Monday, July 20, 2015

Your Mountain is About to Become a Fountain!

Yesterday during worship at church, Holy Spirit brought forth a theme that magnified the authority of Christ. We heard the song of the Lord that declared Jesus Christ as Supreme Authority over all. Then the worship team began to follow along and declare for certain things to 'bow the knee' and submit to the authority of Christ. Joy and laughter instantly bubbled up out of me and I knew God wanted us to follow His lead.

Several people got up and shared what the Lord was showing them, and each time it was confirmation of the Lord's authority to deal with anything we might face. I felt the Spirit of the Lord ask, "I AM the Lord; is anything too difficult for Me? Am I not the God who crushes Satan under your feet, just as I crushed him under Mine?" Then another woman got up and began to declare that Jesus told her that he was taking everything that we struggled with...physical and emotional pain, injustices, and so much more, and He crushes them under our feet just like a bug! Ha! Well, the word came to me also, that He is the God of Romans 16:20, and I knew He wanted us to address the things that have been stubbornly resisting the authority of Christ. 

"The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."

God wants to give us peace, and one of the ways He does that is to elevate our perception and understanding of Him through our worship. Nothing can stand against the authority of God! We should rejoice at the government of God, for every other name must bow to the authority of Jesus Christ. When we declare God's word and the name of Jesus over the situations that trouble us, sooner or later those things must succumb to the power of God's word. They have to, because spiritual laws are written into the code of every word in the scripture, and those spiritual laws govern the world in which we live. Even the most stubborn and resolute, difficult situation must bow the knee to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? His name is above every other name.

His name is above sickness and disease.
His name is above poverty and lack.
His name is above loneliness.
His name is above our emotions.
His name is above injustice.
His name is above terrorism, greed, disloyalty, fear and every thing you can name as a source of trouble that may come to your heart.

Philippians 2:8-10 declares: "Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,…"

"The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of the whole earth." Psalm 97:5

Some years ago, the Lord awoke us in the middle of the night with the word, "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion!" Instantly I recognized the verse from Micah 4:13, which encourages us to beat down the things that rise against us. Even though we were tired, we got out the guitar and began to worship and make declarations. As we did, Norm heard the sound of demon bones being crushed under his feet. Now, demons don't have bones, but God gave him the understanding of what was going on spiritually.

Threshing is the act of conquering one’s enemies. God gives His people strength to subdue their enemies. The word ‘horn’ signifies strength and victory; and ‘hoofs as brass’ indicates the act of having your enemies gathered under your feet, similar to oxen that tread on the grain to separate the chaff from the grain.

"Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff." Isaiah 41:15
The mountains in our lives are the things that seem huge, insurmountable, stubborn or resistant. Sometimes those mountains are within us, and other times they come from external sources, like a health issue, a relational issue, financial difficulty or a spiritual attack. Whatever may currently seem like a mountain that is stubbornly resisting the Lordship of God can be moved through the power of praise, worship and declaring God's supreme authority over that situation. You will find that when you do these things, the mountain becomes a fountain.What was once a mountain becomes a fountain of living water. Who are you, O great mountain? Before the Lord Jesus Christ you will become small!
It's time for that mountain in your life to come down!
It's time for rivers of joy to flow into the dry places of your life!
Let every mountain become a fountain of everlasting joy as the God of Peace crushes the enemy under your feet!
Speak to the mountains in your life. Speak to the mountains of pride and stubbornness in the lives of those you've prayed for that are resisting the authority of God in their life. Speak to that illness or financial crisis and command it to bow the knee to the name of Jesus. Speak to injustice, your fears, or whatever it is that you're dealing with. Declare the name of Jesus Christ over every situation that's been stealing your peace and joy. Tell those mountains Jesus Christ is SUPREME AUTHORITY and that it has to bow the knee to the Lord! Below is a song that really enjoy called Love Has Come by Mark Shultz. Let it encourage you today! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pray for New York!!

Last night I awoke from a dream which I believe contained a visit from an angel. In the dream, I saw myself having a conversation with a woman who thanked me for an article I wrote called Strengthening the Line of Defense. Although that was not the actual name of the article, because of the verbiage I immediately recognized the words I had used that came from a prayer strategy over the United States. Here is the original article/prayer:

The woman and I were discussing how to achieve a better approach so as to be more effective. At the time, I was frustrated because I needed to get to New York, but I was afraid of getting a flat tire, so I was preparing to walk. Then a kind gentleman appeared and said I didn't have to walk, but he would take me there. That was the end of the dream.

