Thursday, February 28, 2008
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No tellin' tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff
Now that's kinda plain an' simple, don't ya think? Y'all have a nice day.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Teresa Neumann (February 5, 2008)
"Music is a form of sensed continuity that can sometimes break through the most overpowering disconnections in our experience of time. There is something spiritual about music, and something musical about the human spirit...God is the composer and librettist. We are each called on to be voices in the choir, singers of God's song."
Though we are often admonished to "live in the present," Wearing's wife described her husband's shattered life this way: "It was as if every waking moment was the first waking moment."
Of having no memories of anything whatsoever, Wearing himself said, "I haven't heard anything, seen anything, touched anything, smelt anything. It's like being dead."
Amazingly, however, Wearing could sense (rather than remember) the love he and his wife shared, and he could still sing, play the organ and conduct a choir. Love and music. It caused many to ask why, of every emotion and gift, were those two so profoundly resilient?"
Victor Zuckerkandl wrote: "Hearing a melody is hearing, having heard, and being about to hear, all at once. Every melody declares to us that the past can be there without being remembered, the future without being foreknown."
Rabbi Sacks notes in his report: "Music is a form of sensed continuity that can sometimes break through the most overpowering disconnections in our experience of time. There is something spiritual about music, and something musical about the human spirit. When the Israelites experienced redemption at the , they sang. So did Hannah when she had a child. The Levites sang in the Temple...When language takes wing heavenward, it modulates from speech to song...Beneath the silence [of the earth], audible only to the inner ear, Creation sings to its Creator."
Sacks shares other insights into the power of music and its connection with the spirit, saying that faith is more like music than science because science analyses whereas music integrates. "Faith connects episode to episode, life to life, age to age in a timeless melody that breaks into time," he says. "God is the composer and librettist. We are each called on to be voices in the choir, singers of God's song."
Concludes Sacks: "Love and music redeem our solitude, mending the broken connections of our lives. Faith teaches us to hear the music beneath the noise."
Read more of this inspiring story by following the link provided.)—A touching Times U.K. report has addressed the profound effect music has on us. As an example, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks quotes from Oliver Sacks' book, Musicophilia, which in turn tells the "poignant story" of Clive Wearing, an "eminent musician and musicologist, who was struck by a devastating brain infection," resulting in amnesia so acute that he was unable to remember anything for more than a few seconds.
Source: Jonathan Sacks - The Times U.K.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This is a Leap Year. We have been living in the Hebraic month of Adar I and are preparing to entering Adar II. (In the Hebraic calendar, a month must be added to synchronize time.) This is a time to celebrate the overturning of curses that have held you in old cycles. In this year of New Beginnings we need to see a complete release from BITTERNESS! Break word curses that have been spoken against you and bound your blessings from manifesting. Ask the Lord to reveal your identity for this season. Do not lose any momentum LEAP forward!
Every Leap Year makes us think of extended time. In Joshua 10 the Israelites battled with Adoni-Zedek. He formed a confederacy of four kings to attack the Gibeonites. As the were going into battle, Joshua spoke to the Lord and then commanded the sun and the moon to stand still over Gibeon. This is a great example of hearing God and the commanding the atmospheric elements to align with God's will. The extended or delayed allowed Israel to have revenge on their enemies. In a Leap Year in our culture, where we mostly adhere to the Roman calendar, one day is added every fourth year in the month of February. This makes the length of the agree with the course of the sun. Most years ending in "00" are not Leap Year, but those divisible by 400 (including 2000) are. The Julian calendar, authorized by Julius Caesar in 46 B. C., assumed that the year had 365 1/4 days with a 366 day Leap Year added every fourth year. Therefore the month of February in a Leap Year has 29 days.
God is saying, Leap! To leap means you will go through a sudden transition. To leap also means that you will become agile by moving yourself from the ground by using your leg muscles. Leap also means to jump or pass over or cause or force something else to make this move, the act of leaping or springing, or the distance covered in a jump or a place that is to be jumped from. The Lord is releasing supernatural grace and favor so we can contend with our enemies and overthrow strategies of hell that would stop us from advancing. Psalm 18:28-29 says, For you will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall. Not only can we leap over a wall, but I keep seeing a door. And the Lord says, "I can release an anointing in you so you receive supernatural strength, leap over every obstacle and and position yourself to go through the door of opportunity that I have for you. Fear not the enemies on the other side of this gate. For you will leap through your new point of entry and tread upon the enemy's head."
This is a transitional year. You must find your place of departure. There are some things we need to leave behind. As you depart one phase or season you will also see your place to enter. May He accelerate time for you. Develop new strength to run the race ahead. Seek Him like never before, and all things will be added to you. Leap forward this month and you will find yourself moving in the perfect will of God!
Remove any mask of sadness and turn your sorrow to laughter. In a year of New Beginnings we must remove the masks and veils that have formed in the past season so we can now form our true identity for the future. I know that Isaiah 41:15 has become a key word for me this year. There is a new identity and authority for you in the invisible world. This will allow you to display the wisdom of God to the powers and principalities that have blocked you in past seasons. We are praying that you be filled with joy. May the Lord renew your strength. May you have a sense of laughter and abounding joy. May the power of barrenness break; may you know and walk in the advantage of light over darkness, and may light and revelation break the power of darkness around you. Shout My Fear shall Laugh!Celebrate! Declare deliverance from any deep hidden grief. Ask the Lord for joy and laughter to arise in your emotions. Declare your emotions are healed and restored.
