Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Book Announcement!

Hello Friends,

I know it's been a while since I've posted, but that's because I've been deeply involved in a labor of love...my husband's book! I am pleased to announce that it is available now for purchase through our publisher at Create Space. Click on the link to BUY NOW.

This book is a message of hope for the unchurched as well as anyone finding themselves in transition. It is full of rich kingdom truths. The link is also available on Amazon.com but because it just got released tonight it will take a few days for it to be available to purchase.

Thank you for everyone that supports us through the book sales. They are there to help you grow in your relationship with God, others, and help you discover the real you! Many blessings to each of you in the New Year. I pray that your find your place of kingdom fruitfulness, increase and fulfillment so that the blessings flow abundantly in your life! Happy New Year!




Sunday, December 6, 2015

Changes in Transition

Recently an intercessor I know shared a dream with me to interpret. I’m sharing it here because it is a word to the body of Christ, and I believe, specifically to ministry leaders. There were three different dreams, or segments of the same message. In the first one, iron cuffs were slapped on the wrists of the dreamer, and as she looked up she saw John the Baptist leaving the church. There was also a dresser with clothes inside (some were intimate garments). She heard herself saying that she couldn’t take it with her. The second portion of the dream dealt with cleaning out a refrigerator,and all that had been inside was old food and pastries. One woman whom she knew as a pastor’s wife tried to eat one and the dreamer stopped her and said, “Don’t eat that, it’s old and not good anymore.” The third part of the dream showed this pastor’s wife with eye makeup on that seemed to outline the iris, making it appear very small. This same woman commented that she felt suicidal.

As I prayed over this information I started getting pieces of revelation that the dreamer said resonated with her. I shared my interpretation with another intercessor and my pastor, they both felt the interpretation was accurate. That is why I am sharing it as a word for the body of Christ. Here is my interpretation:

Dream #1 - John the Baptist

This is a warning. Actually, all three of the dream sequences are a warning and should be treated as such. John the Baptist represents the Spirit of Repentance. In the first portion of the dream, John the Baptist, or the Spirit of Repentance, left the church. The clothes and dresser represent both the condition of the heart (the dresser) and the individual’s identity (clothing). Some of the garments were intimate negligees` which represents intimacy and relationship with Holy Spirit. But, the dreamer indicated that she couldn’t take it with her. I believe this has a dual meaning. When a person loses touch with their relationship with God, a lack of repentance is sure to follow. The next order of downward progression is a falling away, disobedience and a lack of repentance, which puts people in “irons,” or captivity. True repentance involves obedience, and is the only thing that opens the door to freedom from captivity. The other aspect of revelation regarding the dresser is that the dreamer commented that ‘she couldn’t take it with her,’ I believe this indicated that we cannot take our old identity with us. We must choose our identity in Christ, for we can never enter into our promises if our conduct and attitudes do not reflect our new nature in Christ. This indicates a need for a changed mindset.

Dream #2 - The Message is Changing, and Beware of Ungodly Peace Treaties

In the second dream, the focus was on cleaning out the refrigerator. All that was inside was old pastry. One person, who again was represented by a pastor’s wife, attempted to eat what was no longer good. Surprisingly, she did not see anything wrong with eating what was clearly no longer good to eat. Pastries represent junk food without any nutritional value. They were old, stale and it wasn’t wise to try to eat what was no longer fresh. This ‘food’ needed to be thrown out. The food that we eat represents doctrine, or the message. God is saying two things: Watch what you eat, and use wisdom. If the message is fluff without substance; if it sounds like a feel good message but does not convict towards change, it may not be good doctrine. If the messages aren’t fresh revelation, be careful. The message, or the word, has to change to fit the times we are in now, and where God is leading His body. I am also reminded of Joshua being misled by the Gibeonites when they attempted to deceive him with old, moldy bread and old wineskins. They wanted to make a treaty with him and say they were his brethren, when clearly they were simply trying to appear to be something they were not. (Read Joshua 9). We need to understand the heart and motives of those among us. Old bread and old wineskins represent a religious spirit that will not accept a message of reformation and change. They may want to try to appear as if they believe and want the kingdom of God on earth, but their actions will prove otherwise.

Dream #3 - Restricted Vision and a Spirit of Suicide

The third dream represented a pastor’s eye made up with makeup that appeared to focus on the iris. It was outlined with dark makeup that made the eye appear quite small. This represents limited or constricted vision. The woman with the eye makeup also said she felt suicidal. Scripture tells us that without a vision people perish. They go back to living in their old ways. Without revelation, people feel hopeless and desperate.

