Thursday, August 17, 2017

Personal Prophesy Assignment


Adventures at the Prophetic Conference Bethel, Redding, CA.

 
(Similar set up - but no desk in between persons.)

 
Arriving at the Church on Monday afternoon, we waited in a LONG line as we checked in to receive our books, lunch tickets we had ordered, and an appointment with a day and time we were to report to the “Upper Room,” for our personal Prophesy time with two seasoned ministers. 
 
The ministers were students from the School of Supernatural Ministry who were excelling in prophesy.  My meeting was for Wednesday at 10:15 am, and on that day, I arrived on time. 
 
The room was large with many ministers arranged with 4 seats in sets of 2 facing each other.  Already seated were ministers two by two waiting for the next guest or couple to arrive.  Others were quietly ministering to the attendants.
 
I was called to enter and sit at the front chair.  I noticed one of the ladies was in a wheel chair and very crippled with arthritis, but she was NOT crippled in her spirit. 
 
The first lady asked me, “Does Michigan or Minnesota mean anything to you?  “No it does not,” I softly replied.  She continued, “Do you have a partner?” I answered, “He is in Heaven.”  She continued, “Do you have a brother?” again I answered, “He is also in Heaven.”  (Not always does the minister get it right, and we are to judge, but not condemn.)  Missing it does not make you a false prophet, but it would be wise to get quiet before the throne.
 
Next, she determined to give a simple prophesy, that I was dear to God’s heart, Jesus loves me very much and she could see sparkles of light over me. 
 
Next the lady in the wheel chair said, “I see a large map on the wall, with pin points where you have been praying.  (This was correct because at our Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Pastor had recently placed a large city map on the sanctuary wall.) 
 
She paused to take her breath and was still for a moment.  Then she continued, “You have been charging the angels to go forth and bring answers to your prayers.”  (This was also true, because I had been teaching to make declarations to prophesy blessings over our city and to send the angels out to reap the harvest.) 
 
Other words were spoken over me, but these were the portions that impressed me most. 
 
Finally on leaving, I was given a paper to write an evaluation of my ministry time.  I gave them a good report.

 

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How then Should We Pray?


This post will be our focus lesson as we pray over our city on Wednesday Morning.

 


 
First and foremost our desire is to hear from the heart of God as you are listening to the Holy Spirit and make prophetic declarations of what God is saying. 

Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.  And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.   And we know that for those who love God - all things (all the spiritual hosts of heaven and all the spiritual weapons that are available for us) work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 
 
Our prayers, may be declaration, prophetic or as God leads us to bind and loose.  God has an arsenal for us to use in arriving at His answer.  Be Led by the Holy Spirit.

Energized Prayer – can be in your normal language, or in other tongues.

Your prayer will seem to be interpreting what the Holy Spirit is saying. 

The best brief statement I have found of what it means to pray in the Holy Spirit goes like this: It means "to pray so that the Holy Spirit is the moving and guiding power." The key words there are "moving" and "guiding." In other words, when you pray in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God is "moving" you to pray. That is, he is the one who motivates and enables and energizes your prayer. And when you pray in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God is "guiding" how you pray and what you pray for. So, to pray in the Holy Spirit is to be moved and guided by the Holy Spirit in prayer. We pray by his power and according to his direction.

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Because of the Charlottesville, Virginia riots that occurred this past weekend, hear what Cynthia Murry, writes:  She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and writes a most heart-gripping word...that we really need to confront in our day across the nation.

Friends, it is time to exercise the authority that we have been given to literally declare and decree love, joy, peace, and all of the fruits of the spirit over our cities. We must bind evil forces in the spirit realm according to Matthew 18:18, which says that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in Heaven...in other words – Heaven is waiting on us to give the orders, then we will have all of Heaven's backing!

Folks...let's pray and decree over our cities with our God-given authority...it is that important especially in this hour!


Remember When?


This post is a digested Sunday Morning Bible Study at Open Door Church
 

 

 
There are times we must remind ourselves of past blessings and also our promised future blessings.  

