Saturday, November 10, 2018

Call to Maturity in the Church



I had a dream where the Lord revealed several things about the condition of the church and where He wants to bring us to. There were several different scenes all related to what was going on in a particular church.

First, there was a scene where two people were engaged in adulterous sex. I was in the room, in a separate bed but they didn't seem to mind that I was there. In fact, it almost seemed as if they wanted me to participate with them. At one point, the male subject quietly said something about losing his faith, so I began talking to him. I was surprised to hear that he attended this church. It surprised me to think that there are people in the church that are quite involved in sin.

Lord, we pray that the church loses her desire to participate in sin. Has the desire to be the holy bride she is called to be. That we desire a holy relationship with You in Jesus' Name.

In the next scene, I was in a room with some people, I made a statement and a woman said, "Oh, you must be catholic." I knew that she meant that I must still have a lot of guilt feeling. I said, "I was raised catholic." Then I wondered if I was carrying a feeling of guilt that I shouldn't. I wondered if I needed a greater understanding of the work of Jesus Christ to free me from sin and guilt.

Is there still a sense of guilt in the church that needs to be replaced with the knowledge of all that Jesus did for us? Was the church "raised" with a sense of guilt which needs to be replaced with the knowledge of holiness? Lord, I pray that Your church learn the reality of Your finished work on the cross and all that You did to free us from sin and the guilt of sin. Help us to understand the reality of being a new creation in You.

Then I was talking with an accountant-type person. We talked from time to time and I began to think that he must be pretty high up in the church organization--maybe on the church board. But I didn't want to ask him what his position was yet because I just wanted to hear what he had to say. It seemed like if I knew his position then that might change things. Towards the end of the dream I asked him what his position was. He said he was the treasurer. I understood that there was more than one treasurer and he wasn't the "top" treasurer, but I thought, wow, he has a lot of responsibility.

I seemed to know that I could have become impressed with who he was so I was intentionally trying to avoid finding out who he was so that wouldn't distract me from what he was saying. I needed to discern what he was saying not because he was "important" but because he was speaking truth. Lord, I pray that any vying for position that is going on in Your church, or people who might be trying to impress others for the purpose of recognition or promotion be exposed. Those who are "rubbing elbows" with the leaders for unholy purposes. Awaken Your people to any of this that is going on within their own heart. Instill a desire within us to hear what all of Your people have to say, not just those who appear to be an "important' person. 

It seems that as some groups get large, and certain people gain respect because of their anointing, there is a danger of falling into this political, worldly type spirit. This may be why the Lord likes smaller groups because there is not so much temptation to fall into pride because of recognition or selfish ambition. Lord, expose this in Your people, if there is any of this going on. Wake us up to it. Let the love of God and humility rise up in Your people so we are not led astray by pride or arrogance.

The Lord told Abram that He would make his name great (Genesis 12). However, this is something the Lord does. We shouldn't "promote" people because of their outward appearance, worldly status, or elegant speaking, but because they are called by the Lord. Oftentimes, people weren't recognized for their greatness until after they died. It's not important to strive for recognition or greatness now, but to follow the Lord and what He's called us to do. He's the one who will call attention to it if and when it needs to be done. 

Peter told the people not to look at them as if their own power or their own holiness caused the man at the Gate Beautiful to be healed. He directed their attention to the Lord who did it (Acts 3:12). This could be not only for the people's benefit, but for theirs, desiring to stay humble and resist all forms of pride.

Jesus said, whoever will be great among you let him be servant of all (Mark 10:43).

In the next scene of my dream some people were talking about money and they said there was something like $70,000 that came in to the church that year. I thought that seemed quite low for a big church/ministry like this one. I was comparing it to the income of our church and I knew they had a lot more people than we did. It didn't seem right. I thought there must be a lot of people not tithing, and not giving. Are there a lot of poor people in this church? No I don't believe so.

