Friday, September 27, 2013

Use Your Voice

Dear woman of God...man of God...young person...I encourage you to tell your story. Use the voice God gave you to share your pain, your healing, triumphs and testimonies. Our lives are wrapped up in one another. You have lived someone else's story, and your story will give others hope. YOU are a miracle waiting to be poured out onto someone else to help them rise from the ashes of hopelessness, despair, pain and shame. Some of you have been waiting on God to do a miracle for you, not realizing YOU ARE THE MIRACLE He has been waiting to send to someone else.

Putting a voice to your experiences is what releases your healing. How often the enemy would try to shame us into silence, thereby stripping us of the power of an overcomer. Child of God, the keys of authority have always been in your hand. You just forgot to use them. Your testimony is the key to the next open door.

Perhaps your testimony is not for everyone; but there are those that need it. It's their lifeline of hope. God didn't take you through the things you've gone through only to bury your experiences and hide them in the closet of shame. Though the enemy tried to steal your innocence, God will use what you've gone through to bring others out of their own shackles. You hold the keys to their chains. You can unlock them from the irons that have been unjustly placed upon their heart and life. Like the King that went before you, you have gone through hell but come out victorious. You now stand at the gates of your enemy in a determined confrontation, hand outstretched, demanding the surrender of those keys. Sharing your testimony indeed snatches the keys of Death and Hades out of the enemy's hand. The authority he thought he had is stripped from him forever!

Use your keys, dear one, and unlock others from their chains. USE YOUR VOICE. Compel others to come to the anointed healer that healed you. Declare your victory loud and clear. Declare the victory of others over their situation and help them take their keys of authority away from the powers of darkness that have held them in captivity.

The Bible tells us that we are all living epistles read of all men. Each of our lives is a witness and a testimony to others. Ordinary people do not get the opportunity to write their stories and censor all the press releases. Our sorrows and sadness over the times we forfeit a victory are played out for all to see just as much as our moments of triumph as we beat the game and enjoy that beautiful moment of a celebratory win. Our accomplishments and achievements as well as all of our failures and frustrations are laid bare for all to see. The important thing to remember is that our moments of defeat, no matter how many there are, will always pale in the light of the sweeping win God has written into our story. As we follow Christ, He carries the day so that we come out on top. There is no misfortune or injury that can outshine the glory of God. We are containers for His grace and glory, a lighthouse that sends out beacons of hope guiding others to their safe haven so that they can find peace in the midst of the storms of life. You are a miracle, waiting to be poured out into someone’s life. You are blessed with all that God has, so that you can give it away as a blessing to others. The key to living a life without regret is to love generously. Forgive quickly. Live graciously, and bless abundantly. It is the unselfish act of loving others unconditionally that fulfills the human heart. Where there is love, there will always be great miracles.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Overcoming Offense



I love this picture. Do you ever feel like that? Like...why did I have to go through all that just to stop being so stubborn and do the right thing? Been there, done that. But, we're not alone. God wants to teach us so that we remember the lesson, so he makes his lessons..um, memorable. Jonah had one of those 'memorable' teaching lessons, too. When God sent his prophet Jonah to a city ripe for judgment, Jonah had a hard time accepting his assignment. We've all heard the story of how he tried to avoid even getting to Nineveh. He ended up with a motivational lesson and several days to reconsider his assignment as God gave him an uncomfortable period of time in the belly of a fish. I think of how many people that are in that place right now, in a place of being quite stuck in their circumstances; yet they have set up camp in the belly of their 'fish' and try to make their trial comfortable rather than turn back to God. 

When God wants to get a person's attention, He removes their comforts. It didn't take long for Jonah to figure out that the way of release was through repentance. God in His mercy, gave Jonah a second chance to get it right. In Jonah 3:1, God gave him a reminder that in spite of his objections, the assignment had not changed. Have you ever noticed that arguing with God doesn't get you very far? The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you." This time, Jonah was obedient and got great results. The people heard the message urging them to repent and turn back to God, and they responded in faith. They repented.

You'd think that Jonah would be thrilled that he had fulfilled the assignment of the Lord and gotten exactly the results God wanted, but no...Jonah was too busy entertaining offense. He sat himself under a little vine and pouted. He was offended at God's grace. In his estimation, the people did not deserve to be released from God's judgment. Jonah did not want them to get off easy. He wanted them punished. Jonah wanted to feel justified about his offense, and judgment was his way of feeling validated. He insisted they did not warrant God's grace. Perhaps Jonah felt as though their repentance did not satisfy his personal criteria, but he had set himself in the place of God over their lives. He had assumed a position that was not rightfully his. In doing so, Jonah was once again in rebellion. Listen to what Jonah said: "Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a great and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents in doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!" (Jon. 4:2,3). God responded by asking Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry?" Jonah wanted to feel validated that his offense was justified, while God wanted to absolve the people from penalty of their sins. Their perspectives were worlds apart!

Friends, the world is full of people carrying offense. The sad thing is, the body of Christ is full of people carrying offense, too. They are people that have not stopped to consider what they have been forgiven. They have entered into that slippery slope of comparison between themselves and others, and forgotten that in God's eyes pride 'stinketh.' Their debt was cancelled, yet they continue to persecute others and insist that they pay the full penalty for their sins. This is not God's heart! Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save people from their sins. (Read John 3:16,17). No matter what we may feel about someone else, do we really understand what we ask for, if we ask for people to receive judgment from God? We are asking for them to suffer, and that does not reflect God's heart. If we pray amiss, we can find ourselves forfeiting the blessings of God in our own life, simply because we are not willing to bless and forgive others. Certainly this is not what any of us want for ourselves. 

Let us not be like the servant that forgot how great a debt he had been forgiven and began to persecute someone else that offended him, (read Matthew 18:21-35). When we forget, we elevate offense and judgment over forgiveness. Mercy triumphs over judgment. When others receive a blessing or breakthrough, does it set off a twinge of bitterness in your own heart? Do you want others to succeed? How a person responds to situations like those noted above is their 'tell.' It's the little hidden nuances in body language, verbal clues or unconscious, habitual actions that disclose what a person really thinks. The secrets of hearts laid bare. 