I am thinking about something  Kenneth W. Hagin recently said:  “When you meditate on all of God’s promises and establish them deep in your heart, you will begin to reap those blessings as you walk according to God’s Word. In fact, the blessings of God will overtake you as you forget not all His benefits!”

Psalm 103:2–5  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS: Who FORGIVETH ALL THINE INIQUITIES; who HEALETH ALL THY DISEASES; Who REDEEMETH THY LIFE FROM DESTRUCTION; who CROWNETH THEE WITH LOVINGKINDNESS and TENDER MERCIES; Who SATISFIETH THY MOUTH WITH GOOD THINGS; so that THY YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE’S.

We are also to remind ourselves of past deliverance and God’s promise to keep you.

The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk was remembering he had heard the voice of God and he trembled at His word.  He said “I have been to the mountain that trembled and heard His voice.”  - - “My belly trembled and my angry parts shook.

Paul reminded us in Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Peter also urged us to:  Be sober as obedient children, be Holy as God is Holy for you are chosen and a Royal Priesthood.

We may not be perfect in our own eyes, but allow God to change us into the precise image He views us as.

Habakkuk continued saying: That if there was no harvest, and things did not work out - - regardless I will praise the Lord.

Even though my job was eliminated, and I struggle to pay the bills, although I have submitted many applications without a notice, I will rejoice.

Although I have no spouse, I am not alone for you are with me and I rejoice.

Although I am broken inside, I will continue on the road to recovery, and praise His Name. 

O Lord, give us eyes to see and hearts to open up. 
 
You may be on an even keel now, but there will come a time when upsets, death, sickness and turmoil will come - - yet rejoice in God.  God has knowledge of what is best for you.

Our foundation is Salvation anchored into the Rock Christ Jesus.  Stay connected to Him and to His Word and remain in the local body of believers.

God will use you to be a revelation to the body of Christ.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fellowship and Discipleship


Pastor Allan was preaching as I took notes and present his digested sermon. 

 



 
Reach for Hope.  Turmoil will come but God will carry you though it. 

There was famine in the land, but God told Elijah to go to a brook and pray.

1 Kings 17:6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

When the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to fellowship with a widow woman and her son.

In the New Testament, the healthy church worshipped and also fellowshipped together.

Acts 2:46  Day after day they met in the temple [area] continuing with one mind, and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts,

Make it a point to fellowship outside the church.  Invite someone over for a meal.  Get to know one another and pray one for another.

The people in Acts wanted to be like Jesus; with an intense desire to be like Christ.  Love and compassion was upper most in their hearts.

Acts 2:47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

I realize not all of us are walking where God sees them in His plan, but God is revealing deeper truth, showing how to walk circumspective before God and with one another.  It is important to rise up to our potential in Christ.

It is essential to reach higher and deeper in Christ.  It is not about control or being bound by rules, but learning to be led by the Holy Spirit and to hear the voice of God.

Some people struggle here, others struggle over there;  We can’t judge, but also we can’t have a double standard in our walk with God.  Each of us is responsible for ourselves.

It is not our job to correct others.  Let the Word, and the Holy Spirit do that.

Keep it simple: 

1.     Develop a relationship with Jesus.
2.     Make time to read God’s Word and pray.
3.     Be filled and led by the Holy Spirit. 

Do you want to be better, than come to our classes and learn how.  Be teachable and willing to change as God reveals truth to you.  It is good to be accountable to other brothers and sisters in the Lord.

We are seeing great things, as people find their way to the cross to receive Jesus.

Then on the other side of the cross we are discovering Resurrection Life and walking in the Holy Spirit.

We are to be examples to the next generation, not just to children.  God is requiring us to become disciples and learn from Him. 

We need more love, more fruit of the Holy Spirit, and to be able to share outside the church.

It is good to have a Bible Study with discussion, but be built up to go out and share with others. 
 
