“Keep watching while your waiting. Don’t let the waiting put you to sleep. Watch while you wait.” The Lord just spoke this to me and I believe it’s a word for many of us. The wait is not over yet, keep waiting, keep watching, for we know the day is approaching where we will say with a huge smile on our face, this was truly worth the wait.
Psalm 27:13-14 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”
My son wanted to go to the pool yesterday, alone, because no one was there. While we were there he swam and I was reading a book called Realms of the Kingdom by Ian Clayton that Autumn’s dad left for me to read. As I was reading the Lord opened my eyes to what He meant when he said to his disciples in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” It was a fresh perspective I had not visualized before, but now will never forget.
As I sat in the walls of that gated pool area, the Lord asked me wether the church is in the pool area where I was sitting or outside the gates where the houses are? I said, I’ve always sensed the pool area is the church and out there is the world where the enemy rules. He said, it’s the other way around. He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell won’t prevail against it.” The enemy is fenced in, the church is not.
I then looked at the gates and saw new houses going up outside the gates. I looked around at the neighborhood and realized the enemy is penned in a small area, we the church are building new houses (people’s lives) all day every day. As I looked at it from this new perspective I realized the church is not playing offense or defense, rather the church just doesn’t have a correct perspective on what side of the fence were on. The enemy is watching God build His church (His people) and the enemy’s gates can’t overpower it, for the enemy is fenced in. Rejoice friends, for Jesus overcame the world, sin, hell and the grave. He’s got the keys to the gates of the enemy. We the church are God’s neighborhood and all the enemy can domis watch God build more houses (lives).
When the storms around you are blowing harder than the structure inside of you, it’s easy to say I’m under attack. This then causes us to be tossed to and fro by the storms outside of us and then it causes an emotional storm inside of us. Now we are truly in the midst of a storm.
Storms arise unexpectedly at times, storms come from other people around us that are in a storm and storms come from our own thoughts that are not aligned with Gods thoughts about us or about something we’ve observed incorrectly. Nonetheless it’s a storm and we’ve all been in them or some are in them right now.
Storms are not fun in the moment but they do reveal things to us about us if we are willing to learn from our storms or the storms of others. Storms invite us to: remember Who lives in us (Christ in you the hope of glory); to read the word of God continually (the word is living and active- Hebrews 4:12); to recognize we are vulnerable and to take shelter (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High – Psalm 91).
Next time your in a storm or even better yet, before the storm comes, establish in your heart that the storm is an invitation not a distraction, which is why you can be still in the storm – Psalm 46.
On the Hebrew calendar today is the 9th of Av. In Jewish history this is a hard day, for on this day the 10 spies came back with a negative report about the promised land; on this day in Jewish history the temple was destroyed. Some may ask why did God choose this day for these bad things to happen? I am not sure God chose this day, I am thinking the people chose this day, for they did not believe what God said about them or the land He was giving them.
How we see what God has said to us is critical. Our calling is simple, agree with what God says. Really that is all faith is in it’s simplest form. Faith is to agree with what God says about you and your land that God has promised you. When we don’t agree with what God says about something that is unbelief, which produces in us negative reports and undesirable outcomes. All God is asking of us is to agree with what He says, this is the essence of faith.
On this 9th day of Av, we remember history in order not to repeat it. God has made statements about the nations of the world, all we are called to do is agree with the word of the Lord. God has made promises over our families, all we have to do is believe the word of the Lord. God has made promises over your life, all you have to do is believe the word of the Lord.
The 9th of Av is a reminder that when we don’t agree with God we bring unnecessary trouble upon ourselves and when we do agree with the word of God, it is called faith and faith pleases God. Today is a great day to begin agreeing with the word of God, for He knows so much more than we do, and He has plans for us that are so much better than we could ever imagine. All we have to do is agree with the word of the Lord!
When we see symptoms in our body, it is an indicator that there is something physically wrong with us, and it prompts us to go to the doctor to find out what is happening. When we arrive at the doctor’s office, depending on the measure of the exam or the procedure they want to perform, we are told we must remove the clothes we are wearing and put on the robe they have prepared for us.
Once we are dressed in that specific robe, the exam begins, the procedure happens. There is nothing comfortable about this experience, but it is necessary if you want to deal with that which is happening in your body and continue to live. However, some people are not willing to go to the doctor because of their pride, which is rooted in fear of hearing the truth about their condition, so they would rather live sick, than face the truth and become well.
Most are willing to undress and put on a robe for a man/woman who went to school, obtained a degree and now carries the title doctor, so they can be physically restored, but very few are willing to undress from their self-protection in the presence of the Great Physician, who bled, died, was buried, rose again, then was given the name that is above all names. Jesus wants you to undress from your self-protection in His presence so He can put on you the robe of righteousness, then do an exam or a procedure to restore your soul.
When we are comfortable remaining sick, even when we see the symptoms of powerlessness, lack of authority, inability to hear God’s voice, character flaws or rotten fruit coming from our life and lips, we reveal to God our pride, which is rooted in fear. Our fear of being exposed for who we really are keeps us hidden in our own eyes, but seen in all our weakness before others. The Lord is wanting to do an exam on us corporately as a Church and individually as people. But we must be willing to remove our self-protection and put on the robe of righteousness, then hear the truth that will heal us and follow the instructions our Great Physician gives us. Then we will live and not die and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. I hear the doctor’s office calling now.
