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I love to ponder the possibilities and creative ways we can please God and serve others. I love to reflect on how things are, and “what if” we changed them. How can we further align ourselves toward His Most Excellent Ways. We only know in part, so it is always good to check what we think that we know often.
These are observations and ponderings can be purposeful to challenge existing paradigms, while firming up Kingdom foundations. Many of these are happening all around us, but what if they were not just the exception, but were consistently happening. What will Father do as His children grow up in becoming more like Him? My prayers are to continually stimulate possibility thoughts towards ways that bring forth His Kingdom through our lives.
Here are my Observations and Ponderings as we move into 2010:
Pray for our leaders rather than complain about who we have or don’t have in office.
God is on the throne and will have His way, regardless of who is in office and we are called to pray for His will and for His purposes to be accomplished for our nation.
Give to Caesar (government) what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is His, which are our very lives.
Jesus was consumed with His Father’s Kingdom being brought to the earth, we must focus on that rather than political processes, and give that burden to Him. Do what you are called to do, and leave the rest to Him.
Governmental systems have many elements behind the scenes that control what laws are passed, and even influence and control leaders. May God's people be aware so they do not look to government for answers but ask God on how they may lead and help others in societies future.
May the Lord begin to raise up new leaders who will stand for righteousness in the realms of government. For the Daniels and the Josephs to be raised up and take their place in leading nations with Fathers influence, presence, and wisdom in governmental offices.
Father is shaking all foundations that are not built upon the Rock of Himself. How are we responding to the shaking all around us?
Be active in using what we do have, and quit wasting time worrying about what we don’t have.
We will not fear any longer, we will not fear life or death, because we are in His hands.
“Stop it, just stop it” in our negative thought patterns. “Stop it, just Stop it”, thinking that way, in Jesus name!
We must understand and activate true repentance in every area of our lives, truly turn away instead of just feeling sorry for our patterns of sin.
We must forgive every wrong committed against us in the past and more swiftly in the days ahead.
We will allow His presence to eradicate bitterness from the depths of our souls.
We must understand and apply His freedom from every deliberate and unintentional wounds from our past.
Choose to never live as victim again, because the revelation of Christ and His grace suffices daily for us. Live as a victor and flee from the victim mindset.
Forgive ourselves, and move on past the shame simply because Jesus has forgiven us, and His work in forgiveness is complete.
We will accept and believe with all of our heart, soul, and mind that Jesus loves us, accepts us, and is for us, every moment of every day.
HE ACCEPTS US AS WE ARE to the point that it overwhelms the fact that we do not accept ourselves sometimes. You are growing but you are also complete in Him NOW.
We will live the way of the cross, knowing persecution and trials will come. We will die more to self, because it is the narrow way He asked us to follow.
As we die to self more, Christ lives through us more, and every single need will be met as our joy is made complete in Him.
Rest in who we are in Christ, rather than running around doing activities He never called us to do. Being rather than doing!
God loves us, and it has nothing to do with our past, or our future performances. Rest in Him daily!
Pastors and leadership teams around the world need to train and release every member of their church into the ministry the Lord has called them to. This training and release goes beyond the four walls of organized church.
We need to pick up our mats and walk in obedience after the Lord’s deliverance, rather than come back for prayer and healing for the same things week after week.
God’s true leaders will seek to always serve beyond ever having to be served.
Leaders will train and lead others in the vision God has for them as individuals, and trust the Holy Spirit to move on them to support community or corporate vision. Manipulation and control must go, while faith arises in leaders.
Leaders must not respond to the fear of rejection and failure. Growth is not about numbers. They must trust the Lord for any perceived growth in numbers they expect to see, or better yet, consider to not look at numbers at all. Look to God, He will do what only He can do for their community.
Citywide transformation can begin to take place when each individual realizes his or her purpose and calling, and are released to fulfill it in every day life.
