What Not Where

A good friend of mine said to me the other day, “You sowed here in Missouri and you are now reaping there in Tennessee.” His words were brought back to me this morning, while in prayer. The Lord reminded me of what he said, then the Lord added, “I never said WHERE you sow, you shall reap, I said, WHAT you sow you shall reap.” The Lord said it To me again, “I never said WHERE you sow you shall reap, I said, WHAT you sow you shall reap.” I never realized how many times I believed I was supposed to reap where I sowed until the Lord corrected this in me moments ago.

Maybe you have sowed much time, money, worship, prayer, energy, whatever in one place but that field is not producing, it is not because the field is not fertile, nor is it because the seed is bad, it is because God never said, “WHERE” you sow you shall reap, He said, “WHAT” you sow you shall reap. I know I have missed many a chance to give thanks for a harvest because I did not reap it in the place I sowed. In like fashion, I have complained about many a field, because it did not produce a harvest from the seeds I sowed there. I stand corrected today.

I am so thankful for my friend Michael Collins, who reminded me of all I sowed while I was in Missouri and now how much I am reaping already since being here In Tennessee. I will never make the mistake again of expecting to reap where I sow, nor will I ever cease to expect to reap what I sow. I pray this small tweak God did in me this morning is a tweak that will bless you as well, for it seems so small, but it has major implications, for it is harvest time, but not necessarily in the place you have been sowing. Eyes wide open, for the harvest is ripe!

Galatians 6:7 “Do not be decieved, God cannot be mocked, whatsoever a man sows he shall reap in return.”

Simply Amazing

The God of the Bible, the God of heaven and earth, the God who created everything is by far the only God worthy of worship, worthy of praise, worthy of glory, worthy of honor, worthy of following all the days of my life. I was reading Daniel 2 this morning, and the Holy Spirit highlighted verses 26-28 which say, “The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel answered before the king and said, “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.” Now this may not mean much to you just as a reading, but the Holy Spirit took me into the story and revealed God to me again.

Yahweh, gave a prophetic dream to a Babylonian king in a language the king could not interpret, his magicians nor his conjurers could not interpret, but a Jewish man in his court could interpret. A Babylonian king needed this Jewish man named Daniel to decode the prophetic dream the God of heaven gave to him. Amazing. Simply amazing. God is so creative, so fearless, so confident in who he has placed where for what purpose. Daniel was an exile brought to Babylon, he went through three years of being trained in the language and literature of the Chaldeans and now is serving a Babylonian king. Talk about feeling like a fish out of water. Then Daniel’s God, Yahweh, gives the king of Babylon a prophetic dream about future events.

My friends, you may not understand what is happening in your natural circumstances, you may not know why you are where you are, but I am telling you, there is a God in heaven who knows exactly what He is doing, why He called you to where you are and He knows exactly what He is going to do with you. Fear not, fret not, complain not, for Yahweh is God and He still gives prophetic dreams to foreign kings of which only His people can interpret. Who knows if you were put in that place for such a time as this?

Go Back

Go Back 10.11.2021

When we hear the words “go back”, it can give us the sense that we are not moving forward, that we are backing up, that we are missing out on something, but biblically the words “go back” have a totally different meaning. To go back biblically means to persevere, they are faith words, they speak of the willingness to not quit, for one knows what they heard. It can be seen as a relentless pursuit.

In a culture that wants instant answers, the idea of going back sounds uneventful, unfulfilling and lacking adventure or even mundane. But God never asks us to do something, unless there is a greater fulfilment available. The call to go back can be for the developing of much needed character qualities that will benefit us when we see fulfilled that which we went back for.

In 1 Kings 18, we find a story in which Elijah has seen the fire of God fall on the evening sacrifice; the people called Israel declaring, Yahweh is God, Yahweh is God; the prophets of Baal being seized and slayed; now Elijah and his servant are on top of Mount Carmel. The reason they are on top of this mountain is because in the first verse of 1 Kings 18, before the fire of God fell, before the people declared Yahweh is God, before it all, the Lord spoke to Elijah and said, “Go show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.” This is significant, because there has been a drought in the land for three years. Not three days, not three weeks, not three months, three years.

Elijah is still carrying this word from God, that when he shows himself to Ahab, God will send rain on the face of the earth. Elijah goes up to the top of Mount Carmel, for 1 Kings 18:41 says, “Elijah said to Ahab, go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” Amazing, Ahab, the king of Israel is told to go do a prophetic act, which is to eat and drink, for Elijah heard in the spirit the sound of the roar of a heavy shower. There has not been rain for three years, there is no evidence of rain in the forecast or in the sky, the nation is experiencing a famine, yet Elijah knows what God told him and he knows what he heard.

While on Mount Carmel, Elijah gets into a posture of prayer, for he has a prophetic word, but he knows it will not be birthed without prayer. Then he says to his servant “Go up now, look toward the sea. He went up and looked and said, there is nothing” (1 Kings 18:43). Elijah commanded his servant to go back, the servant came back and said, there is nothing. Elijah said it again, go back, the servant came back, there is nothing. Go back, came back, go back, came back, six times they did this with the same command and the same report, nothing.