Be Swift to Praise! Every month is linked with an understanding of one of the twelve tribes. Each tribe has a redemptive blessing. We are grafted into the blessings of Abraham and his descendents. This is a month linked with the tribe of Naphtali, a deer (hind) let loose . The blessing of Naphtali included the concept of being swift and the ability to harvest quickly. The crops of the allotted land for this tribe would ripen swiftly. During the war with Sisera, under Deborah's leadership, the valiant warriors of Naphtali were nimble, quick and played a leading role in Israel's victory. Naphtali was filled with praise because of the abundance of produce from its tribe's crops. They were more quick and agile than any other tribe and their communication secured Jacob's inheritance. On Galilee's mountains, this troop "brought good tidings" of Jesus (Is. 52:7). One of the best verses to shout out loud this month is, "The Lord will make my feet like hinds' feet." We should decree that we will skip and jump on the mountains of the circumstances in our lives. We should decree that our fortunes can increase and become strong. This is the month that joy must increase so we are propelled into a season of deliverance.
This is a time for transformation in the area of healing. I am decreeing healing in our bodies and a major move of God where healings begin to manifest in our gatherings. Your true identity should begin to be reflected during these two months. There is an identity for you in the invisible world that gives you authority. Guard yourself from idolatry. Begin to change your wardrobe - both spiritually and physically! The Lord made the body and relates His Body to our body. Ask the Lord to heal your spleen. The spleen is a very important organ. The spleen works with the stomach to produce an accurate and efficient digestive system. The spleen plays an essential role in the transportation and transformation of nutrients. The spleen controls the blood flow. If you are overly anxious, your spleen is probably not working efficiently. An inefficient spleen is responsible for heightened anxiety and muscle weakness. The stomach digests the food we eat, and then the nutrients are transformed by the spleen. After this the nutrients are transported to all parts of the body. These nutrients are used for production of blood and body fluids. Chronic fatigue and digestive disorders are, many times, linked to a dysfunctional spleen. Lack of energy can produce depression and fatigue, and fluid build-up and stagnation causes toxins to poison the blood system.
Do not allow the enemy's plan to take your inheritance this year. Watch for legal entanglements. If the enemy comes in like a flood - the Lord will raise up a standard on your behalf! Develop a watch and prayer strategy around that which is under your stewardship. Leap up on the wall that has been resisting you! Throw that Jezebel, controlling spirit off the wall, and secure your inheritance!
Day 1: Read Proverbs 29, especially vs. 18. Read Psalm 29 and Jeremiah 29, especially vss. 11-14. Hear His voice so your wilderness breaks. Ask Him for a window of prophetic revelation to open. The Lord has a plan for your prosperity and success.
Day 2: Read Genesis 4. Worship the Lord in a new way, and shut every door to jealousy and sin. Relationships are changing. Ask God to have you depart from strife and contention so you can inherit the promise God has for you.
Day 3: Read Deuteronomy 4, especially vs. 9. Ask the Lord to quicken a word of obedience in your heart.
Day 4: Read Joshua 1-5. Ask the Lord to fix your mind (meditate) upon the promise He has for you ahead. Develop a mentality of success. Know that the Lord has help prepared on your road ahead. Sanctify yourself. This means to get rid of anything that could hinder you from crossing over into your promise. Worship and pray for your generational connections. Establish a place of worship. Circumcise your heart and roll away any reproach from the past.
Day 5: Read Ezra 4, Ezra 8 and Nehemiah 4. Find your place in the gap and on the wall. Listen carefully for the Lord s trumpet. Review your weapons of war and keep building. Do not allow the enemy's resistance to keep you from moving toward restoration.
Day 6: Read Esther 4, 8, and 9. Fast today! (Let God choose your fast.) Ask the Lord to help you commit to finding your place corporately and helping the Body fight against their enemy. Find your place in a corporate prayer meeting - whether it be at work or in church. Be willing to boldly enter in to the King's Throne Room. Take the house of your Haman.
Day 7: Read Matthew 4, and Luke 4. Close the door to Satan's temptations. Declare that you are coming out of your wilderness, anointed for God's future plan.
Day 8: Read Matthew 7 (especially vss. 7-12) and Acts 1-3. Ask, knock, seek, and receive. Receive Kingdom power to begin a new season. Get to know the Holy Spirit in a new way. Ask the Lord to remove everything in your life that would hinder the Holy Spirit from filling you new and fresh. Rise up, walk forward, leap forth, change your mind, and enter into times of refreshing.
MAKE these DECLARATIONS!
- Declare that any root of depression and despair break. I suggest a fruit and vegetable diet for 3 days.
- Bind any confused communication or miscommunication. Declare your words and expressions will be clear.
- Ask the Lord to remove your worry and anxiety over supply. This is the month to overturn worry through the release of supply. Declare that you will find your supply in hidden dimensions.
- This is the month that we should mount up and be at our strongest peak. Declare anything that is robbing your joy will be detected and removed. Declare that you will be stronger by mid-March than you were in the middle of February. Wait for the Lord s saving grace to be released in a new way and divine judgment to work against your enemies. (Read EXODUS 23 and ISAIAH 40)
I want to encourage you to seek a new level of deliverance in your life and watch for your deliverers to come into your path. There is great access to develop new strategies at this time for your life, family, ministry, territory, etc. Don't let the giants in your sphere of authority cause you to fear. Guard yourself from idolatry. You need to shout once again, My Fear Shall Laugh!This a month for an overall disconnect with the spirit of fear. Think of Esther - she had to move past all of this and stand with confidence before the king to overthrow her enemies. Let your communication be filled with faith. May you express joy and laughter in a new dimension. Do not allow a root of depression and despair break down faith thoughts. I will also be sending out another prayer focus in three weeks linked with Purim.
Chuck D. Pierce
Saturday, February 23, 2008
For His Glory,
Courtesy of BCN (BreakingChristianNews.com)
Aimee Herd (February 19, 2008)
"Mayor Cohen…stated publicly that the legalization of prostitution in Holland seven years ago simply had failed..."
