A Time to Rest, Walk or Stand?

MontanaBy Charlene

Psalm 23:2-3 God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

When I read that verse I can’t help but remember a year in Montana when I was working on a big ranch. In the summer they move the cattle into the mountains to graze. In fall they all have to be collected from every place they are grazing and driven down to the lower meadows. There they will graze until harsh winter snows fall and then there will be baled hay for them to eat until spring returns.

It was fall which comes early to Montana, up on the Canadian border. I had gone with two of the ranch dogs to look for the last of the stray cattle high up against the government land fence. I collected a few cows, calves and some stray horses and was heading them all back toward the ranch. I stopped in a lovely meadow for lunch while the cattle kept going along the well-traveled trail through the trees. The horses stayed with me and my horse to graze and have naps. The cattle knew the routine and would continue on their own to the lower meadows so I’d catch up to them after lunch.

I lay on the warm grass with my head on my rolled up jacket for a pillow and looked up at the sky. I thought of that scripture about the Lord making me lie down in green pastures to restore my soul. I had ridden by a slow moving stream during my journey so I could totally relate. When I went on to finish my days work the Lord would show me the right direction to go to pick up the cattle and take them down to the ranch. It was my first ride up into this part of the ranch which was vast so I needed the Lord’s wisdom in picking the right trail.

That day was one that stands out in my memory as just about the best of any I’ve had to this point. You can’t top the pristine, natural beauty of Montana, the stillness in the high mountain meadows, the sound of a bald eagle screaming as it flies overhead. I had seen a herd of Elk on the way up the mountain and they paid me no heed as they crossed in front of me. Later I heard the piercing sound of the male Elk defending his herd. That day was all about the grace of God as He extended to me the amazing gift of being where I was, a great horse to ride, two friendly dogs and the sheer beauty of God’s creation all around me. It truly was a God Season in my life.

I quote Kris Vallotton in this blog from his book Spirit Wars and he says, “It is all about God Seasons.”

“It is in these wonderful times in life that God teaches us about His love, mercy and grace. I call these seasons ‘all about God’ times. In these times, it seems that if I make any great efforts like trying to work hard, pray long or study diligently, that kind of messes it up. I know these are times that I am supposed to learn how to rest in God and how to trust Him with my entire life, but it almost feels as though God is sanctioning ‘lazy’.” (Quote)

Now years later I am far away from Montana and America, on my prisoner of hope journey with God and I am learning as never before that there are different positions He puts us in to fulfill His work in us. In Ephesians, Paul depicts three distinct seasons in our lives. He uses the postures of sitting, walking and standing to metaphorically represent these seasons.

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” Ephesians 4: 1

“Walking seasons are marked by our initiatives to co-labor with God’s divine purposes, to extend the borders of the Kingdom into the lives of others. As the winds of change blow over our lives, the elements inspire different attributes of God to emerge from our person hood. The time to sit resting in His grace has passed, and now it is time for His power to flow through our efforts as we walk out His high call in our lives. When we understand the spiritual seasons of our lives, then we can raise our sails and let His wind drive us to the shores of destiny. But when we are seated when we should be walking, it undermines His ways and derails His purposes.” (Quote)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6: 10– 13

There are times when we sit and rest, times when we walk in the direction He points us and times when we stand and fight for what He has given us. And it can switch from day to day so be ready. I find I am spending time resting in the Lord and learning of His love and mercy. Then at other times I’m walking toward the promise in a different way on a road less traveled and last there are times when I have to stand and hold the ground I’ve gained and fight for more. That is another story, another blog.

Where are you in your journey?

(Quotes) from Kris Vallotton – Spirit Wars

 


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

 

 

Are Christians Clogging up the Courtrooms of Heaven?

courts of heaven 9Doug Addison

I had a major prophetic dream in which an angel spoke to me—and I was shocked by what I saw and what was said.

You may have heard the story of my experience with the mediating angel in the Courtroom of Heaven. Well, I want to share with you more of what the angel said and how it applies to us today, but first let me give you the background.

