Why Some Prayers Go Unanswered

courts of heavenCurt Landry Ministries

Have you ever wondered why prayers go unanswered? A frequent response is, “God sometimes answers with, ‘No’ or ‘Wait.’” While yes, this is true, there could be other reasons for the seemingly silent response.

As you cry out to God and recall the hope you have in your Savior, you can’t help but wonder when God’s deliverance will come.

“Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’”Psalm 27:7-8

Time passes, and still no answer. Family relationships, finances, health—they are in decay as your prayer efforts continue. You come across this prayer in the Book of Psalms:

“I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”Psalm 6:6-9 (emphasis added)

Have you noted how David approached God? Yes, there are elements of a battlefield, but don’t ignore the presence of a courtroom. God is placed as a righteous Judge.

In the next Psalm, David appeals to the Judge of all the Earth to execute His justice and to adjudicate David’s cause.

“Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded! So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; for their sakes, therefore, return on high. The Lord shall judge the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me.”Psalm 7:6-8

Do you see David’s approach? Is it different than yours?

Characteristics of David’s prayer that indicate the Courts of Heaven

  • David pleas for God’s righteous intercession.
    • “…rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded!”
  • David’s prayer for protection wasn’t selfish; it was for the sake of God’s people, and to fulfill God’s will for them to return to Him.
    • “…for their sakes, therefore, return on high.”
  • David declares his defense. He asks the Lord to judge Him. Because God’s Spirit dwells within you, you are declared righteous because of the blood of Christ.
    • “…judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness…”

 Are you praying in the Courts of Heaven?

Often Believers are taught in spiritual warfare to step into a battlefield of the spiritual realm—but what usually proceeds war? Formal discussions. You see, you need to discern where you are when you pray.

There is a protocol for the battlefield and a protocol for the courtroom. If you are using weapons of the battlefield in the courtroom, it is ineffective.

If you’ve been praying in the battlefield, but the adversary has a case against you in court, the approach is different.

When the enemy is resisting the growth of God’s Kingdom through you, it’s time to step into the courtroom of Heaven.

Jesus prayed about God’s will being done on Earth as it is in Heaven. To receive a breakthrough in broken relationships, finances, and health that will allow you to fulfill your God-ordained destiny, approach the Judge and ask Him to deal with your opposer justly, rendering a verdict on your behalf.

 “Teach Me How to Pray”

In Luke 11 and 18, the text sates that Jesus was praying, and when He ceased, a disciple asked Him for instruction on prayer.

Humanity was created with a desire to seek God, though the enemy throws various distractions at us to deter our efforts. Obstacles get in the way of effective and constant prayer. Jesus knew we needed instruction and encouragement to pray without ceasing.

Jesus provided a model of prayer and addressed the 3 realms of prayer:

  1. God as Father.

“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”Luke 11:11-13

We, in our imperfections, give good gifts to our children. How much greater gifts will our Perfect Father give us?

  1. God as Friend.

“Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?  I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.”—Luke 11:5-8

Jesus says here that if we can provide a need for a friend in the natural, how much more will our Friend and Savior provide our needs.

  1. God as Judge.

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart…Then the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?’”Luke 18:1, 6-8

Jesus brings up the third realm of prayer, a courtroom. Again, He points out a contrast. The unjust judge listened to the request and granted favor, though reluctantly. However, God loves to hear our prayers and looks for ways to show His mercy—He is on our side!

God is the Righteous Judge in the judicial system of Heaven and has already won the war. Once the accuser is silenced, and a verdict has been rendered on our behalf, we can advance. We can boldly take our stand on the battlefield and be used by God to advance His Kingdom.

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’”Revelation 12:10

As our special guest, Robert Henderson, releases the mysteries of Wealth Transfer in the Courts of Heaven… Curt Landry will speak on the Jewish Roots of Christianity and how they can transform your faith!

Join us for this double-portion release!

*Due to limited seating on-site, registration is required. LIVE stream is only available for the Friday, July 27th teaching at 7:45pm CT at http://www.CurtLandry.com/LIVE.

Prophetic Insights


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There is a lot of talk about the Courts of Heaven now and more people are finding that it makes Biblical and Spiritual sense. There is controversy because we are in a time where the enemy is using every tactic he can to split the believers and to pit them against each other. There is a war building between churches and believers that is as serious if not more serious than between political factions. We must stand together and fight the darkness with the light of Christ within us and we can’t do that while turning from the light to fight with each other. There are fights over the apostolic, prophecy, healing, miracles, signs and wonders, God’s Kingdom and even revival and I ask everyone to do your own research but more, ask God to show you the truth. The Courts of Heaven are real and proven and I’ve prayed as before the courts of heaven and found answers so I can testify to the truth in it but we must all find our own truth. I share words like this one to stir your thoughts and cause you to think and ask God for answers. We are in very trying times and we need to hold fast to God and draw closer to His words for us and our families, friends and communities. Bless you all for reading and seeking!

The Justice of God will be Seen in July

Katie Barker Gods justiceKatie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia

On July 1st as I sat with the Lord and asked Him what was on His heart, I had a powerful encounter and I heard Him say, “July justice.” This month, heavenly books over individuals, ministries, regions and nations are being opened in response to the cries and intercession of the people of God and their stand in faith. God is delivering verdicts from Heaven to see injustices overturned. A shift will occur in the spirit for many of God’s people this month which will lead to a shift and breakthrough being seen in the natural in the remaining months of this year.

Recompense, repayment and restoration will come to the people of God in the coming months. This will not just be for individuals, but for regions and nations as well.

Restoration and Recompense

I received this word at 10:10am on July 1st, and I knew the Lord was highlighting John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” The enemy has over played his hand in the lives of many of God’s people, but the justice of God will be seen for those who have continued to stand in faith and have walked in obedience, love and mercy. The Lord’s heart is to see the destiny He has for individuals and nations come to pass. This means that He is bringing things into right alignment and bringing restoration and recompense for what has been lost and stolen. What the enemy meant for harm, the Lord is turning for good in the lives of His people.

A harvest is coming for what has been sown in prayer and intercession for individuals, families, regions and nations.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14 NKJV). Where the enemy has stolen or robbed His people, He is bringing restoration and recompense.

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25-26 NKJV)

The Legal System of God

God has established a legal framework for His creation. It is a framework that we all operate within, including the angels. This legal framework is based on aspects of the character of God, specifically His justice. In the nations of the world we have legal systems that exist to serve the justice of the people. Heaven also has a legal system that operates in a similar way, but is governed by the righteousness and justice of God. Therefore to see the manifestation of the justice of God in our lives, it is helpful to understand His legal system.

Revelation 20:12 talks of books in Heaven that record all of our works. In Matt. 12:36 we read that every word is recorded. Psalm 33:13-15 tells us that God sees everything and considers all of our works. The word “works” here is “ma’aseh” in the Hebrew text and can also be translated as “transactions”. The Lord showed me a vision of a vast trading place in Heaven, where there was so much activity occurring. These transactions that were occurring in the trading place were later used as evidence in the court.

I saw people of God were bringing their cases to the courts and the Lord was releasing verdicts to see His justice established. As the verdicts were released, a spiritual shift occurred and then situations in the natural changed in the lives of the people of God. Angels were released to bring to pass the verdict God had given. The angels were released on assignment to bring alignment in the natural to the Word of the Lord. The people had prepared themselves before entering the courts by searching their hearts and repenting of any wrongs Holy Spirit was revealing to them.

As God released the verdict in the courts, I saw situations in the lives of people change. Where the enemy had stolen from the people of God, the Lord was releasing repayment and recompense. This was in a variety of forms including release of finances for advancement into Kingdom projects, recovery of health, blockages removed where there had been blockages to stepping into their divine destiny, prodigals returning and marriages restored. I saw the Lord suddenly open up new paths and opportunities for people and launching them into their next step in their destinies in God.

