#384 – A Yielded Vessel

The raising of your hands to Heaven is a normal and appropriate response to the sensing of my PRESENCE. Hands raised to the heavens is a sign and an acknowledgment of the coming pouring out of MY Spirit.

It is also, a sign of surrender, it signifies that you have exhausted all your human resources and are now in complete submission. A yielded vessel is a powerful one. When you hand the reigns of your life to ME, the best of ME and the best in you collide.

Whether it be the ultimate praise or submission to the ultimate God, you will benefit. This is the seed of your breakthrough, at the end of what is your best, welcomes MY best. In your utmost weakness, you will experience MY utmost strength.

Raise your hands and allow ME to fix it, to be the solution. While, your solutions are temporary, MY solutions are eternal. Relieve yourself now, hand your worries to ME, that I may be GOD in your secret places and the unknown regions of your heart.

Lamentations 3:40-41
Let us examine our lifestyles, putting them to the test, and turn back to the LORD. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven.

#383 – Love Leads to Life

To listen is to love. To reserve judgment is to exemplify the person of Christ. Out of the concern in the heart, every mouth speaks. If you could take an unselfish moment to listen, then your answer will unfold.

The transformative knowledge of Christ is more than a head knowledge, that can be transmitted and received. It is also a heart knowledge, that gestates and incubates a living, breathing faith.

MY Word is sperm and your heart is the egg. As a seed fertilizes an egg, life is spontaneous and morphs the existence of both sperm & egg. The birth of a new hope, a new possibility and a fresh start is now a real and a tangible thing.

A listening ear leads to concern, that concern is a demonstration of love. A love that is first felt and then received. Love received within a heart fertilizes, a fertilized heart is rejuvenated and produces life. Listening leads to Love, Love leads to Life.

Mark 4:24
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

#381 – Your Honor is Coming

There is a coach that was acknowledged with the highest honor, his name was enshrined among the best of the best. The honor had a special meaning. The league bestowed upon the coach a recognition, delayed by his specific team and several years after many of his players experienced the same honor.

The coach was denied by his inner circle, but was accepted by the circle of circles. He was denied by a subsystem, but accepted system wide. He was denied by his city, but was accepted by the world. He was denied by those closest to him, but accepted by those observing from afar.

Despite the defeat, the denial, the disrespect and the delay the coach finally received his high honor. Your high honor is coming, delayed but is coming. You have been disregarded, but your high honor is coming. You were overlooked, with defeat in your eyes, but your honor is coming.

I am reminded of King Solomon, all of his wisdom, knowledge, wealth, notoriety and the very throne he succeeded was because of King David. King Soloman was King David’s son and his high honor, King Soloman walked in the full favor of God, because of King David.

1 Kings 3:6
Solomon replied, “You have shown much loving devotion to Your servant, my father David, because he walked before You in faithfulness, righteousness, and uprightness of heart. And You have maintained this loving devotion by giving him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

#378 – A Outpouring is Coming

An outpouring of MY spirit is coming. It is going to wash away the crimson stain and drown the chaos, the confusion that has become a normal. The evil you see in temporary. The pain you see has an expiration date. The fear will be addressed.

Do not worry, the hand that holds the Heavens and the earth in place has not wavered. The hurt may seem unquenchable, but MY Glory is steadfast and freedom is about to be released from MY mouth.

I have called you, I have equipped you and I have carved out a place for you. You have been counted and not forgotten, you are seen and what you do is seen, the sacrifices, the forgiveness and the peacemaking.

The investments of love, hope and kindness, that have been dismissed by this world have been stored in the Heavenly realm with me. I AM personally attending to your accounts and you will see a mighty return and a massive harvest. You must only trust.

2 Kings 4:3-7
And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

#375 – A Peacemaking Spirit

When you have come to a point, where there is no right or wrong, nor good or evil and the only thing you are concerned with is MY presence, this is when you can clearly hear MY instructions. There is a wind coming, blowing into the threshing floor to separate the chaff from the wheat.

The winds are blowing for you, if your heart be wheat, but if your heart be chaff, this Mighty Wind, My Mighty Wind is blowing against you. This is a foreboding and a warning for those who claim MY Name, but whose hearts are far from ME.

This is your warning, to make your paths straight, to be who I have called, not this world’s calling, but who I have called you to be. I have placed a Peacemaking Spirit in you, I am commanding you to make peace. This is not an option, an opinion or a debatable decision.

Your ability to obey in this moment will cause a shift in the trajectory of the spread of darkness. I have made you for such a time as this. This is your purpose, this is your great call and this is why you have been given an arsenal of gifts.

James 3:18
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

2 Cor. 20:20
Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.

#373 – Embrace the Growth

When the enemy comes in like a flood, he is limited to the permissions I have granted. He can neither add nor subtract from the powers, I have allowed. He is merely a pawn and is still subject to MY will.

Focus less on what you are losing, but on what is being built. Look beyond what is done and toward what I AM doing. The hard times build muscles, strength and tenacity that can only be formed this way.

