I wanted to share with you what happened to me at church today. I really didn't feel like going to church today and was thinking of staying at home and watching it online. But, the Holy Spirit told me to go to church.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM God healed me of sleep apnea in the evening service at Eagle Mountain Church.
I had suffered from breathing disorders since I was a teenager and was believing God for a healing for many years. God worked a plan in my life as I had made other plans, but God caused me to attend the morning service at EMIC on Sunday, September 25, 2016. I had forgotten that Billy Burke was going to be ministering that day and was expecting a regular church service. When I learned he was going to be ministering I was not expecting anything to happen as I had claimed my healing many years ago and confess that I my healed and praise God for it every day. While the manifestation of my healing had not yet come, I would wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and have to sleep in a chair to get some sleep. This problem has existed for as long as I can remember. From problems snoring as a teenager. Several years ago the problem had gotten serious enough where I had a sleep test and was told that I had severe Sleep Apnea, to the point that even the two-way breathing machines would not help and it could result in a heart attack and I could die in my sleep. The problem was so bad that even when wide awake, if I laid down on a bed and relaxed my throat the airway would become immediately closed off. I would wake up exhausted and have to take naps in my chair and it was very difficult to get anything done because I was always exhausted. I would often take naps and fall asleep almost anywhere given the opportunity.
Last Sunday morning Billy Burke mentioned someone getting healed of sleep apnea, the Holy Spirit moved on me to expect my own healing to manifest. I inquired of the Lord what I should do and He said Sunday night. So, I came back Sunday evening expecting. During the service the Lord told me when to get in the line. I got up and waited for my time for healing. It didn't seem like much there wasn't any fireworks or flashes of light. Brother Billy Burke asked me what I wanted and I said I want to be healed of sleep apnea. He asked me a few questions and then put his hands on me and I came under the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit told me to lay still for a couple of minutes then allowed me to get up. I didn't feel anything major, but my throat felt tighter than it had been previously. When I went to bed that night I laid on my back and relaxed my throat. Nothing happened! The airway did not close like it had in the past and it was then that I felt what can only be described as an incision in my throat. Something had been cut away in a semi-circular cut. When I was laying on the floor an Angel had cut away a small portion of what was causing my problem.
Since that night I have had sound sleep and woken up refresh and energized every day. My throat feels different, tighter and when I relax I keep breathing. My body doesn’t know what to do as it has been trained to avoid relaxing in bed. I’m going to have to relearn how to sleep.
Praise the Lord!
Thank you Jesus!
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In the beginning God set the Sun, Moon and stars to be used as appointed times and seasons.
Historically our translators and teachers assumed this was talking about the seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. But as we approach the end of this age and the restoration of the Jewish people our understanding of these scriptures has taken on a deeper and more important meaning.
When we understand the full meaning of these words we discover that these "signs" in the heavens also means signals to alert us that something is about to happen, like the recent four blood moons that occurred over the past couple of years. And the word "seasons" is the Hebrew word moed, which mean an appointed time set by the Lord or a special time of meeting with Him. Most Christians are unaware that many of these "moeds" point to of the Festivals of the Lord such as: The Passover, Festival of Trumpets, Festival of Tabernacles. But there is one "moed" or appointed Festival chosen by God that is mostly unknown.
For most of us the mention of a New Moon means the time when the moon is blacked out, but that is not what the Bible is referring to. The New Moon mentioned in the Bible is actually the first sliver of light that appears at the end of the New Moon phase, which can last for up to three days. This first sliver of light is referred to as the Crescent New Moon and is considered in the Bible the beginning of a new month. The Bible teaches us that everything must be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Historically witnesses would watch to see the crescent moon appear then run and report it to the high priest who, after two reports, would sound the trumpet, announcing the beginning of the new month.
In the Bible God has set this as an appointed time of celebration for His people to seek His face and receive a blessing. Until now Christians have been mostly ignorant of the appointed times of God. But God is now bringing the Final Restoration mentioned in Acts 3:21 and other scriptures to our attention. And with that restoration He is calling us to return to His ways of doing things and meeting Him at His appointed times.
In the beginning the Christians followed all the festivals of the Lord and His specials days. Until Constantine, the Emperor of Rome became a Christian, but he turned his back on the ways of God and introduced the new religion of replacement theology, which abandoned the appointed times God had established in His word and created substitute celebrations to turn the hearts of the people away from Gods appointed feasts and setup his own festivals as substitute to the festivals of the Lord.