The atmosphere in the nation and in the heavens is active, accelerated and alive with much movement. This heavenly and earthly convergence can cause some to be anxious, others to angry and still some to be in anticipation/expectation. Whenever there is movement in heaven and on earth at the same time, everyone can sense it. The challenge for us as believers is to not be thrown to and fro by feelings of our own or of others. Be still is the call for us right now.
Be still is an invitation into contentment, a call to trust God in the depth of your soul, to be aware, to observe, but not to run ahead of God, or lag behind Him. When He says move, move; when He says, speak, speak; when He says sit, sit; when He says go, go. But in the midst of it all, the call is to live in the now, live in this moment, absorb all that is happening in this moment. It is alive with His presence, He is very near and easy to hear, if you just lean in and live in the moment.
The wounded soul will tell you to stop or hurry up, but it would encourage you to trust, wait, watch, wonder, stand in awe, right in this moment. But this is your secret weapon, for right now strongholds are coming down at an accelerated pace and simultaneously God is building up His blueprint for the new wine skin. We are in the midst of what Jeremiah was told was the uproot, tear down and destroy, as well as the build and plant. Both are happening right now henceforth, all the movement on earth and in heaven. If you can live in the moment, know His name is near, you will hear the sound of strongholds coming down and you will see the new blueprint of what God is unveling. These are truly incredible days to be alive. #Psalm75
The devil is a dust licking enemy. Since Genesis 3 until now, he is a cursed created being. We must stop making him larger than life; hard to defeat; and somehow more powerful that we are. Christ in us is the hope of glory and He lives inside of us, the devil is under our feet. Whether in pictures we see or imaginations we conjur up in our heads, he’s been portrayed as bigger, stronger, and more powerful than he is. The only thing the devil does is make us think he someone he’s not. He’s nothing, he’s defeated, he’s powerless, that’s who he is.
He’s always been and always will be a dust licker. Put him back on his belly, in the dirt, licking dust and you will no longer be intimidated by him nor fear him. The enemy’s been defeated. He’s a scorpion with no stinger; a snake with no venomous poison; a dragon with no fire. Jesus defeated him and rendered him powerless and Jesus has the keys to prove His victory. If they knew in the Old Testament the enemy is a dust licker, we sure better understand this as New Testament believers. He’s under your feet!
Genesis 3:14 “The LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life”
Psalm 72:9 “And his enemies lick the dust.”
1 John 3:8 “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”
The paths the Lord leads us on and the processes the Lord brings us through are not efficient but they are effective. The reason for this is because the Lord prioritizes intimacy over effeciency. Our internal clocks/metronomes move at more beats per minute than the Lords clock/metronome for our life, henceforth why we get disappointed. We need to recalibrate our internal rhythm from efficiency to intimacy if we want to walk with God effectively. We do this by learning to lean on His nature not on circumstances, for His nature is faithfulness; abundance; mercy; generosity; good. As you walk with Jesus and other people value intimacy over efficiency for truly without love you can do nothing of lasting importance. It is out of intimacy that we can do things effortlessly.
“Do not let your hands fall limp. The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
We have heard over and over again that we are to make room for what God is about to pour out upon us. We cry out for more, we want more, but more of what? If you are making room for more, knowing what you want more of determines what you will make. If you want more children, you make more bedrooms in the house. If you want more friends you make more room in your schedule to spend time with people. If you want more of God, you must make Him a prophet’s chamber in your heart so when His voice comes by, it has a place to stay.
2 Kings 4 speaks of this very thing, “Now there came a day when Elisha passed over to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman, and she persuaded him to eat food. And so it was, as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat food. She said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually. Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.”
Prophet means one who speaks the words of God. She knew God’s word was passing by and she literally made room for it to come and stay. The voice of God is always passing by us, but the question is, have you made room for it to come and stay inside of you? If you want more of God, create a prophets chamber in your heart so when you hear His word at church, over coffee with a friend, on a t-shirt, in a song or while reading your Bible, you have a room ready for that word to come and stay.
On Thursday morning in my prayer time the Lord gave me a specific prayer assignment to a specific location to make a specific decree. I went and did what the Lord told me to do. As I’m driving back home, I get a phone call from my mom in Minnesota and she says I just got the coming soon listing for my lake place I am selling. She sent me the link so I could see the pictures, this was Thursday morning.
On Friday afternoon just over 24 hours later she calls again and says “My realtor calls and says we have a cash buyer that will take the house as is. No appraisal, no inspection!” She is shocked, I said that’s God because I was praying yesterday on a mountain, for something similar for someone else and this is God. She shouts thank you, I believe it.
Friday night she receives a call from her realtor saying they want to pay full price, with cash, will you accept the offer. Saturday morning she says yes, the buyer and realtor talk, the buyer agrees to $10,000 Ernest money and the paperwork is in process. Saturday afternoon the buyers sign, Saturday night my mom signs and she sold an over $400,000 lake home in less than 72 hours. They close on the 30th of this month.
The Lord told me earlier this week NO LAG TIME! Here’s the first testimony of this promise God made this week, NO LAG TIME FRIENDS, NO MORE DELAY! Praise the Lord with me and my mom, she just got set free in ways most will never know.