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Hey God! Are You Listening?

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (2)
Hbr 10:36-37    'For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.   For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."     

The bills keep coming!  The Dr's report is not good.  There are pressures on the job.  Your relationships are strained and your whole life seems to be spiraling out of of control!  You thought you were up for the task of managing your life.  After all God, "YOU Promised"!!!  

You promised to provide my needs according to your riches in Glory by Christ Jesus! Phl 4:19   You promised to heal my body by sending your Word. Psa 107:20  You Promised that you would give me strength and that I could do all things through Christ. Phl 4:13   You promised to be with me and never leave me! Hbr 13:5   You promised God!  Are You listening to my cry?

2Cr 4:8-10   "[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;   Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."  What do you do when you feel like what you've done is not enough and your cry for help is not being heard?

There are times in our lives when the storms of life will send us reeling through the torrents of the sea.  We are stretched beyond what we could've ever imagined.  We Cry out to Him and it seems as though He doesn't hear us:    

Psa 107:25-29  "For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.  They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits' end.  Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.  He calms the storm, So that its waves are still."

Yes, although we sometimes feel as though He doesn't hear us, He really does.  He knows exactly where we are as a loving Father does!  And he knows what is needed to prepare us for the promise.

Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit that is developed over time. Gal 5:22   Referred to as "long suffering" (KJV), we often read this passage, over looking the fact that the development of this fruit requires suffering "long".   Not the kind of suffering we normally associate with punishment, rather as in the discipline a father uses in teaching his children.  It is where the child learns to trust that the Father knows what is best for them.  And nothing develops this fruit like "trouble".

Hbr 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

When it is time, and the work that patience is doing in and through us is complete, we will see what God already knew, we have been  "Perfected for the Promise".  Our Heavenly Father hears us.  And He knows when we've developed enough to handle what He has promised us:

Psa 107:30 "Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.  Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!"

The Vessel: And He made you again "Another"

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM Comments comments (6)
"Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.  Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]."(Jer 18:2-4)
Have you ever felt as though your life was spinning out of control?  Your day to day existence was an endless cycle of pain, trouble & turmoil?  You cry out to God but it seems as though Heaven has shut it's doors, disconnected the phone and the only voice you hear is that of a pre-recorded voice message inside your head  " I am not available to take your call right now.  Please leave your name, the nature of your call and someone will get back with you as soon as possible?"  BEEP!!!  
No matter what we face in our lives or how we may feel, GOD has not forgotten us!  He knows the plans He has for our lives & His plans are GOOD!  (Jer.  29:11)  He has created us on purpose & for a purpose!!!  He makes no mistakes.  Even though our lives can  get turbulent & sometime seem out of our control, we are never out of His.  

Isn't it something that the vessel the Potter was molding (although marred) never left his hands?  So it is as the Master Potter molds  & forms us on the wheels of life.  There will be storms (Mat 7:24-27).  There will be trouble (Job 14:1).  We will experience loss & we will experience pain.  But we can rest with a blessed assurance that the  Master will use it all for the purpose He has created us (Ro. 8:28).
Up until now, you may have felt as though you have been marred beyond recognition.  You may feel as though there is nothing left in you that He could possibly use;  The marriage you once  hoped  for, is now a mere memory.  The person you see in the mirror  is a painful reminder of what you "used" to be.  The tides of life have taken a course far different than any you would've ever imagined.  The report from the Dr. may say "it's only a matter of time",   BUT GOD!!!
"And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]."   The potter's Clay  in this text is compiled of soil & water.  Two elements that when used together in just the right amounts, are mold-able & pliable.  Even when the object being formed is not perfect or becomes "marred", In the hands of a skilled potter, can still be formed into the treasured vessel of beauty in which is was intended(2 Cor. 4:7 ).  