 

One Thousand Dollars on My Mind

I am sharing adventures from the Prophetic Conference at Bethel Redding, CA
 

 

At the Conference NO offerings were taken and that was amazing.  The enrollment fees were substantial, and they covered the books, two dinners and the speakers. 

And then on Thursday, Kris made an announcement and played a short video about their City of Redding and the Safety Patrol of police and firemen.  Bethel Church has been working with the city council and the departments to better the city of Redding - - so  - -

A request was made for 777 persons to give an offering of $1000. to bless the city of Redding.

Thoughts went through my mind.  That is a lot of money !!  If I was going to invest $1000 in a city, it should be in my city of Oroville - - and other thoughts - - No this is not a good idea for me. 

Now the fact is that I have been holding $1000. that was given to me by a sweet soul, at Robert’s funeral, and I have not been sure what to do with it.  I determined that Oroville needed the $1000. and I rested my thinking.

On the way home as I was driving - - the Lord spoke to me:  “I want you to invest your $1000 in the city of Redding, and - - I  WILL invest in the city of Oroville.”

Today I made that Redding investment on line – so Lord I am holding you to your promise.

 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Laugh at Your Troubles !!

I will be posting some of my adventures at the Prophecy Conference at Bethel, Redding.

No Devil, You Can't Get me Down !!

On a whim, I grabbed two Theological books from Robert’s library as I ran out the door on my way to the Prophecy Conference. 
 
The next day during lunch break I wanted to purchase some of Dano’s books, so I decided to take my purchases to my car.

I noticed that there was closer parking so I choose to move my car and re-entered the building because it was time for the next session.  The class for the afternoon ended and at 5:00 pm, dinner at the Holiday Inn was included in our sign up fee; so I headed for my car and was looking forward to a nice dinner. 

Reaching for my keys, they were nowhere to be found. 

Quickly (not frantically) I returned to the information desk and asked if there was a lost and found, because I can’t find my keys. 

The security guard asked me, “Is your car a green Mazda Van with the keys in the ignition and the motor running?”  I looked his way, and said, “Yes, I think that is me.” 

Shaun was at the information desk, and as I pulled my insurance information from my wallet, I asked him if he could make the phone calls for the locksmith to open my car because I can’t hear over the phone. 

After some back and forth, everything was approved, but they could not get there until after 6:00 pm.  That would mean the dinner for me was nada.

Shaun and the security guard exchanged comments and Shaun said he would take me to the dinner, because he hated for me to miss out.  The security guard agreed to be the watchman for the lock smith. 

At the Holliday Inn, Shaun was a gentleman and let me out close to the restaurant while he found a parking place.  The young boy at the door asked me if I would like to enter.  Peering inside I could see a Very Long Line of people waiting.  I told him, “No I will wait for my driver.” 
 
The boy at the door, asked if all was well – so I laughed as I told him my problem.  I was cheerful during the entire time, because we should laugh at calamity.

As my driver approached, the young boy said, “Come with me,” and beckoned that we should follow him.  The boy took the two of us to the front of the line and up to the food table.  We were given preferential treatment and we rejoiced. 

After a wonderful dinner, we left because Shaun really needed to get back to work.  We arrived back at the church at 6:00 pm - - and there was the Guard holding my keys and smiling. 

Since it was an hour before service, so in the cool hall way a leather sofa, conveniently allowed me to lie down.  I closed my eyes, and sang in the spirit as I rested.  Soon it was time for service, and as I began to gather my things, a middle aged gentleman leaned down and said to me, “I just wanted to tell you that you are beautiful.”  I told him, “Thank you very much.”

I asked the Lord, “What can I do for Shaun to thank him for his kindness to take me to the dinner?” 

The Lord said, “Why do you think I asked you to grab those two books as you were leaving home?”
 
( It was NOT a  whim, but you have already guessed that.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prophets and Prophesy – and Creating a Kingdom Culture






There is a difference in being a prophet and being able to prophesy.  Paul says, not all are prophets, but I would that you all prophesy.  NEW Testament prophesy is giving out a good word or words that come out of your spirit that you have heard from the Holy spirit.   In a sense you speak “for God.”  Prophesy should edify, build up, encourage and usually is for the future not always for this moment. 

