As believers across the world pray for the citizens of nations like Afghanistan, Cuba, Lebanon and other nations where tyranny rules, I felt to remind you to pray not only for the righteous but also for the wicked. Truly, the wicked are in a place of eternal risk. If the wicked will turn, then the righteous and the innocent in the land are set free as well.
Today let us pray for “the wicked” out of Isaiah 55:6-7,
“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” God, today we come together in prayer and supplication on behalf of those who are doing wrong, especially leaders of nations and their followers who have been deceived. We plead on their behalf that they will “change their ways and banish the VERY THOUGHT of doing wrong.” We intercede on their behalf that they will turn to the Lord so that you can have mercy on them and be gracious to them. We cry out to them, “Turn to God while he can be found by you— he will save and forgive you! He will heal you and heal your land!”
Please share this so that we can mark today as a day that the body of Christ globally agreed in prayer for the turning of the wicked from evil to good, from tyranny to their Savior, who sets men free!
I used to think that my family was unique in the fact that God had called us to constantly live in the place that I call, “the unfamiliar.” Gos has called our family in different seasons to many different regions, states and nations so it is rare for us to be familiar with a place. We have learned to find our sense of stability in God and family since scenery and homes are constantly changing.
Yet, as I look around, I realize that the entire world has become quite unfamiliar to most of the world. People who have lived in the same city and home for decades are experiencing a sense of unfamiliarity even in the most familiar places. The world has changed and there is no going back to what was once normal or familiar.
So, how do we live in this place and not become disoriented, disillusioned or lost? Though my life has prepared me to live in the midst of constant changes, even I have had to press through the emotional chaos of an entire world shifting. I believe that we can learn a lot from the story of Lot’s wife in this hour.
Lot’s wife made her home in Sodom. This place had been her home and it was where her treasures were. Memories of friends and family were there and everything familiar to her was there. Although Sodom had become a place of pride, a place where men and women lived out unnatural desires, a place that withheld help from the poor (and turned away from God), nevertheless, it was where Lot’s wife had put her treasures.
Sodom may sound familiar to many places in the world today? When fire from heaven came down and was destroying Sodom, Lot’s wife looked back at the place she had called home and longed for her treasures and her life there. When she did this, she became a pillar of salt that forever would be found looking back.
We can all admit that the past two years have given us moments of looking back and longing for “what once was.” Lot’s wife couldn’t see the justice of God destroying what had defiled men and taken them far from him— she just saw the place that her treasures were at being destroyed as she ran into the unfamiliar.
I do not know if Lot’s wife was engaged in the sin of that city or if she merely had become so familiar with it that she could live among it without experiencing God’s sorrow over it (forgetting the high eternal price that would be paid by her friends and neighbors). Whatever the case, when she looked back, she was never able to move forward or look forward again.
I have learned in all of my personal transitions and changes that I can carry “in my heart” the precious and pure memories of days gone by. I don’t have to look back at what I’m leaving behind because what is good and precious is carried with me. This posture helps me to move forward without a constant sense of loss or regrets. The longings of yesterday do not become an idol or a god that I give homage to.
I am a very sentimental person and my family is very sentimental as well. If we had our way, we would have remained in the city where our family has lived for generations. We would have picked one house and made a lifetime of memories there and we would dwell on streets that told our story and had our names. But for us, it would have been a strumbling block— our sentimental hearts could have easily made it an idol. This is not to say that God does not call many to plant themselves in one city for many generations, it is merely to say that he chose another way for us. But no matter where or what God has called you to— in these times the unfamiliar has overshadowed even the most familiar. This is a time to move forward— not to look back at even what was good in a way that may have any root of idolatry. It may be subtle but our hearts need to be longing for what is ahead and becoming familiar with the eternal so that we do not get caught tied to the temporal.
We are to be like the wise virgins looking forward— awaiting the arrival of our bridegroom. It is difficult to reconcile our familiar existence and life here on earth as something temporal. We often view heaven as an unknown or unfamiliar place. This is why it is so vital in this hour to become acquainted and familiar with God and his eternal Kingdom. The lack of familiarity with his dwelling place will always cause us to be drawn to look back and long for the temporal.
