Are we humbly being and/or bringing solutions to problems or are we seeking earthly “crowns“?
This question has been one that has been continually scrolling through my spirit all year.
The Lord is preparing and purifying each of individually and the church corporately because as we step forward, anything we have built with our flesh will not allow us to stand and hold the weight that is being placed upon us.
Repentance, Humility, Discernment, Faith and Surrender will be absolutely necessary to function. Without them, we will crumble. Without them, we fall into worldly things instead of going out into it; being set apart for such a time as this.
Time to be solutions instead of spectators.
There is a preparation we have been walking through this year. If I could define it with one word, that word would be “Surrender”. The Lord has continually asked me all through this year to surrender. Surrender this dream, surrender this promise, surrender this thought, this emotion, this idea of how I’m going to handle this situation, etc.
I had this vision of two lawns and in the place they connected was a short, two-foot high fence. Then I saw a person’s legs straddling that fence with one foot on one side, the other foot on the other. I heard the Lord saying one side was His lawn and the other side was ours. No matter who you are, I think we can all agree (if we’re honest) we all have our foot on things, thoughts and plans that we believe we will need to do in our own efforts. But, we have come to a place in time where we can no longer have one foot on our lawn of our own efforts. We are being invited to decide which side of the fence we are going to stand on.
There’s no longer an option to go from one side to the next. It’s time to choose to fully stand on God’s lawn and in that place; you will be shown how to partner with Him. He is preparing us for the days that lie ahead and we have got to be living and trusting in complete and total surrender.
What if the most told story of your life is about your praise in your prison and not the pinnacle you’re dreaming of?
This very question is a revealing of Kingdom and how the Lord moves and shifts things in and through our lives, circumstances, our choices that weren’t exactly in His plans but He uses them anyway not only for our benefit but for many others.
In today’s age, everyone wants to be seen and known in some varying degree. The downside to that is the downplaying and/or ignoring of the sounds of intercession and praise coming up from those in the “inner prisons”. Their chain-breaking praise is being ignored because the reasons they’ve been placed there are the focus instead of the voice they’ve gained. Everyone wants to talk about revival from some lofty platform, but the truth is, it’s coming from the “inner prisons”. Miracles are breaking out in ways no one has seen and in the most ignored places! These inner prison chain-breakers will remain even when their doors are flung open because they now know their purpose was for the depths; not the spotlight.
“After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:23-26 (NIV)
It’s not hard to see the wars being waged over lives, beliefs and territories!
Throughout our histories you can see pivotal moments and decisions that thrust the trajectories into the directions they went. We are once again in a time right now where this place in history books will be discussed. What will be said?
Those deep, dark, long-standing governmental strongholds over the nations have now been uncovered and are now being removed; but know they won’t go down without a fight. It’s brutal but it’s necessary!
But, know this: NOW, the Davids are steppin’ onto the field. They are as humble as a shepherd but carry the authority of a king. The Goliaths don’t stand a chance! It doesn’t matter that they’re large in stature, loud in the mouth and wielding a sword. All that matters is that the Lord has equipped us with the weapon needed to take them out! Time to walk onto the field in the authority you’ve been given.
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”” 1 Sam. 17:45-47 NIV
“See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”” Jer. 1:10 NIV
I felt to share an excerpt from today’s Periscope broadcast:
What we see in our lives and situations as delayed, forgotten, and/or dead is simply an invitation to journey into the miraculous!
You need to understand that before the miracle comes the death. You have to put to death your flesh, fleshly desires, your ideas and efforts on how to make things happen at the times you want them to. You can’t take the purpose over you, the gifts within you and the plans laid out before you and try to make them all happen when you want them to happen. You have to put your own efforts to death and partner in surrender. Knowing His timing is always perfect!
Martha and Mary believed Jesus to be Healer (John 11) but they didn’t yet know him as Resurrection. Our partnering and surrender expands our vision, our understanding and our faith as we journey in this life.
So, if you’ve been feeling sick, dying or have been dead and stinking to high heaven; you’re about to see the miraculous! There is new life being breathed into you and your circumstances. You will rise up! You will step out of that tomb and you will remove those grave clothes! The life you have known will be a thing of the past! There’s no way you’ve experienced all you have and be able to remain the same. Resurrected lives breathe, walk and live differently!
All that has held you bound before is being removed. Nothing will look the same. Nothing will feel the same. He is making ALL THINGS NEW!!
All the eyes that doubted will see this, they will see the resurrected you and most importantly, their eyes will see God in a way they never have before! Those around you will get to see the miracle too!!!
