SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFTWIND

Words from the Lord to Marsha Burns

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December 31, 1999: The Lord says, I am once again moving My people to positions of greater effectiveness. As the enemy moves his players to strategic positions, so do I move Mine. This will happen on every level, from top governmental positions all the way down to non-political positions. This shifting will affect every sector. For some of you, it will not be a physical move or change, but a spiritual repositioning as I call you to greater ministry effort. I am calling My intercessors to a shift in prayer focus, and you will find that your times of intercession will be characterized by greater intensity and higher purpose. Be sensitive to My leading, and yield to My direction. Do not fear change, for I assure you that I have a plan and purpose for each life. 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 a hope."

 

December 29, 1999: Lift up your heads, all you gates, and let the King of glory come in. Open your eyes, and I will bring new vision. Open your ears, and I will speak glorious mysteries into your hearing. Open your heart in love, and I will cause life to flow without restraint. Open your hands in giving, and I will give back to you in good measure. Open your mouth, and I will fill it that you might speak the oracles of God. Let the barriers of self-protection and self-focus come down so that you become a vessel of honor useful in My kingdom to see, hear, love, give and speak to those I send you to. There is much work to be done, but I cannot use a vessel whose lid fits so tightly that I cannot pour into it or out of it.

 

December 28, 1999: I am bringing My body into unity. I am gathering you and calling you to come together in one place and with one accord so that I can pour out My Spirit and bring revival that will usher in the harvest. But, know this--the enemy will take every opportunity to promote division, strife, and contention within your own ranks to keep you from moving in the power of My Spirit. Cleanse your hands and purify your hearts. Be done with criticism, judgmentalism, slander and hatred. How can you love Me and hate your brother? You say, "I don't hate him." But, I ask you, what else would you call this antipathy? As it is written, you must deal with the log in your own eye even before you can see the speck in your brother's eye. Be done with this evil. Stop comparing yourselves among yourselves, and seek only to do My will.

 

December 27, 1999: Some of you are like a drunken man awakening from his stupor. You have been distracted by the works of the flesh and the things of the world and have neglected your First Love. Your walk in the Spirit is like a nearly forgotten dream. Your heart has been divided. Compromise has stolen your zeal. You are like an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wickedness." (Proverbs 30:20) You are like the prodigal son who has been with the pigs. But, I say to you, come home. I wait for you with open arms and a heart of forgiveness. Leave behind the things that do not bring glory to My kingdom. Be done with your search for satisfaction in the things of the world, for your life is hidden with Christ. Colossians 3:1-4, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."

 

December 25, 1999: Awaken out of sleep. Arise, intercessors, and come into your chambers. My eyes searched the whole earth to find one who would stand in the gap; I found none, but sent My own Son to mediate and bridge the gap. Yet, scoffers and mockers, those who love the darkness more than light have filled the earth with their abominations. I stand ready to cleanse and purify the earth with the fire of My judgment. But, there is still much work to be done, for the garners are not yet full, the vats do not yet overflow, the fields have not been fully harvested. Arise, My people, out of smug self-satisfaction and pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers, for this is the time of the latter rain. Have I not commissioned you to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature and to make disciples of all nations? I have carefully placed you so that you can work in your part of the world, in your corner of the field. So, I say, go forth by the power of My Spirit and reap.

 

December 24, 1999: Beloved, even though you have tried to stand and be strong through the enemy's recent attacks, some of you are shredded by rejection just as surely as a bomb had gone off in your midst. The devil wants you to be convinced of your inferiority and to believe that you are substandard. But, I say to you, do not believe the lies. You are My precious possession, a treasure in My storehouse. You are uniquely gifted and valuable to Me. Forgive those who have devalued you, and bring down the walls of offense, for I am your refuge, your fortress, your high tower, your place of safety. I will surely protect you. Proverbs 18:19, "A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle."

 

December 22, 1999: Be still, My child. Know the sweetness of My presence. Come into My rest and leave those things behind that cause you to struggle. Aren't you so tired of striving? Shake off discontentment. Separate yourself from discouragement and despair. Haven't I said that all things work together for good if you love Me and are called according to My purposes? Then, let Me take your cares and worries. Give Me your burdens, and trust Me with the details of your life. Come to Me and find rest for your soul. Psalm 131:2, "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me."

 

December 21, 1999: You are on the very threshold of a new millennium, and you, My people, will enter through the door one time zone at a time. For some, it is a time of fear and trepidation; for others it is a time of expectation and excitement; for still others it is just a matter of life as usual, a time to just get through another day. But, I say to you that you are entering through the doorway to a new season spiritually, and life will never be the same. Watchmen, sound the alarm! Awaken My people. For, this is not a time to slumber. Laborers, seek your hire and move to the fields, for there is much work to be done. Warriors, don your armor and take up the sword, for the battlecry has sounded. Stand at attention to receive your orders from the King, for He is surely issuing a decree that will bring great and sweeping changes. Hosea 10:12-14a, "Sow for yourselves 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. You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men. Therefore tumult shall arise among your people."

 

December 20, 1999: Those who are willing I am calling to the Upper Room to be in one place and to be in one accord. That one place spiritually is in Me, in unity. I am calling you to be of one mind, of one purpose in My kingdom. I am calling you to come higher to a place that transcends personal issues and the cares of the world. I am calling for an end to division and strife and contention among you. Only those who are true disciples, those who are disciplined by the Word, will find their way to the Upper Room. But, for My disciples, I am about to pour out My Spirit in an unprecedented way. There will be nothing impossible for you to attain as I send you forth and empower you to accomplish My end-time purposes. Ephesians 4:11-13, "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

 

December 18, 1999: Rejoice this day because I have given you the gift of free will. I have set the standard in My word and shown you the way of righteousness and peace, but I only make the offer. I will in no way coerce your acceptance of what is truth and life. You have complete freedom to choose what you will do with My word, My plan of salvation, My offer of eternal life. It is My desire that you choose life, but I will never violate your option. Bondage and restriction are not the products of My kingdom but the result of your submission to the enemy as you become a slave and are held in bondage under the elements of the world. My desire is that you walk in the freedom of My kingdom and to allow those around you the same choice. Joshua 24:15, "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

 

December 17, 1999: Do not harden your hearts as in the day of rebellion. My desire is that you remain supple in My hands so that I might continue to mold and make you into My image. Put away positions of pride and stubbornness and let Me bring reconciliation, peace and harmony among you, My people. Be done with petty issues that only separate you from Me and cause division. Refuse to allow the cares of this world to choke out the word and cause you to be unfruitful. Today is a day of release and forgiveness. It is a necessary requirement before you can proceed any further in My kingdom. Mat 18:15-17, "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector."

 

December 15, 1999: There is a storm raging in the hearts of the people. It rages with turmoil and uncertainty about the future. There is unrest in the world, for the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. But, I have not appointed you to such turmoil, uncertainty and fear. I call to you today to come into the ark of safety. Come into My presence where you will find peace and rest for your weary souls, for there I will comfort you with My truth. Do not allow what you hear and see around you to cause you to grow weary and faint. For, I am your very present help in times of trouble. I am your fortress and high tower, your place of safety. You will find peace and rest in Me. Come!

 

December 14, 1999: Beloved, cease from your works and the many things that occupy your mind and heart. Many of you have been troubled by many things and have looked away from beholding My face. I have appointed you for My work, to accomplish the tasks that I set before you, but they are of a different nature. Discern the purity in that which I have set your heart to do. There is no fear in My labor, no sense of pressure or failure, no stress. I have called you to labor in My kingdom apart from the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. I have called you to a greater work and higher purpose than what you accomplish in the flesh. I say to you, set your mind on things above; walk in My Spirit. Colossians 3:2-4, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."

 

December 12, 1999: To those of you who have been faithful to Me, those who have walked the path that I have chosen and have been obedient to the call, I am ready to pour out a blessing that is beyond what you could think or believe. Many of you have felt stagnant, hindered, and even blocked from moving forward or making progress. But, I say to you, now is the time that I will remove obstacles from your path and bring stability to your life. I am releasing a wave of blessing that can be accessed by faith and will be necessary preparation for the days ahead. This is a time of breakthrough. Haven't I said that I am the Lord of the breakthrough (Baalperazim)? I will indeed break out against your enemies like the breaking of a dam and bursting forth of the water.

 

December 11, 1999: My children! Why would you stone one another? Why are you so ready to annihilate one another with the words of your mouth and the accusations of your heart? How you judge and condemn and look suspiciously at one another! How you point your finger and wag your tongue! But, didn't I say, you who are without sin cast the first stone? But, you already know that you are guilty of doing far worse than you have accused others of doing and that you are no better than the ones you have set your heart against. I say to you, drop your rocks and walk away. Exercise your right and ability to forgive those who have hurt you or have been in disagreement with you. Release them and pray for them lest your heart become hardened and you lose fellowship with Me.

 

December 10, 1999: Yesterday I sat in my car in the parking lot of a department store waiting for a friend who had gone in quickly to make a purchase. As I sat there, I watched people going in and out and wondered about their lives and whether any of them knew the Lord. Their body language betrayed many of their hearts and motivations. But, as I watched, I suddenly could see from a different perspective. The people all became the same to me. They all were walking on two legs, and they had the same body parts, for the most part. And the Lord spoke to me: The bodies of these people are all temporary and have no eternal value at all. They will all wear out, die and decay. The real treasure is what is inside. There is seed inside of each outer casing that I want to bring to life. The seed of life is planted in the darkness of the body obscured from the light and will remain dormant until that soul reaches for and seeks Me and the light of My eternal kingdom. Although they all look the same, only some are alive. Yet, even some of those who have come alive on the inside still are not able to live in spiritual reality. They are still too concerned about their bodies, about what they will eat or wear, about their material possessions and where they will live and work and what they will drive and what they will buy. Even though, they have heard the Word and know the Truth, they give more attention to their physical, temporary existence than they give to Me. I am seeking a people whose hearts and minds are continually seeking My face, and they are not hard to identify, for they exhibit vital spiritual life and the fruit of their life in Me is abundant though invisible to carnal man. Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

 

December 8, 1999: There is a current jockeying for position in these times as men are moved into places of strategic effectiveness. This shift is causing a sense of unrest in the world and even bringing fear upon many. This repositioning is setting the stage for the final events of this age. But, I say to you, you will see the greatest demonstration of My presence and power ever known to man, which will bring victory to My kingdom. I, by My own hand, will bring the victory. So, why do you fear what man can do? For, I will lead you. Your place of safety is in Me. Be found in safe habitations. Haven't I said that you shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right hand to the left? Psalm 91:1 "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. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways."

 

December 7, 1999: Watch with your eyes wide open, My children, and be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the enemy has stirred up a spirit of fear that will manifest as insecurity in those who are not grounded solidly in Me. They will be moved to bring accusation against you in an effort to relieve their own feelings of inadequacy. But, I say to you, shake off the dust of rejection and let your peace return to you. A curse without a cause cannot alight but will be returned, for I say, I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. Be blameless before Me, and walk with a clear conscience before Me. Be holy, for I am holy. Romans 12:16-19, "Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 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."

