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And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. – Act 2:1-4 KJV
I always press in to gain revelation during the feast seasons, and this Pentecost was no exception. The Lord had been stirring in me an expectancy that began last September at the Feast of Trumpets. When the year 5776 began, the Lord was speaking through all His prophets about the intensity that we would experience this year. The momentum would continue to build and we would see great signs, wonders and miracles. The Kingdom of God would begin to break out through His people as we rose up to become all that we were created to be. I knew it was going to be exciting and challenging, but had no idea it would be so very difficult.
Beginning in November, I personally felt the heat begin to intensify. What did it look like? Well, for me, it was things breaking down, finances drying up and relationships being stretched. This pattern only continued as the months went on. There were only brief moments of respite. Whereas I had experienced these challenges before, I had not had felt this severity in many years. I knew that I had overcome at some level before, so I had confidence to continue on with joy. Based on what I had come to know about Abba Father and His great love for me, I was reveling in His love and not letting the problems around me consume my thoughts. I knew that He would take care of it and I was determined not to let the enemy steal my joy again.
Keeping in mind what the Lord had said about this year being a year of great breakthrough and restoration, I held to that promise and continued to look for my open doors. I saw paths forming and I took them believing they were all leading to the place the Lord wanted me and family to go, but not sure of where the destination was. Every decision to follow the path came with a price tag. I was committing myself not only to a course of action, but also to paying for things that I had no way to cover. I held fast to the truth that where God sends you, He also sends the supply necessary to support you. Faith had to arise to meet the challenge. The enemy would often whisper, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do that, you have no resources!” I would simply agree with him, but then remind him that my Father in Heaven holds ALL the resources and He was quite able to foot the bill.
My car had been having issues with a clogged radiator which we tried to solve the year before. The actions we took held off any problems until December 2015. Then it started all over again. Minor fixes were no longer working. By May, the temperature gage was always running on the hot side and I was very limited in how far I could safely drive. Confinement was setting in. Finally, the radiator began to leak and it had to be replaced. Once that was done, pressure built and the water pump broke. God worked a miracle and made a way for me to have this work done. I was completely amazed at how He orchestrated this particular event. I woke up that morning in great distress over how I was going to pay for such a huge repair and by the end of the day I was rejoicing because it all got done and paid for so easily. I thought I had slain the dragon and my car problems were over.
Despite the repairs, the thermostat remained at a place much higher than it should. Two weeks later I took the car back to the shop and had all the hoses and thermostat replaced. These were the last pieces of the old cooling system and by replacing them, the car should be completely free of cooling problems. I hated to spend more money, but was excited that I would finally be free of this nagging issue.
Exactly one week later, on Sunday, the day of Pentecost, I was driving locally and the thermostat shot up into the red. Never, with all the previous problems, had the thermostat hit the red zone! I panicked! How could this be happening? There was no billowing smoke or visible signs of leaking, just a red-hot thermostat. I dreaded the thought of beginning my week sitting in the shop again. That night, at 2:30 a.m., my dog awoke yelping in pain. I had no idea what was wrong with her. I am not one given to running to the doctor or the vet and usually try natural means of healing as long as I can discern what might be wrong. This time, I had no clue. So we all got in the car to take the dog to the ER. Then I remembered that the car had just overheated. I felt that the only thing I could reasonably do was take the chance and drive it anyway. So we drove 40 minutes across town to the ER while the temperature gage danced back and forth, occasionally hitting the red and then going back down. Super-sized stress at 3 in the morning! After spending an hour with the vet and discovering that the pup had a sprained tail, we had the pleasure of driving back home. Thankfully, the temperature gage stayed below the red all the way back until we were within 5 miles of the house. Suddenly, it shot back up and would not leave the red. I had to pull over and let it cool. It came down a bit and I was able to get ½ mile from my house before it hit the red again. This time, the needle was pressing past the red and it felt like the car began to gasp. Coasting to my driveway, I, too, was gasping. To some this might not seem like a big deal, but to me, this car is my only means of transportation and my bank account was empty, there were no resources to fix this car, let alone think of getting a new one. The pressure, at 5:30 a.m., was almost unbearable.
In addition to all of this, many of the things I committed to several months back are now coming due. In order to continue to move forward on the path, confinement must break. The enemy’s voice was getting louder as he kept holding up a picture of failure before my eyes.