Metamorphosis

At the start of this year, the Lord told me the year would be a year of “metamorphosis” where complete transformation is seen. I believe one of the main ways this will occur is through God releasing His justice into the lives of individuals and nations.

A harvest is coming for what has been sown in prayer and intercession for individuals, families, regions and nations. Those who have sown in tears will reap with joy. It will be a time of double blessing and double harvest for what has been sown. The Lord is lighting the seeds of intercession that have been sown.

Recompense, repayment and restoration will come to the people of God in the coming months.

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, not have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

Destiny and Inheritance

We are in a time of great spiritual shifting in the earth and great acceleration as the manifestation of God’s end-time plans in the earth unfolds. The Lord is looking at the inheritance over nations and all that has been sown into nations with regard to intercession, alignment with Biblical principles and acts of faith and obedience. Now is the time for God’s people to partner with Him and call forth the destiny and inheritance over nations. Destinies of nations are being reclaimed in this hour.

Injustices in nations are being uncovered and overturned as God’s carriers of justice are partnering with Him in intercession to see Kingdom justice released. These intercessors have great assignments from the Lord to use their authority in Christ to unlock regions and nations in the spirit by bringing down strongholds and taking territory for the Kingdom.

Individually the people of God who have felt they have not moved forward into the fullness of their destiny in God will see blockages removed and divine opportunities and open doors released. Those who have stood in faith and walked in love, honor and mercy regardless of their situation will see the Lord move powerfully on their behalf.

The Lord is calling people to claim their spiritual inheritance and take their territory. The enemy has illegally occupied your territory and the Lord is calling His people to use their authority and the truth of the Word of God to take back their territory. Corporately, the people of God are standing in the gap for their regions and nations and taking back territory from the enemy and advancing the Kingdom of God.

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12 NKJV)

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land…” (Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV)

“[N]ow, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.” (Luke 18:7-8 NASB)

Be encouraged, your intercession is opening heavenly books. God is delivering verdicts from Heaven to see injustices overturned and recompense and restoration is coming.

Katie Barker
Bring the Fire Ministries

Email: contact@katiebarker.com.au
Website: www.katiebarker.com.au | www.bringthefireministries.com

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


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This prophetic word fits so well with another article I am running by Beverley Watkins called The Principle of Spiritual Trading. I’ve been looking for the right time to run it and I believe I will run it here tomorrow because it aligns with this one so perfectly. Beverley and her husband, Robin, are based in Johannesburg, South Africa where they lead Global Impact – a non-profit company that empowers the Ekklesia for the reformation of nations. They are apostolically aligned with Robert Henderson (Courts of Heaven writer) and Global Reformers. I think the fact we can go into the Courts of Heaven to plead our case is exciting truth that has been revealed in the days we need it most.

4 Keys for Understanding Your Dreams

dreamssmallKris Vallotton

Did you know that there is no day or night in the spirit world? If you have ever awakened from a full night’s sleep feeling tired and like you were in a war all night, you probably were! It may be surprising, but our spirit is always awake, even when our body is asleep. I think we would all walk in greater revelation if we paid more attention to our dreams. After all, you spend about a third of your life asleep!

A Dream Could Change Your Whole Life

A friend of ours told us how his son’s marriage was restored by a dream! His son and daughter-in-law were in a year-long, ugly custody battle over their only son. Their marriage was over and although the husband had a change of heart and wanted to reconcile with his wife, she remained hurt, angry, and bitter. She refused any counsel. She broke all ties with the family and would have nothing to do with any of them.

The night before they were to go to divorce court, his daughter-in-law had a dream. In it, she saw herself standing at the edge of a beautiful meadow. Her husband was standing in the middle of the field, and suddenly Jesus appeared in the field. He looked over at her, smiled, and then walked through the meadow to her husband and gave him a hug. The scene changed. Her father-in-law was now standing in the center of the field and again the Lord appeared. He looked over at her a second time and smiled while He embraced her father-in-law. In the next scene, she saw herself standing in the field of flowers. Jesus appeared off in the distance walking through the meadow towards her. Just as the Lord reached out to embrace her, she woke up.

She knew the Lord was giving her the grace she needed to restore her relationship with her husband. She got out of bed at five o’clock in the morning and called her husband. They reconciled that very day and lived happily ever after!

Spiritual Dreams Are Encounters With The Spirit Realm

We see dreams played out in the Bible as very real spiritual encounters. Let’s take a look at a few…

Sometimes our dreams are actually memories of spiritual experiences we had when we were sleeping. I call these “reality dreams.” A great example of this is Joseph’s famous dream found in Matthew 2:13-14.

Another type of God dream is what I call “virtual reality dreams.” This kind of dream is actually a vision of the mind that we have while we sleep and remember when we wake up. Virtual reality dreams, or visions of the night, are to your spirit what movies are to your natural man. Nebuchadnezzar had one of these kinds of dreams in Daniel 2:31-36. We know it was this type of dream because it was symbolic and needed an interpretation.

There is much to know about the mysterious world of dreams. Job gives us some insight into the nature of dreams and their purposes:

“Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it. In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction, that He may turn man aside from his conduct, and keep man from pride; He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing over into Sheol” (Job 33:14-18).

Job says that the dreams of God often go unnoticed. And he reinforces the fact that virtual reality dreams are visions of the night. He goes on to explain that many times God uses dreams to change our attitude. If our soul is resisting the Lord, He waits until we are unconscious and then changes our heart through visions of the night. He even says that these midnight encounters can keep us from hell! If dreams are that powerful, then I want to propose to you that a dream can impact your destiny, turn your heart towards God, bring clarity to a situation and even bring insight to problems in your life that seem hopeless.

4 Keys for Understanding Your Dreams

Dreams are an amazing way to hear God. There are some important things to remember about dreams, and here are four basic truths that I think are important for any believer who wants to grow in their dream life:

  1. Not all dreams are from God. You can hear from four sources in the spirit realm—your spirit, the Holy Spirit, angels and evil spirits—and this is true even in your dreams. Not all dreams are from God. This should be one the first questions you consider when you’re evaluating a dream. Holy Spirit and wise counsel can help you with this.
  2. It does not necessarily mean you are prophetic just because you have dreams. Remember, even wicked people in the Old Testament had dreams. Interpreting dreams is what makes you prophetic.
  3. Dreams require interpretation. Colors, numbers, and other symbolic occurrences in dreams are very important to the interpretation of the dream. But even as you learn to recognize consistencies in this symbolic language, you need to remember that ultimately the interpretation of dreams belongs to the Lord.
  4. If you want to have more dreams, you need to become a good steward of the revelations you receive. It is a great idea to put a notebook or recorder by your bed before you go to sleep. Pray and tell the Lord, “Your servant is listening.” As soon as you have a dream, write it down or record all of the details you can remember, including the way you felt about the dream while you were having it.

Going Further on the Journey of Dreaming

Let’s be a people who notice the dreams God gives us and stewards them well! There is so much more to know about dreams and visions. John Paul Jackson, James and Michal Ann Goll, and Cindy Jacobs have all written amazing books on the subject with deep insights into this language of God. I highly recommend their books.

If dreaming is something you want to grow in then I want to invite you to join me this August in Redding for the School of the Prophets. We designed this school to help you not just hear God and grow in your prophetic gift, but to deeply study and activate you into a lifestyle of prophetic! We will have breakouts on the subjects of dreams and dream interpretation, along with other subjects like building a prophetic community, operating in the prophetic to impact government and business and more. You can register now!


