There is such blessings released upon those who obey! When my children were young my husband and I worked hard to teach them the value and rewards of obedience. When they listened to our voices, obeying what we spoke, their lives were surrounded by saftey, pleasures, wisdom, blessings and peace. Yet, on those occasions that they would exercise their “own stubborn will” they would quickly find their souls and circumstances in turmoil. In childhood we are to learn to live a life that values obedience and wisdom so that in adulthood we can walk in covenant with God.
We can come up with a thousand different reasons that the nations are in turmoil and people are in misery but the root of it all is “broken covenant through disobedience to the voice of God.”
Jeremiah 11 gives us a great example of this,
“Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.” I answered, “Amen, Lord.”” Jeremiah 11:3-5
God is not a controlling tyrant but rather a loving and wise Father who knows what will bless those He created and what will harm them. He merely desires us to walk in blessings, life, freedom from harm, health and prosperity. He knows the path to take us there and yet many have turned away from His voice of wisdom and the blame Him for the turmoil in their lives.
Again and again throughout scripture the Lord says, “Obey My voice.” But, again and again mankind turns away from His voice to follow other gods and “the stubbornness of his evil heart (Jer. 11:8).”
We must understand that blessings follow obedience and covenant but curses follow broken covenant and disobedience. The Book of Proverbs is a manual to sons of “how to live” that make all of this known to those who desire wisdom. I love to pray for God to give me the wisdom and understanding that all of creation was formed from. If creation was formed out of God’s wisdom and understanding then it is part of the DNA of us and of the universe— therefore, it only makes sense to ask for the wisdom of God that aligns us with all of creation and our Creator.
“By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” Proverbs 3:19-26
It is so wise to obey! His wisdom is filled with promises and protection for your life. Wisdom is grace for you, safety to you, assurance upon you and peace around you.
God, in His great mercy, gives second chances for men and women to turn from stubborn and rebellious ways (foolish ways) so that they can come back into the grip of covenant and obedience— redeeming the blessings of covenant and breaking the curses of rebellion.
This is probably my greatest prayer for the nations, my loved ones and for my life. “Let us obey Your voice!” May the nations repent for broken covenant, for stubborn rebellion and for disobeying the voice of God. I pray that every man, woman and child would obey the voice of God and watch the blessings of wisdom and covenant restored to their lives and their land.
Cry out for wisdom! Obey His voice and watch salvation come upon every area of your life.
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We are all made of body, soul and spirit. Because of that, we cannot separate one from another. When our body hurts it affects our soul and spirit— this is true with our souls as well (mind and emotions). When I was young my soul was leading the way— taking me down winding paths of chaotic and often unnecessary turmoil. I made decisions that were based on emotions and viewed the world from whatever my emotional state was on that particular day. This didn’t immediately change after my salvation experience but took years of having the Holy Spirit teach me how to let Him lead. I had to learn how to submit my thoughts and emotions to the peace of Christ and the truth of His word— I had to be given a “renewed and sound mind.”
2020 has been a year that is “supercharged” with mental and emotional extremes. First the pandemic and quarantine (which would have been enough), then the death of George Floyd that turned our nation into something unrecognizable with riots and violence, great political unrest, hatred toward our police, divisions about race and now our entire West Coast in flames. It is enough to challenge the most stable person.
I don’t recount the hard things to remind you of what is negative but to help you to understand that in the midst of all of this there is a real mental warfare that is being fought by all. We live in the Washington DC region and meet with leaders here weekly and they all will tell you that the greatest personal warfare they have to contend with is the “mental warfare.”
So- what does that look like? Often it will hit your soul in a way that causes you to want to disengage and isolate; self-quarantine begins to sound awfully attractive in these times. Many will begin to want to escape into a sort of denial by watching TV or reading or doing whatever is their escape mechanism. These things are not bad if they are in balance but those being hit with mental warfare will sink into these things like a drug that separates them from all the pain.
