Inside Strong

We have all heard and experienced the fragility of our flesh. Someone says something hurtful to us and our flesh reacts. If our flesh is physically wounded it causes physical pain to us. Our flesh is weak in every way and yet we spend money, time, energy trying to make our weak flesh look good. We dress it up in designer clothes, we accessorize it with jewelry all for a temporal tent that we are going to put off one day. Did you know that your flesh, your temporal tent, is not eternal? We invest in that which is not going to last, not because we are ignorant, but because we love to portray an image.

I was cruising through Facebook last night looking at many family photos from a great time of food, family and friends gathering together. If you did not have family to gather with, these pictures can be heartbreaking as you long for family; if you were in those pictures, you loooked great and I smiled as I thought about the people I knew, what they meant to me and how grateful I am for you in my life. But seeing all the other people I did not know in those pictures and knowing how many people I did not know at my own Thanksgiving gathering yesterday, made me realize, we only know people by what we see in pictures, until we are around them and can hear what they say.

Earthy tents look good in pictures, but we as believers are not just earthly tents. We are people in whom God is wanting to build inside of us something that is lasting, eternal and strong. I call it being inside strong. Paul calls it a building not made by the hands of man. I pray as you contemplate who you want to be from this day forward, that you would make an investment, daily, to become inside strong. God’s word is building material that makes you inside strong, so when you take a hit by someone’s words, it doesn’t cause an emotional response, for God has made you inside strong. His word is always working on you on the inside, so read the word, pray and worship, they are all building blocks that make you inside strong. For our flesh is temporal, but our inner man is eternal and God wants to cloth you with strength.

2 Corinthians 5:1-3 “For we know that if this poor tent, our earthly house, is taken down, we have in Heaven a building which God has provided, a house not built by human hands, but eternal. For in this one we sigh, because we long to put on over it our dwelling which comes from Heaven– if indeed having really put on a robe we shall not be found to be unclothed.”

Grace is Doing the Work

Grace is causing the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the sleeping to awake. It is grace at work that is doing this, for God alone is the embodiment of grace. Grace is a power that causes the unbelieving to believe, the hard to become soft, the angry to be merciful. Grace is a force and it will not be denied. Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’ God Himself is releasing a grace that is moving mountains of false belief systems, mind control and hard hearts. Grace is at work all around us, can you see it, can you hear it? Listen for it today as you gather around the table with friends and family. Grace, grace is moving powerfully in our midst. Grace is for the glory of God, it is one of God’s secret weapons that gives Him glory. Paul said, “For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:15)

Today is a day of God’s grace manifesting in thanksgiving around tables with friends and families. Today is not a day off from what God is doing, it is a day to see on display as you laugh, cry and play that God’s grace is moving in the hearts of men and women we do not see everyday. Look for God’s grace in their face; listen for God’s grace coming out of their mouth; notice God’s grace in the air for it is everywhere. Grace has changed hearts in ways we don’t always see, but if you will look and listen you will hear and see, God has released a grace that is undeniable and it will result in thanksgiving and ultimately in God’s glory. Grace, grace!

The War Is At the Door

The war is at the gates, the war is at the ancient doors. This is where the war is always fought, at the gates, at the ancient doors. God is coming as the King of Glory, the Lord of Hosts, because He knows there is a war at the gates, at the ancient doors. But He has never lost a battle, let alone a war. Isaiah 6 tells us the train of His robe fills the temple, the train is a list of all His victories, He does not lose and He will not lose. He is coming through the gates, He is coming through the ancient doors.

Jesus said to Peter and the apostles in Matthew 16, I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The battle is always at the gates, always at the ancient doors. Remember, the thief in John 10, did not want to come in through the door, but tried to enter another way. The thief did not want to wage war at the ancient door, for he knew he would lose, because Jesus said, I am the door of the sheep. The battle has always been at the gates, always been at the ancient doors.

King David said in Psalm 24 as he thought about the temple in Jerusalem, “Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.” Selah.

Thanksgiving kicks off the “holiday season” and with that comes battles at the gates of people’s hearts who refuse to open their ancient doors. This is why Jesus said in Revelation 3, behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and lets me in, I will come and dine with him. His voice is still declaring at the ancient doors I am the King of Glory, let me come in and change your story. The battle is at the gates, the battle is at the ancient doors. He is the King of glory and He knows how to win their hearts, just like He won ours. Let the Lord fight the battle, you just respond to the King of glory and sing, how great is our God.

Concealed Seismic Shift

A seismic shift has happened in the hearts and minds of people. It is a hidden work that has taken place, for it is the glory of God to conceal a matter but the glory of kings to search it out (Proverbs 25:2). God has concealed this change in the hearts of men and women, but it will be seen when God pours out His goodness and mercy upon all flesh. Once the outpouring happens, the evidence of this hidden heart alteration will be visible for all to see.