 

creativity-use-themI don’t remember enough to write down from my dreams most of the time. I had some prophetic dreams about 18 years ago before I left America and their subjects have been playing out for a couple of years now. I did have one over a year ago and I know it was a warning from God as it did happen. I couldn’t change the outcome but knowing what the situation in wide awake time helped me cope with it and give warning. I have a lot of dreams and I do wake up tired and sometimes I wake up and start crying so I know something is going on while I sleep … just not what. I wish that I could remember enough to write them down but so far I haven’t.

 

The Second Half of 2018: God is Advancing You to Your Breakthrough

Break-Free-of-FearKyle T. Miller, Little Rock, AR

At the beginning of 2018, the Lord spoke to me clearly and said that 2018 was going to be a year of dynamic breakthrough for those who are expecting it. In particular, the Lord said that this would be a year of redemption in which He was going to cause people to reclaim things that were lost in previous seasons. This redemption would come in the form of finances that have been stolen from His people being returned, relationships that have been broken being repaired, and hopes and dreams that have been deferred being brought back to the surface so that they can come to pass.

If you have had things stolen from you, this will be the year that God is giving you the ability to get them back! Personal prophecies, words of wisdom and words of knowledge will be some of the tools that God will use in order to activate and advance people in order to reclaim losses.

New finances will also be released into people’s hands like never before. However, God says this is just a pretest of what is to come. Those people who appropriately handle their talents and invest them properly will be financially set up for the years to come. Those who do not handle this blessing properly will struggle in the years to come. These finances are not to be completely consumed but rather to be invested for what’s ahead.

A Prophetic Dream

Often, before God gives me a word for the Body of Christ, He will allow me to personally experience what is to come. These encounters will come through a prophetic vision, dream, or prophetic experience. Back in April, I had a dream in which I was in my SUV. I was riding down an open road. However, I was not behind the wheel of my car but in the passenger side. My vehicle was going very fast – around 110 miles per hour, but I couldn’t stop! I would put my foot on the brakes all the way to the floor, but it still wouldn’t stop. Finally I arrived at my destination – unharmed and safe.

…we must be willing to let go of past hurts, past perceptions, and old mindsets so that we can accelerate.

After I woke from this dream, the Holy Spirit gave me the interpretation: God is going to cause our ministry/occupation (the car) to accelerate so fast that we won’t be able to stop it. Although the speed would sometimes cause me to want to slow down, I would not be able to because I am not in control of my ministry/occupation. God is the One who is in control!

Then Another Dream…

A couple of weeks later, a friend of mine asked me to interpret her dream. It was almost identical to mine! She was on the passenger side of her vehicle. The speed made her very uncomfortable; however, she could not slow down but arrived at her destination safely.

After hearing and interpreting my friend’s dream, I knew that God was trying to tell me that the dream I had was not just for me but for the Body of Christ. The likelihood that someone else would have almost exactly the same dream that I had was no mere coincidence. Rather, God was trying to tell me He is accelerating His people in this season and He is going to get us where we need to be in a short period of time.

Out of 2 or 3 Witnesses Let Every Word Be Established

“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” (Matthew 18:16)

Many times in the Scriptures we see when God wanted to emphasize something, He would repeat it often. One example of this is the book of Joshua. Between verse 6 and verse 9 of Joshua Chapter 1, God tells Joshua three times “Be strong and courageous.” God spoke this to Joshua so many times because: 1. He was trying to emphasize something and 2. God knew that Joshua would probably be tempted to get into fear. So in His infinite grace, God encouraged Joshua several times to be strong and courageous, so that Joshua would have a word to hold on to when he was challenged with fear (see Joshua 1:1-9).

A month after I received my dream and I interpreted my friend’s dream, I then received a prophetic word from my apostolic leader. My leader said, “Upgrade and acceleration are about to hit your ministry.” If I wasn’t already encouraged by my dream and my friend’s dream, I definitely was even more encouraged when I received the prophetic word. God had given me three witnesses of what He is doing with His people in this season.

The acceleration and advancement that God is doing in this season is for all of us. What God has shared with me is this: He is advancing His people and causing them to accelerate in this season. The speed in which God takes us over the next 6 months – from July to December – is going to be so fast that we may often be tempted to try and pump the brakes to slow things down. However, this acceleration in speed is God’s doing and He is the one that is driving us to our next destination.

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines acceleration as:

a: the act or process of moving faster or happening more quickly: the act or process of accelerating rapid acceleration. Example: the acceleration of economic growth.

b: the ability to accelerate. Example: a car with good acceleration.

God wants to cause those good things that He is bringing into your life to happen quicker. He also wants to endue you with the ability to enter into His goodness and receive His promises in this season!

Biblical Examples of Acceleration

One example of God accelerating His people is in Exodus with the children of Israel. The Scriptures state that God began to hear the cries of the Hebrews and He began to move on their behalf.

“The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of My people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached Me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.'” (Exodus 3:7-9)

After making this prophetic declaration, God raised up Moses to lead the people and they quickly transitioned from being slaves to being set free! On their way out of Egypt, the Hebrews received gold, riches and precious jewels from the Egyptians.

Another example is in Isaiah: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

God will move us to our next level by doing new things! However, we must be willing to let go of past hurts, past perceptions, and old mindsets so that we can accelerate. Anytime we labor too long on what “used to be” we delay God from moving in our lives now.

The Life of Joseph

Those people who appropriately handle their talents and invest them properly will be financially set up for the years to come.

Probably one of the best examples of God’s acceleration in someone’s life is that of Joseph. After spending around 13 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Joseph was immediately accelerated into a position of Prime Minister of Egypt after he utilized his gift of interpreting dreams with Pharaoh (see Genesis 41). However, this sudden acceleration would have never happened if Joseph had not made himself available to be used by God to interpret the baker and the cupbearer’s dreams (see Genesis 40).

A Very Important Takeaway

The life of Joseph comes with a very important takeaway as it relates to divine acceleration: Our acceleration may be quick; but it is usually the result of us allowing ourselves, in obedience to God, to be used by Him. I truly do not believe Joseph’s acceleration would have happened if Joseph had refused to use his gifts for God’s glory.

I come in contact with people who feel as though God is holding them back – not allowing them to move forward in what they know they have been called to do. However, after prophetic counseling with these individuals, God often reveals to me that these people have often missed a step somewhere, sometimes a very small one. This misstep may be manifested by failing to follow an instruction that God has given. As a result of these small steps not being carried out, stagnation and frustration ensue.

The Breaker Will Cause You to Advance This Year

During this second half of 2018, God is going to allow His people to experience major breakthrough! God is accelerating us so that He can get us where He wants us to be. And He is going to make sure we get to where we need to be so that we are right on step with His purpose and plan for our life. God will enable us to trample our enemies so that we can experience breakthrough on every side! There is literally a Breakthrough Angel that goes to battle on our behalf!

“May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze, and your strength match your days. There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your aid, and the clouds in His majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He drives out the enemy before you, giving the command, ‘Destroy him!'” (Deuteronomy 33:25-27)

God wants to bring you into such an amazing dimension of breakthrough that your enemies are destroyed! Who are your enemies? Sickness? Poverty? Despair? Depression? Hopelessness? Whatever it is, God wants to utterly destroy it!

Accessing Your Breakthrough Angel!

In June, during worship at our Prophetic Advancement and Breakthrough Conference in New Orleans, I had an angelic encounter. In the first encounter, I saw an angel wrapped in an American flag. It was later identified that this angel’s name was “Patriot” and it was sent to stand guard and protect the United States of America. Later the Lord told me to tell the congregation that He was sending an angel home with those people who were in attendance. He told me then that this angel was assigned to assist us in receiving breakthrough. God mentions this angel of breakthrough in Micah 2:13.

“The Breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.” (Micah 2:13)

Gates in Scripture often represent portals – openings into the spirit realm. This Scripture is so powerful because what it is saying is that our angel (The Breaker) is coming up to do battle on our behalf. This angel will also allow us to enter into new portals of revelation and blessings. This is the season where God is releasing angels to bring breakthrough to our lives.

