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Eve of Something Wonderful!

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For the past few weeks, God has been giving me dreams concerning holidays. Yet He isn’t referring to the holiday itself, but the season it represents.

I shared with you the dream about Thanksgiving. He was referring to a time of giving thanks for all the wonderful things He has done in our life.

And then God gave me another dream. This dream was about the season of Christmas.

In the dream, I was completely prepared for Christmas. The gifts were all wrapped and under the tree. There was nothing else I needed to do. However, on Christmas Eve, Mom had asked me to run to Walmart and pick something up for her. To which I replied, “Mom, it will be crazy out there, it is Christmas Eve!”

The word EVE was magnified in my dream.

It was magnified in picture form and the words seem to vibrate and repeat over and over again, similar to what happens when you yell into a canyon. I knew immediately that God was showing me the place we are in this present time.

We are in the EVE of something wonderful. We are in the EVE of a great celebration! We are in the EVE of a time of great thanksgiving for all the things God has done and will manifest in our lives.

The word EVE means the day before Christmas, of course. But it also means, the period of time just before an important event or happening.

This is what I felt the Lord was showing me. The time period we are in right now is the period of time just before an important event or happening. We are in the timing of the EVE of something wonderful. That doesn’t necessarily mean the day before, but the period of time before.

There was a period of time before God delivered the children of Israel from Pharaohs rule. There was a period of time before Abraham saw Isaac, the son of promise. There was a period before David became king. There is always a period before…there is always an, EVE just before every great event or happening.

If you take a moment and look at the eve of the children of Israel being delivered, you will see things appeared to get worse before it got better.

If you look at the time, the eve, before Isaac was born, you will see there was much confusion, even some doubt it appeared. During that time, Ishmael was born as Sarah and Abraham tried to fulfill Gods promise in their own way.

If you look at the time before David became king, you will see him running for his life.

Yet in all of these instances, what God said would happen, happened just as He said it would.

So shall it be in this time. God had repeatedly said we are in a time of great breakthrough. He has said we are in a time of revival. He has said things are coming that are going to be so great we will have a hard time believing them. And He is saying we are in the eve of those events, the period of time just before they happen.

John 16:13 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

The word of God says, “He will tell us things to come.”

I love how the Basic English version says it. It says He will make clear to you things to come. I believe God is making things clear to us, don’t you?

So, we are in the eve of a time of celebration, what do we do? Make sure you are prepared. I am talking about your heart. Make sure your heart is ready to receive all God has for you. Increase your capacity to receive, if need be. Spend time with God. Pray in the Spirit. Worship God. He is a good God and He will do all He has said He will do. Just as He did for the children of Israel. Just as He did for Abraham. Just as He did for David…so shall He do for you. He shall bring to pass every word He has spoken to you, every promise He has made you… you are in the EVE of that time…believe it and receive it.

Meditate on this:

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing.”
Psalm 16:2

It’s Time!

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The Lord once gave me a dream that came back to mind today.

In the dream the Lord had me expand my dining room area. I literally had to push out walls and move things around to make my dining room large enough for the feast the Lord said was coming.

By the time I was finished pushing out walls and enlarging my dining area, the finished room was seven to ten times the size of my current dining room. For several days, I was busy placing new tables and chairs into the room. There were several tables prepared, not only around the walls but also down the middle of the room all lined up and ready for feasting. As I completed the finishing touches, a minister friend of mine arrived from another city. He sat down and laid his arm across the back of my sofa.

“What are you doing here?” I asked.

He explained he had an announcement, and it was such big news that he had to tell me in person.

“So, what are you doing?” he asked as he glanced around the room.

I began to jump up and down and dance around the dining room as I exclaimed, “I am getting ready for Thanksgiving!”

Then the dream ended.

After considering this dream for a while God began to reveal many details to me. First, He took me to Isaiah 54:1-5:

“Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.”

In the dream God was saying, “Enlarge the place of your tent” so that it would be large enough to receive all He would provide during the time of feasting.

