May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
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.”
"Paul was preaching into the night in an upstairs room and a young man named Eutychus who was sitting on the windowsill became drowsy and fell three stories to his death below. Paul went down and picked him up." "Don't worry" Paul said, "He is alive!" Acts 20:7-12
When will our mindsets shift so that the miraculous things of God become the normal and the normal become the abnormal? For if God is God then Nothing is impossible!
God wants to take you where the will of man can't break you!
"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them: I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 11:19
Will you allow Him to do his work within you today? He loves you so much!!
Have you ever felt as if you were in a mud slide, with the cares of life falling down upon you?
I can’t help but think that:
Elijah was feeling that way when he was trying to run away from it all, by hiding in a cave. There was a powerful wind, an earthquake and a fire but God was not speaking to Elijah from the things that surrounded him. God’s voice came in a whisper.
When Danial was in the Lion’s den he wasn’t listening to the lions roar or the chatter of negative people who said he would surly be eaten by the lions. He was listening for the whisper of God’s voice which gave him peace.
When Joseph was in prison, although he was well aware of his surroundings, he wasn’t listening to the other prisoners complain, he was listening for the voice of the God he served.
When Ruth was gleaning in the fields of a foreign land, and others were talking about how she didn’t belong and looking down upon her as less than, she was listening for the whisper of the one true God.
Through out his life, David was continually taken back to the silence of a shepherd’s field or a cave, where he was alone in a secluded place. It was there he could hear the whisper of God.
When life’s challenges seem more than we can bear, we must go back to the place where we first heard the whisper of God and feel the peace of his presence. For me it is impossible to hear what God is saying among the chatter in a mass of people, if I am not first spending time in seclusion with Him in the quiet place, listening for the whisper of His voice. For it is only in that place that I find peace in the midst of the storms of life.
Months ago I had a dream. In the dream a woman was passing out scrolls as she ran. She turned for a brief moment and looked at me and said, I live at 1532. Upon awakening, I began to ponder and ask the Father the meaning of the dream. I discovered that the number 15 means rest and the number 32 means covenant. Rest in the covenant. I must remember where I live, in the place of rest with Him. For it is then and only then I can distribute the scrolls (word of God) which He has put within me.
When Jesus was in the boat, he was sleeping with his head on a pillow in the midst of a storm. He was not focused on the storm raging around him, or the busy chatter of those in fear. Did he care? Yes, he cared but he was resting in the covenant of his fathers peace and love. And when he was awakened to the screams and yelling of those around him, He stood and said. “Peace. Be still.” When we live in Christ, peace is all around us. We only need to command it to be still in Jesus mighty name. It may not change the situation, but it will change the storm within us which we have been focusing on, so we can hear the whisper of His voice and rest in the covenant of his love for us.
Be Still and Know that He is God. Psalm 46:10
He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on Him. Isaiah 26:3
Rest in the covenant of His love for you.
There is nothing in the heart of God for you, that you can not have. It needs to be birthed into us, before we can tap into it. We must see ourselves as God see us. Our vision must be from the inside out rather than from the outside in. The veil has already been torn. Ask God for a clear revelation of his love and purpose for you in the earth.
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 (NLT)
I see two large banqueting tables spread. One on earth and one in heaven. The table on earth is beautiful in appearance, with the finest china and food galore. But on it and around it, are things of the world. Worry, grief and bitterness, sorrow, pain and jealousy, sickness, hatred and foolish pride. The love of the father does not abide.
The table in heaven is spread for a king. It’s simple but lovely and kindness resides. There’s baskets of blessings, baskets of grace, a platter of love that all may partake. All those around it are happy and free, no worries, no cares, only pleasing the King.
I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, dig in a little deeper. There is a breaking of ground. I see shovels digging, I see holes being dug and a dirt hill being formed behind. Children are playing on the dirt hill. I hear the spirit of the Lord say teach the children. For the children will rise higher than their teacher. Teach the children. Dig deep into the well that I have put within you, and teach the children. For out of their mouths will flow rivers of living water. Teach the children so they will know me. They will run with me. They will dig wells of their own and they will plant. They will bring to me a great harvest. My people perish for lack of knowledge, but within these children I have placed the seed of my loin, which is truth. They search for truth, they long for truth. Teach the children, so the truth of my love might grow in them. The parable of the seed is a parable about my children, they are the seed. Do not let them fall. They are the next generation of my out pouring. Teach the children, for in the children is the seed of life. Do not let the seed I have placed within them, which is their longing for truth fall on the footpath, on the rocky soil or among the thrones. For they are good soil and my desire is for them to cling to the truth of my word for they are the seed of life for generations to come.
