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January 31, 2005:  Look around and see the great destruction.  Many have fallen and pulled back; they are casualties of war.  Rise up and stand your ground.  Speak by My authority and charge the enemy, "Thus far and no more."  Strengthen what remains and begin the process of restoration.  Keep moving forward.  There are great days ahead of you with victories to be won and songs to be sung.  Nothing has been lost, but things have been rearranged.  Even if you believe that you have lost time, momentum, or purpose, nothing is lost, and your life has not been in vain.  I have brought you this way, and I will use everything that you are and everything that you have done for My purposes and My glory.  Rise up in boldness and with great courage, and do the work that is set before you. 

 

January 28, 2005:  Watch for opportunities to know absolutely the power of My compassion.  This is a work beyond human sympathy and transcends emotional response.   My compassion will release My love through you that brings forth true intercession for others whether friend or foe.  For, you will experience My heart, which goes beyond the level of your understanding.  Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways," says the Lord.  "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."

 

January 27, 2005:  I speak to you who have been jaded by religious exercise.  You have heard and seen too much and have grown weary of performance.  This is the season of resurrection power, but you will only be resurrected to true spiritual life as you seek Me in earnest.  You will not attain to life by depending on other people.  Your relationship with Me must be one on one.  Spiritual reality comes through personal experience rather than through sympathetic participation in the experience of another.  Stop and shake yourself awake and seek to be resurrected by the power of the blood.  Resurrection life is only available through the Cross of redemption.   Now is the time to make it personal and real.  If you seek Me, you will find Me, says the Lord.

 

January 26, 2005:  Be still and listen for My voice.  Be sensitive to My urging.  Now is the time to get unstuck and to leave behind those things that have prevented you from forging ahead into complete liberty.  Rise up out of the bondage of fear and fly in the new-found freedom of faith.  Let the scales fall from your eyes and the shackles from your hands and feet.  Dance the dance of victory, for I have set you free.  John 8:36  "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

 

January 25, 2005:  Understanding your authority is the key to your success in the kingdom.  First, you must know what I have given you, and then exercise your authority with confidence and boldness.  Your rod of authority is My word, says the Lord.  Speak to the components of your life with the assurance that what you speak by the power of My will and authority will not return void, but shall accomplish what I please and shall prosper in the thing for which it was sent.  Refuse to be held in bondage as a victim of your circumstances.  Rise up and declare My truth.

 

January 24, 2005:  I am the author and finisher of your faith, and I will test and try your faith until it comes forth with purity.  Do not despise or disdain the opportunities that you are given to learn to trust Me, for they offer occasions for progress and self-discovery that will reap great rewards.  Even when you feel like you have failed all is not lost, for each situation will bring greater light and clarity to your walk in the Spirit.   So, beloved, give yourself a break and rejoice, for these moments are priceless treasures.

 

January 21, 2005:  I am going to draw clear lines and establish definite perimeters that will show you without question the difference between authority and control.  You will find that authority only comes when the requirements for responsibility are fulfilled.  The spirit of control always violates personal boundaries.  The circumstances that you are about to experience will test you in such a way as to reveal the motivations of your heart in this regard.  Your correct and inspired response will bring great freedom to you and those around you.  Ask Me for wisdom, says the Lord, and surely I will give it.

 

January 20, 2005:  Take time to get settled in the knowledge of your security in the kingdom, for certainly the enemy has released an attack that will cause you to question your own worth and conclude that you are lacking.  This will undoubtedly produce fear, and then feelings of insecurity will promptly follow.  Deal with this issue as soon as it becomes visible to you.  Refuse to compare yourself to another or enter into competition and jealousy.  2 Corinthians 10:12  "For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.  But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."

 

January 19, 2005:  So, you feel like you've been in a whirlwind, you've lost your sense of direction, and nothing seems to make sense.  That is because this spiritual whirlwind has engaged your emotions and clouded your discernment.  Quiet yourself and be still.  This is momentary, light affliction.  None of the recent trauma or drama will last forever, for this too shall pass.  Refrain from looking to the future at this time; rather, ask for wisdom that will bring clarity now.  I tell you honestly that My grace is sufficient, and you will get beyond this place of setback quickly, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:34  "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

 

January 18, 2005:  Beloved, let go of everything that keeps you bound and troubled.  Let Me take those burdens from you so that you might be free.  I am well able to bring all things to a point of order, perfection, and completion according to My purposes, but I cannot do that until you release these things to Me.  And, I do not speak of a partial release in which you still maintain some control.  I speak of a total release in which you completely trust Me for the outcome, for surely I will visit you and perform the word, which I have promised, says the Lord. 

 

January 17, 2005:  I am stirring you, My people.  I have given you a sense of restlessness.  But, many of you have interpreted that restlessness as boredom.  You feel that you have become bored with life and with situations.  But, I say, don't look to one another to be entertained or to be stirred up or fulfilled.  Come, and go with Me.  Journey with Me, says the Lord.  There is no greater adventure than that of faith.  I am bringing you to a higher level spiritually, to a new plateau, and this restlessness will enable you to release what you currently depend on for stimulation and give you the necessary courage to move forward.

 

January 14, 2005:  Be encouraged, for you are about to experience breakthrough in circumstances that have seemed impregnable in recent weeks.  It has been as though you have come up against the proverbial, impenetrable brick wall.  But, as you quiet your soul and seek My wisdom, I will give you the key to victory.  Do not be afraid to move ahead with confidence that I am with you and the boldness to know that you are more than a conqueror.  Proceed by faith in the power of My Spirit, says the Lord. 

 

January 13, 2005:  Have I not spoken to you in recent days to come into My rest?  Yet, I speak to many who have allowed the enemy to stir your flesh and cause dismay that will hinder your walk in the Spirit.  Wake up and be aware of this attack of consternation that will bring forth confusion.  Refuse to yield even for one minute to this plan of the devil to get you off course.  Do not allow the drama of life to steal your peace.  Zechariah 2:13  "Be silent all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation."

 

January 12, 2005:  I hear your prayers for revelation of your purpose and your desire to know and understand what your next step will be.  I will give you wisdom as you ask, and I will lead you in the path of your destiny and direct your steps.  But, you must not focus your attention on the future or allow fear to invade your soul.  This is a walk of faith, and it is My desire that you learn to trust Me now in your daily opportunities and challenges.  I want you to not only seek Me but to see Me in every facet of your life and being.  Know that I am with you and woven into the very fiber of your existence.  2 Corinthians 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

 

January 11, 2005:  Beloved, I will send angels to minister to you, and I will speak words of encouragement that will literally cause new life to spring forth where death once reigned.  The words that I give you will be life and peace to a troubled heart and will revive hope and bring strength and healing.  Listen carefully for My still small voice that says, "This is the way; walk in it."  Take no thought of troubling circumstances, but keep a pure heart of worship and devotion in seeking My face.  I will touch you in an unusual way, and light will enhance your entire being bringing increased awareness and discernment.  Be sensitive to My presence, says the Lord.

 

January 10, 2005:  Take time to be holy.  Come into the Holy of Holies.  Stop in the middle of your busyness and quiet yourself.  Close yourself off from the outside world and come gently into My presence for a time of refreshing and restoration that is much needed.  I will certainly regenerate you and bring health to your spirit, soul and body.  But, you must take the time and make the effort to come.  Don't put it off.  Come and soak in My presence.  You will not be disappointed.  I'm waiting for you.

 

January 6, 2005:  There have been many and varied demands on your time and energy.  Take time to regroup and recuperate.  Come deliberately into My presence and find your place of rest and restoration.  Release all that has worried and tormented you, and cast your cares upon Me, says the Lord.  In the secret place of spiritual communion and fellowship with Me you will find rest for your soul.  Purposefully meditate on the Word instead of skimming over what you read or hear.  Let your roots go deep and your foundation in the kingdom become solid.  The reward will be great and everlasting.

 

January 5, 2005:  Beloved, even though this is a time of unexpected blessing, you must not get your eyes on what you receive or might receive, for that would certainly become idolatry.   Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for My provision regardless of the form it takes, and then give glory and honor to the Giver.  But, your priority must continue to be to seek My kingdom and My righteousness.  Do not become distracted by your needs, desires or wishes.  This is a season that will reap great benefits if you will stay focused and be faithful and true to Me, says the Lord.

 

January 4, 2005:  Rise up and rejoice!  The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  My blessings shall suddenly overtake you as you see miraculous answers to your prayers.  Indeed your effective, fervent prayer will avail much!  Pray in faith with no fear or doubt, believing that I, your God, hear and answer speedily.  Hebrews 11:6 "For without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

 

PROPHETIC WORDS FOR 2005:

Awaken from spiritual slumber, from distractions, and apathy.  Awaken, watchmen, remove the enemy from your premises. Turn back the battle at the gate – the enemy will always try to thwart My work.  Deal with the past and all disappointment and bitterness before you can move ahead.  Make adjustments in attitude, plans, goals … make sure there’s no presumption.

 
I have brought you through the Valley of Baca, for it has been a place of sorrow and weeping, but you have indeed made it a well.  The waters that flow forth from your innermost being will not be springs of bitterness, but springs of compassion for those who also endure pain and suffering.  Come to Me, and allow Me to heal the wounds of the past, for now is the time to put these things behind you.
 
You have endured grave disappointments, the pain of rejection, and you have seen difficult days.  You have even questioned your purpose and some of you have even disdained your very existence at times. You have had the pins knocked out from under you and have spun out of balance, but you will regain your balance, and you will be restored and released to greater expectation and fulfillment.  Hope is looming on the horizon of the dawn of a new day, and the days of futility are ending.  The days ahead will yield the fruit of your labors. 
 
Be released into great freedom.  Let Me heal your broken heart and mend your shattered dreams.  Dare to believe.  Do not be afraid to go forward with renewed faith and hope.  The best is yet to come!  
  
You are in school again and will receive instruction in warfare.  You will be taught how to use your most effective weapon, which is the Word of God.  You won’t have to strive to learn this; I will teach you as you cooperate with My instruction.  As you go about your daily existence you will be taught how to effectively direct My word against the enemy by faith in a more powerful way.
 
What you learn will be twice as effective as what you have known in the past.  You will be able to direct your warfare in ways that will not just scare the enemy but bring great destruction. There will be an element of persistence as you repeatedly strike the enemy until the battle is won.  Your present understanding of warfare will be changed, transformed, modified, and you will remain standing, upright before the Me, says the Lord.

This is the year of release, a time to be released from all fear and bondage.  Rejoice in this special season of Jubilee when you can come again to your inheritance and have a fresh start.  But, this is also a time when you must release those who have been held captive by your selfish motivations and manipulation.  My people, you cannot enslave anyone through possessiveness and jealousy.  Relinquish control and liberate those who have been bound and oppressed.  This is the year of My favor, and it is My desire that My people be set free, says the Lord. I will redeem and grant redemption on every level – soul, spirit, body and finances, but you must position yourselves by faith and proclaim the year of liberty.

This is the year to overcome fear:
1.     generational fears
2.     fear of rejection … fear of man
3.     fear of poverty, lack
4.     fear of sickness
5.     fear of failure, making mistakes, being wrong, failure
 
Stop striving and trust Me to bring instruction, wisdom and guidance.  I will direct your steps and give you the courage to obey My word.  Trust and obey! There will be a higher level of spiritual perception and revelation.  Expect great things. New boldness that will produce anointing and victory where insecurity once reigned. Enter this new era, which will be  pivotal to spiritual growth and maturity … a time of awakening and hunger for the things of the Spirit.   Position yourselves by faith to receive what I have promised.  Negativity and discouragement will keep you from success.  Maintain a positive attitude.

LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!
 
I heard the phrase “Easy Rider.”  The Lord is going to bring you into a new spiritual position of relatively no stress or strain.  It is time for you to truly come into the Lord’s rest and enjoy His blessings.  You have been faithful to believe and trust Him.  Expect a blessing.
 
 “Catch a Thermal.”  Lift up and rise higher!  For, you are about to be released into greater spiritual heights and vision, which will bring forth mighty revelation.  This will be accompanied by greater spiritual authority as you speak My word with power, for My truth will resonate in the hearts of My people like never before because they have been prepared to receive.  I place before you a hungry generation.  Go forth in power!
 
 “Catch and release.”  You are coming into a time of catching a vision, of discovery, and of opportunities to redefine life, God, country and your fellow man.  You will experience a surprising release from past bondages as you move into incredible liberty.  That liberty will I bring you into greater maturity and responsibility.  Do not be afraid.
 
 “Ask, seek, knock.”  Begin again to ask for wisdom, seek My guidance and knock at the door of My heart.  Come; let us have sweet communion together.  Let us rejoice in fellowship.  Let joy be your strength as you begin to overcome all fear, for certainly this will be a year of liberation for you as you break out of your cocoon and fly.
 