I asked if people weren't tithing. Some of them made it seem like it was immature to tithe. They didn't believe it was something they were obligated to do. I said that I was going to continue to tithe, and another lady there said she was too. I thought if everyone were to tithe, imagine how much money the church would have. I said that if they didn't want to call it tithing they could at least give a big offering. 

It seemed as if the people wanted to make it appear as if they were spiritual and didn't have to tithe. But in reality it was just an excuse to try and cover their stinginess. Making the evil (stinginess) appear good and good appear evil (Isaiah 5:20).

Then there were some people drinking beer and wine. I noticed it and recognized they felt the freedom to do that in this church. I turned around and saw a guy getting some out of a refrigerator and offering it to others. I realized the church stocked alcohol there and made it available to everyone. I said that my husband and I did that for a while. We took advantage of our "freedom in Christ" to drink alcohol, but then it got to where we were doing it all the time and we decided it was more of a hindrance and we stopped.

Lord, I pray that the church's desire for the Spirit of God increases more than the spirit of the world. I pray that even though You have given us freedom, we don't abuse that. I pray for wisdom, that we are led by Your Spirit, that we desire what You desire in our heart. That we come to a place of knowing what to stay away from and what we are to engage in. That we are not deceived, not under the influence of wrong spirits, but that we stay true to Your Spirit and walk in the holiness and righteousness You've provided for us and called us to.

Then the leader of this church and ministry--which is a worldwide ministry--was speaking and talking about not doing so many conferences and events. He wanted to focus on the church services and building relationships. It seemed that he had noticed people weren't building relationships with each other and wanted to remedy that. I thought he's getting things in order for when he passes away and the leadership passes on to someone else.

Once again, smaller groups. If the opportunity is not there for us to look for recognition and huge crowds to lead, or to get close to the leadership out of a sense of pride, then we will be able to build closer relationships and work together with others we know and care for. Instead of looking to take their place or be like them, or desire their call and anointing, we will be encouraged to fulfill our place and call. This is also the attitude we should pass on to new leaders. 

1 Timothy 3:1-7 speaks of not putting a new convert into position of an overseer in the church so will not become conceited and fall into the devil's trap. It's interesting that this passage of Scripture also mentions being "the husband of one wife...not addicted to wine...free from the love of money" among other things. These are also things addressed in this dream.

At the end of the dream, we were in a meeting room. I spoke up and said something to the whole room. I felt like I got some strange looks and was not real well received. I wondered if I should have said anything, but I also felt as if I needed to say what I did and not hide my feelings.

This dream seems to indicate a need for balance between having freedom in Christ and being bound by guilt. Yes we have freedom and yes we have discipline, and we need to walk in balance with both as the Lord desires us to.

Lord, bring an awareness to the church so they can respond to You, repent where needed, and grow up. Instill within us a desire to grow and mature in You. We want Your heart. Bring this revelation to Your people along with a desire to turn to You. 

When we see the Lord for who He is, and realize how we compare, it can ignite a desire to grow to be more like Him. We don't want to just tickle the ears of others, but we don't want to point fingers and condemn the church either. We want to reveal the beauty and holiness of Jesus. Shine His light so our own hearts are revealed in comparison to Him. Glorify the Lord. Magnify Him. Shine His light in our hearts so we can turn away from all darkness and respond to the Light. The pure in heart will desire Him. The pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8).

Those who are His will be drawn to the Light. Those who are not will be repelled by the Light. Just like His fragrance gives life to the living and death to the dying.

Release Your fragrance Lord! Smelling Him brings discernment to our heart so we can see truth. We breathe in His Spirit and become more like Him. We also are a fragrance of Christ to both those who are perishing and to the saved. The fragrance of Christ that we give off is death to those dying, and life to those who are saved (2 Corinthians 2:14-16).

Bring us into a place of maturity in You. (1 Corinthians 3:1-4).