Generation after generation has searched for truth since the beginning of time. It all started with the first lie, that was told in the garden. I believe when God created man he planted within man truth. But when the truth was lost, confusion began to set in, therefore producing a people who have lost their identity. An identity that only in Christ can once again be found. Teach the children, so they might know who they were created to be since the beginning of time, that they might walk in their true identity.
When everything in life seems to be going well, we see no need for change. But even if our life changes for the better, and we have no desire to go back to the way things were, we may find ourselves revisiting the familiar place, for lack of a better plan.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NLT)
Three years later: The disciples had been fishing all night but had caught nothing. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, He called out “Have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. When they got to shore they found breakfast waiting for them- fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Peter, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: Peter, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord you know everything. You know that I love you.” John 21 (NLT)
I believe what Jesus was saying is, “Now that you know me, and have spent time with me, things can not be as they have always been. You can not go back to your old way of life. What you have been doing isn’t working anymore. If you are finished doing things your way, try doing them my way. Follow my direction. Follow my lead. Allow me to guide you. Listen to my word. I have a bigger plan and purpose for your life. I will supply your needs. But from this moment on, you will be fishing for the hearts of men. If you really love me, consecrate yourself to me, so that you can teach others what you have learned from me. If you love me change your way of thinking. I have something new for you and you must find it for yourself, before you can teach it to others. Listen to me, really listen. Allow me to show you a new way.” What Jesus wanted is for Peter to position his heart where Jesus was.
Many times we continue in the same way of life and in the same pattern of thinking because its comfortable. But after Jesus has touched your life, you will never be the same again. You will not want to go back to the way its always been. Your past is called the past because it is in the past. It brought you to where you are today, but you don’t live there anymore. Today is a gift and tomorrow is a mystery. Position your heart where Jesus is and see where He desires to take you.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18&19 (NLT)
When God is Silent, Listen for the heartbeat. Be still and know that He is God. Psalm 46:10
You are God’s masterpiece. God watched you as you were being formed in utter seclusion, as you were woven together in the dark of the womb. Every day of your life was recorded in His book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. You are always on His mind. His thoughts about you are so precious, they cannot be counted for they out number the grains of sand. Psalms 139: 13-18 (NLT)
The bible tells us of a woman named Ruth who was born and raised in Moab. Ruth could have stayed in Moab, a place that was familiar and comfortable to her. But she made a decision, to leave everything she had ever known, to follow after a God her mother in law Naomi had taught her about. She made a decision to honor a mother in law that had nothing in this world to offer her. She made a decision to humble herself in a foreign land. In her heart I believe that Ruth knew her destiny was much larger than what she had been taught growing up in Moab. A destiny which God had written upon her life when she was being formed in her mothers womb. A destiny to become the great grandmother of a king named David (whom was in the lineage of Jesus). A destiny to have a whole book in the bible named after her and written about her. A destiny that would one day change the world. Ruth 1-4
Just like Ruth, God has a plan for your life. A plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Before you were formed in your mothers womb, He knew all about you, your fingerprint was being designed by the hand of God. Out of more than 7 billion people who live on the earth not one fingerprint is alike. Even identical twins do not have an identical fingerprint, they too are uniquely made and set apart for a special purpose in the earth which God has already written in his book.
Sometimes we need to make choices that are not the most popular. Sometimes we must leave the familiar ways we were taught and change our way of thinking. We may even need to move away from our homeland and embrace a new life style. We are to stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around us, and inwardly be transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how we think. This will empower us to discern God’s will as we live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 (TPT)
You were fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of God. Psalms 139:14 (NIV) and an artist always signs their work, it signifies that the artwork is finished, and that the artist is satisfied. Could it be that your fingerprint is God’s signature on his masterpiece?
God is raising up a company of Prophets for such a time as this, his voice must be heard in the land.
The people of God must take a stand, for just as in the days of Elijah the spirit of Jezebel would desire to kill and shut down the Spirit of God which lives within the prophetic voice of his people. There is an attack on those who walk and carry the anointing of the prophetic office like never before. We must lift our voice to the heavens, for God is uniting the prophetic voice of his people. The spirit of prophecy is coming together as never before.
The prophets are raising their voice to be heard. No longer shall the voice of the Almighty God be silenced, no longer will his word within his people be hidden. The spirit of the Lord would say pray my people, pray like never before, intercede for one another because the attack is real. Pray that you might withstand the attack of the enemy. But know this, those who are for you in the heavens are more than those who are against you in the earth.
