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. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Open Heaven Key: Personal Gain vs Selfless Giving

Lord, we want to pray Your heart and think Your thoughts regarding Waterford. We want heaven to open. How do we open heaven over this community? Where is the gate and the keys that open the gate? 

Years ago, a couple in Waterford owned a plot of land and sold it. Then they sold it again even though they no longer owned it. They defrauded this second buyer by selling them something they didn't own. Lord we repent on behalf of this community for those who have used others for personal gain. Whether it is fraud, thievery, prostitution, addiction, or any way people were taken advantage of or even deceived. Whether it is in the church, the government, businesses or families, anyone using other people for financial gain, prestige, honor, or even preferential treatment. This is not the way of love. Love is giving, humility, honoring our brother above ourselves.

Father, we repent on behalf of all of these kinds of things that have gone on in the township. Anyone in this community who has used others for personal gain in any way and for any reason. Please forgive this community for using and abusing others. For being selfish whether they are Christian or not. In Jesus' name, please forgive and wash and cleanse this community with the blood of Jesus, cancelling any legal right the enemy has had against us because of what has gone on.

Holy Father, we ask for a verdict--for a not guilty verdict, an acquittal of the charges the enemy has held against us because of those who have tried to gain honor or manipulate, deceptively or otherwise. Let the blood of Jesus speak on our behalf. We ask for mercy and grace. We thank You for Jesus who died on our behalf so we could become righteous.

As You forgive and Your blood washes and cleanses, we ask that the hearts of the people are stirred and they respond to Your love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. That they come to know You and a desire for righteousness rises up within them. That they seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness.

Manipulation through guilt and fear will be stopped. We pray Lord that the offenders come to a point of salvation in You and repentance, receiving Your forgiveness. That they see what has happened and have a repentant heart. We release Your forgiveness so that this type of thing is not allowed to happen any longer in the community. Whatever evil influence has caused others to operate in these evil ways-- enslaving and using others--is stopped in Jesus' Name.

We pray that a loving, giving, selfless spirit rises up instead. One that wants to give and see growth of others. That the people rejoice in the success of others. That they are no longer jealous and envious which would cause them to desire what others have, or what they don't have. We release a loving, giving spirit. One that rejoices at others success, one that is not envious.

We thank You Father for showing us these things, for showing us what needs to be done. The key of love and selflessness, where we rejoice with others when things go well with them. Instead of being jealous, we rejoice in their success. We will do what we can to help others succeed and flourish in their garden. We want to see the success of everyone in this community. We want to see them fulfill their destiny. We will not give place to bitterness, envy, jealousy or strife, which opens the door to confusion and evil works. We want the Spirit of the living God to flow through this community.

Send Your Holy Spirit and Your angelic heavenly host to influence people and stir up their desire to love, give, and rejoice in the success of others. 

You are so good to us. 

We want to be Your bond-servants. One who chooses to be enslaved to You, our Master. We desire you and Your ways. We enslave ourselves to You.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,  Revelation 1:1

God gave the revelation of Jesus Christ to Him--to Jesus--so He could give it to His bond-servants. This is the revelation of what would happen at the end of this age. As His bond-servants, He wants us to know what will happen at the end of this age. The book of Revelation starts and ends with this. The last chapter of Revelation says the same thing.
And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. Revelation 22:6
To show His bond-servants the things which must take place.

A revelation of Jesus, and things concerning our current time period, is revealed to His bond-servants. We become His bond-servants when we choose to serve Him and align ourselves with His commands and His Word. As He reveals things to us, such as rejoicing in others' success and not being jealous or taking advantage of others, we are keeping the words He has given and revealed. Lord, we choose to commit to Your Word, to live by it, and align ourselves with it--written or prophetic. 

We want to know You. We don't just want to know about You. We want to know You. We want to be a bond-servant, not one who just learns of You historically. We want a current, living relationship with You. Let us know You intimately. This revelation of You is an intimate relationship with You. We want to reflect Your image to this community. We want the heaven's opened and Your face to shine on this community. We want to get to know You more and more each day. We want the clouds to be pushed back so people see Your goodness and glory and the glory of Jesus. We thank You for these truths.

We want to serve You from our heart. We don't want to be fake. We want to be sincere. Not put on an outward show to impress anyone, but love and embrace Your ways from the heart sincerely. Thank You for Your sweet presence, Your love, and mercy.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Occupying the Land

As we live in and occupy the land God has called us to, we are doing battle. Living according to His Word and principles in this land is a victory in and of itself. We are to live in and enjoy the land He's placed us in. This is a banner of victory over the land and over our lives.

