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Press Through the Heat to Breakthrough

17 June 2016
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fundraising-goal-thermometerAnd 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!

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FREE Pentecost eBook

6 June 2016
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pentecost coverThis 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!

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Purim – A Time to Defeat the Haman/Amalekite Spirit

24 March 2016
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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!

Joshua

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!

Saul

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.

David

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.

Other Examples

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!

Happy Purim!

 

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Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights

8 December 2015
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hanukkah day 3On this third day of Hanukkah, we will take a closer look at why Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights.   The oil that fueled the lamps on the hanukkiyah is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the light that comes forth from it represents Jesus, the Light of the World.   Jesus declared Himself to be the Light of the World in John 8:12 and 9:5.  In John chapter one, John speaks of Jesus as the true Light Who shines into the darkness and illumines every man.  We can also see in Scripture that Jesus was conceived during Hanukkah and born nine months later during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus came to earth as a servant.  The middle candle on the hanukkiyah is called the shamash, or servant-candle.  From this candle, all the others are lit.    Though we have no light of our own, we become the light of the world when we are reflecting Jesus’ Light.

This year, God is clearly calling His people to submit to the consecration process so that the power of the Holy Spirit can be multiplied in our lives.  As our anointing increases, our light shines brighter.  This is true both individually and corporately.  As the Body of Christ comes together in unity, it is like the increase in light that comes each night as another candle is lit.  The brightness increases exponentially.  The glory of the Lord will be seen on us like never before.  In Isaiah 60:1-3, the prophet Isaiah prophesied to Israel that in the latter days she would shine and the nations would be drawn to her.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
 For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

That is a prophecy yet unfulfilled, but as the children of God, we can receive that prophecy and begin to live in it now.  Deep darkness is covering the earth, yet the Lord is going to make His people SHINE!  People will be drawn to the Light that is in us.  The Light will draw in the great harvest that is about to occur.

Many have been kept in a hidden place, going through a wilderness season and feeling isolated, but now is the time God is calling you out and lighting you up for all the world to see.  We must believe in the miracle-working power of God that is releasing increased anointing and causing our faces to radiate with the glory of God.

Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

May you continue to walk in all the Light He has given you until you see Him face-to-face!

Happy Hanukkah!

 

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Hanukkah…A Time for Increased Anointing

7 December 2015
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Yesterday we talked about the miracle of Hanukkah that occurred after the Jews, led by Judah Maccabee, defeated the Greeks.  The Greeks had abhorrently defiled the temple, but the Jews were determined to cleanse and sanctify it quickly so that worship of the God of Israel could begin again.  There was a bit of a problem though, because they only found one vial of oil.  It would take eight days to consecrate the oil before it could be used.  By faith, they filled the lamp with one vial of oil and the miracle occurred as that one vial kept multiplying so they were able to burn the lamp for eight days until the new oil was ready.  The miracle came about because the oil never ran out; instead, it increased.

Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that enables the miracles to occur.  If we are born again believers in Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit, then all we need is already inside of us.  Our part is to let the Holy Spirit increase in us.  What that really means is that we let go of our agendas and let God work through us by the power of His Spirit.  To most people, that sounds scary because we don’t know what to expect.  Ever since the Holy Spirit was poured out on the first Pentecost, people have been trying to control Him.  People have put God in a box.  They’ve said, “God, you can go this far, but no further.”  But God won’t be contained.  He knows exactly how to bring freedom to individuals and nations.  He knows how to bless and bring prosperity, liberty, and joy.  He wants to revive His people and that will happen when we let Him do it His way.  God said in Joel 2:28-29,

“In the last days I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.  “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”  

This Hanukkak, God wants to increase your anointing.  He wants to use you to manifest His Glory; He wants you to shine.  He is ready to release signs, wonders and miracles, revelation, dreams, visions, and prophecy.  He is asking us to submit to the consecration process.  If we will let Him remove the things that are hindering His work in us, He will cause that little vial to become BIG on the inside of you.  Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world.  The darkness around us continues to increase, but the anointing on the inside grows brighter day by day.  We are created to shine like stars, to reflect the Light of the Son. Choose to consecrate yourself to Him.  Then receive the miracle-working power of God that will transform you and cause your anointing to be multiplied.  Believe and receive!

Shalom!