Do you have a prophetic word, you know was God speaking, so you have been praying, waiting, praying, looking, but the report keeps coming back to you over and over again, nothing? You know what God said, you know what you saw in the spirit, you know what you heard, but nothing. No sign of this word coming to pass, no evidence of what God said at all. Nothing, absolutely, nothing. Elijah knows what that feels like. He’s in the same situation, but he says to his servant for the seventh time, go back. This time the servant returns with a different report, “It came about at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea” (1 Kings 18:44). A different report, a small manifestation, one visible evidence of the prophetic word was all Elijah needed to see and everything was about to change.

Perseverance is difficult, it takes time, it takes patience, it takes trusting that what God said, is going to come to pass, no matter how many times the report comes back, nothing. Elijah refused to doubt what God said, so he kept sending his servant to go back and look again. God did not change what He was saying, so Elijah did not change what he was doing. He kept praying, until the report came back of a manifestation of what God said, size did not matter, manifestation is what Elijah was looking for. Once the report changed, the command changed. Elijah now said, “Go up, say to Ahab, prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you” (1 Kings 18:44). Once the manifestation happened, it was now time for everything to change. Sounds like Amos 9:13 “Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills.”

It is tempting to quit going back to look again when the report does not change. It is frustrating, when you know you heard God, but you are not seeing what you heard. Disappointment fatigue sets in; impatience knocks at the door and says, why don’t you quit; the enemy wants you to give up on what God said, but something inside of you won’t relent, for you know it was God who said it and God does not lie (Numbers 23:19). Back again you go to look for the answer. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Six times, nothing.

God is so amazing, six is the number of men, six times means we come to the end of our strength, our faith, our ability, our whatever, six times we go back and come back with the same report, nothing. Many quit at some point during the six, the number of men, but seven, oh the number seven, that is the number of God. On the seventh time, when God steps in, when God says, now, it is on the seventh time, that the manifestation is there. It may be small, but it is visible, for it is God.

God doesn’t speak to entertain us, He speaks to create, to establish, to decree something that is going to last forever. Psalm 148 says, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.” God did not dangle a carrot in front of you to get you to follow Him, if He said it, He is going to have it come to pass, but many times we have to come to the end of ourselves, then we step into the manifestation. We wonder why does it have to be this way? There is no simple answer to this question, but one reason is because if it was God’s idea, which is why God spoke it, then God is the one who gets the glory for it, not us. God is not punishing us by making us wait, making us go back, He is preparing us to carry the glory that is coming with the manifestation of what He spoke.
On the seventh time there was a manifestation, a change of the command, and then “In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower” (1 Kings 18:45). God told Elijah, 44 verses earlier and many situations before, that He was going to send rain on the earth, and if God said it, He was going to do it. It did not just rain, this was not some light sprinkle, this was a heavy shower. It was such a torrential downpour, that Ahab was told to high tail it and run so the rain did not stop him. When God manifests what He said He was going to do, the whole earth is going to see it, hear it, feel it.

I do not know how many times you have had to go back only to have the report be, nothing. If you are wanting a child and you find out your womb still has nothing; if you are wanting a healing and the report still comes back, nothing; if you are needing finances, but the bank balance is still nothing; if your child has walked away from God and the report you are getting is, nothing; if your marriage is screaming at you, nothing; go back again, keep going back, don’t stop going back. If God gave you a promise, if God spoke a word to you, go back, for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower!

Life Is Good

Today the state of Tennessee is having a statewide day of fasting, prayer and humility as we seek Gods heart, voice and will for our state as we move forward in the days ahead. I am so thankful to Autumn for posting this, to our Governor Mr. Lee for agreeing to this and to my Apostolic leader Dustin for speaking truth every week to our congregation. Kiley, Autumn’s husband bought me a coffee cup this weekend that said, Life Is Good and he said, I thought this sums up how you feel being here in Tennessee. He is absolutely correct. This family we live with, these people we are surrounded by and this state’s leadership all make life really good in this place. Deuteronomy 28 says, I set before you this day death and life, choose life. God is life and He is the best choice I ever made and I keep making. What a great day for Tennessee to engage in prayer, humility and fasting.

Know God, Do Exploits

Today, all over the world, many songs are going to be sung, a lot of money is going to be given, and a whole host of prayers are going to be prayed. All of which are part of gathering corporately to worship The Lord Our God, Yahweh, Jesus the Christ, The Holy Spirit. But one thing is needed in the midst of all of this that will be and has been happening on this day, Elijah said it best in 1 Kings 18:36-37 “At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”

In the midst of everything we do today, we need to know that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel is the God in our nation. We need to know that He is God and that He is turning our hearts back again to Him. This is the greatest need of the Church in this hour. We need to know God! I pray as you head to church this morning, as you head to synagogue, that you would know that Yahweh is God, that Jehovah is God, that He alone is God! This is what we need to know, not in theory, in reality, in everyday living, we need to live a life of those who know God, then we will be able to do great exploits. Daniel said, “The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” I pray today we would know that You, O Lord, are God, then we will do great exploits. Happy Sunday friends.

