At the Scent of Water – You are about to Live Again!

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Many of you have been through a severe season of pruning.  God has had you in a painful process of crushing and stripping.  He’s been cutting off every branch that wasn’t producing fruit; some of which you had no idea were becoming fruitless, but they were.  For many of you, this has meant a massive shift in your life that to you felt more like total destruction!  BUT…

WHAT IF GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING SO AMAZING AND POWERFUL, YOU JUST COULDN’T SEE IT YET?

Many of you have been in a personal Gethsemane.  You’ve cried out to God, “If it’s possible, please take this from me, but nonetheless, not my will, but yours be done God.”  Sometimes we forget that as we grow into our identities as His son or daughter, that we will go through many of the things Jesus did, in our way, because we are being made into His image; a full expression, a right reflection!  These times are painful.  Every time I have come out of one and I’m standing on the other side, He reminds me of the “yes” I gave Him long ago.  I said, “Yes” to the process of Him being formed in me.  With that has come massive betrayals, rejections, character assassinations, and more, but it’s never anything Jesus Himself hasn’t endured!  With this process has also come, death to self.  

Many of you are going through this very thing and I hear Him saying to you, “Beloved I was betrayed.  I was rejected.  I was wounded.  I was crushed.  I became a man of no reputation.  I lived and breathed to do My Father’s will.  Christ be formed in you.  You’re a change agent.  You are a carrier of My fire and My glory.  THIS IS NOT the end of your story!”

What has looked to you like things completely FALLING APART, was actually the hand of God causing everything to FALL TOGETHER!

When a tree is cut down, it looks like it’s all over for that tree stump.  What good could come of it now, right?  Many of you feel like you’ve been chopped at the knees.  You have fought epic battles of hopelessness and despair.  You feel like you’ve been left standing all alone.  Your life has every appearance of looking like it’s over and done.   You feel there’s no way your dreams are ever going to come to pass.  You don’t know how to trust again, to live again, to hope again, to get up again, and you don’t even know if you want to. But it’s not over!  You need to look again!  Even when a tree gets cut down, it can sprout again!  It can grow new branches!

I never gave this much thought until I watched my neighbor do this to a tree once.  A tree in their front yard was chopped down to literally almost nothing!  It sat right in their front yard, alongside the road, for all the world to see, and it looked as if it had been destroyed.  Only enough of that tree remained to remind you that something used to be there that was once so full of life.  Now, nothing remained but the stump and the roots of this old tree that had gone down deep into the earth.  That tree stump looked dead.  Deader than dead!  But one day, I noticed something.  That tree that had been brought low, reduced to nothing and forgotten, was now sprouting new green buds!  Out of a tree stump that once looked like it’s best days were over, came new sprouts!  New branches were growing!  This tree was being reborn!  New life was forming!

IT WASN’T GOING TO LOOK THE SAME, BUT IT WAS GOING TO LIVE AGAIN!

Job 14: 7-9 says, “Even a tree has more hope!  If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches.  Though its roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, at the scent of water it will bud again and sprout again like a new seedling.”  At the scent of water, this tree began to come back to life.  It began to pull nutrients from the soil.  With every drop of rain that tree was starting to come back to life.  The roots, that still remained deep in the soil, had grown even further towards the scent of water.

That water represents the Holy Spirit moving on your life.  He’s coming with rains of refreshing and it’s going to awaken those seemingly dead places on the inside of you.  Your roots, they are still deep, and they are picking up on the scent of water and moving towards it!  The Holy Spirit is raining over your life today.  At the scent of water, you are coming back to life!  You are growing new and healthy branches that will produce much fruit!  All that hurt, the pain, the suffering, the rejection you have faced as you stood in the front yard along the road for all the world to see, reduced to nothing, is about to bring God SO MUCH GLORY!  You are on your way out of the wilderness.  You are coming up from the ashes, the decay, the rot, as a living epistle of His glory!

With love and hope,
Brian & Julie Price
Email: warrior.princess1212@yahoo.com


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This word spoke directly to how I feel exactly and I couldn’t stop crying. I want to be like these stumps, right on the edge of the water so I can smell it all the time and soak up all I can get. I needed that word and the picture it created in my mind. I admit I’ve nearly reached the point where I don’t want to try and every morning I wake up feeling tired and wanting to cry. I sit here at my computer and go through all the new words from God, reading every one as He shows me what to share with you. By the time I spend a couple of hours immersed in God’s words to prophets and teachers and looking at scriptures and talking to God — I feel I can make it through the day. And then there is tomorrow …. I shouldn’t admit all this I suppose but it is true and I believe God is bringing me through it. I believe I will get the promise I’m contending for. I trust God to do what He has promised me — and there is a faint scent of water. So even through one day looks just like the other I choose to trust God and to wait on His timing. I know that many of you are doing the same.

