Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Missing Pieces

Not too long ago, our family put together a puzzle. One thing that was frustrating was to think we had a particular piece in place, only to discover a while later that it didn't actually belong there. Have you ever noticed that a puzzle piece can actually fit so close together with another piece that at first, it appears to belong in the place where you've put it? It can even connect with other pieces on the table. But, upon closer examination, (and often when you get to a place where you're stuck and can't go any further), you take a closer look at the board and realize that something was out of place. How long did you skip right past that piece, trying to make other pieces fit together and nothing came together the way it should? It looked almost right, it even fit into the right spot - but it wasn't a perfect fit. Sure, you could force it into place, but it wasn't actually designed for that place in the picture. No wonder the other pieces couldn't come together right!  When things were adjusted even a tiny bit, suddenly the picture came together and everything fell into place!

It's like that in the body of Christ, too. God has designed each one of us to fit into a particular place in the big picture. Sometimes we put ourselves in a place and other times someone else puts others in a position, but...it's apparent something is missing. Usually, it's the anointing. When people are not in the place designed for them, the anointing doesn't flow freely. It gets bottlenecked or blocked. Sometimes we are not in the right place. At first, we may think so, but then we realize we are just stuck and it's obvious something isn't connecting right, or we can't go any further. The fruit we expected isn't happening or God just doesn't seem to be in it. Whatever the case, those situations call for a new step of action. Restructuring allows people to find their anointed place of service and ministry that produces greater fruitfulness. Many people have felt stuck and frustrated because they are missing some puzzle pieces in their lives. Key relationships are missing and without them, they cannot get to the next step. They need to be repositioned and for God to help connect them with the people HE has chosen for them. God wants each one of us to be blessed by covenant relationships, and that probably means a step of faith. It's time to ask God what that may be for you!

Covenant relationships are ones where there is a heart connection established by God – people that will support you in prayer, help you get through the right doors or those that play a distinct role in helping you carry out God’s purposes for your life. If we want to break through to a new season, then we need to do something new and different. We need to pray differently and be willing to step outside of our comfort zone because if we continue to do the same thing we’ve done in the past we will continue to get the same results.  New seasons call for new strategies.  

Praying in partnership with God and others will cause a ripple effect. God will be brought into many more people’s lives as a result, and He will begin to move people into strategic places and relationships.

We all need someone that actually has faith and is willing to believe God and pray GOD’s heart for the situations that affect our lives. I do want to caution people not to try to pray their own will thinking God will honor it. It’s important to have discernment about those kinds of things because it makes all the difference between praying a prayer that God wants to answer, vs. a prayer that won’t go anywhere. Praying God’s heart for others, and praying unselfish prayers have a greater potential to be answered.

Our encouragement to each of you is to find a prayer partner for this next year – commit to praying with someone that has faith to believe God for the answers you both seek. If you’re praying with someone, then it’s important they have real faith to believe that God will intervene, no matter how challenging the circumstances may appear! Find someone who will agree to link up with you and pray in agreement; let’s see how God moves!

We have developed a new web page called PrayTogether2018.com . It's an invitation to go deeper with the Lord in 2018 and to also commit to praying with a prayer partner every day in the New Year. If you expect great things to happen, your expectancy draws God to you. If you keep running towards God, and your prayers of faith draw Him to you, sooner or later the two of you are going to collide! That’s when the breakthrough happens! We look forward to hearing some great praise reports so that we can celebrate your answers to prayer! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mercy Heals

Mercy contains the power to heal. When God sent Jesus to die in our place on the cross, He showed us mercy. When we accept God’s gracious offer of salvation, we give Jesus our sins, and He gives us a clean slate. He wipes away our sins: past, present and even those we have yet to commit. His kindness and ability to forgive is so thorough that He doesn’t hold anything back. The blood of Christ extends grace towards us so thoroughly that we have been granted forgiveness in advance. This is God’s perfect, unconditional love towards all of mankind. All we need to do is to accept the good news by faith, believing that Jesus really did take our sin upon Himself and that His holy sacrifice is sufficient to cleanse us of all unrighteousness and restore the relationship that was once broken between us and our heavenly Father.

The blood of Jesus is absolutely comprehensive and altogether effective at reconciling broken relationships! The good news is, there is so much more that we have been given in addition to mercy for our sins. We have been blessed with eternal life. When we draw our final breath, we are immediately ushered into the presence of the just judge of heaven and earth; yet, those who have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and their Father need not fear for they have been rescued from the fires of hell, spared from eternal damnation. Mercy triumphs over judgment as we are welcomed into His presence, comforted by His overwhelming, perfect love.

Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will would be done ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ He also empowered us to walk in mercy and forgiveness towards others, overcoming the momentary personal pain or injustices that we may experience while we live out our time on earth. Jesus did not just take our sins; He empowered us with His mantle of forgiveness so that we would be agents of healing, reconciling relationships, and extending the olive branch of peace towards others.

“You now have the mantle of God’s forgiveness. As you go, you are able to share the life-giving power to forgive sins or withhold forgiveness.” (John 20:23 The VOICE).

The reality for many people is that they live in offense instead of releasing forgiveness. Families and relationships, including relationships between individuals and God, are broken because of pride. We think we have the right to stay offended by God or others, yet we have been bought with a price. Our lives are not our own. God has given us a mantle that enables and empowers us to truly, genuinely forgive others so sincerely that no residue of offense remains.

Do you remember a time when you cried out to God and prayed a prayer like this?

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Ps. 51:1-2)

He listened. He drew near when He heard your cry, because God does not disregard the broken and contrite heart. He sent His answer.

“Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph. 2:4-5)

That is why we can say,

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Psalm 103:8) and,

“Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” (Micah 7:18)

If God kept a record of our wrongs, who could stand?

We live in a world where people are at war with one another for ridiculous reasons. Satan has effectively led multitudes of people to pick up an offense and be willing to cause riots simply because they are not in the same political party, of the same sexual orientation, or have a difference of opinion. The enemy of our soul has stirred up hatred, intolerance, anger, and offense so that people partner with him as accusers towards others. This is the result of pride and offenses that have not been healed. If there were nothing to exploit, the enemy would not have a foothold in so many lives, but that foothold allows him to use people as his pawns and puppets. The enemy loves to exploit pride because pride causes strife, (Proverbs 13:10). Peace cannot rule where pride and strife exist. What madness is this, and why have so many people become willing participants to perpetuate offense? Some people seem to thrive on it, and worse yet, some have sunk to the level of benefiting from causing pain, offense or physical harm to others. These things are destroying lives, families, and cities. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE! Engaging in petty, self-debased behaviors causes people to be covered in shame. I pray that as a nation of people we recover our senses, remember who we are, and in whose image we are created. Far too many people have picked up the mantle of accusation rather than the mantle of forgiveness, but it starts with us.

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray…”

“You are mantled with the mantle of forgiveness.”

