Faith filled articles from the team...
“Faith pulled down Jericho’s walls after the people marched around them for seven days!
Faith provided a way of escape for Rahab the prostitute, avoiding the destruction of the unbelievers, because she received the Hebrew spies in peace.
And what more could I say to convince you?
For there is not enough time to tell you of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.
Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality!
It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword.
Although weak, their faith imparted power to make them strong!
Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.
Faith-filled women saw their dead children raised in resurrection power.
Yet it was faith that enabled others to endure great atrocities.
They were stretched out on the wheel and tortured, and didn’t deny their faith in order to be freed, because they longed for a more honorable and glorious resurrection! Others were mocked and experienced the most severe beating with whips; they were in chains and imprisoned.
Some of these faith champions were brutally killed by stoning, being sawn in two or slaughtered by the sword.
These lived in faith as they went about wearing goatskins and sheepskins for clothing.
They lost everything they possessed, they endured great afflictions, and they were cruelly mistreated.
They wandered the earth living in the desert wilderness, in caves, on barren mountains and in holes in the earth. Truly, the world was not even worthy of them, not realizing who they were.
These were the true heroes, commended for their faith, yet they lived in hope without receiving the fullness of what was promised them.
But now God has invited us to live in something better than what they had—faith’s fullness! This is so that they could be brought to finished perfection alongside of us.”
Hebrews 11:30-40 TPT
Alva Jean Chesser
Caleb makes an appeal to Joshua after the wars to capture the land of Promise…
Joshua 14:10-13 MEV
“Now, the LORD has kept me alive, just as He said, for forty-five years, since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness.
Now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. I AM STILL JUST AS STRONG TODAY AS I WAS ON THE DAY MOSES SENT ME (to spy on the land). MY STRENGTH NOW IS JUST LIKE MY STRENGTH THEN, both for battle and for going out and returning.
SO NOW, GIVE ME THIS HILL CONTRY THAT THE LORD SPOKE ABOUT ON THAT DAY. That day you heard that the Anakites live there in large, fortified cities. Perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out, AS THE LORD SAID."
Then Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.
Since the day that Caleb came back from spying out the land with a good report, he had walked through the wilderness for the last 38 years, then through all of the war campaigns to take the land of Promise. 45 years of waiting for this day…the day he would claim his promised land, and he was just as strong this day as he has been for the last 45 years, because God was with him.
Many of us have walked through the wilderness and through the campaigns of faith to win victories over the enemy. By faith we were saved and by faith we have lived. And now, this day, this is the day of salvation, this is the day of victory. We don’t walk in our own physical strength; we didn’t gain victories in the past by our own strength. We gained victories and triumph the same way we gained salvation, by faith in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is by faith in the promises of God that we stand strong and refuse to yield to defeat. Great is our God and great is the victory of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross and in his resurrection!
The promise of God that Moses made to Caleb burned in his heart and in his spirit for 45 years. Forty-five years of two steps forward and one step back. 45 years of going around the mountain one more time. 45 years of digging a ditch and filling it up. But the day of promise finally came, suddenly it was right there in front of him, and he claimed that promise! On that day the hill country he had dreamed about and had desired was now his possession! Caleb's strength wasn’t just his physical strength for battle after all those years of wandering, no, his treaty was his faith in the promise of the man of God. His strength was dreaming about it, mulling it over as he walked through the wilderness, speaking out loud to himself over and over…his strength was in his faith. He believed God was well able to do, to perform what he had promised.
Our strength today is the same as Caleb's, the same as the day we received the Lord Jesus Christ by believing the Good News…the Promise of God! It is not by our might or by our power, it is by His Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus that we have the victory!
Do we even know what the promises of God are? Do we think about them or mull them over while we work, or when we are driving, or when we are alone? Is there a stubbornness and determination in our spirits that we will have those promises, no matter what we have to endure or how long it takes? Is there anything in us that declares “give me my mountain”?
The time is now. The day is now. Believe. Believe. Believe.
2 Corinthians 6:2 MEV
For He says: "In an acceptable time I have listened to you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Look, NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME; look, NOW IS THE DAY of salvation.
John 11:40 MEV
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household!
November 20, 2023
I have a group that meets on Saturdays called The Hub. The Hub is not a prayer meeting – although we pray. It is not a Bible study – although we study the Bible. It is an equipping, challenging meeting to draw us into being Christian participants in our meetings and our culture, not just spectators.
Last year around Thanksgiving, we decided we would participate in “Friendsgiving” around Thanksgiving 2023. We wanted to bless a server at a local restaurant. We prayed about where we would go. We prayed for the server the Lord wanted us to bless. Every week at The Hub we contributed to the fund. On Saturday, November 18, we visited a local Mom and Pop restaurant for brunch. I thought this would be a good time as it is the Saturday before black Friday when many people do their Christmas shopping. Kelly was our server. Sweet young lady. We were excited to bless Kelly. We knew what was coming. She was just having a “normal” day.
After we were served and she brought our check, we gave her a card that we had all signed. The card had a note inside explaining what we were doing. I also told her verbally what was going on. We gave her a cash tip for $1101!!!! (Yes, that says eleven hundred one dollars!) She was stunned. She repeated, “No….no….no…” and then bent over a chair. I thought her legs were going to buckle under her. She shared that she had only worked this job for a couple of months. It’s a second job on the weekends for her.
Do you think this was a random act of kindness?
Not at all. It was personally directed. We prayed for the restaurant. God directed us to the restaurant. We prayed for the server God wanted to bless. God brought the server-even though she wasn’t even serving at the time we began to pray. This was not random at all, but purposeful. Directed. Intentional.
Do you think the results of your faith are like that – random?