 

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Hanukkah… A Time for Miracles

6 December 2015
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Tonight at sundown, Hanukkah began.  Most people think Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, but John 10:22-23 tells us that Jesus was at the temple for the Feast of Dedication, which is Hanukkah.  If He is our Head, then the Body should follow His lead.  So as Christians, it is important for us to understand the significance of this feast.   Over the next eight days, we’ll take a look at various aspects of Hanukkah.  For this first day, the focus is MIRACLES.

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that centers around lighting candles each night.  The candles are put in a hanukkiyah instead of the traditional seven-branched menorah.  The hanukkiyah has nine branches, the middle one is called the shamash, or the servant candle.  This candle is used to light all the others, from right to left.  One candle is lit the first night, the second night two candles are lit and so on.  The candles represent the miracle-working power of God.  Hanukkah is the season for miracles!

In 167 BC, the tyrant ruler, Antiochus IV, of Greece outlawed Jewish religious observances and forced the Jews to conform to Greek culture.  He desecrated their temple by offering a pig on the Lord’s altar and filling it with pagan idols.

The Jews rose up under the initial leadership of Matityahu and then by his son, Judah the Maccabee, and fought a three-year battle.  Against all odds, the Maccabees finally defeated Antiochus’ armies and reclaimed Jerusalem in 164 BC.  The Jews had regained their right to worship God and be who God created them to be.  Their victory was reason to celebrate.  They set to work rebuilding and purifying the Temple, but before they could hold a worship service they would need oil to light the lamp.  They found only enough oil to light the lamp for one day.  It would take eight days for oil to be consecrated, but they did not want to wait.  They were eager to rededicate the Temple and worship God so they committed themselves and their resources to God and decided to go ahead anyway.  The miracle came when the lamp did not go out for eight days until the next supply of oil was prepared.  For this reason, Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration of God’s miracle-working deliverance and provision.

As you light the first candle, it’s a good time to remember the miracles God has already performed in your life and in the nation.  Spend some time meditating on His goodness and faithfulness.  This stirs up thankfulness, and thankfulness creates an atmosphere of faith that produces future miracles.  Two years ago, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah started on the same day.  This had never happened since Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863.  They will not coincide again for another 79,000+ years.  I believe this was a sign from God specifically to America. Starting in 2013 and continuing today, He is sending a strong message of His Love and Desire to bless this nation.  He is sending a reminder of Who He is – Deliverer and Provider – for His people.  He is calling us to return to our covenant roots and remember why we live in this nation.  It is His doing!  He established this Nation for His purpose.  No government or worldly system can deliver us from the mess we are in, but He alone can.  He has proven Himself faithful time and again.  His promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still available:

“If My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

He is inviting us to believe for His miracle-working power to invade our lives and our land and bring the healing only He can bring.  He has promised at this time that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh.  He’s going to do it!  Stir up your faith and believe for the miracles!

Happy Hanukkah!

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Thanksgiving – A Return to Our Covenant Roots

25 November 2015
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Thanksgiving ps 30The first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims came after an intense battle for freedom. They came from a place of confinement where religion & multiculturalism were trying to squeeze spiritual life out of them. Their desire to worship led them across the ocean to the New World, a promised land. God showed them the way and they risked it all for freedom. After the arduous journey in which many died, the surviving pilgrims did not get to sit back and enjoy their freedom. They were still fighting to establish a new way of life. The territory was unfamiliar and the natives were not always friendly. They had to rely on establishing relationships in order to learn how to build their new community. They had so much to learn in this new land. Sickness and death threatened to wipe them out, while hunger drove them on. Yet, God kept His hand upon them. They persevered and their crops grew. While on their journey to the new land, the Christian pilgrims had spent time in Holland with a community of Sephardic Jews. They learned of the Feasts of the Lord and experienced the Feast of Tabernacles in a way they probably never had done before. The Feast of Tabernacles is a celebration of harvest. It also is a time of remembering how the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt (bondage) into the Promised Land. I’m sure the pilgrims felt an instant connection with the Jews since they were in the middle of their own journey to their Promised Land. When their first harvest came in the New World, they celebrated by giving thanks and praise to God, their Deliverer and their Sustainer. The heart of their celebration was the same as that of the Jews. When you have come through an intense battle, no one has to tell you to be thankful, you just are and your heart desires to worship the One who brought you through. Years later, President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, but the Spirit of the holiday is based on the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

In God’s Word when speaking about the millennial reign of Christ, He says,  “Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.”   Zechariah 14:16-18

 

The Feast of Booths or Tabernacles is one of three feasts that the Lord says will be celebrated “perpetually throughout your generations.” It has eternal significance to the Lord and is His appointed time to celebrate His Deliverance and Provision. Any nation that participates in the celebration will continue to enjoy His blessings, but the nation that does not will suffer the plague. America celebrates Thanksgiving, which is rooted in the Feast of Tabernacles. We are a blessed nation!

