SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
April 30, 2004: My children, temptations will arise to be drawn into conflict, but I tell you that the enemy has set a trap that will result in accusation, condemnation and rejection. Do not take the bait. Remember the proverb: "Do not answer an fool according to his folly lest you be like him." Guard your heart and your mouth, and be willing to walk away without expressing your dissatisfaction or disagreement. These are days of provocation, but you can quite easily pass the test through awareness and self-control.
April 29, 2004: I speak to those who are transitioning out of positions and relationships that have been difficult and troublesome. Do not mourn nor weep. Do not lament over what might have been, could have been, or should have been. You have learned some valuable lessons and have benefitted greatly from your experiences and have gained much wisdom as a result of the choices you faced. "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5) Rejoice in the dawn of this new day, for freedom from oppression will mark the beginning of this new phase of your life. The pressure will lift and darkness recede as you move into light and liberty. Do not be afraid to let go.
April 28, 2004: I am the living Bread, says the Lord, and you also must become broken bread and spilled out wine to impart the sweetness of your communion with Me. Yet, you tend to want to keep yourself protected and in a state of preservation instead of freely sharing the revelation and hope within you. This is because in times past you have innocently cast your pearls before swine, and they have turned and trampled you. But, I tell you the truth, they did not reject you; they rejected Me. Do not recoil and retreat in self-protection and isolation; rather take the time to develop a more acute discernment of the nature of those you might share with. Hold yourself in reserve until you find a hungry heart and a thirsty soul and then share the bread of life and pour the wine in abundance.
April 27, 2004: Beloved, your speech betrays your heart. Let the meditations of your heart be pleasing, for the words that come forth will either accuse or excuse yourself and others. Allow Me to purify and cleanse your heart so that your communication is not corrupt. As you yield to the work of My Spirit, you will only meditate on truth, for I will thoroughly purge you of fear and deception so that you are free from hypocrisy, duplicity and flattery. I will touch your lips with the coal of My fire so that you will only speak from pure motives of peace, love and joy. Prepare to be transformed as the fire of My Spirit comes forth to produce the power of life and health.
April 26, 2004: You have fled from the face of a controlling spirit, and you have been hiding in a spiritual cave. You have seen the wind and the earthquake and the fire. You have endured shaking. Hear My still small voice, and wrap your face in your mantle. I have called and chosen you for such a time as this. I trust you with this testing and this trial, and you will come forth in victory, says the Lord.
April 23, 2004: Resist the temptation to be overwhelmed with your responsibilities. Indeed you are facing situations that require a response, but by My grace I have given you the ability to respond with wisdom. The enemy has sent a spirit of intimidation to make your circumstances loom before you like a mountain too big to climb and too wide to get around, but this mountain is only his lies designed to immobilize you with fear. Do not be afraid. Move ahead with courage and assurance that I am with you. You can make your plans, but know that I will direct your steps, says the Lord.
April 22, 2004: Beloved, I have called you to put first things first. Seek first the kingdom of God. Repent and turn from sin and ungodliness. Take up your cross and follow Me. Pray in secret and you will be rewarded openly. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Judge not and you will not be judged. Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you. Give and it shall be given to you. Seek that which is eternal with a singleness of purpose. Let the Word of God take root in your heart and have faith. Fear not. Do the Word.
April 21, 2004: I am releasing a wave of My Spirit that will wash away all lies and deception if you will yield and be washed by it. Children, do you not know that you are not concealed in deception and hypocrisy? Nothing is hidden from Me or from those who walk in the Spirit. You are only hiding from yourself. The problem is that your fear of man is greater than your fear of God. You use deception to protect yourself from rejection. I am calling forth a people who will be open and honest with themselves, with Me and with others. Come into the freedom that absolute truth produces. Be washed and cleansed even from little "white lies" for they also are sin. Colossians 3:9, "Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with his deeds."
April 20, 2004: A spirit of insanity has been loosed against My people, says the Lord. The door was opened through a curse of intimidation and accusation. Forgive those who have cursed you and release them. Rise up and break this assignment of intimidation, fear, rejection, accusation, heaviness, condemnation and isolation. Refuse to entertain the spirit of insanity. I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Begin to move in the power of My great deliverance and liberty, for surely I will bring clarity once again to your thoughts and emotions.
April 19, 2004: I keep hearing in my spirit the phrase "situation ethics" which means moral judgment according to interrelated conditions instead of absolute principles. And, I heard the Lord say, do not judge any situation according to what it appears to be. You cannot judge by past experience. You have not been this way before. You must not judge by the flesh, but you must yield to the work of My Spirit to bring you through this current dilemma. What worked in the past to bring solutions and conclusions will not work in this situation. Now is the time when you must not operate out of preconceived notions, but you must seek My wisdom and follow My leading in dealing with the things you face. I am bringing you to a higher level of conduct, and you can trust Me to direct your steps if you will only yield to My direction.
April 16, 2004: Children, you have been worried and concerned about many things, and those issues have obliterated your view and perception of what is really important in your life. Release those things that have skewed your perspective, and enter into that secret place of communion with Me. I will remove the blinders and restore your vision. I will bring peace to your heart and assurance to your soul that all things are working together for your good. Come in full assurance that I am for you. I will lead you out of this valley of distraction and bring you to a place of clarity and eternal purpose. Trust Me, says the Lord.
