Deborah is headed onto the battlefield today and though we know the victory is secure we still must pray. When you pray knowing the outcome, your prayers sound more like praise, like thanksgiving, like worship. Worship routes the enemy and is just more evidence of victory. Pray for our Deborah today and as you cry out for your own needs remember the battle is already won so your prayers can sound more like worship than worrying.
Judges 4:4-5 “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.”
2 Chronicles 20:22 “At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.”
When you know who you are in the spirit you don’t need to compete in the games of the flesh. #insidestrong
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
I got word this week that some people had set up a tent city at city hall here in Kansas City. The first words out of my mouth to that information was, “Not in my city!” This morning I went right to their camp on the steps of city hall with shofar in hand.
I entered from the top of the steps and went down into the camp not knowing this was a backdoor entrance, for they have three gatekeepers at the front door. I was stopped by a young adult age man who had a vest on that said, witness and he carried a clip board. He welcomed me and then said I can’t take pictures of people’s faces without permission and I was not allowed to walk about the tent camp.
I said to him, you’re telling me I can’t walk on my cities property because the squatters now claim it’s their’s? He said I am not commanding you I am requesting you not do it. We then talked a bit and I asked him what they are doing here and if he realized how the nations view these tent cities? He said no, so I shared how the nations are all watching us for they want to be like us and now we are living like them. I shared with him how foolish we look around the world. He listened until we started discussing police brutality and I said, I have a friend who is a police officers. This changed his whole attitude, now I was not welcome here.
I walked around looking at the mess they created and the disrespect they are manifesting. He was following me and so I turned and asked him, I thought you don’t want police control and yet you are policing me by following me. He paused and I said, the hardest thing about hypocrisy is that we can’t see it in ourselves. He went at sat down and left me alone.
I observed what was being said, projected and seeking to be established and what I realized is that we as the church are the government of our land, and the enemy is a squatter. Secondly, I realized we must go right to the gate of the issue and dismantle it not with words to people but prayers to God and the sound of the shofar.
I headed back to the top of the hill so I could stand on city hall land, right next to the police headquarters in the government district to blow the shofar. But it was 8am and I wasn’t coming to make a scene so I prayed, decreed and waited for the time to release the sound of the shofar, which to sleeping tent dwellers would not be a pleasant wake up sound.
As I waited at one point with shofar in hand I raised my hand and immediately I hear the sound of fire engine sirens. I knew this was the time to blow the shofar. I blew and blew so the sound of the shofar blended with the siren coming down the street toward me. When I stopped the siren stopped and the fire truck driver smiled at me and I smiled at him with a thumbs up. Only God can coordinate that. It was pumper 8!
I walked away with a spring in my step knowing the Lord God Almighty is now released to dismantle this demonic confederacy in the air over our city so those people can go back home. A special thanks to those who knew I was there and were praying along as I went to the gate.
Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Matthew 16:18-19 “Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
We reveal Jesus’ value to us by what we do for Him. Others may see (or smell) how much we value Him. Mary revealed Jesus’ value with her wealth (perfume) and her glory (hair is a woman’s glory scripture says). The more you know someone the more you value them. It’s hard to devalue someone you know intimately. Mary, Martha and Lazarus were intimate friends with Jesus. Is it any wonder she showed Him so much value?
John 12:3 “Mary took a pound of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’s feet with it, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the smell of the perfume.”
Walking with the Light of the world doesn’t mean you see everything. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1). Much of walking by faith is about trust, learning to trust God who is always faithful.
This class on faith which teaches us to trust, is done in the dark. But when you know the Instructor, the classroom setting only enhances the learning, leaning, loving. Remember what David said, “Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:12)
As you walk by faith and at times feel like your in the dark, first know your not alone many have traveled this road before you and many are traveling it with you right now. And hear the encouraging words of an ancient prophet… Isaiah 50:10 “Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.”
Trust is kingdom currency and He is making us wealthy in it.
The kingdom of God is not a new ministry model, nor is it a system, the kingdom of God is a Man, it is Jesus Christ.
Luke 17:20-21 “Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
One of the thinking shifts we as the body of Christ must make in this new era is related to God’s house. The Church is not a building we go to, it’s a people we are. Once we realize we are the Church, then we will start to operate in the authority we have been given. This mindset shift will be difficult for many, but is necessary for the kingdom of God is not brick and mortar buildings but flesh and blood people being built together as a holy habitation. The head of this house is Jesus the Messiah. Kingdom leaders are going to build flesh and blood houses not brick and mortar buildings.
Hebrews 3:6 “The Messiah is over God’s house as a son. What is that house? It’s us—those of us who hold on tightly to the free delight and confidence of our hope.” (Kingdom New Testament)