The Move Of God You’ve Been Praying For

The Church has recently been moving into a new season. Imperceptibly to many, but to others, such as the watchmen and prophets, it has been a clear call. A rally to arms. The Expectation of what is coming is almost too much to stand. Like a child eagerly waiting to open a gift, these people of God are anxiously awaiting the glorious move of the Lord that will sweep hearts, families, peoples and nations.

What an amazing time to be a saint in the Kingdom!  When the people of God begin to hear the call and answer it, the roar of His people will rise as never before. They will call for the hearts of God’s people to be transformed. They will call the prodigals out of the pig pens and back to the Father. They will cry out for the lost, blind and hardened hearts to come to the Cross. They will call for the return of Jesus!

Maybe you already know what is happening. Maybe you are already making preparations and working. This message is to those like you who need encouragement.

Maybe you were not aware that we were this close. Maybe you thought we had some years to go before we could expect the move we’ve all been praying for. This message is also for you. A trumpet call to get you off the couch, to get your head out of your smart phone.

So, what is happening? Or about to happen? What are we to do?
I gotta tell you that the answer has already been preached to you probably more times than you care to count. But you must hear it now. Please listen to what the Spirit of God is saying today to YOU.

The people. All people. Need to know and hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.

The call to us all is: Evangelize.
I’m not talking about the quiet life many of us have lived where we post some picture with scripture on Facebook and think we are reaching the world for Jesus. You must get out of your comfort zone and begin bringing in the harvest. If that strikes fear in your heart, then you have to get past it. Whatever you need to do, whether it’s repenting for walking in fear of rejection or being “too busy” or not knowing what to say- do what you need to do to get over this. Pray for massive doses of courage. But, today I am not here to tell you how to get to the place where you become obedient to the Call. Maybe another time.

This is it, folks. We are there. No more excuses. No more waiting until you see the floods of people running to the Cross. No more waiting until it becomes fashionable to be crazy for Jesus. The time is now.

The lost and unsaved people are out there- all over the place waiting for the inexpressibly unending love and forgiveness of the Father God. You are the messenger. You are the fisherman going out with Jesus in the boat into the deep water after having no success all night fishing. The catch is there waiting. The more fish you bring in, the more there are to help bring in more. The nets will be very full. We need the help.

 

Going Deeper During Adversity

Going Deeper During Adversity - Hope & encouragement for christians enduring hard difficult trials and situationsWhen we have decided in our heart to truly dedicate ourselves, our children and our marriage to the Lord, then He is faithful to make a beautiful thing out of it, but not before He purifies it in the fire. Dedication and consecration are a process.

Believer, if you have said in your heart at some point, “Yes, Lord.” then it brings glory to the Father, but your willingness to be under His hand means that He must sharpen you.

As I have walked through the fire many times, I can tell you in my experience that it often is one trial overlapping another. So as one issue is fading or near over, another one materializes. It’s our attitude, our bent knees/hearts and willingness to learn everything we can (that the Lord is showing us) that are the key.

Can we find praise to give to God?
Can we worship Him during our moments of suffering?
Can we see the bigger plan He has for us in our situation?

The Lord wants your heart, all of it.

Surrendering our heart brings us to a place where we revisit another depth in God where He presses us to go deeper again. Our trusting Him comes in layers. Our depth of forgiveness toward others and forgiving ourselves comes in layers. Repentance comes in steps too.
The more flesh that is burned from us, the more we become like Jesus.
Many years ago, a good friend of mine said, “If you want to be like Jesus, you’ll have to learn to take those Judas’ kisses.” Goodness was she ever right. I have walked through almost unbearable pain time and time again and even public lies and slander. Maybe you have too. All for the glory of God. Almost every issue surrounded a relationship thing with some person. Relationships are SO important to God! I’d say that He deems them paramount. Unfortunately for our flesh, He uses them to purify us, humble us, to bring our broken hearts to Him, to teach us new facets of forgiveness and His mercy. Our tears are never lost, never wasted, in our journey walking with God.

Those scriptures you use to edify yourself are crucial. Ones like “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” and “He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me”, “the prayers of a righteous man avail much” There are so many. Encourage yourself with the word. I post them in my car, by the kitchen sink, the bathroom counter. I repeat them aloud. I preach them to myself in my head everywhere I go.

