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The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

 

August 29, 2003: Come into rest. Stop and discern that which causes you to strive and struggle, and let go of those things that rob you of peace and joy. Now is the time to release in your heart everyone and everything that you have tried in vain to change, and do not allow this quest to become an obsession, for those things that you hold tightly will be strangled and lost. Hold your life, your dreams, and others loosely, for that which you try to possess and gain control over will become a disappointment. Let Me lead and guide you. Let Me direct your steps and have the ultimate control, for you lack the power and wisdom in yourself to accomplish and achieve your desires. This release will come with an attitude adjustment and a shift in focus from your circumstances to divine purpose as you seek Me with all of your heart.

 

August 27, 2003: Do you need wisdom? Ask of Me, and I will give it to you. Do not confer with flesh and blood. Do not rely on man's wisdom, but seek Me for direction. Quiet your soul, particularly your emotional responses, for they will lead you astray. Let Me bring peace to your soul and strength to your spirit as I lead you out of this valley of decision into My perfect plan. I will go before you to open doors that no man can shut and to shut doors that no man can open. Trust Me in this process. "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:1b-2a)
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August 26, 2003: Expect to be tested and tempted, and prepare to overcome. For, I say, you are an overcomer, and you are well able to endure the temptations and to be victorious. The times and seasons of shaking are for the purpose of testing the strength of your foundation. Everything that can be shaken must be shaken, and that which remains will stand and be strengthened. You cannot build on an unsure foundation, and everything that is not of Me, not built according to My plans and My word will crumble and be swept away. And, you must rejoice in this process, for I am the Master Builder, and that which is constructed according to My purposes will produce life everlasting.

 

August 25, 2003: Where have all the promises gone?  I speak to those who received a promise like seed in good ground, yet the harvest has not been reaped.  Some of what you planted was in the ground of presumption.  You assumed and presumed that it would spring up in weeks or months, and when it didn’t happen according to your time table, disappointment set in like weeds that choked out the seed.  Your own ideas of how I will perform My word must be set aside.  You cannot bring to pass what must be done by My Spirit;  you cannot be the tail that wags the dog.  Keep your heart pure and do not add to or take away from the simplicity of My word.
 
And, to those whose flow of the Spirit has become a stagnant pool: Your stream has been dammed up by spiritual beavers who have worked against you.  But, I tell you honestly that the dam is about to break, and the flow of the water of My Spirit is about to be released to become rivers … TORRENTS of living water, a fresh flow with a mighty current.  You must not allow the sticks and stones of rejection to dam up the flow of spiritual life.  Forgive every offense, and  I will remove  every hindering force that has come to stop the flow of My Spirit through you. 
 
I am calling forth leaders in this generation who will go forth in confidence and boldness, who will set an example through personal integrity, who will bring forth a vision and sound with fidelity (the quality or state of being faithful, exactness, the degree to which an electronic device accurately produces its effect) and provide a sense of purpose and unity of effort, who will take decisive responsibility and function in authority.  Keep your word, for your word is your bond (binding agreement, covenant).  Lead, but do not shove, push, or drive My followers.
 
A growing number of those I have called and chosen to carry out My ministry have become discouraged and forgotten their calling and laid aside their mantle.  Many who have been called as intercessors have looked to the natural and have not seen evidence of answered prayer, but I say to you that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  I have called you to wash the hands of My prophets, to serve through intercession.  Stir up again the gift that is in you and call forth those things that are not as though they were.  Rise up out of that place of ineffectiveness to the right hand of power once again.  Only believe!  It is time for you to complete your metamorphosis, break the cocoon, spread your wings and fly!

 

August 22, 2003: I had a vision of an almost invisible fence, and I asked the Lord what this meant. He led me to these scriptures:

Psalm 37:12-15 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Psalm3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

I have surrounded you with favor as with a shield, says the Lord, and have made you a walled city, for the enemy surrounds you as wolves seeking to devour their prey. But, I have shut the gate on the predators and have enclosed you in the safety of My presence. I tell you honestly that no weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that has risen against you in judgment shall be condemned. Be at peace, for I am your safe haven.

 

August 21, 2003: Jeremiah 2:13 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water." Come to Me all who are wounded, and I will bind up and heal your broken hearts. There is nothing that I cannot mend, but you must let go of the past and let Me do the work of redemption in you. I will redeem the past and cause it to be a stepping stone to hope and to the future. Please understand that as long as you remain broken you cannot contain the life of My Spirit within you. Unforgiveness and bitterness will bring spiritual death. Let the living water of life and healing begin to flow as you release all that is behind. Look up, for your redemption draws near.

 

August 20, 2003: My desire is that you, My people, come together in complete unity, and this will only happen as you seek Me with a whole heart with one goal in mind ... to know Me. This is the work of the kingdom, making a place individually and corporately where I can manifest My presence. I am looking for team consciousness and team effort. If you will come together with singleness of purpose, whether two or multitudes, I will be in your midst. But, you must not come for the purpose of acceptance or performance or religious duty. You must come together to worship Me. Philippians 3:13-16 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

 

August 19, 2003: On guard! The enemy will do his best to disable you through distress and stressful encounters. However, you can quite easily make it through this challenging time if you will calm your soul and trust Me to bring you through. Resist the temptation to overreact in your circumstances. Your initial reactions and responses will prove to not be appropriate in the situation. Take control of your emotions and wait until the heat of the moment is passed before making judgments. Avoid split-second decisions. This will be a valuable time of learning through experience to overcome the flesh and to walk in the Spirit.

 

August 18, 2003: I heard in my spirit "mid summer night's dream," and I heard the Lord say: Beloved, now is the time to awaken out of sleep, for distractions have lulled many of you into spiritual drowsiness as you have sought satisfaction through worldly pleasure and fleshly lusts. Come now; arise out of self-indulgence and snap to. Shake yourself awake to the move of My Spirit.
Romans 8:5-9 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

 

August 15, 2003: I was reminded of the story of the race between the tortoise and the hare, and as I pondered, the Lord said: My eyes search to and fro over the whole earth to find and see and rejoice in a faithful heart. I do not speak of great, heroic acts of faith, but rather hearts that are faithful day in and day out -- those who constantly keep Me in the forefront of their lives and keep Me as their goal. I am not looking for great bursts of speed that would dazzle and amaze mankind. I seek consistent, steady, and unwavering hearts of faith that will see you through until the end. I am a rewarder of those who diligently seek Me.

 

August 14, 2003: Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. Do not despair in your brokenness, for have I not said that I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones? For, I exalt those who have been broken and humbled, and I bring down the haughty. Just as when a broken bone heals and becomes a place of greater strength, so will I heal that which has been broken in you and cause it to become a place of strength. Rise up in faith and be very courageous, for will I not perform all that I have spoken?

 

August 13, 2003: I had a vision of Jesus walking ahead of me on a path through the forest. He wasn't holding my hand, but He was close enough for me to touch, and this is what He said: You have known that I go before you to make crooked places straight, but your concept has been that I am way ahead of you, in fact so far ahead that you can't see Me, so that even though I have cleared the way for you, you still have to grope in dark places and strain to see where I have gone. But, this is not so, for I am with you, and I have not left you alone to fend for yourself. I will bring you by a way that you do not know; I will lead you in paths you have not known. I will make darkness light before you, and crooked places straight. Just be faithful to stay with Me and go the distance that each day requires.

 

August 12, 2003: Come into My rest and be still. In returning and rest you shall be renewed, and in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Come apart to Me to be restored and built up again, for the chaos around you has taken a toll, and now is a time when you must come up into the realm of the Spirit and be refreshed in My presence. Do not delay or put off what is necessary for your regeneration. I will build you up and heal that which has been ripped and torn, but you must come into that place of intimacy with Me. 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."

 

August 11, 2003: Soften your heart and forgive. Release every offense, and choose to take down the barriers that you have erected through your own hurt and disappointment. You are entering a season of extreme fruitfulness, which can be most beneficial to you. But, if you refuse to release those you have held in bondage through unforgiveness and bitterness, you yourself will not be released to partake of the bounty of this season, for you will be like one whose pockets have holes, and what you acquire both spiritually and materially will slip through your fingers. Choose to open your heart in charity and generosity, and release all prejudice. With the same measure you give, it will be measured back to you. Extend mercy.

 

August 8, 2003: I am calling My people to unity, peace and one accord. But, be aware that a lying spirit continues to assault you to cause insecurity and to incite jealousy. You must stand against the temptation to speak against others even when it seems more like nibbling than biting and devouring. Your judgment and criticism will begin a new cycle of rejection and bitterness that you will regret. Rise above the petty activities of the flesh, and refuse to entertain these vain thoughts. Be free today. Galatians 5:15-16 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

 

August 7, 2003: Decisions! Decisions! There are certainly choices that loom before you. Seek Me for wisdom and direction, and do not be afraid to choose. I speak to you who are at a crossroad in your life, and you do not know which way to go. Your indecision is a result of fear of making the wrong choice. Do not depend on others to choose for you; this is yours to do alone. I also speak to those who have set a fleece before Me because you are afraid to take responsibility. What will you do when the answer you get is not what you want to do? I tell you honestly I have given you the gift of free will, which you must exercise. I will not choose for you, but I will set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. It is up to you to choose life. Set your heart on Me. Choose Me, and I will direct your steps.

 

August 6, 2003: I had a mini-vision of a man waking up to his alarm clock only to hit the snooze button and roll over and go back to sleep. And, the Lord said: Awaken your zeal like a mighty man of war. Shake off the sleep of apathy and complacency, and arise. Stir up the most holy faith that has remained dormant within your heart, for the enemy has done his utmost to lull you to sleep spiritually by stimulating your flesh and carnal desires. You have been sidetracked by the issues of life and have been coasting down hill, but now is the time for spiritual acceleration. The alarm is sounding, and it is time for you to arise and go forward and to be about the Father's business.

 

August 5, 2003: Do not concern yourself with what tomorrow will bring. Haven't I said that I will direct the steps of the righteous? Then, concern yourself with abiding in Me, for that is where you will find righteousness. Let the mark of obedience to My word rest on you as you dwell in the safe habitation of My presence, and do not stray from that place of safety. For, truly the enemy has laid a snare and seeks to devour those who walk in darkness. I speak to those who are without direction and peace, come back to the light of My will. Darkness will consume you when seek to walk in self-will and selfish desire. Now is the time to yield your heart completely to My purposes and let go of everything that does not bear the stamp of My kingdom.
Psalm 91:1-4 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.

 

August 4, 2003: Beloved, I have spoken to you of a new spiritual season, which will come to you as an infant that needs to be fed and nurtured in order to survive and grow to maturity. But, I speak to you now of an opposing force that would keep many from catching this new wave of My Spirit. It is called lust and perversion, and it has become pandemic in the church. Do not think that you can keep and cage this demon like a small animal and feed it occasionally. For, I tell you the truth, it will take over your whole house and choke out any semblance of Christ-likeness in you. Now is the time to stop feeding this pornographic demon with the lust of the eyes, and cleanse your temple of this voracious devil. Consider the eventual destruction that will result if you do not take authority now to remove this evil. 1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.

 

August 1, 2003: Get ready to go higher spiritually, for you are poised to enter a very exciting and interesting season. But, before you move ahead, opportunities will present themselves for you to deal with deep and murky issues of your own heart. Allow Me to show you those things that have hindered your progress. You will discover patterns and responses in your life that have become a integral part of who you are and difficult to separate out, but nothing is impossible with Me. You have prayed that I would create in you a clean heart; watch and be amazed at how this prayer and process will be fulfilled, for I am faithful to perform that work in you. Be strong and of good courage, for weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. You are on the threshold of a new day.