The way to walk in total forgiveness is not by keeping a record of wrongs, gossiping to others about offenses, hoping to gain an ally; nor by entertaining suspicion, meditating on anger, hurt feelings or rehearsing what we feel is unjust. When we pray for others, we bring them before God. We enter His courts in the heavenly realm. However, if people allow negative emotions to direct their prayers, then it is quite possible that they may have allowed Satan to lead them into the place where they partner with him as an accuser rather than an intercessor. We do not want to be caught standing before God in His courtroom, standing on the side of the accuser! That sort of thing will cause people to incur God's judgment on their own unrighteous actions!

“And turn from their wicked ways…”

Let us instead be mindful of the enemy’s tactics and humble ourselves before God. Pray unselfish prayers for the best interests of those that have caused the pain, so that your only motive is love. The only way out of the trap of offense is through humility. It is not praying what we want to transpire; because that would have a selfish motive at the heart of our prayers. No, it is about praying what is sincerely best for others regardless of whether or not our desires are met. It is about praying the Father’s heart for other individuals; that they would be free, healed, restored and blessed in every way that GOD wants to bless them. It is the unselfish prayer that God answers. Prayers birthed out of unconditional love are the prayers that change lives and alter destinies. They reconcile relationships, but most importantly, they release us from the bondage of bitterness. A person cannot remain in bitterness when they are truly praying God’s heart for someone else. Injustice shuts its mouth when God’s people pray unselfish prayers from a humble heart.

“Then I will hear from heaven and heal your land…”

Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to share a meal with one another. I urge you, be gracious. Be kind. Sincerely make the choice to forgive others and completely erase the record of wrongs.

“Be kind and compassionate toward one another, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32)

You have the mantle of forgiveness that empowers you to be free and to set others free through the demonstration of mercy, kindness, and forgiveness. True forgiveness holds no record of wrongs. It wipes the slate clean. This Thanksgiving, let mercy triumph. May your homes be filled with an abundance of peace and joy, causing your heart to overflow with gratitude at what Christ has done to reconcile, heal and restore what was broken. What begins in our homes will have a ripple effect into our cities. Forgiveness will put out the fires of the enemy. Love will spark fires of revival. Your kingdom come, Lord. On earth, as it is in heaven!


Help me to let go of any offenses I have held on to. Give me grace to forgive fully and completely. Help me to pray unselfish prayers that represent Your heart and Your will towards others. Bless me with compassion for those that I have been offended with, so that I can sense Your heart for them, and pray the sort of prayers that will release healing for both of us. I yield my heart to You. Please take out any anger, hurt or desire for retribution. I trust you to do what You know is best. Please let my heart be set free and filled with gratitude and love. In Jesus name, amen.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

God's Warning of Things to Come

I just had a very disturbing dream, which I know was a warning of things to come. It felt like it wasn't far off, either. I don't share this to incite fear, but I feel people need to be warned so they can pray. Not only for the situation to be turned on the enemy's head, but for people to realize the seriousness of the moment they live in and get right with God without delay. Souls hang in the balance!

The Dream: I had been taken to a concentration camp for Christians, run by FEMA. At least, that is what it felt like in the dream. They were lining people up to kill them. I was trying to write a last-minute letter to my daughter, telling her I loved her and to be strong. We were given a chance to renounce Christ and the ones that would not were put to death. I couldn't find anyone to mail my letter to my daughter. I felt so sad that she would never know my final goodbye! I was standing in line, and as it became my turn to face death, I remember praying and surrendering my Spirit to the Lord, asking that He take my life before the enemy did. Nevertheless, it became apparent that I would face death at the hands of someone who delighted in evil and causing terror to Christians. End of dream.

Friends, God gives us warning dreams for a reason. He sends out His warnings as an act of His mercy. He wants us to realize that the enemy has very real plans to destroy those who profess Christ as their Savior. There are people now in many countries and other nations that face martyrdom for professing their faith. They face their tribulation now, but much of that is regional depending on where people live.

Far too many people are waiting for Jesus to return and come rescue them from the troubles on this earth. I've got news for you; WE ARE THE RESCUE CREW!

Anyone that believes that evil is more powerful than God ought to just throw away their Bible now because that is unbelief and that is useless theology. We are full of the power of the Holy Spirit. We ARE the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. We call those things that are not as though they were, bringing heaven down to earth. The government of God is upon the shoulders of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be government leaders that make room for the government of God. The glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the seas. There will be a great revival. Evil laws will be overturned. Righteousness will overcome evil. The plots of evil men will be overturned, and those that conspire against the Lord and His anointed will be caught in their own traps. There are more with us than against us! Greater is He that is in the earth than He that is in the world. The enemy has already been defeated!! But, we must pray.

We must pray against the evil plans but we must also pray for ourselves and loved ones, that we would not allow any sort of fear, threat or intimidation to cause us to renounce Christ. God does not honor cowardice. He expects us to stand firm in our faith to the end, even though we may come face to face with evil. The enemy only wants trophies to drag to hell with him. No one would be spared from the eternal consequences of renouncing Christ. One way or another, we all leave this planet through death. It is far better to know Christ and remain faithful to Him, knowing that after we die we will be in the presence of the Lord, than to deny Him and end up in the lake of fire for eternity, along with all those marked for destruction.

"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." - Rev. 21:8

Never trust an enemy to tell you the truth or to keep you safe. Never trust an enemy to provide for you. Never, EVER, put your trust in an evil person because it is only a deception.

God is sending out His warnings so that we will not be caught off guard. Pray now, before you ever have to face making a difficult choice under duress. Pray that you would be found faithful. Pray for people to wake up and stop playing around with the time they have left, because none of us know the number of our days. Either the blood of Christ covers our sins and Jesus is our Lord, or He is not. If He is not, there are eternal consequences for that decision. There is no middle ground for the undecided, the self-deceived or those that refuse to believe God's word is truth. We don't get to re-write what God has said to suit our personal preferences. Upon death, our soul can only go to one of two places: heaven or hell. The Bible is clear about this! But none of us need to face eternal condemnation. It is as easy as saying, "Father, please forgive my sin. I believe Jesus took my sin upon Himself when He went to the cross, died, and rose again. I believe He is the Son of God. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Savior. Enable me to have a personal relationship with You. Thank you for eternal life. In Jesus name, amen." God is looking for the sincere prayer, but salvation is really that simple.

Pray that God would turn the hearts of men towards Himself so that people would be spared. And finally, take nothing for granted. Say what needs to be said to your loved ones while you have the opportunity to do so. Leave no regrets. Make things rights with your family while you have the time. Tell them you love them. Tell them you are proud of them. Speak words of blessing over them so that they feel empowered to fulfill their destiny and finish their race strong, whenever that time may come for them. Pray for them to be courageous. Sorry for such a serious post first thing in the morning, but I must report what God gives me. His mercy compels Him to tell us what is on the road ahead so that we can take every opportunity to prepare ourselves. I pray that you do.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Provision in Unexpected Places

Hey gang! Sorry, I have not posted a new article in a while, but I've been busy working on a new project. I am happy to announce my NEW book,  PROVISION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES!

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We have lived it, and we know how intimidating and frightening it can be when all of a sudden you have nothing and no one to depend on except God. No safety nets. No familiar faces. No references for a job. No family or friends to turn to. Nothing.