I awoke to my son having a bad dream so after I took care of him and got him settled down, I headed off to bed again. I asked the Lord to show me if there was anything more to the dream I had, and to let me have a second dream to show me any other details I needed to understand. Right before I awoke this morning, I simply heard the words, "Close the gate at Ferris Island, New York. Close it now."

Again, my sleep state was cut a bit short by my son interrupting and waking me up, so I thought perhaps I had gotten the words confused. There is no "Ferris Island", but there is the site of the world's largest ferris wheel on Staten Island, New York. It sits along side the statue of Liberty and the Empire State building. Then there is Ellis Island, another huge tourism spot that commemorates the gate of immigration. It is now a museum. Both of these places are sites of large crowds all year long, but especially in the summer months. All of these places are a huge part of American history. ISIS has been targeting historical and significant places in other countries, so it may be a clue as to how they plan to operate in the United States. They are already here, folks, so we need to be on guard and attentive to pray! There is another tourist spot called the Gate of New York in Central Park. Lastly, what I tend to think of as a "gate" is the port of New York and New Jersey, a shipping and transport system over the waterway.

I may not have the specific location, but at least I have a good idea of how to pray. This is not the first dream I have had warning me of potential trouble or a terrorist attack planned for New York. The Lord wanted me to know that we need to pray to hold the line of defense in New York, but I believe we should also to pray specifically over the tourism places and shipping port. Please, if you know of a specific place that could be considered the 'gate of New York' then include that in your prayers. One thing we know for sure is that where ever it is, a gate is significant of an opening, a doorway that leads to other things. A gate is a movable barrier of some sort, that permits or denies access or passage of people, vehicles, goods or other things. It could even be significant of a door to someone's heart. The great news is, IT IS A MOVABLE BARRIER! Yes, it CAN be moved out of the way! The Lord is trying to help us pray specific, targeted prayers so that we can be more effective against the enemy. Remember, the words of the Lord were to pray to CLOSE THE GATE IN NEW YORK. That could also be a demonic portal of some sort, or something the enemy is using to come and go undetected. In any event, what we do know is that we have a prayer assignment waiting for us, so let's pray those effective and fervent prayers that shut the enemy down before any evil plans can be executed. 

"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle." Psalm 144:1

"He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze." 2 Sam. 22:35

Father God,

I thank You for showing us how to release strategic prayers. In the name and authority of Jesus Christ, and according to Your word in Isaiah 22:22, I command every gateway and door that the enemy is using to his advantage to be closed immediately. I command this gate to be locked to the enemy's plans and purposes, but open to the Lord Jesus Christ and His purposes. I declare a supernatural shift in the hearts, minds, emotions and allegiances to those the enemy is using to carry out evil plans and schemes. Let their be light in the darkened hearts. Open their eyes to the misery they feel and that which they cause to others, and give them a change of heart. Bring them to the Lord's side, and let them disclose every evil scheme that they have knowledge of so that the destroyers plans are spoiled. Let those the enemy has targeted for destruction discover the plots before they can be executed. I ask You, Father, to allow the right people, those that have the authority, power, and influence to stop evil plans to be made aware so that those that would plan destruction would be arrested and brought to justice. Secure the lines of our inheritance, Father, and let angelic hosts be released to fight these battles in the airwaves, on land, and sea. I thank You that what the enemy has meant for harm, will be turned around for good. In Jesus name, amen. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stop that Thief!

Many people in the body of Christ are eagerly awaiting breakthrough. This has been a long, tough season for a lot of people, but don't give up now! I wanted to share a couple of things that the Lord showed me recently, and I believe they both tie together.

The first insight came by way of a dream. I'll skip over the dream elements somewhat to get to the point. The enemy comes ONLY as a thief. He comes to kill, steal and destroy by whatever means he can find available to him. In the dream, I saw someone from my past. This person was angry, abusive, a thief, deceitful, and a pretty good example of how the enemy works in real life, so this person pops up frequently in dream illustrations. In this particular dream, he was trying to take something that didn't belong to him, but as it turned out, a restraining order that I had a long time ago (now appearing in the dream) was still 'active' and prevented him from taking what didn't belong to him. I knew by the other elements contained in the dream that it signified either a job or ministry, or perhaps both.