However, this was not the first time this has happened as the Bible tells this exact same story beginning with the death of king Solomon in 1 Kings 11. Solomon's heart was turned from the Lord by his pagan wives and God sent a prophet and anointed Jeroboam to be given 10 of the tribes of Israel. God promised to establish Jeroboam kingdom if he followed the ways of the Lord. But when Jeroboam acquired those 10 tribes he sought to establish his kingdom by his own might and broke all ties with Israel and in doing that he setup new gods and new festivals turning the heart of the people away from God. When Jeroboam did this God cursed him and his descendants swearing to wipe his heritage from the earth. If God is that jealous of His festivals to curse the king and his family, it tells us just how important these festivals are to God.
Many Christians spend their lives seeking the presence of the Lord asking Him for a favor or blessing in many different ways. Yet God has shown us in His word that He has already set appointed times when He has promised to meet with His people and bless us. And if God has done this, then why are we struggling for His favor when He has already told us He will meet with us at those appointed times of His blessing?
Here in lies a very special revelation. All of these appointed times and festivals are found only by our desire to seek out when they will occur, because each of them happens based upon the lunar cycle. If we truly want the blessing of the Lord, to be there when the King is waiting to meet with us, can't we make the little effort it takes to seek to be there when He appears? Because these appointed times are based upon the lunar calendar they change from month to month and year to year. We reveal our passion for Him by seeking to know those appointed times and being there ready to meet Him and receive His blessing. We have but to ask ourselves, are we going to continue seeking God's blessings under our own effort or are we going to receive the King's blessing by being there at His appointed times?
The Lord has revealed the importance of these things in:
If God has promised to bless us for keeping His holy days, why would we ignore them? We have a guaranteed blessing, all we have to do is show up.
These things will also be celebrations in the Millennial kingdom.
Today (Sunday, May 8, 2016) is one of those days. It is Rosh Chodesh the Crescent New Moon, the beginning of the new month. The time of God's appointed celebration to bless the Lord and be blessed by the Lord. It is a time of celebration with family and friends and look forward to the favor of God in the coming month. To thank the Lord for His blessing at this time the Jews have a prayer praising the Lord.
“Praised are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the skies with his word, and all heaven’s host with the breath of his mouth. He gave them appointed times and roles, and they never miss their cues, doing their Creator’s bidding with gladness and joy. He is the true creator who acts faithfully, and he has told the moon to renew itself. It is a beautiful crown for the people carried by God from birth, who will likewise be renewed in the future in order to proclaim the beauty of their creator for his glorious majesty. Praised are you, O Lord, who renews new moons.”
Take this time as an opportunity to worship the Lord and to join with family and friends for a celebration meal. For the Lord has blessed you and given you a new month of favor and blessing to be poured out on you, because you have met Him at His appointed time and honored Him by keeping His Holy New Moon.
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Sukkot, The Festival of Tabernacles runs Oct 9-15. It is believed that Sukkot is the true celebration of Christ's birth. Since God established these "Feasts of the Lord" and this festival celebrates Christ's birth, this year setup a small shelter or manger scene and celebrate Christmas as God intended. Not as the world does by setting up a Christmas tree and putting gifts under that, which is actually worshiping the pagan goddess Asherah. Something God said not to do in Deut. 12:2-4. We may not be under the law, but God said it for a reason. Shouldn't we as HIS followers want to do things HIS way and have nothing to do with the ways of this world? Instead of worshiping Asherah by putting gifts under a tree, why not worship Christ by put your gifts before HIM instead? (James 4:4-10, 1 John 2:15-17)
Then if you want, leave it up until the end of the year as a declaration that you worship the truth, not the world.
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I really wish the Lord had spoken this to me before the Festival of Tabernacles (Sukkot) had occurred, but he called me into reviewing the teaching "The Final Restoration" and while making a number of minor edits to improve reading, etc. he dropped the following into my heart, which I placed toward the end of the teaching, giving us a simple way to celebrate the birth of our Lord during his time of celebration.
