“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:11
If you want to plant good seeds that produce a harvest that flourishes in your life— without thorns or thistles— plant the Word in your heart, incorporate it in your prayers and decree it over all that you love!
During the years that my husband and I directed a house of prayer I learned the great value and the “sure fruitfulness” of praying the Word of God. It surely prospers everywhere it is planted! Isaiah 55 goes on to say this,
“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”” Isaiah 55:12-13
People are looking for answers, they desire prayers of power during this new and unfamiliar era and they are longing for fruitfulness in a world of thorns. His answer is in the seed of His Word! Begin to “eat the Word” for it is the “choicest of foods!” Pray the Word because it is good seed that will bring forth a harvest of peace, joy and fruitfulness everywhere it is planted! His Word will not return void!
The Lord compares it to the rain and snow that falls upon the earth— it saturates the earth causing to germinate and sprout; which provides seed to sow and food to eat (Isaiah 55:10).
His Word is the true food that satisfies the thirst of mankind— it is water to the soul and seed to the sower. It is the seed that prospers wherever it is planted.
Do you have an area of your life that has been barren or producing thorns? Then sow the seed of His Word into that barren ground and watch it prosper and bear a bountiful harvest. His word prepares the ground, it gives the seed, it waters the seed (causing it to germinate) and it prospers everything that it touches..
Today is a day to begin to plant the Word in your life, your family, your business, your city and your nation! This is the wisdom of the Lord that is undisputed! Pray it aloud and decree it over your family, your job and your ministry. It is the key to your turnaround.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” Isaiah 55:8
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I recently had an encounter with the Lord regarding 2021 and beyond that was both simple yet profound. In the encounter I heard the words, “It will be either a wrestle or a dance.”
Then I saw a vision of Jesus inviting his people to dance with him. I knew that he had been teaching his remnant to move in step with him in a new, more aligned way during 2020. It will be so vitally important to “let him lead” in the days ahead. The dance will be intimate, face to face, and hand in hand but his feet will lead and ours must learn to follow. There is a saying that dance instructors use that is important to remember,
“Don’t look at your feet but rather look in my eyes and your feet will follow.”
As we keep our eyes fixed upon his, our feet will easily follow.
Then I saw others who insisted on functioning the way that had always done before. They were still trying to take the lead (in their personal Christian life, in family, in ministry, in business and in government). They immediately began stepping on Jesus’ feet and getting all tangled up in his steps. What was designed to be a dance suddenly became a wrestle. It will be a much harder path for those who do not draw near and let the Lord lead.
I choose the dance and I pray that you will too! It is time to draw very near— take his hand, and fix your eyes upon his— let the dance begin.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2
As states are closing down more and more once again due to Covid-19, it prevents those who do itinerant ministry from traveling or gathering. We will continue do all that the Lord asks us to do but we are asking you if you will take a moment to pray and ask the Lord if you are to stand with us financially during this time. We know that we have been called to the Washington DC region for such a time as this.
Last November, our family was praying about moving from Oregon to Virginia. We knew that the Lord had directed us to do this, and we knew that the timing of our move was of strategic importance. As we waited upon the Lord, a dear friend who is a part of our prayer team came to our house and brought Jeffrey and me a prophecy she had received. She saw General George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night.
Even though we didn’t enjoy planning a cross-country relocation during the holiday season, we knew it was a genuine word from God, and we needed to be prepared to go; and we did.
But there is more to the story, and it applies to the time we all find ourselves in.
In December 1776, Washington had planned to cross the Delaware to attack a garrison of enemy troops stationed in Trenton, New Jersey. The river was frozen, and the conditions were so harsh that though Washington’s attack was to comprise three separate crossings, only one out of three could cross—and the successful vessel contained George Washington himself. Prior to the crossing, Washington’s carefully planned timetable was so badly behind schedule because of the weather that he contemplated canceling the attack.
Across the river, a spy had warned the British army that this surprise attack would take place, but the commanding general was arrogant and believed it to be another “false alarm,” so he did not prepare his troops. Washington’s crossing and surprise attack secured the Continental Army’s first major military victory of the Revolutionary War. The courageous decision by General Washington was clearly a “succeed or die” scenario.