OLD Testament Prophets were often angry and disturbed by their world at large, and the local sins of the people.  They usually foretold of punishment and doom that would come unless the people repented and served the True God.   

We must prophesy from the NEW Covenant where God desires that our words bring peace, comfort and not turmoil.  We know in part and prophesy in part.  Although God does reveal his knowing, by other gifts; “words of knowledge” about the past and/or future, or “words of wisdom,” for the present of future, simple prophesy is different.

NEW Testament prophesy is to build up the body and to also gently encourage those persons with out Jesus to turn to the knowledge of Christ as Lord. 

I spent five days under anointed teachers who expounded the Word of God and also shared many of their personal experiences.  Kris Vallotton was the main speaker and you might be interested in subscribing to his blog to hear direct from him.  http://krisvallotton.com/blog/  

Kris also has messages on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEj6s57kUuo

Our registration fee included several books, and 5 days of ministry, including practice using your gifts and connecting with others.  The thrust was to develop a Kingdom Culture with the Spiritual gifts in evidence.   

Naturally, I came away with other books, and a DVD by Daniel McCollam from VacaVille, CA.  This is his bio you might be interested in: https://laulimaministries.com/about-dano-mccollam/

Dano has some teaching on youTube you might enjoy: How to see an increase in the supernatural - -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTe7ZauJezs  

At the conference, we began each day at 8:00 am with small groups of about 50, where we could connect with others and share.  Our early morning leader was Erika Jay, and she is now connecting to us by e-mail and face book:   Then on to main session at 10:00 am; With praise and worship for about an hour, then teaching.  Break for lunch then more ministry at 1:00 pm.  Again divided into 3 work shops (your choice) at 3:00 pm.   Break for dinner, then end of day ministry at 7:00 pm with praise and worship for about an hour then teaching until around10:00 pm.

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Changing our Emotions


What ever a man thinks - so is he - -
 

Our lesson at our Prayer meeting began with a reminder of Paul and Silas who had been arrested, beaten and placed in stocks because they were preaching about Jesus.  They could have complained, moaned, and questioned, but instead they began to sing and praise God even in this terrible situation.  - - And God showed up.

Joy – sorrow – gladness – sadness – emotions we all have them at one time.

Emotions are ruled by our ‘feelings,’ our passions, sentiments and thinking patterns.

We can’t be chipper all the time, but when we do feel sorrow or sadness, be reminded of God’s goodness and the Joy of the Lord that passes all knowledge. 

In the five days between Palm Sunday and Good Friday Jesus was burdened down with heaviness, knowing what was before him.  This was because He had what is called “Inside information” of what was ahead of him. 

Then he (Jesus) said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." -Matthew 26:38-39

We are not meant to wallow in depression and to continually be sad.  Even soul winners who agonize and weep lost souls must rise up and sing praises - - to rejoice that God is dealing with the lost and He desires to bring them to the cross. 

David had times of sorrow, but not for long, because he had learned to encourage himself by counting his blessings and naming the attributes of God.

Psalms 30  Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 

Peter was showing how glorious joy comes by acknowledging every good and perfect gift that is in you.   1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  

Mike Bickle writing for Charisma states:  You may have discovered in this life that you don't have the power to change your emotions directly. You can't say, "Joy!" and elicit joy from your soul. You can't demand, "Gladness, rise up within me now!" It will never happen.  

You might get a jolt of adrenaline, but long-lasting emotions are not awakened by determination. That's God's part of the division of labor, and it's a supernatural work of the Spirit in us.  

But here's the good news: all our emotions are linked to thoughts or ideas. Correct thoughts about God bring wonderful emotions. This is why the truth sets us free (John 8:32).  

You can indirectly change your emotions by flooding your thoughts with the truth about God. 

