Just say Yes

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Then He (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” Luke 10:2

I walked by a pond in a garden that I was told had fish in it. I looked but couldn’t see any at first, so I threw some small pieces of bread into the water. Within minutes I was looking at a shoreline full of Koi – very hungry Koi!

I was so taken by these fish – I fed them everything I had. The Lord began to speak to me that these fish are like people; If you feed them, they will come to Me.  I thought, what do I have to feed people? I heard Him say, “Give them what you have”.

Jesus said in John 6:35, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

We have Jesus and can give Him as the bread of life! Even if people don’t want ‘the man’ Jesus yet, they’ll take His peace, His love, encouragement, hope, comfort and anything else we have of Him to give them. Even the smallest gesture – a kind word, a glass of water or maybe just a heartfelt smile and saying hello. We don’t know what someone may need at the moment, just give them what you have. Maybe it’s meeting their needs on a larger scale, giving them money or a car or clothes or furniture. Whatever you give, it will be given back to you – pressed down and running over. In what measure you give, it will be given back to you again.

To reach a lost and dying world we must say Yes to God. We may fall short in our abilities, but God doesn’t call us to be His disciples on the earth because of our abilities. He responds to our Yesour availability to Him and equips us as we go. He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. I call it ‘on-the-job-training’. We don’t have to have perfect character first because God will always be working on that part of us, just begin to share with people who Jesus is and what God has given you – He’ll take it from there.

If you are a Christian, you have all you need! By receiving more and more of the love, the grace, the blessings of the Father, we will naturally spill over and give it out to others. We are the light of the world, we are the salt of the earth. Jesus is in you in the form of the Holy Spirit. Step out in faith, get free from the fear of man and give out what you have to the hungry, lost souls right where you are. The need is great – the laborers are few. We’ve all been given the ministry of reconciliation.

For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33

Just say Yes to Him. Let God turn your Yes into an Amen! He sees and supernaturally uses everything we give out in His name – even if it’s planting one little seed in someone’s life. One plants, one waters, but it is God who gives the increase (1 Cor. 3). He will increase us and reward us for stepping out in faith, which is called fruit that abounds to our account.

By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.  John 15:8.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16.

Testimony (short version): While in Brazil, our group of 5 women went to a hospital to pray for children in the ICU. There was a grandmother there whose grandchild was born prematurely and was addicted to heroine. The mother had left, so this grandmother was left alone to watch her little granddaughter struggle for her life. We prayed for the baby and then we prayed for the grandmother, who was devastated to say the least. As we prayed for her, we realized that she didn’t know Jesus, so we asked her if she wanted to receive Him into her life. She said “no, I’m not ready. I really don’t believe.” She then shared with us how hard it was on her financially to come to the hospital to be with her granddaughter. She was very poor and had to travel a long distance by bus to and from the hospital. We were still praying when all of the sudden, a few of us turned around (at the same time without a word) and got money out of our purses. As we filled this grandmother’s hands with money, she began to weep. This wasn’t a small amount of money for this little Brazilian woman – it was more than she made in a year! As she continued to weep, we heard her say, “I want this Jesus you are talking about.” We prayed with her and she received Jesus. Because of the supernatural move of God on her life to supply an incredible need – she was convinced that God is real!

Give God your YES! This is what we are born-again to do and to be… we are Christ-ians. He meets all our needs.

 

Authority

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Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matt. 6:10

It’s not so much that God is ‘sovereign’ or ‘in control’ – but that He has all authority and He has given all authority to Jesus. We, as Christians, are Christ’s body. We are ‘in Him’. Jesus has given His church (His body/His bride), this authority to rule on the earth through Him – to bring heaven to earth!

We are to use our delegated authority in this world/this realm to bring about on earth what is already in heaven. Not to command or determine the lives, ways and paths of man, but to command and determine what the spiritual forces are to be surrounding man (ourselves). We are to cast down evil and darkness so the Kingdom of God can be established on the earth and in one’s life and circumstances. We are the light of the earth – light bearers.

This is truly ruling and reigning with Christ to establish the Kingdom of God upon the earth. We do this by our words.

By our choices, we determine and rule by the words that proceed from our mouths. Our words are weapons that push back darkness and bring in the light.  The soul’s only power is the power to chose and the power of the word spoken out of the heart (our beliefs). This is why it is so important to have the knowledge, understanding, wisdom and will of God. We find these in His Word. We align our heart and our will to Him/His Word and speak accordingly.