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Dismantling the Fence of Offense

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A Word by Alane Haynes

The Lord has been speaking to me about the enemy at the gates, tactics used to keep us from our promises, and He is highlighting offense. I heard Him say , “I am releasing eyesalve in the spirit to allow my people to see correctly and dismantle the fence of offense. Offense is a defense based on pretense, and causes division at great expense.”

SpiritEyesalve is only mentioned in Rev. 3:18, where Jesus tells us to “anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” [Rev 3:18-19 KJV]

Strong’s Concordance defines eyesalve as a preparation used as a remedy for tender eyelids. The root word means to fasten firmly together; to join one’s self to, cleave to. I asked the Lord how it relates to dismantling offense. What I heard in response is that there are areas where we are so tender, “touchy,” that our perception of what we see is often incorrect. The eyesalve Jesus wants us to use will allow us to see correctly when we are offended, break the spirit of division and allow the Body to be joined in unity.

We know how important unity is to God, and how the enemy loves to divide. Our adversary is well aware of the timing of God and ensuing Kingdom advancement, and will use many tactics to hinder us from going forward. Offense is one of his favorite weapons, and we can certainly see it being used in every realm of society!

In recent months, I have been experiencing more opportunities for offense than during the whole of last year! Normally I shake offense off pretty easily; in fact, I often said that I am not easily offended. I learned years ago that offense blocks the anointing. As I was now experiencing daily opportunities to be offended, I asked the Lord why this was happening. He chose to give me an object lesson.

I noticed that I wasn’t “hearing” acutely like I usually do; in fact, it got to the point where I wasn’t even interested in trying to spend time to hear. I was doing ministry, and God was answering my prayers for others, but personally I wasn’t hearing anything. When I realized this I became concerned and really sought Him. He woke me the next morning at 2 a.m. and I heard, “You can’t hear if your heart is hardened.”

This puzzled me. My heart wasn’t hard; He must have been telling me this cute little phrase for someone else!  I needed clarity and looked up scriptures on offense.

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. [Mat 5:29-30 KJV]

Those are strong words; whatever offends, get rid of it! The Apostle Paul even goes so far as to say that if eating meat would cause a vegetarian to stumble, he’d forgo the meat!  (1 Cor. 8:13, my paraphrase) Why is it so important? Isn’t offense just a little indignation? How is that so bad compared to other sins, right?

The Oxford Dictionary defines offense as: illegal act/rule-breaking; or, annoyance or resentment brought by perceived insult to or disregard for one’s self, standards or principles.

According to Strong’s Concordance, offense can mean annoyance or resentment, but there is more. It can also mean a stumbling block/snare placed intending another to trip and fall, to: a) entice to sin b) cause a person to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey, causing to fall away; c) be offended by seeing something in another that I disapprove of and that hinders me from acknowledging his authority; d) cause to judge unfavorably or unjustly.

So, what are we to do when we get offended? Jesus says we are to bless those who seem to be our enemies, those who are unfair or unjust toward us! “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” [Mat 5:44 NKJV]

How can we do that when we feel hurt or angry, when we feel justified being offended? We are to trust God as the lawgiver, the judge and enactor of justice. “Great peace have they which love thy law, And nothing shall offend them.” [Ps. 119:165 KJV]

God desires to increase His government in the earth, and His government must be increased in us first. We are instruments of blessing, trusting GOD to judge justly. He is the One who knows all things, and to whom all must give account. It isn’t about others when we get offended. If we are truly wronged, God will vindicate, in His timing and in His ways (perhaps after we learn what we need to learn).

Most of our offenses are because of things we make up in our head! As I heard the Lord say, “It is a defense based on pretense, and causes division at great expense.” Defenses are strongholds of pride formed from heart issues – roots of inferiority, insecurity, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc. When we get close to the gates, the enemy brings an offense causing “self” to rise up – our feelings, desires for recognition, wanting to be “right.” Or it might be our opinion, a pre-conceived notion of how things should look, what we “deserve,” etc. Self rises as a defense guarding heart issues.

As I was pondering these things, I saw in the spirit many people enroute to their personal gates of promise. Along the way they were picking up pieces of fencing and erecting a structure that surrounded them as a cage. They were not aware that this was blocking them from entering their gate; they were blinded by the structures they built. The Lord told me that this was what offense does. It builds a structure hindering vision and blocking access!

The Lord told me that offense is one of the main tools the adversary is using in this season to keep us from moving into our land of promise, the fullness of destiny in Christ, that the enemy is trying to keep us from going through our new gates. God allows this; He will reveal the trickery so that we can correct our vision and overcome!