This is the conflict between the real gospel of Jesus Christ and what our hearts truly believe. It's the difference between trusting God and trusting ourselves - the god of self. As a man thinketh, so is he. (Prov. 23:7). Our hearts are deceitfully wicked. Who can know it? I'll tell you. The Holy Spirit knows. He wants to help us dig out the falsehoods and the fears, the malice, envy and offense, the lies that serve our pride. The things we so carefully cover with deceit and pretend are not there. He wants to pull out the thorns in our flesh, but He waits for us to give Him permission. Yes, beloved. You must give God permission to pull out the thorns of your yesterdays! This is another sort of litmus test. I discussed that yesterday in the previous article. A litmus test, according to the online free dictionary, is "a crucial test using a single issue or factor as the basis for judgment." It's a critical indication that will prompt all your future decisions. It's the defining moment when you must confront what you're really made of and what you believe. What do you believe about God's nature, His character and His grace? Is His grace for everyone, or only those that do not set off emotional triggers in you? Litmus tests are often a wake up call to dig deep for further truth but we can only do so by looking in the mirror of God's word. The word reflects the state of our heart back to us. The Lord wants to give us an exchange. Truth for deception. Humility for pride. Mercy for judgment. Grace for offense. Wholeness for brokenness. Beauty for ashes. 

Friends, Jonah's confession is such a wonderful revelation of hope for all of us. Jonah was actually complaining about how good God was, how merciful, how generously He pardons our sin! Jonah was not stopping to consider that he had just been forgiven for his own disobedience. How quickly he forgot those days in the belly of the fish! We all face suffering in life, but let them not make us bitter. God is just; He is fair. He is longsuffering and kind, but He is still a God of justice. In our human condition, we often fail to realize just how much we have been forgiven, and our forgetting can turn us into complainers. Forgetting that we too are no more worthy of God's grace than the next person can turn us into people that reek of self righteousness and are akin to modern day Pharisees. I think we would all cringe if we understood that that is how others might see us, because no one wants to be seen in that light. SO! With that said, I hope that this article has done it's job and cautioned those reading it to simply not judge, and try hard to unload those offenses. The test for all that proclaim to follow God is to obey His commandments, love the Lord and love others. It's His love in us that yanks us back to reality and whispers to our spirit..."Don't carry that offense. It's unbecoming. If you love Me, please show love and mercy." 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for Your Holy Spirit that nudges me to do the right thing. I choose to yield to You. I surrender all offense and I resist the enemy's attempt to keep me meditating on the wrong things. I choose to meditate on Your goodness, and how much I have been forgiven. I choose to dwell upon good thoughts of how much You love me and are for me, so I forgive all offense and I bless those the enemy wants me to feel offended with. (Speak a sweet blessing over them now!). In Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Litmus Test

 Friend, what do you really believe about the gospel? Is the blood of Jesus powerful enough to save you from your sin? Is the blood of Jesus powerful enough to wash away the shame, the regret, the pain and the stain of sin from your past?

Take the litmus test and find out what you really believe. Under the confession, the protests, the insistence that you really do believe all that. Because what your heart really believes is very telling, and sometimes we don't know until we're forced to confront what our heart and mind has told us for a very long time.

It's time to deprogram. Pull out the troublesome thoughts that nag at your mind and discourage you. Pull out the weeds that have been growing in your thought life. Voices that say, "Are you crazy? You don't want to share that. What will people think?" Or, "If you tell your story, no one will understand. They will reject you."

I faced just such a test in writing my recent book, "Healing the Heart of a Woman." (Order your copy here: Healing the Heart of a Woman). I prayed and surrendered every word to the Lord, and I ended up re-writing it many times. I wasn't comfortable speaking about a lot of things I wrote about, but the Lord kept reminding me to trust Him in the midst of it. I want to encourage you with what the Lord told me. "You are not responsible for other people's responses." You are only responsible to obedience to Him.

A litmus test, according to the online free dictionary, is "a crucial test using a single issue or factor as the basis for judgment." It's a critical indication that will prompt all your future decisions. It's the defining moment when you must confront what you're really made of and what you believe.

The litmus test for many people comes down to transparency. Transparency is desperately needed yet lacking in the body of Christ. Without it, we are held captive to our fears and insecurities, the lies of the enemy, and the fear of shame or rejection. It's the old trap of the fear of man.

What do we really believe? We cannot truthfully answer that unless we exchange the word 'believe' for the word 'trust.' Do we trust Jesus with our reputation? Do we trust Him with our future? Do we trust Him to be our defense against misunderstanding, criticism and rejection? Because if we do, we can trust Him with telling our stories, our testimonies, no matter what the little voices in our head try to tell us. If we are lord of our own life then the hope for our future and our salvation becomes solely up to our own capabilities, and we forfeit the gift of God's grace. What we believe is directly connected to what we elevate in our imagination and what we focus on in our thoughts.

That, my friends, is a litmus test. But know this: when you share your testimonies, God also issues a litmus test to those that hear. He challenges others with the same questions. What do you really believe about the gospel? Is it enough for you? Do you believe Jesus' words, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT? "

Litmus tests show up in many forms and you may not even realize you've just been presented with one.

  • When someone else receives a blessing or breakthrough. Do you want to see them blessed?
  • When the doctor presents you with a bad report. Do you believe Jesus will heal you?
  • When God shows grace instead of judgment to someone that offended you. Is His mercy only for those that do not set off any emotional triggers, or is it for everyone?
  • When your impossible situation seems overwhelming. Do you believe God is bigger than your situation and has a plan for you to overcome it?
  • When you feel offended with someone and feel tempted to elevate your offense over mercy. Have you forgotten how much you have been forgiven?