Here’s a few suggestions for those who desire to follow after God’s ways, which is easy and just a beginning step to restoring a celebration of Festivals of the Lord for the Christians. Instead of celebrating Christmas in December like the world does, celebrate the birth of Christ in September during the Festival of Tabernacles and instead of a Christmas tree, which comes from pagan celebrations, setup a manger scene in your home and have your family set their gifts around that. It would encourage children to ask about Jesus' birth instead of Santa Claus. Gifts can be given out each day or on the last day of the celebration. Instead of Christmas parties, have Tabernacle Celebrations with friends to celebrate the birth of the Messiah. The world will think you are weird, the Jews will be jealous and God will be blessing you for turning your back on the ways of the world.
So, now you've got a game plan for next year. Get your whole church involved. It will transform your life and the season.
Live in God's Peace!
I really liked Sid Roth's Facebook post this morning and wanted to share it with you.
HOW TO WALK IN FAVOR
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You don't want to miss the revelation found in this message! The Lord has kept me silent about this revelation for over 30 years and I was actually debating with Him if He really wanted me to release it right now.
Being a Casual Christian in the last days could very well jeopardize your opportunity to escape the Tribulation in the Rapture! Read the teaching below to learn why and how to be counted among the wise who are Raptured.
This revelation is super important!
Once you read it, share it with all your friends, they need to hear this also.
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It is extremely important today that you be encouraged to stand up in your faith and resist the temptations of this world as it will attempt to entice you away and keep you unaware of its deceptions. God needs you now more than ever to be a shining light of righteousness in a world that is quickly growing darker each day. This darkness is easy to see, as we watch those around us, who we thought had enough common sense to know better, are doing things that ten years ago nobody would ever consider. As a Christian you have the power to protect yourself from such influences and to shine as a light to lead others away from these entrapments. But it requires you to take an active resolve and making a willing decision to stand apart from the darkness.
This Darkness is one of the seven parts of “The Mystery Babylon,” it is how deceptive influencers use Knowledge, Education and Communication in this world order to control the weak and foolish and it will be judged by God in the 5th Judgment of the Tribulation (Revelation 9:1-12 and 16:10-11). You can read more about this in: Tell Them to Prepare – A New Look at the book of Revelation. God needs every one of us right now to be actively pursuing those who are being pulled into this darkness, to be a guiding light to show them a better way. We can see this darkness that they cannot see growing in our world today and it will get increasingly darker because this world refuses to accept the ways of God. But by the time this darkness reaches its fullness at the judgment, it will become so great that it will seem more like insanity to us today. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 6:23:
For those, who are in this darkness, the darkness has become so extreme that they consider that the darkness they have to be light or wisdom. This is a very dangerous place to be because they have reached a place where they consider themselves so wise they are unwilling to listen to and accept counsel from anyone who does not agree with what they consider truth. And if we are seeing the fruit of this emerging in our day, how bad will it get before it reaches the fullness at the Judgment of Darkness?
This is all the more reason that we must prepare ourselves today to stand against the attacks of the enemy and have the strength to resist the pressures to be overcome by the thoughts of this world. These deceptions pull on us to relax and take a more casual viewpoint on the importance of our relationship with Jesus. We can’t afford to become influenced as a Casual Christian today, as there are too many dangers involved with this attitude, including the loss of the opportunity to escape in the Rapture when that time comes, as we will get into shortly. But James makes his case for this with this warning:
We can’t just simply go to church on Sunday and listen to what is preached then head off into our week barely even remembering what was said, and Sunday church should not even be your primary source of spiritual food. As James says we should study the word constantly, until our lives begin to reflect what is in the Bible. James is drawing the picture that we are the ones who should be mirrors and the Bible should always be before our eyes, studying it every day until we begin to reflect Jesus through our lives. Joshua 1:8 tells us to study it day and night and to meditate upon what it says, because only then will we have the ability to succeed.
Stand strong in the conviction of your faith and don't allow yourself to be fooled into being a Casual Christian, for such a life gives the things of this world entrance in to corrupt your soul and brings darkness. This is a sure way to lose what you think you had. Keep your focus on the word of God, don’t just read it, but study it like you would study yourself in a mirror seeking to discover every little detail. Let the word penetrate deep within your heart and soul transforming you into the image and likeness of Jesus. Seek to become like Him in every area of your life. This will then open doors for God to bless you. If you think you are religious but live like this world and carelessly speak like this world speaks, then your religion and your salvation are worthless and the only thing you have done is fool yourself. For when the day of judgment comes, you will only discover, after it is too late, that you did not measure up to the image of Christ and will lose your soul because you did not value, the gift that you were given.