When I read the Strong’s definition, Holy Spirit convicted me and showed me where I became offended in recent ministry. I had formed opinions regarding a leader and reasoned they shouldn’t be in leadership because of it; I was judging them! I was placing my judgment in higher position than His, hindering my accepting their authority! I immediately repented and took action to bless that person. My hearing returned with even greater clarity than before, my spirit was renewed and on fire with hunger again, and in the course of a few days, God opened doors, divine appointments to increase my realm of influence and authority for His Kingdom!

The enemy uses offense to cause us to stumble, but when we repent and allow the Lord’s eyesalve to correct our vision, He realigns us, His government in us increases, and we ascend higher! No wonder offense is such a favored weapon of the enemy, and Jesus speaks so strongly about it! Praise God, He is releasing eyesalve so that we can see offense and dismantle it! He is increasing focus and clarity in our sight, for full alignment to His ways, His order, His authority and His timings.

What about when we are offended seeing the wrong done to others, things that are evil and should offend us! Maybe we say, “I can’t believe they would do that; somebody needs to speak up or do something!”  God may be raising some to speak up, to be His mouthpiece of justice in the earth. Some might be offended by being put in that position, there may be a structure of unwillingness to be a mouthpiece of correction, an arbiter of justice in the earth; or may simply not want to have their lives interrupted. God’s Kingdom is more important than ours or others’ feelings, and it is not “politically correct!” To some, God is saying, “See something? Say something, in My Spirit through love, for they know not what spirit they are of! Be shrewd as a serpent and gentle as a dove; bring my Kingdom to the earth with wisdom from above.”

There are battles in the world arena that must be fought in the spirit. It is time to come up higher in the realms of spiritual warfare, to press in and hear the strategies of heaven and, in His authority, decree and declare to enact God’s Kingdom in the earth! Some might be offended and resent that God would put that kind of a demand on us, like rebellious children not wanting to take on the next level of responsibility. God is providing great grace for the task at hand, to enable us to rise and take the land!

The fence of offense is being torn down. Right now, Holy Spirit is shining His light on areas of offense in the hearts and minds of the Body of Christ! I heard the Lord say, “Many are offended in Me because they don’t see Me in others. They see the differences and allow division in their heart because they do not value diversity, the uniqueness of design in each of my children. They do not have their vision opened to perceive the glory that will come when each part is in place and functioning, for the release of the full measure of the stature of My Son in the earth. This has caused blockages, arteriosclerosis of the spirit, and I am doing surgery right now!”

This is the hour we need purity of heart for clear vision to see what God is doing, and to discern the tactics of the enemy! God is developing sharpshooters in the spirit, so that we can take accurate aim at the enemy’s plans and advance the Kingdom of God!

I hear the Lord saying, “Many are offended because they don’t know their true identity. They have a defense built on pretense because they don’t know who I have created them to be. Now is the time for all to see that their true identity is found in ME! I am releasing my eyesalve to expose the fence of offense, to break down structures of defense based on pretense. Let My Spirit search the heart, and fences of offense will break apart. The time is now for all to see their true identity is found in ME. From this will come the unity that has been my design from eternity.”

Alane Haynes

AlaneHaynes.com


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Good word and something I never thought about until the last year. God is really bringing things to light that we have overlooked. A lot to learn but the better we are for it.

 

 

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Awake from Your Slumber: A Call to Prayer!

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This morning, while lying in bed, I kept hearing the phrase, “Awake, awake from your slumber!” The urgency kept growing. Still not fully awake, I got out of bed and began seeking the Lord.

This is what I sense He is saying to the body of Christ in this hour:

Who will discern the burden of the Lord? Who will tarry with Me in the secret place and ask Me what is on My heart? The god of this world has sought to blind the eyes of many.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”  (2 Corinthians 4:4).

So many are distracted right now, and it’s one of the biggest tools of the enemy; he wants to keep My bride distracted and focused on lesser things.

My bride, hear My call: “Awake, awake, O sleeper!”

“…Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).

Come away with Me; tarry in My presence! Will you stand in the gap for the nations that are in the balance? I am looking for My laid down lovers who will set aside their own agendas, press into My heart, pray, and partner with Me to push back the darkness.

There is a great urgency, My bride, to pray and intercede like never before. I’m calling you to pray over the schools and your churches! Declare Psalm 91, for indeed I hearken unto the voice of your words.

Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word (Psalm 103:20).

For the prayers of My people are powerful and effective (James 5;16). This is not the time to retreat or bend a knee in fear! I am calling you fourth in this hour, My bride, to put on your combat boots and engage in battle. Have I not said in my word that the violent shall take it by force?

“…the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”              (Matthew 11:12).

I have also said that in My name you shall cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead. (Matthew 10:8). I am calling my bride to awake from her slumber – to come fourth as the fearless warrior that I have intended her to be. She will not shrink back, retreat, or back down. She will bring the battle to the enemy. She will gather the spoils and repair the war torn cities. She shall be called ‘repairer of the breach.’

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
(Isaiah 58:12).

