Vindication is the Declaration

America has been baptized in the message of salvation for a long time. It is one message in the word of God, but it is not the only message. When you preach salvation to saved people, it does not carry the weight that a salvation message to unsaved people carries. Jesus did not preach the law to the Jews for they already knew the law, He preached something they did not know about, He preached the kingdom of God is at hand. This message, which they did not know peaked their curiosity, offended their minds, caused them to both follow Him wherever He went and killed Him. However, the message of the kingdom provoked in everyone that heard it a response, because it was a message they had not heard before. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. People were amazed at His words, for he taught not as the religious leaders, but as one who had authority. America and the nations have heard and continue to hear the gospel of salvation, but they have not heard the gospel of the kingdom. They are not the same message. My friends, the kingdom is at hand!

While praying Psalm 54 this morning, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You have made salvation declarations over the nation, now I want you to make vindication declarations over the nation. I am about to vindicate the nation by my power.” Psalm 54:1 says, “Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power.” Salvation comes from the name of God, there is no other name by which men can be saved vindication comes from the power. Saved people don’t need a message of salvation, they need power that brings vindication. God is about to vindicate our nation. A spirit of vindication is the new declaration over our nation. God is about to vindicate us nationally, internationally, individually and corporately. The power of God is coming to vindicate us and in the day of God’s power, the people will volunteer freely (Psalm 110). We are living in the day of vindication. Eyes wide open, for vindication is coming in many ways to many people. The declaration of vindication for our nation has been made and we will see liberation, in Jesus name!

True Riches

People are the true riches in the kingdom of God. People are valuable in the eyes of God. There are only two New Testament commandments, love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. Danny Goke has a song out and the theme is Love God, Love People, it really is that simple. But you can’t love who you don’t see. If you look at a crowd, a city, a country, a family, a company and all you see is the name of the place, you do not see the people. Cities are people, companies are people, families are people, churches are people, countries are people. We cannot make sweeping statements about America and think we know America, for America is people. I believe it is critical that we get back to seeing people. I know things have gotten big, but we need to keep it simple and keep it small, it is really about people. Love God, Love people, it is really that simple.

I was reading Luke 19 this morning and verse one stopped me in my reading, for it describes a man who in that culture would have been seen as of no value, because of what he did. Listen to verse 1 “And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.” This man was not liked, for he came to take your money, but there was more to him than his job, his exterior, Jesus looked past what everyone else saw and Jesus saw this man’s heart. Jesus even said, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.” (V.9). While the people saw a tax collector, Jesus saw a son of Abraham that was lost, but now was found.

My friends, I pray you see people’s hearts. I know their actions can sometimes be challenging to see past, but so can ours. We have got to get back to seeing people. People are the true riches, people are the treasure and people are hurting, hungry, and wanting other people to see them. Look for the heart when you meet people. Don’t let their title, their attitude, even some of their words, spook you so you miss their heart. There are many buried treasures all around us waiting to be discovered and they are people.

Looking For Two Different Things

Did you know that if you are looking for one thing, but God is looking for another thing, we can completely miss each other, just because we are not looking for the same thing? It happens all the time in marriages. The man is looking for one thing from his wife and the wife is looking for something completely different from her husband, so they get frustrated with each other, all because they are not looking for the same thing out of the relationship. It is not that they don’t love each other, it is not that they don’t want to please or serve each other, it is simply because they are looking for two different things. It is called a values conflict. It happens in every relationship. What you value may not be of highest value to someone else and so you get frustrated because you can’t see past your highest value in order to understand theirs.

In Luke 18 it says, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” The first values conflict most believers have with the Bible is that they cannot believe that God would use unrighteousness people to teach righteous people anything. This is a sign of being religious, because we judge the unrighteous as having no value when it comes to what God is doing on the earth. This mistake is very costly for those who make it, because God used Pharaoh to get Israel out of Egypt; He used Goliath to promote David; He used Rahab to hide Jewish spies; and He still uses those we deem unrighteous to do His kingdom work on earth, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. If you don’t value unrighteous leaders God is using, you will miss what they are doing for the kingdom of God on earth.

We value justice, we don’t want any delay, and the unrighteous judge says, those things are going to happen for us, We will see justice and it is not going to delay, but justice is not God’s highest value, even though it may be ours. Luke 18 says, we are looking for justice and God is looking for faith, God’s highest value is faith, ours is justice, is it possible this is why people are frustrated, because believers and God are not looking for the same thing? I believe this is why we get frustrated, because we are looking for something different than God is looking for. Our job is to know what He is looking for and look for the same thing, then we will not be frustrated by something we think we want, for we are pursuing the same thing God wants.

Sprinkling on the Favor

“When God sprinkles on the favor, you can’t deny the flavor!” As I was opening my eyes this morning to look at the clock this is what I heard. My friends I see the salt shaker of God adding the flavor called favor to your life and it’s going to make you taste good.

Christians have been know for tasty spicy, bland, bitter, or even burnt, but Jesus says we are to be salty. “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13). “When God sprinkles on the favor, you can’t deny the flavor!” God is about to add favor to your life and it is going to change the way you taste. Others are the ones that experience your flavor, they are the ones that want more of who you are or less based on how you taste. God is about to add some much needed flavor to our lives and it is going to be called favor.

Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” God tastes good, and now it is time for us as believers to taste good if we are going to say we are made by God. He does not over or under season His people, He does not serve up something bland, inedible or undesirable to the taste. The psalmist says, taste and see that God is good, this favor that He is sprinkling on us is going to make us taste really good.

Finally, Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” We are about to be know as a people of favor for we have a flavor that cannot be denied for it tastes so good. I see the salt shaker of God sprinkling us with favor right now. You and I are about to have favor added to our lives that is going to make us taste good to those who hear us speak, hang out with us, and spend time with us. “When God sprinkles on the favor, you can’t deny the flavor!”

Stand Up And Praise Him

Sniper attacks; sudden hits; out of the blue situations; the enemy always hits below the belt without shame or concern for how it affects you. You don’t see it coming; you might not have done anything to warrant it; all signs that this is an attack from the enemy. But why would he just wail off and deck you? Because he is the devil and this is what he does. If you are marked and known as one of God’s children, the enemy sees you as a target of his attacks. Being able to see the source of the spirit behind the attack is important, for Paul says in Ephesians 6, our battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, principalities and powers in heavenly places. This is more true right now than any time in my life on earth.

Roe v. Wade was overturned, which means Moloch’s blood supply has been cut off, this will irritate the enemy in ways we do not even fully understand. The Georgia Guidestones (which were a demonic altar) has been destroyed. The Bible is clear that when you tear down the enemies altar he is not happy, just ask Gideon. People around the world are waking up to the agenda of the enemy operants on earth and they are pushing back. It is time to start watching some International news to see how people have begun to rise. Oh the enemy hates push back, because the Bible says, resist the devil and he MUST flee from you. Righteousness is exalting nations, the enemy’s defeat is manifesting on earth and so if you feel sucker punched by the enemy I do not want you to take it personally.

Whenever Jesus cast out a demon, it would shake, convulse and throw people to the ground as it came out. It is no different right now, we are experiencing deliverance as nations right now and the enemy is being cast out, henceforth, why we feel a shaking. It’s all really good news, for Psalm 60 says, “O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.” God is doing this, so we can sing, praise, rejoice, and thank God for He is setting us free from our adversary. The attack is not personal its the residue of a defeated enemy. Stand up and praise Him, He is worthy!

Reflector of Glory

The Lord was speaking to me this morning about how our face reflects our heart. Have you ever really looked at your face? Not for blemishes but for your heart? Have you ever looked at pictures of yourself to see how your face represents you to other people? The Lord was sharing with me that our faces reflect what is happening in our hearts when we can’t see or don’t realize what is going on inside of us. We know when we are sad, glad, mad, but most of that is circumstantial, the Lord was talking about the deep places in our heart that we may not even know about. Our face reflects that place. Jeremiah 17:9 (MSG) says, “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” Our face helps us see what our heart speaks if we will look closely.

The face is vital in scripture because it says our faces reflect the glory of God, not just any glory, but increasing glory. When Moses spoke with God in Exodus 34 it says his face shined, but as the days passed the glory faded for it was being with God that caused his face to shine. Now we, because of Christ do not have a fading glory but an increasing one, because Christ is in us, the hope of glory. Our faces can shine in an increasing way because of Christ in us. Moses shined because God spoke with him, we shine for the same reason. The voice of God puts a shine on our face that is undeniable. If your face is not shining, spend some time in the word, it is a mirror and you are its reflection. Anxiety, fear, depression, loneliness, discontentment, they cast a shadow on your face that was meant to shine with increasing glory. Let the Lord heal your heart, so you can reflect His glory through your face. Jesus looks good on you, shine my friends, shine!

Adjustment Time

We need a chiropractic adjustment as the church and believers in the church. We need to the word of God to adjust us for we are truly out of alignment. It is no wonder we don’t feel good, we don’t operate by design. We are so out of alignment with the word of God we are not able to even function by design. We know the Bible says, judgment starts with the house of God, but that word judgment is not condemnation, but rather course correction, it is an adjustment, it is not damnation. It’s way past time we let judgment start with us, so we can be in alignment with God and His word.

Listen to what Jesus says about something as simple as where you sit in a meeting, “And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place. But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:7-11).

I have been in many church services and there are people that have “their” seat and if you sit in it, you will wish you didn’t. In the Lutheran church it happened, in the revival church it happened, in the overseas churches I was in it happened. Some churches even put chairs on the platform. I wonder where Jesus would sit if He walked into church? I can promise you this, not on that throne looking chair on the platform or that front row seat with a reserved sign sitting on it. My friends, this is an obvious example of the out of alignment I am talking about, but we can’t change anyone but us, so my word of encouragement to you today is to remain humble, for humility is always the pathway to honor. Take the lower seat, it does not make you less, it makes you positioned for honor. Here comes the chiropractor called Christ right now.

