Sunday, May 31, 2015

Decree As You Pray


Decree a Thing and it Shall Be Established
 
As Pastor Allan began his message, he reminded the congregation that on Wednesday mornings a group has been meeting at the Oroville Dam to pray over our city and the surrounding areas.

Pastor stated to allow God to show you how to pray over your city, your families and your daily work.  Then declare in your prayer what God is showing you.

Job 22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established for you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

In church this morning enjoy the music, but enter into His presence, then go as soldiers taking God’s presence with you out into your world.

Before Jesus came, someone had to prepare the way.  We pray to clear the way for revival.  Not because we are special, but corporate united prayers are powerful.

Repentance is the bottom line.  Toss aside "religious" thoughts, and open your heart to Jesus and his forgiveness.  You may be going against what you have been taught in a Traditional Church or New Age teaching.  This is frightening to some because entering into God’s very presence is new and scary.  God is on the move and our responsibility is to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit. 

Oroville is getting National attention.  Our city has been awarded free Fire Works.  Let the Fire of God begin here in our city and spread out to surrounding areas.

What does your neighbor see when they look at you and your life style?  We are to be separate and set apart from the world.  Allow Jesus to be seen IN you.

Remember the first time you invited Jesus into your life and the joy, you experienced.  Each day, open the door of your heart to daily experience the presence of Jesus afresh.

Learn to walk in the Spirit and we shall see miracles.  Do not be afraid, but step out boldly in His name.  God desires to use you as you listen and obey His voice.

Job 22:21 "Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. 22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart. 23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents. 24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks. 25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver; 26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God. 27 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you,  And you will pay your vows.

Our city was built upon the Gold rush, but the gold ran out and left poverty and a waste land.  Let the Almighty God be your gold, silver and precious jewels. 

Repentance is needed. We as believers need to ask God to examine our hearts and stop doing the things he shows us that are not pleasing to Him.  It is time to quit fighting the Holy Spirit and make the changes in your life He is revealing.

Joshua was speaking to the Children of Israel and said,  “Choose this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would NOT defile himself and he was honored by the king.

Have a thirst for righteousness and allow it to satisfy you as a drink of cool water.  Pull the plug of distraction and do what ever it takes, to walk with God.  Let God’s Word change you.

Pastor Allan prayed, "Lord I declare and decree today that you might use your people to make a difference as they pray and that you will bring repentance to our families, our neighbors and to our city.  Then may your light of blessing shine upon our land."
 
 
 
I Believe: God is Sufficient   By Guest Roy Lessin
  
I Believe: God is Sufficient, Roy Lessin, Photo by Marina Bromley

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV

I believe God is wholly sufficient. I believe I am complete in Him, because in Him there is no lack, no want, and no deficiency. My sufficiency is not based on my personality, but His power; not on my pocket-book, but His riches; not my popularity, but His favor; not on my position, but His reign; not my performance, but His grace.

I am fully sufficient in His sufficiency—in Him, I am not partially content, but completely satisfied; not somewhat pleased but totally delighted; not temporarily happy, but eternally overjoyed. I believe God knows what’s best, has what’s best, gives what’s best, and allows me, by His grace, to receive His best each day.

I believe that from Him are all things—He is the source, the headwaters, the spring, the foundation, the starting place of all the good, the grace, and the blessings that come into my life.

I believe that through Him are all things—He is not only the source but the resource of all I need. All things come from Him and all things are accomplished through Him. I go through the day with His supply, I serve with His strength, I give with His generosity, I endure with His grace, I touch with His compassion, I stand with His authority, I speak with His words, I embrace with His love.

I believe that to Him are all things—He is the end of all things, the reason, the motivation, and the inspiration for all I do. What I do, I do for Him; where I go, I go for Him. All that I have I lay at His feet, all that I am I place in His hands, all that I need I rest in His care. To Him be the glory, the praise, the adoration, the appreciation, and the celebration, always and forever.
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"Believing comes from the very depths of who we are.  Believing is not rooted in what we know in our heads, but in what we have embraced with our hearts.”

