Saturday, September 15, 2018


Therefore, thus says the Lord,
“If you return, then I will restore you—
Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My spokesman.
Jeremiah 15:19

"Extracting the precious from the worthless..."

I felt impressed to pray for the church today--both the incorporated churches and the individual members--that they come to a more accurate place of properly prioritizing the things in their ministry and personal lives. That they let go of what is not from the Lord, and pursue those things that are. Extracting the precious from the worthless in the sense of going after the right things, and discerning the difference between what is God and what is not. Even what is valuable and what isn't concerning our time, space and money. May we pursue those things that are in proper priority according to God's plans for our lives.

Father, in the Name of Jesus, we pray for the church in Waterford, the individual and incorporated, so we learn to more accurately prioritize our lives and ministries according to how You desire them to be. That our time, space, and money be prioritized in way that pleases You. That we follow after what You've called us to do. 

Concerning the incorporated churches, that they let go of those things that You have not called them to do. Those ministries that are wrapped up or involved in things that are sucking up their time,space or money, that they let them go. That both the leaders and the people clearly see that those things are not something You have called them to do. So they set it aside and do not pursue it. We pray that they clearly see, and have discernment, so they are not using up their time, space, money, resources, people, energy, strength, or prayers on something You haven't ordained them to do. Let all the churches come into alignment with Your plan and purpose for them in Jesus' Name. Let this happen for the individuals and the churches in Waterford and beyond. Let this new sense of priority and discernment rise up in your people. Let it be sent from heaven with a heavenly breath, a cleansing breath of clarity. Bring clarity to the priorities of the churches, ministries and people of God. Let them clearly see what needs to be let go of, and what needs to be pursued in Jesus' Name Amen.
There was a hurricane that hit the east coast of the U.S. yesterday. The Lord showed me how the eye of the hurricane is surrounded by the chaos of the storm. The chaos is what the enemy wants to use to stop us, and to distract us. The chaos hides his purpose--the center of the storm. He uses the chaos to mess things up so his purpose can continue. The Lord wants us to see clearly so we don't get caught up in the chaos of the storm. The enemy hides behind the clutter and confusion. It steals our time, money, strength etc. keeping us from our purpose. 

We speak peace to the storms in our lives and to the churches. We speak life and peace. Peace be still. Storms, stop and be still so these chaotic clutters of confusion will not keep people from fulfilling their purpose. Peace, peace, peace. Be still in Jesus' Name. Storms, stop and no longer prevail in the lives of God's people in Jesus Name, amen.

Thank you Father for giving us the authority to speak and bring calmness and stillness. Once again, we ask for waves of discernment, proper priorities, and clarity so Your people can clearly see what You've established them to do in Jesus' Name, amen.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Fitly Joined Together

There are those who need the Innkeepers in the body of Christ. Innkeepers are those who will provide a place of healing for those who have been wounded. God's people are living stones that are to be joined together to form the body of Christ (1 Peter 2:5). The anointing of the Holy Spirit is like the mortar that joins us together. Wounds may keep the Holy Spirit mortar from sticking so the wounded cannot properly connect to the body. We need to be properly joined to the body in order to function as God has called us to.
"...but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." Ephesians 4:15-16
We're fitted and held together from the Lord and by what each joint supplies, according to the proper functioning of each individual part. When each part of the body is connected and functioning properly, the body grows.

The five fold ministry gifts form the structure of the body and helps each part take their place. The joints bring the proper connection and anointing so the parts fit together and can function properly.

Healing needs to occur so those who have been hurt, in sin etc. can be joined properly to the body. Innkeepers help those who are not connected to heal so they can connect to the body properly.

Lord we pray that the people in this region who are not connected, or not connected properly, to Your body, are brought to a place of healing so they can connect. Raise up the innkeepers. Bring the wounded across their path so they can be healed, restored, and take their proper place in the body. Raise up the gifts necessary so the body can properly function, nourish itself, and grow. Make the divine connections and meetings in all the body and churches in this region. 
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
People who have been hurt may have resentment against others who have hurt them, whether leaders or others in the church. As they forgive, healing can flow so they can come back into the body to be connected.

Lord, we pray for people to truly forgive from the heart, and walk in forgiveness, so true healing can take place and connections to the body can be made. Unforgiveness keeps the Holy Spirit mortar from bonding each other together. It keeps the living stones from being bonded together.