Now, back to the prophetic word given to us regarding “crossing the Delaware”…
Jeffrey and I were in Plymouth, Massachusetts for the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and its pilgrim passengers carrying the Mayflower Compact. During our time, I mentioned the prophesy to a prophetic friend, and she said, “Oh, that is very prophetic; way beyond your move to Virginia.” When she said that, it hit my spirit with a clear witness that caused it to be at the forefront of my mind.
As I write this article, we are returning to Virginia from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and driving through stormy weather. Our GPS, instead of sending us the route we had taken several days earlier, instead revised our course through unexpected rural territory. We found ourselves in a tiny town in New Jersey and on a perilous one-lane bridge crossing a river. As we crossed, the sign ahead of us read “Welcome to Washington’s Crossing.”
Unknown to us, we had just crossed the Delaware River at the very location Washington had on Christmas Day in 1776. We were surprised and recognized the prophetic significance, as we were traveling in a storm, during a time that our nation is once again in a battle.
The British army was warned that the continental army would cross and attack, but its leader was arrogant and did not believe. Therefore, he was not prepared—which gave Washington the victory! I believe that our “prophetic rerouted surprise” should speak to us all. General Washington considered canceling his surprise attack because of adverse conditions. But somehow, he received courage to proceed.
I believe that this is a picture of what we face today in the United States. We are in a war for our freedom, for the upholding of our righteous foundations so we might remain “one nation under God!” Our president is in a battle with such harsh conditions surrounding him that there is surely a struggle to know whether to forge ahead or concede defeat. He is looking at an impossible crossing, but we must believe that God will put on him a spirit of courage given General Washington—or perhaps even Moses, when the Red Sea stood before him and God’s people.
The enemy is mocking with arrogance, confident of victory, but God will bring a surprise attack that will give us a much-needed triumph.
We must pray for our president to have a courage to finish what he has planned no matter what he faces! Freedom is coming to our nation. I see light and freedom coming. I believe that from now until just after Christmas, we need to battle and have courage because WE WILL CROSS OVER!
The crossing of the Red Sea with Moses and the crossing of the Delaware with General Washington are both historic accounts that speak prophetically into the times we are now living. Both crossings were successful.
November 11 will be the 400 year anniversary of when the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. This is a significant moment for our nation— especially as we are in the midst of such a battle to secure our Godly heritage.
The Bible is clear that God considers 400 years a spiritually significant time period. Whenever God wanted to prepare a nation for His purposes, He took 400 years.
We believe that our nation is in a completion of preparation and a fullness of time spiritually to walk in His purposes. We sense that God is asking for leaders of intercession in our nation to gather in Plymouth on this 400-year anniversary. Together we will pray, decree and establish His steps ahead.
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“There are times for the work of warfare and times for the work of ruling— now is the time for ruling.” –Larry Sparks
America— we prayed, we struck the ground, we gained the spiritual victory and now we must occupy that ground.
The government of God must now sit in the seats of authority given to us in Christ Jesus. When He ascended to His throne— we ascended into a place of authority with Him. Now we must occupy those seats and exercise our spiritual authority on earth as it is in Heaven!
This is not a time to forfeit the ground gained through assignments of “emotional defeat” (which leads to a deep physical weariness) but rather it is time to sit in the seats of victory that were gained prior to the U.S. election. God’s government has been called into session for such a time as this. The scepter has been extended— it is time to decree, time to exercise authority and time to rule from the seat of spiritual authority.
There is a spiritual “United Nations” that has gathered together to rule and reign with Christ Jesus. America is no longer standing alone but rather we stand as one with the Ecclesia of the nations of the world to decree righteousness, justice and liberty in Jesus. Together we will raise the standard of the Lord over America and over the nations. We will occupy the land that we have warred for!
Take your seats, sons of God! Touch the scepter and release the decree that delivers our nation and the nations of the world.
Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?” Esther 8:5-6
If it pleases our King, and we have found favor in your sight, if you find it right and we are pleasing to you— let there be a decree that reverses the orders of the evil one— the Haman spirit— that has ordered the destruction ofour people and of Zion. He has ordered the destruction of righteous laws and leadership in our nation. How can we endure to see our people and families slaughtered and destroyed? Decree our deliverance, King Jesus!