Church pastors must seek relationship with the other pastors of the community to fulfill a citywide vision beyond their own ministries. They must know that the vision for the city WILL NOT be realized without partnering with others. These concepts of futility must not continue to be perpetuated in our cities.
The Lord owns everything we have and asks us to steward everything He has given us. We must ask Him how much to give and to where, always willing to give 100% if He were to ask that of us.
The orphan spirit in many are looking for fathers who will love them, and disciple them to their Heavenly Father. The Father’s heart will rise up, and we will begin to see kingly & priestly fathers in the order of Melchizedek, in the ways of Christ.
Children of God must understand and operate more fully in the authority that Jesus Christ sacrificed for them to have. It is He that performs it through their lives.
Kingdomized people will continue to bring godly influence and leadership to all the gates of the city. Kings and priests of God need to lead by serving in His wisdom and strength in government, business, healthcare, media, law, and educational jurisdictions of our cities.
Every believer must not settle in how they view themselves, while ever seeking the Father to know the full potential of what He sees in them.
We must accept others and the blessing that they are, rather than being offended by them in their differences.
Choose to see the good in people, pray for the rest in them, and love them regardless if they change in the ways we think they should. Believe for the best in others.
Mammon and control must continue to be exposed and deposed in godly leadership systems. The release of Father’s saints upon the earth will increase as the chains that bind are removed. Accountability through relationship, and the righteous fear of God is far more impactful than ungodly control and manipulation.
We must be willing to serve in every phase of our lives rather than being served.
Every believer must understand the eternal process they are in, and walk without judgment beside those not as far along in the process.
We look at many things as realities that are not. As more exposure comes to false realities, the more we can live in the reality of His eternal Kingdom.
Choose to have an un-offendable heart. When offenses come, let go of them quickly.
Forgive in every situation and not only because the Father said He would not forgive you unless you forgive, but because it is in your heart to love in that way.
Be excited about the uniqueness of each other’s differences, and the value of each expression of God's people.
Spiritual Fathers should have a heart of giving to their spiritual sons that surpass any thoughts of what they would receive in return.
Shepherds, (pastors), must be willing to run after the few of the flock that have been hurt, isolated and in need of life giving expressions of our Saviors love.
God's people should pray and communicate intimately with the Father on a daily basis.
Daily people are gathering both missionally, and relationally in homes, coffee shops, and businesses.
Believers need to be concerned with their own end time, which could end at any moment. If we are more concerned with our own end time rather than THE end times, it will become more productive.
We must live each days as it is our last day, and continue to build each day for a better tomorrow for future generations.
The perceived rapture could be a long ways off, or not come at all in the timing and ways that some may think. We must not consume ourselves with such thought and seize the day for God and doing His business of establishing His Kingdom upon the earth.
Do not fear dying. In fact, in living for Him, choose to die to self daily. As you do, you will truly live in and through Him in powerful ways.
Live and move and have your being in the Holy Spirit, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. Oh what a standard to move towards.
Receive every word or deed with the Father's eyes and with His heart. Then Father can also engage you in a response to life and bring forth words and deeds that bring life to others, and bring Him glory.
Authentic servant leaders will rather have a towel (servant), than a title in leading others. We do not need titles, we need obedience to serve and give as He directs.
We must seek to trash every idol in our life to be free in serving effectively in the army of our Lord.
The greatest idol that we battle is the idol called "self", continue to lay down self and become selfless in our pursuit of Christ and His Kingdom.
Believers must realize that their obedience to all that they do each day is ministry to God and His kingdom.
Housewives’ and mothers are in a valuable full time ministry in keeping the home, and raising the next generation in the pursuit of the will of God.
People of God need to see more fully the ministry the Lord is doing through His daughters. There is a need for further freedom from limited mindsets regarding the Father’s potential and ministry in women. Women have no limits in what the Lord may call them to do, and people must not get in the way of God’s desire for them.
The Kingdom of God is beyond race, gender, or age, but is a diversity of expression in His glorious Kingdom. In the Kingdom male, female, Greek, and Jew can work together in the fullness and likeness of Christ.