{ PRAYER STARTER }
I choose to think about Your truth, O God. I choose to harness my mind and focus it on Your grace and goodness to me. Complete Your work in me through Your Holy Spirit. 

Beholding God's emotions is something only you can do in your own secret life in God. 

As we pray today for our city, we will address the hopelessness that rules so many of our citizens.  Thoughts of anger, fear, and even suicide cause many to turn to alcohol and drugs hoping to stop the incessant misery that hounds them.  They cry for relief, and Jesus is the answer.  Our prayers are reaching out as we continue to make our declarations of faith.

 

Comparing the Contrast

This post is from Last weeks Bible Study Lesson at Open Door Church by our teacher Linda.
 


Same but Different
 
We take another look at the Prophet as he continues to muse about the sins of his generation and the punishment he believes they deserve. 

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 

We then turn to 2 Peter for a comparison and contrast of our present day to those who lived in the past. 

Both personally and Nationally, where do worldly desires lead?  Where do God’s desires normally lead.

The Worldly definition of Patience and self control causes us much skepticism, for so many are full of woe and great distress.  Every unbelief, doubt, denial, distrust, and rejection of truth is being practiced in our time.  It seems things are out of control.

God’s definition of Self Control, is exercising our Faith, for we have the assurance of things hoped for the absolute connection of things not seen in reality.

2 Peter 1:2-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 I am not going to steal, because I don’t want to go to jail, so I control that impulse to do wrong.  The fear of punishment keeps me in control. 

Separation from God is the worst happening.  Jesus cried in anguish when God could not look at Jesus because the sins of the world were placed on Him. 

The shedding of blood was necessary according to the laws set up in the beginning.  God shed innocent blood to clothe Adam and Eve with skins. 

James 2:6  Do not despise the Poor; because God cares for them.  They trust in God.

There are subtle things the enemy tries to pull you out of relationship with God.  Often they seem minor but will take us out of Control of the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

We have a sure foundation of faith, but we must keep adding to our faith.  We are ever growing and enlarging our faith.

Holy Men of God spoke and wrote as they were directed by the Holy Spirit.  Not cunning devised fables but the power.

Peter had actually saw the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain.  His experience was different from night and day.  Not just head knowledge but experientially he knew what he knew.  He was a partaker of the divine nature.  When we are washed in the blood of Jesus. We are cleansed and made a new person.  This removes all doubt in our minds. 

Is your life on “Park” and not going forward?  Are you churning and turning and not desiring to advance?  Peace shines bringing confidence and assurance that I am His.  This is Fact Not fancy.  Come to the mountain to see Jesus, for it will make a world of difference to turn from fiction to truth.

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jacob’s Blessing.


This post is an edited Sunday sermon from my notes as Pastor Rodney spoke.




Genesis 27:1-4 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he answered.  Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.  Now then, get your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.  Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”   Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau.

Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite and she helped Jacob trick his Father into giving Jacob the blessing.  When Esau returned and discovered that Jacob had received the blessing, he wept and asked his Father is there was only one blessing, and could he have a blessing also.  Isaac was very sad, and told Esau that he would indeed be blessed but he would serve Jacob.  Eventually Esau would break the yoke off his neck.

At times we see others blessed and question “Are there any blessings left for me?”

Esau was jealous, angry and hated his brother violently with threats of murder.  Their mother Rebekah, urged Jacob to leave and go to her brother’s home and God will provide him with a wife and bless you.  Jacob did as she asked, and although he had the promise of the blessings, it seemed that what goes around comes around.  He was deceived and cheated many times by his uncle.

Jacob continued to claim the promise even when things weren’t going so well.  He pressed in and the promise went before him.

Many years passed, and eventually Jacob and his family returned home and the broken fellowship with his brother was restored.   They wept on each other’s necks and declared God is good and His blessings abound.

Understand that you have the promise of blessings, so keep the promise ever before you knowing that God is good all the time.
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Spiritual Laws in Both Kingdoms


This post was the message I brought at our meeting "Praying over our city."

