Change is work that’s why most people don’t change. We want things to be different, but we don’t want to put in the work to change. If there is no effort there will not be a different result. We must carve out a new path if we want a different result. Change doesn’t happen, because we complain about it. Change doesn’t happen for us by wanting others to change. We remain the same even though we’re miserable. Change is a personal responsibility. People can see your unwillingness to change, but you can’t see it. This is why nothing changes for you. Change is your responsibility not someone else’s.
Paul said in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Most people know what changes they need to make, but most people are unwilling to make those changes because they don’t want to do the work that the change is going to require. Therefore they expect everyone around them to change so they don’t have to. As believers we have a responsibility to change. If you choose not to change, that is your choice, but then I encourage you to choose not to complain about that what you choose not to change.
If you want to live an abundant life; if you want to go on adventures with God; if you want to experience the fullness of joy; you are going to have to be willing to change. It’s going to be work, but it will be worth it. Make a change, make a move, and watch God open up the rivers of living water inside of you. You don’t have to stay the same, you don’t have to live in the same place your whole life, you can change but you must be willing to put in the work.
A cursory study of other religions will wield for us an understanding of how blessed we are that YHVH is our God. The Judeo-Christian faith has a living, accessible, approachable God that wants to be involved in our lives. Unless we know about or have experienced other faiths and their beliefs, we don’t realize how powerful this is.
When David reveals, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him” (Psalm 32:8-10)…we will do well to take heed to His instruction and His leading.
When our eyes are opened to who our God really is, following His lead is easy, because He speaks, He leads, He counsels, He’s involved in our lives and loves it. There is truly no one like our God!
On Monday I went to breakfast with a friend and I said to her, I smell the smoke of a rocket launching. I don’t typically talk like that so knew it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Well, yesterday I was on a phone call in my backyard and then I headed out to run a couple errands. I came back 90 minutes later. I sat down at my desk and out in my backyard on my patio table there was a strange looking black object. I go outside and it’s the bottom half of a rocket. It was not there just 90 minutes earlier.
Prophetic pictures are kisses from heaven that confirm what God is saying. I didn’t think much about what I said at breakfast on Monday about the smell of the smoke of a rocket launching. But now I believe we are in a launching moment. We are about to see some take offs. Not only can I smell the smoke of a rocket launching, I’ve got the base of one to prove it.
In Psalm 30:11 David said, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.”
I hear the Lord saying, “My people know more about binding and loosing the enemy than they do about loosing and girding.” The Lord went on to say, “I have loosed my people from mourning, sadness, grief, but they will not let go of that which they have become familiar with and let me gird them with gladness. They cannot be bound to mourning and girded with gladness simultaneously. They must come out of mourning, weeping, sadness and be girded with gladness.”
Church the days of sadness, weeping, gloom and doom, are over. Or as the psalmist says in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.” It is a new day, the night is over the day has broke. The Lord has loosed us from mourning now we must cast off the sackcloth. Remember Bartimus, who was on the side of the road crying out Son of David have mercy on me and when Jesus called him, he threw aside his beggars cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:46-52). This is where we are, we’ve been loosed of our sackcloth, our mourning coat, but we must cast it off, jump up and come to Jesus.
Jesus is girding us with gladness, or shall I say girding those who come out of the season of mourning, who cast off the cloak of sadness and grief. To gird means, encompass, to equip, to clothe, to strengthen. The night is over, the day is here, it’s time to get up and be girded with gladness, it’s a new day and it looks nothing like the old days!
In prayer this morning the Holy Spirit spoke to me about being translocatedly planted. The Spirit was showing me how we are seated with Christ in heavenly places and yet planted trans locally on earth. Essentially explaining how we are in two places at once just like Jesus was. When I came in the house the word translocatedlly planted stuck with me, so I wanted to know if its a real word. I should have known it was going to be loaded because if the Holy Spirit is using a word I’ve never heard there are things to be learned. Many things.
Translocation plant = Translocation is the process within plants that functions to deliver nutrients and other molecules over long distances throughout the organism. Translocation occurs within a series of cells known as the phloem pathway, or phloem transport system, with phloem being the principal food-conducting tissue in vascular plants. Nutrients are translocated in the phloem as solutes in a solution called phloem. Various cell types utilize these nutrients to support their requirements for life or store them for future use. Because translocation is responsible for the delivery of nutrients to developing seeds and fruits, this process is critical to the achievement of optimal crop yield. It also accounts for the ultimate nutritional composition of plant foods important to humans. (Encyclopedia dot com).
You can’t make this stuff up. With us being seated in heavenly places the Lord is delivering nutrients over long distances through us and to us. This is a vital process called translocation and it is what develops seeds and fruits, it is critical also for crop yields. I am no horticulturalist, but this has God written all over it. Translocation plant. I love how the Holy Spirit teaches us words we do not know and has given us technology to understand what he is trying to speak to us.