 

July 30, 2003: Stand up, gear up, rev up; you are about to be released in powerful ways into greater manifestation of My kingdom on the earth. You have been in a time of purification and preparation for the season that is just ahead. What has been deposited in the deepest recesses of your heart will become that river of living water that will flow out, rushing, reaching, touching those in your path. Seeds of My word, which have been lying dormant in the hearts of those you touch, will suddenly take root and spring up to bring forth a spiritual harvest. And, if I have called you, will I not equip you? If I equip you, will I not send you? If I send you, will I not provide for you? Take heart and be of good courage, for release is imminent.

 

July 29, 2003: Beloved, you are My sheep, and My sheep know My voice. Be still and hear the still small voice saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Then, be faithful and obedient to do what I have called you to do. But, also be aware that the enemy has sent wolves in among My sheep. They will speak great swelling words of pride and presumption and try to entice you to do what I am NOT leading you to do. They will speak from their own flesh and the wrong spirit and will appeal to carnal reasoning and your own ego. They will attempt to draw you away from My plans and purposes through flattering speech and worldly goals. They will offer advice and opinions in matters that are none of their business. If you follow the wolves, they will devour you. Stay in the safety of My presence and My guidance.

 

July 28, 2003: You are now entering a time period when life in general will take on a new look. It will be as though everything around you will have taken a new color, hue, texture, and tone. This will be an exciting and stimulating time when you can move ahead almost without effort to accomplish what I have set you to do, for the walls of resistance have come down, and things that you have struggled to do will suddenly be easier. This will be a small window of opportunity and will only last a short season. Take advantage of this time and make the most of this unusual energy, for I am with you to empower you to do all that I have placed in your heart, says the Lord.

 

July 25, 2003: Awaken, My children. Arise and observe the changes that are in process. Now is the time when you can move forward and make great progress both spiritually and in the natural realm. But, you must be aware that you will be distracted by things that don't matter and have no eternal value. Beware of the issues of life that would choke out the seed of My word and My purposes. These issues will have their root in pride, rejection, and fear of failure, but you can quite easily overcome as you train your heart through concentration on Me and that which is spiritual instead of worldly desires and matters of the flesh. The greater issue is life in My kingdom. Hear and answer the call to come up higher.

 

July 24, 2003: Can you sense the danger in the spirit realm? A curse of destruction has been loosed against My people, says the Lord. Take authority and stand against this curse by faith, for it will release powers of darkness to cause accident and injury, destructive storms, and the fury of fire. Be on guard also against jealousy. Refuse to yield to the temptation to become insecure and resentful, thus opening the door to a jealous spirit. It is important that you discern your spiritual environment. Call upon heaven's host of ministering spirits. Be still, stay calm, and quietly exercise your power in intercession. 1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

July 23, 2003: Be alert to an attack of the enemy against you that will manifest as nit-picking. This is subversive criticism instead of an open blast, and will nibble around the edges like a quiet little mouse instead of launching a direct attack. If you are not the victim of this attack you could be the perpetrator. Watch for little irritations that create a disturbance in your environment. The atmosphere will be charged with a sense of vague agitation and irritability. Awaken to the fact that this is an attack of the enemy to open doors through your emotional reactions so that he can launch a more devastating attack against you. Rise up and take authority, for I have assuredly given you power against this devil. Resist him and he will flee, says the Lord.

 

July 22, 2003: Beloved, I am revealing your heart to you more fully, and am bringing about opportunities for you to see places of rebellion and stubbornness. Watch carefully and observe your emotional reactions when you are faced with situations that require flexibility. And when you find yourself in stubborn resistance, check your motivation. You can be certain that every flesh reaction has it root in a spiritual condition. Yield yourself completely to Me, for self-will is a stumbling block to My plans and purposes for your life in the kingdom. This is certainly a time when you can overcome this work of the flesh. Arise in the Spirit and yield completely to this work of cleansing and sanctification. "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." (1 Samuel 15:23a)

 

July 21, 2003: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You have heard this saying, but have you considered your own glass house? The stones that you throw are the words of your mouth against others, your judgments and negative opinions, your rejections, criticisms and curses. But, I tell you, as you have done to others it will be done to you, and with the same measure you use it will be measured to you. I speak to you of the law of sowing and reaping. Take heed what you sow into the lives of others and how you sow, for you will indeed reap the harvest whether good or bad. Now is the time to examine your own heart and motives and make the necessary adjustments in your attitudes and actions. You will be glad you did.

 

July 18, 2003: I know the thoughts of those who are quietly considering a separation from those who cause discomfort, pain, anguish and distraction. I say to you, have you considered the pride in your own heart that does not want to be humbled by the things you must suffer to maintain relationship? Have you considered that the very relationship that you want to discard is the one that I have ordained for My purposes? Have you considered that this testing ground is for the purpose of making you stronger in faith, causing you to dig deeper in the word, and challenging you to exhibit My character and nature in the midst of adversity? I wonder if you might think again and reconsider your options. Be sure that I am your constant support and your peace in the midst of the storm. Is there any other?

 

July 17, 2003: Expect to be tested in a variety of ways and with unusual circumstances. When you find yourself not knowing what to do, be still and wait for My leading. The enemy will do what he can to bring confusion and fear, but you must refuse to get into a panic. If you need wisdom ask, believing, and I will give you exactly what you need to know and lead you in precisely the correct path. Refuse to succumb to doubt and unbelief, and fight the tendency to get into despair. Trust Me to bring you through. 2 Corinthians 4:8 -9 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

 

July 16, 2003: I speak to you who have heard the silent accusation that you are a fool, and you are now laboring under a sense of condemnation. Hearken back to the moment when you rose up in pride to protect your reputation and justify your position. You allowed your flesh to rule and whitewashed your motives, and now the enemy has an open door through which he can oppress you. It is not too late to make amends. Humble yourself and be honest. Take responsibility for your error and repent. Shut the door on this attack and be free. Rise up out of the flesh and once again walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

 

July 15, 2003: Those of you who have lost hope have begun to drift, allowing life's circumstances to carry you along. You must be careful not to become a victim of wrong choices. Your unwillingness to choose is a choice to be driven by the prevailing winds of current situations. Refuse to be afraid to make decisions or put that responsibility on someone else. Your choices rest on you alone as your sole responsibility. Seek Me for direction and wisdom, for I will absolutely show you the way. Set your heart and your hopes on Me, and I will not disappoint you. Many seek for a sign to direct your steps, but you must be cautious that you don't yield to lying signs and wonders. I tell you, do not seek for a sign, but seek Me, and I will show you the way.

 

July 13, 2003: Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. I am restoring hope to those who have lost hope. I do not speak to you of hope in worldly things or hope in the matters of the soul. I speak of restoring spiritual hope to those who have lost the trust and confidence in moving higher in the realm of the spirit. Do not grow weary in well doing, for you shall indeed reap if you do not give up. Right now, if you will receive it, I am restoring the expectation of obtainment. I will enable you to do what I have called you to do. As I have called you, I will equip you and send you and provide for you. Fear not.

 

July 11, 2003: Can you hear it? There is a cry deep within your spirit to come up higher, for My invitation has gone forth to all those who have ears to hear. Search, examine and evaluate all that would keep you earthbound. There are still places in your life that bring defilement to soul and spirit and serve as an anchor. These things must be cut off so that you can be released to come higher. Be done with those worldly attitudes and behaviors that bind you to that which is mundane and short-sighted. Respond to the call that urges you to rise up in the spirit and come boldly into My presence where you can be equipped for the glorious things I have prepared for you. This is a defining moment of liberty, and you will never be the same again if you will answer the call.

 

July 10, 2003: I speak to many who feel like you are on a roller coaster ride, and it seems as though you have lost control of your life. This is because you are allowing your emotions to rule. But, haven't I said to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ? (2 Corinthians 10:5) The high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God is your emotional reaction without reason. You must speak and reaffirm the word of truth and begin to walk in the Spirit. For, indeed, you do have the mind of Christ, but you must exercise self-control by the Spirit in order to bring your soul into obedience. If you do this, you will find that place of great liberty, for you do not have to be bound by the things that cause you to overreact emotionally, such as fear and dread. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
(Galatians 5:1)

 

July 9, 2003: I speak to those of you who have become obsessed with changing your circumstances and people around you to fulfill your own desires and meet your personal needs. You have pinned your hopes on these changes, but I tell you that this is foolish optimism and will only bring deep disappointment. And, when you find yourself disappointed and discouraged with the way things are, your tendency is to take control and try to force change. Save your energy. Your circumstances are not designed to cause those around you to adjust themselves to please you, but rather are for the purpose of molding, shaping, and adjusting you into the image of Christ. You are looking at life through natural eyes instead of using your spiritual vision when you see the speck in your brother's eye and have not taken care of the log in your own eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

 

July 8, 2003: I had a vision of a dance floor and people dancing. The music was ethereal and the rhythm was distinct. Those who were moving in precision with the music were crowned and carried scepters. There were others dancing, but they were out of step as though they could not hear the music. They were neither crowned nor did they have scepters. And the Lord said: I am looking for those who will listen carefully and move in precision with the rhythm of My heart, for I will cause your every step to be carefully choreographed to fulfill My ultimate design and purpose. You will flow with those who also move by the power of My Spirit and display a distinct poise and grace as you progress. Those who are out of step are those who are doing their own thing apart from My Spirit, and they will disrupt the flow by drawing attention to themselves. They will lack the power and authority that belong to My heirs. Be still. Quiet your soul and attune your heart to hear and respond to the move of My Spirit. Therein lies the secret of power and authority.

 

July 7, 2003: Watch and be aware of an attack that has come to undermine your confidence and spoil your effectiveness. Confront the lies, for they will open the door to fear, dread and unbelief, which will gnaw away at the foundation of your purpose. You will be tempted to accept and see this attack as your own error and character flaw, which will subject you to condemnation. But, I say, refuse to become a victim of the devil's devices. I am shining a light on every area of darkness, says the Lord, and I will expose this attack against you for what it is. But, you must rise up and stand against your emotional responses. Take a firm stand, and re-establish yourself in divine purpose knowing that you can do all that I have called and chosen you to do. My grace is sufficient.

 

July 4, 2003:  THE TYRANNY OF THE URGENT!  You must not become impatient or take matters into your own hands to relieve the sense of pressure that comes against you at this time.  There is basically one portal of pressure – the pressure to achieve or perform.  You can expect this pressure to manifest in various areas of life through personal, family, and relational expectations, responsibilities and reputation, financial needs, and spiritual calling.  The expectations will be both internal and external.  Refuse to allow pressure of any kind to distract you from eternal values and purposes, and be aware that this pressure will be defused through confrontation and standing against the enemy’s plans when your boundaries are violated.  My grace is the empowerment for liberty in this new season, which will usher you into greater maturity in your kingdom position and a freedom to manifest My presence. Come into My rest, and be released from the pressure that has caused you to become weary of life and its demands.
 
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."

 

July 3, 2003:  You are standing on the threshold of new spiritual territory and a season of great liberty in the Spirit.  However, the enemy will do all he can to keep you in bondage and to stop you from going forward.  You will have to fight these powers of darkness in order to break through into this extreme liberty and to make a place for this extraordinary anointing.  The name of this prince of darkness is Nehushtan.  If he is allowed to have access to your soul, he will pervert your worship so that you will be seduced into idolatry. Watch for tendencies to worship provision instead of the Provider, healing instead of the Healer, revelation instead of the Revelator.  The nature of this attack is to bring you into bondage by causing you to invest yourself in infatuation and fantasy, yet sanctify it through religious concepts.  Be on guard against this snake-like seduction, which will seek to charm you into submission to this false authority.  The open door that this contemptible devil uses for access is your murmuring and complaining while waiting for the fulfillment of God-given promises. 