April 15, 2004: The current shaking is laying the foundation of your life bare and exposing that which has not been built on solid spiritual principles. These things are being revealed by fire and consumed as the chaff. Release everything that will not withstand this time of purging, and do not try to protect or maintain any position of ungodliness regardless of how insignificant it may seem to your own heart. This shaking will thoroughly cleanse My threshing floor, and then you must strengthen those things that remain. Do not resist this time of purging; it is a necessary prerequisite to prepare you for My coming, says the Lord.
April 14, 2004: Quiet your soul, and come into the secret place of My presence, says the Lord. Rise up in the spirit realm and listen to My still small voice. Be aware that those things that have disturbed you and worried you are those things that you have not yielded to Me and trusted Me with. They are things that you still want to have control over, yet there is really nothing you can do about them. Come into rest and face squarely the issues of your heart in which I have brought conviction. Yet, if you do not heed My gentle correction; if you do not come to correction in the secret place, I will bring correction through those close to you. Do not dismiss a rebuke no matter how slight; if you dismiss these opportunities the darkness will deepen. Take time now to deal with all that is in your heart.
April 13, 2004: You are reaping the first fruits of the seeds that were being planted in October of last year. Remember, Beloved, that I spoke to you then to be particularly aware of the ground of your own heart and to make sure the seeds sown would bring forth the harvest you desired. Now is a time when you can evaluate once again the process of sowing and reaping. If you will evaluate your harvest, what you are reaping now, it will bring great wisdom, for you are once again entering a sowing cycle that will produce the next harvest. Be diligent to break up the fallow ground of your heart and plant good things. Be aware also that the enemy will come in times of darkness and plant tares if you do not set a watch and stand guard.
April 12, 2004: Beloved, you are in the season of Unleavened Bread when you must search your own house in the light of My word for sin. Be done with all that is unrighteous, and refuse to be seduced into justifying an ungodly position in your own heart. I am purging the leaven of pretense and hypocrisy and that of religious exercise without the power of a living relationship with your Creator. I am cleaning My house to make it a holy habitation, a place where I can dwell among My people. Yield to this cleansing and purging, My people, both individually and corporately, for it will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Matthew 23:25-28 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."
April 9, 2004: Distractions have kept you running in circles instead of making good, solid progress. This has been the plan of the enemy to keep you from being effective in what I have chosen and gifted you to do. Now is the time to re-evaluate your motives and purposes, putting away all doubt. Set your will to achieve all that I have given you the grace to accomplish. Take authority over hindering assignments that have been sent against you by the enemy. Speak to the mountain that has obstructed your view and command it to be removed. Prophesy to your dead bones, and watch new life spring forth.
April 8, 2004: The enemy has sent a deluge of lies against My people, says the Lord. Measure everything that comes into your spirit against what you know to be truth by the Word. You will know lies from truth because a lie will bring confusion and fear; truth will produce life and peace. If you are unsure, step away from the issue and ask for clarity. Do nothing without confirmation and the witness of My Holy Spirit to your spirit. Be sensitive, and be on guard watching for this attack, for it shall surely come, but there is no need to fear. I will give you the discernment to know truth.
April 7, 2004: It is necessary that you maintain objectivity in making decisions at this time. Your tendency is to overreact and allow your emotions to get out of control because you are too close to the situations that you are now required to evaluate. Pull back and stabilize before you change direction or turn back. The fact is that you need to continue to move ahead, but you need to reassess your goals and purposes. This shaking will result in greater clarity and will simplify that which has become complex. Even this will work to your eternal advantage and strengthen your position if you will yield to the work of My Spirit in this test.
April 6, 2004: I,
the Lord, am beginning to expose corruption and device, for I am
separating the precious from the vile. The fires of purification
are even now burning in order to bring forth a righteous people.
Now is the time to repent and make adjustments and be done with
all deception and depravity. I am calling forth My Bride clothed
in the white linen of purity and righteousness. There is no
middle ground. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup
of demons. The choices that you make at this time will have deep
and profound consequences. Be wise.
Isaiah 59:1-5 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth, they trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. They hatch vipers' eggs and weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.
April 5, 2004: Listen, prophets of the Most High, I have raised you up to bring a word in due season. I have anointed you as My special messengers to speak on My behalf. Yet, the enemy has sent out a special task force to cause you to doubt your gifting, and he has sent out an accusing spirit against you to bring discouragement so that your prophetic voice is silenced. Refuse to allow this questioning to shut you down and render you ineffective, and do not take criticism and judgment as personal rejection. This is a test, which you can pass quite easily if you will continue to walk in the Spirit and stir up the gift that is in you. Discouragement will kill your anointing faster than anything. Be encouraged in the purposes for which I have chosen you.
April 2, 2004: Now is the time to hold fast to what you knew you heard Me speak in the secret place of your heart. You had revelation and direction, and you rose up to fulfill destiny. Yet, the enemy has planted seeds of doubt with his question, "Did God say?" And, suddenly you feel lost and without direction. Not only that, but you sense the danger of the enemy's presence to destroy all that has been built. Do not stand in fear and trembling, watching and waiting on the sidelines to see what will transpire. Rise up in the Spirit; take your stand in the authority I have given you to overcome and defeat the works of the evil one. Exercise your sword of the Spirit by proclaiming the Word and bringing down the strongholds. Do not doubt or waver in your warfare. Be strong and very courageous, for victory is assured.