Some people might think they are properly connected to the body, but are just in a rut or habit of hanging out with a certain church or people group. Lord, speak to those who think they are properly connected but are not, stir them up in their heart so they have the insight and courage to move to where You want them.
"But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation."1 Corinthians 12:18 Amplified Bible
The Lord places people in the body where He wants. People may feel comfortable in the flesh in a certain place, but where does the Lord want them? Let the man-made connections dissolve, but the Holy Spirit connections be strengthened. Let the unholy and man-made alliances fall away, but the Holy Spirit connections be established. Any deceptions that are causing people to be improperly connected, be dissolved. Lord, bring illumination so people know where they are to be connected to fulfill their part in the body.

Let the ministry gits that form the structure of the body arise into position. Raise up these gifts so people fully function in their ministry gifts. Even the ones outside "the church." The apostles, prophets, pastors business, education, media and so on. Raise up Your leaders in the people groups outside the "church" so that they function in their gift in all of the places You have ordained for them to be.

There may be those who have been hurt by leaders. They know their place is to stay and support them, but they've been wounded and resentment or unforgiveness may try and creep in. Lord, speak to the hearts of the leaders who have knowingly or unknowingly wounded those under their care. If they have done or said something wrong, that has causes wounds, show them so they can ask for forgiveness. Give them courage and strength so they can admit their fault and sin, promoting healing in those under their care. 

May forgiveness flow in Your body. Those who have done wrong to ask for it. Those who have been wronged to forgive others whether or not they ask for it. As we speak the truth in love we will grow up into a strong, healthy body. Where love is, forgiveness will continually flow. People won't offend or get offended.

The Holy Spirit mortar connection will bond believers together as the people communicate and have experiences together. If you just sit in a church and listen to the pastor, but have no conversation or experience with him or others in the church, then you won't develop a relationship with them. Conversation and experience build relationships and strengthen the mortar. Connections have not been strong because of a lack of these two.

Lord, we pray that conversations and experiences occur among those You've called to join together throughout this region. 

There was a vision of believers joining hands, and as they did the Holy Spirit swirled around and wrapped olives leaves around their hands, forming a covenant of peace.

 It's about more than a physical presence together, but a united heart. Peace, shalom, and wholeness. As individuals experience this wholeness it will make for a stronger body corporately as they connect with others. The strong will help the weak. One weak link weakens the whole chain, but the stronger each link is, the stronger the whole chain.

Sever the divisive groups and cliques--the strife and envy between groups within the body. Dissolve the arrogance, jealousy and competitiveness. 

The whole body suffers when one part suffers. The whole body needs to support those who are weaker or suffering. We need to dissolve the divisive cliques that cut others off.

People may be grouped and fitted by their function in the body, but that doesn't mean there are "elite" groups. One is not better than others. Everyone has their proper place. We pray Your people are open to recognize who You have called into various positions, and not reject those who don't look like they "fit in." Lord, release discernment and humility so Your people receive from whoever You bring along.

We're here for the Lord. He's the Head, it's not about magnifying our part in the body, but Him.
"...being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3
We must be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Lord, we pray that You bring Your body together, that we are all diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. That Your people work together, and quit fighting and arguing. That the world sees we are Your disciples by the love we have for each other, so we can walk, grow, and become the body as You've called us.

We pray for all of Your people as individuals to be connected to a body of believers. And that each body is connected to other bodies in such a way that there is not striving between them. That churches are not jealous or striving with other churches.

We want to fulfill our function, not looking at others to follow, or striving to be like them, or thinking they should be like us, but to recognize our place and that God has called each one of us to do our part.

We take authority over the demonic spirits of division and the unholy religious spirits in this area. We declare that you have no place in our lives, our church, or other churches in this region. We do not allow religious and divisive spirits to destroy the body. The division is no longer in Jesus' name!

We welcome the Holy Spirit to come, just as You brooded over the face of the earth, over the chaos, to restore order and unity in the earth, we ask that You do the same for the body of Christ in this region. Release the heavenly host of heaven to help orchestrate this and bring divine connections leading to the unity of body. We ask for the influence of the Holy Spirit and of heaven so people align with Your will in Jesus' Name.

Friday, July 6, 2018

No More Monument Christianity!