When I woke up, I sat with the Lord until He would give me some direction. I finally saw the picture that is attached. Instead of the red temperature gage being a bad thing, it was like He was saying, you’ve reached your goal. I knew He was speaking about a spiritual goal having to do with pressing through for my promises to manifest. I wasn’t really clear on what it meant, or how it would help me naturally, but it made me feel better somehow.
Back at the shop, we discovered that the cooling fans weren’t working either. Along with a hefty repair bill, I also had to surrender my transportation for two days while they were being replaced. During this uncomfortable time, the enemy was bombarding me with lies upon lies. He was gathering up all the lies and failures of the past and trying to bury me. He tried to blind me to all the good that God has been doing and cause me to forget all the new doors that have opened to me. He used those closest to me to bring accusation against me. He never plays fair. I was wearing down, for sure. But in the midst of that, breakthrough came. Suddenly, there was a way for me to purchase a new vehicle. It’s like a little light broke through the wall of stone that I felt was in front of me. And this morning, God gave me the revelation I needed.
I was studying the scripture quoted at the top and found that the word ACCORD was my key, it’s our key. The Greek word for ACCORD comes from two root words:
Homo meaning “same” and Thymadon meaning “passion, heat, or inflaming wine.” It is the root word for thermometer! The words in the lexicon say, “inflaming wine that drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength.”
The meaning of Acts 1:1 became clear.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
This is speaking of believers all united in an overwhelming passion, not causal agreement. This passion drives us to lay aside everything except a whole-hearted pursuit of the Lord and His Kingdom. We have to move past looking at ourselves, our spiritual pride in whatever form it manifests, and look to Him to be our ALL. The question He posed to me was this: “If everything that you are contending for were to be stripped away at this moment, would you still serve me?” Ouch! Sometimes God seems like a big contradiction. This was one of those moments.
But it is in this moment, as He confronts each of us and we respond with a YES, that He is sending Holy Spirit as new wine and fresh fire. The power of the Holy Spirit being released to us at this time is the fire that burns hot to kill off everything that would hinder what He wants to do in our lives. If we resist, it will drive us mad. It is the refiners fire, seven times hotter than before, but the kind that leaves us smelling fresh when we come out, not burnt. Our aroma is becoming pleasant.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; – 2Co 2:14-15 NASB
If you are feeling the heat, then go up higher with Him until He shows you what He is after. Your breakthrough comes not from external sources, but from the deep in you. Let Him break open your deep and bring forth the pure gold. Shalom!
This week before Pentecost is a time to prepare our hearts to receive all that the Lord wants to give us. I believe this year is a SUPER Pentecost – for those who are ready to receive. God is doing so much so fast. He is equipping His people to demonstrate Him and His Kingdom in the earth. He’s looking for those that are ready to partner with Him, those that can see beyond the circumstances and dream BIG. I offer this FREE DoWNLOaD to help you stir up expectation in your spirit! Press into His heart this week!
“Four years ago the Lord spoke to me and told me that in the next election, He would put a Cyrus in the White House. In fact, He said that the mantle would flow out to many, and they would do the work to galvanize the people to liberate America. I believe He will do this if we will pray. Everywhere I went I shared the vision of the Lord. I have had several dreams and visions about Donald Trump and each time, he seemed to come out of nowhere to take on the establishment! Then it began to happen.”
Nita Johnson 3/4/16, Newsletter, God and Donald Trump
I’ve made a couple of trips to Trump Towers and am known as the “Cyrus Guy” for my prophetic word to Mr. Trump. But I am still shaken by something I heard in my spirit – “he will rise or fall depending upon the counsel he receives.” He needs us to pray for him to be surrounded with wise counsel.
Lance Wallnau 5/6/16, Interview with Steve Strang, Charisma Magazine
Several well-known prophets have spoken about Donald Trump being the modern-day Cyrus for America. Yet it seems that so many people are disillusioned with Trump and feel that all hope is lost for the November election. People are saying they can’t vote for Trump in good conscience. Something is wrong here. God is doing some major things in our nation and it’s time for us to get on board with Him lest we miss our opportunity to see the change He wants to bring about. Let’s begin by looking at what God said about Cyrus in Isaiah 45:1-8:
This is what the LORD says to His Anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. “You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.