April 1, 2004: Matthew 13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for the joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." I heard the Lord say, many of My people are seeking treasure in their field of dreams. Examine yourself to see if what you are seeking is the real treasure of My kingdom or earthly treasure. Are you seeking that which will bring only temporary satisfaction and delight? Are you seeking the approval and acceptance of man or to establish a reputation and acclaim among your peers? Now is the time to reconsider your priorities and objectives, for what you value will be your reward.
March 31, 2004: I have already warned you to set a watch, and now is the critical time, for the enemy will rise up to assault you with boundary violations. And, when you stand your ground and refuse to allow his intrusion, he will accost you with condemnation and guilt. Be on guard, for these violations will come under the guise of religion, and he will use those against you who live in an extreme position of self-interest. Stand your ground and keep your focus and sense of kingdom purpose or these attacks could derail you. Maintain peace by keeping vigil.
March 30, 2004: Remember the commandment, you shall have no other gods before Me. I say, beware of carving idols. But, you say, I'm not carving idols. Yet, you are exerting pressure against certain people to mold them into the image of your making. Just as surely as you would use chisel and hammer, you are trying to shape them with your desires, attitudes, motives, words and prayers. I execute justice for the oppressed and give freedom to those held in captivity, and you also must choose to release those held captive by your own selfish desires. Tear down the idols of your own heart so that you can worship the true and living God.
March 29, 2004: Beloved, I want to bring you to a level of trust that you have not known, for if you have not learned to trust Me with your very life, you will certainly view those around you with suspicion. But, haven't I said that all things work together for good to those who love Me, to those who are the called according to My purpose? Then, why do you fear what man might do to you? Why do you fear being taken advantage of? Relax, and release your suspicions, and put your life in My hands and allow Me to be your refuge, your fortress, and your high tower, for I am your place of strength and protection. I will certainly show you places of danger and pitfalls if you will only trust Me to do so.
March 26, 2004: I keep hearing this phrase in my spirit -- "the past revisited." And the Lord says, I will cause the past to come up for review, but it will be a quick recollection and not a place to dwell. Use this opportunity to completely forgive and release those who have abused and misused you. Refuse to get overwhelmed again with the issues that have brought rejection and pain, and remember how I have brought you out of that wilderness and delivered you from the hand of your enemies. Do not allow regret a place in your heart, but rather give way to praise and thanksgiving. Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
March 25, 2004:
You have come full circle, and the choices you make now will
determine whether you will go one more time around the proverbial
mountain or move into your promised land. Examine your heart to
know your objections. What are your motives and reasons for your
complaints and disapproval? Know that objections based on
emotional issues will interfere with your objective. You must
rise above your petty concerns and identify with My purposes in
order to progress. You have a great opportunity now to mature
spiritually and come to a more complete revelation of My kingdom,
says the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
March 24, 2004:
Have I not said that you shall have no other gods before Me? I
speak to those who are trusting in men and circumstances to solve
your problems and meet your needs instead of seeking Me. You who
have allowed fear to rule. You want to trust Me for answers to
your prayers, but your asking is filtered through fear and dread,
and your faith is misplaced. You are looking through the eyes of
flesh for solutions that seem plausible. Come once again in the
poverty of your own soul and ask in true faith and the absolute
belief that I alone will lead you out of this valley of despair.
John 14:27Peace 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.
March 23, 2004: Beloved, make every effort to resolve the issues of your life that stand in the way of progress. You cannot move forward until the past is dealt with. Now is the time to squarely face reality and take responsibility for your attitudes, decisions and actions. Ask for wisdom in analyzing the complexity of your situation in order to simplify it enough to deal with it. Do not be afraid or lose hope, for nothing is impossible with Me. But, your first order of business is to rise above fear and become courageous. Now is the time to clear up and bring to a conclusion those things that have hindered you. Begin with your fear of losing your reputation, and deal with the pride of your own heart. I am with you to bring you safely through this process.
March 22, 2004: The enemy has risen up once again to destroy what I have set and established, says the Lord. Awaken to the sound of the enemy's army that is trying to regroup after having been scattered. Do not allow distractions or complacency to lull you into a false sense of security. Set a watch. Nahum 2:1, "He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the Fort! Watch the Road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily." Stand your ground spiritually and do not waver or bow to a spirit of intimidation.
March 19, 2004: Consider the seed of offense planted in the ground of your heart. This is how it grows -- it calculates, enumerates, delineates, separates, repudiates, isolates, violates, retaliates, contaminates, and obligates others to choose. Offense shuts the door to your brother and opens the door to the devil. A brother offended is harder to win than a walled city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle. (Proverbs18:19) Eradicate this noxious weed. Forgive.
