Thursday, December 31, 2009
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word "stretch" is defined in the following ways: to enlarge; to cause to reach; to expand; to fulfill a larger function; to raise up from a cramped, stooping, or relaxed position.
Isa.54:2,3 - "Enlarge the place of your tent. Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your descendents will possess nations......"
Zech.1:16,17 - "I will return to Jerusalem with compassion.... and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.... My cities will again overflow with prosperity..... "
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is taking us out of our comfort zones as we enter into the new decade. We have to be willing to release those things that He is directing us to let go of (hopes, plans, fears, relationships, schedules, etc.) in order to move into the new place that He's taking us. Even now, the Lord is "stretching out a measuring line" over our new territory. He is causing us to have to "reach" in order to fulfill a larger function in His kingdom. Where we've been comfortable and relaxed, we will now feel an urgency to move and to exercise our gifts in a way that we haven't known before. New ministry opportunities will open to us as we are teachable and continue to move in complete obedience to the Holy Spirit's promptings. Our new "territory" will involve increased responsibility and will necessitate that we be properly connected and firmly planted in the Body as He ordains.
As we enter this new year and new decade, the Lord's mandate to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matt.6:33) will be imperative. May our prayer be as Jabez (1Chron.4:10):
"Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from harm, that it may not pain me!"
"And God granted him what he requested."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
One of the significant works of the Holy Spirit in this season is to bring us into intimate, covenant relationship with one another in the body of Christ. As we see in Ecclesiastes 4, only two can resist the works of darkness, and "woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up." (Ecc.4:10). We see many people under attack in the church today, but some come through with ease, while others seem to lose heart and fall under depression and hopelessness. What makes the difference?
While meditating on this, I felt a strong witness of the Holy Spirit with regard to covenant relationships - not only marriage, but also friendships born of the Spirit. It is God who knits our hearts together with one another, as He knit the hearts of David and Jonathan.
1 Sam.18:1;3 - "The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself."
This occurred before Jesus, the second Adam, came. Thus, man was a "living soul" and not a "life-giving spirit." (1 Cor.15:45) Therefore, it was the soul of David and Jonathan that the Lord knit together. However, the New Testament speaks of this same type of love relationship between a husband and wife:
Eph.5:33 - "..... Let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself....."
Nugget of Gold: God has mandated new relationships for each of us this coming year. He will initiate them, and in so doing, will knit our hearts together as the hearts of David and Jonathan (and as the heart of a husband is knit with his wife). Two are indeed better than one, and the Lord is preparing us to stand strong in the days ahead. Not only will we be blessed by those that He brings into our lives, but together with the Lord, we will become those "cords of three strands" that cannot be quickly or easily broken apart!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Job 42:10 - "And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold."
Isa.61:6,7 - "But you will be called the priests of the Lord. You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame, you will have a double portion.... Therefore, they will possess a double portion in their land. Everlasting joy will be theirs."
A couple of months ago, the Lord revealed that where we have previously walked alone (as one), He will now bring a new relationship into our lives. The application may be in the form of a new ministry partner, a mate, or a business relationship. This is because "two are better than one, for they have a good return for their labor." (Ecc.4:9). Again, we see the emphasis on "double".
Nugget of Gold: The promise of a double portion belongs to those who are walking in covenant relationship with the Lord - His ministers! God is not only rewarding us for our faithful service, but He is equipping us to stand strong and do exploits for His Kingdom. We are entering a time when the world system will be growing darker and darker. However, this coming decade will mark the period that God's glorious church began to rise up and shine with His glory! Amen.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Luke 2:49 - "Did you not know that I had to be about My Father's business?"
What has God birthed in your life this past year? A ministry....... a creative idea for a new company or product........ a place of service ...... a new partnership or relationship..... a new home, ministry or church location?
Fathers beget children and they also name them. I believe the Lord said that He is bringing great favor, prosperity, multiplication, and anointing in 2010 to those things that He has begotten. His glory will be seen upon the people, churches, and ministries that rise up to accomplish the work which He has given them to do in this hour.
John 17:4 - "I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do."
He will exalt them as He did Joshua following the death of Moses:
Joshua 4:14 - "On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life."
There will be a clear distinction between activities that God Himself endorses and those that are merely works of the soul and flesh. The new year will see darkness growing darker and the Light growing brighter and brighter. We will be successful and prosper in spirit, soul, and body, only by putting our hands to those things the Lord is directing us to do.
John 9:4 - "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work."
Friday, December 18, 2009
We are in a time of "the changing of the guard", in which those who have been the Fathers (the Moses generation) are now passing away. Many of us in the body of Christ have witnessed the passing of our own fathers and mothers this past year, while the church has just seen the passing of one of our great spiritual fathers - Oral Roberts. I believe that over the past 40 years, the Lord has been raising up the new generation of Fathers, who are now ready to step into their covenant role. This generation of Fathers will be used to "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest God come and smite the land with a curse." (Malachi 4:5,6)
The body of Christ has accurately identified the next generation of "young men" and of "children" (1 John 2:13) as having particular roles and anointings in this day, but few have realized that each generation needs the other in order to fully realize God's Kingdom purposes.
Hebrews 11:39,40 - "And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect."
I recently had a dream in which I was in a house with my family - father, mother, siblings, and children (3 generations). We were about to cook a meal, but I needed to return to my own home to get several things I had forgotten. When we had arrived the weather was calm and beautiful, but upon leaving the house to travel, I discovered that a huge snow storm had created drifts so deep that everything was buried. It made driving extremely treacherous. Then, I had to cross a body of water in a small boat. Coming over, the seas had been calm, but the weather was now stormy and the waves were huge. There were also enormous sea monsters that were constantly threatening to overturn my boat. I quickly returned to the house with my family where it was safe.
Nugget of Gold: I believe we have come to a time when the only safe place will be in Him, with all three generations represented and living in intimate harmony as ONE! There is a clarion call for the fathers (gender neutral) to take their place in the Body of Christ and to serve the "children" and the "grandchildren" in whatever way the Lord reveals. Ministry will more and more represent a blending of the three generations, which will produce a "cord of three strands that cannot be easily broken" (Ecc.4:12)!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Heralding angels, as seen in the announcement of the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:9-11 and an announcement of a different kind in Daniel 3:4, are being sent to the body of Christ during this season to proclaim and announce the changes that are coming. A "herald" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "an officer sent by a King (or other high official) to proclaim a message or announce good news".