 

July 2, 2003: Beloved, you have made some good progress, yet the enemy has tempted you with discouragement. Your first inclination was to give up. Quiet your soul and refuse to give in to the temptations that would prevent further progress. You already know in your heart what it will take to reach your goal and what will be required of you. Settle down, and do what needs to be done for breakthrough. Settle the issues of your heart that have produced double-mindedness and created a stalemate. Keep the faith, and rely on the empowering factor of My grace to bring you through to victory.

 

July 1, 2003: I hear the cries of those who feel rejected and separated from Me, and you are asking, "Where are You, Lord?" I tell you honestly that I have not rejected nor abandoned you, but you have separated yourself from Me by rejecting another. For, as it is written, if you say you love Me and hate your brother you are a liar. You have also heard it said that to be perfect you must bridle your tongue. And, again, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Therefore, purify your heart. You separated yourself from Me when you were tempted to compare yourself with others, and the result was envy and insecurity. You rose up in pride to protect your own inadequacy through criticism and unrighteous judgment. Your judgments were not based on My word or My heart, but on your own flesh desires and worldly values. This was betrayal, for I have called you out of the darkness of your own soul into the glorious light of My Spirit, yet you retreated back into the darkness of self-interest and cut yourself off from the light. Turn from this wickedness and accept Me again, and accept and love those who belong to Me. Come and be reconciled, and let us again enjoy sweet communion together. James 4:6 -8 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

June 30, 2003: You are entering a season of liberty in which you will be released to express yourself with greater freedom than you have previously experienced. Now is a time when you will be released from bondages and limitations that have held you down, and you will be taken off the beaten path of what you would consider to be normal or traditional for your own life. However, for you to maximize the benefits of this season, you must stay focused spiritually so that you are not tempted through discontentment to express this newly found freedom by way of seduction in the flesh. This liberty will enhance your relationship to Me, says the Lord, and will serve to build you up in your kingdom position and empower you to uphold the standards of My Word. Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

 

June 27, 2003: Have I not already issued an invitation to come to Me, those of you who are burdened and heavy laden, for I will give you rest? You weary yourself in trying to find happiness in what you do, where you are, and who you know. Instead you will only find disappointment and discontentment. Be on guard that you don't invest yourself in worldly values, for these will not satisfy the longing of your soul. My invitation still stands. Come to Me. I will give you rest from the striving for the happiness that is elusive and temporary at best. Rest in Me so that your joy may be full and everlasting.

 

June 26, 2003: Matthew 7:24-27 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." The storms have raged and the flood waters of your circumstances have risen, and that which was not built on a solid foundation of My purposes is being swept away. Neither lament nor mourn, for that which has not withstood the storms needs a new foundation. Very soon you will have new opportunities to build again on the firm foundation of My will and My word according to the leading of My Spirit. Be careful how you build.

 

June 25, 2003: Be aware beloved that there is a shaking going on that will cause a repositioning. Be prepared to let go of that which has been unfruitful. The end of this process of shaking and refinement will lead to greater liberty in the Spirit. Do not resist this process, for the threshing and sifting is of Me, says the Lord. Be willing to yield, and trust Me. Hebrews 12:25-28 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

 

June 24, 2003: Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." Rest assured that I am perfecting you, causing you to be complete in Me. However, the enemy is continually doing all he can to draw you away from your walk of obedience to My word. Therefore, watch and be aware of the temptation to compromise, and do not go the way of concession. Refuse to allow yourself to be pulled off course by seeking the approval of others who are not committed to My standard of righteousness, but rather draw near to Me with a pure heart.

 

June 23, 2003: I speak to those of you who feel lost or out of step with the rhythm of My heart. Refuse to become nervous and afraid. You are on course, but things seems vaguely unfamiliar, which has created a measure of fear and insecurity. Be still and know that I will continue to lead you. The purposes and lessons of this time will become clear as you move ahead. Your tendency will be to stop and do nothing until you get your bearings, but I tell you the truth, you will regain your sense of direction as you persist on this course of action. To stop and do nothing will only serve to further remove you from the reality of your mission. Seek Me earnestly and trust in My willingness and ability to direct your steps.

 

June 20, 2003: Be on guard, for you will have opportunities in these days to be offended. Choose to forgive. You will also have opportunities to worry about the future and what you will have to face and deal with. Choose to trust Me. And, you will have opportunities to get involved in other people's problems. Choose to maintain good boundaries. I tell you the truth, each one of these avenues has the potential to take you off course by distracting you from what is vital to your life. Avoid distraction by staying focused and resisting the temptations that would draw you away from what you have been called to do. Take every opportunity to draw close to Me, says the Lord, and ask for wisdom, which I will pour out abundantly if you will believe it.

 

June 18, 2003: Now is the time that you can move ahead in My kingdom purposes and take another step in fulfilling your destiny, but you must leave the past behind and release all past failure and pain. What you have been through has not been for your destruction, but rather for your refining and strengthening. Therefore, it is necessary that you evaluate what you've been through in the light of eternity and according to spiritual values instead of flesh and cultural values. Let go of all that has not withstood the fires of purification, and ready yourself to go forward. Do not stand trembling in this dark valley, for I will lead you out if you will yield to My guidance and trust Me.

 

June 17, 2003: Deuteronomy 28:13 "And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them." Listen and learn, for you are living beneath your kingdom privilege. Instead of walking in the Spirit and allowing My love to flow through you, you are living in response to how you perceive that others accept or reject you. You have not been motivated by My Spirit in relationships; you have been motivated by your own need to be accepted and loved. This is a position of responding to the whims and moods of those around you instead of raising a standard of My principles of love. As long as you are a victim of the emotional needs and responses of others, you will be the tail and not the head; you will be beneath and not above. I am calling you now to rise up and be lifted up above this cycle of acceptance and rejection so that you are no longer moved by the fear of man and a people-pleasing spirit.

 

June 16, 2003: Guard yourselves, for the enemy is once again launching an attack to bring condemnation and to cause you to feel diminutive. He will do this through capitalizing on your mistakes and failures and bringing you to shame. Do not yield to this ploy to heap up rejection against you. It is not by your own righteousness that makes you acceptable to Me; your righteousness is established by the cleansing blood, which covers your shortcomings. Take this time to reaffirm your acceptance and remind yourself that I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am for you, and if I am for you, who can be against you? Ungodly rejection is of no significance. Rise up today in new strength and confidence in My love for you.

 

June 13, 2003: Do not despair, beloved. What you are experiencing right now is the test and trial that will be the vehicle by which you can overcome obstacles. Your faith is being tried by fire, and as you yield to the heat of your circumstances you will come out purified. Do not resist the lessons and opportunities available to you now. Endure the hardship and yield to the cleansing, for what you learn in these difficult times will become a place of strength that will serve you well. Do not allow others to coerce you or bully you into a position of compromising your standards or violating your conscience. Quiet yourself before Me, and I will bring clarity to every situation. Jeremiah 1:8 "Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD.

 

June 12, 2003: Be aware that indecision will produce a sense of deception and betrayal to those around you, which will cause your intentions to be misunderstood. Do not stand in the middle of your field of circumstances and tremble in fear, for this will create double-mindedness. Why do you halt between two opiniions? Face the spirit of fear, confront it and cast it out, for it is your enemy. Do what you must do quickly according to the guidance of My Spirit. Set yourself to be obedient to My directions, and put aside all disappointment and discouragement. Silence the voice of the enemy that would give birth to doubt as to what I have called you to do and where I have placed you to do it. Go forth in the confidence of My leading.

 

June 11, 2003: Behold, I have called you to possess the land that I have given you. Establish and maintain the boundaries that have been allotted to you, for this is your kingdom position. You take and have taken the territory where you walk according to the dictates of My Spirit. Be bold in saying no to all that violates your borders and all that infringes upon your freedom to carry out My purposes in establishing My kingdom, for it is the enemy's plan to subdue and silence you. Rise up with renewed strength and sense of purpose, and go forth in boldness. Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.

 

June 10, 2003: Have I not said that I will direct the steps of the righteous? And, are you not righteous because of the atoning blood of Christ shed for your sins? Then, trust Me that I will indeed direct your steps. Do not be dissuaded from what I have called and chosen for you to do. Do not allow anyone to seduce you away from your kingdom position or the reward of victory through your obedience to My plan. Be steadfast and faithful in obeying My leading. Even if another prophet tries to lead you away from what I have spoken to your heart, do not listen. I have brought you into this valley one way, and you will leave another way; change will come through extreme perseverance and loyalty to Me, says the Lord.

 

June 9, 2003: Refuse the temptation to be overwhelmed with what is ahead of you, and do not fear the unknown. I am with you and will pour out wisdom upon you if you will only ask. There will be times when you will be in a quandary and not know where to go or what to do, but I will walk with you to show you the way. However, you must quiet your soul in order to hear My instruction. Now is the time to get ready for that which is prepared for you by practicing being in My presence. For, truly, there will be a spiritual renovation and a revival, but it will not look like what you imagine. Take it one step at a time according to My leading. At the end of it you will look back and see what a mighty work has been accomplished.

 

June 6, 2003: Before there can be a building up, there must be a tearing down. Discern those things that need to be torn away and gotten rid of, and let go quickly of that which holds no purpose or value now or for the future. For, your foundation must be solid and cleanly swept before you begin to build again. I speak to you now of spiritual values, and you can be assured that I will show you clearly what you must keep and that which needs to be discarded. You must not make these decisions based on desires of the flesh or on past experience or on traditions of men. What you release must be according to the leading of My Spirit. Then, what you build will not be torn down and what you plant will not be plucked up. Matthew 7:24-25 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."

 

June 5, 2003: These are days when you will have multiple opportunities to learn valuable lessons that will serve you well in the days ahead. The quicker you are able to discern the test and yield to the righteous requirements for victory, the quicker you will be able to move on. You, My people, have been in a season of renovation under the empowerment of My grace to restore and renew many things in the natural realm. That season is now coming to a close. But, I say to you, that which has been renovated in the natural was a sign of that which is to come and will now give way to a season of spiritual renovation in which you can expect to be revived, renewed and strengthened in spirit. I see those who have become weary in soul and yet have waited earnestly in hope of fulfillment of certain promises. In the season that is before you, you will find refreshment, renewal and revival. Move forward in great expectation, for I will do all that I have promised.

 

June 4, 2003: Be watchful, My children, for you are being tested in areas of past failure and frustration. You can quite easily pass these tests if you stay calm and maintain self-control. In some instances you will need to wait for the sting of the moment to pass before taking any action. Do not move ahead by your own volition. Release the problem to Me and trust that I will show you the way to victory. The problem you are now facing or are about to face will come as a complete surprise and will take you off guard because that is when the enemy has the most power against you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

June 3, 2003: Listen and hear wisdom. Rejection exerts pressure to be different and destroys trust. Love is respecting and accepting others for who and what they are. I see those who have been rejected and despised, and I hear your cries for vindication. Come before Me with unveiled face, without guile or pretense, and know that I accept and love you, says the Lord. When I am for you, who can be against you? Be done with insecurity, and refuse the temptation to reject those who have rejected you. Do not operate in the realm of deception with white-washed motives and actions that justify yourself in an attempt to be purged of your own rejection and failure. Be honest with yourself and others. Who is your enemy? Is it not one who is against you and has rejected you? But, I have instructed you to love your enemies and to do good and to pray for those who have despitefully used you. Let the fight end here, and come into My rest and peace.

 

June 1, 2003: Beloved, leave the past behind and rise above condemnation. Today is a new day and a new beginning. I speak to those who have prayed yourselves out of faith because you have thought you were hearing and believing God and have stood, but circumstances didn't turn out the way you thought they would. I say to you, let go of all that is behind. I am the Lord of Perez, the Lord of the breakthrough, and if you will release your past you will also release the hindering forces that have come against you to keep you from progression. Release your past, I say, and forgive yourself; stop thinking that you are a failure, for you are stepping into a new day. If you believe My word, you will go forth from here into new assignments with greater strength and power, and you will have the victory.

