The Unstoppable

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The invaders charge. They climb barricades. Nothing stops them. Each soldier does what he’s told, so disciplined, so determined. They don’t get in each other’s way. Each one knows his job and does it. Undaunted and fearless, unswerving, unstoppable. They storm the city, swarm its defenses, Loot the houses, breaking down doors, smashing windows. They arrive like an earthquake, sweep through like a tornado. Sun and moon turn out their lights, stars black out. God himself bellows in thunder as he commands his forces. Look at the size of that army! And the strength of those who obey him! God’s Judgment Day—great and terrible. Who can possibly survive this? Joel 2:7-11 MSG (emphasis mine)

I’ve been doing this for awhile, blogging that is. It’s not something I do for show or a following of any sort. I simply respond to the Holy Spirit in writing things He speaks to my heart. In effect, it’s my way of journaling the downloads from God and tracking what He’s doing in and to me.

You are welcome to read and respond. You may not agree and that’s ok, but again, I’m doing this in obedience to God not you. I blog to the remnant who need encouragement to continue their race. Sometimes He gives me part of a word and I get more as I write. I’m hoping that’s the case here because all I got was the word ‘unstoppable’ and I had to visit several translations to find it in the bible.

The words, nothing stops them is the place I think I’ll start because that denotes an unstoppable force to me. It reminds me of the postal workers creed (thanks wikipedia)  “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.

I liken this to the body of Christ, that remnant who remain hidden in obscurity, awaiting orders. They’ve developed the skills needed, the trust factor, they’ve graduated boot camp and are ready. Disciplined and determined. They’ve developed their skill with their words and know the power of the Holy Spirit in them.

Each one knows his job and does it. Undaunted and fearless, unswerving, unstoppable.

Even when the orders don’t make sense, they don’t question because they’ve learned His voice and they listen and obey. They’re not concerned with public opinion. Their heart beats with His heart. Their ways are not the ways of this world, but in doing the will of their Father. Just like Jesus obeyed unto death, they too are willing to lay down their life for those who have yet to experience the deep Love of God.

Look at the size of that army! And the strength of those who obey him! Is that you? Are you a part of that great army of believers?  It’s time to rise up and obey, to take the spoils of the enemy who has hindered and bullied and harmed and defiled the Word of our Great God Jehovah. Let’s be unstoppable!

Father, we will await our orders and obey you. We will run our race, keeping You always before us and Your living and active Word directing us. We won’t be distracted by the war that rages around us in this natural realm, but our eyes will stay on You, the author and finisher of our course. It’s in Jesus’ name we advance, Amen.

 

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Gods Favor On You

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The young woman pleased him and gained his favor so that he accelerated the process of the beauty treatments and the special diet that she received. He assigned seven hand-picked female servants to her from the palace and transferred her and her servants to the harem’s best quarters. Esther 2:9 CSB

I love it when the Lord drops a word in my spirit and marinates it.  According to dictionary.com, the meaning of the word accelerate is as follows: To cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, to hasten the occurrence of; to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); to move or go faster; increase in speed; to progress or develop faster.

Well why not, Lord! Let me throw this down and see who picks it up.

When the favor of the Lord is on you, it accelerates the process you’re in so that where God has ordered your path to take you, will show up in His timing for His purpose. I know that’s a mouthful, but hear me out.

Esther wasn’t Esther before she was captured and ‘imprisoned’. She was a Jewish orphan named Hadassah who lived with her uncle, Mordecai. His history was just as important as hers because with God, everything has purpose. It was a divine set-up that he was there. Read the story for yourself in Esther 2:5-7.

Esther did not reveal her ethnicity or her family background, because Mordecai had ordered her not to make them known. Sometimes what we want to say isn’t what we should say. Sometimes keeping our mouth shut allows God to speak for us. Sometimes it’s not about us, but about something much bigger then us.

Esther, aka Hadassah, was one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of girls brought in. Hats off to the guy in charge of all of those girls! Can you imagine the fear, tears and emotions of hundreds of girls in one place? They had just been yanked from their families and the safety of home. Um, I had two daughters and survived their teenage years. Any more and they would have had to commit me to an asylum!

My friend, God has a plan for your life that far exceeds your ability to imagine. He may have pointed you in the general direction, and at times along the way, you’ve probably wondered if He forgot you. He has not! Press on! He knows right where you are and where you’re going. The favor on your life is about to show up in ways you never dreamed possible.

His favor will shine a spotlight on you when it’s time to accelerate you to the next phase of your journey. Distance yourself from those who try to keep you in a place you were only asked to rest up in.  We’re not done with our race until Jesus takes us home to be with Him. Don’t compare where you are to where someone else is. Your race is toward Christ so keep moving and pick up others who need what you have along the way.