Another form of mental warfare will come in the form of panic and anxiety that leaves a person feeling as though there is no escape. Thoughts of running or even death will consume their souls. Some people begin to get suspicious of people plotting against them or thinking obsessively about the negative political atmosphere, conspiracies, etc. Some get angry and cynical while others get depressed and hopeless. In any case, the peace of Christ and the perspective of His Spirit will begin to fade away.
This mental warfare must be dealt with and recognized as it begins to take hold; before it takes over! For example, I had a day recently where I felt exhausted and just didn’t want to engage in anything that was on my plate for that day. It was an unnatural exhaustion (I had plenty of rest the night before) that hit my body and my soul. I took time to rest that day but the more I rested the more tired I became and the more I wanted to disengage from everything. I quickly realized that this was mental warfare because I didn’t even want to spend time with the Lord, with people I love and didn’t feel joy in the Lord— just “blah.”
I had to get up and begin praying in the spirit, turn on some worship music and exercise my spirit until my soul submitted. After a short time I suddenly felt my energy return and I could think clearly, see clearly and felt joy return. It reminded me of when I’m dealing with low blood sugar and I feel disoriented and fatigued but then I eat something and suddenly I’m back to normal— clear headed and energized.
We are living I times that require our minds, our thoughts and our emotions to be submitting to His Spirit and to the truth of His Word like never before. God has promised us a sound mind but we must do our part to walk in it and keep walking in it.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear is like a “power outage” to the soul. Everything goes dark! We must ask for God’s power to remain strong within us so that we walk in the light. For me a key for staying mentally clear is found in Philippians 4:8,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Train your mind to focus and think upon these things!!
Most of my family and friends are living on the West Coast and they are dealing with raging fires, evacuations and all sorts of chaos. My mind is with them constantly but if I allow myself to think upon the “what if’s” or the fear then the “power goes out for me!” Darkness will overtake light and I will be ineffective in my prayers and support of them. I must put my hope and faith in the promises of God for those that I love and think on those things as I pray. My prayers must be from the place of light (and peace) and not darkness (and fear).
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
My peace effects my prayers! Therefore my mind must be found in His peace and in absolute trust in Him so that I can receive His wisdom and revelation regarding all that is before us. We want effectual prayers that bring effectual change, Spirit breathed actions and initiatives that come from God alone, peace that changes the atmosphere and thoughts that birth words of hope to those around us. We want to be the image of Christ walking the face of this earth.
Jesus never lost His composer because He knew how to keep His mind focused on things above— even if He had to wrestle in prayer! I have no doubt that Jesus had to deal with this mental warfare that must be overcome by the Spirit. We must not allow ourselves to just sink under it but to wrestle until we rise above it. We must not only work out in our bodies to remain healthy but we must practice a mental work out routine to keep our minds fixed on Christ.
If you need to reach out for help— do so! Don’t let this warfare sink you in the darkness until you cannot breathe. Then manage it daily through prayer, the Word of God and staying engaged with those who love Him. There is no more wasting time!
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26
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.
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!
The Holy Spirit has had me praying for the body of Christ and our nation out of Ephesians 3, beginning with verse 16, for the past few weeks. Verse 16 says,
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16
What a powerful and wonderful prayer that we should all be praying for every believer. It’s such a Kairos time to see the Spirit of the Lord empower each of us with “inner strength” out of His “glorious and unlimited resources!” This is a prayer we should be praying over our lives, our loved ones and even our nations leaders who believe in Christ as their Savior. An inner strength is needed like never before in our lifetime.
Ephesians 3 goes on to say in verse 17,
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:17
I see so many who are weary and feeling weak and yet this verse offers a solid solution for keeping you strong. As you are empowered by His Spirit with inner strength; which will produce trust in Him— then Christ will make His home in your heart. As your heart becomes a resting place for our Savior, His love will empower you and the roots of your life will go deep into the rich soil of His love. It’s a beautiful progression of inward prosperity and riches.
If trust in God is what causes Him to make His home in our heart then just think of what would happen if our nation(s) turned back to “In God We Trust!” God would find a home and a resting place in the heart of our nation once again. But often these restorations begin in the house of God (in His people first).