If you really believe that God's grace is sufficient to shelter you against your fears of transparency, then I encourage you to tell your story, for by doing so, you not only heal yourself, you also give hope to others. Satan wants to steal our hope and confidence in the Lord. Testimonies give God glory and speak to others of our quiet confidence in the Lord to protect us and shield us from the things we worry about. Share what God has done for you in your deepest darkest moments. This is what gives others confidence to trust the Lord with their salvation and their future. How shameful it is when we are more concerned about our own reputation than the salvation of others. Should we fear man, or fear God? The scripture says the fear of man brings us into a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe, (Prov. 29:25).

Sometimes people are not comfortable with other people’s transparency because it confronts them with their own ability to be transparent. When people display openness and vulnerability, it challenges others with their own heart issues of pride, judgment, a lack of love or compassion. This is the voice of fear and the voice of accusation. It always speaks loudly in order to turn people's hearts away from trusting God and putting their confidence in themselves. If you put your trust in yourself to try to keep your reputation, then fear will always be your master. What's worse, is that fear will prompt you to do things to try to save your reputation that can seriously mess you up - even disqualify you from greater purposes. Those who try to save their life will lose it, and those that lose their life will find it. The accuser lives in all of us unless we are purposeful to crucify him. I urge you to crucify the one that prevents you from genuinely trusting God, loving others or receiving the grace that God has made available to each of us. If you are presented with a litmus test today, I pray you pass it. DIG DEEP, and put your trust in the Lord.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Thief is Caught and Must Repay!

Sometimes the word you need to lift you up and encourage you isn't lengthy. Most of the time I post articles that give a lot of insights and teaching aspects. Today, however, it's short and to the point. I believe this is a word in due season for the body of Christ. God showed this to me in a dream and I believe it. "The thief has been caught and he has to repay - every last cent of what is owed to you! He is being made to repay and restore HOPE." Do you believe it? Start thanking God for your breakthrough!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Prayer for Synergy of the Ages

I was just listening to a powerful message by Ken Malone (Forerunner Ministries ) on the Synergy of the Ages. Synergy is the accumulated effect of combined elements that produce a greater effect of the sum than just the individual elements by themselves. Another way of saying it is the sum is greater than the individual parts by themselves. (Here is the link if you would like to listen to the message: Ken Malone & Dutch Sheets Message ) In the message, God told Ken that in order for Him to perform what He wanted to do on earth, we (the body of Christ) must come into agreement with heaven, and the prayers of the saints that have gone before us.

What a powerful thought! I had to stop and write a prayer for it, and here it is:

Father God,

I pray for the synergy of all the prayers of the saints of God who came before us, to now come together in perfect alignment and harmony. To all those that prayed for Your perfect will to come to pass; for repentance, restoration, revival, reconciliation, and recovery of what has been lost;

For those that prayed for salvation, healing, and deliverance of loved ones;

For those that prayed for healing of our land and nation;

For those that prayed for an end to jealousy, division, disconnectedness, discord and unforgiveness;

For those that prayed for oneness and healing in the body of Christ, in our families, cities and communities;

For those that prayed for divine intervention, strategies to outwit the enemy, visitations, and angelic assistance;

For those that prayed for evil to be thwarted, derailed and overturned;

For those that prayed for ungodly leaders, shield bearers and influences to be displaced, and evil plans to be interrupted;

For those that prayed for an increase in holiness, power, anointing and sanctification;

For those that prayed for Your appointed time for the promise to come to pass;

Let there be a release of Your Spirit to bring a fulfillment of all these things requested into this earthly realm. Let them come into the kairos timing of the Lord. Let there be cooperation in the body of Christ and encouragement for each person to find their appointed place. Let the synergy, the accumulated effect of all the prayers of the saints that prayed Your will, come to pass NOW, in Jesus name. Let the prayers of the ages perform your perfect will without delay, and snap each person in the body of Christ into their proper placement, assignment and position. Let the blessings of generations past, mantles, anointings and revivals past come into this present hour. Let there be a release of a fresh and powerful anointing that will flow unhindered to reach the lost, transform the sea of humanity and be healing to the nations. In Jesus name, Amen.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Let The Gates Be Opened!


I believe the Lord has new keys, new assignments and strategies on how to unlock the doors that many are waiting to go through. I had been looking for a certain key for about a month and then I asked my daughter if she knew where it was. She nodded yes then ran off to get it, and returned a moment later with it in her hand. She said, "All you had to do was ask!" I knew the Lord was saying the same thing. All we have to do is ask! There is a right key for every door, but sometimes before we can get to the doors we have to deal with the gates. There are spiritual gates that have big gatekeepers that don't want us to have access to doors of destiny, doors of opportunity...even doors to people's hearts, but we can prophesy to the gates and then doors will also open. So, remember to ask for the key that you don't have and God will give it to you!

I declare to the gates of government, the gates of education, the gates of homeland security, the military, police, the gates of our borders and those responsible for the welfare of American citizens,
I declare to the gates of commerce, the gates of trade, the gates of finance,
I declare to the gates of religion, ministries, churches, synagogues and mosques,
I declare to the gates of the heart, the mind, the soul, and spirit of mankind.
I declare to relational gates, financial gates, and gates holding back new positions, and I tell them to open now in Jesus name!

I declare to the gates of the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers and to the political gates be removed and torn down now in Jesus name.
I command the gates controlled by principalities, powers and demonic spirits be closed to evil authority and those that carry out the plans of the enemy. Let all that hinders and resists the plans and purposes of God be evicted now, according to Isaiah 22:19.

I declare these are the gates of the Lord and these are the gates that the righteous enter, according to Psalm 118:20.
I release the power of Holy Spirit to expose, blow up, and unravel every evil plan. Father, send your angels and those you have chosen to bring justice for the oppressed and righteousness in exchange for corruption. Let ungodly authority be deposed from office and removed now, in Jesus name.
I command all evil shield bearers, and those appointed by the enemy to thwart justice and keep ungodly leadership or man's choice for leadership to be removed immediately in Jesus name.