I saw in a vision, people in Waterford looking empty, like empty shells, like they had no blood in them. They were like a statue, not able to move or do anything. Then I saw the Lord begin to fill them with His blood. These were not unbelievers, they were Christians, but they were immobilized because of not being filled with His blood. As the blood filled them, it flowed to their entire body--hands, feet, stomach, lungs, minds etc. I knew then that God wants to fill His people completely, but many have not allowed His blood to flow into every part of their body. I believe this represented His church in Waterford--the body of Christ, not just individual believers.

As His blood flowed into their hands--it affected what they did. When it flowed into their feet--it affected where they went and what happened when they went there. When it flowed into their lungs and heart--then what they spoke was from the Lord. Even their stomach and digestion system was affected by it and the food they ate, who they ate with, their survival, work, and fellowship with each other was affected. God wants every part of His church to be filled with His life-blood. Whether they are participating in work, fun, family etc. He wants to fill every part of His church.

When I saw this, I felt that many of His people have kept Him out of the main flow of their life. He wants to be a part of every area of the lives of His people. Even in recreation--going to a movie, a restaurant, the park etc. He wants to fill every area. He wants His life blood to flow through His people in every area of the community. When His blood flows to His body, the numbness will go away. His people have been numb, because the blood has not been flowing! Let it flow!

As this happens, His church becomes whole people. No longer will His people be empty shells that can't live and move. His people will live, move, and breathe, and will not be just an outward symbol of Christianity. Not an idol or monument. The enemy would settle for statues and would like to turn God's people into a monument, just a historical remembrance of Christianity in Waterford. No longer! God is calling His people to be a living, moving, breathing body that is alive now!

Lord, fill Your people with Your blood. Turn us into living, moving, breathing people for you. We are not monuments. Christianity is not just historically remembered in Waterford. Don't let Your church become a monument, let us be living, breathing places where You are active and Your blood is flowing. The oxygenated breath of Your Spirit is carried throughout. Bring us into a living place where we come alive in this community!

We repent for allowing this to happen. On behalf of Your church in Waterford, we repent for allowing Your church to become a monument. Please forgive us. We ask that it come to an end. That Monument Christianity comes to an end. That we become living, breathing people for You. Release the blood flow into Your people. Flowing and filling us up so we can live and move for You, as You desire. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Any right the enemy has had to freeze and paralyze us be dismissed. That this monument crack and the outer shell removed, so the living, breathing body is free to move. We want the reality of You to flow throughout our hearts and our community. You wouldn't show us this if you didn't want us to be free from this. Release the blood and the breath into Waterford, in Jesus' Name Amen!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Upstream / Downstream

I saw a river flowing through the township that was full of mud. People were going to the river, drinking it, washing themselves in it, washing their clothes, and watering their plants. They were trying to use the river to live but it was bogging everything down because it was so muddy. It was clogging everything up to the point of taking away the joy of living. People were struggling, wanting to live happy lives, but they were bogged down in this mud. Everything was affected by it, yet many people didn't even realize what was happening. They thought this was normal.

I looked upstream and saw that the devil was throwing stuff into the river. As he did, the stuff melted down and turned into the substance that made the river muddy. No one was there to stop him and he was throwing stuff in non-stop, and laughing about it.

I asked the Lord what this meant. In Rev 22:1 we see a river that comes from God. It's a crystal clear river that comes from His throne. It is life-giving, but what I saw was the enemy throwing stuff into this river causing problems downstream so that it was no longer life-giving.

When I first saw this, I wondered if this river represented a timeline. A timeline-river would mean that in the beginning there was a clear river flowing through Waterford but at some point in time the enemy threw stuff in causing it to get bogged down. This would be a generational thing that would have begun many years ago, yet still affecting us today. Then I wondered if this river represented space or distance. A distance-river would mean that those who are far away from the Lord--the source of the river--are affected by this muddy river. For those who are far from the source, the enemy has space to dump things in the river without being noticed. I think the river represents both a timeline and a distance.

Father, in the name of Jesus, reveal the things we need to see from this. If there is anything wherever or whenever that is being, or has been, dumped into the river of life You have brought to this region, expose it and stop it now. Show us where and when this is/has happened. We repent of anything in the past that our ancestors in this region have allowed into this river, or in the present going on now. We ask for Your mercy, so that what has happened doesn't affect us any longer. We ask that this garbage be removed out of this river. We ask that whatever has been dumped into this river, feeding Waterford and Oakland County, that is contrary to You and Your ways be removed. No longer contaminating, bogging down, or affecting this river so the people here and now can draw freely from the river of life and receive the cleansing, refreshing, renewal, and life that You send down this river. We ask that the contamination stop. We take authority over any demonic thing to the degree You've given us authority. We ask for mercy and grace from You to stop this. Send Your angels and host of heaven to clear this up this contamination and for Your river to flow freely and clearly once again throughout Waterford and Oakland County.