(Amsterdam, Holland)—Those who know the Bible will be familiar with the verse, "…with God all things are possible." In fact it is found written similarly in every one of the four Gospels. But Believers in Holland may be starting to really grasp that concept, perhaps more than they ever have, as they witness an amazing answer to long-term prayer unfolding in
Reporting for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in , Jeff Fountain describes a sudden turnaround by Mayor Job Cohen, who is pushing through a plan to clean up the city's notorious "Red Light District." Cohen aims at closing down brothels and their trademark windows, replacing them with "fashionable stores, galleries, cafes, offices and housing." (Photo: )
Says Fountain, "Mayor Cohen…stated publicly that the legalization of prostitution in Holland seven years ago simply had failed. Instead of giving the authorities greater control over the industry, it had actually created more demand, and therefore more incentive for criminal networks to traffic women from Eastern Europe, Central , and Africa as sex-workers."
He added that the miraculous news follows decades of prayer over the area by Christian missionaries and ministries such as the Salvation Army and YWAM.
Naturally, there are those opposed to the clean up, however, Mayor Cohen's deputy noted in a Newsweek article, "When started to clean up in the mid-'90s, some people were warning that no one would ever again want to come to . But as far as I know, it has had record tourist numbers each year since."
Fountain concludes his report by asking, "So where will the window ladies go to as business closes down? Most will probably be moved on to other European cities, while others not yet lured into the trade may be spared the hell of sex-slavery. We can only pray that , and other urban centers soon follow Amsterdam's dramatic lead."
Read the full article at the link provided..
Source: Jeff Fountain – YWAM Europe
Friday, February 22, 2008
Teresa Neumann (February 21, 2008)
"During my 26 years as a journalist I've interviewed some interesting people and heard some amazing stories. But this week set a new standard when I met two people in southern India who experienced Biblical-style resurrection." -J. Lee Grady
The first person Grady interviewed was six-year-old Jyothi Pothabathula. Her father, Suribabu, explained that while enroute to the crusade Jyothi stopped breathing. Suribabu carried her lifeless body to the stage where evangelist Harry Gomes was praying for the sick.
"I know Jesus is a great God because he raised my daughter to life," said Suribabu. The miracle prompted his brother and two other family members to give their lives to Jesus. (Photo: Indian Christians praying-Bibleleague.org)
The other resurrection occurred at a Harry Gomes crusade also, when 45-year-old Mesheck Manepally collapsed at the meeting and began foaming at the mouth. His son, Varaprasad, flagged down an ambulance to take his father to the hospital, but when Gomes heard of the emergency he stopped preaching and walked through the crowd of 100,000 attendees to pray for Manepally. By then, the report notes, he had no pulse and his body was stiffening.
According to the report in FaithNewsNetwork, "Gomes laid his hands on the man and prayed for his life to return. Within a few minutes, Mesheck sat up in the back of the vehicle with a dazed look on his face. 'People started telling me, 'You were dead and now you are alive!' Mesheck said. 'I was confused and I started crying. I was so thankful.'"
Mesheck's wife, Laxmi, is quoted as saying Hindu villagers came to see her husband for 10 days after the incident. "They came to view him as a Lazarus," she said. "The people were saying, 'Their God is the true God.'"
"Every time it happens it boosts the people's faith," said Gomes, who has witnessed five resurrections during his 14 years of doing crusades. "In the Bible we are told that the crowds came not just to see Jesus but to see Lazarus. As the word about these miracles spreads, everyone's faith is elevated.")—J. Lee Grady, Editor of Charisma magazine, recently interviewed two people who were raised from the dead during an evangelistic meeting in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Says Grady: "During my 26 years as a journalist I've interviewed some interesting people and heard some amazing stories. But this week set a new standard when I met two people in southern India who experienced Biblical-style resurrection."
Source: J. Lee Grady - Faith News
Saturday, February 09, 2008
"I have found that there are three stages in every great work of
God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."
- Hudson Taylor
"Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives
the impossible."- Corrie ten Boom
"We never test the resources of God until we attempt the
IMPOSSIBLE." - F.B. Meyer
"Until we reach for the IMPOSSIBLE through fervent, faith-filled
prayer, we will NEVER fulfill our created purpose!" - David Smithers
"Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with GOD." - Luke 1: 37
"A church without an intelligent, well-organized, and systematic
prayer program is simply operating a religious treadmill."
- Paul E. Billheimer
"God will do nothing but in answer to prayer." - John Wesley
"The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray.
You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot
do more than pray until you have prayed. Prayer is striking the
winning blow ... service is gathering up the results." - S.D. Gordon
"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the
Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees." - Corrie ten Boom
"God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world
without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and
prevent us from listening to him." - Fenelon
"God will either give you what you ask, or something far better."
- Robert Murray McCheyne
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" - Corrie ten Boom
"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy
Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints
have to carry on intercession for all men." - Oswald Chambers
"Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come.
Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot
reach us without rails." - Watchman Nee
"Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet." - E. M. Bounds
"Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response
to mine is its most essential part." - Andrew Murray
"Prayerlessness is a sin." - Corrie ten Boom
"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees."
- William Cowper
Sunday, February 03, 2008
A couple of years ago, I heard the Lord say He was extending a scepter, so to speak, to any city in which the churches would come together in unity. It was a scepter of promised visitation. When we believe Psalm 133, the blessing is ALWAYS there, but I felt that this was for visitation, specifically. Where I live, in the state of Alabama, I have great anticipation for this to take place--from top to bottom! I imagine it to be true of any state, but I know it to be true of ours.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forevermore." Psalm 133
Again, it is an invitation for us to come together in the different regions of our states to inquire of the Lord what must be done to see this unity come to pass. What I do know is that we must begin gathering together and release the "sound of supplication" into the atmosphere. Let's be the sound of many waters as the many voices come together to release the "sound of faith" for our land."Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation. I will hear what the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from Heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase." Psalm 85:6-12
As One Voice
There is a principle of physics called entrainment. It is when two things with different patterns of frequency are placed side by side, they begin to adapt to each other and vibrate at the same frequency. For example, it is a proven fact that if you place two pendulum clocks together, they will begin to swing in unison, thus increasing the strength and fullness of that vibrating frequency.