It also can cause us to filter out what is grievous to God therefore, we become overwhelmed with sorrow when God destroys what is harming the people he created. Over the past few years we have watched devastating fires ravage some of the most beautiful land in our nation, we have watched entire cities flood, hurricanes and natural disasters take what was home from many people— and some have looked back and become like pillars of salt in their grief and sorrow.
What I am sharing is a call to ask the Spirit of God to separate your heart ties from things that would cause you to despair or faint in the midst of an ever-changing world and environment. We can love and appreciate the beauty of memories, places and people without making them gods or idols. My life has been a long process of dealing with sentimental idols that attached themselves to my heart. They held me back from longing for the city whose maker is the Lord and for my Bridegroom to be my greatest longing—which keeps my eyes ahead— not behind.
To summarize— let the unfamiliar draw you into becoming familiar with that which is eternal!
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
May our treasures and our hearts be found in heaven! This will keep our eyes looking forward— not back.
Recently I received a prophetic word from a precious sister from Russia that spoke of my husband and I being like a bridge that would span or connect East and West in our nation. Along with the word she sent a time lapse video of an incredibly long bridge that has been under construction in Croatia. As I watched the time lapse of its construction, the majority of time and energy was spend on the pillars that would uphold this bridge. The time that it took to actually connect the pillars with the bridge was much shorter.
After watching this video, the Holy Spirit began to speak to be about how, for many decades, he has been preparing those who will stand like pillars to bridge nations. I saw the intricate details that began first with going deep below the surface to secure them in the depths of the foundation of Christ. That process alone took many years— testing, refining and aligning. Then the process of building them into “pillars” has been another lengthy time that required these men and women to stand before him as yielded vessels who would allow the work of his Spirit to build their endurance, their character and their posture before him.
When these natural pillars were completed, they had the appearance of men or women with their legs deep in the water and their arms outstretched to either side— reaching out for the pillar to their left and their right.
I immediately thought of the verses from John 17: 20-23 that says,
““I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:20-23
There has been an continuous process and preparation in these men and women to be still and to allow the things that create division or independence from God (and one another) to be removed, repented of and delivered from so that these prepared pillars can come into oneness with God and then be joined as “one with one another” so that a bridge is created for those who will come to Christ and cross over. Even our precious Jewish family. When we are one…then the world will know!
The process of being prepared has been decades of refinement and detailed preparation. You may be one of these pillars and you’ve wondered why you’ve had to stand in such a constant state of preparation for what appeared to have little connection to anything. You’ve often stood alone, being strengthened by the Lord. But your preparation for connection is nearing! Your arms are outstretched in a posture of prayer and longing to be connected.
Do not lose heart now! The pieces that bridge and connect lands and people to God and one another will come into place very soon. There is a spiritual “bridge over troubled waters” being made ready and soon many will cross over!
Your standing still and standing in faith that the preparation has been for a purpose will soon be made known. End time pillars needed to be reinforced to withstand the weight of all who will cross over while being unmovable in the troubled seas that their feet stand in. The bridge that you will help hold up will allow those coming to Christ to be held above the waves while providing them a safe passage. A global family will emerge that creates sonship in all who passover into salvation.
Keep standing! It may be all you know to do at this point but very soon your posture will have purpose!
Thank you to all who have sown into our transition to bridge East and West as we set up a home base on the West Coast and a base in the East Coast (Washington DC Region). We are almost at our goal for the first phase on in the west!
Many of you have been and are even now facing what appears to be “giants” that taunt you and mock you with the words of sure defeat. You feel small in the shadow of the giants that stand before you, much like young David must have looked as he stood before the giant Goliath and his vast army, who were positioned in battle array. David stood with no armor, no physical strength, no army backing him and no weapon that is useful in battle. He stood in the “fear of the Lord” with merely the small weapon that he was familiar with– a child’s toy at best to Goliath. Yet, he was not standing only in the shadow of Goliath– he was standing under the shadow of the Almighty which assured his victory. He had faced lions and bears therefore he knew what he needed and what he did not.