God is not bound by time. What has happened in the past can be dealt with now.

God, I pray concerning those who are distant from You. Those living now, especially those who give the appearance that they are close to You. That the deception of this is exposed. Hypocrites are those who honor Him with their lips, but whose heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:8). Anyone who is appearing to be close to You but whose heart is far from You is not flowing with Your river. They are not a source of life. Those who partake of these branches of the river will get bogged downJesus said whoever believes in Him, out of his/her belly will flow rivers of living water (John 7). We need faith, and to be faithful, for that river to continue to flow clearly out from us, so we can bring life to others.

I pray that the people who have distanced themselves from You, knowingly or unknowingly, be drawn back to You. Those who are being deceived--open their eyes, let them see the river they've been partaking of, let them see the condition of the river, what has been dumped into their lives that is not of You. Reveal the branches of the river that have been contaminated. Let them move upstream so they can see who is contaminating it, and what the river is like closer to You. 

God help us to set watches along the river to guard so the enemy does not contaminate this river. Show us how to move upstream so close to You that distant generations and those distant from You now can drink from and wash in the river of life. So those who are distance in both time and space can receive of Your life.  

As we move closer upstream and get closer to Him, and set a watch along the river, the distance between Waterford and the Lord will shorten. Shorten the distance between Waterford and the source of life--the source of the river. We pray that those who are far in both time and space, come closer to You. Move us closer to You! Move Waterford and Oakland County closer to You. Pick us up and move us closer to You so both those far away in distance and time will be close to You too--the source of life. Move us in the spirit closer to You.

Lord we pray that believers and unbelievers be drawn closer to You. Move upstream. Move upstream. Move upstream. Grow tired of the muddy bogged down river. Get past the junk and the contamination. When God made the earth the Garden of Eden was beautiful, but the enemy came and contaminated it with his breath. The garden became contaminated. God created Waterford and this area to be a beautiful place. We want to see Your vision for this region. We want to move upstream and draw from the source of life. We set a watch so future generations, and those far from You here and now, so they can receive Your pure, clear water of life.

The enemy is booted out. No more can you contaminate this river! God we stand in faith and faithfulness to You. Send Your host of heaven to clean the river up, and help us stand guard to stop junk from being thrown into Your river. One drop of the blood of Jesus in this river cleanses it, one drop in our heart, purifies the river that flows out from us, cancelling out everything the enemy tries to do. The pure, clear river of the Spirit of God flowing out of our bellies.

I see a flood of pure, clear, water flowing down M-59. It looks like a rapid river, like a dam let loose. It's a gush of pure and clean water flowing down M-59. We receive it Lord! We receive Your life-flow, Your river of life!

Whether you live in Waterford, or Oakland County, or not, pray this for your community. Ask the Lord to show you about this river in your community.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fit for the Kingdom

"But Jesus said to him, No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
If someone starts working in the Lord's field and their desire and longing is elsewhere--outside of His kingdom--then they are not fit for the kingdom. There are tools and weapons He wants to entrust us with, but He can't if we're not "all in" for Him. The tools He gives us will be used to build whatever our desires are. So if we desire the world while plowing in His field, we will be using His tools to build a worldly kingdom!

Father God, we pray for the people of Waterford who are called to plow the field in this region. We ask that as they put their hand to the plow that they are all in for You, that they break the ties with the world--that longing and desire for other things apart from You and Your kingdom--so You can fully entrust them with the tools and weapons that You want them to have so they can build Your kingdom properly. We pray for all of the believers who live and work here, that You lead them on this path, that their eyes are focused on You, and their heart no longer longs the world or things of the past. We pray this for ourselves personally as well.

If our eyes are not on the field, we may not be plowing a straight path, we may miss some ground that we need to cover. 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. Hebrews 12:1-2 Amp
If we don't keep our eyes on Jesus we will be distracted. We look to Jesus, just as He looked to the joy beyond the cross. This gave Him strength to endure what He had to. We need to be persistent to stay with what He's called us to. There will be distractions to try and get our eyes off Jesus, but keeping our eyes on Him will keep us from getting distracted. Stay focused on Him. He's in the field, He knows the fields, He sends workers into the field.

