May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
God had a plan for your life before you were ever formed in the womb. Jeremiah 1:5
All the delicate, inner parts of your body were knit together in your mother’s womb by the hand of God. You were carefully planned out and made so wonderfully complex, because there is only one of you. No one else can take the place of God’s plan for your life. God watched you, as you were being formed in utter seclusion, as you were woven together in the dark of the womb. He saw you before you were born. Every day of your life was recorded in God’s book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:13-16
Any one who has ever knitted knows that when you knit, each thread of yarn is pulled through individually. To add or change color, the new yarn color must be knitted in with the existing yarn and then knitted into the garment. If that color of yarn doesn’t really match with the color scheme of what you are making, it will become noticeable and will never really fit into the finished pattern. Or if you are knitting something and you decide to change the pattern of the stitch from the one you have been using, it will show up in your final project. If while knitting your garment, you accidentally miss a stitch, you will have a hole in your garment. The pattern and instructions must be followed carefully or your garment will not turn out correctly.
Before you were formed, God knit you together in your mothers womb. One thread, one weave, one pattern and one color at a time. That is how much God loves you and how unique you are. He never chose a pattern, stitch, or color that didn’t match who you were meant to be. He never made a mistake or missed a stitch leaving holes in His plan for your life. You were perfectly designed by the hand of God, created for His glory.
We have all made mistakes and choices we are not proud of and we may have had to suffer the consequences of those choices. Allowing the wrong people or things into our lives only to end up with a hole in our heart, finances, or future. Because we are not the weaver of the human heart, and it was not knitted together by human hands, although we may try to fix things, in many situations the damage has been done and the only one who can fix what we messed up is God himself. For even a hand knitted garment with mistakes in it can be fixed, if knitted correctly by the master hands.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously. 1 Corinthians 10:13
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
Rest is His mercy, Rest in His grace
as you sit with Him in the secret place
Allow Him to speak to your worn out soul
As you receive His love, it will make you whole.
You are not a slave to the past of your ancestors and you do not have to be a slave to wrong choices you have made in life.
Your past can define you or it can catapult you into your future. It all depends on your mindset. You can never go forward if you are always looking in the rear view mirror. The past is the past because it has passed.
We are all born into lifestyles and situations which we often times can do nothing about. Many of us have made choices that we are not proud of. None of us are immune to the trials of life. But when we choose to remain in the mindset of the past, it is then that we become a victim of the past. It is easy to remain in that familiar place of a victim mentality in our minds. But when we learn and grow from the knowledge of our past and become better rather than bitter it is then that we become a victor rather than a victim.
Changing our mindset is a journey, and at times a down right struggle, but it is oh so worth the ride. Perhaps heartache and hardship are all you have ever known. Or maybe you have come from a good background but the circumstances of life have not been in your favor. You may have made wrong choices and the consequences of those choices have been hard to bear and seem never ending.
Many times it is as if our eyesight has become dim because we have lived in the darkness of a destructive mindset for far too long. But if you will keep pursuing the God who made you then you will find that even though for a time the light at the end of the tunnel may have been blinding to your eyes, just as you have became accustomed to the darkness, you will one day become accustom to the light of God’s word. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature the old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
It’s your choice, Will you to let your past define you? Or will you let God’s word refine you?
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he had done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worth of the good news about Christ. We are all in this struggle together. Philippians 1:27, 30
When did you loose your seat in heaven? Who removed you from there? You are a citizen of heaven! Live like it. Act like it. Speak like it. Walk like it.
We should never go into battle without first being seated.
I heard the spirit of the Lord say “Take hold of your inheritance, for I am strengthening your grip.” I then saw a vision of someone cleaning branches, leaves and junk from a large swimming pool with a large net, and I heard the spirit of the Lord say, “I never called you to clean the pool but to fill the pool with the living water which comes from the presence of my Spirit.” I then saw many people coming to the pool to partake of it’s goodness and I was reminded of when Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee and had to go through a Samaritan Village on the way, tired from a long walk he stopped at a well to rest. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, Please give me a drink. He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refused to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, Why would a Jew ask a Samaritan woman for water? Jesus replied, If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you, you would ask me for a drink and I would give you living water. John 4:4-26 When the Holy Spirit is received by a spiritually hungry person it will pour out of them like a river. Anyone who believes in me may come and drink so that rivers of living water will flow from his heart. John 7:38
God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them male and female. God formed Adam from the dust of the earth, He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 1:27-2:7 Because Adam was created in the image of God and God breathed his own breath into Adam, his only identity was in God, until he lost his identity when he ate of the forbidden fruit. We are living in a world of lost identity. Everywhere you look people are trying to find themselves in a fallen world. Some may embrace religion, achievement, status, education or family, while others embrace hardships such as hatred, fear, sickness, abuse and poverty. Many times in life we tend to gravitate to the familiar place we have grown accustomed to, because it’s all we have ever known and it becomes a part of who we are.