 

May 30, 2003: Rise up in My anointing and be settled in your kingdom position. Establish yourself in righteousness by exercising self-control. I tell you the truth that the season's distractions will pull you away from your position of strength and power unless you build yourself up in your most holy faith and take authority over all the works of the enemy to draw you away from what is vital to your spiritual security. Formulate your priorities in terms of eternal importance rather than being driven by whims and fancies. If you will do this, you can make great strides in fulfilling your destiny.

 

May 29, 2003: Beloved, do you remember ? "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Take every situation in stride; maintain your peace in crisis, and calm your troubled soul. Trust Me to be with you in every fiery trial. Refuse to succumb to the temptation to believe that the forces of darkness and destruction are too great to endure or overcome. I have given you authority to put the enemy under your feet, and now is the time to move in the realm of the spirit and exercise your faith in My word and the power of My blood, says the Lord.

 

May 28, 2003: Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Meet every challenge with faith that you will overcome and gain the victory, for I have given you great grace. Take courage and face every difficulty in truth, and you will gain dominion over each circumstance. Do not be afraid or shrink back in terror. It is My desire to give you the kingdom, and I have called you My young lions who will rule and reign with Me. Take these opportunities to gain supremacy over the enemy and his tactics against you. Be bold. Now is the time you can regain what the enemy has stolen. Rise up and roar back.

 

May 27, 2003: Release your praise, and My glory will fall. Let your worship and devotion rise to new heights with a heart of thanksgiving. For, surely if you will make a place for Me to dwell in your midst through hearts that rise to meet Me and welcome Me, I will be there. Do not pull back in doubt and unbelief, and do not isolate yourself because of pain and grief. Release yourself in generosity, for what you sow generously will reap abundantly. Hold nothing back. Now is the time to be renewed in faith and commitment without reserve.

 

May 26, 2003: John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Be aware that the enemy will do all he can to disturb your peace and rob you of joy. He will do this by accentuating the cares of this world and causing your heart to fear. Do not accept these thoughts as your own, for your mind is the devil's play ground, and if you yield to his temptations to get into fear and worry, he can gain a stronghold. But, if you will rise up against these tactics, which are designed to get you into discouragement and despair, you will retain your peace and gain the victory. I have given you power over all the works of the enemy, but you must exercise your spiritual authority. Arise, and do battle.

 

May 23, 2003: In a vision I saw a well-known Christian television personality who had been blinded in one eye and was crying out for a physician. And, in the background, were many people who had joined with this ministry who were looking for fame and fortune. Then, I was shown a nail-pierced foot carved out of wood, but it was breaking in pieces, and I heard the Lord say: Many have heard My voice, "Take up your cross and follow Me." You started out on the right foot, seeking to obey My leading and to do My will, but you are being blinded and can no longer discern or see the truth or walk in the way that I have chosen for you because of your own desire to minister and to be seen, heard and acclaimed. You are further defiled by those around you who are not seeking Me, but who desire to be known as great. Have you not read that those who desire to be first will be last? For those who are true leaders are first servants. Do not seek to be healed by physicians or the devices and schemes of men. Rather, lay aside your own ambitions and aspirations, and come again to worship Me in spirit and in truth. I am your Healer, and I will heal that which is blind and lame if you will come in true humility and repentance. You must choose to be carried by My Spirit and not by your own dreams and desires.

 

May 22, 2003: Be strong and look up. Rise up out of the mundane concerns of life into the heavenly realm where you can sense My presence and be encouraged and restored. I see many who need a time of refreshing, for you have been tossed and battered by the storms of life. You have been stressed by the prevailing winds. Come into My rest and receive healing. Come quietly and deliberately, and let me soothe your weary soul. Release to me all that has been a concern and trust Me with the outcome, for surely I am your safe harbor, your refuge from the storm.

 

May 21, 2003: Guard your heart, beloved, for the enemy's tactic is to bring to remembrance past hurt and rejection in an effort to distract you and keep you from current purpose and progress. These reminders will come through dreams, encounters, thoughts and conversations. But, I say to you, the past is the past. There is nothing more to do except to forgive and go on. You can do nothing about the resentment, anger and accusations of others, but you can cleanse your own heart of bitterness and release the pain of division. Today is a new day. Refuse to allow the enemy to steal the joy of new beginnings. My grace is sufficient for you to overcome; rise up into My sufficiency.

 

May 20, 2003: Now is the time when you can make great progress in many areas of your life, but you will have to evaluate and choose what has great potential as opposed to those things which have no potential at all. Cut your losses short, and begin to move with the surpassing freedom that is available to you without fear or trepidation. Watch for new opportunities to expand, for you will encounter innovative occasions to be creative beyond what is usual for you. Rise up, then, out of pessimism and view life through possibilities of success rather than defeat, for these are the days of sowing seeds that will produce a harvest generated by your faith. Review My covenant and the promises that I have made, and make them a firm foundation of your existence. My word is true and will not disappoint you.

 

May 19, 2003: There is a great shaking coming to My people and to all nations. That which has been established on the foundation of truth will stand, but that which has been built on presumption will be revealed for what it is and be torn down. Be prepared to allow all that has been hidden to be revealed, for light will expose the darkness of deception and illusion. New beginnings must be based on truth and reality. All that has not been based on truth has resulted in deception accompanied by lust and selfish ambition. Now is the time when you have another opportunity to build on a solid foundation; do not be seduced by fantasy spurred on by the needs of your soul.

 

May 16, 2003: So many of you, My children, have been slandered, blasphemed and maligned. You have suffered greatly at the hands of the accuser of the brethren. As it was done to the Master, so also it has been done to His servants. Woe to those who have stoned and beaten My servants, for the day of vindication is at hand. Those who have brought an indictment against you will themselves be indicted. Do not rejoice in their punitive consequences or harden your heart in justification, resentment and anger. Rather humble your heart in awe of divine justice, and rejoice that you have shared in the suffering of your Lord. Psalm 17:1-3 Hear a just cause, O LORD, attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips. Let my vindication come from Your presence; let Your eyes look on the things that are upright. You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

 

May 15, 2003: Be strong, My people, for the days ahead will bring testing in ways that you have not considered. Be alert, be aware, and be sensitive to what is going on around you in the spirit realm. If you get self-focused or distracted with the cares of the world, these tests will catch you off guard and take you down before you know what has hit. Be diligent to walk in the Spirit and move with heightened discernment. This time of testing will come like a sudden spring storm, rising up quickly and furiously, and then dissipating just as quickly. Do not be afraid, for I am with you and for you, says the Lord.

 

May 14, 2003: Beloved, I am calling you to a higher place in the spirit where My presence and My reality are more poignant than what you can see, touch or feel. I want your dependence to be on Me, for I will lead, guide, direct and protect you. I am your safe habitation, your refuge from the storms of life, your fortress and high tower. Run to Me for safety and rest. My desire is that you begin to experience the sweetness of intimacy with Me, but you must come away from your reliance on worldly structure and carnal relationships for satisfaction. I am jealous for you. Can you hear the voice of My Spirit calling you to come? Come.

 

May 13, 2003: I had a mini vision of a rubbery substance being stretched in various directions until it no longer looked even remotely like it did in the beginning. And the Lord says, you are being pulled in many directions not only by outside forces but by your own seductions, and as you yield to this pulling your life will take on a new look. But, you also must be careful not to be pulled in so many ways that you lose your original shape and purpose. In order not to lose sight of your calling and purpose in My kingdom, you must be selective about the stretching that you yield to. Your challenges must come within the context of who you are and what you are called to do. Otherwise, you will find yourself in an identity crisis. Therefore, maintain the structure necessary to provide stability in the midst of reformation.

 

May 12, 2003: Watch carefully, for your tendency will be to panic when things seem to tumble out of control, for there is a great shaking taking place. But, I say, do not be afraid. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and when this process is finished those things that remain will be part of your solid foundation. This time of testing will be very beneficial to you in the long run. Strive to keep your sense of stability in Me, for I am your place of safety and equilibrium. Refuse to give way to insecurity,but rather be steadfast in your position in the kingdom and in relationship to your Lord.

 

May 9, 2003: Behold, you are standing on the threshold of a new time and new season when you will experience great change. Even those things that have seemed solid and familiar will take on a new hue, and life will acquire a new texture that will develop and mature your spiritual character. Prepare your heart to release areas of fear and insecurity that would keep you from taking advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. This is a pivotal time when you can position yourself to gain maximum benefit from minimal effort. Do not allow fear, doubt and unbelief to hold you back.

 

May 8, 2003: Beloved, you are not alone even though you have moments of feeling isolated and rejected. I have not left you. Refuse the temptation of the seducing spirit that would entice you to try to get your needs met outside the boundaries of what is acceptable in My sight. Direct your desires for close relationship to the realm of the spirit, and draw near to Me, for there you will find peace and everlasting satisfaction. Now is the time to exercise the authority of your spirit over your soul, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

 

May 7, 2003: I speak to you again today of divine discontentment. I am stirring your heart to rise to new heights spiritually and to seek Me more fervently. But, I want you to be aware that if you do not use this divine discontentment to come up higher spiritually, it will manifest in the flesh as carnal discontentment. Watch, therefore, and pray that you do not fall into the trap of becoming disgruntled and seeking to satisfy the flesh in ways that will ultimately be detrimental to your kingdom purpose. For, I tell you the truth, the enemy will do his utmost to draw you away from your kingdom position and the fullness of My blessing. Now is a time when you can learn to distinguish between soul and spirit, and My word is a sharp sword that will divide the two.

 

May 6, 2003: Discouragement is pressing in like thick fog, bringing with it confusion and a sense of darkness. Move through this veil of disappointment, and you will find that I am still with you, says the Lord. My countenance has not changed, for I am the same, and My promises are still true. Refuse to allow this momentary darkness to destroy your faith. Recognize the work of the enemy against your soul, and do not become his victim. Rise up and roar back! Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

 

May 5, 2003: Watch for gate crashers. For, there will be those who will try to entice you to compromise your standards and values. Guard your heart, and stand firm by following the dictates of your own conscience. Maintain clarity of mind and spirit so that you are not drawn off course by those who call that which is evil good. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Rise up, and let the integrity of your spirit rule in making choices that will be presented for your consideration. Lock the doors and bar the gates of your mind and emotions as you set good boundaries to create a place of habitation for My presence, a place where you can dwell in safety.

 

May 2, 2003: The Lord says, simplify! There are many things that have distracted you from the simplicity of relationship. Come to Me as a child without guile, without duplicity, and without the complexities of expectation. Put aside all fear and worry, and re-establish simple trust. Return to that place in your heart of knowing the reality of My presence, and let it be a balm for healing to your weary soul. Many things have crept in to divert your attention and to stretch you too thin. Refuse to be so busy with the issues of life and cares of this world that you only have time to give Me a casual glance. Stop, and renew yourself spiritually in My love.

 

May 1, 2003: Watch and listen. Behold, for I am revealing the tactics of the enemy against you. The heart and true motives of those who are against you will suddenly be exposed, and you will discover the weapons formed against you in surprising ways. Do not allow this discovery to become a place of personal rejection. Rather, rejoice that these things have been revealed. Truly, all that has been hidden will be exposed, that which has been done in secret will be declared, and those things that have remained in darkness will be brought to the light. Freedom will be the result of these discoveries, and you will no longer be held in the bondage of manipulation and deceit.