We release Your fragrance and Your light into the community and into the church, to call Your people into a greater holiness. So they breathe in Your fragrance, are filled with Your Spirit to a greater degree, and are changed into the image of Jesus Christ. All of this so their heart's desires are the same as Yours. Bring Your church into maturity! Wake us up. Wake up all of our spiritual senses. We cooperate with You in Jesus' Name. Amen!





Saturday, October 27, 2018

He Cares



This morning, I felt the Lord's heart concerning certain things being said about Him. Specifically the thought that when we go to the courts of heaven to pray on behalf of someone, that we are not to pray based on a person's need, but on God's purposes being fulfilled in them. I understand why people say this. I've said it myself. Its true that people need to discover His purposes for them, but when we tell people not to appeal to Him on the basis of their need, but on His purposes only, it makes Him appear selfish when He is not. It makes it look like He doesn't care about people's needs, which He does.

We've heard it said that God doesn't answer prayer on the basis of need alone, but the reason this appears to be true is because we don't always perceive what the true need is or how that need should best be met. Scripture that came to mind as I was talking with the Lord about this--

  • God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
  • Let us come boldly, or with confidence, to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need (Hebrew 4:16).
  • He knows what you need before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8).
  • If He clothes the grass and feeds the sparrow, how much more will He take care of you? (Matthew 6:26-33).
  • God is able to make all grace abound towards you so you having all sufficiency in everything, have an abundance for every good deed (2 Corinthians 9:8).

He cared so much about our need for salvation that He sacrificed Himself, His only son, to take care of our need. This is quite contrary to putting His own purposes above the needs of others. He sacrificed Himself for the needs of others.

People don't always know what their true needs are. There may be times it looks like He is not meeting needs, but He really is. He knows how to meet that need so it is truly met. Sometimes we are looking for Him to treat our symptoms, but not a real cure. He is interested in curing us, healing us, meeting the real need. We need to seek Him to find out what the real cure is and how its to come.

In John 11 when Jesus got word that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was for two more days. By the time He got there Lazarus had died. It looked like He delayed and the need wasn't met. They said, 'If You would have been here he wouldn't have died.' But yes, He did meet the need. He just didn't do it in the way, or in the timing, they were expecting. He sees the big picture. He is in the eternal realm. He may not do it "instantly" according to our timeline, but He does have the love and compassion to meet our needs, wants them to be met, and will meet them if we let Him.

There may be various reasons for having needs. The enemy may steal from us, we may open a door through sin or carelessness, or we are in a period of growth or change that causes new needs. We might pray and there are times it may appear as if He is not meeting the need. But are we really seeing things from His point of view? He may be setting things in motion to meet the need but we don't see it.

It's also true that we might not really need what we're asking for. He may be drawing us closer to Him, trying to teach us His way more accurately. We may simply need to trust Him and wait for Him. There may be a source of our provision that He is trying to change. He might be trying to get our attention to show us these things but we are distracted. We might jump to conclusions and say, "God, You failed. You didn't meet my need," when actually He is trying to meet your true need. He is trying to cure, not just treat a symptom.

We might be expecting our need is going to be met in a certain way at a certain time. This may not be the case. This is why we need to seek Him because there might be something we need to do before it will ever be met. We might need an attitude adjustment first. We might need to do some certain thing.

Jesus didn't show up so Lazarus died. In the mind of Lazarus' family, He failed them. But He didn't fail them. Yes, He went past their deadline, but whose deadline was it? We set up deadlines, but they are not God's deadlines. We need to seek Him, and trust Him. They didn't even consider Lazarus being raised from the dead as an option. Sometimes we are blind to the option that God is trying to get us to look at. We are too narrow minded.

Jesus wept (John 11:35). He cared about Lazarus and the family. Even though the need wasn't met when and how they expected, He always cared for them.