This is our story about God's miraculous provision in the midst of our struggles to start over, not just once, but several times. He can get you through transition! He can take your mess and use it to birth miracles! He got us through it, and He can do it for you, too! Do you want to discover the God that knows all your needs? Can help you start a business with absolutely nothing? The God that can give you strategy for business and prosperity? Come along on the journey and meet the God of dead ends, difficulties, and disasters - the loving Father that will take care of you and get you through your challenges!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Five Wise Men and an Angel

Allow me to share a little story I read. I have taken the liberty to modify the original story somewhat to fit in with the content of my article.

An angel of the Lord appeared to five wise men, asking each man the same question. “If you could acquire one trait that would make you a better person, what would it be?” Only one of you will be granted your request.

The first man answered, “I would like to have eyes to see the good in others.”

The second man said, “I would like a good friend, for man cannot bear the burdens of life alone.”

The third man answered, “I would like a good neighbor, for it is good to help one another when one of us has a need.”

The fourth man answered, "I would like to have the foresight to see what will come from my actions.”

The fifth man said, “I would like to ask for a good heart.”

The angel of the Lord responded, “All of you have carefully given me your best answers, but there is one whose request is the wisest of them all. It is the man who asked for a good heart, for all of your requests are included in his. The angel went on to explain:

"The honor and respect of your brother, your sister, your neighbor or your friend, should be just as important to you as your own. What belongs to your neighbor should be just as important to you as your own. Live with kindness and love, for one day you will stand before God, and you will be repaid in like manner. How you treat others is the basis for which you will one day be judged. Repent before your death. Do you know on which day you will die?" None of the men had an answer for that question. The angel said, “Then should you not take advantage of today and repent? For perhaps tomorrow you will die. Should you not let each day be a day in which to take advantage of the time that you have, and live in a perpetual state of mercy towards others and repentance towards God?” 

[I altered the above story to re- tell it here, but the original story, using five rabbis, came from www.chabad.org/library, taken from Ethics of the Fathers: Chapter Two. It also referenced www.meaningfullife.com. All copyright information is credited to the author and/or Chabad.org as used in the original version of their story.]

Every time we turn on the news or scan through any form of social media, it is filled with reports of anger, protests, riots, and people treating each other with hatred and injustice. People are busy passing judgments and speaking unkindly about others, and much of it is based on fake news. Taking in these negative reports is like slowly being poisoned. It is stripping us of compassion. It creates in us an evil eye that looks for wicked intentions rather than seeing the good in others. If we focus on the negativity in the news or other people’s evil reports, we allow evil inclinations to separate us from being good friends and good neighbors. Getting caught up in negative, angry, or selfish emotions creates bitterness, and bitterness creates spiritual blindness. People can no longer understand the consequences of their own negative actions. They also have no concept of eternal consequences for how they spend their time here on earth.

The pain that people feel…the bitterness, anger, the frustration with injustices and mistreatment, government oppression – all of it – is the result of a people who have failed to acknowledge their sin. Scripture says that those that try to hide their sin cannot prosper. This allows poverty and ruin to overtake them.
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Prov. 28:13

There is a story in Psalm 32 about David. When he tried to keep silent about his sin, it caused tremendous pain to his soul and his psyche. He was in a state of mental anguish until he finally decided to confess his sins to the Lord.

“When I kept silent, my bones grew old. Through my groaning all the day long –
For day and night, Your hand was heavy upon me: my vitality turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. (Ps. 32:3-5)

David learned an important truth: Confession relieves the soul of pain. 1 John 1:9 tells us why. When we confess our sin, God cleanses our conscience of the pain it has caused from carrying all that guilt, shame and toxic emotions. He cleanses us from unrighteousness so that once again we can be restored to right relationship with Him. David thanks God for his deliverance and preserving him from trouble. All of a sudden, the tone of Psalm 32 changes. The dialogue shifts from David being the one who is speaking, to God jumping into the conversation and speaking to David. God begins to tell David not to be stubborn like the horse or the mule that needs to have a bridle put in their mouth to lead them. He also reminded David that many sorrows come to those that act wickedly, but mercy surrounds those that put their trust in the Lord.

It is not an easy thing to escape the constant fake news, strife, and offense that the enemy constantly tries to stir up. Friend, don’t let hatred be birthed in your heart towards others because it is the enemy’s way to pull you over to his side. Hatred does not begin with anger, violence or despising others. It begins with apathy, indifference towards what others are going through, and allowing your love for others (and God) to grow cold. It comes from an evil eye – the lens by which we see the rest of humanity and the world around us, looking for wrongdoing to judge rather than looking for the good in others. When this happens, the enemy has succeeded in placing us under a curse, for the spiritual laws of sowing and reaping is always in effect, and God is bound to honor His word.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:1)

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.” (Gal. 6:7)

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

Our nation is in a time of spiritual emergency. Even President Trump has declared Sunday as a Day of Prayer. In a time of spiritual emergency, no one is excused from prayer. We all live in this nation and share the good, the bad and the ugly of what is going on around us. Even in the midst of tragedies and trials, the world is still full of the goodness of God. We see it in the tender kiss of a mother loving her child. We see it in the strong arms of those that have rushed to help the flood victims in Texas. We see the love of God poured out in the lines of people bringing donations to help those in need, or simply the kindness of a stranger lending something in need to their neighbor. We see acts of compassion in those that rescue strays, abandoned or orphaned animals. Even in those we find difficult to like, or those that seem impossibly bent on doing the wrong things, there is something good. The question is, "Are we looking for it? Or are we looking for something to judge and criticize?" Offended people look for someone or something to criticize. Friend, if that's you today, and you're feeling offended with someone - even those in politics or others that you don't even have a personal relationship with - there is something there that needs to be dealt with. It's robbing you of peace, positive thoughts, and it's robbing you of being able to see the good in the world around you. Bring it before God and confess that sin. Let the blood of Jesus cleanse your heart and mind so that you can have a more positive outlook because if you don't, you end up hurting yourself. God's love and goodness are all around us every day. Let's remember to look for the good in others! 

God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abundant in mercy. When people genuinely and truly repent, He responds with kindness. Blessings are restored. Productivity returns. Even the agriculture gets blessed. All He is looking for is a proper response. Confess your sins. Cleanse your heart. Treat others the same way you want to be treated. It’s not complicated. Remember the story of the five wise men. Ask God for what is most important: a good heart.


I confess my sins before You today. I haven’t always chosen to see the good in others. I have failed to judge myself by Your standard, and I’ve judged others by what I’ve seen or heard – what constitutes as fake news in Your eyes. Forgive me. I have no right to judge anyone. I don’t want to reap from judgments I’ve sown against others. Please let the power of any negative words I’ve spoken against others be broken in Jesus name. Help me to be a good friend, a good neighbor, (a good spouse and parent). I confess I have not always treated others right. Forgive me for not treating others with the same honor or respect I want for myself. Please cleanse me from unrighteousness and relieve my soul from pain, guilt, and shame that comes from unconfessed sin. I ask You for a good heart: to see the good in others. To be a person of integrity, compassion and live in truth. Help me to have the foresight to see the consequences of my actions. Guard my heart so that I am not easily angered or offended, and when I feel that way, help me to be quick to forgive and let go of any negative emotions. In Jesus name. Amen.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Dream of Sudden Destruction

This afternoon I laid down for a nap and had an unusual dream. This dream seems to be mostly symbolic in nature, but I believe could involve some literal events about to occur as well.

