on to the horns of the altar.” 1 Kings 1:50
In the Old Testiment, Adonijah had sinned greatly and he knew to run to the altar and plead for mercy— and he received it and his life was spared.
Stephen S. Gibney writes this about the altar with the horns, “The altar has two meanings: the first meaning was that the altar symbolized the cross of Christ (Heb 13:10) and the second is that the altar symbolized fiery prayer (Lev. 6:13). One man said that, ‘Altars were places where the divine and human worlds interacted. Altars were places of exchange, communication, and influence. God responded actively to altar activity.’”
Rather than shaking our heads at the narrative regarding identity and gender in the world today, isn’t it time for us to go before the cross of Christ in fiery prayer and watch the divine world and the human world interact until we see a breakthrough?
This is a battle fought in heavenly places. What is being played out on earth is not fought on earth but in the place of intercession— the intercession of Jesus. If conferences and corporate gatherings were to become prayer meeting where we took hold of the horns on the altar and cried out for mercy, we could see our children saved from having their identity robbed and the image of God mocked.
Isn’t it time?
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I want to remind you that YOU have been given to keys of the kingdom of heaven. We must shake off the stupor and any other thought that renders you hopeless, powerless and subject to the spirit of the world. YOU are not a victim but a priest and a king! YOU have the authority to PROHIBIT and to PERMIT what happens on earth. It is time to use the keys we’ve been given and to bind and loose! As we take back our authority and together begin to bind and loose (prohibit and permit) then we will see things shift and open for a great awakening…both personally and corporately.
“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will have been prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
I was just sharing with someone that I honestly believe that one of the greatest battles that is being fought right now is over the “image of God” that is in all mankind. The enemy hates His image when he looks at us. He is jealous of His beauty- the beauty revealed in us. He hates God and hates His identity in us. That is why he works so hard to dishonor and destroy purity, innocence, identity, gender, marriage, family, sexuality and everything that is holy…everything that reveals God’s image. That is why any church leader or political leader or parent that stands against this onslaught is hit with such great warfare and hatred.
But– together we can rise up in agreement with heaven and loose what is holy, pure and righteous and bind all that stands against God’s ways and truths. We have the keys but many are not using them so the way of breakthrough remains locked while the enemy defiles our children and our nations. It’s time to pull out our keys and begin to lock and unlock, bind and loose, prohibit and permit.
Our world depends on us walking in what we’ve been given authority to steward and protect. We are not victims but rather we are the victorious warriors who have received the victory that was purchased by the Lamb that was slain.
May the spirit of David, of Moses, of Joseph, of Abraham, Paul and Peter…the spirit of Mary, Deborah, Lydia and Esther come upon us and get us up out of our pit of self pity and defeat to begin to be the heroes of faith that we have been called to be. Yes, I’m even preaching to myself! I say this in passion and in love because we are so much more then we are living.
We all know the childhood story of the “Three Little Pigs” that has a terrible wolf who comes to “huff and puff and blow their house down.” Some might say that the times that we are living in is much like this little story. There is a very real wolf that is blowing on houses across the globe at this time.
Whenever I hear this child’s story I think of the story that Jesus told of the two foundations in Matthew 7:24-27,
““Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”” Truly the torrential rains and the mighty winds have begun. We are witnessing and even experiencing the contrast of what is built upon the Rock and what has been built upon sand.
For me personally, I have taken this year to “examine my foundation” carefully. I have asked the Holy Spirit it retrofit my foundation and to search for cracks or any place that is not founded on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. When I feel “shaken” I immediately take that area of shaking before the Lord and ask Him to secure it upon Him.
One way to identify the areas that need to be “retrofit” is to watch where you have been shaken as the spiritual and natural winds and floods have come upon your life. In the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, the pigs that built their homes of straw and wood could not withstand the wind of the wolf but the one who built his house of brick was not only able to stand against the wind but also became a refuge for the one’s who lost their homes.