Prepare for a stretch.  I want to prove to you that you can do all things through Christ.  I will enable you to accomplish all that you have set your hand to.  Don’t be afraid to push beyond your natural limits, and I will accomplish great things through you, says the Lord.  Trust Me!
 
Small steps will produce large gain.  Only believe!  I have opened a door before you, and I will lead you forth with joy and peace.  You are released to rejoice your way to victory as you move through barriers that would have stopped you in times past.  But, now they will only be minor hindrances. 
 
Nothing is lost.  Do not put too much stock in your ups and downs, but rather put your trust in Me.  For, in Me there are no highs or lows, but divine stability.  I never change; with Me there is no shadow of turning.  I will cause you to withstand stress without altering your position.  Stand firm in the face of difficult times.
 
Praise will be your secret weapon of war against the attacks of the enemy.  You will triumph even in the darkest hours through sacred worship in the secret place of My presence.  Psalm 63:1-5 "O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.  So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips."
 

You have sought for and waited for this spiritual season.  Expect greater liberty of soul and spirit. Your life is about to take on a new luster, and you will rejoice to see a greater manifestation of My presence among My people.  This is a season you will not soon forget.  Be exceedingly glad!
 
I saw someone sitting on a horse, and suddenly I knew your desire to see, experience, and move in the power of the Spirit.  And, the Lord says, I am preparing you to do so.  Prepare for a good ride, and remember to give Me all the glory.  
 
Busy!  The coming year will be marked by unusual productivity on every level.  You have been faithful and have yielded to My guidance.  Well done!  You are a well-trained vessel of obedience, and you will enjoy the fruit of your labors.  
 
Growth!  Expansion!  Your environment will be alive with your expression of My presence.  Creativity will abound as the power of My voice gives utterance through you.  Do not be afraid to give place to symbols that make a statement of My kingdom.
 
Keep your hope in Me, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow fantasy to carry you away from the narrow path, often rocky, ever ascending.  Keep a sharp eye open to the elusive seduction that always disappoints.  Your faith is strong and will serve your well and reap great rewards, for surely I hear and answer the prayer of faith.
 
This is a time when you can draw near to Me, says the Lord.  I know the hunger in your heart and the thirsting of your soul, for many times you have walked through a dry and thirsty land.  I know the many demands that have kept you anchored, but you are going to be like a hot-air balloon that will rise gently and soar on the winds of My Spirit.
 
“Beautiful in elevation.”  Your soul rises before Me in the beauty of holiness as you worship and seek My face.  Come often; come boldly.  Your seeking heart is precious in My sight.  I delight in your presence before My throne, says the Lord.
 
Dare to believe for even great things than you have yet seen or experienced.  Exercise your faith, for surely I will answer your effective, fervent prayer.  You will become a sign and a wonder to those around you whose faith is non-existent or weak.  
 
I have given you hinds’ feet to scramble up to remote high places in the Spirit, and what will seem like a rocky crag will become a table of ministry before Me, says the Lord, for I will set you in a broad place with plenty of room to explore, examine, and understand the wonders of the mysteries of My kingdom.
 
You will go higher and deeper and wider in Spirit as you seek greater revelation of My kingdom.  Expand to the right and to the left.  Rise above your limitations and delve deeply to find the nuggets of truth in My word, for truly they will become priceless treasures to you.
 
You do not know what tomorrow will bring, but you can trust Me to bring you through every difficulty as you seek My wisdom and guidance.  I am prepared to prove that your trust in Me is not in vain, says the Lord.
 
This is a year of opportunities for greater maturity and stability in the kingdom.  Refuse to neglect your great salvation and the gift that is in you, for truly the enemy will do his best to derail you.  Be strong and of good courage, for I am with you, says the Lord.
 
Rejoice in this year of release from all that has kept you from progression and fulfillment in My kingdom.  I say this is a time to pursue and overtake the enemy.  You will draw out the spear and stop those who pursue you, and you will rise up victorious.  Trust Me to give you wisdom and to bring vindication.
 
You have sought to know My face, to find intimacy with me and to bask in My presence.  The enemy has tried to restrain you by convincing you that you are not worthy, but you are worthy, and you serve Me in truth and sincerity.  I delight in your service in the kingdom, says the Lord.  Go forth as a vessel of honor.
 
You are a person of great faith and confidence in the things of the Spirit.  You have felt a greater need for spiritual growth and have gotten in touch with the hunger of your soul for more of Me.  Have I not said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled?”  Indeed, I will fill you up to overflowing.  I have set you to rise up, build up, repair the breaches and to restore.  Go forth in boldness.
 
Questioning!  Why does it have to be so hard?  I tell you honestly that I am directing your steps, leading, guiding and giving you wisdom beyond even the questions that you could think of to ask.  Take time to search My heart in every circumstance, for I will speak with great clarity.  Have I every failed you, says the Lord?
 
Some things that have become a dilemma to you will now take on great clarity that will cause you to see your path in this wilderness more clearly.  Stay on the path that has been tried and found to be true, and do not deviate from it.  Your answers will come as you seek the truth of My Word.
 
You sometimes feel like you are watching from the sidelines and life is somehow passing you by.  But, you have learned more than you know through observation, and those lessons will serve you well.  I say get ready for change and a stretch; trust Me to direct your steps.
 
You have found an oasis in the midst of your desert.  Do not be afraid that you might drink bitter or impure water, for have I not said that even if you drink poison it will not harm you?  Yet, certainly the water is indeed clear and pure.  Drink deeply, says the Lord.

 

 

December 31, 2004:  Be silent, all flesh, in the presence of the Living God.  Quiet your soul and seek to enter the glory by way of the Cross.  You cannot get beyond the Cross into resurrection life without first laying down your life in the flesh.  Resurrection only comes after the death and burial.  The carnal life must fall like a seed to the earth and die before it can produce a spiritual harvest.  Now is the time to seek life in the Spirit and to move beyond life in the flesh. 

 

December 30, 2004:  Move ahead with great confidence in My ability to give you the courage and wisdom to face every challenge.  Your experiences will forge you into a mighty weapon of war.  Certainly you are My battle ax, and with you I will tear down strongholds and destroy kingdoms of darkness.  Be strong and very courageous.  I will cause you to wield the sword of My word with sharp accuracy and great power.  Be ready at all times, says the Lord, for the battle will intensify.  But, you are well able to gain the victory. 

 

December 29, 2004:  Rise up above the troubles of the past and leave behind those things that have been  incapacitating to you.  Refuse to allow anything to disable you emotionally.  It is time to redirect your energies and re-establish your spiritual goals.  I am with you to bring healing to your soul and hope to your spirit, but you must release those things that have crippled you or caused you to falter in your walk with Me, says the Lord.  Mount up by faith on wings like eagles, rise above the things of the earth, and catch a fresh vision of My purposes for you.  Isaiah 40:31  "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

 

December 28, 2004:  Beloved, the days have been hectic and the distractions numerous.  Take time now to come into My rest and be strengthened, restored, and renewed.  Cast your cares upon Me, and trust that I will bring those things that have been troubling to you to a conclusion.  Do not be afraid, and do not worry about the days ahead.  Just seek My face today and be at peace.  I will certainly give you wisdom and direct your steps.  Stop striving and rest!  Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

 

December 27, 2004:  You have been in the fire.  You have been tested.  You have been tried, but I say that you have been found faithful.  I have found you to be strong, and you have come through the fire.  I will encourage you in the days ahead and strengthen you further.  You will be victorious in all that you set your hand to do, says the Lord, for I am with you.

 

December 24, 2004:  Stand in awe of the great plan of redemption and be reminded of your great salvation, for this is the bedrock of your faith.  Your life and purpose are established on the solid rock of the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Refuse to be distracted from this firm foundation of your  citizenship in the kingdom of God.  Keep your heart pure and your focus clear.  Life will spring forth in miraculous ways as you embrace the King and His word.  Believe and proclaim His promises, says the Spirit of the Lord.

 

December 23, 2004:  The circumstances that you face at this time seem totally out of your control, but take comfort in knowing that even though these things seem out of your reach, I am still in control, says the Lord.  Nothing that is happening is a surprise to Me, nor do I fear the outcome.  Let your faith be stretched to trust Me in the midst of this trial.  Do not be afraid.  This too shall pass, and when you finally look back at this time, you will recognize that these challenges were necessary to bring maturity and strength where insecurity had been your accepted norm.

 

December 22, 2004:  Your transitional time is ending.  Prepare yourself  spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically to move into the next phase of your life.  Go forth with an open mind and heart, ready to face everything that comes your way with a firm and foundational trust in Me, says the Lord.  There is no way to fix or resurrect elements of your past; you must release your failures and disappointments before you move ahead.  I tell you the truth, I am calling you to higher ground spiritually, and if you yield to My influence, you will be delighted with the liberty and joy that follows.

 

December 21, 2004:  Set a watch for a lying spirit that comes in the guise of fantasy.  Be aware that fantasy always produces disappointment.  Take your stand on the rock of kingdom truth, and let that eternal truth permeate every facet of your being.  When you allow either optimism or pessimism to rule your attitude you will find yourself on a roller-coaster ride emotionally.  Do what you can to remain calm and stay steady as you maintain eternal perspective.  Isaiah 58:11  "The LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

 

December 20, 2004:  Freely you have received; freely give, says the Lord.  Just as freely and readily as you have received all that I have prepared and given to you, you must also give with great joy and generosity.  Beloved, I want you to develop the same attitude in giving as you do in receiving.  Remember that everything that you have, I own; it is all Mine.  Become a vessel through which My resources can flow into and out of freely and without hindrance.  Let the blessings flow!

 

December 17, 2004:  I call to you, My people, to come up higher.  Rise up and seek My face.  Do not put your trust in men, money, or methods.  Put your hope and trust in Me alone, says the Lord, for I will not disappoint you.  I have laid up  a crown a righteousness for those who endure in faith and put their trust in Me.  Walk in the way of truth, and do not be distracted with trivial pursuits.  Refocus your energies and regain eternal perspective.  These are matters of life and death.  Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

 

December 16, 2004:  Issues of the soul must be dealt with before you can progress any further.  I speak to many who have pinned their hope on false expectations.  Part of what you thought you heard in the spirit was from Me, says the Lord, but it got distorted by your own desires and motivations.  Your foundation, therefore, was built partly on the rock of revelation and partly on the sand of presumption.  It will now become abundantly clear which was which, and you must release those things that have been swept away by the recent storms and begin again.  Part of the process of releasing is to recognize your error, repent, and let go of your disappointments and discouragement.  Do not stubbornly cling to the false hopes which have been dashed, for they will only produce sorrow. 

 

December 15, 2004:  This is the beginning of a new era, and you will look back at this important time as being very memorable and pivotal to your spiritual growth and understanding.  The days behind you  will seem as though you had been looking at everything through a filter as compared to the clarity with which you will see, understand, and discern in the days that are before you.   Life in the flesh has been like trying to walk through molasses, but this is a time of spiritual awakening and a time when you will experience greater hunger to live and walk in the Spirit.  Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

 

December 14, 2004:  Do not be afraid!  You do not know what tomorrow brings, but you can know that I will unfold your days and give you the wisdom to walk through them.  I will keep you as the apple of My eye and hide you under the shadow of My wings.  Trust Me to direct your steps and give you the strength to overcome every obstacle.  More than ever this is a time to make Me your partner in life, says the Lord.

 

December 13, 2004:  Beloved, you have taken some bold steps in the direction of liberty in spite of your instinct to try to stay hidden and covered.  And, it was good.  I encourage you to continue in this new momentum that will continue to bring freedom as you fling off the old attitudes that have kept you bound and self-conscious.  This new boldness will produce anointing and victory where insecurity once reigned. 

 

December 10, 2004:  Prepare for a sudden parting of the clouds of doom and despair, for surely I will show you the way through an open door that brings light and peace.  Put your faith in My ability and willingness to bring you through your trouble.  And, rejoice in the lessons learned in the Valley of Baca (weeping), for they will serve you well in the days before you.  Rejoice in My wisdom, provision, healing and blessing, but remember Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."

 

December 9, 2004:  Behold, I am bringing you to a higher level of spiritual perception if you are willing.  I am about to reveal mysteries that have been hidden from your understanding.  But, in order to receive the revelation I have for you, you must separate yourself to Me and seek My wisdom.  You are on the threshold of greater effectiveness in My kingdom, says the Lord.  Get ready to take a giant leap forward, but also be prepared to overcome the works of the flesh and to fight against the powers of darkness that will try to hinder your progress.  But, I say to you, you are well able to rise to this new level of experience.  Come up by faith and expect great things.