It reminded me of the time years ago that God told me to enlarge my capacity to receive. I understood He meant I had to make room for what He was about to bring into my life. At the time, I felt I could receive anything He had for me. However, I learned in that season that I needed to increase my capacity to receive because what He had for me was so big that I wouldn’t have been able to receive it otherwise.

He was also saying, “Do not spare” which meant don’t be afraid that you will be expecting too big.

Let me encourage you today, you can’t expect bigger than God can provide!

He then said, “Strengthen your stakes.” That means the walls, or stakes must be able to support what God is bringing into your life. I believe this goes along with the things God has been telling me lately about strengthening my faith in three areas, health, prosperity and protection. Finally, He said, “For you shall break forth!”

Oh, I just love that! It is time for us to break forth. We have been hearing words of prophecy for some time that we are in a “Breaking through” season. Many have begun to doubt those words, but here again, God is reminding us that we are about to break forth. We are about to expand beyond our imagination. The news is so big that He had to tell us in person! We need to prepare for the feast that is being prepared for us. The feast of all the things God has promised us!

Psalm 23:5 says God will prepare a table of feasting for us in the very presence of our enemies. I believe that is exactly what God is doing right now – preparing a table for us, a table of feasting.

In the Bible, they only feasted at times of a celebration! In my dream, you may recall, I danced and jumped up and down and shouted, “I am getting ready for Thanksgiving.” I believe what God was saying is we are about to give thanks, to enter into a time of thanksgiving for the awesome and wonderful things He is doing in our lives!

Friends, it is time to expand our cords – make large the place – and prepare our hearts. Time to expand our capacity to receive. Feasting time in the presence of the Lord! It’s time to break out!

Meditate on this:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

Love – What it’s all About

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During my prayer time this morning I was listening to worship music. The words to the song were, “My heart beats for you God, I am so in love with you.”

I don’t recall the name of the song, but as I listened to the words a sweet story came to mind.

As I let those words wash over me, I was reminded of something my little Brailee said to me a couple year ago.

It was quiet day at my house. Breanne was sitting on my sofa, knitting. Brailee was in my kitchen making her special kind of ‘soup.’ I was in my laundry room switching a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer. With my hand full of clothes, I was listening to God. Once He had spoken to me, I answered Him…out loud.

From the other room I heard Breanne say, “Mom, who are you talking to?”

I looked around the door at her and asked, “Why do you ask?”

She replied, “Because I need to know if I need to call someone to get you some help.” She was joking, of course. However, little Brailee was listening to our conversation and she joined in. She said, “No, Mom, it’s not like that, is it Nana?” She went on to say, “It’s not that at all, it’s all about being in love, isn’t it Nana?”

My heart melted as I replied, “Yes, honey, it’s all about being in love.”

Just the night before, God had given me instruction for the following day.

He spoke to my heart and told me to get up at three a.m. and pray. Reluctantly, I replied, “God, can’t I pray right now? Or at five in the morning? I don’t want to get up at three in the morning.” God said nothing else at that time. Not another word.

At three a.m. I woke up, wide awake and bright eyed. I could not go back to sleep. I got up and began to worship God and pray. I laughed as I thought of the scripture that says, “A man plans his ways but God alone directs his steps.” It seemed He did just that with me.

I love God. I know many who serve God but don’t really love Him. He is after our love. He desires our daily affection. He does not want people to do His will out of obligation or duty or fear…no, He desires we follow Him because we love Him, because our hearts beat for Him alone. I was reminded of that with this simple song today.

I think of King David, the Bible tells us that he was a man after God’s heart. He was not after God’s power or provision. No, he went after the heart of God. No matter what was going on in David’s life, he followed hard after God.

Regardless of how bad David sinned or went the wrong direction, he did not run from God, he always, always ran to God.

If we are going to have a loving relationship with God, we must do the same thing. We must daily pursue God with our whole heart, mind and soul. We have to pursue Him with our thoughts and with our actions.