Father, we pray that all of Your people in this community keep their eyes fixed on You, that they run with endurance, keep their hand to the plow, keep their vision in focus, so they have direction and don't veer off the path with their plow, but stay on course. Bring Your people to this place, stir their hearts to keep their vision on You, so they can properly work in the field. Alert them so they are aware of the enemy's tricks, so they have discernment and alertness so they are aware of the distractions.

There is debris in the field, and the Lord is picking up branches and throwing them in a pile. 

Lord we pray for workers to be in the field at the right time so none are lost. 

The fields need to be cleared of the branches, stones--stumbling stones--and all distractions so everyone can follow Him properly. These are the stones that would keep the hearts of the people from being flexible to the Lord. Lord, make our heart-soil pliable. Do the work in our heart as we plow the field. Make us like You Jesus. When we see You we'll be like You. 

The enemy would try and dig pits--holes--to trap people as well. 

Level the fields Lord, bring down the high places and fill in the low so everyone's steps are on firm ground. We tear down pride so Your work can continue. Sift the soil so all of the impurities are removed. The bugs, the seeds of the enemy, the destroying worms. Rebuke the devourer--those things that would destroy the fruit of the ground. Tenderize the soil. Remove the impurities in the soil so what is growing is exactly what You want. We give no place for the seeds of enemy, or all that would devour, in Jesus' name.

Let the hidden worms, the religious spirits, that appear to be "good" but are actually destroying be exposed. We give the enemy no place in the church in Waterford. We plead the blood of Jesus over the soil in Waterford, so the soil is pure. 

Filter out these worms Lord, the religious spirits. 

There are those who are plowing but not seeing results. There are those who are looking around, looking back, thinking that they are doing the work of the Lord. Their heart is not in the work they are doing, they have no relationship with the Lord, no joy in Him and His work. 

Awaken the saints to a higher degree! Lord, wake up Your church so the sleep is out of our eyes, the scales are removed, our hearts are pure and ears hear! Awaken and remove the sleep!

Jesus is the vine, The Father is the Farmer. It's all about You Jesus. You are our treasure, not other things. We are fully committed, sold out to You. We pray that all of Your people be completely surrendered and sold out to you. Help us do what we need to do to help others come to this place.

Put your roots down deeper. Some roots have stopped at a shallow vein. Some have been deceived by the enemy into a mirage, thinking its a vein of the river of God when its not. This false river, false religion has no life. 

Bring our roots to the right river, to the right place, so we draw from Your river and Your life. Bring us all to this place, this well of life. Open our eyes, so more light comes in. Expose the darkness. Bring us into unity. Break the silent divisions. Tear down the white walls in the field that cause deep divisions. We tear them down in Jesus name and break the divisions! 

Bring the true unity Lord, more personal, daily, relationships within Your church. 

We ask for mercy from scorching winds and heat. Lord, as You remove the shelter that has allowed people to continue in a religious spirit, bring them to a place where they turn to You and put their roots down to the true river. Expose and remove the things that have allowed the religious spirit to continue unnoticed. Those who have trusted in this false protection and those who have led others into it and brought them onto a path of death instead of life. Whatever is allowing this religious spirit to continue, remove and bring Your people to Your true source of life!  This false religion is going from Waterford!

We want to be fit for Your kingdom, and Your church to be fit for Your kingdom. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

After Facing the Wall

When is prophecy changeable and when is it not? It was changeable for the people of Nineveh who repented after Jonah warned them. It was also changeable for Hezekiah. In Isaiah 38 we read about when Isaiah gave Hezekiah a word that he would die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and asked the Lord for mercy. The Lord answered and gave him 15 more years. In some cases, words of destruction can be changed as a result of the people's response.

After Hezekiah was healed, the son of the king of Babylon came and visited Hezekiah and he showed him all the treasurers, the armory, everything he owned. After he left Isaiah asked him who those men were and what he showed them. Hezekiah told him they were from Babylon and he showed them everything. Isaiah then gave him a word that everything in his house, everything passed down from his fathers, even some of his sons, would be taken captive into Babylon. Hezekiah knew the word was right, but thought, at least there will be peace and truth in his days.

The point is, after the Lord does something good for us, gives us a gift, heals us, gives us more time, etc., we need to make sure we don't become foolish with the mercy He's given us. We're not to show off our treasures, our strengths, our weaknesses, but to be humble and seek the Lord with what to do with the gift He's given. We need to pray and be sure that we are taking care of the next generation. We don't want to be content with the fact that all is well with us right now in our lifetime, but the next generation will have to fend for themselves.