We might get that impression from “religious” teaching we’ve had. Have you ever heard someone say, “God is sovereign.” (Meaning He can do what He wants). That’s not sovereignty that’s being rogue. God is not rogue. He performs His word.
What about the statement, “You never know what God is going to do.” Oh, yes we do - He’s faithful, merciful, kind and good.
It’s true Jesus did not heal everyone in Israel when He walked the earth – but He did heal everyone who came to Him. In fact, He never turned anyone down!!!! The only place Jesus was limited was in His own hometown where people were offended at Him and had so much unbelief Jesus marveled at it. (Mark 6:3-6) Think on that – their unbelief and offense kept Jesus, the up front and personal Son of God, from doing any mighty miracles.
Are you a believing believer or an unbelieving believer?
Do we allow things like colds and the flu to run their course – not understanding that Jesus was striped for those sicknesses? Why don’t we use our faith to stop those colds and flu? They don’t need to run their course. They don’t need to go from family member to family member. The thief wants to turn that cold or flu into pneumonia and kill us! We better raise our shields of faith and rebuff those sicknesses!
Faith is not random at all. In fact, faith is active and full of action in the spirit, which brings forth results in the natural. Look what Hebrews 11 (the “Faith” chapter) tells us about faith – out of The Passion translation:
Faith is all the evidence required
Faith has authority
Faith goes beyond our lifetime
Faith operates powerfully
Faith makes God’s supernatural promises and actions seem logical
Faith has power
Faith is reality
Faith has certainty
Faith pulls down
Faith’s power conquers
Faith fastened onto promises pulls them into reality
Faith shuts the mouth of lions
Faith puts out the power of raging fire
Faith sparks courage
Faith causes us to become mighty warriors in battle
Faith pulls armies from another realm into battle array
God’s invitation to us is to live in faith’s fullness!
Does any of that seem random to you? Isn’t the faith talked about in Hebrews 11 directed, pointed, active, answered, and successful?
If you have faith like this, your confession could be:
“If anyone gets healed today, it’s going to be me!”
“If anyone gets delivered today, it’s going to be me!”
“If anyone is prospered today, it’s going to be me!”
Do those statements seem bold and brash? Do those statements seem random?
No. It sounds like Jesus to me….”This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 TPT
What happens if I boldly believe and it doesn’t happen today?
Let me ask you this. What if you wanted to have a baby? Would you have the baby today? No. In fact, let me tell you what you’ll get.
First, the seed is planted, but there is no sign and no “proof”. Yet, the baby is growing. Then, you might get sick – every day for three months. Do you want sickness? No, you want a baby. Sickness is sometimes part of the process.
Then you start to outgrow your clothes. You begin to feel kicking to your gut. All you wanted was a baby. You asked for a baby. You believed for a baby, but still no baby in your arms, but this is all part of the process.
You can’t tie your shoes or cut your toenails. At the end of this process, you can’t even sit up in bed, you have to roll out of bed. Next comes pain - sometimes for hours. All for this baby you can’t even see. Are you sure it’s a baby? My belly doesn’t look like a baby. My belly doesn’t sound like a baby, but hidden in that “mass” of your belly is the answer to your desire!
THEN you hold the baby. It’s the greatest joy you’ve ever had from the greatest labor you’ve ever done. The fulfillment of your faith is in your arms. None of the things you went through were the proof of “no baby”, but were in fact, proof of a baby coming into reality.
Take the grain of mustard seed God gave you and grow it –
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37
"For allt he promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
II Corinthians 1:20
“Let the faith of God be in you! Listen to the truth I [Jesus] speak to you: if someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what He says will happen, it will be done. This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer – be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours.”
Mark 11:23-24 (TPT)
Put your directed faith to work and let it bring, become, empower, operate powerfully, prompt, enable, open, stir, conquer…
November 14, 2023
Have you ever said that? I know I have. This is a dangerous place to be. Proverbs tells us,
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18 KJV
The truth is “no vision” is a vision. The “no-vision” vision is dark, void and without form. Hmmmm, doesn’t that sound familiar?
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Genesis 1:2 KJV
Doesn’t that sound like a vision the thief would create to steal, kill and destroy us? A “no-vision” vision. He wants us to perish.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy...” John 10:10 NKJV
What did God do when there was no vision? He cast a vision that became reality.
“LET THERE BE LIGHT!” Genesis 1:3
The truth is God is always casting vision. Do we have eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to believe?
God took Abraham and showed him the stars in the sky and said his descendants would be that numerous.
What is the vision God shows us? His word paints a picture or a vision. First, He separates Himself from the thief:
“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 NKJV
He didn’t come just to give us life, but MORE ABUNDANT life! Then He told us in His word, His vision and His will for us!
What is God’s vision for us? He wants us to:
Be Wise – He gives wisdom liberally (abundantly) James 1:5
Have long life – Psalm 91:16
Have eternal life – John 3:16
Have all our needs met – Philippians 4:19
Have our desires fulfilled – Psalm 37:4
Be blessed, not cursed – Jesus became a curse for us – Galatians 3:13
Have no griefs or sorrows -Isaiah 53:4
Be healed – Isaiah 53:5
Be forgiven – Isaiah 53:5
Be iniquity free – Isaiah 53:5
Have peace – Isaiah 53:5
If that’s not enough, NO THING that we want or need is out of His league:
”For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37
Nothing. No thing is impossible. That means zero, naught, aught, nil, zip, nought, zilch, or goose egg is impossible with God.