David spent his life in battle. When he and his army had returned from battle to their families in Ziklag, they found that they had been captured. They grieved tremendously (1 Samuel 30). Fighting was not where they found their joy. They found joy in returning to their families and enjoying their time with them. We don't fight just to fight either. Without a battle, where is your joy?

When I first started praying for Waterford several years ago, the Lord asked me, 'If everyone in Waterford were free from all of the bondage's of the enemy, what would you pray for then?' I had been so used to battling the enemy that it was hard for me to see where to go as the battles were won. God wants us to see how He intended us to live in the beginning, and to live that way now. We need to see how our communities were meant to be. What is the good plan and design of God for your community? Fight when you need to fight, but don't go looking for a battle when there is no battle to fight. Recognize when it is time to live in and occupy the land.

Isaiah 55:6-13

Lord we seek You now. We call upon You now. We forsake the unrighteous, wicked ways, and the thoughts that are contrary to You. We thank You for your compassion and forgiveness. We recognize Your thoughts are not like ours. We want to think Your thoughts, to know and walk in Your ways. Your words do produce what You desire them to. They cause the earth to become abundantly fruitful. Your Word doesn't go out and return to You unfruitful. They accomplish what You send them out to do.

We speak Your Word for Your words never die. They continue throughout the earth. We speak Your words out of our mouth. We speak them over our lives, our families, our communities, our churches, our businesses and schools, our nation and our earth. We go out with joy and are led with peace. The fruit of Your spoken word is here before us.

When we go out and begin something, there is joy. There is excitement and joy when God brings us into a new thing. The peace is how we maintain that new thing. The joy gives us the strength, and the peace gives us what we need to live and work it out. When we live in peace, we maintain what He's called us to. Get a hold of the joy in the land, the field, that He's called you to. Go out into your field in joy and maintain the victory of it in peace. Live and do in the land what He has called you to, and you'll maintain the peace and victory He's provided for.

Lord, show the people their land, the garden, and field that You've called them to. Let them discover the purpose You've prepared them for. Let them joyfully enter into it. We speak to the blinders--the things that tell them they can't do it or don't want to do it--and tell them to go. We speak to the deception that tells people they can't do it--go in Jesus' name.

Thank You Lord. You are so good to us. 

Micah 4:1-4

In Micah 4, the Lord said they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. These are weapons that were hammered/changed into farming tools. The things we've fought with are now the tools we use to occupy the land--to settle into it.

On the one hand, the battle is won and we are living in peace. So you could say you don't need the warring tools. Yet on the other hand, the very weapon you've battled with is still a weapon even as a farming tool, but its one you use to occupy the land in peace with. When you occupy the land in joy and peace, you are still waging war, doing battle. You are defeating the enemy by living in peace. You are living the victory God has called you to live in. You are maintaining the victory.

Each one will sit under his vine and fig tree, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. When God says it, nothing can change it. Enjoy your life. Enjoy Him. Enjoy your families in the land He's placed you in.

Lord, we thank You for Your Word. You are the God who judges everything righteously. You'll judge the nations. We thank You for our weapons, our tools, our victory. Thank You Jesus for conquering the sin and evil of the earth so we can live in the victory as You've called us to. We will sit under our vine and fig tree and live as You have called us to. Let everything be aligned according to You and Your Word.

Thank You for the earth, the portion of it that You've given to us. We want to occupy it according to Your plan. Reveal it to us. We want to judge all things like You do. We have Your mind. We want Your mind--to see things as You do.

Thank You for our farming tools, which are still our weapons. That we can use them now in such a way that shows we have settled into the land You've given to us. The burden is not on us. You are our rock, our defense and our victor. We are not fighting flesh and blood or in our own strength. We fight to maintain joy and peace. The enemy is not to distract us into strife, arguments or any distractions that lead us away from the stable life You've called us to. You are our rock and foundation. 

I pray the people of this community and beyond stay in alignment with what You have revealed is Your purpose for them. Stay away from stress and strife. That is not the kind of fight we are to fight.

As we defend our land, let us remember what we are defending. We don't fight just to fight. We are protecting that which You've entrusted to us. We are protecting what and where You've called us to. We are protecting our families and communities.

Pray this out over the next couple weeks. Come back to this and proclaim it for the people to live in and occupy the land as God has called them to. For you and your family as well, so it becomes solidified in your own heart too.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rising Dawn

When the sun rises, and the dawn comes, the light dispels the darkness. When the light first begins to break the horizon, things look gray. They may seem a little distorted. There might be confusion and misinterpretation. 

People who have been asleep might oppose the light and be annoyed by it. The sleep, the foggy brain, and the distortion of the gray light might cause confusion and unclear vision until the light fully arises. We pray for the dawn to come to Waterford. For the Son to arise, and continue to rise until there is full light. 