Thank You Lord for constantly directing each step I take and taking me on this great journey with You. I trust You! Your purpose and plans are amazing and I’m glad we’re doing it together. One day at a time, one step at a time, one moment at a time. It’s all for You anyway so I’m humbled and strengthened and rejuvinated in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

What Kind Of Fruit’s On Your Tree?

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Love-it’s clearly used too loosely today. We love our cell phone, love that chicken, love our job. Love your post! Love that dress! Love your husband! WHAT? Okay, steady now! You can really like my husband, but hands off! He’s MINE!

When words become loose or common, they lose their power or ability to really mean what they are suppose to mean. You can ‘like’ something, that’s cool. You can even really like something or someone and they get it. But when we use the word love, this word should be reserved for what we truly love or value.

God is love and He commands us to love one another. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV

So the Love that God is, sets us apart from others. The kind of love Jesus was referring to was the unconditional, sacrificial, non-judgmental, non-critical, all encompassing, open and honest, grace filled, non-decending, powerfully life changing Love. It’s the Love He saw in heaven and attempted to demonstrate here in the earth. He knew that if He could give us a taste, we would be hungry for more.

We are all a work in progress on this race called life, but let me assure you of this one thing, it’s Love that changes lives. Not the love of this world, but the deep Love of God. That Love changes me from a sinner to a saint. That Love died for me so I could know His Fathers Love. That’s the ultimate sacrifice! That’s Love.

This old hymn just popped into my mind. Simple, powerful and profound; “Such Love, such wondrous love. Such Love, such wondrous love. That God would love a sinner such as I, how wonderful is Love like this.”

Jesus said that people would know us by the fruit we bear. If you’re not dropping Love off the branches of your tree, you’re at risk of being cut down and tossed into the fire. If not you, He will raise up those who will. If your life has been radically changed by the Love of God, it’s time to exhale love, not just inhale.

Love You Father! Give me another chance to show others how they too can experience this deep and rich Love that You are. Forgive me for using the term ‘love’ but not demonstrating it to all that cross my path. My words may hold power, but my actions put my words into play. At harvest time, I want my fruit to be displayed in Your basket. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Teach Us What Prayer Is

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One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”  So he said, “When you pray, say: Father, reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and from others.” Luke 11:1-4

I know this is a version that probably doesn’t appropriately explain this prayer, but stay with me here. Jesus was teaching us to recognize and honor the Father. He’s more then just a Father who cares and watches over us, He is a creator. Jesus wanted us to search out and know God as He knew God.

We’ve made our world (the place we live and those we know) so big, but in reality our world is very small compared to the entire universe which God has created. Just pause and think on that for a moment. If the planet earth is one of the smallest created, how much smaller is our ‘world’ and how tiny are we? Yet God not only knows us, He knows our name and the very hairs on our head, yet hears us when we cry out for help and longs for relationship with us.

The part that should be emphasised in this passage is the word ‘when’. Jesus didn’t say, If you pray, He said when you pray. And it’s not praying exactly like this, it was meant to be an outline, the things we should be praying about. Not repetitive prayers memorized, but personalized dialog.

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”  This was Matthews version.

Prayer is conversation and conversation is two sided. I come to God to speak and listen, to hear and be heard. It’s not just talking about me, myself and I, but to get instruction, revelation, direction. It’s also about obedience. Not just being listeners, but doers. If we talk and hear but don’t do, we complete the cycle of insanity, expecting things to be different but continuing to do them the same. Change begins with me doing what I’ve been instructed to do.

Great and Mighty God, how awesome and wonderful You are to me. Your great plans are so big, yet You’ve included me. Today I will call and You will answer me. Not in ways I’m expecting, but in new and amazing ways that I’ve not yet discovered. I will walk in forgiveness and will not take up offense. Just as you’ve forgiven me, I will also forgive others. I’m excited with the promise of provision, it’s simply more for me to share with others. May Your Kingdom be established on the earth through us, Your people. Thanks for protecting me from the schemes and plans of the enemy. I know he is lurking, but his plans will not succeed for I trust in You. It’s in Your name and for Your glory, Amen.

Love Does Not Dishonor

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In Esther chapter 1, we find a huge party planned with many noble people invited. This party lasted for days, not just a simple dinner party. On the 7th day of the party, King Ahasuerus told his servants to bring the queen to him so he could show off her beauty to those attending, but she refused to come. Her refusal to come made the king very angry, as we can imagine. She didn’t just offend the king, but his leaders and the people he ruled over. Her actions caused a reaction. Her actions had consequences.

When the king consulted with his wise men who understood the times, they showed their concern that what she did in dishonoring the kings request, would spread throughout the kingdom and cause other wives to stand up and rebel against their own husbands.

My friends, this word dishonor simply means treating someone as common or ordinary. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is! It causes us and others to become disrespectful, and feel it’s not necessary to listen and obey. This is the reason God was clear on how we honor those in authority over us. If we don’t, it breaks down society and effects others by our actions. If you doubt this, just look at what has happened with our president and how far reaching the dishonor has gone in our homes.