For several years, I had an issue I needed to resolve with a Christian publishing company that had not treated me fairly with a book contract. I reached out to others who were going through the same experience and they were filing lawsuits against the company.

I felt a little uncomfortable with this because of what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6 about suing other Christians in the courts of law. I know there are times we need to use the legal system, but wouldn’t it be great if we could resolve our differences and avoid going to court altogether—especially since we are all Believers and share in the same work of the Lord?

Mediating Angel Dream

I had been praying about this situation and asking God for a strategy on what to do. Then I had a prophetic dream where I was sitting in an office of the Courtrooms of Heaven. In the dream, a mediating angel sat down with me and the publishing company, and we worked through our differences, mediating the situation between us.

In the natural, I got my contract back a short time later without even contacting the company. It had been done first in the Courtroom of Heaven.

“Please Tell God’s People to Stop Accusing Each Other”

When I entered into the Courtroom of Heaven in the dream, it was jam-packed with Christians accusing each other. The angel said to me, “Please tell God’s people to stop accusing each other, because it is jamming the Courtrooms of Heaven and taking away heavenly resources from things that really matter on Earth—like revival.”

This was several years ago, before I began releasing prophetic words on why we need to stop complaining and accusing each other. Judgments are closing the heavens over us due to the spiritual principle of “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7 NASB).

Legal System in Heaven

A legal system in Heaven actually exists. We see a glimpse of it in Job 1:6–12, where satan goes into the Courts of Heaven and requests permission to tempt Job. Again in Zechariah 3, satan stood accusing Joshua the high priest in the Courts of Heaven. Another example is satan asking Jesus permission to sift Peter:

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31–32 NKJV)

The Greek word used for “has asked” means “to demand for trial” or “to give up for torture or punishment.” It is assuming a guilty verdict and demanding a harsh sentence. Satan asked Jesus to put Peter on trial, but Jesus said, “I have prayed for you.” Even though Jesus prayed for and tried to prepare Peter, he walked through two months of difficulty.

Advancing Revelation

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

God is releasing new, advancing revelation and understanding of His Word right now. The Courtrooms of Heaven messages that are springing up offer fresh, new revelation from Heaven.

This reality has changed my life and the way I pray. I used to intercede and pray like I was going to war on a battlefield. Now, I battle in the Courtrooms of Heaven first and face far fewer battles on Earth.

Our enemy is not other people, but the demonic powers and forces that are trying to divide us. A house divided against itself cannot stand. These divisions can happen when we complain and pray against one another, not realizing we might be closing off Heaven and clogging up its courtrooms.

Blessings,

Doug Addison
InLight Connection
Email: respond@dougaddison.com
Website: www.DougAddison.com


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For many of us the concept of the Courts of Heaven is a new thought but when you look in the Word there is much that points toward it. We know that Satan goes into the courts and accuses us day and night and we have seen an accusing session over Job. So why shouldn’t we go there to defend ourselves too in our prayer life?

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

Trust Me and Enter into Rest without Worry

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“What is rest?” the Lord asked my husband Randy and me. “It is abandoning the need to control. You both still need to learn that.

“Daughter, you control by telling people what to do. Randy controls by trying to do it all himself. The worries which incite you to control keep you from resting. Resting is not a matter of physical stillness; it is peace in the inmost being, which comes from trusting Me with all your circumstances.

Can you see how learning to trust Me is necessary for rest? Randy has to trust me for others to do things to his standards. So do you. When you try to make everything happen your way, you have no rest. The worries which make you doubt other people multiply in your imagination as you think about all the things they might do wrong. Even when you curtail your activities, you find no rest when you worry.”

“I Told You to Rest”

God doesn’t have formulas. He has a process for everyone.

A few months earlier He told me, “I have told you to rest. It was not only to avoid physical pain but to relieve emotional stress. I challenge your thinking that says, ‘Unless I push, nothing happens.’ That makes you god of your own world. Even when you pray and acknowledge Me, it is all subordinate to your belief that you must bring everything to pass. Your back is bowed from the weight of taking My place.

