It’s Time To Smite The Enemy

I woke up from a dream this morning to the Holy Spirit saying, “I have given you power to tread upon scorpions.” I immediately open my Bible to find where this verse is and it is in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” As I am praying into this dream the Lord adds some puzzle pieces for me reminding me the Houston Astros won the World Series last night for the second consecutive year. And this month in the astrological calendar is the month of the scorpion. I do some Biblical research on the word scorpion and find out it lurks in walls, it is called a watchmen and the Holy Spirit immediately says, “The scorpion is a counterfeit watchman, but I have given you authority over every snake in the grass and scorpion in the wall.” Immediatley I see in the spirit a hammer smashing the head of the scorpion and the snake to death.

The Lord has been speaking to me this week about how the church has not dealt with the enemy correctly. We have tolerated rather than dominated the enemy. We have allowed him access into many places in the earth and the Lord is ready for us to pick up the hammer of His word (Jeremiah 23:29) and crush the head of the scorpions in the wall and the snakes in the grass. We are called to tread upon them, to put them under our feet, to crush them. It is not a passive act, this is a smiting, a striking we are to release. Our decrees of the word of God smite the enemy in our nation. But we must exercise our authority. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Romans 16 which says, “And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under His feet.” We do not need to be angry or violent, but we do need to exercise authority and use some force. I remember Jael in Judges 4:21 “Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and seized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died.” Grab your Bible, grab your song and smite the enemy today, tomorrow and everyday going forward, if we are going to take our countries back, we must deal with the snakes in the grass and the scorpions in the wall.

Removing The Choke Hold

I saw in the spirit people’s voices that have been silenced in the past, but have yet to be completely unlocked in this present reality. What silenced them was varied, but something literally shut off aspects of their voice and now they have learned to live with a lesser measure of their original voice. It was so clear to me. As I was seeing this and calling for their unlocking of voices, for the full expression of people’s voices, the parable of the sower came to my spirit. Listen to this from Matthew 13 “Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.”

The thorns, the prickly things we have went through has choked out aspects of our voice. Whether we cognitively realize it or not, we have a lesser version of our original voice because of the thorns we have experienced. But the Lord would say to us, just like He did in the next parable about the same subject in the same chapter, “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” God is about to burn some things out of us and those things are tares, thorns that have choked out our voice.

The Lord is giving the church her voice back. We as believers are going to be bold again, speak the truth in love again, we will no longer shrink back in order to fit in, we will speak the truth and stand out and stand up again. Your voice has more authority and power than anything else in the world. Is it any wonder the attack has been on the voice? But God is unlocking voices right now, He is breaking the strangle hold of the enemy off of us and we are going to not only raise a hallelujah, we are going to raise a roar of righteousness in the midst of wickedness and not apologize for it. Church, it might get loud!

Why Do We Resist What We Want?

One of the great mysteries of humanity is the very thing we long for, the very thing we need is the very thing we resist. We long to know we are loved, deeply loved, passionately loved, it is literally the air that keeps us alive. Yet so many people resist being loved because they have been holding their breath for so long they do not know how to exhale and let themselves inhale love. Striving, laboring, performing, are all evidence of people who are holding their breath seeking affirmation, seeking attention, seeking love but if given it have no idea how to receive it. It is so sad to watch people resist the very thing they desire, they need.

Jeremiah 31 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt.”

What is it in us that cannot receive this kind of love? We said a prayer, we read our bible, we go to church, but we cannot receive this kind of love from God, and then whether we realize it or not, we cannot receive love well from others. One reason is fear, fear of being out of control, fear of being hurt if you let your guard down and let someone really love you. Fear of being taken advantage of, fear of having to change. Fear is a root in us that resists love, the very thing we want, the very thing we need. It is no wonder 1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out all fear!”