I declare that the unjust laws that protect and shield those with evil intent, such as the 1986 Vaccine Injury Act, California Law SB277, and other corrupt government laws that deprive citizens of their rights and promote injustice are now overturned in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I declare Isaiah 9:6 over the gates of government. Let those that You have chosen to rule come into their appointed place, in Jesus name.
I declare that those appointed as ministers to uphold righteousness will be established as Your authority and they will take the place appointed for them, according to Isaiah 22:19.
I declare You are the Lord of breakthrough, O God, and You have broken through Your enemies according to 2 Samuel 5:20. You have gone before Your people to secure the victory.

I declare Micah 2:13 over those chosen to release breakthrough, that they would be empowered to advance and move into their proper place, in Jesus name.
Let those who are chosen by God to govern, rule and establish the kingdom of God move into their seat of authority, according to Isaiah 22:21 in Jesus name.

Father,

Let Your angels be released to guide these stones of prayer into the vulnerable place of the enemy. Increase our anointing to meet and exceed whatever is standing before us. Give us unconventional strategies, wisdom from Holy Spirit, new keys and understanding to know how to cooperate with Your plans and purposes in Jesus name.
To the closed doors and fortified gates, I declare:
I prophesy to the blocked gates and closed doors in my life: Let the gate of Jesus Christ be opened! Let the gate of heaven and revelation be opened! Let the gates to hearts be opened! Let the gates of access be opened! Let the closed gates and the barred gates be opened! Let the gate of opportunity be opened! Let the gates of leadership be opened! Let the gates of power, authority and influence be opened! Let the gates of integration be opened! Let the gates of advancement be opened! Let the locked gates be opened! Let the gates of thanksgiving be opened! Let the gates of righteousness be opened! Let the gates of wisdom be opened!  Let every locked gate and closed door that is my inheritance in Christ be opened in Jesus Name! Let every wrong door that God has not chosen for me be closed in Jesus name. Thank You Holy Spirit for releasing grace and favor, faith and peace, as well as angelic guides, to lead me beyond the locked gates and through the open doors, in Jesus name. Amen.




 "The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head." Micah 2:13

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Yesterday's Leaders: A look at King Saul

David and Saul are examples of two kinds of leaders. One became the leader of his day and had the strength of God; the other was yesterday’s leader, having lost the strength of God due to disobedience.

Long before David would take the throne, he was chosen by God to succeed the throne. In this we see the plan of God to prepare his servant long before he would actually arise to a place of leading God’s people.

David’s preparation began in the field, watching over his father’s flock, fighting the bear and a lion to prove his due diligence in protecting the family livelihood and inheritance.  One day David went to take lunch to his older brothers as they stood with the rest of the army against the Philistines. He was ridiculed and despised by his brothers and accused of having wrong motivation for even being out on the battlefield, yet David innocently asked, “What have I done? Is there not a cause?” There was a cause: jealousy. Even they mocked him, yet it did not daunt him when it came to assessing the nature of the problem at hand.

Imagine the scene, if you will. The Philistines are atop one mountain, the Israelites on a mountain peak across from them, and all they’re doing is yelling back and forth trading insults. That’s right. Insults. These are a bunch of supposed tough guys but they are so intimidated by the size and the threat of the Philistine army that they are reduced to fighting like a bunch of girls. Actually, I have known some girls that would fight better than them! In their assessment of the problem they faced, somehow they completely lost sight of the fact that GOD WAS WITH THEM. Even Saul, the reigning king, was down in the valley with his knees shaking, too afraid to lead his people into battle. That is where Saul really blew it.

Saul was controlled by fear and insecurity. He was an indecisive and weak leader that was ruled by a need for self-preservation. His need to think of himself first put everyone else at risk. He couldn’t rule effectively because he first stopped to think of how everything would affect him. Self-preservation caused him to be disobedient towards God and prove himself to be an ineffective leader. He had a careless attitude towards obedience which caused him to lose sight of the fact that he was put in authority to model faith and trust in God before the people. Saul had every opportunity to go up against Goliath just as David did. Even more so, as the people naturally looked to the reigning king to lead them into battle against their enemies. Saul was afraid and his delay in taking action was actually probably more to do with wondering how he could lead his people into action and not get hurt. The Philistine was threatening to make all of Israel their servants if the man they sent in to battle went up against Goliath and lost. Saul did not feel capable of winning the battle and so he hesitated, and kept hesitating, until someone with courage and faith stood up to do what he was not willing to do.

What Saul did not count on was the fact that his act of cowardice was breaking faith with God and in God’s estimation, an act of disloyalty. He showed no confidence that God would help them win the battle, but that was a key factor to him being disqualified Saul from leadership. Saul did a lot to prove himself unfit to rule on numerous occasions.

We all know the story of how David defeated Goliath. Even in the face of sneers and word curses from the impressive looking enemy, David understood three important things. 1) David had previous experiences where God had shown himself strong and helped him defeat other enemies. 2) God was not on the side of the enemy, because His covenant was with the Israelites. David knew that no matter how intimidating the giant appeared, the battle was already won. 3) The giant cursed David and defied the living God, and the Bible is clear that whoever curses a child of God gets repaid by God according to Genesis 12:3.

David saw things quite differently than Saul because David wasn’t thinking about himself. He was thinking about standing up for God’s honor and keeping his brethren from becoming servants of the enemy. His priorities were in the right order. David once again proved himself fit for leadership.

What happened to Saul? Scripture says the very next day a distressing spirit – a demonic, tormenting spirit – came upon Saul. The Spirit of God departed from his disobedient servant even though Saul was still the ruler that everyone looked to for leadership. The Spirit of God came to rest upon David and equip David for further conquests. Saul became even more jealous and insecure, and he tried to hold on to his kingdom, power, and influence – not by faith in God to preserve him – but by his own efforts. Saul contrived plot after plot to try and trip David up. He thought to himself, “God is with this man, I had better not touch him, but I will put him in precarious situations so that others will do what I should not.” (Read 1 Sa. 18:17).