When you love someone, really love them, nothing can shake that love. Romans 8:38 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.…”

We all know this scripture. Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us. My question today to you is ‘do you feel the same way about Him? Can anything separate you from YOUR love for God? Can disappointment, delay, frustration, challenges or hurt separate you from your love for God?’ I know that is a hard question, it digs deep, but I believe it is a question we should ask ourselves.

All throughout the Bible we see time after time how God loves us. However, there are also a few scriptures that talks about what happens when we love Him like He loves us.

I love the book of Psalms. Psalms 91 is one of my favorite passages of scriptures. I want to share a portion of it with you today. Psalm 91:14 says, “Because He has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

God loves us all, every single one of us, saved and unsaved. His love for us doesn’t change. Yet there are certain promises He has made, not to those whom He loves, but to those who love Him with an everlasting love. Psalm 91 is one of those scriptures. Because he has SET HIS LOVE UPON ME. Is your love set upon Him today? I know mine is…and yes, Brailee, it IS all about being in love.

Meditate on This:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

Remain Quiet Until

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Ecclesiastes 3:7 declares, “there is a time to keep silent and a time to speak.”

For most of us, speaking up is not a problem, however being quiet can be a struggle. Especially when you feel you have an opinion on the subject. Most of us have an opinion, don’t we?

I find it interesting that the words before this scripture is…there is a time to tear apart and a time to mend. Sometimes when we speak our own opinion without waiting on God’s wisdom, we tear apart. Words can do that, they often do that, tear people apart…I don’t want any part of that.

Therefore, I have learned to do as 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says; And make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands.

And, I have learned to practice restraint when I have an opinion, especially when I have not sought the wisdom of God or heard His direction on a matter.

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Proverbs 17:27-28

The Passion Translation says it like this:

Can you bridle your tongue when your heart is under pressure? That’s how you show that you are wise. An understanding heart keeps you cool, calm, and collected, no matter what you’re facing. When even a fool bites his tongue he’s considered wise. So shut your mouth when you are provoked—it will make you look smart.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned from God is to keep my mouth shut until I hear from Him.

I have also learned that even if I possess wisdom and insight in a certain situation, if I speak before God gives me the okay, that person is usually not going to hear what I have to say. However, if I wait upon the Lord and speak what He says…when He says speak…their heart is open and receptive.

We may look at a situation and know in our heart it is wrong. We may even be able to back it up with scripture – however, wisdom is found when we seek the Lord concerning the matter and wait…wait, until He gives you the okay to speak what you know to be true. Then, and only then, speak with love.
So many relationships are torn apart because of words.

Proverbs 21:23 says; Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

If you want more peace in your relationships, keep your mouth closed until God tells you to speak. Live a quiet life and mind your own business. Oh, I know! It can be a struggle to keep quiet when what you are seeing or hearing seems wrong. However, I also know, when we speak what God says, when He says speak, it is with power and yoke destroying anointing. That’s what we really need, don’t you agree? Only that can mend hearts and reveal truths in love. Until then…remain quiet.

Meditate on this:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

Time to Look Forward

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I can hardly believe we are in November – almost December. What a year.

The Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy and he certainly attempted that in 2020.

Throughout this year he has attempted to steal peace, joy, love and even gathering together. He went on a rampage to kill and destroy. But, this is nothing new. This is his agenda every day, year after year. How we respond to it is up to us entirely.

As I was thinking about the time we find ourselves in, I thought of a scripture from Philippians.

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:12-14

I love how the Passion Translation says it…

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

What is he saying here?

· I run with passion into the abundance of God.

· I seek His face to discover all the things He has for me.

· I don’t depend on my own strength.

· I have one rule – I forget the past and lock my heart on the future instead.

· I gain victory through Christ.

It is my prayer, as this year comes to a close, we do the same thing – beginning today.

May we determine in our heart we will discover all God has for us this year. 2020 isn’t over yet. God has not changed His mind. What He said in January, before all this hit, remains truth. He knew full well what was coming. It does not affect His promises to you. Nothing can change the promises of God if we refuse to let go of them.