I'll come back to that in a minute, but now I would like to focus on the second insight the Lord showed me. It came by a conversation with a friend. This friend has been in the waiting and seeking mode for a long time. He has been applying for different jobs but hasn't found the right one just yet. As we spoke, he told me that he had his hopes for one position dashed on the rocks when he overheard his boss give a negative review of him to the potential employer when they called for a reference. I know my friend well enough to know that poor job performance was most likely not the real reason. He never mentioned the incident to his employer, but felt extremely let down and disappointed in this person's actions towards him. My friend has continued to work for this same employer for quite a while since that event occurred, and it's been a test he has had to go through feeling as though his boss betrayed him. I don't know why that man handled that situation the way he did. Maybe he didn't want to deal with having to hire another person to fill the void. Sometimes jealousy or competition rises up and people just don't want others to receive a blessing. People can be funny that way. That is all the more reason to seek God's recommendation and not just take the words of others at face value. Anyone that's worth promoting has dealt with injustice, slander and political agendas from others, and we all need to keep those things in mind. Seek counsel from Holy Spirit above man! I know that my friend is a person of of integrity and he's been a victim of injustice, but God keeps good records and he's not worried. He knows that promotion will come but it's a timing thing. That, my friend, could be what is holding many people in limbo and this awkward holding pattern that they've been dealing with. It's just a timing thing, but it will soon be over! Sometimes we have to wait while God deals with the attitudes of others, or allows them to show a side of themselves that maybe others need to see, too. He also has people in other places that will do for us what someone else will not. God does not need the approval or recommendation of someone that doesn't have our best interests at heart in order to promote or bless us. This is the action of a thief, trying to steal a blessing from a child of God, but it won't work! God knows what has been done in an attempt to prevent His people from coming into promotion and He has a way of getting all of us around the obstacles. 

We are all tested prior to promotion. It often comes a year or more before God is ready to release us into the thing He has prepared us to do. So, if you have been one that has endured betrayal, offense, disappointment and a great deal of testing, take heart. That is actually good news because it means God has been testing you to see if you are ready for promotion! If you don't know what to do when betrayal and offense come, just act as much like Jesus as humanly possible. Forgive, bless, move forward and release them to the Lord.

Now let me circle back around to my first point. The thief comes to steal what doesn't rightfully belong to him, but he also comes to sabotage the opportunities waiting for the servants of the Lord whenever possible. The enemy has people in position to ambush and destroy long before the children of the Lord even know what they're walking into...BUT, let me tell you...GOD IS ABLE to get around the pride, arrogance and destroying spirit that seeks to keep His servants out of their promises, promotions, and positions. I remember one time when there was a particular person that was trying to block my husband and I from coming into a blessing, and they were doing what they could to hinder us in this certain thing. However, one day we got a surprise to find out the blessing was there waiting for us anyway. God hadn't just gone around this person, He went straight to the top of the organization and went ABOVE this person's head to accomplish what He wanted to do! Isn't that just like God? He knows who to bypass! Don't worry friend, God knows how to maneuver the pieces on the chess board. He can outwit people at their own game!

Now this brings us to another strategic prayer for God to do what He does best!

Father God,

Thank you that I don't need to get upset or worried about my future, or even what others might try to do to prevent me from coming into the blessings You have for me. You see it all, and You sit in the heavens and laugh at the foolishness of man. You alone know what motivates others and You know the intent of everyone's heart. 

I declare that You are my inheritance and my cup of blessing overflows. You guard all that is mine, and return my inheritance to me. You make my future secure according to Psalm 16:5.

I declare that You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil and my cup overflows, according to Psalm 23:5.

I declare that You have sent an angel ahead of me to guard me, keep me and protect me along the way and bring me to the place that You have prepared according to Exodus 23:20.

I declare that You have issued the restraining order to prevent the thief from illegal encroachment and stealing what is not meant for him. I thank You Father, that You have given your oath that the angel of the Lord goes before to insure my success, according to Exodus 24:7.

I declare the angel of the Lord goes before me to light my path and also comes after me to put my enemies in darkness so that they cannot follow me, according to Exodus 14:19.

I declare that You have brought us into our inheritance and planted us in the land You have for us. 

Thank You Father, for getting around those who have been planted by the enemy to sabotage and ambush your people. I ask You to go around those who have positioned themselves to be mountains of opposition, defiance, and slander towards Your people. I thank You for not only going around them, but going above their heads and putting people on assignment to help Your people come into the places and positions You have appointed for them. Your favor surrounds as as a shield, according to Psalm 5:12. I speak grace, grace, grace to the mountains of opposition and declare every road block is leveled and removed now, according to Zech. 4:7. You push the opportunists out of the way. Let the person or people occupying my portion be removed now in Jesus name. Open new doors and send them out, Lord. Let every remaining piece fall into place now. Let the gift of Your inheritance be released to Your people so that the kingdom of God may bear good fruit and increase throughout the earth. In Jesus name, amen.