“I’m not talking about planning and preparation. I’m talking about seeing yourself as the trail boss. Don’t shrink the room, I need to reveal Myself. Don’t compete with Me. Don’t take credit, even if you never tell anyone.

“It is the stress of being in charge of results that has caused you pain, carrying burdens I never intended for you. When you stop doing this, you will see a multitude of benefits. Pain will abate. Strength will return because you spend your energy wisely. Family relationships will improve. Personal fears will decline dramatically – peace and joy will take their place.

“Kiss your old life goodbye. You don’t need to let it hold you back with hidden resentments. You can no longer be the hero nor the victim.

The Enemy of Rest is Worry

The Lord told Randy that he is self-reliant. Randy has said: “I’m the only one who knows how to do it right so I have to do it all myself.” Now at age 73, and with health challenges, I’m starting to understand rest.

Forty years ago, two strangers all the way from Florida visited me in Maryland to say the Lord sent them to tell me to rest. “What?” I argued with the Lord. “I can’t rest, I have too much to do for You and I’m the sole support of my three children.”

This month, when the Lord said He wanted us to write about rest, I protested again. “But we don’t have victory yet, at least I don’t.” We are sharing this message for all the hard-working saints who need to learn it along with us. The enemy of rest is worry.

The Lord told us, “I want you to prosper. To do so, you must be able to receive the answers to prayer. Worry will hold up answers to prayer faster than anything, even the devil. When you expect from the future, you can receive either of two things: answered prayer or anxiety. Answers to prayer sometimes require waiting, but you can have anxiety right away. Learning to wait develops character and glorifies Me. Worry puts you first and develops illness.

“Because the process of waiting makes what you receive sufficient, it is always satisfying. When you are anxious, nothing satisfies because whatever arrives is never enough. I want to give you better and more elaborate than you can imagine or hope for. The more patient you are, the quicker it will come. Waiting on Me extends your faith from a single situation to many aspects of your life. It builds you up to trust Me in everything.

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“Anxiety spreads like gangrene, and soon, all areas of your existence are consumed with worry. That’s how anxiety nullifies your faith. Trusting Me is its own reward. Anxiety is its own punishment.”

Entering His Rest While Waiting

Hebrews 4:1 has always scared me. It says, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” I knew I was coming short. Chapter 11 tells us that by faith… Abel… Enoch… Noah… Abraham… Sarah… did enter His rest. God used them as examples, even though they were flawed.

“Resting is not a matter of physical stillness; it is peace in the inmost being, which comes from trusting Me with all your circumstances.”

I continued to minister, dealing with sickness on and off for 16 years. This has made me doubt my faith. God healed me many times of smaller things, plus twice from the major one, but it always comes back.

I’ve been prayed for by hundreds. I’ve claimed every Scripture, declared every promise, taken every supplement and remedy that people have lovingly given me. One well-meaning friend rebuked me, saying God was not glorified by my sickness. It’s embarrassing to stand before a group when I am not well, but God has repeatedly told me to be “God-confident and not self-conscious.” He said self-consciousness is selfishness.

A Dream I had about healing: I realized I still wasn’t resting when I dreamed that I ran into a bank not to get money, but I had a form in my hand that I didn’t understand how to fill out. I wanted to know the formula. I got in line and waited for my turn, but the line kept changing and I would be at the end again. I kept running around trying to get help and left totally frustrated. The dream was about my healing – I just wanted to know the formula, get healed and get on with my life. God doesn’t have formulas. He has a process for everyone. He wants us to trust Him with all our hearts, not leaning on our own understanding or formulas.

One day the Lord sternly reminded me, “I told you I was going to heal you.” I guess it’s just the process of waiting.

“Now Will You Trust Me?”