May we remember we can’t attain these things through our own physical strength. These things come by faith and by trusting in an unfailing God. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We only need to read our Bible to discover all things are gained by faith in God and His word. We must continue to trust God above all else.

Finally, may we refuse to look back. May we cast our eyes, our hopes, forward, knowing God has a good plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”

This year is not over until God says it is over. His plans for us are good and peaceful. There is hope in our final outcome – it will be just as God has said it will be. Don’t you give up.

“Don’t you give up on your original prayer.” These words God spoke to me this week concerning one of our partners. He prompted me to text her and give her this message. It was a word in due season for her, and I believe it is for all of us.

We cannot let go of His promises. His faithfulness shines brightest when the odds are stacked against the fulfillment of His word. Think of Daniel and the lions den. Remember David and Goliath. Don’t forget about Abraham and his promised son. God is not moved by circumstances – what He has promised He will fulfill. Every. Single. Time.

Stop looking back at what this year held. Set your eyes on the future – the one God has for you. Great is His faithfulness. It’s time to look forward and behold His never failing faithfulness.

Meditate on this:

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 2:13

Where is Your Mind Today?

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I woke up today with a thought, several actually. First, I was thinking about Thanksgiving coming up next week, making plans in my mind.

And I was thinking about how many news outlets are telling people not to gather for Thanksgiving. It seems quite odd to me when I see the crowds at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Lowes. My family will gather and give thanks.

Then I began to think about where our mind is today.

Where is your mind? Did you wake up with exciting thoughts about Thanksgiving coming up? Or did you wake up with a sense of dread of all that is going on in the world?

This year has caused many to no longer look forward to the days ahead. Some have lost hope for a better day. That is sad to me. And it reminds me of something Brother Norvel Hayes used to say to me. “God never has a bad day.”

I can see him saying it now, with his dark sunglasses on and his shiny white patten leather shoes. He often wore sunglasses, and I would say to him, “Your future is so bright, you have to wear shades.” He would laugh and agree. Silly, I know. But it is what came to mind today.

Where has hope and happiness gone? The Bible says laughter is good medicine, but I don’t hear much laughter these days. I went to Hobby Lobby a few days ago, it was absolutely packed – but no one looked happy. No one seemed to be enjoying themselves. Even children seem to be stressed. It was not a good atmosphere at all.

As I thought on all this today, a scripture came to mind. Oh, I know it is one I share often, but it is truth.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You… (Isaiah 26:3)

The next sentence gives the key to this perfect peace… “Because he trusts in You.”

The Passion Translation says it like this…

“Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.”

To imagine is to form a mental image of something. One definition says, to form a notion of without sufficient basis.

This is what I see happening, people are forming mental thoughts with no truthful basis. Do not get your ‘truth’ from the media – I don’t know of one single thing they have said this year that has proven to be truth.

Our truth comes from one place. God and His word. Jesus is the truth. He is the way. He is the life. If we keep our mind stayed upon Him, we will remain in peace.

We simply cannot sit and imagine bad or negative things all day and live in peace. Our imagination must be filled with His word and what He said is coming to pass. He has not changed His mind – not one bit.

Peace only comes when our mind is on HIM…and when we trust HIM.

Instead of sitting around imagining bad scenarios how about sitting around imagining what you are going to be doing when every prayer you have prayed manifests right before your eyes. How about imagine what you will do with your harvest? Imagine how great you will feel when healing manifests.

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phi. 4:8)

Whatever things are true, these are the thing we are supposed to think on.

The truth is God is faithful and He has not changed. The truth is what God has promised He will fulfill. The truth is you will walk in peace as you remain hidden in Him. The truth is no weapon formed against you shall prosper. That, my friend, is the truth. Meditate on that. Imagine those things. Keep your mind on Him, exactly where it needs to be.

Meditate on this:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Make Time to Abide

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It was early in the morning. I was my quiet time with the Lord. Suddenly, He was speaking to
my heart. Almost a whisper. But, more than a whisper. It sounded more like a yearning. A
yearning I could hear.