We need to come to the realization that our true identity is in Christ. Jesus came so he could get his life back into us. A thief has only one thing in mind, he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect, life in its fullness until you overflow! John 10:10 We need to pursue him so that we can be transformed by him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 As we become like him, we see like he sees and we live like he lived.
Start filling the pool of your spirit with living water rather than remaining in the mindset of cleaning the pool, because he is strengthening your grip. Take hold of your inheritance as a child of the most high God (to be like him, so that others will see Christ in you.) You are the salt of the earth but what good is salt if it has lost it’s flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled under foot as worthless. Matthew 5:13-14
There is nothing in the heart of God for you, that you do not have access to. Because you have access to his heart. Everything God had in store for you since the beginning of time was birthed in his heart for you. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. Then he says, I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds. And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. And so dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:16-25
Nothing in the hand of God is lost. America is still in His hand. He’s got this! America I speak to you, rise and be healed in the name of Jesus! God Bless the USA! I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying:
“Has my ear become dull? Has my arm become short that I can not reach the United States of America? Was not all that was created, created for my glory? Rise and be healed America, by the hand of the one true God, rise and be healed land of the free and home of the brave. Let God arise and his enemies be scattered.
Rebuild America by praise to me. Rebuild America by your love. Have I not said they will know you by your fruit? Your love for me and your love for others will show that you are mine. Every tribe and every nation will know of my love for them and that I, the one true God is love. No other can bring my love for all to the world. Seek me, find me, get to know me in the quiet place, for I wish to reveal the mystery of heaven to my children.
Heaven’s gate is opening wide so that others may come in. They’re coming, can you hear them? They are chanting in the streets, they are crying out for me. Welcome them into my kingdom with love. Be ready to welcome them in. Be ready to teach them and disciple them. For narrow is the gate and few there be that find it. You must be ready to go into the harvest, for the harvest is ready but the workers are few. The harvest is not coming in the way the church has expected but I say onto you this day the harvest is coming. Get ready, because the spirit of religion will have no place in the harvesting. Religion is not of me, and has never been of me. Relationship is where I am. Show them my love and grace. For they are seeking me. I am the answer and I will be glorified. “
God loves them just as they are.
The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters. Romans 8:19 (TPT)
“They are coming as the thief on the cross. They are coming as the woman at the well. They are coming as Mary Magdalene. They are coming just as you came with a heart to find the truth so that the truth may set them free.” Be ready to lead them, be ready to guide them, be ready to love them to the cross of my mercy and grace.
As I was praying for our nation, I saw a snake (a sea serpent) slithering all around the feet of the people and it began to make its way up their bodies to their throat area and than wrap itself around the neck of the person tighter and tighter so that the entire air passage was closed off causing them to not be able to speak or breathe. I then saw another snake (a python) wrapping itself around the body of each person, squeezing the life out of them, until there was no life left. I saw the bones dry up and fall to the ground. But I heard the spirit of the Lord say; “I will breathe in you again. I will make a way where there seems to be no way. I will show you streams of living water in the desert place.”
I was then led to Ezekiel 37:1-6
The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “Oh Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
I Hear Your Cry
The wind of my spirit will move through the land
The wave of my healing will saturate the sand
It will come in a moment just as it arrived
this mighty affliction in which folks abide.
I will pour out my Spirit for the humble and blessed
have petitioned to heaven that the land be at rest
I have heard their cry that on me they rely.
What is sown shall be reaped from the quiet place
peace shall abide where chaos did rage
as the hand of your father is about to convey.
So come to me, stop your worry and fret
My arms have not shortened, nor my ear dull to hear
You’ve cried out from the valley of gloom and despair
have I not promised to meet you there?
You’ve cried out for the worry
You’ve cried out for the loss
that I will bring them one day to the cross
They worship a savior who still hangs on a tree
But I have risen the grave is empty.
By: Kathleen VonSeggern
Then they call to me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Ps.91:15
I had a dream and in the dream I saw a person with a bucket (as if a beggar) sitting and waiting for people to put something in the bucket. Then I noticed that the bucket had holes in it, so that whatever was put in the bucket would eventually seep out (the holes appeared to have been shot from the outside in, as if they were holes made from a shot gun). But then I heard the person who was holding the bucket call out the name of Jesus several times, and as the person called the name of Jesus the holes in the bucket began to fill up, so that the bucket was solid to hold things once again. As I awoke I was hearing the lyrics to the song, “A Hole in my Bucket” Where Henry is telling Liza about the hole in his bucket and wanting her to do something about it, while Liza is telling Henry to fix the hole himself. And then I was reminded of the story in the bible, about the lame man who sat and begged by the gate of the temple and when he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple he asked them for some money. Peter looked at him and said, “I don’t have any silver or gold but what I have I will give you.” Then Peter helped the lame man to his feet, and he was instantly healed. Acts 3:1-6
When I asked Holy Spirit what was the meaning of the dream, this is what I heard;
The person holding the bucket represents those who depend on others (people, churches, pastors, friends and things) expecting them to meet their needs and fill their bucket.