Isa. 48:3;6 - "I declared the former things long ago, and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass..... I proclaim to you new things from this time, even hidden things which you have not known."
Fiery angels are being sent by the Father to guard those whose hearts are turned toward Him, who bear the seal of the Holy Spirit. God's love for us is a jealous love, and the fire of His jealousy will consume everything that hinders love in our lives.
Song 8:6 - "Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death. Jealousy (its ardor is as inflexible) is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord."
Hebrews 12:29 - "For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 1:7 - "And of the angels He says, 'Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.'"
Revelatory angels carry the understanding of the Word that the Body of Christ needs in this hour, as we see in the Book of Daniel:
Daniel 8:16 - "Gabriel, give this man understanding of the vision."
Nugget of Gold: We have entered into a new season on God's prophetic calendar, and He has ordained that His bride work more closely with the heavenly host than ever before. This requires a greater awareness of those who labor among us, including the purposes for which they are sent. Let us not "neglect so great a salvation!" (Heb.2:3)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Gal.5:1;13 - "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm, and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery....... For you were called to freedom, brethren, only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
The test of the "new thing" the Lord is doing in each of our lives is this: Was it born according to the flesh or by the Spirit of the living God? 1 John 5:4 tells us, "For whatever is born/begotten of God overcomes the world....."
Gal.4:23,24 - "But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise..... These women are two covenants."
Nugget of Gold: This is a year to enter into our inheritance. The eyes of the Lord are upon our land and we will not be able to walk in the same manner as before. We cannot continue to serve two masters - God and mammon (Matt.6:24). We must "be about our Father's business" (Luke 2:49) and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in every step we take. We must have our minds renewed so that we're no longer walking "in the futility of our minds, being darkened in our understanding, excluded from the life of God." (Eph.4:17,18).
I believe the Lord has issued a decree on behalf of each of His children who heed His voice in this hour:Rev.11:15 - "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever."
Monday, November 9, 2009
I knew that, like many people, I was spending daily time with the Lord in the study of His word. However, something was obviously lacking. I will admit to an occasional sense of being "disconnected" with the Lord, even when He was realeasing wonderful revelation from scripture. Every once in a while, though, there would be a special time when the presence of the Lord would be so tangible that my heart would be stirred and tears would flow!
Then I saw it! Our heavenly Bridegroom wants this type of interaction with His Bride on a regular (if not daily) basis. He wants our passion to be ignited for Him, as His is for us! Only then will the oil of the Holy Spirit flow in and through us as we are filled with His presence and anointing.
Song of Songs 5:2-8 - "I was asleep, but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: 'Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew'......My beloved extended his hand through the opening, and my feelings were aroused for him. I arose to open to my beloved; and my hands dripped with myrrh, and my fingers with liquid myrrh....My heart went out to him as he spoke.....I am lovesick."
Nugget of Gold: The oil of the Holy Spirit is released only as we spend intimate time with the Living Word of God, allowing our hearts to be touched and stirred by our Bridegroom. This requires intentional time spent in His presence where we become united with Him body, soul, and spirit. Not only are our minds engaged, but, more importantly, our HEARTS are engaged. Jesus told the five foolish virgins, "Truly I say to you, I do not know you." He had never been intimate with them.
Oh Lord, draw us after You and let us run together as we daily go about our Father's business!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I had a recent vision of a "portal" open in the heavenlies over a particular area, and I was reminded of "Jacob's ladder" on which angels were ascending and descending between heaven and earth.
Genesis 28:10-17 - "And he came to a certain place and spent the night there.....And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it."
I believe there are many such places through which the angelic messengers carry "dispatches" to us from the Father. A "dispatch" is a message sent with speed, especially an important official message sent by a diplomatic, military, or naval officer. It is the Captain of the Hosts Himself, of course, who is sending these dispatches to His soldiers on earth as we enter a new phase of spiritual warfare. I recently had a quick vision of multitudes of angelic messengers going forth throughout the atmosphere, and I knew that many directives were being sent.
During a recent ministry time, I heard the Lord say, "Angelic Watchers". I knew He was referring to a special rank of being mentioned in the Book of Daniel:
Daniel 4:13 - "I was looking in the visions in my mind as I lay on my bed, and behold, and angelic watcher, a holy one, descended from heaven...."
Daniel 4:17 - "This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers, and the decision is a command of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes, and sets over it the lowliest of men."
Daniel 4:23 - "And in that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it....'"
Webster's Dictionary defines "watcher" as: "an observer; an official representative who is stationed to watch the conduct of the people (as at the poles during an election)".
Nugget of Gold: It is essential that we learn to recognize the ministry of God's angels in this day. We must ask the Lord to open our spiritual eyes to see beyond the natural and quickly obey that which the Lord is directing us to do. Psalm 103:20 tells us that the angels are "mighty in strength, and perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!" May we be fully engaged with the heavenly host in carrying out God's plans in this hour!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
There is a current assignment of the enemy against God's people, causing depression and hopelessness. The Lord revealed that this is an activity of the spirit of the Shadow of Death. This spirit brings darkness into the lives of Christians. In fact, one of the definitions of the word "shadow", according to Webster's Dictionary, is "the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source of light". The Lord, of course, is our source of light. When we take our eyes off of Him and focus on the circumstances around us, we allow the enemy to cast his shadow over us. If we remain in this shadow for any length of time, we then become subject to depression, hopelessness, deception, fear, lethargy, a sense of isolation from friends and family, sickness or disease that doesn't respond to prayers or medical treatment, and a host of other symptoms. However, there is good news!
Psalm 107:10,13,14 - "There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death. Prisoners in misery and chains.... Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bands apart."
Nugget of Gold: Another definition of the word "shadow" is "shelter from danger or observation".