Through this powerful devotional booklet, Roy Lessin, co-founder of DaySpring, invites us as believers to stand upon the truth of God – to confess with confidence, clarity, and conviction, God’s truth to be so in our lives! After each ‘I Believe’ declaration, Roy follows with insightful confessions of truth, that will encourage and strengthen the hearts of every believer.

You can find this Devotional Booklet in printed form here, and as an e-booklet here. DaySpring also offers an “I Believe” product line to help you to express and share your faith! You can find some of those products here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

CA Prayer Warriors - Let's Agree with this Prayer: The DROUGHT IS OVER!


(My Note:) This vision and prophesy given to Jennifer Eivaz
was on the Elijah list and It needs sharing - -
especially California Prayer Warriors
 
Jennifer Eivaz
Harvest Christian Center
Turlock California

Jennifer Eivaz: "The DROUGHT IS OVER! A Prophetic Word for California and How it Will Affect the Nation"

Word of the Lord: "The Drought is Over"

I was enjoying the cool beach air and the light rain in Carmel, California last week, as I took some personal time to think about and work on some writing assignments. The atmosphere was spiritually open and I sensed the prophetic anointing the moment I arrived. I normally encounter moderate to severe spiritual problems in each city I travel to, requiring a day or two of focused prayer just to find my balance. This time it was different and I was just grateful to have the peace of God on the very first day.

As I was walking towards the beach, the Holy Spirit spoke clearly to my heart. He said, "The drought is over." I didn't react, but continued to listen. He repeated it again saying, "The drought is over and the rains are coming back to California." California has been in a physical drought for three or four years officially and has been rationing water. I live in the farm belt of California and water is critical to our economy. I've had prophetic words connected to the appearance of rain in the past, but this time it felt like a much stronger word.

Elijah and Intercessory Prayer

I suddenly connected the analogy of Elijah on Mt. Carmel in I Kings 18 and my personal trip to Carmel, California. The opening verse of this chapter is a specific instruction to Elijah from the Lord to "present yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the earth." They too were in their third year of drought and without a word from the Lord, it was not going to change. It was also the set-up for that famous showdown between the prophets of Baal, Jezebel, and the prophet Elijah.

I believe this was a God-ordained coincidence as I've had my own dealings with the spirit of Jezebel in California. I keep prophetic watch for the state and intercede deeply for it. This prophetic watch began with a vision about eight years ago that would play repeatedly inside my imagination. I kept seeing a scene of a mother bear fighting for her cubs. It reminded me of the bear on the California state flag, but I didn't connect it until a visiting minister from England came to speak at our church. She had shared a prophetic word about the coming glory revival for the state of California.

When she shared the word, a prophetic burden came on me from the Lord and I began to fight in prayer for the children of California like a mother who had lost her "cubs.



 
Soon after, I also had a visitation from an angel with instructions on how to intercede for the state. I can't give all the details here, but one of the instructions was to:

Ask the Lord for the anointing of Elijah to come upon the state to first reconcile families and second to destroy Jezebel (Mal. 4:5-6).

As my intercessory teams and I obeyed the Lord to pray, we experienced very complex spiritual warfare that told us to never be complacent about the sick and violent assignments against children.

The Jezebel spirit hates and destroys children and we were to pray always. We've continued our intercession for California and have not given the Lord rest on this matter (Isaiah. 62:7).

Prophetic Dream: Storms of Glory Coming to the Church

At the end of my week in Carmel, the Lord gave me a prophetic dream. I was in a two-story educational facility in the middle of a well-watered, lush valley and hillside. The facility didn't belong to me, but in the dream I held authority to provide counsel within this building. I only saw one room on the top floor, but it needed some attention! It was dusty and the furniture was all out of place. I looked out the window and watched a white tornado hit a home about 1/3rd of a mile away. It flattened the garage and then went through the interior and gutted the inside. I also knew there were 30 tornadoes coming towards this educational facility very soon. The facility leader was a pretty red-haired woman who had a small company of followers with her. I warned her in the dream about the coming white tornadoes.