I am calling you to intercede and rescue those caught in sex-trafficking. My heart grieves over every one of these, and it is My desire that not one should perish, for I have come to seek that which was lost (Luke 19:10). My heart is broken over sex-trafficking! Will you bare this burden in prayer? Will you pray, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours?”

“Now is the time to arise and shake off complacency,”  says the Lord. “I am calling you to the front lines.”

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Future devastation, violence, and shootings can be prevented when My people pray! Awake, awake My people! “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).

Hear and respond to the call of your Bridegroom. I’m calling My fearless warriors to the front lines, for indeed, even as the darkness increases, My light and glory shall shine brighter (Isaiah 60:1-3), and I will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32).

Will you answer the call?


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And we say YES Lord!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Hallmark of a Religious Spirit

Ryan LeStrange

Many people are influenced by a religious spirit without even realizing it. This short teaching will help you to recognize the attributes of this demonic spirit and to get back into sync with God.


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We are learning more about the spirits of darkness that are at work in the world because we are in a season of time restoring the church to its full power; a great harvest and ushering in God’s Kingdom on earth. None of that is pleasing to the enemy and his army of evil spirits. We don’t give them credit or fear their influence. But we do need to be aware of them and their strategy so we know how to make them flee. They have no power but what we give them so we need to keep the doors to our mind closed to their wiles. Forewarned is forearmed — prior knowledge of possible dangers or problems gives one a tactical advantage.


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

God’s Answer For Church Splits

Kris Vallotton

Do you feel like your church is a family? But wait, what about when you disagree?

The idea that you have to agree to belong in the church isn’t one that’s advertised, realized or recognized. It’s a silent killer of original thought. Why? It makes it impossible to have a thought that doesn’t fall within the cultural construct, which can often lead to control and manipulation. Yikes!

Have you ever experienced that? Maybe it’s something that’s happening in your home church now, but you never really considered it as a problem?

I had an encounter with God when Kathy and I first moved to Redding (years ago now) that helped me to think about freedom in the church differently. In the encounter God said, “We’re moving from denominationalism to apostleships, ask me what that means…” I’ve learned that when God speaks there’s often so much more behind it than what I first think, right?

He went on to explain that in denominationalism people gather when they agree, and divide when they disagree. But in apostleships people gather around fathers and family.

If denominationalism is the cause of church splits, groupthink and control in the church, then don’t you think that God’s answer, and His heart for the body of Christ as a whole, is family?

I know it’s hard to stay humble and choose honor in disagreements, but I also know you’re up for the challenge. If you’d like to read more about this shift then check out this blog. I think it could be really helpful! I want to challenge you (and really the whole body of Christ) to choose family over agreement, and to champion freedom over control.

In a nutshell:

  • In my encounter, the Lord said He is going to pour out revelation on this generation that has been held in the vault of heaven for eons of ages. However, if He pours it out on denominationalism then it would rip the wine skin.
  • Why? The nature of revelation is that you have a new idea, and new ideas are not welcome in a wineskin where you have to agree (denominationalism).
  • I’m not talking about denominations; I’m talking about denominationalism. It doesn’t matter what it says over the door of your church, it just matters what you say over the door of your heart.
  • The denominational spirit is just as alive in some apostolic networks as it is in many churches with a denomination.
  • In denominationalism, church leaders preach don’t preach to inspire, they preach to convince. Why? Because when you inspire people, you’re causing them to think, which causes them to have an idea and therefore causes them to have an opinion.
  • Denominationalism doesn’t like opinions because they could lead to disagreements, and under this spirit, disagreement causes splits and division!
  • In denominationalism disagreement is seen as disloyalty. Therefore, there is no freedom for disagreement. Beyond that, how much you value someone is seen by how much you agree with them! What a controlling mess!
  • I’d love to suggest that you have permission to love anyone, whether they agree with you or not. This will keep you out of manipulating people into agreeing with you.
  • What’s the overall point? We need a new wineskin!

Activation for the Week

Today I want to challenge you to choose family over agreement, and to champion freedom over control. Take some time to repent from partnering with denominationalism, and by that I mean actually turn away from that thinking. Let’s renew our minds so that love would be the lens through which we see our brothers and sisters!

This week, ask God to help you see someone who you disagree with in a new light—as your brother or sister. I pray that He would give you His heart for them, so that you’d be moved by compassion instead of competition in your conversations. In every interaction we have this week, let’s choose family over agreement! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below! How do you see us building the new wineskin of family?


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This is a good answer to church splits and hopefully God will bring this to the attention of the church at large so we can all be true family, working together in love for God’s glory.

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Praise Me in the Storm – Don’t Allow the Enemy to Steal Your Peace!

Lighthouse in StormKatie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia

I heard the Lord say, “Rest in Me. Praise Me in the storm. I am bigger than your circumstances. I am the God of the impossible. I am making the crooked places straight. I have gone before you and prepared the way. I am working all things together for your good. I am turning things around and you will see My goodness abound.

