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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!


The Rewards of the Lord

22 February 2012
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In 2 Samuel 22, David exalts the Lord and recounts the ways He has blessed him.  In verse 21, David states a major theme, namely that the Lord rewards those that have received his gift of righteousness. This gift is not based on anything we do, but it is based on our faith in what God has done for us.  Jesus is our righteousness.  Galatians 3:6 reminds us that “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  The rewards that the Lord gives us are not the same as salvation.  Salvation is the starting point, the entrance into the Kingdom.  From that point on, our whole life’s journey presents one opportunity after another to “believe God.”  We believe Him for greater revelation. We believe Him to reveal Himself to us in all the various aspects of His character as our life presents new challenges to us.  When we are sick, we believe Him as Healer.  When we need provision, we believe Him as provider.  When we are stuck in sin or bondage, we believe Him as Deliverer.  When we are hurt and grieving, we believe Him as Comforter.  This is how we grow in our knowledge of God.  At each point, the revelation of His character and the benefits He releases to us are our rewards.   

Secondly, David says, “According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.”  As we know, David was not sinless, yet he trusted God to restore him on every level.  This is another gift the Father gives to His children because we seek to know and obey Him, not because we are perfect in our actions.  Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  When we seek to please God, He rewards us and considers us blameless because the Blood of Jesus was spilled on our behalf.  It is not enough just to believe that God is.  Many people believe that God exists, but He is not real and personal to them.  There cannot be relationship without knowing the nature and character of God.  When we move past just knowing that He’s out there somewhere, and we seek to know what pleases Him and cause our thoughts and actions to line up with His, then you can depend on His reward.  David knew that he sinned, but he also knew the heart of God, and God certainly rewarded him for his pursuit.   

It is amazing to realize that David had revelation of this before Jesus was born!  Because David diligently sought the Lord, God rewarded him with revelation that was “before his time.”  This is available to each of us.  We can pull down revelation that is stored up for future generations.  Because of our hunger for more of  Him, He will respond by releasing revelation it to us in our day.  Don’t you want to be like David?


Unbridled Power

12 September 2010
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“In this year of 5771, we are entering a new season of unbridled power.” James 1:26 says, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” James 3:3 adds, “Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well.”

The Holy Spirit is the One Who gives us power and He is the One Who controls the release of that power.  The power can only be unbridled when we have yielded ourself to Him, when we have turned over the reigns of our life to Him and said, “I am Yours.”  Our affections, our desires, our old mindsets can hinder the work of Holy Spirit in our lives.  He is looking for those that He can whisper a word and we obey; He can give a gentle nudge and we turn our course.  Father God wants us to “Come Up Higher” to a new level of power and authority, but these will be ours only when we have fully yielded “our rights, our dreams, our desires,” to His control.

This short video clip is a perfect visual of yieldedness.  Picture yourself as the horse and Holy Spirit as the rider.  Enjoy the beauty!


Never Give in to Self-Pity!

14 August 2010
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By Chuck Pierce

August 12, 2010

The opposite of confidence and worth is self-pity. Self-pity occurs when we feel we are warranted to receive but get passed by. This can occur in our natural or spiritual life. Self-pity helps define our moment or, may I say, cause us to miss our moment. We feel we are deserving or entitled to a blessing, and we lose faith when we see a blessing slip past our life.

One of the best examples of self-pity is the crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda (see John 5). Jesus knew his full condition and then, through Peter, asked the man if he wished to be healed. The man began to explain why he had not and could not be healed. Jesus seemed to quit listening to his self-pity and healed him anyway.

We can easily lose sight of God’s promises when we are in difficult situations. This is often how we get off target in seeing God fulfill our prophetic destiny. Even though the Body of Christ goes through great times of testing, we are not to grow fearful and be discouraged. The enemy takes advantage during our testing periods by using a strategy to discourage us. Discouragement breeds hope deferred, which makes the heart sick. When we have a measure of hopelessness within us, we lose our expectation of God.

“Future” and “expectation” are synonymous. Our future is linked with an expectation of God moving. This is a time for the Church to have its expectation level renewed and raised to another level. Isaiah 59 and 60 are wonderful prayer guides for us to follow to see this happen in our lives. Hope must transcend and move into faith. Faith produces overcoming. Overcoming leads to a demonstration of God’s power and a manifestation of His promises.

The Cycle of Self Pity

Prophecy unlocks our future. But once we get wounded or experience loss, we can lose sight of our future. The biggest demonic force that we have to contend with is self-pity. Self-pity draws attention to our loss and keeps us from seeing God’s glory manifested in our life. Instead of our loss directing us to God’s continued perfect plan for our life, our self rises up and causes us to say, “Pity me for what I have lost.” Any time we experience loss, trauma, wounding or injustice, we can either choose to live with a belief system that God can heal and forgive or we can allow our mind-set to form rejection, self-defense and self-pity.

During times of loss and wounding, we have a tendency to accuse God for the trauma that we are experiencing. The power of this accusation leads to a type of fatherlessness. Instead of experiencing the spirit of adoption, we feel abandoned and lost. From our self-defense, we actually form a rebellion to authority. We also become unteachable. We have a mind-set that says, “No one understands me or what I am going through.”

We also begin to think that there is no solution to our problem. We wake up thinking, “There is no way out.” We fall into apathy because we have no hope of healing or restoration. Since we know that we should be living a godly life, religious mechanisms become a solace to us. We may even gain a martyr complex and say, “O woe is me. This is my cross to bear. Look how heavy is my cross.” This type of thinking causes us to not fight when we need to fight. Instead of fighting and advancing, we become a slave to comfort and the status quo. We forget that we are called to fellowship with Christ’s sufferings-a type of fellowship that leads to His resurrection power manifesting in us.

Losing sight of the love of God causes us to turn to self. God’s love forces us to deal with these thoughts born of our self-pity. I have experienced enough freedom in my own life to know when I am not free. Faith works by love. Once we experience God’s liberty and love, we will be able to resist that call from self to be pitied and be able to overthrow hope deferred.

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