This is a simple and yet profound parable for this time. A “big, bad wolf” has been trying to blow some houses down! This is happening to individual houses and national houses. As we identify the areas that are collapsing as adversity comes— we have the opportunity to rebuild those areas upon a solid foundation. This is NOT a time to “cut-and-run” (because of areas of collapse or fear of collapse) but we are being given a window of time to allow the Holy Spirit to retrofit our spiritual foundation which will not be shaken.
We need the Lord to build our house and to watch over our cities!
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Recently I saw a vision of people running away from cities, from regions and from circumstances in fear because it appeared that areas of their lives were collapsing. Yet, in this vision they were running away but taking the same foundations with them. They merely needed to remain still and allow the Lord to shore up their foundations.
Again, this is not a time to run but a time to ask the Lord to examine and spiritually retrofit your foundation! He is the great “home inspector!” Now is the time to ask Him to do a personal home inspection on your life. He will find the cracks and the vulnerable areas that need to be retrofitted to align with the standard of Heaven.
I am asking Him to do that for our family, our city and our nation— and the nations of the world. Do not run on fear but run “to the fear of the Lord!”
“How joyful are those who fear the Lord — all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him.” Psalms 128:1-4
These are promises that should be manifesting within your home and family. I want the “Lord’s Blessing” upon my home— therefore I will follow His ways and make the fear of the Lord the standard that my foundation is built upon.
I declare the words from Psalm 1281-4 upon your life and your household. I pray that in every way you will follow Him and build upon His standards. May the Lord secure their foundations of His Church so that we might stand and be a refuge to those whose homes are collapsing. Amen!
Thank you to all who have stood with our ministry in prayer and financial support during 2020. We decree the Lord’s blessings over you and your household daily.
The Lord has such beautiful freedom for His people that is found in the posture of surrender. Yet, surrender is one of the postures of the saints that the enemy fears the most.
The conception of Jesus began with an act of surrender by a young girl,
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
And today, I hear the echo of her words on the lips of those who want God more than they want their way or their will. This sound of surrender is the same sound that resounded through the heavens, through the earth and through hell when Jesus surrender all saying,
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
Today, I feel the intercession of Jesus that is praying for His people for another great push of going low and surrendering all. We must remember that in both of these instances— Mary’s surrender and then the surrender of the One she carried in her womb— there was pain and deep personal struggle in the yielding.
I feel in my soul and my spirit that deep , internal struggle (wrestle) of the flesh and spirit happening in so many of God’s people to enter the place that says, “Be it unto me according to your word.” Or, “Father, please take this cup from me, YET, not my will but yours be done.”
We must understand that the posture of surrendering self, surrendering our will, our desires, our comforts and our lives is the sound that opens prison doors to set the captives free. Mary’s surrender, which came at such a high cost, made way for our Savior to be birthed. And, Jesus’ surrender, that came at the greatest cost that will ever be paid, made the way for all mankind to have the opportunity to walk through Him (as the open prison door) to eternal freedom.
The sound of surrender sets you free and it sets the stage for others to be set free from captivity. This act and sound of surrender is so threatening to the enemy that he is raging against it (to stop it) with great force.
This past week, for the first time in a long time, I felt like Peter when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus and he pulled out a sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers (although we know that Peter wasn’t aiming for merely an ear but to take his life). I have seen things, felt things and come face to face with that “provoking spirit” that made me want to draw a sword rather than bow down in surrender.
But, as we look at the progression of Peter’s act that drew a sword— it began a domino effect in his soul that caused him to deny Jesus three times. The pain of choosing the sword over surrender was by far the greatest regret of Peter’s life.
This is one of the greatest temptations that believers are facing in this hour. Will we, in the midst of great pain, great discomfort and great personal sacrifice release the sound of the sword or the sound of surrender? I am not talking about the sword of the Spirit but a sword that draws blood, reacts in revenge or takes matters into our own hands.
We must understand that our personal act of surrender (that often comes in a time of great pain and personal crisis) has a far greater effect on mankind then we will ever know. Young Mary’s act of surrender was a very personal act in a private room, and yet, thousands of years later is still resounds with an echo that strengthens us to do the same today.