Avoiding the struggle is to avoid the growth it produces. Avoiding the sufferings is to avoid the humility. Where you are stretched, you will have growth and where you are tested, you will yield fortitude.

Embrace the strengthening. Embrace the straightening. Embrace the growth. Embrace the renewal. Embrace a different way to view things. See this moment in a new light and in its true advantageous way.

Isaiah 59:19
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

#363 – MY gift in you is a Well

As you are looking for your place in the world, find your place in MY Kingdom. Your place in MY Kingdom is eternal and will clarify your place in this world. What the world wants and what the world needs are not the same.

It chases one thing, to achieve it and it, like most other things, does not satisfy. MY gift in you is a well, it is a well flowing with living waters, living waters of life, peace and rejuvenation. Be reminded, your gift has made room for you.

It is your skillset that generates compensation, but your gift of leadership (influencing in a positive way), your gift of administration (bringing clarity of focus), your gift of discernment (seeing the contrast between perception and reality) and your gift of exhortation (inspiring hope and healing) is why you are there. It is also why they will retain you.

The job is one thing and your work is another. The world has commissioned you for a job, God has commissioned you for HIS work. Do the work and the job will fall into place.

John 4:13-14
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.

#341 – I AM Fortifying

Your dream is not on hold, you are just in a specific season of getting more context. Pay close attention to everything you are about to see and hear. I AM fortifying and enriching the dream. The scope is being broadened and the focus made more precise.

I AM expanding your territory and revealing it now, under duress, so that none can take credit for the revelations, including the innovations of your own mind. You have known in part and prophesied in part.

Now I am shifting things and revealing more of the predestined purposes for your life. You may feel manic, at times and that you have little, to no control. This is by design and needed for this season of growth. It is all about growing and growth.

You have held the fullness of who I AM at bay. I AM bigger and much larger than you have fathomed. Much you are aspiring to do, in your own power, requires the super natural. It is time that you relinquish control and untie MY hands. I AM going to bless you exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything you can ask or think.

1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

#340 – Stand in the Gap

When you see a weakness in another, this is a divine revelation. Though the knowledge be personally frustrating and a costly betrayal, it is part of the process. God is giving you special insight to intercede on their behalf.

The insight into your brothers weakness is a gift to demonstrate love and long-suffering. Should you exploit him, then it is your character on display. His infirmity, in confidence will expose your infirmities in public.

A gift makes room for you and with a gift comes responsibility. Your gift has an assignment and will always reflect the giver. Discernment is a gift, intuition is precious prophetic intel. How are you handling the gift of spiritual perception?

I have entrusted you with information about your brother, to help and not hurt, nor hinder. Your insight is strategic and with strategy, serve your brother. Stand in the gap until he is made whole. Intercede in the heavenly realms covering him with MY grace and mercy.

1 Peter 4:8-11
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

#337 – Look for MY Peace

Whenever and wherever love is opposed, any place in which love is abhorred, this is the place where you will find ME. MY presence will rest in places like these, because where sin abounds much, MY grace abounds much.

In the heart of the hopeless spaces you will find rest. MY spirit will yield peace like the eye of a storm. At the highest point of chaos, I have a counterpoint of calm. Look for MY peace in the midst of your storm. It will always be there.

The wind and waves are mere distractions to the assignment at hand and the circumstances are falsehoods in the face of The Almighty God. Your Faith is the eyesight used to see beyond this realm, into the realm of what is possible.

Each pain, I see. Every hurt, I see and each unjust thing, I know. MY grace is sufficient. MY will shall prevail and you will be renewed. That was not, nor shall this be your end, you will live & not die.

2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

#336 – A Thing is either Right or Wrong

All that you are seeking is in your believing, it is in your belief system that faith lives. A man’s belief is sacred and is the covenant between one’s Soul and one’s Spirit. What you believe is who you are!

Whether it be righteous or wrong headed this is your choice. The convenience of truth is a myth, a thing is either right or wrong. You will eventually answer to ME, the permissions of the culture and social statuses have no standing in MY Kingdom.

What you will believe, I shall add MY belief to it. Should you say no, I will add MY no, but should you say yes, I will add MY yes. What you choose to believe is different, when it is MY word. Your belief in MY Word is the mixing of your will, with MY blood, this is an impenetrable force.

A force that makes the devil tremble. A force that has set captives free, A force that holds healing and sets miracles ablaze. A force that restores man to his rightful place, the heir of this world.

Romans 4:13-16
For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

#335 – God’s Ordained Partnerships

Do not be overwhelmed. Slow down, you are moving at a fanatical pace, this is not a sustainable course. When men see the brilliance and the light in your spirit, they are drawn like a moth to a flame. This confirms what God planted in you long ago.

The challenge will be discernment, distinguishing divine appointments from those drawn to the anointing. These are very good people and mean well, but efforts towards those opportunities are energy taking and energy depleting.

Test them in this way. God’s ordained partnerships will give you life and more clarity of purpose. Allow Him to order your steps and exercise your right to say, NO. Plan for immutable time with your family and loved ones.