The pathway between our seated position in Christ in heavenly realms releases nutrients into our earthly location as sons and servants of God. This translocation is absolutely critical for our growth and maturity and crop yields. We keep this connection free and clear through our obedience to the word of God and our hunger to study and learn the word of God in order to know the God of the word. We my friends, have been translocatedlly planted on earth and receive our nutrients from He who sits on the throne.
Revelation 22:2 “On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Can you sense it in the atmosphere, we are on the edge of a great outpouring of the likes we’ve never seen or heard in our generation. What we’ve only read and heard about is going to be our new reality. The atmosphere is electric with expectation.
A couple things the Lord is cautioning us on as we walk right into this revealing of God’s awakening of the nations is that, one we don’t get ahead of God. We’ve never been this way before and we need to guard against making it something we’ve seen or heard about. It’s not another “Jesus people movement”; it’s not another “tent revival”; it’s not another “platform revival”; it’s not a past move of God, this will be brand new.
A second thing we need to guard our hearts against is missing miracles because we are so comfortable with medical. A friend said to me yesterday the Lord is convicting her of having more knowledge and faith in medical knowledge than faith and knowledge in God’s miracle working power. When we are trained, familiar and experienced in a field like medical we call miracles something medical. And those who are more confident in medicine to heal than God’s healing power, will miss miracles. We need to guard our hearts in this area.
Finally, we need to guard our hearts against judgement about other believers. Many times we see in others what God is trying to tell us about ourselves. Pull the tree out of your own eye, then you’ll be able to see the speck in your brothers eye is what Jesus said. Give yourself grace and give others grace, no one has arrived we are all on this journey of faith. The word of God is a mirror to reveal you to you and reveal the nature of God to you. Make the word your priority and God will cut down the tree in your eye so you can see the gold in everyone around you.
We are about to swept up in the wonder, majesty and the power of God in the nations. We were born for the supernatural but we must not be so stuck in the natural and not see it before it arrives. Shake yourself loose of the lockdown and rejoice for God is visiting us again!
“Worship is my warfare; my praise is a weapon!” – Catherine Mullins
Instead of wielding a sword, we sing a song of praise to our God. Instead of engaging in a battle with another person, we are to worship our King. When this is what we do our emotions are re-calibrated, then our response is not destructive.
Worship is our warfare; praise is our weapon. When we worship and praise, the Lord turns the battle from flesh against flesh to putting the enemy between us under our feet. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
Worship is our warfare; praise is our weapon. Instead of shouting at someone, lift up your voice and sing. Instead of lifting your hand to someone, lift up the flags and begin to twirl. Instead of signing those papers, put pen to paper and write a song to the Lord.
Jesus has already defeated everyone of our enemies, and that enemy is not the person next to you. But now you must put those invisible enemies under your feet and the way to do it is to remember worship is your warfare and praise is your weapon. It’s time that we as believers start using worship and praise in warfare. Arise Judah arise!
It’s Pentecost Sunday. 50 days since Resurrection Day. 50 means Jubilee! These truths alone give us reason to shout, but let me remind you of one more Pentecost Sunday reason to shout Hallelujah.
On that first Pentecost, where Peter said Joel 2 was being fulfilled, remember the sound of wind was heard in the house, but the tongues of fire were not resting on a building, they were resting on people. The fire of God is not coming to a building it is coming to you, to me, to rest on people. People not places are about to be filled with Pentecostal fire again. Then people will speak the word of God, people will testify, people will share the gospel in every nation, to every tribe and tongue. People the fire is for you not a building.
Acts 2:1-5 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”
Whatever you don’t believe you have authority over, you are afraid of. Whenever you encounter fear, stop and ask the Lord to give you authority over it and the fear will subside. Jesus feared nothing because He had authority over everything. Don’t forget Christ is in you, so through Him you can have authority over everything that scares you.
Matthew 28:18 “Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
In ancient times, whenever someone would come to a gate or a door they would NOT knock with their hand, they would knock with their voice. Their voice was the knock on the door. So when Peter had a miraculous release from prison and went to the house, the servant girl Rhoda heard Peter‘s voice at the gate that’s how she knew it was him standing outside. (Acts 12)
When Jesus, in Revelation 3 says, “behold I stand at the door and knock…“, He’s not using his hand as the pictures portray, he’s using his voice to let the heart know who’s at the door.
Therefore as I’m praying Psalm 24 this morning the psalm explodes with revelation as I read with understanding verses seven and eight that say, “lift up your heads, oh gates, and be lifted up, oh ancient doors, that the king of glory may come in.” Once the voice at the gate is heard another voice responds, “who is the king of glory?” And the answer comes back from the voice outside the gate, outside the door, “the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” The whole thing is a voice exchange with a gate and a door between them.
Our voice is powerful, because the voice of God is powerful, therefore when you come up against a shut door lift up your voice, when you come up against an ancient gate lift up your voice. When you want a city to be open to you go to the gate of the city and use your voice to announce your arrival. Your voice is what gives you access, your voice is where your authority lays. This is why Psalm 24 says he who has clean hands and a pure heart and has not lifted up his soul to falsehood. Purity and integrity activate your voices authority.