Father, we repent for anything we've done, any attitudes we've had that have caused us to not behave wisely, especially concerning the good things You've done for us. We seek You to find out what You want us to do with what You give us, with the miracles You do. We don't want to just think about us and our generation. We think long term. We pray for Waterford, that we are not selfish and do things that harm the next generation. We pray that our leaders do not have that attitude of only caring about us right here and now. That we don't do anything that will bring harm to the next generation. Lord, we pray that those in the church, the schools, and our governmental leaders, think ahead and care for the next generation. That we are not selfish or foolish, but humble, appreciative, and wise in what You've entrusted to us and given to us. We take Your miracles seriously. We think ahead and take all the good things You do for us seriously. Show us, enlighten us, stir us up, and reveal these truths to the church leaders, township leaders, educators, and business people. 

When the king of Babylon finally came and invaded God's people, they carried out all the treasures of the Lord's house and the king's house and cut in pieces the vessels of gold of the house of the Lord. They led all of Jerusalem into exile, the captains, the mighty men, the craftsmen, and smiths. Only the poorest people were left. He took all the wealth, the protection, and the skilled people, leaving only the poorest people behind. We don't want to lose these treasures of Waterford You've entrusted to us!

Father, let the treasures of the land be entrusted to those who have Your wisdom and guidance, those who will seek You, and whose heart will honor You. That the treasures of this land, of Waterford, of this community be entrusted to those who will be wise for generations to come. Raise up the people in leadership positions in government, and educators in the schools. Our children are the greatest treasure we have. Raise up leaders in the educational system who will treasure these children for generations to come and will do what is right in Your eyes. Our children are not something we take for granted or show off. We value them!

The next king after Hezekiah, Manasseh, was evil.

Lord, we want those in charge of our children, in the schools and in the homes, to be those who will treasure the babies and children. Raise up and entrust Your children to those who see the value in them and will do them right by You and in Your sight. 

We pray for the skilled, the businesses, those bringing wealth and beauty into the community. We ask that You entrust the skills to those who will be wise. Entrust the treasures and the wealth to those who will be wise with them.

Thank You for revealing this so we can pray, and so Your will will be done in Waterford in this generation and generations to come. That the beauty, the skill, the children, freedom, and life is retained. We want to live in accordance with Your will. Let the church rise up and seek You, not for the purpose of showing off, but sincerely seeking you. Let the church have humility before You. Treasuring that which You treasure. Not showing off, not being foolish, but being wise with what You entrust to us. We pray for all of the church leaders, and all of Your people, that You instill in them a wisdom and value for that which You have given. That we don't flaunt it, but we're wise. We bring it all into alignment with Your will, plan, and purpose.

Thank You for revealing these things so we have direction in our prayers. We speak over the community, leaders, educators, and businesses, to heed the word of the Lord, seek Him concerning what He's given you, seek for insight and wisdom, seek the Lord, turn your face to the wall and receive your miracle, then seek Him for the wisdom and insight to know what to do with the miracle He gives you. Treat it wisely and don't be foolish. Lord, forgive us for being foolish. We want Your wisdom and Your heart so we don't take these things for granted. We release this truth to the community now. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Plants and Runners--Long Term Building

Last night there were long rolls of thunder. I asked the Lord about this because He seemed to be calling my attention to it. He reminded me of recent conversations with Him about long-term planning and building. He has been talking to me about not being impulsive and just living for the moment. I once heard that the Chinese people will create 500 year plans. Banks will normally want a 5 year plan before they will even consider giving you a business loan. Can you imagine a 500 year plan? With a plan like that, you will look at your business differently. The millennium is 1000 years. What is God's 1000 year plan? What is your place in that plan? Ask Him.

Jesus said that one who builds a tower should count the cost to see whether He has enough to finish it. Or a king going to battle needs to consider whether he is able to win the fight with the number of men he has. He was saying this to illustrate that unless we give our entire life to Him, we will not be able to be a disciple of His. In His kingdom, we give it all. We give our whole life. And when we do, He can use it to build His kingdom. Fully committed lives are a valuable resource for the kingdom of God. Luke 14:25-35.