 

December 6, 1999: In a vision I saw a man on a unicycle carrying a red banner. As I didn't understand the vision, I watched as the man on the unicycle became a part of a three-ring circus under a big tent. There was also a death-defying, high-wire act and the ring master in the center ring announcing the next big event. As I watched, I saw Y2K written on the banner carried by the man on the unicycle. I was made aware that both the man on the unicycle and those on the high wire were doing a balancing act and that the high-wire act had been in process for some time before the cyclist's short performance. The spotlight was now beginning to highlight the middle ring. I asked the Lord the meaning of the vision, and I believe He revealed that the three rings of the circus represent spotlights of international attention. The high-wire act represents the economy and new highs on the stock market. That act will soon be over and the great performers will soon come down. The Y2K cyclist will be a balancing act, but will be short-lived despite all the media attention. As I watched and listened to the ring master, he announced the next event -- a wrestling match between a bear and a lion, which I believe is symbolic of war, perhaps the beginning of the war outlined in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. I did not see the beginning of the wrestling match, but only heard the announcement of it. I find it interesting that the first known circuses took place in the Circus Maximus in ancient Rome. Perhaps this vision also symbolizes and signals the beginning of the rule of the revised Roman Empire, the New World Order, and the revealing of the anti-christ. I also saw horses waiting in the shadows beyond the reach of the spotlight, ready to take their positions for their event following the wrestling match. Could they be the horses of Revelation chapter 6?

 

December 4, 1999: I had a short vision of a lone man walking down a deserted road with predators lurking in the shadows of the adjoining forest watching and waiting for signs of weakness to signal an attack. The man seemed very dejected and depressed as I watched him continue to move slowly away from where I was positioned. And the Spirit of the Lord says, there are many who were once strong and vital in My body who have isolated themselves because of rejection and offense. But, it is a lonely and deserted road that you are traveling, and the enemy is waiting to come in for the kill. You have felt rejected, but you also have rejected those that I have sent to you, and if you don't receive those I send, you don't receive Me. Your heart is weighed down, and even though you cry out for answers and comfort, you receive none because your heart has hardened. When you isolate yourself from the Body, you separate yourself from Me. Turn around by forgiving those who have hurt you and release your offenses, for healing will come in no other way.

 

December 3, 1999: My peace I give you. I have provided a place of rest and comfort in My presence, and call you to come now and rest in My bosom. You have been striving and struggling with many things, but it is time for you to lay aside the heavy burdens you have been carrying and come to rest. Haven't I said that you can cast your care upon Me, for I care for you? Then, come. Put down the things that have weighed you down. Trust me with those things that have been a concern to you. Bring your troubles to Me and be released. Is there anything too difficult for Me? Is there anything that you can't leave with Me to deal with? 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 1, 1999: Jeremiah 12:5 "If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?" I speak to those of you who have gotten weary in the battle. Do not give up. Refuse to become a victim of your circumstances. Rise up in My strength and power with fresh faith, and pursue the enemy until he is defeated. I have given you authority and power to overcome all the works of the enemy, but you must persist. And, if you lack wisdom, ask. Didn't I say that I would give to you liberally if you only ask in faith? I am behind you to lead, guide, provide and protect saying, this is the way--walk in it. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I have not forsaken you. Arise and go forth in the name of your God.


November 30, 1999: My children, some of you have confused what is spiritual with what is fantasy because walking in the Spirit for you seems so abstract. And, you attach these fantasies to the only anchor you are familiar with which is the flesh, and you say they are from Me when they are not. I say to you, however, that Jesus Christ is your anchor, the solid Rock, the firm foundation, the cornerstone and the capstone. Build on Him, the Word, and the completed work of Calvary. He is your spiritual reality, and there is nothing abstract about Him, but you must walk in the Spirit by faith. Fantasy will always be bound to flesh desire and issues of life. Those of you who have built castles in the air and have believed a lying spirit must demolish and abandon your fantasy and begin again with a firm foundation. The enemy delights in having you build on a lie, leaving you with no substance.

 

November 29, 1999: Open your eyes and see what I am about to do, for you will be astounded. But, what I have prepared for you must be released in the spirit realm before manifesting in the physical, material realm. At the moment all you can see is a valley of dry bones, but I ask you, can these bones live? I say, speak to the bones; speak to the places that appear to your eyes to be dead and lifeless. Prophesy life. Haven't I said that death and life are in the power of the tongue? Then, venture forth and speak to your circumstances, and call those things that are not as though they were. Don't just sit in the darkness and resign yourselves to defeat and stagnation. Refuse to be a victim. Rise up and possess what I have given you.

 

November 27, 1999: Break through! I say, break through. Don't settle for less than the fire that consumes worldliness and carnality. Let the fire burn. Be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Be immersed in My presence and My power. Take the plunge, and allow nothing to hold you back from complete and total commitment to the Kingdom of God. Kick away the restraints of the flesh that cause you to compromise. Come out from Babylon (worldliness and bondage), My people, and be free. Rebuild spiritually what has been broken down by walking in complacency. Some of you have allowed discouragement and disappointment to pull you away from Me. I say to you, release yourselves from depression and press in to seek My face. I will bring restoration and healing to your hearts.

 

November 26, 1999: I have brought you to the mountain tops where your vision is sharp and the air is clear, and I have shown you excellent things. I have shown you the promised land from afar. And, I have walked with you in the valley and been with you in the mundane affairs of every day existence. You have come through many tests and trials accented with moments of pure joy and exhilaration. Now, you feel that you have been stagnant spiritually and even grown cold, but I say, this has been a time of drawing My body together into one place spiritually. Those of you who had gone before have had to wait for those who have come from behind. Once again, the cloud is lifting and about to move, thus a sense of restlessness and discontentment. It is time to move ahead again to new spiritual ground. Prepare yourselves for new experiences, for I am taking you into unfamiliar territory. Go forth with expectation, and do not fear, for I am indeed with you and will not forsake you. Be sensitive to My leading; I will surely direct every step and equip you for the days ahead. Be strong and do the work.

 

November 24, 1999: Thus, begins the season of distractions. Will you be faithful to Me even in this season? A seducing spirit is already at work to solicit your affections and cause your head to turn away from Me. Many of you will be enamored with the glitz and fantasy of the material world, while others will retreat and hide as though ostracized, in an effort to escape the inevitable holiday clamor. But, I say to you, do neither. To focus on festivity is idolatry. To focus on your own self and your misery is also idolatry. To keep your vision clear and your eye single as you seek My face is wisdom. I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Keep your mind stayed on Me, and I will keep you in perfect peace.

 

November 23, 1999: Consider charity, My people. It is the bond of perfection. Open wide your hearts and allow My love to flow through you unabated. For, without benevolence your religion becomes useless. The world is full of darkness, selfishness, famine, pestilence, hatred, strife, contention, division, and war. But you are the light of the world, and I have called you to represent My heart of love, which cannot be dispensed in pride. Refuse the temptation to discard people spitefully, for some I have sent to you that they might see a more perfect way, the way of charity. I ask you to lay down your desire for self-preservation, and release your fear that someone might take advantage of you. My eyes are looking throughout the whole earth to find vessels through which I can pour out My love liberally.

 

November 22, 1999: I have given you My Word. My Word is your standard, your plumbline, your leveler. There is no famine of the Word where you live. The only famine of the Word comes from a lack of desire. Just as surely as some have given themselves to a spirit of death through anorexia nervosa in their bodies, many have given themselves to the same spirit of death through a lack of appetite for the Word. Those of you, My people, who have lost your appetite must rise up and resist the power of the enemy to destroy you in this way. Resist the devil, and he will flee. Then, you must stimulate your appetite by feeding yourself. John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." 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."


November 20, 1999: I have given you signs and wonders, dreams and visions, direction and guidance. I have spoken to your hearts directly and indirectly through the mouths of the prophets and even through unlikely vessels. I have pressed you through circumstances to stay on the narrow path that I have chosen for you. Yet, even now, a seducing spirit has been loosed to draw you away from My purposes and plans, and a spirit of fear would like to get you on the run. But, I say, STAND! Do not turn to the right or to the left. Be still and know that I am God and that My purposes and direction for you are perfect. Get solid. Plant your feet firmly on the Rock and stand. Press in to Me and wait, for you must allow the whirlwind, the earthquake and the fire to cease before you can hear My still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12: Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

 

November 19, 1999: Make a covenant with your eyes and allow them to only see Me. My people, your eyes have been looking around to see what everyone else is doing. Your eyes have been comparing yourself to others. Your eyes have looked at others with criticism, but the log in your eye has made it very difficult to see the speck in your brother's eye. Your eyes have looked at the world with lust in your hearts--lust for affection, lust for attention, lust for approval, lust for things, lust to satisfy the flesh. But, My eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Myself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward Me. Therefore, make a covenant with your eyes that will keep your heart perfect and pure. Psalm 101:2-6, "I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me."

 

November 17, 1999: Many of you have been waiting for breakthrough. It seems to you that you have hit a brick wall and are going nowhere, and in your heart you question My promises to you. This has been a test to see if you will protect My promise to you with your faith. Will you stand and believe what I have spoken even when you see no evidence of fruition? And, I say, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Do not give up or go back, for My promise is for an appointed time. Do not grow weary, for in due season you will reap. Hebrews 12:12-13, "Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed."

 

November 16, 1999: Heads up! Be aware and watch. The enemy has come to put a strain on your relationships and to test your loyalties and alliances. He will tempt you to force issues that will bring division and strife. But, I say to you, refuse to consider your flesh. If you will maintain your relationship with Me and put My kingdom first then your associations will be with those who are likewise in My divine order. Also consider that I have strategically placed you in trusted positions where you can bring truth and light as an example of My own character and nature. Additionally, I have placed you in relationships that will bring about necessary spiritual growth. So, I say, be astute and carefully consider separation.

 

November 15, 1999: I had a dream last night of being in school and needing a new pencil, so I went to my rather large locker to find a new pencil and got involved in sorting and separating out things to keep and things to throw away. For the most part, I had three categories of things: pencils, keys, and masks.

In the pencil category, most of the pencils were used and small, having been continually sharpened until there was very little left. Some of the pencils had been chewed on by someone else, as I don't chew my pencils, and some didn't belong to me but had ended up in my locker. I did, however, find a few new pencils with my name on them. I kept the new pencils and threw away the rest.

In the key category, most of the keys were from worldly places we used to have access to, but places we no longer go and places where we no longer work. There were only a few keys that were still current and valid.

In the mask category, I was surprised to find these old relics in my locker and was disgusted that they were even in there. As I began to throw them out, there were others waiting at the trash can to pick them out and take them for themselves.

Even though this dream has personal significance for me, I believe it is significant for many others as well. God is calling us to discard things from the past that are no longer relevant to what He is teaching us. The pencils represent the instruments with which we record His instructions and His word. He is bringing us to a new level of receiving and recording His word, and it will be uniquely individual and fresh. Isaiah 42:9, "Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."

The keys represent places of authority. God has called us to new levels of authority in His kingdom away from worldliness. The keys that are still valid in our lives are the keys to the kingdom. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."

The masks represent old facades, old attempts to be like someone else. God is stripping away everything that is not truly who we are in Him. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."