Father, we pray that the people of Waterford and this region come to an understanding that You do care about them. Just because their needs haven't been met in the timing or manner they are expecting, we pray that they know You still care for them. You care. We pray they come to trust You, to seek You. That they discover what the true need is, and don't just look for treatment of the symptoms, or a quick and temporary fix.

Let this understanding come. Let it be released now in Jesus' Name. Let it be preached and understood. So they no longer accuse You of not caring when You really do care. That they don't give up on You, but press in and seek You. That they are not discouraged or feel hopeless, trying to solve it in their own way. We release this understanding now in Jesus' Name.

He cares. He wants to meet your needs. But you need to trust Him. You need to seek Him. You need to understand His ways--His timing and purposes.

He won't cater to sinful whims. Prayer is not answered if they are lustful prayers contrary to His ways. We ask and don't receive when we ask with wrong motives (James 4:3) Sometimes its the motivation of our heart that keeps needs from being met. He will not compromise His integrity, righteousness, or His purposes to answer a sinful, lustful heart. Like a parent knows, sometimes kids ask for things that aren't good for them. Maybe the timing is off. Maybe they can get the cookie after dinner, but they want the cookie right now and don't understand why you say no. They accuse you of being mean. On the contrary, the Bible tells us:
  • Cast your care upon Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7).
  • Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7, Amplified Bible).
  • Cast your burden on Him and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22).
He doesn't quit caring when you are suffering through a need. He is not condemning you. He is trying to help you. Seek Him to find your answer! He has your eternal good in mind. Like the old saying, "Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a person to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." He's trying to meet your need in such a way that you learn something valuable that will continue to sustain you.

Pride can blind us from seeing the truth to the point where we blame God instead of seeing where we are missing it. But God is good. He is always good. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). He is always right. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God so He may exalt you at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6). There's attitude, and there's timing. But there's always an answer. There's always a way out. No situation is hopeless. Go to Him.

We know that one aspect of faith is that what you look at is what will happen. Quantum physics tells us that when you're watching, things behave differently then when you are not watching. So, if you're looking at something and its not acting the way its "supposed" to --the outcome you want is not occurring, then you need to look at something different. Go back to the promise of God. Go back to His Word. What exactly did He say? Seek Him. Let Him show you what He wants you to "look at," the direction you should go. He knows where, when, and how your true need will be met.

The parable of the friend at midnight. (Luke 11:5-8) and the woman and the unjust judge. (Luke 18:1-8) both tell us that we need to be persistent. Persistent in going to Him. Ask. Seek. Knock (Matthew 7:7). Don't give up on Him. Don't think He doesn't care. Don't accuse Him and get mad at Him. Don't get arrogant about it. Don't think you're all alone. He loves you and He cares. Keep going to Him until you can clearly hear Him give you the answer.

He really does care about you!




Saturday, October 13, 2018

Occupy Till I Come / Guard and Grow



11:  While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. 
12: So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. 
13: And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ 
14: But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 
15: When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. 
16: The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 
17: And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’ 
18: The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ 
19: And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 
20: Another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; 
21: for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’ 
22: He *said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? 
23: Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’ 
24: Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’
25: And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ 
26: I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 
27: But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”
Luke 19:11-27

Jesus told this parable as they were getting close to entering Jerusalem. The disciples thought He was gong to establish his kingdom right then. However, Jesus knew He was going there to die and return to the Father. In an effort to explain this to them, He told the parable to show that He was going to go far away to receive His crown, but there would be a time period before He would come back and establish His kingdom on the earth. They were to "do business" with what He had entrusted them with until He returned.

In verse 13 Jesus said for them to "Do business with this until I come back." The King James Version says to "Occupy till I come." Some translations say to invest, to trade, put this money to work etc. Basically He's telling us to do business, or work with, what He has given us to do. Produce fruit in the land He's called you to--your field or garden--and continue to do this until He returns.