In this story I see our King calling His queen to show her off to the world, but she refuses to come.  She’s become too absorbed with her own plans and purposes, too busy with her own agenda and wants to be her own boss.

Having lost the heart and obedience of his Queen, He is searching throughout the earth to find those with a pure heart, so they may be prepared to show off His power and glory. It doesn’t matter their social standing, age or rank in life. He’s pulling them off the streets, from abusive homes, from prisons, the highways and byways of life because His own have dishonored Him by being too busy with their life in this world to do His bidding.

He’s been gathering men and women across the globe and preparing them to rule with Him.  A people who will set aside their agenda for His own, who will leave their jobs, their homes, their father and mother, sister and brother behind for the sake of the Kingdom. Those whose hearts follow hard after Him, will be those who gain access to the inner courts of the King.

I want to be a part of that.  The bible makes it abundantly clear that those who hesitate, will not take part in the Kingdom of God but will be left behind. What has your heart? What you honor, you will obey. What you honor, you will prioritize.

Everyday I ask God to show me ANY area where there is the least bit of hesitation. It’s one thing to say, “I’ll go ANYWHERE you send me!” It’s yet another to actually go. To be a part of a body of believers who smell bad, look bad, are too weird, speak in tongues, to be uncomfortable sitting next to, thats EXACTLY where I want to be.

Some people wear their yuck on the outside, others on the inside.

Jesus, more than anything in this world, I need You. Without You I’m lost. Please wrap yourself around me and take me because I am entirely Yours. Every bit of my yuck is Yours to beautify. I yield to the treatments of holiness for a night with You. May I lose myself and find You. It’s all for Your glory, Amen.

My Prayer Today

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“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Ps 5:12 NKJ
 
We ask for your favor, Lord. Not that it rain down on us, but that it would wrap around us as a shield, protecting us, keeping us, directing us.
 
Favor that touches every aspect of our lives, our health, relationships, connections, business, finances, and family. Favor on our jobs, in our homes, on our pastors, our churches.
 
Open doors that previously remained stubbornly closed, allowing us to move forward in Your plans and purposes. Victory for battles! Promotion! Transfer!
 
Lord, let your ear be attentive to this Your servant. I prophesy favor, as You have told me to do. Right now great Provider, do as only You can do. Blow from the north, the south, the east and the west.
 
We will stand this day and see the salvation of our God for You are faithful to your Word and You are moved by our faith and trust in You. You will not allow our enemies to triumph over us.
 
It’s in Jesus’ name we agree together, Amen.

You’re Not Alone

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What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint.  And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait.  It’s on its way. It will come right on time. Habakkuk 2:1-3 MSG

I’ve been given prophetic words in the past, words that I heard with my ears and received in my spirit, but felt as if they must be talking about someone else. Have you ever felt like that? You know you’re called to something. You have passion for God that others think is too radical. Things you’ve read in the Word has expanded your thinking and you know God has included you but you have no idea how, where, what, why or when it’s going to happen.

In the process, you’ve learned Gods voice and stepped out in faith to obey instructions that made no sense in the natural. When someone asked why you did that, you shrug your shoulders and respond, “Because God asked me to.” You’ve seen eye rolling taken to a whole other level. You’ve seen the snickers of friends and family alike as they shake their head and say, “Guess they’ll just have to learn the hard way!” But you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were obedient. Even after the accusations of the enemy screams in your ears, “You’re so stupid! When will you ever learn? God didn’t say that! You don’t hear His voice! He doesn’t speak like that anymore!” But you know! Regardless of what things look like or feel like or sound like, you know!

If this is you and you’re in the span of time between obedience to what you heard and the manifestation of promise, let me take a moment to encourage you. Hang on because there’s a rumbling going on. I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “I’m pulling them together, my remnant, my bride. You’re not in this alone, for there are many more like you. Don’t be discouraged or downhearted. Don’t give up and quit! You’re not running this race alone.

“Just as Elijah stood exhausted from the good fight in the cave at Horeb where I told him he was not alone, but there were 7000 others who had not bowed to the god of this world, so you my sons and daughters are also not alone. And just as a body is linked together by cells, blood, tissue and bone, so are you linked with others for my purposes.

“The rumbling you hear, is the dry bones coming together to form a mighty army of men and women all around the world. Every nation, every tribe and tongue, who are filled with my Spirit and are willing to obey my voice, these are those who I will use in this last day. My timing. My Kingdom coming, my will being done on this earth as it is in Heaven.”

In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine being included on anything of this magnitude. It’s mind bending, scary and cool all at the same time. I’m awaiting instructions and am confident that He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it. I’ll continue to run this race that is before me, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. So be it!