Did you know the only way to be fearless is to accept, receive and embrace love? Did you know your fear is evidence of a lack of love? We operate out of fear, we avoid, we dodge, we ignore, we run, we block, we resist God and others because of fear. Friends, if you can’t trust people, practice trust with God. If you don’t know how to receive love from people, open your heart and receive love from God. His love is unfailing, it is everlasting, it is healing to the wounded soul. No wonder Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13, “The greatest of these is love.” You need it, you want it, and you were created to receive it and give it. If we can’t receive love is it surprising why we can’t give it? Love, real love, is what we all long for.

Given To In Order To Go Through

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” I think this was one of the first verses I memorized when I got saved. I like so many others absolutely love the promise in this verse. But what I didn’t know then, but do know now is that this verse was given to the people of God before they were taken captive by the Babylonians. God spoke through Jeremiah to tell them this is what God’s plan is, even though you are about to go into captivity for 70 years under Babylonian rule. Can you imagine how hard it was to hear that promise, which is so rich, as you are about to be taken captive by another nation and brought to live as exiles for 70 years? This means, some of them would not outlive the 70 years, so this promise would outlive them. “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

What would behoove God to speak such a beautiful promise to them while at the same time not take away the Babylonians from them? Some promises give us strength to go through, while other promises are going to come true. Not everything God speaks to us is come true promises some of them are the very truth we need in order to walk through some hard things. The people of God needed to know before they went into captivity, that God had a plan in their captivity. God, who is all knowing, He knew what captivity would do for them. God was about to use captivity to set them free from captivity. How do I know, listen to what Jeremiah says their response will be to God after 70 years of captivity. Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Prior to captivity, they were not seeking God they were worshipping idols.

No one wants to go into captivity, but God used captivity to set His captives free. This is nothing new for the Lord. He used the death of Jesus to defeat death. He used the famine of Elijah to break the famine in Israel. And don’t forget Esther was one of the exiles of Israel brought to Babylon and look what happened to her and how her captivity set her whole nation free in the midst of Babylon. God’s ways are higher than our ways, trust HIm and He will bring you into places you would never have wanted to go and He will bring you out into spaces you never thought you would be. He knows the plans He has for us!

Even Lies Will Be Set Free

The women at our church have been doing a bible study by Kristi McClelland called Jesus and Women. It is a Middle Eastern view on how Jesus treated women, that we in the west are not privy too, because the culture is different. This study is digging deep in my soul, transforming my mind, healing my heart and literally causing tears to fall every week as I hear what these stories about these women Jesus interacted with really meant. Last night she spoke about the Woman at the Wall, it was the story of the woman who anointed Jesus feet with her tears and with an alabaster jar of oil, then dried them with her hair. Powerful truth in this story on so many levels, but the one theme she is bringing out is how Jesus took women’s shame and gave them honor. She calls it Generous Justice. It is life changing truth for me in ways I did not even realize I needed.

All that to say this, shame hides in the inner crevices of our heart, soul, mind and comes out of our mouth. It would remain hidden if we did not speak it out, so last night, we were invited to be vulnerable and I shared something I am ashamed of. The ladies in my group were so gracious and kind, but this morning the Lord and I were discussing it again and the Holy Spirit said to me, “Lies are prisoners waiting to be set free, that is why they cry out so loudly.” I was stunned. I began to see these lies locked up inside of me that cry out through me wanting to know the truth, so they can go free. It was so clear to me. Lies are counterfeit truths and the Lord wants what I cry out about to be the indicator to me it is a place I am not free yet.

This truth was so real to me, I stopped in my tracks and sat there stunned. Even the lies inside of me, are being wrecked by the Christ in Me who is the truth that is setting me free. My friends, the lies you believe are crying out from inside of you, wanting to be set free, that is why they come with tears, why they come out loudly, why they fight to defend themselves to you, for they are imprisoned inside of you and you want to be free so the lies must know the truth, because only the truth can set them free. (John 8:32) I hope that makes sense, for I see freedom coming on so many levels even lies are going to be set free by the truth we are about to see!