The serpent came to Eve in her garden in the beginning. He was here on the earth because it was his area of domain before he rebelled against God. So, if the devil was here on the earth back when Adam and Eve were placed in the garden, were the other demons that fell with him here too? Did God put man into a demon-infested earth? If so, why? If He did, I think it would be for them to learn how to rule. Man needed to know how to take dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28). If you are going to rule and have dominion, part of that means you will guard against anything that tries to take that away. They needed to learn how to use the authority of God to stand against the enemy. Of course they didn't and we have seen the consequence of that.

Years later, when Jesus came, He defeated the devil, taking back that which he took from man and returning those who believe in Him back to a position of authority in the earth as sons and daughters of God (Colossians 2:6-15). Now we need to learn how to "do business" until He comes again. We take authority over the enemy, boot him out of our garden land, and plant/build/do business/be fruitful with what the Lord has given us to work with.

Doing business until He comes doesn't mean for us to all become billionaires before He returns. God doesn't need us to make money for His kingdom. He owns the earth (Psalm 24:1). It means to continue to engage in what He's gifted us to do until He comes.

If money isn't the currency of the kingdom then what is? In order for us to engage in business or trade as He's called us to, we need to engage with other people. We all have gifts we're to develop in. Through relationships--family and business--we will strengthen each other, live fruitful lives, and help each other grow in our calling.

We're to "occupy" or maintain this business until He returns. We're not to be like the disciples, getting excited because it looks like the time for the kingdom to be established on earth is getting close. But we're to maintain, occupy, stay engaged in the business He's called us to. We have work to do now. We're still in the "occupying" time period.

"Father, we thank you for the opportunity to pray for Waterford and the surrounding area. We pray that Your people understand what it means to engage in business until You come. That we maintain,  don't slack off, fall asleep, or neglect what You've called us to, but stay engaged in the business/calling You've given us. We pray that Your people in this area wake up to that. That they are injected with encouragement so they continue in what You've called them. That they don't grow weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9). That they continue, maintain, and do business. Also, give them wisdom so they know how to be as fruitful as possible in what You've called them to.

"I pray that we also, as Your people, recognize and walk in the authority You've given us over the enemy. That we see both sides of this--to boot the enemy out of our land, and be fruitful and multiply in the land. We boot him out of the land, and walk in and occupy our land making it fruitful. Show Your people both sides of this. The land the enemy occupied is now fruitful for You. We're going to take land, mountains, systems, businesses, schools, governmental positions, arts, sciences, the institutions of the earth for Your kingdom. We take it and occupy it!

Wherever the soul of your foot treads is given to you. (Joshua 1:3).

"Lord, we've walked and received the land You've given us. This land is Your land and we receive it from You. We will not leave it vacant. We will work the land. We put it to work for You. We plant seed in this land so it bears fruit. We won't leave it empty for the enemy to come and try to take it back again. 

Check the borders. Inspect the fences. Maintain the borders and ensure the enemy is not infiltrating. Protect and guard the land--the field--God has entrusted to You! The Lord is giving us time and opportunity to see what we will do with what He's given us. We guard the borders and work the land!

Some may be good at working the land but not at booting the enemy out. They grow good fruit but its devoured by the enemy. Others may be good at booting the enemy out but don't know how to grow fruit, so they have the land but there 's nothing growing.  We need to do both--guard and grow, guard and grow.

Outside the protection of the city is "weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:30). Stay within the borders that God has placed you, where He has called you. The ones who didn't want the Lord to rule over them didn't receive anything from Him and ended up being slain in His presence. We're under His authority. Remember that and stay under that. Work with what He's given to you to work with. Those in rebellion against the Lord will suffer the consequences of that one day.

He didn't tell them to address the rebellious ones, He just told them to do business until He returned. When you work the land He's called you to, you will be doing your part. Some will be drawn to the light. Join with those who have a similar calling--similar business. Lock hands with them and support each other. Whatever position--field--you're in, connect with those people around you, strengthen each other. Grow closer to the Lord, produce fruit.