Let’s continue onto verse 18,
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” Ephesians 3:18
This is so essential for God’s people! If we would pray that the Spirit would empower us to understand the width, length, height and depth of the His love then we would know what is needed and what the world is crying out to understand and experience. It says, “…as all God’s people should…” In other words, we don’t but we should! Often as you scroll through social media and observe much of what God’s people have to say, what you will quickly discover is that there are a lot of opinions and words without a depth of love— or without being rooted in love. What is prophesy or words without love?
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-2
The gifts of the Spirit without the love of God are just noise! There is already too much noise out there. What sets our words and voice apart from all the noise? Love! When we begin to be rooted in the love of God, which begins with trusting Him, then we release the sound that breaks through the noise! Love is the frequency of Heaven that shatters darkness, confusion and fear. It breaks through barriers and opens deaf ears.
Ephesians 3:19 goes on to say this,
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19
There is an “experience that surpasses understanding.” When a person has an experience with the love of God— then they are forever changed! I can understand that “you love me” but the personal experience with your love will impact and change my life!
Men and women are made complete and “full of life” when they experience God’s love. But what does this verse also say? They will be made complete in His “power” that comes from God!!
I have been around Christian ministers who moved in a so-called power ministry and yet there was a great lack of love. Power without love is illegal! Almost all of these ministries end up falling away because we must be rooted and grounded in love to rightfully be empowered by His Spirit and to see others experience the life changing power that the love of God brings. Power without love will destroy both the user and the receiver.
Finally, Ephesians 3:20 says,
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20
We love this verse!! The “more than we can ask or think (imagine)” is one of Christian’s favorite verses. But we must put it into context. This verse comes after verses 16-19. There is a progression that we cannot skip.
• Praying for His Spirit to empower us with inner strength.
• Trusting Him so that He makes His home in our hearts.
• Allowing the roots of our life to go deep in the soil of His love.
• Asking to understand the fullness of the love of God.
• Asking to experience the love of God since we cannot fully understand it.
• Asking the Spirit to make you complete with all life and power that comes from God.
• Yeilding to God’s mighty power to work in each of us which accomplishes more than we can ask or imagine!
I believe that these are key verses the Spirit of God wants prayed over our lives, our loved ones and those in leadership. Love shifts everything! It changes the sound, the narrative, the power to change the lives around us, the atmosphere and the world!
Let’s silence the noise and release the sound that has depth, width, length and height…the sound that is rooted in the love of God!
My life is busy!! My brain is full and to be honest— I’m easily distracted!! Is anyone else like that?
So— I have learned to use lists! If I go shopping or have a busy day planned…I make a list. When I have an upcoming birthday or at Christmas time I make a list! WhenI pack a ministry trip or vacation—yep, I make lists to keep me on track and so that I don’t miss something important. When we moved cross country in January…A LONG CHECK LIST WAS ESSENTIAL!
What about with prayer? Yes— I make prayer lists!! Not for every prayer time since I like to live a lifestyle of continuous prayer. But for my focused daily prayer time I have a list. My list includes prayer points that I bring before the “Throne of Grace” and as I bring each point before our Lord, I then wait for His Spirit to lead me in His intercession for that person or subject. It is not dry or legalistic but rather it keeps me focused and at the same time leaves room to be led by the Spirit to go deeper and spend more time on what He reveals needs more attention.
My prayer list is also an ongoing testimony book of answers! I always leave space to add notes and the testimonies of answers to those prayers. It becomes the spirit of prophesy to the prayers yet to be answered.
For instance— I pray for all of our ministry supporters each day. As I mention them by name, I wait and I am sensitive to the Spirit giving me insight and His heart to press in deeper day by day for specific ones. I do the same thing with our children. I bring each one before Him and wait…always asking Holy Spirit to lead me and pray through me for what He knows they need; not just what I want for them.
Usually my list includes prayers for our nations leaders, our local church leaders, our city and nation. Again, as I bring these before His throne of grace— I pause and listen for His voice and to feel His heart. Some days it’s merely mentioning these things and other days it become deep intercession. He leads— I follow!