Cyrus did not know or acknowledge the God of Israel, yet God chose to use him. We don’t know why God chose him, but we do know that man looks at the outward appearance, while God looks at the heart. In the natural, Cyrus was known as a just king. He had no desire to oppress people or steal their heritage and religion from them. Rather than being a conqueror, he saw himself as a liberator. The citizens of Babylon cheered when he took over their land because of his reputation as a lover of justice. He looked for things that worked in each culture, and then sought to implement them throughout the kingdom for the benefit of all. He respected people, a trait very rare among kings.
For whatever reason God chose Him, it was His choice to make. Cyrus worshipped Ahura Mazda and relied on his help, yet God was going to make Himself known to Cyrus as the true source of his blessing. The following is an excerpt from the famous Cyrus Cylinder that was uncovered in the ruins of Babylon in 1879.
“Now that I put the crown of kingdom of Iran, Babylon, and the nations of the four directions on the head with the help of (Ahura) Mazda, I announce that I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire and never let any of my governors and subordinates look down on or insult them until I am alive. From now on, till (Ahura) Mazda grants me the kingdom favor, I will impose my monarchy on no nation.”
God used this man to free the Jews and allow them to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The Jews were, no doubt, shocked to find this kind of favor coming from a gentile king. When God spoke of “His anointed” it had always been a title for prophets, priests and kings of Israel. It was the title for the Messiah. How startling it must have been when the Jews realized this prophecy was speaking of a gentile king. The Lord God of Israel chose to put His Spirit upon Cyrus so that he could complete the assignment God had for him. God gave him supernatural ability and blessed him with great wealth and resources to accomplish it.
Now, if God did that in 539 B.C., what can stop Him from doing it again in our day? The Word tells us that He doesn’t do anything without first releasing His strategy through His prophets. The prophets of our day have been speaking that God has a new Cyrus anointed to deliver America from the grip of the enemy. Why? Because God loves America and wants to set her free. Despite our wickedness, God is our Redeemer and the Blood of Jesus has already been shed so that we can fulfill our destiny as a nation. God is only looking for us to agree with Him! God is speaking in so many ways, making it easy for us to receive His instruction and His heart, but are we so dull of hearing that we can’t interpret the signs of our times? Our next president will be the 45th president. The prophecy about the first Cyrus is found in Isaiah 45:1-8. The time has come for Isaiah 45 to be brought forth again.
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, Jesus addresses the seven churches, which are representative of churches throughout the ages, but that also address key issues that He is dealing with in His church in these last days. At the end of every message to the churches, Jesus says, “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Oh, that we might hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, the Body of Christ in our day! If God is saying that He is going to anoint Donald Trump as His Cyrus to bring a turnaround in America, then who are we to say He can’t do it this way? Let’s not allow a religious spirit to hinder our deliverance! How can we say we will not vote for Trump because it goes against our conscience, if God says, “This is the one I’m going to use?” This is foolishness! It’s no wonder then, that the verses immediately following God’s decree about Cyrus contain a rebuke to the people that would doubt God’s use of a gentile.
“How bad it will be for anyone who disputes with the very One who created him! After all, a human being is nothing more than one clay pot among many. Imagine the clay saying to the potter, “What do you think you’re doing?” or “You don’t have the hands for this.” It’s as idiotic as asking a mother or father, “What are you birthing or begetting?” So the Eternal One, who is the Holy One and Maker of Israel, says, Are you really going to question Me about what will happen to My children, or lecture Me about what I should do with the ones I made with My own hands?
“It is I who made the very ground on which you stand, I who shaped the human beings who walk around on it. I pulled the sky and the heavens taut with My own hands, and organized the army of stars that march across the night sky. So it was perfectly right for me to raise up Cyrus; I will make his road ahead straight and level, so that he will rebuild My chosen place, My city Jerusalem, and set My exiled people free without exacting a price or seeking a bribe.” Isaiah 45:9-13 The Voice
Our eyes need to be on Jesus and our ears need to be tuned to Heaven, not the media or the voices of doom. The accuser wants to highlight every fault and certainly, there are many faults, but that is not our concern. Our concern is to do the will of our Father and stand in agreement with what He is doing. Let us turn to the Word instead of the news and be encouraged that God is doing so great a work on our behalf. Let us turn to pray instead of agreeing with accusation against this one God has chosen. We need to lift our voices in unity for the deliverance of this nation and let God be God in how He answers our prayers.