Don’t let the enemy drag you down into a pit of despair, discouragement and doubt. Being self-consumed is a dangerous slope. Your situation is not bigger than His work in your heart and life. God’s love never fails. He has never left you, Believer. He has always been there. The love and empathy He has put way down deep in you is to share, to pour out.
So even when your world seems like it’s crashing down, like it’s raining anvils- you still have a powerful ministry.
Worship Him.
Love His people.
Love the unloved.
Speak the Truth to them.
Be that light.

Marriage: How to be married and protect it

When we first become engaged to the woman or man of our dreams, we envision a certain amount of perfection that will follow in our marriage. We see our life filled with smiles, laughter, passionate kisses, maybe some children. We don’t dare imagine life without a few little bumps in the road, because after all we are trying to be honest with ourselves.

What happens after we say “I Do” is where the rubber meets the road. All of our hopes and dreams we have separately, jointly and even unspoken ones… all join together. The brightness of a newly married life and romantic adventure wears off a bit. After years it may fade away completely.

Why would this happen? Why is it accepted as part of the way things are when you get married? We should automatically reject that lie and also then understand that marriage is a life long romance that requires us to be vigilant to guard it and our hearts. [Proverbs 4:23] The enemy of our souls is seeking to kill and destroy and our marriage, Christian Marriage, tops his list of things to destroy.

There are a lot of reasons why he does this. Mainly because marriage is holy before God and he hates everything called holy. Another big reason is that when we are married before the Lord, we are blessed, strong and bonded in unity. Literally that must make the devil’s skin crawl. When we remember all these things, we should stand a bit taller and be ever more committed to protect and strengthen our relationship with our husband or wife.

We know that satan prowls about like a hungry lion and breaking a godly marriage is pretty delicious to him. So, how can we strengthen and protect our marriage from that?

It takes a hard and focused stand on the issue. We must eliminate everything, yes every thing, that comes between the husband and wife relationship. If our marriage is full of bickering there is a struggle for power in the marriage. That will take some serious denying of your flesh and giving God control. If we are spending too much time or too much money on “things” or “hobbies” then cut that out too. Sensual movies, sensual books, victorias secret (soft porn!) have no place in your marriage. Ever. Don’t fool yourself if you think you are not affected by it. Your eyes & heart should only be for your sweetie. God’s word is clear on the matter.

Our children, according to scripture, are NOT ahead of our spouse. The Biblical order to your priorities is

1. God
2. Husband/Wife
3. Ourselves
4. Children
5. Other family, Friends, Serving in Church
6. Exterior world

When we are at worship practice 3 nights a week, playing video games or out with friends frequently, shopping for kicks, on the net chatting or facebooking, texting, at soccer practice & games, pta meetings, television, netflix and so on… we are spending way too much time NOT being married or a family. We have our priorities out of whack.

Of course then, the result is we will have a cascading failure of our marriage and family.
If we take the time to prioritize our walk- God first, Our husband or wife second- then our life will shift back into proper focus. No longer will chaos, busyness, fighting, power struggles, passive aggressive remarks and behavior, sexual problems in the bedroom and our children’s behavior plague us. All of these things do straighten out if we genuinely turn all of this over to the Lord. Sometimes it takes more time than we prefer, but that is part of healing oftentimes.

On the subject of our bedrooms, it is a taboo topic for some reason in the Church. Secret sin abounds in this area and many are hurt and broken-hearted. It is not a place to manipulate, coerce or avoid and make excuses. The marriage bed is pure and holy and good and safe. A place of trust and intimacy. God says so in Song Of Solomon, “Drink deeply!” Passion and romance are very good and He wants us all to have it. When we begin to treat our husband or wife like they are a treasure to us, with honor, with adoration, we will see a change. Make an diligent effort and do it regularly. Progress may be slow at first, but keep praying and keep up the good work. Your marriage is worth it. Every little step counts. If you need help, a fantastic book “The Love Dare” is a good resource.

Pleasure as a purpose?