He whispered, “The abiding presence of God.”

Humbled, I began to pray that God would teach me about His abiding presence. It was a sweet
time in the presence of the Lord.

As the day progressed, I continued to hear that powerful phrase…the abiding presence of God.

I knew this is what God was wanting from His people. THIS is His desire.

To abide means to dwell, to remain, to continue, a fixed state and a residence.

I continued to dig into the meaning of abide by searching synonyms of the word, abide. Let me
share some of the with you; enduring, lasting, persisting, long-lasting, lifelong, continuing,
remaining, surviving, standing, durable, everlasting, perpetual, eternal, unending, constant,
permanent, unchanging, steadfast, immutable.

This is what God wants from us. He does not want visitors. He wants us to abide in Him and
Him abide in us. It is a place we choose to dwell, to make our home.

We all have people we visit once a week or so. But we do not live with them. We do not abide
with them. We have not made our home with them. Abiding is not visiting.

Many of God’s people visit Him once a week. They are happy to be in His presence for a couple
hours. They will sing and shout and dance at the joy of being in His presence. But do they
abide in Him when they leave the doors of the church? Does His presence go with them? Will
His abiding presence be found in their home?

These are the questions I had in my heart today.

God is seeking a steadfast, unchanging, perpetual, remaining people who desire to be in His
manifested presence as much as He longs to be in theirs. Will we be one of those?

John 15:5 says; I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears
much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

John 17:22-23 says; And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one
just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that
the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

This is an awesome invitation!

I love the part that says, that they may be made perfect in one. That word, perfect, means
complete. It means wanting nothing necessary to completeness. When we abide in God we are
complete. We are made perfect IN Him and Him in us.

God wants us complete, lacking nothing. The only way is to abide in Him. And He longs to
abide with us…all the time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

I don’t know about you. But it is not enough, not near enough, for me to spend a couple hours
a week with God. I need Him and His presence every single day of my life. To have that
awesome presence in my life, I must abide in Him and Him abide in me.

So how do I do that? I spend time in His presence. I pray and seek His face. I don’t just take my
needs to Him and walk away. I thank Him for His presence in my life. I thank Him for Jesus and
for the Holy Spirit. I tell Him how much I love and need Him. I take the time to talk to Him.

And I wait to hear what He has to say to me. I sit quietly before the Lord until I feel I am
released. I don’t rush our time together – it is precious to me.

Today, I hear the heart of God saying, My abiding presence, spend time in My abiding presence.

Will you come? In Him you will find peace beyond measure. In His presence you will find
fullness of joy. There is strength in His presence. There is healing and restoration in His
presence. Come into His presence today and make Him your abiding place. And…create an
abiding place for Him in your heart, and in your home.

