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Monday, January 26, 2015

I Am Calling

Here are tow entries from my Work in Progress, I Am Calling , which is a daily devotional of words from God similar to Jesus Calling
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“And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed” (Exodus 3:2).

When I plant a desire in your heart or give you a vision, let no man steal it from you. Pray that it comes to pass and if it doesn’t come quickly, don’t despair. Examine yourself and pray. Not all things are realized in your time frame. Some dreams take years to come to fruition, as in the example of Moses who waited forty years to hear from Me. Don’t let go of what I have given you. You can know it is from Me if the dreams don’t fade, but keep returning. If it will bring glory to My name and honors Me, then I have planted in your heart. Nurture your visions with faith. Believe I can do the impossible.

“With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:23).

Many speak of doing the impossible and have faith in themselves. I tell you to have faith in Me and I will do the impossible in you. To build a kingdom on this earth is possible though human effort. To build the kingdom of God takes the work of the Holy Spirit. It is only possible through Me. The kingdom of God is found in righteousness, pace and joy. It is my great reward and that of the Holy Spirit that does the impossible inside you. This is the lasting kingdom that cannot be destroyed. It is what I desire to build in you.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dunamis Power

The word dunamis is from the Greek and is used over 120 times in the New Testament alone. It is a word from which we derive the English: dynamite, dynamic and dynamo. Here is a Word from the Lord that speaks to this kind of power:

Do you not know who you have living inside of you? If you profess to be My disciples than the Holy Spirit dwells in you. He is the source of wisdom and power, dunamis power. Dynamite, explosive, dynamic power. You have reservoirs of untapped strength and power living within. The power to move mountains, overcome world systems and knock down walls of hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride and every other sin that plagues the human race.

Yet my representatives here on earth, the Church, are losing a generation to the enemy who lures youth into darkness and My people into complacency. This need not be! My Holy Spirit is on the move to set the captives free, to break the chains of addiction, self absorption, and hopelessness. I have given you, My Church, My bride, the power that raised My Son from the dead. The dynamite power of the Holy Spirit to overcome death and darkness, the power to heal, the power to transform lives! Explode in prayer, worship and service that will loosen these bonds of the enemy.

Remember, you are at war with spiritual forces of darkness that are covering the earth. But as the darkness grows, so can the light shine brighter. Allow yourself to be filled with My power. Surrender all to Me. Serve Me with passion, "Your whole heart, your whole mind, and all your strength." Reach out to the lost and hurting. They are hungry, they are searching for something they do not know. Feed them with heavenly manna from on high. Show them the way to life. Condemn not, neither condone. Lead them to Me and show them the overcoming power that comes from a surrendered life. The dynamite power of the Holy Spirit will break the chains of darkness!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Do Not Fear Your Enemies

Do not be fearful of the evil that is befalling Christians. Know and trust that I see all the plans of the wicked and those who scheme against My people. As in the days of the Roman Emperors who tried to annihilate Christians, though they martyred them yet they could not kill Christianity, which later spread throughout the Roman Empire.

So it is today as always. I have given mankind a choice between good or evil. Man often chooses what is expedient for him. The other problem lies in deception, either by self or by others. I have made it simple and laid the plan of salvation through My Son, Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Anyone who plots against Him or My people will come to naught. They may think highly of their ideas or ideals, but in the end they will be destroyed. Though I desire for all mankind to come to know My Son, not all choose My way. Those who choose the straight and narrow path will wind up in a broad place. Keep storing up good treasure in heaven, for one day you will reap an eternal reward.

Do not let the father of lies deceive you. Store up good treasure by the strength of the Holy Spirit and the good works He gives you to do. Walk in uprightness of character and heart by leaning on My Son and every word that proceeds from Us.
Focus your attention on what I am doing on the earth and not on what the enemy has accomplished. Understand that many have been deceived. Pray for your enemies that they may see truth. Do not fear them. Be the light to them.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Weekly Word

While praying during this New Year's Day, the Lord gave me some very specific assignments,one of which was to write a Weekly Word on this blog. this is for all the Maratha's that have felt condemned:

"Martha, Martha I do not condemn you.You are like the disciple whom I called to feed the sheep. I call you to take what I have given you and to feed others.
I do not disapprove of you, but encourage you.If you want to feed the multitudes, then you must wait on Me like Mary. Sit at My feet and soak in My presence. Eat of the words of life I speak to you.Drink of the heavenly rain I pour out on you.

Many are troubled and confused as it was in My day. Give them heavenly food to feed their souls, for this is what they lack. You can only do that by quieting your own spirit, spending time with Me and listening to My Holy Spirit. This is what people are truly hungering for, Words of Life, not hunger games or gourmet meals.

Many today are the walking wounded. I call yo to bind up their wounds. I have given authority to My church to do this. Spend time with Me and experience My healing touch so you may touch others with My healing. Soak in My presence and in My spirit so you can be like a balm in Gilead, a healing presence in a perverse world. Spend time with Me, then go out among the poor and needy, the broken and fainthearted. They need what I have given you.

It may not seem much to you, like a few loaves of bread or a couple of fish, but I am in the multiplying business. When you surrender what yo have to Me I will multiply it and feed the multitudes.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Light

This is an excerpt from my Work In Progress, I AM Calling

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind” (Luke 4:18).