The Word of God is synonymous with "water" (Eph5:26) as man is synonymous with "dust" (Gen 2:7)  As when God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and formed him into Man.  He spoke of His desired creation when He said "Let Us make Man in Our Image..."  (Gen 1:26) and it was so.  By God's word are we created & and this from the foundation of the earth.  You are no mistake neither are you an after thought.  You are not what others have labeled and abusively said you are because they couldn't or refused to see the value in you.  Nor are you what you have done.  You were created on Purpose and for a purpose.  God has hidden some things inside of you that are yet to be seen.
Therefore, though you've been marred, broken by words that cut you to the core & left you for dead,  God WILL make you again "ANOTHER" by the Word He has spoken over you!  You will live & not die!  You will recover from that toxic relationship!  You will heal from the loss of that loved one!    The words that once tore you down & killed your spirit will be replaced by words that build you up and give you Life!  His Word will not return unto Him void!  He will take the broken pieces and put them back together again!  He will mold you into a vessel fit for His GOOD pleasure and intended purpose!  Don't fret & don't give up!  You may have felt forsaken & all alone but I am here to proclaim to you "YOU, HAVE NEVER LEFT HIS HANDS!!!"

Dancing to the Rhythm of Grace

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM Comments comments (1)
2Cr 12:8  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  2Cr 12:9  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2Cr 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  

Eph 4:7  ¶But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

meas·ure  (mzhr): 17. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
refrain  n1. (Music, other) a regularly recurring melody, such as the chorus of a song2. a much repeated saying or idea

Saturday afternoon without fail or unless there was a major life event,  I'd put on my hip hugger, elephant leg pants (or whatever the latest fashion they'd be wearing on "The hippest trip in America"  dance show) to be in  character of my favorite Soul Train Dancer "Damita Jo Freeman".  I'd study her every move and practice (every day) the leg lifts and Robotic moves that she was so famous for.  I know, I know I'm dating myself and some may be wondering "what are elephant legs and who is Damita Jo Freeman?"  I will bypass the explanation and simply say one word that you will find quite familiar "Google".

I was a pretty good dancer because I loved to dance (I am not boasting simply stating a fact).  I lived and practiced dancing.  I danced when I was up and danced when I was down.  It was something I was good at and anytime there was a dance competition, I was always up for the challenge.  And can't really remember a time when I entered a contest that I didn't win (Anyone who can is welcome to email me.  As my memory like my dance moves, are not what they used to be).

Dancing solo was easy for me.  I was in control.  Dancing with someone else, was a little more challenging unless they were good dancers as well.  This was especially true in  slow dancing.  I found that many of the guys (as cute as they might have been) lacked rhythm to dance.  And since it was customary for the guy to lead, I would often get frustrated and sometimes find myself trying to lead them  or getting out of step, which would make for a very awkward situation.  

Such was the case at a friends Birthday house-party when one of my favorite slow songs was being played.  A young man asked me to dance with him and although he wouldn't have been the one I wanted to dance with, I'd never waste my favorite song being a wall flower.  His slooooow motion approach (which he obviously took literally) made it difficult for me to follow his lead.  As the song played, it became more and more obvious  that we were dancing to the same song, but the timing was way off.  Somehow, our feet got tangled, I lost my balance and found myself falling backwards (as in slow motion).  We both ended up on the floor in the middle of the crowded room.  Fast forward as some incidents you just want to forget about.  Life is full of humbling experiences and for me this was definitely one of them.

Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12:8 that he'd sought the Lord three times to remove what he considered a thorn in his flesh.  This thorn (as he describes) was sent as a messenger from Satan to buffet or afflict him lest he be exalted above measure.  Paul was astute in the Law yet he had had an unequivocal encounter with Jesus Himself .  He was in constant fellowship with the Lord and had been given revelations of God's grace through Jesus Christ that those who'd literally walked with him didn't have. Most men in his position would've been quite arrogant and some with less of a testimony.  Yet he states that "lest he be exalted above measure by the abundance of revelations" he was given this thorn. (vs. 7) 

Three times!   Paul didn't just ask the Lord, but pleaded with Him to remove this thorn in his flesh. And one that was given him of Satan no less.  One that God allowed and Paul understood the necessity of.   "For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me [to be] or hears from me".
2Cr 12:6  

It sounds as though if Paul had been a dancer, he may have been enamored among the best.  He was skilled in the mission he was given and had the faith to carry it out.  He was used to fighting through and knew the sacrifice that was required to follow the Leading of the Holy Spirit.  His commitment to "The Call" in which he'd been sent was apparent.  And yet while dancing to the tune of humility where he was partnered with Grace, he sought to stay in control.  