Meditate on this:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4

5 Things Not to Do

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Recently, I read an article from Judy Jacobs Ministry about what NOT to do when we find ourselves in challenging situations – I want to share those points, along with my insight of them, with you today and hopefully, encourage you in the Lord.
The first point is: Do not panic!
I know it feels like there is mass chaos in the world today – but God has not changed. His word remains the same and He remains faithful.
In Isaiah 41:10 in the Message Bible, it says, “Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear, for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
Although this has been the strangest year in my lifetime, I have found that God and His word keep me steadfast. There have been times in 2020 that I felt a little unsteady, but as I remained in the Word of God and prayer – it strengthened me and stabilized me once again. I am so thankful for that.
We are not of this world. We can’t expect our peace to come from the world, especially not in times like this. Jesus said, “Peace I leave to you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14.)
It is in Him alone we will find our peace.
The second point is: Do not give in to drama!
There has been more deception nationwide in 2020 than anything I have ever seen. I don’t even know what to believe anymore – at least from what I hear on the news. One thing I do know, the devil is a liar. (John 8:44)
He masquerades as an angel of light to make you think that everything you see, hear, or think is the absolute truth. Yet it is not truth – he doesn’t even know truth.
I have said this for months, but it bears repeating. We cannot listen to the news and take it as truth. We must keep our eyes on God. He is truth. He is light. In Him alone will we be able to rightly discern the truth from lies.
I consider myself a strong Christian, yet if I spend more than five minutes listening to news updates, I become weary. Why? There is no truth in it. There is no light in it.  It is disturbing to say the least.
I do, however, stay in perfect peace when I keep my eyes on God – just as His word says. Therefore, I choose to stay out of the drama and remain hidden in Him.
He is navigating us through this season – if we will only listen and obey.
Point three is: Do not change your confession of faith!
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to, “Hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
What we say, what we believe, what we adhere to in this hour is vital. The power of life and death is in our tongue, and whoever loves it will eat its fruit.
This means that whatever comes out of your mouth is the fruit you will see and the harvest you will get.
You may be tempted to change your confession of faith during this time but DON’T!
Don’t ever come into agreement with the devil. Remain in agreement with God and His word. Hold fast to your confession of faith. If God has said it, He will bring it to pass. You can count on Him.
The fourth point is: Do not fear or worry!
I have never witnessed more fear and worry than I have this year. It saddens me greatly.
The media is working overtime to cause fear and anxiety. Yet the Bible tells us over and over again, DO NOT FEAR.
Worry produces no good fruit. It won’t change a thing. Stay in peace. God has given us a peace that passes understanding, but we must lay hold of it.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” Okay, then where does it come from? From the devil.
God has given us a sound mind. Peace. Assurance. He will not fail us – refuse fear – no matter what you see – refuse fear.
We know in whom we have believed, and we are fully persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed to Him. Do not fear, walk on in faith. Do not worry, rejoice in His faithful promises instead.
The fifth point is: Don’t stop giving and sowing seed.
Without a doubt, now is NOT the time to stop giving to the Kingdom of God. If anything, I have prayed about getting more seed in the ground.
In Genesis 26. The Bible says, “Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundred-fold. And the Lord blessed him.”
Now is the perfect opportunity to prove God. Try it and see if He won’t open up the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing so big that you will not even have room for all of it.
I believe that we are getting ready to see a great transfer of wealth. You can almost feel it in the air. I believe it will be unlike anything we have ever seen or imagined. As impossible as it seems, as grim as things look – this is still what I believe with everything inside of me.
Don’t stop sowing and tithing.
That being said, throughout this year, I have watched the faithful in their finances, continue to be faithful. In the midst of uncertainty, most have remained faithful to God in believing and in giving. What a harvest you are laying up for yourself. Remember it was in famine that Isaac reaped a hundred-fold return – and you will too.
In conclusion…
Don’t panic. Do not listen or become a part of the drama. Keep speaking faith. Refuse fear and worry. Don’t stop sowing seed.
Keep doing what you know to do from the word of God. This season will end. There is a great separation taking place right now – we are truly seeing who is following God and His word and who isn’t – even in the Body of Christ. Which side will you be on when this season ends?
Me? I will be standing with God. Believing. Trusting. Declaring. Rejoicing. Giving. Just as I always have. How about you?
Meditate on this:
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3

What Do You See?

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It was early one morning, I was headed to my office to catch up on some work. Music was
playing on my media player. As one song came to an end and another began to play, it
captured my attention. It was a song I have listened to many times, but today, God began to
show me something in the simple, yet powerful, words of this song.

I shared this song with many of you before. It is called, Giants.

One part exploded in my spirit. It said, “I see giants in the land…I see promise. I see promise.”
I pulled out my bible and re-read the story in Numbers 13.

God had led His people to their Promised Land. It was time for them to enter in. We all know
the story. They did not enter in because they were afraid of the giants in the land. The Bible
says they didn’t enter in because of unbelief.

Numbers 13:1 teaches us that it was GOD who told Moses to send men in to spy out the land.
God knew they would see the fruitfulness of the land. He also knew they would see the giants.
His hope was that they would believe what He had said more than what they saw. Knowing
they would see the giants, why did He send them in to spy out the land?