 

December 8, 2004:  The Lord reminded me today of the following prayer:  "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."  Psalm 138:8  "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.  Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands."  I will indeed work out My plan for your life and deal with everything behind you, beneath you, above you, before you, in you, around you and through you.  As you release your entire being to My care, I will direct your steps and give you the courage to obey My word.  Trust Me, says the Lord.

 

December 7, 2004:  You have become aware in the past few months of things that need to be changed, and you felt that you have been weighed in the balances and been found lacking.  So, you  set out to accomplish these changes by the strong arm of your own flesh.  You have taken matters into your own hands and have determined to make the necessary corrections, but in so doing you have gone to the extreme and now find yourself feeling disconnected.  What now?  Come back to a place of safety in Me.  Stop striving, and trust Me to bring instruction and adjustment where necessary.  Rest in the assurance that I have begun a good work in you, and I will bring it to completion.  Your part is to trust and obey.

 

December 6, 2004:  I speak the word "Achor" to you, beloved.  For, many of you have been in the valley of trouble, but I am making that valley of trouble a door of hope.  And, I say, not only a door of hope, but of faith and confidence.  You will go forth boldly.  The things that you have experienced will no longer be a liability to you, but will become an asset to you in the kingdom.  I am using those things to bring strength and wholeness, and you will walk in peace, says the Lord.

 

December 3, 2004:  The call has gone forth and conviction released to draw everyone who is willing to come into My kingdom.  Your number-one priority is to be established as a citizen of the Kingdom and secondly to do the work of the Kingdom in unity with your fellow citizens.  You do this by making the choice and following through with your allegiance to Me on every level.  Now is the time to establish yourself in devotion and complete loyalty to My purposes, says the Lord, for My kingdom is eternal and shall not pass away.  Time is short and your decisions are now crucial. 

 

December 2, 2004:  Keep a steady pace and a positive attitude.  Refuse to allow your emotions to disrupt your progress, and do not allow discouragement to derail you.  This is a critical time in transition to the next phase of your life and ministry.  Pray without ceasing, and be sensitive to My leading and instruction.  Your entire life will suddenly take on a new mood as you stay focused on My purposes.  Your atmosphere will become almost radiant as you are quickened by My Spirit, says the Lord.  You are in the season of resurrection power, which will bring renewed life, energy and excitement.  You won't want to miss this for the world!

 

December 1, 2004:  You can't walk in broken shoes, or ride a bike with a flat tire, or drive a car with a broken radiator.  You can't move ahead in relationships with offenses, or get ahead in a job without integrity, or pay bills without income.  You can't know wisdom without prayer, or have sweet communion with your Lord without consecration, or live in the Spirit apart from the blood of Christ.  Now is the time to fix what's broken.

 

November 30, 2004:  Position yourself by faith to receive all that I have promised and provided.  This is no time to allow negativity and discouragement to rule.  Get settled in your firm expectation of success.  Rise up against all odds and adversity.  Do not allow the enemy of your soul to keep you from a favorable outcome.  Do not forget that I am with you and for you.  Seek Me, and I will give you the strength and courage to forge ahead.   Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

 

November 29, 2004:  I speak to those who have been in the pit so long that you accept your position as normal living.  But, I say, stop sinking into the mire of self-pity and condemnation.  Look not to your circumstances as any measure of your worth or ability.  Look up and behold My face, for I will draw you up and set your feet on a level path and give you new hope.  Your worth is far above rubies, and you are precious in My sight.  Trust Me, and I will deliver you from the enemy's hand that is stretched out against you, says the Lord.  Exodus 14:13 "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord."

 

November 26, 2004:  Set a watch for a spirit of fear, which will produce a general sense of anxiety as you face situations that are unfamiliar.  You are entering territory that is unknown to you, but the enemy will do all he can to terrorize and paralyze you.  Remind yourself that I am with you, and I will enable you to do all that I have set you to do.  All things will indeed work together for good because of your love for Me and your submission to My purposes, says the Lord.

 

November 25, 2004:  This is the year of release, a time to be released from all fear and bondage.  Rejoice in this special season of Jubilee when you can come again to your inheritance and have a fresh start.  But, this is also a time when you must release those who have been held captive by your selfish motivations and manipulation.  My people, you must not enslave anyone through possessiveness and jealousy.  Relinquish control and liberate those who have been bound and oppressed.  This is the year of My favor, and it is My desire that My people be set free, says the Lord.

 

November 24, 2004:  Continue to move forward spiritually and be aware of the enemy's tactics and devices to hinder your progress.   You are in the process of breaking through barriers that have long hindered your success, but you must persevere and not lose hope.  It is important that you evaluate your progress in accurate terms so that discouragement doesn't force you into giving up.  Hebrews 10:36  "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise."

 

November 23, 2004:  Beloved, I am giving opportunities, opening heavenly windows, where you can rise above those things that keep you bound and blinded.  Move into this place of blessing where you can receive revelation, discernment and insight that will give hope and vision for the future.  But, this is not going to happen without the effort on your part to seek My wisdom.  Your consciousness must turn to the things above and not be taken captive by your earthly situations and circumstances.  Rise up; I say, rise up and see, says the Lord.  Colossians 3:2  "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

 

November 22, 2004:  Prepare for a stretch, for certainly you will have opportunities to expand your horizons.  Now is the time to press on.  I am determined to bless you as you endeavor to reach greater heights in My Spirit and explore the depths of My love and My covenant promises.  Enter this season with faith and anticipation of the great goodness awaiting those whose hearts are totally yielded to Me, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:12-14 "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

 

November 19, 2004:  Come let us take sweet communion together, and remember Me when you partake of My Word and apply the blood of the covenant.  Do not relegate your relationship to Me to a secondary position.  Dedicate yourself in holy consecration to the kingdom of God, to that which is righteous and eternal.  Sow seeds of righteousness, and you will reap a good and bountiful reward.  1 Corinthians 11:24-25  "When He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'"

 

November 18, 2004:  Beloved, I already know what you need before you ask, but you must exercise faith in your request.  You must believe that I will meet your needs and not just hope that I have heard you.  Repent of asking from a position of fear or doubt.  Come boldly into My presence without reticence.  Come with confidence and present your request spirit to Spirit so that your petition is not motivated by the lust of your flesh.  Pray according to My will and purposes, and I will  hear and answer your prayer, says the Lord.

 

November 17, 2004:  Be strong and of good courage.  Do not fear nor be afraid, for I am your God, and I go with you.  I will not leave you nor forsake you.  I am not a figment of your imagination.  Behold, I live!  Your faith is in the reality of My existence and presence.  Have I not said that if you seek Me with all of your heart, you will find Me?   Now is the time to confront and push through your fears and move from bondage to absolute freedom.  Refuse to allow the spirit of fear to dictate to your emotions.  Be free.  Rest in the security that I am with you!

 

November 16, 2004:  Today is a new day.  Leave all fear, failure, and disappointment behind you and begin again.  Refuse to allow stress to rule your life.  Come into peace and rest knowing that I will cause you to progress according to My will as you yield to My purposes.  Let Me lead you, says the Lord.  Philippians 2:13, "For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

 

November 15, 2004:  Regret will be replaced by rejoicing.   If you will release your past completely, I will break the curse of regret against you and bring you into the place of rejoicing.  There is a war raging within you manifesting as a desire to go forward into the work of the kingdom that will bring forth a bountiful harvest, and yet realizing that the enemy is doing all he can to keep you bound and unfruitful.  Now is the time to turn back the battle at the gate of your own heart.  Rise up in the faith and assurance that I have begun a good work in you, and I will bring it to completion, says the Lord.  Cooperate with My word and work in you, for I have given you the power to tread on all the power of the enemy, but you must release that power against all that would keep you bound and ineffective.  I will strengthen you and equip you to enjoy good success and benefit, but you must believe.  Trust and obey!

 

November 12, 2004:  I am clearing away the fog of confusion and compromise.  I will bring amazing clarity if you will only rise above the emotional intensity of your circumstances into spiritual reality of My plans and purposes, says the Lord.  Do not be afraid of the changes that are coming forth at this time.  Have you forgotten that all things work together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purposes?   I will reveal absolute truth and light that will cause darkness to flee.  Watch and stand amazed at the work that I am doing among My people to bring forth the liberty of the Spirit. 

 

November 11, 2004:  Beloved, I have brought you to a place of renewed life and excellent possibilities.  It is up to you to choose the optimum benefits along the way.  Establish your priorities and seek first the kingdom of God by making your relationship with Me your primary focus. Make decisions based on the truth  of My word, righteousness, integrity and love.  Stand your watch, and guard against everything that would bring darkness instead of light, deception instead of truth, bondage instead of freedom.  Ask, and I will give you wisdom for every dilemma and direction for every choice.  Be brave, be strong, be holy, says the Lord.

 

November 10, 2004:  The power of My word has brought the judgment of the sickle, the fire and the wind.  That which could be cut off has been cut off; that which was dedicated to the fire has been burned; that which could be scattered has been thrown to the wind.  The threshing floor has been thoroughly cleansed.  It is time once again to break up the fallow ground of your hearts and to sow in righteousness, for a new harvest cycle is beginning.  Take heed how you sow; be deliberate and generous in planting, and your harvest will be bountiful indeed. 

 

November 9, 2004:  Move forward in the freedom of My Spirit, says the Lord.  I have made a way for your progress to be well-established and absolute.  Use your increased liberty to move more effectively in the power of  the Spirit.  Exercise your freedom to strengthen those around you by establishing the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Do not use this opportunity to exert the power of your will to rebel against My standards, for that would bring certain disaster.  The earmark of this season will be purity and holiness for those whose hearts are yielded in submission to My authority.  Those who are not yielded will be cut off.  Galatians 5:13 "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."

 

November 8, 2004:  Sanctify!  I say, sanctify!  I will have a people set apart for My purposes alone, consecrated and dedicated without reserve.  Have I not said that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?  Purify the temple, and come before Me with thanksgiving.  I will make you a sanctuary, a place of holy worship, and there I will dwell among you, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 7:1 "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

November 5, 2004:  The new season is under way.  Step into each new day with expectation and confidence.  Release yourself from the past, and release those who have disappointed or offended you.  The earmark of the season before you is mercy, favor, and grace.  Be diligent to forgive, pray for, and bless those who have judged you and pronounced your guilt.  The difficulties of these past months can be a fading memory instead of a source of pain if you will determine to move forward with the plans and purposes that I have established for you, says the Lord.

 

November 4, 2004:   Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Make a concerted effort to establish yourself in strength of character and purpose.  The enemy will bring confusion as to what is right and good by perverting values through emotional attachments and issues.  Now is not the time to take yourself and your emotions seriously.  Let My Word settle every issue.  Side with My truth regardless of how you feel.  James 1:18-20 "Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

 

November 3, 2004:  Take time to be quiet, shut out the outside and inside noises, and allow your heart to settle on the firm foundation of My Word.  Put away all fear, rejection, and confusion.  Let Me bring peace to your soul and healing to every part of your being.  Insulate yourself from all the clamor that has become a distraction that would separate you from Me.  Be established again on eternal value and purpose, and let nothing steal your peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Come!  Let us have sweet communion together, says the Lord.

 

November 2, 2004:  Beloved, be aware of the attack against you to bring you under a cloud of despair and discouragement.  Refuse to give any place to making long-term decisions based on short-term difficulties.  I tell you the truth that this too shall pass.  Be still and wait for the spiritual weather to change.  Hasty reactions could reap results that you are not equipped to deal with.  Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."

 

November 1, 2004:  2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 "Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letters, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."   Beloved, these are days of great apostasy when many will turn from serving the Living God to fulfill their own lusts and desires.  Do not allow this to trouble you or bring you down to sorrow, for they have the gift of freedom to choose their course of action.  They have heard the truth and yet have turned back as a dog returns to its vomit.  Now is the time to examine your own heart and be diligent in following divine purpose.  Continue on the course of righteousness that you might be light in the darkness, a pillar in the kingdom of your God, says the Lord.

 

October 29, 2004:  I remind you to ask, seek, knock.  Come for answers to your questions and for revelation of  the work of the enemy against you and of My direction and guidance that will bring you through to victory.  Long-standing hindrances and bondages will now be cast down and destroyed if you are diligent to seek My face, says the Lord.  Do not be afraid to push through and move through the barriers that have been erected as protection against what you have feared.  Face your fears for what they are, and you will find they have no substance and are based on assumptions instead of the truth.