You may be in a place of great personal pain. You may be wrestling against your thoughts, your will— your soul to say, “Not my will but Your will be done.” You May even want to stand up and draw a sword to stop what is happening before your eyes with a weapon of force (trying to control the pain and control the immediate repercussions) but today I hear the intercession of Jesus for you that is giving you the strength to bow down and surrender to the will of the Lord.
I hear in my spirit the sound of sword returning to it’s sheath, the sound of knees hitting the floor in absolute surrender and even the cries of personal cost, great sacrifice, of pain and of the words, “Be it unto me…”
This is the sound of the disciples of today saying, “I choose Jesus over all other things— even me.” There is a cost in this sound but the cost and sacrifice is creating a frequency that will set you free to truly live and it will echo through eternity with a remembrance like that of the great heroes of faith.
What you sacrifice and surrender in this moment will effect the rest of your life and will ripple throughout heaven, earth and even hell with a sound of freedom.
Put back your sword of the flesh and pick up the sword of Spirit, which is surrender to His word. We do not understand today what our surrender will do for our tomorrow, our children’s tomorrow and mankind’s tomorrow. As you repeat the the words, “Be it unto me according to your word.” And, “Father, not my will but your will be done.” You are shifting the narrative. For each believer that does this “their ripple” will be added to every ripple being released that will created a tidal wave or tsunami that overtakes the enemy.
The intercession of Jesus for you specifically is happening even now. He sees your pain, He knows the cost and He will never leave you or forsake you as you give your all (even when you don’t understand). It will be worth the cost— fruit will come forth from the seed of sacrifice that you put into the fertile soil of personal pain and watered by your tears. He is worthy of it all.
“Not my will, but Yours be done!”
Once again, thank you to those who have stood with this ministry in prayer and financial support during 2020. We need you now more than ever to complete the work that He has asked us to do.
We live in a glorious land filled with rocky mountains, green valleys, rolling hills and blooming deserts.
We have beautiful diversity in our people, places and languages.
We have known the freedom of speech, the freedom to worship and freedom to make personal choices. How blessed we have been.
Our pledge of allegiance declares that we are “One Nation Under God” and our currency reads “In God We Trust”…but America— we have divided our nation from the One we claimed to love.
God has looked for those who will stand in the gap of this great divide to pray– to repent– to turn back and to bow low.
Here we are!
Forgive us Lord. Forgive us for trading— Mercy for mammon Grace for greed Freedom for captivity Trust for tyranny Unity for division And- love for hate.
It is said that “United we stand, divided we fall” We are falling, oh God! We have divided from you and now freedom is falling, liberty is lacking and unity is unseen.
Our divided history has resurfaced, the secret societies have been revealed and the hidden agendas are now exposed for all to see. We are naked, we are cold and we need you!
God have mercy!
Those who still call upon your name, who put their trust in you and who know that you are our only hope now bow down.
We bow down in sorrow, we bow down in worship, we bow down in repentance and we bow down in prayer. We humble ourselves before the you— the great I Am.
Unless the Lord builds a house then all is vanity— forgive us for the vain and the profane. You are the only foundation that stands— therefore, we bow down and declare to the foundations of America, “Come back to the Rock that is higher than you! Return to the One who died for you!”
We bow low that you may be lifted high. Higher than our mountains, higher than our might, higher than our lofty thoughts. We declare, “Not by our might, not by our power but only by your Spirit shall we be saved!”
Forgive us for turning away from truth, turning from the one true way, turning from peace, turning from blessing, turning away from covenant and turning away from you.
We stand in the gap as representatives of this nation called the United States of America and we turn back to you! We declare that we are one nation under God and that our trust is in you alone. We declare true liberty from the captivity of sin for all. We declare your justice for every person of every color. We bridge the great divide with our repentance and our declaration of allegiance to you!