Too much of the Christian world today promotes a Casual Christianity where all you have to do is believe and you will be saved. But that is not what the scriptures teach. Romans 10:9 tells us that we have to believe Jesus was raise from the dead and then confess Him as Lord, then we will be saved. That is true, but it is not the whole truth. It’s wonderful that it God made it so easy to lead someone to the Lord, but without discipleship a great disservice is done because most people simply do not understand what it means to confess Jesus as their “Lord” or how to it should be applied in their lives. Christ did not call us to just save the lost, but to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:16) and that requires teaching. If those who are saved are not discipled they will never learn how to make Jesus their Lord and if they never reach that understanding, then ultimately they will be faced with all the other scriptures warning what happens to Casual Christians on the Day of Judgment (John 15:1-14, Matt 7:21-23, Luke 6:43-49). They said the sinner’s prayer, they thought they were Christians, but if they were never taught or they never sought after a personal relationship with Jesus and really made Him their Lord, they will stand before Him in tears and cries for mercy, only to be cast into outer darkness. Everything in our salvation rests upon the strength or weakness of our personal relationship with Jesus, including whether we are accounted worthy of escaping in the Rapture.
The way we live today we don't use or understand the meaning of the word "Lord" like they did in Jesus' time. Back then a Lord was a person who owned you, not as a slave, but as a subject, a person who lived under the rule of a Lord. They had full control over every aspect of their subject’s life. They told them what to do, where to go, where to live, even who to marry. It didn't matter if it was something they wanted, if the Lord told them to work as a farmer or a blacksmith that was their job. They didn't have a choice in the matter. If someone had a benevolent Lord, they were well taken care of and they could ask for a favor and perhaps get it. But it was not their choice; it was their Lord's decision. Many of the Lords of this world have been considered harsh and difficult taskmasters.
But when we come to Jesus as our Lord, he is a benevolent Lord who wants only the best for those He watches over, his burden is light and his yoke is easy (Matt 11:28-30). He knows how to make our lives better and how to turn difficult situations around into blessings. But for Him to do these things we must do what He tells us to do. We have to live our lives according to His principles, not our own or those of this world. His ways are higher than our ways, but He wants to teach us His ways, if we will let Him, and in allowing Him to teach us a better way to live our lives are transformed for the better. But we must make Him the "LORD" of every area of our lives by studying His word, obeying what He tells us to do and in doing that He will teach us and lift us to a life that is higher and better than we could have ever imagined.
For those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior but never made Him the Lord of their lives they have no true relationship with Him and are like the five foolish virgins who lived as casual Christians only to miss out on the greatest blessing (The Rapture) when the opportunity to enter in with the Bridegroom came (Matt 25:1-13). I am not trying to be harsh here; I am speaking out of love trying to provide a warning before it is too late. God has called me as a prophet to prepare His Church for the Rapture and has given me many revelations and insight into understanding prophetic scripture. My spirit cries over the dangers that are coming and I don’t want anyone to be caught up in those things and suffer loss because they were unprepared. My concern here is not for those who have a heart for Jesus, who yearn for closer a relationship with Jesus. For them there is no fear where the Rapture is concerned. But those who have never cultivated a relationship with Him are at great risk. They may be saved, but without that relationship they will miss out on the glory.
Right now we are living at the ending of the greatest opportunity history will ever record, we are living in the "Times of the Gentiles," a time of grace where anyone, Jew or Gentile can become part of the Church, a new creature in Christ simply by making Jesus their Lord and in return they receive the free gift to become part of God’s inner circle in an intimate, family relationship with God simply by believing by faith. (James 2:17, 18) But this is not casual faith, it is for those who put action to their faith by developing that relationship, through studying His word and spending time with Him, otherwise they won’t get invited in. They may be saved and they may become one of His subjects in the Millennial Kingdom, but they will never experience being in the inner family of glorified saints as a ruler in His kingdom. This is reserved only for those who have intimate personal relationship with God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Once Jesus returns to rule from Jerusalem, the "Times of the Gentiles" will end and this kind of opportunity will never exist again. There is nothing in the Bible that teaches us that we will be able enter into the inner family of God after Christ's return, but it does say that those who do enter that glory with Jesus will be with Him forever. You don't want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity.