Give yourself permission to breathe, to be unsure, to have fun, to be spontaneous and most importantly take time out for just you and the Father. God is using you, because you have the best heart and not necessarily the best plan. Protect that heart and God will protect the plan.

Psalms 37:23-24
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.

#333 – The Battle is for Your Heart

The pressure to conform to the current thinking and the culture of popularity is constant. It is designed to replace your value system and relationship with ME. Compromise is a slow moving snake and once you become aware of the threat, it has overtaken you.

The battle is for your heart and the battleground is your mind. What you treasure, indicates what is valued in your heart and soul. Your mouth has said Peace, but your heart has said war. War is what you will have.

I AM the Supreme Eternal God of all. What you truly think, I know and how you really feel is evident to ME. Nothing can be hidden from ME, every emotion and every desire is fully known. I know who you are.

Abraham doubted ME, yet became the father of faith. Moses killed a man, yet be became the deliverer of many men. David was an adulterous King, yet he was a man after MY Own Heart. I know who you have been and I know who you will be.

Acts 13:22
But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.

#332 – You Have Permission

MY brilliance in you is not conditional, it does not depend on the circumstances in the world. What I have placed in you cannot be denied, cannot be destroyed and cannot be reversed. As I AM permanent, what I placed in you is permanent.

What your hands touch and your mind can conceive, through your intimacy with ME, will work. Stop questioning who you are, you are MINE. All that is subject to ME is subject to you and any place a soul can exist is subject to ME.

You are asking the world to verify you, to confirm you and to give you purpose. It is not capable. What the world gives is temporarily yours and can be taken away. What I give is permanent and what I bestow is eternal.

I function and flow through perfection. What I make and what I form becomes the standard by which anything perfect is measured. With patience, precision and power I have made you. You have permission to move and produce in perfect dominion.

Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

#330 – I Entrust the Hearts

You have been invited into MY Glory. To regard yourselves higher in anyway is wrong and based on weakness, not strength. Through ME all things and all people were made. Serve who and where I tell you to serve.

I have given you a gift to serve them and not the power to judge them. Have you forgotten, not long ago, it was you that needed help and a sympathetic ear? Give to MY children the best of who you are and the highest regard.

I entrust the hearts of men to your bosom. Placing the most important things to ME in your care. Handle MY sons and daughters with dignity and honor. Look past the outsides and focus on the ME, in them. Find the light in their souls and add to it.

This is the great commission, LOVE. They have endured all the judgements one can muster. I have placed in you peace, compassion and mercy for others. You are MY ambassadors and the earthly representatives of MY Heavenly Throne.

1 Timothy 1:15-17
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But for this very reason I was shown mercy, so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His perfect patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

#328 – Accept the Power Within

The circumstances can be changed and a metamorphosis can occur by your hand. What has been, can be made new. The status of your family can be shifted and the current reality can be dramatically changed, with effort.

The enemy seeks to take your Hope, when Hope is gone actions are thwarted. His goal is to convince you, that you do not matter and therefore your work, does not matter. This is the original lie, to cause men to disbelieve the God in them.

Accept the power within, trust the internal mechanisms of God’s power. Your breath, your life and your spirit are all alive and activated by God’s presence. You are here on assignment and that assignment requires both vision and provision.

You do the work of diligently sowing righteousness: then the compassion, the fulfillment and the love are yours to harvest. The hard work is the heart work, to plow up the lies of the enemy and sow the seeds of what is good, what is upright and what is virtuous.

Hosea 10:12
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.

#327 – The Desert is Finished

The manna is over. What the generations before you could not receive is now your rightful inheritance. The miracles of deliverance and sustenance in the desert, were to build you up for this moment. You will receive a city, that you did not build and harvest you did not sow.

Wealth, wisdom and warriors to help are coming from the North, the South, the West and the East. I am coming from the east, a wind of reclamation, to bestow what is and has always been yours.

This is more than a new covenant with you, it is also MY command. All that was made, must relent, acknowledge and obey. The giants before you, do not matter, only your relationship with the giant destroyer.

The manna was milk, designed to get you here, the Promised Land. The next level of promise, requires nourishment that only the promised land can supply. What was done in the desert is finished and is no more. Canaan is now your home.

Exodus 6:33-35
Moses said to Aaron, “Get a jar and fill it with two quarts of manna. Then put it in a sacred place before the LORD to preserve it for all future generations. Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded Moses. He eventually placed it in the Ark of the Covenant—in front of the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant. So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

#326 – Every part of you is Holy

I know everything about you and nothing can surprise ME. I know all that you think and all that you will say. MY hand is on you and the knowledge you possess is MY divine gift. This is your light.

I AM everywhere and through ME everything was made. If you plunge to the bottom of the ocean or explore the most distant celestial star, I AM there holding you, holding the oceans and holding the galaxies in place.

I made you remarkably, both fearfully and wonderfully, I have made you. A marvelous masterpiece of flesh on bone. You are MY sacred workmanship made in MY secret place, MY anointed work.