For over a decade we have heard messages about restructuring, ‘a shift’ and God doing a new thing. It is the difference between the church age and the kingdom age. There will be trials by fire. This is a time when God will ask us to lay our Isaacs on the altar and surrender it all. There will be trials and testing to see whether what we have built is wood, stubble and hay (works of the flesh), or if they have eternal value in the kingdom. There are good people that cannot tell the difference between building God’s kingdom and building their own. The difficulty with some is that God may just unravel everything and let all their good efforts fail. Failure and hopelessness are the ultimate tests of the heart. This will lead many into depression, despair and hopelessness. There will be ministry leaders that will have to look for a different type of work rather than place their expectation on others to support them. All of these changes MUST come to pass in order to make room for God’s kingdom on earth. Those that are afraid of change, individuals that get a sense of identity or self worth from their works, and those that are in it for selfish gain will have a sense of despair when everything comes unraveled. This is where a spirit of suicide will try to overwhelm people who are going through a difficult transition.

After I analyzed and interpreted this intercessor’s dreams, God gave me one of my own. What I saw was pastors and leaders that were affected by fear of change. They brought accusation and slandered the messengers, rejecting both the message and the messengers. Fear makes people suspicious of others, and causes people to question the motives of others. These leaders reacted with suspicion, anger, and defensiveness. There are some people that will claim that the messages of change are not from God. Messengers of reformation are often persecuted because of those that are unable to adapt to change. These are the people that are often controlled by religious spirits.

Ultimately, these dreams and the messages contained in the dreams are both warnings of what is to come as well as a call to intercession. Far too many people are trying to be fruitful within the 4 walls of the church without success. Competition divides. There is room to grow and be fruitful in the kingdom, where there is no need to feel confined or competitive with others. Some may or may not agree, but I believe the church must return to a kingdom model of fruitfulness as it is displayed in the Book of Acts. The church must be emptied out into our cities and communities. Many ministry leaders will feel threatened by that thought because they may feel their livelihood is at risk. Don't give in to panic. Many are about to enter a time of completely trusting God. They haven’t walked this way before, but it’s ok. God is trustworthy, and He has people that have already gone through these sort of changes. They have gone through the fires of adversity, loneliness, fear of financial  loss and worked through trust issues with the Lord. They have the testimonies to prove it. The church as we’ve known it must change in order to make room for people to be planted and become fruitful in the kingdom of God. God has called and arranged for a change of garments in this new season. He has new mantles and new assignments to help people get through times of transition. Ministry will take many different forms in the days ahead, and many of these changes will come swiftly. We first started hearing about ‘restructuring’ and ‘paradigm shift’ about 12 years ago. Twelve is the government of God, and it’s time for these words to come to pass now. The Lord has leaders that are ready to help comfort, guide and encourage those that are walking in unfamiliar territory so that they do not have to feel alone and afraid. This is a time to ask the Lord for clarity, divine connections and strategy. As we lean on Him, we will once again discover His unwavering faithfulness and grace to navigate through troubled waters.  

Prayer Points:

  1. Pray against offense, fear, and despair.
  2. Pray that people would surrender to necessary changes and not resist them.
  3. Declare the Spirit of Repentance would not leave the church.
  4. Pray that people would have a change of heart and bear fruits worthy of repentance.
  5. Pray for wisdom and discernment to guard people from being deceived by religious spirits.
  6. Pray for discernment to understand the motive of people’s hearts and not to make ungodly peace treaties.
  7. Pray for fresh revelation and increased vision.
  8. Pray against the spirit of suicide.
  9. Pray that God direct you to the right platform to share His message with others.
  10. Pray for an unoffendable heart, and to overcome wounding from persecution.
  11. Pray for divine connections, open doors and strategies to reach those God wants you to reach.
  12. Pray for God’s will and His kingdom to manifest in the earth and for kingdom fruitfulness to increase.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Book Release!

Hello Friends,

I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, Prayers to Heal Impossible Situations. Get your copy today! It makes a great Christmas gift, too. Available on Amazon.com!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Healing and Deliverance for Native Americans

Many great atrocities have occurred against the Native American people throughout history. Every group of explorers and pioneers understandably sought to take over new lands and implement the customs of their native culture, but a great deal of settling new lands in America was done with brutal disrespect of those that were already in the land and had made it their home.


The Indian Removal Act of 1830, signed by President Andrew Jackson, forcibly removed Native Americans from their homes through emigration into reservations and new areas, specifically into Oklahoma. There were at least five tribes that were affected through ethnic cleansing. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole and Choctaw were forcibly removed from their land and homes during the years of 1831-1838. This exodus became known as the "Trail of Tears." I include more tribes in this prayer to benefit a larger group of people. The result of this ethnic cleansing, as well as other injustices, has left many families affected by a generational root of bitterness that is deeply embedded in our nation, and countless generational curses that are in need of being broken.