The timing of this dream concerned me at first. Understand that I had heard a specific prophetic word about rain and then I had a specific dream about the coming tornadoes! The very next day after this dream, and as many of you have read, there were dangerous rain downpours in the mid-west with tornadoes touching down in different places as well. In all sensitivity, I don't think my word and dream were about the mid-west situation, although it can appear that way on the surface.

I have too much intercessory history with California and it resonated with me to be more about the West Coast with promising implications for the rest of the United States. I wanted to make that clear and to remain sensitive to the serious weather mayhem that occurred with all prayerfulness.

Storm Clouds
With that being said, what is God saying? First of all, to California He is saying: there are storms, actually movements, of white glory coming to the Church.

This is good news. It's a deep glory, it's full of His holiness, and has movement on it. Ultimately, this is about the salvation of souls and advancing the Kingdom of God in ways we couldn't make happen on our own.

This glory "movement" will first challenge anything out of order by removing it or cleaning it out.

If you are a pastor, you will most likely experience your church being sifted. People who aren't with you will be moved out. You need them to go so you can move forward. Set your heart to NOT stay in grief, to NOT be bitter, but to praise Him because it needed to happen. (Photo via Wikipedia)

For others, this will challenge your friendships for the same reason. Your friendships and relationships will be reordered so you can run with those who are willing to run. We are also going to learn on a whole new level that just being sincere is not enough. Sincerity must also host the Presence of God to be effective. We will have to be in step with what God is doing and really learn how to carry the Glory of God in a way that "moves." It will be a new thing for many of us. Glory!

For the rest of the nation, here is what I believe God is doing in connection with this white glory – this "movement" coming to California. Former San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom, once said, "What happens in California will happen everywhere" (my paraphrase.)

I'm not in agreement with most of the former mayor's stances, but many of us heard the prophetic word in his statements.

(The Holy Spirit does prophesy through unbelievers on occasion: John 11:49-51.)

When I was attending college in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I began to notice a weather pattern. When it rained in California, that storm would many times show up three or four days later in Oklahoma. It would pick up force along the way, however, and be much stronger once it came to the mid-west. I believe this is a prophetic illustration for us.

This glory movement coming to California will travel through the United States and pick up force along the way as it travels into different states.

California is a "Revivalist" State

California is a historical "well" for revivalists and revival movements. God blesses each state with its own glory and we recognize California as a consistent carrier of revival. I'm not saying that powerful moves of God will never start anywhere else. Of course they will! Either way, we can always count on California to bring forth a move of God and she's going to birth another.

Rain (Photo via Pixabay)
When Elijah heard from the Lord about the rain, he didn't sit there. He went into a cave and actively prayed for the rain to come. With that said, I actively make the decree to California, "Your drought is over. The rains are coming!" Go ahead and receive this for yourself and receive it for the Body of Christ. When the physical rains come, recognize it as a blessing.

The Lord spoke to me a few years ago out of Deut. 28:12 and said, "When you see the rain, know that I am blessing all the works of your hands." With that said, we bless the rain.

We don't curse it, complain against it, or accept the attitude that it inconveniences us. We bless the rain!

Finally, how do we prepare ourselves for these "white glory" movements coming to our lives and to our churches? I haven't experienced this before in the way I see it coming, and honestly feel inadequate to instruct for it.

I do know the Word, however. It says, "The Lord God is a sun and shield, He gives grace and glory..." (Psalms. 84:11). I believe that God shines His light on what needs to be seen and He then shields your heart as you see it. This helps us to see what needs to be set in order in our lives with joy and not condemnation. He also gives grace at the same time He's giving glory. He's not bringing a glory movement to California and then to the nation so we can fail at it. There will be His grace to match His glory.

Jennifer Eivaz, Executive Pastor
Harvest Christian Center, Turlock, CA

Email: Asst2jeneivaz@harvestturlock.org
Website: jennifereivaz.com

Jennifer Eivaz is a vibrant minister and international conference speaker who carries the wisdom and fire of the Holy Spirit. She presently serves as an Executive Pastor with Harvest Christian Center in Turlock, California, and is focused on raising up a passionate and effective prayer community that is tempered with love and hears the voice of God accurately. Jennifer loves the presence of God and is a prophetic voice to her Church and to others. Her teaching style is authentic and aimed at the heart, having been built on her personal testimony of God's incredible goodness and miraculous display in her life and in the life of her Church. Jennifer is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is married to HCC's Senior Pastor Ron Eivaz, and they have two wonderful children. She has written a book called The Intercessor's Handbook.