When we come together in unity, worshipping God, releasing a sound of intercession into the atmosphere--again, in unity--we are causing a physical change in the atmosphere. When we come into agreement with God's ways--with His purposes and desires, we cause the earth to vibrate with the frequency of Heaven. There will be a fullness released into the atmosphere when unity between Heaven and earth (the desires of God) begin to manifest. The vibration of the sounds coming from Heaven and the vibration of the sounds coming from the earth will meet. Could this be a part of what Psalm 85:10-12 refers to? "Mercy and truth have met together ... righteousness shall look down from Heaven...Yes, the Lord will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase."
He even says in verse 9, "That glory may dwell in their land." Is this not what we have been crying out for?! "Lord, let Your glory come!" The physical frequency of vibration of the woman's faith that reached out and touched the hem of His garment (Luke 13) with hope and expectation, I believe came in sync with the "frequency of vibration" in the "virtue of healing" that lay resident in Him. He said her faith made her whole. There is a physical principle taking place when spiritual principles are activated. The sound and/or vibration of supplication released through revelation--brings transformation.
To Cleanse the Land
We need to cleanse the land, the atmosphere around us with the sound of faith, expectation, and that which is righteous and true to see transformation--even to become His place of habitation.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8
I want to encourage us all to press in these days--to press in with faith and belief in the Word of God to us. What if it is in His heart to take the whole state of Alabama and make it a transformation state?! I believe there is a blessing that He is anxiously waiting to bestow on us as a state, which He has been holding in His heart for some time now. I believe God wrote it down in a book as something He would answer when the time was right--when we, as a state, became the first to recognize Israel as a nation.
We need to gather together and say to Him, "Remember, God? Remember what was done by Your grace by this state on behalf of Your people, Israel? Let this be the time! Look down on us now and release to us the blessing. Visit us in Your grace and mercy. Transform us by the renewing of our minds and line us up with Heaven. Make the state of Alabama (say your state) Your resting place!"
"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!" Psalm 27:13-14
We need to release that sound of supplication through worship, intercession and declaration in faith, believing for transformation of our whole state. In God, ALL things are possible! Why not a whole state? Why not here? Why not us? Why not NOW?!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
"True faith is not intellectual; it is known in the heart of man."
Just recently I awoke to a Heavenly alarm clock! Yes! There was a wake up call from God. I looked at my alarm clock (which I had not set myself), and the time was 5:11 A.M. I heard the Lord say, "Wake up to Isaiah 51:1."
Observe the three different translations of this passage which I have provided below and determine whether God is speaking to you right where you are. He is certainly speaking to me! (For a heads up, the "rock" that the Lord is referring to in this passage is the "faith of Abraham.") It's time for faith! As I have stated before, I believe 2008 is the year of the gates (click here to view previous word). I have previously written to you concerning the importance of being properly positioned at the gate in 2008. One of these gates is the faith gate.
"Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged." Isaiah 51:1 (King James Version)
For more clarity concerning Isaiah 51:1, let's look at other translations:
"If you want to do right and obey the Lord, follow Abraham's example. He was the rock from which you were chipped." (Contemporary Version)
"Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance--all who seek the Lord! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined." (New Living Version)
What Are We Looking For in 2008?
Dear saints, are you following after righteousness? Of course you are! The Lord is answering your prayers, and He is saying right now, in this certain season, we are to look to the faith of Abraham. God made us just like Abraham; we are a people of faith. Do you want to do right and obey God? Well, of course you do! Then, follow Abraham's example. Do you need deliverance? Then, consider the quarry from which you were mined--you have the same faith inside of you that Abraham possessed.
God is asking for us to seek Him in 2008. He says that if we seek HIM, then we will find Him. If we seek the Kingdom of God, then all other things are added. To merely seek the blessings of God--is not seeking Him. Moses "saw" the miracles of God, yet he still longed to know God "and His ways" (Psalm 103:7), Moses' desire to know the ways of God empowered him to become one of Israel's greatest leaders. Read this next passage and gain understanding of the heart of Moses:
"Then Moses said to the Lord, 'See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.' Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people." (Exodus 33:12-13 emphasis added)
Two Things Concerning Going "His Way" in this New Season
The Lord impressed upon me two major points concerning Abraham and the year 2008, because it will be a time of great faith. We are at a new entrance, going through a gate of faith that involves increase, enlargement and expansion. It is a gate which involves building the Kingdom of God. It is a also a season of building and planting, but only building according to the Architect's design--God's design, and not by the hands of man.
We can no longer build with vain imaginations and previous mindsets; we need the mind of Christ as we build in this season. Unless we build "His Way," we build the house in vain. Psalm 127:1, "unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build….and unless the LORD guards the city…watchmen stay awake in vain."
To build in vain means there is striving involved as well as man's imaginations (mindsets, ungodly belief systems and paradigms) that hinder the finished product. We must not build according to what we have experienced in the past. And, to even station watchmen (intercessors) at the gate of a city which God has not built is also in vain. So, therefore, we need to be sure that if we are stationed at a particular gate, the city we are guarding needs that sure foundation! To station gatekeepers at a gate of a city that is crumbling due to a faulty foundation is futile and a waste of time and energy!
God sent Abraham "out" from where he lived to seek a new city. This is part of the "New Thing" to which I believe God is directing our attention to right now. Part of the new thing is the "New Building Plan." We have been protecting what is old, guarding old gates; and now God is building something entirely new, and He is being very sure it is built according to His Way. I heard the Lord say that He is going to rebuild the temples and reestablish sure foundations and, then, station gatekeepers at the gate of the New Thing! Get ready for change!