 

April 30, 2003: The past is once again up for review. Take a quick look back to see how far you have come and how much you have learned from various situations and circumstances. Resist the condemnation and suggestions of rejection that come from your own mind and the accusations of the devil that you are a loser and that you will fail again. Your backward glance should only serve as a point of thanksgiving for the grace that has been available to you. Take this time to learn from your mistakes and glory in the opportunities you have had to be strengthened in faith. This review is a final step in preparation for your next move forward. See it for what it is, and do not allow discouragement and despair to enter in, for surely that will impede your progress.

 

April 29, 2003: Be ready to respond to My slightest direction. The changes that are forthcoming will first take place in the spirit. Resist the temptation to charge off hastily and make changes in the physical realm in an effort to satisfy your discontentment, for there are things that must be established spiritually first. Let your restlessness find fulfillment in drawing close to Me. Listen intently for My wisdom, and yield to My leading. I will certainly go before you to prepare the way. Be content with such as you have, and trust Me with all that you need. Meet your tests of faith with assurance and the reality of My word and My will to supply what is lacking. Wait patiently and be renewed in strength and endurance, for you will not be disappointed.

 

April 28, 2003: I see your heart, and I know that you are feeling odd and out of place. Nothing seems to fit. And, the enemy is taking advantage of this time to tempt you into extreme self-examination and condemnation; he will do his utmost to instill fear and convince you that you have failed and will continue to fail. Do not believe him, for what you are feeling is the stirring of My Spirit to dislodge you from places of comfort that will keep you from moving forward. I have new things for you to experience, and just like the eagle who stirs up her nest to prepare her eaglets to fly, I am stirring up your nest to create discomfort so that you will be all the more willing to rise to new heights spiritually. What you are sensing is divine discontentment that will cause you to seek Me earnestly for direction in taking the next step. So, rise up into the spirit realm and behold My face and receive wisdom.

 

April 25, 2003: Beloved, examine the places of disagreement in your own heart, and answer these questions: What is the issue? Are you contending earnestly for the faith or are you on a quest to fulfill your own desires and lusts? Is this disagreement worth pursuing? Are you willing to accept the outcome, which will be separation and division? The decisions that you make today will determine the seeds that you sow and the harvest you will reap. I say, guard your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23). Maintain eternal perspective, and make a clear distinction between the trivial and that which is worthy of debate. Keep your focus clearly on the kingdom of God, and set your heart on righteousness.

 

April 24, 2003: Set a watch for defilement of flesh and spirit through bitterness. I say again, set a watch not only over your mouth but over your heart so that you neither harbor bitterness nor speak of it. Now is the time to be completely set free from all past pain. Release yourselves from memories of rejection and hurt. Step into a new day, a new beginning, by forgiving those who have maligned you and despitefully used you. Move in the realm of the Spirit, and rise above all that has been a source of suffering. Also guard yourself against the bitterness of others; you can be compassionate without being vulnerable.

 

April 23, 2003: Prepare to be an active participant as the pace of life picks up. If you choose to sit on the sidelines and be merely a spectator, you will miss valuable opportunities that have great potential for increase. Enter this season with flexibility, for you will be challenged and changed as you yield and bend to the moving of My Spirit. If you strike a pose of rigid insistence on having things your way or maintaining control of your circumstances for the purpose of self-preservation, you will be broken in pieces. Move ahead with a sense of adventure and bold assurance that I am with you to direct your steps.

 

April 22, 2003: Stop and get your bearings. What's done is done; you can do nothing about the past. But, you can refocus and yield to My work in your life in preparation for what is ahead. Refuse to drown in a sea of regret, disappointment and despair. Do not allow condemnation to create a sense of guilt and shame. Take flight! Rise up as on eagle's wings into the realm of the spirit so that your carnal emotions and flesh reactions do not lead you astray. Let thanksgiving lead the way into My presence and elevate you to complete liberty.

 

April 18, 2003: Lightning flashed and thunder has answered. The violence of the storm has spent its energy, and now the rain of My Spirit will prepare the ground for the seeds of My purposes. Allow the ground of your heart to be softened to receive the seed of My word, which will produce an abundant harvest. For, there must be new growth in this season, and you will again take root downward and bear fruit upward and become My delight. Receive the refreshment of My presence, for your days of being barren are ending. Your desert will blossom like the rose. Rejoice!

 

April 17, 2003: Beloved, do not rest your hope on those things that you suppose, for the seeds of your suppositions will only produce disappointment and discouragement. The enemy waits with eagerness to bring you down in defeat. But, I say, place your hope squarely on My purposes and plans for you in My kingdom and not on that which is carnal and temporary and already passing away. Set your sights on heavenly things. Indeed, I will not disappoint your faith and trust in Me. Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

 

April 16, 2003: There has been great turmoil all around you, and the forces of darkness have exerted great pressure to cause you to spin and reel to get you off balance. Stop where you are, and be still. Quiet your mind and heart, and place your feet once again on the Rock, the Word of God. Come back to your solid spiritual foundation, and refuse to be moved by all that rages around you or within you. This is a time when you can gain great stability if you will only exercise self-control and rise up in the authority that has been given you over the power of the enemy.

 

April 15, 2003: Do not despise your days of small beginnings. Resist the temptation to entertain discouragement because you have not yet achieved your desired goals, for your evaluations are based on that which is temporary instead of what is eternal. You have set your heart on outward appearance and that which is passing away because of your insecurity. It is impossible for you to measure your spiritual progress by your own standards. Rest in the assurance that I am the standard, I have set the standard, and I will cause you to measure up as you simply abide in Me and yield to My work in you. Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

 

April 14, 2003: Watch for a tendency to boredom, for it will bring a temptation to stir things up for the sake of excitement. Be careful not to stir up the flesh for the wrong kind of excitement, but rather stir yourself up in the things of the Spirit. Now is a time when you can move forward spiritually and make much progress if you will exercise self-control and quiet your soul. Be diligent to channel your energy in ways that are productive, for if you don't you have the potential to cause trouble.

 

April 11, 2003: To those who are feeling rejected and downcast, please hear Me. You are accepted in the Beloved and certainly not rejected by Me. Take a quick inventory, however, to see if you are reaping what you have sown. Have you rejected others through judgment and criticism? You have heard it said that you must avoid those who cause divisions, but I also say to you, do not be divisive in your own heart. If you seek closer fellowship with Me, you must love your neighbor as yourself, for if you say that you love Me and hate your brother, you are a liar. If you do not want to be criticized and rejected, you must not do it to others even in the secrecy of your own heart.

 

April 10, 2003: I have admonished you to speak to your mountains, but I also tell you to level your molehills. For indeed you have had a tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill by focusing on one aspect of your life. Refuse to obsess or be preoccupied with things that have no eternal influence or value. Now is the time to turn your attention to heavenly things and put your temporal life in perspective. Focusing on issues of life and trying to perfect your environment according to your own value system will make you miserable. Begin to step back and see the whole picture, and move in the realm of thanksgiving, for this will serve to free you from oppression.

 

April 9, 2003: I speak to those who are disappointed that your prayers have not been answered, for you have turned your back on Me and have found yourself in a wilderness. Beloved, I have not forsaken you. Come and let us reason together. You have set about to cause Me to come into agreement with your will when you should be setting your heart to agree with My will. You cannot see the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 55:8-9) "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Have you not read that all things work together for good to those who love Me, to those who are the called according to My purpose? When you get on the other side of your current circumstances, you will see that what you are going through now will be of greater benefit in the long run, for I am doing a work far superior to what you can see or imagine. Trust Me.

 

April 8, 2003: Come up to the high place and commune with Me and be established in peace. Though chaos arises and reigns around you and tries to draw you in, you can rise above the circumstances and go forth in peace. Now is the time for you to learn to possess your own vessel in sanctification and honor and not in passion of emotional response to your conditions and surroundings. Go forth in calm trust that I am bringing you forth and establishing you in self-control as you yield to the leading of My Spirit.

 

April 7, 2003: My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts are beyond your ability to comprehend, and I have set your course. Yield to My guidance. Listen for the still small voice that will speak to your heart and say, "This is the way; walk in it." Resist the temptation to plan your own future apart from My leading, for if you follow your own pursuits, you will find yourself in opposition and at cross purposes to My best for you in the kingdom of God. Put presumption far from you, and trust Me to lead and guide your every step, for surely you can only take one step at a time. I will go before you to make the crooked places straight, and I will open doors and shut doors along the way.

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

James 4:13-16 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

 

April 4, 2003: Speak to your mountain. Call down the barriers and command the hindering forces to flee. Rise up in the power and authority that I have given you, My people, for you are on the verge of incredible breakthrough. Confront all that has kept you bound; look squarely in the face of the enemy and know that the only power he has is what you allow him to have. You have been held back long enough, and if you will push through in the realm of the spirit you will experience great victory. Take dominion; you have the advantage. Shout for joy, for you are about to break through obstacles that have kept you from achieving your goals.

 

April 3, 2003: The enemy has launched an attack against you to create situations in which you will become tired and discouraged. His plan is to demoralize you in order to distract you from using your authority against him. Refuse to be dragged down by issues that seem to be working against you. Do not believe the appearance of that which is temporary. Ride this one out, and keep your eternal perspective. Resist the temptation to have a melt-down, and rise up in your God-given authority to bind the powers of darkness that have arrayed themselves against you. Truly, victory is assured.

 

April 2, 2003: Be still, children, and wait for the Wind to blow, for on the wind of the Spirit will come words of wisdom that will give direction and purpose to your life. Stop, and quiet your frantic soul, which leads you to chaos. I am bringing guidance that will bring order and peace to your life if you will only listen to My still small voice. Do not be presumptuous or hasty. Wait for My leading. I remind you again that this is a time of sowing. What you plant in this season will reap a bountiful harvest, but it is imperative that you take time to examine what you are sowing into your own life and that of others. Make sure that you aren't sowing seeds that will produce a harvest that you will regret.

 

April 1, 2003: Clap your hand over your mouth, and set a watch over your words. Do not become a fool by allowing self-righteousness and pride to emanate from your heart. Be diligent to restrain opinions and judgments that arise out of bitterness of soul, for they will defile yourself and others. You would be wise to deal honestly with the issues of your heart and then learn to bridle your tongue. Take every opportunity to shut up before it is too late.

Psalm 39:1 I said, "I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me."
Proverbs 4:23-24 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.

 

March 31, 2003: Do not be distracted from what I have set you to do in this hour. Set your heart on pilgrimage; that is be determined to carry out My plans and instructions where you dwell, in your own sphere of influence. There is work to be done where you are in My kingdom, so do not put aside your responsibilities even in the midst of turmoil and sadness, for I will bring forth new life and hope where there seems to be no hope. I will cause you to rise up in strength where you feel weak and helpless.

Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca (weeping), they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

 

March 28, 2003: Beloved, set a watch, and refuse to receive or entertain lies. A lying spirit sits at the portal of your mind waiting for an opportunity to enter in to twist and pervert the truth of every situation. Be particularly careful of jumping to conclusions and of walking in presumption. Form your judgments on fact based on My Word instead of probability based on your circumstances, for I tell you the truth that faulty assumptions lead to faulty behavior. Refuse to allow your emotional responses to overshadow and color the truth and reality of what you see and hear. Draw close to Me, and allow Me to bring clarity and peace to your soul.

 

March 27, 2003: I speak to those who have experienced a strange and unusual sense of fatigue. This is the result of the over-stimulation of your emotions in these days. You must take every opportunity to come apart from the drama of the day into My presence where you can find rest. Remember that times of refreshment come from the presence of the Lord. Come, and quiet your soul; be rejuvenated in your spirit man. Let new life spring forth today.

 

March 26, 2003: In seeking God and asking for wisdom in how to pray for the war in Iraq, we believe we are to rise up in the Spirit and wrestle with principalities and powers of darkness that are set over that area and against the Coalition and against the citizens of Iraq. This is for those who have asked us what God is revealing to us. Only join us in this if you are led by the Spirit of God to do so.