Psalm 91:1-4 - "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust'.... He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge..."
Let us continually dwell in the Presence of God that we may be protected from the power of evil in this day!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Lord recently quickened to me that there's a difference between Hope and Desire.
The word "hope", as defined by Webster's Dictionary, means "desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in a future fulfillment". The word "desire" encompasses those things hoped for, but it also includes a request or petition for action!
Esther 5:3-8 - "Then the king said to her, 'What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it will be given to you.... Then the king said, 'Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires......So Esther answered and said, 'My petition and my request is: if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I shall prepare....'"
Nugget of Gold: I believe the Lord is saying that it is time to come before Him with our requests - those promises that He has given us and that have become the desires of our hearts. We have been faithful to HOPE in the future fulfillment of what God has spoken, but it is now time to make a REQUEST before the King. What are the promises that the Lord has been quickening in the past days, weeks, or even months? Come before Him boldly, knowing that His favor is upon you and that His scepter is extended.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"I only send those with a servant's heart!"
He then took me to the following scriptures:
Acts 6:1-3 - "Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, 'It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.'"
Two of the seven chosen to serve included Stephen and Philip, who were both used mightily by the Lord in the working of miracles, signs, and wonders.
Acts 6:8 - "And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people."
Acts 8:6 - "And the multitudes, with one accord, were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing."
Nugget of Gold: Only those with a servant's heart will be used by God for the working of the miracles and signs that He has reserved for this time. His servants will be full of the Holy Spirit, full of grace, wisdom, faith, and power, to perform the tasks that He will assign in the days ahead. Will we be counted in this number?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Jer.31:39,40 - "And the measuring line shall go out....and (it) shall be holy to the Lord ....."
Zech.1:16 - "'Therefore, thus says the Lord, 'I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.'"
Mal.3:18 - "So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve Him."
Nugget of Gold: I believe the Lord is saying that we have come to a time of great clarity, in which God is revealing the true nature of people and of nations. The Lord has been in the process of "marking" His people, and I believe He is now drawing a clear line of separation between those who are righteous before Him and those who are not. He has already called His people out of "Babylon" (in our hearts, if not in actual life circumstances) so that we might not fall under the judgements that are coming. He has called us to be true worshipers, thus leaving out the outer court of those who serve the flesh (Rev.11:1,2). The Blood Line of His covenant with us will protect our households from destruction (Josh.2:18,21).
The time of decision is upon us. We can no longer "hesitate between two opinions" (1 Kings18:21). We must either choose God or Baal!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
It is the Lord's way to first speak (declare and proclaim) that which He has created, and then, once announced, it comes forth into the natural realm (much like a child being born). And so we see that the thing created originated with God, and not with man.
Isa.42:9 - "Behold, the former things have come to pass. Now I declare new things. Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you."
"spring" - according to Webster's dictionary, means to come up or out of something into existence; implies rapid or sudden emerging (as in creation or birth)
Heb.11:3 - "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." (They were spoken into existence)
Isa.48:3-7 - "I declared the former things long ago, and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted and they came to pass...Therefore I declared them to you long ago. Before they took place I proclaimed them to you...I proclaim to you new things from this time, even hidden things which you have not known. They are created now and not long ago."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is doing something new in this season! We must listen carefully to what He is saying to us individually, as well as corporately, and come into quick agreement with it. Then, we must declare, decree, and proclaim that which the Holy Spirit is speaking over our lives, our families, our jobs, our ministry, the nation, etc. When we follow this "pattern", we will see those things which we are speaking "spring forth" into this natural realm.
The Lord is doing a quick work in this day. It is imperative that we hear Him speak and then speak what we hear!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Nugget of Gold: Stretch out your heart to the Lord. Expect Him to respond. Thank Him for the rains of His Spirit, which will refresh your soul and cause all that you do to prosper. This is a time of advancement in His Kingdom as we rejoice in all that He has done (and all that He is going to do)!
Psalm 143:6 - "I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land."
Hosea 6:1-3 - "And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth."
Isa.55: 6;10 - "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.....For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout..."
Ezek.34:26,27 - "And I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. Also, the tree of the field will yield its fruit, and the earth will yield its increase..."
Monday, September 21, 2009
I have just returned from my father's funeral, and I found myself thanking the Lord for His blessings and kindness and also claiming the inheritance that the Lord has for me and each member of my family:
- My Mother, according to 1 Peter 3:1-6;8-12: The blessing God has for her because of 63 years of submitting to Dad with a humble, gentle spirit, keeping the peace and creating a harmonious home at all times. She truly is/was a "Sarah" to my father's "Abraham", showing him honor in all things and at all times.
- Each of my 5 Sisters and 1 Brother, according to Eph.6:1-3: The blessing of a long life and of it being well with them because they have always honored their father and mother in both word and deed.
- All of my Father's Household: Salvation because of the faith and prayers of my great-grandmother (on my father's side), who undoubtedly sowed the seeds that resulted in my father's salvation, as well as the rich spiritual inheritance that has been passed down through the generations.
- My two children: Thanksgivings for their own inheritance, both spiritually (on both sides of the family), and materially through their father's family.
- Myself: As my father's first born, the double portion inheritance of the first born upon the death of one's father. Even though I'm a female, I know that in the Lord, "there is neither male nor female" (Gal.3:28).
Nugget of Gold: Claim your inheritance! Let the Father reveal to you all the "riches of the glory of His inheritance in you" (Eph.1:18). Enter into your inheritance by faith. Stand as a Priest for the members of your family and claim their inheritance as well. Stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf as you agree with Him and declare and decree His promises.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Nugget of Gold: God's Witnesses will be those who dwell in the sanctuary/tabernacle, whose hearts are completely His. These will be true worshipers. Those in the "outer court", who walk in the flesh and not in the Spirit, are excluded from this company.
The Lord will grant great authority to His Witnesses and they will both prophesy (proclaim and decree what He is saying) and perform great signs and wonders. This is because the Lord Himself will "bear witness to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands." (Acts14:3).
There will be a constant flow of fresh oil (the anointing) from the throne for this company of Witnesses, and the Lord will protect them from the power of evil. They will be clothed in humility and will not "love their lives even to death" (Rev.12:11).