March 18, 2004: Turn from all wicked schemes and evil devices. I know you thoroughly, says the Lord, and what you have been successful in hiding from men is not hidden from My sight. You have not only sinned against man, but you have sinned against Me, and you can be sure that your sin will find you out. You are entering a season of exposure. What has been spoken in secret will be shouted from the housetops. What has been cleverly disguised in deception and darkness will be brought to truth and light. This will happen on every level. Everything from gossip and slander to criminal activities will be disclosed, for I am calling you to righteousness and holiness. This is truly a season of cleansing and purging. Be sensitive to conviction, and do not harden your hearts in rebellion. Walk in the integrity of My Spirit, for now is the season of the preparation of My Bride. 1 John 1:9, "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
March 17, 2004: Examine your hearts and pay particular attention to those things that you do that are motivated by fear. Your tendency is to set up elaborate systems of protection to avoid being hurt. But, this attitude will become a place of isolation and bondage as you cut yourself off. Now is the time to overcome fear of man and fear of what others can do to you. "If God be for you who can be against you?" I speak to many who are afraid of being deceived, but have I not said that I am with you to direct your steps? Will I not guide you and bring truth? For light will suddenly burst forth in the darkness if you will only trust Me to show you the way. I AM with you.
March 16, 2004: I speak to you who, because of need and presumption, have set up certain people and relationships in your own heart as idols. You elevated them in importance and worth, and when they did not perform according to your expectation or meet your particular need, you began to tear them down. You were in error to put them up and you are in error in tearing them down. This process had nothing to do with what they did or did not do; it has to do with the unrighteous motives of your own heart. You need to see others as I see them, says the Lord, and to love one another as I have loved you -- not according to their performance with regard to your life or any merit of their own, for this is to judge according to the flesh instead of righteous judgment. See those around you in light of the fact that I love them and they are precious in My sight. Choose to be in agreement with the mind of Christ. Walk in the Spirit.
March 15, 2004: Watch for opportunities and be aware of situations designed to produce an attitude adjustment. Examine your own heart when circumstances arise that challenge you, for you will be able to see more clearly than ever your state of mind and make the necessary adjustments to align yourself more perfectly with My character and nature, says the Lord. Yield quickly in the Spirit to these corrections because stubborn refusal to respond in a godly manner equates to rebellion. Beloved, this is in preparation for what is ahead. You cannot move forward without this adjustment, and now is the time for modification.
March 12, 2004: I
saw in a vision someone throwing a little cone-shaped ball that
was like a boomerang. No matter where they threw it the ball
would come right back and hit them in the head. And, the Lord
reminded me of these scripture verses:
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
March 11, 2004:
Beloved, guard your heart and preserve your vision. Where there
is no vision, the people perish. Lack of vision and perspective
will result in disappointment and a loss of hope and purpose.
Stop and reconsider what you have been called to accomplish, and
broaden your understanding so that you are not looking to your
circumstances for encouragement, but make sure that your hope is
truly in the Lord your God.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
March 10, 2004: I have set before you an open door and have opened the windows of heaven, for surely I will pour out a blessing upon My faithful people. I speak to those who have maintained a generous heart and have kept a right attitude in the midst of tribulation. I will reward you who have considered others more highly than yourself whether in attitude, in prayer, or in giving. Receive the blessing with thanksgiving, for it is the result of the abundance and overflow of your own heart. Psalm 18:24-27 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with the blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.
March 8, 2004: Beloved, make every effort to put your flesh under the control of your spirit, for the enemy has sent various temptations to excite your carnal nature. These temptations will run in the way of weakness. Guard your emotions and resist the temptations to lust, greed, jealousy, competition, and even condemnation and rejection. Quiet your soul and overcome, for I have made a way of escape, but you must rise up in the realm of the Spirit.
March 5, 2004: I keep hearing in my spirit, "The little foxes spoil the vine." And, the Lord says, the foxes represent the little thoughts of resentment and judgment that you allow to coexist with the mind of Christ. But, if not eradicated, these thoughts, motives, and attitudes will destroy the life of Christ in you. You must not justify contempt in your own heart towards another human being, for it will dig at the root, the foundation and basis of love and bring destruction to yourself. Re-establish love and respect on the basis of My commandment to love one another as I have loved you. This has nothing to do with your likes and dislikes or their performance; it has to do with gaining spiritual perspective and seeing through the eyes of grace, mercy and redemption.
March 4, 2004: So many of you, My children, are bringing defeat into your lives and establishing yourselves in unbelief through the words of your mouth. Do not speak words of discouragement, doubt and defeat, but rather speak the Word of truth, which is living and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword that divides soul from spirit. Be reminded that death and life are in the power of your tongue. Begin now to set a watch over your mouth and speak only that which brings life and truth. Encourage yourselves and come forth out of the darkness into light and hope.
March 3, 2004: Set a watch for distractions that will divert your attention from the business at hand. Do not assume that your current trial is beyond My ability to bring you through to victory. The tests that you are now encountering can either be a stepping stone or a tombstone. Now is not the time to give up; it is a time to establish yourself in faith and obedience to My leading. These trials will bring great insight and discernment to know the difference between spiritual reality and soulish fantasy. The lessons of this season are of great value and will produce eternal fruit, but you must rise above the point of your own victimization and yield to My work in you, says the Lord.
March 2, 2004: Beloved, as you yield yourself completely to Me, I will set all things in order. There will be plenty of opportunities to be done with all that is extraneous, those things that no longer have relevance to what is essential or vital to your life in the kingdom. This will be true on every level. It may first become apparent in the physical, natural realm, but will also be true for issues of the heart and soul and will extend also to your spirit. You are being streamlined, and things that have been shrouded in darkness will now come to the light and be apparent. Do not be afraid to let go, for certainly there is an element of comfort in what is familiar and a natural tendency to hang on to things whether they are relevant or not.