We are reminded of 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." So, for us and those who are led by the Spirit of God to engage in spiritual warfare, we remember Ephesians 1:19-22 ..."and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church."

We serve the Lord Jesus Christ and take literally His words to us, His Church: Matthew 16:19 "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

So, what do we bind (by the power and authority of Jesus Christ)? We believe that God has directed us to come against the Prince of Persia, a spiritual ruler who was set to frustrate the plans to release those held in bondage in this same geographical region during the Babylonian captivity. The work and purposes of this entity is the same today as it was in ancient times, which translates in these times to holding the citizens of Iraq in extreme bondage of the cruel dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, but the power behind the throne is this spiritual principality.

We also have been led to bind the power of the King of Babylon, which we believe is the patron god called Marduk or Merodach mentioned in Jeremiah 50:2 "Declare among the nations, proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim; do not conceal it; Say, 'Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are humiliated, her images are broken in pieces.'"

Also in seeking the Lord for guidance, we were given the following scriptures, which we believe are prophetic in nature for this current situation:

Deuteronomy 9:4 "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you."

Psalm 37:12-15 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

 

March 25, 2003: Beloved, you are in a pivotal position when you must choose to walk in self-control. B ut those who choose to allow your emotions to have a will of their own will tend to lack direction, not letting the Spirit of God rule in your hearts. This will create a sense of insecurity and uncertainty, which will put you in a cycle of self-examination. This will result in a sense of failure and an identity crisis. The devil is bringing accusation, which will produce rejection for the purpose of condemnation, and condemnation will cause spiritual paralysis. You will then become a victim and be held prisoner of the enemy until you can rise up and overcome. My desire is that you understand this process and turn back the battle at the gate of your emotions by making the Word your standard instead of your feelings.

 

March 24, 2003: Do not be afraid or dismayed at the things going on around you, for I am with you and will not forsake you. Take this time to draw close to Me, for I am your refuge, your fortress and your high tower. I will keep you in perfect peace as you trust in Me. Be strong and of good courage. Refuse the temptation to cave in and give way to insecurity, strife, contention, and division. Quiet your soul, and rise up in the realm of the spirit where you can abide in peace and safety.

 

March 21, 2003: Rise up, warriors of the Spirit! Do battle on the frontlines in the heavenlies, for a spirit of Korah has released dissidence among My people. Do not allow this spirit of rebellion to be established in your midst, for I have chosen, set, and anointed the leaders among you to watch over and protect My purposes. Yet, there are those with you who say to those set in authority, "You take too much upon yourselves; we too are holy." And, there is no respect with regard to My will and divine order. Separate yourselves from those who are given to dissension, for the fire of My judgment will fall on those who set themselves in opposition to My objectives.

 

March 20, 2003: Stay focused, My people. As you watch world events unfold, set a watch in that you identify the true enemy, and do not allow the spirit of war to enter your own heart and manifest outwardly as a spirit of division in your immediate environment. Keep in mind that your war is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness. Rise up in spiritual warfare, and let not your prayers emanate from your own soul and human sympathy. Rather, be led by the Spirit in your intercession. It is indeed the spring of the year when the kings go out to war.

 

March 19, 2003: Renew your mind by the Word of truth and in the power of My Spirit. Strengthen your faith and resolve to walk by the Spirit, for if you do this you will overcome the works of the flesh, and the devil will become your footstool. It is time for the days of compromise and of living beneath your station in the kingdom of God to end. Rise above mundane living, and set a course for life in the Spirit. Be reminded of your destination, and re-establish your standard and goals according to eternal values. You are not a victim of your own flesh. Take control by casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

 

March 18, 2003: Beloved, take time to be consciously aware of the seeds that you sow in this season. Consider what you desire to reap, and sow seeds of like kind. If you want favor, you must maintain an unselfish attitude and respect others. Conversely, if you sow judgment, you will be judged. And, if you sow strife and contention, you will reap division. To receive a great and plentiful harvest, you must be willing to give with liberality. Rejecting others with criticism and offense will only bring rejection back to you. Now is the time to awaken to your own heart attitudes and make the necessary adjustments that will produce a harvest of good things. Begin today.

 

March 17, 2003: You are in a time of preparation for that which is ahead and are being separated from those things that have prevented you from making progress and achieving what I have chosen you for and called you to do. If you will yield in this season to the process of sanctification, you will move ahead quickly in My purposes for you. But, if you cling to that which must be severed, you will stagnate. This is a moment of truth when the blinders will be removed from your eyes, and you can see clearly your next course of action, and you will understand at least in part the process that is before you.

 

March 14, 2003: The enemy is doing his best to stir you to separation and division. But, I say, keep your heart with all diligence. Do not allow bitterness and resentment to cause you to sin against one another. Is your own stubborn refusal to love others unselfishly worth the devastation that will be the result? Refuse to allow your own opinions and judgments to become a place of entrenchment, which will bring defilement. Recognize that this is an attack against you from the enemy as he endeavors to carry out his plans to divert you from My purposes for you through rejection and isolation.

 

March 13, 2003: I have brought you face to face with areas in your life that need realignment in order to be consistent with My purposes and destiny for you. Do not neglect even the slightest opportunity for correction. What you do now will largely determine the degree of success or failure in the next phase. If you lack wisdom ask. I will indeed pour out liberally and without restraint. Trust Me in this time. Lean on Me. Quiet your soul so that you can discern My leading. Be strong and of good courage, for if you will receive instruction in this time, you will walk in a greater measure of My Spirit in the days ahead and lay hold of My promises for you.

 

March 12, 2003: Watch carefully that your circumstances do not draw you into a place of losing sight of what is really important in life. It would be an easy thing to get lost in the mundane matters of existence and difficulties of these days. Rather, lose yourself in Me and in My Word as you strive to keep an eternal perspective, and maintain your peace and joy. You are still transitioning, and you will soon be released from what is being completed in your life experience and free to move into the next phase. This is not a time to take yourself or your concerns too seriously, for this too shall pass.

 

March 11, 2003: So, your places of correction were not what you expected, and you found yourself getting frustrated and annoyed. Today is a new day, and you can begin again with a fresh attitude. Again, I say to you, yield. These corrections are necessary and will serve you well. Do not think that these adjustments are against you or are for the purpose of humiliating you. What is happening to you now will work to your long-term benefit. What you learn now will strengthen your position and will add to your foundation of wisdom if you will only yield and not allow your own ego to sit down in stubborn refusal.

 

March 10, 2003: The key word for you is "yield." Yield as I redirect you slightly. This is only a course correction. But, be aware of your tendency to exaggerate your need to correct when flaws in your character and nature are revealed. Indeed I am revealing things about yourself that need to be dealt with so that you can be more effective in every area of life, but resist the urge to either annihilate yourself in the process or to be like the ostrich and hide your head in the sand in an effort to ignore the problem. Now is the time to look squarely at what is presented to you and take responsibility for your actions, both past and present. I will remold you and remake you as necessary before the next forward thrust. What you must do is yield to the process and resist the temptation to over-react.

 

March 9, 2003: I see and speak to those who are wounded and have formed judgments in your heart against those who have hurt you. You have been stuck and will continue to be stuck until you let go of the pain and release those who have caused pain and forgive, for it is now time to move forward. You cannot move ahead spiritually until you deal with these issues. Now is the time to get unstuck through complete forgiveness and release.

 

March 7, 2003: Beloved, refuse to allow the past to haunt you or dump you down into condemnation. You can do nothing to alter events of the past, but you can learn from your mistakes and go forward with new understanding. Release all that torments you and keeps you bound. Let go of all bitterness and hurt, for you will not be able to move ahead spiritually or be effective in My kingdom until you are free from all resentment. Do not mourn nor weep for that which cannot be changed. Now is the time to forgive and be forgiven.

 

March 6, 2003: Great opportunities have presented themselves for you to establish yourself in Christ in a new way. You are about to be regenerated, renewed, and released into My purposes in a greater capacity. You will serve in the kingdom beyond striving and personal motivation. But, beware, for this will originally feel like an identity crisis in that you don't have a firm grasp on who you are or what your purpose is. Trust Me when I say to you that this is a temporary condition as you transition into new spiritual territory. Your season of self-examination will result in a greater personal understanding of how you fit into the scheme of things. You are now receiving and will continue to receive insight and clarity as you move ahead. Be strong and confident in the work that I am performing in you in these days.

 

March 5, 2003: I had a mini vision of a man raising the hood of his vehicle and fine-tuning his engine. And the Lord says, I am fine tuning My vehicle, My Body, to run more smoothly and efficiently in the kingdom, like a well-oiled machine with all parts working together with precision. In this process, I will cause each of you, My people, to make a thorough examination to determine what will make your own lives run with greater proficiency. If you will yield to this process, I will show you precisely where every hindrance is and how to adjust your attitudes, motives, and actions so that you can get on the road again. Be sensitive to the process.

 

March 4, 2003: I have heard your prayers, and I know your disappointment as a result of circumstances and life not being what you expected. But, withdrawing and putting up your own defenses against rejection will only isolate you further. Do not be afraid to come out of your cave of despair, for it is the issues of life and your response to them that is molding and shaping your character. Forgive and release those who have hurt you. Remember that all things are indeed working together for your eternal good. Every attempt to control your environment for the purpose of maintaining your personal comfort level will be met with devastation. Your place of safety will only be found in Me. I am your shield, your fortress, and your high tower. Run to Me, and hide yourself in the cleft of the Rock.

 

March 3, 2003: Be strong and do not be afraid. Do nothing apart from faith, and be solid. Refuse to allow any disturbance to throw you into a tail spin. I have prepared and equipped you for these days, and I will lead you in the way of wisdom. Trust Me, for I am with you in all things. The enemy will do what he can to get you off course through lies and temptations, but you must move ahead in what you know to be right and true. Do not be dissuaded from what I have called and set you to do, for I will certainly lead you to incredible victory.

 

February 28, 2003: Return to Me, says the Lord. I am calling; I am drawing you to Myself. Do not allow a spirit of religion to draw you away from life in Me, for this is what the "great falling away" really is. Be on guard and watch for the distractions that come with the business of church. Stop, and consider whether you are walking by faith or whether you have left your First Love. Refuse to degenerate from true, intimate, vital relationship with Me to social Christianity and Christian culture. Let Me stir you again to great zeal for My kingdom and a desire to glorify My Father. Come; let us renew our covenant together.

 

February 27, 2003: Take time, beloved, to reflect on how far you have come. This is the pause that refreshes, for many have become weary along the way and have need of refreshment. Remember where you were, and give thanks with a grateful heart for the miracles of provision, the wisdom, direction, and guidance that you have received in coming this far. And then, be strengthened with resolve in the inner man to go forth in renewed faith that I am with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 27:8-14 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek." Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!

 

February 26, 2003: I speak to the prophets who prophesy out of their own opinions, politics, religious views and bitterness: I will not tolerate your speaking out of your own spirit and attributing it to My Spirit, for you are leading My people astray. Even though you have called yourself a prophet, your prophetic flow will dry up, and you will only speak from your human heart. Those who hear the words that you bring forth will be given the discernment to know that what you speak is from your own soul, and you will lose credibility and position. My eyes search to and fro throughout the whole earth to find men and women who will truly bring forth a word in season, a word that they hear from My heart. I am looking for vessels who are empty and not self-seeking that I can pour into and out of, who will bring a pure word from My throne. To those who prophesy from your own heart and profane the holiness of your office, I call you to repentance. Put your hand over your mouth and turn from this great evil.