The bucket represents the heart of the person, and although the holes in the bucket appeared to have been caused from the outside in, the holes had actually evolve from the inside out. The bucket was being eaten away from an acid like substance that was constantly being stored in the bucket. This was representing things within the person that was eating at their insides like a poison acid-things like, fear, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, greed, slander, lust, desires for the things of the world, etc.
The song represents the person always blaming others for where they are in life and expecting others to fix their problem for them. When what they need to do is call on the name of Jesus for themselves so that they can be healed from the inside out. Because true healing of the heart does not come from the outside in, It comes from the inside out.
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 (this representing the acid eating the holes in the bucket.)
Our bucket will always have holes in it from the acid within our hearts eating away at it, unless we stop expecting others to fix our problems for us and we call upon the name of Jesus ourselves and allow Him to heal us, restore us and make us whole.
Your friends, church, pastor, job, finance’s or your family will never be able to fulfill the empty places in your heart. Only Jesus can take away your sorrows, only He can make the dark clouds roll away. Only Jesus can fulfill your longing and take you into a brand new day.
“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. My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place”. 2 Chronicles 7:14 &15
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Just call on His Name. There is power in His name. He is waiting for you.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not to short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
Reference: (A Hole In My Bucket, song by, Harry Belafonte and Odetta Felious Gordon.)
All Scripture taken from NLT, NIV, TPT
Spring is a beautiful time of year, with all the flowers blooming, the trees budding, and the birds singing. I have yet to decide which season is my favorite, because with each season comes it's own beauty. With autumn comes the color of the leaves falling from the trees; with winter the beauty and pureness of the snowflakes and icicles; with summer the warmth of the sun and the noise of children as they play while splashing in a pool or riding their bikes through the neighborhood.
But what about the seasons of our life? What about the good, the bad, and the ugly seasons we go through, how do they fit into our life plan of health, joy, success and prosperity?
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
As I write this in the spring of 2020, and the beauty of the season surrounds us, the epidemic of Covid-19 seems to be spreading rapidly through out our land. Fear has gripped our nation with the unknown of this highly contagious epidemic racing through our homes, workplaces, churches, sporting events, schools, and hospitals just to name a few. While having to quarantine in our homes we talk and meet with our loved ones on phone calls, video chats and social media. And we ask “what good could possibly come out of this?” But on the other side of what is now happening in our world, when its all said and done perhaps we will look back only to discover that we have found a new appreciation for the things we once took for granted. Perhaps we will find that we have grown to appreciate the dedication and hard work of the grocery store workers, the restaurant servers, first responders such as medical workers, fire fighters and police officers (just to name a few) in a whole new way. Perhaps we now can sincerely empathize with the homeless and the hungry, those who can’t find work, or those who cannot attend a funeral or be by the bedside of a sick or dying loved one. Perhaps we can look back on this, terrible epidemic that is sweeping over our land and we can honestly say “that because of the hardship we went through, character was built in us, and we became better people because of it. People that are grateful, kind and considerate of others. People who no longer judge or look down their nose at the homeless or those who are hungry and out of work. People who appreciate and enjoy the company of others, even if they are different from us. People who no longer take for granted the little things in life but enjoy every moment, knowing that all life is precious and is to be treasured. People who will not soon forget the error of our ways and the lesson that has come from the hardships we have walked through.
This season of your life may not be the best you’ve ever had, but I will guarantee you this season will be a season you will remember! You will remember the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all, because it was in this time a new character within you was being built. A character that could not have been built in you without the hardship you had to walk through. A character that made you a better person, a person with more care and compassion than you ever thought possible. A character that can only come from the God of the universe who loves you more than you’ll ever know. A character of mercy and grace toward others, which was developed during the hardest seasons of your life.
I've had many tears and sorrows, I've had questions for tomorrow, there's been times I didn't know right from wrong. But in every situation, God gave me blessed consolation, that my trials come to only make me strong. I've been to lots of places, I've seen a lot of faces, there's been times I felt so all alone. But in my lonely hours, yes, those precious lonely hours, Jesus lets me know that I was His own. I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I'd never had a problem, I wouldn't know God could solve them, I'd never know what faith in God could do. (Song lyrics: Through it all, by Andrae Crouch)
I can hear the spirit of the Lord saying:
Oh how I love you my children. My desire is that no one would perish but have everlasting life.