Father, show us Your long term plans. for us personally, for Waterford, and beyond. Show us the long term, long range plan of what You want to build here in Waterford. We don't want to stay stuck in just this moment, limited to just this year, but we want to think long term. What can we start this year that will begin this long term plan? We need the blueprints. We need Your heart, thoughts, words, ideas, strategies, and wisdom. We ask for all those things, and also Your faith, Your love, and Your plans, so what is built here in Waterford will be established for the millennium. We ask for these blueprints so we build Your kingdom and follow Your plan and strategy. 

We need people who have prophetic wisdom and insight who can see long-term. We need the long-range visionaries and prophets. There are the sons of Issachar who understand the times and know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32), and Jesus sends prophets, wise men and scribes (Matthew 23:34) many of whom are rejected. God is raising up these long-term seers, visionaries and planners. He is raising up apostles and prophets. Those who are not short-sighted.

Lord, increase the length of our sight so we are not short sighted. So we see, know, understand and hear the long-term. So we follow Your long term plan. Prepare us for this journey, this long term thing You're doing.

For some it might be a journey, and for some it may be a stay and plant. For some it might be a long term mobile journey. For some, a long term build in place. And then, there will be connections between the two. The Lord showed me a web, a net, or a network. I saw it as points with lines in between--intersecting all over as in a web or a net. Those who stay in place are like the points on the line. Those who travel from point to point are like the lines themselves. Some travel, some stay. This builds a web, a net, or a network. He will use it to build His kingdom. It's a communication network made up of people who are in communication for the strategic building of His kingdom.

Lord, show us who we are to connect with. Create these lines and points--those who travel and connect, and those who stay and establish. Bring the ones to us we need to be connected with. Let us connect with these runners, these travelers, and these points and places so we can be a part of the network You are building. We ask for these communicators, runners to go out and begin to connect.

Psalm 19:4 tells us that the unspoken "line" of creation sends His message throughout the earth. Lord, cast these lines, these people, these sounds, connect them to the points on the web. Bring those who will connect us. If we are the runners/connectors than show us. If we are an established point than show us that. Show Your people their place in this network. As Waterford grows and builds Your kingdom, bring the runners, the connectors to connect us to other cities and places--people.

The Lord showed me lines of different lengths going out to other places. It reminds me of a plant that sends out shoots. Like a strawberry or mint plant that send out runners that take root and plant further out. These runners go out and then put down root themselves. Then they will send out more runners.

Lord, we want to grow and build that which is the result of being rooted in the soil--planted deep within You. We want to house Your presence. To be firmly established and rooted in You, in faith in You. We're not building for man, for ourselves, but to grow fruit for Your kingdom and to build Your kingdom. It all works as a seed that is planted, grows, and produces fruit. This is the principle we want to operate in. It's not apart from You, but all for You, with Your vision, plans, and purposes. Us  aligning ourselves with You and Your heart. Being that place in your garden that You've called us to. Help us draw deeper into You so our roots go deeper, and are healthy and strong. You are nourishing our roots so they can be strong.

When the roots are strong, they have the strength to push deeper into the soil. Strong roots have the ability to nourish themselves, but they also are able to stand strong against the wind or anything that would try to pluck them up. Receive a nourishment of your roots, and pray for those you are connected with to have strong roots!

When the time of drought comes, the roots of a plant are forced to go deeper to find water. When our roots are strong we will have the strength to go deeper in times of drought. If we are weak, our roots are weak, we wont have the strength during these times of drought to find the nourishment we need. Take advantage of the refreshing rain and nourishment He is sending now. If you do, you will be strong in times of drought.

Father, prepare us and show us how we can receive the strengthening and nourishment of our roots now so that we can have the healthiest and strongest roots possible. So that we as individuals, as well as our families, churches, and community can have the strongest roots possible. Send Your rain, You are sending Your long, soaking rain. The long soaking rain. The long rolls of thunder. We can soak our roots in this rain so they can grow and expand, making us stronger and healthier. So the runners we send out are healthy and strong as well, establishing a good root system.

Help us to see as You do. Help us to see our communities, families, and our own lives & ministries as You do. Help us to see with the vision that You have. Let the runners know the direction to go as they go out. Give us strength and guidance so we don't turn our roots towards the surface because the ground is too hard.

Whatever kind of soil you are in, know that the Lord has planted you there. He knows you can do it. You can thrive in that soil--sandy, clay, acidic, etc. You have the strength to push through the soil if you need to. If He has planted you in sandy soil, you'll thrive, and receive regular rain so you will not dry out. If He has planted you in clay, you'll be able to handle the pressure. Whatever ph level of the soil you are in,  He is well able to keep you nourished and flourishing.