  


 
If you have taken any soul winning instruction, you may have heard about the “Four Spiritual Laws.”

1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
2. Man is sinful and separated from God.
3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.
4. Jesus must be acknowledged as savior and received by faith into ones life. 

In the natural, there are laws of the universe:  The Law of Vibration (everything moves,) The Law of relativity, (Practice relating your situation to something worse than yours, and you will feel good about where you are.) The Law of Cause and Effect, states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We also know about the LAWS of sowing and reaping.  The Law of Polarity states that everything has an opposite.  The Law of Rhythm states that everything has a natural cycle as do the tides, and the law of gravity. Law of Gestation states that everything takes time to manifest. The Law of Transmutation states that energy moves in and out of physical form. Your thoughts and words are creative energy. 

In the Old Testament, God gave Moses many laws including the 10 commandments.

There were laws,  rules and regulations how to make the sacrifices and the priest must be clean physically and spiritually before he could administer the sacrifices.  God planned everything to be legal for sins to be carried away.

Today we are going to consider a deeper view of Spiritual Laws.  Just as there are natural laws that govern the physical universe, so there are spiritual laws that govern your relationship with God.

Jesus was continually asked by the skeptical leaders; “Is it lawful to do this or is it lawful to do that?”  They hoped to trap him with their legal tactics. 

Jesus gave us spiritual keys to the kingdom to bind and loose with words. 
 
Jesus gave us the legal right to boldly enter the Holy of Holies. 
 
Jesus gave us authority to speak, to proclaim and to declare His will on earth. 
 
He taught the laws of enforcement with love and mercy when He prayed, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Jesus also taught about the law of agreement, when two or three agree.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus was all pre-planned in eternity past and was officially authorized by the Father and carried out lawfully to make a legal way for our salvation.

The spirit world operates with spiritual laws, and this includes satan and his kingdom of darkness.  The devil knows he can legally touch those who will give him entrance by their choices.  He crouches as a lion waiting for people to give him an open door.  Many have ignorantly given satan open doors because they failed to understand what they were doing.  They gleefully followed their friends who urged them on.  Participation in certain practices will open the door to the devil and bondage.

There are many dark doors that prevent prosperity, and blessings; dark doors that are stopping our joy, happiness and peace for Christians and non Christians alike.

We are aware of the doors most visible such as unforgiveness, harboring grudges, attitudes of mood by allowing our thoughts to wander, sexual sins, and addictions of various kinds.

There are also dark doors of curses that go back decades even back generations in many families because of occult practices and other agreements made legal with satan at one time, but are still even today holding people in bondage.  We may not be at fault in this matter but are reaping what others have sown.

Intercessors must be aware that the battle is in the spirit world to boldly pull down strongholds of blind eyes and deaf ears so that our citizens will be able to see and hear truth.  Pray and make declarations using words because words are powerful.

Before we come to war, it would be good to first close any open doors in our personal life.  Ask the Lord to search your heart and - - and closing any open doors - - as we do at communion time.  Coming with a clean heart is the only way we can advance and win.
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A portion of today’s lesson was adapted from Laura Gagnon’s video “Why can’t I get my breakthrough?”  You may want to view her video on You tube.  She prays a powerful prayer over you at the end:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHl4YB4swuo

 

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet God at the Watch Tower

This post is from my notes at the Sunday Morning Bible Study

 
Find a Place to Meet with God

The prophet Habakkuk had found a place where he could meet God and they would hold a conversation.  This is what each of us must do.  To find a place where we are comfortable and meet God so He can speak to us and us to Him. 

Habakkuk 2:1  I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me, and what I shall answer concerning my complaint. 

The prophet was upset with God because he had figured out what he thought God should do; and things were not happening according to the prophet’s plan.  He was willing to listen and then God spoke and told him to write it all down.

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

It is good for you to keep a journal and write down things God is saying to you.  Be still before God and listen for answers.  Write down your dreams and visions and even your prayers.  Be still and wait to receive from God.  The important thing is our heart attitude.