Father, forgive us for our stubborn ways and our lack of understanding. Open our ears that we may truly hear from Heaven and shout back a resounding, “Yes!” in agreement with Your plans and purposes. Grant us grace to pray fervently for Your anointed Cyrus in our day. Thank you that You love America and You are not willing to turn away from us. Let the Blood of Jesus cover our sins as a nation and bring us back to the destiny that You had for us from the beginning. Let Your Glory be seen in America as You work repentance in our hearts and cleanse our land. Amen and amen!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.” Ex 17:14-16
The altar called “the Lord is my Banner (or victory)” shows that it takes complete dependence on the Lord to defeat this enemy. The altar is the place of worship and sacrifice. As we worship at the Lord’s altar and declare “He is our victory,” He defeats His enemies!
God made this promise to Joshua who faithfully completed his assignment to lead the young generation into the Promised Land. God’s promise to Joshua, and all succeeding generations, was that if we would do our part, God would be with us and do His part to defeat the Amalekite spirit. God was already planning to send Jesus (a transliteration of the Hebrew name Joshua) as the ultimate Deliverer.
Today we are a Joshua generation, a people rising up to believe God for His promises to manifest. As Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms, so we are to stand together fighting under the Lord’s banner. Moses, Aaron and Hur were worshipping and praying while others were fighting. This is worship warfare – everyone doing their part.
This war will go on in every generation until the Amalekite spirit is utterly defeated. Be encouraged as you see the people of God awakening and rising up as one to pray and seek the strategies of heaven. God is faithful and He has already sent His Deliverer. Victory is assured!
Six hundred years later, King Saul was instructed by Samuel:
Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Sam 15:1-3
Saul did not have a great track record for obeying God, but God gave him another chance. He gave Israel the offensive position this time and Saul had the opportunity to redeem himself. Sadly, he was more concerned with his own agenda. He pursued all the Amalekites and killed them but decided to spare King Agag and the best of the livestock. Saul was still set on pleasing people more than pleasing God. When Samuel questioned him, Saul tried to convince him that he had obeyed.
Those who do not FEAR the Lord end up being rejected by Him, just as Saul was removed from his kingship and the Israelites were not allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Disobedience empowers the Amalekite spirit. When we disobey God, we are not worshipping at God’s altar, but at the altar of a foreign god, where satan and his demons reign. This gives the enemy power to affect our lives. On the contrary, when we obey God, it brings blessings to our lives.
When David became King, he had the same charge – to wipe out the Amalekites. He obeyed and the Lord gave Him rest from all his enemies. That brought blessing to the whole nation. David destroyed them in the natural, but the spirit of the Amalekites is still at work through those that are willing to worship at that altar. We, however, have been given the Spirit of the Living God to overthrow every enemy that stands against the purpose of God. Like David, we can defeat the Amalekite/Haman spirit in our cities and nations.
Between 605 and 539 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar partnered with the Amalekite spirit by attacking Jerusalem, destroying the city, killing many Jews and leading the rest into exile in Babylon. Here they were held in captivity for 70 years, but God delivered them as He had prophesied by raising up Nehemiah and Ezra to lead the people back and rebuild God’s house. He used the leaders of the newly formed Medo-Persian Empire to fund this restoration. Daniel was part of this process.
Haman rose out of the Medo-Persian Empire between 539 and 331 B.C. seeking to destroy the Jews. Mordecai and Esther were positioned for such a time as this to speak on behalf of the Jews and avert their destruction. The memorial commemorating this victory is Purim.
When Greece became the next world empire from 331 through 168 B.C., Antiochus Ephiphanes determined to wipe out the Jews. Judas Maccabees led the revolt and defeated the Amalekite spirit. The memorial commemorating this victory is Hanukkah.
As Rome established itself as the next world empire in 168 B.C., there were multiple leaders that attacked the Jews. Nero was the fierce violence behind the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D. and persecution of both Jews and Christians. By this time, the Messiah had already come, fulfilling the prophetic picture of Passover. Unfortunately, the Jews rejected Him as their Deliverer. They are still bearing the curse of their disobedience. No more appointed times (Biblical Holidays) were established after Jesus’ victory on the Cross. We need only remember the ones God has given and embrace the Messiah, He is the One that is highlighted in every feast.