We love your Word, we love your ways and we surrender all to you today. Jesus, you are our King, our Lord, our Savior and our God. In you we trust and in you we put our confident hope. We run to you.
Forgive us, heal us and unite us in the oneness that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit share and have given to us. The blood of Jesus speaks a better word!
God Bless America— the land that we love. Stand beside us and guide us through the night with the light from above.
Thank you to all who have stood with our ministry in prayer and financial support as we have moved to the Washington DC region to pray for our nation. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated by us and it is seen by God.
When my husband was attending Bible college in Louisiana, each week we would drive to pick up an elderly blind woman so that she could attend church and have fellowship. She lived in a very poor housing community and because she was blind she never needed to turn on the lights. Each week when we’d arrive we’d find her sitting in the dark. We would enter her one room home and click on the light sthat we could see— and each week, to our horror, the walls would appear to move because the light would expose the swarms of cock roaches that came out in darkness. They had multiplied exponentially in the darkness where a blind person lived. I share this story because I will never forget the shock and horror of seeing this each week when we brought light into the room. All that lurked in the darkness was exposed.
Today as I prayed for our nation I found myself praying that the Lord would “turn on the light and expose all that lurks in the darkness.” Quite frankly— that prayer is not a comfortable prayer because 2020 has surely been a year of exposurer that has left most feeling the same shock and horror that I felt as a young woman when I’d turn on the lights in this elderly blind woman’s tiny home. But if 2020 is a year of clarity and clear vision then we know from Ephesians 5:13-14 that “everything exposed by the light is made clear.”
“Everything exposed by the light is made clear, for what makes everything clear is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14
In some ways we were all similar to this precious blind woman prior to 2020. We lived in a blindness to what was lurking in the darkness of our nation (and the nations). Although we were not completely unaware of what was hidden by the darkness— we had no idea what was about to be exposed. 2020 has been as though someone came into a roach infested home and clicked on the lights!
Ephesians 5:8-11 says,
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light — for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth — discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
The good news is that once you know the gravity of the “infestation” then you can begin to bring the light that “results in goodness, righteousness and truth.” Exposure is shocking and even horrific but once the initial shock and awe passes it is time to clean house!
I personally make a habit of asking God to shine His light upon my life to expose any darkness or unclean thing that may be lurking in the shadows. I long for and earnestly seek to have clean hands and a pure heart. Though I do not enjoy the moment that something unholy is exposed, I am grateful for the mercy of God that brings light so that there is no darkness found within me.
As a nation it is as though we’ve been shaken out of a state of denial as the light has exposed darkness. It was already there but merely hidden from sight. It is hard to view and to look upon such vast darkness but just as in my own life, I pray that the light of Christ would come upon the deep and hidden places of darkness so that they can be exposed and made clean.
What now? That is a good question! His Word carries many answers for us. Although we know that in the end times the dark will become darker— we also know that the light will become brighter. So how do we exterminate what lurks in darkness? Let’s go further in the Book of Ephesians to chapter 6 beginning in verse 10,
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:10-12
Our battle in truly not against “flesh and blood” but against “the rulers, the authorities and the world powers of darkness— against spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Too many believers in Jesus are battling “flesh and blood” in this hour! Yes, these spiritual forces of evil that rule in the heavens are effecting the actions of mankind but if you’re focused on flesh and blood then you are fighting a losing battle. Just scroll through social media for five minutes and you will see how many Christian’s are battling flesh and blood. The true enemy is not found in the streets of America, in the halls of government buildings, in the media or even in those who lead social media platforms— the enemy is the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens that are controlling these individuals and agencies!
We must read further—
“This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:13-18
This is not a simple Sunday school lesson or song but a profound truth and strategy from Heaven about spiritual warfare. It’s time to stop talking about the roaches and reporting their movement and begin to “extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one” through truth, righteousness, thr gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God and Spirit filled (led) intercession!