There are times in our lives where the tune of Faith takes on a different tempo than that we've been used to.  It is by faith that we are saved through Grace, and that not of us but it is the gift that God gives to everyone.  This grace (He gives) according to the measure in which it is needed.

Grace has a rhythm all it's own.  And in our lives, it is important that we recognize when Grace is leading and we relinquish control and allow ourselves to be led.   

Grace supplies strength, direction, provision and hope.  It is often disguised in the form of trouble when we've exhausted ourselves beyond our own abilities.  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." @Cor 12:9  
It was Grace that led the Children of Israel through the Wilderness with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  It was Grace that led Ruth through the field of Boaz and into his heart.  It was Grace that led Abigail with wisdom out of place of dis-grace and into King Davids heart.

Grace will never lead you where God's provision won't keep you.  You must learn to let go of the control button of your life and learn to become one with Grace during the ebb and flow of life's currants.  The tides will rise as the Master Orchestrator crescendos through measures of  intensities in our lives.  

There will be times when you are required to rest.  And although rest is needed and a time to refrain is measured out, we may not be willing or to afraid to take heed.  The Master then may allow a messenger of Satan to buffet us until the measure of grace for that season is over.  And it is during this time we must raise our hands and join with Grace, to follow it's lead.  Resting, moving and synchronizing to the rhythm Grace has come into alignment with.  You may be out of step at first, but listen:  " Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This [is] the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left." Is. 30:21   Then, will you learn to dance to the "Rhythm of Grace"

Talitha, cumi: Damsel, ARISE!

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (19)
Mark 5:25-And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague.  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague".  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's [house certain] which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 5:41-43 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, "Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise".  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.  And he charged them straightly that no man should know it; and commanded that *something should be given her to eat. 
Every time I read this account of the woman and young girl both being touched by Jesus, I am in awe of the precision of God.  This account is full of the manifold characteristics of who God is.  

The Omniscient God:  The Woman began her issue about the same time the girl was born God knew the journey each would have on their way to their miracle.  The OmnipotentGod: The power to take two situations where men could neither prevent nor assist in either being made whole.  There are things in our lives that no matter who we know, how much money we have, or what we do; only the Power of God can change it.  The Omnipresent God:  He was with the woman during the years of her issue and with the girl from birth up until this day and scheduled a Divine appointment with them both.  The woman heard about Jesus and in spite of her condition (which according to the Law of Moses, she was not to be around anyone as her condition was deemed “unclean”.)  Her very presence among anyone who may have recognized her was a death sentence.  

Imagine for a moment, this was a time when feminine hygiene products didn’t exist.  As much as there were things that they could do to somewhat “keep” themselves, it was a reason why a woman with an issue had to be separated from others unlike herself.  What fear would you have to overcome if you knew that getting to your miracle could cost you your life?  Yet, she had been loosing her life for the past twelve years.  But something arose on the inside and she said within herself “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”   This kind of faith can only come from God.  Rom 12:3 ¶ … According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. We don’t know how old the woman was the scriptures does not supply us this information. But we know that she was at least old enough to have begun her cycle when her issue began.  

For some women the time comes as she approaches her teen years and for many, the average age is twelve.  We know that she had to have had some financial resources to have been twelve years in this condition and finally coming to a place where her resources were depleted.   Because our God is a strategic God, and numbers (especially when they are purposefully mentioned in the context of scripture) also have significance.   I would be willing to submit she may have been at least 24 years old.   (The number 12 in the Bible often represents government or foundation ex:  The twelve sons of Jacob, The Twelve tribes of Israel, The Twelve Apostles, etc.  ) 

Isa 9:6   For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: … 
Isa 22:21   And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: … 
Exd 24:4   And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.   
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Can you imagine for a moment having your whole life before you?  You have a loving family and you are the apple of your daddy’s eye.  Being young and vibrant with your hopes and dreams ahead of you.  Custom was she may have even been betrothed to marry.  However the unexpected occurs and you begin your cycle of womanhood.  First, you have the celebration that you have transitioned from childhood into womanhood.  But the elation only lasts for a short while.  