A Prayer for Breakthrough

If you would like to access your breakthrough and accelerate into what God has for you in this season, please pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father, everything in the Kingdom of God is accessed by faith and confession. As Your Word says, “If we believe in our heart on the Lord Jesus, and confess with our mouth He was raised from the dead, we shall be saved” (see Romans 10:9). Therefore Lord, I believe that this is a season that You are accelerating me and bringing me into a whole new level of breakthrough. So I confess with my mouth by faith that I am entering into a whole new level of prosperity, health, increase, and acceleration and I believe I receive in my heart that I am getting it all now in Jesus’ name, amen!

Kyle T. Miller
Prophet Kyle – Personal Prophecy

Email: kyle@prophetkyle.com
Website: www.prophetkyle.com

Kyle T. Miller, a licensed and ordained prophet, has been called to the marketplace as a musician, play producer, and educator. A native of Arkansas, Kyle has been prophesying and interpreting dreams for almost 15 years. Kyle is also a scholar, obtaining a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Kyle’s theatre production company, Positive Images in Christ, has directed and produced over a dozen shows since it was founded in 2004. Kyle is extremely passionate about speaking into people’s lives so that they can grow and blossom into their God-given calling. Besides prophesying and giving words of knowledge, the Lord also uses Kyle in the ministry of deliverance.


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Acceleration of breakthrough sounds like a time for great celebration and joy as the suddenlies come on us like fireworks in the night sky. We see them shooting upward as streaks of fire but we don’t know what they will look like until they break open against the dark sky flooding the ground below with light. That is how I picture my breakthrough and have had prophetic words spoken to me that indicate it will be just like that … fireworks!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/zephyrmorning

A Time to Accelerate! You Will Run With the Horses

MontanaBen Lim, Los Angeles, CA

Running Out From the Dumps!

There is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time to laugh and there is a time to cry. There is a time to sit and there is a time to run!

I believe that the Lord is anointing the Church to run, run, run! It is not time to sit back and rummage around. But rather, it is time for the Bride of Christ to run, fast forward, and to not look back!

Elijah was a man who was just like us. The Bible says that after his greatest victory, he fell deep into the face of depression. Depression had swallowed him up and the spirit of death was knocking at his door (1 Kings 19:4).

The Holy Spirit is strengthening you with fresh revelation and you will now move forth in the spirit of power and might!”

Many have fallen into depression and sadness. Many have fallen into a spirit of discouragement. The Lord began showing me that many in the Church were experiencing sadness because of unfulfilled words and unfinished projects. But this spirit of discouragement is now going to flee far from you in Jesus’ name!

Tiredness and Depression

This spirit of discouragement is delaying the people of God from running with full force. These heavy baggages are causing people to run at a speed level that they were never destined for. You are meant to run freely in the power of His might! You were made to run swiftly in the power of God and run freely from all of the baggages of your pasts and from all of the entanglements of the world.

The enemy is trying to distract you so that you would deplete your time and energy and all of your resources. Have you been discouraged?

Elijah was deep down in the dumps, but the Lord had met him in a supernatural way (1 Kings 19:14). The same whisper of God’s wind and Word that empowered Elijah to run is going to pick you up and cause you to run! The Lord is about to meet you in a supernatural way. The Lord is about to cause you to run.

Pace Yourself

The Bible says that we should all run in a race as if only one will win the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). We are all competing in this life-long marathon of eternal Olympics. And truly, life is not a sprint but it is a marathon.

Life is not about how quickly you start, but about how long and well you last. Even for myself as a Millennial, I have witnessed so many people, both old and young from all schools and streams of life, get on fire for the Lord but quickly die out in their passions and in their faith. Some even backslide into renouncing Christ and become Atheistic or turn to some form of New Age Universalism.

I am not impressed by a person’s zeal and passion. I am impressed by how they carry themselves to fully finish their assignment. Too many start well, but they end up veering off track. Even the Apostle Paul rebuked the Galatians and asked, “…Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1). The Lord is interested in whether or not we finish strong with one another for the long run.

Your Integrity is Your Life-Long Legacy

The Evangelist Billy Graham passed onto glory with over 55 years of ministry with no major scandal brought up against him. No, not one! He was clean and had integrity in all of his doings. As much of an honorable example this man of God is, this should actually be the norm, not the rarity. We all should be walking in that type and level of integrity for the marathon of our lives. We should all be growing from glory to glory, from righteousness to righteousness, and from holiness to holiness.

The Lord wants us to overcome all obstacles so that we will be a great witness for His name. The Lord wants us to be credible and demonstrate integrity in every way, so that we will be trusted voices to this generation and to those to come. We must not compromise our birthrights for mere bowls of soups.

The Lord wants us to be a holy people with proven character. We must be a people who can be trusted with much more than we have now. And if we are not capable of being faithful with the little now, then how can we be faithful with the greater things to come? Kingdoms are at hand; nations are at hand. There is so much of God’s Kingdom that is drawing nearer and nearer.

We haven’t even come close to seeing the greater things that Jesus has for us as He spoke of in John 14:12. We haven’t even come close yet! We haven’t even scratched the surface. There is a depth that is calling out to the children of God. Deep cries out unto deep (Psalm 42:7).

The Spirit of Endurance

“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13 ESV)

The whole prophetic book of Revelation is repeated with the word and phrase, “Endurance.” You can see this in Revelation 2:3 NKJV, “And you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”

The Kingdom of God is about endurance. I believe the spirit of endurance is about to mark the Church in an immeasurable way. Endurance is what the foundational apostles of Christ Jesus had. Endurance was the sure sign of being an apostle (2 Corinthians 12:12). Endurance is what caused the Church fathers to prevail over the persecutions of Rome and of the religious systems of the Jews.

Endurance is what caused Jesus to carry the Cross up to the top of Mount Golgotha. And endurance is what will keep you strong and ready even to the finishing of the race and to the end of the battle.

I believe that the Lord is anointing the Church to run, run, run! It is not time to sit back and rummage around. But rather, it is time for the Bride of Christ to run fast forward and to not look back! “

If you’re feeling tired and discouraged now, then get ready beloved, because this is just a small taste of what is to come! We must advance with full force. We must advance with the resurrection power of Christ Jesus.

This harvest is going to be so great, that we need each and every one of us to be ready and able. Get renewed and get refreshed, for the Lord is about to accelerate you into the best season of your life!

Running with the Horses

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5 NIV)

Have you been stumbling? Have you been stumbling with the footmen? Well the Lord is wanting to upgrade you to the horses. It’s time for you to compete with the horses! The Lord is moving you up from running with the footmen to now racing with the horses.

God is about to bring you up to the next level of things. He’s bringing you to a whole new ball game. He is bringing you to a new tier. You will be moved from running with the men to running with the horses. You will move from the natural to the supernatural. You will go from the first heavens to the third. You are being promoted.

Discouragement is fleeing from you. Sadness is leaving you. The disappointments and the depressing lies of the devil are being extinguished. The Holy Spirit is strengthening you with fresh revelation and you will now move forth in the spirit of power and might! It’s time for you to ride on with the Rider on the white horse. Ride on rider, ride on!

To Run with the Spirit of Endurance, We Must:

1) Soak – Take time to pray and soak in the presence of the Lord. This is an essential key for the sons of God. We must pray in the Holy Spirit. Refresh your spirit and your soul in the presence of God.

2) Sabbath – Take time and days, even seasons, to have days off and to go on a sabbatical trip with the Lord. Refresh your spirit and your soul by taking a break from what you call work and ministry.

3) Fellowship – There must be mutual koinonia with people who you can receive from. The Kingdom is not all about giving, but it is also about receiving. So get under anointings, atmospheres, teachers, and people who you can receive fresh impartation from.