An alarm clock is annoying at first. People might oppose the alarm when they first hear it because they don't want to wake up. They might not want to face the day. But once they are fully awake, they can live life to the fullest. We pray for the light to arise, the alarm to sound, and people to wake up!

2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
We have the prophetic word made more sure. We must pay attention to it, as a lamp shining in a dark place and until the morning star arises in our hearts.
We must pay attention to the prophetic word of God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10). It's all about Jesus. It all comes down to Him. It's all rooted in Him and springs from Him. These words give light--as a lamp shining in a dark place. The psalmist said that the word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105).
We must pay attention as the light rises and illuminates us more clearly. We pay attention until the day dawns and the morning star--Jesus--arises in our heart. Jesus, rise higher and higher! There's a higher level of light the Lord is calling us to. Don't stop with the level of light you're in. Don't settle for a little darkness. Pursue the full light--high noon--the full light of the day.
Lord, let the light arise, the word and message of Jesus Christ be heard throughout the township. Let it be heard with an alarm so people will wake up and hear. Let there be light! Let the day dawn! Let the morningstar arise as high as possible for both believers and unbelievers. Let the morningstar dawn. Jesus is the morningstar (Revelation 22:16). Rise in the hearts of the people!
The prophetic word that goes out is the testimony of Jesus. The words Your people speak is all about Jesus. This is the more sure word--He is made more sure. We do not tire of You. We want Your word. We want to know You more through it. Reveal Yourself more and more in us, to us, and through us.
It's all about You.
Let the gray areas be dispelled. The areas where Your people have settled for a lower level of light. Let them begin to understand, to hear, and to see that there is more. There is a higher level of illumination. Let them hunger and thirst after that. To long and crave for that. They want a higher level of light and You--the morningstar to rise in their heart.
Let there be light! Let the day dawn over Waterford! Let the people see. Let the alarm sound. Let them wake up and see the dawn--see the light arising. 
The lesser light rules the night. Lord, we thank You for providing light in the dark times, but we want the light of Your Son to shine in our hearts and the hearts of unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 4:4).
We want to grow into a greater light of Your glory. We don't care that we've heard these things before. We want to see Jesus in all His glory so we can be transformed into that same image. From glory to glory to glory to glory. We behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and are changed into that same image. (2 Corinthians 3:18
We have the hope of seeing Him, and being like Him when we see Him. This hope purifies us and brings us into righteousness. We long for righteousness with You. (1 John 3:3). We pray for this longing and desire to occur throughout Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan, the nation and world. 
Let the desire for righteousness dawn in the hearts of the people. That they desire light. For those who have opposed it, and have seen with distortion, we ask for mercy and grace so the Son doesn't stop rising, but the day continues. We pray the blinders are removed. That they look for the light, get out into the light of the Son. (2 Corinthians 4:4). 
We see through a glass darkly, but then we will see face to face. Now we know in part but then we'll know fully, even as we are known fully. We don't look at what is seen, but what is not seen. What is seen is temporary. What is seen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 3:14). We pray that people understand its a spiritual light that will wake them. We pray that they begin to desire and long for the spiritual light. Not for the physical light. Not to be "enlightened" in the worldly things of this earth, but the desire for the spiritual light. This light is the truth. This light is true life. This light is the way.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
When we're a child, we only see dimly. We only know in part. There is a full maturity, a full light the Lord is bringing us to. We will know even as we are known. We won't see though a dim light, but face to face. When we see Him face to face, beholding Him as He is, and hope for the same righteousness in us, we change from glory to glory. 
Don't be content to stay in a childlike state. There is more! There is more! There's more light you can come into. There is light, there is hope. Lord, bring them to Your hope and Your light. There is a greater light, and a greater hope. Look to the Son's light, the dawn, not just the moon in the dark places. So you can clearly see and accurately judge. The place of maturity is a place of love.
Thank You Father, for Your word brings a revelation of light--illumination so we can more fully understand Your ways. We pursue this light and this greater level of illumination. We open our eyes. We open our hearts to see. Our pupils are looking for the light--growing--searching for the light.
We won't settle for partial light. We won't allow partial darkness. As You separated the darkness from the light at creation, we do that in our hearts now! We won't allow ourselves to be bitter, resentful, or have any darkness, even partial darkness. We want the full light, Your full love.
We want the true light. The artificial light stays on until the sun fully arises. We want enough light so the artificial light goes out. We don't want a false light--we want Your true light.
As you live this out in your own life, you do battle. You are occupying the land. You are occupying the portion of land God has given you when you walk in the light of what He's shown you. Living this out in your life brings a victory in the spirit. But pray and proclaim it for others too.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Joshuas Taking the Land!