I had three visions of myself as a five-year-old. I was in a swimming pool with pink water wings and Jesus was my lifeguard. He told me to lean back and rest in the water. “Trust Me, I won’t let anything happen to you.” In the second vision, I had a new pink bike with streamers on the handlebars and training wheels. Jesus was running beside me to make sure I was safe. In the third vision, He was pushing me on a swing in my fluffy pink dress.

As I related these visions to a friend, she brought out a print of Jesus holding the ropes of a swing with a little girl on the seat and the caption, “Now will you trust Me?” She said, “I guess this is yours.” As a kid, I had an old bike with no brakes and ran into a trash can to stop. I got hurt on the swing at school. Jesus was correcting my fears that there was no one to care for me. Why all the pink? Pink is the color of grace.

Progress in Your Process

Learning to rest is a process. The Lord said, “The real question is: are you making progress in your process? Pick one thing that you struggle with and make an effort to commit it to Me. Then, whenever you find yourself failing to do that, recommit it to Me with greater fervor. Gain one victory like that and the others will become simpler.

“Change the way you think in life-giving ways. It won’t work if you do it on a performance basis because it’s a lifestyle change. Think of it as changing your style to receive life – a lifestyle. You’re not at the mercy of your emotions; your emotions are subject to your righteousness. You are a righteous person. You can do this.”

Randy and Barbara Walter
Shiloh Ministries | Salisbury Revival Prayer Network

Email: shilohministries@comcast.net

Randy and Barbara Walter conduct Shiloh Ministries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, emphasizing intercession and the prophetic, and facilitating seminars and workshops. They have interceded on-site and led prayer journeys at hundreds of locations through their Chesapeake Revival Prayer Network. The Lord has assigned them to pray for awakening, outpouring and cultural transformation. For 25 years, Randy edited a regional Christian newspaper called The Manna. Randy and Barbara have ministered together throughout their 34 years of marriage, and have just published their seventh book, Name Your Gates & Take Back Your Cities.

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This is the best article I’ve read on being in God’s rest. I read it and suddenly I could see  what I’ve been trying to understand for years now. I see where I have spent the last three years being god of my own world, thinking I could do “something” to get promises I am waiting for; trying to push closed doors open so I could get my job done. I know I worry too much and try to get things done that I’m waiting for. Abandoning the need for control sounds easy but it is not. But the good news is I’ve been learning a lot about patience, trusting God and admittedly struggling to abandon a lot of control. I know worry is a sin so that it holds up prayer answers should be a given but when I read that I realized my worry alone would have held up the answers I’ve been struggling to try to manipulate into happening before God’s timing. So I’ve been blaming the devil for what is my fault. And getting more and more physically and mentally tired to the point where I want to give up some days. And all I had to do was follow what this word says! I thank God for this post he directed me to read and I hope as I share it someone else will be helped too!

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

How I Worked Through Feeling Disconnected From God

Kris Vallotton

Have you ever been confused about life and unable to get clarity? Maybe you’ve forgotten your purpose, and need a reminder? Perhaps you don’t know what your next steps are, and you feel restless in the waiting? I find that the busier we get, the easier it is to fall out of alignment… and therefore we can find our souls wandering from meeting to meeting, task to task.

This doesn’t only happen to me in the day-to-day but I’ve also noticed this seeping into how I approach church services. To be perfectly honest, I think I miss out on so much clarity, and maybe even direction from God, because of my lack of focus in church gatherings. My mind wonders to my to-do list, to the conversations I had earlier that day, maybe even to social media…. And that leads to disengaging with the moment I’m actually in. This week I want to encourage you (and myself) to get back in alignment with God. How? By choosing to be present in His presence.