The circumstances before you may mock you with their size and their strength but as you stand before them, postured in the fear of the Lord, covered by the shadow of the Almighty and holding whatever “weapon” you are familiar with (it may just be a prayer or a scripture or just your mustard seed of faith as your stone)– you are assured victory. By His strength and His power and in His name you are about to slay a giant! This will cast great fear upon your enemies who will run like dogs with their tails between their legs. It will also impart the fear of the Lord into those who have been fighting alongside you, as they witness your victory. They will say, “It was not by might, nor by strength but by the Spirit of the Lord that they defeated the giant that would cause most to run away in fear.”
Just as David was chosen, just as Esther was chosen and just as Mary was chosen– so you have been chosen. He chooses the weak things of the world to confound the wise so get ready because the wise are about to be confounded by what the Lord does through you and through the battles that you are facing. He is raising up those who are strong in the fear of the Lord even when they may be known for being weak or merely “common.” They may not be from Ivy League schools but they are about to receive wisdom from the Ancient of Days that will cause men to wonder where you receive your wisdom and knowledge. They may not be pro-athletes or Olympians, but people will wonder where they trained to move in such strength and skill. And, they may not have a doctorate in theology but theologians will wonder how the Word is being lived out with such great mystery and accuracy in them.
God is about to promote his David’s and his Esther’s into royal positions where they will lead and step into positions that they seemingly are not qualified for. Some of you will even lead nations and people from oppression into possession. The common man or woman, who walks in the fear of the Lord and the confidence of his Word, will no longer be seen as common but they will be found in positions of authority and power. They will plunder the enemies camp and take back the inheritance of people groups and nations…and of their family line. There is about to be a changing of the guards in many positions of authority in businesses, spheres of influence, governments and even in the body of Christ. It is the posture of surrender and dependence on the Lord that will promote those who seem unqualified to hold these positions.
Strengthen yourself in the Lord! Go out and face your enemy clothed in his heavenly armor. Walk in the confidence of his name and his Spirit. You are not on the defense but you are on the offense because the Lord has stationed his vast angelic army in battle array all around you. You may be small in the natural but you are a giant in the spirit. The enemy that has opposed you is about to run in fear because the Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
If fear has caused you to cower and hide, GET UP! Clothe yourself in the fear of the Lord and go out and face your enemy in the confidence of the Lord. You may have nothing in yourself but you have more than enough when you are “in Him!” You are not going backwards, you are not defeated, you are not alone and you are not ill-equipped– YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED IF YOUR CONFIDENCE IS IN THE LORD AND NOT IN YOURSELF OR YOUR SKILLS!
Victory is yours in Christ Jesus!
Testimony of Encouragement:
Our family and ministry is suddenly facing a massive need that will require us to setup a home/ministry base on the West Coast as well as here in the Washington DC region. This was unexpected and demands immediate action. Just the move to set up a home base on the West Coast is a 10k expense. Then there is the additional costs of setting up another base here in the DC region. It began with the sudden and unexpected loss of our current home and office (the owner is in the military living out of the country and has been reassigned back to DC and legally those in the military can break a lease if they are reassigned).
Last Tuesday we were suddenly and unexpectedly facedwith this shift. The Lord then said that we were to set up a west base and east base like “bookends in the nation.” On Tuesday we had an immediate need for $10k and within 48 hours over $6k had come in miraculously! Do not be afraid of the vast need that is before you! God is able!
If you would like to help cover the additional $4k needed (by July 15th), you can be a part of our miracle that will become a sign to many of how the hand of the Lord moves.
Did you know that in many instances in the Bible the word, “hope” can be translated to mean joyful expectation? To lose hope is to lose faith because as Hebrews 11:1 says,
Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.
It is not only good but it is essential to our souls to have joyful expectation for our life here and now. God has given each of us dreams, desires and hopes that bring us great joy as we expect their fulfillment. Someone that is very close to me has been facing a decade of infertility and I stand in continuous joyful expectation that she and her husband will conceive a child. Together we dream about this little promise, we have talked about it, bought items to prepare for it, she and her husband have picked out names—plans have been made in joyful expectation. This does not mean that there are not many tears, frustrations, disappointments and even the desire to stop hoping. But the hope continues, and this hope produces joyful expectation even amid deep heartache for them. I, too, faced years of infertility so I know the rollercoaster of joyful expectation only to be met by painful disappointments. The day that I held our adopted eleven-month-old daughter in my arms for the first time, I experienced a complete release from all the sorrows that came from the years of “hope deferred.” Then less than a year later I held my infant son who I gave birth to.