My family was in the car driving on the freeway, but suddenly on the road ahead, I saw storm clouds. I said to my husband, “Look at the enormous amount of rain that just dropped from those clouds, and it’s coming this way!” I urged him to slow down because visibility from the storm was so poor. Suddenly the earth opened up and there was great destruction. I couldn’t tell if there had been an earthquake or what the exact cause was to cause such great ruin of the freeway. It was like the roads just disintegrated and gave way without warning. Cars began to fall into the huge chasms. They were very deep. We had to pull over and stop because there was no way to get around the deep fissures. As I looked down into the crevasse, I saw what looked like a river of blood flowing downhill. This river was full of people, some even jumping from the top of the ravine by choice and plunging into the river. It seemed as though some of them were there because of the disaster from the roads giving way, but others were just blindly following the rest to their death. It gave me the impression that the river led to hell.

Somehow, I found myself swept up in the momentum and I wondered how I would escape. Then a peace came over me and I started praising God and telling others to praise Him also, that it would carry us out of the river. I began to move upward and found myself out of the river in a place that kind of resembled a waiting area, like what you would see at an airport or a train station or something. I found myself praying for a police man and sharing hope with others. End of dream.

I am not sure if this dream has something to do with all the rains in Texas right now or not. It could be a warning that roads are about to give way. It may be related to something completely different and could be interpreted as a warning to pray against sudden destruction. I do believe God is sending out warning dreams to many right now about a variety of events.

I believe the warning to many people right now is to honestly evaluate yourself and determine what road you are on. God is dealing with the enemy. He is exposing sin and sometimes that brings sudden destruction. It can leave people feeling quite unprepared and devastated when that happens. It is not that God wants us to suffer, but because He loves people too much to allow them to remain in bondage to sin, shame and sickness of their soul. In order to set people free, He must judge the works of the enemy so that they can see where they have allowed themselves to be taken into captivity by the wrong things. It is not merciful to leave people stuck in sin, hiding it so that they can continue to deceive themselves and others. God will allow things to be exposed so that the pain of dealing with those things causes people to genuinely repent and ask for forgiveness. People that have been humbled have a greater opportunity to be rescued and redeemed by the Lord rather than those that are too proud to admit when they need help or ask God to save them.

There are those that are following a multitude to hell simply because everyone around them seems to be on that path. They don’t stop to question what they’re doing; they just follow the herd. This is a warning to stop and turn around before it is too late! Just because others are forsaking God or living without relationship to Him does not mean that they are doing things right! It means they are blind to their need for a Savior and One who can wash away the stain of their sin. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be granted eternal life. Friend, is YOUR NAME written in this book? Are you living in personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Does the blood of Jesus cover your sins? Will your faith be strong enough to carry you home to heaven when your time on earth is over?

None of us knows the exact number of our days, and this dream is an important reminder of that fact. We should all be prepared no matter when that day happens. Call on the name of Jesus. Don’t take chances with your salvation! Stop what you’re doing now and pray a simple prayer, asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to be your Savior. Confess that He is Lord, the risen Son of God. Invite Him to bring His Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father for adopting you as His child. Pray this in Jesus name.

If you have been on the wrong road and gotten lost, simply ask God to redirect you back to Him. Ask Him to guide your life and to keep you safe from destruction. It so important to be able to hear His voice and sense His leading. A person that cannot hear God is spiritually blind and doesn’t know where they are going. Ask God to open your eyes, unblock your ears, and give you an understanding heart. Give Holy Spirit permission to change your heart and your desires so that He can lead you away from trouble and keep you on solid ground. Pray for yourself. Pray for your loved ones. Pray that they are in a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ and can hear His voice for themselves. Someday your very lives may depend on it!

Please also pray against any natural disasters as well as those things the enemy is doing to bring destruction. Pray that the things that can be averted, would be, and that there is no loss of life. Pray for souls to turn to God NOW while they still have an opportunity to do so. Pray for the witness of peace and stability in those that belong to Christ so that others will want to know our God!

We do live in times of uncertainty. I pray that this blesses you and convicts you of your own need to examine yourself, because when we judge ourselves – not by our feelings or opinions – but by the word of God, then we realize we all come up short. We cannot get to heaven on our own merits. We need our loving Father to watch over us and guide us into the truth that will help set us free. May you find Him today! He is watching and waiting to hear from you!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What Field are You In?

Every day I travel a road that passes by several fields. Because it’s in the middle of summer, and these fields are unwatered, the majority of the vegetation is brown and dry. There is very little anything that looks green, so imagine my surprise when one day a great many sheep were suddenly grazing in the field.

There must be close to a thousand head of sheep in that field. Once my shock wore off at seeing them there, I began to wonder why the shepherd would put them there. I thought perhaps the shepherd had been hired to take the flock to clear the field of unwanted weeds or something.The first day or two, I would drive by and delight myself in seeing all the sheep in the field. I thought they were cute. Then, day by day, I began to feel frustrated and sad for the flock because there was nothing there for them to eat. It wasn’t good grazing at all. There were no health benefits, no nutritional value from anything in that field. It was brown, dried stubble. I began to get upset with the shepherd.

It was as if God gave me a visual contrast between a good shepherd and a hireling. A hireling just does his job to collect a paycheck. He has no personal concern or commitment to the flock because his heart is not connected to them. In John 10:12, the word hireling is used to compare and contrast a worker that is just there to collect his pay vs. the shepherd who had made a personal commitment to the flock in his charge. The shepherd is the owner of the sheep, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to properly care for them, even risking his own life in order to protect the sheep from injury or death.

It is difficult for anyone to really grasp this concept, I think, unless perhaps the person comes from a sheepherding family and is familiar with the amount of work that goes into caring for a flock. It takes constant watchfulness to protect sheep from the many dangers that they can encounter. Predators are one risk, as well as the elements of weather, parasites, and even a sheep that has fallen and cannot get back up. They can die if the stomach gasses bloat them too much. A cast sheep, or a sheep that has fallen, is in grave danger if they are not quickly rescued by their shepherd.

One of the responsibilities of a shepherd is to make sure that the flock is fed well. A good shepherd will get up early and scout various pastures to find the best grass for their flock. They will take them out early while the dew is still on the grass, so that the sheep can benefit from the moisture on the vegetation. The shepherd is there among them, making sure they do not eat anything unhealthy that can make them sick, watching that they do not go over a cliff or step into holes that can break their legs. A good shepherd also takes care to put ointment over a sheep’s nose and eyes, keeping the flies and other insects from driving them mad. A crazed sheep can take off blindly just trying to escape the torment from flies or other annoyances. They aren't looking where they are going and can run themselves into danger if they aren't watched carefully by their shepherd. The shepherd checks their coat for ticks and burrs that might burrow into their coat and cause them pain, sores or infection. A good shepherd also brings his flock into the safety of the sheepfold at night and sleeps in front of the door so that predators can't get in, and sheep can't wander out. A good shepherd does all these things, and when a predator does show up, the shepherd either scares it off or fights that predator to the death, if necessary, to keep the flock safe. This is why the sheep feel safe around their shepherd. They have a sense of trust that they are well taken care of, so when a hireling or someone pretending to be a shepherd calls to them, they don’t even respond. It’s not their shepherd’s voice, and they won’t be led astray. This is the relationship we are also to have with our heavenly shepherd, Jesus.  