 

October 28, 2004:  Clear the air.  Let the wind of My Spirit blow away the spiritual debris that has filled the atmosphere.  Let the peace of My presence bring light where darkness has ruled.  Words of bitterness and deception have polluted and defiled the land.  Allow a fresh breeze to blow and sweep away offenses, hatred and division.  Stand still, My people, and see My salvation, for I will rule in justice and vindicate the innocent. 

 

October 27, 2004:  Look up!  Stop and listen, for I am doing a new thing.  I am preparing you, My people, to engage in warfare that will bring a change in areas where you have experienced repeated and consistent defeat.  Now is the time when you can wage an effective war and win.  But you say, "I have no confidence."  Yet, I tell you truthfully that I will enable you to strengthen the hands that hang down and the feeble knees.  I will lead you in this spiritual battle, and you will see the victory.  Be bold; be strong, for I am with you, says the Lord.

 

October 26, 2004:  Hear the word of the Lord, you who have ears.  Prophesy to your circumstances and surroundings.  Prophesy abundance and multiplication.  Speak to the dead, dry bones of forgotten promises unfulfilled, and call forth life and strength.  Do not be timid or conservative in commanding resurrection life, for I will loose the breath of My Spirit so that you will no longer be desolate and hopeless, says the Lord.  Ezekiel 37:14 "I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.  then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.

 

October 25, 2004:  Regardless of the disappointments you have faced and the rejection you have endured this is not a time to give up.  Stand strong in the face of adversity knowing that I am with you, says the Lord.  These challenges will not last forever, but My mercy endures forever.  My love and care for you will not fail.  I will never leave you nor forsake you.  I will strengthen you in times of weakness and give wisdom in times of consternation.  Trust Me to bring you through.

 

October 22, 2004:  Beloved, you have expected and anticipated breakthrough on various levels, but have encountered delays.  Do not become discouraged.  Take this time to be rooted in faith and to exercise patience, for surely you have established your plans, but I will direct your steps.  There is work behind the scenes that you have no knowledge of.  And, this work is for your benefit.  Trust Me that you will come through this time with greater faith and strength.  Rejoice in this hidden work, and do not give up hope.  Ephesians 6:10 "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."

 

October 21, 2004:  Do not lose heart or grow weary.  I speak to those who have faced upheaval and been forced to accept change that you did not initiate.  This is no time to give up, but rather a time to shift your focus so that you are looking ahead with hope rather than looking behind with regret.  Put your trust in Me, says the Lord, for I will bring you through this difficult time and establish you in greater peace and strength.  Psalm 27:13 "I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."

 

October 20, 2004:  John 8:32 "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."  This is a critical time when you must get to the root of oppression and affliction, and make a careful examination of  how you opened the door to allow the enemy to have access to your soul.  Search diligently, and you will find that you believed a lie.  Satan himself comes as an angel of light, but he is a liar and the father of lies.  Close that door through your disagreement with his devices and lies, and replace that lie with the truth of the Word.  Do not allow the lies to stand as a witness against you, says the Lord.

 

October 19, 2004:  Be still and know that I am God.  Beloved, it is vital at this time that you be led by My Spirit and not allow your flesh to rule in any situation.  This is no time to get reckless.  Pay attention to details and be sensitive to My leading.  Deception abounds, but you must not fear, for I will bring to light everything that is hidden in darkness.  Watch as I even reveal the long-forgotten roots of bitterness in your own heart that have opened the door to spiritual bondage.  I am setting My people free, says the Lord.  All you must do is cooperate with the work of My Spirit.

 

October 18, 2004:  Beloved, pick yourself up from the last round of attacks from the enemy against you.  Those assaults were designed to demoralize you and create doubt and discouragement.  And, yes, during this same time I also was bringing correction that will ultimately release you from burdens that I did not give you to carry.  And, as you wonder about how to tell the difference between what the enemy is doing and what I am doing, says the Lord, look at the result of your dilemma.  That which unburdens you and sets you free is of Me, says God, but that which brings guilt, darkness, and further bondage is of the devil.  There is a vast difference in the work of light and that of darkness.  Step back and discern the difference.   Resist the darkness and yield to the light.

 

October 15, 2004:  I am bringing you through a time of modification and transformation that will result in more effective ministry.  Yield to this process, for I will remove those things from your lives that are not valid expressions of who you are in Me nor I in you.  I will narrow down and define more exactly your gifting and your arenas of activity so that your energy is spent more efficiently in the kingdom.  Do not be afraid to undergo this process.  I tell you honestly that when I call you to labor in My kingdom it will not be a burden to you or anyone else.  For,  My yoke is easy and My burden is light, says the Lord.

 

October 14, 2004:  Prepare for change.  I am about to bring you to higher understanding of your authority and effectiveness in fighting the good fight of faith and gaining the victory.  Be on the alert for revelation that will teach your fingers to make war and strengthen your arms to pull the bronze bow.  The days of fighting the enemy from a position of fear and intimidation are ending.  Your days of threshing wheat in a winepress are over!  No need to hide.  I will transform you into a mighty army that will indeed run through a troop and leap over a wall.  Take your position by faith and expect to gain the victory as I lead you through every battle.  Be strong and courageous.

 

October 13, 2004:  Beloved, I want you to be free of the fear of man so that you can serve Me in absolute liberty and obedience.  Watch for opportunities that will present themselves and demand a choice.  Will you be a hypocrite and a manpleaser in an effort to avoid rejection?  Or, will you yield only to the working of My Spirit?  My desire is that you not be in bondage to your need for man's approval, but that you are free to follow your conscience.  Let your heart be true.

 

October 12, 2004:  This is a time of special training that will prepare you for what will be required of you in the days ahead.  The situations that you face now and overcome have particular value in developing your discernment and awareness.  Pay attention to the details of the conditions and circumstances you encounter, for  there will be important examples of spiritual  truth that will equip you for the next leg of your journey.

 

October 11, 2004:  I have placed before you an open door, but some feel as though it is more a knothole that you are looking through.  Even if I have to pull you through a knothole backwards, I will pull you through because I will not leave any of My own behind.  You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace, and the mountains and the hills will burst forth into song before you.  I am bringing you into a time of joy, says the Lord. 

You believe that you have heard My word and  received My direction, but you are still afraid.  Beloved, it is My word!!  You must not fear.   Do not be afraid of making a mistake.  Can I not direct your steps?  I say, you made a plan, but I will direct your steps.  Relax and enjoy the journey, for I am with you, says the Lord.  Be bold; be strong.  Go forth in faith and courage.  Victory is assured.

 

October 8, 2004:  Break through!  Break through the darkness and distractions that keep you from the strength of peace.  Rise up on the wings of thanksgiving and praise for the blessings of living in My kingdom, says the Lord.  I speak to those who have looked at life from a negative vantage point, which can only bring hopelessness.  I see your distress and the grief of your soul, but this is no time to give up or give in to the temptations of depression and despair.  Take the time to change your view and to encourage yourself, says the Lord, for I am with you to lift you up into the realm of glory. 

 

October 7, 2004:  Colossians 3:2  "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."  It is critical that you stay focused on spiritual reality.  The enemy will do what he can to get you distracted by drawing your attention to issues that have no spiritual relevance.  Be diligent to maintain eternal perspective in the midst of chaos and perversion.  Let My word bring clarity, hope and strength in the face of opposition.  Philippians 2:14-16a "Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life."

 

October 6, 2004:  I have called you higher, says the Lord, to a position of greater wisdom and understanding, which will produce more decisive victories.  But, you must release yourself from everything that would restrict your freedom or keep you in bondage.  Release yourself from the wounds of past rejection, from disappointments, injustice,  and aborted dreams.  The operative word for this season is "release."  Let go of all that would keep you from progression.  You must also release those who have been a source of pain before you yourself can be free.

 

October 5, 2004:  Now is the time to conclude issues from both the recent past and the distant past.  Those issues that still have not been resolved in your own heart must come to some resolution at this time, or they will force you into a darkness that will be more difficult to overcome in the future.  What you do at this juncture about difficult situations and attitudes of the heart will determine your ability to either walk in greater light and freedom or be restricted in your spiritual progress.  These are pivotal times.  Choose wisely.

 

October 4, 2004:  Beloved, you are on the verge of greater freedom than you've known, but liberty will not come without a fight.  The enemy will do everything possible to keep you in bondage.  Watch for him to activate discouragement, depression, rejection, fear, and health issues.  Be ready to resist these attacks.  You can arise to a new level of victory, but you will have to fight to obtain it.  No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment  you will condemn.  This is your heritage.  Believe it and arise to greater heights.

 

October 1, 2004:  Be strong and of good courage, moving steadily forward to gain the victory in every situation and circumstance.  It is written that you can do all things through Christ.  Believe it and pursue, overtake, and overcome the work of the enemy against you.  Refuse to become a victim in any way.  I have made a way and designed you to be victorious in achieving My plans and will for your life.  Now, step out and move ahead in your kingdom position and purpose.  Do not be afraid; I am with you, says the Lord.

 

September 30, 2004:  You are beginning to press through to higher spiritual ground.  This is no time to pull back or shy away from the barriers that represent the last bastion of bondage.  Rise up!  Be strong and courageous.  The enemy has kept you from victory long enough.  I am your fortress, your high tower, you place of safety, says the Lord.   The way has been made for your complete freedom.  Now is the time for you to access by faith this great grace.  Do not shrink from the challenges to your success.  Go forward in confidence, and only believe.

 

September 29, 2004:  Be alert and stay aware, for the enemy has come in by stealth to spy out your liberty and take you captive.  Be mindful of his tactics and know that he is a gate crasher.  He will try to force his way in by catching you off guard.  But, I tell you the truth, you must turn back the battle at the gate.  Do not submit to his authority for even a moment.  Rise up and overcome by the blood of the Lamb. 

 

September 28, 2004: I speak to many who have come to a crossroads in your service to the Lord. You don't know whether to forge ahead or pull back. What you envisioned when you began this leg of your journey has not been what you expected, and your vision has become blurred and divided. Take time to seek Me for direction, but know that your primary focus cannot be on what you do. Your eye must be single in seeking to have vital, intimate relationship with Me. Your ministry and service in the kingdom can only be an overflow of your life in Me, says the Lord.

 

September 27, 2004: Beloved, be silent. Watch and listen, for you have not yet acclimated to the changes in spiritual season. The unsettled feeling that you are experiencing is a result of unfamiliar spiritual territory. Be careful not to charge ahead without discerning your position in relationship to your surroundings. You will have to stop and re-evaluate, and you will need to proceed with caution. Be deliberate in your choices as you build on the solid foundation of your faith in Christ, says the Lord. Romans 13:14 "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts."

 

September 24, 2004: 3 John 2 "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." Before you move ahead into the season of building up, you must deal with your fear of lack. I speak to those who, through fear, have entertained a spirit of poverty that has caused you to hoard. My economy is established in giving with joy and generosity, says the Lord, and not on keeping and protecting. Your faith for abundant supply becomes ineffective when you trust in what you have instead of trusting Me for provision. You must sow to reap. Now is the time to deal with the fear that keeps you from the cycle of plenty. Luke 6:38 "Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down. shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

 

September 23, 2004: Make a thorough examination to see if you are puffed up or in pride. Haven't I said that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall? I speak particularly to those who are gifted and are ministering according to those gifts. You can no longer deem yourselves superior, for I am tearing down idols in My Church, says the Lord, and those who set themselves above others or allow themselves to be set up will come down. Set a watch at the portals of your heart, for if you do not repent of this pride your gift will be relegated to the realm of the flesh instead of operating by the power of My Spirit. I am calling those who are humble to come up higher, and I will not tolerate condescension. Luke 14:7-11 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

September 22, 2004: Luke 16:10-11 "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" I call you to a position of integrity in that which is least. Pay attention to your heart attitude in things that seem small and insignificant. If you will be faithful, honest, and diligent in those things then you can be trusted with the things of great spiritual value in My kingdom. Now is the time to examine your heart of stewardship and make adjustments where necessary, for if you can be trusted with worldly things I will make you My ambassador and give you great authority in the everlasting kingdom.

 

September 21, 2004: Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God does not come with observation. Beloved, you cannot see with natural eyes what will transpire in the coming season. You must move forward in the faith that I will direct your steps and unfold your future one step at a time. Do not despise these days of small new beginnings. I have given you an outline, but the details will develop and be revealed in the course of time Trust Me, and refuse the temptation to entertain presumption as a method of establishing yourself in a position of security In so doing, you will yield to the work of a lying spirit. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You

 

September 20, 2004: I had a vision of a roaring fire in a fireplace. Then, there was nothing left but ash because the fuel had burned. Suddenly the vision of the hearth became an open door into the heavenlies. And, I heard the Lord say that the first vision represented the past season when the fires of purification burned the flesh, but now there is an open door that invites us to come up higher spiritually. We could not take this step until the flesh that hindered our progress was offered and consumed.