Business owners and all workers must realize that in Christ, they are full time ministers in their calling.
For the business owner, people are their greatest resource and they can be an effective pastor for their businesses.
Those in business should look at co-workers, vendors, and customers, as potentially part of their household of faith, or sphere of godly influence.
Christian business owners can look at their businesses as an impact for the community. Churches, homes, businesses, are redeemed and moving in God’s glory throughout the community.
There should be synergy and acceptability in viewing the spirituality of organized church pastors and those who may pastor their homes, businesses, and others in the community.
God speaks in relevance for today beyond the written word in alignment of the written word. In other words, many services and ways that the Father has given us stewardship over is beyond biblical context, but will be in alignment with the Word of God contextualized for today.
So many are operating in the prophetic, as we are a prophetic people. But we are people that can be subjective. Therefore we must find godly ways to enhance prophetic accountability.
When a prophetic people can apologize when they have spoken amiss, God’s glory is revealed. It is okay to make a mistake; it is not okay to cover it up. We must acknowledge equally what we have gotten right and what me may have gotten wrong. This encourages others, and creates an audience that is more willing to listen.
We will worship the foundation of all orders, all systems, all expressions of faith, (Christ Himself), beyond the order or perceived order of things that man has built.
We must have fellowship and connections with others during the week instead of relying on one Sunday Service, which was never designed to meet our ”one anothering” needs.
The earth continues to be filled with the glory of the Lord and He is just waiting for more of us to get involved.
True wealth is measured in what you give away, and not what you keep.
Love as He loves, speak as He speaks, and do what He does, and we can change the world.
Your opinions are okay, because they are your opinions. It would be nice to be loved regardless of how different we all perceive life.
Appreciate the different cultures and expressions in God’s Kingdom, regardless if you understand them, or fancy them.
Understand the commandment to love. Choose to love, even if you do not feel the return of love from others.
Our prayer is that many of these become realities in people's lives, enabling them go out and make a bigger kingdom difference.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Creation continues to unfold. A volcano is exploding forth a possible new Island, 4000 feet below the sea. Another child is born, a new product or service is created. Life is happening, and has continued to happen ever since Father's words of "Let there be light." Are you capturing the sight of life unfolding all around you? Are you engaged in bringing His divine life to others?
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Worship and living are not two different things when you live “As Worship” to the Lord. Our faith should not be expressed only in certain settings, but all of life, ALL THE TIME! We must partake in the realm of living where every climate is impacted because His transformational presence goes with us into every atmosphere, ALL THE TIME.
Can you imagine if God’s people could grab on and hold tight to the Wind of His Spirit for everything they engage in? Can you imagine ambassadors for heaven that live from moment to moment, and place-to-place, expecting atmosphere to bow to Fathers presence? It would be the birthing of a revolution for sure. We would see God’s people filled with His presence and consumed with doing good to others, doing good at home, doing good on the job, doing good on the bus, and just doing good, because of the Goodness of Father that has overtaken them.
They had been blind and on the wrong trail and then a divine interception took place. They were intercepted from death and receptive now to the inherited life that Christ had given them. They were intercepted from darkness and into a reception of light illuminating the Agape road.
Eternal perspective is wonderful, but living the realm of eternal perspectives in “real time” is what Father has always desired and planned for His children. It is “Go time” and “Now time” to be set free from dualism, and the darkness of sacred and secular division. The Kingdom of God beckons the releasing of Kingly Priests into every sphere of society. Giving Him glory in every context and jurisdiction of life is becoming more and more the way, because it is His way, and His people are catching on. Glory!
Glory to God for the CEO’s who are doing business God’s way and worshipping Him on how they steward resources, go to market, and steward God’s greatest created asset, people.
True worshippers who work in businesses and performing for the Lord’s pleasure are receiving favor from God and man. They are advancing in so many ways, not only financially, but also with increased joy and peace because of their willful submission to their Heavenly Father.