Pleasure As A Purpose

Pleasure As A Purpose

A few years back I went through a season of posting short blog posts that had a lot of punch to them. These posts were as much revelation to me as they were to others. So for the next week or so I thought I would post a few of these, I hope you find as much insight and truth in them as I have. If you have had similar revelation please feel free to post.
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Pleasure as a purpose?

I exist for His purposes and to make Him happy, I think I have gotten that twisted and turned around in my life. Unfortunately to get it turned back around and into right order seems to take more of a miracle then healing the sick or casting out demons.

How ridiculous to think that ministering to others is going well when I am getting personal pleasure out of it,…and if I am not,…well, than it just can’t be God’s will can it.(Jonah thought this way)

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in Heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the Prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11,12
I realize that it is IMPOSSIBLE to live in Matthew 5:13-16 if you don’t live in 11 and 12,…absolutely IMPOSSIBLE.
How many however, including myself have said,..or thought, that persecution was a sign that I was doing something wrong, and that having all men speak well of me was a sign of spiritual maturity, that I had learned to say things in a way that people could ‘receive it’. What a lie!
I mean Jesus also said, ” Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.” Luke 6:26
I guess for today without getting lengthy I’ll just say that God does not exist for my pleasure and that my pleasure is not His purpose.
Because for one, God knows that eternal pleasure is already set up for me, so why would He want me to spend my life trying to obtain something that is already guaranteed?

Jesus was the Lord of Glory long before He came to Earth. He left all of that to come here for a life as a human so that He could become our sacrifice,….think about that,….how pleasurable would it be to live understanding that God’s ultimate purpose for your life was to be brutally torn to shreds as a sacrifice for the sins of other people when you hadn’t committed any sins of your own?
Yes I understand there was a resurrection,…but even Jesus was so horrified by His calling that at one point He asked God if there was any other way,….save me from this!
This makes me realize that if I am going to be a light in this World, my own pleasure is going to have to stop being my purpose. And the insane sickness of believing that God’s ultimate purpose for my life is my own personal pleasure,….well that is open sin and must die at the cross of Jesus.
As Jesus said, “if the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

Daniel

Chutes And Ladders – How to advance in a lose-a-turn world

 
 
How to advance in a lose-a-turn worldDo you ever wonder why there are so many people heavily burdened with pain and crisis all around you? People with the same types of problems they had five years ago? Something is wrong. Where is the freedom and victory that is supposed to be in the Church?
 
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22
Here is the deal. Each day we wake up it is a new day full of fresh challenges. Quizzes and tests, if you will. That should not be cause for alarm if we know the material, if we studied. We might know what the Bible has to say about this and that, IF we listened during a solid Bible preaching church service or IF we actually read the Word for ourselves, but we have not taken it to heart. We have not made the Word of the Lord and His instruction part of who we are, part of how we think. How can we pass the pop quiz if we have not learned the material?
 
“Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Exodus 20:20

Growing and learning from our mistakes and trials -knowing full well we will be tested again on the same issue but on a different level of difficulty- is what we are supposed to be doing. You must learn and grow. The same issue will always come up again to check you, but this time it will be wearing a different dress. If we are being thrown a test on the same basic level, for example lying about who was on the phone, we must consider that we are most likely still not passing the most rudimentary of tests. Ouch. We have been unfaithful in the small things, therefore how can we ever hope to “attain” the larger things? We can’t. As frustrating as it may sound, we will stay on square one until we pass. If you indeed pray for those larger things- things such as great faith, authority, discernment, to heal- you WILL be put through all the training and testing to get there. What about “Ask and it will be given to you”? Don’t be misled by common feel good quoting of scripture like that. People who chant those kinds of verses are lost in a Mayberry fantasy and will keep struggling with the same problems. Count on this: it will not be simply just given to you like a birthday gift you unwrap. It will be earned and learned step by step. That is how it will be given to you.Chutes & Ladders - how to advance in a lose-a-turn world

Are you finding yourself still on the same space of the game board drawing “lose a turn” or “go back 2 spaces”? The Israelites walked circles in the desert for forty years. This is a clear message we are usually too frustrated or angry to see.

Time to turn to the Lord. Run to the tower, the name of the Lord. Repent for doing things your way. Start doing things His way. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to teach & train you. All in Jesus’ name.

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 1 Chronicles 29:17