As you do these things on a regular basis, you will surely run fast and far with the horses!

Ben Lim, Senior Pastor
His Way Life Church
Email: benjaminlim6@gmail.com
Website: www.B100lim.org

Ben Lim is a dynamic Millennial leader, who currently serves as the senior pastor of His Way Life, in Koreatown, Los Angeles. He is the director of Open Heaven Cry, a missions and revival network, and is a highly sought out international speaker. He is the CEO of Ben Lim TV and is the author of the book Men of Valor. He loves to live life in the fullness as a son of the Most High.


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If it has a horse in it I am interested! Love of my life, horses. This is the 3rd time in just a few days that I’ve seen reference to that scripture from Jeremiah! Makes me feel I need to get in and read Jeremiah and see what that is about. Someone one wrote that if you see a word that checks in your spirit it could just be a word but if you start seeing it more often it is God trying to draw your attention to something. “Running with the horses” is something I am very familiar with as I did competitive trail riding for several years and it involved a lot of trotting and running with a lot of horses, behind, nearby and ahead as we all competed for that illusive prize. It wasn’t the endurance style riding where you road all day and night but at least 30 miles the first day and 20 on the second. It meant leaving really early, pacing yourself and your horse, all sorts of obstacles, climbing mountain trails, regular vet checks along the way that gave short breaks to the horse and rider. You and your horse had to be in absolute top condition, your equipment had to be in good shape and light weight and you had to be ready for any challenge on the trail including other riders. Many rides were over terrain you and your horse had never seen before. With that I can relate to what Jeremiah was talking about when he mentioned running with the horses. It is far different than hiking on a trail for an hour or two. I would say that the times ahead are not going to be leisure times as in the past but we will all have work to do and we have been in training for the time where we will need courage and total trust in God. When you run with the horses you must have total trust in your horse as you ride on high trails with vast drops to valleys below. In that way God is taking us to high places and we have to trust Him completely as He leads us where we have never gone before.

Be Encouraged God Has Not Passed You By!

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Dr. Sandie Freed, Bedford, TX

I heard the Lord say, “Tell My children that I have not passed them by. Many believe they have missed My blessings. They have been praying and waiting for breakthrough but are becoming discouraged. Tell them to remain patient, I have not forgotten about them.”

Dear ones, I know what it feels like to wait on God. At times, we are so weary in our waiting upon God that unbelief attempts to cloud our vision and hijack our faith. I have been one of those Christians who have had God remind me of many blessings coming my way…only to pray, fast and stand strong, but nothing happened. Yes, at times it felt like God had forgotten about me or simply passed me by! Many times I have thought I missed my blessing somehow.

When it seems as if your blessing is no where to be found or if it seems God has passed you by…hold on!

There have also been days I have gotten out of bed with high expectations for the day; believing for miracles and breakthroughs only to experience disappointment at the end of that day. Now, I still loved God and I knew He loved me but yet, this lingering disappointment would remain that I could not shake. What do you do when your heart is broken and all hope seems lost?

How do you battle the dark whispers from the enemy who says:

God doesn’t care about your needs.

—You’re not good enough.

—You’ve messed up and God isn’t going to heal you.

—You don’t measure up.

—You don’t pray enough.

—God has turned His back on you because of your sin.

—You’re a loser.

A thousand fiery darts are hurled toward you and soon you are absolutely convinced that “God has passed me (you) by!”

Satan is a Liar

Not so! God has NOT passed you by and He has NOT forgotten about you! Bottom line is this: who are you choosing to listen to right now? We must choose to listen only to God and ignore the whispers of the enemy. The devil is a liar and he would love for us to turn our backs on God and falsely accuse Him! To believe that God doesn’t care about our needs is one of the ways we come into agreement with the accuser. When we agree with satan’s lies, we give him more power. If you want a life of godly power, then align yourself with God and His Word!

I know firsthand how the enemy loves to shake our faith. Satan will target us with attempts to shake us, derail us, and frustrate us to the point that we lose hope. When the enemy lies to us, what should our response be? What should our reply be? Hopefully, our confession will be one that agrees with what God says! While waiting for our breakthroughs, we should all be flooding the airways with positive confessions and declaring that God is our healer, provider and deliverer. While waiting on our healing, we should be keeping our minds fixed on the fact that God loves us and desires us healed!

I know that at times it is difficult to rejoice with others when they get a breakthrough and you’re still waiting on yours. Yes, it is discouraging and if not careful you will hear yourself say, “God has passed me by.” But Saint, please hear me. God has NOT passed you by! God is going to reward your faithfulness, so keep standing!

If you will recall, the psalmist spoke about enduring and said, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). A night may be one night away or six nights away or maybe several months, but God promises that joy WILL come. Remember Job? Historians write that his hard times lasted a full year, but on the other side he was blessed double for all that trouble.

Let me assure you: God will never ever forget about you. He knows your needs and your concerns. And dear Believer, He has not passed you by. It’s time to rise up and declare what God has spoken to you. Tell the devil to back off! Remind the enemy that he is a liar and that his fiery darts will not have victory in your life. Remind satan that you are a child of the Most High God.

Your heavenly Father cares for you and will never leave you nor forsake you. Make a positive confession and declare that you are walking in power and that you are going to exercise you godly authority over every lie of the enemy.

Your Blessing is Coming!

“Tell My children that I have not passed them by…”

—To fully live in victory we must not waver or allow the lies of the enemy to hijack our faith.

—When it seems as if your blessing is no where to be found or if it seems God has passed you by…hold on! Stand strong!

Think about some of those patriarchs in the Bible who stood strong when adversity surrounded them. One of my favorite Bible characters is Elijah. Scripture tells us that he was a man just like us. This means he was human but also very powerful in God. He was tempted with fears and emotions just as we are today. And yet, he went toe-to-toe with Ahab and Jezebel. He stood strong against witchcraft, idolatry and yes, murder! Yet he boldly tore down the false altars of Baal and rebuilt the altar of God.

Elijah destroyed the false prophets in the land and prayed for rain that ended a long drought. In fact, he was the one who prophesied the drought! And God honored his decree! Wow! When there was no rain cloud in sight Elijah continued to pray and believe for rain. He could have gotten discouraged and believed that “God has passed me by!” But, he didn’t waver! Elijah refused to give up. He kept praying and believing what God had said. The Lord told Elijah it would rain, and guess what? Elijah believed what God said!

—Believer, don’t give up! Keep believing! Believe what God has said about you. Believe that you are blessed.

—Believe this today…because I hear the sound of the abundance of rain headed your way!

—It’s your season for power, demonstration and breakthrough. Don’t let what you see in the natural discourage you…but keep your eyes on Jesus! What God has promised, He will surely do!

Now pray this prayer: Father, I decree that I am blessed. Because You, Lord, say I am blessed I believe that I am blessed. Though I am waiting on You, I know that my strength is renewed. I am patiently waiting for the full manifestation of my many blessings. I ask that You, Lord, clothe me with divine favor. I ask for the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control be manifested in my life. I decree that I shall not be moved and I stand strong in my faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Sandie Freed
Sandie Freed Ministries

Email: zionministries1@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.lifegatechurch.org/www.freedrevolution.com

Dr. Sandie Freed co-labors with her husband, Mickey Freed, doing the work of the Lord as a ministry team. In addition, they are the founders of Zion Ministries Training Center in Bedford, Texas, and Lifegate Church International. Sandie has traveled nationally and internationally teaching dreams and visions seminars and on spiritual discernment. Her ability to adequately prophesy and discern spiritual strongholds over regions has released numerous breakthroughs for individuals and ministries. Sandie has authored Dream On, and eleven other books, most of which are in several different languages. Dr. Sandie and Apostle/Pastor Mickey are ordained with Christian International Ministries, serving on their Board of Governors. They have been married since 1973, and have one daughter, Kimberly.