Just as King Xerxes responded favorably to Esther, so will our God respond to us— His bride. Esther risked everything to approach the king (without an invitation) but we have not only been invited to approach Him but invited to sit with Him and reign with Him.
We are in a “for such a time as this” point in history. It is time to occupy and decree!
A Vision of “The Lost Boys” (America) Kathi Pelton
As I was waiting upon the Lord this morning, I heard the Spirit of the Lord speak to me saying, “The lost boys of America have finally found their family.” After hearing those words, I went into a vision of the colonists coming upon the shores of America, but they looked like the “lost boys” from the story of Peter Pan. In this vision they learned how to thrive on their own, to survive on their own and how to lead on their own but never were nurtured or strengthened by the beautiful design God gives of having a father and a mother. This vision went from four hundred years of “independence” to today (2020). Suddenly I saw the nations being reunited with these “lost boys” (America) and they embraced them as a father and mother would if they had been separated from their child. They wept over them, surrounded them, blessed them and committed to never let them be alone again. As this happened the lost boys shed their garments of “being lost” and they were clothed with the garments of a prince. Strength, wisdom, interdependence and sonship came upon them. The spirit of adoption also came upon them and they could move and live from a place of blessing, acceptance and love.
As a nation we are in some of the most turbulent times that we have ever experienced, I have been so honored to watch nation after nation come and weep with us, weep for us and pour out both repentance and blessings upon us. They have become one with us and us with them. It has been overwhelming to see the beauty of the body of Christ throughout the nations embrace us and commit to never let us walk alone again. From England, to Canada, to China, to Indonesia, to Russia…and so many more. They are declaring over us, “You are not alone!” I have wept more in the past few month then I have in years- not because of the chaos in our nation but because of the beauty of the nations coming to comfort us and move from cursing to blessing. The global ecclesia has become like a father and mother to us- they have surrounded us and are providing the love and nurture that we need to become all that God intended America to be.
In the midst of acts of betrayal, fraud, accusations and hatred in our streets and in those who are known as leaders in our nation, there is a higher truth and reality that is happening above it all and it is in complete contrast to the chaos. That truth is that the body of Christ throughout the nations is embracing us for the first time. As we approach the 400-year anniversary of when the Mayflower came upon our shores, I believe that we have been prepared “for such a time as this!” Throughout the Bible we see that God considers 400 years a spiritually significant time period- especially regarding the preparation of a nation. God has a plan for our nation that will bless the nations of the world. It has taken us 400 years to be spiritually prepared to walk in the fullness of His plan and it has also taken the blessing of the nations to strengthen us and become “one with us” so that we can stand up and walk in His purposes.
2020 has been our year of maturing. It has opened our eyes to see our lack, our need and to yield to our God in humility and clarity. I believe that a “spirit of adoption” has come upon us and a oneness with Christ and with His ecclesia throughout the nations. It is the birthing of the answer to the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23,
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
There could not be oneness or unity if one nation were divided from all the others- not only divided but cursed. God in His sovereignty has used this year to turn that around. What we are seeing in not mere “acts of kindness” but a sincere and deeply felt heart response to a revelation from the Lord. We were made ready and they were made ready.
“You turned my mourning into dancing; You peeled off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks forever.” Psalm 30:11-12
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I have waited to share this but now feel that it is time to do so. I had a dream that I need to share:
In the dream there were many young girls (all around the age of 18) being raised in what looked like a Roman style outdoor courtyard; yet I knew it was in America. It reminded me of Esther and the young women being prepared to meet the king. In the dream, I was one of the young women and I felt that I represented our nation. As we were in the courtyard together I saw the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, walk into it and take a seat. I wondered why he was in America and why he was watching us but decided to go about my business. After a while of him watching us young girls, he stood up and walked toward me. I felt repulsed by him as he approached. But then he handed me a small gift wrapped in white tissue paper. I reluctantly received it and unwrapped the gift. Wrapped in the tissue paper was many loose gold bracelet charms (many were letters or initials…yet not one was my initial). When I looked upon them something came over me that caused me to see him differently. Before opening the charms I was uninterested in him or his presence among us but after opening the gift I found myself fixated on him. It was as if the gift had a seducing spirit that suddenly “bewitched” me. I tried to shake it off (even dropping the charms and losing some but I retrieved most of them). He returned to his seat and patiently began watching from afar again. This went on for some time and each time I looked at him, his eyes were following my every move and I was more and more drawn to him even though it caused me shame to feel this draw. Then, once again he left his seat and began coming toward me. As he approached I somehow knew that he planned to kiss me. I also knew that to receive the kiss meant I would have to leave my Christian roots and I would be totally taken in by him (just like a king would pick his queen). Somehow I also understood that we would immediately conceive a son if I gave myself to him and I would never be free again. Yet, an unnatural draw and attraction to yield to him was overcoming all reason. The “spell” that I was under was too strong to resist and when he finally approached me, he kissed me and I knew I could not turn back.