After one week, it’s new so you don’t think too much about the issue you are having.  You chalk it up as normal.  Everybody goes through this so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.  Week two, you inquire with your mother or those who have been through this before as they come to check on you so see if maybe you just need a little assistance in this “new” experience. A month later, your family is really concerned and now seeks to find out if there is something that can be done to help their daughter, their sister etc.  

As the months and years pass, the visits become less frequent.  Every now and then a new strategy or procedure is introduced but nothing seems to work.  You have had your hopes dashed so many times you become used to disappointments.  You are left with the memory of being picked up in daddy’s arms and swung around with the giggles and the memories of the glow in his eyes as he beheld his little girl.  And you recall mommy’s embrace and helping her with preparing meals and the womanly duties you’d be responsible for when you have a husband and family of your own some day.  You have the body of a woman but the memories of a child.  Neither can be lived out as your life has been condensed into one perpetual event.   As you are constantly reminded how your life was and could’ve been if you didn’t have this “issue”. 

Simultaneously, a baby girl was born twelve years earlier.  She is the daughter of a man of importance.  He is the ruler of the Synagogue.  She would be considered a “Preacher’s kid” today.  Daddy’s little girl!  She too was young and vibrant, and her daddy’s delight.  Her hugs around his neck and her smile and laughter made the weariness of the day worth it all to him.  She is the evidence that God has smiled upon him. 

But one day she becomes ill.  No one knows what this is and what can be done.  Day after day, he watches helplessly as his precious princess slips deeper and deeper into a lifeless state.  She struggles to smile when daddy comes into the room, but the pain of her effort is apparent as she slips in and out of moments of unconsciousness.  His heart aches as he watches his precious daughter yet trying to make daddy smile in the midst of her pain.  Twelve is an age where there should be joy and laughter, and yet for this family, nothing but despair from seeing their little girl ill. 

Her father, who hears of a man who can heal and has performed great miracles, is nearby.  At the risk of being rejected by his Synagogue and the other Priest who believe Jesus is a heretic, he seeks the mercy of the one he too had taught against.  But for his baby girl, he is willing to risk it all. 

As we read the account, we see the woman overcome her fear and convinces herself, she has nothing to loose by seeking the One she believes can change her situation and restore her life.  He’s worth loosing her life in pursuit of the abundant life he can give her.  She rises from her bed of despair, makes her way to where Jesus is, presses through the crowd with every ounce of strength she has left and reaches through the very ones who had the right to condemn her and touches his garment. 

Immediately, Jesus feels life leave his body and knows that he has been touched by something greater than the crowd of them thronging him, Faith!  “Who touched my clothes?”  At this question, the initiator of the question, who had heard of him coming, arose from her lifeless existence and made her way to him in faith, falls down at his feet and confesses her deed.  She proceeds to tell Jesus ALL of what she had been through over the past twelve years.  As Jairus saw and listened, surely with each passing moment his dying daughter is the only thing he can think about. 

He does not comprehend that a touch of Jesus clothes possessed such power that he himself didn’t have to do a thing.  He didn’t hear how this woman had been dealing with this issue for as long as his daughter was alive and was at the point of death herself by even being in the crowd.  He missed how Jesus told her it was her faith that made her hold and she could now begin her life anew. 

As she told her story, Jairus’ was approached with word that his daughter had died.  Imagine the grief and the thoughts that may have gone through his mind:  “If this woman hadn’t stopped him, my daughter may have lived.  Now, I’ll never have a chance to hold my baby girl again.  It’s too late, my daughter is dead” But Jesus, being the wonderful counselor he is, turns to him and says “Be not afraid, only believe”. 