 

September 17, 2004: You are entering a year of building up, and you are surrounded with favor, as I have encompassed you and have built a hedge around you. You will build much like the days of Nehemiah when you bear a tool in one hand and a sword in the other. So, you will build the kingdom of God by My gifts and grace on one hand and use the Word against your enemy on the other. The enemy will come against you to stop your progress and bring false accusations against you, but do not allow his threats to distract you from the good work that I have set your hands to do. Do not be afraid, for I will bring his counsel to nothing. Rally to Me, and I will fight on your behalf, says the Lord.

 

September 16, 2004: Go forth and build on the firm foundation of faith. Refuse to be thwarted by allowing intimidation and fear to rule over your faith. Now is the time to move through your disappointments and frustrations. Truly this too shall pass, and you will once again taste the sweetness of victory. But, you must stand firm on the Word of Truth and not allow the lies of the enemy to attack and overtake your emotions and defeat your hopes and aspirations. Be strong.

 

September 15, 2004: Be awake and stay alert, My people, for there is about to be a superabundant outpouring of revelation upon you. Stir up the hunger in your hearts to receive all that I am making available to you. This is the season of provision and blessing both spiritually and physically. Get ready to reap a harvest, for certainly you have sown seeds, which will produce a manifold blessing. These are days of great favor, so position yourselves by faith to receive full benefit, says the Lord.

 

September 14, 2004: There is a fresh wind blowing in the land. Hear the sound of the trumpet as it announces a new season. Put the past behind you, and forsake all regrets and disappointments. Now is the time to put your house in order and move forward with renewed strength and hope. Learn from your mistakes, but do not allow them to hold you in the bondage of condemnation. Deal quickly with those things that require your attention so that you can proceed unencumbered into the hope of the future. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope.

 

September 13, 2004: Haven't I spoken to you to fight a good fight and wage a good warfare? Then, I say to you, beloved, now is the time to rise to the occasion and meet the enemy on his own turf and take back what he has stolen. This is no time to depend on others to pray or fight on your behalf. This is the day that you must flex your own spiritual muscles and exercise the spiritual authority that has been given to you. Refuse to allow the enemy to get the upper hand in any situation. 1 Corinthians 15:57 Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

September 10, 2004: Beloved, I have spoken to you of promises, hope, open doors, opportunities, expansion, increase and blessing. These are all now available to you, but these benefits will not come to you unopposed by the enemy. Be prepared to fight the forces of darkness that would hinder your progress and bring discouragement. Be brave; be stong and go forth to do battle and gain the victory. I am with you to encourage and strengthen you, says the Lord.

 

September 9, 2004: Expect the unexpected. Be flexible and go with the flow, for I will allow circumstances that will bring change in unexpected ways. Do not be afraid to explore unfamiliar territory; I am expanding your horizons and enlarging your vision. Isaiah 54:2-3 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes, for you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited."

 

September 8, 2004: Rise up in the hope that I have set before you. For, surely, I have not left you without hope and a promise. I will lift you up in ways that you never thought possible, says the Lord, for you are precious in My sight. I have reserved for you an abundant portion. Come to the banqueting table and partake of the generosity of My love and blessings. I will withhold nothing from those who love Me and seek My face. You are My chosen, My beloved. Come and dine!

 

September 7, 2004: You are standing on the threshold. Step through the door. Do not look back. This is a new day; old things are past. Now is the time to step into newness of life with confidence and boldness. Do not be afraid of what is ahead. I will guide you, says the Lord, and give you wisdom. These are the days of expansion and increase, but you must continue to set your heart on the kingdom in order to keep from being distracted with natural events. Make a determination even now to keep your priorities in order, for that will be prerequisite to maximizing the benefits of the season.

 

September 6, 2004: There is a foundational work going on. Your foundation has already been laid, but some of what was built on it has been and is still being destroyed, burned up. Your foundation has been laid bare and what you build now will be stronger than anything before this time. It has not been fun to be in the fire and have your foundation purified, but this has been a work that will bring strength and solidity in the season ahead. Rejoice!

 

September 3, 2004: James 1:5-8 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." Yes, beloved, this is a familiar scripture, but you still waver and have not stood on the solid ground of faith. You believe My word, yet you also believe your circumstances and negative reports. This double-minded position will hinder your progress and will nullify answers to prayer. You must make up your mind and set your will to believe in all that I have made available to you. Otherwise, fear and indecision will keep you from receiving. Now is the time to deal with doubt and irresolution.

 

September 1, 2004: I hear some of you, even many of you, proclaiming negativity over yourselves. I hear you scolding, reprimanding, even calling yourself "stupid." Do you not know that this is a curse? And, this is an open door for the enemy to attack you with fear of failure, heaviness and even death. Your spirit man cannot flourish and grow under this curse of condemnation. Turn from this mindset and be reminded that I have accepted you and that I see you as precious, says the Lord. You have been too hard on yourself. Take a break!

 

August 31, 2004:  Beloved, do not discount the strength of the advance in your life. Some of you are still awaiting the breakthrough that you have focused on, but have overlooked some of the other areas where you have already made great progress. If you will recognize the places of victory and give thanks, your faith will be quickened, and you will be able to press through remaining hindrances that have kept you from obtaining your objective. Take time to reflect and rejoice.

 

August 30, 2004: You must quiet yourself at this time to regain stability. Your environment is filled with a crosscurrent of ideas, opinions and desires. You must not react emotionally to the conflicting spiritual climate. The enemy is doing all he can to jam the signals. Rise above the confusion and uncertainty, and come into My presence where the voice of the enemy and of the flesh become dim and unintelligible. Let My voice be heard above all else. Be silent and listen for My still, small voice, says the Lord, and I will bring clarity and peace.

 

August 29, 2004: To those who have been in the stone quarry being chisled and shaped, do not view what is happening to you by the works of the flesh or according to the flesh. If you do that you will find yourself in condemnation. I do not bring condemnation to My people; I bring conviction to which you will answer, "Yes and amen!" Be thankful for the work that is being done in you. Do not allow the enemy to come into this place to make you feel condemned. Rise up in the Spirit and see what I am doing, says the Lord, for I am doing a marvelous work. I am shaping you like you have never been shaped before. When this work is done you will look back and rejoice and dance and give praise to the Lord.

I am bringing you to a new level, a new height. It is not and will not be comfortable. You will feel different and even feel weird, but I have released My grace, My ability in you to do what I have called and chosen for you to do and be. You will come into that new place. I will tell you beforehand what I am going to do. Then, I will do it. And, finally, I will tell you that I have done it. My grace will be abundant.

 

August 27, 2004: I hear the cry for vindication, for you have certainly been unjustly accused by the deceitful and ungodly. Not only have I already paid the price for your vindication, but I will vindicate you by My own righteousness because you have trusted in Me. I will not allow the enemy to rejoice over your defeat. However, you must release those who have cursed you, and you must not be vindictive or seek revenge. Then, I will come speedily and justify you, says the Lord. Romans 12:18-21 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

August 26, 2004: Be aware that you are moving into new spiritual space, but know that each individual will make this transition differently. For some it will be with ease, a sweet slide. For others it will be a fight. It all depends on attitude. Any ground of fear or insecurity that needs to be dealt with will hinder and make the transition more difficult. Face those things in yourself that create fear or rejection. It is now time to measure your temple according to the strength of your foundation and the plumbline. Anything that is not level and straightforward will cause trouble.

 

August 25, 2004: Beloved, I am pulling you like a magnet towards your place of freedom in the Spirit. This is going to feel awkward to you because you have become so accustomed to living within the confines of familiar boundaries. Trust Me to bring you through to higher ground and greater liberty. Do not be afraid to let go of things and places that represent comfortable bondage. You are beginning to enter a new season that holds great promise. Release yourself to the hope of newness of life. Do not hold back. Be bold, says the Lord.

 

August 24, 2004: Be strong, My people. Unite and prepare for battle. Join together in kingdom purpose to achieve the victory. Take a good look at your enemy; know him and know his tactics. Remember that your battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness. This is not a battle of wills or a battle of the flesh; this is a spiritual battle, which must be waged in the heavenlies. The devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. His job is to kill, steal and destroy. Look to see the one who is behind the attack against you, and do not confuse the object of your warfare. Rise up, mighty warrior, and do battle against the enemy of your soul.

 

August 23, 2004: I have brought you through the Valley of Baca, for it has been a place of sorrow and weeping, but you have indeed made it a well. The waters that flow forth from your innermost being will not be springs of bitterness, but springs of compassion for those who also endure pain and suffering. Come to Me, and allow Me to heal the wounds of the past, for now is the time to put these things behind you.

You have endured grave disappointments, the pain of rejection, and you have seen difficult days. You have even questioned your purpose, and some of you have even disdained your very existence at times. You have had the pins knocked out from under you and have spun out of balance, but you will regain your balance, and you will be restored and released to greater expectation and fulfillment. Hope is looming on the horizon of the dawn of a new day, and the days of futility are ending. The days ahead will yield the fruit of your labors.

Be released into great freedom. Let Me heal your broken heart and bend your shattered dreams. Dare to believe. Do not be afraid to go forward with renewed faith and hope. The best is yet to come!

 

August 20, 2004: Come to Me, says the Lord. Press in to hear My heart. I want My love to flow to you and through you. My desire is that you extend boundless generosity towards those around you. Let your attitudes build up and encourage. Be motivated to strengthen those around you. Give the enemy no quarter when he tempts you to judge and criticize, or tear down and destroy. Be aware of how much you affect your environment and reflect My light.

 

August 19, 2004: I speak to you who have had great hope and vision, yet your expectations have been met with disappointment. You have been in a long season of testing, which has brought strength and maturity. Your dreams have been sifted and sorted; some have been found to be presumptuous and must be discarded. But, your heart is still yielded to My will and purposes, and you are not only willing but ready to move forward with My plans. This time you will not step out to accomplish My purposes by your own volition and determination, but you will only follow My leading and know the value of waiting for My timing. Rest assured that I will move you forward, but now you will seek the good of My kingdom instead of trying to satisfy your selfish desires. Rise to this place of greater maturity and blessing, says the Lord.

 

August 18, 2004: Prepare to begin a process of healing that seems long overdue. Your healing was prepared even the moment you first prayed, but you were not totally dependent upon Me, trusting Me. You have now come to the end of yourself, knowing that you cannot do this. I speak not only of physical healing, but emotional healing as well. In fact, much of your physical destruction has its roots in rejection when you first became a victim. Now is the time to return to the place where you were first devastated and release and forgive all who were involved in your desolation and grief. Rise up in the truth of My desire, intentions and purpose for you. Let all that has hindered your restoration fall from you like an old beggars garment, and be clothed with the newness of life. It is time for you to be free, says the Lord.

 

August 17, 2004: I speak to many who feel like your life has come to a standstill. Nothing has turned out the way you had hoped or envisioned. And, now you have no clear direction or leading. You find yourself asking, "What next?" You have entered a short season of rest. Do not fret about what is coming. Take this time to draw close to Me, says the Lord, so that I can prepare you for the next leg of your journey, for surely in these times of quiet waiting I will instruct you and strengthen your heart for the days ahead. Steady yourself on the firm foundation of My love and grace.

 

August 16, 2004: Beloved, you have had many and varied opportunities to grow and learn the lessons of My kingdom. These challenges have been very difficult and even grievous at times, but they have strengthened your spirit whether you realize it or not. You are being purified by the fire of your circumstances. You have been like molten metal, and surely the impurities have put away like dross from silver. Now is a time to reflect on what you have endured and to be grateful for the value of correction that will last for eternity. Now is a time when you can enjoy a brief respite, but make sure you don't become complacent during this reprieve. Rest with your eyes wide open.

 

August 13, 2004: I heard the Lord say, "Prepare for an epic battle." And, I saw in a vision the army of the Lord in extreme disarray. There were individuals who were sexually immoral and in great deception, a man cheating on his wife, business partners defrauding one another, a woman with a spirit of infirmity who had settled into her sickness to gain attention and escape responsibility. I saw a couple of women, who had once made a decision to serve God, getting drunk and laughing; one said to the other, "If my pastor could see me now!" There were people who were angry and offended, barely able to speak to one another, seeped in unforgiveness and bitterness. I saw hypocrites who pretended one thing while doing the opposite, insincere and unholy in their attitudes and motivations.

Although I observed only a few individuals in this vast army, I knew it was riddled with all manner of debauchery. Many of the people were wearing only pieces of their armor, and some were asleep. And, I thought to myself, "How are we going to fight this battle at all, let alone win?"