Many people have some degree of Native American heritage in their family line, even if it is remote. I encourage you to pray this prayer because it goes beyond the Native American roots to address sins incurred by our nation’s forefathers. If we are to cleanse the land of generational curses so that blessings can return, then we really must address all angles of how the curses were incurred: 1) taking personal responsibility for our own sins and those of our generational line; and 2) as a nation of people, taking responsibility for the sins of our nation’s founders and forefathers and the curses incurred on our land.


The following prayer is written specifically to address those with Native American roots and addresses certain issues such as mentioned above. It will also address cultural pagan customs and traditions that may invoke false gods and the names of demonic entities that were commonly a part of Native American life. Please do not be offended. This is not to say that all people of a Native American background follow pagan practices; however, the reality is that many people did, and some still do practice some of the ancient traditions. Those customs and practices do cause people to have unbroken generational curses. The demons associated with them are most likely still connected to their family line. We all have them, and if we do not renounce those things they will continue to follow us (and our family members) around until they are cut off. Many traditions and practices can be handed down in any family, but that doesn’t mean they are completely innocent. They often do hold significance and meaning in the spiritual realm. Inanimate objects can be things that bad spirits are drawn to, and tempt people to keep in their home and use. Sometimes the things people think are harmless really aren’t, and those things can invite the wrong type of spirits into a person’s life or family. Demonic spirits will not leave unless they are dealt with properly, by making Jesus Christ Lord of the House and Lord of your life! Scripture reminds us that there is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved, and calling on any other name for help or invoked in prayer is forbidden by God. (see Exodus 20:2-4). This prayer involves renouncements to sever any unbroken curses and ungodly spiritual connections. Even if you are unsure about whether or not your own ancestors were involved in any of these sort of things, I encourage you to take a step of faith and pray it out loud. I pray it is a blessing to you and helps bring a ripple effect of healing, breaking the generational roots of bitterness throughout our nation as well.


Pray: 

Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit:


I come to You on behalf of myself and all those in my ancestral line that came before me. I ask for Your forgiveness for our sins, and today I acknowledge that many of us sinned by never asking for Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. Many of us committed sins and trespasses in rebellion to Your ways. Please hear my prayer and let the blood of Jesus cleanse my ancestral line from all unrighteousness. I take You as My Lord, and ask that You adopt me as Your child. You paid for me with Your blood, Lord Jesus, and I thank You that You went to the cross in my place.


Father, I also come to you as a citizen of the United States, and I ask You to forgive the sins of our forefathers. I ask You to forgive the sins of those that pioneered and settled this land, and the pagan practices, cultures and traditions brought in from foreign lands. Forgive, I pray, our presidential and political leaders that broke treaties and treacherously removed the boundary lines of Native Americans and others to claim them as their own. For it is written:


“Don't cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.” Prov. 22:28


Forgive us for encroaching on property that didn’t belong to us and cheating rightful heirs out of their inheritance, for it is also written, “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,” in Proverbs 23:10.


Forgive us for impoverishing Native American families, forcing them out of their homes, for making slaves of other races and nationalities; for causing others to feel overcome with jealousy, fear, anger and desire vengeance against those who treated them wrongfully. Forgive us for the grief we caused, the injustices and the bloodshed. Forgive us for broken covenants, vows and agreements and for the curses that came as a result of those actions. Forgive us for the part we played in inciting war. Although I may not have personally taken part in these sins, I understand that there is a need to recognize the sins of those that came before us and I ask for the blood of Jesus to atone for these things so that this land can be cleansed. Please allow all those that have been affected by this generational root of bitterness, grief and poverty now find the grace to forgive, even generations of mistreatment and injustices. I choose to forgive anyone that I have been offended with. I choose to forgive those that I feel are responsible for my pain or bitterness. Please let Your restoration be upon us all. I pray for the blessings that have been blocked up, barricaded, unlawfully stolen, hidden or plundered - and I tell them, “Come back into your rightful generational line. Come back into those families and let the blessings flow abundantly in Jesus name.”


Father, I renounce all false gods and masters. According to Your word, O God, in Deuteronomy 7:5, You commanded Your people to destroy ungodly altars and break down their sacred pillars. Let these prayers of renouncement accomplish the destruction of all ungodly altars in my family, in my generational line, and in this nation.


On behalf of myself, my generational line, the founding fathers of this nation and all political leaders in this land, I identify with these sins and the need to acknowledge them to You so that our land may be healed. Therefore, I renounce the demonic spirits of hoodoo, voodoo, Satanism, and all spirits of witchcraft and magic in the name of Jesus Christ. I renounce all practices and demonic spirits associated with black magic, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, the Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, the Blackfoot, Cree, Crow, Pauite, Shoebone, Cheyenne, Sioux, the Ute, Pawnee, the Navajo, Shawnee and Apache customs and traditions. I renounce African religions, the Catholic religion and their saints, patrons and patronesses; familiar spirit guides and any and all other false gods and deities of various religions.