Receive Not Reject

I continually stand amazed at the living word of God. The Bible is living, it speaks in now time, even though it was written in another time. It never loses relevance; it never bends the truth; it applies to every generation; it liberates, celebrates, consecrates and demonstrates that to be a believer in Jesus Christ is to worship, serve and obey a living God. He has a voice and He speaks to us; He has eyes and He sees us; He has a heart and He loves us; He has power and He delivers and heals us. There is truly no one like our God and we are created in His image. It is all beyond my comprehension, but my heart, soul and spirit revel in the reality that He is God and He is alive.

This morning I was reading Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!” What struck me is how often we reject what we don’t understand in order to protect ourselves, not realizing we are rejecting what has come to help us. Cities do it, churches do it, communities do it, nations do it, families do it, couples do it, individuals do it. From one to many, we tend to reject what we don’t understand and Jerusalem, the city that literally saw Jesus walk the earth did it. Why?

They did it for the same reasons we do it, because it takes humility to accept what you don’t understand and humility is vulnerability and it takes trust. Trust is hard when you have been hurt. Self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-promotion, is all because we don’t trust God or others are for us and will help us, so we do it ourselves, thinking it won’t get done any other way. To ask for help or to recognize help when it arrives, takes humility especially if you don’t comprehend who shows up to help. So we resist what we are to receive and receive what we are to reject. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! I wonder how many of us are Jerusalem?

Luke 13:35 says, “Behold, your house is left to you desolate.” Desolate means devoid of inhabitants; deserted. Barren; lifeless. Feeling, showing, causing, or expressing sadness or loneliness (Free Dictionary). Many people are living desolate lives, but the way to come out of desolation and into habitation is to receive not reject the help God is sending to you. We can’t do life alone; we can’t fix ourselves; we can’t look out for number one and live in community. It’s time to humble ourselves and allow the Lord to bring help to us in the form of people. There is life in community, but you must lay down your individuality to be apart of a community. We need you and you need us. Let the guard down, open your heart again, humble yourself and let some people love you. Love from community will remove the desolation of your house and you will live again, dance again, laugh again. It’s time, for the kingdom is at hand, but you must repent of rejecting people, resisting people and start receiving people and reaching out to people, for more are for you than are against you. Let’s do this, we need each other, you are welcome here in the kingdom of God!!!

An Anointing We All Need

The anointing, is a word many in charismatic leadership circles talk about. They speak of being anointed to heal the sick, anointed to preach, anointed to rule and reign. All biblical truths they are speaking, but it can seem as though the anointing is to set people apart, raise them above everyone else as somehow “special”. Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, never lived a life that displayed He was better than someone else, had been given something others don’t have, He even went as far to say, if you want to be great you are to be the servant of all; and the son of man did not come to be serve, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus walked with people, talked with people, ate with people. He did not sit in reserved seating in the synagogue; He did not have head of the table seating He expected; He did not have someone carrying His bag. He was the Anointed One and He got down and washed His disciples feet; He reached out and touched a coffin so a mother could have her son back alive; He calmed the storm when His friends in the boat were fearful. Jesus was what being biblically anointed looks like.

Psalm 45:6-7 says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows.”

The anointing everyone of us needs, that Jesus had but is very rarely identified as valuable is the truth that He was anointed with the oil of joy. This is what our generation needs to be anointed with. There is a lot of sad, angry, bitter, unforgiving, depressed, lonely, anxious people around, who need to be anointed with the oil of joy. But to receive this anointing, you must be one who loves righteousness and hates wickedness. This is the scepter everyone in the kingdom must walk and live under. We cannot tolerate, coddle, cozy up to, or think it is okay just a little bit, when it comes to wickedness. We must love righteousness and hate wickedness. We can’t control what others love and hate, but we can control what we love and hate . People say how joyful I am, well its because I am anointed with the oil of joy because I love righteousness and hate wickedness and I would love for more people to be filled with this oil of joy, but you have to chose what you love and what you hate in order to receive it. You can be anointed with joy!

UNLOCK

I woke up at 3:30am and 6:30am this morning hearing the word UNLOCK. It was loud in my spirit, and the first time it came with two names, one was Beni Johnson and the other was someone I know. When I woke up the second time, there was no names attached to it, just the word UNLOCK and so I began to pray for Beni and the other other person to be unlocked. But knew this was for more than just those two people. As I have leaned into this word in prayer the Lord led me to define it. Here is what I learned…

Unlock = to undo by turning a key or corresponding part; to give access; to open; to free from restraint or restrictions; to set free; release; to provide a key to disclose or reveal; to release or let loose. (Free Dictionary)

What a powerful word with many ways to approach it. I believer the Lord is unlocking our nation, unlocking us individually and corporately, unlocking communities. I see the Lord unlocking healing, unlocking families, unlocking finances. There is a great unlocking taking place. Since Pentecost this year, we have seen many unlockings, and I see many more coming on the national scene. The verse the Lord led me to look up is Luke 4:18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” Can you see those who are about to be unlocked? I can too.

God has turned a key, the Lord has given access; He is freeing us from restraint and restrictions; the Lord is setting us free. The unlocking has begun and it will continue until our bodies, minds, souls, nations, are unlocked, my friends, the Lord is decreeing over us…UNLOCK!