March 1, 2004:
Sharpen your senses, come awake, and be aware of the tactics of
the enemy to bring strife and division. Refuse the temptation to
make comparisons that will leave you either in a superior
position or an inferior position. Deal firmly with your soul and
the thoughts and feelings that have caused resentment and
jealousy to arise, for if you entertain these things and justify
yourself you will stay in spiritual darkness until the issues are
resolved. Be diligent to recognize the work of the enemy in your
situations and circumstances, and put him under your feet.
2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise."
February 27, 2004: You are My light bearers. I have illuminated the truth in your hearts and have established you as those who carry the gospel of peace, of reconciliation to the Father. Do not be ashamed or afraid to let your light shine, for you are a chosen generation. You have been chosen as vessels of honor to continue to take the gospel message to the ends of the earth. Keep your vessels pure and uncontaminated. Be diligent to be those living epistles known and read by all men. Establish yourselves in eternal perspective, by keeping your priorities in order and bringing honor to the kingdom. And, the glory of the Lord shall be upon you and shine through you. 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6a Each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother..."
February 25, 2004: The enemy has risen up once again to shut the mouths of My prophets. He will accomplish this through creating distraction, destruction, and distress. But, haven't I said that NO weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgment is condemned? If you will open your mouth, I will fill it. I will give you the words to speak whether in prophecy or simply speaking a word of encouragement or wisdom in due season. Do not allow discouragement to quench the life of My Spirit within you. Rise up and resist this work of the enemy, and he shall surely be defeated. Victory is assured, says the Lord.
February 24, 2004: I had a mini vision of a child insisting that her parent come and sit down for her imaginary tea party. And the Lord says, I hear your insistent urgings for Me to come and partake of your fantasies, but you must silence the insistence of your flesh and childishness. It is not in your best interest that you engage in fanciful play through unrestrained imagination. Rather, I am calling to you to come higher, to come up into the reality of My truth and to yield to My Spirit. Certainly the flesh continues to war against the spirit, but now is the time to grow up and mature in spiritual things and leave childish fantasies behind.
February 23, 2004: Beloved, guard your heart, and refuse to overreact to emotionally charged situations. Remain calm, and do not be drawn off course. The enemy is doing all he can to derail you by pushing you to a point of desperation. The decisions you make during this time of extreme duress are likely to be motivated by your flesh instead of My Spirit. Quiet yourself and seek My wisdom, for situations will arise suddenly and loom before you with an exaggerated sense of impending doom. Do not be afraid.
February 20, 2004: Ask of Me, and I will give you the Holy Spirit, for you need a fresh infilling. Indeed, everyone who asks in faith receives, and you need the power and presence of My Spirit as you go forth to be all that I have called you to be and to do all that I have set before you to do. Come and be refreshed by the river of living water, for certainly others will be refreshed by the flow of the Spirit that issues forth from your innermost being. Do not hold back or be afraid of getting the wrong spirit. It is written, "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:11-13)
February 19, 2004: Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Guard your emotions and do not overreact to setbacks. Be strong and be patient, for I have gone before you to make a way where there seems to be no way. Fear of failure is a strong enemy; give him no quarter. You must put your trust in Me to bring you through to victory. Rise up in faith; I am for you and with you, says the Lord.
February 18, 2004: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (1 Corinthians 5:17) Beloved, you have entered a time of such dramatic change that it will even seem as though you have been born again, again. This is a new beginning, and I have made a way in the wilderness and opened doors that no man can shut. This will be a time of renewed hope and greater stability in the kingdom of your God. Life itself will take on a different hue as your prospects become brighter, for My blessings are there to be received, says the Lord. Rise up, My children, and be thankful, for your thanksgiving and praise will bring forth favor. I remind you that you have not been this way before. Embrace this season with gusto.
February 17, 2004: Be diligent to give glory to the Father, and make sure that He is the object of your praise. Do not fall prey to strong delusion by substituting the work of ministry for relationship with your God. It is written that out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. If the work of the ministry is not an overflow of spiritual vitality that comes forth from the heart of the Father, then it becomes idolatry. Beloved, tear down the idols in your own hearts and return to your First Love. Make that your priority, for certainly the new season holds much in store for those who move in divine order and kingdom purpose.
February 13, 2004: Behold, I will show you simple solutions to difficult problems if you will only quiet your soul and be sensitive to My leading. I will indeed give wisdom when you ask, and I will go before you to make the crooked places straight. But, you must depend on Me and not try to accomplish what is before you in your own strength. Learn to lean on Me. Learn to partner with Me so that we are a team. Too many times you have tried to go it alone with great difficulty and limited success, says the Lord. 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. (Matthew11:29-30)
February 12, 2004: Refuse the temptation to get discouraged about those things that seem to be breaking down and not working, for discouragement will cause spiritual breakdown as well. Systematically fix those things that need fixing whether it be misunderstanding in relationships or things in the physical, natural realm. Remember that "for everything there is a season ... a time to break down and a time to build up." (Ecclesiastes 3:3) This is the season for building up or repairing that which has been broken down. "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." (James 1:2-8)
February 11, 2004: Turn back the battle at the gate. Be strong and courageous, and do not fear the attack of the enemy. Be aware of his tactics and stand firmly against his intrusion into your mind and emotions, for the lying spirit precedes fear, which opens the door to this invasion. Refuse to entertain that which is oppressive and destructive. Rise up and pull down the strongholds that are in process of being established against you. 2 Corinthians 10:5 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.