Do you not know or understand the power and authority given to you by God? We are called to stand and speak in that authority, the power in the name of Jesus; to cast down all that needs to be! The enemy acts like he has authority but it’s just the little bit of power he has on this earth...which is pathetic when placed in comparison to all we carry.
The church (in general) has overslept and it’s time to get up out of that comfy bed!
No matter how small or insignificant you have believed yourself to be; you have to cast down those lies and walk how you were called to walk. You were called to step onto that field of giants to shut them up and cast them down!! This is not their land nor is it their time to rule and reign! NO!! It is our time, it is God’s; a time of eyes and ears being cleared of the sludge and slime from the enemy in order to see God’s beautiful Face and purpose over this moment: a mass-reconciliation to Him!
Know who & Whose you are and begin to DECLARE A THING!!! #timetoroar
"You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways." Job 22:28 (NKJV)
🎶"So many times it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive..." 🎶
- "Eye of the Tiger"
Sometimes the battle can be so fierce, you begin to question if it's worth it. The answer is "YES"!! Because what you dream is just a fraction of what it will manifest into!
He doesn't bring you out of the wilderness/captivity for you to be left alone to do your own thing. He has specific plans & purpose for you and they are so much bigger than you can imagine!
The Lord is asking us to partner with Him right now! If there were ever a time in our history and in our present that needs His Ruach, His Breath, to breathe life and restoration; it is NOW!!
In the Name of Jesus, I prophesy LIFE into you, your family, your circumstances, your town, village, city, state and nation NOW! I call forth His Breath to blow away the dust, the death and the chains that have appeared to bind you - you will now rise up and STAND in this very place and begin to speak and march forth, in Jesus Name!!!
“He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.” Ezekiel 37:3-7 (NIV)
I was listening to a broadcast the other night and the gentleman speaking simply said, “Every trial has an expiration date.” When he spoke this, my spirit leapt at that confirmation! This is something I have known and seen for many over the years to be very true. And yet, in my absolute agreement with his statement, I felt a heaviness wash over me. I sat there speaking with the Lord about it because I know this season has had me pretty restless; like a bird constantly rattling the cage! He simply said, “You’ve been restless because you smell the end of it. When you smell milk near the end of its expiry date, you can smell the end of its shelf life. That is why you’ve been restless; not out of doubt or frustration, but because you know the end is very near and you’re preparing for the move.”
My friends, your trial is coming to an end!! Maybe you have been having some battles with doubt and frustration. It’s ok. Start kicking those things back where they belong by declaring this very truth over those lies, “My trial HAS an expiration date and it IS expiring SOON!!”
All day today I have had the scene in Acts 12 playing over and over in my head. Peter is sitting in his jail cell and then suddenly and miraculously, an angel comes and breaks him out!! I know this is part of that promise for every one...the trial will be ending suddenly and miraculously!!
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.” Acts 12:5-7 (NIV)
The Tower of Babel came some time after The Flood. At Babel, the Lord was speaking to the unified pride and selfishness. The spirit of pride was on these people that in their communication, they convinced each other they could build this tower to reach Heaven. The only thing they were unified in was this pride.
As Pentecost comes tomorrow, May Holy Spirit flood and blow violently over us once again to bring us a unified language; where every tribe and tongue speaks and understands the same language of Love, Unity and Honor. May we cast aside the selfish tower building and Hear what the Lord is speaking to us in this moment! He is saying, “NOW is for My Children to once again be unified in order to accomplish ALL I have called you to! Many parts, One body, covering this earth bringing healing and restoration!”
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1, 4-9 (NIV)
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:1-12 (NIV)
I’ve been talking to the Lord a LOT about the puppets and puppeteers that seem to be “running this show”.
There’s much to be shared, but the one thing I can say right now is the tables will be turned. The muppets running the show will no longer be on stage and everyone that has been forced to pay and watch will finally get their money’s worth!
Justice is coming and we will be moving forward and taking down the giants!
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalms 34:4-10
The calm of the sea never does anything but lull you to sleep. It’s the mighty winds that push you towards your destiny & the storms that blow in will challenge you. Don’t you dare let this storm toss you about! Stand up & let the Lord guide you within it! I promise, you will make it through & you will be strengthened because of it.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
I just wanted to share some thoughts I’ve been soaking on for a while.
When Jesus walked this earth, He said that He ONLY did what He saw His Father in Heaven do.