The season we are entering will be a foreshadowing of the Great Tribulation. God has chosen and set apart beforehand those believers who will be Witnesses of all the things that He is doing in this hour (Acts 10:39-41).
Isa.43:10 - "'You are My witnesses', declares the Lord, 'And My servant whom I have chosen....'"
Isa.44:8 - "Do not tremble and do not be afraid. Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses."
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Prov.24:13,14 - "My son, eat honey, for it is good. Yes, honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is thus for your soul. If you find it, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off."
Nugget of Gold: We have entered a time when the only thing that will sustain us is God's Wisdom in every situation and each aspect of our lives. God's Wisdom is our only source of supply and the chief element of our existence. Rick Joyner, in his recorded vision "The Quest", describes Wisdom as a Person, the Third Person of the Trinity. In this vision, the Holy Spirit manifested His presence in such a way that each decision and each step of the unfolding battle was made with His counsel. So, too, do we need to cultivate an active relationship with Wisdom Himself so that we will assure our future (and that of our loved ones), and our "hope will not be cut off" prematurely in the days ahead.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In Texas, we're in a time of intense prayer and fasting for the Glory of God to come into our midst. This is in response to a vision that Chuck Pierce had in May (this year) of the Glory coming to each state in our nation. God's Glory is a manifestation of His presence, and so we are crying out, not only for visitation, but for His manifest presence to remain in our midst.
Moses had a similar desire, and we see him cry to the Lord in Exodus33:18, "I pray Thee, show me Thy Glory!" God responded to him, and in Exodus 34:5, "And the Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord."
Exod. 24:15-18 - "Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. And the glory of the Lord rested on Mt. Sinai, and the cloud covered it....and Moses entered the midst of the cloud."
Exod. 20:18-21 - "And all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, 'Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.' And Moses said to the people, 'Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.'
"So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was."
Nugget of Gold: Only those with the heart of Moses will see the Glory of God! He will reveal Himself to those who hunger and thirst for Him, whose hearts have been sanctified by the working of the Holy Spirit. Those who love Him are also known by Him (1 Cor.8:3), and He will gladly answer the heart cry of those who press in to seek His face and who desire to know His ways.
To the casual Christian, however, His Glory is "hidden in the clouds." These are the people who are content to stand at a distance and let others (the pastor, the prophet, etc.) hear for them and announce God's words. Fear of man, rather than fear of God, rules in their lives.
But, there is still time to "seek God while He may be found; to call on Him while He is near!" (Isa.55:6)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
1 Cor.2:9 - "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man. All that God has prepared for those who love Him."
2 Chron. 32:27 - "Now Hezekiah had immense (vast) riches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, gold, precious stones....for God had given him very great wealth."
Proverbs 24:3,4 - "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."
Nugget of Gold: It is God's wisdom that will produce the wealth that is coming to His people, the "untold treasures" that have been held in reserve for this time. The wisdom of the world has failed, BUT, "Wisdom has built her house" (Prov.9:1). Those who walk in God's wisdom will receive and be trusted with this great wealth. This wisdom is hidden from the casual seeker, as well as the powers and principalities (1Cor.2:7,8). It is for the mature in Christ (1Cor.2:6).
We have entered a time when the full administration of God is being brought to light, "in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places." (Eph.3:9&10). We have entered a time when we must receive God's instructions for every decision we make and every step that we take. As we do this, our every need will be met; but most importantly, there will be an abundance for the work of the Kingdom in this critical hour!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Deut.11:10-15 - "For the land into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came....(it is) a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it....He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine and your oil."
Ruth 2:7;12 - "Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves."
"May the Lord reward your work and your wages be full from the Lord....under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."
Matt.13:39 - "......the reapers are angels."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is sending His angels ahead of us to reap a spiritual and a natural harvest. The angels are co-laborers with us. Pray for the Lord to send them forth to reap the souls for whom you have been praying, as well as the provision that you require to do the work of the kingdom. Know that you are working with His angels as you gather in your fruit. He has promised to give you "great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill....vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied. "(Deut.6:10,11) There is grace to reap and to gather a great harvest if we are in the "field" the Lord has appointed to us!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Matt.13:13-15 - "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; and you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive. For the heart of this people has become dull.....'"
"Perceive" - to become aware of through the senses
Nugget of Gold: Pray for the Lord to increase your awareness of what you're seeing - for help focusing on and recognizing that which He is showing you. Pray for the Lord to increase your ability to separate His voice from all the other voices you hear ("My sheep hear My voice" - John 10:27). Then, ask Him for increased understanding of what you hear Him speak. Pray for your heart to be awakened to Him as in Song of Songs 5:2.
This is a time when we must know the voice of our Bridegroom and see what He desires us to see - not only in the natural realm, but IN THE SPIRIT! Thus, we need our spiritual senses awakened and trained to discern.
Heb. 5:14 - "But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses (spiritual) trained to discern good and evil."
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Rev.22:1 - "And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb."
Ezek.47:9;12 - "And it will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there, and the others become fresh (are healed); so everything will live where the river goes."
"And by the river on its bank.....will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing."
I had a dream two years ago in which I was on a raft in a swift moving river. There were people on either side of this river sitting in lawn chairs just watching and waving to those of us who were floating by.
Nugget of Gold: I believe that the pattern we see in Ezek.47 has culminated in the time of the river that we have to be completely "in". No longer can we just "get our feet wet" in the things of God, or go out just so far before we run back to shore where it's "safe". The Lord is calling us to be more than spectators in that which He is unfolding. If we find ourselves in a "dry" place in any area of our lives, we need to find the flow of the Holy Spirit and jump in with both feet! Only then will we prosper spirit, soul, and body.
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Destruction is coming, but today is the day of salvation."
Nugget of Gold: Destruction is coming for those who have built on any foundation other than Jesus (1Cor.3:11), but His whirlwind will pick up and propel His righteous ones to the place that He's prepared for us. This will be a place of safety and of being in the flow of His covenant blessings!
Prov.10:24,25 - "What the wicked fears will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation."