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But a hireling, who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.The hireling flees because he is a hireling, and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd and I know My sheep, and I am known by my own." John 10:11-14.

Let me return to the analogy of the field. I started to feel angry and upset with the shepherd that wasn’t giving his flock anything good to eat, because he continued to put the sheep in a field knowing there was nothing healthy or satisfying for them to graze on. They were out in the blazing hot sun day after day. Some of the sheep even wandered too close to the highway where they were in danger of being hit, and the police had to be called. They weren't being watched over or protected. Their needs were not being met. It wasn’t just neglect; it seemed like a stubborn refusal to care for them so that they could be healthy, and that’s just wrong. Sheep are grazers. They need to be in a place where what they are grazing on is healthy and nutritious. The thing that also seemed so upsetting is that just another mile down the road was a field that was unused, lush with rich green vegetation. The flock would have been so much happier and well fed in a new field, but the sheep didn’t even know it existed.

There are so many spiritual parallels that could be used as additional teaching material, but I won’t go into all that now. What I do hope to stir up in each of you is the alertness to discern what type of field you are currently in. Are you being fed nutritious, healthy meals from the Word of God? Is it balanced? Does it bring you to a place of conviction and change? Or, are you being fed the equivalent of junk food and cotton candy? Are you just being entertained with smooth sounding words that make you feel good about yourself, or are you feeling compelled to become more like Christ? Are you connected to the heart of your pastor, and is he connected to you? Is he committed to you? Do you have under shepherds that care for the flock with genuine concern, or are they hirelings just doing a job? 

The type of environment you subject you and your family to makes all the difference in whether or not you will grow and be spiritually and emotionally healthy. If you are simply filling a seat on Sunday and there is no relational connection, please pray and ask God if that is where you are supposed to be. Ask God to direct you to the place where you genuinely feel connected, loved and cared for, or where His purpose for you can be fulfilled. The feeling should be mutual, and the people you choose to add into your life should give you a sense of love, family and a place where you can feel at home. If you don’t experience that, keep looking. Or, at the very least, keep checking out the small groups for a place to connect with others. Ask God to direct you to the shepherd of His choosing for you and your family. You will know when you discover the right place. I believe something inside of you will witness to the voice of the shepherd inside of the right leadership for your life. The witness of God's peace will be upon the right place and the right people.

The Lord is Your shepherd. His promise is that you shall not be in want. 

He causes you to lie down in green pastures - a place of peace where there is good spiritual food.

He leads you beside still waters - a place of peace and refreshing.

He restores your soul - a place where you can receive healing and deliverance that will make you whole again. 

He leads you in paths of righteousness for His name's sake - Where God leads you will be a place where you find righteousness and His name is glorified.

He leads you THROUGH the valleys in such as way so that you do not have to fear. His rod (the word of God through teaching) and His staff, (the authority present in His anointed) bring comfort and peace of mind.

It is a place where you encounter victory even in the midst of trials, the anointing flows both to you and through you - your cup of blessing is full.

Goodness and mercy are trademarks of your life as a result of the blessings of the Lord. These are the promises of Psalm 23.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Driving Out the Enemy - part 2

Ok, not the greatest pic is it?!? Ha ha  The content is much better than this pic! This is a new video called Driving out the Enemy. Although I posted a new note today on this subject, this has to do more with restoration on a personal level rather than praying governmental decrees to overhaul the political realm. This is from prophetic revelation the Lord showed me in a dream last night. Be blessed, you'll be encouraged!

God Will Drive the Enemy Out!

As my husband and I were praying this morning, we felt it was important to share some thoughts regarding the ongoing battle in our political realm. 

It is obvious that there is a war for dominion. Good has become evil and evil has become good. There is so much insanity and confusion because moral absolutes have been cast aside. 

This is not a time to pray for unity and bipartisanship, but let me explain why. Yes, we do want cooperation among government leaders. However, we are not supposed to compromise with the confusion and lawlessness of debased mindsets. We are not supposed to blend in the with the world or cater to their demands! We are not supposed to be politically correct! God's people are called to be distinctly different. We are a royal priesthood, consecrated to Him. We are to be an example to the rest of the world, to uphold righteousness. This is not meant to offend. I am sure there are good people on both sides of many of the political debates, but as Christians, we are not to embrace compromise with immorality, lawlessness, rebellion or things the Lord clearly condemns through scripture. This is not about personal opinions or our own personal beliefs but about a Holy God, Our Creator and heavenly Father has said in His word. It's time to get a backbone and stand up for the things God says are wrong. We are not to support and defend sin, confusion, or uphold the world's demands, for they are governed by the prince of the power of the air and they perpetuate immorality, injustice and evil agendas. God tells us to hate what He hates. Not people, but sin. We are called to resist evil and to declare God's word so that His ways can be established on earth as it is in heaven.

THIS is our responsibility. Therefore, here are some prayer points that I feel are important to declare, especially in regards to our political leaders. 

Prayer Points:

1. Bind the spirit of fear over those in the political & governmental realm. Speak to the judges, lawmakers, senators, congressman, governors, state assemblymen and other elected officials. Declare a release of the Fear of the Lord, the Spirit of Conviction, and the Spirit of Righteousness would replace the fear of man. Declare that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind according to 2 Tim. 1:7

2. Pray for those in these political positions to be filled with the Holy Spirit , and for people to come into their life to pray this for them if they are not already baptized in the Holy Spirit. Declare Eph. 5:18 over them, that they are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Declare over all those in positions of power and those coming into positions of power, that they would be men and women of good reputation (not in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God); that they would be full of the Spirit and of wisdom, that are put in charge to fulfill the plans of God according to Acts 6:3.

Declare those who are in positions of power and authority would be filled with the Spirit of the Lord and power, and with justice and courage according to Micah 3:8.

3. Pray the Holy Spirit within our elected officials and others would rise up with the zeal of the Lord to accomplish the will of God. Declare the same zeal for righteousness that caused Jesus to drive out the money changers from the temple would drive the corruption out of government leaders and the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government according to John 2:15. "Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables."

4. Declare the zeal of the Lord would replace the fear of man according to Matthew 10:28. "Don't be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Also declare Jer. 5:22, Psalm 119:120 and Psalm 27:1. Declare that our elected officials and those in positions of authority would fear God and trust Him to be their shield rather than being afraid of retribution from evil doers.

5. Declare Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the FBI director, and those that President Trump sets in to office would possess the zeal of the Lord like Phinehas in Numbers 25: 1-13. Declare they will throw the javelin into those causing the plague and the plague will be stopped in Jesus name. Declare the zeal of the Lord would rise up like the Spirit of Jehu in 2 Kings 10:15-28 and defeat the enemy. For it is written, "Zeal for your house has consumed me..." as in Psalm 69:7-9.