We are not guaranteed that every hope that we have will be fulfilled on this side of heaven but we do have a guarantee that the hope in our eternal promise will be fulfilled. Whether or not we see every fulfillment of hopes and dreams come to pass it is still essential to live in the place of joyful expectation. It is life to our souls and health to our hearts. The dreams that children have of becoming an astronaut or fireman nurture imagination and joyful expectation. Though they may never actually ride in a rocket ship this joyful childhood dream is necessary for their growth and for nurturing their hope in the unseen. We were created to dream big in joyful expectation. If we could retain this childlike posture, it would truly break off the posturing of settling for something less than God’s best for us.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Often, we stop believing in the “more than we can ask or imagine.” Yet, children are proof that we are to dream of things that are bigger than what we have been able to imagine. I have rarely met a young child with small dreams—they have not been subject to all the things that we learn that cause us to limit our dreams by carnal knowledge.
Common sense can be a great enemy of dreams, but the wisdom of God causes us to enter a joyful expectation of seeing “Him who is able” to do more than we can ask or imagine. I truly believe that the quenching of joyful expectation through common sense or man’s wisdom is more dangerous to the human soul than most any other thing.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9-11
Shouldn’t we dream of flying rockets or bringing healing to the sick? Shouldn’t we renew the areas of joyful expectation that have been diluted by the wisdom of men? Yes!
When my husband and I began the journey to adopt our oldest daughter, we were young and so full of joyful expectation that we said yes to a journey that was presented to us as “impossible in the eyes of men.” The chances of us adopting this baby girl was truly impossible in the natural realm—judges told us that we did not have a prayer, social workers told us that there was no way for us to become her parents, even Christians looked at us as if we were a desperate young couple that was immature and foolish in our faith and hope. Yet, I had heard my Father’s voice that said, “Trust me and go forth in faith.” Numerous times along the path we hit walls that confirmed the natural impossibility that we were facing, but the Father continued to say, “Only believe.” Nine months later, by unheard of miracles and out of the faith of joyful expectation, we held her in our arms and took her home as our daughter.
I often wonder if God asked me today (thirty years later) the same thing, if I would be as quick to give my yes? Have I “matured” to the point that I’ve lost the joyful expectation that would venture on such an impossible journey with the hope of God fulfilling what he spoke to my heart? Have I matured in the ways of the world or in human understanding or what we call “common sense?” May it never be so!
It is time for us to return to the God “who is able to do above and beyond all that we can ask or imagine” and enter the childlike joyful expectation that we had when we first began walking with him.
“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[a] considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews 11:11
“Father, today I ask you to restore the childlike faith and joyful expectation to me. I declare that every place in my heart and soul that has become diluted by common sense or the wisdom of men would now receive a full restoration of hope and joy. I proclaim today that you are the God who is able to do more than I can ask or imagine! I will not settle for less than the miraculous. I will no longer limit my dreams because those limitations have diluted my joy and expectation of doing the greater things.
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“Tell My people to remain focused on what I have said. The enemy has sent distractions to engage them in battles that will steal time, peace and energy from them.”
I saw these earthly distractions like doorways that lead to battlegrounds that rob peace, thankfulness, time, energy and create delays in personal breakthrough. Stay on track! It is vital to remain focused on what the Lord has shown you and where he has assigned you. Be sure to ask Him to order your steps.
Though these distractions may come and seemingly demand your attention, move with caution! Do not allow what stirs your soul to a place of reaction to gain control over you but ask for God’s peace to guard your mind and emotions. The enemy desires to engage many of you in battles that the Lord has not assigned to you or are not real battles— but rather traps to lure you and snare you.
You need the wisdom and peace of God to lead you when distractions come. Remember that giving yourself over to worry, stress, guilt or engaging in the distractions sent against you will steal peace and joy from you.
Walk according to the Spirit and stay focused on what the Spirit of the Lord has spoken to you. Let peace lead you!