Since the fall of the Roman Empire, there has been much chaos in the nations of the world. Hitler arose in the West, Islamic territories arose in the East, and now the world is full of this Amalekite spirit that still seeks to destroy the people of God, both Jews and Christians. God made a way for the State of Israel to exist, to re-establish the Promised Land. He has been perserving the Jews from their enemies in this battle for land since 1948, but they are under constant threat from their enemies. God has kept them from extinction, but they suffer greatly because, as a nation, they still have not received their Messiah. America is facing the same test. We were a blessed nation because we belonged to Jesus, but if we will not return to the Lord, we will face the same kind of hardship Israel has faced.
This is the picture painted by Daniel’s statue with the head of gold, the chest of silver, the loins of brass, and the legs of iron. As the return of Jesus draws near, we are beginning to see more clearly who makes up the ten toes of this statue and the revealing of the anti-christ. The fiercest battle is still ahead. The Deliverer of the Jews continues to wait for His people to turn to Him. In the meantime, these appointed times recorded in God’s Word are here to cause us to remember, rejoice and return to the only One that can truly deliver. His promise stands firm forever. He will deliver His people and we shall spend eternity with Him, rejoicing!
I grew up in Chicago where celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was a big deal. The traditions of dying the Chicago River green, the St. Patrick’s Day parade and of course, green beer made it a fun holiday. I proudly wore my shamrock pin on my green sweater to display my Irish heritage. That was about as deep as my understanding of St. Patrick’s Day went, but today, I can say those things have nothing to do with St. Patrick! He wasn’t even Irish! Sadly, most holidays celebrated today don’t bear any resemblance to their original intent.
Patrick was born in Wales somewhere around 375-390. He grew up in a Christian home with a mother who taught him the Word of God; but he did not follow Jesus as a youth. I imagine he complained and was restless during this time of study, but his Mom was dedicated to planting the seeds of the Word in her Son. When Patrick was 16, his family was celebrating at their villa near the sea when Irish pirates attacked and captured Patrick along with several of the family’s servants. The pirates took their captives back to Ireland to sell them as slaves. Patrick was purchased by a Druid tribal chieftain who gave him the job of looking after his sheep. During long days in the countryside tending sheep, Patrick encountered God. The Word that had been planted in his heart as a boy began to come alive to Patrick and he repented for his sins. His faith in Jesus, His Savior, grew strong and he found himself praying day and night. He was being transformed from the inside out as he spent those hours in the presence of the Lord. One night he had a dream that he was going to go back to his home. Shortly thereafter, he was able to escape and board a ship bound for Wales. He knew that God had made a way of escape from him so he traveled without anxiety of being caught.
His parents were delighted to see him again and helped him settle into a new life. He decided to study to become a priest and a bishop, but in another dream, he saw the men with whom he worked in Ireland calling out to him to return. He knew that the Lord was calling him to minister in the land of Ireland. Frantically, his parents and church leaders tried to stop him from going back to the barbaric Druids. Patrick, however, willingly laid aside all of his plans to follow Jesus’ instructions. He loved the people of Ireland and wanted desperately to see the Druids know the love of Jesus. Amidst persecution from his friends, as well as his enemies, Patrick returned to share the gospel, becoming the Apostle to Ireland. Through his ministry, many of the Druids were converted and baptized. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Patrick performed signs, wonders and miracles; resurrections were his specialty. One story tells of Patrick’s confrontation with the Druids at the time of their vernal equinox celebration which coincided with the celebration of Easter that year. During their ritual bonfire, Patrick shared the Gospel of Jesus. Many Druids believed, but others tried to kill him. Though experiencing many disappointments and hardships, Patrick faithfully served God in Ireland for 60 years.
During this time he established churches according to the first century church model described in the New Testament. He was not a catholic serving under the Pope, as many people suppose. He was led by the Spirit of God alone and is said to have raised up at least 365 churches served by a pastor or elder. He also established monasteries that were equipping centers for those called into ministry. These were not the kind of place where men become monks and live an isolated life. Rather, men would commit to living at the monastery while they studied Scripture and learned how to evangelize others. After that, they would return to their family and communities to spread the good news. Because of Patrick’s work, Ireland became known as the “Isle of Saints and Scholars.”