“Where the enemy has come in like a flood, I am raising up a standard against him. Look to Me and not to your circumstances. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your peace. I am your peace and your hope is found in Me. In My presence there is fullness of joy. Take shelter under My wings and allow My love to envelope you and give you strength. I am all you need. Join your heart to Mine. My love for you is endless.

Rest in Him

The Lord is calling you to rest in who He is and to trust in Him – trust in His promises and faithfulness. He alone can give you a hope that anchors you in any season or any situation. A hope so secure that when difficulties come you’re not swayed or governed by the storm around you. There is always the hope you need to carry on for your steps are guided by the hand of God.

“God invites us to hold onto the promises He has given and to believe He is able to do the impossible for us.”

The more you grow in understanding of who God is, and the more you grow in your relationship with Him, the more you trust Him. When we rest and trust in God, the storms of life may come but our heart will not be moved. Trusting God means we give up worrying and reasoning and we enter into His rest with simple, childlike faith; for we live by grace through faith. In that place of trust, there is perfect peace, regardless of what we are going through in our lives.

We are partners with God in what He calls us to do – we have a part and He has a part. The Lord wants us to be obedient and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit, which is our part to play. Sometimes we try to do God’s part and that brings us worry and stress when all that is required is to rest in Him and allow Him to do what only He can.

We are invited to rest in Him knowing He is aligning all things for our good and He has prepared the path for us to walk in. When we feel overwhelmed we need to refocus our eyes on Jesus, for when our eyes are on Him, we are no longer ruled by our circumstances and we have heavenly perspective to see the way He sees. We can say, “It is well with my soul” regardless of our circumstances.

Matthew 14:30 says, “But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord save me!'”

Like Peter in this Scripture, when we focus on the wind (our circumstances) we will begin to sink, but if we look to Jesus we will be at rest. When we surrender our fears to God He gives us His peace. Fear is the opposite of faith as fear paralyzes you, while faith propels you. When we focus on the promises of God and speak out the Word of God in faith, we won’t be swayed by our circumstances.

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6 NASB)

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NASB)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)

Praise Him in the Storm

God lives among the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). As we praise God we sense His presence and in His presence there is fullness of joy. Praise is a powerful spiritual weapon as it changes the atmosphere around us. In the Scriptures we read how the walls of Jericho came crashing down, giving victory to God’s people due to the Israelites releasing shouts of praise (Joshua 6:20). In Acts 16:25-26, we read that the prison doors shook open when Paul and Silas prayed and praised God.

We can sing praises in the midst of trials and difficulties as we know God will overcome. Praise lifts our eyes from the battle to the victory, for Christ has already won the victory. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Though the rewards of praising God are many, we praise Him because of who He is, not because of what He gives. We can remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we will overcome no matter what the devil is trying to bring against us. It is the will of God for us to rejoice no matter what comes. As we rejoice in God, we release joy to others.

“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11 NASB)

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB)

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB)

He is the God of the Impossible

As we are yielded to the Lord, He makes the path straight before us. God prepares the path before us and equips us for the journey. At times we have limited vision of the path ahead and what we are going through, but the Lord has the big picture and He calls us to trust in Him. He takes even our failures and disappointments and reconfigures them to work together for good.

God is fighting for us and He turns our situations around for His glory and for our good. There is nothing too hard for God. There is nothing that is outside of God’s reach. Scripture teaches that God can make a way when there seems as though there is no way; and no doubt we can all testify to times when God has made a way in our lives where things seemed impossible.

“When we rest and trust in God the storms of life may come but our heart will not be moved.”

The Holy Spirit is our great Helper who teaches us and guides us in the ways of truth, God’s ways. The Holy Spirit always leads us in the direction God has for our life, which results in making the path before us straight. We should subject everything in our life to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

God invites us to hold onto the promises He has given and to believe He is able to do the impossible for us. He may not do it in the way we expect, but He will work all things for our good and it will be so much better than we thought. God is bigger than your situation. You are not walking in this journey alone; He is with you and will never leave you.

Hold onto faith as small as a mustard seed, because that alone is enough faith to see mountains move and giants fall. We need to deal with any area of unbelief in our lives. Faith and unbelief both come by what we are hearing or giving attention to. We choose to have faith come into our heart by hearing the Word of God. The power of God is unleashed in the lives of those with true faith.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB)

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” (Isaiah 45:2 NASB)

“The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:9 NASB)

“But He said, ‘The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.'” (Luke 18:27 NASB)

“Truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20 NASB)

He is All You Need – Encounter His love

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” (Psalm 28:7 NASB)

“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside of you, and the resting place of His love will become the very source and root of your life, providing you with a secure foundation that grows and grows. Then, as your spiritual strength increases, you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences – the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is His love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding – this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!” (Ephesians 3:17-19 TPT)

The Lord is all we need. His love is limitless and it gives us strength. We can live in the reality of God’s love, a love that grounds us and establishes us regardless of the storms we face. His love is bigger than anything we’re going through. To be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, and to be filled with the all-surpassing love of Christ is to be transformed from the inside out. The Lord wants us to encounter His heart. He wants us to know how much we are loved and how much He delights in us. He is inviting us to rest in Him and His love.