For to long my people have wandered around in the wilderness. For too long my people have tried defying gravity, by going against my will. Does not gravity fall? When have you ever known gravity to rise? Have I not said “My kingdom come my will be done on earth as it is in heaven?” My kingdom standard is above your thinking, above your reasoning, above your standards, because of this you have not been able to comprehend the plumb line (standard) I have set before you. I have raised the Barr. No longer can you try to operate from the earth to the heavens, gravity doesn’t work that way. My kingdom does not come from your man made standards. My kingdom does not come from your talent or your performance. My kingdom comes from above, from a heart that truly seeks after me. For many times you have prayed the prayer I taught you, “Your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Yet you have rejected my plumb line, you have set your own Barr and way of doing things, but I am here to say I am raising the Barr. This time of isolation should be a time of isolation and fellowship with me. This should be a time to refrain from the things of this world that you have allowed to become your God. Those who worship me in the midst of the quarantine, will hear my heart beat, because they have felt my heart break for the many who are lost. The lives that have been lost in the nations thru out this outbreak, though sad is nothing compared to the many who will be lost for eternity, should my church (my people) remain silent and distracted? For there will be many crying out from the grave. Step up my people, open your mouth, sing my praise, hear my heart beat, for my desire is that none would perish.
For Now there is a shifting in the atmosphere, a shaking. This is a time to refuel alone with me in the quiet place, just sit with me and enjoy my presence, read my word, talk to me and listen to what I have to say to you. You do not hear because you do not listen. You do not see because you do not look. You have hardened your heart to the needs of others and to me. You need only to learn to be still and know! That I am your God! It is in this place of refuel that you will be re-fired. Your re-firing may not be pleasant but oh the beauty that will come from the ashes, as I burn up the chaff that you have allowed to accumulate in your life. I call you to come, come to my threshing floor so I may gather my wheat (my harvest).
My court room in heaven has been disrupted for far to long. Many of the petitions that have gone to the court room of heaven have been from the heart of man rather than from the heart of the Father. In many situations the court room of heaven has not been responding to the request of man because of the disruption in the court room. I call you back my people so that there might be order in the court room so that the windows of heaven will open for you and my kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Seek my face, get to know me for who I am rather than just always seeking my hand and what I can do for you. As you do, the court will be in session in the heavens and my glory will fall once again upon this weary land. As you seek me you will find me and as you learn to live from my kingdom standard to the earth you will see my kingdom come and my will be done. Oh how I love you my children. My desire is that no one would perish but have everlasting life. Tell them of my love for them, love them through me and watch my glory fall.
Lining up with scripture should you desire to look it up:
2 Kings 17:14-15, Joshua 3:5, Joshua 7:10-13, Matthew 6:9-13, Philippians 1:27, 2 Chronicles 7:12-16, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Revelation 12:10-12, Psalm 82, 2 Corinthians 5:18, Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 4:8, Daniel 7:9-10, Daniel 9:23, Luke 22:31-32, Isaiah 59:14-15,
Zechariah 4:10-14, John 3:16, Isaiah 55:8-9
I saw a person in the hand of God and the rushing of the wind and the waves. I saw waves so large as if to drown the people, yet the people never left the hand of God. He continued to hold them in the palm of his hand in the midst of it all. Then I heard the words to the song “I Am – In the middle of the storm I am holding onto you.” (by Crowder).
I heard God say, “Do not fear my children, though the winds may blow and the waves may rise and it may look as though you will drown, I am holding onto you. Stand firm in my word, for I am a God of my word. I am your strength and your shield. Do not fear the things which the world perceives as deadly. I am your God and as you stand on my word without fear, the world will take notice for I have put my Holy Spirit within you that they may know me and be set free.”
“I am separating the sheep from the goats, even now those who choose to live by fear will die by fear. Those who choose to live by faith in my word will live. My spirit does not thrive in fear nor in a fearful habitat.” What kind of habitat are you creating?
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
Walk in my glory, walk in my peace
You can not accept or walk in defeat.
Fear cannot take you, my grace will abound
Stand firm in me ____________(place your name here)
For you have a crown.
A crown of my glory, will light up your face
As you spend time with me in the quiet place.
I’m holding you in the palm of my hand
So you can fulfill my master plan.
My plan for you is not for defeat
where fear does abound and ravens will feast.
My plan for you brings glory to me
so rest in knowing who I called you to be.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8
You can not live in fear and walk in grace.