Sit and wait for this is a relationship and is not to be hurried.

Our foundation of Faith is to daily meet God and it is okay to ask questions. 

How does it help you or the Body of Christ?  Is the message from God for every one, or simply personal?  It will become clear as you wait.

The prophet’s vision was timed for later, but it was true and at the right time it would be fulfilled.

Be careful not to be proud or lifted up.  Realize the just shall live by faith.  We must trust even if we don’t understand.

Faith is humble submission and personal loyalty to Him as our savior and Lord.  Looking only to Jesus as the basis of our salvation and acceptance before God; and acknowledging His absolute right to give orders and to have the final word about what is right and acceptable behavior and conduct on our part. 
 
As His people we are to have a moral uprightness and steadfastness to follow His ways no matter what the prevailing evil around us.  Regardless of the situation is and what ever happens - - we chose to remain upright and trust God.

We are not to worry, for God is in control and He will take care of us and bless us. 

Every day, come to “your tower” to meet God.

At my work place, I must make sure I am doing everything according to the “rules” of the company, State and Federal.  The rules may not be according to my opinion, but I am to follow them regardless.  Continue to check your attitude. 

We follow Christ and acknowledge he has given us guidelines, procedures of importance.  We are not to compromise and take short cuts.  Be comfortable as you obey God.  He demands moral uprightness and expects us to follow His will.  He calculates everything to shift into His general plan regardless of our present culture.  His “right” is absolute and there is NO turning with Him.

What God shares with you, understand it may come to pass at a later season; however  though it delays, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
 
 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Heart Speaks


Notes from the Sunday service at Open Door Church

 


 
 
The service was different today, as Pastor Allan was speaking from his heart.
 
Have you ever had one of those days when God seems so far away? 

Let us come boldly into His presence.  I am so thankful I am not the person I was yesterday or the same person I was in the past.

If you are experiencing different things from the usual, perhaps you are the one who has changed your position. 
 
Are you too busy to read your Bible every day?  What is occupying your time?  Are you spending too much time on face book?

We must co-operate with God.  He is always available - - we may have shifted our position.  Am I making sense? 

We need you Jesus,  Holy Spirit we need you, I just want to be in your presence God.  The Holy Spirit is here today.  He has shown up.  We can praise the Holy Spirit, That is what Holy Spirit wants.  He delights in the praises of His people. 

At this point different people from the congregation came forward with their Bible and read scriptures on worship and praise.  All was orderly, and different ones said amen in agreement.

Thank you God for provision; You are our provider.  He gives us what we do not deserve.  He is worthy of our praises. 
 
We claim our schools, our neighborhood for God.  We claim boldness to be an effective missionary here in our city.

We need to practice worship at home where we are constantly seeking to be accountable to God.  For our ministry and our church to be blessed, we must follow His direction.

If I shift and move away from His direction; God is still moving but not as He wills.  God wants this place to be a place of refuge, and a place of prayer. 

What is on my heart?  To be 24/7 in His presence.  I am not speaking about a confessional, but a place where people can connect with God and He will speak to them.

We have ministers we admire, but we can’t be like them.  We can desire to have their passion, but if we try to be like them, we put ourselves in a box.  We need not a box or a ball field, or a world, but we need a universe.  A heavenly place here on earth where we can rest. 

People pursued Jesus and they wanted to be near Him.  He was and is the answer to every need and to every problem.
 
We need to be in His presence 24/7.
 
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blessings in the Natural and also in the Spiritual

To view the story of the afterglow following this prayer meeting click HERE


 


 
 
Proverbs 10:22   The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Good News Trans:  It is the Lord's blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer.
 

I am reminded of Pastor Allan’s sermon Sunday when he said there is the Natural and there is the Spiritual. 
 
Jesus told a story about workers who agreed for a certain wage to work in the vineyard.  Through out the day more workers were hired, and at the end of the day, they all were paid the same.  The twist is that the first workers complained and did not think they were being treated fairly.  Logically they thought they should have more because they had labored longer than the rest.  The Master reminded them that all of them were saved by Grace and not of works lest they should boast. 