I cannot say exactly what Saul said or implied to others, but he was a shifty guy. He started out by throwing spears and javelins at David, trying to pin him to the wall. That was in private. 1 Sam. 18:11. David showed wisdom and that made Saul even more determined to get rid of the man that was destined to become his successor. Saul’s evil mind calculated a wicked scheme that involved others to carry out his plot to get rid of David. Saul knew if he touched David, who had obviously gained God’s approval, he could get struck down by God himself. Ironically, in the end it was Saul who was killed by his own sword. Sword refers to the word or doctrine one lives by.

Instead of harming David with his own hands, Saul put him on the front lines hoping the enemy would take him out. When that didn’t work, Saul got his own army to hunt him down and kill him. This is where Saul made another foolish mistake. In his arrogance and smug determination to destroy David, he forgot that the army wasn’t his army. Saul was the king of Israel and as such was supposed to represent God to the people. That army didn’t belong to him to carry out a personal agenda for vengeance. The army belonged to God to serve God’s purposes for the advancement of the kingdom. It doesn’t serve a person's best interests to forget who appointed them to leadership or why. Saul mistakenly thought he could use what belonged to God to carry out vengeance towards another man. Yet, David was not even an enemy; David was another brother in the Lord. Huge mistake on Saul’s part. Even Saul’s own son, Jonathan, asked his father why he continued to try to take David’s life and sin against innocent blood. 1 Sam. 19:5. “Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?”

Jealousy is a devious spirit, and is fueled by lust. Lust is never satisfied. Saul found himself unable to control his jealous rages and continued to conspire against David because it was the only way he felt he could rid himself of competition for the throne. His disobedience, cowardice and jealousy now added attempted murder to his list of sins. Saul stood guilty before God and had the opportunity to repent; instead, when confronted by the prophet Samuel he made excuses and shifted all the blame onto the people to be his scapegoats. Apparently Saul thought he could avoid accountability and blame others for his own disobedience. God wouldn’t have any of it. Saul’s days as king were numbered. Saul became yesterday’s man even though he was held the position of the reigning king. People still had their eyes on him because he was in the public eye. Perhaps that is how Saul got his army to go along with a scheme to carry out premeditated murder of an innocent man. They probably thought they were defending the king’s honor. He was, in fact, their king. Their leader. A trusted leader would not take advantage of their innocence to further his twisted agenda, would he? Their king would not intentionally mislead them, would he? It was unthinkable. Yet that is exactly what Saul did. He was appointed by God to rule the people. He was appointed by God to protect the people. Instead he led them into sin and used them to accomplish his personal vendetta.

The sad life of Saul is reviewed as a man who started out with every advantage in life, and had every opportunity to advance God’s kingdom, yet ended badly because of his disobedience. He lost his family, his inheritance and his future, and it started out with a need for self-preservation. Friend, do you see how devious the enemy is? How calculating? We need to trust God with every situation, and leave the results to Him. He can win any battle except for the one we insist on winning in our own strength and by our own hand.

The temptations of the enemy are very subtle and appealing. They will always appeal to our flesh nature, for that is the only way the enemy can get a hook in people to cooperate with him. I want you to stop and think about that for a moment. Consider some of the bait the enemy puts on his hook:

·         Fear. Fear of man, fear of losing our reputation, a position, friendships, all those fears and insecurities can make a person more concerned about what others think rather than being concerned about what God thinks about us. Never ever let anything move the fear of man into a higher priority than the fear of the Lord! It is a sure way to bondage. Sometimes people think they are submitting to authority when in fact fear of man has put them in a position of rebelling against God. Guard yourself from disloyalty towards the Lord.

·         Offense. The enemy uses offense as a tool to gather people to themselves, building their own personal army against another individual or people group. Never pick up another person’s offense and make it your own. Offense also works to create division. Strife, anger, and a spirit of division will bring spiritual weakness and disunity, robbing people of personal and corporate strength. It is also a key weapon against married couples and families.

·         Misinformation. People can end up supporting something they thought was a good or noble idea and later find out they really didn’t support what was being promoted. It’s like reading the fine print on petitions people want you to sign, or bills that are submitted to become laws. Get all the facts. The enemy will try to gain your support without disclosing all the information up front.

·         It’s not your fight. Getting involved in taking up a cause or fighting a battle that God has not told you to fight.

·         Bribery. Enticement or a suggested benefit in some form offers an incentive to get people to turn traitor against others. They can often be lured into becoming a tool the enemy uses to destroy the object of someone else’s wrath.

·         Seduced to be a pawn. The enemy is quite skilled in seducing others to become his pawns. He appeals to a person by first softening them up; working on their emotions, playing on both what they fear as well as what they hold dear. Sometimes when attacking a strong person directly is too much of a threat, the enemy will attack someone or something his intended victim holds dear. That way he forces his real victim to put himself in a precarious position and then he can shift to a direct attack when the time is right. A seducing spirit tailors the bait to each person’s personal weaknesses and psychological makeup.

·         Rushing into a fight. The enemy bets on the fact that he can cause people to rush into an emotional decision and end up siding with wrong alliances based on incomplete information. Always know which side of an issue God is on before you get involved. Don’t go to war with the people that don’t have God on their side! David was smart; he knew God was on Israel’s side and not with the Philistines, which gave him confidence to stand against the giant, no matter how intimidating Goliath seemed to be.

·         Fear of losing acceptance. Pressure from others to prove your personal loyalty or allegiance towards them.

·         Lies and deception. The enemy creates an illusion of a problem or makes it seem as though something exists when in fact it does not. It also works in reverse; the use of lies and deception to make people think nothing wrong exists, when the reality is quite the opposite. Propaganda is the intentional misuse of information in order to deceive and mislead others. Brainwashing is a continual repetition of wrong information to convince people that the information they have been fed is certain and true.