Becoming A Delicacy

A couple of days ago the Holy Spirit dropped a phrase in my spirit saying, “Intimacy is delicacy.” I nodded but did not lean into this phrase, for it did not fit what I was reading or pursing in prayer at that time. But the word delicacy has not let me go for the past two days, it has been mulling around in my thoughts. I think I know what delicacy is, but sensed I needed to look it up and I am sure glad I did. The definition of words is critical to obtaining fullness of understanding.

Delicacy – Something pleasing and appealing; fineness of appearance, construction or execution; elegance; sensitivity of perception; sensitivity to the feelings of others, to what is proper; undue sensitivity to or concern with what may be considered offensive or improper; the need for fact in treatment or handling; sensitivity to very small changes; refinement of feeling, manner or appreciation; accuracy or sensitivity of response or operation; the level of detail at which a linguistic description is made; the quality of being beautiful.

Intimacy with God produces in us delicacy!

The bride of Christ looks weathered, war torn from battles she was never called to fight. She seems rough and tough like one who has labored in the sun all day. Her language is harsh; her demeanor is distant and cold; she looks like one who labors, strives, struggles and strains as though she worships an idol. Yet the promise is for new wine and new wineskins. Wine is refined taste, it has delicate demeanor, it creates an elegant atmosphere. The bride of Christ is entering into intimacy in order to become a delicacy. Just like Esther’s beauty treatments she underwent to meet the king, the church is about to be beautified by eunuchs who have no hidden agenda in making her beautiful.

The church has been serving Boone’s or boxed wine, but we are about to be made into a vineyard that produces fine wine from the vineyard of God and we are getting both new wine and a new wineskin for our intimacy will produce in us delicacy.

Stand Up!

When I first got saved there was a song we sang that said, “When the enemy presses in hard do not fear, the battle belongs to the Lord. Take courage my friend your redemption is near, the battle belongs to the Lord.” I love that as a new believer these truths were spoken into my spirit in song form, so now 30 years later I still remember these words. I was observing recently someone who was under the weight of an attack of the enemy. One who usually has his head up, a smile on his face and a bright countenance was slumped over with his head on the table. The demarked difference was evident. I was asked to pray for him, but never got a chance for his body language garnered so much attention, many out of concern surrounded him. So, I prayed for him this morning in my home and I am glad I did for the Lord revealed something to me I want to share with you.

As I was praying for this young adult man, the Lord said, “He needs to stand up. He under what the enemy is saying, He needs to stand up so he can be over what the enemy is saying.” It was such simple instructions for me to pray, stand up my brother, stand up, for God has given you authority over the enemy, you were not meant to come under him. Stand up, stand up! Paul says it this way in Hebrews 3:6-8, “Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. That is why the Holy Spirit says, Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” I wanted to tell him keep your courage, remain confident, stand up, Christ in you is in charge.

I share this with you, because if you are feeling the enemies attack, wanting to put your head down, feeling slouched over in the spirit, I want to say to you like I want to say to him, stand up my friend, stand up. Remain confident, take courage and remember the battle belongs to the Lord so stand up, stand up. There are more for you than are against you.

We Are In This Together

Good morning church,

Church is not a building we attend this morning, it is a people, it is who we are. Yes we will gather in different buildings and we should, for we cannot get corporate worship anywhere else; we should gather in a building because we need corporate encouragement; we should gather in a building because we need to see each other consistently; and we should gather corporately in a building because we have words of life others need to hear. But the church is not the building, it is you and me, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we have the mind of Christ, we are powerful when we are together.

One of the enemies ancient tactics for each generation is to make us into a me for the we will crush him under our feet (Romans 16). People stay home thinking that is what is best for me, not realizing we need you with us. The enemy whispers in people’s ears about how little I get to have the microphone, the platform, the title, it is all about the me, but the we says, if he or she is on our team, then we are leading worship, we are preaching, we are praying, we are prophesying. We are a team, so which ever member is shining in that moment, it matters not, for we all get the victory and He gets the glory.