I formed you from the inside out, every part of you is Holy. Your Mother’s womb was MY canvas and the world is MY showcase. Every part of you I have loved, even in the darkness of sin, as in the light.

Psalms 139:12
Even the darkness is not dark to You, but the night shines like the day, for darkness is as light to You.

#325 – Authentic Authority

You are the light, that I AM sending into the world. If they do not see you, they may never see ME. What you say and do are crucial to the kingdom. Your yes must be yes and your no must to be no.

Your character must stand out from all others, because you are representing ME. Your words are MY words and your hands are MY hands. The help my people need is in hope, their healing will come from a renewed belief and renewed expectations.

This is your mission to inject MY eternal hope into every person and into every place, I send you. Like an archer with precise aim, disperse your arrows of hope into the atmosphere. Refill your quiver as fast and as frequently, as you can.

The world needs an authentic authority and humbled hearts full of love. The more intimate you are with ME, the more power, I can entrust with you. The adversary does not recognize titles or the accolades of men. He only acknowledges and submits to power from on high.

Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

#324 – Love, Listen and Lead

The hard thing is the better thing. I am asking you to love some people, that are hard to love. They are manipulating and usurious, but they are my sons and daughters. Will you love them despite them?

Will you take care of my sheep? In spite of their evil ways and the selfishness, I love them and they are still family. You are the light, that I have sent into their world and the only light they may see.

It is easy to cut them off, the hard thing is to love them through the character flaws. To be faithful, even when they are untrue and to treat them based on who they are versus how they behave.

Your assignment from on high is to love, to listen and to lead with patience. As Christ was misused, abused and lied about for a glorious hope. I am asking you to suffer for my sake and to stand in the gap for others.

1 Peter 2:19-21
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

#323 – Ask Now, Pray Now, Move Now

This is a unique season of action, what was placed on a shelf and tucked away is now ripe to emerge. The things you have delayed and denied to fully form are coming to fruition.

I am giving you a second chance to try a hard thing, again. This time it will be made easy. It will flow seamlessly and doors that were closed are now open. The harvest is yours for the taking.

As I troubled the waters of Bethesda, I am troubling the waters around your life, your relationships and your finances. What you longed for and dreamed to accomplish are within your grasp. Reach for it.

Move quickly and you will produce twice as much. Do what I have said and do it now. I am going to open a floodgate from your obedience. Ask now, pray now, move now and I will cause favor to swarm all around you, intoxicating you with MY Goodness.

Joshua 5:9-12
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.

#321 – Obedience is an Offering

The gift, bestowed upon you by God will open doors and give you an audience before great men. This means more than an opportunity to share your gift with the world. It means, what you have done in the secret place is now being rewarded.

It means the Creator can trust you with a gift and with the fulfillment of the gift. It is the perfect balance of faith and works. The gift has been entrusted in your care and you have been diligent to multiply it.

This is trusting God with your very life and believing in Him by believing in what he has created, you. To accept God at his word, especially concerning the plans, He has for you is worship.

Obedience is an offering to God. You believing and acting as you believe are a soothing aroma in the Lord’s nostrils. When faithfulness and obedience collide inside a human heart, the blessings flow uninterrupted.

Ezekiel 20:41
As a soothing aroma, I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.

#319 – Build your house on ME

What you have learned in the valley, will sustain you in the mountain tops. What you learn in the darkness, makes way for the light. Human nature, due to Adam‘s mistake is easily corrupted, by power.

Seek power and you will have power, seek ME and you will have ALL Power. The power given by the evil one is real, but temporary. Build your house on ME the rock, what is real and what lasts is not built quickly, cheaply or on sand.

I AM the real authentic God, build with ME, in ME and on ME, building through ME is what establishes you. Any other builder is a counterfeiter and what is built is inferior. It will not last and it is guaranteed to fail.

The building blocks, that last, are only found in ME. What is sustainable and what endures season after season is in ME. Faith, Hope and Love will erect what confusion, depression and fear can not build.

1 Corinthians 13:12-13
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

#318 – (Part 3) Rejection is your Protection

Consecration is to make or declare something sacred, to dedicate something to a divine purpose. Ordained to a specific office. Devoted to a particular purpose.

The isolation leads to insulation and the insulation leads to the consecration.
This is when you are now eligible to receive divine downloads. The creator can now be heard, because you are ready to hear.

The consecration is when you begin to clearly identify what your purpose on this planet is and why you were born in this era. Why you were born with this or that ethnicity and gender. As you are becoming more intimate with who you are, your calling becomes very clear. This is when your gifting become sharper and more precise, it is where you understand the difference between a gift, a talent and an ability.

The consecration is when you realize why the isolation and insulation were required, to produce the right environment for you to completely embrace the Why, The Who and What of your life. The Why is your purpose, The Who is your calling and the What is your gifting. Until those three are in alignment, the other components of what you are assigned to do, on this planet, will remain a mystery.

The goal is the have life and to have it more abundantly. To be fulfilled by fulfilling every assignment the creator has for us.