We're going on the offense, not just the defense. No longer will the enemy keep us distracted with things that stop us from entering into the land God has called us to. We will move according to the Spirit of God, not with bitterness or anger, but go forward, displace the enemy, and take the land.

Joshua 1

The Lord told Joshua that every place the sole of his foot tread would be his, within the boundaries the Lord gave him. Everything within those boundaries, where Joshua walked, was given to him by God.

Lord, help us identify the boundaries You have given us. We want to see the land. Where are You wanting to move into right now? Which places are you desiring Your people to move into and possess? We declare that the people of God in this township are moving into those places, taking possession of the land--businesses, churches, government, schools, recreational, families etc. Go take the land. Move in and establish yourself in the places God has called you to! Walk in the land. Walk into the place you were given by God.

Lord, You are with us wherever we go. Into this place we are walking into. Show us the places we are to walk into. We will follow You. Show us what is on Your heart right now.

We learn this from Joshua:

  • Joshua heard from God. He heard him say "Go" and God outlined the boundaries.
  • He commanded the officers to prepare provisions.
  • He told the Reubenites, who already had their land, that they were to cross over and fight with their brothers and help them possess their land.
  • He sent out the spies to spy out the land--they were helped by Rahab.
  • He told them not to go until the ark moved.
  • He told them to consecrate themselves.

Prepare to take the land. To fight with our brothers. We won't be resting until everyone enters in. We labor to enter into the rest. (Heb 4:11). We spy out the land, and ask You Lord to show us the place we are going--where You are moving towards. We consecrate ourselves and will not move until You do. We stay close to You so we can hear and see Your movement.

No longer will we have people of God, churches, only interested in drawing attention to themselves, comparing themselves and striving against other believers. Everyone is to help each other enter into the Promised Land. We want the best for each other. Once we reach the Promised Land--our field in it--we will not ignore our brothers and sisters who need help, but we will help them reach their portion too. We are not in competition with other believers. We want everyone to fulfill all God has for them. We don't feel threatened or arrogant.

People of God, rise up and move into the places God is leading you--the schools, the courts, the police and fire departments, the businesses, etc. Build His kingdom within these places. We listen to the report of the spies. Those who have gone and seen what He has promised us. We prepare our provisions. We consecrate ourselves to follow You Lord, by Your Spirit. We watch for Your movement.

We follow Your Word. We keep it in our heart and mouth. Lord, send a hunger for the Word. People, open your Bibles and fall in love with the Word. Be drawn to the Word. Lord, guide them to the Scriptures and reveal Yourself to them so they prosper in what You have called them to.

Raise up the new generation of leaders Lord! Raise up the Joshuas who will be strong and courageous and bring the people into Your Promised Land. Raise the Joshuas who are dedicated to You, passionate for You.

The sheep hear the voice of the shepherd. True sheep will hear the true Voice of the Shepherd through the leaders. They will hear the Lord speaking through the Joshuas. They will feel His love and compassion through these leaders. Be with these leaders, as You have been with others in the past. Let these leaders remain in Your presence. Love Your presence and Your Word. So You are with them always and they will never lead the people astray. They will pray and intercede for the people. These are humble, sanctified leaders. Raise up these Joshuas and speak to them, giving them the vision and provision, leading them into all the places You desire to move into.

Raise up Joshuas and people to follow them in Businesses, Government, Schools, Courthouses, Recreational areas, the college, the airport, Churches, Media, and Families. Send teams of people into these areas to occupy the land, follow You, and carry Your presence.

May the true, sincere praises of God rise from Waterford Township. Rise to the heavens. And words of life be spoken over the township. Words of light overcome the words of darkness. Words of light drive out the darkness. We speak life, vibrant life, over Waterford. God's life and Spirit are moving.

Lord, bring us to a place of rest in You. In Your promise. Your Promised Land. We labor, we work to enter into that rest, not to build anything else but this place of resting in You.

We don't pick up any idols or false gods, false teaching, or false religion that may have gone before us in this land. We repent of all of these things on behalf of the generations who have gone before us. Let the blood of Jesus speak on our behalf and wash over the township, washing false religion and idolatry out of the land.

Thank You for raising the Joshuas and the teams of people. For showing them their fields, the vision, and the provision. For their sanctification, their obedience to You and Your Word and following You into their fields. That others see them resting in You, and it brings salvation, healing, deliverance and all the work of the kingdom. So all those around them see, hear and feel Your goodness. That Your kingdom multiplies and grows as a result of this.