If you have not already done so, simply make the decision that you believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God, and then with your mouth declare that Jesus is your Lord. Once that is done, you just learned what “Lord” means, so commit yourself to following Him, by reading His word, praying and following after everything He has for you. Ask for the Holy Spirit to come and fill you and He will lead you in the way you should go. Develop that intimate relationship with Him and you are guaranteed to be included in the greatest blessing.
It vitally important right now that you count yourself among the wise and prepare yourself, for the coming of the Lord is drawing near. Don’t play games with your faith and fall asleep, for the time is fast approaching when the midnight announcement is given and when that happens it may be too late for those who did not pay attention and were not prepared. Let me show you what I mean.
Matthew 25 is much more than a parable, it is a prophecy. In fact Matthew 24 and 25 are all one teaching with Matthew 25 containing the three judgments of the last days: The Judgment of the Bride, the Church and the Nations. The story of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, is the Judgment of the Bride and represents the Rapture of those who are wise. I’ll teach on the other two later. Right now let’s take a look at the Judgment of the Bride.
In the King James Version “bridesmaid” is translated as “virgin” and represents a young woman, ready to be married. Because they are all virgins, they have all accepted Jesus as their Savior, but not all were wise and developed a relationship with the Lord, so they are not prepared for what was going to happen (See: Luke 12:42-48). In this context the 10 bridesmaids represent the whole of the Christian community in the last days. The “oil” represents the Holy Spirit and the “lamps” a relationship with the Lord. Those who were foolish did not store up enough oil of the Holy Spirit to maintain a proper relationship with the Lord. These are the Casual Christians, the ones who are lazy and more interested in the things of this world than they are the things of God and when the time comes their oil will be too small to maintain the fire of a relationship with the Lord when it is most needed. When the Bridegroom is delayed the 10 bridesmaids get tired and fall asleep. At midnight just before the Bridegrooms arrival, a shout will be heard, an announcement that the Bridegroom is coming.
This announcement is not some simple message given from the pulpit or street corner. It is an announcement that is given with such earth shaking supernatural power that it wakes up all of Christendom from its slumber, but for those who are not prepared for this event it will be too late. This is not the shout that is part of the Rapture as describe in 1 Thess. 4:16. This announcement will be released a short time before the Rapture and will shake the entire world and while all of Christendom is startled awake by this announcement, most are not going to be expecting it. This announcement is an actual event and is the ultimate mission of this ministry and calling given when I was 12 and developed in my life more than 30 years ago, but at that time I was commanded to keep silent until the appointed time. God has taken careful steps to keep this message hidden, even holding me back because, given the chance, I could have missed the timing of the Lord, but today He is releasing it and calling His Church to prepare for the Rapture. Even though the timing of this announcement is still in God’s hands, there is not much time left and He wants you to be prepared for it now. This event is also mentioned in the book of Revelation as one of the events that will happen during the Sixth Seal, just before the Rapture, as outlined in the book: Tell Them to Prepare – A New Look at the book of Revelation. It is also the reason why the Lord gave me the book and kept that hidden until it was time to reveal the mystery of the last hour to prepare His Church.
Once this announcement occurs the entire Church is startled, awoken and brought to its feet along with the rest of the world, some in celebration for those who are prepared, but fear for those of the Church who have been foolish. They will beg the wise ones to help them prepare for the Rapture, but there just isn’t enough time for them to develop a personal intimate relationship with Jesus in the time left. Jesus is returning for a bride without spot or wrinkle, but these foolish ones, because they wanted to live a Casual Christian life are still covered with the deceptions of this world are unprepared. They seek and struggle to develop that relationship, but there just isn’t enough time. While these foolish ones run off to seek after the relationship they so desperately need, the Bridegroom comes and takes the five wise bridesmaids in (the Rapture) to the marriage feast and the door is locked. Afterward when the foolish ones realize what has happened, they plead, crying outside to be let in also, but the only reply Jesus gives them is: “Believe me, I don’t know you.” It wasn’t their salvation that qualified them for the Rapture and escape from the Tribulation; it was their relationship with Jesus, which they did not care about. (See: 1 Cor 10:1-12) Because they didn’t have a personal intimate relationship with Jesus they were not prepared for Him when He came. Likewise do not think that your salvation is your ticket out of here in the Rapture, because the scriptures do not teach that. There are many more scriptures that reveal the penalty for those who live Casual Christians lives and who allow themselves to be caught up in the ways of this world, they will miss out on the greatest blessing and have to suffer through the Tribulation. This is not an issue of doctrine; it is an issue of the Word. It is clearly spelled out in the scriptures for those who are willing to take off the rose colored glasses of their “Traditions” and study the word for what it says. The Rapture is reserved for those who have committed their life to Christ, who have a personal, intimate relationship with him who will be called to join Him in glory on that day and on that day the door will be locked.
