Slaying the Octopus…Accessing Abundance

It was only two days ago that the Lord revealed to me an octopus that is in the lives of His people. This octopus is one of the gatekeepers to abundance. Once the Lord slays the octopus in our lives, we will have access to abundance, but it begins with slaying the octopus and we cannot slay what we do not see. That is why Solomon is penned as saying, “For where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). What we can’t see, we can’t deal with, that is why God exposes in order to dispose. So, often we don’t want to hear the truth, see the truth or know the truth, for we tend to see it as a way to shame us, condemn us or somehow criticize us. However, the Father in heaven, is way to kind to do that, He only exposes things in our lives in order to dispose of them from our lives. He is so generous that He will expose anything that is hindering us from accessing abundance. This is why He is exposing the octopus.
On the news about a week ago, they showed a blue ringed octopus and said it is deadly to humans. I looked it up, as I was sensing some prophetic relevance to this, but did not have all the pieces to see the picture God was releasing to me. Then while reading in Matthew 13:18-23 about the explanation Jesus gave to the disciples in regards to the parable of the sower, the word octopus came into my spirit again. I was befuddled and decided to check out Google to see what are the characteristics of an octopus, for obviously God was seeking to expose something in order to dispose of it. Here is what I discovered about octopuses.
Octopuses are soft bodied, eight armed mollusks whose mouth is in the center point of the arms; the body can rapidly alter shape and can even squeeze through small gaps; they have excellent sight; are one of the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse invertebrates; they live in water, grow fast and mature quickly, but they are short lived; the males die after fertilizing the eggs of the female; the female dies right after the hatching of the fertilized eggs; they camouflage themselves and are described as sea monsters in mythology (Wikipedia).
With that being said, let’s tie the characteristics of the octopus into Matthew 13:22 “The one on whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the man who hears the word, understands the word, but the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth, choke the word and it becomes unfruitful” (NASB). The choker is the octopus, who has camouflaged itself as worry, that has snuck in through small gaps, that has its mouth in its arms, so the words spoken suffocate or strangle the word and it cannot produce fruit. The octopus is worry and it is choking the word in our lives and making us unfruitful.
But you may say, it says thorns and the octopus is a soft bodied sea monster. You are absolutely correct, thorns above ground are hard, but below ground they are soft for their roots which are below ground are what is choking the word in us. Jesus said in this parable, the word took root in the thorny soil, but it did not produce fruit, for it was being choked at the root level, for roots produce fruits. Now to take this one step further, this octopus the Lord is wanting to slay called worry is camouflaged and we often don’t recognize it, but it is there and it is linked to the spirit of mammon, who is another sea monster. That is why Jesus said, it is choked by worry of the world (the octopus) and the deceitfulness of riches (spirit of mammon). The Lord is seeking to slay the octopus in our lives, so that we can access abundance.
Abundance is the kingdom of God, abundance is Jesus, abundance is wisdom, truth, life, grace, hope, love, peace, joy, wealth, signs, wonders, miracles, it is abundant life in every way, abundance is Yahweh.

The Elul and Eclipse Convergence

The solar eclipse is the talk of the town here in the USA and around the world. What does it mean? Is it just a historical event that one must see or is it a prophetic sign proclaiming judgment on the USA for all their sins? Many voices have sought to share what they believe this is all about. To science it is a cosmic phenomenon, to the Jews it is a sign, to businesses it is prosperity, to most, we are not sure, but we bought our glasses anyway. One thing we all can agree on is that this eclipse is something heavenly, that means the author of the heavens knows what it is all about. The thing about God is that He is omniscient, which means He is all knowing. He knew this eclipse was going to happen, for he planned it and I believe He enjoys the fact that we are spending time and money, cancelling school and filling our gas tanks in preparation to look into the sky and see a God show. It is proof that God can draw a crowd larger than any man or woman, God can get us to spend our money on seeing Him and God alone can put on a show that is going to be historic.

Since it is all about God, based on Psalm 19, which says, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands,” it would behoove us to take note of His calendar to see what is so significant about the timing of this eclipse. On Monday August 21, 2017 at 7:18pm in Israel, the sun will set, which will begin a brand-new day, the first day of the month named Elul. This time will be 9:18am in Portland, OR which means the solar eclipse will be happening over the USA on the first day of Elul on God’s calendar. What is significant about this is the truth about the month of Elul.