I renounce the use of tobacco for ceremonial or ungodly religious purposes and any and all power associated with it to be rendered impotent, paralyzed and powerless, according to what You have already done on the cross, Lord Jesus.


I renounce all ungodly spirits that may be associated with Native American dances that involve the use of conjuring demons, the use demonic power, psychic energy, ancient witchcraft practices, sorcery, charms, spells, incantations and magic. Let all ungodly altars be silent and dismantled now. Let the blood of Jesus cover those individuals that have participated in demonic worship whether or not they participated knowingly or unknowingly. I ask You to deliver them and set them free from all deception, Lord Jesus. Let Your Holy Spirit reveal the truth that will free people from demonic oppression, possession, and deception. Let the blinders fall off. Give them a spirit of revelation and an understanding heart that they might come to know the One and True Living God, Jesus Christ.


I renounce all customs of speaking word curses on their enemies through traditional songs. Forgive us for things we did and practices that were accepted that had a spirit of death and cursing bound to the words that were spoken. Let all word curses be broken now in the spiritual and earthly realms. Let those words laced with death lose all power and cease to ring in the ears of those who have heard them. I bind the spirit of death that is associated with these customs and culture and forbid the spirits of death and hell from being released. I command them to go back now to the place where Jesus sends them and forever be bound into captivity. I declare that the spirits of death and hell will no longer advance in the name and authority of Jesus Christ.


On behalf of myself, my ancestors and the forefathers of this nation, I renounce demonic attachments associated with gambling and ceremonial gambling. I loose the demonic spirits and spiritual enforcers off of all objects used in gambling and command them to return to the abyss created for all demons. Let the spirits of lust, greed, selfishness and bondage be bound in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. I pray, O God, let the Spirit of Liberty be released to free all people that have been bound by sin and addiction. Let them be loosed from their bondage in Jesus name.


Let all demons be loosed off of individuals, out of homes, offices, businesses, churches, and expelled out of the land that You have given to Your rightful heirs. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to grant an order for eviction from the court of heaven that commands all encroachers, squatters, soothsayers, and those who practice demonic witchcraft off of the land.  I command these demonic spirits to be sent back to the place prepared for all demons where they must be bound and confined until the day of their eternal judgment in the lake of fire.


I thank You, Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit for releasing Your power against the works of evil, that it might come to a quick and sudden end. I ask that You also release the power of Your Holy Spirit to bring forth forgiveness, compassion, grace and healing. Let there be signs, wonders and miracles, to the glory of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. I ask that You display Your power against the works of darkness, evil and Satan, that the workers of sorcery, demonic magic, witchcraft, spells, incantations, and every form of demonic power would be seen as inferior to that of Your Holy Spirit . I ask that the name of Jesus would be glorified and the enemy be put to an open shame. I ask that every thing the enemy has done to conspire, entrap, ensnare, falsely accuse, gain a false judgment by deceit, bribery or falsehood be overturned. Let all who oppress Your children and hinder them from their divine purpose and assignments be stopped and brought to justice. Let righteous judgment prevail. I ask that You would, according to this petition, grant victory and justice for those that have waited for Your intervention. Let the power of Christ be displayed, the name of Jesus glorified, as You destroy the works of the evil one. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Verses for a Resurrection Miracle

Whatever you're believing for is what you make room to receive. It's a principle of agreement that actually produces an expectation in the spiritual realm. If you come into agreement with negative thoughts, you are actually making room to receive the fulfillment of your fears, and whatever negative words that you speak. Faith works on the opposite spectrum. Jesus said we would have whatever we believed we would have, and He taught on the principal of agreement. Speak life. Jesus never made room for death. He always prepared for life because HE IS LIFE. The kingdom of God is at hand, and so is His resurrection power, to bring forth life. Make room for what you believe by welcoming His Spirit and His life to flow where it's needed.

If you read Matthew 9 23 and 24, a ruler came searching out Jesus and ask for his daughter to be healed because she was near death. The first thing Jesus said was MAKE ROOM... in other words he was saying enlarge your faith, step aside and watch Me do the impossible. We have to make room for the miracle to come in! 

Faith always requires an action to trigger God’s response. Faith is not passive. When we really grab hold of this truth, it causes people to get up and do something they wouldn't have done otherwise. It causes them to partner their faith, their conversation and their worship with God. Backing up in that portion of scripture, in Matthew 9:18 it said that the ruler came and WORSHIPED before making his request. When we come before the king, protocol dictates that we bring a gift. Worship is our gift to God. Sometimes we also need to ask, "God what would you have me do as an act of faith to show you that I'm really believing you for this to occur?" Sometimes He will drop a thought into our hearts of something we need to do as something practical or even a prophetic act. When I was believing for a child and was told I couldn't get pregnant, we went out and bought a little baby outfit and prayed over it and called that child forth, prophesying into my womb. I declares healing scriptures over myself until my condition changed.There have been other things that we have done when we were standing on other promises. Faith takes a corresponding action to partner with God so that we can receive what we're asking for.