Then, the Commander in Chief called us to attention and asked us to prepare for the greatest battle of humanity. He talked to us about renewing our minds to understand the seriousness of the times and to renew our hope of salvation and be reminded of the price that has already been paid for our redemption. He called us to rise up in faith, to put off all unrighteousness, and to be cleansed and sanctified for this holy battle. He admonished us to be done with all deceit and to walk in absolute truth. He told us to rise up and proclaim His Word and to prophesy and proclaim victory over the land. He said, "Do these things in preparation, and you will win the battle without a fight!"

 

August 12, 2004: Be strong. I am bringing you a way that you have not known before, and even though the path seems uncertain, you must not be afraid. I am with you, and you will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Make no mistake; the enemy will try to stop you from achieving My purposes and doing the work that I have gifted you to do, but he will not win as long as you trust Me and walk in obedience to My Word. Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'Destroy!'"

 

August 11, 2004: 1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." Be at peace. The things that you must face and deal with at this time will tend to overwhelm you. But, I will strengthen you and give you the grace to rise up and meet the challenges before you. You will not have to deal with them all at once, so take it step by step and believe Me for the grace to endure and overcome, says the Lord, for surely I am with you to give you the courage to succeed. And, in the process of time when this too comes to pass, you will know that your God was with you.

 

August 10, 2004: Be alert and set a watch for deception. The enemy will bring very convincing arguments that could produce great distraction and delusion, says the Lord. Exercise discernment and measure everything by the truth of My word. What you hear may sound correct, but do nothing unless you have the witness of my Spirit. Also be aware that the enemy is very adept at confirming his own deceit. Let the peace that passes understanding lead you.

 

August 9, 2004: Oh, beloved, I see your burden. I see that you are carrying a load. That load is your own unrighteousness, and you abhor your own flesh. And, yes, you should, but you must bring that burden to Me, says the Lord. I am the One that will change you into My image from glory to glory. You will not do the work that I have called you to by the strong arm of your own flesh. You will accomplish this work as you rise up in the Spirit and concentrate on Me and have fellowship with Me. It is not good that you whip yourself daily because of your failures. Let me remove the burden. Be yoked together with Me so that we can work together. I am with you. I have not left you, nor am I angry with you. I see the weakness of your flesh, and I say, come to Me and bring this burden to Me. Your righteousness is of Me, says the Lord.

 

August 6, 2004: Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
Beloved, this is no time to trust in the things the world has to offer. Certainly, you will not gain strength from the world as your source of provision. Have you not heard and do you not know that I am your source? It is written that you must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all these things will be added to you. Now is the time to get your priorities in order and re-examine the basis of your faith. If you are to prosper, you must look to Me, says the Lord, and trust Me to answer your prayers and bring forth provision for every need.

 

August 5, 2004: You have heard it said that it is always darkest before the dawn, and I tell you that you are about to experience the first rays of the morning light. The enemy has unleashed his power against you to discourage you before your breakthrough. And, yes, breakthrough is imminent, but in the meantime there will be sudden and unexplained attacks against you that will violate your personal boundaries, accost your senses, and steal your peace. Do not buckle under the pressure of these attacks, but rise up knowing that this is momentary light affliction. Be strong, for I am with you to bring you through to victory, says the Lord.

 

August 4, 2004: I speak to the hearts of those who feel as though you have been scattered to the winds and blown about by every prevailing breeze. I know your frustration and your sense of instability, but I tell you honestly that you are still tethered to Me, says the Lord. I have not released you or let you go, and I have not forsaken you. I am your anchor in the storms of life, and I will bring order out of chaos. You will triumph over this time of upheaval and disorder. You will again find peace and serenity. Rest in this hope. I am your refuge, upholding you with My everlasting arms.

 

August 3, 2004: The enemy is trying to disorient you and bring confusion by causing you to lose your sense of time, position and identity. His purpose is to create a basic fear and insecurity that would render you useless in your battle against him. Take the time to set yourself right again by re-examining the principles of your faith and re-establishing yourself in your kingdom position. Refuse to allow your mind to drift or to entertain fear on any level. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

August 2, 2004: Stir up! I say, stir up the gift that is in you. It is the gift of life in the kingdom of God. It is the most precious gift and yet (I speak to many) you have been distracted from that which is most important. For, you have allowed the issues of life to take precedence. Stop where you are and renew yourself in faith and hope in the Spirit instead of allowing hopelessness in your circumstances to cause you to spiral down in despair. Have I not given you a hope and a future? But, you must look again to your Source and trust Me, says the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:11-14a For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.

 

July 30, 2004: Beloved, you have come through a time of change when many issues have been resolved, but there are yet a few things that need to be cleared up and settled. Do not allow these disputes to cause you to forget your true value and purpose. Your life is not predicated on the facts of your human existence, but on the truth of My existence, says the Lord. There is a difference between fact and truth. The facts of your trials and tribulations do not reflect eternal truth. Now is the time to make that distinction and rise up to obtain and embrace eternal truth. Your afflictions are momentary, but your redemption is eternal. Be renewed in the joy of your salvation. Let faith arise!

 

July 29, 2004: I speak to those who have gotten caught in the cycle of beginning again with a fresh resolve to overcome the flesh only to be overcome with temptation resulting in failure ... again. I say to you that you cannot destroy the works of the flesh by the flesh. Your efforts will only result in obsession, disappointment and self-condemnation. You must walk in the Spirit to overcome the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Release this concern to Me, says the Lord, and ask for strength to be an overcomer. I will indeed give you the strength and determination you need to gain the victory, but you must resolve this issue first in your will and deal with double-mindedness. You cannot resist and partake at the same time. Set yourself to walk in the Spirit, and the flesh will yield.
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

 

July 28, 2004: Come and dine. I am the living bread, the word. Come, beloved, and sup with Me. Come and receive your sustenance. Let us have sweet fellowship together. Be filled and satisfied, for you need Me more than your necessary food. I support and sustain your spiritual life, which is everlasting. Yet, your flesh cries out to be fed more than your spirit, and you do not neglect that need. Why, then, have you neglected your need to maintain life in the spirit? Come away from your diversions and distractions and seek My face. Certainly, I will be found by you. Come.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 

July 27, 2004: So, you feel like you have been in a far country? I speak to those who do not have a clear sense of the direction your life should take at this point. Rest assured that I will direct your steps. This feeling of being in no-man's land is the result of this transitory time. The things and people that no longer fill your life have left a void. Do not scramble to fill that void with more people and more activities, but rather fill that space with developing a deeper relationship with Me, says the Lord. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things, including divine connections and relationships with other people, will be added to you. Put first things first, and keep your priorities in order. Otherwise you will become a people-pleaser and develop a fear of man instead of abiding in the eternal presence of your God.

 

July 26, 2004: Yo, Watchmen! Your eyes have become heavy with sleep. The enemy has entered in to steal, but you have not awakened. I call you to awaken at this moment. I say, stand up! Shake the slumber from your eyes. Stand up and look. Stand up and listen. Remove the enemy; remove the thief from your premises. Be diligent, My watchmen, to take your position again.

 

July 23, 2004: I speak to many who have come under an attack of insecurity. You have again questioned your position, your gifting, and anointing. You have compared yourself to others and have begun to question your effectiveness, which will cause you to try to imitate those whose anointing you respect and value. This will produce a counterfeit anointing, which is without substance, powerless, and is like walking in someone else's shoes that don't fit. Confront the fear of failure and your need for approval, which is the issue at the bottom of this problem. Accept yourself for who you really are and for your true gifting instead of settling for a cheap imitation. Remember that you are one-of-a-kind for which there is no substitute.

 

July 22, 2004: I heard in my spirit the word "bittersweet", and I heard the Lord say, you are at a turning point where you will experience mixed emotions. The stress and regret of your recent disappointments will be strangely combined with unexpected blessings and victories. Now is the time to get up, leave the past behind, and prepare to cross over into the realm of promise and possibilities. What lies ahead of you will not be without challenges and trials, but you will have fresh opportunities to walk in the Spirit, exercise faith, and to be an overcomer in what will seem like a second chance in many ways. Do not be afraid; take one step at a time, one day at a time. I am with you to lead, guide, and direct your steps.

 

July 21, 2004: The enemy has brought a curse of reproach against My people and against My name, says the Lord. This work will manifest and expose the hidden work of pride. Rejoice in the revelation of this attack of the enemy, for you have asked for all that is hidden to be exposed and brought to the light. Set a watch, for this curse of reproach can be recognized as a rebuke or sense of disapproval. You will either be used as the perpetrator or the victim of disgrace as the enemy moves stealthily among your ranks. Rise up in the power of My Spirit and break the curse and cast down this work of darkness. Be free!

 

July 20, 2004: Be careful how you build. Make sure that all that you do is built on the firm foundation of the revelation of Christ in you. Surely if you build on the shifting sands of your selfish needs and desires, the storms will come and destroy all that has no eternal value. Now is a time when you can again begin to build, but choose wisely the materials with which you fashion and produce the structure that represents your kingdom position and work, for they will either bring forth great reward or the ashes of false hopes and faithless dreams.

 

July 19, 2004: Jeremiah 31:28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plants, says the Lord. You are in the season of renovation; you have experienced and endured the tearing down that was a necessary prerequisite to building on a clean and firm foundation. And, you have been in the process of cleaning up the rubble of the destruction. Now prepare to build on that firm foundation, which has been swept clean, for what you build will be stronger and more effective and will bring the peace and unity essential to My holy habitation, a dwelling place for My glory.

 

July 16, 2004: Be diligent to stay within your own boundaries. You have enough to deal with in your areas of responsibility without going beyond your perimeter. Be sensitive to the limitations of your personal space, and respect the boundaries of others. When you violate and transgress those borders you not only remove yourself from My protection and covering, says the Lord, but you also become a nuisance to others. Stay within your sphere of anointing and gifting, and you will do well, for I will bless your place of authority as you fulfill the requirements of your kingdom position.

 

July 15, 2004: Isaiah 55:12 You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace. I speak to those who are unsure of your next step. I will lead you by the peace that surpasses your own understanding. You will know that place of peace in your spirit when you are on the right track, but you will have to quiet your soul and release these issues to Me in the faith that I will give you wisdom and direct your steps. Refuse to make any move until you have the witness of My Spirit to your spirit, says the Lord.

 

July 14, 2004: I am moving you forward, says the Lord. You cannot stay where you are spiritually and maintain the strength of your anointing. I tell you honestly that the cloud of My glory has moved, and it is time for you to move with it. If you do not, you will become discouraged and want to give up. But, as you begin go with the cloud, you will not only go forward, but you will move upward to higher spiritual ground, and the excitement of this new season will bring new life and new hope. If you insist on sitting down and staying where you are with what you already know, your spiritual life will become stagnant and lifeless.

 

July 13, 2004: Hosea 6:1 Come and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. Beloved, you have been in a time of renovation when the old things have been torn down and plucked up. This was necessary before the rebuilding can begin. The time of separation and threshing is coming to a close, and you are now about to enter the season of restoration and building. You will experience renewed life, fresh vigor and revival. Rejoice, for the days ahead will bring healing and great promise.

 

July 12, 2004: The enemy has assaulted you with accusations, criticism, judgment and lies, and this has caused you to lose confidence and to become insecure. You have fallen into the trap of looking at yourself and comparing yourself with others, and that was not wise. Those comparisons have been your downfall. Now rise up, says the Lord, as on wings of an eagle. Come before My face, for I am the Wind beneath your wings; I will cause you to fly higher and soar above this intimidation. Trust Me, and I will restore your confidence and boldness, and I will bring healing where there has been damage done by demonic forces.

 

July 9, 2004: Examine your heart to know what you really believe and come to grips with what you are double-minded about. You cannot believe with your intellect and give mental assent to the truth of the Word and still entertain fear in your heart. The result is unbelief. Face your faith issues head on and be honest with yourself about what you truly believe. When in doubt, go back to the Word and apply the truth to your situation. The enemy would love to see you believe your circumstances more than you believe the Word, and this is a determination you must make and follow through with. It is time to settle your faith crisis.James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstabled in all his ways.