 

God established this nation for His purpose. He is calling us to remember and return to our covenant roots. We are a people chosen by God to bring forth His Kingdom in the earth. It is not the other way around where we get to choose our god. We must recognize that our significance lies in the fact that we belong to Him, we are loved by Him, and we have victory over the grave because of Him. Jesus’ shed blood on the Cross made the way for us to enter into eternal life. No government or worldly system can deliver us from the mess we are in, but He alone can. He has proven Himself faithful time and again.

 

Our great privilege is to offer Him our praise and thanksgiving and put our trust in Him. Remember those that have gone before, the Israelites, the Pilgrims, the warriors, soldiers and many more that have fought in pursuit of the Promised Land. Our fight is not in vain. We make our appeal to Heaven, and God fights the battle. We give Him the little that we have and He causes it to multiply. He is the miracle-working God! This year, God is doing something so extraordinary, something new has begun. He is pouring out His Spirit in unprecedented ways and He is going to reap His harvest!

 

Let us join our hearts with His. As we give thanks, remember that our Thanksgiving tables are our altar of sacrifice. Let us offer ourselves back to Him and join Him in reaping a harvest of souls for His Kingdom. This lost world needs Jesus! The truth is, He is here and His desire is to bless. It’s time to give thanks!

 

 

 

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Wholly His

26 March 2013
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The Lord said, “Surely I have seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry…I am aware of their sufferings.  So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite…….”  Ex 3:7-8


The eye of the Lord is always watching over His people.  He is watching over those that know Him and those that don’t, because He knows all men.  He sees our suffering and understands it better than we do.  He is the All-Knowing One.  Where we experience abuse, trauma, set-back, and pain and try to understand, “Why me?,”  our Father God has an answer.  He knows His adversary, the devil, is real and has a plan to destroy all of God’s creation.  We may not even believe in the devil, but that does not mean he is not real.  God knows all these things, and He has an answer – His Name is Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all mankind to be bought back from the devil who led us into sin, who led us away from our Heavenly Father.  The Blood of Jesus ensures that we can enter into God’s Presence and be restored into His family.

God sees the oppression of people today.  He sees the corruption in the world, brought about by greed, lust, and the desire for power.  Just as in Moses’ day, when God’s people were captive under the hand of Egypt’s Pharaoh, we too are held captive by the corruption in the world. God allows this to happen so that we will recognize that our hearts are no longer solely devoted to Him, but that we have embraced the idols of the land.  I’m not talking about little statues!  No, I’m speaking about anything that takes higher priority in our life than God.  The major strategy the devil uses is to clutter our hearts and minds with all kinds of activities, work, and interests.  There is no inherent evil in any of these things, but when we devote all of our time to them, we are, in effect, worshipping them.  We confuse God’s plan of blessing with a twisted lie of the devil.  We may start out thinking, “I  work because I must provide for my family.”  Over time, however, we may get caught in the devil’s trap of becoming a workaholic, because we don’t understand that God has a plan of blessing for us as we seek to obey His command to provide for our family.  In the beginning, God said it was good for a man to work.  Along with that He  instituted a day of rest for our good, and He said He would bless (prosper) the work of our hands when we work according to His plans.  Following God’s plan, we will not be in lack.   Yet, greed for more, bigger and better often overtakes us.  What started out as providing for our family becomes a plan of acquiring more.  We fall into traps of spending more than we make so we can do more faster.  Focus on our family gets lost because we are running so hard to keep up with the plan of oppression that we’ve fallen into unknowingly.  This is idolatrous thinking, we’ve completely lost touch with the way God thinks about work.