6. Declare the Lord will drive out the enemy according to Exodus 34:11; Deut. 6:19; Exodus 33:2; and Deut. 9:3-5. For it is written, ""Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you. "Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God has driven them out before you, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,' but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you. "It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

It is also written in Ex. 23:28: "I will send hornets ahead of you so that they will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you." And in Joshua 23:5 it is also written:

"The LORD your God, He will thrust them out from before you and drive them from before you; and you will possess their land, just as the LORD your God promised you."

Amen! Father, we agree and declare that the Spirit of the Living God is driving out the enemy from where he has been hidden. We declare the tormenting spirits, the hornets, are released to drive the enemy out of our land, out of our government, and out of our nation. We decree it to be so, and we thank You for going ahead of us to drive the enemy out so that this land can be reclaimed for the kingdom of God. In Jesus name, amen.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kingdom Enforcers

Hi everyone,

Today a short but very important message on being a kingdom enforcer! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Why Can't I Get My Breakthrough?

Hi everyone,

I thought I would do something a little different today. I prepared a short video to help answer questions such as "Why can't I seem to get the victory?"Or, "I've said your prayers. Why can't I get the enemy to leave?"  I pray this video blesses you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coming out of the Cave

This morning the Lord gave me a short dream. I was in a cave and it was quite dark. I seemed to be standing on a ledge of some sort, peering into the darkness. I was surprised that I could see as well as I could, given that it was so dark. I began to notice things moving around. All of a sudden, I noticed these little creepy reptile things that had very fine feathery needle-like quills on their back and head. They surrounded me and started shooting them at me, similar to how a porcupine shoots it's quills. The quills were in my hair, in my clothes and some were stuck in my body. They caused irritations and pain as they embedded themselves in my skin. That’s when I noticed that one of my kids’ former teachers, whose name is Joshua,  was next to me pulling at my sleeve. Joshua started brushing the needles off, leading me out of the cave. Gradually it became lighter and I was able to see more and more lizards and unclean things coming at me. I saw one that I thought was interesting and almost picked it up, thinking it was harmless, but Joshua said, “No, don’t touch that; it’s poisonous." It was also aggressive, and started to run at me to try to bite me. That’s when we were at the mouth of the cave and the dream ended.

There are many interesting aspects of the dream to interpret. First, being in a cave represents being hidden by the Lord. Many have been in that place but they are coming out of obscurity. God always hides his work in progress before He displays it to the world.

Another thing I noticed is that I was facing the back of the cave where it was the darkest. When you’re in total darkness and you’re not sure why you’re ‘on hold,’ or ‘stuck,’ it can be easy to get turned around and lose your sense of direction. When a person loses their sense of direction, they are vulnerable to whatever may be in their surroundings. When a person is in the light, their vision gradually adapts to allow as much light as possible in through their iris. The brain sends signals to the eye to tell it to let in more light. Spiritually, this also occurs. God allows us to see what's in the darkness but He also sends in more light so that we don't lose our footing. God's word is a light unto our path. Psalm 119:105. It is a light on our path. It’s a good reminder to make sure that we’re facing the right direction – toward the light.

God always trains His prophets in a place of obscurity and isolation because that is how He perfects their spiritual vision. There are different prophetic anointings but the life of a prophet is one who sees what is in the darkness. The prophetic gifting allows them to discern intent, motive and understand the bigger picture of certain situations; often times long before others around them begin to pick up on those things. This can cause others to misunderstand prophetic people and to feel awkward around them because they are not seeing or discerning what the seer, or prophet, is trying to communicate. The prophetic gift is there as a light to others, to help them navigate where they’re going spiritually, but it’s also there as a warning when they see something wrong. Watchmen on the wall call out the danger they see approaching so that the enemy does not catch others off guard.

The problem that we sometimes encounter is that some of the things that prophetic people ‘see’ have the potential to trip them up. If a person isn’t alert to the enemy’s devices, they can invite unclean spirits into their life that want to poison their outlook. Beware of tripping hazards! Make sure you are facing the light and the truth of God’s word. Don’t allow your heart to get jaded or bitter, because that will eventually come out of your mouth. Prophets are called to speak God’s word in spite of how things may  appear in the natural! Remember His trustworthy character and ability to out-do the enemy at any turn! Don’t allow irritations to get under your skin that would taint the prophetic voice within you. God’s purpose is to be able to see what’s in the darkness, but not be overcome by it and release words that are tainted with death. His prophetic voices in the earth must speak what He speaks, not out of their own heart!

In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet is pained by the ugliness of what he has seen in the earth. He saw a lot of darkness and evil. Perhaps Jeremiah had doubts about God’s ability to take care of him. He had gone through an awful lot. Perhaps unbelief, fear, or anger at what he saw the enemy doing took root and caused him to speak accusation towards God. Whatever it was, things got to him, and his prophetic voice became compromised. His complaint to the Lord is found in Jeremiah 15:19.

“Why has my pain been perpetual And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream with water that is unreliable?”

The following is from the NET translation in verse 20:

“Because of this, the LORD said, "You must repent of such words and thoughts! If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me. If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless, I will again allow you to be my spokesman. They must become as you have been. You must not become like them.”

Friends, it can be easy to get caught up in all the darkness and evil on the earth. Fake news stirs the pot and it sure can be easy to get taken in by all those things, but those are fiery darts and irritations sent by the enemy intended to steal our peace and joy. Don’t let the things on social media and the internet set your gauge to determine what is truth and what is not. Don’t fall for the enemy’s ploy to defile your vessel! Those are like those needle-like quills that can get stuck under our skin, like what I saw in the dream. We have to ask the Lord for help in brushing off the things that bug us and cause irritation. Let Him lead you back into the light of His countenance. Focus on who Jesus is and you will be able to shake off the things that may want to defile your voice.

Another aspect of interpreting the dream is found in the name Joshua. Joshua means “God is my salvation,” and is another reference to Jesus. The person in the dream was named Joshua but he was also a teacher. Jesus is our teacher and his Holy Spirit is our guide out of darkness and into the light. It’s the truth that sets us free from the fiery darts of the enemy! This last week there were some things in the news that really upset me. I had to repent for getting so angry and letting it all get to me. Maybe there are some things you need to be cleansed from, too. In the dream, I felt a tug on my sleeve and was pulled out of the cave, towards the light. God is always merciful. He does not want us to be overcome by what we see, discern or uncover in the darkness. You may have gone through some difficulty, but He hasn’t forgotten His people.  When He hears your cry, He will answer you!

Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:20,21)

The last thing I want to bring to your attention is the fact that God is leading people out of obscurity and bringing them into a place where their words, teachings and gifts can be received by others. He is preparing to make you visible. He is preparing to give you a platform. Whatever it is you need to gain traction in order to fulfill His calling and His assignments, He is putting those pieces together. Rejoice! God is preparing to visit His people. YOU are on His list! That means His visitation is already scheduled, and you should be preparing to receive your King! Lift up your head! Worship the Lord and offer the praises of your lips! Your redemption draws near!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Esther's Decree

I have often wondered what Esther wrote in her famous Decree, so many years ago. Although the Bible does not include it, I did find a copy online, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. You can find the link here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/esther/8

I invite you to read through the decree, as it is the basis for this particular article and the decree at the end of the page.