 

July 8, 2004: Beloved, I see the desires of your heart, but you must ask or you will not receive, and you must ask according to My will and purposes. You know that the effective fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much, but you must come into My presence and pray that effective prayer. Do not be afraid to come. Do not be afraid to release your faith to Me, for I will surely answer. Philippians4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

 

July 7, 2004: I will stir up your zeal like a mighty man of war, and you will arise with fresh courage and boldness. You will no longer be paralyzed by fear or stand trembling in the presence of the evil one. This intimidation has gone on long enough. The enemy has roared and threatened to devour you, but it is now time for you to rise up and roar back. Shake yourself awake and break loose from the bondages that have held you captive. Run to the battle and gain the victory, says the Lord.
Psalm 91:1-8 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

 

July 6, 2004: Beloved, that which has faded away and is vanishing from your life is bringing to close an era. You will never pass that way again. Now you are entering a season of preparation for that which is to come. In this time, I will give you many opportunities to exercise your faith and to extend yourself beyond your comfort zone. I will require you to stretch and be stretched to make you spiritually fit to fulfill your destiny. I will ask you to consider things that have heretofore been beyond your comprehension and limitations. Do not be afraid, but make every effort to be certain that I am leading you and that it is not the enemy taking you on a wild goose chase. When you find yourself in doubt or confusion stop until you recognize and understand My clear direction before moving ahead. The Word will bring wisdom, balance, and stability to you during this time. Remember that I am with you, and I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be courageous.

 

July 5, 2004: I have called you, My people, to rule and reign with Me. I have called you to be leaders in My kingdom and to rule by the power of My Spirit, for the rulership of the flesh breeds dictatorship. You are not to dictate but to lead by the contrition of your own hearts. Be contrite and bow before Me so that your relationship with Me is pure and holy, and then (and only then) I will raise you up to lead those around you. Otherwise you would become despotic. You are My people, My chosen people, My generation of people, and I will teach you to lead in righteousness, says the Lord.

 

July 2, 2004: I heard the word "reparation" in my spirit, and I was reminded of Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. And, the Lord says, you have sustained damage and suffered loss, but I will repair the damage and restore what has been lost. I will mend what is broken and bring compensation for what the enemy has stolen from you. Stand strong in faith that I will do what I promised, and do not be afraid.

 

July 1, 2004: You are now being released from old places of bondage and oppression, and have removed them from you like taking off an old beggar's garment. Yet, there will be a temptation to feel unclothed, even naked, as you adjust to your new sense of freedom and liberty. Be on guard and stand against situations that would clothe you again with the same bondage of control and manipulation. Do not try to dress yourself, but rather let Me clothe you with the righteous raiment of My Spirit that will produce peace, says the Lord.

June 30, 2004: I speak to those of you who have become anxious in your need to receive wisdom and direction. A spirit of fear has driven you to pray out of your emotions rather than praying by the Spirit. You are "storming the gates of heaven" and hammering at heaven's door when you should be coming in quiet assurance that I am faithful to direct your steps and meet your needs. In this frantic state of mind, it is impossible for you to receive My light touch or hear My still small voice. Quiet your soul and come gently to Me. If you seek Me with your whole heart, I will be found by you. Come.

 

June 29, 2004: I had a vision of a donkey harnessed to a cart, driven by a person with a whip, but also being enticed by a carrot on a long stick. I believe the donkey represents our own stubborn flesh, and this is what the Lord said: Now is a time when your idols are being torn down, and if you do not replace your altars and idols of worship with a true devotion and commitment to the One true and living God instead of your selfish desires, you will be driven by discontentment and led by a seducing spirit, and your soul will be in constant turmoil. Activate your will and choose to discipline your flesh and become My faithful and loyal disciple, for then I will surely lead you by My Spirit and bring you forth into peace and joy.

 

June 28, 2004: Stay calm and be objective. You are at the point of breakthrough, but overreacting to negative situations will cause you to miss My direction and guidance because your soul is too noisy. Refuse to allow disappointment, frustration, or anger to cause you to sin. Now is the time to find your place of peace and be still. Rest is quiet trust that I am with you, says the Lord, and though the enemy rages against you I will bring you forth into great victory.

 

June 25, 2004: Now is a time when things around you seem to be in constant turmoil and disarray, but this is the state of transition. Make every effort to stay steady and remain strong spiritually. Take one step at a time and do one thing at a time. You can only take care of that which demands your attention at the moment. Certainly, there are plans to be made, but you must not allow your imagination to dwell in the future, for you will surely open the door to either fantasy and presumption or fear and dread. Have I not said that I am with you and that I will never leave you nor forsake you? Put your trust in Me and let Me lead the way, says the Lord.
Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

 

June 24, 2004: 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The enemy will do all he can to cause you to believe a lie as a means of opening the door to a spirit of fear so that you will lose your sobriety. Be watchful, and refuse to allow your emotions to get out of control. Remain calm no matter what you observe or hear, knowing that the plan of the enemy is to cause you to become hysterical or depressed as a means of bringing you down to defeat. Be encouraged; you can overcome this attack successfully if you will walk in the Spirit and remember your authority, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Be strong. Trust Me, says the Lord.

 

June 23, 2004: Your desire is to move on quickly, but in your effort to do that you will be inclined to take shortcuts. In so doing, you will be less thorough and will miss vital details of important lessons available for you to learn at this point in your spiritual journey. Be careful not to evaluate your experience by your level of comfort or emotional stability. Take time to ask Me for wisdom, says the Lord, so that you can come to a greater understanding of what is really being accomplished. These trials and troubling circumstances will produce valuable and eternal benefits if you will stop long enough to determine the spiritual significance of what you are experiencing. What you learn in this season will serve you well in the days ahead.

 

June 22, 2004: Set a watch and be ready to turn back the battle at the gate, for the enemy will bombard you in an effort to cause you to be overwhelmed. Getting overwhelmed can bring a sense of hopelessness and helplessness and render you ineffective. Take one step at a time and do only what is required. It will be in your best interest not to force issues or push through by the strong arm of your flesh. Don't go out ahead of your anointing and peace, but rather depend on My grace to be sufficient even in this difficult time. Be patient and persevere. This too shall pass and become a stepping stone to greater spiritual liberty and victory.

 

June 21, 2004: You have been in a time of great upheaval, for all that could be shaken has been shaken. I have indeed thoroughly purged my threshing floor with unquenchable fire. The fires of purification have consumed every work that could not withstand the test of fire. I speak to those, who feel like everything you have held dear has been ripped from you, to strengthen the things which remain. Strengthen yourself in that which is eternal. Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning, and a new day is dawning. I will again establish you on your firm foundation and cause you to know and understand purpose, not based on your personal desires, but based on your relationship to Me.
1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

 

June 18, 2004: Beloved, measure everything that comes your way by the truth of My Word. The enemy is doing his best to get you off course by causing you to be led by your emotions instead of being moved by the Spirit. The results could be disastrous if you do not take every precaution to protect yourself from this attack. Put on the whole armor and walk in truth, righteousness peace, and faith. Be on guard and persevere through this time of difficulty and you will be victorious.
Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for al the saints.

 

June 17, 2004: I want to inhabit every part of your being, says the Lord. You have withheld places of resentment and bitterness, however, and reserved them for yourself. We cannot have complete fellowship and communion as long as you retain areas of your heart that I cannot come into. Even though you feel justified in harboring feelings of hurt and anger, it is vital to your spiritual well being that you completely forgive and release those who have hurt you. Any bitterness of soul will produce defilement and hinder your walk with Me. I tell you the truth that it is not worth it to you. Choose to let go.

 

June 16, 2004: That which was conceived in the secret place of your own heart last September is now being birthed. It has been like a babe hidden in the womb developing to its full term. For you, whose heart has been totally yielded to Me, you will bring forth revelation of the hidden things of the Spirit, a greater understanding of My plans and purposes, and this season will produce great joy and strength. But, for those who conceived in the darkness of flesh and selfish desire, this season will bring forth a grasping for the wind, for even when you bring forth the fruit of your own will, you will not be satisfied.
Jeremiah 2:23-25 "How" can you say, "I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals?" See your way in the valley; know what you have done. You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways, a wild donkey used to the wilderness, that sniffs at the wind in her desire; in her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they will find her. Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst. But you said, "There is no hope. No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go."

 

June 15, 2004: I had a mini vision of a dam that was beginning to leak. I saw the first signs of weakness in the dam as water began to trickle down the face of the dam through small cracks before the entire thing gave way to release the water that it held back. And, the Lord said, rejoice in the small victories that will now begin to become evident, for this is the beginning of breakthrough. The enemy has held back the flow of your progress and blessings to the point of hopelessness, but you are at the point of a sudden advance that will penetrate the long-established obstructions that have prevented your success. Prepare yourself to enjoy the new-found freedom that will come with this release. You have been held in check for so long that this sense of emancipation will even be somewhat frightening. At the same time, you will have a sense of great anticipation as opportunities present themselves. Be brave; be strong, for I am with you, says the Lord.

 

June 14, 2004: These are days of smoke and mirrors, when the enemy will use people to do some pretty fance footwork to take advantage of you. Be aware that things are not what they seem, and you would be wise to look past what is presented as the obvious to see what may be disguised. Seek My wisdom and discernment so that you can recognize deception, says the Lord, for surely I will bring light to every situation to reveal what is hidden in darkness. Trust in Me, for I am your ever present help in times of trouble. Do not put your trust in man, for he will fail you. Job 15:31 Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, for futility will be his reward.

 

June 10, 2004: I speak to those of you who feel that you have been in a demolition derby. Now is the time to silence your flesh and quiet your fears. Take time to rest in My presence and regroup. Seek Me earnestly, says the Lord. Any decisions that you make at this critical juncture will have long-term consequences, so it is imperative that what you decide is not based on your emotional condition, but rather on spiritual principles. Truly, the threshing floor has been thoroughly purged with unquenchable fire, and you will have opportunities to rebuild. Wisdom is to build with the Word as your firm foundation. Building on the sand of selfish motivation and pride will bring ruin and disaster.

 

June 9, 2004: Beloved you are known to be My disciples when you love one another, and your love for one another will cover and protect. Take heed when you find yourself with a desire to accuse and expose. Have you not read that love covers a multitude of sins? When you feel exposed by the fiery trials you must walk through in this season resist the temptation to blame others instead of taking responsibility for your own actions. Take care that seeds of bitterness do not take root in your heart, for they will surely give birth to sin, and sin when it is full grown brings forth death. Let forgiveness reign and restore your soul.

 

June 8, 2004: Maintain flexibility. What you think is the solution to a problem is just one step in a progression. You will be tested in your ability to adapt and to trust Me for wisdom in the midst of changing requirements. Take new information in stride and flow with the move of My Spirit. Guard against disappointment that comes with unexpected news. If you guard your heart and stay close to Me you will find stability and freedom regardless of your vacillating environment. Your faith is the key to success. Stay steady and keep an eternal perspective. Remember that you are in transition, and your only solid ground is in Me.

 

June 7, 2004: Recognize and acknowledge that you are in a time of transition so that what is ending is not yet behind and what is ahead is not yet attainable. This interim period does not feel comfortable or safe, but this too shall pass, and you can go through this transition with grace, says the Lord. You cannot get stuck in a time of grief or mourning for the losses you have sustained, nor can you jump out in presumption and fantasy for the days ahead because your emotional needs will pervert your concept of the future. If you will seek My face with your whole heart, you will see Me with greater clarity and understanding than you ever thought possible. I will put you in the cleft of the Rock and cover you with My hand, says the Lord, and you shall see My glory.

 

June 4, 2004: The enemy has assaulted you with discouragement to cause you to be defeated and to give up, but this is no time to sit down. Encourage yourself by reminding yourself of the truth of My Word and speaking forth words of comfort and of victory. Stir yourself up to a position of faith and authority in My promises. Then, sow seeds of encouragement in those around you, for surely these are seeds of righteousness planted in good ground that will bring forth excellent fruit.
Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

 

June 3, 2004: Let My word be your foundation, your standard, your measuring reed, and your plumbline. Your tendency when things get difficult is to react to what is happening, thereby becoming the victim of things out of your control, and you find yourself in a domino effect of reactions rather than taking authority according to the word and by My Spirit to act according to My will. Refuse to allow fear or anger to rule through your flesh. Remember who you are in the kingdom of Almighty God, and change your attitude accordingly. Quiet your soul, and take the position of the victor. No weapon formed against you shall prosper; this is your heritage.

 

June 2, 2004: Beloved, the enemy has bombarded you with lies that your failure is too great to be corrected. But, I tell you that nothing you have done is beyond the power of the blood. The price has been paid and the ransom has been satisfied. The enemy no longer has the right to hold you in captivity. Now it is up to you to access this great grace by faith and accept the liberty afforded to you. Refuse to allow the torment of your fear of failure to rob you of the life that is available to you. Do not suffer in silent condemnation; rise up and obtain the victory of the cross, which is resurrection life. Accept forgiveness and begin again.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

June 1, 2004: Opportunities for negotiation abound in this season. Matters that have begged for conclusion are now coming to the point of settlement. Stay alert to opportunities for progress and advancement both spiritually and in in your material circumstances. Be fearless in exercising your will and faith, but be sensitive to My leading for I will make a way in what has been a dry and barren wilderness, and I will cause your desert to bloom if you will truly put Me first, says the Lord, and not your own lusts and desires. Put your trust in Me.