I have recently bought Invisalign braces and have about 11 months to correct some crooked teeth. The “braces” have bumps on them that make room for the “attachments” on my teeth, which move my teeth. I have to change them out every two weeks. I have had my teeth for many decades. Yet, now that I have had these “braces” on my teeth since July, I can’t remember my teeth being smooth and not having bumps on them. I’m going somewhere with this…
I can be nerdy sometimes. I’ve done some figuring.
24 hrs/day; 168 hrs/week; 8,736 hrs/year.
That breaks down to
1440 minutes/day, 10,080 minutes/week; and 524,160 minutes/year
Even further breaking it down, it comes to
86,400 sec/day, 604,800 sec/week, and 31,449,609 sec/year
Let’s be generous and say you get 7 hours of sleep a night (don’t we all wish)! Now it figures like this:
17 hrs/day; 119 hrs/week and 6,188 hrs/yr
1020 min/day; 7140 min/week; and 371,280 min/year
61,200 sec/day; 428,400 sec/week; and 22,276,800 sec/year
What’s the point of all those calculations? We are thinking and meditating on something all that time. What vision are we meditating upon? Remember my braces – decades of one truth (smooth teeth), have been replaced with four months of “bumpy” teeth. Every time my tongue runs over my teeth – it re-enforces “bumpy” teeth. Every time I clench my jaw – it re-enforces “bumpy” teeth.
What is the thief showing you and what vision is he re-enforcing to you all the time? Sickness? Poverty? Depression? Loneliness? Fear of the future? Old age?
Don’t meditate on the “no-vision” vision. Agree with God’s vision. Bring light into the thief’s vision of darkness, chaos and voidness. See yourself wise, healed, whole, abundant, joyful, blessed, etc. etc, etc.
“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve INFINITELY MORE than your GREATEST REQUEST, your MOST UNBELIEVABLE DREAM, and EXCEED your WILDEST IMAGINATION! He will OUTDO THEM ALL, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Ephesians 3:19 (TPT)
In Genesis, when God created, He made creation after their kind. The trees were made after their kind. The herb was made after its kind. The sea creatures and the birds were made after their kind. The cattle, creeping things and beasts of the earth were made after their kind. Then, God made man after Him. We are the Godkind! SELAH (meditate on this)!
You are the Godkind – open your mouth and speak what you want, not what you see.
Cast your vision!
In II Kings, we have the last recorded actions of Elisha before he dies. He is talking with the king of Israel about defeating the enemy:
“Then he (Elisha) said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”” II Kings 13:18-19 NKJV
Are we a three-striker? Do we have rules of engagement with the enemy? Are we okay to win this little scuffle, but don’t believe we can win the war? Are we shortsighted to win just this one instance?
For example, we have a need, and ask God for just enough to meet that need. What about asking for our immediate need to be met so abundantly that we are taken care of for the rest of our lives (remember the four lepers outside Samaria)? We are so “paycheck-to-paycheck” minded that we think kingdom living is the same - crisis to crisis – not glory to glory! SELAH (Think about that!)
What about being sick? Do we want to just get well now or can we believe for everyone suffering with that sickness to be healed? Do we not only get well, but send that sickness packing so no one else in our family, work, church, area or even the world gets it?
Do we really believe we are victors and overcomers? OR do we erroneously think we just say it because we are never supposed to see it because we live by faith (you know, we live by faith not by sight!)
I do not believe that. I believe God wants us to be blessed. It’s His will that none should perish.
Let’s look at what Peter said:
“The Lord is not slack concerning Hs promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
Let’s be geeky here a minute and look at a definition from Strong’s Concordance of the Bible. In this passage, “perish” is apollumi (a-paw-loo-mee) in the Greek. It means to destroy fully, (reflexively to perish or lose) literally or figuratively – destroy, die, lose, mar or perish.
“Perish” here isn’t only attributed to eternal life. Anything that destroys or causes death, or loss or mars something is a form of perishing. Then doesn’t that mean that besides death, loss is a form of perishing? Poverty is a form of perishing? Sickness is a form of perishing? Lack of vision or purpose is a form of perishing?
Further, let’s agree that when it says “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” – this isn’t always about sin! Repentance is about a change of mind and/or direction. With that in mind, let’s re-read this scripture:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish (suffer destruction, be destroyed, die, suffer loss or marring), but that all should come to repentance (a change of mind or direction).” II Peter 3:9 (emphasis mine)
So if we are going to be victorious, if we believe God has good things for us, what is His will? Let’s look at Deuteronomy 28:1-14 with our own eyes. This is what is God’s will for us: (let me condense):
God will set us high about all nations of the earth
All these blessings shall come upon us and overtake us
Everywhere I go, I will be blessed
My children are blessed
My job is blessed, as well as my investments, and my savings
I am blessed coming in and going out
My enemies may come against me one way, but they will flee seven ways
The Lord will command the blessing on me in my storehouses and everything I do in everything and everywhere the Lord takes me
The Lord will establish me as a holy people
The peoples of the earth shall see His hand on me and be afraid of me
He will give me plenty of goods. He will bless my children and give me open earth for all my sowing to bring forth abundantly.
The Lord will open His good treasure – open heavens. I will lend to many nations and not have to borrow.
The Lord will make me the head and not the tail – I will be above only
If I heed the commandments of the Lord and do not serve other gods!
Isn’t this incredible? Well actually, it is very credible!
How does the enemy steal from us? Distraction. We are so busy, stressed and we run from one chaotic situation to another.
The enemy lies to us. This specifically tells us we have to heed the commandments of the Lord. We negate these promises from us by believing the accuser of the brethren who always tells us we’ve “sinned”, or we’ve “missed it”. We should repent when the Holy Spirit convicts us, but not just because our enemy condemns us.
At The Hub on Saturday, I served orange cranberry muffins. The aroma of these freshly baked muffins hit you when you walked in the door.