Rest in Him and praise Him in the storm. He is the God of the impossible and He is working all things for your good. Join your heart to His and allow His love to give you strength. Katie Barker
Bring the Fire Ministries
Email: contact@katiebarker.com.au
Website: www.katiebarker.com.au | www.bringthefireministries.com

Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage Believers into a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see Believers understand their Kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the Kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the Body of Christ united and awakened.

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Even in a bad storm there is a little light somewhere but we tend to only see the dark clouds and feel the fear and the confusion swirling around us. If only we could get hold of what this word is saying and put it deep in our hearts so we could make it through the storms resting in God totally. It gets easier but I still haven’t mastered it I admit.

 

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Refuse to Die in the Desert

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About 13 years ago I working as a CNA and cleaning houses, in college full time, raising a son as a single mother (homeschooling him) and was a foster parent to a succession of teenagers.

I remember borrowing Rick Steve’s ‘Italy’ travel videos and sitting on the couch watching them with longing in my heart. My foster teenager came in and said to me, ‘One day you will get to go there.’ He knew it was a desire of my heart. My life was full, but things were challenging. We were still getting food stamps at the time. Believing for an oversees vacation seemed a ridiculous stretch of my imagination.

Over the years God gave me several signs and confirmations that He intended to give me the trip to Italy I longed for, and spoke even greater travel promises to my heart.

Not everything we want or believe for has to be super spiritual!

Poverty is not Holy in and of itself any more than prosperity is unholy in and of itself. God desires to prosper us even as our soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

My husband took me to Italy for our honeymoon last year. It was amazing; everything I had hoped it would be. Over the last year God has taken me, for various reasons, to visit 25 cities, 9 of which were oversees in 5 different countries.

Don’t be discouraged if you have been waiting and believing for something for a long time. God is at work. He encourages us to stand firm and not be discouraged, to be content in all circumstances. If you will keep pressing in with God, refusing to turn back, letting go of those things that are behind, He will accomplish in, through and for you everything He has promised.

Refuse to die in the desert, going around the same dumb mountain, like the Israelite’s did. There is a promise land here in the earth that we are to possess.

In 2011 a stranger at church gave me this verse ‘as from the Lord.’ I had been suffering a severe trial for several years at that point; it was water to my soul. Today I give it to anyone whose hope is failing for God’s goodness to be shown to them in the ‘land of the living.’

‘I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.’ -Psalm 27:13

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Fight the spiritual battles you need to fight with spiritual weapons and instructions the Lord gives you in His Word and to your spirit. Do not eat your seed! Plant it in fertile ground. Sow. You will reap a harvest.


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Every time I read words about being in the desert during our time of trial or waiting I always instantly go back to my life in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, USA. I grew up there, went to school; my years spent with horses and trail riding happened there; I lived over 40 years there! All of the best memories of my life took place in that desert, the one here in this picture — and I can’t see what everyone else sees when they think of being stuck in the desert. I long for that life again and dream of returning there some day. So I think of trials happening in a wilderness more like the picture I used at the heading of this post. All things in life are a matter of perspective and what we think of God is the same. I heard a teaching the other day based partly on the scripture where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?”

Matthew 16:15-17 “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

“Jesus asked them, “Who do you think I am?” and He is asking you the same thing right now! If we hear His voice our Father in heaven reveals who He is to us and everything we say He is … that is who He will be to you. He wants to be our everything!


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

One New Man News from Curt Landry

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We are so very excited for this season of a double portion of new beginnings! This season, reflected in the year 5778, is signified by two sevens, which represent double perfection, and an eight, which symbolizes new beginnings. I believe this year that a key to releasing new beginnings is a fresh anointing of thanksgiving.

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”—1 Thessalonians 5:18

For many of us, it has been a battle to maintain a spirit and mindset of thankfulness…

It is a challenge to meditate on the good when the news networks and social media are bombarding us with false and negative reports. We have been required to walk in tremendous discipline to simply meditate on that which is good, pure, holy, and of good report.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”Philippians 4:6

We want to be a part of the solution on social media!

This year, because of YOU, our partners and family, we continue to make improvements to our media outreach. We are using these tools to build an effective faith-based community of Believers standing together with the God of Israel. Our LIVE streamed services, daily PowerPoints with Curt Landry, and social media platforms are in constant stages of upgrade. These, along with our Call Center prayer ministry with Pastor Patty Merritt, have all been growing with powerful and abundant testimonies.