I can hear the spirit of the Lord saying:
Woman of God Arise! Arise, so that your enemies will scatter! Arise to the sound of my voice! For I am calling you to Stand. Stand, Do Not back down. I am calling a warrior Bride. A bride who will stand for me in the midst of adversity. I am calling a bride who has adorned herself for me in the quiet place with me. I have seen your anguish, I have heard your cry for your children, for your loved ones. I have not turned my face from you, nor have I removed my hand. My arm has never been to short to reach you. Each tear you have cried, each soul you have lifted up to me, I have been working in the heart of of man. Your prayers have been heard, your tears have been collected and now the time for weeping is no more. I am calling you to praise me for the outcome, declare and decree my word. I tell you this day to stand, do not back down nor waver. You are mine, I have found you faithful. Am I not a God of my word, for even as you praise me, even as you worship, the storm which has raged around you has not diminished my plan. Keep your eyes on me. Focus on me. Focus on my words to you this day. You are not forgotten. You are my bride. Now take your stand against adversity in the quiet place with me. So that I may present you publicly as the warrior bride you are.”
(I see a mother standing up for her children against all odds. because of her love for that child, she will not back down. This is the kind of love and determination God desires from you for him.)
Stand and declare that he is the Lord God, so that he will be glorified. “Arise with the sound of worship in your lungs. “For the battle is mine” says the Lord. “Let go and watch me move.”
I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, “I have earmarked my people, my chosen ones for such a time as this. It is in the place of worship that you will hear my voice. It is in the place of worship that barriers will be broken down. It is the place of worship I will hear your cry, I wait for you there and long to hear you praise and worship my name. True Worship is about me and me alone. Let all your cares fall by the way side as you worship me and I will hear your cry, for my name is to be praised. My people perish for lack of knowledge, the knowledge of what true praise and worship is. For it is not a sound you make in the earth, but rather a sound you make in the heaven’s to the earth. Worship me my children, I call you to worship me. For it is in that place where you posture your heart in worship I will hear your cry for more of me and will move on your behalf. Worship me for I have earmarked my people for such a time and place as this. As you do, my hand will move upon the land, hearts will be touched and lives will be changed.
The story of the good Samaritan is about the one who attended to the needs of the Father. I am the Jewish man who was attacked by bandits, stripped and beaten and left half dead beside the road. Those who claim to know me but attend to their own needs, those who appear righteous on the outside but their hearts are as stone, they do not hear my voice nor do they reverence me. They worship me with their mouth but their hearts are far from me. Beware of such people. If they do not have a true heart of worship in the quiet place with me when no one else is watching, they are not my sons and daughters. Only my sons and my daughters may come to the table which I have prepared for them. You will know them by their fruit. Watch, Listen and Wait. For I will reveal myself to my own. They are earmarked for such a time as this.
Remember many are called but few are chosen. I choose, I lead and I guide. Man looks at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart. Listen and embrace my words this day for I would desire to turn the hearts of stone into a heart of flesh as you turn your worship to me.”
It all starts with a seed - A pumpkin seed, an apple seed, a flower seed. A seed of bitterness, rejection, discord, or anger. Most seeds are planted because of our thoughts. Our thoughts become our speech, our actions, and eventually our character. What you think you eventually will come to believe, unless you refuse to allow the seed to take root in your life. When a seed is planted in the ground it will produce one of its own kind. What kind of seed are you planting in others or allowing to take root in your life? What about the words we speak to ourselves and to others? Are they words of kindness, truth and love or of discord and ridicule? Rejection and unforgiveness can begin with a thought as tiny as a mustard seed and become deeply rooted within our being. What we allow to take root in our life will continue to grow unless it is uprooted and torn down. Many of us have allowed seeds of rejection and unforgiveness to dictate our life. We have allowed it to become a part of our character. We have continued to drag around and embrace who the world says we are, instead of who God our creator says we are. Does the one who created you not know who you are? Does an artist not know the work of His hands? He breathed His own breath into you. His breath does not speak ill of you but builds you up into who He formed you to be. There were scrolls written in heaven about you before you were born. You were predestined to be His child. A good loving parent will always want the best for their child. Do you not think your heavenly Father, your creator wants the best for you? Stop allowing seeds of rejection to dictate your life!! They have no place in you! You are the child of a King. It’s time you think like it, act like it and look like it.
The accuser of this world has no legal right to you! No right to your thoughts, words, actions or character. It’s time to uproot those things of the past and plant new seeds of acceptance, forgiveness and love. It’s time to begin with you. What does the word of God say about you? Let it become your thought, speech, actions and character and then let it flow out of you onto others.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galations 6:8 (ESV)
Ask yourself what kind of seed are you sowing? What kind of seed are you allowing to be planted and take root in your life?
To acquire wisdom is to love yourself, people who cherish understanding will prosper Proverbs 19: 8-9 (NLT)
We can not fully love ourselves until we know our full identity in Christ.
We will never know our full identity in Christ until we know the fullness of his love for us.
Jesus lives from a loved position with the father. God’s desire for us is to live from a loved position with him. He wants us to be free of us! Free of our own selfishness and pride.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is equally important:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39. (NLT)
What we love, we will treasure. If we are to be like him, then we are to love because He is love.