Resting in God
Though we are in a building process, which requires much work, God is using this to bring us into His rest. The entire time the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God was trying to reveal His ways to them, yet they remained stiff-necked and never really knew Him. Their foundation was defiled, they limited God to their own slavery mentality and, therefore, they could not build a future based on that old mindset. I have taught before that God speaks and sounds different during times of transition. In my book, Destiny Thieves, I go to great lengths to expose the seductions of the enemy during transition. If not careful, we rely on how God spoke to us in the past as He attempts to move us forward. We must hear a fresh direction for today and not rely on old patterns.
A Completion Anointing is Coming! If today we will hear and not rebel as He leads us in His way, then we will cycle out of the wilderness and enter into His rest! And, yes, it is possible to build and rest in God at the same time because all the striving is gone. Plus we will be empowered to "complete" the work. We can build, rest and become supernaturally empowered with a "completing" or "finishing anointing." Jesus is our completion and if we build upon Him, the solid Rock, according to His voice and design, we will complete the assignments given. Jesus knew His assignment and remained focused and determined and completed the work at the Cross.
Hebrews 3:7-11, "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, "They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways." So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest.'"
Because Israel had hardened their hearts in rebellion, the Lord swore that they would never enter into a season of rest. Dear ones, it is the same for us today. Unless we seek His ways and follow after His heart, we will never find rest. Unless we build according to His plans and with the sure foundation of Christ, we will never cease from striving.
However, there is hope! We can enter into His rest TODAY! Just as Jacob came to a "certain" place on his journey and the Heavens opened, we are at a certain place called "TODAY." God can open the Heavens for us right now and we can enter into our place of rest. All we must do is decide to step out and trust God and let Him show us His ways to build our lives, ministries, businesses and future! God said in Hebrews 4:2 that Israel did not mix their faith with what God had promised and, therefore, they did not enter into that place of rest. Dear ones, we are at a gate where we must mix our faith with what God has said and then, build according to His way.
The city which Abraham sought was one with a sure foundation. This foundation is knowing God and His ways. Unless we truly house ourselves in this foundation, we are merely building more walls and expanding on an unsure foundation--all of which will need to be eventually torn down and rebuilt once more.
The first important revelation He gave me concerned His people "looking for a city." Just as Abraham left Ur, we are leaving what has been familiar. We don't exactly know what to look for because we have not been this way before. Abraham left his home in the city of Ur which translates as "flame or fire." It is further translated as "to become a light." Abraham left his comfortable "home fires" and what used to ignite him behind, and sought to now "become a light" to others. How did he become a light? By stepping out in faith! He blazed a path for us to follow. His action is now used as our example of faith and hope. He is described in Scripture as "the father of faith." He has lit the path before us with his determination and faith. Abraham blazed a trail, leaving an example for us to follow!
What Was Abraham Seeking?
The city that Abraham sought was a city with foundations, and the architect and builder was God. Only because God called him out, was he empowered to leave what was familiar and comfortable (see Genesis 11). If he had remained in Ur, he would have been eternally "stuck" in an old place, with no hope or promise of expansion, no heirs and there would have been no foundation of faith for us today. Expect to be separated from what seems familiar (religious mindsets, belief systems, etc.) if you are determined to follow God. It is His nature to separate you from what is familiar and what we have built our lives upon--just get used to it! He is forever perfecting and transforming us into His divine image. God wants us seeking after what He desires to build, not seeking to build without Him and His blueprints.
Again, this new year of 2008 will be one in which our faith lies fully in Him. It is not a faith in our own faith, but rather a faith in Who He is and His Word. Yes, we are to stand on His Word for He cannot be separated from His Word, but many are deceived believing they can simply speak the Word and not have a relationship with the Word giver! He is calling us to live by faith in HIM alone. Intimacy is needed. Abraham didn't simply step out on a word; He stepped out in his faith in God's ability to perform that word. His faith was in God and in Him alone. This is part of having a sure foundation upon which we can begin to build in 2008.
Know What to Look For!
Abraham may not have known "where" he was going, but he knew "what" to look for. He looked for a city with a firm foundation which was designed by God. We must look for that same thing in 2008. My husband and I have been in full-time pulpit ministry for almost twenty years now. But also, we have been custom home builders in marketplace ministry for over thirty years. We are fully aware how important a foundation is when building a house and that there are certain fundamental principles that apply when establishing strong foundations.
Footings have to be constructed and then one has to dig deep enough to find bedrock in order to drive piers or pilings into the bedrock to fasten securely to that rock. If this task is not accomplished properly, the foundation can sink, crack or collapse under the weight of the building. It is the same in the spiritual. In this new season if we do not properly build, we will collapse. We will find ourselves cycling through the wilderness once again and will miss God's timing of "coming out!" I want out of this wilderness, don't you?
Over the years I have observed the collapse of many spiritual foundations. Ministries have rapidly grown, but there was no firm foundation. Ministries built solely on the gifts of the Spirit and not upon Jesus Christ--have no firm foundation. As wonderful as revelation is, there is only one sure foundation which is Jesus Christ. Gifts of the Spirit are wonderful, but they are not foundational and not to be built upon. Observe 1 Corinthians 3:11, "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Jesus is Not Just a Foundation; He is the Entire Building!
New Testament apostles and ministers had only one message--Jesus Christ! Their entire messages were about Him and "in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" Colossians 2:3. Jesus is not simply a foundation; He is the whole building process. Our faith should not waver concerning His ability to lead us into fulfillment. Once we know Him, we can trust Him. He, as the great Shepherd, will lead us into all Truth. He is the Way, the Truth and the Light.
We have the same potential as Abraham to possess the same faith--in fact I call it "God's faith!" When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He instructed them to have faith like God. Other translations quote it like this, "Have the God kind of faith!" We can have the same level of faith as God has because we are created in His image. We, like Abraham, are seeking that sure foundation, and God will direct us in 2008 if we go through the gate of faith.