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Birthdays Come Once a Year



 
A few days ago, Friday May 22 to be exact, was my 84th Birthday.  My Daughter Judie has been wanting to visit my new church so we conversed on Face Book.  Her long time friend Judy who calls me Aunt Hazel also wanted to come and bring her good friend Liz and my daughter decided my Birthday week end would be a good time. 
 
My daughter Judie expanded the celebration by saying she wanted to take me to Bethel Redding for the Friday night service and attend the healing rooms Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 12:01 pm.  Her friends were up for the entire package too. 

On Friday my daughter Becky had returned home from a wedding, so she and my granddaughter Ashley joined the four of us at Tong Fong Low in our city.  What a joyous time we had and more food than we could eat.  We returned home first and told my husband Robert to enjoy Chinese tonight.  
 
Robert said, this is a girl thing so go and have fun.

Soon the four of us headed for Bethel, Redding, California where Chris Gore was the Friday night speaker.  The worship time was tremendous as the Holy Spirit moved even in the overflow room where we were assigned as the auditorium was full to capacity. 
 
We visited the gift shop and I purchased a book by Mark Chironna, “The Panoramic SEER, Bringing the Prophetic into the Healing Anointing.”

You might wonder what is a “Seer”?  When one is baptized in the Holy Spirit, the evidence is speaking in other tongues, and this is a powerful gift especially in prayer, but there are other gifts of the Holy Spirit.  A SEER will see into What God is doing often by a dream or vision, or simply a knowing in their spirit what is God’s plan.
 
A Seer will often prophesy as they pray and will be praying according to God’s will.  God may allow them to see (or know) what the person they meet needs as to healing or emotional relief.  
 
It is a zeroing in on what needs to be accomplished without hap hazard praying.

The next morning we arrived at the healing rooms and filled out a form stating three of our physical needs.  Most of us hurt somewhere so that was simple.  Soon we were told our group could enter the hall way and sit in chairs along the wall. 
 
A woman volunteer gave a few verses on healing and asked if anyone had a problem with their knees and to please stand.  Several stood, and the instruction was to march in place lifting their knees.  A lady across from us exclaimed, my knee is healed as she almost danced.  The volunteer had used the “Seer” gift to call out other hurts and pains. 
 
A visiting lady in our group told of a dream that she had last night.  She saw into heaven into a large room which was filled with new body parts.  In her dream she knew that these were spiritual transplants waiting for someone with the gift of miracles and gift of faith to allow God to send these to earth. 
 
(Years ago, I heard Norval Hayes tell about a man needing a new heart and in the night an angel visited him; made an incision and placed in his chest a new heart.  I am not sure if the incision was visible, but Doctors confirmed that he now had the heart of a young person.)

We might say – “That is strange and I never heard of any such thing?”  Understand, with God all things are possible.

Shortly our group was escorted down corridors, and into a class room, where three volunteers spoke about healing and used scriptures that Jesus went about preaching, teaching and healing the sick.  He said all that I do you will also do, and commissioned us to lay hands on the sick. 
 
After this short teaching everyone’s faith was alive and well.  The leader of our group then brought us into a larger room and asked us to be seated. 
 
We could see the area in the center was filled with people standing here in small groups praying over visitors.  What happens is volunteers come to those seated and as the Lord speaks to them, they select a visitor to enter the area of praying volunteers.  This took some time, but after prayer we retired into the main auditorium to pray and wait for my family and friend to arrive.  Again the book store was visited and our friend purchased a couple of books.

We were rejoicing and happy as we went to seek out a Home Town Buffett near by and then head back to my city and wait for Sunday to arrive with Bible Study followed by Church. 
 
We were not disappointed.
 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

God’s Name Is Holy


 
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

At Open Door Church Bible Study, we are examining the time when God Spoke to Moses on the mountain and gave him the Law.  As our lesson continued we considered the third commandment. 