How do you judge success? How do you know you are fruitful? In the end the Lord will judge our "success." He will say, "Well done good and faithful servant" to those who kept the business.

"Father, show us, each one of us, what our "business" is and what "success" looks like for us individually. Show us how You see success in what we're called to do. What do I have to do so I can hear "Well done" from You? I want to judge myself so I won't be judged by You and condemned with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).

"Father, put it upon the hearts of the people to seek You and ask You what You've called them to do and what it looks like for them to be successful in Your sight. So they know what they need to do to  hear "Well done" from You. So the enemy is not leading them off into deception. So they know that they can know Your will for them. You are not keeping it from them. Teach us how to properly judge ourselves, and to properly hear from You so we know exactly what You want us to do. Show us how to know when we've accomplished that.

"Father, thank You for Your grace, the grace of the Lord Jesus, which includes the empowerment of Your Spirit to succeed in what You've called us to. Keep those doing Your business on the straight and narrow path--the highway to holiness (Isaiah 35:8)--so they will succeed in "doing business" until You come.





Saturday, September 29, 2018

Judges & Teachers



I felt impressed to pray concerning judges and teachers. We are in the midst of the Supreme Court nomination for Judge Brett Kavanaugh right now. There is a fight going on over this position.

1 Kings 3:16-28
Two women brought their babies to King Solomon. Both had babies, three days apart. They lived in the same home. One woman laid on her baby while sleeping and he died. She swapped babies during the night and tried to claim the living baby was hers. They came before the king and he said to cut the baby in half and give both of the women half of the baby. The real mom said no, to let the other woman have him so he can live. By that the king knew she was the real mom and gave the baby to her.

I felt the Lord say through this that we need judges who don't just do what appears to be fair, but what is right. There are some crying out for what is fair, but not necessarily what is right. Fairness sometimes sounds good, but isn't always the right thing. In this case, one woman shouldn't have to have her baby killed just because the other one died, as horrible as that was.

We need judges who are fair according to God's standard of what is right, not man's standard. We want judges who don't judge according to man's opinion of fairness, but God's standard of righteousness.

"Father God we pray, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for truth, righteousness, and justice to prevail over man's idea of fairness. That we have judges from the Supreme Court on down to the local level who will stand for what is right, not just what is fair according to the cry of man. Those who are not judging by emotion, but judging according to truth and righteousness. Let them have the wisdom of Solomon. Place people into judgeship positions that will judge according to Your standards, all the way from the Supreme Court on down to local positions. Begin to remove those judges who listen to man, and follow after man, and replace them with those who judge according to Your standard of truth and righteousness. Remove and replace. Remove and replace. Begin at the federal level, and all the way down to the state, districts, county, and local levels. Remove and replace judges. Place Your judges in place who stand with integrity, truth, righteousness, and the wisdom of Solomon. Raise up these judges. Strategically place them in positions of influence that will impact our society for You and Your standard of righteousness."

In our education system there has been so many layers of government placed over our children in schools that the rights of the parents are being interfered with. What started as a teacher assisting parents in education has turned into the creation of principals, superintendents, local district boards, state boards of education, and a federal department of education. Layers of government over our children. Parents are the ones responsible for educating children, not the government.

Proverbs 1:8 says for children to hear their father's instruction and not to forsake their mother's teaching. Instruction and teaching are meant to come from the home--from the parents. That is God's standard. In Genesis 18:19 the Lord said He had chosen Abraham, and that he was to command his children after him, so that God's purpose would be fulfilled in him. God chose Abraham for a purpose and it was a family call. He needed Abraham to teach, instruct, and guide his family in the ways he, and they, had been called.

We are to teach our children the ways of the Lord, but also the ways of the family call and their specific place in that. Of course, some may appear to leave the "family" call, just as Abram was called to leave his father's house and go to the land the Lord showed him, but there are aspects of the family call each child is to fulfill. Some of it may be generations back. They may appear to be going their own way but they are fulfilling a family call from generations ago. In any case, the parents, and even the child, are the ones who will know this the best, not the government.