His greatest desire is for us to love, treasure, and become like Him.
The more time you spend with someone the better you get to know them. Maybe even picking up some of their character traits. That is his desire for us, to pick up his character trait of love, everything else will flow from that place of intimacy with Him. We can not be spoon fed intimacy with the father by others. We must desire it enough to seek after it on our own. Loving Him enough to set aside that time for Him daily.
Are we loving him fully? Are we loving ourselves (His Creation)? How can we love others as we love ourselves when many of us don’t even like ourselves?
News Flash!! Charity begins at home and you can’t give what you don’t have.
We need to stop putting down what God has created and says is his. When others attack someone or something very precious to you, it is as if they are attacking a part of you. God feels the same way, you are precious to Him, and when you attack yourself with words of abuse by putting yourself or others down God feels the pain.
“God created human beings in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female.” Genesis 1:27 (NLT). You were made by the hand of God, created in His image and your value begins there. So....Who are you, a mere human being to argue with God? "Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” Romans 9:20 (NLT)
"If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. And if I were to have a gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing. And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value. Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (TPT)
Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will cry “Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. But I will reply, “I never knew you. Matthew 7:20-23 (NLT)
I have to wonder will he also say, Yes, you did all these things but did you do them in love?
Because if it wasn’t done in love then it was just a big waste of time!
Jesus lived, taught and died by example, and that example was love.
Immediately after feeding the 5,000 men and their families, Jesus insisted that His disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while He sent the people home. After telling everyone good -bye, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on the land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in. Mark 6: 45-52 (NLT)
He would have passed by them, except they cried out.
I have thought of this verse many times through the years.
How many times have we failed to recognize Him?
How many times have we failed to call Him by name?
How many times have our hearts become so callused and cold that we think nothing of His mercy and grace toward us?When I see the Sun in the sky, the birds in the air, the thunder and lightening that flashes across the sky, the trees waving in the wind, or the flowers that bloom, I see the presence of a magnificent God. When I see the smile of a loved one, hear the giggle of a child, or words of wisdom from the elderly I see God’s love, mercy and grace.
It is easy to blame God when things don’t go as we think they should. It is easy to blame Him when the storms of life come in such a way that we don’t even recognize His presence in the midst of the storm and we fail to call out to Him for help and guidance. Instead of thanking Him for his loving care we call out to Him with accusation and ridicule, using His name in vain, knowing full well that His last name is not Dammit. And that Jesus last name is not Christ. But that He is the Christ the son of the living God.
He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6
If one word of His promise is true, then every word of His promise is true. We don’t get to pick and choose. We don’t get to tell God how to do His job. Because He is God and we are not! To God, caring for us is not a job, it is compassion, love, mercy and grace. We should feel privileged that we get to seek His face, that we get to serve Him, we get to crawl upon His lap and lay our head upon His chest and hear His heart beat. When will we start seeking His face (loving and obeying Him for who He is), and not just His hand (what He can do for us). We are all about blaming Him for the crisis in our life, which most of the time, we have brought upon ourselves by the choices we have made. We may blame Him for an uncomfortable place that we are walking through, not realizing that it may be that very storm, where His character can be develop in us.
I thank God for the mountains, and I thank him for the valleys, and I thank Him for the storms that he brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. (song Through it all by Andrae Crouch)
When your feeling less than, put down, shoved down or taken down; when you’ve been told your not good enough, your to young, to old, or just plain unqualified; when you feel you’re all alone, and that no one cares about you or loves you, let me remind you.
Let me remind you of a boy named David. When others saw a giant, David saw an opportunity. The boy who appeared to have no armor, no weapon of magnitude, and no common sense, when the Israelite Army was shaking in their boots afraid of the Philistines, David stood before a giant and said “How dare you defile the army of the living God!!”
When others saw a shepard boy, God saw a king!!
Let me remind you of a young man named Joseph. When his brothers saw a nuisance, Joseph had a dream. Joseph was thrown in a pit, falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned for years. When others saw a prisoner, God saw an Ambassador.
Let me remind you of a young man named Danial. When others saw hungry lions, Danial saw the hand of God.
Let me remind you of a man called Moses. When others saw a sea of water, Moses saw dry ground and a promise land.
When we see sickness, disease, misfortune, no hope, no potential, no future, God sees his child, well and whole, God sees a future and a hope. God sees a child of a king, which makes you Royalty.
Let me remind you, who your creator is, and to whose kingdom you belong. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and the creator of the universe. His name is Abba, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Son of God, Holy One, Jesus, His name is I AM.
The spirit of the Lord would say:
If my people will make a sound of praise, true pure praise from the earth to the heavens, the dry bones will come back together in the body of Christ. It is time for the body of Christ to realize their true identity and step into it.