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Encouraging word so many of us need right now. I haven’t personally seen anyone who has really received their breakthrough yet but I’ve heard that some have. God has moved me to a totally new place and I believe that is part of my crossing over, shifting or whatever label you want to put on it but it isn’t everything … I don’t know anyone here so feel pretty alone and that causes me to wonder if I missed it sometimes. It has been a different kind of struggle since I moved and in some ways I feel more hopeless and out of control than I did before. I think we feel once a “big thing” happens that life will all fall into place and we will see the end of the story. Maybe for some that is true but I know God does things in order and with purpose we can’t imagine in our “quick fix – fast service” life style. He does one part and then waits for us to adjust to and accept the new, which is also building us for the next part which may be even bigger. What I am feeling now is building faith and courage to stick it out and see what happens next. I read something yesterday that impressed me; Fear is a reaction, Courage is a Decision. We are torn between our circumstances and the Word of God and unfortunately many times we lose hope, grow faint and weary over our circumstances and fall into doubt and unbelief. That is a deep pit that we then have to climb out of with a rope of God’s Word coming down to us where we sit in self pity. It is the same thing as Moses and his people going round and round in the wilderness. I don’t want to do that … do you? We must grab every scrap of faith driven words that the wind of the spirit blows in our direction and quiet ourselves to hear God speak to us in any way He chooses.

Season of the Crucible

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Cindy Jacobs

Many of you have been feeling like you are in a pressure cooker, a crucible. The Lord would say to you, “My child, you are going to come out of this as pure gold, for this is a season of refining. This is a season where I am asking people, would you choose the difficult jobs in life for My kingdom? Would you be willing to go to the high places rather than to walk in low places where you just get by and you just take care of yourself and a few others?

“Ask Me for nations; ask Me for large things. Don’t be content with living a small life. I want you to live a large life, for I have plans for you. I have destinies for you.?

“I want you to be willing to step up to a higher level. It’s time to go higher, not lower. I will let you choose what you want to do, but you will not fulfill the highest on your own. You might do My good will or My acceptable will, but you will not come to the perfect will that I have set for your life,” says the Lord.

The Lord says, “If you have run with the horsemen and you are weary, then what will you do with the flooding of the Jordan? In the crucible time, in this time, My eyes are running to and fro. My eyes are searching to see those who I can use, those who I can trust, those who I can call upon to change situations that are difficult. I’m going to pour out an anointing upon the Jeremiahs of this generation, but it’s going to take strength. It’s going to take courage. It’s going to take more than you have.

“It’s a time to pull into Me,” says the Lord. “It’s a time to crawl into My presence if you have to. It’s a time to be intentional about being a person of presence, a person who spends time with Me, a person of intimacy because if you do not crawl into that place in the cleft of the rock and let Me cover you with My hand, many of you will not be able to do what you could do.”

“Don’t whine and don’t pity yourself when the crucible time comes,” the Lord says, “for I promise you, only the wheat, the hay, and the chaff will burn off you. It will not be those things that are lasting. As the fires of opposition come, know this: if you were not going the right way, there would be no fires of opposition. Take it as a challenge. Rise up and say, ‘No. The Greater One lives in me. This will not take me under. I’m going over. I’m going to be a champion in life. I am called to be victorious. I am called to triumph.’”

The Lord would say to you, “Come up to Me. Come up to a higher place. Don’t live in the low place, the weeds, the places of opposition where Satan wants you to be. Come up to Me in the throne room. Come up to Me in the heavenly places. Come and sit beside Me, My son and daughter. If you will do that, you will begin to look down from that high place onto this opposition that is only temporary. It is not an eternal thing. You are an eternal being. You are not meant just to go under the things of the world. You are called to be an overcomer.

“I am releasing a comforting anointing right now to you. Even as you listen to this, there is a power of comfort. I am the God of all comfort. I am the good shepherd. I am the God who loves you. I am the God who leads you beside still waters and green pastures. I will cause you to come to a place where you say, ‘Surely my cup is overflowing. Surely You are good. Surely goodness and mercy follow me all the days in my life.’ You will dwell in My house one day.”

But the Lord would say, “I want to say ‘Good and faithful servant.’ I want to say, ‘Yes, you did everything I called you to do.’ Do not lose heart in the crucible times, for you will come out of this as pure gold.”

God bless you.


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I read this word out loud and ended up in tears at the end over the goodness of God. When you read something like this you can hear God’s voice speaking to you over your life and it comes home to your spirit and soul as where you belong and WHO you belong to and how much HE cares … so good. Thank you Father for your prophets who share Your heart with us.

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/zephyrmorning

What’s My Purpose in Life

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Curt Landry Ministries

What is your purpose in life, and how do you find it? What is God’s divine destiny for you? We will discuss these age-old questions and find out how to pursue your life’s purpose, and how to align with your destiny. Are you ready for the journey?

Purpose to glorify God

Our ultimate purpose is to glorify Him, that others will be brought into His Kingdom. Jesus, Yeshua Himself, prayed that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We are intended to subdue the earth, harness it’s potential, and partner with Him. Continually tapping into His power helps us to walk in our destiny.

He doesn’t want just to meet us at church. Taking Simon Peter’s example: Peter knew Yeshua, he ate with Him, spent time with Him, yet denied Him three times. Yeshua knew this would happen, and He also knew Peter would be restored.

Where was Peter and what was he doing when He was restored? We find out that Yeshua stood seaside and called out to Peter, during his workday as a fisherman, asking, “Have you caught any fish yet?” His net was empty. He had known God but had yet to experience Him in daily life. Do you find this to be true of your faith?

When life isn’t working, Yeshua is calling out to you. He wants you to refocus on Him. When this alignment happens, He has abundance waiting for you.

  • Where is your focus?

Sometimes we can be so occupied with our daily lives, our failures, and our stress, that we can’t see Yeshua standing at the shore calling out to us.

Yeshua tells you what to do, to cast your nets on the RIGHT side of the boat. There is a specific destiny designed by the Creator for you. You can do all things through Him who strengthens you.

  • How do I know Jesus more?

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”—Ephesians 2:14-16

Jesus, Yeshua, being a Jew, acted like a Jew. The mystery is revealed to the Gentiles, that we are brought into the commonwealth of Israel, joined with God’s first-born. When the modern-day Believer understands their spiritual heritage and comes together with the Jewish Believer, there is covenant power.

This covenant is the Lord’s design, that the two come together as One New Man, for His glory and our peace!

Purpose with passion

It’s safe to say that most of us want to enjoy what we do. That’s the Lord’s intent for our work. God does bless the work of our hands. When He is our focus in all that we do, we are rewarded.

“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”Psalm 90:17

It seems that some in the Body of Christ today are torn between their circumstances and the Word of God. Which governs your life? God wants us to be prosperous and successful. He has a plan for you.

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”—Deuteronomy 8:18

When we find joy in what we do, He then can use the works of our hands to bless others. In turn, He is glorified and we are blessed! In this, our Father’s business comes full circle.

God wants to awaken you and shape you into His character. We are entering times where there must be unity among the Body of Christ, and He wants us to walk in our destiny. Will you walk in the power and dominion of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

How character is formed

Character is formed through trials. God has great plans for each of us, but because of our sinful nature, we fail to see it at first. God is a God of process and circumstance. He purifies us by allowing us to step into the fire, knowing we will emerge humbled, redeemed, restored, and ready to align with His will.

This powerful process is what will take you into your Kingdom calling. In the Bible, Jonah refused to go to Nineveh. As a result, he went through a terrible storm. Ask yourself:

  • Do I want to understand God’s divine plan for my life better?
  • Is the Holy Spirit nudging me in a direction where I don’t want to go?
  • Have I already turned my ship to go in the opposite direction of where God is asking me, and now I’m experiencing a significant storm?