This is not only a year of seeing clearly but it is the year of the “mouth” (Hebrew year that means “Pey” which is the mouth). Our mouths can reveal light and truth. Paul, the writer of Ephesians, goes on to make this request in Ephesians 6,
“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20
It is time to open our mouths to “make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel!” We are His ambassadors, clothed in the armor of God— letting light come forth from the very way that we fight our battles and from the words that reveal the Light of the World in the midst of darkness!
Pray that we, as God’s people, will walk in light, in boldness (in Him) to speak as we should. The light that we shine will expose the darkness to all who see. Do not continue to fill your thoughts and minds with every report of darkness but rather be bold and speak forth light. It’s time to take every thought captive so that we can tear down stronghold rather than just pointing them out!
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
We need “divine power” that comes through full surrender to the obedience of Christ. We demolish every argument through divine power. “Not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit.”— divine power!
It is time to be bold in Him and reveal the mysteries of light! Let’s stop talking about the darkness so much and begin to be “ambassadors of light!” Although more exposure is still to come and needs to come, we also know that we are the ones to bring the light that awakens the sleeper so that the Messiah will shine the light of His truth to the world.
Thank you to all of my readers who have prayedfor us and send financial support during 2020. We have been able to continue in our ministry and spiritual assignment because of your generosity and support. We pray for you each week and declare multiplication in every area of your life.
I awoke this morning with the sweetest scent wafting through my room. I immediately began to see in my spirit lilies, roses and fresh baked pastries. The atmosphere was filled with His goodness and the sweetness of His love. Everything felt fresh and new.
Then I heard the familiar words from Song of Solomon 2,
“My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:10-12
I heard the phrase in my spirit, “Everything is coming up roses.” He is saying, “Arise!” He arose so that we can arise with Him. The Rose of Sharon is calling out to you, “Rise up from your bed of despair, from the grave of hopelessness, from walking among the tombs and live again!”
Arise from the place that has left you bent down and receive His invitation to enter into the garden of His love. He has prepared a banqueting table of the sweetest delicacies you have ever tasted. The flowers are always in bloom, the food of His banqueting table has been set out and the angels are singing songs of invitation and intimacy. His banner over you is love!
“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me.” Song of Solomon 2:4-6
It is such an intimate invitation to you, His beloved bride. His hand will lift you up and His arms will embrace you. The sweet taste of His goodness will sustain you and heal you. His shade will cool you and He will cover you with a canopy (banner) of His love while blowing the cool breeze of His breath (His Ruach) upon you. His wind will refresh and revive you.
God is announcing the end of your winter and calling you into this intimate place to revive you with His love. Come! Arise Beloved! His hand is reaching out to lift you up. The door is opened to you—enter this garden of restoration and love.
Thank you to each of you who have stood withus and our ministry in prayer and support during 2020. We are praying for you and your loved ones continuously.
Yesterday was a bad day for me! After a glorious evening on Friday night I woke up and was almost immediately plunged into an “all round” bad day. Yep— they come to all of us.
I’d say it was merely just one of those days that you hope won’t be an entry in the journal of your life but I had to look with the eyes of the Spirit to gain understanding about what made it so bad.
As I woke up this morning my first thought was, “Just shake off the dust, lay it at the feet of Jesus and enter into thanksgiving.” I had to refocus my thoughts, my emotions and my meditations on thing above! This is where that unshakable joy is taken hold of and pulled into our shakable emotions. When bad days come to shake your emotions— that is when we must find the unshakable foundation and truths of God. That is what defines our lives and that is what stabilizes and realigns the strongholds of our flesh with the stability of His Spirit.
We cannot always change circumstances but we can change our response to those circumstances. We need to understand that usually what needs to be realigned and brought back to the unshakable care of Jesus is our emotions and our flesh.
Whether you are a someone who gets sad, or angry, or anxious or melancholy…it doesn’t matter. The area that you are being “tossed around in is your flesh!” Yesterday my flesh (I tend to get really sad) was taking the lead! Although it happens to all of us from time to time— we cannot remain in that place because flesh driven emotions will never lead you to wise decisions or clear conclusions. They will control you with extremes (highs or lows) and begin to define the journey of your life according to your circumstances and soul.