A new year is upon you. Light has dawned and a warm wind of the Spirit is blowing. It is a gentle breeze, so you must stop to feel it. It is a year of reprieve and favor from the Lord. It is the Word My Son proclaimed, “The acceptable year of the Lord” (Isaiah 61:2). Enter into His favor and do the works My Son did. Not by might or by your own power, but by My Spirit you will be able to perform them. Let the Spirit breath upon you and quicken your mortal body and give you vision. Let Him set you free from the things that have tripped you up all your life, roadblocks like worry, fear, bitterness, indecision and lack of revelation. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint” (Prov. 29:18), but this doesn’t need to be your story. I am sending you My Holy Spirit. He will give you insight, wisdom and the strength to do My will.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Be a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

When confronted with a multitude of hungry people, Jesus said to the disciples, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat" (Matthew 14:17). The disciples then showed Him their five loaves and two fish. Jesus took it and most of us know the rest, He multiplied it enough to feed thousands. Jesus told the disciples to stay, not to go and get anything, but to stay with the people, stay when it seems like you have nothing to give.I think there is a very good lesson in this for all of us, especially during the Holidays. There are many hungry people out there. They are hungry for peace, love, joy and maybe just a little company.Everyone is so busy around the Holidays. Do we really take the time to be with people, not with the festivities?

I know I was challenged this year when my son told me to come to the hospital because his wife was going to have the baby soon. I took off work the day before Christmas Eve and came. I wanted to be there, but her labor wasn't progressing quickly and I had a Christmas party that I really was looking forward to attending. I decided to stay, though I felt I didn't have much to offer. Hour after after hour I stayed and helped coach, though the nurses were far better than me. I wound up missing the Christmas party, but then I was rewarded eight hours later with a precious, healthy grandson! I didn't do much, but I remained there in the delivery room. Sometimes I think we need to do that. Jesus did that often. Remained where He believed the Father above wanted Him. My grandson's birth got me thinking about how much Jesus had given up to be born in an unsanitary stable. Jesus gave God everything He had, even His glory for a time. What are we willing to give?

A friend of mine wrote in a Christmas card this year "Be a Merry Christmas to someone." If you're a Christian, you have the light, the hope of all nations. We have a lot to give others. We can reach out and help a hurting, dying world. Like the disciples. God has given us something we can share: maybe a talent, some material possessions or perhaps our time. We need to share what we have,our few little loaves or fish, and give to the world, our neighbors, our coworkers, or the clerk at the store. God can multiply whatever we have. We just need to present it to Him. The disciples didn't have thousands of fish, they only had two. We may have only one or two talents to give, but as we surrender it to God, He can multiply it for the world.

With the New Year almost upon us, this is a good time to reflect on what God has given us. As we realize how God has blessed us, then we can give what we have to the Lord and ask Him to multiply it, not just for ourselves but for others.It may be money, but maybe not. It could be your time, your talents or just a smile and a kind attitude.Perhaps its learning to get along with someone who is difficult or pursuing peace with your neighbors or coworkers. It could be staying with a challenging spouse or giving your time to a charitable organization that needs volunteers.Whatever it is you give to the Lord, He will multiply it and feed an hungry world. Be that "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" to someone today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Need for Hope

Here is an excerpt from my book that I think is applicable to this season when people are suppose to be happy, but many are not. It is one of the 40 Promises highlighted in When God Speaks...
God Promises Us Hope. From When God Speaks--40 Days and Nights of His Promises


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Hope sustains many, especially in difficult times, but what is our hope attached to?

"Not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-5).

Hope is an essential ingredient in the human condition. With it, many have endured unbearable circumstances and terrible atrocities. Without it, mankind easily sinks into the pool of despondency. As the saying goes, “Hope Floats.” But what does it float on?

There are many things we can put our hope in—a better job, a good marriage, a dream vacation or winning the lottery. Some of these may come true, but they are mere wishes. Hope that bounces along the tides of our desires is merely a bubble that can pop at any time. True hope is different.
Hope that is based on the Word of God is an anchor of the soul. Its life emanates from the Creator to the created. As God breathed life into Adam, so the Holy Spirit breathes spiritual life into us. As Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in her timeless poem, “Hope is a Thing with Feathers.” It gives wing to our innermost yearnings. Yet hope that is anchored in the Christian faith is not a flighty creature. It not only promises a return, but delivers one.

As in years past, many Christians today are persecuted and tortured in other countries. They have endured starvation, beatings, imprisonment and even death, but their hope shines forth because of the grace of God. I met such a blessed one at a writer’s conference. She shared with the audience her story of cruelty and captivity. While it was a heart rendering and painful one, there was hope in her eyes as she shared. The seeds of her faith sprouted while in prison, and she grew in perseverance and character. Hope grew within her even in desperate circumstances, as she prayed for a miracle to be set free. Then she explained that she was miraculously released because of a clerical mistake, and now appears before Congress on behalf of her imprisoned brothers and sisters in Christ.
Her hope of freedom was not wishful thinking; it was rooted in Christ.

Even if she had remained jailed or her body starved to death, her hope rested in the promise of everlasting freedom. As the verse says, “Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts.” If our hope is rooted in God’s love, everything that comes our way can be transformed…trials and tribulations become tools for hammering out perseverance, which forms character and yields hope—a hope that takes flight on the wings of God’s eternal and steadfast love. And that’s not a bubble that bursts.

If you are interested in learning more about the persecuted church, you can find information from Voice of the Martyrs or Open Doors.


Prayer

Dear God,
Sometimes situations seem hopeless in the natural realm, but Your ways are above the world’s. You are a God of hope and promises. Help me to believe them, to claim them for myself and others. I lift my spirit up to You. Please breathe Your hope into my heart. Amen.