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Rev.18:4 - "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues."
Rev.18:2 - "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has becoma a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit...."
Rev.18:10 - "For in one hour your judgement has come."
Nugget of Gold: I believe the Lord is causing His people to "come out" of the Babylon world economic/financial system - first in our hearts, and then for some, also with regard to jobs, etc. God's judgment is on this world system, which is under the rule of Satan (1 John5:19). This cycle of judgment begain on Sept.11, 2001, and is about to enter an even more intense period. According to the Book of Revelations, we know that the Lord's judgments will only increase in severity as we approach the end of this age. Now is the time to quickly obey what the Spirit of God is saying to us individually, as He's been preparing our hearts for "such a time as this". His grace is available to us as we step out in faith! His provision is for those who will allow Him to be Lord with regard to finances.
Question: "Where are we placing our trust? What are we depending on for our future? Is it the government, our 401K, our retirement fund, our ability to work as we have in the past?" It's time to settle these things in our heart, and then to ACT accordingly!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Ezekiel 37:9 - "Thus says the Lord God, 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.'"
I immediately saw a whirlwind in the atmosphere above our church, and I knew that the four winds of the Spirit had come together to form it. A "whirlwind" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a small rotating windstorm marked by an inward and upward spiral motion of the lower air and usually a progressive motion at all levels". A whirlwind is typified by a "rising up" and a forward motion, in addition to speed and force.
Today, as I was praying for a new business endeavor the Lord has birthed, I once more found myself prophesying, "Thus says the Lord God, 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.'" I feel the Lord is indicating a work of the Spirit in this hour with regard to the new place He is wishing to take each of us.
Chuck Pierce, in his most recent word entitled "Cut Ties, Cut Losses, and Position Yourself for the Wind of the Future", says the following: "You must bring forth the wind and create the road so you will end up where I have called you to be - new businesses, new alignments, new assignments.......The intensity that is behind the word is pushing you forward at speeds and levels that we know not of...." Sounds like a whirlwind, doesn't it?
Nugget of Gold: Prophesy over the new ministry, assignment, or business that the Lord has put on your heart. He has already birthed it in the Spirit and now is the time for it to manifest in your life. Prophesy over it! Call for the four winds of the Spirit to come and bring breath to it! As you do, you will begin to see "sinews and flesh" come to your business or ministry as it forms in this natural realm. ACT NOW by faith!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
He has promised to tell us in advance about those things that affect our lives, but we have to be listening and be prepared to act immediately!
Matt.24:25 - "Behold, I have told you in advance."
He warns and instructs us in dreams and visions (often night visions). Have you had a recent dream (or one from months or even years ago that the Lord is quickening to you now)? Ask Him if it applies to this time; ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and understanding to know what you're to do. If your dream can be taken literally, pay attention to it! My daughter, who is two months pregnant with my first grandchild, recently had a very vivid dream in which the Lord spoke a medical term that she didn't know with regard to the baby in her womb. Upon awakening, she looked up the term and realized that the Lord had been warning her about a condition that she needs to come against in prayer, but also to alert her doctor for effective treatment.
Matt.2:12 - "And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their own country by another way."
Matt.2:13 - ".....an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise and take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt.....'"
Matt.2:22 - "And being warned by God in a dream, he departed for the regions of Galilee...."
The Lord positions us so that we're not only in a place of safety from the enemy's attack, but in order to be most effective for His Kingdom. This applies to our homes, our jobs, school, the church where the Lord has planted us - every area of our lives. Are you sensing a shift in one or more of these areas? If so, press in to hear what the Lord is instructing you in this hour!
"That which was spoken through the prophets will be fulfilled" (Matt.2:23). The Lord has written in His book all the days that are ordained for us (Psa.139:16). However, He has given us the free will to choose to obey Him. May we receive the grace to respond as Jesus did:
Heb.10:7 - "Then I said, 'Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.'"
Monday, August 17, 2009
Luke 19:17 - "Well done good slave. Because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities."
Pat Hodges, prophet: "God takes us from a place of faithfulness to a place of authority."
Chuck Pierce, prophet: "God is bringing us to a new level of authority. The testing we've been through has qualified us if we've pressed through to victory."
Rev.2: 26,27 - "And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron.....as I also have received authority from My Father."
In Revelations 19:13-15 and Psalm 2:9, we see that the "rod of iron" and the Word of God/Sword of the Spirit are one and the same.
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is now promoting those who have overcome their testings and trials in this past season. This reward involves increased power and authority in the Spirit, which we are going to need for the battles ahead. Just as Jesus rules with a "rod of iron" and the "sword of the Spirit" that proceeds from His mouth, so, too, will we rule over our circumstances with the Word that we speak and decree.
Psalm 149:6-9 - "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron (the demonic); to execute on them the judgment written. This is an honor for all his godly ones. Praise the Lord!"
Friday, August 14, 2009
Genesis 39:21 - "But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer."
1Chron.4:10 (Prayer of Jabez): "Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from harm, that it may not pain me!"
Nugget of Gold: This is a time that the hand of the Lord is with us to bless us and bring success to all that we put our hands to. The qualifier, of course, is that He has birthed that which we're doing. I believe the Lord is saying two things about His blessings and provision at this time:
- Our provision WILL NOT RUN OUT according to 1 Kings17:16 - "The bowl of flour was not exhausted, nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah."
- Our supply will not merely be sufficient to meet our needs, but ABUNDANT! 2 Cor.9:8 - "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed." Isa.60:5 - "Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you."
Prayer/Action Step: Ask the hand of the Lord to be with you. Come into agreement with what the Lord is doing. Declare it by faith! Prophesy over your circumstances, your finances, your supply!
Ezek.37:4 - "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.'"
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Nugget of Gold: Though we are "in the world, we are not of the world (John 17:16)". Within our "sphere of authority" (2 Cor.10:13), there is no separation between our spiritual walk and our physical experiences of job, family, home, etc. We have the same Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Strength, Fear of the Lord, and Spirit of the Lord found in Isaiah 11: 1-3. We know that Daniel, Joseph, Queen Esther, and others, walked in this reality in which there was no separation between the two "kingdoms". As they advanced in the Spirit, they were also advanced by God to stand before kings!