Jesus takes along with him to Jairus’ home, only three of his disciples: Peter, James & John.  There are places in life you cannot take everyone.  This was apparent as they arrived at the home and is met by another type of crowd.  All of these are the weeping neighbors and family members who have come to give condolences to the family.  

Some of you are weeping over where you are in your life right now because the situation you are in looks “dead”.  The bleak Dr’s report, the absence of a job, the Foreclosure of a home, the strain on that marriage, the court case you face, the child that you raised is now living destitute, on drugs and a life where the fear of the phone ringing in the middle of the night is ever present.  There is the financial debt you’ve incurred or that unforeseen break-up , all of these could  viewed as dead situations.  There are those around you who weep along side you and encourage you to “just move on.  Face it, it’s over.”  

These people mean well, they have just come to accept the fact that it is what it is and what it “looks” like, is just that, “Dead”!  Don’t hold it against them, just seek the presence of the one who not only can resurrect dead things, but is “The Resurrection” of dead things.  When you seek His presence, he will give you a word regarding your situation whether or not it is dead.  He has the final say. But Jesus says something that showed exactly where there hearts were, “Why are you weeping, the Damsel is not dead, she is only asleep”.  They laughed him to scorn.  Not the chuckle under your breath type of laughter, but the kind that comes with heckling and name calling.  This kind of laughter causes mob mentality and turns people against you.  How can a crowd go from weeping and wailing to laughing and mocking?    Sometimes it’s easier for others to believe that your situation is dead and move on, than to believe you can make it out & sticks it out with you.     

You’re speaking of your situation as only a temporary setback will let you know who is with you and who isn’t.  They won’t say it, but they can understand you being sick, but just not for to long.  It requires more of them to commit to you becoming well than it is to a prolonged illness. But once again, Jesus only takes a few: the father, the mother and those three disciples who were with him into the room where the girl lay.    He takes her by the hand and says to her “Talitha, cumi” which means Damsel I say unto you arise!  And immediately, she sat up and walked.  

I will by pass the latter command “that something should be given to her to eat”and to expound upon the fact that after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ there was also this same action with him eating with his Disciples (And Peter, James and John where now present to witness it) and that this was a foreshadowing of how in spite of the miracle of being raised from the dead, the evidence to those looking on that neither were a ghosts or some figment of their imagination, but that both were indeed alive.  It was the Word that caused her to live.  And the bread that caused those looking on to believe.

Two women, two different types of death, two different types of crowds and two very different paths and yet both led them to an encounter with Jesus.  The remedy was the same for them both.  And they both were given back the life they’d each lost by having done one thing, and that was to “Arise”.  What issue have you been carrying? Have you gone through an event that has defined you?  What dead situation do you face?  Well, the voice of the one who was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, bore the chastisement of our peace and by whose stripes we were healed, is speaking to you today one command “Talitha, cumi! Damsel, I say unto you”ARISE”!      

The Uncontainable Resurrection Within!

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:33 AM Comments comments (4)
Jer 20:9   "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But [his word] was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not [stay]."

When the times are the darkest, the pain is the most intense and the temptation to give up hovers over you like a cloak of pending death, to those of us who understand the importance of what this Holiday weekend represents, Something inside rises up!  Something on the inside that says "Be strong and Courageous!  Something that reminds us that unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone.  But if it dies, it will bear Much fruit!"  Something on the inside speaks to our spirit and says, "This too, shall pass! Just give me "Three Days"!  Greater is He that abides on the inside of you than he who is in the world."   

Rom 8:11   "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

You gain an inner strength that awakens during adversity, and what might have intimidated you before, becomes bread for you now.  You no longer see your adversary as a threat, but you realize that Somebody greater than you, greater than the giant in front of you and greater than anything that can come against you is really working with YOU!

The sleeping giant inside of you arises and when you open up your mouth, the words you speak are no longer solidifying the situation you find yourself in, but begins to prophesy what echoes from within the heavenly places of your spirit.  Our spirit is now bearing witness with The Holy Spirit and we find that as we make our abode in His word and His Word is abiding in us, we can now speak what He speaks and ask what we will and It is Done!  