It is our hearts’ desire to be a ministry that can help you in your battle of remaining thankful. One of the best ways to battle a negative mindset is to verbally express your thanks—so we would like you to join us in an exercise of thankfulness this month.

This is how you can participate:
• Film a video from your phone sharing what you are thankful for in 5778. Post and tag us on Facebook @curtlandryministries, or Twitter @curtlandrymin.
• Email us a short note or video about what you are thankful for, and give us authorization to share at info@curtlandry.com

We can’t wait to hear from you and strengthen each other in the faith!
Other powerful tools to battle the oppression and depression that tries to rob us of our thankfulness are to bathe ourselves in praise, worship, preaching, teaching, and to discipline ourselves to walk in a lifestyle of fervent and effective prayer.

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Christie and I are personally praying Philippians 1:3-11 over you:
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Another key factor to remaining thankful is to choose to be a cheerful giver… God loves a cheerful giver!

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”2 Corinthians 9:6-7

We are standing in agreement with you that God will bless the work of your hands. We are praying over all the seed that you sow—that it would bring an abundant return. We stand and believe that 5778 will be the year where God’s good pleasure and will for every area of your life will overtake you.

Christie and I want to thank you for your amazing generosity to Curt Landry Ministries in 5777. We feel your love and prayers, and we know that you have our backs.

We decree this blessing over you and your families this year:
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, “This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.’” So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.’”Numbers 6:22-27

Shalom,
Founders, Curt Landry Ministries
Curt and Christie Landry


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I am blessed to call Curt Landry Ministries, House of David my online, live streaming church home. People from around the world follow the ministry and show up in the chat room before service starts sharing and praying for each other! It is a great place to be whether you don’t have a church or if you do. The Shabbat service is on Friday night so doesn’t interfere with Sunday services. The staff are so friendly and helpful and answer email quickly or chat on the phone!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Your Broken Places are Becoming Gold

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A Word by Cheryl Jenkins

I’m sure we’ve all dropped a glass or bowl only to see it break into many pieces on the floor, or maybe it was that special family heirloom or sentimental gift that meant so much to you. Once you release that freakish sound of disbelief and shock, you dive to the floor in an effort to pick up the pieces and wonder how you’re going to put it back together, or if it can be put back together.

It’s kind of the same way we feel when life brings circumstances, tests and trials that break us and cause us to be filled with hopelessness and despair; left in need of healing.  I feel some in the Body of Christ are living in that place right now. Well, hold on! Help is on the way.  I feel the Lord is saying, “I am filling your broken places with gold.” Immediately I felt the Lord leading me to Job 23:10, “He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”

I was watching a video on Facebook recently and they were telling of one of the customs of the Japanese culture. It went like this… whenever a bowl, piece of furniture or other item gets broken, the cracks and broken places are filled in and repaired with gold. They believe it brings beauty to the piece and makes it unique. Once restored, the now visible, gold-filled cracks of former broken places are worn like a badge of honor following an intense battle.

I saw this as a picture of what the Lord wants to do in us; fill our broken places with His healing Balm of Gilead so we can emerge from the battlefield with our former cracks shining brightly.  They are a sign of our victory; our beauty for the ashes of war! We can declare, “I am healed; and now I am a testimony of how the Lord will use me to bring healing to th Goldothesrs.”

Gold in Job 23 comes from the Hebrew word “betser” which is “one of gold or silver as dug out of the mine, where it means simply riches.”  In other words, our healing represents riches brought forth from a deep place. Every trial and test we go through provides another opportunity for us to be filled with His riches. So rather than allow shame, hopelessness or despair to fill those cracks, proudly let your light shine! Others are waiting for YOU!

Cheryl Jenkins
Web: kingdom1bs.com
Email: kingdomqb@gmail.com


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As long as I’ve been waiting and on the battlefield I think I will require a lot of gold to fill all my broken places! That’s just me trying to bring humor into a hard place where many of us are. I say just do it Lord and soon!

 

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene

Get Ready: This is a Season of Transition, Worship and Surprises!

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by Diane Lake, Missoula, MT

God has the perfect new things waiting for you. It’s a season to not rush ahead of Him through just any door, but to wait for Him to move you through the right door into the new things you’re anticipating. It will be worth the wait!

A Holding Pattern

Many are calling the Hebraic year of 5778 we’ve recently entered, “The Year of the Door”. I believe it will be a year of transition, renewed worship and divine surprises. In Deuteronomy 2:2-3, the Israelites began to transition out of their wilderness wanderings when the Lord spoke to Moses that it was time for a shift and a change—to begin to move into a season to take possession.

Transition could be defined as a process or period of changing from one particular condition or state to another. In other words, transition doesn’t happen overnight, but involves increments or stages. Before any movement of transition begins there has usually been some waiting. Many Believers, myself included, have been in some type of holding pattern in recent months. I’ve had several dreams that shed some light on this.