Praying the Scriptures for Revival and Restoration
Speak life! The natural realm is subjective to God’s spiritual laws. Therefore, when we declare God’s word over troubling circumstances, sooner or later the natural earthly realm must yield in submission to the higher spiritual laws contained in the scriptures. This is the way God purposed it, and that is why we can boldly and confidently proclaim, “Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven!” Speak the scriptures and the declarations in faith and expect God to turn that situation around!
Father,
Your word is truth. I believe it, and I’m putting my trust in the integrity of who You are. You are holy. You sacrificed your very own life for me, for my household...and for (insert name of person you are praying for). Your word says in Romans 8:32, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? I believe in You, Lord Jesus. You would not have died in our place if You did not intend to give us what we ask for and need in order to live in health and wholeness. You said in John 10:10 that You came to give us abundant life, so I am asking on (_______’s) behalf, that You give him/her the abundant life that You promised. I stand in faith and remind You of Your promises, and as I declare Your word to You, I ask that You release the power contained in Your word to accomplish all Your will and purpose. I ask You to release angels to carry out the fulfillment of Your promises.
Therefore, in the name and authority that You have given me as Your blood-bought child, and as a co-heir along with Christ, I do declare:
Psalm 68:20
"Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You have saved (________) and delivered him/her from death according to Your word in Psalm 68:20.
Isaiah 38:16
"O Lord, by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; O restore me to health and let me live!"
Declaration: Father I thank You that the life of Your Spirit lives in (______). You have restored his health and let him live according to Isaiah 38:16.
Job 33:25
"Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor; "
Declaration: Father, I thank You that (______’s) flesh is fresh and youthful, and You have restored his/her vigor according to Job 33:25.
1 Kings 19:7-8
"The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you."
Declaration: Father, I thank You for sending Your angel and Your Holy Spirit to touch (_______) a second, third or even a fourth time, to tell him/her to arise and be healed. Touch them again as you did for Elijah in 1 Kings 19:7-8, for You are willing to do it.
Psalm 116:8-9
"For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You have rescued (_____’s) soul from death according to Psalm 116:8-9.
Ruth 4:14-15
"Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You have not left (_____) or our family without a redeemer. Redeem his/her life from death so that Your name may become famous once again, according to Ruth 4:14-15.
Titus 3:5-6
"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…"
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You have saved (_____) from death not because of his own righteousness, but according to Your mercy, by regenerating his/her mortal body and renewing him through Your Holy Spirit, according to Titus 3:5-6.
1 Thessalonians 1:5
"….for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not only in word but in power of Your Holy Spirit. Let the power of Your Holy Spirit now raise (_______) up in complete health and restoration according to Your word in 1 Thessalonians 1:5.
Psalm 30:9
"What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?"
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You do not benefit from (______’s) death. Nothing is gained by silencing his voice and robbing him/her from being able to proclaim your goodness. Therefore, according to Your word, let his/her ability to speak and praise You be restored even better than before according to Psalm 30:9.
Jeremiah 17:14
"Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise."
Declaration: Father, I thank You for healing (_____) and giving him/her the ability to praise you again according to Jeremiah 17:14.
Psalm 41:1
"Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;"
Declaration: Father, I thank You that because (______) has been kind to the poor and has been a constant source of provision to our family and others, You remember him/her and have delivered him in his day of trouble. Let it be done for him/her now according to Your word in Psalm 41:1.
Jeremiah 39:17
"But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You have rescued (______) and have not given him/her into the hands of death. We do not fear because you are in control. Deliver (______) according to Your promise in Jeremiah 39:17.
Numbers 23:19
"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"
Declaration: Father, I thank You that You are so holy and pure that You cannot lie. You don’t change your mind on what You’ve said. You don’t make empty promises and then not fulfill them! I EXPECT You to raise up (______) in health. I EXPECT You to restore his/her life better than before this health crisis occurred, because that’s just who you are. You watch over Your word to make sure it comes to pass, so now according to Your word, let it be fulfilled this day for (_____) .
Isaiah 55:11
"So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
Declaration: Father, I thank You that Your word is anointed to bear fruit and it will not return to You empty. As I return Your word to You by speaking it out of my mouth, I thank You that it produces life. Let Your word have good success and prosper to accomplish what You have desired it to achieve, in Jesus name, amen.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Don't Forget Your Keys!

In reading Matthew 16:18-19 today, something stood out to me that I thought I would share. Jesus was having a conversation with Peter, after Peter had the revelation that Jesus was the Christ, and declared that he was the Son of the Living God. Jesus turned to Peter and said, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Jesus was saying that He would build the church upon the same revelation that Peter had; Jesus was the Son of the Living God. But, then He went on to tell Peter that the gates of Hades, or Hell, would not prevail against the church. That’s us. Jesus wanted Peter to understand that He was giving His disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever they forbid on earth would be duly noted by heavenly administrators of justice and those statues would be carried out in the earthly realm. Likewise, whatever they permitted on earth would also be loosed from heaven and the answers sent back to the earthly realm.