So, what happens to the five foolish bridesmaids? They must endure the Tribulation and afterward will be in Judgment of the Church in Matthew 25:14-30, just before the Judgment of the Nations Matthew 25:31-46. After the Rapture there will be only one other way to join those who have been glorified in the Rapture and that will be by dying for Christ during the Tribulation, afterward they will be raise up with a glorified body. There is no other mention in scripture of this ever happening again. That is why it is called an encouragement and a blessing. It is also a warning and motivation for the others not to head to the hills and hide through the Tribulation. Those who are found worthy in the Judgment of the Church will be saved and brought into the Millennial Kingdom as subjects, but they will never be part of the glorified family of God. Even in this Judgment of the Church there are those who have no understanding of the grace that was given to them and bury or hide it only to be judged wicked and cast into outer darkness because they didn’t value their gift and did not understand their Lord.
Therefore, since God has released this revelation into His family, be aware that the clock is counting down. Do not live your life as a Casual Christian any more. Commit your life to Christ and look steadfastly into the perfect law of liberty. Let it transform your life until you look exactly in like Jesus in every area of your life, then when the midnight announcement is given you will be prepared for that day of glorification and blessing.
Live in God’s Peace.
The revelation in this message is why God gave me the ministry of the Restoration of Prophetic Understanding and the book: Tell Them to Prepare - A New Look at the book of Revelation.
Don't forget to share this message as everyone needs to be prepared for these things.
Satan is running scared. He’s almost out of time and is fighting with everything he’s got and his primary weapon is to get you to take offense. It’s all around us. We don’t even have to search for it. The second you open your eyes or ears you hear criticism about someone or something. It doesn’t take much. It doesn’t even have to be something someone does, it can be as little as a piece of clothing or the way someone looks and if you’re not careful you will get caught up in it.
In Matthew 24:10 Jesus warns us that in the last days many will be offended. The scriptures are full of warnings that we must be very careful to avoid becoming offended and even greater warnings for those who cause offenses.
Right now there is something in your life that is pushing you to become offended, pushing you to criticize something or someone that is getting you on edge, pushing you over the edge. You need to wake up to what is happening around you. It is not you. It is not them. It is the enemy pushing you into any form of offense possible. But the only thing that can protect you from these attacks is LOVE. Psalms 119:165 says it better than any other scripture I know: “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Love is the only power that overcomes this attack from the enemy. Those without a relationship with Jesus have no choice; they don’t know love, because Jesus is LOVE and therefore are at the whim of the enemy to push them wherever he chooses. All they know is their own offenses and to them that it is common and normal. But if you know Jesus then you have the power to overcome offense because you know LOVE, which cast out all fear (1 John 4:18) because offense is a form torment.
We know we should walk in LOVE, but how do we respond to those who know only offense? Those who are being used by the enemy to stir up offense do not realize what they are doing. They are doing what come naturally for them. It is the only way they know. But you have something better and when attacked and pushed to become offended you must respond, not with offense, but with blessing. Matthew 5:44 tells us: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,” And in 1Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” If you are being challenged to take offense, pause and look inward. Ask the Holy Spirit: “What would Jesus do in this situation?” These people don’t deserve an offensive response they need a response of love. Take the time to let the Holy Spirit lead you how to respond.
As we approach that day we so strongly desire, we must be strive to stand strong in our love toward all men. The world will know we are God’s children by our love. The world is falling apart on all sides, we must stand up now more than ever and seek to bless and walk in love toward everyone around us, even those who attack us and cause offense.
Now go forth and seek to be a blessing in your world and take no offense. They need it now more than ever.
Live in God’s Peace.