“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Peace and thanksgiving is your weapon of sure victory against these assignments. Ask for angelic assistance and protection and ask the Lord to hem you into his path and purposes for your life and for this season.
Once again, I will remind you of the wisdom that the Lord gave me a number of years ago that stirred me to write my first book (30 Days to Breakthrough: Peace). He said,
“Warfare cannot exist where peace reigns.”
The peace of God will lead you into wisdom, joy, healing, his counsel and his love. When peace is stolen warfare becomes forefront in your life. Mental warfare is often where it begins so let his peace guard your mind! The absence of peace is the presence of warfare but the presence of peace is the absence of warfare.
This is a key for abundant life— especially in the days we are living in. These distractions are assignments to steal your peace so that you will engage in a battle that wears you down. Whatever the distraction or battle is, the Spirit of God will guide you in dealing with the details in a posture of peace without engaging in the assignment or baiting you into a battle that merely creates worry and stress.
God still brings “peace on Earth” but his peace is found in Heavenly places and in him alone. He gives peace and rest to his beloved ones as they remain under the shadow of his wing.
Here is your key counsel against distractions and warfare,
“Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7
I pray for his peace to guard my heart and mind every day. Pray, trust and thank him because this will usher you into peace while worry and engaging or reacting to distractions will lead you into warfare.
Peace be with you!
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Our family has moved THIRTY times! Although some of those moves were due to a constantly growing family, many were because we were following God’s lead in pioneering something new. For me, moving is one of the greatest sacrifices in my life. I am a “nester” and home is where my heart is. My dream as a child was to raise my family in one home that they’d grow up in and bring their children to when they were grown. I love home and being home; yet God called us to travel, pioneer and “go”. It’s truly been an honor and joy even in the midst of more boxes packed than I can count. But He knows that it has also been an offering from my heart and a sacrifice of that dream.
During one of our moves, I was packing and looked out over the sea of boxes and had a vision of angels that were sitting on them with a clipboard in hand. They were keeping account of every act (even the natural acts like packing a box) that has ever been done in obedience to following the Lord.
I then began to see angels assigned to believers all over the world. These people were following the Lord to make disciples of men and to encourage the body of Christ in many different ways. They were working in many different realms of society but they were “Jesus to those around them.”
I saw those who are called to “go out” sitting in airports and sleeping in hotels; they were away from family and comforts but their “yes” was more important than their comfort. The angels were keeping an account of every hour given, not just the hours ministering but the hours of travel and being away from home— even the hours on a plane or sleeping in a bed that was not their own. Then I saw moms and dads who are called to stay home and raise their children and provide for their families; these angels were keeping account of every prayer prayed, every meal cooked, every hug given and every early morning wake up as they trained up their children in the ways of the Lord. I saw those called to work in the marketplace; the angels were taking account of every faithful act of service and every hour of time served. There are so many more scenarios that I could mention but I will keep this short.
Then I heard the words,
“Nothing is wasted! Nothing!”
You may feel as if you life is a series of events that are insignificant but God sees your life in a different way. He doesn’t only notice when you share the good news of His love with someone or pray for the sick, He sees it all, the times you minister and every moment in between. He keeps account of it all.
The next time one of you “stay at home” moms matches another sock or washes another dish because that is what God has assigned for you to do, then know it is being counted to you as an act of faithfulness. Or, the next time one of you gets ready for another day at work know that He sees it and counts it as faithfulness. Or, if you are a sent one who is sitting in another airport or sleeping in a bed that is not your own, He counts it unto you as faithfulness. Or if you are like me and have been called to pioneer faithfulness and encourage the body and you are moving yet again…He counts every moment as faithfulness!
Nothing is wasted…nothing! Heaven is watching, angels are keeping accounts and your Heavenly Father takes great joy in rewarding you.
“…you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Did you know that no matter how dark the night is and no matter how small a light brought into it is…IT SHATTERS THE DARKNESS!
We often think too small regarding our light or our influence within such a dark atmosphere around the world. As we watch Israel attacked by Hamas, India under such a deadly siege of the Covid virus, Lebanon in a financial crisis that is unheard of and pastors being arrested in our neighboring nation, Canada— we can easily become intimidated by the darkness.