I believe the Lord is calling each of us to our unique and personal place in the kingdom. Old things have indeed come to pass, and we are on the threshold of a new beginning.

 

November 13, 1999: I am doing a great work in each of you, for I will gather My people together in peace and unity and one accord. My power cannot exist where there is division and strife. So, I am bringing each of you to a place of accountability and removing the veil of self-deception so that you can see in yourselves those places of pride. I am revealing the thoughts and intentions of your own hearts and bringing to light that which has been carefully hidden. Some of you will reel and stagger and seem to lose your balance at such revelation, but this work is not for the purpose of condemnation. It is for the purpose of bringing you to greater freedom, purity and power. For, I say to you that without holiness you cannot see Me. The fires of purification are burning. Yield quickly to this important work.

 

November 12, 1999: Weep, wail and howl for the judgment that is coming. It will come suddenly and without warning. The land is defiled and soaked with the blood of the innocent. Will I turn My back on injustice forever? Will I face the other way and say all is well when violence rules the nations? No, but I will come with a vengeance and great recompense. I will establish justice on the earth. No more will the innocent suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. James 5:5-9, "You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you. Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!"

 

November 10, 1999: Many of you are ending an old chapter in your lives which is spiritually similar to the end of Babylonian captivity when I called My people back to Jerusalem. So, now I am calling you into a new phase of existence and activity. This new era will require your increased sensitivity to My Spirit and your obedience to My leading. For, I have called you forth out of old places of bondage, confusion and compromise into new light and freedom, but this new place of freedom will require that you leave behind those places of darkness that you took comfort in. In the coming days you will be challenged in new ways and have many new opportunities to accomplish My will, but any of those old places of compromise will become anchors that will restrict your freedom of movement and obedience if you don't deal with them now.

 

November 9, 1999: I saw in my spirit this morning a string of cheap beads and then the Lord spoke: My children, I have made available to you pearls of wisdom, and yet you use your own human perspective and knowledge as a cheap imitation of what is actually available to you. Why would you choose an imitation over the real thing? It is because you are accustomed to walking in the flesh and being bound by religious spirits so that you present a cheap imitation and call it the real thing. But, I am not fooled, and those who walk in spiritual discernment are not fooled. You can only fool a fool, and what reward is there in that? I caution you and encourage you to be done with the things of the flesh and of the world. Come up higher, establish true and lasting relationship with Me. Give up on self-focus and cheap religiosity that only serves to make you look good, for the imitation is temporary and deceptive. Go for the real deal, which lasts for eternity. Revelation 3:15-19 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent."

 

November 8, 1999: Be holy, for I am holy. I call you to come away from everything that defiles and corrupts your spirit and makes you an unclean vessel. You know by your own conscience the things that you touch that violate the sanctity of My temple, which you are. Today, I ask you to cleanse your temple of everything that is impure--thoughts, motives, attitudes, desires. For, surely, I am separating the precious from the vile and drawing that which is refined to Myself for more intimate fellowship. 1 Peter 1:13-19, "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.' And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers ,but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."

 

November 6, 1999: I speak to those of you who are spiritually in an arid desert, barely maintaining life. I have called you to this place to dig. Dig deep into My word and bring forth the living water that will cause your desert to blossom like a rose. If you sit here and do nothing, you will die. You must begin where you are to bring forth life. Out of your innermost being will come forth rivers of living water that will cause your desert to bloom; the anointing will come forth like the flood plains of the Jordan overflowing its banks. But, you must do your part. This anointing and life will not come without a thirsting on your part and your effort to find water. If you seek Me with all of your heart, I will be found by you.

 

November 5, 1999: I speak to the hearts of those of you who have fallen back into selfishness and self-centeredness. I come to awaken you as though you had been sleeping because your eyes have been shut to the things of the Spirit. This has not been a purposeful thing, but your focus has shifted from the spiritual to the physical, and you have opted for your own will instead of Mine. I don't want what is left over after you have taken the best. I want the first fruits of your love, worship, and devotion, your time, and your substance. Am I not worthy of your attention and sacrifice? Yet, you have been putting Me far down on your list of priorities. I call to you as though you had been asleep and your relationship with Me only a dream. Come back to Me, My beloved!

 

November 3, 1999: I saw in my spirit people being bound together with a red ribbon, and the Lord says, I am bringing My people together and binding them in the covenant of My blood. I am forming associations and alliances between you, bringing you together in working relationships for My purposes. Be very careful not to pervert these relationships into something of your choosing to satisfy your own needs or your own sense of religiosity. Keep your focus and desire on Me, and I will move among you and call you forth. Refrain from trying to transform one another into your own images, for I say that I am changing each of you into My image. So, I say be done with pressing others into the mold of your choosing. My workers are each unique in design, and will be used for specific and distinct tasks. Put away, then, criticism and censure of My chosen vessels.

 

November 2, 1999: I am bringing a change, a release in My kingdom available to all who will access it by faith. Hindering forces that have kept you from accomplishing what I have called you to do have been pushed back, and I have made a way for you to forge ahead. I say, your seed shall prosper and the vine shall give its fruit and the ground shall give her increase and the heavens shall give their dew. I tell you that you are embarking on opportunities for increase, but not for the purpose of personal, selfish prosperity. Haven't I said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you?" So, it is with increase. Those who seek Me first will increase for the purpose of proclaiming My kingdom. I say to you, separate yourselves from the world and worldly attitudes and do not touch what is unclean. Separate yourselves to My purposes and you will increase.

 

November 1, 1999: This is a time of culmination when the spiritual seeds you have sown have produced a harvest. The fruit of your labor is now evident. But, I also say to you that you are also entering a new season of sowing and reaping. The ground has once again been prepared, and I caution you to be careful of the seeds that you are planting at this time, for they too will grow and produce a harvest. I watch over you to build and to plant in righteousness, and I will bring the rain of My Spirit to bring the increase. But, I will also pluck up and break down that which is not of Me. For, I say to you, that if you sow the wind, you shall reap the whirlwind. Hosea 10:12-13, "Sow for yourselves 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. You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men."


October 30, 1999: I call you, My beloved children, to come into My holy place. Draw near to Me. Set your heart on knowing Me and being in My presence. Set your affections on Me and the things of My kingdom. Some of you have lost your eternal perspective and can only see what is happening in your circumstances, and you are praying that I will come to you and do your will. But, I say, you must come into agreement with My kingdom and do My will. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 1 John 5:14-15, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."

 

October 29, 1999: Open your spiritual eyes and take a look. A spirit of deception, like a gray fog mist, has blanketed My people. It is for the purpose of bringing confusion and darkness over the land. This attack is subtle because vision is lost gradually as the fog rolls in, and you are left with your focus on yourself and your immediate circumstances. Break through this darkness. Rise above this haze of deception. For, it is only an illusion. The sun is still shining above this mist. You need not give way to the depression that seems to press in on every side, for it is only an attempt by the enemy to disarm you. Look up! Seek Me, for surely I will be found by you, and as you touch Me, the darkness will roll back and clarity will return. Come to Me.

 

October 27, 1999: The enemy has assigned himself to speak through the mouths of fools and delights in doing so. But, I have not called you to answer a fool according to his folly. I say to you, instead, ignore the taunts of the enemy, brush them off as you would an annoying, buzzing insect. To do otherwise will only create confusion and more taunting. You have heard that silence is golden, and I say, not only golden but anointed in these times. Refuse to cast pearls before swine. Keep your vision clear, mind your own business, and be about the Father's business, for I say this too is anointed.

 

October 26, 1999: Do you hear My voice calling you to go to the street called Straight? I have a straight and narrow path for you to follow. I am also calling you to specific places for specific times and seasons. There is work to be done, and I am positioning those of you who will be sensitive to My direction. I am positioning you in places and times of your greatest effectiveness in My kingdom. This positioning will often times not feel comfortable and will seem strange to you because it is different, but it will also be more efficient for the work I have called you to. Fear not, for I have not sent you to do this work alone. I am with you, and I will continue to lead and guide you even through what appears to be the most impossible mazes. Don't despair of your current maze, for there are things I must show you here. There are people you must meet here. There is a level of trust I want to build in you here. Be strong. Forget trying to take comfort in your circumstances for there is none. You will only find comfort in Me.

 

October 25, 1999: Yesterday morning I had a dream about walking into a food storage unit preparing to cook a meal. When I entered the room I saw two large snakes, one on the east side of the room and one on the west. They were both very agitated and aggressive, moving very quickly in an effort to strike me. The one on the west did strike but hit my mother who was standing to my left. I examined the puncture wounds, but she was not affected by the snakebite. I asked the Lord what that meant, and He showed me that the dream was a warning of those who would attack my ministry. The fact that one did strike my mother (who has been deceased for 14 years) was an indication that the attack will come in the area of my past or where I have come from, but I am dead to the past and whatever is dead cannot be hurt. The important thing that the Lord imparted to me, however, was that it was a WARNING. I don't have to sit by and wait for this dream to come to fulfillment. I can wrestle with powers and principalities and pull down strongholds before the attack manifests in the carnal, physical realm. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. And the Spirit of the Lord says, be strong. Stand in the place of authority that I have given you, and accomplish that which I have set before you. Do not be distracted by threats of destruction. Be about the Father's business. Psalm 91:1-13, "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. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot."

 

October 23, 1999: As I waited on the Lord this morning, I saw two short visions, one of several wolves in the darkness, their eyes glowing yellow, just watching. The other vision was of several wolves with their muzzles lifted up in communal howling. And the Lord says: The wolves are stalking my sheep. They are watching closely for signs of vulnerability and weakness in My flock so that they might come in for the kill. For, I say, the enemy is stalking you to bring you down and devour you. He is watching your every move, waiting for an opportunity to bring destruction. There is also a pack of wolves who are strengthening their relationship with each other by speaking great swelling words of accusation against My rams, encouraging each other and justifying their attack. But, watch and be amazed as I scatter these wolves before they can scatter My sheep. Be on guard and be alert, My lambs, and stay in the safety of My presence, my fold.

 

October 22, 1999: I had a dream last night that we were building a church. There was lumber stacked around and people everywhere. The work crew was very organized in an assembly-line fashion as they carried boards to be cut and nailed into place, but there were others that just milled around, parking their cars in the way of the building project, distracting the workers by drawing attention to themselves and complaining about the leaders of the project, etc. And, the Lord says, I am indeed building My church on a firm foundation, and I have called My people to work, for they have a mind to work. And, I am organizing those who have a mind to work so that they will be very purposeful and efficient in that work. But, just like in the days of Nehemiah, there will be the Tobias and Salballots who want to hinder what I have called forth. So, I call you, My workers, to continue to do the work and refuse to be distracted. And, I say, woe to those who hinder My work, for those who are not with Me are against Me. Nehemiah 4:15-16 "And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah."

 

October 20, 1999: Precious ones, some of you are grieved because you feel so neglected and alone. But, truly I have not neglected you or left you alone even for a moment. The reason you feel so isolated is because your flesh is still crying out. Loneliness is not in being alone but rather in lack of fellowship and commonality. I have never left you nor forsaken you. I have always been available to fellowship with you, but you have not sought Me to fill the emptiness. Instead you have looked for others to fill the gap and close the hedge, yet only I am able to do that in you. I said in My word, Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Yet, you continue to look for love in all the wrong places. When you seek true fellowship with Me, and you will find it if you seek with all of your heart, then you will have fellowship with those who are also Mine.