See Daniel 6:1-3; Genesis 41:38-44
Prayer: Lord, show me how to walk in the reality of this truth. Grant me wisdom and revelation concerning any separation I've made between my "church/spiritual" life and my responsibilities as wife (husband), mother (father), employee (employer), friend, etc., in the world. May Thy Kindgom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10) in all areas of my life! May the two become one, that I may rule and reign with Jesus on the earth.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Webster's Dictionary defines this word as meaning: "to put in final or finished form; being the last in a series, process, or progress; of or relating to the ultimate purpose or result of a process"
I was reminded of Proverbs 9:1-6 (see previous Post):
- "Wisdom has built her house."
- "She has hewn out her seven pillars."
- "She has prepared her food,"
- "She has mixed her wine;"
- "She has also set her table;"
- "She has sent out her maidens,"
- "She calls from the tops of the heights of the city.......Come eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed......"
The Jewish New Year begins on September 19th with Rosh Hashanah. Chuck Pierce, in his "Starting the Year Off Right" conference this past January 1st, prophesied that there would be a month reprieve (pause; break) in the Spirit between August and September.
Nugget of Gold: I believe the Lord is telling us to finalize those things that He has begun in our lives and circumstances (job, family, ministry, etc.) that are within our control. Have we completed all that He has instructed us to do? Have we obeyed Him in every detail? During this "window" of time in the Spirit, let us pray for Him to finalize those things that are beyond our control, such as court decisions, business transactions, divine connections and provision, etc. I believe that His grace is being abundantly provided for this work of the Spirit, and that it is an essential step in preparing us for what lies ahead!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Webster's Dictionary defines "shift" as: a change in direction; a change in place or position; a removal from one person to another - transfer (as in "wealth")
Chuck Pierce in his article, "Changing Winds Will Produce New Trade Routes....." says the following:
- "Watch for supply structures to change (shift)."
- "This is a time, no matter where you are positioned, for you to gain your skills for the next season.......This is a new season. Hear Me now: the season has shifted!"
- "You are relying on old supply methods and now they will shift and you will have dreams and visions that tear down old methodologies and cause new systems to come forth."
- "The times have changed. The supply has turned. The flow has shifted. Today is a new beginning for those who have received My word and are willing to shift and catch the wind in their sails. The supply lines have turned. Grab the new lines and enjoy the journey to the destination. Do not worry about how you are going to do this - just receive the grace you will need to make the shift!"
Chuck released the above in December of 2008. If you look back at your life and circumstances over this past year, you will see that the Lord has been changing the way you think, the way you worship, and the way you view your current job or source of income. You may have learned a new skill, made new connections and formed new relationships (even with people who were already in your life), started a new business. In all these things, the Lord has been preparing us to shift into the NEW!
Nugget of Gold: Make the shift NOW! By prophetic act and declaration, step out and proclaim that you have shifted by faith into the new place the Lord has prepared for you!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The word "yield", according to Webster's Dictionary, means the following:
- to give up and cease resistance
- to give place
- full surrendering after resistance or conflict to the will or control of another
2 Chron.30:8 - "Now do not stiffen your neck like your fathers, but yield to the Lord and enter His sanctuary....and serve the Lord your God...."
Job 22:21 - "Yield now (know intimately) and be at peace with Him."
Nugget of Gold: Our intimacy with the Lord is determined by the amount of yieldness in our lives - body, soul, and spirit. He desires that we be "filled up to all the fullness of Him", but He is able to fill only those places in us that are completely yielded to Him. So......we have as much of Him as we desire/allow.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to surrender in each area of my life where I have not given You full control. Make me aware of each place in which You are not Lord so that I might repent and stop resisting Your Holy Spirit. Fill me Lord!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Note: In order for a transaction to be complete, there must be both a "giver" and a "receiver".
According to Webster's Dictionary, following are the definitions of these two words:
"Give" - to put into the possession of another for his use; to transfer from one's authority or custody to another's; to yield possession of by way of exchange
"Receive" - to come into possession of (acquire); to permit to enter
Question: If a thief or a murderer came to your door, would you permit him to enter? Of course not! Why, then, do we permit other things that are harmful to us to enter our lives (such as worry, anxiety, anger, jealousy, lust, etc.)?
Nugget of Gold: The door or gate into our "house" is both our mind and our heart. The "world" and those things that are of the world enter in through the door/gate of our minds, but only as we permit them to. The Holy Spirit speaks to our heart (Prov.20:27; 1Cor.2: 9-14).
Phil.4: 6,7 - "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God.....shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Monday, August 3, 2009
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word "call" means the following: to command or request to come or be present; to cause to come; to summon, to invite, to attract
- Are we constantly "calling" those things in our lives which do exist (health problems, financial lack, poor relationships, etc.), talking about them, complaining to ourselves and others (or to God), naming the areas of disappointment in our lives, etc.?
- Do we try to deny the current reality by calling the things which exist (in this natural realm) as not existing?
If we answered "yes" to either of the above, we're not walking and talking in accordance with God's ways. In fact, we're actually attracting/drawing those very things that we don't want in our lives! His way is to call "Light!" when light does not exist in the natural realm.
Nugget of Gold: We are made in God's image. As we "call those things which do not exist in this natural realm as existing", we will begin to see circumstances change and our lives will be transformed! We'll cause those things that God has promised to actually come to us. BEGIN CALLING THEM NOW!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
(See previous post on July 22nd)
Rev. 21:2;11 - "And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God....having the glory of God."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord has built both our spiritual house as well as our physical house for His habitation. The work He has been doing in our lives through many trials and hardships (body, soul, family, job, finances, health, relationships, past, etc.) has "hewn out" in us the seven pillars of Wisdom. There is now a joining of heaven and earth - the natural and the material - and "the two have become one......forever united in the Son."
Friday, July 31, 2009
"Fatness" - According to Romans 11:17, the gentiles had become a sharer in the blessings bestowed by covenant upon Abraham and his descendants as set forth according to the figure of "the root of the fatness of the olive tree."