(Photo by Brandon Cole)

Even Jesus Has Scars

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A wound hurts and weeps until it is healed. A scar is a healed wound that no longer hurts when you touch it. Jesus still bears the scars of His wounds. However, He is not on the cross anymore, He has risen victoriously over all! The Father has put everything under His feet. He is ruling from a place beyond the cross now – we must follow Him to that place because we are to rule and reign with Him.

2 Tim. 2:12 says that ‘if we suffer (endure), we shall also reign with Him.’  Have you suffered or endured anything for Christ? Have you been through the fire? Do you bare scars from this life for His sake? Allow Jesus to heals your wounds and make them into scars for His glory.

Rev. 5:10 says God has ‘made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.’

This not only speaks of the Millennium – but now in this life as we live in Christ.

He birthed His Church (Ekklesia; the called out ones) upon the cross when blood and water poured out of His side. We are His body, His bride, His church. He is coming back for a church-bride that is spotless and without wrinkle (Eph. 5:27).

Allow Him to show you how He now sees you as His church – His bride as you surrender your life completely to Him. As we give Him our availability, He gives us His ability, for “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.

We are victorious and overcomers in this life, not only because of what Jesus did on the cross – but because of who He is now. “As He is, so are we on this earth”. 1 John 4:17.

Pathway of Revival

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Revival and encounters with God come primarily through our hunger and our invitation. We are asking for more of Him – for more of His Spirit to be poured out upon us personally.

John the Baptist proclaimed to ‘make a way’ for the Lord. Mark 1:3 says, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” In John 1:23 he said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord,” The Passion Translation says, to make a clear path in your hearts – to prepare your hearts.

Certainly, those who want more of an intimate personal relationship with God, will naturally cry out for a corporate outpouring because this is the heart of God – to encompass the whole world.

So first, there must be a personal hunger-pathway for Him to ‘travel down’ to release His Spirit for revival and outpouring. We must individually prepare our hearts to receive before He can pour out corporately. (The individual makes up the corporate, not the corporate making the individual. We are individual members of His body. Without individual members, there would be no body.)

Picture an airplane trying to land without a landing strip to land on – we are not to be spectators just watching the plane trying to land without a landing place. No! We need to clear a place of ruts, bumps and holes making it a smooth, straight place to land. We are making a way for God to pour out His Spirit on and in us. Preparing the way is through our personal hunger, repentance, circumcision of heart and anticipation of Him.

The plane is circling – make a landing strip in your own heart!

For true Holy Spirit revival to come, we must individually become conduits of God’s Spirit to ‘land’ in other people’s hearts as well. This outpouring is transferred by impartation of the Holy Spirit from one who has it to one who doesn’t yet have it. God isn’t going to crash-land the plane and cause casualties. He uses us, the ones who have the fire and the passion and the anointing to provide a ‘landing strip’ for others to receive His presence and His power.

Through our Spirit-lead words, testimonies and sharing of the gospel, God demonstrates His power and anointing by opening their hearts and minds. As Scott McNamara, (Jesus at The Door Ministry) states, “We share – He shakes!”

Revival Rain doesn’t just fall out of the sky. The rain clouds are seeded with prophecy and prayer, sometimes for years before we see results. However, what hastens and proceeds any great move of God is a passionate hunger and thirst in His people crying out for MORE!

Paul’s Prayer to the Ephesians

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(Taken from Eph.1:17-23 The Passion Translation and personalized)

17Father of glory, I pray to you, the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, that You impart to me the riches of the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of revelation and discovery, to know you, God, through my deepening intimacy with You.

18I pray that Your light will illuminate the eyes of my imagination and innermost heart, flooding me with light until I experience the full revelation of the hope of Your calling (to which You are calling me), that is, the wealth of your glorious inheritances that You find in us, Your holy ones!

19I pray that I will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of Your power, God, made available to me through faith. Then my life will be an advertisement of Your immense power as it works through me!

 20This mighty power was released when You, God, raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him (seated and enthroned Him) to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm.

21And now, Jesus is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming.

22And Jesus alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God, you have put everything beneath the authority of Jesus’s feet and You have given Him the highest rank above all others.

23And now we, His church, are His body on the earth. We are filled and completed by Christ and we also fill and complete Him!