There is a similar scripture in Isaiah 22:20-23. “The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder: so he shall open, and no one shall shut. And he shall shut, and no one will open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.”

The steward had the key that gave him an audience with the king. This idea is affirmed again in Revelation 3:7. Jesus Christ, the holy one who is called Faithful and True, had the key of David because He was the rightful son of David (see Matthew 1:1). The ‘key’ holds the entrance into the door of the New Jerusalem as it’s called, or the kingdom of heaven. It was Jesus’ prerogative as the rightful owner of the keys to give them to whomever He wished, and He gave them to His disciples. That is what He was trying to explain to Peter, and it’s what He keeps hoping WE will understand today. Friend, YOU HAVE THE KEYS TO HEAVEN. You have the keys to the church (that’s you!). YOU have the keys to lock the enemy out of your house. You have the keys to lock the gates and secure the doors to make sure that Satan’s plans are shut down. Get up and go get your keys!

The enemy has no rights unless we allow him to have them. Stop complaining, stop blaming others, and stop feeling helpless. The enemy doesn’t have the keys anymore, remember? You do! Simply remember that God has given you authority and use the keys He gave you! You have the authority to lock the door! You have the authority to forbid the thief, the oppressor and the murderer from taking from you and your family. You also have the authority to ask for angelic assistance to bring you the things you loose from heaven.

Another very interesting thing I took note of is found wedged between “The Offended Brother” in Matthew 18:15-17 and verses 19 & 20 that mention prayers of agreement. It’s tucked in between as if it is all part of the same conversation. I asked the Lord, “Lord, was it part of the same conversation or something You said at another time?” “Why was it written in my Bible as if it was all part of the same dialogue? Are You trying to tell us that we even have authority on earth to bind up offenses and just forbid them from happening?” That intrigued me.

Perhaps we won’t know for sure until we just start forbidding offenses from occurring and loosing God’s grace, humility and understanding. Personally, I believe God will honor the prayer of faith. What if we all started praying that just as a little experiment? Do you wonder what effect it could have? Start with where you have been given authority and influence: your family, your workplace, pray it over your church, neighborhood and increase your prayers into ever-widening targeted areas. Pray for no offenses in your city. Bind up that spirit of misunderstanding, offense and anger. Loose the graciousness of God to touch the ears of those that hear.Ask Him to remove the filters off the ears of others that would cause them to hear something that wasn’t intended. Pray that people will hear without taking in offense. That will have a ripple effect that reaches far and wide.

One thing I do know is that Jesus was obviously reaffirming the concept of the transfer of authority to His disciples because He repeated what He said to Peter.  Vs. 18: “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” AUTHORITY TO RULE. The question is, are YOU using it? It’s already done. Whatever problem or issue that is coming against you, your loved ones, or even in our cities or our nation...if it’s not permitted in heaven, then it should not be permitted on earth. If it is permitted in heaven, then it can be loosed as an answer to come and invade earth. In the kingdom of heaven, the answers have already been determined. All we need to do is to call it out of heaven and tell the right thing to manifest in the earthly realm. By faith, we call those things we can’t see and tell them to exist. When our faith agrees with what has already been determined in heaven, God can then release the answer to our prayers. In the mere twinkle of an eye, what didn’t exist before, suddenly just is. We say YES, Lord to Your will, Your plans and purposes coming forth. Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waterloo

I woke up in the middle of the night to an odd word, and the melody to an old 70’s song running through my mind. It was so unusual to wake up at 3:30 in the morning with this word. I knew it had to be from the Lord. The word was “Waterloo.”


Waterloo is commonly understood to mean “a decisive defeat or failure." It is a well known fact that Napoleon Bonaparte, the commanding general of French troops, surrendered to the British, admitting his defeat. It all began on June 18, 1815, when allied forces, consisting of British, Dutch, Belgian and German soldiers, thwarted the attempts of European domination by the French general and emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. The battle marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), which took the lives of 5 million people. (Time.com) As I researched the significance of this famous battle, what stood out to me is the fact that the French were fighting the British for world dominance. France had been the reigning world superpower up until that point, but when France was out of the way, it paved the way for the U.K. to obtain global power. It also laid the foundations for the U.S. to eventually become the world’s superpower.


Knowing that the Lord is speaking about a “Waterloo” experience causes me to dig deeper on this subject. It is no secret that we all have a common enemy. Satan, of course. He works in a myriad of ways, always trying to plot and scheme against us so that he can get us to admit defeat and surrender. We have a very real threat in enemies both within and without. Those within us, and those outside of us;  within the United States as well as threats from foreign nations. Every one of them is fighting for world dominance. The agenda of any enemy will always be to take dominion away from us and bring us into captivity.