February 10, 2004: Be alert to betrayal, for the enemy will use those against you who are jockeying for position. They will fight for the victim position by making you look like the perpetrator. Use the opportunities that you are provided to simply state the facts, but do not become emotionally invested and try to defend your position. Trust Me to bring those things which are cloaked in darkness to the light, for I will vindicate you and set the record straight if you will wait on Me and believe, says the Lord.
February 9, 2004: I have shut doors behind you and opened doors before you. Truly there is a door standing open, waiting for you to walk through. It is not an opening that is obscure and elusive, nor is it something that you will miss if you continue to seek My face and walk the path that I have chosen for you. Have no fear that you will miss My purposes for you. I will give you ample opportunities to make course corrections even when you take a wrong turn, for surely I will be the guide for the blind when you cannot see what is ahead, I will direct your steps, and I will give you wisdom to accomplish what I have set you to do.
February 6, 2004: Beloved, I am fine-tuning every aspect of your life if you will allow it. For, even your relationship with Me will come to a higher and more effective level as you let Me show you what must be changed. You will first see these changes manifest in your natural life, for the natural will come first and then the spiritual. Do not resist change brought about by My Spirit, but by the same token, do not initiate change for the sake of change or out of boredom. Be sensitive to your spiritual environment, and be willing to move with the Wind of the Spirit.
February 5, 2004: Refuse to allow the enemy to paralyze you with obstruction. He has stopped you or brought delay only in certain avenues of activity. But, there are other things that you need to move ahead on. Do the appropriate warfare to break hindrances and bind hindering forces, and then apply your forward momentum to areas where you can continue to make progress. Do not become obsessed with that which has been been clogged or blocked. Seek Me for wisdom and direction, for I am with you to cause you to accomplish all that I have set you to do.
February 4, 2004: Be alert to the enemy's strategy against you. Take time to evaluate your thoughts, feelings and circumstances to see exactly where he is oppressing you, for truly I do not bring oppression upon My people, says the Lord, and you do not oppress yourself without the aid of evil spirits. I say again, evaluate carefully to see how and where the enemy gained access to your soul. Certainly he had to find a gap in the wall. What was the lie that you believed? What do you fear? Have I not said that I am your fortress and high tower? I am your place of safety. Rise up in the authority that I have given you to overcome the works of darkness, confront the devil where you find him, and cast him out. I tell the truth, he is stirring up the flesh and working his subtle plan of division among you even at this moment. Resist!
February 3, 2004: Be still. Stop here long enough to ponder your heart, your motives and your actions. You had a new beginning and resolved to be done with old patterns of behavior that took you away from your solid foundation in Me. You set your face like flint to abide in My perfect peace and rest and to do according to My will and purposes. You tasted the sweetness of My Spirit and the fruit of righteous labor, but now the enemy is doing all he can to entice you back to old places that will produce destruction and death. Quiet your soul. Remember from where you have fallen, and pick yourself back up with fresh resolve to go forward in truth and faith. Now is the time for course correction.
February 2, 2004: I speak to many of you in the same manner that Paul spoke to the Galatians, saying you are so foolish because you began again in the Spirit, yet now here you are in the flesh. The flesh and the works of the flesh will become bondage to you. Rise up into the Spirit, into the place of your calling. Do not go back to the place where you have allowed your desires to rule. Come back from the place where you went astray and departed from the power and the presence and the leading of My Spirit. Stop now and turn back; do not continue on in the flesh.
January 30, 2004: Be strengthened by the power of My Word, for it is sharp and powerful and divides soul and spirit. When you find yourself lacking in faith, hear My Word again. Do not allow your symptoms or circumstances to speak louder than the Word of Truth, for I have made a way of escape from every temptation and have made provision for every need. Only believe! Dispell the lies, confront your fears, and rise up in a firm belief that I will do whatever you ask according to My will when you ask in faith without doubting in your heart. Today is the day of breakthrough. Believe!
January 29, 2004: Be on guard, and shake yourselves awake. Do not allow distractions and spiritual slumber to overtake you. Test the spirit of all that comes your way to determine whether it is of Me or not. Rise up and overcome any position that has its foundation in the flesh or carnal thinking. You cannot discern truth from error if you have already entertained a lying spirit and believed his deception. Nor, can you discern properly if you have allowed a spirit of fear to overtake you. Quiet your emotions, and rise up in the power of My Spirit to know the truth that will set you free.
January 28, 2004: Stay firmly planted on solid ground of spiritual reality. Presumption and faulty assumptions will have you chasing the wind. You cannot take advantage of opportunities that have not yet presented themselves, and you cannot live a dream. You can only build with the materials you have been given. To try to do otherwise will bring frustration, disappointment and failure. I have opened doors before you, says the Lord, but you must use your discernment to know and recognize true opportunity as opposed to fantasy before you move ahead. Presumption will spring forth from impure motivations -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. (Psalm 127:1)
January 27, 2004: I have prepared a table before you, a banqueting table. It is filled with the Word, My truth. It contains all that you need to grow and be healthy. My Word is powerful and living and will energize your life in the Spirit. Come and feed sumptuously. Don't just nibble with the desire of an anorexic. Haven't I said that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled? Come and be filled. Now is a season of growth and maturity in the kingdom, but you must feast on My Word.