We have seen “the prodigal son” heart in people, so we have been taught that this is how people act when God pours out blessings on them. The prodigal son (Luke 15), took his inheritance and left his father’s house, squandered his money on riotous living and ended up broke. There is story after story of “famous” people and “family” members who have done this. This is why we are familiar with this lifestyle whenever someone gets blessed. But I would propose to you, that a seismic shift from “the prodigal son” heart posture to “a Davidic heart” posture has taken place, we just can’t see it yet.

David said in Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” When God blessed David with goodness and mercy, David became a dweller in the house of the Lord. He even said in Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.” Get ready because when God pours out His blessings of goodness and mercy on His people, they are not going to grab the blessings of God and leave the house of God, they are going to become dwellers, beholders and builders of the house of God.

We are about to see the spirit of wisdom and revelation; mercy and goodness; poured out in such a measure, that people are not going to leave the house of God, they are going to dwell in it, for their hearts have been transformed in ways we cannot see yet, but is about to become visible. Get ready to extend those tent pegs, enlarge that dwelling for God’s goodness and mercy is going to cause people to dwell not depart from God’s house. We’ve moved from “the prodigal son” to “the heart of David”.

Generation Mandate

There is a lot of talk about the Lord coming to rule on the seven mountains of culture. There is a push for believers to be ministers in the marketplace and to manifest the kingdom every where they go. There is a mandate on this generation for generational breakthrough. None of this was our idea, this was what God had planned for us that are alive right now. With this mandate on us, God is doing things in our generation that previous generations did not see or hear. This breakthrough is not for us alone, but for us and for generations yet to be born. The testimony that comes from this generation will be spoken of for hundreds of years to come. It is going to be that magnificient what God is doing.

Here is what I see, here is what I hear. I see healing happening on such a scale that it takes down the Healthcare system and Big Pharma; I see the spirit of wisdom and revelation coming from prophets and preachers with such authority it literally breaks the strongman system called Religion. I see abundance and distribution of wealth starving the spirit of mammon for no one is afraid of lack any longer. I see the Father giving out tailor made coats to every person. This coat is made for them and as they wear it the confusion about calling, identity, gender and any other perverted thoughts that would try to make them hopeless is gone, for the coat is their calling. I see God pouring out upon us such goodness and kindness that it will lead us to repentance, we will want to turn to Him for He is reveling Himself as simply irresistible. This is what I see.

Romans 2:4 “Knowing that the goodness of God leads to repentance.”

Psalm 22:29 “All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship!”

Psalm 103:2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits”

Mighty Eagle

The strongholds of adultry and idolatry are coming down in this nation. A mighty eagle will sweep across the nation from the East coast to the West coast and every stronghold erected across this land will come down. The sweeping of this mighty eagle will be so powerful, their will be no trace of these spirits in our land. Buildings that have been erected as altars to Baal will fall never to be rebuilt. When the mighty eagle sweeps across the land, it will bring a cleansing in the air and the land, the cleansing will be both deep and high. The enemies of God, adultry and idolatry, that are fueled by a spirit of Baal worship are going to be removed completely.

God’s enemies are not people, they are sprits that manifest in the destruction of people. This is why our battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, powers and principalities operating in realms we cannot see with our physical eyes. However, the manifestation of their operation is seen in sickness, disease, confusion, immorality, perversion, and a variety of other issues mentioned in scripture, both Old and New Testament. When I say God is going to come as a mighty eagle from the East to the West and tear down the strongholds of adultry and idolatry, I am speaking of the spirits in the air and it will manifest on the land for when you break the power of the air, the results are manifested on the earth. The liberation of the land from these demonic strongholds is upon us.

Psalm 21:8-9 “Your hand will find out all your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger; The LORD will swallow them up in His wrath, And fire will devour them.”

Watch for the manifestion of their power being broken coming from the East and sweeping across to the West. I saw this in 2015 in a vision and it is now time for it to happen. In the words of Dutch Sheets, Damn the Torpedoes!

Milk and Honey Move

For the month of November, everyday we have been meeting in the Green House on our church property to pray for the undeveloped land. Various singers and musicians have been slated to take the 2 hour shift from 7am-9am daily. A variety of people have come to pray, I know this because I am there everyday at 8am to pray. Yesterday, I there praying for the land and what God is doing in our midst. Like every day, it is different, but it is always powerful and yesterday the Lord spoke to me and said, “You are in a milk and honey move!” I thought, that is a great name Lord, but it is deeper than a great name, we are literally in a move of God and the Lord is calling it a Milk and Honey Move!

Exodus 33:3 says, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey!” We are in a milk and honey move! Moses told the people, God was sending them to a land flowing with milk and honey, that was back in Exodus, but today, God is saying, “You are in a milk and honey move!!” I realize there are many voices on the news and on the internet telling us all the reasons why this is not true, but God said, “You are in a milk and honey move!” And Numbers 23:19-20 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie; nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and wil He not make it good? Behold, I have receieved a command to bless; when He has blessed and I cannot revoke it.” I will say it again, “You are in a milk and honey move! We are in a milk and honey move” Don’t you tell me He isn’t doing it, for He said “You are in a milk and honey move!”