Then I served the muffins as we talked about the good things and the will of God from Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Associate God’s will with pleasant things; with things that make you salivate!
I’m sure you are familiar with this passage:
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)” Galatians 3:13 NKJV
So what is the curse of the law from which Jesus has redeemed us? The rest of Deuteronomy 28 (verses 15-68), gives us the curses of the law! 53 verses of curses!!! Take the time to read them.
This is where I passed around shrimp shells left over from dinner the night before. The stench of the shells after being in the garbage overnight was awful.
I did this so you could associate this stench with the curses. This is not what God wants our life to look like or smell like.
These blessings are the will of God for us. We need to change our prayers. Don’t pray – “not my will, but thine be done.” Pray what Jesus taught the disciples to pray, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Is there sickness in heaven? (NO) Is there poverty in heaven? (NO)
“…because as He is, so are we in this world.” I John 4:17 NKJV
I don’t say “wait and see what the Lord will do!” This is passive. I say “I’m going to taste and see what the Lord is doing. This is engaged, active, scriptural and full of faith.
Remember, Jesus kept the law for us. It’s about us believing that it’s a inished work and we put a demand on it - we don’t wait on it.
Putting a demand? Yes! When you go to the ATM machine and put your card in the slot, you are putting a demand on the bank to release the funds from your account. We apply our faith (the currency of heaven) to withdraw from any of the blessings that we know are God’s will for us.
The seeing is not what makes us believe. It’s our believing it and putting a demand on it that makes us see it! I’m not saying it won’t take time and patience, but the result is expected - whether short or long in coming.
We have two realities in front of us.
One smells, is rotten, broken, sick and poor.
The other is fragrant, fresh, whole, healed and abundant.
Which will we choose?
Wait, it’s not that easy. Not only does the devil tell me the smelly, rotten, broken, sick and poor life is for me - most Christians will tell you that this is God’s will for us and they live there, too!
Is the fragrant, fresh, whole, healed, abundant life ours or just too good to be true?
Let me ask you a question - How do you know you are saved?
Here’s one scripture:
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NKJV
If that’s you, do you expect to be in hell? Of course not! All of the other promises of God are just that sure! It’s not for when we die and go to heaven - we’ve already died. We can have it here. “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
I’m not interested in Christian theory. I’m not interested in religion that won’t let me speak the promises of God now because it’s all for the sweet by and by!
Here’s your assignment: This week get scripture to support why you believe God will do for you or give you what you need, want and desire. Here’s a cheat tip: ask the Holy Spirit to help you!
Don’t be a three-striker! Be the blessed, victorious overcomer He wants you to be!
Love you Home Run Hitting Warriors!!!
Good morning, Warriors!
Let me tell you up front this is a long and deep teaching. You may need to read it in sections. It’s more important that you receive revelation as you read through it rather than just a speed reading of it, giving it a cursory glance.
I have some tough questions today.
1. Have we been groomed with a Job or Naomi kind of Christianity?
First of all, do you know what grooming means? I mean have we been manipulated or conditioned. What is Job or Naomi Christianity? Let’s look at some scriptures:
“And he (Job) said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”” Job 1:21 NKJV
There was a “Christian” popular chorus sung several years ago that had the phrase “He gives and takes away”. I couldn’t sing those words. I changed the words to He gives and gives again. God didn’t take from Job. The book of Job clearly tells us it was the devil.
In the book of Ruth, we have the story of Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law. Here is Naomi’s “testimony” and belief:
“Do not call me Naomi; (the lovable; my delight; sweet, pleasant) call me Mara (bitter, sad) for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?””
Ruth 1:20-21 NKJV
Now to be fair, people in the Old Testament had no concept of the devil, but we are not in the Old Testament. We definitely have a concept of the devil and unfortunately sometimes our belief is that he’s bigger than our belief in God and we believe his threats more real than God’s promises (covenant). SELAH (meditate upon that)
Do you remember the movie from the early 70’s called “Love Story”? It’s famous line (or lie) was “love means never having to say you are sorry”. Stephen Stills wrote a song, “Love the One You’re With”. Hogwash! This was grooming us for the “free love and sex” movement.
Can you see how taking a Job or Naomi kind of Christianity grooms us to believe God takes and He causes suffering and harm?
2. Have we become so “normalized” to gaslighting that we think God gaslights?
What is gaslighting? A simple explanation is saying one thing, and doing another. Yet, this is no “simple” mis-speaking or lying. This is predatory, manipulative, psychological actions toward a desired end - control and victimization.
For example, the government gaslights. They report the economy is fine while food/gas/housing prices/inflation and everything skyrockets. The gaslight is “there is no out-of-control inflation. What you are experiencing is just your imagination.” In other words, your truth is a lie.
Here’s another example: Someone tells you they love you while they abuse you. Gaslighting skews us. It jades us. It defines and redefines us. When I was growing up, my mother never allowed my brother and I to call each other names. Children growing up in a name-calling environment believe love is hurtful, not comforting, nourishing and protective. Those children grow into parents who, then, treat their children like that - believing it’s a “loving” environment. The grooming prepares us for the gaslighting while the gaslighting enables the grooming. Convoluted. Chaotic. The bottom line? It’s demonic.
3. Do we think God gas lights?
What that’s crazy! How could I ask such a question?
Let’s look at a few scriptures and see where we may think God gas lights:
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37 NKJV
But my situation never changes! IT’S NORMAL for things not to go well for me.
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; - but ITS NORMAL for me to be sad.
He was wounded for our transgressions - YES I’M SAVED - because that is the one truth preached and accepted as Christianity over and over and over. Of course, we question all the time whether the FINISHED work of the cross holds and is strong!