 

February 25, 2003: Do not be anxious or afraid, for all things are in My hands. The earth is Mine and all its fullness. I change times and seasons. I set up kings and remove kings. I give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. Do not be so naive as to believe that your destiny is in the hands of world rulers. I am the Lord. Seek Me and trust Me, then, with a whole heart. Do not put your confidence in the world and the things of the earth. Keep your eternal perspective in times of uncertainty.

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!

 

February 24, 2003: I speak to those who had great hopes and expectations, but pushing through to conclusion and victory has been like wading through molasses. You must exercise enduring faith, and resolve not to give up until you have accomplished what I have set you to do. If you will persist and persevere, you will obtain the prize. But, expect that anything that has been born out of presumption will be revealed for what it is and fall by the wayside, and all fantasy will be exposed and finally give way to reality. You are in process, and the enemy would delight in your discouragement and defeat. Don't give him the satisfaction.

 

February 21, 2003: You, My people, are about to be released into greater anointing than you have known. And, I am equipping and gifting you to accomplish all that is before you to do, for you will face challenges far beyond anything that you have heretofore encountered, which will require greater wisdom and discernment to overcome. I am calling forth a people who will demonstrate My kingdom in power. And, some would say, "You can't use me, for I am nobody." But, I say to you that you don't have to be known or have a following to be used in the kingdom of God. What is required is that you become sensitive to My leading, and when I say, "Go there and speak this and do that," you will certainly follow My instructions and perform by faith all that I ask. The gifting and empowerment is not so that you can receive glory and rise to fame, but that the Father be glorified. Prepare now by recognizing areas of unbelief and choosing rather to walk by faith in My power and ability to be exercised through you.

 

February 20, 2003: Inch by inch, step by step, walk the road of integrity and justice, for I am calling forth a people who will bring honor and glory to My name. I have called you out of darkness into glorious light in every way. Let everything in your life be open and above board, able to withstand the light of day and truth. Come out of every form of hypocrisy and double-mindedness. You must walk in clarity and truth if you will walk in the fullness of My purposes for you. No more hidden motives and ulterior manipulation. Yield to this work of sanctification.

 

February 19, 2003: You are now able to gain some ground in your battle to go forward, but you must establish yourself and be strengthened in that position. Don't get cocky and presumptuous; pride goes before a fall. The progress that you are about to make will be challenged mightily, and you will be tempted to give up and decide that gaining this ground is too difficult and too costly. However, if you will continue to move ahead steadily with strong faith, meeting every challenge head on, this new position will become a stronghold against the enemy that he will never again be able to penetrate. Be strong and of good courage, for victory is assured.

 

February 18, 2003: Choose your battles carefully and wisely. You already know that your battles are not against flesh and blood, but against wickedness in the spirit realm. Be diligent to keep that perspective. Watch for the temptation to engage in power struggles and defend your own position, for this is foolishness. I have called you to contend for the faith and not defend yourself. You will also be tempted to take on the offense of other people and enter into their battles with them when it is not your business to do so. So, I say to you, refrain. Also, remember: He who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself; do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Stay clean and be clear in your motives and purposes, and only be led by the Spirit.

 

February 17, 2003: Children, rise up out of the trap of comparing yourselves one to another. This will only cause you to open the door to a haughty spirit, and you will have a false sense of success or failure. Have you not read that measuring yourselves among yourselves is not wise? Be done with insecurity and of trying to prove your worth through fleshly achievement. Glory in the Cross that has made you worthy of salvation. Set yourself in humility to do only what I have called you to do without thought of self-promotion or self-abasement, for truly this is a place of deception and torment.

 

February 14, 2003: Hear My voice as I call you forth into excellence. Today, I call you out of compromise and complacency that you might go forth with an excellent spirit that will bring glory and honor to My kingdom. For, I tell you honestly that those who go down to Egypt and walk with the worldly bring a reproach to My name and discredit My kingdom. Reach now to the excellence of Jacob, the generation that seeks My face.

Philippians 3:7-14 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

February 13, 2003: I had a vision of someone driving a car and getting out of control by turning the steering wheel too far in going around curves in the road, and I heard the Lord say, because of a fear of getting off course you are overcorrecting. Yes, some corrections are necessary to keep you on the path, but they are small adjustments. This is a matter of discipline. Evaluate your position in the light of truth and not according to your emotional reactions, and you will be able to rectify your situation and bring balance and order to what looks like irretrievable loss and failure. Do not be afraid. I am with you to guide you, and I will bring you to your desired destination if you will only yield to My leading.

 

February 12, 2003: In this season it is important for you to maintain spiritual harmony and emotional equilibrium. Quiet your soul, and take inventory of your life. Take responsibility for the places where you have allowed disruptions and distractions to steal your peace and joy. Do not look to another or place blame outside yourself, for the burden is yours alone. Make a careful examination to determine where it was that you got off track and lost fellowship and sweet communion with Me, and make it right. I speak to those who have been offended and are estranged in the house of the Lord. Your way to freedom from bondage and oppression is forgiveness of those who offended you and release of the past. Now is the time for a new beginning.

 

February 11, 2003: Beware, My people, for you must carefully discern truth from error and not receive or believe everything you read or hear. Many who have exercised a prophetic gifting and have called themselves prophets in days past have fallen prey to a lying spirit and are speaking out of their own intellect and emotions. These so-called prophecies carry with them an underlying judgment and bitterness, which impart defilement to your soul and spirit. Just as you would detect and refuse to eat tainted food, so you must also discern and refuse to ingest spiritually a tainted prophecy. Stay alert, and be on guard.

 

February 10, 2003: The days are coming and are even now upon you, My people, when once again you must look and consider the seeds that are being sown by your attitudes, motives, and actions. For, I tell you honestly that what you are sowing now, whether good or bad, will grow up and produce a harvest. Consider carefully all that you do in light of reaping and eternal results. This is certainly no time to wink at sin or justify compromise, complacency, or apathy. The issues that you have been and will be forced to face and deal with are of no small concern, for they will have lasting consequences.

Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

 

February 7, 2003: Beloved, put yourselves in remembrance of the great salvation and deliverance wrought in your lives through the power of the blood and the work of the Spirit, and rejoice in the process of sanctification that is molding and shaping you into the image of Christ. For, this is not a process to be held in derision or taken lightly; it is the very essence of your spiritual existence. Yet, I hear the sounds of murmuring and complaining along the way of those who consider the flesh and things of the world more highly than that which is eternal, life in the spirit. Do you not understand that your circumstances are fashioned for your eternal benefit? Sanctification is framed by your circumstances, and it is a holy process. Rejoice, then, and be exceedingly glad for the opportunities that are presented in your life to rise up, overcome, and see the miracle-working power of your God.

 

February 6, 2003: Just now you are beginning to make progress and have a good plan, but watch for the enemy to bring a wave of discouragement and a sense of futility against you. Don't give in to a what's-the-use attitude. This is a time when you will either press through and gain the victory or go back in defeat. Gather up your strength again and push. Press toward the goal. Refuse to allow all that you have gained go by the wayside. You are not there yet, but if continue to move ahead, one step at a time, you will reach your destination.

 

February 5, 2003: It is time for advancement in the kingdom, for taking the next step. Yet, many of you will seek to grow under the terms, conditions and confines of tradition. You will do this because it will feel safe and credible. But, I say to you that in this season if you seek to be approved by men and human systems or grow by historic means, you will not answer the call or fulfill the commission. This is a time when you must take a step of innovation, a departure from what is considered normal and sane. But, the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. Do not be afraid to step out in boldness. Listen carefully for the leading of My Spirit, and watch as I open doors of opportunity in the most unlikely ways.

 

February 4, 2003: I have already spoken to you of a separation that is taking place on every level, and I tell you that the first place of separation will be in your own heart. If you will yield to the work of sanctification, the result will be a thorough cleansing and purging of your heart. All defilement and filthiness of flesh and spirit proceeds from the heart, which is the center of life. Be sensitive as I begin to reveal, confront and convict. You must yield to this process of purification, or the fires will become increasingly hotter and the trials more severe as you stubbornly cling to old ways. Throw off the garments that have been defiled by the flesh, and put on the cloak of righteousness, for these are the days of judgment.

Matthew 13:41-43 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

 

February 3, 2003: Beloved, quiet yourself. You have been in a whirlwind of activity, much of which has been necessary for what is before you to accomplish, but you must put first things first, and I am your first thing. Take time to be still before Me. Seek Me for wisdom in taking your next steps, for surely I will direct you if you will alllow Me to do so. These are critical times, and what you do now will produce life-changing results. Make your choices carefully, and yield to the guidance of My Spirit. If you make decisions based on the motives and desires of your own flesh, the results will be disastrous. Be wise.

January 31, 2003: There is a fresh flow of anointing coming forth as I pour out the oil and new wine upon My people. You will see the evidence of this flow in the words from the mouths of My prophets. Listen, and hear My instruction, for I do nothing without first revealing it to the prophets. Do not take prophecy lightly, for I am speaking in this hour through My true prophets. But, you must also learn to discern truth from error, for the enemy has also sent his lying words through the mouths of false prophets. This is a time when you must arise and thresh. There is a separation taking place on every level -- wheat from chaff, the precious from the vile, truth from error, spirit from flesh, new from old. Now is the time to move ahead, for I tell you the truth, breakthrough is imminent.

 

January 30, 2003: Diversify! You have heard it said that variety is the spice of life, and I say to you that this is true also in the spirit realm. You, My people, have a tendency to get stuck in religious ruts that keep you from seeing and discerning all avenues of blessing that I have opened for you. I want you to be capable of being able to turn quickly from one direction to another, not only to avoid the traps of the enemy, but to follow My leading at any given moment. My desire is for you to have the freedom of movement and liberty in the Spirit to obey My leading quickly. Be willing to change momentum when necessary as I direct you. Do not hesitate nor be afraid to do new things, but listen carefully for My still small voice, for I will say, "This is the way; walk in it."

 

January 29, 2003: Stop and regroup. Take time to look squarely and honestly at your current dilemma. The complexities of this situation will tempt you to panic, but that will not serve your best interests. Your best course of action is to calmly and methodically assess your position with an open heart and be willing to take responsibility for presumption and lack of diligence. But, do not punish yourself through self-abasement and condemnation, for that would be unproductive. Rather, begin to simplify and eliminate those things that complicate your circumstances. Seek Me for wisdom. Have I not said that if you will ask for wisdom in faith, without doubting, I will give it to you liberally? Then, ask and believe. I will lead you out of this maze of confusion and dead ends. I will show you the way.

 

January 28, 2003: You are about to enter a season when you will have opportunities to undergo new facets of understanding and revelation as well as new life experiences. Expect change, but these changes will not come easily. The enemy will do all he can to hinder you. Strengthen your resolve to press through with patience and perseverance all that would hamper your efforts. Refuse the temptation to entertain frustration and anger when things don't go your way. Setbacks will be temporary. Seek Me for wisdom and guidance in all things, and do what David did -- encourage yourself in the Lord. Victory is assured if you will not give up along the way.

 

January 27, 2003: The doors are open for great progress in the spirit realm. Now is the time that you can advance and gain more understanding and move with greater liberty by the power of My Spirit. But, you will be hindered by self-effort and self-interest, which will interrupt your momentum. Your only striving should be to enter into the rest that is available by faith and trust in the work of the living God. Exercise restraint and self-control of the flesh, and let your spirit soar.

Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."

 

January 24, 2003: Beloved, you are desiring to make giant strides in accomplishing what is set before you, but you must be realistic. Your goals will be accomplished by taking one step at a time and doing what is before you every hour. Listen carefully for My leading, and trust Me to direct each step, for I will take you in the way you should go and establish you on solid spiritual ground. Refuse to get discouraged in what you perceive to be a lack of progress. You are standing in a place where you need to be grounded on the solid rock of My Word and My purposes so that what you build here will be of everlasting value. Refuse to be drawn into building something temporary for the sake of fleshly comfort. Be careful that you don't get careless, cocky and self-assured when old ceilings become new floors. Remember that pride sets you up for a fall. I also speak to those who need to deal with a jealous spirit because you see the success of others and perceive your own efforts as failure; repent and stop comparing yourself with others., for this is unproductive. Go forth by My direction and power alone with your eyes fixed on Me.