Godly scientists begin discovering things that were not even thought of, because they have entrusted their lives, their minds, and their research to Almighty God. Father gives them scientific breakthrough as we are reminded in Proverbs 25:2, “that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search for it.”
Government strategists are now finding ways within systems, or outside of systems to do people good, and to honor God in the areas of public policy. We will see more worshippers raised up in local, state, and national governments.
Green earth enthusiasts are increasingly not being called tree huggers any longer. Many are becoming God lovers that desire to steward the land, and fulfill Father’s desire for creation that goes all the way back to Genesis. And they are working alongside those they once religiously opposed.
Doctors and patients are seeking freedom from the pharmaceutical and insurance cartels. Free market healthcare strategies that are affordable, functional, and go to the root of the issues, are being formed. Worshippers for freedom in healthcare are rising up.
Creative currency and trading at grassroots levels are preparing the groundwork for change that will eliminate much of the fear and control of existing establishments. True worshippers in Fathers strength in the societal mountain of finance will present opportunities for freedom to the captives.
We will increasingly see a new generation of spiritual leaders that are not in it for self. They live in the righteous fear of God, with motives of love and service to all they are called to. They seek first the Kingdom and His righteous nature as they lead. In Spirit and Truth they worship by becoming servants of all, with little or no desire to be served… yes the Jesus type leaders the world has been groaning for.
Worship will relevantly and powerfully go beyond our singing and praying in a church setting a few times a week. It goes far beyond our rituals. It is something that is intentional, but at the same time flows from lives prepared by Him, that are now free to act against themselves. It is His presence manifested through His ambassadors for His glory alone. These worshippers will bring light to the darkness in every phase of life.
You say you want a revolution, and you say you want a real solution. Are you ready to release His solution through your life? Can you see it? Will you live it? The goal is ever becoming like Christ for the world, so that through our worship, we ooze His love, and ooze His life with every breath, until oxygen is no longer needed.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Can a nation be born in a day? You are that nation, you are that people, you are my people. Beyond America and nationalism, and in all nations, is a people called by my name. The shaking felt around the world is my doing. Many of you have asked, “Lord where are you in all of this? Have we not prayed? Where are you in my challenges? Where are you in my problems?“ I say, “I am in them, around them, and have cause many of them. “ What is a temporal shaking will cause an eternal awakening for those who will hear my voice. Much of what has been built by man, I have not built. What I have built, many have failed to see and understand.
Eyes that have not seen will see. Ears that have not heard will begin to hear my sound. My sound will resonate above the noise of confusion, and beyond the bankruptcy of religion. False centers have risen up and missed my center, which is me. What they have created and called me has stood in the way of who I am, and cannot contain I Am. My Kingdom ever expands, and my glory will fill every gap upon the earth.
What has been good in the past will not take you to my best for your future. The things that are good are often the enemy of best. This is a swift season of change, like a mighty wind blowing. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Will you embrace it as I blow this season of change from the north, the south, the east, and the west?
As my Wind blows, false centers will have to go. The walls of religion will crumble. Systems that oppose my will, will be deposed by my will. My people will be drawn to come under one banner and one name, the Name above every other name. I am returning all things unto myself. Posers of my Kingdom will be exposed, and ambassadors of my Kingdom and of my love will rise up and be released in power. As they return to me, my love will remain, because all else has been removed. My light in them will increase because more darkness has been dismissed.
The nation of my love and of the substance of heaven can now love me, and love one another in supernatural abundance. I in them, them in me, and in one another. A love force will come forth that the world has not seen. My Kingdom has come, and my will is going to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Embrace my Wind, embrace my change, watch, wait, and go as I lead. This nation, my people, will never be the same, cannot remain the same, because of what I am doing, and what I will do.
You have questioned many things. I have put those questions in you to expose the false foundations that have kept you bound. I declare, those foundations will no longer bind you. I have shown you what to do in the past, but fear had gripped you. But now the fear of missing my best for you will cause an overcoming of all previous fear. My love and purpose for you will propel you through all hurts and setbacks, as the journey forward continues to unfold.