He was bruised for our iniquities - my whole family line acts like this. IT’S NORMAL.
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him - I’m so anxious. We are always fighting in our home/relationships. IT’S NORMAL
And by His stripes we are healed - I have this (disease), everyone in my family has it. IT’S NORMAL
What if you, a Christian, died and woke up in hell? Wouldn’t you say “Hey! Wait a minute, God! I believed I was saved. God, You said Jesus died on the cross for me so I wouldn’t come to hell. Why am I here?” So, if you adamantly believe that - then why can’t you adamantly believe for peace, joy, being iniquity free, and healing, which Jesus bought the same time He died for our sins? If we can believe that, then why can’t we also believe I don’t have to be poor because Jesus became poor? I am not cursed because Jesus was cursed for me. I can live a long life because Jesus paid the price by living a short life. I can have a full life because Jesus bought my fullness by living a “solitary” life. I’m accepted by God because Jesus was forsaken on the cross! SELAH
If God didn’t mean it, He should not have said it. If Jesus didn’t mean for me to have it, why did He suffer so?
4. Are we brainwashed? When brain washing is completed you don’t believe the truth when you see it. How are we brainwashed? Gods’s promises are myriad. He tells us those promises are yes and amen, but we live with unanswered prayers, unmet needs and defeat after defeat. I’ve been brainwashed to think that’s what a Christian life is. I think I’m “suffering” for Jesus when it’s the work of the enemy! I’ve been brainwashed to stay a “servant” of God never moving into relationship. Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does NOT KNOW what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NKJV
Relationship is where I can go to God and ask questions and share my disappointment, heartache and devastation. If I believe like a job or Naomi I think “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”! Let me give you an example. Let’s say your local bank offers $300 to anyone opening a new account. So you open a new account. The $300 never shows up. What’s your response? Do you scoff it off saying, “I never believed them anyway. I never expected them to do that for me.” Or, do you go to the bank and say, “Where’s my money?” Because you believed what they offered, you took them up on it. See the difference ? You don’t believe - you don’t question. You believe - you question when results don’t match the promise!
5. Do we have discernment? Do we know the difference between a) depletion and emptying? The thief steals, kills and destroys. God empties us so He can refill us to overflowing. b) captivity and the Wilderness? Captivity is containment, a prison, stronghold of the enemy. The wilderness is where the Spirit drove Jesus for 40 days (not his entire lifetime) it’s where Jesus was tested, but defeated the enemy. God hides us. The enemy obscures us. c) thievery and warfare, spirits of delay and God’s will? Theft, warfare and delay is where the enemy comes against us. God’s will requires patience, but brings about Godly fruit.
6. Are we unbelievers? - So many unbelievers, but we think we believe. How can faith arise if God’s word is not preached?
a) We believe in getting saved because we are preached and preached to about salvation. We believe we are going to heaven, but don’t believe there is benefit from God here - all the benefits are for heaven. We believe we go to heaven when we die, but here’s the truth - we’ve already died. We are already seated in heaven. Even Jesus taught in His prayer - thy kingdom come, thy will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. The benefits of the cross are for eternal life from the time I get saved. If I don’t have eternal life now, I won’t have it when I die! It’s too late then. If you received Jesus, you already have eternal life.
b) we believe we are Christians, but don’t believe we are different than anyone else, except that we will go to heaven when we die.
c) We believe salvation is enough for this life, but don’t believe we need the fullness of the power of the Spirit to live this life. We don’t believe in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, miracles, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, or discerning of spirits.
d) We don’t believe in miracles. Oh, we would if we saw it. THAT IS NOT FAITH. Seeing is NOT believing, but believing will allow you to see.
In other words, we are walking out our Christianity in the flesh not by our spirit. We control or manipulate what we say and how we live (manipulation is a form of witchcraft). The whole Old Testament (old covenant) proves we can’t do that!
Here is a passage from Galatians (in two versions) proving this:
“O YOU poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom–right before your very eyes–Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified? Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?] Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing (to no purpose)–if it really is to no purpose and in vain? Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard?” Galatians 3:1-5 AMPC
““What has happened to you Galatians to be acting so foolishly? You must have been under some evil spell! Didn’t God open your eyes to see the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion? Wasn’t he revealed to you as the crucified one? So answer me this: Did the Holy Spirit come to you as a reward for keeping all the Jewish laws? No, you received him as a gift because you believed in the Messiah. Your new life in the Anointed One began with the Holy Spirit giving you a new birth. Why then would you so foolishly turn from living in the Spirit by trying to finish by your own works? Have you endured all these trials and persecutions for nothing? Let me ask you again: What does the lavish supply of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the miracles of God’s tremendous power, have to do with you keeping religious laws? The Holy Spirit is poured out upon us through the revelation and power of faith, not by keeping the law!” Galatians 3:1-5 TPT
7. Are you aware of a mocking spirit? I wasn’t until this week! Read what Andrew Whalen (Elijah List) wrote: “A mocker is someone with an intent to bring derision. This enemy's goal is to dishonor, defame, belittle, and shipwreck one into unbelief. Ultimately, this enemy hates who Christ is and who we are in Him. A mocking spirit can come in many forms—through people, through circumstances, through spiritually manipulated events that attempt to steal our faith in the blessings and provisions in Christ, etc. This enemy is an enemy of God!…We must not tolerate the voice of the mocker in our souls, against our destinies, against our families, or against our identity in Christ. We must beat down the spiritual mockery that attempts to deride Christ's finished work! Sickness and disease are attempts to mock the victory of the Cross. Depression and anxiety are attempts to mock the peace of Christ. Hopelessness is an attempt to mock the hope of Jesus Christ.“ Wow!