 

January 23, 2003: You have heard it said that patience is a virtue, but I say, patience is a weapon that will disarm the enemy and thwart his plans against you. Watch for the subtle lie that will try to convince you that you will not only not continue the progression towards your goals, but that you will lose the ground that you have gained. The infiltration of this lie is for the purpose of implanting a sense of futility so that you will give up. Set a watch, and take steps to turn back the enemy at the first sign of his appearing. Do not give up! Keep moving forward in strength and purpose, for I am with you and for you.

Isaiah 28:5-6 In that day the LORD of hosts will be For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty To the remnant of His people, for a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

January 22, 2003: Check yourself. Are you sporting an attitude that is unbecoming to your position in the kingdom? Test and see if you have an offense or if you are operating from a position of rejective behavior. The most attractive attitude is one of humility, and it can only be achieved by a position of security and personal connection with Me. Any attitude that springs from self-consciousness will not serve the greater purposes of the kingdom or your best interests. Lose yourself in Me, and I will clothe you with love and humility, and the peace of God will rule in your heart. Now is the time for an attitude adjustment.

 

January 21, 2003: You have been through a time of certain darkness, in which you were not able to extricate yourself because the circumstances were beyond your control. Now, you have made some extraordinary decisions that are somewhat out of character that will require a different frame of reference and entirely new focus. Yet, there is a lingering dread that you will be pulled back into cryptic gloom. However, you have learned some valuable lessons that will become a part of the basis and foundation from which you go forth, and you are about to move ahead with greater certainty and confidence. While circumstances may still be out of your control, they will no longer affect you in the same way they did, and you are about to be liberated in ways you never thought possible. Keep your faith and hope in the power of the living God to direct you and perform His will and purposes through you.

 

January 20, 2003: Keep pushing ahead and moving forward, for breakthrough is imminent. At this point you are inclined to feel that you will never come through these hard places, but I say to you, don't give up. Don't lose hope, for if you will be persistent and press on, seeking My wisdom and guidance for every step you take, you will not be disappointed. If you knew the significance and the value of the circumstances that are now molding you, you would already begin to rejoice. You cannot get to the next place of victory without these lessons and challenges. You are being strengthened as you go, and you will be stronger for having gone through these difficulties. Only be diligent to do your part by being a person of integrity in all areas.

 

January 17, 2003: Beloved, you have found yourself in a position of facing self-doubt, frustration, and disappointment. While your situations have required patience and perseverance, you have been reminded of old places of weakness and failure. This has produced a measure of double-mindedness. These tests are for the purpose of stripping you of all self-reliance as well as giving you opportunities again to deal with the lies that bring condemnation and a sense futility. The enemy has called for your resignation; he wants you to surrender, to submit to a spirit of infirmity that will cause you to feel helpless, hopeless and disabled without strength or ability to rise above this attack. Do not give up! I am your enabler. I will make a way where there is no way. New challenges will require new solutions, and I will show you the path to victory. Trust Me.

 

January 16, 2003: Ask of Me and I will give you wisdom. Now is the time when you can make great strides to advance, and even the smallest corrections will yield fruit. You will be able to make maximum progress with minimum effort, but only if you trust Me to show you the way. I will give you understanding beyond your natural ability and bring to light details that have been heretofore overlooked. However, in order to take advantage of every situation and make the most of your opportunities, you must quiet your emotions and move by the Spirit. To do this you must remain focused and allow Me to be your impetus. If you do this, victory is assured and will be very sweet.

 

January 14, 2003: I speak to the many of you who have been in the place of the dark night of your soul. This has been a time of testing your resolve and willingness to stand firm in your commitment to Me and to what I have called you to do regardless of your circumstances. For some this has been a time of self-doubt, deep discouragement and disappointment even to the point of depression. But, I say to you, now is the time when you will begin to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. This place of darkness and stagnation will suddenly give way to the light, and you will come into a place of clarity where confusion once reigned. This will occur spiritually much like storm clouds breaking up to reveal the bright light and heat of the sun. Be strong and continue in perseverance, for you will see that your hope has not been in vain.

 

January 13, 2003: Move ahead with an open heart and an open mind. I am going to bring you into concepts of My kingdom that you have never considered. I want to impart greater understanding of My Word, My plans, and My purposes, but in order for you to gain the most benefit from the spiritual season before you it will be necessary that you be willing to expand and be teachable. Do not become like the Pharisees who missed the time of their visitation because of their pride and religious dogma. For, I tell you the truth, you are going to be presented with opportunities for expansion and growth, but you must be willing to let go of all fear of losing what you have gained thus far. Hold what you have with an open hand.

 

January 10, 2003: Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. I speak to those of you who have felt like you have been swimming upstream in quicksand. Progress has been slow at best, and the enemy is taunting you with thoughts of giving up. But, I tell you, that if you will persist and continue to push forward you will have breakthrough. Take this time to re-evaluate and fine tune your efforts, seeking Me for divine guidance and wisdom. Nothing that you do in your own strength and by your own good intentions will produce the desired results; you must rely on My direction and divine grace to accomplish what I have set before you. Press on.

 

January 9, 2003: The past is the past, and you can do nothing to change what has already happened. Regret and wishing and worry will only bring torment to your spirit. Take one last review of these issues and settle them once and for all. If there is truly something you can do to rectify the situation, then do it. Otherwise, release those who have hurt and disappointed you, forgive them, bless them, and move on. Deal honestly and rationally with the things that are still causing anguish of soul, and let go. For whatever you harbor in your heart will create a stumbling block to further growth and spiritual development. Now is the time to deal with all that hinders your progress. Matthew 7:3-5 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

 

January 8, 2003: Be strong, and be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit, for the fires of purification are burning, and you can choose to either draw close to the flame or withdraw to preserve your own flesh. This fire will come in the form of conviction. Pay attention to your conscience, and if you really want to be cleansed and purified, follow the imprint of My impressions on your heart to be released from all defilement of flesh and spirit. Do not violate your conscience. These are important days in which you will either make great progress in the realm of the spirit or you will become increasingly mired in carnality and bondage. You choose.

 

January 7, 2003: Beloved, be on the alert, for the enemy is going to bring back things in your life that have been released, forgiven, and forgotten in order to bring you back into the bondage that comes with offense. When you realize that this is happening, you must make a conscious effort to let bygones be bygones and to not reawaken past hurts and failures. Leave the past in the past, or it will rise up like a giant, coiling serpent that will squeeze the life out of you. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

January 6, 2003: The circumstances that you are facing now are designed to transport you from the natural realm into the supernatural realm. It is important that you seek My face for direction and wisdom and that you completely rely on Me in these days instead of leaning on your own understanding. Your faith is being tested and tried as by fire, and you must truly trust in Me to bring you through this time. If you do not retain your confidence in Me to release you, the result will be nothing more than failure and frustration, and your efforts will be costly and disappointing. Stop where you are, quiet your emotions, and refuse to allow fear and discouragement to rule. This is momentary, light affliction if you will only rest in Me.

 

January 3, 2003: My people, I call you to uphold the standard of My Word. Do not bring reproach to My kingdom. Be blameless in all things. Examine your heart and your motives, and do nothing apart from My leading. I speak particularly to those who seek approval, for the tendency of some will be to cover insecurity by drawing attention to themselves. Your purpose is not to exalt yourself but to give glory to the Father from a heart of pure devotion. Refuse to be drawn into a battle of wills or competition in proving your own righteousness, for truly you will have opportunities to be tested in the area of humility. Be teachable.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 

January 2, 2003: Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Stand in the strength that I have made available to you, for you will be tested in matters of truth and honor. Do not compromise the truth for the sake of peace, for you will be tempted to speak out of both sides of your mouth in order to avoid conflict and not be rejected. But, there will be greater issues at stake than your acceptance or rejection. I have called you to contend for the faith and for that which is right and just and true. This is a purifying fire that will cleanse and purge you from double-mindedness and hypocrisy, and you will come through it with greater clarity of mind and strength of purpose than you ever thought possible. Do not be afraid to confront, but at the same time choose your battles carefully, and be led by My Spirit. My Word is My standard that will measure every situation. Be careful not to engage in a battle of wills or of the flesh for personal gain or satisfaction. Therefore, be at peace as much as possible.

 

January 1, 2003: PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVE
 
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? 2002 in many ways was a year of renovation, restoring things that needed new life, and getting rid of things that no longer held value for us.  There was also an element of simplifying our lives and coming to divine order.  For some of us this was the continuation of a process that began in y2k. 
 
And, for some the year was one of moving ahead in relatively unfamiliar territory, both spiritually and physically, which was both rewarding in certain aspects as times of expansion (lengthening cords and strengthening stakes), and disappointing in some ways, particularly as stretching destroyed preconceived ideas, expectations and fantasies. 
 
There was also a releasing of people, things, limitations, and bondages from the past.  Spiritual foundations and goals became stronger and more clearly defined, and the chasm began to widen between those whose hearts are totally set on the Lord and those who want to serve themselves.  Struggles were born of the flesh and the desire to serve both self and God.  Fence-sitters found it most uncomfortable to sit on the pinnacle of compromise. So...
Phil 3:13-14  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
WHERE ARE WE NOW? Satan has sent temptations by way of disappointment, distractions, apathy, insecurity, jealousy, comparisons, unworthiness, and rejection.  We have been experiencing a wide variety of minor setbacks.  The good ground of our hearts is being challenged as we fight the tendency for it to become a barren wasteland, a frozen tundra. We are once again recovering from the “holiday trap” that began the end of October. We still need to completely release offenses and forgive.  This is a time for breaking up our fallow ground, the hardness of our hearts, for this is the season for planting.  The harvest that springs up will be directly related to what we do now. 
Col 3:1-15  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.  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,  in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.  But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,  where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.  Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
 
WHAT'S AHEAD?   The time of intense renovation is ending, and that which has been renewed will bear the fruit of enjoyment. That which was left undone will be undone still or will take twice the effort to complete, for the season has passed.
 
The flesh continues on, but we are learning and have learned to overcome the temptations that used to overwhelm us.  Now is the time to make great progress in overcoming old places of failure and bondages.
 
2003 will be a year of either breakthrough or breakdown – old goals will either be further established or terminated.
 
The whirlwind that both gathers and scatters will continue.  Those who make an effort to gravitate toward the eye of the storm (peace), which is God, will be gathered, and those who do not resist the chaos will be scattered to the wind.  So gravitate towards the center and hold on!
 
This year will also be a year of accountability and of settling old accounts.  It is a year of release much like the Old Testament type of Jubilee.  We must release people from the debt they owe us and from offenses if we want to be released and be free.  This is the heart of a true steward.
 
Prophetic gifting will be found more profound and more prolific in laity.  We will begin to see the prophetic gift come forth from the most unlikely candidates and people we’ve never heard of. 
 
We will continue to walk through strange and unfamiliar spiritual territory, but we must not fear because God Himself will direct our every step as we keep our hearts and minds attuned to His leading.  We will find ourselves entertaining new ways of thinking and evaluating and doing things, but we must not discard anything that has been set on the firm foundation of our faith or that which has been tried and found to withstand the fires of purification.  The phrase here is “fearless diversification.”   Some have based their value system on who people are, and others have based their value on what people do.  God will have us base our value on Christ in them, the hope of glory.
 
We can expect transformation and metamorphosis.  Many will break out of the proverbial cocoon, spread their wings and fly.