We were reminded that God is a jealous God and he will not have any other gods before Him. 

We are also NOT to make a graven image and worship it.

The Hebrew word Yahweh (Jehovah) has in it - the words “Nail, Behold, Hand.   (These simple words Nail, Behold and Hand - carry much hidden meaning.)

God revealed Himself to Moses with His name “I AM.” He IS the Self Existent One. 

John 8:58 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM 

Jesus is God and is Holy, and will not hold any one guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Many glibly blaspheme as they loosely use God’s name in conversation.  How many say OMG without even thinking – it is a bad habit.

To even swear by His name is showing disrespect and abusing His name. 

The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that Holy Holy is His name and Hollowed be His name. 

Isaiah prophesied Isaiah 7:14, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel," Meaning - - God is with us.

Many misuse God’s name in anger or to strengthen conversation; those person will not be held guiltless.

Proper use of God’s name is to lift up His name in Worship, Praise and to Honor God with our lips and with our speech.

It is alright to speak up and say, “I am offended when you use God’s name that way.”  We protest with various causes; many are good, but we need to stand up for God and the incorrect use of His name.

Please do NOT disrespect the name of our God. 

The scriptures tell us there is NO other name whereby we can be saved.  The Name of Jesus is precious and powerful when used correctly.

Let the thoughts of our heart and the words of our mouth be acceptable to God.

Great is our Lord and He is the Anointed One.  He gives strength, and covers us with splendor and glory, and his love is everlasting.

Jesus introduced us to God as our Father.  We can come to God and establish the Father relationship.  God is our Father.  The enemy has destroyed many families by removing the father in the home.

Psalms 33: 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Let all the earth Fear (reverence) the Lord God.

 

“6 Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power” by J. Lee Grady

6 Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power by  J. Lee Grady  5/20/2015  



(By J. Lee Grady)  Last weekend while I was preaching at a church in central California, a young man came to the altar to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. He was eager to go deeper spiritually. Someone prayed for him for a while, but nothing happened.

I walked over to the young man a few minutes later and told him I would pray for him some more after the meeting was dismissed. I've learned that sometimes there are blockages that can prevent people from receiving the fullness of the Spirit, so I always try to discern what must be moved out of the way.

In this guy's case, his heart was in a great deal of pain because his father had abandoned his family. He wanted God to baptize him with the Spirit, but the pain of rejection was like a gaping wound that needed urgent attention. As soon as I began to address this problem, he began sobbing in my arms.

After we prayed about his father issues, and he got the healing he needed, he quickly received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A fresh joy filled his heart. And a new heavenly language began pouring out of his mouth. I encouraged him to pray in tongues for a while as he received the Spirit's anointing.

This next Sunday, May 24, is the official day of Pentecost—when Christians all over the world celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. But Pentecost should also be a very personal experience for you. Have you, or someone you know, struggled to receive this supernatural infilling?

Here are some reasons why there might be a blockage:

1. Doubt or intellectual pride. In the 1960s a journalist named John Sherrill decided to write a book discrediting the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. But after he interviewed countless people about this experience, his doubts were shattered and he was baptized in the Holy Spirit himself. His book, They Speak With Other Tongues, became a Christian classic. Spiritual experiences cannot be figured out with the mind. To receive the Spirit's infilling you must let go of your intellectual arguments and display childlike faith (see Matt. 18:2-4).
2. Religious tradition. I knew an Episcopal priest who was filled with the Holy Spirit in the 1970s in New York City. He was excited about the new vitality he felt in his faith—and thrilled that his wife had experienced a physical healing. But when he shared his testimony with his bishop, he was told he was crazy! And the bishop referred him to a psychiatrist! Religious people who are locked into "the way we've always done it" find it hard to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You must be willing to break free from tradition.


3. Fear of the supernatural. Some Christians grew up in denominations that taught against the infilling of the Holy Spirit. They were told that Pentecostals are all fanatics who go into trances, speak mindless gibberish and swing from chandeliers. Actually, the first disciples in the New Testament spoke in tongues and experienced miracles—yet their faith was not strange. It should be the norm! People who are afraid of God's supernatural power will struggle to receive it.