It is time for the Dry Bones of the body of Christ to come together and function as they were created to function, before they were formed in their mothers womb. For too long they have walked around with blinders on, not knowing God’s purpose and plan for their life’s, not knowing their created value by the father and their purpose in the earth. For too long a deaf and dumb spirit has ruled the land and has filtrated into the churches. This time shall be no more! For I have caused a collision in the heavens, between darkness and light. Darkness shall no longer reign on the earth, because my light will no longer be snuffed out. My light shall shine through the darkness that all may see my glory. The blinders are about to come off! First off of my people so they may see and they may walk in my calling for their life and then and only then will the world began to truly see my glory in it’s fullness so they may come to me. There is a sound in the heavens proclaiming the name of the Lord. No longer shall his name be desecrated and spit upon. The Lord’s name shall be praised. For there is a rumbling in the heavens, a rumbling that will not be shut down by man.
Have you ever heard someone say “I hurt from head to toe?” There are times in our life when we may all feel
There was a man many years ago whom I can only imagine the intensity of the pain he must have felt throughout his entire body. He was severely beaten with a whip made of leather straps and embedded with metal. A crown made of thorns was placed on his head and driven deep into his brow as he was repeatedly hit on his head with a reed staff. He was spit on and ridiculed. His hands and feet where nailed to a cross where he hung for hours feeling as though God had abandoned him. Yet all the while feeling only compassion and forgiveness for those who had put him there. Mark 15:15-20
Sometimes when we are hurting or going through the storms of life, its easy to forget who it was that actually carried the most pain and the heaviest cross of all, His name was Jesus and He did it for you.
He was despised and rejected-a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrow that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sin! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:3-5 (NLT)
For this is how much God loved the world-He gave His one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it. John 3:16-18 (TPT)
It is always exciting and fun to go on a vacation, some place you’ve never been before. We anticipate and prepare for the journey, with just the right clothes, and an agenda which will make our trip a wonderful experience. But what about the chapters in our life that we never really saw coming? What about the uncharted territory that life brings which we never really planned on? Life is full of surprises, some are pleasant and some are not so pleasant. Through it we learn and grow or we seem to stumble along aimlessly wondering what ever brought us to this place in our life, thus creating a vicious circle, where we are on a different path but the same journey.
The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NLT)
Abram had to trust God to lead and guide him on the journey set before him. Although he could have chosen to stay with his family and friends in the land he had become accustomed to, he chose to obey God. Abram was seventy five years old when he left his homeland to step into a journey in which the only road map he had was instruction from God along the way. If you will notice, God said to Abram “go to the land I will show you.” Which leads me to believe that Abram did not know what was ahead of him on this new journey. He only knew that he had to listen for instruction along the way. There were times when Abram messed up, but God was always faithful. Even at the age of seventy five God still had an awesome plan for Abram’s life.
I have found myself in uncharted territory more times than I can count in this journey called life. At times it can be stressful and I begin to feel anxious and worry because I can’t see the road map clearly. Then God in His mercy and grace gently reminds me to not seek his hand (what he can do for me) but seek his face (who he is). And it is in that place I begin to trust him again with his plan for my life, knowing that for Him there is no uncharted territory only plans for a future and a hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Abram was seventy five years old when he packed up to set out on a journey with God’s voice as the only map in front of him. You may be sixteen or you may be eighty but whatever your age if you’re breathing then God still has a plan and a purpose for your life although it may be in uncharted territory.Will you trust Him?
Changing our thought life can be challenging. Many of us go through life feeling unworthy or not good enough, because we have listened to and taken to heart what others may have said or may have thought about us. We base our feelings on the imagination of our own mind. But our worth is not measured by what others think, feel or say about us. Our worth is measured by what God thinks, says and feels about us. He valued you so much that he gave his son! That makes you priceless!
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone that believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
When we come to know who we are in the heart of God, and his love for us, the way we think will change our destiny.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark12:30
We can not love God with our whole heart if our heart is continually divided with the cares of the world. One of Satan's greatest tactics is distraction. If he can get us distracted and keep us in that place, then he can keep us from knowing our created value by the father.
We have all been hurt or offended by someone. But taking offense is a choice we make and in many situations we would really like to give them a piece of our mind. When instead we should be giving them the love of Christ in us.
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love." Ephesians 4:2
We sometimes wrap offense around our waist and carry it wherever we go. Even though sometimes it is heavy and can cause pain, we carry it as a form of protection. When we take offense, it is impossible to be humble or gentle. You can not produce what you don't have. Don’t let what you’ve been through become your way of life. Learn from it and grow. What is in you will come out of you. A house that is fully occupied has no room for offense. Stop letting all that is going on around you dictate what is going on within you.