·         The scapegoat. Pin everything on a scapegoat and deflect attention from the source of the wrongdoing. The scapegoat offers a hope that by sacrificing one, the rest will avoid suffering the consequences. This is never true in God’s kingdom. Blame shifting is never a legitimate excuse. Every person is accountable to God for their actions.

·         Entertaining and supporting a spirit of self-pity. Self-pity is a spirit that makes one person a victim and blames others as perceived sources of their pain.

·         The trap of assumption. The enemy uses very strategic words, information, conversation and expressions to convey an implied thought or feeling, and leaves it deliberately vague and open-ended, knowing that others will fill in the blanks with their own version of truth and reality. It’s like when a person suggests a leading thought with few words and then just leaves the sentence hanging in mid-air, never finished. He knows that people will connect the dots in their minds and draw a certain conclusion based on what information has been fed.

·         Believing a false appearance. The enemy knows appearance is everything and what is unseen doesn’t count. He will find ways to become a magnet for attention in order to continuously influence others to accept what is seen publicly, while the truth of a situation may be something completely opposite. What is unseen may be far less evident because it is not open for public scrutinization.

Beloved of God, Saul may have been a king for a long time, but he lost the approval of God early on.  God’s people needed time under oppressive leadership to teach them not to desire a counterfeit replacement for God himself. God prepares a people just as much as He prepares a leader, for they must be able to receive the leader God has chosen for them. For many years the people were not yet ready, and Saul remained on the throne. The people needed to grow tired of the wrong sort of leadership and yearn for a leader that truly represented God and His kingdom. Saul made sport of them. God wanted to be their King, but the people so insisted on having a king just like all the other nations that they offended God in the process. So He decided they needed to learn an important lesson before they would be truly ready for His leadership. Perhaps some people thought David was plan B, but not in the heart of God. It was David, not Saul, who was God’s choice all along, because David was known as a man after God’s heart. David was far from perfect and he had his weaknesses, but he was quick to repent and he knew how to please God with his heart. There was a huge difference between the two men who ruled Israel.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. Study the strategies of the enemy. Don’t take the bait. Guard your heart, and guard your ways. Pray that the Fear of the Lord would keep you in righteousness all the days of your life.

If you find yourself dodging spears from your leader, like David, remember to behave wisely. Pray for strategies to outwit the enemy. Don't expose he weaknesses of your leader. Forgive quickly and do your very best to keep your heart innocent of wrong motives towards them. Someone honorable lives in you (Jesus). Let His Spirit guide you. Jesus never changed his responses as to how others treated him. He remained true to Himself. God sees all. He notes your responses just as much as He does to someone else. The Sauls of today that oppress and treat others with injustice are yesterday's leaders and their days are numbered. As difficult as it may be to deal with injustice, you must pass the test of learning to bless them and walk in integrity. God's desire is to promote you, but before He does he will test you by allowing you to be trained in the house of an enemy. That way, when you come into position you will not want to become the type of person that mistreated you. You will desire integrity, honor and righteousness to be the motivators of your heart because you know it pleases the Lord. Weak and insecure leaders always have a day of their undoing. You can count on it. Your job is to love God and love others. Micah 6:8 says it like this: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly with your God."

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Heads Are Going To Roll! Goliath Is Coming Down.

The Lord is always asking the question, “Whose side are you on?” God uses people as a spear head to pierce through resistance. When God drives a spear into the ground, it causes a ripple effect. It has the spiritual ramifications of causing conflict, division and often, separation. He brings division in order to force people to make a decision on what they believe and what side they will take. Spear heads also cause troops to rally and get ready to move.

Spear heads are used to break through so that others can come after them. They are used to pierce ungodly religious systems, political realms, business, technology and many other areas. They carry a breaker anointing that allows others to break through. When you see someone at the heart of a controversial issue, it may be a good thing to consider whether or not God is using that person to do more than what may appear to be on the surface. Sometimes a person has to stand in the battle alone for a while until others decide what they believe. You have to be willing to pay the price for being a spear head.

A turning around is taking place, but right now in many areas of life it looks like the enemy is winning. It looks like intimidation on many fronts, and many issues. It looks like America has lost its hope. It looks like apathy towards God, and casual disregard towards the purposes of God. It looks like fear, and it feels like the Goliaths of our time have surely defeated us. But just because the enemy is gloating and spitting in our face doesn’t mean we won’t still win.

A turn around is coming, but right now it looks like division, anger, injustice and it feels like the good guys are outnumbered.

I will tell you what the Lord told me.

There’s a turning around, it comes by standing your ground, and He will show us how it’s done.

He will tear the house down, He will tear the house down; He will show us how it’s done.

The time has come to confound, take the enemy down, “LET ME SHOW YOU HOW ITS DONE!” says the Lord.

Yesterday as I woke up I  thought of the story of David and Goliath. All of a sudden I started laughing. My head wasn’t even off the pillow and there I was, laughing because I knew that the giant was about to lose his head. I knew that came from the Lord! The head speaks of authority, influence and power. That's a good sign! Goliath is about to lose his head! 

"Our Goliaths are not external. It is not what we think is so intimidating or poses as a formidable obstacle in front of us. It's our response to those things. Most often, the giants in our personal life are...well, personal. We know them. It's whatever seems to keep us from moving forward, getting connected, taking a step of faith, or simply trusting God with matters that seem too intimidating for us. When we master what's been looming over us as a giant killer to our faith, then we can truly say we trust God with all our insecurities." No matter what happens after that, the giant can no longer taunt us and make us afraid. GOD WILL WIN THE BATTLE.

The giant was so arrogant and smug, wasn't he? David laughed when Goliath taunted him but ten minutes later David was holding a bloody sword in one hand and Goliath's head in the other. Do you know why David laughed? Because he knew God was on his side and not on Goliath's. He resists the proud. No matter what armor or weapons Goliath had, it would never be enough! It's time to watch the giants come down. Did you know that God sits in the heavens and laughs at his enemies? When we laugh with God it puts his enemies in derision. It's time to confound your enemies, and you can do it by simply having a good laugh. Put things back in perspective. It releases God to break the power of whatever has been set against you. That may just be the strategy you need. Ha!