I was watching football yesterday and realizing how hard those offensive and defensive linemen work, but very rarely do they credit for blocking. The blocking is why the quarterback could made that pass to the receiver who got the touchdown. This is why you see 300 plus pound men run to the end zone and lift up that receiver, because they are playing as a we and not a me. Church, we must break the lie of me and embrace the we. We are a team, we are a body, we are in this together. The local church is a we and we need them for when the local we’s come together on Sunday that is a huge corporate we that is happening nationwide, worldwide. It’s time to stop thinking me and embrace the we, because where we are going, we need all of us.

Invisible Ink Now Visible

While in prayer this morning I saw a blank piece of paper. It was pure white and as I stared at it in the spirit, the Lord spoke to me and said, “There is invisible ink written on that paper.” I remembered from being a kid that if you wrote with invisible ink on paper it took colored ink to reveal what was written in invisible ink. I continued to look at this paper and asked the Holy Spirit what was I seeing. He said, “It is an invisible architectural design being made visible.” I then asked, what color needs to be poured out on it so we can see it? Silence.

Sitting in silence is enjoyable to me, so with the gentle breeze blowing through the screen windows of the patio, the birds chirping in the background and the sound of cars in the distance, I sat there in quiet, waiting for the voice of God to speak what color would reveal the invisible design. My mind went to blue, royal blue because that is why they call it a blue print, but I knew that was me just thinking. Then I pictured a paint can being tipped over, again me just thinking. Finally, my mind was silent, and the Holy Spirit said, “Crimson.” After a short pause, the Holy Spirit continued, “It is crimson that will reveal the royal blood print, the Father’s architectural design for the earth.”

My spirit lept as I saw the counterfeit blue print that has been laid on the earth and from which we have been building off of burn like paper. Then as the wind blew the ashes of that blue print away, I saw the original architectural design for the earth and it was the color crimson and it is the royal blood print for the earth from which we are about to build. Then I hear Colossians 1:15-17 in my spirit, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

The counterfeit blueprint was overlaid on top of the original royal blood print by human architects who only know how to be copycats. That’s why they call their god the grand architect, but our Father is the original architect and He wrote with invisible ink until the crimson blood of Jesus was shed on the earth, then the original design for earth was seen and the first apostles and saints began to build God’s original design, but man shut it down and built their own design. But now we are living in the day of the burning blueprints of men and the revealing yet again of the royal blood print of God. The Master Architect is our Father, the blood print is His Son and the Holy Spirit is the one communicating all this truth to us. We are going to build according to original design again. The invisible ink, has become visible in Christ Jesus and His shed blood!

Love Is A Partnership

Do you know what a gift it is when people speak to you? Have you ever thought about how it makes you feel when people listen to you? There is a partnership that is created in communication. Now communication is not just words, it is actions, sounds, gifts, expressions, it is multifaceted, but people do not speak to speak, they speak because they seek partnership from the hearer. It is why people say to someone, you don’t listen to me. Listening is the partnership the speaker is seeking. But not just listening passively, but listening with a response to what the speaker said. Can we all agree, we “feel” something, we receive something when someone listens with response to us? We have a need to hear and be heard. It is innate within us. It is because we were designed for partnership with other people.

With that said, the Holy Spirit and I were discussing this morning the idea of unconditional love. Nowhere in the Bible is this word found, now it could be implied, but it is not a Biblical word. How can I say unconditional love is not a Biblical word? It is because unconditional love does not invite us into partnership. The Biblical word is unfailing love. Unfailing love means we can depend on this love, we can trust this love, we can receive this love. Love like language demands a response. It is not one way, love is a partnership and when the One who is unfailing love wants to partner with you, it is a guaranteed love that will never fail. Is it any wonder 1 Corinthians 13 says, “Love never fails!”

The God of heaven and earth wants to be in a partnership relationship with you. When He speaks He wants you to respond, when you speak you want Him to respond. Our prayers are not unconditional, we want a response, we are not just talking to talk, we want to partner with God in prayer. God wants the same thing, for we are made in His image. Partner with unfailing love, who is God and respond to His voice. Psalm 146 says, “The LORD’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.”