Another interesting tidbit worth mentioning is the fact that once a nation was humbled and conquered by a foreign power, the first thing the victor did was to send out ambassadors to effect change in the area of cultural colonization. This is essentially the role of an apostle, but the enemy has his apostles, too. Cultural colonization imposes a culture by force and occupation, displacing and replacing the native culture with the one of the dominant foreign culture. This has always been the way of settling the land and forcing the inhabitants to adopt the beliefs, religion, and culture of those with the stronger military force. They conquered and subdued those within that land, even though many times it was by force. Up to now, American culture has been the prevailing influence as a global power, but if we do not rise up and take back the dominion that God has given us, we too can suffer a humiliating defeat - a Waterloo of epic proportions. Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise and in many people, it’s setting off the alarm bells. ISIS has been testing our boundaries, testing our military force and challenging authority while seemingly little or nothing is done about it. We have a military force that is weakened and unprepared because of current political leadership. Various terrorist organizations have breached important infrastructure firewalls, highly classified information has been made public by whistle blowers, and it just doesn’t stop. The world has been watching as our weaknesses have been laid bare for all to see. It is not difficult to predict what will eventually come as the result of all this. Make no mistakes; our enemies absolutely have an agenda towards world dominance and they are very bold about making it known. Any one of our enemies would love to see America fall so that they could replace us as a global power. The question is, “How will we choose to respond?” That answer will determine our future, and our children’s futures. History always repeats itself. If we fail to learn from the past, we will be forced to learn the same historic lessons. We cannot afford to give away our God-given dominion through casual neglect. God gave ALL mankind the command to exercise dominion and to subdue the earth, but not everyone will exercise what they have been given. The right to rule has been afforded to those who take God seriously. The difference between the enemy and the church as a whole is that foreign enemies fight to win, while the church, for the large part, does not. We've gotten so used to compromise that we embrace sin instead of annihilating it and holding ourselves to a higher standard. I'm not advocating legalism or religiousness, but the church in a collective sense does seem to lack conviction and commitment, and that is why our nation is weak. It's why congregations often display a shallow form of Christianity but lack the power that demonstrates the reality of the kingdom of God. We have to own the fact that we are lukewarm. Do you know what Jesus said about those who were lukewarm? He said he would vomit them out of his mouth! That's serious! 

''I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." Rev. 3:16

We can no longer afford to lack passion for the cause of Christ, because this is what has landed us, as a nation of people, in the predicament we're in. The reality is, whoever will not enforce the rule of God’s kingdom will be overcome by those exercising dominion of a different kingdom.


“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:27,28


I am not one that wants to preach judgment over America, and I don’t wish this article to come across with that sort of prevailing thought. I do, however, recognize the dangerous times in which we live. There will always be warnings and if we heed them, we can avert many of the things that God warns us about. The absolute worst thing we could do is to continue in apathy. We cannot afford to display disinterest towards recognizing the opportunity to effect change while the opportunity still exists. We are God’s ambassadors, His ‘sent ones’ to call heaven down to earth with our prayers. We cannot depend upon the government or our military to fight our battles, because at this present moment we have people in powerful positions that are thwarting efforts to put their foot down on the enemy’s neck. We can, however, accomplish that through prayer. We can ask God to intervene and to raise up those that will help take down the enemy no matter where he is hiding. God has proven throughout history that He is capable of winning the war by many or by few. He calls the unsuspecting, the weak, the most unusual sort of people to do mighty acts for Him. Yet, He is looking for a humble people that will recognize their own need for change, and the genuine fruit of repentance that says, “God, change begins with me. I am not You. I am a flawed human being in need of a Savior. I want to know my sins are forgiven and I am in right standing with You, and I’m asking you to help me to walk out this transformation into Your likeness so that I fulfill what I was put on earth to do.” People wonder what their purpose is. It is contained in knowing Christ and in fulfilling His assignments.


A notable characteristic about Napoleon Bonaparte was his pride. He was, without a doubt, a very successful leader. He is still remembered in history as one of the greatest military strategists and leaders that has ever lived. But, like many people and many nations before him, it was pride that put him in the place of needing to be humbled. What is true of nations is often true of individuals. Pride goes before a fall.


“When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.…” Prov. 11:2,3


“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov. 16:18


We can either come to God willingly or we can find ourselves in need of a Waterloo experience - utter defeat and humiliation as the enemy we give place to grows stronger and overcomes us.


Let’s take this down a notch and make this personal. This word is good for the nation but it’s also good for the individual. The only real choices we have in life is to either choose to serve God, or serve our enemies. Satan works through the lives of those that refuse to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. This is Biblical truth. With those two choices in mind, we are faced with making a necessary decision. Whom will we serve?