What we need to remember is that we are carriers of light. Our little light, when brought into a dark place, shatters the power of darkness. Darkness cannot coexist with light! There is either darkness or light and even “this little light of mine” is enough to dispel darkness and bring forth light so that all can see.
Oh how the enemy of God wants to intimidate those who carry light. He wants us to hide in caves or put out light under a “bushel” where it will be snuffed out. He wants men to dwell in darkness because that is where he does his dark deeds. We pray for exposure of hidden things but that will only happen as light is brought into the darkness. It’s time to come out of the caves!
Our Adversary dwells in darkness, looking for who he can devour, therefore we must go and shed light so that many might be saved and his plans are exposed and thwarted before being carried out. We want him running to hide along with all of his cohorts—intimated and afraid of the light within us.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith” 1 Peter 5:8–9
We carry within us the Spirit of The Lion of Judah, whose roar and authority brings life and liberty to the captives. He lives in you and he lives in me and where we go, he goes!
I keep seeing in my mind scenes from the Disney movie, “The Lion King.” Scar was the lion who sought to kill, steal and destroy Mufasa and take over his pride and steal his position as their king. When he did, darkness and death came upon the land. He frightened and intimidated Mufasa’s son (Simba) into running to hide in a far off land so that he would not take his rightful place as king. As long as Simba didn’t recognize his true identity, his light and his authority as Mufasa’s son, then Scar could prowl the land and devour all memory of Mufasa. Once Simba (meaning “courageous warrior”) came to his senses, he returned and took his rightful place as King. Then restoration, light and life was able to return to the land.
The enemy wants to accuse you, intimidate you and cause you to run in fear— hiding from your true identity (even forgetting who you truly are). He sends assignment that trap you and stalk you like the hyenas in this animated film. It is time to RESIST HIM! Let your faith arise and your confident assurance be founded in the one who lives within you and whose son (or daughter) you are. “REMEMBER!”
In reality, you are not merely a “little light” but you carry the Light of the World within you. You carry the blood of the One who defeated sin and death and who can bind the strongman (Satan)— and one day he fully will! He will plunder his house and take this earth back.
We carry his victory within us and his name is written upon us— which causes demons to tremble. We are the head and not the tail. It’s time to remember who you are and who is with you always. It is time to let the Light of the World shine through you.
Get rid of the bushel (or bowl). Why is the enemy attacking “breath” or “oxygen levels” so fiercely— you cannot a flame of light without oxygen. He is trying to snuff the flames out by removing oxygen. Fear, accusation and intimidation causes the air to be sucked out of you just as this virus causes oxygen to be greatly decreased. It’s time to blow on the sparks until they ignite into flame! Shake off the assignments and breath deep until you shine bright.
God is here to breathe his life back into you, to blow oxygen on the little spark and watch it become a fire that burns bright. He is breaking off every assignment sent against you to snuff out your light.
Again, “REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!” Stop running from your true identity while the Deceiver and Adversary roams around devouring you and all that you love.
You carry the light that shatters the darkness. Now…let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
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Over the past week, each day as I would approach the Lord in prayer I would hear an invitation to come deep into God’s heart on the issue of covenant, judgement and mercy.
As I would accept the invitation the Spirit would always begin by asking me to thank God for his faithful judgements. In faith and obedience I would begin to just say, “Father, all of your judgments are faithful, right and true. Your love is fully found unwavering within your judgements.”
As I would pray and declare these things I would be ushered into deeper and deeper revelations of his covenant with mankind, with Israel, and with nations. His covenant is always based on absolute love, truth, righteousness, his character and perfect ways. When covenant is violated or broken by man (for God NEVER breaks covenant) there are repercussions— for God disciplines those that he loves just as a parent does the child that he so deeply loves (for there is no love found in parental passivity or the enabling of rebellion.)
If there is no repercussion (when covenant is broken) then truly there was never any covenant and there was not agape love. Just as marriage is a earthly representation of the covenant between God and his people— we see that the marriage covenant binds two people as one flesh in a holy agreement that promises faithfulness, commitment, selflessness and love no matter what they are facing— until death parts them. If one of those two violates that covenant (or promise) it deeply affects both and negative repercussions inevitably ensues.