 

October 19, 1999: Oh, My people, I desire so much to come into your temple and make a clean sweep of things. If you will allow Me, I will come in and overturn the money changers and drive greed from you. I will drive worldly attitudes out of your temple so that you can make it a house of prayer. How I long to be in communion with you, but many of your attitudes, interests, and focus prevent our intimate fellowship. Only when you make Me the Lord of your temple will I come in and cleanse it. I speak to many of you that your temple has been defiled, but if you allow Me, I will come and make it clean. 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

 

October 18, 1999: I speak today to My prophets, and send a warning that the enemy is on a campaign against you to silence your voice in the land. He is tempting you with discouragement so that he can put a damper on your boldness, confidence and zeal. He is the accuser of the brethren, but I say, when accusation comes, shake off the dust of rejection and do not allow it to silence the word that I put in your mouth. Be bold; be strong, for I am with you. Go where I send you, speak My word, and keep your eye single.

 

October 16, 1999: Quiet your soul and refuse to move in the realm of chaos. Be aware. Be alert. The powers of darkness have been unleashed against you, My people, and they come in the power of deception, cloaked in accusation. But, I have given YOU power to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy so that nothing shall by any means hurt you. But, you must rise up in the authority that I have given you to put the enemy under your feet. The devil will not go away just because you ignore him. You can't wish him away. I have called you to fight the good fight of faith, to put on the armor of salvation, righteousness, truth, and peace and to use the word of God against him in faith. You are My army, not victims of Satan's holocaust. Rise up in boldness and strike the enemy at the point of his attack. Surely, I say, you will have the victory.

 

October 15, 1999: Break through! I call you to break through. Come out of the places of muddling around in issues that keep you in deep darkness. Rise up out of obscurity into the light of My kingdom. Refuse to be pulled down in the mire of hopelessness and despair. Release the issues of life that keep you from walking in complete freedom and joy. For, I say the joy of the Lord is indeed your strength. Step away from worry and anxiety. Haven't I said that I would perfect those things that concern you? Then, trust Me to do so. For surely I will direct your steps and lead you in the way of righteousness. I call you to spiritual Shiloh, a place of tranquility.

 

October 13, 1999: Open wide your eyes and look. What shall I see, you ask? Watch and be amazed at the ways I am bringing My people, My body, My bride, My army together. I am joining hearts together and bringing a unity to My chosen ones. I am linking those who are like-minded, those who have the mind of Christ, those who seek only My face. The false unity that the carnal church has long tried to establish is a thing of the past. There is no unity except by My Spirit. And, I say, you will move as one, shoulder to shoulder, eyes fixed on the goal, ears attuned to the Commander of the Lord's Army. You, My people, will be like a well-oiled machine, every part in perfect working order, ready to move out at My command.

Note: We thank God for all of you who prayed for us. We could actually feel your prayer covering over us yesterday. Our mailbox was absolutely full to overflowing with your prayers, support, blessings, and words of kindness and encouragement. Thank you so much. God bless you!

 

October 12, 1999: Didn't I tell you that this attack would come? Then, don't be surprised. The enemy is seeking to devour you, but I have assured you that NO weapon formed against you will prosper. Stand in faith and assurance that I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Keep your eye single, for the enemy wants you to have double vision...one eye on Me and the other on him. I say to you, I will go before you and also be your rear guard. All you must do is be about your Father's business. Refuse the temptation to walk in the flesh. Note: A few days ago I had a dream about someone bringing us a creature like an otter to take care of and with it a note showing all the detailed instructions for feeding this animal. I viewed it as a pest and a creature that could feed itself, not a domesticated animal, and I refused to puree carrots to feed it. As soon as I had refused to take this animal as my responsibility, I looked up and a snake with a big head was following Bill. I called to him that he was being followed by a snake, and he took a shovel and cut it's head off. The Lord showed me that morning that our ministry would be under attack and that it would first come as a pest and then a threat of destruction. As of this morning, this dream is being fulfilled.

 

October 11, 1999: Be bold. Be strong. For, I have called you this day to fight. You have been faithful to go forward at My command and take valuable territory for the kingdom. But the enemy will contend again and try to regain what he has lost. I say to you, don't give up; don't give in. Rise up and fight in the name of the King. You haven't come this far to concede. Hold your position. Give no quarter, but expect none. Don't crumble at the first sign of rejection. Stand, clothed in the armor of light-- salvation, righteousness, truth, faith and peace. Proclaim My word, for it shall not return to you void, but will accomplish what it is sent to do. Go forth, My precious saints, and do mighty exploits in My name. Victory is assured.

 

October 9, 1999: Stand and watch! The enemy has regrouped to launch another attack to bring you down and discredit you. Watch for flying missiles of slander and gossip and presumption. Even though you need to be alert to this attack, I tell you that these missiles will miss their mark, for I say NO weapon formed against you will prosper. I will hide you in the secret place of the Most High and cover you with My feathers. I am your refuge and fortress, and I will deliver you from every snare and trap, and you shall not be afraid.

 

October 8, 1999: Recently I have had three different dreams of being a witness of murders. In each dream it seems that I am an invisible witness, a bystander. They have been very disturbing to me, and I asked the Lord this morning why I would have such terrible dreams. This is what He said: A spirit of death and violence has been released in America as a result of anarchy in the hearts of the youth. You will hear of more of these murderous crimes, and they will even become more violent and mindless. America is reaping the harvest of the seeds of violence sown by the media in the hearts of the children. In My hand is a cup, fully mixed, and its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down. But, I say, that I will use this time and these events to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children and to awaken those who have slept. Luke 1:17 "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

 

October 6, 1999: I have spoken to you, My people, many times about a new sound coming in the music of My kingdom, and surely it is coming forth even now. But, I tell you also that there is a new sound coming forth from the prayer rooms of My kingdom. Intercessors, arise! You will be moving to greater heights and greater power in prayer as My Spirit moves you. There is a great hum of intercession issuing forth from the land as a new wave of effective intercession is released. Many of you have gotten yourselves in a rut, praying the same things every day. But, I say to you, I am moving you by My Spirit into creative proclamation and new vitality in your faith. This new sound in intercession will usher in the great harvest. Arise, prayer warriors, for the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much!

 

October 5, 1999: I have asked the question: When I come back, will I find any faith on the earth? Will I find you still believing in My return? Will I find you faithful in doing what I have called you to do? Or, will I find you in the flesh, in division, strife and contention--taking advantage of those around you, worried about getting your share, concerned about your own fair treatment while being unconcerned about those around you that I have sent you to love? I say to you today, shake off the fetters of selfishness and self-interest. Stop beating others and lashing out with your tongue. Have you forgotten my greatest commandments? Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "

 

October 4, 1999: I had a vision of being in a long, dark tunnel, and the Lord spoke to me: Many of you, My people, have labored in darkness and have longed for an existence in pure light. But your circumstances and relationships have kept you in this darkness for these seven years as you have kept plodding along. I say to you, NOW is the time. You will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I say to you, even though, the darkness and difficulties are not over, you are about to emerge from this cold, harsh environment. You are about to step into the glorious light of day where your spiritual vision will return and hope will be restored. Hurry now through this place of desolation and leave the darkness behind you. Jeremiah 29:11-14, "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; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive."

 

October 1, 1999: I want to reiterate to you the acceleration of all things. I have spoken in My word Matthew 24:22 "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." The days are shortened through acceleration, and you must be alert to stay on the cutting edge of what I am doing in these times. You must cut yourself off from everything that holds you back for sharp spiritual discernment. Release yourselves and step away from spiritual fog and things that muddle your thinking. Release yourself from all carnality. Rise above division, strife and contention over worldly concerns and issues. I have only called you to contend for the faith. I am calling you higher, and you must cut away the anchors that hold you back and tie you to worldliness.

 


September 29, 1999: Raise the standard; raise it high. My Word is the standard and the plumbline, and I call you to measure everything by My standard. I say to you, stop measuring yourselves by worldly standards and stop comparing yourself to others. My Word is quality control, and I am calling you to raise your standards of integrity. I am calling you to be men and women of integrity even in things that seem not to matter. I am inspiring you to esteem others more highly than yourself. I am calling you out of selfishness and self-centeredness into service and stewardship.

 

September 28, 1999: Yesterday, even though I had a lot to do, I was bored; not for a lack of activity, but out of a sense of restlessness that came from deep within me. As I began to seek the Lord, I was reminded that it was the same kind of boredom that I remember experiencing just before our son was born and again just before we moved the last time. And, the Spirit of the Lord says, I am indeed stirring you up. I am about to bring forth spiritual revelation and activity such as you have never experienced. You, My people, are about to give birth to a harvest of souls the likes of which you cannot even now imagine. Many of you have been expecting the great, final harvest for much of your Christian walk, and have become complacent because you have not yet seen what you had expected. But, I say, do not give up, for I am not slack concerning My promises. Everything will be done in order and in the proper season. I am even now preparing you for this coming season. I am positioning you to be in places of your greatest effectiveness for My kingdom. An old order is passing away to make way for what I am about to do. I say, things will never be the same. Draw close to Me and listen closely, for I will direct you. Isaiah 30:21, "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left."

 

September 27, 1999: Many of you have been walking around in a spiritual fog, unable to see where you are going. You have allowed your circumstances to close in on you so that you can only see your immediate surroundings. This is a dangerous position to be in because the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, and you are not aware that you are being stalked by a predator. Rise up! Walk out of this dark valley of despair and self-focus. Rise up into the face of Almighty God and be refreshed and renewed. 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."

 

September 25, 1999: I look for a people whose hearts and minds are stayed on Me, those who have come out of the world and separated themselves from all that is unclean. Yet, some of you try to fit in My kingdom and in the world. You want to be accepted by the clean and the vile. Please listen! You cannot do both. I have called you to a life of separation to Myself. As I often do, I again cry out to you to be done with compromise. Loose yourselves from all that keeps you from total dedication and commitment to life in Me. Revelation 3:15-21 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 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. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."

 

September 24, 1999: Some of you are beginning to lose heart. This is because your plans don't seem to be working out as you had envisioned them. Those around you haven't behaved as you have wanted them to. So, now you set out to control your circumstances and control others so that you can be happy, but this will only lead to more resistance and more discontentment and more unhappiness. You are setting yourself up for failure. I say to you, release your circumstances to Me. Release those you have tried to manipulate to Me. Stop trying to make your plan work. Stop trying to make others conform to your ideals. Instead, look to Me. I have a plan and purpose for your life that is perfect. I know the beginning from the end. I have begun a good work in you, and I will complete it. But, My work will not satisfy the flesh. I want to bring you higher where you can live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. My purposes for you are higher than you can even see at this time. Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

 

September 22, 1999: Oh, My children, set a watch. Guard your words. Instead of words of faith and love, you have spoken words of bitterness and grief. Yield your tongue to My direction. Let Me speak through you the words of life that bring glory to the Father. Guard your heart, for out of it come forth issues of life. Do not base your speech on issues, but speak faith according to My word. James 3:8-10, "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so."