END OF DREAM
I believe that this dream was revealing a true spirit of communism that has come into our land and is trying to seduce and bewitch the younger generation and those who will lead in the years ahead. The “charms” offered had a lustful and seductive spirit upon them that entice them to partner and join themselves to something unnatural and that causes them to leave their Christian roots and all that they have been set aside for (an Esther/Mordecai generation). This spirit is too strong for them to resist without the Ecclesia fathers and mothers intervening in prayers that bind this spirit and loose the spirit of truth.
In the dream, I was the young girl that represented America and I believe that the other young girls were other nations that would follow. It had to be me because I needed to experience the power of this spirit and how it controls many— even against their own natural resistance. I believe that many are experiencing this seducing and bewitching spirit that is causing them to leave what they know is right and good for something that they don’t have the power or self-control to overcome. Lust is at the core of it.
I have been interceding for many days since this dream occurred because it feels as though, as we approach the November 3rd election, that this spirit that resided in Kim Jong-un (in my dream) has stood up and is walking toward our nation to see if it will receive the kiss of communism. The church has authority to pull this down and we are doing so but we also must understand what we are dealing with.
It is interesting that I have been meditating on the verse from Psalm 85:10,
“Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!”
This is the kiss that our nation is to receive but the enemy is approaching with a seducing kiss that will bring forth lust, deception, unrighteousness and war. I believe that God gave me this dream because we can pray and break the power of this bewitching spirit and declare God’s unfailing love, His truth, His righteousness and His peace. I believe that we can set our nation free from the “charms” of this false king who wants to rule over our children and their children. It is the root of communism!
I strongly encourage you to release your voice in prayer— that the fear of the Lord would overcome this assignment of lust and deception. Pray over the youth of America. Declare His truth and deliverance over our inheritance (our children) and bind the seducing spirit behind the enemy’s charms that cause them to choose their identity (remember the many initials within all the golden charms) and reject God’s design for their lives. Purity is upon this generation and that is why such a strong spirit of lust is behind this.
Pray Psalm 85 over our nation, over the youth, over the lost.
“Lord, you poured out blessings on your land! You restored the fortunes of Israel. You forgave the guilt of your people— yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger. Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more. Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven. Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.” Psalms 85:1-13
On October 28th, 1886 the Statue of Liberty was dedicated and unveiled by President Grover Cleveland in the New York harbor. Today marks 134 years since this occurred. For the past five years the Lord has prompted me to look up the psalm that goes with the amount of years since that day.
Here are the words from Psalm 134,
“Oh, praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you who serve at night in the house of the Lord. Lift your hands toward the sanctuary, and praise the Lord. May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem.” Psalms 134:1-3
The Spirit said to me,
“I have heard the day and night prayers coming forth from the hearts and mouths of My people throughout America. I have seen your hands raised in both surrender and worship. Today I command this blessing over you, ‘America, receive your jubilee, receive your mercy and receive your blessing from heaven. I am your God and you are My people. I will shed My light on you.’”
God has forgiven our sins, both our historic sins and the sins of the present time. He has seen and heard those who have stood in the gap for the sins of our nation and He is declaring redemption. Mercy is falling upon us!
On the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is a verse from a sonnet by Emma Lazarus that says,
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The last name of the author of this sonnet is prophetic in nature as the Lord is calling us to life; awakening the heart of our nation to beat again with God’s original intent for our nation. Just as He called out, “Lazarus, come forth.” He is calling out, “America, come forth.”
Recently some national leaders gathered in the ACPR (American Center of Prayer and Revival) in Washington DC for a global trumpet call where the nations blessed and prayed for America. Many of these events have been taking place throughout the past months and it is as though the nations that once stood against us have now come to our aid and are giving us CPR. They are breathing life into our lungs and putting their hands on our hearts to cause it to beat once again— to be resurrected!