Romans 11:17 - "But if some of the branches were broken off, and you being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became a partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree (root of fatness) ......."
Chuck Pierce in December '08, "Changing Winds Will Produce New Trade Routes....":
"You are trying to change the flow of supply and the way things are done. You are looking at a government and becoming bitter over the way that government is doing things. Get to the root of your bitterness. I have a people that I can take into the root systems of control structures, get to the root of where the supply originated, and redirect the flow of supply.....You have the authority because you are grafted into My covenant plan of prosperity. Because you are grafted, you can graft in new creative strands that will produce new prototypes.......... There is creative ability in each one of you, but you do not understand the root system."
Nugget of Gold: Speak "FATNESS" to your root systems! This includes your physical body, bones, etc., as well as your supply and provision. By faith, declare that you are a partaker in God's covenant blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Isa. 8:1 - "Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey."
Luke 18:8 - "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily."
Nugget of Gold: This is a time when the Lord is working quickly to bring about those things that He's spoken. This has application for our individual lives, as well as in the earth realm.
Lord, may You bring about justice and recompense for me speedily!
May Your provision come swiftly! May You heal my loved one quickly and restore them to perfect health and strength! May You accomplish every word You've spoken to me swiftly and speedily in this hour!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Nugget of Gold: We are the house that Wisdom has built! Over time, the Lord has been forming the 7 pillars of wisdom in us, which are the seven-fold Spirit of God (see Isa.11:2):
- The Spirit of the Lord: The Anointing (Isa.61:1 - "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me....") Note: See posts on May 27th& 30th
- The Spirit of Wisdom: Intimacy with God (Psa.42:7 - "Deep calls to deep at the sound of Thy waterfalls.") Note: See post on May 8th
- The Spirit of Understanding: The River of God/Presence of God (being in the flow of the Holy Spirit). Psa.46:4,5 - "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her..... Cease striving and know that I am God..." (vs.10)
- The Spirit of Counsel: The Eye of God (Note: See post on June 18)
- The Spirit of Strength/Might: Power for Miracles, Signs, and Wonders
- The Spirit of Knowledge: Keys of the Kingdom (Note: See post on May 10)
- The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord: Provision and Deliverance - the ministry of Angels (Psa.34:7-9 - "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him, there is no want.")
The Lord has begun the process of beautifying and glorifying His house - the house that Wisdom has built (Us)! He is shaking all things that can be shaken, including the ruling structures of this world and the spirit world. This process WILL CAUSE the wealth of the wicked to come into the hands of the righteous.
Haggai 2:6-9 - "Once more in a little while I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. And I will shake all the nations, and they will come with the wealth of all nations; and I will fill this house with glory. The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine....The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former...."
Isa. 60: "His glory will appear on you...the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you. And I shall glorify My glorious house."
Friday, July 10, 2009
Jeremiah 32:7,8 - "Buy for yourself my field....for you have the right of redemption to buy it....you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours."
Josh.1: 3,6 - "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you...Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them."
Nugget of Gold: The "Right of Possession" precedes the "Law of Redemption". It is the Lord who gives us our inheritance - our land to possess. Thus, it belongs to us. This includes all that the Lord has promised to us individually- both spiritually and naturally.
To possess something means to have control of it. If we have lost that control through sin, carelessness, theft, or any other means, the Lord has promised to restore it ("bring back or put back to an original state; give back") to us.
THIS IS A TIME OF RESTORATION!
We must get back what the enemy has stolen from us, and we accomplish this through the LAW OF REDEMPTION!
Prayer: Lord, You are our Redeemer. You have given us our inheritance, our possession in the land. In the Name of Jesus, by the Law of Redemption, I take back all that the enemy has stolen from me these past years. I claim my right of possession over my marriage, my children, my finances, my household goods, my job, my loved ones, my ministry, and all that you have given into my hands!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Psalm 45: 3-8 - "Gird Thy sword on Thy thigh, O Mighty One (warrior), in Thy splendor and Thy majesty. And in Thy majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness......Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.......Thou hast loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with the oil of joy above Thy fellows. All Thy garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia."
Nugget of Gold: The oil of joy/gladness is the anointing that Jesus has as a victorious warrior. This anointing is available to His people. Ask for it. Be filled with His joy! Rejoice with gladness!
Chuck Pierce: "This is the year of God's triumphant reserve. Triumph is linked to Joy!"
"Triumph" - a victory or conquest through military action; the joy or exultation of victory or success (Websters)
"Reserve" - that which has been kept for future use to trump the enemy!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
FROM SEED THAT WE HAVE ALREADY SOWN:
Genesis 8:22 - "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest."
Isaiah 55: 10,11 - "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
A HARVEST GAINED BY ENTERING INTO THE LABOR OF OTHERS:
John 4:38 - "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."
Deut.6: 10,11 - "Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers....to give you great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant...."
Ecc.2: 26 - "For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that He may give to the one who is good in God's sight."
Nugget of Gold: It is time to call forth (by faith) the harvest that is appointed to us in each of our fields - marketplace, ministry, family, etc. The land, both spiritual and natural, must release its harvest to us from seed that we have faithfully sown (often, in tears). The land must also release that which the Lord Himself has decreed to come into our hands as "plunder" from the world and the world system. This money, land, and other material possessions will be used for His Kingdom purposes, and will be "sanctified through the word of God and prayer", as well as giving.
EXPECT IT NOW!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"endorse" - to express approval of publicly and definitely; approve
"approve" - accredit; attest; official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards; authorization
ACTS 2:22 - "Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested (exhibited or accredited) to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs, which God performed through Him in your midst..."
ACTS 4: 29,30 - "And now Lord....grant that Thy bondservants may speak Thy word with all confidence, while Thou dost extend Thy hand to heal, and signs (attesting miracles) and wonders take place through the name of Thy holy servant Jesus."