8. Are you aware of one of the enemy’s greatest ploys? A distracting spirit - busyness, entertainment, responsibility. We are so “distracted” we don’t notice we’ve prayed for a problem for 5-15-20 years! This was the purpose of the assignments we had of spending 5 minutes waiting before God- bringing every thought into captivity so we wouldn’t be distracted.
9. What about a lying spirit? This spirit tells us God doesn’t and won’t “speak” to me. That is opposed to God’s word - “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 NKJV
10. Are you familiar (familiar spirit) with a religious spirit? It will tell you because you haven’t spent enough time with God (it’s never enough), He won’t move through you. Therefore, you will not allow Him to rise up. For example, you argue with your spouse or children, have road rage, or kick the dog on your way to church. You shut yourself down spiritually. Your thinking is “I can’t prophesy. I can’t heal the sick because I was angry or mean.” Your actions were wrong but REPENT and move in God. Stop paying penance! Pay REPENTANCE! Then, ask Holy Spirit to change your heart which will change your actions. Don’t just manipulate your actions.
Finally. The purpose of all the things the enemy does - the grooming, gaslighting, brainwashing, and all the different spirits working one after the other while they “tap out” (like the WWF) is to kill, steal and destroy us!
How does that work? Let me use prodigal children as an example. The mocking spirit comes to mock your parenting skills and mock you for teaching the “no good” word! He taps out and the lying spirit comes to say your child will NEVER come back. He taps out for the distracting spirit to remind you of all your busy responsibilities. After all, the enemy can’t reveal all his ploys at one time or you may catch on to him. Then the religious spirit comes to condemn you for not spending all your time in prayer or reading the word. Then you think these are all your thoughts or the Holy Spirit when it’s neither!! See how he wants to drive us round and round?
Let me help you here. The seed you planted in your children is good seed. The seed when in soil always brings forth. It was the soil that brought forth 30-60-100 fold. Your child is returning because the Holy Spirit never stops wooing and drawing. I’m not receiving God’s promises because I spend “enough” time with Him. I’m receiving from Him because He is faithful and is absolutely good and His will is that none should perish and that includes my child!
11. Is this your condition?
“But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, 'Restore!'" (Isaiah 42:22)
YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO SAY IT. I say RESTORE!
I had an experience a couple of years ago where the Lord walked through my bed and handed me a white stone. I didn’t know what that meant so I prayed about it for a couple of years. This year, He told me it meant “Restorer”. (Here’s a scripture to back up this experience):
““He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” “ Revelation 2:17 NKJV
Because the Holy Spirit told me I am a Restorer. I say RESTORE to YOU - restore everything of yours that has been stolen, killed or destroyed with interest and added spoils for your trouble! Restore truth to you where you have been groomed, gaslighted or brainwashed!
Assignment? Ponder what you’ve read. Meditate on what the Holy Spirit exposes.
Ask the Holy Spirit to root out the lies and plant truth in its place!
“Holy Spirit, reveal and expose the lies and manipulation of the enemy in my life.”
Love you, Restored, Believing Warriors!
October 20, 2023
“Open your ears to hear. Do not let your mind gate shut you down.Do not deflect what you will read (meaning “I wish so and so would read this” thus deflecting truth from you)!Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any area - is this me? Where is this in me?
What price are you paying for your sin? What? That’s crazy! Really?
For example, I know someone who is divorced and has made divorce the unforgivable sin. Therefore, they won’t consider getting remarried. They may not know it, but they believe they are “paying” for their sin!
Are we suffering for Jesus’ sake or suffering for the sake of sin? For example, if we suffer for righteousness’ sake, it is because of our standing for Jesus. If we suffer because we’ve had trauma, or sickness, or poverty - that’s suffering caused by the demonic agenda of the thief who steals, kills and destroys!
Religion believes in paying for sin and asks stupid questions. Look at the story of the blind beggar in John 9. The disciples asked Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents?” Now let me ask you, what heinous sin could a baby commit in his mother’s womb, that God would strike him with blindness? A stupid question, but also a tell of their mindset - they thought God wanted a pound of flesh.
The religious mindset believed the man was paying the price for his sin. If we don’t let Jesus pay our price, then we allow the enemy to steal from us by deceiving us to think we can pay the price for sin.
Do we have this mindset?
I deserve to suffer because….
I deserve to be poor because I made poor financial decisions… I deserve to get a cold because I have not taken proper rest….
I deserve to be alone because of the way I treat people….
I deserve to be afraid and worry because I cannot control everyone and every situation….
I deserve to be in emotional pain because… I deserve to be maimed because I cut myself…I was careless…I was drunk…I was strung out…..
This is not suffering for Jesus! These are the effects of sin. This is allowing the thief to steal, kill and destroy us! STOP PAYING THE PRICE FOR YOUR SIN. JESUS PAID THAT PRICE! And when we receive the price Jesus paid, He justifies us - JUST AS IF we never sinned!
I heard the testimony of a woman who was a cutter and scarred herself. This means she not only cut herself with a knife or razor to take away her pain, but also to make the cuts so they would scar her body. She got saved. In about an hour, she came back to those who led her to Christ and all the scars were gone! Jesus not only bore our sins and transgressions. He was wounded for us and carries our scars!
Don’t we reap what we sow? Without God, yes, we do, but JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING!
Remember the story of Ruth, the Moabitess? She came from a people who did not believe in God. They were idol worshippers, but she loved Naomi and followed her back to Bethlehem. She and Naomi had nothing. She planted nothing, BUT she reaped in the field of her kinsman redeemer - Boaz! She didn’t reap her harvest. She reaped his harvest!
