There are places that the enemy has been trying to keep us out of. There are doors that he has locked and put up a "do not disturb sign" on. I felt the Lord saying, “I am opening these doors from the inside out. I will give My people access to places long occupied by enemy forces. I'm bringing you in. That which has kept you out will no longer keep you out.”Read More
Isaiah 54:2 English Standard Version (ESV)
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
In this chapter, Israel was in Babylonian captivity. They were slaves of another nation. The enemy had the surrounded. There was no place to expand or grow. They were confined, recoiling, shrinking and just holding on for dear life. As far as they knew this could be the end of their nation. Some of you may be feeling this way right now.
I'm sure some were giving up hope of a future or a turnaround. In verse 1 God compares the state of Israel in that moment to a barren woman. During this time in history to be barren was very shameful and carried a lot of disgrace. God knew the perfect example that described how they were feeling.Read More
The enemy has been circling in and trying to cause us to shrink back and narrow our territory and impact. Isaiah 54:2 is a key verse in 2018 as God breaks through the boundaries in our lives.
"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.”
Isaiah 54:2 ESV
It's is a season to stretch our faith out for more. Expand our tent pegs beyond our limitations. We must not settle but push forward for the greater. God is calling us to grow. It's time to enlarge our territory and sphere of influence.
Reach farther than where you have reached before. Grab your tent peg and rip it out of the ground of comfort. Plant it in the place that seems impossible. Put your tent peg in a spot that makes you uncomfortable and uncertain. God will meet you in the area of uncertainty in this season. Go for the big. Reach beyond your comfort zone.
Years ago I had a wonderful coworker in college who grew up in the feminist movement. She had experienced blows to her career and self-esteem because of her gender. By the time I knew her, I was 20 and she was in her mid-40s. My world was different than hers had been, partly because of her. But her past "warfare" was evident in the kinds of things she noticed and said. If I got a poor grade, for example, on something that seemed should have gotten a better grade, she might ask if my professor was a particular man she saw to be chauvinistic.Read More
I had a dream in December 2015, which is unusual for me, as I would not consider myself a dreamer. In this dream I was in the foyer at our home church, Vision Church @ Christian International. Outside was blowing very strong wind, and it was very loud like hurricane force winds. I stood there for a few minutes watching this intense wind blow from the inside, but then I wanted to go outside and experience this for myself.Read More
I felt the Lord say for 2017 that, "I am challenging My people to change."
We hear the word challenge and might immediately think that is a negative thing. Here is the definition of challenge:
1. A call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.
2. Something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc.
3. A call to fight, as a battle, a duel, etc.
4. A demand to explain, justify, etc.
5. Difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.
This year the Lord is raising standards for the Body of Christ in key areas. He showed me seven major aspects of Western Christianity that will see measurable transformation along with opportunity to advance:
1. Emphasis on Actions of Obedience.
The fruit of obedience to God is going to be more immediate than ever. We will see quick results from our action (or our inaction) in response to the Lord's leading.
It is a time for the Josephs to arise into their places of prominence. Josephs are those with a call from God to preserve a nation through divine strategies. Joseph, by divine revelation, interpreted the dream of the king which brought answers for a nation.
Empowered With Divine Strategies
God is awakening and mobilizing Josephs. God has Josephs throughout the earth who, in the last 3-7 years, have gone through the pit, Potiphar's house and prison. God is getting ready to shift them into their palace season. Josephs are coming onto the scene in governmental positions: locally, federally and internationally.Read More
Hearing God can sometimes seem mystical and spooky. Should I be looking for a burning bush to know He is speaking to me? Does God only speak to the spiritual elite? Or those who have accomplished great spiritual acts. No, none of this is true. God speaks to every believer. Which includes you. Yes, you awesome amazing person reading this blog right now. Don’t look around I am talking to you. Every believer has the ability and the right to hear God. The bible says my sheep hear my voice.Read More
At times I have had a conversation with my wife where she says “What do you think about that?” Then I hesitate for a moment and realize I have no idea what the last thing she said was. I sometimes smile and nod, hoping that will do. Then she says “You don’t know what I just said, do you?” I’m like nope, not at all. Then I realize I was on my phone or thinking about something else. She was communicating. And maybe I thought I was listening at first. I just was not listening intently. I am the one that missed the communication. She did her part.Read More
Like any skill, spiritual or natural, to grow in it you must practice developing it. Michael Jordan did not become one of the best basketball players overnight. Not like I did. Just kidding! He learned and developed his skills over time. You start with where you are. Sometimes we might be in a rush to get to an end result and miss the process of learning. It is though the learning that we grow and are transformed. Growing in the prophetic is not different. One of the biggest hindrances to growing in the prophetic is to try to advance too quickly. You may be expecting yourself to receive words of knowledge, hear names and know exactly what they ate for dinner two years ago. The goal is not to try to operate like your favorite prophetic minister. You are unique.Read More