4. Unconfessed sin. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit can be "quenched" as well as "grieved" (1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 4:30). Because He is so holy, our sinful habits and attitudes can cause Him to withdraw. This is why it's so important for us to walk in constant communion with God, and to be willing to repent quickly when we know we have sinned. Some people "stuff" their secret sins in the closets of their hearts. If you want to be filled with the Spirit, you must be willing to open those closets and invite the light of God's holiness into every dark corner of your life.

5. Emotional wounds. Like the young man I prayed for last weekend, some people are just too burdened with emotional baggage to be filled with the Spirit. Some have been abused, others weighted down by anxiety, others grieved or depressed. They need healing first. Like Lazarus on the day he was raised from the dead, they are bound by the grave clothes of the past, and they need to be unwrapped before they can experience God's full anointing (see John 11:44). Healing is often needed before a person can receive the blessing of Holy Spirit baptism.

6. An unyielded spirit. You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit if you are full of yourself. Some people are too willful. They have not surrendered their plans, finances, relationships or time to God. They have their lives planned out and they don't want God interrupting their agendas. Yet God is looking to fill hearts that have been emptied and surrendered. Only the fully yielded can experience the fullness of His power.

If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or if the flow of the Spirit has been blocked in your life, empty your heart today and prepare for your own personal Pentecost.

J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter @leegrady. He is the author of 10 Lies Men Believe and other books. You can learn more about his ministry, The Mordecai Project, at themordecaiproject.org

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

All In One Accord


 

Edited sermon by Pastor Allan of Open Door Church.
Acts 2: 1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This week end we are honoring the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so as Americans we can live in freedom.

Today is also Pentecost Sunday and we honor our Savior who gave His life a ransom so that we might be free from sin. 

God created man for fellowship in the Garden, but a gap was created and Jesus came to fill that gap. 

Jesus did many things, he taught, healed and worked miracles, but he was despised and rejected so a trial was held and they killed him.  But He rose again and He lives so that we might live.

He met with many of His believers and told them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, believers would do the works that He did, but they needed power and authority.

Notice they were all in One Accord, in One Place, and were unanimous in agreement and consented to wait until. 

It is amazing what a church body can accomplish when they are all in One Accord, seeking Jesus and doing what He asks.

Suddenly upon these Believers there was a sound from heaven, a wind, a fire and they all began to speak in other tongues that were foreign to them.

There is a misunderstanding about the Holy Spirit, for at Salvation He does come into the individual and they are born again.  In that sense all Christians have the Holy Spirit, but the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience and the evidence is speaking in other Tongues.

All sorts of cool things happen when one is Baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Tongues are only part of what is available in the Spiritual Gifts.  Paul urged us to covet earnestly the best gifts, including prophesy, healing, words of wisdom, special faith to work miracles and words of God’s knowledge.  He also said Tongues is important and essential and a powerful tool in intercessory prayer.  Be wise to use your tongues around other believers and in private.  Pray with the Spirit of understanding for others.

Here is the thing; if you go to a special conference or spiritual revival in another city, bring back the Holy Spirit to our town.  Be of one mind, and in one accord, and God will show up where you live. 

If you only go to church to see what the church can do for you, alter your focus and see what you can contribute.  Years ago you may remember the Jericho march in church?  Let us take the Jericho march outside these walls.  When you go about your business tomorrow, you are taking the Holy Spirit with you.  Are we effective or defective?

Pastor stated, that as he was preparing for this sermon, he read that some believe that what happened in the book of Acts is done away with and there is no power today.  Sorry, but that is wrong.

The Holy Spirit is alive and well and will empower us as we seek and wait on God to be filled. 
 
“Holy Spirit, have your way in these people.”

The next 21 days we are calling a time of fasting and prayer, for salvations and healings.  Fast however God shows you to fast.  Not all fasts are a total fast.

I am tired of miracles and healings happening somewhere else.  It is time to pray through until the answer comes.  This is “crazy God Stuff, but expect God to move. 