You need your shield, sword and He will provide the grace and courage to defeat your enemy. Sometimes the giants we face are the ones we are most familiar with. I don’t know who your enemy is, but God has said with Him all things are possible. He is saying the giants are coming down. Believe it!

We have been so apathetic and desensitized that America has needed to be shaken awake. God has allowed certain things to come against us in order to make us more aware of the enemy’s intentions. But He has also allowed us to experience certain things to get us to repent and change course; to take a stand against ungodly agendas and once again return to Him. Division causes people to determine what they believe. Division causes people to see what others really stand for. Division causes people to see the spirit of those that take sides. Division causes people to really consider what they are willing to take a stand to defend.

Right now people are so desensitized that no one is really willing to take a stand for anything. Society is overcome by apathy and this prevailing thought that we all just need to get along. Tolerance. Anything goes. No social or moral absolutes. We need division in order to awaken us to what is truly important, because when we’ve forgotten what is really important, and what a lack of morality does to a society…what godlessness does to a society, culture or nation…we will fall for anything. United we stand; divided we fall. Truth be told, America is falling quickly and we’re falling right into the hands of enemies that will destroy us without mercy.

Our enemies are not just other nations that want to dominate the U.S.

Our enemies are not just other religions that want to force us to convert or be killed.

Our enemies are not just ‘the other guys’ in faraway places.

Our enemies live among us, and many are in positions of great power and authority, falsely representing what they deem as ‘our best interests.’

Our enemies are among us as those that persuade us to live without moral absolutes.

Our enemies are among us as those that dissuade us from rocking the boat and not getting involved. In other words, don’t stand for anything.  Don't make waves. Don't make others uncomfortable with your convictions or the fact that you're willing to declare when something isn't right. The world will tell you, "Be silent. Follow the crowd. Don’t make us feel the conviction of weighty matters of the conscience."

In the name of what they feel is ‘good,’ they want to take away our guns and our rights to defend ourselves.

In the name of ‘good,’ they promote infanticide. Euthanasia of the weak, sick, disabled and terminally ill, and those that inconvenience us.

In the name of ‘good,’ they tell us to make ourselves our own god and be accountable to no one.

In the name of ‘good,’ they tell us our children don’t belong to us because we don’t know what’s best for them.

In the name of ‘good,’ they tell us that our children will be taught sexual education and indoctrinated into a belief system that defies god and natural laws of common sense and morality. They strip away parental rights to prohibit us from raising our children with our own moral beliefs. We are told that choice is good and without eternal consequences in denying our Creator, His moral laws and commandments.

In the name of ‘good, they tell us that anyone can change their gender on a whim. So much so, that the minority now has power to intimidate and use force if necessary, to demand they can infringe on personal privacy in public restrooms, showers and other public places.

Corporate greed. Scientific research, cloning and programs that make man into their own gods and their own creators of things that aren't 'good' at all. Religious spirits. Selfishness. There is so much more. These are our giants. America, when will you stand?

Many in society, politics and lawmakers call some very wrong things 'good.' They promise us freedom while taking us into captivity and bondage to the enemy of our souls. They are some of the false teachers of our day. A socialistic agenda attempts to raise up a society of non-thinkers. They don't want you to think for yourself! They don't want you to think outside their box! 

A long, long time ago, there was a young man named David. David was not a rebel, but he was certainly a type of non-conformist of his day. He was also the spear head for God's people that God chose to take down an arrogant, obnoxious giant. He defeated what was holding them in captivity so that they could break through and grab the victory. He was only a teenager, really, but he had conviction, and conviction in His God had already won him some tremendous battles. One day, he was on his way to take lunch to his brothers out in the field and he came upon quite a scene. There was an army of angry Philistines that had set themselves against God’s people. The Philistines were on the top of a hill which the Holman Bible Dictionary references as being located “on a mountain ridge, being inaccessible like an eagle's nest, too strong for siege ramps and battering rams.” It was a well-fortified place and also the scene of many other military battles. But it was also the place where time after time God brought His people the victory against their enemies!

God is looking for people that are willing to rise to the occasion and take a stand right where they are. When God looks for a person to go up against a Goliath, He will pick the most unlikely person. He will put His courage into the person of His choosing, and when God fights an enemy, that person will have the determination to keep standing in the face of opposition. He will choose a man that can deal with hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. This is close range warfare.  You see, Goliath was the go-between for the Philistines. He was the person that stood in for the entire army. Goliath even had an armor bearer with a full length body shield. (1 Sam. 17:7).

We don’t often hear about that part of the story. It must have been an intimidating sight. Goliath was over 9 feet tall and wore incredible armor. His javelin alone was probably bigger than David!  Yet Goliath knew how to wield a weapon with ease. And Goliath had an shield bearer that covered his entire body.  Philistines were giants, and it wouldn’t have served Goliath very well if his armor bearer was the size of a normal man. The shield bearer was no doubt just as big and intimidating as Goliath himself.

It lends us to learn a lesson from this scene. We need to pray to take out Goliath’s armor bearers. The ones that protect and serve the interests of the enemy. The ones that also act as a shield, keeping justice from being served and protecting those Goliaths so that they feel invincible and able to continue to intimidate and oppress others.

Goliath taunted God’s people by telling them he was undefeatable. He also told them that if they took him on he would make them his servants. Like Saul’s army, we have seen America become the servants of our enemies. We have been too afraid to support godliness. Now it’s time for the Davids to rise up. Are you one of them? Sometimes God knows you've got it in you when you don't recognize it yourself. If you find yourself being attacked, accused, intimidated and pushed, it might just be there to get you to take a stand. God is looking for defenders of a cause. 