When we come to Jesus and receive what He has done, we don’t reap what we’ve sown. We reap what Jesus has sown! Selah (meditate on this)
This is our next assignment: “Holy Spirit, expose those areas where I’m trying to pay the price; where I’m trying to suffer for sin. I receive what Jesus did. I want the “whole” life Jesus bought for me!”
Thank you, Jesus!
Love you, Justified, Warriors!
October 17, 2023
We are moving away from being religious Christians who are unbelieving believers participating in ritualistic works! Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Doesn’t your mind say, “What are you talking about?”
Let me ask you - do you pray, expecting answers or are you going through the motions (rituals)?
I’ve been to churches where the prayer lists are a mile long, but you never hear a testimony! I know we believe in prayer, but do we believe in answers to prayer?
In your times of prayer, is it a monologue or do you wait and give God a chance to speak? Do you require Him to speak or are you okay with no interaction (a ritual)? God wants relationship - which means both of us are engaged and communicating.
Do we speak in tongues, but don’t know what we’ve said (could be a ritual)? The word says we speak mysteries to God! What mysteries are being unveiled to you? Interpretation of tongues, just like speaking in tongues, is a manifestation of the spirit.
Do we read the word to check off a box (a ritual) or do we receive revelation of what God is speaking to us? Do we meditate on that word so that it sinks deep into our “heart” and becomes the soil for the seeds of our confession?
Are we unbelieving believers? Do we believe we are saved and going to heaven, but don’t believe in prophecy, miracles, healing, speaking in tongues, abundance, gifts of the spirit, wisdom, dreams, visions, and the five-fold ministry (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) - all privileges of born again believers and also Biblically sound doctrine?
We’ve had the assignment to spend five, only five, minutes/day saying nothing. No prayer. No worship. Taking our thoughts captive. Listening for Him!
We’ve spoken in tongues for 2 minutes/day.
We’ve enlarged our Holy Ghost vocabulary and spoken in different tongues.
We’ve prophesied. Speaking God’s word over ourselves and other’s lives.
Last week we became aware of our spiritual senses. In the Spirit, what are we seeing, hearing, sensing, smelling and tasting?
This week our assignment is our prayers. Listen to your prayers. What are you praying?
I don’t pray for anyone to do the right thing any more as if their not doing the right thing keeps God from moving. Remember, Christ died for our sins while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). He didn’t wait for us to straighten up. If that was the case, Christ would not have yet come. I pray for God to encounter them. God is the greater in these equations. His movement is what changes situations! It’s Him - His goodness, His mercy, His faithfulness, the fragrance of His knowledge that causes hunger for Him.
Who do we believe is bigger - God or the enemy? For example, if we pray for the enemy to stop, we may have developed a mindset that says the enemy has to get out of the way in able for God to work. If I believe that, then who am I saying is the greater one? Let me help you - not God! For example, in the story of Esther, God didn’t stop Haman from building the gallows, but used the same gallows for His plan not Haman’s!
Let God arise.
His arising scatters the enemy.
His strategies destabilize the chaos of the enemy.
His plans circumvent anything the enemy is doing.
His light dispels the darkness.
His truth exposes the lies.
Aren’t you hungry, salivating, desirous of Him?
“…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 NKJV
Love you effectually, fervently praying, Warriors!
October 10, 2023
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having GIRDED YOU WAIST WITH TRUTH, having PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the HELMET OF SALVATION, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints..."
Ephesians 6:11-18 NKJV
OH…..and don’t forget your garment of praise against the spirit of heaviness!!
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.””
Isaiah 61:3 NKJV
August 25, 2023
I do not want to cheer you up today. I do not want to be a cheerleader who cheers you on this hour just to have to cheer you on each of the next 23 hours! I do not want to rub your back and comfort you so you continue to sit in a passive posture of “one day….when I see it, feel it, taste it, sense it or smell it, I will have it.” I want to push you over the edge. I want your eyes to see the promise in your hand. I want your ears to hear shouts of victory. I want you to feel satisfaction. I want you to know justice. I want you to dig your heels in to get traction because if God said it, provided it, and promised it, it’s yours and you are getting it!
Why have we believed God is the thief? Why have we believed He’s standing passively by while the real thief steals our health, our wealth, our dreams, and our relationships?
“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 TPT
What is God’s will? That we get everything in abundance, more than we expect until we overflow. Are you there?
“…He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Ephesians 3:20 TPT
Are you in the infinitely, greatest, unbelievable, and exceeding life? Paul says God will do even more!
Remember Caleb? He was one of the two spies who believed they could enter the promised land. For 40 years, his vision of taking the promised land simmered and stewed while the Children of Israel marched around and around in the wilderness. Yes, God provided for them, but it wasn’t what God had promised. God had promised him his own land.
Look what God said about him:
“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Numbers 14:24 NKJV Notice it wasn’t just for Caleb, but his descendants, too!
Do you have a “different” spirit? One that believes the impossible and believes that God wants the impossible for you?
After 40 years, at 85, this is what Caleb said:
“As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain...”” Joshua 14:11-12 NKJV
Are you taking your mountain or is your mountain taking you?
In I Kings 18, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal as they went through their litany of rituals, even cutting themselves to no avail. Then at the end of the day, God had instructed Elijah to repair the altar, to prepare the sacrifice, then in the midst of a drought, douse the sacrifice not once, not twice, but three times with water. He made the impossible even more impossible! That didn’t keep God from showing up!
How impossible is your situation? Make it more impossible. Take out your impossible from the “wishing” well and out of hiding and say the impossible not once, not twice, but three times. (You know you think it anyway!) I’ve been sick forever.
What is your impossible?