Elul, is the month where the Jews celebrate: THE KING IS IN THE FIELD. The scripture verse connected to this month is Song of Songs 6:2-3 “My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.  “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies.” This is significant because it means that God has left His palace, to come and walk among His people. Listen to what one rabbi says on “In the field, “he receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling countenance to all.” In the “field,” G‑d allows His subjects to relate to Him as His presence is manifest.” This is not a coincidence, that this Hebrew month, which is God’s calendar, on the first day, we are having a solar eclipse, where God is going to manifest His presence.

For Elul 1 and the Solar Eclipse to happen on the same day across the USA is a sign that makes us wonder, are we on the verge of an awakening like we have not seen in our lifetime? Is it possible, the Lord is going to reveal His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4)? With the king in the field, making Himself so accessible to people in this hour, is it possible, He is not mad at us, but rather He wants to make Himself seen in a parabolic fashion as a sign in the heavens like a crown upon the sun? No matter what you may think this is all about, one thing I know for sure, God is at the center of it all. You can’t make this stuff up, Elul has had the same meaning for year after year. So, while some are anticipating disaster, others are seeing at as science, I am going to be looking up into the sky with my solar eclipse glasses on knowing the king is in the field and I am going to say thank you Lord for being God alone!

No Delay

“There is no such thing as delay, there is a lack of understanding the day.” This is what the Lord spoke to me this morning while in prayer. It has become popular to tell people they need to bind the spirit of delay; they need to prophesy, no more delay; and a variety of other variations of this vein. But, the Lord said to me, “there is no such thing as delay, there is a lack of understanding the day.” As I pondered these words, I realized we feel like there is a delay, because we put a time frame on the promise God has spoken. That is not delay, that is us not understanding the day.

In Joshua 6 the Lord speaks a word of promise to Joshua and the children of Israel about the city of Jericho, saying, “I have given Jericho, its king, and all its soldiers into your hands.” When God says something, it is going to happen, but when it happens is in the following verses, for the chapter goes on to release the strategy that needs to be employed for the promise to be actualized. Joshua 6:3-5 gives the strategy, “Every day for the next six days, you will march once around the city walls with all your fighting force. Seven priests will go in front of the covenant chest, each carrying a trumpet made from a ram’s horn. On the seventh day, you will march around the city walls seven times, and the priests will blow their trumpets.  When they play a long final blast, then all the people will give a mighty shout. The city walls will collapse in front of you, and all the Israelites will charge in and take the city.” Anyone of those soldiers could have decreed no more delay after day 1, 2, 3 or more, but it was not a delay, rather they were unaware of the day. If it is day 3, 4 or 5 there was not going to be any sign of victory for it was not the right day.

When we are unaware of what day we are in, based on the strategy God has spoken to us, we will cry, delay! But it is not a delay, we just don’t understand what day it is. People do this with so many things. We do it with prophesy, we do it with scripture, we do it with our end time ideas. If we don’t know the day, we won’t know where we are, but one thing is for sure, there is no delay. Joel 2 says, “In the last days…” (plural); Matthew 24:36 says, “On that day…” (singular); Galatians 6:9 speaks to a “due season”; whereas Romans 13:11 says, “now is the time and the hour…”. There is no such thing as delay, but there is a lack of understanding the days, day, season, time, or hour.

Many of us have a promise from God, we know that we know, God said…but the timing is where we are off. If we were honest, God did not give us a when it would happen, He only told us what would happen. For maturity to take place, it is important that we stop imposing our thoughts, our time frame, our faith in ourselves, rather we must listen not just to the promise, but the strategy about how to employ the promise and then we will better understand the day we are on, so we can be patient in the process, for the promise will not delay. Remember Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

“Don’t yell or shout. Don’t let your voice be heard until the day I tell you. And then I want you to shout with all your might” (Joshua 6:10).  If you are still in the silent stage, don’t worry it is not a delay, it is just not the day. Once the day arrives, trust me, you will shout, the walls will fall, the victory will be sure and the battle will be won quickly, for the Lord will say, NOW! Shout unto God with a voice of triumph! (Psalm 47:1). It is not a delay, it is design, because with God there is no delay.