I am here to tell you that God will continue to raise up men, women and even children that have the conviction to stand up for their God and for His people. We have to stand up with the people God has chosen to be spearheads and pray for them to have strength. Sometimes the battle doesn’t look like it’s able to be won; but we must have faith that the battle is the Lord’s and Goliath’s day is over.

God’s Spirit is here to advance His people right into breakthrough. He is here to release grace to be able to stand in the face of opposition. He will give grace to His warriors and reformers, and all those that are willing to stand up for His purposes. What the world calls ‘good’ is often the enemy of what is godly. We need to forsake what the godless call good and see is as the evil it is. Every lie the enemy circulates is a suggestion with a temptation attached, and the temptation is to not get involved. The temptation is to follow the crowd no matter what the crowd is willing to stand for, because we are too afraid of backlash and rejection. But remember that it was also the crowd that crucified Jesus. The crowd is often wrong.

The Lord has said it is time for the Goliaths to fall. It is time for the Goliath of religion to fall. It is time for the Goliaths in many places to fall. The spirit of deception that has made servants for the enemy out of God’s people and the unsuspecting is about to lose its head. He is releasing breakthrough, advancement and is removing the barriers of that which has withstood us. He is integrating us with others that will stand with us and pray to take down the enemy’s armor bearers, the shield and wall of defense that has allowed the enemy to get away with wrong doing. God wants His people free to serve Him; not the enemy’s agenda. It’s time to pray those He has chosen to stand WILL stand and be a voice of reform to His church, to society, and rise to the occasion of whatever God tells them to do. I pray that YOU will STAND when it’s your turn to stand, and always remember that we can never win fighting with the same weapons the enemy uses against us. Those in the Lord’s army wage a different battle and win through a different strategy. It’s the word of the Lord.

PRAY:

Father, raise up those who will stand in the face of opposition. Give them grace and courage to stand in the face of intimidation. Let them hear Your voice clearly, and instruct them how to take down the giant before them. Send a spirit of division into the high places where the enemy has his domain. Send the spirit of division into the enemy’s camp. I bind the Spirit of Leviathan and Pride over every place where the enemy has said in his heart, “I AM INVINCIBLE AND I WILL DO AS I PLEASE. I DEFY THE GOD OF THE ARMIES OF ISRAEL AND OF THIS EARTH.” I release the Sword of the Lord against the enemy’s shield of defense and his armor bearers. I release the Sword of the Lord to divide, cut away, pierce, and dethrone. I release the curse against the works of evil and I declare “these evil trees will bear fruit no more.”  Let the arrows of truth and conviction be released in Jesus name! Let the arrows that will divide and scatter be released! Let the arrows of light be released! Let the arrows of repentance be released to find their mark in Jesus name! Let the head of the enemy be cut off in Jesus name. Let the authority and influence of those empowered by evil and those fulfilling the agenda of the enemy be cut off and completely removed. Let confusion come to all those that support and defend the lies propogated by the evil one.  Let the shield bearers and the armor bearers of those in alignment with evil doings be removed. Take away their zeal, conviction, and whatever benefits they receive for advancing the agenda of the enemy. Remove the desire of the enemy’s armor bearers and go-betweens to defend and support those that are using deception, intimidation, and evil works to keep people in bondage and captivity. Cause those on the wrong side, those that knowingly or unknowingly support evil causes, to drop their shields and run away from those on the enemy’s side. Pull them over to the Lord’s side immediately, and give them strength of conviction to stand up for what YOU say is good and right. Give them a backbone; courage and conviction to stand for godliness, purity, equity and justice so that righteousness may return to the land. I release the Spirit of Truth, to unravel lies and deception. I release a Spirit of Liberty to set captives free. I release Spirit of Repentance to go out over the land. I release the Spirit of Conviction, to turn hearts away from ungodliness and immorality.

To the Goliaths of religion and witchcraft;

the abortion industry;

those supporting the LGBT agenda;

the educational system;

the media bias;

human trafficking;

illegal arms trade;

drug trafficking and manufacturing;

and to the Goliaths on Capitol Hill: in the White House, Congress, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Supreme Court and all of the political realm;

to every Goliath that perpetuates deception of American people, injustice, immorality, oppression and works of evil;

to every Goliath that takes people into captivity by force or intimidation;

I declare: It is written, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel whom you have defied. THIS DAY THE LORD WILL DELIVER YOU INTO MY HAND AND I WILL STRIKE YOU AND TAKE YOUR HEAD FROM YOU!” This is the day when once again God’s people will know the Lord does not save by sword and spear, for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”  1 Sam. 17: 46,47.

I declare: It is written in Is. 41:10-13, “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Behold all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them but not find them. Those who contended with you and those who are at war against you shall be as nothing, a non existent thing. For I, the Lord, will uphold your right hand saying to You, “Fear not, I will help you.”

I declare: The Sword of the Lord is released against Leviathan according to Isaiah 27:1, for It is written: “In that day, the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisted serpent, and HE will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”

I declare: The scales of Leviathan have been ripped apart, undone, loosened and dissolved. Your arrows have pierced the armor of pride and Your hand presses Leviathan down.

I declare: The arrows of the Lord have pierced the heart of the enemy just as they found their mark to hit King Ahab between the plates of his armor, according to 1 Kings 22:34.

I declare: It is written, this is the day the heads of Leviathan are broken in pieces, according to Ps. 74:14.

I declare: It is written, “The arrogance of the proud has been halted and the haughtiness of the terrible has been brought low,” according to Isaiah 13:11.

I declare: It is written, In Job 5:11-16, “The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.  He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.  He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.  He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.”

I declare a release of the Sword of the Lord against the works of evil. For it is written, in 1 John 3:8, [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. (Amplified Bible).

It is written in Is. 45:1-3: Thus says the Lord to His anointed: (Fill in your name)…To __________, whose right hand I have held – to subdue nations before you and to loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors so that gates shall not be shut: I will go before you and make the crooked places straight. I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places so that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.

I declare: The Lord has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water, according to 1 Chron. 14:11.  In Jesus mighty name, amen.