The Second Thing to Look For is Boundaries!
Secondly, 2008 will require patience, perseverance and the understanding of our boundaries and assignments. Abraham sought a city built by God; he was not like those who were determined to build a tower of Babel--a work of their own hands. For those of us who have built our own kingdoms, God may be allowing some scattering and confusion because He is tearing it apart to build again. Though this is disheartening, it must be done if we truly desire to establish His Kingdom and not ours.
In order to build the Kingdom of God, we truly have to let go and release everything to the Lord. What you build might look different than another person's ministry. As long as you build according to His pattern for you, your foundation is sure. Do not consider what you do as a small thing. Remember, Jesus discipled only twelve and yet an entire world has been changed.
True faith is not intellectual; it is known in the heart of man. Faith comes by hearing and hearing His Word. But also, He is His Word, so faith comes by spending time with Him and knowing Him. When He is in our heart, we can believe! The apostle Paul said that the "eyes of our hearts" must be opened (Ephesians 1:18) and that it is "with the heart that a man believes" (Romans 10:10). Therefore, we also need spiritual insight and spiritual vision to "see" with the eyes of faith. Still, this comes from knowing Christ and spending more time in the Secret Place. Remaining in Him and abiding in Him will strengthen our foundation in this next season and will empower us to remain on track.
There is something to which I refer as a "counterfeit faith"--and it is pride. When we take pride in our ability to quote the word and don't know Who the Word is, we are exalting our head knowledge, our intelligence and confessing only for a blessing. I believe this grieves God because we are more interested in building our own kingdoms, planning big projects, and do not take time to know Him. Abraham stepped out in faith and believed God and yes, received a blessing. But, the blessing was also meant for us! Abraham was not self-centered; he was obedient. If we remain obedient, we will also be blessed.
Abraham's impatience resulted in an Ishmael, a birthing out of God's timing. Dear ones, we must know our times and seasons. Also, we need to be on assignment. Be careful that you do not take on projects that God is not building or that are not yours in which to participate. Every assignment has a boundary. Do not extend those boundaries unless He directs, or else you will take on more than His will has directed. If He desires expansion, He knows how to fund the projects. When Moses asked for contributions for the temple, he had to stop them from giving excessively! Now that's a building project from God!
I am not advocating that building is easy. No! Not at all! I am fully aware that the enemy will attempt to rob your finances when you step out to build. What I am feeling is that we need to be precise in building; build according to the pattern and plans of God, then He will empower us. Be sure to stay on track in 2008--in other words, track with God! Do not step into an area and build if His leading is not there. Walk uprightly and cautiously; yet remain in faith.
Whenever we step out in faith, there is a wilderness to walk through--when everything seems opposite of what God has promised. I know this because I have been there. However, I believe that at every "stop" in the wilderness when God tested Israel's heart, she had an opportunity to enter the gate of faith.
A Confirming Dream from God
While writing this article, my husband Mickey approached me with a dream God gave him the night before. It is amazing--it goes right along with this word that I am writing to you concerning faith. In his dream, there was a murderer. Mickey went to find the murderer and took his gun. When he found the murderer, Mickey started to aim to kill, and the murderer began to declare everything opposite of what God had been saying. This murderer spoke and began to verbally make bold declarations that negated all of Mickey's promises he had received from the Lord. Mickey declared, "No! You are speaking opposite of the Word!" He took aim again. The murder said, "I am going to use mind control and destroy God's people." The dream was over.
This dream is so clear to me that the devil has indeed come to steal, kill and destroy. He will begin to speak opposite of what God has declared. Precious ones, we must go back to our foundation in Jesus Christ and stand upon His sure deliverance and restoration of all God has promised. 2008 will be a year where great faith is needed because the accuser of the brethren will be very active. Remember, there are no great victories without great battles, and there is not great faith without great challenges. Be aware of your thoughts, casting down every vain imagination that attempts to exalt itself above what God has declared for you!
Wake Up and Build!
Let's enter into that new gate in 2008. It's time to wake up and build! Once more, remember that satan will come to you and say the very opposite of what God says, so cast down every word that negates what God has declared. Amen! I am very excited about all that God is going to do this year. Let's be determined to build the Kingdom of God and follow His divine design.Sandie Freed
Romans 5:20 "But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more…"
The word trophy means "a monument customarily erected to commemorate an enemy's defeat." I sense a year of "unprecedented harvest" is on the threshold of stepping into God's Kingdom. Many are just one breath away from calling upon the name of the Lord. I am not talking about just some nice people deciding to give their hearts to the Lord. I am sensing great sinners like terrorists, pornographers, mass murderers and satanists giving their hearts wholeheartedly to the Lord. I sense the Father saying, "I am going to save great sinners whom My people have given up hope for--just so I can receive great glory and display My greater grace in this hour!" Being a notorious terrorist in his day, Saul went on to become the great Apostle Paul of his day and of ours.
God Says, "People Who Aren't Even Looking for Me Shall Find Me!"
Romans 10:20 in The Message Bible says, "People found and welcomed Me who never so much as looked for Me. And I found and welcomed people who had never even asked about Me."
I used to hunt deer and other game. I would arise early and stay out all day until dusk, hoping to find that trophy of a deer or animal. Diligently did I track a deer and wanted to find him before he discovered I was after him. I would climb up trees so deer couldn't smell me and to receive a good aim and bring him in.
I sense the Lord saying, "The way you have been seeking for big game trophies in the natural is too similar to how you have been trying to seek and bring the lost into My Kingdom. It isn't working. You are so used to doing it in the same way you hunt for animals. You have been up in your 'holy' tree looking down on them, aiming with a religious shot of Scripture to shoot at them and bring them in. Listen, they are 'spiritually' gun shy! Because you are not aiming for their hearts, you have only wounded many with the letter of My word, and they are now terrified of Me."