Each day I was taken into the heart of the Lord as he entered into covenant with his people and i saw a glimpse of the love and longing that he carried and that has not lessened to this day. It was so deep and weighty that I could barely touch it without feeling that I could not survive the revelation of his love and how lightly we have treated his heart within these covenants.
I saw again and again how we have broken covenant and broken his heart— the heart that merely wanted to give us a faithfulness that would bless us in ways that we could never comprehend. And yet, we would still turn to other lovers, other gods and other ways that violated his love and truths. We always think our way is better.
Then he would usher me into the judgements (repercussions) that came from broken and violated covenant. Within them his promise, love and faithfulness was as strong, pure, passionate and true as the moment he entered into these covenants with man— to the point that he would provide his only Son to die to redeem what had been lost. And yet, still— mankind goes their own way but his faithfulness remains relentless.
After four days of experiencing this, I was so undone by his faithfulness, even within his judgements, that I’d weep at the mere thought of it. On the fifth day, I suddenly and clearly heard the Spirit day,
“Now you can ask for mercy to triumph over judgement.”
Immediately I understood (by the Spirit) how we so often ask for mercy not truly understanding that we don’t comprehend the full weight of his faithful judgements— judgements that give him NO pleasure but are immersed in his love. Mercy is reserved for the guilty not the innocent (that is justice). I believe that we have missed this point often when we pray. We have not fully comprehended the heart break of God regarding broken covenant. He is like a husband whose wife has forsaken him and given herself to another or like a father whose beautiful daughter has prostituted herself. Judgement comes merely as a act of faithfulness to bring her back to her senses.
We often cry out for mercy but believe in our hearts that we are deserving of justice. We don’t see the fullness of the betrayal and brokenness that sin and waywardness has brought to the heart of God.
We need to cry out in brokenness and humility for mercy knowing that true justice would render judgement and yet in God’s faithfulness and compassion he desires to give mercy. We need true repentance— which often is found within the revelation of his faithfulness, even his faithful judgments.
I can only pray that by his Spirit you are able to understand this and that what I have been experiencing will be imparted to you so that together we are made ready to corporately cry out for mercy and truly know that it is MERCY that we are in need of…because we have all fallen short of keeping covenant.
Again, justice is reserved for the innocent and mercy for the guilty. Justice is for those who are undeserving of judgement and mercy for those who deserve judgment. In both cases the absolute faithful love of God is perfectly and rightly executed. And in both cases His heart is laid bare in broken compassion for the ones that he created and gave his Son to die for.
Let’s ask for a revelation of his faithful judgements and declare them as such. Then, as our hearts are broken for the things that break his heart, we can bow low and cry out for mercy. He loves to give us what we do not deserve. He waits, like the father in the story of the prodigal son, for our return— for the return of his son or daughter— or nation. We must return to the bond of his faithfulness and become faithful.
“I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger (wrath), remember your mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2
Now that we are in Christ we have been justified and made innocent to cry out for justice and yet we must understand that our nations often have not come to Christ- therefore we must cry out for mercy while understanding the righteousness of his judgements.
Sidenote: I often hear how the American church did all that they could do in 2020 to bring forth a victory (and I was part of that those who brought continuous offerings) but I think we need to know that the reality is the Jesus is the only one who could (and did) do ALL that needs to be done. Was it pleasing to him…yes! But we must not boast in what we have done but in what he did alone. We offered what he deserved whether we see judgements or mercy. May we always bring that kind of offering- not merely to receive a result but because he is worthy to receive it all.
As I sat in the prayer room today I saw plumb lines drop down from heaven to earth over different individual’s lives. As it dropped the tip of these plumb lines became spouts that poured out the love of God, the oil of healing and the wine of intimacy.
As I looked upon this I saw that angels were assisting these individuals to align them directly under the spout so that they received the fullness of what the Father was pouring out. The misalignment was merely causing the person to miss the fullness of what was being poured out. As these loved ones surrendered to his longing the angels were easily able to move them under the direct flow.
Then I heard,
“Their cups will overflow. I have always intended for my sons and daughters to live in the place of the fullness that overflows.”
There is such love, compassion, restoration and healing pouring out at this time. He merely waits for the smallest “yes” to move under his downpour.