Check out this week’s Monday Motivation video for some encouragement for the week:

In a nutshell:

  • I’m in so many services every week, singing the same songs, and it’s so easy to be in the room without being there at all.
  • It’s so important to learn to be present in the presence.
  • I’m speaking to myself here. We have to make room and allow the Lord to speak to us, and actually see the angels around us instead of the distraction in the room.
  • We have one hour of the kind of intensity that we get in a worship set, so imagine what God could say in that time if we truly engaged with His presence.
  • Seeing the Lord makes everything clear.
  • It makes me think of a song we used to sing a few years back… It went: “At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light
    And the burden of my heart rolled away
    It was there by faith I received my sight
    And now I am happy all the day…”
  • Life can get so busy, but when we get in God’s presence, we get centered and remember the purpose of our season.

Activation for the Week

If you’re lacking clarity in life then maybe you need to spend some intentional time being present with God. So today I want to encourage you to get alone with Him, even if it’s just for five minutes. Go somewhere without distractions, close your eyes if you have to, turn off your phone if need be, and sit in stillness with your Father. Let Him breathe fresh life over you and refresh your soul. Let Him speak to your questions, doubt, and confusion. I pray you have powerful encounters in God’s presence this week!

Beyond that, what’s one thing you can practically do to be more focused in church? Maybe you need to leave your cell phone at home?


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Now days it is easy for anyone of us to feel disconnected, confused, angry, unsure of our purpose or direction. It is easy to just feel nothing is going to happen to make you smile again but if it helps, this is something happening on a near epidemic scale with God’s people all over the world. He is allowing trials like we have never had before but if we look at Job who was tested worse than most of us will ever be we know that God allowed it. All we can do is what he did; hang onto God, continue to trust Him, press into Him for answers and comfort and believe He will take us through it and we will come out better off on the other side. I sometimes get angry when people tell me that but I keep trying to do it my way only to continue to fail so they may have a point. One of my favorite strong women writers said in a post I shared on my Facebook: “CAST YOUR CARE ONTO GOD — Refuse to worry about your life. The Bible actually gives clear instructions ‘Do not worry.’ Therefore to worry is actually a sin. Not only that, it accomplishes nothing and leads to misery. When we trust God, doing only the part we can do and taking our hands off of the part we can’t do, God is going to move on our behalf. Worry and dread spring from fear, and fear works the same as faith. It is believing for what you don’t want to happen to come to pass. The Word of God says in Job 3:25, ‘What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.’


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

Speaking God’s Words Is Our Affirmation

power of so many wordsby One Blue Horse – Charlene

I was going through some writings from 2007 in an old file and I found these words … I remember when I read them and wrote them all down it was interesting but didn’t hold nearly the impact that it does now! Think about it, 10 years ago these thoughts were out there and now everyone is talking about WORDS and how they can benefit you or damage you and others! Words are suddenly treated as criminal and many forbidden under law! It amazes me when I think about it … these words below were spoken by God years and years ago yet we are claiming them and needing them now!

“God calls those things which do not exist as though they did”. And you can do that too, through scriptural affirmations! Scriptural affirmations are God’s opinion – which is the only one that counts! One reason they are so effective, is because they’re statements about what’s happening in your life right now, not some future date.

Paul says, “I can make it through anything, in the One who makes me who I am”. That’s an affirmation! David said, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you”.

Job writes: “Decree a thing, and it will be established for you”. As long as your affirmation is scripturally-based, it can be as simple as declaring, “Today I replace my negative self-talk with faith-talk. Today God is filling my life with peace, joy, love, health, abundance and happiness.”

William Jordan says, “The worst liars are our own fears. They dampen our powder and waken our aim.” But when you speak God’s Word into your situation, it brings life and change. You’ll be amazed how you can alter your outlook by using – Bible-breathed responses.

Paul writes: “The word that saves is as near as the tongue in your mouth .. [it] welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us”. You initiate things by the words you speak. What’s created spiritually, eventually manifests itself physically.

Solomon writes: “You are trapped by your own words”. Some words are destructive, others are liberating. For example” (a) “What will I do?” versus “In God’s strength I can handle it!” (b) “It’s awful!” versus, “It’s a learning experience.” (c) “I see no way out!” versus “It’s not too big for God!”