As a seed must go through a process to become a tree. It requires being buried and the seed must go through a process of breaking to accept the water and the light. We too can only mature through a process. The isolation is the burial and breaking, the insulation is the water and consecration is the light.

Psalm 118:22-24
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone. This is from the LORD, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

#316 – (Part 1) Rejection is your Protection

Have you ever been left out or excluded from something? Perhaps a group of friends or even family decide to exclude you in some way. The world can be a tough place, when yohu are being purposely ignored and left out.

Perhaps it is the rejection of a lover, a friend or even worse a parent, that has decided to turn their backs on you. No matter who you are, at some point, you have been deny access or entry to something.

Maybe, you got cut by the basketball team, or the volleyball team or you were not good enough to be apart of the group. It may have even been the cool kids table at school, the chess club or the PTA.

Somehow, you were seen, as not smart enough, tall enough, strong enough, pretty enough, wealthy enough, fast enough, worthy enough or even sharp enough. It is tough not being enough.

Then, what is perhaps even worse, are the comparisons. If only you were more like your brother or your sister. A teacher could have compared you to other students and treated you indifferently.

This pain of rejection is a universal experience, some react by retreating into themselves, others get angry, some internalize to a point of self harm. Some make the ultimate decision and choose to end it all, by embracing suicide.

I believe, there is an alternative view and it comes from seeing the whole movie, instead of focusing on one scene. When I was 15, I was able to better understand myself a 5. At 25, the 15 year old me made more sense. At 35, I had more clarity on what the 25 year old was doing wrong. At 45, I realized that all things are working together for my good.

All the pain was a process and the process leads to a perfecting and that perfecting leads to purpose. Nothing is arbitrary and nothing is by happenstance, it all points me directly toward the reasons, why I was born.

Each of us has a unique purpose, calling and gifting. It is a benefit of having breath in your body, you and I were born for a purpose. We have an assignment hardwired in our DNA and I must tell you a little known secret about you. Your DNA is perfect. It is flawless and it is perfect because of who designed it.

If we are now looking at the whole movie and not just one scene, we have to reevaluate, why bad things happen to us. Why is it that, as you are trying do the right thing and wrong things keep happening. The pains in life and the hardships are designed to reveal our character. To show us our blind spots, to show us, who we are now.

It takes pressure to reveal the flaws in your character, under the pressure of pain, anger and hurt the real you is revealed. This is where the real work can begin, if you can see the movie and not just the scene.

When you realize, that your purpose is protecting you, then each bump in the road can be seen in a different way.

You, at a point, understand that pain is not just hurtful, but it also gives clarity. The pain of rejection is more than hurt, though it does, deeply. It is the first step in the process of growth. Are you being buried to die or planted to grow? They both seem like the same thing, from the outside looking in, but there is a difference between a farmer’s prayer and the last rights.

The process of being ostracized and rejection is traumatic and life altering. This is isolation. You are placed in a situation, where you are tolerated and not celebrated. You are widely know, but not widely loved. A situation, where you are continually reminded, that you do not belong.

The isolation forces you to operate outside of family, social or business circles and to fend for yourself. This can feel like shame and embarrassment, even guilt. It is important to press forward despite the pain and use the isolation to re-evaluate who you are. Are you overly dependent on the approval of others?

The isolation is where some weaknesses will be revealed in your personality and overall character. What a man does in desperation and under pressure reveal who he is. This is the trying part of the process, can you overcome the offense? Are you going to languish in the, ‘what was’ or accept the, ‘hear and now’?

John 15:18-19
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

#315 – Resilience is Built

Could the hard thing, that is before you, be MY will? Could it be MY hand that has led you to a dry place? The pressure reveals to the Master Craftsman were weaknesses are. Is your trial and current challenge MY doing?

When the catastrophe is designed for you it cannot be prayed away, it must be withstood. The storm is not happening to you, but it is happening for you. In the storm, a resilience is built that is unique to a storm experience.

I AM building you to have character and depth, not easily fooled or discouraged. A people with a road worthiness, that I have called to courageous and long suffering. I am raising a people, that are not fearful or afraid.

A shift must be made from victims, that move with the wind of trouble, to victorious representatives of the Kingdom. Believers that stand to face the enemy, wherever he manifests and boldly claim new territory.

Matthew 11:12
And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by violence and the violent seize it.

#313 – The Impossible is MY Domain

Place your trust in ME and not in your own power. To you, it looks impossible and it should, because it is impossible for your strength, intelligence and ability. The impossible is MY domain.

As a child runs to the protective arms of his Father, you can run to ME now. Allow ME the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent one to go before you, to fight for you and to establish you.

You have gone, as far as, you can within your own strengths and fueled by your own passions. This is when your strengths become your limitations. You have run as fast and as long, as you can.

This has taken you outside of your support system and made you vulnerable to becoming prey. I made you for covenant and designed you to run with a team. I made you for partnerships to run with others, to lighten the load.

Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

#311 – I AM the one that Blesses

Every opportunity that comes your way and looks good, may not be a blessing or the best option for you. There are many good things, that can lead to compromised outcomes.