 

May 31, 2004: Beloved, I speak to you in many languages, the language of love, of correction, of exhortation, of encouragement, of wisdom, of comfort. I speak in a still small voice when you quiet your soul and calm your fears. I speak through other people with a clear and understandable message to you heart. I speak direction through success and failure in your circumstances. Stop, look, and listen to discern the language that I speak to you today. I will speak to your heart through doors that open and doors that shut. Do not allow confusion to come because you expect Me to speak in only one way, says the Lord. Broaden your understanding of how I lead and direct your steps.

 

May 28, 2004: Be on the alert for opportunities to deal with all past bitterness. You cannot move ahead into My purposes until these issues are resolved in your own heart. Get ready to confront your own conscience with regard to your true feelings about those who have hurt you. Freedom will only come as you completely forgive and release enemies from both your recent and distant past. If you will be faithful to take advantage of these occasions at this juncture of your life, you will look back and remember this time as a landmark in personal spiritual progress and liberty.

 

May 27, 2004: Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.
There is a sense of diligence and even desperation in your efforts to find and maintain stability. Yet, it seems to elude you. Though you put your heart into it and search earnestly for a time of equilibrium it seems to escape you. But, I tell you honestly that you cannot plant until the time of plucking up is ended. You cannot build until the time of breaking down has finished its work. Now is a time when there must be a sweeping clean of the firm foundation so that all that has been built that cannot withstand the fire is burned. This is a valuable time, so be careful not to despise the work of this season.

 

May 26, 2004: Now is the time for a turnaround; you have been laboring under this heavy load for long enough. Hearken back to the moment that you became a victim. Remember when it seemed that you had no choice in acquiring this hardship? You were saddled with a decision that you did not want to make, and you became the subject of oppression. Forgive those who were instrumental in creating this situation in your life; release them and prepare to move ahead. Refuse the temptation to fear change or to hang on to what cannot continue. I am bringing you to a higher level and elevating your position in many ways, but you must cooperate by giving up your position as victim. It feels comfortable because you can blame others and not have to take responsibility, but you cannot be victorious as long as you remain a victim. Choose today, says the Lord.

 

May 25, 2004: Beloved you are experiencing an awkward moment in time. This is because you are in transition. You are not quite finished with what has been, you are not quite ready to step into what is ahead. You cannot avoid this time by trying to rush through it, but these feelings of discomfort will vanish as you begin to gain a clear vision for the next phase of your life. Your instinct will be to run and to avoid anything that even vaguely suggests that you are inept or have failed. Yet, this is a valuable time for you to seek My face and come into My rest. Establish yourself once again in basic faith, and let everything you do be done according to faith in Me. Your circumstances are too tenuous to put your hope in them. Trust Me.

 

May 24, 2004: I believe the Lord showed me clearly that we, His Church, will see some major breakthrough and victory by the end of June this year. Things that have been troubling for quite some time will come to a conclusion. This has been about a 4-year battle for many, yet for some this battle has been 8 years (two 4's), and the strength of the opposition has intensified in the last 2 years. But, that battle is about to come to resolution. And, the Lord says, I want My people to be free, but you must do your part to overcome the works of the flesh before you contend with the enemy. You are entering a season of war, and the results will bring victory and greater freedom than you have experienced for a long time. Do your part by rising up in the Spirit and overcoming the works of the flesh and the devil, and refuse the temptation to engineer the outcome of your circumstances according to your own desires. Trust Me to do this work supernaturally. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

 

May 21, 2004: Beloved, you must not allow disappointment to create a major setback. You expected better; you got much worse. The enemy's great delight is to see you lose faith because of your circumstances. Yet, am I not able to bring you through even this trial in victory? I have not forgotten you or left you alone. Encourage yourself, and allow overcoming faith to arise in your heart. Make the effort to maintain spiritual integrity in the midst of the temptation to give up. You belong to Me! I will cause you to always triumph in Me. Arise and go forth; run to the battle and remove this giant's head!

 

May 20, 2004: These are days to make adjustments. I speak to many who are going in circles and spinning your wheels without accomplishing your tasks or achieving your goals. Now is the time to re-evaluate your activities and be willing to give up those things that have not produced fruit. Wake up to the fact that most of what has not worked according to your plans was forged in the fires of presumption. Seek Me for direction, for it is written that a man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Get out of your rut, and allow Me to show you the way to more abundant life.

 

May 19, 2004: On guard! The enemy will do all he can to cause you to be overwhelmed, to get you to become discouraged, and he will use this time to try to bring you to spiritual ruin. There are some adjustments to be made at this time, but your tendency will be to "throw out the baby with the bathwater." The corrections that must be made are really only slight course corrections rather than completely moving in the opposite direction. Do not overreact to the pressures created by the issues of life. Come quietly into My presence and seek Me for wisdom and guidance. I am with you, and I will direct your steps if you will only trust Me to bring you through this difficult time.

 

May 18, 2004: This last set of events has left you reeling a little, so take some time to stabilize, to regain your balance, to reflect and re-evaluate. Look squarely at the truth of what has transpired, and do not allow deception to distort your view through either extreme pessimism or an exaggerated sense of optimism. You do not have to evaluate yourself or others according to what has happened. Your circumstances do not make you any more valuable or less valuable; it is only the blood that has redeemed you that has made you a worthy vessel. Selah.

 

May 17, 2004: Just as there as been weakness in your body, so there has been weakness in My Body. The weakness remains because you have not exercised your authority. Have I not said that you are to fortify your power mightily? I call you today, children of the Most High, to fortify your power mightily. Rise up in the authority I have given you against the enemy and gain the victory. I say to you now, rise up, My people. Fight the enemy! Exercise your authority. Today is the day of victory!

 

May 14, 2004: Fortify yourselves mightily. The enemy has launched an attack against you to weaken you on every front -- spirit, soul, and body. Rise up and resist this onslaught. To give in will bring serious weakness and a sense of discouragement and defeat. Let My strength be made perfect in your weakness. This battle will be won in the exercise of your will. Forgive and bless those who have cursed you with their attitudes, motivations, and words. And, break those demonic assignments against you with the power of the blood and the authority of My name, says the Lord.

 

May 13, 2004: I see the torment that comes with indecision. I hear your cries, "What must I do, Lord?" But, instead of waiting quietly until you receive an answer, you are frantically trying to figure it out by trying on different solutions in your imagination. This only creates more confusion. You will save yourself a lot of grief if you will wait for the right answer and the right moment when you have received the witness of the Spirit to your spirit. Do not allow fear or dread to rule in your heart. Trust Me to make a way that will benefit all concerned. My ways are higher than your ways, says the Lord.

 

May 12, 2004: I speak to many whose lives have seemingly been on hold. Issues have loomed before you that cry out for resolution, and yet as much as you have tried to find solutions and bring resolve there has been no effective change. But, I tell you, now this process of settlement and conclusion has begun. Yet, it won't be a sudden release; rather it will be a continual unraveling until you can see clearly the cause of the complication. Do not be afraid to look at your part in the problem and be willing to take responsibility and change your mind and method of operation. I will lead you through this process as you yield without resistance or pride.

 

May 11, 2004: Multitudes are in the valley of decision. This is not an easy place to be because your instinct is to make a quick judgment to relieve the discomfort of walking through this valley, but you have found that a quick solution will not meet the requirements of the situation. This valley is for the express purpose of revealing the pride of independent action. Refuse to allow fear and presumption to rule through your emotions, for that would mean certain disaster. Now is the time when you must walk with Me and allow Me to show you the way, says the Lord. You have not faced life from this perspective before, so you must trust Me to bring the necessary wisdom and to direct your steps. I am with you and I will show you the way, but this is going to be a process and not just a quick fix. The real work being accomplished here is in your attitude.

 

May 10, 2004: Beloved, as opportunities are presented to you be careful to approach these occasions with your spiritual eyes wide open. Go forth exercising great discernment. Things are not what they seem on the surface. Go into new situations with caution, and remove presumption far from you. This is not a time to allow false hope and blind optimism to lead you. Allow enough time to prove the truth before making a deep commitment in untried positions.

 

May 7, 2004: Your responsibilities and obligations have caused a flurry of activity that has been a drain physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take time now to be renewed and restored. Come into a place of rest in Me, says the Lord. Your physical and emotional well-being begins with spiritual renewal. Come and be healed. Come and be strengthened. Quiet your soul and be still in My presence, and I will fill you again and prepare you for the days ahead.

 

May 6, 2004: Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing, for I tell you truthfully that they have been sent to rip and tear, bite and devour. These spirits are sent to lie, accuse and intimidate. Refuse to be drawn into sin through ungodly responses. Yours is to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. This battle is not with flesh and blood but with powers and principalities. Do not try to gain victory in the flesh or answer a fool according to his folly. Have I not said that no weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises up in judgment against you is condemned? This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and your righteousness is from Me. Go in peace.

 

May 5, 2004: It is time to re-evaluate and come to a greater understanding of your true value in My kingdom, says the Lord. Many of you assess yourselves and others according to what you do instead of who you are. Your busyness and achievement do not make you a valuable asset in the kingdom. Your real merit comes from a heart that seeks Me continually and desires to draw near. It is in returning and resting in My presence that brings that which is of great worth. In terms of eternal economy what is it that carries the greatest value? Life! Come and drink of the water of life freely. Seek to be continually filled with the life of the Spirit, for all things are measured by life and death.

 

Did The Fire Fall?
May 4, 2004:

The Symposium of the Spirit 2004 Conference was awesome! What did we get?

1. Great preaching! The messages came in a perfect flow as each speaker presented a unique and powerful ingredient in preparing us to become one loaf of the Lord's bread that He can bless, break and give to the nations.

2. Baptism of Fire. The fire did fall. I kept hearing in my spirit, "I will thoroughly clean out My threshing floor and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire." On Saturday, May 1, 2004, Pastor Bill was ministering to the people who came for an impartation. The psalmists were playing a very haunting, foundational sound on their instruments, and the fire came through the sanctuary like a blast through an invisible tunnel. The fire didn't come as one mighty blast like that of an explosion, but it came powerfully as mingled fire with colors of blue, gold, pink and green. People fell under the blast, and some were stuck face down on the carpet. The next day, on Sunday, about 12:30 p.m. again the fire of God fell. This time we saw fire coming from the bodies of the people. Some of them had fire on their heads, others had fire coming from their hands or their ears. I assume that perhaps seeing the fire on various parts of their bodies meant that they were being equipped and prepared for different areas of service ... maybe to hear the Lord more clearly, to do His work more efficiently, or to function in greater authority, etc.

3. The ashes of transformation. After the conference had ended and most of the people had gone. There was a sudden wind, actually a mini-tornado that came through the parking lot of the church. The church doors were open, and I heard and saw this wind come through. I remember thinking that it was a sign of the "sound of a mighty rushing wind" like on the day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago because it was a loud wind. The wind created a downdraft in the chimney, blew the doors open on both sides of our two-sided fireplace, and scattered ash throughout the sanctuary. We believe this was a sign from God that His fire had indeed burned the chaff of His people transforming it to ash by the power of His Spirit.

4. The trumpet sound. Following the scattering of ash, two people heard the sound of a trumpet blast in the sanctuary. We believe this is the sound of war and of victory over the enemy. Hallelujah!

We prayed over hundreds of emails, letters, cards, pictures that were sent to us by those who wanted to be included in our prayer for impartation. One of the members of our congregation said that as she was interceding she saw sparks of fire flying out in all directions and she saw bunches of wood piled in various formations. Some of the wood was aged, some was treated, some was knotty and natural looking; some of the wood was dry, some had pitch in it, some had been peeled, some had very heavy bark. She heard the Lord say, "Have you not heard, have I not said that My fire has been kindled? The spark has been set. Let Me burn the dross and purify what is Mine."

May 3, 2004: I speak to those who have overlooked the obvious because you have had preconceived ideas and desires that have obscured your vision. Remove the veil of flesh, and you will be able to see with perfect clarity. Adjustments are necessary in places where old goals have not produced the fruit that you desired or expected. There has been a misunderstanding of the promise and timing. Re-evaluate in light of new information and greater spiritual discernment. The light of My Spirit will reveal those things that have been hidden in darkness. Do not charge ahead into the unknown without the witness of My Spirit, says the Lord.

Old places of bondage are now being broken, and you will be released into a new level of liberty in every area of life. Those situations and circumstances that brought oppression and darkness are now being rearranged to allow you to move forward in freedom and power. I speak to many who will make decisions now that will change the course of destiny. Seek Me for wisdom and guidance, says the Lord, and do not be afraid!