When the Bible says, “How forcible are right words”, the word forcible comes from the word marats, which means, “to press.” In the same way a king’s signet ring presses his seal on to a document giving it power, so God’s Word on your lips “seals the matter,” and releases the power to bring it to pass.

So, in order to move from fear to faith, you must start eliminating all unscriptural sentiment words from your vocabulary. David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord”.

Learn to trust the voice within. Isaiah writes: “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it”. Even when you’ve prayed about your decision, done your homework, consulted the experts, established your priorities and made what appears to be the best choice, if something in your spiritual gut says not to proceed – pay attention.

Anytime you make an important decision, faith and fear will both sail into your harbor. Allow only faith to drop anchor! Paul said:

“Forgetting what is behind I press on”. Once the die’s cast, let it go and keep looking ahead. When you’re overly focused on the way things should be, you miss out on the way they are – which most of the time is better than you hoped for.

 I was so glad to find this because to me it was one more confirmation of God’s goodness and mercy on us. He has everything in His Word, our Bible to get through everything that we will encounter in our lives, even things that weren’t happening ten years ago! His Word moves with time, incredible!


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A good study on words I did 10 years ago which is really coming to fruition now! Ten years flew by so quickly it only feels like a year or two and in other ways, a lifetime, but look how things have changed! There is no turning back so we have to make the most of what God has freely given us to keep moving forward. Keep writing, using the words God gave you to reach others. We were all born for such a time as this.

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

 

 

How to Deal with Discouragement

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– A Word by Jackie Duvall

I have heard so many Christians say they are feeling discouraged. I’m sure I’ve said the same thing before. But I have begun to realize that discouragement is of the enemy and should be dealt with quickly. One of my favorite verses is 1 Samuel 30:6 which says, “…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” But there’s so much to that story. In the beginning of 1 Samuel 30 we see David and his men coming back to Ziklag to find the city burned and their families taken captive. Then David’s men turned on him. If anyone had a right to be discouraged it was David. He was distressed but he didn’t let it take him over.

One key thing to notice in 1 Samuel 30:6 is that David encouraged himself in the Lord HIS God. God was personal to him. God was his God not just a deity in the sky who didn’t care about him. He was David’s personal, loving God. A loving Father who had David’s best interest at heart. Then we see David’s conversation with God in 1 Samuel 30:8 “And David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” In your time of great distress and turmoil, God wants you to turn to Him. He wants to give you wisdom. He knows the end from the beginning and knows the answer to every question you will ever have. He has solutions to all the problems the world faces. This is why the Church must not allow discouragement to take them over. There is a great ending to David’s story. He went after the enemy to get his family and belongings back and in 1 Samuel 30:19 it says, “…David recovered all.”

Discouragement brings disillusionment. When you are discouraged you are not able to see or think clearly. If affects the decisions you make. Here’s an example. In Exodus 6:6-8 God has a conversation with Moses about the Children of Israel. God wanted them to be free from oppression: “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’”

Then it says this in Exodus 6:9 (emphasis added) “So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.” So many times we allow our circumstances to bring so much discouragement to us that we are not able to be free from our circumstances when God gives us the solution. We begin to lose hope and are not able to see a way out of our circumstances and stay trapped.

David and Moses have so much in common. They spent time with God in trials, victories, and even the mundane moments in life. God was, most of the time, the first one they turned to when they faced impossible situations. They both allowed God to keep them humble through the victories too, which is also very important. So as things around you seem to be getting darker and darker, turn to the Lord, the One with all the answers and allow Him to give you courage and strength and you will be able to defeat the spirit of discouragement. You will be able to see clearly what is going on in the spirit and defeat the enemy because you realize you have the GREATER One living inside of you who is the God of the Impossible!


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I have felt like just laying down and giving up, been so complacent I didn’t care what happened … BUT GOD! I love the story of David at Ziklag because it shows where life, especially now, can discourage the best of us. This was one of the first stories God directed me to when I started this 3-year journey with God waiting for my promise. I thought it would be in my hand in a month or so … but three years later .. I am still waiting but what healing and learning I’ve done with all the pruning, and change of mind sets. You have to be grateful for the trials even if it hurts along the way and you want to just quit … DON’T!  Just like David, pursue your promise, focus on God and recover ALL!