Consider each aspect of your business and personal relationships. Has the season changed? What I use to bless you in one season, can be the blockage to your next season. The thing is not good nor bad, but how you relate to it.

The promised land to Israel was a blessing, but I AM the one that blesses. Whatever you have or do that becomes more important than ME is an idol and possessing that gift, has now become idol worship.

I AM a jealous God and I will have no other Gods before ME. Israel fell into bondage because of this, they wanted what the gentiles had. They failed to remember the One True and Living God. Look to Israel and learn.

Exodus 20:5
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.

#308 – Grace & Provision

Not long ago, I was sick to the point of incapacity, abdominal pains had become so intense that, I drove myself to the emergency room. I was there for several hours, receiving a battery of tests and eventually referred to a gastrointestinal specialist. In the interim, I completely lost my appetite and subsequently 30 pounds. I spent 18 hours a day in the bed.

I eventually had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy, the endoscopy was clear, but the colonoscopy found ulcers and inflammation in my intestines. The ulcers were so pronounced that the colonoscopy could not be fully done. The recommendation was rest, fluids and antibiotics.

I eventually followed up with the doctor and did another colonoscopy, this time the inflammation was gone and the ulcers were also reduced to nothing. A biopsy determined there was no cancer, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

I remember a peculiar question that the doctor asked me, ‘what do you think could be causing the ulcers’. I found this to be odd, because the doctor was the specialist and the expert. I was hoping the doctor could tell me.

What, I did not fully understand then and I have a clearer picture of now is this: I was the only one who could answer the question. The Doctor was not asking about my lifestyle, per se, but about my life. In other words, what are you stressing over and worrying about that is affecting your health?

Eventually, I realized it was my business, that was causing my stress. I was trying to hang onto something, that the season for, had ended. The business in particular was not the issue.

The issue was in the affirmation, sense of worth and the identity, I received from being a successful entrepreneur. I made the mistake of connecting my value, worth and status to an external achievement. This flawed logic was adversely affecting my health in a major way.

I clearly remember having a sense and unction from God, that 10 years in that business was the assignment and it was time to transition into my next season. Here is the epiphany, my ulcers were due to my disobedience.

The grace and provision had moved to the next season of my life, I was operating under my own authority and no longer under God’s authority. The cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night was moving and I remained in the old place.

I lost sight of what I valued, I value God’s presence. I made the business, my reputation and status more important than obedience. Those things had become idols, I manufactured my very own idol.

Matthew 6:31-34
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans strive after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

#306 – Will You Choose Peace?

What good have you produced in an angry state of mind? Have you won a single soul for my kingdom, through an angry outburst? If anger should overcome you, express it in a wholesome productive way and be mindful to avoid crossing the line of sin.

In the fever of missed expectations and disappointments, emotions can run high and rationale runs low. Refuse to give the evil one any indictments against you and do not allow a day to be resolved, without resolving your anger.

Extinguish every form of anger, bitterness, quarrels, debates, fits of frustration, points of contention, slanderous speech and differences of opinion for the sake of peace.

No argument, no disagreement or discord is worth your peace. I am the Prince of Peace, I run heaven and earth from a place of peace. I prefer for you to be whole, while your anger may be justified, it cannot hold peace hostage. Will you choose peace or let anger win?

Ephesians 4:26-31
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

#305 – Confusion is A Yoke

You are standing behind people that you are to lead. Your leadership is more than age or time on this earth, it is about MY gift in you. MY assignment for you and the fulfillment you seek is there. The power and promise is in the assignment, the obedience.

You have mastered how to be content in your gifting. How to make the best of what you have and how to live in victory. This is MY will for you and MY will for many. Will you teach them?

Confusion is a yoke and MY people have yokes around their necks, both hands and both arms. I AM sending you to free them, as you freed yourself. You will be my modern day Moses and you will lead my people to a spiritual promised land.

You are experienced, you are strategic and you have been faithful. This is your next season of growth. I AM asking you to teach, what you have been taught. When you obey, you will receive an energy and a new vitality.

Proverbs 22:29
Show me someone who does a good job, and I will show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings.

#303 – (Part 4) The Whirlwind

In the vision, the whirlwind gave me a sense of familiarity, power and control. I have faced whirlwinds, beforehand and they defeated me, however, this whirlwind was unique. The past defeats had made me ready and prepared. I felt as though, this particular whirlwind was working for me.

This is what the Lord is saying. The whirlwind is yours, it is rearranging the traumas, the past hurts and the pain. God is pulling purpose out of your past and present problems. All that was lost, that was embarrassing and was shameful to live through is being realigned by the whirlwind, to become the cornerstone of your identity.

You have fished these waters for a lifetime, meaning you have done a thing for years, but God is asking you to cast your nets on the other side, to do the same things in new ways. There is not a distinction between this side and that side, the difference is under whose authority are you now fishing, living your life and facing the whirlwind.