I also pray His Word. Praying aloud the scriptures over your loved ones, leaders and nation will never come back void! For instance, yesterday I had Ephesians 3:17-19 on my heart. It reads,
“I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
I began to pray these verses aloud over my children, my husband, our ministry supporters, our leaders and our nation. That they (we) would be rooted and grounded in love and the knowledge and fullness of God. His Word is always better than my words!
Far too often the church will view anything planned as “religious or legalistic.” That is not true! We can make lists and still yield and submit to the leading and flow of His Spirit. Often the church is not getting things accomplished due to distraction and the desire to be freely led— but think of how much is accomplished when you do both. You make a plan and you yield to the Lord directing and establishing your steps— even in prayer.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs and establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
So—as the Christmas song goes, “He’s making a list, checking it twice…” During this time of heightened distraction in the spiritual atmosphere it might be good to make a list! Then bring your prayer points before the throne of grace and where Jesus will meet with you.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16
As I woke up this morning and began to wait upon the Lord it was like an audible song began to play in the atmosphere around me (although no music was actually playing). I immediately recognized the words to the song, “All Who Are Thirsty”— here are the words that I was hearing,
All who are thirsty All who are weak Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of His mercy As deep cries out to deep (we sing) Come Lord Jesus come
As these words flowed like a stream of refreshing water through my soul I clicked on Facebook and the first post to show was from a precious prophetic friend who wrote a post about rest and concluded with this scripture,
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30
Throughout the time of quarantine and even through the past weeks of great unrest in our nation I have felt constant strength and grace to run the race and press into all that the Lord was asking and doing. I have had a tremendous grace upon my life throughout this ever-changing season. But about two weeks ago a weariness began to hit my soul. Because we live in the Washington DC region I wondered if it was just the spiritual atmosphere from so much continuous warfare over our nation or if it was something personal? Either way— I was weary!
I decided to press and stand against the weariness and yet the more the more weary I became. It was as if burdens too heavy to carry would come upon me and they would weary me even more. Then I watched it hitting others around me…such a deep, heavy weariness!
Then, last night we had some new friends over to our home and during our time together our gentleman guest began to minister to our daughter regarding the subject of weariness. He told her a story about surfing and learning to rest after the long, hard paddle out to where the waves are good. He said that he had to learn to rest after the exhausting paddle because if he tried to catch a wave while weary from the trek to deeper waters then the wave would end up taking him under. But— when he’d take the time to rest— when it was time to catch the wave he would be able to ride it all the way back to shore with ease. As he spoke these words a vibrant double rainbow appeared over our home and remained for a long time. As I looked upon this rainbow and thought about the rest he was speaking of, I heard the Lord say,
“I promise not to overwhelm you or flood you with that which will take you under. Rest in me and ride the waves of mercy to my shores of grace and victory.”
Many of you have had a long journey of “swimming and paddling hard!” Your strength is depleted and you need to take time to rest. You are now positioned to catch the wave that will take you higher and further then you have ever known but first you must rest. You are being invited into Matthew 11,
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
He will take the burdens that are too heavy for you to carry and he will teach you to rest and to come to him where his gentleness will comfort and soothe your weary and storm tossed soul. It is there that you will receive the light yoke that will allow you to ride the wave of mercy that you are about to catch.
The battle belongs to the Lord! Yes, you have a part in the battle but if you do not stop to rest (and release the heavy burdens) then you will be taken under by the wave that is coming. Rest will enable you to ride it and not be swallowed by the force of it. The wave will either take you higher or take you under but the key is resting in Him and allowing heavy burdens to be removed from your shoulders. This wave is to bring His people higher while drowning the enemy who does not know how to rest.
If you are thirsty, weak and weary then rest at His table— eat the riches of all that He has set before you and be strengthened. Let His wisdom and thoughts become yours.
““Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”” Isaiah 55:1-5
Isaiah 55 then goes on to say this,
““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Often we think that when the battle is raging we must jump in with all of our strength to defeat the great enemy before us. But we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways and there are times that the greatest weapon in the fight before us are the weapon of rest and trust, dependency and stillness, hope and faith.