May our heart now beat again. I keep having revelations of a golden lamp being handed to the church and the last line on the pedestal of where she stands says,
“…I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
May we lift our lamp of the light of the Lord up and welcome the King of Glory into our nation. May we take up the cause of the poor and make our land a resting place for the Lord and all that He carries upon His heart.
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:7-10
On this day, October 28th, 2020 we dedicate our nation to be a light and lamp unto the nations and to be a resting place for the King of Glory. We welcome You, King of Glory, into the gateways of our nation. We lift up our heads to welcome you. We bow before you in honor and reverence. We declare that we will be like Lazarus— we will live again and reveal the glory of the Lord. Our heart will beat again and we will carry the lamp of first love.
May we make the name of the Lord great again in America!
Please stand with us in prayer and financial support as we work day and night here in the Washington DC region to see Jesus receive His full inheritance throughour nation and the nations. We will not let go!
During a dream last night— that may have actually been a spiritual encounter— I was taken before the throne of God where I laid before the Lord regrets, sin and shame from issues and moments that went back twenty and thirty years ago. Many of these were things that I did not remember or had “chosen to forget” out of shame or regret in my youthfulness and immaturity. I somehow understood that these “forgotten memories” or hidden places of shortcomings, failures and sin were carrying roots of shame and regret that were still attached to my soul. They were like a debt that had chained me to a forgotten failure.
The beautiful thing was that as I brought each one before the Lord, I also brought every person that my failings had a direct result upon to be healed and set free. Though there was pain involved, there was such a beautiful release and intercession for anyone I had sinned against in my life. Though I absolutely believe that all of these sins had been forgiven long ago, the Lord (in His mercy) send an angel to usher me into a deeper place that removed the impact and harm that had come upon my soul and upon the soul of others through my past sins. It was a “jubilee for the soul!”
“…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
I was experiencing in this dream (or dream encounter) the cancellation of debts that had enslaved deep and hidden parts of my soul. I truly had no idea that I was carrying these old “debts.” Whether or not God saw them as debts (because He paid our debts and forgives our sins); somehow, in the deep recesses of my soul I carried them as chains (or roots) of shame.
I would normally keep an encounter like this private due to the personal nature of it but felt to share it with you because I sense that God has sent out angels to give souls a “jubilee” from regrets and debts of past failures. Again, I wasn’t even consciously aware of any of these areas nor had I even remembered most of the memories.
Since God does not remember our sins of the past that have been put under the blood of Jesus, then why did I have this encounter? I believe that it is for two reasons; the first was that these particular instances had marked my soul with a wound of shame that I was not able to deal with at the time they occurred; therefore, I received forgiveness but my soul held onto regret and shame that I needed to be set free from. The second reason is that in this dream/encounter, I was able to become aware of and intercede for all of those who “the sins of my youth” might have harmed in any way.
As I was able to bring these people before the Lord I saw angels rush to them to heal old wounds and remove spiritual scar tissue that has affected them negatively in any way; large or small. I encountered angels tending to my soul as well— to unentangle and free parts of my soul that were rooted in the shame of past sins.
God desires our freedom! Sometimes we don’t even know that we aren’t free from certain things because we’ve never experienced full freedom. Again, I had no idea that these roots of shame or regret even were buried in the recesses of my soul. Yet, just the day before I had invited God to send an angel to fully align my soul with greater freedom and greater healing.
I want to share one last thing— I did not hear or see this but there was a moment in this dream that I brought before the Lord areas of long past struggles and fears regarding provision that had caused me to make bad financial decisions (out of fear) that directly affected my family. As I brought those regrets before the Lord I had the strongest sense that many people where going to have a similar encounter that would usher in a financial jubilee as well. In December 2019 I felt that the Lord said that 2020 would be a year that many would receive their “jubilee!” I saw financial debts canceled and paid in full.
I know that my personal experience was a “jubilee of the soul” but am also expectant that we will begin to hear reports of people having a financial jubilee as well. Spiritual, emotional and financial debts will be canceled and the enslavement that is attached to “old debt” will come off; like chains falling away, so that people can walk forward in new freedom!