January 26, 2004: The devil's job is to kill, steal and destroy. Be on guard and watch, for he will assuredly do his best to shoot the fiery darts of his lies to hit the vital areas of your flesh to bring you down. You must be aware of your vulnerabilities, and establish a shield of faith to bring his attacks to nothing. It is imperative that you bathe your mind with the truth of the Word and refuse to succumb to the fear that follows a lying spirit. Rise up and be strong. Keep your head and heart clear, and stay aware.
January 23, 2004: Rise above the storms of life so that you can see more clearly, and trust Me to bring wisdom and perspective. Then, rejoice when you see breakthrough, which will begin with small victories. You will see first one and then another. Activate your faith in the area of overcoming, and continue to press through to gain success in your struggle against difficulty and overwhelming odds of failure. Beloved, believe more in My grace to empower you to overcome than in the power of the enemy to bring you to defeat. This is a test of your faith and the strength of your intentions, but you are well able to choose righteously. Be strong.
January 22, 2004: Beloved, do not be moved by your fears or emotions. Refuse to give way to actions based on motivations apart from the Spirit. I have not given you a spirit of fear, says the Lord. I am looking for a faithful generation who will rely on Me and trust Me in all things. Rise up and bind the power of the enemy to distract you from complete faith in Me. Will I not direct your steps to bring you to the place of greatest benefit? I will! But, this benefit will be above and beyond what your carnal mind can conceive or believe. My guidance will be of eternal benefit to you, not just a quick fix to circumstantial pressures. Proverbs 16:9 "A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps."
January 21, 2004: The devil is a liar and the father of lies. Believing his lies produces fear that brings forth torment. Take time to discern the lie and apply the truth of My Word. Truth produces faith that brings forth deliverance and freedom. Remember that double-mindedness produces instability and brings forth nothing. Ascertain what you really believe in every situation, and make the necessary corrections. Then, rise up in the spiritual authority that I have given you, and put the devil under your feet. 1 Corinthians 10:4-6, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down vain imaginations (arguments) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
January 20, 2004: 1 Peter 4:12, " Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you." Once again, I tell you that old issues are up for review. Things that you had complete victory over in the past have come again to test your faith and strengthen your resolve. Refuse to allow this attack and these circumstances to rock your boat. Take them in stride in the faith that you have already attained and been established in. Refuse to believe the lies of the enemy or be taken off guard by old fears, and do not allow your emotions to get out of control. Trust Me to bring you through this test in quietness and confidence. Victory is assured.
January 16, 2004: So, you feel like you are at a standstill? That you cannot move forward? But, I tell you honestly that you do not know the subtle work in the spirit realm that will manifest in your natural circumstances. It is like watching a clock; the moving of the hands is only slight, yet time marches on, and you cannot stop it. Each step is seemingly insignificant, yet all taken together is a lifetime spent. Do not focus on your circumstantial goals, for these are only incidental. The details of your life are pertinent but not essential. What is essential is that I become your goal and your prize, says the Lord. Make your fellowship with Me your priority.
January 15, 2004: Beloved, you have come a great distance since you first entered the realm of My kingdom. You have been faithful in many things and have sought to be obedient to My word and have been strong in faith. Yet, now the temptation will be to go back the way you came, to retreat. But, I tell you honestly that this is an attack of the enemy against you to render you ineffective in your kingdom position. You have opened the door through believing the lies of the devil and entertaining a spirit of fear. Gird up the loins of your mind, and do battle. 2Corinthians 10.4-6: " For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
January 14, 2004: Do not relinquish your position of responsibility or authority. Be aware that there will be some who do not understand their place and boundaries; they will push beyond their limits and transgress your boundaries. But, I say, stand your ground and defend your kingdom position, for in so doing you will be established in greater strength and purpose. Those who violate your boundaries will do so in presumption because their focus in on self-promotion instead of kingdom purpose. Pray for those who rise up against you, for this battle is not flesh but spirit.
January 13, 2004: Ephesians 5:18 "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit." Beloved, these are the days of a new infilling of My Spirit, a fresh baptism. Do not resist being filled to overflowing with the effervescent life that is now being made available to you. Allow Me to make you a new wine skin that is fresh and flexible in allowing the new wine of the Spirit to quicken you to vitality. Be willing to give up the mindset that causes you to stubbornly refuse to give up your position as a victim of life's circumstances. Let Me do a work in you that will remove restraints and bring you to spiritual freedom.
January 9, 2004: Set a watch, and be aware that the enemy will come in through every open door to defraud you. Do not believe everything you read or hear. Investigate thoroughly everything that is unfamiliar and untried, for a wave of deception has been released against My people. This wave of deception and fraud will come in like a flood, but I have raised up a standard against it -- the standard of My word and a sensitivity in your spirit to know when something is amiss. Take extra care and precaution to know and follow the leading of My Spirit.
January 8, 2004: Beloved, many of you are laboring under a curse of defilement as a result of bitterness released in the recent past. You must recognize that your feeling of being out of sync is the result of the curse that came from bitterness of soul and unforgiveness. Rise up, and put this devil under your feet. Forgive and release those who have held you in derision.Hebrews 12:14-15 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.