Due to the irrevocable nature of the laws of the Medes and Persians, a king’s decree could not simply be revoked. It was considered an unchangeable law that must be followed. There was a person in the Bible named Haman, who was King Ahasuerus’ right hand man, and a very deceitful, proud, power hungry person at that. (Read the book of Esther).

Haman conspired a plot against the King and Mordecai,who was Esther’s uncle. Mordecai found about it and foiled Haman's plot. In an attempt to rid himself of Mordecai, Haman construed another treacherous plot, but he hid his plot in deceit. He deceived the king into writing a decree that would annihilate not just Mordecai, but all the Jews. He thought that if he destroyed all the Jews, he would get rid of Mordecai as well and the king would never discover his secret plot for a takeover. What Haman did not understand at the time is that the king’s very own wife, Queen Esther, was also a Jew! Haman overplayed his hand, and in the end, Queen Esther, Mordecai and all the Jews were saved. It was a time of divine retribution as God turned the tables on the enemy and protected His people.

A Time of Divine Retribution

The enemy often overplays his hand. He gets too greedy and is never satisfied. He pushes and pushes until his treacherous plan is brought out in the open. Then there is a revolt, a cry for justice, and God raises up those who will cooperate with Him to bring Him into the situation. When God is pulled into the situation, a divine reversal must take place. There are times when situations may seem horrible, impossible or too far gone in the wrong direction for God to do anything about. Ah, but nothing is impossible with God! He is a God of justice, and His compassion for the oppressed compels Him to get involved. When people cry out to God, He is moved by faith in their belief in Him, and when God gets involved, the situation is forced to change!

God’s Call to This Generation

God is raising up Esthers: those who will use their faith and their voice to speak His will into the situations needing change, and declaring His word, which are the laws of His kingdom. God is calling for His royal scribes, His royal secretaries and writers to rise up as abolitionists in this hour. He is calling his bride to pray His heart into situations – no matter how impossible they may seem in the natural – and believe that HE IS GREATER. He is calling us to pray apostolic and prophetic prayers, demanding change to come into the earth that will overturn evil plans and bring justice to those marked for destruction.

Abolish: to do away with or put an end to; cancel, annul, overturn, prohibit, repeal, rescind, terminate, wipe out, extinguish, annihilate, to make void, finish or to supersede.

We must revoke, repeal and overturn destructive laws. We must quash apathetic mind sets. It’s time to arise and wipe out the plans of the enemy. We bind the enemy according to Mark 3:27 and then have the power to bring the house down on the enemy’s head. Binding prayer prohibits, paralyzes and voids the power of the enemy. It strips the enemy of his power and causes demonic spirits to become impotent! This is the meaning of abolish! We must stamp out fear, intimidation and every assignment of the enemy!

Every day we are bombarded with news that exposes the darkness of men’s hearts. From human trafficking and pedophiles abusing our children, to the secret plotting to microchip implants, forced vaccination laws that destroy our bodies, to death panels holding all the authority over who they choose to live or die, and the government conspiring with FEMA to deal with force and capital punishment towards those that refuse to follow the herd;  it is not difficult to understand that the enemy is giving his full attention and due diligence in conspiring a multitude of plans for the destruction of mankind. And why wouldn’t he? That’s his only job description: to kill, steal and destroy. (See John 10:10)

The only thing more powerful than the twisted plans of corrupt men is the power inherit in the word of God. It is God’s law, and His word is powerful and effective in defeating evil. His word, the Lord Jesus Christ, is one and the same.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

If you read that carefully, you will see that the word “He” in verse two assigns personhood to the Word. He refers to part of the godhead: the Son. The Son (Jesus Christ) is synonymous with the Word. When we look into the scriptures, we find Jesus on every page. His creative power resides with His Holy Spirit. When we speak God’s word, we sound like God. We can create like God. We can enforce the laws of His kingdom as we utilize and declare His intent, supported by the use of His word. God’s word acts to enforce the laws of heaven upon the earthly realm. When we do, He releases angels on assignment to carry out the fulfillment of His Word. Like Jesus, God’s word has an assignment. Now, I don’t mean this with any disrespect; we don’t command the Lord – but, when we return God’s word to Him in prayer and declarations, then we are essentially launching the Son of God and the armies of heaven on their assignments. (Remember what I said earlier about the Son of God being synonymous with the Word of God). We send out the Word by declarative prayer, and Jesus commissions His angels to go enforce the laws of His kingdom. We pull heaven down every time we speak and declare what God’s word has said!

“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which it is sent.” Isaiah 55:11

God always wants to know what we see. In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God shows Jeremiah a picture of a situation then asks him what he sees. He does a similar thing in Ezekiel 37. He showed his prophet a picture of death, where many had been slain. Then he asks Ezekiel a question to determine whether or not he was full of faith. “Can these bones live?” In other words, “Can I do the impossible, Ezekiel?” He wanted to know what his prophet really saw. Would he look with eyes of faith?

What do you see?

It is very important to believe God for the bigger picture, no matter how impossible it seems. God is a God of miracles! He is a God of restoration! He is a God who loves to put the enemy to an open shame and completely reverse what Satan has done to bring death and destruction!

We can choose to see with our natural eyes, but that will leave us feeling very overwhelmed and discouraged. When we choose to look with eyes of faith, however, we see our God as being greater than any evil plot, scheme, or destructive force the enemy can cook up. Satan was defeated at the cross and will always remain defeated. Our job is to BELIEVE God, put our trust in Him, and agree with His word. God needs our agreement so that He can release answers to prayer! He is always watching over His word, ready to send out answers, but we must form an agreement by faith before He can act.

The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching My word to see that it is fulfilled.”  (Jeremiah 1:12)

Esther’s Decree served as an indictment of charges leveled against Haman. She then wrote a decree that reversed the king’s original decree. Their fate was no longer sealed. The day that the enemy had planned for their destruction became a divine reversal, where the Jews were empowered, encouraged and emboldened with courage to take back their power. This caused the Jews to prevail over their enemies.

This is the hour to turn the tables on the enemy!

When situations look hopelessly too far gone to think they can change, that is the time when God will act. This is how He displays His glory! Choose to change what you see. Choose to look at whatever situations you may be facing with a different perspective. Often what looks impossible in the natural is simply a divine set up for God to display His glory! Hallelujah! Give God a shout and look for Him to intervene! Let your faith rise up to believe the truth about His word.

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

“For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” (Mark 9:23)

“Behold, I am the Lord; the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

Friend, what situation are you looking at today? What do you believe is too far gone for God to fix? What situation has you throwing your hands up in defeat, saying that you’re dealing with a hopeless situation? What lie have you come into agreement with that has led you to believe that it is impossible to turn around? I encourage you to take another look and take God at His word! There is always a reason to hope when we have Christ. He has a way into every situation, He is just waiting to the opportune moment!

