Choose Life

Rejoicing is more fun than ranting and raving.
Hope feels better than depression.
Resurrection has more life than death.
Love has more authority than hate.
Righteousness has more power than wickedness.
Grace gives more freedom than condemnation.
Honor produces more than disrespect.
Forgiveness is cleaner than unforgiveness.
Glory tells a better story than sin.
Healing speaks a better word than sickness.

We all get to choose where we live and I’ve lived in both places listed above. I can tell you with confidence abundant life is only found by remaining in Jesus. I choose life!

Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity.”

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Jumping the Gun

The temptation to do naturally what God has spoken and wants to do supernaturally is strong. Often we miss the mark because the Lord shares with us what He wants to do supernaturally but we seek to execute it naturally, so it never reaches the glory God intended for it. Resist the temptation to do it naturally for God wants to do many supernatural things.

Zechariah 4:6-7 “Then he said to me, “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!”’”

Pray

In prayer this morning the Lord opened my ears to hear in the spirit the hearts cries of men and women who recognize they have aligned themselves with a losing team. The ache in them is because they’ve gained the whole world, but lost their soul and now they see it.

The challenge they are facing is what they are going to have to sacrifice to get out. They have built their whole life around a losing lie and they hadn’t seen it until now. To get out would mean great loss and for some even death because of how controlled they are by the system.

I can hear their anguish in the spirit, they see where their alignment is leading them and they want out but the price of that decision is very high. I heard some specific names and prayed for the Lord to make a way of escape to snatch them from the fire. They want out, but their so deep in. I kept hearing the Lord assure them it will be worth the sacrifice, but the choice is theirs.

We are in a time of escape, rescue and deliverance right now. Many see what’s coming and will jump ship before the “Titanic” goes down.

Pray my friends for God knows the hearts cry of those who want out but recognize the price they are going to have to pay and it scares them. Pray they see the pearl of great price and leave it all for they see His value!

Correct Response Needed

When hearing the voice of God it is important to understand if its a command to obey, a counsel to discuss, a conversation to enjoy or a correction to confess. Once we learn what God is saying, it makes responding accurately possible. For example, If we respond to a correction as though it’s just a conversation we will not confess (1 John 1:9) and repent so we can be healed. Or if we think a command from God is optional for us we miss the blessing obedience brings (Deuteronomy 28). A correct response comes from an accurate assessment of what God is saying. It is critical that we respond appropriately to what God is speaking.

Prophetic Accuracy

On Saturday morning at 2:07am the Lord woke me up saying, “Lioness arising.” As I laid there I knew Lisa Bevere had a book called that so I said, yes Lord and tried to go back to sleep but the words “Lioness arising” kept repeating in my head. I knew there was more to these words.

I learned when Lisa Bevere heard this from the Lord she saw a lioness lying on its side on a pedestal with the inscription Numbers XXIII. I said to the Lord, okay message received. This morning the Lord brought me to Numbers 23-25 and said, “An agenda and anxiety are enemies of prophetic accuracy.”

We have heard a lot of “prophetic words” but much of it has been from an agenda or anxiety but now we are about to hear lionesses arising with prophetic accuracy and they will speak it confidently because the words don’t originate with them.

Numbers 24:12-13 “Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me, saying, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the command of the LORD, either good or bad, of my own accord. What the LORD speaks, that I will speak’?”

Feast of Trumpets 5781

Yesterday began the Feast of Trumpets with the Innaguration of the new year 5781. God has been making announcements in a major way already and we still have another day. Open wide your ears to hear and your eyes to see for God Himself is announcing the fall of the iron and clay kingdom once and for all! #Daniel2 #Daniel7

Voices are for Choices

Somewhere along the line in my Christian life I learned I was not supposed to hear the enemy’s voice and if I did I was in sin, fear, doubt, unbelief or somehow doing something wrong. But the Lord just revealed me that we will always hear the voice of the enemy for he is the prince of the power of the air.

Even if we shut off everything and lived under a rock we would still hear his voice for he rules from the air. Therefore, the issue is not whether we hear his voice, but whether or not we obey his voice. Our obedience determines what voice we follow and whether we have faith, trust, belief, etc.

David said it this way in Psalm 3:1-2 “O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.” He heard the voice of his adversaries but he didn’t submit to them, rather he said, “But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.” (Psalm 3:3-4) It’s not the absence of the voice of the enemy we seek but the obedience to the voice of God. This was liberating for me and I hope it is for you too.

John 10:1-6 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.”

What Has Been Revealed

One night many years ago I was driving home from a meeting and it was dark outside. I saw on the road in front of me an animal in the road but it wasn’t dead. I slowed down to give it time to cross the street but quickly learned it could not move. With headlights on it, I see it’s a raccoon and it’s front paw is stuck to the pavement and the animal can’t free themselves.

I get out of my vehicle and slowly walk towards the animal wanting to free it so no one runs it over and injures it further or worst yet kills it. The closer I got the more viscous the growl. I was speaking tenderly to the animal but to no avail. That raccoon was convinced I was coming to harm not help, so lashed out at me. I turned and walked back to my car and drove around the wounded animal knowing there was nothing I could do to help for the animals fear kept me from helping it.

There is a lot going on in the world right now and some people are espousing their end time theology as a justification for their fear, others are hoarding/preparing for the worst out of fear and others are lashing out because they are afraid. Fear is a spirit in the air from the enemy for God does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear manifests in many ways all of which push others away, but the answer to fear is on the way, and His name is Yahweh.

Love is coming to cast out all fear! We can’t imagine living without fear for its so much apart of us, but the Lord said, Love is Coming! Not a human love that tolerates sin, but a perfect love that is going to cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). We have never known this kind of love consistently, but we have experienced it at moments. Love is coming to set the nations free from the fear that makes us suspicious of “peace deals”, “prosperity” and “covenant relationships”.

This year has exposed our fears in more ways than we realize, it’s exposed our fear based theology even though we are blind to it and it revealed how truly out of control we are but don’t want to admit it. This year 5780 was a blessing in so many ways for what was concealed has been revealed. It was revealed so it can be removed and then we can be restored with perfect love. God is repairing and restoring on a level fear doesn’t want us to see, for when we see we will be free! Love is coming! Love is coming!

Healing is Restoration

Healing is the restoration of the persons humanity. It’s bringing them back to their original design. Jesus healed not to become famous but to restore people’s original humanity. When God heals bodies it is a manifestation of restoration. We are not headed to a destructive end, God has us on a trajectory to restoration of original humanity on earth as it is in heaven.

Mark 1:32-34 “When the sun went down and evening came, they brought to Jesus everyone who was ill, all who were demon-possessed. The whole town was gathered around the door. Jesus healed many people suffering from all kinds of diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn’t allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.”

Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”