My glory that has been concealed in you, will be revealed to you and through you in transformational ways. Atmosphere will change because of my glory. Where you go, I go, and where I go, you go. Circumstances and natural elements will bow to my supernatural substance. My eternal seed in you will reap an eternal harvest, and that harvest is both here and approaching. The seed in you cannot die, but can only be delayed for maturity. Maturity will surely come as those hindrances are exposed and removed. Live daily in the inheritance of my Kingdom. Let me take you where I will, and I will do what only I can do to fulfill everything I have planned for you in the days ahead.
You are that nation of kings and priests. This is beyond your nation, as it is about my nation of people of every nation, race, and creed. You are born from above, and you are the ambassadors of my love to a world in need of me.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I do not think it has come to any surprise to most of us that there is a whole lot of Shaking going on. Hebrews 12 talks about all that can be shaken will be shaken; so all that remains is the unshakable. As I look at unshakable possibilities, the only thing that comes to mind is Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the unshakable, unmovable, and Glorious Kingdom of God.
Some reminders of Fathers Kingdom ….
- Kingdom is within: "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within [or among] you." Luke 17:20-21
- Kingdom approached through understanding: "When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Mark 12:3
- Kingdom accepted like a child: "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Mark 10:15
- Kingdom entered through spiritual rebirth: "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit." John 3:5
- Kingdom entered through doing the will of God: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
- Kingdom that will be inherited by the righteous: "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?" 1 Corinthians 6:9
One of the big reasons we have not seen the power of God through the Body of Christ is because most of the Body of Christ does not even know who they are, and the incredible eternal seed of Fathers glory that is within them. We are stuck in the idea of waiting on Jesus and heaven, while Jesus and the substance of heaven is waiting on us. So the shaking and awakening continues as the Lord brings us from our bankrupt paradigms and lifestyles to Ambassadors of His Kingdom, and influencers of His Heavenly Substance. Keep in mind; heaven has never been the Fathers goal. Fathers plan through creation and the new birth in Christ has always been to know Him intimately as Father, while being His light and His love to the world.
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Heaven can wait, and when we die in this physical dimension, the pearly gates of the next dimension will be ready to receive us. But we are not dead yet in this world, but alive and well in Him, regardless of what is trembling around us, or even what we have come to believe.
Our identity is in Him, as movers and shakers of faith motivated by His love, and He has given us freedom to act against ourselves to live, move, and have our being in His will, and in His ways. By His Spirit we can choose to abandon fear and hopelessness, and embrace the agape love of Father that has been deposited within each of us.
We must embrace His love on a continuum and not rely on what we see. As we seek His Kingdom, His love, His righteousness, what we need will be added, and Father will remove all fear and limitations that have kept us from His best. Healing and wholeness for the journey will come as we allow His light to dispel the darkness in our souls.
Remember beloved, that you can never be too good or too bad for His love, and finally, that our life is not our own, or about us anyways. It has always been about Him, and for Him.
I have chosen to grip on to the Father and be Christ to the world, and I know some days I will do better than others, but there is no other way to live. So as I grip on to my Father, I hold loosely all the rest of my thoughts, paradigms, and desires, while allowing my loving Father replace them with His.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Many of you know that I am not event driven, but am consumed by His presence. His presence does inhabit the praises and lives of His people. Any event that brings His people together seeking Him, and the sound of heaven, can be assured of His presence, and assured that in His presence, transformation takes place.
We are co-sponsoring an event on October 3, 2009 that I believe will be historic. It is a FREE event, so the only cost would be to get there. Many streams coming together in unity to praise the Father. This does not involve anyone of significance, but Him, and yet everyone is significant because of Him. The only star of the night is His Bright Morning Star, and Father's seat is secured. Father will bask in the pleasure of His children as we come together for 10 hours of sustained sounds for heaven and from heaven.