True honesty with ourselves and the Lord brings to light the choices we might have made that have led to our misalignment. You see, the decisions made impact our lives and the lives around us. After Jonah followed his way, out of fear, he brought his storm to others:

“‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord… ‘And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”’”Jonah 1:2-3, 12

Soon after Jonah was thrown out, the sea calmed. There comes a time when you must choose to break away from the storm… for it to be stilled. Out of this choice comes deliverance. Embracing this truth promotes alignment.

Jonah cries out the Lord in the time of His affliction and steps into his destiny.

“The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.”—Jonah 2:5-6

From this decision, not only was Jonah’s life set on the right path, but He brought the truth of the one true God to an entire people, and they believed! As the wrong choice can impact many, so can the right one.

Fear is a reaction; courage is a decision

“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

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”—Joshua 1:9

God is awakening His people to be hands and feet during exciting and frightful times, but as Believers we don’t have to be fearful. He has given us the spirit of power and self-control.

It’s one thing to read the scriptures, but it’s another thing for those scriptures to come to life as they run parallel with you. You can experience a biblical anointing in your life.

When storms come, are you thanking the Lord for loving you enough to set you back on track?

The events in your life may have caused you to get off course in the past, but your disobedience can turn to power. The experiences are meant to realign you. God is a God of second chances. He never leaves or forsakes you. Turning with a humble heart and deciding to walk in obedience will put you on the path to your destiny.

God commands us to be obedient. Obedience and courage go hand-in-hand. He reminds us over and over not to be afraid. Come out of agreement with fear and decree the promises of God over your life! Take the authority that has been imparted to you.

Grow closer to God on a journey through the Holy Land in our Illumination series. Applying the biblical principles discussed in the series will truly illuminate your path!

Prophetic Insights


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Good thought provoking word! What is our purpose and why does it seem so hard to find for some of us? I think it is too simple an answer and those of us who are analytical spend years trying to make it something really hard, too hard to attain … and so it takes us years to reach the answer that has been there all along.

 

If You’re in Warfare It’s for a Purpose

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In the last four or five months, I’ve heard more and more stories of people going through intense battles. Maybe you’re one of them, or perhaps you know someone who is in the thick of warfare right now. I know that these people are close to a great victory and I want to encourage you today with this thought—It’s possible that the warfare in your life is happening because you’ve crossed over from the land of comfort into the land of courage. I propose that the reason you’re in warfare is not that you’re a loser but because you’re a winner. You’re more than a conqueror which means you were born to conquer!

I feel like there is an onslaught of fear right now because we’re moving into enemy territory that has been occupied for years. Demonic forces that have held the planet in their clutches for generations are being broken. So, the enemy is resisting you because you’ve come here to change the world—not to control it or tell it what it’s doing wrong—but to love the hell out of the earth. And as you take new ground, there’s resistance pushing back against you.

The Devil Stalks Greatness

We see this play out in Scripture over and over again. There isn’t one great character in the Bible that I admire who didn’t have at least one great battle and an ultimate victory. It’s the fact that they overcame obstacles that made them great! Think about it; there was so much warfare around David’s life, Elijah’s life and Esther’s life (to name a few). When thinking through this it strikes me that the devil stalks greatness! It’s a compliment and a sign of greatness when the darkness is stalking you.

It’s important to remember, though, that you yourself were created to stalk the darkness! You did not attain royalty without a purpose. One of the mandates of nobility is to leave the coming generations better off than how we receive the world. So, it is encumbered upon us to enjoy the privilege of the palace (the benefits of our position as God’s children) along with the responsibility of royalty.

A Note on the Jezebel spirit

One of the demonic forces I see active on the earth with those who are in the midst of warfare right now is the Jezebel spirit. I want to be clear that Jezebel is not a strong-willed woman, but rather a spirit, which is personified by a woman in the story in the Bible. I know that some people in the church like to label women who have a strong voice or point of view as a Jezebel, but that is simply inaccurate and inappropriate.

If you’re a strong woman who has an opinion then I want to say that does not make you a Jezebel, it makes you a thinker. And, I have great respect and admiration of every personality type of men and women. The Jezebel spirit is an issue of spirits, not of flesh and blood. Remember, Ephesians 6:12 which says, “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.”

4 Signs You’re Under The Influence of a spirit of Jezebel

So how do you know if you’re under the influence of a Jezebel spirit? I encourage you to read the full story of this playing out in 1 Kings chapters 18 and 19. The story is long but what I want you to know before reading on is that Elijah had just come out of a great battle, and won a great victory (he defeated 850 false prophets). Suddenly he came under the influence of a spirit of Jezebel when she said she was going to kill him.

Here are four signs you’re under the influence of the spirit of Jezebel:

  1. Irrational fear and insecurity.
    Elijah had just killed 850 prophets and turned the Israelite’s back to God. He had a great victory! However, when Jezebel said she’d kill Elijah, he ran for his life. Her threat to his life was not a real threat because he could easily defeat her, as he had just defeated 850 false prophets. So, this fear was irrational. You may be under the influence of a spirit of Jezebel if you are dealing with irrational fears that make no sense in light of the reality of your life.
  2. The spirit of suicide.
    Elijah wants to die when he comes under the influence of the spirit of Jezebel. Let’s think about where else this happens in the Bible. When Jesus met Satan in the wilderness in Matthew 4, one of the temptations was to throw himself off the pinnacle of the temple. Suicide is actually a spirit. How do we know this? Because self-preservation is one of the most common drivers of creation. So what causes a person to want to take their own life? I propose to you that this desire is not human. Your innate desire is to live, but the person (satan) who hates you, wants to see you die.
  3. Confusion.
    Elijah doesn’t want to live and ends up in a cave, isolated and alone. When he recounts the story of what had just happened to God, he brings up a story that is many years old and about a time when everything was going wrong. Yet, the most recent story, of 41 days prior, is about his victory! All he can remember is what went wrong. He is confused and forgot about his recent breakthrough! If you can’t see clearly, feel foggy in your spirit, and are confused about where God has brought you from, you may be under the influence of this spirit.
  4. Isolation.
    Elijah said to God, “I alone am left” (1 Kings 19:10) but God responds that He has 7,000 other prophets who had not bowed their knees to Baal. When you’re under the influence of a spirit of Jezebel you feel alone and think you’re the only one left. It’s like the world is coming to an end. But it’s important to remember the truth is that the world has dramatically improved in the last 100 years! You are not alone and God is moving on the earth!

You are Destined for Victory and Prepared for Battle!

Here are three of my favorite Bible verses that I remind myself of constantly when I’m in the middle of a battle:

Philippians 1:28—(be) “in no way alarmed by your opponents– which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.”

Isaiah 54:14—”In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you.”

Joshua 1:6”Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

I hope that you’ll take ahold of these and meditate on them! We have this idea that we will do something great when our fear goes away. I suggest that you’re never going to do anything great fearlessly, but you will courageously. Courage is not being fearless. Courage is doing the right thing in the face of an emotion that says you should be nervous or anxious. So even though things may feel scary right now, I bless you with the supernatural courage to take possession of the new land you’re stepping into!

It will take the same level of risk to apprehend your seat of destiny to carry out your divine purpose once you’re in the position. So I encourage you to be courageous, to choose to move forward when you’re tempted to freeze and to remember that you were born for such a time as this!

My Prayer for You

I pray that whatever battle you’re in, that there would be a great victory coupled with an occupation. It’s not just about winning a battle, but rather occupying the land God gave you. I pray that as you read this prayer, that you’ll have a sense of purpose, destiny, authority, and responsibility:

Father, I thank you that you help us overcome the spirit of Jezebel with the power of courage and the presence of faith. I pray that unlike Elijah, we would remember that this is a bad day, not a bad life. We remember the testimonies of the work you’ve done through our lifetime. We thank you that all things work together for our good in the end.