 

September 21, 1999: Great and mighty is the Lord your God! Yet, some of you limp along as though your God had no power. You lean on your own abilities and understanding, but I desire that you cast your burdens on Me. Trust Me with all that troubles you. Seek Me with all of your mind and heart--turn your thoughts towards me. Have I not said that if you lack wisdom all you have to do is ask? I will protect you; I will hide you in the cleft of the rock and cover you there with My hand. But, you must trust Me to do that. I will lead you and guide you into places of safety. Listen for My voice behind you, directing you. Psa 91:1-11, "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. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways."

 

September 20, 1999: Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." Arise, you who sleep in the dust. Rise up out of your place of discouragement and despair. Get up out of your grave of self-pity and take your stand among My army. Have I not chosen you to bring glory to My kingdom? Have I not called you to be My ambassadors? And yet, you wallow in the mire of hopelessness as though you had no God. Get up; there is work to be done!

 

September 18, 1999: I am bringing order out of chaos. It is time for you to step away from the whirlwind of chaos and confusion and useless activity. Those who will be ordered I will bring into order. Come to the place of the still small voice where I can speak to your heart, for I am not in the whirlwind or the earthquake or the fires that rage. Quiet your soul. Cease from striving. Peace! Be still. There is much that I have for you to do, but you cannot accomplish what I have set before you when you are in so much turmoil. Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."

 

September 17, 1999: Come and rest, My child, in the peace of My presence. Come for a time of restoration and healing under the safety of My wings. For, the battle has been intense as the enemy has raged and taunted you. You have stood straight and strong as the winds of adversity blew, but I say the storm has spent its power and you have a little time to rest before the enemy gathers his forces against you again. Come, My lamb, and rest in the safety of My bosom. Let Me hide you in the secret place. Rest in the assurance of your faith in Me. Be still and know that I AM God.

 

September 15, 1999: Many of you, My people, have been defiled by the sin, filth, and degradation around you. You are vexed by the wickedness that you see, but you are powerless to change those around you. I say to you, arise and come out from among them and do not touch what is unclean lest you be consumed in their punishment. For, I will not tolerate this great evil forever. I will pour out My judgment and consume them with the breath of My nostrils. But, you must be found abiding in safe habitations, in the secret place of the Most High. Come into the safety of My presence; come before Me with clean hands and a pure heart, for surely I have marked the way of escape for you, and I will lead you by the hand.

 

September 14, 1999: Ephesians 6:12, "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." Oh, My people, have you forgotten who your enemy is? You have set yourself against flesh and blood because you have felt threatened or have been injured and rejected. You have become offended and have put up walls of protection. But, I have called you to reconciliation that others might see My life poured out through you. You have hardened your heart against those that I have trusted you with in order that they might know the power of My love. I say to you, break up the hard shell that has encased your heart. Tear down the walls. Let My life be freely poured out through you in forgiveness and love.

 

September 13, 1999: How can two walk together unless they be agreed? Look around again and see the separation of sheep from goats. There is a division occurring, and many would say that this is the work of the devil. But, I say to you that this is My work. I am separating the clean from the unclean, the pure from the vile, those in relationship with Me from those in religion. The tares are being gathered into bundles for burning. I say to you, this is a critical time on the earth, strive to be found in safe habitations. Awaken, you who have been sleeping. Arise, you who have fallen. Revelation 3:15-19 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent."

 

September 11, 1999: I have called each of you to be in your place on the earth to accomplish My purposes. You are My body with various parts functioning in proper order as a living organism. When you look around at the other parts of My body and covet their positions and purposes, you fail to fulfill your purpose in the body. When you focus on your own position and worry about how you are functioning in the body then you also lose your ability to function corporately. Only as you are yielded to the Head are you able to fit and move with the rest of the body.

 

September 10, 1999: Again, I say, snap to! Arise from your lethargy. Shake off that spirit of slumber. I am looking for people who are alert and ready. There are battles to be fought and a war to be won. My soldiers will be sharp and ready, discerning every move of the enemy. See, I have given you the land as your inheritance, but you must go straight ahead of you and take what has been given. Be sensitive to My leading. Listen in your spirit for the still small voice that issues forth the command, for I have specific plans and purposes, and I am looking for those who will be obedient in every detail. But, you must develop a listening ear which only comes with a yielded heart. You cannot hear My voice when your heart is divided. I am looking for hearts that are totally yielded to Me and My purposes. It is written that you cannot serve God and mammon, and I also say that you cannot serve Me and yourself.

 

September 8, 1999: I say to you, rise, take up your bed and walk! What is this in your bed of affliction and infirmity? What do I see in your bed with you? Is it not injury, hurt, bitterness, unresolved anger? You have allowed yourself to be a victim and have nursed your offenses. Haven't I said in My word that if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will I forgive your trespasses? If you want to be healed, you must forgive and release every offense from your heart. Matthew 9:2-7, "Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.' And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, 'This Man blasphemes!' But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins; then He said to the paralytic, 'Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.' And he arose and departed to his house."

 

September 7, 1999: Some of you, through you were called to be My warriors, have gotten soft and out of shape. You are no longer on the cutting edge of Kingdom work and authority. You have lost purpose and perspective because circumstances have demanded your attention. You have stepped out of rank and file, no longer marching in the Spirit, but meandering in the flesh. I call you to awaken from this slumber, for you are staggering and reeling like a drunkard, having become intoxicated through self-indulgence and self-focus. Ephesians 5:14, Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."

 

September 6, 1999: It is written -- Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren." Yet, some of you continue to judge and accuse My very own witnesses because of your own hurt feelings. You even prophesy against My witnesses, and say it was from Me, when I did not speak at all. I say to you, you must clean the inside of the cup from all bitterness, hurt and rejection lest what is poured forth is tainted by the bitterness of your own soul. I am looking for pure vessels through whom My pure word can come forth in the power of My Spirit. I say, release those who have hurt you. Forgive them and bless them or the curse that you have sent forth will come back to you. For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

 

September 4, 1999: A couple of days ago I was walking over to visit with our son, Jason. About twenty feet from the bottom of our driveway I encountered a badger. It came out onto the roadway in a menacing manner, but I spoke to it that it would have to move aside; I was coming through. It backed off into the grass along the road. I began to pray, still feeling a little uneasy about the encounter. Shortly after I crossed the foot bridge that leads to the dam of the lake, the badger met me again, arched its back, hair standing on end, and it bared its teeth and hissed at me again. It was only a few feet from me. I looked around for a stick or some kind of weapon for protection, but found none. Instead, I spoke the name of Jesus and commanded this animal to flee in His name. Again, he backed off and went down toward the water through the tall grass. As I progressed along the dam, I kept looking back to see if this creature was following me, but I didn't see it and continued to pray. When I got to the ramp that leads from the dam to Jason's second story deck, his dog began to bark, and when I got to his door, I looked down the stairs that lead to the driveway, and the badger was at the bottom of the stairs. It had stalked me! It was still snarling and hissing at me, determined to engage me in battle, but it had become confused by the barking dog and the power of the name of Jesus. It kept starting up the stairs after me, but then would retreat and go back down. I called Bill from Jason's house, and he came and did away with my enemy. Then, I believe the Lord showed me that is how the devil is. He has been "badgering" us with the intent to destroy, but he cannot withstand the power of the name of Jesus. He also showed me that if I had been afraid at all the animal would have sensed that fear and attacked me. Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

 

September 3, 1999: My kingdom is being set in order from the greatest to the least. It must be so. I am bringing you under that divine order so that My purposes can be fulfilled. When you are out of order, you cannot move in the realm of My Spirit, but are constantly distracted by the things of the world and the things of the soul. I call you today to come into the safety of My order where you can flow in unity with My purposes and plans. I say that some of you need a blessing, even a financial blessing, but you have been disobedient in stewardship and have been out of order in your finances. You must first pay what you owe and be obedient in your giving to get back into the flow.

 

September 1, 1999: Thus says the Lord, I have brought you to a high mountain where you can clearly see the valley below. I have given you an eagle's eye view of the spiritual activity around you. I have shown you the pitfalls and the dangers that lurk in the dark shadows. And, behold, I am sending you back down to the valley to fulfill My plans and purposes. But, I am sending you as sheep among the wolves. The wolves will bite and devour and scatter, but you must listen to the voice of the Shepherd who leads you safely into the sheepfold. Be found in safe habitations.

 


August 31, 1999: Three weeks ago the Lord was showing me through my plants how we can lose our spiritual life if we get our focus off the Lord and begin to look around and compare ourselves to others. (See August 10 Small Straws) In the natural realm I had a plant that was nearly dead because it had been overshadowed by other plants, and I took it outside, apart from all the other plants to be in full sunshine so that it would hopefully recover. A couple of days ago, the Lord nudged me to bring the plant back inside and find a place for it where it could still get plenty of light, so I brought it in. The next day I pruned it once again to make sure that all the dead stuff was removed, and yesterday I saw that it had five places of new growth. The plant is going to LIVE and grow, and I'm believing that it will bloom again. For those who have lost spiritual vitality because their focus has been on themselves and on others in the Body of Christ instead of Christ, there is still hope for new life. All you have to do is get alone with Him. Seek His face. Bask in His presence. And, He will restore you and bring new life and spiritual vitality.

 

August 30, 1999: Come up to the top of the mountain where you can get a clear view of the promised land. Look with your spiritual eyes to see that which I am about to give you as a possession and inheritance. But, you cannot enter as Moses, under the law. You can only enter under grace and by faith. You cannot even take by force what I have already given you unless you are empowered and directed by My Spirit. You cannot enter unless you leave the wilderness and the dead, dry past behind. Be done with rebellion and hardness of heart. Be done with self-centeredness and self-focus, and enter in.

 

August 28, 1999: I say, you are born of the Spirit, and the wind of My Spirit is beginning to move mightily on the face of the earth. I am establishing you, My people--those of you who can discern the Wind, in strategic places to accomplish My purposes. Rise above the things that keep you earthbound. Rise up and seek My face for the direction of the Wind. For, I will surely give you direction and send you forth by the breath of My nostrils. For some of you it will be a gentle breeze and for others it will be winds of near hurricane force. Go forth in power and might to accomplish that which I have set before you.

 

August 27, 1999: I am calling you out of the mundane into the extraordinary. Be done, then, with small thinking and self-focus. Come out of carnal thinking and limited dreams which are based on what you see. Come up higher and see with the eyes of an eagle. Rise to higher perspective and clear vision. I have not established you to peck around in the dust of the earth like chickens. I have called you to soar with the eagles with the wind of My Spirit carrying you ever higher.

 

August 25, 1999: For those who have felt hindered, bound, restrained and unable to move ahead into My purposes, I say, now is the time. I am releasing you from those things that have held you back and caused you to be in a state of stagnation. Let the living water flow and move you to new life and liberty. Remove those dams in your life that you have built to protect yourself. Forgive and release all who have caused you to make a safe habitation for yourself, for that safe habitation has isolated you. Step out in the boldness of a new day and new opportunities, for I release you into new life and purpose.