Walk in faith, yet be aware that you are not alone. I am with you. Stand in undivided unity as you fight this battle together in prayer! Know your calling, your gifts, your identity. How will the world know who I am least they see me in you? For their identity has been stolen, they are searching and crying out, but you are in me and I am in you, you are mine. Let this be your witness of me, by showing them my love for them through you, my word for them through you, Speak up! Do not silence the voice within you with doubt and fear. Speak up! That my voice through you might be heard in the earth.
I saw an army of prophets shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, moving through out the land as a mighty army ready for battle. But an army like none that have gone before. There were fires raging out of control, sickness and death, famine, fear and anger, chaos everywhere just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin was running rampant through out the land. The prophets began to march to go forth in unison as the captains gave the commands. As the prophets of God would raise their hand, anger and violence would stop. As they began to speak, fire would come from their mouths and the raging fire of deceit would dissipate. As they would march the ground would tremble, and the sick and dying would rise up and sing praises to God. They continued to march forward not one looked back, but followed the instruction of the king. In unity they marched shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, singing praises to the king, while angels encamped round about them and the glory of God shined brightly, for there was no veil. The face of God was over shadowing the earth, his presence made known to all. This is his call for unity, his desire for all. No jealousy, no questioning, no judgment on one another, only his acceptance and love for the time is near. Know your identity, walk in it, move in it, be confident in it. The time is near, do you not see the hour approaching? Prepare yourself for the battle is real. The time is near. The time is near. Be ready, go forth, speak out, warn the people. For behold I am coming quickly.
I hear a cry in the land for justice, mercy and grace. It is a cry calling out from the depth of the soul.
A cry for help. A cry from the hurting and the lost. A cry of hopelessness in the land. The principalities of darkness have risen their ugly heads and have infected the people which God created with lies, hate and evil. But there is a voice of one crying in the wilderness for the souls that are lost and dying. The Spirit of the Lord would say, I hear that voice of the one who has come before me in the quiet place of my love, I hear the cries for the hurting and the lost. I will make a way where there seems to be no way. For I am raising up a prophetic voice in the land. A voice not ashamed to speak for me. A voice which will proclaim healing and restoration to the hurting and the lost. They will lead by example, and will be followed into the glory of my presence. I am releasing a company of prophetic voices in a land that has been dry, where my people have called out for rain in the desert place, I have not forgotten you. I have not left you helpless. I hear the Lord say that even in the day of the dry bones, I breathed my life into you. Now prophecy to the people. Rise up, for the well within you has not gone dry but is bubbling up from deep within your being. Rise up! Stand and proclaim my mighty works, for the time is short. Do you not know my coming is near? Have I not given you signs and wonders of my return? Tell the people! Proclaim my mighty works! Heal the sick! For my mercy and grace are always there for the taking. Get your self in line my people, for the time is near and my voice must be heard through you. I have raised you up for such a time as this. Step into your calling. Activate that which is already within you. Stop waiting for a sign and step through the door in front of you. Stop asking where, why and how and walk in faith. You already have all you need to accomplish that which I have sent you forth to do. Remember its not about you! It’s about me! And my love for a hurting and dying world. Just give them the Jesus in you.
There are many things in life that we hold onto, our family, possessions, our hopes and dreams. But in many situations, we tend to hold on too tightly, protecting what we feel is rightfully ours. We often find that in a world of rushing about, with worries and cares too numerous to count, our hands are full, with no room to reach, grab, or hold anything new. Therefore sitting aside countless blessings which God has prepared for us.
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine." “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”, so they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11 (NIV)
Jesus turning the water into wine, was actually His example of touching our life of flesh, so that His spirit may dwell in us. The water was contaminated and therefore not drinkable. What we have to offer God is also contaminated and unworthy. Yet He loves us anyway.
He saved the best for last means that what we once were, we shall no longer be. For some of us it may take a life time to get there. The purpose of the journey we have been on, was to bring us to this place. Therefore, let us praise Him in the journey!
Because He inhabits the praise of His people. Psalm 22:3
Once we are emptied of ourselves, (as the stone water jars represent) He is able to transform us into who He would have us to be.
The wedding feast represents His presence. Until we are emptied, we can not be filled.
Many times we have tried to put new wine into an old wine skin. We think we are bursting with God’s love and knowledge on the inside. But we can only bring out the purity of Him, once the stuff we are hanging onto so tightly is given to Him, in the quiet place of His love and grace. It is there where we are emptied of self, that He can fill us with His presence as He desires.
No one puts new wine into old wine skins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wine skins so that both are preserved. Matthew 9:17 (NLT)
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
As Children bring their broken toys, with tears for us to mend
I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him, in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried, “How could you be so slow”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do? You never did let go.
As you give it up and let it go, your heavenly father can take control.