We can’t put God in a box, so understand what happens may not be exactly how you think it should be - - but don’t be scared of what God wants to do.

Just a little spark can start a big fire. 
 
May we all be in One Accord.
 
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hidden Secrets


No One Will Ever Know !!
(Wrong)
Mark 4:22  For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 

Many years ago, as a newly married couple, Robert and I pinched pennies and did not have extra money to squander. 

One day the “Jewel Tea truck,” parked in front of our apartment and the gentleman showed me their catalog.   

In those days, Melmac dinnerware was new and Jewel Tea offered a set of dishes on the installment plan. 

I desired those dishes, but was too embarrassed to tell my husband, so I hid them in the cupboard until they were fully paid for.  Finally I confessed and we enjoyed the new dishes.  However - I suffered with guilt many weeks for that hidden secret. 

Secrets can take many different forms, such as jealousy, hurt feelings, resentments, self-pity, anger, selfishness, unforgiveness, and be kept out of view of others 

The light will arise and shine when the darkness is very great. The darkness cannot overpower the light, but the light will reveal what has been hidden in the darkness. 

In our Sunday School Bible study we have been discussing the first two commandments.  Special interest was taken about: No other gods before The One True God, and not to make graven images or worship them.

We talked about idols and how so many things can become an idol. 

Our teacher asked us to share what God was showing us, and when my turn came, I shared something that could be seen as an idol.  I was reminded of the story about Achan.
God sent Joshua to destroy the city of Jericho and all its inhabitants except save alive the Harlot Rahab and her household. (Because she hid the spies and saved their lives.)  Amazingly she is in the line of Christ. 

Joshua 6:24 And the Children of Israel burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel, 

God showed Joshua who had sinned and Achan confessed;  7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.  

It is important to search our hearts and see if there is anything hidden buried in our tent so to speak.   

If so, may we be quick to allow God's light to reveal the hidden things, so that we might clean house and ask forgiveness. 
 
God is gracious and will give us opportunity to begin with a clean slate. 
 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dreams Can Have a Double Meaning


Water Gushing and Flooding
 
My last post “The Key of David” I mentioned that the guest speaker asked his wife to share a dream she experienced awhile back. 

As you might be aware, California has been declared a draught area and water rationing is being put into place.  Farmers will not be receiving the water they desperately need for their orchards and crops.  Oroville dam holds the water in Lake Oroville, and is the main water supply for California.  All that to say this - - - 

In the woman's dream she could see the city of Oroville and the Dam.  She was in a large room and suddenly water began to come in the windows and under the doors.  There was water flowing like a gusher.  She wondered if the dam had broken.  It seemed that Christians were giving God credit for the flood of water, but the “President” and Government leaders were scoffing and refused to say it was Jesus sending the water. 
 
Last year, I urged my friends, to begin to speak to the clouds and believe for rain.  There was some rain, but not enough.  Some weeks later I was reminded of the time Moses was commanded to “Speak to the rock” to receive water.  He was angry and hit the rock instead of obeying God.  I urged my friends to speak to the rocks in the mountains above Lake Oroville, commanding them to split open and fill the lake.  My friends thought I was crazy.

To me this woman’s dream seemed to reveal that there are upper and lower springs of water that God wants to gush out both physically with real water and also Spiritually with Living water to flow out and flood Oroville with the Holy Spirit.   

Since Oroville has the main water supply for California this could also mean that the Holy Spirit would flow out from out city and cover not just our area but perhaps the entire State of California with Living Water Revival.

The American people are beginning to give God credit for healings and miracles, even though government leaders seem to be mocking God. 

May God bring fulfillment to this dream and cause the reality of both physical water and most importantly the spiritual Living water to flood our land.
 
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

KEY OF DAVID


 

Pastor Allen gave an admonition.  Be open to what God is doing as he works individually and corporately. The presence of God is thick in this church today.  Let God be God.

Then Pastor introduced our special speaker, Chris Humphrey, who has been down the devil’s path but Jesus found him and he is called to minister.

His wife Shared a dream (click on the highlighted words to view the dream.)