In one dream I saw several military personnel sitting with arms crossed and legs outstretched, just waiting and waiting to get some more orders. Many in the army of the Lord have been waiting to get more orders—marching orders—that will give them new assignments enabling them to possess new Kingdom territory. The release of military orders involves timing and strategy—it takes the time that it takes. If they were released prematurely, especially when on the offense, the enemy would know what you’re doing!

Another dream focused on the furniture in a particular room. The house itself was extremely well-built and other rooms were perfectly appointed and exactly to my taste. But for some reason, I had not been able to find the right furniture for this particular room, so I accepted hand-me down furniture donated from someone else. It was outdated and threadbare, and not even in colors I liked. But rather than invest time and money in pursuit of something I ultimately wouldn’t be satisfied with or want to keep, I accepted hand-me-downs. I knew it was only temporary, and would be well worth the wait.

Friends, God has the perfect new things waiting for you. It’s a season to not rush ahead of Him through just any door, but to wait for Him to move you through the right door into the new things you’re anticipating. It will be worth the wait!

The Waiting Leads to Surprises

After receiving a word several months ago to slow down, I’ve been required to put this belief into practice. During this time, I’ve also felt led to turn down several opportunities, and in the process am learning that busyness does not equal godliness. I’m confident the waiting is temporary, and that the right door will lead to amazing God surprises.

These surprises have several aspects. One, as illustrated by the dream of people waiting for orders to be released, involves the bigger picture in which timing and strategy are key. The release in perfect timing ensures the enemy will also be surprised!

It’s interesting that the Hebrew word-picture for eight, Chet—in addition to looking like a door (or gate), also resembles a bridal canopy. I see the passage from Matthew 25 of the virgins and oil as key. Notice in verse 5 the bridegroom was delayed, so the virgins slumbered and slept—they had grown weary as they waited and waited: “Now while the bridegroom was delayed, they all began to nod off, and they fell asleep.” Those who ran out of oil were surprised by the lengthy delay and unprepared to transition. This is an element of surprise to avoid!

In Luke 18:1-8, the parable of the persistent widow, another significant aspect of divine surprise is revealed. We see from verse 1 how extended delay can cause weariness, prayerlessness and loss of heart: “Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart…”

But verses 7-8 say: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

We are entering a season of “speedily” in which suddenly and to our great surprise, we will see the Lord perform the things we have been appealing Him for! Let’s not lose heart!

Moving Forward—Key Strategies

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How can we position ourselves to move forward? And what does the oil of preparation represent that separates those ready to transition from those who are not (see Matt. 25:7-8)?

The Lord is looking for us to engage. I was shown a ring of old fashioned keys—keys to strategy—which will take us through the right door. These were new keys, which is ironic, since they looked old-fashioned. It’s ironic also that the door isn’t locked. I saw that “worship” was identified as the primary key. The next key was “rejoicing” and the one after that was “die to self.” While these aren’t new concepts, there’s a new grace on these practices to unlock strategies, preparing us to shift into the new things of God.

We can engage and move forward as we determine to:

  • Worship Him anew. There is fresh anointing on Isaiah 40:31. As you worship and wait on Him, you will receive new strength, encouragement and energy.
  • Rejoice in the Lord (Hab. 3:17-19; Phil. 4:4). Our circumstances may not produce rejoicing, but we can rejoice in Him.
  • Ask the Lord in what areas He’d have you die to self. Fresh strategy will flow from it.
  • Don’t rush ahead of the Lord. Be sure to inquire of the Lord concerning every door of opportunity. Remember the examples of Abraham and Sarah when they got ahead of God, and Joshua when he forgot to seek counsel from the Lord (Josh. 9:14).
  • Stay vigilant in the Word and in prayer. Praying in the Spirit is a great way to go when you aren’t sure how to pray, and praying the Lord’s Prayer is also very powerful (Jude 20; Matt. 6:9-13).

Finally (and also from Matthew 25:10), I believe getting (or being) ready for the wedding in today’s context means: We should get ready for the biggest move of God ever seen!

Diane Lake
Starfire Ministries
Email: info@starfireministries.org
Website: www.starfireministries.org

Diane Lake is a writer, speaker and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the Kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They serve as Church Mountain, Regional, and Montana Coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network (led by Mike and Cindy Jacobs), and as Media Mountain Facilitators for Christian International’s newly emerging “7 Mountain Kingdom Influencer Network.” They have three grown children and are blessed to call beautiful western Montana home.

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We have waited so long for our promise, our transition and we know the time has to be, HAS to be soon. So don’t grow weary, fall asleep and run out of oil when so close to the finish! That grows harder to do as days and weeks fly by but prophetic words like these give us that new oil of hope to keep going another day!

 

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene