Pain is Temporary… but Quitting is Permanent! (Part 1)

Pain is Temporary… but Quitting is Permanent! (Part 1)

(The video is a full service with Worship time but worth watching!)

Curt Landry Ministries

I’ve been sharing with our congregation that we are going through a time of testing, as God is allowing tests in our lives in this season so that we might be perfected in Him to answer our call. You must remember through trials and tribulation that “Pain is temporary, but quitting is permanent!”

We pray things like: “More, Lord! Use me, Lord! Change me, Lord!” So then when the Lord starts giving us instructions on what it takes to move forward, we must take steps of faith to be able to accomplish the task.

Often the small steps taken are what make it possible for us to take giant leaps in the future!

However, when the times of testing come to prune our attitudes, behavior and general character conditions, we sometimes mentally process this testing and pruning as an attack from the enemy. In reality God is changing issues in our personality, disposition, and temperament to match up with the promotion of our calling.

We have to understand protocol… Have you ever noticed that the people at different levels of business behave differently? Those working at the top do not operate like those working at the bottom. There are different standards and expectations.

This is also true in the spirit realm. God is molding us into the people we are called to be. He is asking greater things of us, because we cannot take second-day behaviors into our third-day callings.

Increase comes at the price of the pain of change…

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”—Philippians 3:12-16

If we asked the Apostle Paul what was the greatest lesson he learned to serve the Lord… his response would probably be similar to the verse above. He was a pioneer, so different than the other disciples. He had money, power, and was highly educated. He learned one thing in all of that. I have to forget the past. He had to forget the rejection of yesterday, in order to plant spiritual seeds for the future.

We cannot quit just because we’ve been rejected. While we might not see the return on our spiritual investments now, we will see them in the future.

Paul was always looking forward and we must also…

I want to share with you from my heart as a father. This is God’s law, if we chose to answer God’s call fully, overtime we will surpass time, task, and influence that we could have accomplished in the natural. I don’t care how successful the past may have been, we will be more successful because of the commitment we’ve made to the call of God on our lives.

You never know if what you do for someone else will bring the trigger for the release of your own blessings.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7

When you get a promotion, you need to operate under higher levels of deliverance from fear.

Let me give you an example… How many of us could contribute a quarter to the offering basket? Yet, tens of thousands of dollars… that’s an entirely different story.

You must start preparing for the vision. If you don’t invest in yourself, don’t expect anyone else to.

When God gives me the vision, I simply ask, “What is the next step that I’m responsible to take?”

Dr. T.L. Osborn always told me, that when we will do the small thing… God will do the BIG thing.

“…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”—2 Timothy 1:9

Check back in for “Pain is Temporary… but Quitting is Permanent! Part 2” to learn more about YOUR unique calling—one that can only be answered by you and you alone…

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I’ve been going through trials and testing for over 3 years now and many of you have been going longer. No matter how long it takes we must hold on because we really have only two choices; go through the pain of waiting or giving up and losing what God has for us in his timing. The time we are in is like no other we have ever seen or will ever see and choices we make right now are for eternity for not only us as individuals but our families and the world. God has a purpose for each one of us and we need what God has us to get through the next years and more important how we help others find God.

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

Jerusalem Move Creates Possible Alliance Between Evangelicals and Jewish Community

trump netanyahu 2by Ken Klukowski Washington, DC

Contrary to what coastal elites are saying, President Donald Trump’s bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there shows the incredible power of America’s Evangelical Christians, and how natural of an ally they are to Israel and America’s Jewish community.

Elite commentators miss the political reality here. One article read, “Trump Shift on Israel Highlights Lawyers’ Roles in Middle East Policy.” It credits the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and another lawyer of Jewish heritage as three of the leading influences that induced the president’s move.

There is no question that Kushner is a major force in the White House. There is also no question that Friedman is a force to be reckoned with, whom the Republican base believes is doing a spectacular job as America’s representative to the Jewish State. And the Jewish community is a significant political force.

But there are only about 5 to 9 million Jewish Americans (1.5 to 3 percent of the population). The wide variation on the number is because some Americans are Jewish by birth but are not followers of Judaism, and some surveys count persons for whom one parent is Jewish, while others require both parents.

Regardless of the actual number of Jewish Americans, it is dwarfed by the number of Evangelical Americans. Fully 24 percent of Americans self-identify as Evangelicals, though that number too is debatable, because only 15 percent actually hold to core Evangelical beliefs.

But coupled with the fact that Evangelicals register to vote at higher rates than the general adult population, either of these percentages translates to tens of millions of Americans, anywhere from 45 to 70 million voters.

In other words, Evangelicals are an extremely potent political force if mobilized to vote as a bloc. They voted overwhelmingly as a bloc for Donald Trump, with 81 percent pulling the lever for him in November 2016.

President Trump’s campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and to accordingly relocate the United States embassy to that city from its current location in Tel Aviv was wildly popular with Evangelicals, and one of the major reasons they voted for President Trump in record numbers.

Different types of Evangelicals look at Jerusalem differently. For dispensationalists, hundreds of Old Testament promises mentioning Israel refer for all time to the Jewish land on the Mediterranean between Egypt, Syria, and the Arabian Peninsula, beginning with God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12.

For groups like John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI), prominent pastors like Dr. David Jeremiah, and institutions like Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University—all of which adhere to dispensational theology—these centuries of biblical promises regarding Jerusalem refer primarily or exclusively to the actual city first established as Israel’s capital by King David 3,000 years ago.

But for another type of Evangelicals—adherents of covenant theology—those promises and prophecies refer to the people of God throughout the centuries and throughout the world, of which “Israel” is but a metaphor.

Other Evangelicals are something of a hybrid, who believe in covenant theology on questions of salvation and a person’s relationship with God, but who nonetheless believe that the literal restoration of the nation-state of Israel as a Jewish state is a biblical promise of God, one which they passionately support.

Jerusalem is a tremendous treasure for Evangelicals of all stripes, as the location of the sacred temple and ultimately the place where Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected. Its historical and religious value are priceless.

But for a subset of millions of Evangelicals, Jerusalem also holds centuries of divine promises, and Bible verses such as “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6) command all Christians to support Israel as a nation and the city of Jerusalem in particular.

These two communities—Jewish and Evangelical—form a very potent political constituency for President Trump regarding his decision on Jerusalem. The constituency is augmented by other denominations as well, such as millions of America’s 80 million Catholics who likewise believe there is some sort of profound religious significance to Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.

President Trump’s promise and ultimate decision was driven by law in addition to politics. Within months of Republicans taking control of both legislative houses for the first time in half a century, Congress in 1995 passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act by a vote of 374-37 in the House and 93-5 in the Senate. Since that time three presidents—Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama—promised to implement its terms to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, but never delivered. President Trump carried out a law that had sat dormant for two decades.

The president’s lawful action is expected to supercharge his Evangelical constituency with the tagline of “promise made, promise kept.” Along with the praise of the president pouring in from Israel, President Trump’s historic announcement may create an opportunity for him to forge a political alliance between his Evangelical base and part of the Democrat-leaning Jewish community, with unexplored potential for what such a coalition might mean.

Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

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This was my “stirring” post today for my Facebook page. God has opened a new area in my writing and sharing to stir up the body of Christ to think about past teaching and ideas to help us all come in alignment with God’s Kingdom plans for the time we are in. We are all here for such a time as this and aligning with God’s plan is very important.


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

2018: The Year of Family, Fruitfulness and the Fear of the Lord

1st-kings18Lana Vawser, Brisbane, Australia

About 4 months ago, the Lord began to speak to me about 2018. The Lord highlighted to me that, “2018 will be the year of family, fruitfulness and the fear of the Lord.”

What the Lord is going to do in 2018, is going to leave God’s people and the world in awe and wonder of who He is. 2018 is going to be a year of the unexpected in many ways and will leave people and nations in awe of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

As we move into 2018, I believe that the Lord is asking for a deeper level of yieldedness. A deeper level of trust that says, “Lord, whatever Your way, I am ALL in. Even if it looks like I didn’t expect, I am ALL IN!”

Family and Fire: Dreams Do Come True!

The Lord spoke to me many months ago concerning this new year, and firstly about 2018 being the year of FAMILY. I have sat on this word since then, just waiting on Him and seeking His heart. What the Lord showed me was that in 2018, FIRE is going to come upon FAMILY in a way we have never seen before.

He showed me His fire falling on individual family units and the family of God. The fire of God is coming to PURGE and IGNITE. These were the two themes that I saw happening in individual family units and in the family of God. I felt the Spirit of God whisper to me that: “2018 is going to be a year of INCREASE IN FAMILY.” The increase may not look “how” you expect, but God is building within family—both individual family units and the family of God.

Some of the increase is going to come through shaking. Some of the increase is going to come through restoration. Some of the increase is going to come through promises fulfilled. Some of the increase is going to come through purging; but these processes will accomplish—in the family units and family of God in 2018—increase, intimacy and maturity.

I had a vision where I saw Jesus unraveling a banner over family units in 2018. The words written on the banner were, “Dreams Really Do Come True!”

The fire of God’s love through this revelation is going to unite, transform, mature and birth a greater LOVE and DEMONSTRATION of honor for one another in the family of God.”

Many long-awaited promises and healing of family units are going to manifest in 2018. I saw many families that have been attacked, many families that have been in the valley and many families that have been broken—and they’ve been believing for the promises of God without any fruit of those promises manifesting. I saw many families that have faced cycles of brokenness and pain, heartache, disappointment and lack of breakthrough or change, but then SUDDENLY meeting their tipping point moment in 2018.

“But Lord, Your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken and unrelenting towards those who fear You and those who bow facedown in awe before You! Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise You have made passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren and beyond.” (Psalm 103:17 The Passion Translation)

Harvest and fruitfulness is coming to the family unit in 2018 unlike anything seen before. The power of God that is going to be demonstrated in the family unit in 2018 is going to leave many in awe and wonder of God and His goodness. That is why the enemy has been so relentless in going after the seeds of promise in the family unit. The seeds in family are about to spring forth and they will bear long-lasting fruit. For many, by the end of 2018, their families will be unrecognizable in the most glorious ways because of the work of His hand.

Many families have lost hope because of the onslaught in 2017 and have felt like nothing is ever going to shift. In 2018, God is going to show Himself strong in the restoration, increase and fruitfulness that will manifest. No longer will many family units feel like a dry wasteland; but by the power of His Spirit bringing transformation and healing, dry wastelands are turning to fruitful vineyards.

I prophesy over the dry wastelands in the family unit. That in 2018 those wastelands will turn to fruitful vineyards. Where there has been dryness, I prophesy a great outpouring of His Spirit—rivers in the wasteland in Jesus’ name. God is doing something completely new in the family unit (Isaiah 43:19).

Running Together – United in the Vision

The Lord showed me such UNITY coming to many family units in 2018, and I heard Him whisper, “2018, family units are united in the vision.”

I saw a “getting on board” with the vision from Heaven happening as a TEAM. Where the enemy has come and attempted to separate and only one or two have been standing with the vision and carrying the vision (praying and believing for the other family members to come on board) I saw the Holy Spirit doing a swift, deep work within the family unit. Suddenly, the entire family unit will be running with the vision from the Lord.

I then saw the Holy Spirit beginning to release new vision and blueprints to ENTIRE family units. I saw the Holy Spirit whispering to family members, individually, the same vision—the same blueprint. Family members were having the “same dream” and “same encounter” with the Lord that was confirming the vision. I heard the Holy Spirit decreeing: “You shall RUN AS A FAMILY.”

I saw a great awakening coming upon individuals in the family unit to know their giftings and their role in the vision and to run in what God has called them to. As they did, each part was working beautifully, displaying the beautiful masterpiece He was painting. I saw such a pioneering spirit falling upon family units in 2018. This fresh vision and blueprint being released is going to be the vehicle for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit in the areas where He is targeting this vision.

“No longer will many feel like they are running alone, but the power of My Spirit’s work within their family unit will see a miracle of unity and healing take place, and families will RUN TOGETHER with the vision I release.”

Incredible amounts of provision will be released to FAMILIES in the RUNNING TOGETHER. The “running together” of these families will also become a testimony and model for other families. Many of these family units will teach and equip other families in pioneering what the Lord is speaking and running with His vision.

“Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Children of Promise

The Lord spoke to me many months ago that at the end of 2017 and into 2018, that many families were going to receive their “child of promise”.

Many who have been believing and holding onto the promise of God for the children that He has promised them, are going to see their promise received.

“Children are God’s love gift…” (Psalm 127:3 The Passion Translation)

I felt the Lord show me that many who have been waiting for their child/children of promise, have been on the verge of giving up and losing hope and despair in the promise. But I want to encourage you: HOLD ON, for the faithfulness of God is going to be seen. Miraculous turnarounds, conceptions and increase will take place in 2017 and into 2018.

Shaking in 2018

It was a fire of furious love; unquenchable intimacy with Him unlike anything known before. This fire was exploding His Word within them.

There is a shaking happening in the earth right now and there is a shaking that has begun in the Body of Christ. This shaking is going to continue into 2018. I want to encourage you that the shaking is not something to fear. The shaking is not to harm you; the shaking is to increase, unite, awaken and mature the family of God.

The Lord is shaking everything that can be shaken. He is rearranging, He is shifting and He is rebuilding. The shaking is going to bring increase. The shaking is bringing a maturity and a strengthening to the Body of Christ that is needed to carry the harvest that is coming.

The Lord showed me that a lot of what He is going to do in 2018 is going to be unexpected. It may look completely different to what you thought or anticipated but again, I felt the invitation from the Spirit of God to trust in His way.

“As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31)

In 2018, there will be a great divine rearranging to set the stage for the new day! I have been prophesying that a new day is upon us and it is harvest time. We are going to see a move of God upon the earth, unlike anything we have seen before. The Lord wants us to be able to carry the harvest that is going to come in.

The Fire will Cleanse and Purge

So in 2018, the Lord showed me fire coming to the FAMILY OF GOD. His fire is coming in greater ways to purify, cleanse and purge. I saw the fire of God coming, and was awakening and birthing holiness in the Body of Christ. I saw the fire of God going “beneath the surface” into the “hidden things” and beginning to burn things away. He was cleansing impurities, He was cleansing offenses, He was purging wrong foundations, and He was burning away snares. He was shaking everything that could be shaken.

“Now this phrase ‘once and for all’ clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order, so only what is unshakeable will remain. Since we are receiving our rights, to an unshakeable Kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights His heart, as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. For our God is a holy, devouring fire!” (Hebrews 12:27-29 The Passion Translation)

As He showed me this shaking and purging, it was not something to fear. It was glorious; it was BEAUTIFUL! It was the cleansing and purifying of God to bring us to a deeper place of UNITY and ONENESS as the family of God. It is to usher in the awakening burning so deep within the people of God. It’s a beckoning to stand with brothers and sisters in Christ; laying down offenses, jealousy, competition, bitterness, unforgiveness, wrong motives, striving, backbiting and lack of honor, so we may stand in LOVE and HONOR of one another.

It may get messy before it gets better, but the Spirit of God is working deeply and raising up His people, shoulder to shoulder. The army of God will be decreeing together: “AS ONE FOR JESUS!” I saw the fire of God burning away the “games” that have been played within the Church for too long, and rising up the family of God as one to shine with His love and honor for one another and move forward together in PURITY, INTEGRITY and CHARACTER.

The beautiful and glorious thing about His fire was that everything and everyone it touched was being marked by His LOVE in a way they had never experienced. As the fire of His love fell and purged and purified, the all consuming fire of His presence birthed forth an even greater REVELATION and MANIFESTATION of John 17 and the prayer of Jesus in verse 17:21-23:

“I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as You and I, Father, are joined together as one. I pray for them to become one with Us so that the world will recognize that You sent Me. For the very glory You have given to Me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that We enjoy. You live fully in Me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that You have sent Me, for they will see that You love each one of them with the same passionate love that You have for Me.” (The Passion Translation)

Increase of Identity and Revelation

The Lord has been doing a deep work within the Body of Christ in the area of identity. He’s awakening His people to the beautiful reality of their identity in Him. The Lord showed me an even greater increase of identity revelation that is going to explode in 2018. I specifically saw this revelation coming out of the glorious truth of Galatians 2:20:

“My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of His Cross crucified me with Him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives His life through me — we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who LOVES ME SO MUCH that He gave Himself for me, and dispenses His life into mine!” (The Passion Translation emphasis mine)

What the Lord showed me was that in 2018, FIRE is going to come upon FAMILY in a way we have never seen before.

I prophesy, in the name of Jesus that in 2018, an increase of identity revelation is going to come through the deeper revelation of the Cross and the love of Jesus—that He gave Himself for His people and we now live as ONE WITH HIM!

This deeper revelation for many in the family of God is going to transform everything. The fire of God’s love through this revelation is going to unite, transform, mature and birth a greater LOVE and DEMONSTRATION of honor for one another in the family of God.

“For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends” (John 15:13 The Passion Translation). (The translator for the Passion Translation, Brian Simmons, notes here in the footnotes that the Aramaic word for “friends” is actually “family” or “relatives”.)

“Be free from controversial or pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let His mindset become your motivation.” (Philippians 2:3-5 The Passion Translation)

Demonstrations of His Power

The Lord has been speaking to me so much about the fear of God being restored to the Church beginning in greater ways in 2018. The Lord showed me this happening through signs and wonders. Huge, amazing demonstrations of His power are going to manifest—in the UNEXPECTED ways of God.

The Lord is about to BLOW YOUR MIND in 2018! He is going to do things you have never imagined. You are going to see Him move in nations in amazing ways.

In 2018, there will be greater demonstrations of how the Lord uses the things that the world considers foolish—the unexpected and lowly things—to display His power. He will restore the fear and awe of God to the Church (and the world) through the display of His glory.

“But God chose them who the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty. He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world’s eyes – nobodies – so that He would shame the somebodies. For He chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent, so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God’s presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29 The Passion Translation)

Going Back to School with the Holy Spirit

I heard the Lord say, “Get ready to go back to school with the Holy Spirit.”

I felt the Lord drawing His people deeper into a place of “learning” and I saw Him giving people the desire to learn. I saw the Holy Spirit opening up the Word of God and revealing the deeper meanings of revelatory truths in Scripture in greater ways. He was unraveling wrong mindsets, breaking off deceptions, and giving His people eyes to see and ears to hear. He was giving them encounters with His heart.

God is unleashing greater understanding of the wisdom of God (James 1), His ways (Isaiah 55:8), and the ability to perceive what He is doing. His ways will be understood in a whole new way. We will have the ability to recognize Him moving when He moves in unfamiliar and unexpected ways! In this process, the Lord showed me that we MUST be willing, humble and teachable to what He wants to show us. For many, there will be a lot of “unlearning” taking place and an awakening to the truth of Scripture.

A New Season of Isaiah 6

About 6 or so months ago, the Lord spoke to me one line over and over: “A new season of Isaiah 6. A new season of Isaiah 6.”

A whole new realm and increase of God’s glory is being entered into. We will be seeing His glory in the Church that is going to leave the people of God undone. People will be on their faces, seeing the King in His glory. It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Many will be entering into a whole new waterfall of revelation and realm of encountering the heart of God, and His ways and language for communicating.

There will be a rise of personal encounters creating deeper levels of intimacy, deeper purification, deeper yieldedness, and a deeper level of revelation of who He is. We will have a deeper level of receiving the Rhema Word of God—all flooding into our lives through throne room encounters.

I had a vision where I saw the Body of Christ crying and decreeing, “Our hearts are burning within us!” They were crying out with such delight, such awe and such passion: “My heart is on fire! My heart is on fire! Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty! The One who was, the One who is, and the One who is to come! Holy! Holy! Holy!”

I then I heard the Lord decree: “Fire in your bones. Fire in your bones.” I saw the fire of God come flooding from His heart as He sat on the throne and was CONSUMING the people of God; consuming their hearts.

Song of Songs 8:6-7 filled the atmosphere: “Fasten Me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming flame will seal you as My prisoner of love. My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grace, all consuming as the very flames of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.” (The Passion Translation)

There was such a weighty impartation being released to God’s people that was depositing the fire of God—the fire of His love within His people, like they had never experienced. Such awe of who He is was burning within them, and NOTHING was able to stand against this fire. Everything was being consumed as He was birthing vessels that were consumed and yielded to Him in a deeper way than they ever thought possible. Hunger for Him and Him alone was exploding all around. It was a fire that would never be extinguished; a fire that would never be put out. It was a fire of furious love; unquenchable intimacy with Him, unlike anything known before. This fire was exploding His Word within them.

The people began to cry out like Jeremiah in Jeremiah 20:9: “But if I say, ‘I will not mention His Word or speak anymore in His name’ His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in My bones. I am weary of holding it in, indeed, I cannot.”

The shaking is not to harm you, the shaking is to increase, unite, awaken and mature the family of God.

I believe the Lord has already begun this work, but it is going to INCREASE in greater ways in 2018. Like Ezekiel’s bones, He is going to make you come alive in the revelation that He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The fear of God falling is going to bring you to life in greater ways to carry His fire and have encounters with the power of God! A season of greater revelation, prophetic insight and flow is being heralded so loudly. His voice is going to be heard and resounded louder in the earth than has ever been heard before. Out of these life-changing throne room encounters, new assignments and commissioning will take place for God’s people.

There will be no striving; no trying to make anything happen. As we lay low before Him, He will position, commission and release His people into different areas. They will be in new places and positions; carrying His fire and the Words of His heart. Their mouths will be full and carrying an unquenchable fire that will change atmospheres, cities and nations.

Your Greatest Year of Fruitfulness Thus Far

The Lord spoke to me to end this word with a decree from Amos 9:13. I believe this is a decree for the season we, in the Body of Christ, are in:

“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it.”

I prophesy over you, in the name of Jesus, that it is HARVEST TIME! I decree over you, in the name of Jesus, that 2018 will be your greatest year of fruitfulness THUS FAR! I prophesy over you, in the name of Jesus, that there will be SO MUCH FRUIT you will be left in awe and wonder. All the seeds you have been sowing from years and years ago to present day, you are about to see HARVESTED. In 2018, there will be incredible acceleration of fruitfulness and harvest and new, sweet wine.

So get ready! Stay close to Jesus! Stay deep in the secret place. Allow the Holy Spirit to do what He needs to do within you, so you can carry the fruitfulness and harvest coming to you. I encourage you to accept His invitation and say, “Yes Lord, I surrender! I am ALL IN!”

2018: The year of family, fruitfulness and the fear of the Lord. Be expectant—God is on the move! You will be transformed by the wonder of His beauty, love and kindness.

Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser Ministries 


Lana Vawser is an active member of the Australian Prophetic Council and releases prophetic words for the Body of Christ and nations, and is featured regularly on The Elijah List and in Charisma Magazine. She is also an itinerant preacher and revivalist who is traveling regularly with her family, seeing powerful moves of God. Lana has a strong, prophetic voice and has a heart to see the Body of Christ develop deep intimacy with Jesus and actively hear His voice each day. She also has a heart to see people set free and walk in all that Jesus has purchased for them as they carry Christ into their world each day, awakened to His nature and who they are in Him. Lana is married to Kevin, and they are living in Brisbane, Australia, with their two sons.

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Really good word that is reaching around the world with hope and excitement! I’m glad to hear it and trusting God for it because I’m tired and need a change for the good!


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

Taking Hold of the Promises of God in 2018

satellites2Garris Elkins, Medford, OR

Influencing Culture

2018 will be a year when prophecies that were spoken—and in some cases forgotten—will begin to manifest in each sphere of culture. Prophetic promises that have been orbiting our lives, some for centuries, will now be called to Earth to define a new reality and usher in a new future.

I read an interesting article about satellites that became the ignition point for this word. Since the launch of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 1 in 1957, over 6,000 satellites have been sent into orbit above Earth by various nations. These satellites have served purposes relating to navigation, communication, defense and research. They have literally influenced each sphere of culture.

Today, we refer to these spheres of influence as the 7 mountains of culture – Government, Religion, Education, Economy, Arts/Entertainment, Media and Family. Of the 6,000 satellites launched since 1957, only 3,600 remain in orbit, and just a small number of those are still able to fulfill their original purpose. Once these satellites lose their power, they become defined as space debris continuing in a lifeless orbit until they fall back to Earth and are destroyed through reentry.

Confirming Prophetic Words

Many of us have prophesied words of hope and transformation over the years. At times, it seems as if we have been repeating ourselves, issuing similar words that can appear to the critic as unnecessary repetition. This repetition is actually part of the process of prophetic confirmation. God no longer only speaks through a single prophet to a nation. Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy and all who call Him Lord will release the sound of His voice from every corner of culture. It only makes sense that many will utter the same prophetic substance.

Like orbiting satellites assigned to fulfill a particular task, so it is with prophetic words. A variety of words containing similar elements are attached to each promise waiting for its moment of fulfillment. God’s words never return empty. They are currently orbiting over every challenge we face waiting for the perfect timing of God to signal their release.


There is a vast difference between satellites and a word from God. Prophetic words never become obsolete falling back to Earth disempowered. They retain the same power and purpose given to them on the day of their release as they will possess on the day of their final delivery. We are literally surrounded by a prophetic beehive of promise circling the Earth – each one containing an undying supernatural potential. These prophecies will never run out of power or purpose. As they orbit our lives, they are waiting for the command of God as their summons to arrive on Earth and release their promise.

As I pondered the coming year and the fulfillment of the prophetic words already released, the Lord spoke to me about the promises yet to be fulfilled that have been orbiting around our lives and particularly around the summits of the 7 mountains of culture. We have entered a moment in time where it will be vital for us to press in and take hold of what God has already promised.

Landing Zones for Your Prophetic Promises

As I considered what this meant the Lord began to speak:

“I have created landing zones on the summits of your culture for the prophetic promises I have asked you to declare. This is the time for you to go to these places of faith and call forth what you have prophesied. You have faithfully spoken these words in the middle of ridicule and growing cynicism.

“I am assigning these orbiting prophetic promises to arrive on Earth with the mission to release a supernatural transformation. These prophetic promises have a single commonality in their mission: they will bring Heaven to Earth.

“In faith, I am calling you to go and stand on these landing zones on the summit of your mountain of cultural influence. This is the time for you to recall and re-engage each promise I have asked you to release. Orbiting promises are waiting to make reentry. Raise your eyes to the heavens and begin to prophesy their arrival.”

“Through faith’s power, they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality!” (Hebrews 11:33, The Passion Translation)

Garris Elkins, Author and Prophetic Minister
Prophetic Horizons


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I really like that analogy of revolving satellites and prophetic words. That brings them together in something we can see and understand. Good word.



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

To Infinity and Beyond!

infinity-symbol-3Joni Ames, Rock Hill, SC

We are in a time of awakening, even on the Jewish Calendar. We’re in the 5770s, which are called Ayin. It means eyes opened (awake), and seeing more clearly than before. In order to be able to handle it all, we must understand some things so we can properly posture ourselves. As ministers of the Gospel, not only do we have to make it through, but we must be equipped and able to help the rest of the Body to do so without giving up.

We are experiencing what Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24. Jesus warned us within those verses that because of lawlessness the hearts of many would grow cold (see Matthew 24:12). Webster’s dictionary describes cold-hearted as marked by lack of sympathy or sensitivity, and some synonyms are: callous and heartless, as opposed to: being charitable, compassionate, merciful and warmhearted.

It’s easy for those who deal with the public every day to become cold. We need to face the day and people with the love of God, looking for ways to spread His encouragement and hope. On Veterans Day, I went to the post office to get my mail, and of course the business side where they sell stamps was closed. A lady was coming in with two envelopes in hand and was very disappointed that it wasn’t open. As I went to my car the Lord said, “You have stamps in your wallet. Make her day. Go give her what she needs.”

As I did, she lit up and even said, “You’ve made my day!” That may seem small, but our random acts of kindness become ripples on the pond. God is love. The Word says that they’ll know we are Christians by our love (see John 13:35). Also it’s His kindness that leads to repentance (see Romans 2:4). Simply holding a door for someone, smiling and speaking kind words, or doing some random act of kindness, can help rebuke and destroy that opposite spirit trying to raise its ugly self in someone’s life.

Defining the Battle

Those who have been passed over in times past shall now see a table set before them in the presence of their enemies.

What we are witnessing in the world is the spirit of antichrist beginning to appear more blatantly than ever before. It is not only anti-Christian, it is “anti-all” that Christ or the term Christian stands for. So there is great warning to us here that we, as Christians, not get caught up in its web.

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, and able to remove the enemy’s strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). It’s war. It’s what they call a Cold War. The major weapons being used aren’t bullets and bombs (although those are strategically being used as well). But some of the main weapons being used are discouragement, division, hopelessness, fear, distrust and discord.

Going back to Webster’s dictionary, a Cold War is defined as: a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action, and usually without breaking off diplomatic relations; a condition of rivalry, mistrust, and often open hostility short of violence especially between power groups.

Let’s war by teaching the truth in love to our congregations. Knowledge is power. We can’t effectively battle against an unknown enemy. That’s boxing with the air. Let’s attain wisdom and understanding about the enemy in order to become a united front against it. God does not want us to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices (see 2 Corinthians 2:11). The Church needs to quit being so silent in speaking about government issues from the pulpit. It is from the churches in America that men gathered together to put together our Declaration of Independence.

New Reformation 

This year, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation of the Church through Martin Luther’s 95 thesis. Prior to that, the Church simply believed what they were told by the church leaders and did not read the Word of God for themselves. That is what has happened with people regarding government.

But in this time of awakening, we need to call for a true Reformation and Declaration of Independence to occur within our minds, hearts, and mouths regarding government. Just as back then, it is time to quit simply believing what we are told and to get the truth for ourselves.

Let’s declare ourselves independent of the oppressive antichrist spirit of government and political correctness that has arisen throughout our nation and the world. Let’s not simply stand by and let the Church and our nation be taken captive. We must do what we were born for and speak God’s truth that sets captives free.

Let’s unashamedly and without fear declare God’s Declaration of Independence – the Word of God – over our families and this nation. Let’s teach our congregations about what is really going on. Stand for the truth and inform our people! If you lose an expensive building because you stand for righteousness, so what. We are in this to save souls, not buildings.

The Church in America is to take a stand against the tyranny of the worldwide antichrist system!

Praying Women

Praying women: you in particular have been called from the beginning of time to crush the enemy (see Genesis 3:15). “Rise! Shine! For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Recent Dream of Turtles

I had a dream recently about turtles. They were slow, but all of a sudden, they all gathered together and began emerging out of their shells. They came forth in the shape of people, and then suddenly became dressed as warrior ninja turtles, like in the cartoon.

I felt that the Lord interpreted this as: there have been many who have been slow to come to the forefront, who are now going to break out of their shells and become very powerful in the Kingdom. They will become God’s ninja warriors. They may be late bloomers, but they are right on time for God’s Kingdom purposes to come forth through them.

The 8s Will Be Great and to Infinity and Beyond!

As we are now in 5778 on the Jewish calendar and going into 2018 on the Gregorian calendar, I heard, “The 8s will be great.” Eight is the number of new beginnings. In a vision, I saw the 8 flop on its side, becoming a pair of glasses that the Lord handed to me to put on. As I did, I had a amazingly exceptional sight of both natural and spiritual activity. I heard, “Heightened 20/20 vision and power to see, declare, and release now that which will flow forth into 2020 and beyond.”

The 8 then became the infinity symbol and I heard, “To infinity and beyond!” I had a knowing that things of eternal significance are occurring right before our eyes in the White House and throughout America.

Increased Healing Power

Let’s war by teaching truth in love to our congregations.

Several years ago, I had a dream about huge “circus tents” being used for healing revivals that would rival what occurred in the days of the great healing evangelists.

Earlier this year the Ringling Brothers Circus shut down. As soon as that came on the news, I knew the Lord was speaking what I saw with “those tents” was about to occur. The time has come. I don’t know what they want to do with those tents, but I do know what God wants to do. It will truly be the greatest show on earth, as we see people’s legs grow out where there weren’t any, wheelchairs disposed of, crutches hung on walls, as well as blind eyes opened and deaf ears unstopped.

Hamans Will Be Hung 

The more the enemy tries to stomp on President Trump, the stronger he gets. The Lord told me back in the spring that we would see the Hamans get hung on their own gallows! The same thing will happen with other leaders whom God has designated to come forth for such a time to lead our nation. The more that comes against these leaders God has designated, the stronger they will get too.


The revival that has begun in Hollywood is only going to get stronger. Because there are those who are praying and seeking God’s face there, things are being exposed and captives are being released. God is taking captivity captive there!

The Best IS Yet to Come

In this year of Chet on the Jewish calendar, the swords have formed a doorway that is covered with the Blood of the Lamb. The Chet is yoking them together for safe passage for God’s people to move forward in victory, which is protected by Him and His heavenly angelic team. Those who have been passed over in times past shall now see a table set before them in the presence of their enemies. 

Although gross darkness will continue to try to cover the earth, God’s light and glory will continue to shine upon His people. There will be a holy fear that comes upon those who try to get in their way. You will even hear the media say something like, “It is uncanny how the more that comes against this president and these people, the stronger they seem to get.”


We will continue to see greater unity come forth among the people of our nation as tragedies unfold. We are a family and when families fight, they put down their swords and help one another.


Strange weather patterns and systems will continue to be seen. The greatest threat being earthquakes. The reason being is that everything that can be shaken is being shaken. Therefore, there will be visible manifestations of that.

The Trumpet Call

God has set His plumb-line in our nation once again. The Church must arise and speak with clarity the compromised Word of God now. There needs to be a clarion call to return to the basics of the Word of God and holiness.

The Church needs to speak up and call an end to the bitterness, strife, hatred and division that the enemy has stirred up in our country. We must not relax because a battle has been won in the presidency, as we are still very much at war. We must keep and even increase our momentum into the next election.

Be aware that much new information and distractions will occur almost daily. Let’s keep our focus on the Lord and the fact that He is love, and thus love one another as He has loved us. Love is our ultimate weapon. Love wins.

Joni Ames
The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames


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This was a very good word and such truth that makes me so glad I belong to the Lord! I’m ready and glad for people like this that hear from God and are quick to share. God is raising up prophets to keep us informed so we can be ready to act when He gives the orders!


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

Time To Find Your Tribe and Get Inside!​​​​​​​


A Word by Jo Ellen Stevens

James 4:7 “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”

I had a dream last night and in the dream someone was knocking at my door, so I went to the door and peeked out. The person standing at the door looked an awful lot like the devil! I asked him what he wanted and he said, “I would like to come in.” I simply said, “No! I am sorry but you cannot come into my house.”

The next thing I know, the devil began to walk down the street and I saw him walk up to a person and begin a conversation. I saw this person arguing with him and picking a fight. I realized this person didn’t recognize him and was about to lose this fight. I realized that he was a lot more vulnerable being outside of the house, rather than inside. In fact, he barely recognized that it was the enemy! He thought that it was just another man.


I felt the Lord showed me that this dream was a warning to us. The first part was telling us that, when someone comes knocking at your door. Look out before you open it! Then we must discern and if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck. Know that it is a duck! In this case it looked like the enemy! Then we must learn to say “NO!” No, you cannot come in my house! No you can’t come into my church and no you can’t come into my family! Then KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED! Whatever you do keep it closed! Let your no mean NO!!! THE ENEMY WILL FLEE AFTER RESISTING HIS ATTEMPTS AND MOVE ON DOWN THE ROAD!


We are in a season when the enemy through much in house persecution is trying to get people away from the house of the Lord and by that I mean away from true people of God (the church). This isn’t necessarily a church building but what I mean is the true house of God. The Spirit filled house of God with the five fold ministry in place.

Ephesians 4:11-15 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”


It is time to find our apostolic hub and get under its protection. This will keep us from getting off into the Devil’s territory. We cannot fight him in the street by ourselves and we definitely can’t fight him if we barely recognize him! We are about to have great revival in the Highways and bi-ways and if so then we must learn not to fight the devil in our own strength but in His and with the help of our Tribe inside! WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO WAR ALONE! We need one another! We were not created to function alone! What you do not have, I may have. All of our experiences have been different in the processes that God has brought us through and in them we have learned different skills and we have learned the enemy’s tactics. “He teaches our fingers to fight” (Psalm 144:1).It is time for those out wandering to find their tribe and get inside! We must bring this well trained army together!


In this time of evil and false doctrine, we must find our place of safety. The book of Ephesians is truly a book of telling us about covering. It is time to get under our covering! This is not coming under a hierarchy but coming under a place of safety. Knowing that we in ourselves do not know it all, but need those who know other things than we ourselves know. Being able to be teachable. This is not an “I am over you” thing, but a coming together and putting our knowledge and wisdom together in a confirmation that what we do know is truly God! We just do not know it all! But together, we find is safety!

Proverbs 11:14 “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” It is time to get into your safe place, shut the door and say to the Devil “You are not coming in!”

Arise Shine, Jo Ellen Stevens


There is a lot of talk about “tribes” now and that is a good idea but sometimes it is not that easy to do. Like me there are no apostolic hubs anywhere near me, few in the whole country and the churches aren’t my tribe. I have a couple of people so I’m holding onto them. You can’t always move yourself to where you can have a tribe but God will surely help you find a couple of people you can link to and gradually build a tribe.

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

Pushing Through The Pain

PushingGypsy Dallas Smith

Daily Encouragement❤

God laid something on my heart this morning.

He reminded me, that In order to pursue His promises we need to stay strong. And in order to deliver our promises, we must stay stronger!

YOU see the enemy, is not going to relent in pursuing us, trying to destroy what God wants to do in our lives. He knows the power we carry.

But WE know that God is our protector! He is the gentle Dr. waiting to deliver us.

Friends, many of you are just one push away from birthing what God has been incubating for years. But, just like in the natural when a woman is giving birth, she’s growing tired, but she must keep pushing.

She’s at the last stage and she knows that there’s no more resting, she knows this is going to be very painful, but it MUST be done.

Or she risks the baby’s life and possibly her own.

I sense, there are some of you that are going to have to go through something painful to deliver your baby!

You’re going to have to let go of things holding you back. You’re going to have to let go of possibly, people and places. Where God is taking you, they cannot go.

I know you’re thinking, “my God, I’ve been through so much already!” And it’s true, but if you’re honest a lot of what you have experienced is due to the poor choices you made. God will always use it for our good, but we still have to endure the consequences.

But it’s going to be quick! You’ve already endured the hardest part.

My friend, this is THE push. This is it, and once you get through this, there will be a season of rest, and joy, so much joy! You will look back in awe of what God has done in such a short amount if time.

YOU see, when we release our will to His, He makes a way. He allows things to happen, to push us forward into our destiny. Everything you have been through, is for this moment in life! Right now, it’s here.

But…..will you trust Him to deliver you? Or will you allow your baby to die on the birthing table, because you were too afraid to push?

The time is now! It’s go time.
YOU are being delivered.
#keeppushing #dontgiveup #pushthroughthepain #born2inspireministries

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Yes so many of us are so tired. It is hard to imagine how you can get so tired from waiting and praying and doing spiritual warfare but most of us have been in it so we know it is true. I’m as tired when I get up as when I went to bed and find it harder and harder to get through the day without needing to rest. It is nothing a doctor can fix – only God. We know we can’t stop or give up and even through we may stop for a short time something in us won’t let us give up and we get back up and go some more. Words like this one really help me to keep PUSHING! And we know God has sent them especially to us through his prophetic people. I read this one about 1 hour after I had just said the same thing to a friend.

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


God is Releasing Healing and a Tsunami River of His Spirit

river2God is releasing healing and a Tsunami river of His Spirit from the hearts of His people! – A Word by Ella Onakoya

Over the years I have had many dreams of the river of God. One of the most profound revelations was a vision of a river which had the appearance of a tsunami which the Lord is now reminding me to share as it has a timely message for the church. Much awaited breakthroughs for the body of Christ lies in the release of this river we carry within.

I hear the Lord say He is releasing His word with great power to release breakthrough that will unstop the hidden wells of tsunami within His people. Hearts clogged with unbelief, doubt and pain through trauma will receive a visitation of His power that will release the wells of tsunami within.

Many are going through fiery trials that are strategies from the enemy to cause fear and doubts to arise to hinder or halt the flow of His Spirit. He is saying ‘Fear not for I am with you for there is no plot of the enemy that is hidden from my sight. I have not left you without a comforter. You have won many battles. You shall be like my servant David at this time and declare that that the Goliath that is standing before you shall be a thing of nought just like the lions and the bears I delivered into His hands’. I feel the Lord is encouraging His people not to allow the heaviness of trials to cause them to doubt His willingness to deliver them.

The pain before the vision of the Tsunami

As the Lord spoke these words prophetically into my Spirit, He brought into my mind the vividness of the vision of a Tsunami river I had shortly after my Mum’s passing into glory.

My mother was a confidant, friend and mentor who taught me from childhood by example to always walk in faith and love. She often shared stories of her personal angelic encounters. One such story was her being lifted from the road by an unseen hand and deposited into safety as she was about to be hit by a car! We witnessed her pray many times for illnesses that were healed. One of the most notable one I witnessed was a Muslim girl who had contagious tuberculosis who stayed in our home for a while. My mother offered to care for her as her parents were unable to financially take care of her. During her stay with us she was healed through my mother’s prayer and got saved while none of us caught the disease. My mother often declared that we lived in the secret place of Psalm 91 where no evil could touch us.

We could not envisage a life without her and it was a great shock to us that she passed on suddenly into glory through complications from an illness some years ago. I experienced great shock at the news of her passing but trusted the Lord that He was faithful as He comforted me and my family with words of great love. It is normal for such an event to cause a feeling of loss and pain and I experienced both.  I traveled 2 weeks after my mother’s sudden passing to Lithuania to fulfill a ministry invitation to speak at a conference. With the pain of her passing still fresh in me, my heart felt like a rocky place and as I lay in the hotel that night, I could not find it in my heart to receive a word I could minister the following morning. My heart felt frozen as I experienced a sleepless night.

The vision and revelation of the Tsunami

As morning approached, I realized I had no message for the meetings when suddenly the lord gave me an open vision and I saw a river like a Tsunami that appeared as a huge tidal wave. The vision disappeared and I saw another vision of a big hammer that suddenly appeared as if to hit at a target and then it disappeared. The Lord spoke to me and said that many in the body of Christ do not realize the hugeness and the power of the river they carry within. The force and release of it is like a tsunami. Jesus said in John 7 verse 38 that for those who believe in him out of their bellies will flow rivers of living waters. The lord said that although the river within each believer is infinitely powerful, many are not releasing this river as it remains contained within instead of being released as an overflow.  The Lord explained that unbelief and doubt had arisen in hearts due to long standing difficult situations, traumas and grief that caused the hearts to be wounded. All of these had caused the soil of the hearts of many believers to become hardened hindering the flow of the river within.

Many believers therefore do not walk in the overflow of His power that they were destined to walk in. The Lord said the hammer I saw represented His word which he was going to release to break through the rocky soil of the heart, releasing healing to hearts that are wounded and simultaneously causing the river to flow untapped. Jeremiah 23:29 says, ‘Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? The lord assured me the river was going to flow that weekend and many miracles will occur. His word had come to heal my heart and in so doing my heart suddenly felt able to release the river within.  Many experienced a great overflow of supernatural power that weekend in Lithuania as they rejoiced of being healed of sicknesses. I believe the Lord is assuring you that the areas of your anointing where the enemy had attacked the most, you will experience the greatest outpouring. My mother had died of an unexpected complication from a minor illness yet one of the areas the Lord is using my ministry the most is through the release of many supernatural healings and miracles. Indeed no power of hell can stop your destiny!