Nugget of Gold: I believe we are in a time when the Lord is swiftly and outwardly expressing His approval (endorsement) of His bondservants (those who serve Him out of a love motivation). As we act in obedience to Him, He is giving us immediate evidence in the natural realm as a "signpost" that we are on the right path. This has application on all levels: family, job, ministry, marketplace, etc. Is the Lord birthing something new in your life? Expect to see an outward sign of the Father's approval and acknowledgement that you heard from Him in that which you're putting your hand to. Expect also to see the Lord's endorsement in the realm of signs, wonders, and miracles!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Job 42:12 - "And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning."
Nugget of Gold: On May 2nd of this year, I heard the Lord say "tipping point". He then took me to Joel 2:18-27 in which the Lord speaks of the "latter rain".
"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens..." (Job 38:37).
I believe we're in the time that Joel speaks of, in which the Lord is bringing natural restoration of all that's been stolen from us prior to the outpouring of His Holy Spirit on all flesh!
I Cor. 15:46 - "However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual."
Psalm 126:106 - "When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting. Then they said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad."
"Restore our captivity, O Lord, as the streams of the South. Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him."
SHOUT FOR JOY AND THANK HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE BEFORE YOU SEE IT MANIFEST IN THE NATURAL REALM!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
2 Cor.6:16-18 - "For we are the temple of the living God....'I will dwell in them and walk among them....'"
Zech.2:8-12 - "He who touches you, touches the apple of His eye....I will dwell in your midst...And the Lord will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land..."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is about to come to His temple (you and me - Mal.3:1-4)
His temple is made up of those individuals and congregations who have made Him their "possession" and who He has had His eye on. He is coming in Fire! When He comes to His temple, we will see the miracles, signs and wonders that we've been waiting for!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Matt. 18:19 - "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven."
Nugget of Gold: Agreements are binding (until broken in the spirit) and they form a "covering" over the individuals involved - either for good or for evil. The Lord is calling His people to "Come out from their midst, and be separate...and do not touch what is unclean." (2 Cor.6:17)
We must repent and ask the Lord to "cut the evil cords of wickedness" (Psa.129:4) formed by agreements that are not of His Spirit, and then bind us together with those He will bring into our lives - in business and in personal relationships.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
On April 17th of this year, I heard the Lord say, "Drumbeat". I immediately thought of an army marching.
Chuck Pierce: "The enemy has had a sound.....but I am giving My people a sound...Receive and release the sound I give you. You've been marching to one beat and one drum, but I am bringing a different sound and saying, 'Now March!'"
2 Kings 7:6&7 - "For the Lord had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots, and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army.....Therefore, they arose and fled for their life."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord has released a sound that is throwing our enemies into confusion. This sound is causing our enemies to be defeated before His people and driven out of our "land".
Prayer: Lord, let me hear the new sound! May You release the new sound in and through me so that I may speak to the atmosphere and cause every plan of the enemy that is formed against me to fail. May Your new sound cause the enemy to RELEASE MY SUPPLY!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
In 1Kings 17 & 18, we find the following with regard to Elijah's life and ministry:
- Supernatural Provision: 1Kings 17:16 - "The bowl of flour was not exhausted, nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah."
- Raising the Dead: 1Kings 17:22
- Demonic Confrontations/Clashes of Power: 1Kings 18:20- God or Baal on Mt. Carmel!
- Fire of God: 1Kings 18:38 - "Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water....." Also, we find in Malachi 4:1-6 - "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze..." "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord."
- Signs in the Heavens: 1Kings 17:1 - "As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."
Nugget of Gold: We have turned a corner in God's prophetic timetable (see previous posting, "Turning Point" on May 26th) and we are now living in the days of miracles, signs, and wonders. Are we ready?
Prayer: Lord, may you complete the good work that You've begun in me so that I can be a "vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work." (2 Tim.2:21)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
According to Bill Burns, prophet, the Lord Jesus walked in the following anointings:
- Anointing to speak/preach the Word
- Anointing of walking in miracles, signs and wonders
- Anointing to Heal
- Anointing to Deliver
Anointings identified by Keith Miller and released during a recent prophetic conference include:
- Anointing to open doors/gates (Breaker anointing) Isa.45:1-3
- Seer Anointing - Ezek.44:5
- Harvest Anointing - Luke10:2
- Anointing for Signs, Wonders, and Miracles
Additionally, there's an anointing to make wealth (Deut.8:18); an anointing for Warfare (Psa.45:2-7); an anointing to Prophesy (1Sam.19:23,24); and others.
Nuggets of Gold: We wear an anointing like a mantle. The anointing indicates what the activity of the Holy Spirit is, as He releases the power to accomplish the work that He's given us to do. We all have different anointings according to the areas in which God has "approved" us.
We are to "Study to show ourselves approved to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth." (2Tim.2:15). As we do this, and after a period of testing, the Lord "approves" us in a particular area (we pass the test), which releases the anointing (the Holy Spirit and Power)!
Acts 2:22 - "Jesus.......a man approved (attested/exhibited or accredited) to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs, which God performed through Him in your midst..."
Purpose of the Anointing: To break the yoke off those who are oppressed by the evil one.
Isa.10:27 - "So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of the anointing."
USE OF OILS:
Chuck Pierce: "Anointing oils can have spiritual properties as well as physical spiritual properties. However, the power of an oil is in the anointing of the one using the oil or in the one being anointed - not in the oil itself. Biblically, we find that oil mixtures have a great release. When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to minister from city to city, they anointed with oil many who were sick (Mark 6:13). In the book of James (5:14), we find one of the requirements for healing is to anoint with oil."
Nugget of Gold: The Lord is calling us to a higher level of operation in His different anointings through the use of the corresponding oils and their essential properties.
TYPES OF OIL: (partial listing)
- Frankincense - fragrance of Jesus as Son of God/Priest
- Myrrh - dying to self; no spot or wrinkle; purification and cleansing
- Rose of Sharon - Glory; Ruling and Reigning
- Lily of the Valley - Purity of heart, which produces provision as we seek His Kingdom first
- Cedars of Lebanon - Prosperity, strength for performance; wholeness
- Spikenard - Extravagant adoraton and worship, producing resurrection power
- Pomegranate - linked with healing, success, and overcoming