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.”

A War Cry

I am stirred for a war; a deep war cry is a rising inside of me. It is the sound of the shofar sounding; it is the rallying of the troops from the playground to the battleground; it is a longing for God to manifest in glory; it is an ache for the people of God to want the person called God. I am hearing the Lord and He is an all consuming fire; He’s an all powerful God; He’s the anointed one, He’s got a plan, He’s going to execute. The church is about to be under new management. God is returning to His house and every man, every woman, every child will know when God is in the house.

Our words have power, our voice has varying measures of authority, our speech carries the messages, decrees, and announcements of God. We have been given dominion, once it’s given it can’t be taken back, so what we do with it is up to us. We eat the fruit of our words more than we realize, therefore, if we don’t like what we’re eating it’s time to change what we’re saying. Psalm 142 starts out saying, “I cry aloud with my voice To the Lord, I make my supplication with my voice to the Lord.” The Psalmist knew who to speak to about his situation. He spoke, he complained , he poured out his heart to the Lord. Lift up your voice to the Lord, cry aloud, and know that He is a God who hears you; He is a God that answers you; and He is your God and you are not alone.

Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the LORD.

For He has torn us, but He will heal us;

He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

“He will revive us after two days;

He will raise us up on the third day,

That we may live before Him.

“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD.

His going forth is as certain as the dawn;

And He will come to us like the rain,

Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

Is It God Or The News?

It’s not prophesy if you watch the news and quote what you hear, but tag it with thus says the Lord. It’s disrespectful to put Gods name on your “prophetic word” as though He said it. Church we get laughed at more than we know because of the shenanigans we call prophecy. It’s okay to have an opinion, a thought, or an idea, but don’t say God said unless God said. New Testament prophecy is to exhort, encourage and comfort, we all should do that, but please don’t say thus says the Lord when it’s clearly thus said CNN, FOX, MSNBC, WSJ, NYT or whatever your local station said. Love you!

Effective Not Exhausted

We were created to be effective not exhausted. The Lord instituted a day of rest every week, in order to keep us effective and protect us from exhaustion. It’s a command we must obey if we are to remain effective and not become exhausted.

Seeing What God Is Saying

Did you know that what you see is of great importance? Is it any wonder the children’s song we used to sing was becareful little eyes what you see? What is the significance of sight? Sight determines how much light we have. When we are blind, it is dark, we cannot see, henceforth, why we need an awakening. Awakened to what? We need to be awakened to who God is, who He really is; we need to be awakened to who we are, who we really are; we need to be awakened to who others are, who they really are. When we can see, we can say what we see and our words have immense power to create.

While I was praying this morning, Psalm 138, I saw verses 4-5.

“All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.”

saw God opening the ears of kings to hear HIs voice, I saw kings singing of the ways of the Lord. I saw what the word says. In my seeing, it brought greater understanding to Jesus as King of kings. Jesus is opening the ears of kings to hear HIs voice, to move in His ways. Robin Bullock prophesied this on the Elijah Streams broadcast this week and now I see it in the word. Out of the mouth of two witnesses it shall be established. My friends, God is doing things on a level He wants us to see.

Come up higher, the view is amazing, the sounds are crystal clear and the joy experienced is undeniable. When you can see what God is saying, it brings everything to light.

Sing the Songs of the Lord

Psalm 137:1-3 “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

Why did the captors want to hear the songs of those they took captive? Was it mockery? It could have been, but what if it was something else, what if there is a secret in here that we need to learn? What if the reason the captors wanted to hear the songs of Zion is because they knew those songs carried peace, comfort, hope, presence, promise? It reminds us of when Paul and Silas were in prison and they began to sing praises to God, the Bible says, all the prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:16-40).

Songs of Zion, songs of the Lord, carry with them atmosphere changing ability. Where there is chaos, songs bring peace; where there is fear, songs bring comfort; where there is discouragement, songs bring hope. Is it possible that the answer to your struggle, the pathway out of your problem is in your mouth, in your song? I think so. But your song will not only liberate you, it will provide much needed relief to others around you that are in a similiar or the same situation.

Remember, the captors in Babylon were in as much captivity as the ones they took captive. The songs of Zion not only brought hope to Israel but to those in Babylon as well. Lift up your voice and sing the songs of the Lord. Open your mouth and the Lord will fill it (Psalm 81:10). You never know who else needs to hear it.