We cannot hold back telling of His Goodness!  We cannot refute His tender Mercies and His Loving Kindness toward us!  It is apparent!  His Glory is made known through the adversity that came to destroy us!  He is made bigger in the eyes of those who watched on, those who prayed for you and those who even aided and a bedded in what was suppose to be our demise.  The weapon the enemy used to humiliate, undermine  and crucify us, only served to build the crowd of witnesses so the Glory of God could be seen through the resurrection life of that dead situation.

You've been in a holding pattern in the grave of an old season in your life!  Somewhere within the three days of having borne your cross.  
Jhn 2:19   "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Just as Jesus' crucifiction seemed to be the end and  death had won,  On the third day, the grave was void of the body of which temporarily occupied it. And just as the winter season takes on a lifeless form,  and Spring announces to the dormancy "it's time to revive and bloom".  Take an assessment of what looks to be dead but God says is "alive"!  Open up your mouth and begin to prophesy!

Eze 37:3 -5  "And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

When the Spirit of the Most High is inside of you, you won't be able to resist the urgency to speak "Life" to what God has said is alive!
Remember "Death and Life are in the Power of YOUR tongue"  Eat of the fruit of "Life"!  You are approaching the Third Day!  The Resurrection is inside of you!  This is what it is!!!

In Labor of the Promise

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (1)
Jhn 16:21"A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world"

 You may be in the midst of everything that could go wrong does go wrong.  And it may be difficult to believe that "God keeps His promises" when one wave of events after another crash against the shores of life leaving you grasping for something to hold onto.  But you've been carrying your promise for a while and you knew (as being pregnant with a child) the promise "Would have to come forth!"
The things that should be working right now aren't:  The job security you thought you once had is in jeopardy, the shut off notices have begun, the Dr's report is not the one you'd hoped for, that "Sure thing" is a bust and you are experiencing one tidal wave of trouble after another.  To make matters even worse, the atmosphere in your home is full of tension and the urge to resist the "blame game" is overwhelming.  (Press pause:  You were never meant to put your trust in man, but God only:   Psa 118:8 "[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."   Recognize the attack of the enemy to bring division during this time.  Just as a woman  in labor at the point of intense contractions will often begin to take out her pain and frustration on the father of the child, the urge to do the same now must be suppressed)

What you feel is real.  There's no denying the facts are what they are.  You may have even contributed to the trouble you are now afflicted with.  But in these times, it is important to remember that the same  Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, will also give you life.  Rom 8:11 "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also *quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."  What you are experiencing,  though it seems to be  taking you out,  is actually the "Labor of the Promise".  

You must bear down, hold on to the hand of The Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to be your spiritual birthing coach right now.  Decree, declare and meditate on what God's word says about you and not what you see or feel:

Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.

Isa 53:5But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Phl 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:

Phl 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Psa 34:19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

This is in no way saying that we don't have a responsibility in this.  However, your present pain is ushering in your promise.  And if you will seek the Lord and not man, He will lead, protect, comfort  and deliver you.  You knew you were pregnant with promise.  You knew it was by the word of the Lord spoken over your life.  Don't give up now!  You've come to far.  Fight for your promise!  Believe God is faithful to fulfill everything He has spoken over you.  Don't let the spirit of strife take over your home.  Fight to stay in "agreement"  Mat 18:19 "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."

You must hold on,  bear down,  and "Push" out your Promise!  This present wave is not going to overtake you.  You've been here before and remember when you came out on the other side how you'd wished you would have believed more, trusted more and rested more?  Well this time you can.  Trust God and the good plan He has for your life.  This is not unto death, this is unto "Life"!  You are in the Labor of the Promise!  Endure & Believe!
*quicken- zōopoieō  1) to produce alive, begat or bear living young, 2) to cause to live, make alive, give life a) by spiritual power to arouse and invigorateb) to restore to lifec) to give increase of life: thus of physical lifed) of the spirit, quickening as respects the spirit, endued with new and greater powers of life  (Blue Letter Bible)

Monday Morning Pew

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM Comments comments (0)
This Monday Morning finds us returning to the grind. Dig deep dear friends, grin, bear it, put your best foot forward, don't sweat the small stuff. Please share some good news you've gleaned from this past weekends spiritual enlightenment. My contribution is one of deep reflection. First, My wife and I celebrated our 21st wedding Anniversary (1-31-13). Then after a brush with destruction (see the upcoming Featured Testimony on the Good News Exclusive at the website), reflected on the valuable things in life: GOD, wife, children, friends). Then celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with  well respected relatives,  Pastor and Miss'y Hess of Battle Creek, Mi. Woke up Sunday morning worshipping HARD! Whooped and hollered like I won the Superbowl. My challenge to you all today is, look around to see something you're winning at (hint: you beat death this morning if you're reading this). 

Fight For Fruition: You've come to far to give up now!

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (5)
Mar 4:8 "And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred."

I read an article recently of an organic corn farmer who's  field was located right in the middle of corn country (Nebraska).  This farmers crop (although organically grown)  is surrounded by other genetically modified corn growers.  Corn is an open pollinated crop and because of this, wind and insects can carry pollen from several feet to several miles.  This is extremely harmful for organic crop growers as it's quality is based upon how  GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) free it is.    Because levels of GMO were found in the crop, it decreased it's value.  The higher the levels, the less he could sell his crop.  And for people who are looking for 100% organic products, this would not do.  So his crops were sold for far less or sat in storage.

"Why are you talking about corn" you might ask?  Well in this parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus gave a parable of a sower sowing seeds and four types of ground the seed sown:  1) The wayside  2) Stony  3) Among Thorns  4) Good Ground
In Mark 4:14-20  Jesus tells his disciples what the parable means:

Mar 4:14 The sower soweth the word.

Mar 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Mar 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

Mar 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Mar 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

Mar 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mar 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

I don't know about you, but at some point in my life, I have been each of these types of ground.  As much as we want to see the word have fruition in our lives, we often will hear a word, get excited about it and determine "God will meet every one of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!"  And then comes the shut off notice.  You can't see where the money is coming from and begin to fret.  Or you heard a word that nobody could tell you  the Pastor wasn't talking directly to you.  You took it, quoted it for a while, but after the child got sick, they cut back your hours on the job you couldn't make that car payment so they re-possessed it.  And if you hear one more person say to you "Be not weary in well doing for in due season, you shall reap if you faint not" you might just slap them!  

Or you got that position you'd worked so hard for.  You'd believed God when that supervisor did everything in their power to keep you down.  You'd endured the underhanded things the co-workers were doing behind your back.  You didn't find out until you were promoted how much was really going on and how even in spite of it, the Lord had your back.  But now, you can't make it to church because you've got to be at a business meeting.  You stopped attending choir rehearsals because it conflicts with opportunities to network (after all it's not "what you know, but who you know").  Before you served him while quoting things like "I know my redeemer lives and He will vindicate me" but now, you resort to phrases like "The Lord knows my heart" or "You just don't understand".

But there are those times when you are right where you know you should be and everything seems to be lining up.  Almost effortlessly, doors are opening up before you even knock on them.  There is a favor in unlikely places being bestowed upon you that seems almost "Supernatural".  You are in your zone!

This the the ground we all strive to be.  And it is available to us by the grace of God.  It is a fight to get there and as we see in the parable, it's not your money, the job, or anything else the enemy is after.  It is "The Word"!  This is what we must fight to maintain.  The word is what produces increase in our lives.  We cannot let it be contaminated by outside influences and inner contractions.  

There are a lot of genetically modified methods that look like success, but just as the organic farmer must fight to keep his field free from contaminates, so must we.  For what makes our ground good, is that we can hear what God has said, receive it and fight to bring it to fruition.    You've come through too much, seen Him do too much for you to give up now.  You've felt like this before and remember how He came through for you?  You are too close and your season is here!  Don't give up when your deliverance is right on the other side of  this present situation.  Don't make a permanent decision based upon a temporary situation.
Mar 4:9 And he said unto them, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."