Raw emotions will tell you to make vows or permanent decisions regarding a temporary problem. Most of the world is living according to their souls and living out the steps that are controlled by their flesh. This is why we see such chaos in our streets and why our neighborhoods are filled with so many broken families.
I believe it is Bill Johnson who says that he allows himself only three minutes to get over an offense. Some days you may have to do that numerous times but we must learn to quickly submit our flesh (emotions) to the Spirit that lives within us and allow Him to help you to take every thought captive.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
When you find yourself “waging war according to the flesh” (such as I did a good majority of my day yesterday), it is time to ask for divine power to overcome and destroy the “strongholds of your flesh” (arguments and lofty opinions) with the knowledge of God!
It is there that we take every emotional thought captive and submit them to the obedience of Christ. Just because you think you’re right does not mean that you are making righteousness (right) decisions. There is right and there is righteous and sometimes you have to lay down your rights to walk in righteousness.
On those “emotions gone wild” days, stop and pray those verses from 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 and ask the Spirit of God to help you to take every thought captive and to bring His divine power to help you to overcome personal strongholds. Otherwise you will just be waging war with flesh which will lead you into more flesh. Especially when another person is involved— two strongholds of flesh will never produce a righteous outcome. This is why we have so many divisions in families and friendships; it is mankind waging wars according to the flesh merely producing and fortifying strongholds.
In conclusion— do not let bad days define your journey! Your bad days need to be training days of how to take every thought captive through the divine power that overcomes strongholds. We ALL have strongholds that need to be overcome. They may manifest differently but until we are given glorified bodies we must learn to tame the flesh.
If you had a bad day then it’s time to practice taking every thought captive and seeing it draw you into the posture of “complete obedience.” If your bad day involves another person then remember that it is not them against you or right against wrong— it’s flesh against spirit and we must render discipline against the flesh until it submits to the obedience of Christ. Then the knowledge of God will lead you into all truth and overcome strongholds. The divine solution is found in the submission to His Spirit. Make today good by using the weapons of the Spirit! This is where fruitfulness will be restored.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Let fruitfulness define your day!
Thank you to my friends and followers who have stood with us in prayer and financial support during 2020. No words can express my gratitude and appreciation for you!
Last night we spend the evening at friend’s house who live out in the country. As we shared dinner and fellowship on their deck, “creation began to reveal God’s glory!”
It began with the most glorious clouds which took on a vibrant pink glow as the sun lowered in the sky. Then in the distance lightening began flashing (this went on for hours and yet it never rained on us). Then a double rainbow appeared that lingered for close to two hours. The sunset did not disappoint as the sky was like a light show of color.
As this happened, we found ourselves in awe of God’s beauty, majesty and wonderful displays of color. We ended up spending till almost midnight looking up— the crescent moon, the Big Dipper and constellations, shooting stars and even satellites racing by. The awe and wonder never ceased and the fellowship of “looking up together” was like a refreshing drink of cool water for all of us.
Why am I writing about this? Do I have a prophetic word? No. Do I have some profound encounter that will save the nations…not necessarily. Although, our help comes from above! It is the Creator of the heavens and the earth that holds everything in place. The sky revealed that He is still in control and what glorious power is within His hand.
Last night we forgot about all the “rage, hate and defilement” happening throughout the world and we just looked up! And what a wondrous show He gave us! It was better than any movie and better than anything we could have paid for! It was creation declaring His might and His splendor.
We were drawn into the living display of Psalm 19,
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end…” Psalms 19:1-6
There is none like our God! We were so refreshed as we stopped to look up last night. In the midst of all that is happening on the ground— maybe you should lift your head! Be reminded of “Who He is” and the beauty and wonder that man cannot deface or defile. Enter into the place of wonder and remember that there is beauty and there is hope.
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Psalms 121:1-8
Stop and look up! Let your soul be refreshed and reminded of the vast beauty and majesty of our God!