If we are honest with one another, we must admit that sometimes He does wait until all hope has been exhausted. Nothing has brought about the change we were hoping to see. We feel completely powerless to change the situation we wanted to change.

God steps in.

Often the way God steps into a situation doesn’t immediately make it better. It can see to get far worse. Remember the story of Lazarus? Jesus waited until death had claimed it’s prize. There was grief. There was a sense of hopelessness – except for one. The least likely perhaps to demonstrate faith came from a person who never even seemed to be paying attention. Always distracted. Voted least likely to be paying attention to Jesus’s teaching. Always concerned with trivial matters. That’s right, Martha. Martha, in a time when funeral arrangements were past, prayers had been seemingly ignored, and her brother was 4 days dead in the tomb. Martha’s hope surged into faith. That’s when Jesus showed up. Take a look at John 11:21,22:

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, I know that if you had been here my brother would not have died. But even now, I know that God will give you whatever you ask Him.”

I can just see Jesus’s head turn in her direction. One eyebrow raised. What did she just say? A knowing smile of pleasure crept across his face. He nodded. She got it. Martha started shaking off off the unbelief, sadness and heaviness of the moment. While everyone else was grieving, Martha put a demand on the anointing. Faith was present to work a miracle! The compassion of the Lord compelled him to get involved, but He also had a spiritual principle he was trying to get across to those who followed Him. He never cuts a process short. He lets it run its course. Perhaps that is all He is doing in your situation now. Choose to believe!

Spiritual Principles of Breakthrough

My friends, there is a combination of elements necessary to release breakthrough. One is genuine faith in the midst of an impossible situation. The other is the word of God. The prophetic anointing sees beyond the natural and grabs hold of a different reality. The apostolic anointing declares the laws of God’s kingdom and pulls them into the natural, utilizing declarations and decrees. We don’t beg, plead or ask in prayer; apostolic prayer declares God’s word and His will and commands it to come forth. The results are in God's hand and in His timing. By faith we believe in the God who raises the dead, calling them back to life, and we call forth things (that do not yet appear in the natural) and we command them to exist. (See Romans 4:17)

A New Decree Changes the Outcome

Esther wrote a new decree to turn a day appointed for destruction into a day of victory and rejoicing. If you want to overturn the enemy’s assignments, learn from her example. Learn from Jesus’ example as He always combated the enemy with scripture! What situation is calling for you to take action? What problem can only be resolved by writing a decree of your own? Decrees carry the weight of God’s authority!

The following prayer is long. But it has been written using the very form and words of Esther’s decree, and we all know hers was very effective.  It accomplished exactly what was needed in that hour! The following royal decree, tailored in the fashion of Esther’s original decree, is to turn the tables on the enemy and once again put spiritual powers of darkness to an open shame.

A Prayer and Declaration to Turn the Tables on the Enemy

Let’s pray:

From the Lord Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father, this message and declaration to His sons and daughters in the faith, to those called according to the Father’s purpose:

Whereas the enemy has sought to glorify himself through the destruction of mankind and,

Whereas the enemy has sought to elevate himself in a position of being ‘like God,’ and sought for himself a throne where he would be worshiped;

Whereas spiritual forces of darkness and destruction have had evil assignments against the citizens of our homeland and of this nation;

Whereas principalities and powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual and natural authorities, the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly and earthly realms have waged war against the innocent and against the children of God,

Whereas many unjust people, including lawmakers, politicians and elected officials have become ambitious, lustful and greedy for selfish gain, therefore putting the lives of the citizens of this great nation as risk,

Whereas through their hatred, enmity and contempt for God and others they seek to harm the citizens of our nation and of our homeland, plotting against those who elected them,

Whereas their actions have driven out faith, compassion, love, mercy and gratitude from among humankind and have demonstrated arrogant boastfulness, acting as if they can avoid accountability and escape the stern judgment of the all-seeing, Almighty God,

Whereas those who have cloaked their hatred with disguise and entrusted with the administration of affairs have induced many in authority to become accomplices in the shedding of innocent blood, the destruction of souls and many other irreparable calamities,

Whereas those in authority, power, position and influence have used their means to place the lives and well-being of many citizens in jeopardy, proving they are unfit to hold a position requiring public trust,

Whereas they have deceived with malicious slander the sincere good will of others,

Whereas this is verifiable by the witness of Your Holy Spirit and others, provides proof that their wicked deeds are undeserving of authority,

Whereas those who have benefited from the good will of the people who voted them into office and promoted them to positions of power and authority have proven they are unable to control their arrogance, striving to deprive others of civil liberties, life, health, freedom and God given human rights,

Whereas the enemy and adversary has sought to catch the citizens of our nation and of our homeland defenseless and unaware, and is intent to transfer the rule of God’s kingdom to the kingdom of darkness,

Whereas we are governed by very just laws of the kingdom of God, our homeland, and must secure a peaceful future for our families, and future generations,

Whereas we are the children of the Most High, the living God of Majesty, who has maintained the kingdom in a flourishing condition for us and future generations,

Whereas, in so much that we are Your children, heirs of the kingdom and co-heirs with Jesus Christ, and blessed by Your favor,

Whereas we are commanded to plead the cause of the poor, the fatherless, the widows and those treated unjustly,

Whereas You, O God, have promised to bring justice to the poor, to plead the cause of those taken into captivity by wicked oppressors, and save our children,

Whereas we are called to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples to bind kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, in the pursuit of justice, righteousness and equity, to execute on them the judgment written,

Whereas we are Your delegated authority to enforce the laws of the kingdom of heaven, a scepter of authority and a royal diadem in Your hand,

Whereas we are comforted by the promise that when we are in deep distress and call upon the name of the Lord we shall be saved and delivered from ungodly oppressors,

Whereas it is written that vengeance belongs to God,

We call for swift action from God who governs all, and mankind through whom He works and wills, to bring swift action and punishment for the crimes committed, which are witnessed by the Holy Spirit and the angelic hosts of heaven,

That wherever justice has been thwarted, and human rights disregarded; where life and liberties have been unjustly removed by men driven by greed and evil desires,

Let all men and women rise up in unity, faith and courage to defend themselves against those who attack them, attempt to make slaves of them, force them through fear and intimidation to serve the enemies of God and righteousness,

For God has turned the tables on the enemy, so that the day of destruction should be appointed as a day of gladness, celebration and rejoicing in God our Savior.

I return the word of God to YOU, Father, as it is found in Your Holy Scriptures:

Isaiah 14:14,15; Ephesians 6:13; Psalm 149:7-9; Zechariah 2:8; Psalm 50:15; Psalm 72:12, Jeremiah 33:3; Romans 12:19,20; Isaiah 30:18,19; Psalm 82:3,4; Isaiah 22:22; Galatians 4:6,7; Isaiah 49:25; Deut. 16:19; Psalm 72:4; Isaiah 62:3; Esther 8:2, 4,5,7-17.

Let this be recorded into the books of heaven, and the execution of Your justice and judgment sent forth this day, July 8, 2017 in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.