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!

It’s Coming Quicker Than We Realize

We have been having prayer on our property at church all month long, Monday through Saturday. Everyday, I can sense the water table rising in the spirit. This morning, we sang “We will make room for you, do whatever you want to, do whatever you want to.” As we sand that song, the Lord spoke to me and said “BREAK OFF THE LAND LOCKS!” Tears filled my eyes and the presence of God hovered over the greenhouse we were praying in and I decreed all land locks to be broken now in Jesus name. I thought it was the land lock on the land, but the Lord said, to me, “The locks are on the land of my people’s lives.” He showed me that people are land locked and He wants them free to make room for Him, so He can do whatever He wants to do. Now I am not only praying for land locks to be broken off the physical land but off of the lives of everyone that walks onto this land and off of you and off of me!

After prayer we came back to the house as I homeschool two teenagers, once that was complete, I sat down in my office to listen to Dutch Sheets Give Him 15 and the Lord said, “It’s coming faster than people know, so they must not be land locked, but they must make room for me. I am coming in a move like you have never experienced before. It’s coming, It’s coming!” My friends, please take a few minutes and listen to this video by Dutch Sheets, it will be well worth your time and know that God is breaking off the land locks on your life so you can make room for Him, for He is coming with a mighty move of His spirit that is going to change everything. It is going to eclipse anything we have ever read about. It’s coming, it’s coming, faster than we realize!

Wear It!

Many of us have clothes, shoes, hats, handbags, briefcases, scarfs, ties in our closets that we have bought or been given but have yet to wear. We even have the tags still on some garments that we have never worn. Closets are a prophetic picture and God is speaking to us this morning about our closets. The Lord spoke to me and said, “When I declare it, you are to wear it!” (Job 22:28 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.”)

How many of us have declarations hanging in our closets that God has spoken about us personally, to us corporately or even to our nation and the world, but we have yet to wear them? The declaration of God is for us to wear. If He declares you are forgiven, you need to wear, with confidence, His forgiveness. If the Lord has declared you are healed, you need to wear your healing. If has declared you alive, you need to live. Whatever He declares you and I are called to wear.

The Lord is calling us into our closets to look around at all He has declared over us but we have yet to wear. The days of I am not worthy, I can’t, I don’t deserve it are over. If God declared it you are called to wear it. But not just wear it, wear it with confidence, wear it with style, wear it well because He made it just for you.

Church it is time to cast off our old garments and put on the garments He’s decreed over us. For if He declared it we are called to wear it! Get ready, I am stepping out in some new shoes you have not seen me wear before, but I am going to walk around with confidence, because God declared it and I am going to wear it.

People Want To Live

I was a youth pastor for many years and even though I am not the first to speak on this tragedy, I do want to share some thoughts about the Travis Scott Concert in Houston, that killed 8 people. If you have not read about this event and what happened, I encouraged you to do so, it will be very eye opening.

After reading articles and having a friend send me other people’s comments on the Scott concert situation, what the Lord highlighted to me is “No one wants to die!” It was so clear in the articles I read that even thought these people went to a demonic concert, and it was demonic literally, in their inner most being when faced with death or the thought that they could die, they all said, “I do not want to die.” Here is one snippet from a New York Post article on the situation, “They got stuck under piles of bodies among the 50,000 concertgoers — eight of whom died in the melee. At that moment, my mind went into full survival mode. All I could hear was people screaming and crying for help, Schmidt told CNN. I lost all hope and thought I was going to die right there because I could not get my legs out. I fought for my life. Another said, I was beginning to go into shock, although I was trying to keep my composure and not panic. It was terrifying. I felt like it was a nightmare, she said. I looked around and just saw people stare and others continuing to enjoy themselves as if these people meant nothing.” No one wants to die, it is build inside of us that we were made for life and not death.