The Israelites cried out to God for many years while they were slaves, but the day came when God said, “Enough!”   Today is that day!  Today, God has said, “I am coming down to deliver them from the power of the Pharaohs.”  When I say “today,” I do not mean this very day, March 26, 2013, I mean in this season of 2013.  This is a season of  God’s deliverance.   He is overthrowing evil agents and opening prison doors for many to walk out into their freedom.   God is doing this all over the earth, He is making a way.  However, you must choose to walk out.  God parted the Red Sea, but the people had to walk through it.  You might look at the condition of the world today and ask, “Where is God overthrowing evil?”  Let me tell you, if you will ask God for help right now, He will overthrow the evil in your life and make a way of escape for you.  He says, “You have not because you ask not.”  Ask Him and see what He will do for you.  He loves you more than you know and He is still doing miracles today.

Another great deliverance story is found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.  The Israelites had been taken as captives in Babylon.  They had been removed from the Promised Land because of their idolatry; they had mixed their worship of Almighty God with the gods of the land.  They were divided in their devotion and they reduced God to what they wanted Him to be rather than Who He really was.  God had set a season of time for their discipline, 70 years in captivity.  When that time was over, God said, “I am coming down to deliver my people.”  He caused the hearts of the Persian Kings to be favorable to the Jews and to initiate a return to the Promised Land.  God opened the door for return, but many  people were too comfortable in their place of captivity.  They did not take God up on His deliverance, they stayed in Babylon.

Those who did return to Jerusalem had to examine their hearts and identify the idols, the practices, the desires that would keep them from being wholly His even though they were back in their land.  Just returning to the land would not cause them to love God with all their heart, all their soul and all their strength.  They had to make some changes in the way they thought, in other words, they had to repent.  Repent means to “change the way you think.”

Almighty God is opening doors and calling His people back to the safety of His Kingdom and His family.  All of His plans for you are good.  He truly has prepared for us a land flowing with milk and honey.  He wants to rescue people from the oppression that has come to define our lives.  Can you hear Him calling your name?  If so, get up and walk with Him through the open door.  If you can’t see the door yet, ask Him to open your eyes and make the way clear.  Do not be afraid.  It might seem scary and uncomfortable to walk through a door you do not recognize, but God is our Ever-Present Helper.  Through the person of Holy Spirit, He walks alongside of us, comforts us, encourages us and strengthens us to cross over into a new place of blessing and freedom.  Unclutter your heart and your mind, change your thinking and begin to search out the life that Father God has prepared for you.

This is made possible by Jesus, our Passover Lamb.  He was slain for your freedom.  Receive your redemption today!

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David’s Tent and the Feast of Tabernacles

2 October 2012
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When David became King of Israel, he desired to bring the Lord’s Presence (the Ark) into Jerusalem.  His first attempt to move the Ark on an oxcart failed and brought death because David did not seek the Lord’s direction for how to move the Ark.  After inquiring of the Lord, David understood that the Lord wanted the Ark to be carried on the shoulders of His Priests.  In other words, the Lord’s Presence would be carried by His people, a people that had sanctified themselves and been prepared to carry Him.  Movement of the Ark was accompanied by sacrifices and jubilant praise and worship.  When the Ark arrived at the place David had prepared, it was not the Tabernacle of Moses, it was a simple tent in which the Ark would be accessible to all the people.  Scripture seems to bear out that David moved the Ark into this tent, or tabernacle, during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles.  In latter years, we read that it was during this Feast that both Solomon and Ezra dedicated the Temples to God.

When Jesus came to the earth, He came to tabernacle, or dwell, among His people (John 1:14).  He walked among us and then He died on the Cross.  At His death, the curtain which separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was ripped in two. The Ark of God’s Presence was revealed when the curtain was removed, signifying that all people have access to His Presence.  David’s tabernacle prophesied God’s desire to dwell among His people.  Jesus’ death made it possible.  This is the ultimate expression of the Feast of Tabernacles.  As Believers, our eternal destiny is to be with Him forever.  There are so many aspects of this Feast that deserve study and Jesus fulfills them all, i.e. the Light of the World, the Living Water, Jesus birth occuring during this Feast, etc.  Jesus’ death opened the way for us, but the fullness will be realized when He comes again to receive His Bride.