We thank You Lord that You have planted us in this soil for a reason. We are fully equipped to put down roots in this soil, as well as send out runners with new roots and connections. We receive Your strengthening of our roots for our church and community. We ask for the church of Waterford to be a community of people that is strong sending down deep roots. Strengthen the roots of Your people in Waterford. You see Your people as one church. Help us to see as You do. We pray for all of Your people, in Waterford. We ask for their roots to be established. We ask for rain for all of the churches You've established to water the root systems. We ask for strong root systems for all of the churches You have established and placed here. For any that are not established by You, remove them, transplant them to the place You've called them to. Make the ones You've established healthy and strong. Send the rain, send the rain, send the rain. 

Worms in the soil are not bad. Those who aerate the soil are not a bad thing. 

We recognize that whatever gifts You send us help our soil and our garden. We receive them. Give us discernment so we know what is pestilence and predators, and what are garden aids--worms, ladybugs--that are good and healthy for our garden. We receive and welcome Your good gifts. Lord, give us the discernment to know the difference. And give us grace to keep the devourers away. You rebuke them for our sake. (Malachi 3:11).

Lord I pray for the churches within Waterford, the ones You want connected together--the plants and the runners within this community that You created--this network within Waterford. Show us who to be connected with. Send out the runners. That we see those who have the roots and those who are the runners. Establish this network in Waterford. Help us to see that we are all from the same plant, and have the same purpose--to release the fragrance and fruit of You into this community. Show us who to be directly connected with, whether churches, families, or individuals. We pray that Your people put out runners, feelers, connectors. To see where the other plants are that they need to be connected with. Some may send out runners to establish, some may send them out to connect with what is already there and planted.

We ask so Your network connection is established in Waterford, Michigan and beyond. However You desire Your church to be connected. So there are strong roots all over.

The term "grass roots" is often used politically. It is the base of an organization. It's considered the main, "ordinary" people that make up the organization as opposed to the leadership. The thing about grass roots are that they are normally local and strong. They are hard to pull up if you want to get rid of them. You have to dig them out.

The Lord has been showing me recently that there is a place for grass, but also for gardens. Grass roots are good and useful in their place, but God is sending out these runners to establish new plant systems--bases--in several places. This would bring less large central bases and more smaller bases spread all around. These bases can be more easily established and rooted in different territories. They can more readily produce fruit and fragrance. They are more connected to the people, and if one is taken out, there are many more still in place. These plants do what a large, grass roots organization cannot do--bring the fruit or the fragrance of the Lord into an area--into several areas. It's no longer about a lot of people supporting a few leaders, but more people reaching more people.

Lord we cooperate fully with You. We want to be in on what You are doing. Raise up the visionaries. When the prophets and teachers are working together then the apostolic can be established. We need the ministry gifts working together--accepting and embracing each other. The written Word as the foundation and the spoken, current Word of God. We need both--prophetic and teaching. Lord, let the churches in Waterford accept both the teachers and the prophets. Let those who have only accepted Your written Word begin to accept and embrace the prophetic, and those who only prefer the prophetic develop a new hunger for Your written Word. 

Jesus is both--the Word made flesh and the spirit of prophecy. We need to be established in the written Word as well as hear His prophetic revelation for today. Lord, let Your people receive both so we can establish the strong root system that You desire, and be connected together. We want both Your teaching and Your prophetic word. We want to build and prepare for this long term, long range plan You have. What will the millennium be like in this community?

Learn to wait on the Lord. We go out with joy and are led forth with peace. We don't want to rush into anything. Think about the long term consequences of what you do.

The Lord has to be able to trust us with the things He shows us so they can be put in place at the proper time. If we release/use everything right when He gives them to us then they may be used out of place and time. He's trying to give us gemstones that are to be put in a certain place and time, but if we don't have the full vision, or the patience to wait for it, we will use everything now. 

He might give you a word for someone that He may not want you to release now, or ever. He might just want you to know something about a person. The time may come to tell them what He said, or not. He might just be showing you something about a person so you know how to relate and interact with them. There are times He wants us to hold on to some things and wait. Can He trust you with a secret that you are never to share?

Lord, help us to wait on You. Help us to know the proper timing of when and if to say what You show us. Show us when to send out runners, and when to stay and plant.