Now that you have that darkness, that chaos, that void, that disappointment, that discouraging situation out in the open - skewer that finally exposed IMPOSSIBILITY with the sword of the Spirit:
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!
Warriors, nothing is impossible with God! You are of a different spirit - the Holy Spirit!
One of the first signs of a believer in His name, according to Jesus in Mark 16:17, is casting out demons!
Cast away those demons of delay and religious spirits and take your mountain! Cast away that spirit of infirmity that plagues you. File those claims against the thief for sevenfold return - enumerate the thefts! Get a $ number in your head.
Tell that lying spirit that lies to you that “God has never and will never” to GO TO HELL! Tell that mind-blinding spirit that makes your mind go blank and you can’t find the hilt of your sword to release you. Then pick up the sword of the Spirit and wield it!
Get the wisdom you need to move - wherever, however, whenever! If not now, when?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NKJV
Debbie, life just has problems! Oh yes, but David under the old covenant said:
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalms 34:19 NKJV
(how many does God deliver us from? ALL)
But, Debbie, even Jesus didn’t heal all the sick people. No, He didn’t, but He healed and delivered everyone who came to Him! Aren’t we coming to Him and in His name?
Days of heaven on earth! God said it, provided it, and promised it. It’s yours! Warriors, take your mountain(s)!
Love you, Mountain Taking Warriors!
May 15, 2023
An Angel suddenly showed up at Mary's house and began to tell her amazing things about conceiving a son and that he would be called the Son of God. Mary was a bit stunned by all of this and asked a simple question…
Luke 1:34-38 MEV
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?" The angel answered her, "THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU, AND THE POWER OF THE HIGHEST (God) WILL OVERSHADOW YOU. Therefore the Holy One who will be born will be called the Son of God. Listen, your cousin Elizabeth has also conceived a son (the old fashioned way) IN HER OLD AGE. And this is the sixth month with her WHO WAS DECLARED BARREN. For WITH GOD NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE."
Mary said, "I am the servant of the Lord. MAY IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD." Then the angel departed from her.
Amazing! There are so many things in this passage that are wonderful! Let's start with an Angel just showing up at her house. I don’t believe that I have ever seen an Angel..unless I was looking in the mirror, of course. 😐😁😇 I think i would be startled if one showed up in my room. From what I’ve seen on Christian TV apparently almost everyone has seen/is currently seeing angels.
Anyway, an Angel showed up and began to tell Mary that she would conceive and have a son, and she would name him Jesus, and he would be called th son of the highest. And Mary's response was a legitimate question…ok Angel man, so exactly how are these things going to happen? The angels response was as if it was right out of Genesis 1…
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU, ND THE POWER OF THE HIGHEST (God) WILL OVERSHADOW YOU.
Now look at what Genesis 1 says…
Genesis 1:1-2 KJVS In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. AND THE (Holy) SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS.
Wow! GOD WAS CREATING A NEW KINGDOM in the same manner that he created the earth, the sun, stars, animals, and man. GOD SPOKE TO MARY BY HIS ANGEL declaring to her what was going to happen.
There is only one difference from Genesis to Mary. In this fallen world man had authority and would have to agree with God for these things to happen. In the beginning of Genesis there were no men of which to ask cooperation. God gave the earth to men through Adam. Man has authority in this realm. Go would then need partners to bring this thing, this new kingdom, to pass. That's pretty much the whole Bible narrative…God working with and through man to be fruitful in building His glorious kingdom. He partnered with Noah. He partnered with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, he partnered with Moses, he partnered with David, and so on, and so on, right up until the time of Mary.
So, what would be her decision to the Angel's declaration?
Mary told the Angel, “MAY IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD." At that moment of her agreement, of her releasing her faith in the Word of the Lord, I believe was the moment of conception.
Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by faith in the word of God!
Amazing! At that moment the end of the dark kingdom was doomed. The consummate human partner with God was being formed in Mary's womb. Jesus then was born, lived his sinless life, declared the Good News of his Father, was crucified, buried, and was raised from the dead. Thus was born the unbreakable, eternal, perfect partnership between God and Man called the New Covenant. Jesus Christ the MAN now sits at the right hand of God ever interceding in humanity’s behalf.
So, yes, Mary's simple words of agreement started an eternal kingdom, a heavenly Stone rolling down the mountain of earth's kingdoms, destroying them all until his everlasting kingdom fills the whole earth.
Our agreement with God's word today sounds like a small thing, but this small thing begins a great avalanche of God's Holy Spirit power working on our behalves.
So what is our response today to God's word?
So be it according to your word. It is finished. He is risen and he is Lord.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.
May 12, 2023
It has been like we have been stuck in a dinghy on a muddy shore for a LONG time. We have been there and nothing would move us. We’ve been beached through sickness, death, divorce, financial issues, family problems etc., etc. Nothing would move our boat. Some have given up from the strain, others just laid down in the boat with the mindset - “What’s the point?”
But hear the slap of the waves. See the water rising and hold on because your equilibrium may be tested as the back of the boat begins to rise off the stinking, sucking, muddy shore.
We’ve been sidelined so long we’ve forgotten the feel of the rocking of the boat in water and the wind blowing in our hair. We’ve been forced to become accustomed to a slow, s-l-o-w, s—l—o—w pace, but get ready, get ready, get ready - the pace is changing.
Don’t just say Amen to this word. TAKE IT for you, for your situation, for your family. Believe this
word so much that if only one person’s boat on the shore moves - IT IS GOING TO BE YOURS! Buy a journal. Get a notebook. Be prepared to record what God is about to do!
““Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel: “They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again
be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” God, your God, says so.”
Amos 9:13-15 MSG
This word is for you. Don’t wait for it. TAKE IT!
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