During this time don’t forget how God used Gideon’s army! God reduced their numbers so low that it appeared to be a sure defeat against such a vast and mighty enemy. Then God had them put torches in jars and carry ram’s horns (trumpets) as their only weapons as they descended upon the enemy’s camp while it was still dark. Then they broke the clay jars to reveal their torches of light and blew they the ram’s horns. The enemy was so surprised that they turned on themselves in the chaos and Gideon’s army watched as they were defeated by their own hand.
“It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.” Judges 7:19-22
Three hundred men who obeyed God’s ways with weapons of light and sound defeated a vast army that processed weapons that could have defeated an army of thousands. The battle and the wisdom belongs to the Lord! His ways are higher.
So…rest, wait, eat, drink and listen. Let go of the burden as you look upon an enemy that is too big for you. God reduced Gideon’s army from thousands to a few hundred so that no man could boast that it was by their power or strength that defeated the enemy army…but by God alone!
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty Zechariah 4:6
A great wave of mercy is approaching and it will bury the but you must rest so that you can ride the wave and not be taken under by it. His ways are not our ways and His weapons are not the weapons of man. You may feel that your light is in a jar (hidden) and your sound is not being heard at this time— but the time is coming where the jars will break and the sound of the shofars are blown! Rest and wait— the time of deliverance is coming. A wave of mercy is coming that will defeat the enemy that has come against God’s people!
“Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of His mercy As deep cries out to deep Come Lord Jesus come”
Thank you to all of my readers who have been praying for me and supporting our ministry during 2020. We pray for you daily and declare blessings of multiplication and peace over you and your household.
I love words! Being a writer means that paper is my canvas and words are my paint. Finding the right word to describe something seen in the spirit or in the natural is vital to helping the reader to understand and have vision.
Our ministry is called, “Inscribe Ministries” based off of the verse from Habakkuk 2:2 that says,
“Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”
To write a vision requires the right words which bring about understanding to the reader or listener of “how to run!“ It’s so powerful.
Jesus is called the 𝐿𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑑 because He encompasses everything found within the Word. All creation came forth from the words He spoke. There is power in words; to bless or to curse, to speak life or speak death, to empower or disempower and to build up or to tear down, to create or to destroy.
Our words matter! We must ask the Lord to train our mouths to speak words that bless, give life and empower those around us to run. Your words are usually a good way to x-ray your heart,
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.“ Luke 6:45
This is why we must follow the wisdom found in Philippians 4:8,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
As we think on these things they renew our hearts and minds causing what comes forth from our mouths to profit those who hear our words. When I was a new believer my heart and mind still needed to be renewed by the Word therefore critical, negative, fretful and judgmental words would leak out; always exposing what needed to be cleaned out of my heart. God was not condemning me, but if I were honest, my words were a clear sign of where my heart needed to be cleaned and renewed.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
When my husband and I were directing a house of prayer for Patricia King she would lead prayer sessions with us where we would “decree the Word of God.“ These times trained our team and all who attended how much power comes forth as we decreed His written Word! I quickly saw the fruitful harvest that would come when I spoke aloud His Word over my life and my family’s lives. Decreeing His Word is like allowing your heart to be strained through the Spirit of Truth; filtering out all the dross.
I remember asking the Lord to put a coal of fire near my lips so that I would not speak anything unholy.
“So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”” Isaiah 6:5-7
These verses come right before the verse that says, “Here am I, send me.” This is so important before being “sent.” We must be sent with words of life, hope, truth that prosper and edify the hearer. We must go forth with hearts that have been made clean.
As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding this global quarantine, I believe that the eyes of the Lord are searching the earth for the ones He might send. But let us first pray the scriptures written above. We need pure hearts, clean hands, words that have been freed from the grip of iniquity and thoughts that profitable to the hearer! We need words that release vision and cause the sent ones to run with purpose.
Today, listen to your words so that you can do a ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘. Then, if you find that your words are revealing areas that need to be renewed and cleansed; don’t enter into guilt or condemnation because God loves it when we receice His lovingkindness that brings discipline. He is so happy that you desire a clean heart and He has provided you 𝑊𝑂𝑅𝐷𝑆 𝑇𝑂 𝐿𝐼𝑉𝐸 𝐵𝑌.