The past whirlwinds caused pain and chaos, this whirlwind is to restore. It will all make sense if you trust ME and submit your circumstances to ME, the way maker.

The winning in the whirlwind is to face it, to show up and to be brave. Despite the fear, despite the odds. It is in knowing and trusting the one that holds the winds in His hands. You get to choose what the whirlwind means, it can be a time of focus or a time of distraction. Your awareness of the whirlwind around you is key and keeping it in perspective is critical.

The whirlwind looks chaotic and confusing from the outside, it may even feel embarrassing, until the moment it all comes together. This is the moment when the whirlwind becomes clear and it demonstrates God’s power, might, strategic movement and restorative grace.

*Moses was sent into a whirlwind. It was decreed the all Hebrew boys would die. Not only did he live, but God selected Pharaoh’s home to grow and groom the emancipator of Israel. God made Pharaoh’s daughter his step mother and appointed his mother as nurse. This is the deliverer forged in the whirlwind.

*Solomon was formed in a whirlwind. David sinned with Bathsheba and that baby died. David placed her husband in harms way and he was killed. David’s actions brought judgement on a whole nation, but found a way to repent, a way back to God’s grace. In this, Soloman was born, the second child of David and Bathsheba is the heir God chose out of the whirlwind.

*Jesus was born into a whirlwind. He was born to die, to bare the sins of many and to redeem the lost, forever. Jesus agreed to being relentlessly accused, perpetually lied about, tortured, mocked openly and to die a criminal’s death. Christ conquered the whirlwind.

Proverbs 30:4
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know.

#302 – (Part 3) The Whirlwind

In the vision, as I was in the whirlwind, I had an overwhelming peace. A supernatural sense that all I was seeing, would be aligned to me. Any effort to enhance would have been futile, God was in complete control.

He was showing me that my best efforts are finite, in the presence of the infinite one. He was inside the whirlwind, outside the whirlwind and all through me, at the same time.

God did not have to speak or move for the whirlwind to respond to him. It moved at his thoughts. Whatever God thought, the whirlwind obeyed.

The peace was all encompassing, every worry, concern, offense, desire, fear, failure, mistake, short coming, flaw, issue, problem, pain or past failure was gone in the whirlwind.

I have personally missed God many times, but not in this moment. I was completely certain, that the slow motion view of the whirlwind was God assuring me, that this moment would be different.

This time my heart was pure and my heart could now handle, what had always been mine, the relationships, the connections and the strategic positions of favor to best affect the kingdom.

The prophecy: I AM always in the wind and the wind is in ME. Whether it is warm or cold, dry or moist, gentle or gale forced. The wind causes the rain and the drought, it can scatter seed or uproot mature trees.

The wind can bring quail for food, destroy a persistent adversary or bring judgment to those that deny the wind. It brings to the mocker and the haughty, pestilence and plagues. To the righteous one, the wind, MY wind and MY presence brings peace and arranged favor.

The whirlwind is what blows situations into your life, that you are not qualified for and you remotely deserve to have, yet suddenly become yours.

Ezekiel 1:4-5
I looked and saw a whirlwind coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing back and forth and brilliant light all around it. In the center of the fire was a gleam like amber.

#301 – Deeper Overwhelming Intimacy

What are you rehearsing? There are thoughts in your mind that are keeping you stuck: stuck in the past, stuck in pain and stuck in a defeating process. The fear has taken up residence in an intimate place, a place made for faith and not fear.

What are you hiding? There are a set of hidden sins, that you have tried to keep from ME. I see it, but I will heal and redeem only with your permission. It resides deep in your heart, a place I wish to occupy.

The things you are rehearsing and hiding is hindering. It is causing a delay from the inside, doubt attached to an embryo. It is the substance of things that makes you question your value and worth, it is a lie.

The answer is in MY Love. More than hearing or seeing the evidence of MY love, but in giving yourself the permission to possess MY Love. There is great compassion, a deeper overwhelming intimacy with ME, that can be had.

Ephesians 3:16-19
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God

#300 – (Part 2) The Whirlwind

In the vision, the whirlwind was all around me, it was all that my eyes could see. Though the scene was chaotic, my spirit, surprisingly was not anxious.

Inside the spinning current were many things some good, some bad and some embarrassing. There were people I loved and also things that I earnestly desired, mature desires, beyond materialistic things.

For example: a desire for a better relationship, deeper covenant and ears to hear for my wife. Also, an increased relevance in my children’s lives, with the ability to shape them for purpose and not for my preferences.

Then, there were some hard things in the whirlwind, relationships and situations that seemed, irreparably beyond hope.

I saw opportunity for ministry and ways to operate in the the gifts entrusted to me. Candidly speaking, the magnitude of what God has shown me, about the callings on my life are overwhelming.

The whirlwind acknowledges the chaos and uses it to uproot and reposition things. The chaos is not from God, but the whirlwind is. The whirlwind will confuse the enemy and bring order, in key areas, simultaneously.

What will appear, as disorder to those outside of the whirlwind is in fact, God’s divine order. Your whirlwind experiences will be just for you and may not be understood, until later, when the manifestation is clear.