There will be worship teams, dance teams, and prophetic artists coming from all over the country, including our friends Leonard Jones and Janice VanCronkhite. People are already making plans to be there from different parts of the world.
We envision this as a beginning of just our little part of pleasing the Father in a way He has given us to do. He is doing the same thing all over the world, so we are not exclusive, but inclusive of all, and inclusive to the obedience He has for all of us. This will be our first Symphony of Praise, and we see at least 8 of these with the next one coming in spring of 2009.
We believe many who make the journey with us will be refreshed. Many who have been dry and weary will get a drink from heaven and be renewed. This is a monumental effort for so many, so please pray for the resources, and for the Father to make every way possible for those who are led to make the call, and the journey on October 3rd.
Please see the vision at our website www.symphonyofpraise.net along with those who are joining us in making the call. The venue is spectacular, and it does seem to be a generational well of His glory, you can see the venue at www.vanhoyfarms.com
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Some people vary in their pace
But God can use what you can give
Within the mystery of His ways
One thing I know
Everybody's got a seed to sow
let your heart of hearts
Take you down the road
Everybody's got a seed to sow "Michael W. Smith"
Every Human being was born with an eternal seed… God’s nature!
Everybody who was born was created in His image. By the grace and mercy of God, He brought us life through Jesus Christ, His Son. Redemption came through Christ, as the now, and eternal life for the worlds eternal seed. Ah, and what a life!
We often get so consumed with redemption and a future heaven, that we miss living His life in the present, on planet earth. We hear a lot of misappropriated teaching on the “Abundant Life” the Father has given us, but the truth is, it is “Abundant Life”, and it is “Abundant Life” now, regardless of the circumstances or where you are on this amazing journey.
When the bible talks about being saved, and whole households being saved, it was not to focus on some future heaven, but it was access to heaven on earth, in the NOW. The seed redeemed now, expecting now, looking for now, can begin the maturation process.
Jesus always pointed to the Father. He taught us to pray to the Father to bring His substance to earth through our very beings. It has always been His original intent for ALL of mankind. His intent has always been to be a loving Father to His creation, and dwell with His people. We all have been derailed one way or another until Father was revealed to us through His Son. We also are all different in where, how, and what we are to sow for His glory, as we sow seeds of His substance on earth as it is in heaven.
Theology and doctrine has been used to define what we have come to know, but has often been the very thing that stops the “sow flow. “ We began to judge each other’s sowing based on our limited knowing. So division happened because of knowledge and not on what we actually were doing. We were designed for love; we were designed to deliver His love to the earth. Simplicity of love becomes evil darkness when we are judging what we think we know rather than judging ourselves on what we actually are doing. And how presumptuous are we in thinking that we can know what the Lord is doing in another’s heart?
Joyce and I are determined to look at all people as part of God’s original design. We point the way to the Father as Jesus did. We point to the Way, the Truth, and the Life through His obedient Son… And then as we seek after Him, we become sons in the image of Christ, FOR GOOD WORKS, AND FOR HIS LOVE.
Consider eliminating thoughts of “us and them”, and look at all of us as part of God’s glorious creation, while needing Him, and needing one another.
Father desires that we love Him, and love others. What adjustments need to be made in our paradigms to live in His Agape paradigms more often as Father pleasers? What steps do we need to make towards being givers rather than takers? We are with you in all of this, and ask ourselves the same questions often. Lord what do we need to do to learn to love you more, and love others as ambassadors for you?
Everybody has a seed to sow, and a seed to grow. Father, by your Spirit, help us to grow, sow, and flow in amazing ways in loving and serving You and others.
Be ready, He is speaking. Listen, He has a more excellent way for all of us, and His Kingdom will surely come, and will be done, through our lives, and to the glory of God.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We continue to see a rise in personal prophecies and words that are brought forth out of man and delivered to man, as the Lord wills. The problem arises when it is mans will and not God’s, or a mixture of God and man’s fallen nature. We have seen this cause hurts in many, and in fact some have never recovered from the hurt.