 

August 24, 1999: I call you to step into the clean, sparkling stream of living water and be washed in the flow of purity. And, I say, even though you may start out wading in water up to your ankles, there will be enough to swim in. But, you must be careful not to dam up the flow by putting yourself in the middle of the stream and calling attention to yourself, for you will not only muddy the water for yourself, but you will make it unfit for others. Be done, then, with self-importance and self-centeredness and the foul deeds of the flesh, and step into the flow of life in the Spirit.

 

August 23, 1999: You, My people, are the temple of My Spirit, and I say to you that I am calling for a cleansing of My temple of all defilement. Surely, just as in the days of Hezekiah, I have called you to remove the rubbish from the holy place. (2 Chronicles 29:5 and said to them: "Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.) For, the temple has been defiled by the flesh--by wrong motives and heart attitudes, by selfishness and wrong focus. Come before Me and sanctify yourselves. Repent for the hardness of your hearts and for your pride, for My mercy seat is still in the Holy of Holies and the blood has been applied.

 

August 17, 1999: I came to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This is a fire that cleanses and purifies and sets you ablaze in the Kingdom of God. It is a fire of power, but many of you have become smoldering coals. You have allowed life and circumstances to steal your zeal, and you have settled into complacency. I say, stir yourselves up; don't allow your fire to go out. Don't settle for smoke. Revelation 3:15-19 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent."

 

August 16, 1999: It is time to put away childish things. Stop fighting and bickering among yourselves. Unify in common purpose. Let Me train you in obedience and discipline, for you must be made ready to respond quickly to every command. I am making you battle-ready so that you will be victorious in the times ahead of you. Give Me your undivided attention; stand alert and be sharp, for this time is essential in your training for the battles you are about to face. Ephesians 6:10-13, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 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."

 

August 14, 1999: Cast your burdens on Me. Unload and leave your burdens behind and then come to Me. Otherwise, the problems that you present to Me stand between us. Do you think that I don't already know about those things that trouble you? I don't want your problems; I want you! I don't want to just interact with the things that you want fixed; I want interaction with you. I want you to partner with Me in all things. Don't try to do these things alone and then only come when you have a problem. Let Me be your Partner. My yoke really is easy and My burden truly is light. I will carry the load. I will walk with you to encourage you and strengthen you. I will show you the way and give you wisdom and insight. So many of you are doing what you think I want you to do, but you work apart from Me and then bring what you have done for My approval and blessing. You are still working independently, and I want you to work cooperatively.

 

August 12, 1999: You are in for a surprise! I have called you for such a time as this, and yet you cannot imagine what I am about to do. I have a plan and purpose that you can only catch a glimpse of. And try as you will to be prepared, it will still be a surprise. And, I say, prepare as much as you can, but ultimately My Spirit will move you to places that you have never accessed before. All I require is your obedience as I guide you. Submit to My leading and move with the wind of My Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

 

August 11, 1999: You, My people, are My temple. You are also the priests and ministers in My temple, and I have called you to set things in order. I have called you to clean out the temple of the Living God and get rid of all that is unclean, unholy and unrighteous. For, I say to you, that I am about to move. The Shekinah glory is about to fill My house. But, I will not inhabit that which is unclean. Amos 9:11 "On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old."

 

August 10, 1999: I wanted to remind you of a word that came July 12, 1999: I have a room in my house with lots of plants, and not too long ago I realized that they needed to be pruned and rearranged because some were overshadowing others. The Lord showed me that that's how some people are in the body of Christ and that He was going to do some rearranging so they could receive more of His light and have room to grow. I received the word, but I never took time to rearrange and prune my plants. So, today, I noticed one particular plant that is completely obscured by others, but it sits next to a window. Its tendrils have reached out to the light, and it has the most beautiful red and white bloom, and that's all I can see of it. And the Lord says, to those who are still overshadowed and obscured in the body of Christ, I am the Light of the world. If you will only reach out to Me and not consider the darkness of your obscurity, I will cause you to grow and produce fruit. Stop comparing yourself with others and look only to Me. You have been distracted and frustrated with not receiving the approval that you desire from those around you, and this has stunted your growth. Reach out to Me for acceptance and approval; reach to My light and love, for I will surely sustain you. I will indeed cause you to bloom in this desert.

I realize that it has been almost a month since the Lord brought this word, but yesterday I finally rearranged and pruned my plants. Now they each have plenty of room to be in the light and to grow. Only one little plant was so starved for space and light that I had to take it outside so that it could recover. And, the Lord spoke to my heart again and said that there are some in the Body that have almost lost life because they look around and see how well others are doing and in comparison they are doing nothing. You have gotten too introspective and are no longer looking at Jesus, no longer reaching for the Light, but you are looking at those around you who are growing and blooming. So, the Lord says, come apart to Me. Let Me bring you back to health and wholeness. Let Me nourish you and bring peace. Your relationship must be with Me direct and private, and I will cause you to grow and be fruitful again.

 

 

August 9, 1999: My return is imminent. I know that you've been waiting and looking, and waiting and looking, and then waiting and being distracted, and then being distracted and forgetting. But, I want you to awaken again to the fact that I am coming soon. It's not a fable; it is a fact! Keep looking. Keep waiting. Prepare yourselves as a bride preparing for her Bridegroom. Oh, My virgin, My virtuous bride, I am coming for you. Make yourselves ready. Refuse to allow the distractions of the world to pull you away from your First Love. Revelation 2:2-6 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place; unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."

 

August 7, 1999: I am the Lord that heals you. I am the Comforter. It is My will that you be whole, and indeed I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers. I am not only interested in your body being healed; I am also interested in your soul being healed. The provision has been made. The price has been paid. Release those places to Me that need a healing. Bring those injuries, places of rejection and resentment to Me and place them on the altar. Let Me have all past failures and transgressions. Let Me transform you. Forgive and release those who have hurt you, and let go of the pain that began in your soul and manifested in your body. Let Me take it from you. Will you trust Me with your pain?

 

August 6, 1999: Be strong. Be very courageous. I am with you. Stay on the solid Rock foundation and do not be moved by circumstances or the seduction of the enemy. Refuse to yield to fantasy. Stay real and be honest with yourself, with others and with Me. Draw close to Me, for the further away you get from Me, the harder it is to live in truth. Keep and guard your heart with all diligence, and do not allow the issues of life to pull you away. Stay close; stay real.

 

August 4, 1999: I am drawing you closer to Myself. My desire is that You come into My presence, walk in the Spirit and be a vessel of honor for My use and purposes. However, many of you are still carrying anger in your hearts. You have retained bitterness and rejection so that whatever I put in you flows out tainted by these elements in your hearts. I have said that out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water, but when you still have issues in your hearts--anger, unforgiveness, pride, bitterness--that river will be polluted. I want to make you clean. Bring these issues before Me and leave them with Me so that what I pour into you will flow out in purity. Hebrews 12:14-15, "Pursue peace with all men and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled."

 

August 3, 1999: Watch and be blameless, for the enemy is looking for opportunities to bring an accusation against you. He will come with a critical spirit and attack at the slightest provocation. But, I caution you to maintain your spiritual equilibrium. Don't allow the false accusations to cause you to get your focus on yourself so that you become introspective. Keep your eyes fixed on Me. Do not try to defend your position; I am your advocate. Vengeance is Mine; I will repay. Let Me lead and guide you. I will protect you and the work I have set your hands to do. NO weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment is condemned.

 

August 2, 1999: A few days ago my son, Jason, and I went to a place we call the Woodland Cathedral which borders the back of our property. It is a heavily wooded area that sits like a bowl. In the edge of the "bowl" are a few huge, towering aspen trees and some pine. The sides of the bowl are covered with pine trees, undergrowth from the forest floor, spreading junipers, and a few wild flowers. Yet, the bottom of the bowl because of the shape of the landscape is barren. It is covered and filled with deep snow in the winter and then soaked with the spring run-off and usually doesn't dry out until July. Although the soil seems rich and has a deep layer of mulch, nothing grows there except an occasional mushroom. There is an air of mystery there that makes us want to whisper. Jason and I have gone to the Woodland Cathedral nearly every year since we moved here 20 years ago, and a few days ago we made our annual trek to the "bowl." Jason took his guitar. When we arrived, it was like coming home to a long-forgotten place in our past. We explored the bowl like we have many times in the past and settled down in silence.

As Jason began to play a soft melody on his guitar, the Lord began to speak to my heart. He said, "There are places in you that are like this bowl. They are neglected, forgotten and barren. They are mysterious and untouched. This is an outward sign of a place of creativity in you that has never been disturbed or utilized. I want you to prophesy to that place and bring forth life." I began to prophesy in song as the Spirit gave utterance to those places in us that had not produced life, and as Jason played and I sang, the presence and power of God invaded that bowl and us, completely changing the spiritual atmosphere.

I believe the Lord wants us all to come apart to Him and get quiet before Him, to be honest and clean before Him, and to let Him show us those places in us that are barren. He wants us to begin to speak life and change our own spiritual atmosphere. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Prophesy to your outward and inward conditions, and allow Him to bring change and life!


July 31, 1999: Beware lest you fall into the trap of condemnation and be snared by introspection. The enemy has come to bring a railing accusation against you. This is for the purpose of bringing discouragement, which will stifle and quench what I am doing in your midst. Refuse to yield yourself as a victim of this attack. Rise up in the truth of My word, for it is sharp and powerful and will divide truth from error. Do not defend your position, for vengeance is Mine; I will repay. Submitting yourself totally to Me will keep you in true humility. You must answer the accuser from that posture. And, I say, those who do not receive you, do not receive Me. Matthew 10:40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

 

July 30, 1999: I am speaking to some whose spiritual life has become a junkyard. You have taken in old parts and pieces of what people have said about the Word, and yet you have not been in the Word yourself. You have received and accepted and stored what amounts to junk. Now you wander around in this place with nothing fitting together and nothing that you can really use. And, instead of speaking life to those around you, you also peddle junk. Let go of all the junk. Come back into fellowship with Me that you might have life. I have said that out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water; let that living water sweep away the debris. Walk in purity. Let your mind be renewed.

 

July 28, 1999: Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Many of you have lost your spiritual strength because you have become focused on your circumstances and have allowed discouragement to come in. Some are looking too far out in the future, fantasizing about what is ahead instead of living today in the fullness of My power. Some are still mourning about what has happened in the past and are bound by regret. I say, release your circumstances; release the future; release the past. Come into the Holy of Holies. Come before Me that you may rest in the eternal now. Strive to regain your eternal perspective.

 

July 27, 1999: I am releasing you into a place of greater and more effective ministry. I am placing your feet on higher ground. You will be amazed at what I will do in, around, and through you. But know this--the enemy is fighting not only to keep you from moving ahead but to pull you back into old areas of fear and bondage. He will do what he can to hinder you and restrain you. But, I say to you, kick off all restraint. Break out of the chains that keep you from moving ahead in faith. Walk in the Spirit, for it is vital that you discern the signs of the times and move with precision and clarity. I will show you what you must do. But, you must keep your heart with all diligence and not allow the issues of life to cause you to abort My mission.