As the whirlwind was moving, shifting and reorchestrating the elements around me, each thing was placed and arranged in proximity to me. As I stood still, God placed the relationships and favorable circumstances at my feet.

The things that had caused me to pray, cry and curse before, were now accessible and directly within reach. It was God using the whirlwind to secure my path and right my relationships. All I did was trust and stand still.

This is what, I have learned:

*The whirlwind gives a sense of God’s timing and direction. There are 21 words for winds and each is unique to a season, region, force, temperature, direction, duration, geography, change in climate and affect on the landscape. This means that a wind is specific to a period, place and a position in both the natural and spiritual realms. The type of wind you are experiencing, indicates where you are spiritually.

*The whirlwind is for your enemies and naysayers. It was a wind the parted the Red seas for God’s people to cross on dry land. Is was God that harden Pharaoh’s heart, He wanted to make a spectacle of Pharaoh, his army, his chariots and his horsemen, that the enemies and oppressors of Israel would see the Glory of God and know He was Lord.

*God speaks from the whirlwind, He rebukes and will remind us of His power and might. The whirlwind is a demonstration of Gods’s sovereignty, he blesses who he chooses. Your righteousness is meaningless in the face of the King of Righteousness. All that you are and have are because of the Lord. Everything under heaven is the Lord’s and his plans have never failed.

Exodus 14:13-14
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

#299 – You are worth dying For

You are the prized treasure of Christ. His love is for you, forged by His immutable sacrifice made on the cross. His love was not only spoken, but radically demonstrated. He proved his love and reestablished his covenants with His own blood.

There is no higher price paid, than to give ones own life. Christ did more than die, He suffered the humiliation, the shame and the disrespect of the very people, He was dying for. Satan used that moment to make a spectacle of Christ.

Every painful lash was for you. The mockery was for you. The plucking out of his beard was for you. Each time he was spit on was for you. Him being stripped of clothing, near naked and paraded through the city was for you.

You are worth dying for. You are worth the embarrassment of men. You are worth the shame of an entire people. You are worth the disrespect and condemnation of the world. You are worth the most horrible death known to man. You are worth dying for.

John 3:16-17
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him

#298 – Forgiveness and Love

Forgiveness and love work hand in hand, each are a compliment and a requirement for the other. Love without forgiveness can make a heart bitter. Forgiveness without love, leads to detachment and the loss of relationship.

One side of forgiveness is about letting people, plus the pain go and the other side is about restoring. Like a broken bone, healing occurs through a process of restoration, bit by bit, until the bone matches its original strength.

Love too, has dimensions and phases. A small child will express unconditional love for a parent, for a season. As the child becomes more mature, loving the parent is expressed through the filters of pain and experience.

The love remains, but requires both repentance and forgiveness, for it to be sustained. You often hurt the ones you love most, the most. This is were you must find unique and creative ways to forgive.

1 Peter 4:8
And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number.

#296 – A Prayer for the Genuine Me

I am angry and hurt, God. I do not understand it. I have honored you and my fellow man, yet the outcomes are chaotic. You say to turn the other cheek and you say walk another mile. When will enough be enough?

I will continue to trust, but I need some grace, give me a sign to press on. This is hard to accept, I need your mercy. I want to be forgiven, but find it hard to forgive. I need your comfort.

The image of who I am and the reality are not the same. Am I becoming, who I aspire to be or just a fraud? Cover me with wisdom to protect from the enemy, within me.

Purge the darkness in my heart, that is connected to traumas and pains. Please reconcile the genuine authentic me, with the me, that is afraid to let go and trust you.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

#295 – Good, Good and Good

A Good name is better than money. It is a reputation of trust and an honest man can be found on any level. It is best to be poor and honest, then to be rich and full of lies. When you operate with integrity, doing business above board, you are transacting in the heavens and making ME proud.

Good news is the salve to a weary heart. It is like washing the dirt of the day from one’s feet. It can change the atmosphere by lifting hearts, minds and spirits. Good news brings life, but gossiping lips, take life away.

Good work is a mark of a master craftsmen. The mastering of one’s craft is perfection and can be a means to sharing ME, the perfect one. Let your work distinguish you in the marketplace and let your work ethic be a witness of your God.

Good friends are real treasures, they come to lighten the load of living. You are enhanced by those invited into your world. Life is to be lived in community, through covenants relationships and working together.

Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

#292 – Your True Character

All that you were denied in the forms of compassion, empathy, direction, wisdom and leadership are who you have become. The denial was part of the process and never a deviation.

Your value is not in what you do, but who you strategically are in the lives of those you are called to serve, enlightened and lead. The power is in your presence and not what you produce or present.

Your gift to the world is the embodiment of grace, courage and fortitude. The Freedom, the power and authority is in who you are and less what you do. The anointing does fall on you, but it is activated from within you.

You are designed to shift atmospheres with your presence, encouragement and reassurance. You have become, who I designed you to be. Walk in the authority of your name and your true character.

Genesis 32:28
“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”