 

Walk It Out

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And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Col 3:17

Only the things we do for Jesus really matter in this life. That’s why whatever we do, we need to do everything as if we are doing it to Him and for Him.

He is saying, “Live your life by faith in Me. Whatever you do and wherever you go – see yourself as never separate from Me. I am in you – wherever you walk. Cast down fear and condemnation. Step out in faith, not by sight or emotions. Fear and condemnation will flee as you humbly rely on Me. As you do this, you will find the courage to step out. As your fears are defeated within you – you will see the giants defeated all around you.”

We are full of faith in our prayer closets and see ourselves as God sees us (at least we should be this way and see ourselves as He sees us). Now we just need to walk out (experience) what He has prepared for us this day. God is with us and in us – always. We need to experience and realize His presence in the fray, in the battle – where the soles of our shoes touch the road we walk on. It’s the path He has for us since He’s tailor-made each day for us to experience more of Him and His overcoming power working in us.

I hear Him saying, “Learn from Me. Follow Me. See the victories and blessings I have prepared for you – to strengthen your faith and to experience My power and glory in your life.”

We grow in the difficult times more than in the easy times. Don’t be afraid of the storms of life. God will use them to strengthen you and show you His love, grace, goodness, faithfulness and all that He is.

Yes, come out of your closet! It’s time walk out what He’s given you – bold faith, confidence and an unrelenting trust in His ability. He simply asks for our availability and to keep our eyes on Him and fear not.

Say it out loud when you are afraid or doubt: “I trust You Jesus!” Don’t let your need to understand everything distract you from His presence. The Holy Spirit is your resident tutor, so exert your will to trust Him! The path you are on may not be of your choosing, but know that it is His way for you, to bring you into a closer relationship with Him.

 

Tell me again…

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Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.  Psalm 68:4

Jesus came not only save us from sin and eternal death, but to save us from ourselves (our fallen nature)  – here now, on this earth. He came to destroy the works of the Devil so He could give us His abundant life – just as He designed us to live in from the beginning. He came to redeem our worth and value as God’s created ones and to literally erase our fallen state with Jesus’ shed blood – we are restored back to God. We are no longer guilty, condemned or carry shame because of who we were before Jesus saved us and made us into brand new creatures!

When we receive Jesus, our spirit-man is made perfect in Him, however, our souls (mind, will and emotions) are to be conformed/transformed into the image of Jesus – not the image of your pastor, spouse, friends or teachers. Satan wants to deceive you into thinking there is ‘another way’ or ‘in addition to’ what the Word of God says. That is deception. With the simplicity of a child, we are to believe His Word.

Satan’s not after us personally, he’s after the Light of God that we carry. He could care less about you. He’s out to squelch God’s Light and Life in you so you won’t be affective for the Kingdom of God. He doesn’t want you to produce any fruit in your life. He wants to put a lid on your light and malign your way of the truth.

We are carriers of the Kingdom of God since His Kingdom is within us, the Devil just doesn’t want you to know that. The Devil already knows who you are in Christ – he just doesn’t want you to find out your true identity. The Devil already knows he is a defeated foe, he just doesn’t want to you to find that out. The Devil already knows he doesn’t have authority over your life, he just doesn’t want you to find out. The Devil already knows that in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we were given ALL things that pertain to life and godliness – he just doesn’t want you to know that.

We are no match for the Devil – However, the Devil is no match for God. Satan is not the antithesis or opposite of God and we need to stop treating (and reacting to) him like he is.

Jesus has overcome. We are IN Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives IN me. We are to be found IN Him. The promises of God are yes and amen IN Christ. The enemy is under our feet IN Christ. This is not a mental ascent, but a spiritual reality. How then, can we realize this truth? We do this by faith and by dying to self – the old (and dead) man of the flesh. We are to be conformed into the image of Christ. Jesus was the express image of the Father and we are to be conformed into that same image.

Just as Jesus gave up His life for us – we need to give up our self-life for Him. We do this by surrendering our all to Him. Let your heavenly Father actually ‘Father’ you. Sit on His lap and learn from Him. Spend time with Him each day and get to know Him. It’s by our relationship with Him that we live out our faith in this world. Fear is defeated within you by your relationship with Him – this is where the giants in your life are defeated. As you hide in Him, you will find the courage to step out in faith and see your victories.