God Almighty is not on the side of wicked oppressors. He is not on the side of injustice, cruelty, murder or deception. He does not give His consent, allegiance or help to treacherous people, and He certainly does not support or endorse anyone that comes only to kill, steal or act as a destroyer because that would be aligning himself with Satan and the kingdom of darkness. God stands adamantly opposed to those that manifest those qualities, and eventually, their pride will usher in their defeat and humiliation. (Look in the end of the Book, the adversaries don't win!!). Doesn't it make sense to do something intentional to place your allegiance with the winning side? That should be a no brainer, right?

Jesus was none of those things. He acted in complete love and humility, offering His life in exchange for the sin of mankind. He shed His blood to redeem mankind from the penalty that our sins deserved. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one, and to lovingly rescue those that would identify with the one and only true God of heaven and earth. We are always free to choose. God gave us our own free will and He won’t violate it. He is not like the enemy’s ambassadors that are sent out with the agenda of forcibly making converts and violating people's will under threat of violence and death. God does want to affect cultural change, but He accomplishes it in a much different manner, through love. But, though we are free to make our own choice, we must still bear the consequences of whatever choices we make. We cannot escape that. If we fail to choose Christ, other masters will have dominion over us. The Bible says that we cannot serve two masters. If we try we will either love one and hate the other because they will be adamantly opposed to one another. Doesn’t it make sense that agreeing with what Jesus has already done on the cross is in our best interest? To know that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and your sin is forgiven? Doesn’t it make sense that agreeing with the God that is already on your side is the best possible choice? You don’t have to work for it. His love and acceptance are already secure towards those that draw near to Him. The work is already done. All you have to do is choose to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus is your God. Then get to know Him better by coming into a personal relationship with Him.


In light of this knowledge, “Waterloo” takes on a whole new meaning. Waterloo was a place of surrender. Maybe you’re feeling drawn to that place right now. There are many things to which one can surrender their mind and will; but, pray that it would be to things that are good and worthy of your loyalty and allegiance. Jesus Christ has already proven that He would do anything for you, because He gave His life for all of mankind.


“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31,32


It is a choice to enter into this relationship with the Creator of the Universe (who is your heavenly Father) and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s recognizing that the gospel really is good news, and coming into agreement with God’s word. This is true humility, and humility will save you from falling by pride. It is the heart recognizing there is a need to ask for forgiveness so that the heart and conscience can be cleansed from the guilt stain of sin.


If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].” 1 John 1:9 AMP


We learn to adopt a renewed mindset because our old one was already defeated. Our lives are already defeated without Christ in the center of it. We lose our own self will and gain His loving guidance, wisdom and godly counsel for our lives, and for the benefit of our families. So, we lose the battle with self rule but we win the war. And somewhere in this whole process called life we learn what real love really looks like. And, we learn to love Him back. This is what genuine repentance looks like, and it makes the whole idea of surrender a whole lot more appealing. We recognize that our destiny and purpose are contained in knowing Christ. That's when we can say, "You know, Lord, I can agree with this. I think I'm ready to change the way I think, and the way I live. If you help me live for You, I will do it."


Let’s end this with a prayer, and agree that God will touch people with their own “Waterloo experience.” It’s a place of humble repentance and surrender, bringing defeat to the god of self rule, independence and ultimately, closing the door to the enemy so that God can bring the victory. So, we say defeat to the enemy through our prayer of humility and by the grace of God, we ask for Him to let our enemies not have dominion over us.


Father God,

Please touch every heart in this nation, my state and the city in which I live. Touch my heart, God. Open the eyes of our hearts to acknowledge that we cannot afford to live without You at the center of our lives. Renew our minds with truth, Lord. Let our hearts be moldable and conformed to Your will. I ask You, Jesus, to forgive my sin, as I accept by faith that You already have, but I confess it to You so that You would cleanse me from unrighteousness and the guilt of my sin. I declare You are Lord, and I reject and refuse all ungodly masters over my life. I willingly come to You and ask that You give me the grace and strength to live a life that honors You. Help me, please, to pray Your will on earth as it is in heaven. I give you permission - in advance of every temptation and struggle that I might encounter - to change my heart, my responses, and my behaviors. Change what comes out of my mouth so that it honors You and keeps me from stumbling. I don't want to grant the enemy a victory out of my own weaknesses or foolishness. I'll yield to you, so You take the wheel! Let every enemy both within me, and outside of me - all that are opposed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ be humbled and defeated, in Jesus name. I ask You to raise up those in our nation and even outside of our nation, that will thwart the enemy’s plans and ungodly agendas. Let every plot and scheme be unraveled so that the enemy suffers humiliating defeat. Give Satan and the kingdom of darkness their Waterloo experience that puts them to an open shame, knowing that once again God has prevailed and they did not. In Jesus name, amen.