Lord, encourage the exhausted and make the weak and feeble strong with courage. I pray in Jesus name there would be a deep sense of purpose in all of our lives that would take us out of the prison and into the palace. Amen.


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I really liked this word and it made me think. At first I was tempted to say NO Way am I involved with Jezebel, because some of the things you read about Jezebel spirit makes you feel you are acting like that, being a Jezebel. But as I felt I needed to re-read this word and slow down to think I realized it meant you were being influenced by it and that is different. That becomes like any time the devil attacks and you allow fear or anger or doubt to take over. You aren’t possessed by the spirit, you are reacting to it, yes influenced to be scared, angry or to doubt God. So with that in mind read again and when I read the scriptures he gives I cried for the goodness of God who has given us so much assurance and guarantees in His Words to us. We don’t have to wait for a prophet to come along and help us, we can read our Bible any time, anywhere and He will direct us to what we need. We have His Words at our fingertips on our phone, iPad, Computer, e-Bible, a hard or soft cover Bible in pocket size, leather bound or large print … so we can find courage in God’s Word to put out our spiritual hand at at time and stop the accuser in his tracks! Thank you God!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/zephyrmorning

From Fighting Against to Fighting For … Is it Possible?

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We don’t want to admit it, but the truth is that we are often the victims of our own disobedience. We face difficulties and trials due to our unwillingness to be in full submission to the command of God. In our efforts to be obedient to what God has commanded unto us, we have the tendency to add to our “thus saith the LORD” moments. We can even do so with the very best of intentions. It’s not that every time we seek to be disobedient it’s because we have a heart like King Saul. Rather it’s as though we make these decisions that are very similar to Abram. We know what the LORD has said, but we make the decision to bring those with us who should have never come along to begin with. As the result of our decision we have now established a relationship on a journey to a specific destination. And yet, we discover strife, disagreements, and often different paths will have to be chosen.

In Genesis 12 we are told what the LORD specifically told Abram. Abram was instructed to leave his country, his relatives, and his father’s house. And yet, Abram made the conscious decision to bring Lot, his nephew (yep, that would be a relative) along the journey. Both Abram and Lot were wealthy individuals who had obtained a massive number of livestock and men that worked for them. They both had something to offer one another and the only requirement for both was to keep peace among the two different camps. Sadly, this would not be the case and ultimately the strife, contention, disagreements, and arguments between the different sides would result in the separation of the two. Genesis 13 tells us how Abram would permit Lot the opportunity to make the decision to go in whichever direction that he determined would be best for him and his camp. Abram would go in opposite direction and with that one moment the two would go their separate ways.

At this point, it’s very simple to point fingers at Abram with the simple fact that this separation would have never occurred had Abram obeyed the LORD and not brought Lot along the journey.

However, let me implore your thoughts for a moment. We know that Abram had a very unique relationship with Lot and it was more like a Spiritual Father and Spiritual Son, rather than an Uncle and a Nephew. But the most important thing for us to recognize is that God permitted Abram to bring Lot. In other words, the LORD did not rebuke, reprimand, and punish Abram for doing so. So, although the instructions called to leave everyone and clearly Abram disobeyed…the LORD still permitted for this to take place.

Because of the fact that these two were permitted to move their relationship in a path that neither knew anything about, it causes my mind to wonder. Was there something different about the two of them? Did God see a potential in them both that neither could see alone? Why did the two of them have the relationship that they had before the disagreement/separation? What could have been had the two camps been able to get along?

For sometime now I have had my thoughts consumed with the type of relationship that Abraham had with Lot. One not simply of family, but for a sincere love for someone who they have a disagreement and separation. It’s caused my thoughts to require a depth of purging in which I have questioned my own willingness to do for others what they may not be able to do for themselves. Would I be willing to fight for those who I may have been fighting with? Am I truly for the advancement of the Kingdom, or for my own? The disagreement & separation that occurred between the camps of Abraham & Lot were never so damaged to the point that Abraham refused to fight for Lot when his destruction was near. We can disagree & sometimes we can decide to choose another path, but may we never let our hearts fail to see the value in fighting for one another.‬

In Genesis chapter 18 the LORD appears to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre, while Abraham was at the door of the tent during the heat of the day. This fascinates me because the LORD didn’t appear in the cool of the day, but at the hottest part in which Abraham was at the door of the tent. There are a multitude of prophetic types and shadows here…

1. The LORD appears: 3 Men (Representing Father, Son, & Holy Spirit)
2. The Oak: Cross, oaks of righteousness (Isaiah 61:3)
2. The Tent: a dwelling place or habitation
3. The door: Abraham is at an opening

In this Chapter, we see where the first thing that these men tell Abraham is involving the fact that Sarah would be pregnant with the promised son by that time next year. But, let us face our attention to what is said in verse 16-21:”Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.” In one brief moment, Abraham was given the word about their son, and then his nephew (who was like a son) would soon be destroyed.

When the men arrive to Sodom in Chapter 19, Lot is sitting at the Gate of Sodom. The Gate…the place that receives and rejects! The moment that Lot saw the men he recognized that they were from the LORD. Even in the midst of darkness and Sin, Lot was still able to recognize righteousness. And there is a major key for me with all of this. Before the men arrived in Sodom, Abraham did what he could to find a way for Lot’s life to be spared (along with his family). When the men arrived, Lot not only recognized that they were from the LORD, but he did his best to protect them in his home from the wickedness of the men of the city.

So what is this key? Glad you asked…People are worth fighting for! Not just people, but people that we have had a personal relationship. People that can still recognize the righteousness of the LORD in the midst of a wicked state of affairs. People that we once ran with, but disagreements, strife, and contention became the cause of separation. We aren’t always going to agree. That’s Life and that’s just a fact. We aren’t always going to run with the people that we are currently aligned with in this very moment. Sad, but true. People come and people go. The problem is that we have become a vicious people, hell bent on the destruction of others because of our disagreements. We have become so angry in the midst of our arguments that we have failed to allow our love for others to fight for them in the midst of destruction.

If we don’t stop the bleeding within the Ekklesia we will soon see the destruction of people, but it won’t be by the hands of those sent by the LORD. It will be because of our own wickedness from the result of our selfish ambitions to see others destroyed simply because we thought the LORD was for us when we advanced and they (those who chose a different path) fell by the wayside. When Jesus made a way for a criminal to be a part of the Kingdom, we have to be willing to ask how we are so unwilling to fight for those we know?

Ryan Johnson
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This word really spoke volumes to me. I had just got off the phone talking to a pastor friend and sat down at my computer to work and this was the first article I read for sharing. My friend and I had been talking about how believers have less respect for their pastors and leaders and other members in churches and ministries. There is no honor like there used to be whereby the people cared about each other and their pastors and supported them in their directing from God for the flock. They looked up to them and honored their decisions to grow the church, help the poor and widows, have 5-fold ministry with prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Believers are refusing to move forward, try anything new and want to just be comfortable and not have changes. I had one person tell me that it takes years for church members to adjust to changes so they usually don’t welcome or accept them. Yet we are in a new season where God is moving quite rapidly and He is asking us to follow. He is bringing change, moving churches back to where they started with apostolic hubs opening all over the world to help people learn the ways set up when Jesus was on earth establishing his body, ways that have been throw out and substituted with worldly ideas. My pastor friend told me he has talked to many other pastors who are feeling the same extremes and no support or coming in agreement with what God is doing. Hundreds of pastors are quitting in despair of flocks that refuse to follow the shepherd. That is a terribly sad testimony but as this article states, what will we do about this? As pastors and church members, leaders what will we do to stop the bleeding within the Ekklesia? This article makes you really think no matter what side you are on. Prayer and following God’s directing and His appointed leaders is a good place to start.