Revelation 3:7-8  “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

David was a man after God’s own heart, and God knew David would do what ever he was told to do. Although he was the least of his brethren, God saw his soft and obedient heart, one that was continually filled with worship and praise.

Isaiah spoke of a valley of trouble, but he ended with Hope as we respond to God.

We have found a place of “Worship” not just with words and songs, but with our heart and body.

Satan fights worship and praise because he is jealous and wanted himself to be as God.

You can be doing Christian Discipline and Satan will whisper doubt and distraction, but learn to shut off what Satan is trying to do, to interrupt your worship to God. 

Take the Word with you into the secret place and discover WHO you are IN Christ.

We are not just attending “church,” but we are catching a glimpse of Jesus and his Glory.

Reach out and touch something greater, for God desires a close relationship with us all.

There is a wake up call, to stand in the gap for our city, and also for our nation.

We ask, “Why don’t we see revival?  Give us the KEY.”

The key was given to the church at Philadelphia.  The Key of David - - Worship and Praise.  The door is open and no one can shut it.  Hold Fast and enter in.

The key is granted to those who submit to a life style of devotion.

While David tended  to his sheep the Philistines were attacking his nation.  David sang and praised the Lord. 

We listen to the world’s events and although we should be aware, we are not to be concerned and be in fear.  Love will overcome.  David turned over the troubles to the Lord.

God inhabits the praises of His people. 

You might ask, “Why am I here?” 
God says, “You are here to make a difference.”

Jesus opened the door to the Holy of Holies when the veil of the temple was torn in twain.  Now we have access right into the throne room where Jesus sits.

You may ask, “Why am I still empty?”  Keeping rules didn’t fill the emptiness.  Many were rejected by their parents, thinking it was their fault.  They said they loved you but they hit, abused and violated.

In Christ you are accepted and loved.  Allow Jesus the forgiver to release your parents and bring you peace.  In this world there is evil, but God weeps over cities, over Jerusalem and over nations.
 
Get a revelation of His love.  God the Father gave Jesus to take your punishment and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
 
The Key of David is for you.  The Door is open.
 
The question is, "Are you ready to walk through it?"
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.H
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.

 

The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

GOD SPEAKS


God Speaks: Lesson notes taken at Open Door Church; Bible Study – edited for clarification.

God speaks in various ways.  Usually He speaks to our spirit; through promptings, that seem like a premonition, a knowing or even a “Gut feeling.”

God speaks to us through His ministers and teachers as truth is illuminated in our hearts and minds.  God speaks most often through His Word (The Bible) as we read it with a teachable spirit, and are ready to listen for God’s plans.

Although it is not often; God still speaks at times in an audible voice.

Throughout the Bible there were many instances when God spoke with a voice.

In the beginning God spoke words to bring Creation into being.

Moses at the burning bush heard God speak. Exodus 20: The Children of Israel heard the voice, saw the fire, and the glory of God, but were so frightened, they told Moses to go up on the mountain and listen to God for them.

Abraham heard God tell him to leave his home and trust God to show him a Promised Land.

The boy Samuel heard God speak and he grew up to become a Prophet. 

Job was in a hard place but God spoke to him out of the Whirl wind.

God spoke to Elijah asking him what was he doing hiding in a cave? (1 Kings 19)

In the New Testament a voice from heaven spoke when John baptized Jesus; “This is my Beloved Son, Hear Ye Him.”

On the mount of transfiguration a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"(Matthew 17:5)

The Children of Israel are a covenant people that was given to them at the mountain through Moses.

A New Covenant was coming down on the day of Pentecost. 
 
A covenant is like onto a “Marriage Vow.”  God takes covenant very seriously.

The church is the Bride and Jesus is the Bride Groom. The importance of Covenant was for protection and relationship. 
 
God declared that He ONLY would be our God.
Exodus 20:3-5  You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

The Covenant was broken by the worship of other gods.  God loved His people even though they cheated, and He never released them from His caring.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the “Word” and the Word was God and was with God.

Jesus is the Living word and He is God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The Law is now written on our hearts. Jeremiah 31:31-33. 

Romans 2:15 Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

How do we line up with His Word in our hearts, and are we manifesting His Word daily in our lives?