Prophecy is the Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of Life.
I have received many calls the past several months from those who have been hurt by such things. They either were given a “word” that was tied to a benefit for the one giving it, or it was given with control and manipulation in mind. Other times it was given innocently, and the person received and acted upon something that they thought was from the Lord.
In one case the person was given a word saying that the Lord wanted to bless them, but to release the blessing they needed to sow into the “word givers” ministry. This is not how God operates, and I would reject those types of words immediately, or at least consider some impartial counsel.
It is so important in the season we are in, to hear from the Lord for your self. If you are having problems hearing from Him, go to those who love you and have no other agenda but love, and seek counsel from them. If you have been given words by someone other than those who God has placed in your life relationally, it is important to share it with others who may have wisdom on what the Lord may be doing and saying for your life. Others will add another level of discernment and accountability for those speaking on behalf of the Lord.
The Lord does speak through people at times, but it is important to get a multitude of counsel on those words, especially if they are directional, or involving a decision you have to make. Discount the words that bring condemnation, and love the person as they may not know what they are doing. Be overly cautious of words trying to bring extreme conviction, or extreme tickling to your ears. There may be a hidden agenda in those.
I know this may be hard for some to hear on either side of this, both those who desire to get a “word”, and for those who seek to give a “word. I believe there is a lot of misuse, and occasional abuse going on in charismatic and prophetic circles, and felt led to address it. We rejoice when the Lord speaks, but we want to make sure it is His voice, and thus the reminder for all of us.
John 2:24 it says that Jesus entrusted Himself to no man, for He knew the heart of men.
The key consideration here is the idea of “entrusting ourselves to others.” We can trust others but entrusting ourselves to anyone other than the Lord is risky. My wife and I entrust ourselves to one another as unto the Lord, and there are those relationships that God may have given you that are foundational. But when it comes to listening to someone speak as coming directly from the throne, it is important that we make sure it is Him, before we speak, and before we receive or act upon a word given by man.
There are some that use their ability, position, and charisma, to influence in ways that are not the heart of the Father, and grievous to Him. I really believe the Lord when He says my sheep hear my voice and listen to me. I believe we can hear His voice and by His Spirit discern correctly as to what is Spirit and what is flesh. During times of immaturity and times when discernment signals seem to be clouded, that is when a multitude of counsel may be necessary, especially on major directional issues.
I also believe the Lord would honor the time taken for fleeces and multiple confirmations for such important decisions. I usually say something like this, “Father you know my heart and that whatever you say, I will do. Please confirm this thing in ways that I will know it is you. I do not want to miss you, and I do not want to hold back from pleasing you, so will you send other signs, and other voices to confirm such things?”
If you are struggling with words that others have brought to you, release them to the Lord. He is not the author of confusion. Ask Him to sort out what is from Him, and He will show you. Forgive those who have utilized His name for any intent other than His perfect will for you. Be humble in giving, and receiving what may be from Him. Fear God when it comes to utilizing His name and His message. Typically I will let someone know that I believe this may be from the Lord, but to test it and see that it be true. At the same time, I have never been prompted by the Lord to give something that is not encouraging, exhorting, or pointing back to Him and His ways.
When you receive something from somebody, politely thank them, and begin the process of asking the Lord to reveal what may be true, and then seek after multiple confirmations for anything that may create a decision you may have to make. In all things both giving and receiving, check the love meter, and if it was delivered in His love. Those things that are not delivered in love, should be highly suspect…
When you combine subjective content, with human emotions attached to it, it can really seem like God, but it often can be complete deception.
When the Spirit and the Word are confirmed, release takes place, and heaven is in motion to fulfill the plans and purposes of God. May the Lord continue to show you His perfect way, and may your ears be tuned only to Him, and only to His voice, in Jesus name.