It's always fun to see the Lord work in one's life, especially when he surprises us with simple things we aren't expecting. As the Lord has given me more tasks to work on for this website and ministry some of those tasks have reached the point where it was necessary for the ministry to obtain its own mailing address. I started looking around at various offices to determine what would be the best location as there were four different offices to choose from. I debated the different locations and finally picked one, then went online to reserve the PO Box. The website said that the local office would pick the box and I thought I might have a choice as to which box I could choose. Even though I had no idea what boxes were available, I had some ideas as to the range I would like to be located around, close to the front, row, etc. When I got to the Post Office and gave them the reservation form I asked if I could choose which box I was assigned to. The clerk told me that the box was selected by the computer and they don't have any control over which box is assigned. I thought oh well, whatever, the actually number is not important, I just hope it isn't all the way in the back. When I heard the number it surprised me. I had to laugh to myself when I saw it, because the idea of that number never even entered my mind. I knew this was from God and he was just saying surprise, this is for your, you choose the right place. Oh, and the new address:
PO Box 701
Haslet, TX 76052
Later that night the Lord spoke to me about it and mentioned, that man (or me) has their plans, but God's (7) plan over all others (0) is the one (1) that prevails (wins). That's what the 701 represents. Anything the Lord has been involved with in my life the number seven or 12 has always been nearby. It's also interesting that this website, while started in 2011, is just beginning to take off in 2012. So, it was a nice confirmation that I was on the right path. Earlier he had given me the cover art for the book (read here), now he has given me the address associated with the book. Praise the Lord! Thank you Father.
Live in God's Peace.
A New Year is upon us and it’s time for the “Traditional” New Year’s Resolution. But before you go off and start scrambling to build a new and better you let me share with you some insight into a better way of transforming your life and your New Year. I’ve never been big on “Traditions” unless God established them in the Bible and as for the “Traditions of Men,” well those aren’t worth two cents. They do more harm than good and they are more of men than of God. The same goes for New Year’s Resolutions. They are more a man-made idea than a God given blessing, which ultimately results in more hurt than help. I’ve only made one New Year’s Resolution in my life that I ever kept and that one was to never make another New Year’s Resolution.
Most New Year’s resolutions are destined to failure before they even get started. We may make the resolution to get into shape and even go down to the gym and pay hundreds of dollars for a gym membership. We even go a few times, but then we get distracted, lose our motivation and in a few weeks quit going. What happened? Why did we fail? In reality we didn’t fail. What failed was the power and beliefs behind our desires and the reason they failed was because we were trying to overpower a weakness, instead of building our strengths and that never works. An effort to improve one's life is not something that can be done with an annual resolution ceremony, which is massive in its conception and yet void of any spiritual power or faith to make it happen. In order to make your New Year wonderful and successful, there’s only one small thing in your life that you need to change: Your Mouth.
Proverbs 6:2 says that we are snared by the words of our mouth and Proverbs 12:14 tells us that we will eat of “the good” of our mouths. What that means is how we speak in our everyday lives is prophesying or creating what our future will be like. We get weighed down by the problems of the day and out of habit turn to friends and family and tell them how bad things are. Guess what? That’s exactly what Satan wants. He knows how powerful words are and has created a culture that thrives on talking about how bad thing are. But doing that doesn’t do anything but prolong the pain. Talking about how one’s world is falling apart doesn’t create a mental or spiritual climate to foster a solution. It only drags you and those you’re sharing with down into a pit of depression and that just thrills the enemy.
Instead of complaining about all the problems we are facing in our lives we need to overpower those problems with the word of God. Until we reach the time of a New Heaven and a New Earth there are always going to be challenging times. But God instructs us in Joel 3:10 that the weak should say: “I am strong.” If we say we are weak or sick then we have set a snare with our mouths and set our lives into a pattern of weakness. Our mouth tells our body what to do and releases spiritual power into the world around us creating what we speak. If we are speaking “good” into our lives we will eat good things. If we are speaking “bad” into our lives we will eat bad things. Don’t let the words of your mouth snare you. As Christians we are empowered by God to transform the world around us. The world may try to create their forgeries with their voodoo hoodoo, but there is no power in it, because God is not behind it. He only stands behind His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
Instead learn to declare God’s purposes into your life. Find scriptures that line up with God’s will for your life and start speaking those words over your life. If you don’t know God’s plan for your life then spend some time in prayer seeking Him to reveal it to you. Start with scriptures like: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” By speaking those words you are sending them out into your future preparing it for when you actually get there. You probably won’t see much happening in the near term, but over time things in your life will start turning around in your favor and when the rest of the world is falling apart your life will be fortified to handle the challenges of those days.