In the Natural - -  Have you ever received a gift that you did not work for, and did not earn? 
 
In the natural at one time, as we left with our four young children to visit the worlds fair in New York; our Pastor’s wife phoned and told us to come by on our way out of town.  Robert got out of the car and spoke with pastor in their yard.  It turned out Pastor gave Robert $450 for us to use on our trip.  There were no strings attached, and it was freely given.  Pastor said "We want you to have a great time on your trip."

In the spiritual - -

Salvation is our gift and it available at a valuable price, but to us it is offered freely.

There are spiritual blessings that God desires to pour out into the natural with provision, and “wealth” that you did not earn the normal way by work.  God’s spiritual Kingdom does not operate the same way as the natural world. 

I am not suggesting that you are going to be blessed with a new car, or a new house just dumped into your lap - - but I have heard of people here in our city being blessed with a new (or almost new) sofa, a desk chair, or a washing machine. 

Although I am careful when I shop and spend money, - - God does not want us to live beggarly and to barely get along living from hand to mouth. 

When the Bible says “He makes us rich,” it means he supplies us with MORE than enough.   

God has records, and he will be passing out rewards in heaven; but he will not be rewarding us according to the amount of work we do for him.  He will be rewarding us both spiritually and materially according to His measuring cup; and his measure is larger than ours. 

Today I have brought a copy of Laura Gagnon’s prayer of blessing over our cities, and our Nation.  As we use this as our guideline for today, note that we are declaring blessing over our city. 
 
Blessings that the citizens did not earn or work for; Blessings in the natural and also in the spiritual. 

(Here below is the Prayer of Declaration:)

 
A Declaration of Blessing  by Laura Gagnon, Escondido, CA 

Father, I declare blessing on everyone in this geographic region. Send this word out and let Your angels fulfill the administration of this blessing.

I declare a release from the things that bring bondage, stress, and worry. Let there be a release from the things that deplete people's strength, steal their time and bring them into spiritual slavery. I release the Spirit of the Lord to break them free from all constraints, ungodly yokes and covenants. I loose them from the things that have had them shackled and bound.

I declare we are breaking new ground in 2017. I declare this is the year of the pioneers to break forth and lead the way. I declare 2016 is the year for shifting and restructuring to make room for the release of the Kingdom of God. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven O God!

I declare restoration for the losses of previous years. Let angels be released to administer justice and restitution on behalf of Your people. "Let all that was theirs and all rightful proceeds be restored to Your people now, in Jesus name." The thief is caught. In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ I command the thief to repay every loss at no less than a 7-fold return according to Proverbs 6:31. 
 

I decree over the people in this region supernatural cancellation of debt, as it is written in Deuteronomy 15:1,2. Let there be forgiveness of debts, both in the natural and in the spiritual as the Lord’s remission has been proclaimed.

I declare the accuser who divides must be cast down according to Revelation 12:10. I declare the God of peace has crushed the enemy under Your feet, and ours. Let there be a sudden turnaround in relationships that have been fractured, divided and estranged. Let families be made whole in Jesus name. I declare healing to the family trees. I declare God's family tree in the body of Christ is healed. I declare that you are trees of healing to the nations in Jesus name.   

Father, let the tangible results of Your glory manifest in each person's life. Pour out Your blessings upon Your people. I ask You to please give them things they have not had to work for.

I ask You to shift things around in such a way as to cause Your people to receive things they couldn't possibly imagine.  Bless them exceedingly, abundantly above all they could ask or think according to Ephesians 3:20.
 
Give them divine appointments and open doors into places they couldn't get to without Your intervention, according to Revelation 3:8 and Isaiah 22:22. 

Let Your favor do for them the things they cannot do for themselves.  You are God Almighty; You can do anything! I ask You to open Your hand and release the blessings of Your storehouses to Your people and I thank You for hearing me.  In Jesus name, amen.