Friday, July 24, 2009
We have a Father who is not moved by the plans and devices of men. The world today is not catching Him by surprise. His plan, His Kingdom, continues to come until one day, all kings and kingdoms bow to Him. As part of His plan, we are the ambassadors that He has chosen to bring His Kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. It is good news that He has chosen those who believe, and it is good news we must bring to those who have yet to believe in our King of kings, and our Lord of lords.
Hebrews 12 talks about how everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so that all that cannot be shaken will remain, and the only thing that cannot be shaken is His Kingdom, which will never be shaken. The challenge is that we have many ambassadors who do not yet know who they are, and are not living in His Kingdom reality. They are in fact missing in action, all kinds of action, but often not the actions becoming as sons and daughters of the Living God.
Missing in the actions of wrongful focus.
As kingly and priestly ambassadors of good to the world, many of God’s people are displaced by the cares of this present age. Many have been swept away by doctrines of men, and the doctrines of demons. We are following ineffectual pursuits that please the flesh and yet have no Kingdom value.
We have many who have embraced Christian religious activities, but are not moving in the love of the Father through their daily lives. These activities are not bad, as they are just inadequate in light of His Kingdom, and Fathers desire for us to be Jesus to the world. Being Jesus to the world may include some of these activities, but unfortunately many times people have been stuck in the limitations of these activities. This has mostly made our Christian expression irrelevant to the very people we are supposed to reach. Fathers intentions has always been to dwell with His people in everyday life, and bringing His loving presence to the earth.
During this shaking, we seem to be just as anxious as those who do not have Holy Spirit indwelt lives. We seem to be “of the Shaken world” rather than “of His Immovable Kingdom.” It is a process, it is a journey, and thankfully some of us have embraced the narrow way that brings glory to God and His victorious life. I am encouraged to see this during the most challenging times many of us have ever faced. Praise God!
We need to thank God to be alive in such a season as this. We must continue to think less of self, and become a lot more thankful in embracing Fathers Immovable Kingdom through Christ. Kingdom hearts are hearts filled with gratitude, and hearts motivated far beyond self. Kingdom priests that do not rely on what the natural eye can see. We must give way to the eyes of His Spirit in what we are seeing all around us. Our motivation must be, to be obediently pleasing the Father in all of our ways.
This is probably the greatest season of opportunity in our lifetime to cling to, and advance His Eternal Kingdom. The things people used to rely on, they can no longer falsely rely upon. It is more evident than ever that they cannot rely on the things that literally are crumbling before their very eyes. Securities of the past are no longer secure, and false foundations are being exposed as such.
Many Americans have been deceived in believing that the USA government was somehow immune to evil. Because of Americas past godly principled foundations, many did not see the deception that has eroded these godly foundations for more than 100 years.
The world seemed to notice before many Americans did, a government that did not operate under the principles of the God they professed. We are thankful we still have the quote “In God We Trust” on our currency, but the majority of hearts are far from it in the political arena.
I would gladly remove the quote from our currency if we could have godly character to lead our nation. This is about the system more than the people. By the grace of God, we have had many godly people be a light to the world over the years in the midst of a godly professed government in decline.
Many religious systems and churches have operated very much in line with worldly systems rather than a Spirit led Kingdom army for good. So we pray for godly ambassadors who know their identity, to rise up, and bring truth, and godly principled influence into government and every fabric of society.
Jesus said, I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against her. This shaking is for everyone, and especially for the church, in aligning us with His will. His Kingdom will come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His church is waking up out of the fruitless slumber of religion and increasingly engaging by His Spirit into the work of the Lord for this season.
I am committed to the journey and continuing to grow in Fathers wisdom, stature and favor. As we seek Him and His Kingdom, His righteousness exposes the weights that so easily beset us. As He reveals the things that we must move away from, and deposits the substance of heaven, we can bring Him more glory. As we bring Him glory, His glory is revealed through our lives in power, and will transform others we engage with in His presence.
Will you join me and embrace your calling like never before and join the reality of His Kingdom life? He is not looking for perfect, but He is looking for willing hearts who will surrender their lives for His. Let’s be willing for all that He has for us in Jesus name.