If you are in a barren place where you do not feel the overflow of His river within you, the Lord is releasing this encouragement to you:

  1. He is your ever present help in trouble. In Psalms 46, he promises that He himself will help you and He will release a river of gladness within you.  Psalms 46, 4-6 says ‘There is a river whose stream makes glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells. God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at the break of day’. The Lord is encouraging you to let Him minister to you in the barren and rocky places of your heart. As you do so, His river of joy will be released within you to break the power of fear and desolation. I am in awe at the power of His love when I remember the number of times I had seen broken and wounded hearts of people healed as they stood in lines to be prayed for at meetings where the lord had me minister at. As these wonderful saints of God stood in His presence, releasing their pain to the Lord and forgiving those that needed forgiving, their depression and heartbreak gave way to joy as the Spirit of the Lord healed them. Many became overcame with joyous laughter.
  2.  Secondly I hear the lord’s gentle warning to be careful of the condition of the soil of our heart. In Matthew 13, 1-23, in the parable of the sower, as the seed was sown in 4 different soils, only one of them bore fruit. The 3 soils that did not bear fruit represented hearts that  the enemy stole the word from as they experienced persecution, trials and inability to allow the word the Lord has spoken to them to take root. The soil of the heart that bore fruit was the heart that fully understood and received the word of the Lord that was spoken to them and did not allow the cares and trials of the world to choke out the word within them.  In essence, a person’s ability to release the river of God or anointing within them is determined by the condition of the heart.

Be encouraged saints of God, though you might be going through trials, yet these are the very conditions that will allow His River within you to flow as a powerful Tsunami. In the natural, a Tsunami is caused by a disruption or an earthquake. Supernaturally, the enemy attack that had caused a disruption in your life will release the greatest Tsunami of His Spirit through your heart as you allow the Lord to heal, strengthen and release his river within you! 

Ella Onakoya
Harvest of the Nations


Every time I read these I can relate to much and I know I’m still not where I want to be. When you read these you can either say, “I’ll never make it, why bother”, or you can say “I’m trusting God to take me through this to a good end He has planned”. A lot of the time it SEEMS easier to give up! But there is a saying out there – Pain will come to an end but giving up is forever.

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

Dismantling a Personal Stronghold

Ryan LeStrange

This is a breakthrough message for anyone who has a stronghold in their life. Ryan gives some simple keys to dismantle and shift your thoughts so that you can experience freedom in every area.

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

Ditching Fools, Finding Friends

2016684_univ_cnt_2_xlKris Vallotton

Chaplain Ronnie Melancon said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” As a Believer, I think everyone deserves to be loved and cared for. In fact, Jesus said that loving the unlovely is required of anyone who follows Him (Matthew 5:45-48). Yet, who we let influence us determines much of our life’s ultimate destination.

Why Is It Hard For You To Let Go Of The Fools?

Solomon wrote, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm,” (Proverbs 13:20).The apostle Paul echoed his sentiment when he said, “Bad company corrupts good morals,” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

If our inner circle of influence is so important, then why do so many of us hang around with fools? I think the answer is three-fold:

  1. We don’t know how to set boundaries with people. What I mean is, we are terrified of offending them, and so we are the victims of other people’s desires. We feel the need to accommodate everyone, and consequently, other people dictate our destiny!
  2. We don’t know who we are, so hanging out with fools feels comfortable, familiar, and even reassuring. Reassuring in that being in the company of little people can make us feel big, but it’s comparative righteousness. The standard we are using to measure our progress is deceptive.

Greatness isn’t a factor of comparison, but rather the result of our inner nobility which is proactively cultivated in secret; while nobody is watching. Small people are defined by the fact that they compare themselves, by themselves, which ultimately relegates them to the size of the crowd.

Most of us are unaware that best-friending complainers, grumblers, victims, and pessimists is infecting our expectations and derailing our destiny.

  1. Often the biggest challenge we encounter is that birds of a feather flock together. If we grew up on a chicken farm we tend not to know any eagles. Furthermore eagles are pretty selective about who they let nest next to them…that’s why they are eagles. So finding new, healthy friends can be a slow grueling process.

Making Good Friends Is Often A Process

“Great Kris…that’s a lot for nothing,” you protest!

Okay, wait a minute! I said it’s tough to make friends with noble people, but it’s not impossible. It probably will take a proactive strategy, so let me give you a few insights that might make it easier:

  1. Great people are not necessarily famous or public people. Trying to befriend a famous or public person will greatly narrow your chances of connection. They are usually overly busy. (I think it’s important to note here that sometimes our attraction to famous people is unhealthy in that we are trying to get our identity from who we know instead of who we are).

Many great leaders are unknown by the crowd. It’s usually much easier to connect with a noble man or woman who doesn’t have a public profile. Bill Derryberry is one of my spiritual fathers. He’s had a huge impact on my life. He is wise, experienced, and always has time for me, yet most people don’t know who he is.

  1. Noble people want to spend their time wisely, so helping them understand how much you value their input is paramount in connecting with them.

I can’t tell you how many times people have asked for my advice then argue with me! Don’t ask a person’s opinion if you only value people who agree with you.

Another thing that drives me nuts is when people ask for my input and then don’t take any of it. I’ve given many people books to read, videos to watch, and information to research. The next time I meet with them they often haven’t done anything I’ve suggested.

If you want to build a relationship with a great leader, you will need to prove you value their time and honor their input. One time I gave this guy my book, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. A year later, the dude showed me his book and every page was filled with highlights and notes. I was so blown away by his love for me and his value for my opinion, so I was really glad I gave him the book. I do believe that if you let someone have oversight in your life they will have insight into your soul.

Let me end by saying that to directly affect your success in life, aside from serving Jesus, the single most effective thing you can do is to choose your closest friends wisely.

Ways To Reflect On The Influencers In Your Life

Ask yourself:

  1. Are my friends helping me become a better leader?
  2. Do I have friends that are more gifted, smarter, and experienced than I am?
  3. Did I proactively choose my friends, or was it by happenstance?
  4. Are my friends holding me back?
  5. Can I name three friends that are making me better?

Your answers to these questions will change you forever! Visit them as your seasons in life change and they’ll help you to surround yourself with noble friends instead of fools. Do you struggle with letting go of the fools in your life? How do you plan to work through that? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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It is hard to find good friends especially if you move to a new town or country like I did. It is hard to walk away from friends even if they aren’t right for you because you don’t know where you will find more. I found when I moved to Australia that many people had been friends since school and they didn’t really want to have new friends which was really hard. Then to add in that they need to be the right kind of Christians, wow! Requires a lot of prayer and God’s intervention and direction.

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