I believe one reason is the promise He made to Moses. We find this promise in Joshua 1:3.

I have given you every place where the sole of your foot will tread, just as I promised to Moses.
Joshua 1:3

God knew their feet needed to stand upon what He had promised them. If we are not willing to
take a stand for it, we may never have it. Therefore, He sent them in to place their feet upon
what He said was theirs. Not to be intimidated by the giants in the land.

This morning as I listened to the words of the song, I realized a profound truth…if we are seeing
giants…we are seeing promise. We have come to the borders of our Promised Land. What we
do at this point is up to us.

Will we do as the children of Israel and cry, “Oh the giants are too big, we can’t fight them, we
are no match for them, let’s go back.”

Or will we be like Joshua and Caleb and declare, “The land we passed through to spy out is an
exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to
us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the
people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the
Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 1:7-9

If you are battling something in your life, I wonder. Could it be there are giants in your land? If
so, you have entered into the perimeters of your promise manifested.

Personally, I have purposed in my heart to possess the promise of laying hands on the sick and
seeing them recover. I have decided I will walk fully in the word of God concerning healing and
wholeness. During my life, I have faced the giants of this promise several times? Now, I
understand, if I am seeing giants in my land…I AM SEEING PROMISE!

That excites me!

Today, I want to ask you a question…are you seeing giants in the land?

If so, my friend, you are standing within the perimeters of your promise. Refuse to focus on the
giants, do not fear them. Place your eyes on Jesus and your promise. He is well able to cause
you to possess your promise – He has already given you the land.

Some see giants.

Some…see promise. May we be one of those, those who see the promise and possess it.

 

Meditate on this:
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.
Exodus 14:13

Unnecessary Words

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There is a subject God has been dealing with me strongly about for a few weeks.

I was not surprised when I received a call from a friend over the weekend sharing with me that God had been dealing with her about the same thing.

Unnecessary words.

Weeks ago, in my daily conversations, God began to speak to my heart and say, “where those words necessary, which words were not necessary?”

With this correction, I began to listen closely to my words and the words of others.

In one conversation, a friend said this; “I have been believing God for the same thing, much longer than she has, but she got her answer first. However, I am rejoicing with her.”

Matthew 5:37 say; But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Based on this scripture, the only words necessary would have been…I am rejoicing with her for God answered her prayer.

Another example would be; “I know you won’t like this, but I am going to do….”

How do you know they won’t like it?  Why not expect the best and simply say what you are going to do?

Jesus said the words He spoke are spirit and life.  Since we are in Him, the words we speak are also spirit and life.  Proverbs 18:21 tells us life and death are in the power of our tongue and we will eat the fruit of them.

What God has shown me is this; every single word that comes out of my mouth feeds something.

It either feeds life or death.  It is entirely up to me.  What do I choose to feed today…life or death?

Unnecessary words do not feed life.

Matthew 12:37 tells us that we are justified or condemned by our words.  That is a powerful statement.

I have always felt I watched my words, but as God has begun to deal with me about unnecessary words, I have found I was not as attentive as I should have been.

Jesus said, “I only say what I hear the Father say.”  Think about that today.  A day in the life of Jesus.  He said NOTHING except what He heard God say.  Nothing.  Can you imagine that?

The Bible says our words, each one, accomplishes something.  It doesn’t return void.  What are your words accomplishing today?

I know this message today is not a feel-good message.  My goal is not to make you feel good.  My goal is to empower you to overcome every challenge that comes your way and thrive in the Kingdom of God. It’s time to thrive!  Much of the Kingdom life has to do with what is coming out of our mouth.

The Bible says everything is created by the word of God and the words we speak.  What are you creating?

My prayer for us today is this; Set a guard over our mouth Lord, keep a watch over our words and help us watch our words, may the words of our mouth be pleasing to you God.  Keep us from all unnecessary words.  May our yes be yes, and our no be no, knowing anything else is from the evil one.  Cleanse our mouth Lord, and cause us to say ONLY what You say.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

 

Meditate Scripture:

The tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18