In prayer this morning I was thanking the Lord for Hos presence and immediately in the spirit as I spoke the word presence I saw in the spirit the word presents 🎁. The Lord said “My presence and My presents are being released in this new day”. I changed my prayer to thanking Hom for Hos presence and His presents. Get ready my friends we are about to experience God’s presence and His presents 🎁!
The first thing the Lord said as I was waking up this morning was, “MATURITY IS FREEDOM”. I wanted to know what He meant and so I looked up all the verses that say maturity and I learned to be mature means to be stable in all seasons.
Ephesians 4:11-14 says leaders are supposed to mature us so we are stable. “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
Then Hebrews 6:1-4 says we should seek truth that matures us “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”
Finally, 1 Corinthians 14:20 says it very clearly and succinctly “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
As we come to the end of this pandemic/election year, we can look back and see how unstable this year has been in so many ways. The Lord knew we were immature in our thinking but we didn’t. Now that we’ve seen how easily we are moved by external situations, God is going to reveal people to us who will walk with us into maturity so we won’t be moved next time the wind blows violently in the land.
Maturity is freedom and we as believers will be a powerful witnesses when we manifest freedom in every situation. The next season in the church will be one of maturity so we can be truly free!
On Thursday in Franklin, TN I had the privilege of joining my women’s ministry partner from Malaysia, Ms. Sharon Ward Shirley, for a time of sharing and praying with her women’s group. One of the themes that day was facing the reality of the pain they had experienced. Then as I went to Beersheba Springs, TN yesterday I faced head on the issue of slavery in our nation. Painful experiences are hard to face, but facing them brings healing to you, others and the land. Everyone even the land has had painful things happen to them. Which is why the cross is the gate we all must go through to come into the kingdom.
With these two days in my heart this morning my Psalm to pray is Psalm 130 and God as He always does brings words to what we all need to hear so we can move on into the kingdom attributes of righteousness, peace and joy. May these verses activate forgiveness in you toward whatever has brought you pain .
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.
The keystone to success in the kingdom is to seek the King of the kingdom with all your heart. When you seek the King His healing flows into every area of your life. There is nothing else you can seek only and have multiple results.
Jeremiah 29:13-14 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’”
Every region has an atmosphere and being able to discern the atmosphere helps in navigating the region effectively. To assume every region is the same is why people bring their one size (they believe) fits all message to a region and nothing happens. The Lord is more spontaneous than us and learning to flow with Him is key to kingdom success in every region. When you walk by the spirit you can’t have an agenda but you must know the voice of God.
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Every morning I use a psalm as a prayer leader in my prayer time. The Lord is faithful to reveal the truth through the psalm that I did not know and has me pray a prayer or multiple prayers for people, the nation, or even nations. I have found it to be a real joy.
This morning as I went to pray psalm 127, The Lord spoke to me to look at who the author of the psalm is. I learned it is Solomon that wrote this psalm and what that revealed to me is knowing the author of some thing that’s been created gives greater understanding into that which has been created. For what is created is an extension of the author.
When you know the author it adds substance to that which has been created. When we know the parents it adds substance to understanding the child. When we know God as creator, it adds substance to the creation called earth on which we live. When we know the songwriter it adds substance to the song that we are singing. The reason being Is because what we are seeing is only an extension of the person that created it. It’s one thing to enjoy the creation it’s a whole other to let the creation point you to the person that created it.
Psalm 127:1 (a psalm of Solomon) “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.”
The Spirit of God who is light is initiating a fight with the darkness. This battle God started because He has heard the prayers, decrees and cries of His people for breakthrough, deliverance and salvation. The darkness will not go silently, but it’s increasing volume is evidence not of its victory but it’s defeat. We are in a spiritual war God started and God is and will win because He loves His people. Worship from victory not defeat, pray from authority not pity, prophesy encouragement and life not death and destruction. God never loses a battle and never picks a fight unless there is massive salvation as just one of the spoils of war!
John 1:5 “The Light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.”
Promises in the word of God are things God has said He would do, therefore all we have to do is say yes and amen to the glory of God. The Lord revealed a promise this morning in prayer that I am asking you to join me in giving a big Yes and Amen to.
Psalm 125:3 “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.”
Yes Lord break the scepter of wickedness off our land, off our families, off our churches, off our government, off our schools, off our businesses, off our nation! We say yes and amen to the glory of God!
2 Corinthians 1:20 “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
Just a quick reminder, the devil is so dumb that he waited until Jesus had spent 40 days alone in fasting and prayer before he “tempted” Him. Next time the enemy flex’s his muscles around you, remember he’s an idiot. No need to speak with, entertain or engage with a being that is so far beneath you. James said it this way, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Your dealing with a coward, even a little courage spooks him. There’s nothing impressive about him so no need to be intimidated by him. Move on. Jesus did!
Matthew 4:1-3 “Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the spirit to be tested by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and at the end of it was famished. Then the tempter approached him.”
Some people are the fulfillment of prophecy. They didn’t apply for this position, God chose them for it. It is important that we are careful how we speak against things we do not understand. Prophetic words from God, though they tarry, will always come to pass. The challenge most of us face is not that we don’t believe prophecy, but we struggle when it manifests in a person that maybe we wouldn’t have chose. more people are being chosen to fulfill prophecy even at this moment. Our job is not to determine whether we like who God chose or not, but rejoice in the truth that every prophetic word comes to pass. Remember Mary!
Matthew 1:20-24 “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife.”