He’ll make it and mold it on the potters wheel, if you will only just be still. Kathleen VonSeggern
We live in an instant world with instant information, instant meals, instant coffee. We often expect instant results in whatever we do. Modern technology has allowed us to connect with others far away, and gain information quickly. Some people even develop instant friendships on social media. In this fast pace life, many have developed the mindset of an instant prayer life, and bible reading /study.
I believe that God values the time we spend with Him, but the desire of His heart is that we put Him first in all we do. It doesn’t matter if we spend ten minutes or three hours with Him in prayer or study, its all about the posture of our heart. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
Jesus and His disciples came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to help me!” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
In this fast pace world, it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus. Our focus must not be on man or things, but on God. If we put Him first in our life, the other things will fall into place. It’s not about the quantity of time we spend with the Lord but rather the quality. Have you ever had lunch with someone who wasn’t really present? In all appearance they are there physically but their mind and heart are somewhere else. Perhaps they were texting or answering phone calls during your lunch, in the time that you had set aside special to meet with them. How does it make you feel? Is that how it is when you meet with God to pray and read His word? Are you in His presence with all your heart soul and mind? Or are you just appearing to make an effort, but your heart and mind is somewhere else?
“His grace is sufficient for you, for His power is made perfect in our weaknesses.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NAS)
Spending quality time with God does not ensure that you will not have problems. But you can have peace in the midst of the storms that come in your life.
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 5:45 (ESV)
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT)
Although God can change things in an instant, His desire to meet you in the quiet place of His love is everlasting.
I encourage you to make special time to meet with Him daily and allow Him to speak to you through His word (the bible).
It will change your life.
I awoke one morning, to the name of a song, going through my head. "Don't go chasing water falls."
As I began to pray about the message in these few words, I heard the spirit of the Lord say,
"Many times my people are chasing after the mass, the crowd, the popular, the known, even in the spiritual, they chase after my glory." "Don't go chasing water falls, go after the trickle in the quiet place with me. It is out of the trickle in the quiet place, that my glory will fall on the remnant who seek it, and burst forth into the rivers and into the streams which I have ordained."
He longs for us to come into that quiet place with Him. It is there where we establish an intimate relationship with Him. It is in that quiet place where we can hear Him say, "Come up a little closer, for in me you will find peace that passes all understanding." "I long for time with you my children, I long to hear your praise." "Come after the trickle, in the quiet place, for that is where you will drink of my love and a water fall will burst out of you, full of my glory to others."
Go after what God has for you in the quiet place. For it is in that place, He will reveal Himself to you.
You are unique, there is only one of you, and there is a plan and a call that God has for your life. But the fullness of His plan for you, must be developed in the quiet place with Him. Come up a little closer and sit beneath the trickle of the flowing brook of His love for you, so that His glory may fall from heaven into the earth through you.
This is a word for the Body of Christ as a whole. Those who have been in preparation for such a time as this.
I believe there is an army of rising prophets who are about to be exposed to the world. Because there is an army of intercessors who have been praying in the secret place, alone with God for the out pouring and manifestation of the Holy Spirit to be exposed to a fallen world.
I can see the army of God marching as to war. I see commanders on horseback shouting commands at the troops. I see them moving forward at a fast pace, ready for battle.
For too long the enemy has stolen what belongs to Gods people. For too long the principality of darkness has pillaged thru the life’s /belongings of the Army of God. No more, says the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. No more will the spirit of lack be upon God’s people, because what has been theirs all along, is about to be revealed to the nations! That which has been locked up, that which has been stolen, that which has been hidden, is about to be exposed, and the world will know that I am God. I honor those who worship me. I honor those who serve me. No more shall lack be a part of their life. Because I am about to open the flood gates of heaven, my blessings will flow in abundance upon my people. But beware of the wolves in sheep clothing. Because those who have not walked with me will turn to me, not from a heart that has been changed, but from a heart of greed, because of my blessings on my people. Many will come, but few will be chosen. So watch, listen, and wait, so that you will know by their fruit and my voice those who are truly mine and those who have never known me. Deception will run rampant in the church. My people will perish for lack of knowledge, for if it be possible even the very elect of God will be deceived. There will be few who will watch, listen, and wait for my instruction / my guidance. Be careful that you do not run ahead of me, for I am the Shepard. It is for this reason, many of my people are being attack in the spiritual realm, more than ever before in their families, homes, finances & health, and it seems at times that the load is to much to bare. I am the God of finance, I am the God of provision, I am the God of health and healing, I am that I am, and I am has sent you. So do not shy away, do not hide among the baggage of your past. But march and ride as a solider in the army of God with the authority that I have given you. For you are a servant of the most high God, and I have spoken.