 

July 26, 1999: Some of you have allowed a seducing spirit and a spirit of fear to chase you far from where I planted you, from where I can use you most effectively. The panic has caused you to get away from intimate relationship with Me. I say to you, stop where you are. Retrace your steps and come into the safety of My presence. You cannot grow where I have not planted you. Come; I will hide you in the cleft of the Rock and cover you there with My hand. Jeremiah 42:10, "If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you."

 

July 24, 1999: I am seeking to purify the hearts of My people. I am turning the light on to bring truth to dark places, selfish ambition, hidden motives. Resist the temptation to hide in dark places. Come into the light. Be honest about your motivations. Root out the deception that has been planted in your heart. Only the fearful hide in dark corners. I say to you, come out into the light of day, for you are not creatures of the night lurking in dark shadows. You are children of the Kingdom in which there is no night but only the brightness of My glory. Let Me illuminate every area that keeps or protects a lie. 2 Corinthians 4:2, "But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."

 

July 23, 1999: Have you felt the cleansing stream? Are you aware that your garments have been in the Fuller's Field being washed? For, I am indeed coming for a bride that is pure and white whose affection is only set on Me. Be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit. Yield in obedience and repentance to every point of conviction, for that is the place of cleansing. Keep your heart pure before Me and loose yourself from all guile. Pride will insist on keeping old ways, but refuse to allow pride to keep you out of this cleansing flow.

 

July 21, 1999: Come before Me with singing. Come with thanksgiving in your heart. Make a joyful noise before Me, My beloved. I seek to bring you up to a place of strength and peace. Know that the enemy wants to keep you bound in discouragement, depression and disappointment. But, he cannot succeed if you will but bring a sacrifice of praise. For, I will indeed inhabit the praises of My people. And, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty! Shake off the bands of heaviness that the enemy has yoked you with. Break free; resist the devil and he will flee.

 

July 20, 1999: Indeed, I am the fire that consumes the sacrifice. When your sacrifice of flesh before Me is perfect, without spot or blemish, your heart without guile, the fire of My Spirit flashes forth to consume what you have offered up. And, it becomes a sweet savour before Me. I am the smoking furnace and the burning lamp that passes through the brokenness of your offering. I say, yield yourself completely to Me without deception. Let the fire of My Spirit purify your motives and expectations. Be done with compromise.

 

July 19, 1999: These are days of fire! I have sent fire out of the mouths of My prophets to burn up all that is not of Me. Whatever you have built your Christian life on is now being tried in the fire. All that will remain will be those things of eternal value. Let the fire burn! Yield all that you have built to the purifying fire of My word. Many of you will suffer loss, but it will only be a loss of whatever has no value in your walk with Me. Do not grieve or mourn over what is consumed by the fire. Rather, rejoice in the purification. 1 Corinthians 3:12-16, "Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"

 

July 16, 1999: Let Me speak to you again about fear. There are some that the enemy will move against by a spirit of fear to convince you that everything that you have done, every decision you have made has been wrong. And you will be tempted to abandon past commitments and begin again. This seduction could cause you to walk away from the very place that I have planted you and desired to bless you. I say, cast down those vain imaginations that have brought terror to your soul. Come into My presence and be established in My peace. Quiet your soul and resist the temptation to flee. Be strong and be still.

 

July 14, 1999: The enemy has released another wave of fear and paranoia against My people to bring spiritual paralysis. Listen...I have not given you a spirit of fear. Fear is a tactic of the enemy to keep you from My work and purposes. Be alert to this weapon against you and rise up in faith against it. Refuse to be fear's victim. For I have given you victory. You have My authority to trample on serpents and scorpions so that nothing shall by ANY means hurt you. Take up that mantle. Rise up into My authority and put this enemy under your feet. Resist fear, and it will flee away from you. Be very courageous, for I am with you.

 

July 13, 1999: Some of you, My children, have forgotten the promises I have made to you. You have allowed the enemy to steal your vision. You have gotten into discouragement and lost sight of My plans and purposes for you. You have yielded yourself to circumstances and gotten into despair. You have given in and believed the lies of the enemy. I say to you today, rise up! Shake the dust of defilement off. You have forgotten to walk by faith. Vision is not what you perceive your present circumstances to be; vision is believing what I have promised. You have dropped the ball; go back and pick it up--it is the "ball" of faith. You have been moving in the circles of your own doubt and discouragement, but I say to you, STOP! Look up. I have gone before you to make the crooked places straight. There is a straight and narrow path before you. Move ahead.

 

July 12, 1999: I have a room in my house with lots of plants, and not too long ago I realized that they needed to be pruned and rearranged because some were overshadowing others. The Lord showed me that that's how some people are in the body of Christ and that He was going to do some rearranging so they could receive more of His light and have room to grow. I received the word, but I never took time to rearrange and prune my plants. So, today, I noticed one particular plant that is completely obscured by others, but it sits next to a window. Its tendrils have reached out to the light, and it has the most beautiful red and white bloom, and that's all I can see of it. And the Lord says, to those who are still overshadowed and obscured in the body of Christ, I am the Light of the world. If you will only reach out to Me and not consider the darkness of your obscurity, I will cause you to grow and produce fruit. Stop comparing yourself with others and look only to Me. You have been distracted and frustrated with not receiving the approval that you desire from those around you, and this has stunted your growth. Reach out to Me for acceptance and approval; reach to My light and love, for I will surely sustain you. I will indeed cause you to bloom in this desert.

 

July 10, 1999: I am bringing maturity and stability to my body. In order for you to come to that place of maturity, however, childish behavior and attitudes must go. There will be opportunities in the days ahead to choose not to respond in childish ways to those around you. Watch and be alert, for surely I will pour out My grace and enable you to overcome. I say put away from you petty disputes and jealousies. Stop making comparisons and trying to gain allies to your position. It only creates division.
1 Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
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."

 

July 9, 1999: This is a time when I have much to impart to you. My desire is to give you greater wisdom and insights. There is work to be done, and I am in process of preparing you to do what is ahead of you. However, there are things in your life now that need to be purged--those nonessentials that clutter your life. It is time to bring order out of chaos and release what is holding you back from what I have called you to do. Come forth! I call you out of dead works and religious exercise. I call you forth from distractions of the world and the flesh. I call you forth into freedom. I call you now to take your place in the end-time army that I am raising up in this hour to march in perfect formation, going forth in perfect unison, working together for My purposes.

 

July 7, 1999: Overwhelmed? Be at peace. I have not put that burden upon you. For, haven't I said that My yoke is easy and My burden light? Give your burdens to Me, and let Me carry them. I have not called you to do more than you are able. I say to you that you must only take one step at a time and do only what is before you. You have gotten overwhelmed because you have looked too far ahead. Trust Me to enable you to do all that I have set before you. But, I say, neither look to the left nor to the right, but go straight ahead. Refuse the temptation to get into chaos, confusion and fear. Let My peace rule and reign in your heart.

 

July 6, 1999: I am preparing you for what is ahead of you. I am preparing the way for you to accomplish what I have called you to do. And, I hear many of you say, but Lord I don't know what that is. I say to you, that is because you are looking too far out. You are not looking at what I have set directly before you. Remember My word, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." You can't be a witness to the end of the earth until you are a witness where you are now. Refuse the temptation to get into fantasy about doing some great work in the kingdom when you are not doing My work where you are. Be a doer of the word today, where you are--in your home, at work, in your neighborhood, in your church. Yield to the work of My Spirit where you are.

 

July 5, 1999: You who resist! I have called you as servants. So, I ask, are you serving? Are you serving Me? You will know the answer by how willing you are to serve one another. I say that there are those of you who have decided you will not be a "doormat," that you will not lay your life down and put your ego down to serve another. You are still too concerned about how you are being treated. You have risen up in pride, in a haughty spirit, and have become defensive. You have put a spiritual wall between yourself and those I have called you to serve. I say, you have taken a position of rebellion against Me. I call you today to humble yourself and repent and bow yourself down. Serve with humility and mercy. And, I say, only the merciful shall obtain mercy.

 

July 3, 1999: Be very still. I want You to hear My voice very clearly, and you cannot if you aren't still. I am bringing a course correction to those of you who have gotten off track. I am bringing you back to the center of My will. Your recent distractions have taken you out of the flow of My Spirit, and it is time for you to awaken, hear My voice, and come back to a place of greater anointing. Don't get into despair over your failure, for I will cause even this to be a place of victory. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

 

July 1, 1999: Many of you, My children, have been scattered as though you heard a shotgun blast. Some of you ran because you were afraid, and others of you ran because of some vague sound of the start of a race, though your destination was not clear, nor could you see the finish line. You are not to be as one beating the air or running without purpose. Stop where you are. Take stock of where you have run to. Some of you need to retrace your steps and return to the place of departure, for you have gone away from Me and My purpose. It is My desire to gather you once again into the safety of My presence, but you must stop running. Psalm 91:1-2, "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."


June 30, 1999: Truth! I lead you in the way of truth and desire that you walk in complete truth and honesty in all things. I have put My laws in your hearts, so that you know that truth. And, haven't I said that the truth will set you free? Yet some of you resist the truth and compromise by violating your conscience to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. And, you justify your compromise by crying mercy. My desire for you, My children, is that you walk in holiness, purity, and truth--that you walk in the Spirit. The laws that I have placed in your hearts are not for My benefit, but for yours. 1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

 

June 29, 1999: Oh, listen to Me, My precious people. A seducing spirit has been sent against you to entice you into old patterns of behavior. You will be tempted to seek old places of comfort. The enemy will try to convince you that your Christian walk is not enough, that it has not been satisfying, that you have not seen the victory that you expected, and he will try to get you to compromise your faith and begin to serve yourself again. I say, don't go back. There is nothing back there but heartache and pain. It is vain and empty. There is no satisfaction in the works of the flesh. There is no life except in the Spirit. Refuse to be pulled back to a walk in the flesh. Instead of giving up and going back, make another effort to push through this veil of seduction, to rid yourself of this temptation. Resist the lies of the enemy. Walk in the Spirit; walk in Life. Resist the death that clutches at you to destroy My work in you. Shake yourselves awake from the numbness that has come against your mind. Return to the sweetness of relationship with Me and the joy of your salvation. I am the Comforter! Come to Me.

 

June 28, 1999: Those of you who are seeking to be effective in My kingdom and in ministry, be careful that notoriety is not your motivator. I am seeking servants, not stars. Haven't I said that he who is greatest among you shall be a servant? I am looking for those in My kingdom who have a heart of obedience and service, who do not consider themselves, but only consider My desires and purposes. My desire is that you serve Me with a faithful heart, not establishing your own kingdom, but serving Mine. Then, I will be able to say to you, "Well done, My good and faithful servant."

 

June 27, 1999: I had a dream of a cobra, hood flared, ready to strike. He was looking for us, but we were behind him. Bill began to taunt him a little because he couldn't seem to get turned around to attack us. Bill had a long, sharp knife, and he reached out and cut the back of the snake just below the hooded area. The snake was really angry, but was still in the same position. Then, Bill, sliced off his head. And the Lord says, behold I will hide you from your enemy; I will blind his eyes to your position. You, however, will know his position and direction of his attack. Have I not said that I would cause you to always triumph in Christ Jesus? I say, victory is assured, and victory is sweet.