The Mighty Teat

I am praying for our nation this morning and out of my spirit comes Psalm 127:1 “Except the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain; except the Lord guards the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain.” Immediately after this, the song El Shaddai by Amy Grant rises up within me and I start singing…El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El-Elton an Adonai; age to age You’re still the same, by the power of Your name. El Shaddai, El Shaddai, Erkamkana Adonai; we will praise and lift You high, El Shaddai. This song came out in 2006 and I cannot tell you the last time I heard it let alone sang it. Because of this spontaneous combustion coming from my spirit, I knew the Lord was saying something about our nation.

I began by studying the words El Shaddai, for in His name there is always meaning, which gives understanding. The first time this name of God is mentioned is in Genesis 17:1 “And when Abram was 99 years old and the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I AM El Shaddai, walk before Me, and be perfect.” Immediately tears come to my eyes, because it was at age 99 that Sarah gave birth to Isaac, so I knew this was the Lord saying we are in a promised fulfilled time.

I then study the word El Shaddai in Hebrew and learn it’s literal translation is “The Mighty Teat”. Teat is connected to milk and it is said, the mighty teat will supply His children with His life sustaining milk. The Lord then drops in my spirit Isaiah 60:16-18 “You will also suck the milk of nations And suck the breast of kings; Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Instead of bronze I will bring gold, And instead of iron I will bring silver, And instead of wood, bronze, And instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators And righteousness your overseers. Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.” Now I am completely undone!

The Lord is about to treat us SO much better than we deserve. We are about to experience His abundance in ways we never could have dreamt of. It will not be mammon we worship when He releases this abundance, but El Shaddai, God Most High, Adonai. My friends, the Lord is about release an abundance of life sustaining milk and we are going to be overwhelmed by His goodness to this nation.

God Concealed

God is often misunderstood, not because His word is not clear about who He is; how He acts; and what He does; but because of our misconceptions and our human thinking. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the ability to be forever teachable. Once you are dogmatic about anything, you will find yourself in a stronghold of your own making. Isaiah 55:9-11 says, As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, says the Lord. This verse should be one we commit to memory for when we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives, our families, our bodies, our cities, our churches, our nations; we must remember God’s ways are higher than our ways.

God is moving powerfully in our midst, in our nations, and in our families, but most of us cannot see it. Rest assured we are not the first people on planet earth to misunderstand what God is doing. But here is a great example of how He works and we don’t realize it. Listen to David’s description of God in Psalm 18:9-11 “He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.” God was hiding Himself in the storm.

Do you see any storms in our nation, your family, your marriage? God is in the storm. How do I know, because Psalm 139 says, “Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” God is not afraid of the dark, He is in the storm and no matter what you see, remember what He said, for His ways are higher than our ways and He is working all things together for good!

Make the Move

A window of opportunity to leave where you are to be in position for where you are called to go and do is still open right now. Many have heard the invitation to make a move, but most have not accepted the invitation, because they like the comfort of where they are. When I lived in Seattle, WA, I was leading a large youth ministry there, I got a call from my dad to come to conference at a church that was in revival in a small (population 532 small) town called Smithton, MO. My dad said, God was moving mightily there and he invited me to come. My first response was God is moving here in Seattle, why do I need to come there? After some more conversations, I decided to attend that Pastor’s and Leaders Conference in September 1999 and my life changed forever from that weekend forward. I was invited to come, and as I look back if I would have not agreed to come, I wonder where I would be today. Needless to say, it was a hard choice, but a life changing one. Three months later I left my church of which we built the youth ministry from 5 students to 250 students in 5 years at a Lutheran Church and moved to another state to follow Jesus.

Why do I tell you that, because Mark 10:28-30 says, “Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.”

We have been taught the persecution comes with the 100 fold return, but the Lord said to me, the persecution comes when you try to leave. We take persecution when trying to make a change as a sign we are not to make the change, but the Lord would say, the persecution coming from making the change is your confirmation you are making the right change. You will not be persecuted when you are blessed, you will be persecuted when you try to leave. For you are making others uncomfortable when you no longer choose comfort over obedience.

I am hearing of people making major changes in jobs, where they live, relationships, many things, and they are going through some persecution for it, but they know God has called them to this change and so they are leaving comfort for the sake of the call and I can already see them being blessed 100 fold for it. If you have been invited to make a change, the window of opportunity is still open to do it. We are about to experience God in a measure none of us have ever known, being positioned correctly is for your benefit, not for persecution, but you have to endure the persection from those who don’t want you to change, for that disrupts their comfort. Change anyway, it’s good for them and you!