God Says, "How Many Great Sinners Have you Befriended Lately?"
Have you ever been to a game park where deer are so used to people being around them that they just come around you? The Lord asked me a few questions recently and said, "Bill, how many friends do you have who are sinners and don't know Me because they don't know you? They don't know that you even like them, let alone--love them. They think you are just after them like hunting game to drag them into your church so you can add a number to your church membership! How many great sinners have you befriended lately? How many sinners can call you their friend? Not that you are a friend to their sin--but a friend to them."
Luke 15:2 in The Message Bible says, "He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends." Jesus, what a friend to sinners!
I Am a Great Sinner...Jesus is a Great Savior!
It's amazing to hear the words of that great Apostle Paul near the end of his ministry and life in 1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief!" He didn't say He was chief of sinners. He said, "I am chief." He knew how much he still fell short of God's glory.
Have you noticed the closer you are to Jesus, the greater your sin and shortcomings become exceedingly blatant? Maybe this is why the Lord is showing us our own shortcomings and sinfulness so we can relate to the lost and have mercy on them. I love the words spoken by the writer of that great song, Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound and what he wanted to express. He was portraying through the song, "I am a great sinner…Jesus is a great Savior!"
God Says, "Don't Write Off Any Who Are Lost! My Gifts and Callings Are Now Being Activated in Them!"
Years ago, my mother called to tell me that my half-brother Clifford had just been saved. I said to her, "You mean Clifford?" To be honest, I had given up on Clifford a few years ago and had forgotten to pray for him. Clifford lived in bars, and he had so many wives we couldn't figure out who he was married to. Upon hearing that Clifford got saved, it was hard for me to believe it. Did God actually save Clifford without me praying for him? I waited a couple of weeks and called my mother to see how Clifford was doing. I just couldn't believe he was saved. At the end of the conversation, I asked my mother, "How is Clifford doing?" Mom said, "Oh Bill, Clifford is on fire! He just witnessed to his first wife! We don't know how God is going to 'unscramble' scrambled eggs!"
This year, I am sensing we will see many who we have given up hope for come in first and blow our minds away! God showed me that I didn't have to keep praying over and over for lost loved ones until I was in spiritual depression over them! Listen, start thanking God that your lost loved ones are coming in! God has heard your cries. I sense many need to stop praying and start "thanking God." Don't even mention what the lost ones are doing wrong. Don't call them a drug addict, a prostitute or an alcoholic. Call them "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood!" Call those things that are not as though they were!
I challenge you to go a step further and treat them as though they are already saved! Accept them as sinners the way God accepted you. Just love on them and be a friend to them. Remember you couldn't save yourself, only God could. Don't carry that false responsibility any longer of thinking that you have to save someone. Let God, Who saved you--save them!
Not long ago I was troubled by someone close to me who wasn't living right. They knew the Lord, but I believed they were sinning in a certain area. I called them up and scheduled to talk with them the next day. I had both barrels loaded with Scripture to show how their way of living was wrong and felt it would be a divine confrontation. That night as I was going to sleep, the Lord spoke to me and said, "Tomorrow when you talk to that person, I don't want you to say anything negative against them or even mention to them about what you sense they are doing! I just want you to remind them of the great calling on their life and the great plans that I have for them."
God stripped me of my ammunition. As I sat down with that person the next day, I only spoke what God had said to me. As I shared with this person, reminding them of the great calling of God on their life and encouraging them in it, I saw their countenance change and their spirit rising. First of all, I think they were so relieved from the fear that I was going to attack their sinful lifestyle. Then they were shocked with the awesome truth of God's plans for them that were good and were still on schedule. He wasn't focused on their sin--but on His grace!
I am learning that when we speak to the spirit of a person, their spirit rises. And when we speak to their flesh, their flesh rises, causing a thick wall between us and them. I believe this is what Paul meant when he said in 2 Corinthians 5:16, "Wherefore henceforth we know no man after the flesh…" I believe Paul was choosing to only see people in the spirit as God sees them. That's why there is always hope for anyone. In John 8:15 Jesus says, "You judge after the flesh; I judge no man."
Many Huge Trophies Hanging on the Walls in the Enemy's Camp will be Returned this Year!
In Jesus' Name, great strongholds, chains and bondages will be broken this year--over both the lost and God's people who have been held captive and have become trophies in the enemy's camp! I see the giant of pornography, lust, drug addiction and alcoholism weakening and losing its hold on many. Watch for a "take back" year and for God to begin restoring the years the locust, cankerworm and palmerworm have eaten.
I don't know how you may be seeing yourself today, but I know I am a great "trophy" in God's Kingdom! How about you? Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Blowing the Shofar Ministries
Friday, February 01, 2008
by Carol Kelley
I am excited about the beginning of a new year and a new season. Last January and before, the Lord spoke through numerous prophets saying that 2007 would be a year of change and transitions for many. Bobby Conner prophesied, "Expect swift and rapid change" (ElijahList, January 23, 2007). I don't particularly like or welcome change, but a year ago I embraced these prophetic words and asked God to help me to, through His strength, be able to adjust to changes ahead.
The Lord has been faithful to answer those prayers amidst all the changes 2007 held for me and my family. There were joyful, milestone events--our oldest son's wedding, his brother's college graduation, our youngest daughter's 18th birthday and high school graduation--all within two months of each other. There were swift, rapid changes in my mother's health as she struggled with Alzheimer's, broken bones and life-threatening infections. She graduated to Heaven on December 4, 2007.