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

A Creative-Prophetic Explosion is on the Horizon

creative.000.jpg– A Word by Annie Edwards

God designed man in His image; He reproduced that spark of ingenuity and creative power to activate everything that man ever put his hand to. We were formed with the genetic material to speak into atmospheres and shift the climates of spaces we inhabit. Our DNA drives us to imagine, innovate and replicate our dreams with the tools we have at our disposal. We were purposed to take the basic concepts that God revealed to us at the beginning of time and build on those things to sculpt our world into a landscape of beauty and homage to the Uncreated One.

I’ve been dreaming with God; asking Him which of my thousands of dreams He wants me to focus on for the time being. You see, I love to sing and write music but those aren’t the only creative outlets with which God has gifted me. I’m a draftsman and a painter; I could lose myself in a sketchbook and box of Faber-Castells for hours. I’m also an aspiring author. I’m currently working on three books, two about worship and one work of fiction that I’ve been gnawing on for nearly a decade now. I’m passionate about creating things and about seeing that love of creation unlocked in others. I want to see us equipped with the ability to produce, but more than that, I want to see people who dream of seeing a union between the prophetic and creative in a way that has never been experienced before.

The prophetic is the ability to see the way God sees and release that vision in a way that inspires a craving in others for the vision of God. I believe that there is a coupling on the horizon between the creative and prophetic that will draw people into God’s presence and ask them to come face to face with the love of the Father. We see the arts in services; we see poetry and spoken word, dances and dramas, songs and paintings released to congregations. But we also see people who perceive these things as entertainment; just another part of the show. I believe a wave of desire is washing over the “regular church attendee”; those who come on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights to participate but don’t think that they have a place to serve. I see God moving over these people and opening their eyes to the heaven that is being released all around them; inspiring them to become part of God’s creatives. I believe that God encounters are going to occur as artist place brush to canvas; that three-dimensional swirls of His Spirit are going to dance and spin around the minds of those who crave His presence. I believe as dancers stomp and spin, hearts will beat in time with the cadence of heaven, awakening them to purpose and drawing them into something deeper with the Father. Song, lyric and melody will no longer be something to repeat but will unlock the multi-faceted sound of the throne room; cherubim and seraphim crying, “HOLY!” We will no longer be limited to the sights of this plane of existence, but our eyes will be opened to the actual vision of God; His perspective on world events and His strategies to release aide to the hopeless (because, above all, this is the purpose of the prophetic).

Two days ago, I was speaking with Abba in my car and He took me to an event that I’ll be worshiping at soon. The Lord showed me drawings laying on the altar. He showed me images of faces that I had never seen before. He revealed to me that in the quiet place He would begin to show me the faces of those that I would meet, that I would draw those faces and write poetry about their purposes on the backs of those drawings. It was such a powerful word over my life, but the Lord began to show me that it wasn’t just for me. That artists all over the world were beginning to expect more; to understand that their gifts of creation were going to have the breath of prophecy released over them.


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I love these prophetic words about creativity because they stir in me the desire to create something — stories, articles, paintings, drawings, jewelry designs! I love to be creative in many ways and when I sit down to design jewelry the Holy Spirit jumps in and fires my mind with ideas, color combos, wild stuff sometimes but happy, joyful things! Get creative with God!

 

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

 

Give Thanks

Ryan LeStrange

There is divine power released when we thank God for what He’s done. Thanksgiving positions you in the goodness of God. You are called to live a lifestyle of gratitude.


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Watch the video, such a good word for all of us to remember whether it is on America’s Day of Thanksgiving or any day of our lives wherever we live! Being thankful to God makes the devil angry and chases him away! It is like worship and saying the name of Jesus … things the enemy hates so lets be sure to do it … our loud. Thank you God for everything You have done for me, even the things I didn’t recognize or remember!