 

June 26, 1999: I had a vision of some kind of huge machine, maybe a cotton gin, and there was some debris that was beginning to clog up the works which would eventually shut the machine down. It was beginning to collect in the belts and chains and gears and had already started to hinder the work of this great machine. And the Lord said, beware of the debris that you allow in your life that begins to hinder the flow of My life and My Spirit in you. Watch for those thoughts and attitudes and distractions that slow you down spiritually that will eventually shut you down. Stay clean and well-oiled with the anointing of My Spirit.

 

June 25, 1999: I have released the fires of purification, to cleanse and purify you, My people. Do not think that this work is of the enemy, for it is not. This work will produce a holiness that has not been evident until now. Many of you will want to run and hide and protect yourselves from this intense heat because it will seem to be destructive. But, I say to you, that this fire will not destroy the pure work of My Spirit within you; it will only burn up what is useless in your life and detrimental to your life in the Spirit. Let the fire burn, for out of those ashes will spring forth new life and strength and a freshness that you have not experienced. This fire is the beginning of revival!

 

June 23, 1999: I had a dream about a graduating class from Monte Vista (mountain view). I asked, Lord, what does that mean? I have brought you up to a higher place. I have lifted your vision higher. And yet, there is more. It is not enough to get vision or to bring My plans into clear focus, but it is time to be a doer of the Word. I will cause you to come down from that mountain view into the valley where you will walk out My purposes and implement My plans. That which has recently been birthed in the realm of the spirit must now be protected and nurtured until the time of vulnerability is past.

 

June 22, 1999: Rejoice and be extremely glad, for I am doing a work in you, My people. I have indeed begun and good work in you and am bringing it to perfection. I am bringing you up higher and giving you a greater vision of My plans and purposes for you. Truly, eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has entered the heart of man the things that I have prepared for them that love Me. All you must do is yield to the work of My hands. Let Me bring you higher; let Me fashion and mold you to be all that I have designed you to be. Release those things that keep Me from touching your heart. Forgive those who have wounded you, and let go of your desire to control others for your own benefit, for I alone am God.

 

June 21, 1999: Today, My people, is a day for you to come forth in newness of life. Shake off all past conditions that have kept you in bondage to old ways of thinking and attitudes. Break the chains that bind you. I say, break free, and come forth! This is a day of transformation when all your yesterdays are gone and you step into a new day of freedom. This is your metamorphosis! Loose yourself and rise up. Leave the past behind and reach forward to those things that are ahead.

 

June 19, 1999: Be strong and of good courage, for I am with you. Your biggest enemy to progress in My kingdom is discouragement. Refuse the listen to the lies of the enemy that cause you to lose hope. Haven't I said that the thoughts that I think toward you are thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope? Then, keep your ears attentive to My word and your heart open to the thoughts of peace, for I will surely bring you through to victory. Rise up and give no room to discouragement, disappointment, depression and despair. Refuse to give in to defeat.

 

June 18, 1999: For those of you who are searching My word, I am going to cause a faith explosion. Some of you need to get to a place of really believing Me to move and work in your lives. Some of you need to see My healing manifest in your bodies. And, I know you believe My written word, but that word has not gotten down in you so that you can receive what I have for you. You are holding yourselves apart from the answers to your prayers because of unbelief tucked away in the corner of your minds. You are in a double-minded position, for you believe, but you also doubt. Shake off all doubt and unbelief. Only believe My word. Rise up against fear, anxiety and worry, for they cause you to be double-minded. I say, rise up and walk out of this valley of indecision.

 

June 17, 1999: Open your eyes and look around. See what things I have done. I have brought forth substance where there was nothing but your faith. And, should I just leave you here with no further progress? Would I only bring you part way and leave you unable to complete what I have begun? I say, no, but there are still things I desire to accomplish through My people, and I am bringing you forth, calling you out. Let me bring forth the substance of faith. Only believe.

 

June 16, 1999: Many of you, My people, have gotten sloppy in your faith and have pulled away from that place of devotion that you once delighted in. You have been distracted by people, circumstances, and worldly concerns. You haven't stopped loving Me, and you haven't abandoned me; you have only stepped away from an intimacy that we once shared. And, actually, most of you have been so busy with other things that you haven't even stopped to notice that you've stepped back. My desire for you today is that you come back into sweet fellowship, and be renewed in intimacy with Me.

 

June 15, 1999: Press into the Holy of Holies, into My presence. For, indeed, the veil has been removed, you can come boldly before Me. I love you, My child. There is no need for you to stay in the outer court in My service. I desire intimacy with you. I want you to come where the noise and cares of the world can't touch you. Come into this place of peace and safety, and rest in My presence. I will bring comfort to your heart and healing to your soul. So, come. Come now. I long to have intimate fellowship with you, just for you to be near Me. I desire to bring healing and restoration. Your times of refreshing do, indeed, come from being in My presence. Come and be refreshed. I delight in you.

 

June 14, 1999: Don't take NO for an answer! Many of you are experiencing situations and circumstances where the doors that I have opened seem to be shutting. There are highways that I have gone before you and straightened and prepared for your journey that have been blocked. There are relationships that I have brought you into for My purposes that seem to be ending. I say, don't give up! Refuse to go away dejected and thinking you have missed the mark or misunderstood My plans. These are hindering forces that have been sent to thwart My plans and purposes for you. Rise up, My people, and fight to break through these hindrances, for it will be easier than you think. Just don't take NO for an answer. Be bold; be strong, for I am with you.

 

June 12, 1999: That spirit of division and estrangement is still an unseen force and enemy against you. Give it no ground. Make no place for it in your heart or in your circumstances. It has come to destroy and pull apart that which I have joined and brought together. Don't forget that this spirit has been loosed as a destructive force against you. I say, quiet your soul and refuse to allow your flesh to rise up in pride against this haughty spirit. Just be still. Seek My face, for I will surely bring you through if you will walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Walk in an attitude of forgiveness and love, for I say that this is just a storm that will wear itself out as it passes on by.

 

June 11, 1999: Expansion! I say, expansion is a keyword for you today. Some of you will expand and increase in what I have called you to do and set before you. Others of you will begin to expand in greater understanding of My Word. Many will come to a more prolific prayer life as you seek Me. This is a time to press on and go forward. Some of you will break out of old bondages that have kept you from living in the liberty of My Spirit. I say, it is time to break out of religious molds and be liberated into a glorious and fresh relationship with Me. It is time for you, My people, to pull away from those things that have kept you in spiritual and emotional bondage and to move into joyous freedom.

 

June 9, 1999: Have I not brought repeated warnings to you, My church, to prepare for the days ahead? And, many of you in your hearts are asking, "How, Lord?" I say, you are to prepare yourselves as a bride prepares for the Bridegroom. That means to put away everything that competes with your love for Me. I am not coming for a bride that is committing adultery; I am coming for a bride that is pure, a church without spot or wrinkle. I am coming for a people whose hearts are faithful even in the things that seem small and insignificant. I am also coming for a people who love one another and treat each other with tenderness and mercy. You cannot be against one of My own and not be against Me. I say, put away all anger, wrath, malice, hatred, covetousness, idolatry, and all uncleanness. Put these things far from you, for behold I come quickly, and My reward is with Me.

 

June 8, 1999: Distractions, distractions! There are many things that vie for your attention, and all these things are for the purpose of getting your attention on yourself, the things of the world, circumstances, your own desires and plans. Stop! Today! Get quiet, and leave the things that have occupied your thinking behind, and come into My presence. Come into My rest. Come and take communion with Me. Come for a time of restoration, renewal and encouragement. Let go of those things that rob you of peace. Come into the Holy of Holies and leave all the clamor behind. Come not with questions or requests, but just to fellowship with Me. Abandon yourself completely to Me. Come!

 

June 7, 1999: 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 a hope." I am the God of hope, and I am stirring your hearts today to renew the hope you once had. Why have you given up and let your faith die? My servant, Abraham, had to wait years for his promise. And, I say, that patience will have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Pick up the promise again, and mix it with faith. Haven't I said that a double-minded man gets nothing? Only believe. Release all disappointment and discouragement from the past and press on with renewed faith.

 

June 6, 1999: I am almost grieving in my spirit this morning, because there is a heaviness. The accuser of the brother has come against some of you in your own minds. You are feeling like an absolute failure. There is a sense of failure, almost questioning whether God is really real, and asking, "What am I doing; am I where God wants me?" It is a questioning by the accuser of the brethren. Some of you don't feel like you are fulfilling the call of God on your life, that you don't seem to be doing what you are supposed to be doing, and you can't make it happen. It's like the enemy saying to you, "You worthless piece of yesterday's garbage!" Today, we need to repent to say, Father, we thank You that You forgive us for being in that place of listening and perhaps even believing the lies of the enemy. We say it is a lying spirit, and it is a spirit of the anti-christ. We bind you, spirit of the anti-christ, you accuser, you are cast down in the name of Jesus. We bind the power of a lying spirit and the spirit of heaviness. We are well able by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ to do what we have been called to do. Father, we thank You for encouraging our hearts and for causing us to stand up in Your presence, being vessels of honor, and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Amen!

 

June 5, 1999: It is time, My beloved, for you to move beyond the limitations of the past that have kept you confined and kept you from living in the fullness of what I have called you to do. Break out! I say, break out of the thoughts and fears that keep you from moving ahead. I am depositing a desire in your heart to expand and to move into territory that you have never considered before. I am giving you a boldness that cannot be denied. I am releasing a new fire, a fire that will burn away old places of complacency and compromise. I am speaking to the old dead bones of those religious ones who have a form of godliness but have denied My power. Can these bones live? I say, stand on your feet and shake yourselves free from the clutches of death and go forth as My mighty army. Rise up and shake off the slumber that has overtaken you. For, I am about to do awesome and mighty works in the earth.

 

June 4, 1999: Listen, My children. I am about to do a wondrous thing. The enemy has come to divide vital relationships, relationships that I established for My purposes. Many of you have been torn apart by the forces of darkness that came to destroy that which I established. But, I say to you, I am in process of restoring that which has been pulled apart. I am releasing a wave of reconciliation throughout the land. I have heard the cries of My precious children whose hearts have been wounded through broken relationships. Am I a God whose arm is too short to save or whose ears cannot hear? No, but I say to those of you who have prayed for reconciliation, watch and be amazed at what I am about to do. And, you say, "Wonderful! The Lord is changing that one's heart." But, I say, I am changing YOUR heart. I am doing something in YOU, and you must yield to this process of cleansing and purification as I show you the pride of your heart and the destructive force of self-will. Humility and love are factors the enemy cannot reckon with.

 

June 2, 1999: I am calling you to take a stand against evil in the land. No more compromise. No more calling evil good and good evil. No more giving in silently to what is vile and offensive to My kingdom. I am raising up a people who will be faithful to me even in the small things. I search for and desire hearts that are yielded completely to Me and will perform My will with no hesitation. I have given you all the tools you need; I have equipped you and sent you out. I have provided all that is necessary for you to carry the Gospel message to the world. So, why do you hold yourselves back? I say, be bold; be strong, for I am with you. Go forth in My power and might and take the land. Recover all that has been stolen by the enemy of your souls. Rise up and be encouraged for there is much work to be done.