It’s time to prepare to be sent ones! We must carry words of life that bear fruit wherever they are sown.
Thank you to each of my readers who have stood with us in prayer and financial support during this time. We are praying and decreeing all of His blessings and promises over your life and family.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
The Lord spoke to me that today begins a month of extravagant and extraordinary grace; 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒! He is inviting His people to 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙡𝙮 to His throne of grace where you will receice mercy, grace and help for 𝗔𝗟𝗟 that you need.
Need often causes us to become aware of our weakness and dependency upon God. Therefore, this time of need has created an invitation to “come boldly before His throne of grace.“ His throne is where our help comes from. Most are standing in unemployment lines, lines to enter grocery stores and welfare lines but there is a place that there is no line, no wait and no need to prove or explain your need- it is a place of help, grace and compassion. There is no fear or shame in this place; only help and joy.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9
In May we will see a great manifestation of the strength (power) of God being made perfect (manifest) in the midst of need (weakness). The power of God will rest upon you in ways that strengthen you, uphold you and help you.
This is not a time to come under a spirit of despair because of your need or your weakness but it is time to be clothed in bold confidence and approach the throne where our Savior is seated and distributes grace without measure- He just says, “𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙚.“
Get ready to be a walking testimony of His power and grace coming uoon you! Many will ask you how you are thriving in this time and you will take them by the hand and lead them to the throne of grace to receive help.
We will have the spirit of prophesy resting upon us as the testimony of His faithfulness is made known to those around us.
“I will make known the Lord’s faithful love and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, because of all the Lord has done for us — even the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, which he did for them based on his compassion and the abundance of his faithful love.” Isaiah 63:7
May you approach Him with bold confidence as we enter the month of May!
Did you know that as believers we are not under the control of the chaos, confusion and circumstances of the world around us? The promises of God are above the bad reports of the earth below.
Today I was praying through the first and second chapters of the Book of Proverbs and I was so taken by the amazing wisdom that produces the promises of God to be made manifest in our lives as we “listen and obey.”
Here are just a few of them:
• If you cry out for insight and understanding, God will give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding. (2:1-4)
• As you receive wisdom, knowledge and understanding you will gain success! (2:6)
• As you live in integrity God will guard and protect your path. (2:7-9)
• As you walk in the wisdom of God you will be rescued from darkness. (2:9-20)
• As you live an upright life you will “inhabit the land and remain in it.” The wicked will be cut off and uprooted from it. (2:21-22)
• As you keep God’s commands He will give you many days, a full life and well-being. (3:1-2)
• As you hold fast to loyalty and faithfulness you will find favor WITH GOD AND MAN! (3:3-4)
• As you trust in the Lord and acknowledge His ways (not depending on your own understanding) He will guide you on the RIGHT paths. (3:5-6)
• As you fear the Lord and turn away from evil, healing will come to your body and strength to your bones. (3:7-8)
And, one last promise! This is a key one…
• As you honor the Lord with your processions and the first fruits of your increase He promises that YOUR BARNS WILL BE COMPLETELY FILLED AND YOUR VATS WILL OVERFLOW WITH NEW WINE!!
There are so many more promises that a lifestyle of wisdom and obedience ushers in. This is part of the amazing alignments that have been taking place. To live apart from obedience that comes from His wisdom is like trying to take a drink from a water fountain and turning it on but not aligning your mouth with the stream of water. The lack of alignment causes the flowing water to pour down the drain; never quenching your thirst.
We must open our spiritual mouths and then align our lives with the flowing wisdom that fills our lives to overflowing! Then our barns will be filled completely and the “vats” of our lives will overflow (a vat is a large tank that holds liquid). It’s time to hold the liquid of the new wine of His glory and His promises!
While the world eats of the “grapes of wrath” let us, as God’s people, be filled with the new wine that is grown in the vineyards of wisdom and oneness.
It’s time to align to drink the new wine!
Thank you to those who have stood with us in prayer and support during this time. We are decreeing His favor and increase upon you.