I believe there is a correlation between the restoration of David’s Tabernacle and the Feast.  Simply put, the restoration of David’s Tabernacle implies the Body of Christ, Jews and Gentiles, coming together in unity with one purpose, to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  It includes day and night worship, sacrifices of praise, offerings of our whole heart placed on the altar, sanctified lifestyles, generosity to the poor and humility.  It means we are fully submitted to God and each other, we know how to flow with His heart, giving honor and preference to each other’s gifts.  When the unified Body communes with God and each other in this way, God releases His blessing, He releases greater revelation and understanding. This unified Bride of Christ will have power and authority to reap the Harvest of the Ages.  People won’t be able to resist Her beauty because She reflects Her Bridegroom.   This is the Bride for which Jesus is coming, the spotless Bride who has made herself ready. The fulfillment of David’s Tabernacle will also signify the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles!

Is it any wonder that the 40-Day David’s Tent Worship event is going on in Washington DC during this Feast?  (see www.DavidsTentDC.org)  This kind of event is the picture of what God desires.  Extended day and night worship is springing up all over the globe as believers from all streams come together for the sole purpose of worshipping Jesus.  When we participate in these events, we are changed.  We get a foretaste of our eternal destiny and it tastes GOOD! We hunger for more, we are compelled beyond our comfort zones and we press deeper into the heart of God.

So let us begin now, rehearsing in His Presence, rejoicing in His goodness, releasing His fragrance to attract the harvest for His Glory!   Celebrate this Feast knowing that the day is drawing near when we will see Him face to face, the day when Jesus receives His inheritance and we receive ours.  We anticipate partaking of the fullness of His glory.  We cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come!”

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God’s Fall Festival

19 September 2012
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While the three spring feasts picture events that have been fulfilled, the fall feasts symbolize that which is yet to come.  In our generation, these feasts are exceedingly important because the time of their fulfillment is NOW.  We are in the last days.  These feasts, celebrated yearly, are dress rehearsals for church, the Bride of Christ, to meet her Bridegroom at Jesus’ second coming.  The day of Jesus’ second coming is the culmination of human history, described as the “great and terrible Day of the Lord.”  We should not expect that we will just coast into this great event.  The Bible has much to say about these last days and many warnings are issued to make sure that we prepare ourselves to meet our King.  If we were invited to meet with a famous person or one who is in a position of authority, we would give some attention to how we would present ourselves.  How much more should we give great attention to preparing to meet the King of all Kings, our Creator, and the One Who gave His all for us!

These three fall feasts take place in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, the month of Tishri. On our Roman calendar, this is during the months of September and October.  The Feast of Trumpets falls on the first day of the month of Tishri beginning at sundown and continues for two days.  Ten days later is the Day of Atonement.  This ten-day timeframe is called the Ten Days of Awe, a time of personal examination and reflection.  This is followed by the Feast of Tabernacles, the “Great Feast,” as it was called in John 7:37 when Jesus was about to reveal Himself as “the Living Water.”

I believe that the three fall feasts represent three aspects of the end-times.  The Feast of Trumpets is a time of awakening.  God is calling His Body, His Bride to awaken and return to Him.  The time has come for us to be cleansed of things of this world and focus our hearts and minds solely on Him.  The First Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength,” must have first place in our hearts.  Jesus is returning for a pure, spotless Bride.  We must be done with lesser things. We are called to glory in our King, we are called to greatness, we are called to rule and reign with Him.  That is our destiny and it’s time that we begin to focus on eternity rather than being caught in the muck of this world.  As we do this, we begin to see things shift in the world around us.   We begin to pursue the things of God’s heart.  We cry out for revival, we go after the harvest, we stand in the authority given to us and call forth Light into the darkness.  Signs and wonders abound, people are set free, healed, delivered, and equipped.  The Kingdom of God comes into manifestation.  This is the season we are in.  We are living in the Feast of Trumpets.

These things must occur before the Day the Lord.  The Day of Atonement symbolizes Judgment Day.  This day separates the saved from the unsaved.  The door will be shut and the Bridegroom and His Bride will move on to the wedding banquet…..

The Feast of Tabernacles pictures that event….when we will dwell forever in the Presence of our beautiful Bridegroom, King and Judge.  The tone of this feast is extreme rejoicing and celebrating.  We celebrate His goodness and provision.  We celebrate the harvest of souls.  We celebrate our permanent dwelling with Him.  This is our eternal destiny, the day we long for.  This is the day for which we must prepare NOW.

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