It is not clear why March 17th was chosen as “St. Patrick’s Day. ” Some believe it was the day of his death. Others believe that the Pope chose that day because of its tie to the vernal equinox. We know it was Constantine, the Catholic Emperor, who chose to merge the Christian celebration of Passover and Jesus’ resurrection with the pagan celebration of the goddess Ishtar. This was tied to the vernal equinox. Though the dates jump between March and April each year, its far-reaching effect was to separate the Christian celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from its foundation in the Passover celebration. By claiming St. Patrick as a patron saint in the Catholic Church and highlighting the vernal equinox, they succeeded in redefining him and watering down his powerful testimony.
Patrick’s legacy was carried by Irish missionaries and the Celtic Church through much of Europe up until the ninth century. Constant pressure by Papal Rome sought to marginalize the gospel by divorcing it from its Jewish heritage and context. Finally, the Pope authorized the military invasion of Ireland and bribed the King to submit to Rome’s control. This led to forced submission of the Church to the religious traditions of the Catholic Church and set up the Pope as the authoritative religious leader. The vibrancy of the New Testament church was lost by taking the Word of God out of the hands of the people and making religious leaders the voice of authority. When the celebration of Passover was terminated, the power of Jesus’ Blood was diminished. Consequently, the Body of Christ began to grow weak. We have suffered from this loss ever since….until now! Before Jesus comes again, He has promised to restore His Church to its former glory. The end-times church is rediscovering the truth about its heritage and St. Patrick is a significant part of that.
As part of the “restoration of all things” mentioned in Acts 3:21, let us take hold of the legacy of St. Patrick and celebrate his life as a true hero of the faith. We share the same high calling he had, if only we are willing to receive and believe what Jesus says about us. It’s time to lay aside our own plans, as Patrick did, and serve the Lord wholeheartedly. He is coming soon!
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During the inspection of our house, prior to purchase in 2007, we discovered that the well had run dry. We choose to drill a deeper well and have a storage tank installed. That was the beginning of God speaking to me through my well. It was a prophetic picture for my land, but I believe it was also a picture of the church. We were dried up, withered and without anything to release.
Over the last eight years, there have been several messages the Lord has given me through the operations of my well. My declaration has always been, “Spring up, O well!” as I trust the Lord to use this land for His Kingdom purposes and to make His Body fruitful once again. On 1/29/16, I had gone to bed but was woken up by my dog about 20 minutes later because she had to go out. I glanced at the clock and saw that it was 11:03. When I opened the door to let her out, the sound of gushing water startled me. Curious and bit worried, I went to have a look and was stunned to see water overflowing from the storage tank and shooting up into the air. I stood there for a few moments collecting my thoughts and feeling thankful that the Lord had woken me up in time to shut it off before it created a flood. I cut off the pump and figured it was safe to leave the problem till morning. As I walked back to the house, I heard the words, “This is the time of overflow. Spring up, O well has become a reality. I have awakened you in the eleventh hour, now you will overflow.” I began to laugh and praise God! This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I went back to sleep feeling refreshed and rejoicing. The next day, when the well repair guy came out, he found nothing broken! He made an adjustment to the position of the float, but there was no repair bill!
I declare over each of you and your families,THIS IS YOUR TIME OF OVERFLOW. In Proverbs 3:10, He speaks of causing our barns to be filled with plenty and our vats to overflow with new wine. We will overflow with provision. Holy Spirit will bubble up out of us and onto those around us. We will overflow in our gifts and talents, in signs, wonders and miracles. Where there has been loss or lack in our lives, the Lord is filling us up and causing us to overflow!
He is breaking the slumber of His people and we are awakening to Him in a new way. As we wake up, return to Him, give Him free reign in our lives, He is using us to release His glory all around us! God is going to make Himself known through His people, we are the demonstration of His loving-kindness to a hurting world. When He spoke of the eleventh hour, I believe it referred to the end-times release of God’s goodness in the earth; He has saved the best for last. And it was 11:03 – the hour had just begun! God is going to keep surprising us with the displays of His kindness, love and care. His love is amazing! OVERFLOW!