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

2018 – 18 Karat Gold

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by Isi De Isi De Gersigny

Our daughter Zoe said to me: “2018:18 Karat gold”
I asked her if she had any more on this but she said I could develop this statement, so it has now become a mum and daughter prophecy – sons and fathers unite!

Genesis 2:11 Speaks of the name of the 1st headwaters in Eden called Pishon, meaning ‘increase’ – that winds its way through the entire land of Havilah, meaning to circle, but can also mean to twirl or dance. This movement of the headwaters of increase would dance its way through the entire land where there is gold!

So here goes: 18 Karat gold is a more durable, wearable gold than other karats of higher value – and in that I saw that that this next year would be marked by our daily durability without being worn out! The endurance of runners in the race of life would be marked by gold leaf on their feet for strength, endurance and precision, and the gold leaf on their crowns for the completion of their race. There was a runway of the beloved that would be paved with transparency, making their walk more visible to others from any vantage point. It was as though this transparent lifestyle was a weapon as well as a holy highway. It would cause the enemies beneath to dread their footsteps and the angels around to join in their activity more swiftly. It would also make the journey aesthetically more beautiful with the creatives coming out of the wings onto center stage in their bold expression of the glory of God.

This year will be like no other in its display of magnificent outdoor events. I saw clouds forming above – with the witnesses watching and then the ground melting like molten time. There will be more frequent manifestations worldwide of gold particles, clouds and cascading glory in the form of light mists coming into gatherings where there is continuing worship. Even household décor will show many metallic themes. There will be also be a display of the ‘realm of the futuristic’ – those who decide to make their currency a daily investment of praise to God and those who make love for His name their reason for humility. It is in these times that the Spirit of knowledge and wisdom will dispense designs that are not only innovative, but also durable and environment friendly. I also saw in the center of Australia that there would be new findings of gold.

A new breed of gold bearers are coming on every horizon all bearing gold shields: I heard the audible extinguishing of flaming arrows from the enemies on their shields of faith and it was as though nothing could get through and singe their minds or affect them by the dull thinking of the day. A renaissance of creative prophets wearing gold signet rings were becoming the talk of the day with extraordinary skills in all the arts – those both very young as well advanced in years. Their rings signified a new level of authority that their skills would give them in the public arena. I also saw that some of the historically famous dynasties of art families would no longer dominate the world market in the same fashion and new faces were shining. There was a golden sceptre being given to those who were bringing change not just for personal gain, but for the sake of justice for the poor and underprivileged.

Golden Gates
I saw golden gates opening: they represented new opportunities and invitations to a realm of honour and responsibility. These gates had not been burned – they were actually burning and their frames were made to endure all seasons and any kind of trial. These were the gates that framed ‘new seasons of prosperity amidst trials.’ Those who had walked through fire could walk through these gates in the same simple manner–with joy being their hallmark. I also saw the gates representing new authority in the Spirit that looked like an extension, in the form of wings. God is making room for more new expressions of His glory. Those seasoned by fire in the previous season would be seasoned by gold in this one!
So – be very happy! THIS IS THE AGE OF GOLD!

A movement of headwaters coming to refresh our thinking is flowing in a circle, coming around to us again in INCREASING measure, in order to make us dance our way out of any past restriction and into opportunities that are there for us – FULL OF GOLD!


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I was down by the river yesterday and going by a place I’ve passed dozens of times I spotted this gold circle and I was drawn to it. I stopped and took a quick picture and felt it meant something. Then this morning I was looking at different prophetic words and found this one above and it was all about “gold” and I grabbed my camera and here it is. People see numbers and other items as signs of things God is trying to tell us and I think this beautiful circle was a sign for me. It is polished brass. I didn’t realize it had a gate framed in it and the writer above mentions gates too! It was done by artist John Robinson.

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

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

sprouting stump6A Word by Brian & Julie Price

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