Earlier this month, the Lord spoke to me that the many personal changes in my life in 2007--wedding, graduations, children going on to new chapters in their lives, my mother's decline and death--all had to do with releasing others into their destiny. In 2007, this releasing of others took place mainly in the natural realm. The Lord showed me that in 2008, releasing others into their destiny will accelerate in the spiritual realm. What has taken place in the natural realm during the past year will serve as preparation for what is about to be released during this new season. I Corinthians 15:46 says, "However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual."
God is releasing the Holy Spirit and His gifts in greater and greater measure. Does this cause us to rejoice or to respond by feeling threatened and overlooked by God? Romans 12:6-10 exhorts us, "Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let each exercise them accordingly (prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy). Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor."
Paul also writes in Philippians 2:3-4, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Don't merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
Jesus told His disciples not to hinder others who sought to follow and come to Him, including little children (Matthew 19:13-14; Mark 10:13-14; Luke 18:15-16). John, one of the twelve disciples, tried to stop another man from casting out demons in the name of Jesus because he wasn't one of John's group. Jesus told John, "Don't hinder him, because he who is not against you is for you" (Luke 9:49-50).
John was not only competitive with others outside his own circle; he and his brother James wanted special places, above the other disciples in God's Kingdom (Matthew 20:20-24; Mark 10:35-41). But the Lord was at work in John's life as He is at work in ours. Many years later, John became known as the "Apostle of Love" because of his great love for the Lord and His children.
We know Joshua as a great leader of God's people, but we don't always remember that he had insecurities. While he was still "in training" as Moses' servant, Joshua tried to prevent others from prophesying (Numbers 11:24-29). In verse 29, Moses told Joshua, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that He would put His Spirit on them!"
Being jealous of others, their abilities and gifts does not serve God's purposes. The Lord told me that when I feel twinges of jealousy, it's time to release others into their destiny along with my "right" to feel jealous or threatened if they receive more notice than I do.
The Lord was at work in Joshua's life as He is at work in ours. God spoke prophetically to him, informing Joshua that he would give his people possession of the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6). Joshua helped others find their destiny as they crossed over the Jordan to find their unique, ordained place in the new land (Joshua 1:13, 15; chapter 3).
Joshua was an explorer. He was sent by Moses with eleven others to explore the land of Canaan (Numbers 13). Almost 40 years later, Joshua himself sent out spies to view the land and the city of Jericho (Joshua 2). Before pioneers and settlers, explorers come who go before, look ahead, and tell others about what they've found so strategic plans can be laid for victory.
Not all of us will lead a nation like Joshua, or a church, or even a Bible study. But all of us can help release others into their destiny. We do this by setting them free to be all God has called them to be; by showing honor, love and support; by blessing and encouraging them in all the Lord has for them. Joshua received encouragement and support from other people, as well as the Lord, to fulfill his call.
Moses told Joshua in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land. The Lord is the One Who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed" (Deuteronomy 31:7-8). God told Joshua three times, "Be strong and courageous" (Joshua 1:6-7, 9). The people also told him, "Be strong and courageous" (verse 18). Joshua took heart at this, rose to his destiny and conquered Jericho. Later he charged his warriors, "Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous" (Joshua 10:25).
Seeking Him Together
As Joshua didn't find his destiny apart from being actively involved in the lives of other believers, neither will we. Expect the Lord to give more corporate direction to the Body of Christ during this new season, which has been prophesied as a year of new beginnings. Recently our church completed a corporate seven day fast. God has been speaking powerfully, both to individuals and to us together as a congregation waiting on Him. The Lord led me to write a song about believers seeking Him together:
"Lord of all, to You we raise
Our songs of joyful praise.
You are worthy, You alone are holy.
Lord of all, on You we call.
You lift us up every time we fall.
Fill us with the glory of Your presence.
We offer our hearts, a living sacrifice.
We lift up our minds to the mind of Christ.
With our hearts and our minds,
We give You our lives.
We offer our plans; may Your will be done.
We lift up our dreams; may our hearts be one.
With our plans and our dreams,
We give You our lives."
Word of the Lord
The Lord recently said to me, "I am about to release you into your full destiny. Release others into theirs as well. As you release them, you will find more guidance, direction and freedom in your own life. You don't need to fear change in either the natural or spiritual realms. Be willing, open and obedient. I will open doors and gates in My time and way. You can't open these doors yourself, but you can ask, seek and knock, and they will open at the right time" (Matthew 7:7-8).
"I will give you a place of usefulness and service. Release your expectations to Me. Don't try to recreate something from an earlier time in your life; but be open, seek My leading, and obey what I say. Behold, I am making all things new!" (Revelation 21:5).
"Your identity must not be in your job, children, spiritual gifts, ministry, or anything else but Me. Don't hold things too tightly. I will filter your dreams and expectations. Don't think your time of usefulness and service is all done; I still have something new for you!"
"I call you to exchange your limited dreams for My expanded ones. Allow Me to revive your dreams that have died and give you new ones. I will give you the desires of your heart as you delight in Me" (Psalm 37:4).
"When your schedule is hectic and you feel confused, seek Me. I am still with you. When it seems that I am silent, listen for My quiet voice (I Kings 19:12). I will come to you in ways you do not expect (Matthew 11:3, 24:44). When change floods in and threatens to overwhelm you, remember that I am the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers will not overflow you" (Isaiah 43:2).
"If friendships fluctuate and relationships flounder, remember that I have promised never to leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5). Don't be dismayed; I am your God (Isaiah 41:10). My presence will go before you and give you rest" (Exodus 33:14).
Jesus said, "Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatever you loose (release) on earth shall be loosed (released) in Heaven. If two of you agree on earth about anything that you may ask, it shall be done for you by My Father Who is in Heaven" Matthew 18:18-19.
"I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven" Matthew 16:19.
"...what I open, no one will shut; what I shut, no one will open. I have put before you an open door which no one can shut..." Revelation 3:7-8.
Be strong and courageous, and walk confidently through every door He opens in your life!Carol Kelley