Seeing so clearly that people do not want to die, even though they go to events that are clearly promoting death, what is the call of church, of us as believers? We, the carriers of life are called to tell them about Jesus Christ who is called the Way, the Truth and the Life. They may say they don’t want to hear, but I promise you, for I was one of them when I was an unbeliever attending similar style events, that no one wants to die, but they just don’t know how to live. This is where the church comes in, we are called to be people who teach and show people how to live. We must speak life, manifest life, and proclaim life in every way. No one wants to die and there can be no trace of death in us, for people want to live and we have access to the Living Word of God, in written and spirit form. Friends, we must manifest life, no more compromise, no more I don’t have time, no longer can we partner with death any longer, we must reflect the One in us who is LIFE! This generation does not want to die, so we must show them how to live!

Steward Your Land

Everyone has been given (figuratively speaking) a plot of land. The number of acres is not the issue here, but the truth that you have been given land is important to understand. What you sow on your land is what you will reap from your land. If you sow wickedness on your land or allow others to sow wickedness into your land this is what you will reap. The Bible is clear in its call that we are to sow righteousness on our land and into the lands of others. The sowing of righteousness on your land is of the utmost importance because it yields such a great crop.

Solomon said it this way in Proverbs 11:18 “He who sows righteousness gets a true reward.” Then the prophet Hosea said it this way in 10:12 “Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” Finally, James said, “the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (3:18). From the Old Testament to the New Testament the same theme is spoken, a call to sow righteousness in our fields, on our lands.

I pray that you will be a good gardner of the land the Lord has given you. The size of the land is not as important as the stewardship of it. Sow for yourselves righteousness, for in doing so you will reap the fruit of unfailing love. I pray that you will have eyes to see your land clearly and know what to uproot and what to seed into other peoples lives from the abundance of righteousness God has blessed you with on your land. I bless your land my friend with the rain of God to produce righteousness.

A Different Kind of Launch

I was just given a very unusual but relevant vision from the Lord. I saw the lukewarm church, which has bowed down to culture and called it Christianity, in the belly of the whale just like Jonah was. Then all of the sudden, the whale the church was in was vomited out and landed on dry ground. I then heard the Lord say, “I am recommissioning them and this time they will obey what I say and go where I send them.” The vision was clear and the voice was identifiable.

The Lord is aware of the state of the church worldwide, we have been in the belly of the whale, but we are about to be launched onto dry ground, given a fresh commissioning and then sent out to preach the gospel of the kingdom. What was once lukewarm and useless to God and man is about to preach and whole cities are going to fall down in repentance before the Lord of heaven and earth. This is going to happen quickly!

Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

Jonah 2:9-3:3 “I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD. Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land. Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you. So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk.”

The Voice Is Your Choice

Two voices crying out, both inviting you to come in here. One is the voice of wisdom, the other is the voice of folly. Just as there were two trees in the garden (Genesis 1); there are always choices. Jesus said, you cannot serve God and mammon, you have to choose whom you are going to serve. Moses said, choose this day whom you are going to serve. The choice is yours, but the options are always there. Proverbs 9 describes two voices both offering the same invitation, but one is wisdom and the other is folly. The choice of the voice is critical, for one leads to life the other to death. Here is the call of the two voices in Proverbs 9 “Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight: Whoever is naive, let him turn in here, And to him who lacks understanding she says…” Two voices, saying the same thing to those who are making their paths straight. How do you know what voice to follow, both are inviting you to come in, the answer is found in the invitation of the voices.

The voice of wisdom invites you to “Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:5-6) While the voice of folly’s invitation says, “Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Proverbs 9:17). One voice is an invitation to maturity, the other voice is an invitation to pleasure. One voice will grow you up, the other voice will say what you want to hear. Both voices are crying out today, both voices want you to pick them. The choice of the voice is yours. We will know what voice you follow by the fruit of your life. The voice of wisdom will produce maturity, understanding and life, while the voice of folly will keep you naive, lacking understanding and will tell you all your pleasures are good for you, knowing they lead you to death. The choice of the voice is yours, but the fruit of your choice will be obvious and may already be. The good news is, you can always make a new choice, for wisdom never stops calling out, but neither does folly. Choose wisely, your life depends on it.