Much Has Been Given

I was praying Psalm 145 this morning and as I read these verses “Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.” and began to pray, The Lord asked me a question. He said “Do you know how many people have been touched by the power of God and revival in this country?” When God asks you a question It is best to think before you speak. As I pondered the question the Lord asked me this morning this is what I wrote.

From Azuza street in the early 1900s to the tent revivals of Amy Semple McPherson, William Brahman, Smith Wigglesworth, Marie Woodworth-Etter, Billy Sunday, and so many others. We had the Jesus movement; the charismatic movement; the faith movement; Cane Ridge; Red River; the Toronto blessing, the Brownsville revival; the Smithton outpouring; the Kansas City prophets; and many other major movements. This does not include the great awakenings that our nation has experienced. God has done many amazing things in this nation in the past 120 years.

We don’t need another revival, we need to be taught how to remain alive. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). We are required to read our own Bible, to pray, to fast, to follow Jesus, we don’t need another event in our generation, we need discipleship, we need training, we need Jesus not a platform or spotlight or pulpit. We need to remember all he has done for us, we need to exercise all we’ve been given, we don’t need another thing. It’s time we grow up. Mature people make use of what they’ve been given they don’t throw it to the side and look for the next new thing. We need to remember, not have another revival.

Psalm 145:11-13 “They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”

The number of people in this nation that have experienced one or more than one of the things listed above must begin to talk about what God has done, must begin to live what God has done, must begin to tell their children of all God does and is doing. We don’t need another thing, we don’t need another new song to sing, We need to apply what we have learned for we have been given much and from us much is required.

Gather

It never ceases to amaze me how powerful words are. The word gather is on the wall of the patio of the house I stay at. One look at it tonight and it evoked so many thoughts. I thought of past people and places in which I’ve gathered. From places in Minneapolis before I was a Christian to Seattle where I went to Bible School. I then thought of friends I gathered with in homes and sanctuaries in Kansas City. I allowed my thoughts to travel to South East Asia where I gathered in mamack stalls and kopi cafe’s, to talk with friends. Then I came to where I sit right now as we prepare to gather around a camp fire and eat s’mores with friends right here on this Thursday night.

Gather, such a powerful command, invitation, call. I don’t know what you think of when you hear the word gather, but for me it always includes people. It’s no wonder Hebrews 10:23-24 says, “let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Gathering together in big or small groups is what keeps us healthy, connected and alive. I pray next time you ponder the word gather, I pray you remember all the people past and present you have gathered with. Your soul will thank you for gathering. And if you ever want to gather, you are always welcome on this patio, for in this house we love to gather.

Training

I was praying Psalm 144 this morning and the very first verse says, “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;”. I read this verse and I began to look at my hands as weapons of war. When I write I am warring with truth; when I clap I am warring with sound; when I raise my hands I am warring with worship; when I lay hands on the sick and they recover I am warring with healing. My friends our hands are weapons of war.

Whatever job you do, whether it’s creating drawings as an architect, or painting, or typing on a keyboard, or pushing buttons on the register, or making coffee in the coffee shop, when you do it with a spirit of excellence your hands are weapons of war. Next time you use your hands to change that diaper or make that meal, remember your hands are weapons of war. Our hands are weapons of war that advance the kingdom of God in every area of life. Let the Lord train your hands for war and your fingers for battle.

The Court Is In Session

The other day I had an open vision in which I saw a court room scene. The first thing the Lord spoke to me was “most people have no idea the court is in session, that is why they are not acting as though they are in a court room.” As I looked around the court room I noticed the people were clueless as to the room the Lord had placed them in. Next I saw the Lord seated as Judge and He was rendering verdicts. I said to the Lord, these people do not think they have done anything wrong because they are not committing blatant sins. I said very few are committing adultery, murdering, stealing, or acting immoral. They have no idea why you are seated as a Judge because they don’t think they have sinned. What is it that they have done? The Lord responded to me ever so clearly, “Their sin is that they are doing things their own way not My way, I Am Yahweh.”

As I stood there in that court room setting with a spirit of reverence resting on me, I looked at the Lord as Judge and realized we don’t think that when we do it our way or when we just do our own thing that it is a sin that God is judging.  I have sat on this vision for a few days now because I like to wait for the Lord to reveal the scripture that confirms what I saw so that I know it was Him. Then this morning as I’m reading Hosea 10, the Holy Spirit nudged me that this is the corresponding scripture. We need to repent for doing things our way. The court is in session and God is seated as Judge.

Hosea 10:12-13 “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. You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors.”