Every person He encountered had a need & He met that need IMMEDIATELY. He laid His hands on the sick & they recovered. It was instant. Not one of them did He say, “Now sometimes healing is a process, so keep waiting, praying & coming back to me for the continuation of your healing.” #stuffjesusneversaid
We, the church, are called to walk, talk & be Jesus’ hands & feet on this earth. We are called co-heirs of Heaven with Him, beside Him, at the right hand of the Father. Being an heir means receiving inheritance. Because of Jesus, we inherited a place in Heaven, but as we walk this earth, we ARE the Kingdom of Heaven manifest. We walk in the same Spirit that Jesus walked in. So, why are we at peace with the brick walls built around our faith in regards to healing (and many other things)? The statement of “it’s a process” feels to me like a brick wall protecting ourselves from disappointment or ridicule.
When Jesus encountered people, they were ready to receive Him. The ones that weren’t willing, He walked away (Nazareth).
We are all in process, but I believe with every ounce of my being that we are in a time of truly being the ones that break down ALL the walls of the safe, acceptable & comfortable. We are the ones that expect the instantaneous manifestation of the words we speak because we are being led by Holy Spirit in ALL we say & do. When we are really doing that, we aren’t met with disappointment; we’re speaking to storms, the sick are healed, blind eyes will see, deaf ears opened, paralyzed are walking, and, yes, the dead are raised.
This is that time, church! Know who & Whose you are! It’s time to walk in the power, the authority, the wisdom & discernment that is within us! Awake, get out of your comfy beds & allow His Glory to shine so others can see what Heaven made manifest here on earth truly looks like!
I have had a couple of things on repeat in my spirit today that I felt led to share with you. Many of you know of or sense the significance of today’s date and that it is "Groundhog Day".
To me, the series of 2’s and 20’s speak of keys and expectation. Today's date was a great reminder of those very things.
I’m not sharing this as another “fluffy, feel-good word”, but to simply share how deeply I understand the difficulty of things in our lives and in our walk. I know the struggles and I know many are beyond tired and annoyed with the seeming repetition of specific things.
You need to know that one very important key to your unlocking IS your expectation. Your expectation of the miraculousness of our Heavenly Father and knowing that He IS good ALL the time. Your expectancy helps cultivate such fertile ground that gives way for the miraculousness to burst forth! Today, I encourage you to grab a hold of that very key! I encourage you to do what Elijah’s servant did and go look just one more time (1 Kg. 18:44)!!
The Lord is saying, “This time IS different! This time the promise of rain is here; you WILL see the cloud coming, bringing the manifestation of that long-awaited promise! Don’t give up now!!! I know you, My beautiful and purposed Creation! I know you front to back, inside and out. To those of you that have surrendered to the process, to the refining, to the direction, correction and the healing; you will no longer repeat the “groundhog day cycle” that has seemed to plague you. This cycle of negative repetition over your circumstances, relationships, finances, jobs instead of desired careers, the aimless wandering and rejection on every side; I Am saying, “You have circled this mountain long enough! This cycle is broken!!” You have set your face like flint and kept your eyes on My True North! I have heard your deepest cries and your answers have been on the way! They are coming!! Keep your eyes fixed and not distracted or swayed! The New is here!!!”
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Ps. 139:13-16 (MSG)
“‘You have circled this mountain long enough; turn northward,” Deut. 2:3 (AMP)
“Some will applaud you, Most will ignore you. Don’t be moved by either.”
I woke up with this phrase on repeat. I’m not sure who this is for, but you need to know that the work the Lord has set your hands to is purposed. The words He gives you to speak or write are purposed. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, if you’re doing it all in obedience, you don’t need to worry about the end result, outcome or the size of the audience.
I know we all appreciate affirmation but it cannot be measured by the volume of the applause (or lack of).
I have felt so strongly this morning to say to you the Lord sees you, He hears you, He knows you and His plans for you are greater than what you are able to see in this moment.
The Lord says, “You may feel as though you’ve been suddenly “shut out” already in this “roaring 20’s”, but don’t take it as rejection; it is My protection. Trust that I am taking your voice, the work of your hands, and directing it all to those who need to hear and receive. I Am planting your feet solid; you will not falter, you will not fall. Keep your eyes in My Word and your ears on My heart; nothing else.”
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
“The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord, and God delights in every step they take to follow him.” Psalms 37:23 (TPT)
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
I was talking with a friend about the depths of what the “Upside-Down Kingdom” really looks like.
The truth of while on this earth of our “being perfected in Christ” and “becoming more like Jesus” just might not be the perfect and polished piece the world expects to see.
Maybe, it looks a lot more like the shattered alabaster box on the floor, unable to hold its shape any longer, yet still holds the scent and feel of the oil from within.
The “Upside-Down Kingdom” is how and why our most broken state brings more joy and worship to our Father than we did holding that precious perfume within.