After you’ve learned what God’s calling and purposes are in your life the next thing you need to do is ask the Lord what you should do to plant a seed for that to manifest in your life. It’s not always money; it can be something in your house, something you own or it can be giving time in service to your church or into another person’s life. Whatever God has called you to do sow that as a seed and declare it as such before the Lord when you are doing it.
Once that is done the next thing you need to do to transform your future is to build a living faith image. Take the calling and the purposes that God has revealed to you and create a vivid living image in your spirit where you can see it happening in your life. If you have challenges creating images in your mind or even as a reminder to that goal is to create what I call a Vision Quest. Get some pictures that depict what you are believing for and keep those in front of you. Write out in words what you are believing for as if it were already happening in your life. Then use those to help you create your own living image. Now at the same time you are seeing the manifestation of that dream in your life, start calling it out as if it were already here (Romans 4:17). “I’m getting better. My life is improving every day.” Speak the way you want your future to be, not the way it is now. Don’t let your feelings pull you down into speaking evil about your own life. I know this is easier said than done. We have all fallen into this trap, me included. But even when I do get tripped up I eventually realize what I am doing to myself and turn my tongue around by cancelling my bad words and speaking blessing instead of curses.
If you think your life is worthless then turn that around by saying: “I’m valuable, I’m special, I’m loved and I am a masterpiece in the hands of God.” Call yourself blessed, not sick. You are not your sickness. Don’t claim you have a sickness, like “I have the flu.” No, if you feel it is necessary to identify what is happening to you say that the enemy may be trying to put the flu on you, but your body is healed, healthy and strong and that flu doesn’t stand a chance to get a foot hold in your body. The enemy is defeated, those symptoms are dead and you refuse that in your life. When I was younger, I used to say that I only got sick once a year. Well guess what, I did get sick just once a year. When I finally learned what I was saying, I changed that to I never get sick; I’m always healed, healthy and strong. Then even when something like to flu tried to get a foothold in my life it never lasted very long.
Going back to where we started this article, if you’re thinking of joining a gym because you made a New Year’s Resolution. Don’t. Whatever that resolution was, instead of pushing headlong into some effort to force a change in your life, start by building your faith first by speaking it into your future. Say things like: “I’m thin and healthy. I’m at the right weight for my body. I’m disciplined and focused. I have what it takes to lose weight and eat right.” Start by speaking victory into your life and your future by building your faith with your words and faith images that you can do what the word of God says you can do. Call those things which are not into your life as if they already were there.
It’s not always easy, I know because I have had to battle with these very issues in my own life over the past several years. But I always come back to these same basic principles. You’ve got to speak victory into your future life by using your words today. You are the prophet of your own future. God had to pull me off course and out of action in order to stop me and put me back onto the path He wanted me on and it has not been easy. For the longest time I didn’t know which way to turn or what direction to go in. The Lord just told me to relax and be patient and the only thing I knew to do was to confess: “I have the mind of Christ. I have the wisdom of Christ. I know what to do and how to do it.” Back then I didn’t see anything happening in my life. But gradually beginning in June of this last year 2011, the Lord began in ever so small increments to take certain steps until now I have a list of tasks I am looking forward to, building the future that He wants for my life. This past year He has reminded me of the calling on my life; to speak blessing into the lives of His people. To prepare them for the wonderful world ahead of them and to travel the world releasing the revelation of his love and His soon return for His Church. Am I excited about my future? Yes! Am I still struggling? Yes. But I now know where I am going and I know how to call that into my life. The present struggles will fade as the revelation of His future plans begin to manifest.
By speaking life into your future you can turn this New Year into a wonderful year. When you wake up tomorrow start your day by praising God and declaring over your life: “This is going to be a great day. Something wonderful is coming my way. The blessings of the Lord are overtaking my life today. Goodness and mercy are following me all the days of my life and I am surrounded by the favor of God.” By doing that you will be speaking blessing into your future and one day you’ll wake up and realize you’re living in it, not just speaking it.
May the Lord bless you and give you peace and prosperity in this New Year.
Live in God’s Peace!