The parents are responsible for training the children according to their gift and God's call. Childhood is the time for them to learn this. Proverbs 22:6 says to train up a child in the way he should go... When they are young is when they need to learn the way they are to go. This should come from parental and family influence, not governmental or political ideas.

Layers of government have duped some parents into thinking the government is responsible for training their children. In reality, the government is infringing on the rights and responsibility of the parents. The schools have decided the curriculum and the social ideas they are going to teach the children and don't want the parents to interfere. They hide it from parents or tell them they can't fight it if they question or object. Many parents, especially younger parents, think that the government is the one responsible for their child's education. They think that is the way it is, but that is not true, the  parents are responsible--legally and before God.

"Father God, we pray for the educational system in our country. We ask that You dissolve the layers of government that don't need to be over our children. If we don't need a federal department of education then dissolve it. If it is interfering with Your plans, dissolve it. We pray for Betsy DeVos and those in the department of education, that they line up with Your truth and Your plan for the educational system in our country. Remove and replace those who oppose Your ways. Those who oppose the parent's right to raise their children. Bring in those who are willing to work themselves out of a job if necessary. Not just in the federal level, but state and local levels too. Remove and replace. Remove those opposing traditional family ways, who are in favor of governmental and socialistic agendas. Replace them with those who stand for truth and righteousness. 

Father, forgive us, Your people, the church, for not properly valuing our children as we should have. For going after money, prestige, and comfort, rather than raising and valuing our children. For not realizing the importance of loving and raising our children. Forgive us for neglecting and abandoning them. Our enemies have known the value of children and recognized if they can take them they can take our country, and our freedom. Please forgive us. 

We pray for the upcoming elections--for the judges and educational positions. You are the One who puts one up and takes another down. (Psalm 75:6-7). Promotion comes from You. We need to vote, but do what You do to turn our judicial and educational system around so it reflects the family values You intend. Turn this election to go according to Your ways. Wake up up the parents so they will take back their children and stand against the monster of governmental influence over their kids. 

We pray for homeschool families. We pray for strength, wisdom, resources, and protection. That the laws that try and prohibit us from homeschooling be defeated--for Michigan and all the states. That those that would try and take this right away be shut down. Homeschooling is not a right granted by government, but by God. Let parents realize that they have the right by God, and this country, to school their children as they see fit. It's not a right given by the government and the government can't take this right away, I pray for the homeschool coops that give support to homeschooling families. That they have all of the strength, resources, guidance and direction they need to assist these families.   

We pray for the judges and teachers Lord. Let the tides begin to turn in favor of Your ways in America. Forgive us for the neglect of our children. For allowing this to happen. Empower us now with courage, strength, and resources to stand against those opposing forces that are trying to rob us of our freedom to do what You've called us to. This is about us having the freedom to live according to how You've called us. By Your grace and mercy let the church arise. The remnant. We ask for Your favor and blessing on this country--on the judicial and educational system so they line up with Your ways.

Turn the tide for the young generation. The elementary, middle school, high school, and those entering college. Turn the tide for them. Let them know when they're being lied to and when there are attempts to deceive them. Let them learn to follow their heart, to follow You speaking to their heart, to value and follow Your guidance. Fill them with Your Spirit from a young age. Let the breath of Your Spirit go to the preschoolers and babies, filling them from a young age. Let Your Spirit guide them, protect them, and teach them. Let Your people wake up and see the truth, becoming sick of the lies and the petty accusations, the false accusations. Let them vote for truth and righteousness, and speak of truth and righteousness. Let the patriots of America become patriots of Your kingdom, and let the patriots of Your kingdom be patriots of America so we can fulfill the destiny You've called us to.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Priorities





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 etc.in 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.