In Christ alone are all my remedies – For His Blood has washed away by enemies.

For by one offering, He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.  Heb. 10:14

 

Word today 3/1/18

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I asked the Lord a question this morning in prayer and He answered me with this: (I believe this is for someone else as well.)

“Your old way of thinking must be surrendered to the new way of thinking – by My Spirit within you.

My ways of thinking are in the ways of Love. Surrender to My ways even though you don’t yet understand them. Faith works by Love, let Love be your primary goal. Faith follows love.

Not knowing to the point of being anxious about your future is fuel for the enemy to strike a match of fear in your heart. Know that I, your Strong Tower, watch over you to perform My Word. Nothing is out of My reach. My hand is always upon you. You don’t need to worry or fear one second of your life. No doubt, fear or dread of uncertainty that crosses your mind can ever lodge in your heart when you are walking in My Love. My perfect Love casts out all fear.

I AM that I AM! I have you every second of every minute of every hour of every day as you consistently look to Me. Keep your eyes, your attention and your focus on me. Focus on our love-relationship, which is the most important thing in your life. Let no-thing or no-one stand in the way of our perfect union.”

The Journey

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Our journey of joy, happiness and wholeness starts when we decide to let God’s Word, power and presence affect us more than the darkness we see around us.

I may be no one in the world’s eyes, but in my Father’s eyes I am His called-out one, His anointed one, the apple of His eye. He has showered me with His blessings, revelation and love so that I can give out what He has given to me.

I am the salt to season and the light to point the way. I am His beloved, His bride, His overcomer – full of joy, confidence and truth. He has given me His victory over this life I live. He has filled me with His peace and His presence. I am no longer my own, but His – to do His will while I am still upon this earth. My love-bond with my creator grows stronger and sweeter every day. I sit in the heavens with Him and laugh because I am in Him.

It’s no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me. I was purchased with His precious blood and will forever be grateful. I worship Him with all of my being. I am no longer afraid of what man can do to me or of what trials I may go through. I am safe and secure in His mighty arms of love.

He is my life, my breath and all that I will ever need in this life and throughout eternity. My heart yearns only for Him because He alone satisfies my soul.

Pure Vessels

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But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of His power may be of God and not of us.    2 Corinthians. 4:7

I once had a large 55 gallon stock tank that I used to put goldfish in. I placed it under a tree away from the horses so they couldn’t drink out of it. Because the tank sat for several days at a time without water inflow or outflow, it would get very stagnant and dirty. Leaves and debris would accumulate at the bottom of the tank. Algae would form on the sides and on the concrete block that held the water plants. It would get so scummy and dirty at times that I couldn’t see the goldfish unless they came to the top.

So every few weeks, I would put a water hose into the tank with a light and steady flow of water. As the clean water slowly ran into the tank for several hours, it cleaned out all of the debris. I was always amazed at how clean and clear the tank became after this process. I could now see the bottom of the tank and all the goldfish swimming around – the algae on the sides and the water plants were now so clean.

One day the Lord began to speak to me about my vessel. He asked me if I would drink out of a dirty cup. Of course, I said ‘no’. Then He began to show me that I was a vessel being poured out for others to drink from. (I thought “oh dear!”)

He showed the crystal clear water of Himself being poured into me as from a pitcher above my head. He said that as I got full of this fresh, pure water, it would start to overflow – just like the tank had done. I also saw that whatever impurities that were in my soul, would spill over as well and the pure water from Him would become tainted as it flowed out. He showed me that whatever is in my vessel (my soul) that is not clean will come out with the overflow.

He began to speak to me about my life – how He desired me to empty myself out first of any impurities so when His pure water flowed into me, the overflow would be just as pure.

We are referred to as earthen vessels. We hold God’s glory, His power and His Love.

Only He can reveal to us the impurities that we harbor in our souls. We are incapable of ridding ourselves of the impurities just like the stagnant tank. The best way to allow Him to rid us of these is to look to Him – being sure we are standing under the faucet of His word and His love to continually flow into us. As there is an input, there must also be an output like a river, not a stagnant pond.

Give out what you take in – it’s in this process that we ourselves become cleansed. Yes, God will use impure vessels to get HIs will done on the earth. He is not limited by whom He works and speaks through. However, He can do greater things through those who have been sanctified for His purpose and calling because He can trust them.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38

“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”  1 Peter 1:22