After Jesus’ resurrection, His perfected body still showed the holes in His hands, feet and side. Think about that. His perfected, resurrected body still had the holes from His crucifixion. It wasn’t just to have proof for Thomas. It was to show us all something more; bringing a revelation that we are going to be the same way. We will be crucifying our flesh on the daily. We will have wounds that come, we will be healed and yet the remnants of them will remain.
We can have seasons we walk through where we feel strong in our faith, solid in our trust, confident in our purpose, victorious in all the battles that come our way; but there will be a day in there that will come where our humanity breaks through. That humanity is our reality check. It reminds us, or should remind us, that our strength is not our own. It reminds us that it is also perfectly fine to be at peace in our absolute weakness, brokenness, on the days when our emotions carry us on a crazy roller coaster ride; we know even then, our Heavenly Father is ever-present.
What we may perceive as “in process” or “dull” God says, “...I have sharpened you like a sword and like a Polished arrow, I have set you in My quiver...” (Is. 49:2) What we view as something incomplete or “not ready” in our lives, our Heavenly Father sees as perfected and ready to use!
Our ideas of weakness on this earth is actually Heaven’s strength (2 Cor. 12:10). All these ”cracks” and “inabilities” allow for His Glory to shine through and gives permission for His hand to move into every situation you are facing.
Don’t let the world’s thoughts and ideas of strength define you. Let the truth of the “Upside-Down Kingdom” speak into you, this life and every situation you’re facing.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
Prayer Declaration for you today:
In Jesus’ Powerful Name I decree and declare…
This is the day my Lord has made and I WILL be glad and grateful for it and in every moment given!
I may have been rejected but I know I am now accepted in all my imperfections AND in all my gifts!
I was sick, but now I am healthy, healed and whole!
I was blind but now my eyes are open to see!
I may have been in this prison, this pit, this desert and this cave, but I refuse to make it my home!
I am called and qualified to reside in the palace and in fruitful places!
All the word curses and lies of the enemy that have been spoken against me are rendered powerless in the Name of Jesus!
The Word of the Lord is the ONLY TRUTH I speak over my life and the Power of Heaven is made manifest in it!
My history’s ashes have become my wings for flight!
There are no more blockages holding me back or slowing me down! I am no longer defeated; I have overcome!
Victory and Authority go hand-in-hand and both are given to me by God!
My life is continually being used to manifest Heaven to change circumstances and shift atmospheres!
I am a healthy, healed, whole, righteous, victorious, abundantly blessed, chosen and a loved daughter/son of God!!
IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME, AMEN!
As I awoke this morning, I heard “Remove the limits!!!”
Frustration, disappointment & doubt work in many ways. Most of the time they’re sneaky & will just place a ceiling on your ability to fully trust what the Lord has said. We find ourselves believing for big things, but only to a certain level. We’ve made the decision that at that level of faith, “if it doesn’t happen”, we won’t feel too defeated or disappointed. We cannot allow our own woundedness be the dictator of our faith or how we view our Heavenly Father’s ability to “follow through”. We have to remember that every single thing God speaks is spoken with purpose & with His life-giving breath in it. He isn’t flippant with His words & He most certainly isn’t careless with His purpose, plans & promises over you. When He speaks something, it will be!
So, take the limits off! You can trust, you can have faith in all those things you’re waiting for! Trust His timing to be more perfect than your planning. He will never forget you or forsake you.
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:18-21 (NIV)
Outside of straight up rebellion, you cannot derail your God-given purpose. When you remain surrendered and moving in the Lord’s promptings, it allows for His plans to unfold. While He is moving you, He is refining and strengthening you to hold the weight of it all.
You aren’t going to execute this perfectly all the time - you will struggle, you will get frustrated & possibly even complain (I know none of you do that)😉.
As you move through each moment, He will prompt you and instruct you on what He needs you to do, but it’s not some unattainable “holy checklist” for you to perfectly execute in order to receive this or that.
Simply listen in your surrender and remember His instructions and promptings for you will be just as unique as you and your purpose are. Also remember that Heaven doesn’t promote like we do, so stop looking to the left and to the right, keep your eyes upward and your ears tuned in.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 (NIV)
“Keep your feet planted in the truth I have shown you. I know you have questions and doubts, but don’t you know that My love doesn’t allow Me to see or respond to your doubts? It only allows Me to respond in My love for you & to the promises, the plans and the purpose I have spoken in & over your life. You are not faithless, only tested. You are My child!
I Am the only one who cannot, has never and never will fail you, hurt you or let you down - that is what IS impossible for Me! I am finishing this thing so you can begin all I have called, chosen and purposed for you...for such a time as this!”, says the Lord.
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