People are not our enemy. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spirit of darkness.
"Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world." Ephesians 6:11-12
There was a woman who was brought to Jesus, she had been caught in the act of adultery. But when Jesus saw her, he said “the one without sin, can be the first to cast a stone.” John 8:3-11. By saying that He not only disqualified them, but he qualified himself. Because He was and still is the only one without sin. Therefore He could have killed her. But he didn’t. Instead He said “I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
If we can’t find it in Jesus we shouldn’t want it in us. Don’t ever let the sin against you, produce sin in you.
Stephen was an example of God’s grace. While he was being stoned to death for doing no wrong he said “Lord do not hold this sin against them.” Acts 7:54-60
When I see the nail scarred hands of Jesus, I think of the pain and suffering, I wonder how could a man that did no wrong, be beaten, abused, spit on, hung on a cross, have so much love that He would say to the Father, “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Lord would say:
Before you were formed in your mothers womb, I knew you. I set you apart and appointed you.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I breathed my life into you from the beginning of time.
Nothing you can say or do will ever change my call on your life.
What I have written in the books of heaven about you. I have written.
You have a destiny. You have a future.
Do not give up on me. Do not give up on my call for your life.
Spend time with me. Get to know me.
Allow me to fill you with the hopes and the dreams that I have prepared for you.
You are not here by chance. For I have made a plan for your life.
Praise me and I will break the chains that bind you. For I inhabit the praise of my people.
I have seen you sitting among the coals. I have pulled you from the water and streams that long to overtake you.
I have been with you every step of the way.
I am calling your name. Do you not hear me calling?
I am calling within the walls you have built around your heart.
I am calling you to come closer to me.
Allow me to lead you and guide you just as I did your ancestors in the days of old.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
My love for you flows deep. My love for you is everlasting.
I gave my son for you, that you might have life and have it more abundantly.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For he sent his son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world though him. John 3:16-17
I saw a bar that blocks the entrance to a parking garage, and I heard the spirit of the Lord say, I’m raising the bar. It is not only a bar off the limitations that have held you back, but he is raising the bar of acceleration in your spiritual life. There are those who have been running the race and you have not given up. You have continued to run and you have done well. You have not gone unnoticed by the Father. He has seen you, he has watched you, and he has been with you.
There are those of you who feel you have been digging ditches and trenches. But the father would have you to know that what you have been digging are deep wells. Not only wells within your own life’s but in the life’s of others. You have continued to dig and you have been faithful. You have now hit an artesian well. A well that continues to flow from the rivers of heaven within you, and is out pouring onto others who come in contact with you.
The spirit of the lord would say that he is pleased and he is raising the bar. The limitation of things that have held you back is about to come to an end. The limitation of a slow paced process is coming off. For he has heard your prayers, he has seen your faithfulness to him and he says get ready my child for I’m Raising the Bar. I am drawing you closer to me, the closer you come to me the more the limitation which has held you back will be removed. There will be a place of rest, for I desire to teach you to rest in me. But after the rest, and after Holy Spirit has instructed and infiltrated your being, there will come a time of limitless activity in the heavens. The spirit of the Lord would say my people will walk by my spirit in the earth in a greater way. In the way it was intended to be.
Hurting people hurt people. They say and do things that trigger negative reactions, therefore creating a vicious circle of hurt and rejection. In most cases their reactions stem from past experiences that led them to believe a lie which they accepted as truth. But when does it end?
We can not control how other people treat us, but we can control how we respond to their behavior. We can choose to walk around with arrows in our back or we can know that God’s got our back.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
As Paul gathered an armful of sticks, and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous viper, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt!” But Paul shook off the viper into the fire and was unharmed. Acts 28:3-5
It’s not whether or not the viper bites but whether or not you allow it to kill you! The venom will not destroy you. Keep praying, keep praising, keep living. The gates of hell will not prevail against you.
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” Warren Buffett
If God is for you, who can be against you? Romans 8:31
He will keep in perfect peace, whose thoughts are fixed on Him. Isaiah 26:3
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
There is a spirit of seduction which hides under the umbrella of religion desiring to seduce the church, into the worship of a false God. We the church have grown into a place of positioning ourselves, rather than posturing our hearts. In place of worship we perform. We recite in place of prayer. Rather than love and forgiveness we judge and condemn. Where are those who would take a stand against social standing in a fallen world? Where are those who will fall on their knees and pray with a heart of repentance for this land?
“For If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” “It is time, to position your hearts, my sons and daughters. Come into my presence in the quiet place of my love, seek my face, turn from all that would distract your attention away from me. Consecrate yourself. Come to my throne. For I have called you to worship me and worship me alone. I am a jealous God. I desire your whole heart of worship to me. Hear my words for my spirit will not rest upon a position of power but upon a heart of praise.”