This is a time of reset! It is a reset for each of us personally and a reset for His people corporately. He does not want the enemy to have any inroads or access to our souls or our lives from past sins, failures, regrets or debts. He is the God of Jubilee! I declare a spiritual and financial jubilee upon each of you this day!
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
We are living in times that can quickly provoke the soul to agitation, even anger, everywhere we turn if we are not diligent to “trust in the Lord.”
Here in the United States, election years always release a spirit of division, opposition and agitation. This election year is like no other; the battle is on a whole different level and the landscape feels like the beginnings of a civil war. Now we have added the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the already charged atmosphere. If you watch those hearings for five minutes and your sure to become agitated no matter what side you are on!
We must go up higher in our spiritual posture and let our roots go deeper in the soil of His ways. God’s people can stand up for righteousness, goodness and truth without stirring up the atmosphere with soulish agitation. We must remember that we are on the brink of a literal civil war here in America, therefore, we need to be those who hold the standard of truth in righteousness. We have authority to shift atmospheres through our worship, our words, our intercession and our love— let us not be the trip wire that takes us from civil unrest to civil war!
Psalm 37 is an excellent guide for these times. The very first verse instructs us on how to conduct and restrain our souls,
“Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.” Psalms 37:1-2
DO NOT BE AGITATED! They spring up quickly but wilt before becoming strong or mighty tree— they wilt like tender green plants. Psalm 37 goes on to say,
“Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.” Psalms 37:3-7
This past January the Lord moved our family to the Washington D.C. region from the West Coast. He was very clear in His instructions to “dwell in the land” as 2020 began. We had no idea why or what was coming but the one thing we carry with us (no matter where He sends us) are the instructions from Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.” Our favorite version says, “…dwell in the land cultivate faithfulness.” That is what we do!
As God moves us to a new location we first establish our trust in the Lord and do what is good before Him and to those around us. Then we cultivate faithfulness— we live by faith, we plants seeds of trust, we practice peace and ask Him to “dwell with us.” Then we watch Him act on our behalf and on behalf of the people and land that He has placed us in.
The only other thing that we came to this region carrying was a powerful prophetic dream that I had in May 2019 of seeing “In God We Trust” restored in our nation. So, once again we cultivate trust— then we know that— “He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday.”
We moved to a city just south of DC that is the home of the national ministry (movement) called, “Awaken the Dawn” so when I read, “making your righteousness shine like the dawn”, I know that we are called to awaken righteousness and a movement of righteousness from this place through prayer and worship. We are in DC weekly where there is a hearing regarding justice happening even now— God will act and make our justice come forth like the noonday. HE WILL ACT AS WE TRUST! Noon is coming.
We are the Church and it is up to us to cultivate faithfulness and trust in the place that He has planted each of us! You may wonder why you are in the city or state that you are but let me suggest that you are there to cultivate the land, to hold the line and to establish righteousness and justice through your commitment to walking in HIS WAYS!
Let’s not cultivate agitation! We become agitated when we do not understand our enemy! Our enemy wants to provoke us so that we focus on being robbed, cheated, lied to and deceived. Though these things are true (and always have been— we are merely seeing with 20/20 vision now), the shift and change will not come through weapons of the flesh but through weapons of the Spirit! Peace, trust, righteousness, faithfulness and walking in His ways will cause God to act! Refrain from anger!
Let’s look at another few verses from Psalm 37,
“Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalms 37:8-9
It’s time to inherit the land! But anger and agitation will only bring harm! God will destroy evildoers as we put our hope in the Lord and refrain from soulish reactions. The humble will inherit the land— not the arrogant evildoers who seek to provoke you to leave your place of trust and engage in their divisive and hateful tactics. Verse 11 says,
“But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.” Psalms 37:11
It goes on to say, “The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.” Psalms 37:12-13
Psalm 37 is a verse for this time! It paints a picture of how we are position ourselves to inherit the land and to prosper. I greatly admonish you to heed His instruction by refraining from agitation, the ways of the world and the provocation of the enemy. Trust in the Lord and do good— then God will act!
I also greatly encourage you to read, study and meditate in Psalm 37 during this time because it His wise instruction of how to inherit the land.
“Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed. I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rooted like a flourishing native tree. Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found. Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.” Psalms 37:34-37
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