January 7, 2004: I had a vision of watching people in a parade, and their character and interests were identified by the hats they wore. But I saw those who were in Christ going against the flow of the parade, and they were identified by their countenance of peace and joy, their kindness and integrity. And, I heard the Lord say to those who abide in Him, you will be recognized by your generous nature and the purity of your heart. Your character and nature will be unmistakable and will be like a magnet that draws others to Me, for you will not draw attention to yourselves. You are My living epistles known and read by all men. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
January 6, 2004: Beloved, hold the days before you loosely. Do not step into presumption or fantasy, for you do not know what the future precisely holds. You cannot walk the path or live out the days before you get there. You must live today to the fullest and allow Me to fill you with truth and wisdom that will bring clarity and perspective. Refuse to allow fear to rule your hearts and minds. Sit quietly, watch carefully, and wait patiently, for time will reveal My plans and purposes. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
January 5, 2004: I had a mini-vision of someone fashioning something out of Play Doh, and when the sculpture was finished it was not satisfactory and all was gathered again in a lump and ready to be used again. And, the Lord said, this is true reformation. You, My people, are entering a season when you can reclaim old resources and modify your plan to achieve better results. I will open the eyes of your understanding and give you insight and revelation, which will serve to alter and improve your course of action. And, I will open doors before you and make a way for you to accomplish what is in your heart to do. Do not be afraid, but go forth with courage and boldness, for certainly I am with you.
January 2, 2004: Withdraw from worldly clamor and retreat into My presence for a time of refreshing. I am your refuge, your place of safety, where you can renew yourself spiritually and gain new perspective. Your outward success will be measured by the depth of your relationship with Me, for in My presence you will gain wisdom, direction, and strength. Do not withdraw, however, out of a sense of self-protection and personal isolation, for your kingdom purpose involves reaching out and touching the lives of others with the power of the Word and the gospel of peace. Come, and let us have sweet communion together.
January 1, 2004: HAPPY NEW YEAR! My prayer for you is this word from the Word:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
December 31, 2003: Get ready to break out and move ahead in kingdom purpose. I speak particularly to those who have been offended and wounded in the house of the Lord. You have taken a position of self-defense and wrapped yourself in a cocoon of self-protection. By grace you will now be able to face the fear of rejection and emerge in courage and power to fulfill your destiny. You must make the decision to release yourself and others from all past offenses and allow Me to heal your wounds and strengthen you for the days ahead, says the Lord. Do not be afraid. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
December 30, 2003: Carefully watch for and be aware of the lies of the enemy to get you into fear. Fear will come first as a subtle temptation when it assaults your emotions and you feel terrified. Then, the lies will assault your mind using old places of failure as grounds for justification. And, the devil will use this justification to bring you down into darkness, discouragement, and despair. But, I remind you that I have not given you a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. Your situation is not hopeless, and you have not come this far to fail. Seek Me and trust Me to bring the light of truth and grace, for I will empower you to do all that I have called you to do, and I will give you the wisdom to overcome and achieve great victory in the face of hopelessness and defeat. Rise up and put the devil under your feet.
December 29, 2003: I call you into the liberty of the Spirit and out of the bondage of external pressures and expectations. Some of these expectations are even self-imposed because of your desire to conform to what you perceive to be necessary to gain approval and acceptance. Now is the time when you can be free of the stress of trying to please others, not through an attitude of rebellion, but rather an attitude of submission to truth and the dictates of your own conscience. Enter into the rest of following My heart as I lead you beyond the limits of soul and flesh.
December 27, 2003: I have had a sense of us being divided not from one another, but having a division within ourselves. I have been asking the Lord what it is. I believe He has shown me that we have spent much time masking our insecurities and living in a realm of superficiality. There has also been a real relationship with God all this time, but now there is a division, and it is a divine division, for God is separating out that which is superficial and not real (that which has been masked, that part of us that has been striving after affection and achievement ) so that we can see it for what it really is. This process is going to bring spiritual maturity that we have never had. Suddenly we will begin to see truth because of the humility that is the result of this process. God is bringing us to a place of humility so that we can actually house the Holy Spirit and allow Him to move through us in greater power and anointing. This divine division has been disconcerting and uncomfortable, but it is necessary to bring to light those things that we have been leaning on as a crutch, which has no substance. God will show us what we have depended on apart from Him. This process has had an effect of disorientation, but it has been necessary. We are not to seek comfort from anything or anyone besides the Lord, but we are rather to lean on Him for wholeness. We must let go of the things that we see in ourselves that need to be separated out before we can move forward in the power of God.
December 26, 2003: Allow your spirit to soar in the heights of truth and revelation. Seek Me and be changed by the faith that can move mountains. I do not speak of that which is superficial or vain hope, but faith that comes from knowing My heart and realizing the truth of My covenant with you. For, truly all that you need has been made available to you for you to access by faith in the spirit realm. Then, what you believe according to My will and purposes will manifest as reality in the physical, material realm. Pray in your heart, "Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," and it shall be done according to your faith.
December 25, 2003: Now is the time when you can simplify. Release those things that complicate your life, and relieve yourself of the stress that accompanies complication. Beloved, when stress surrounds you it makes even the smallest tasks and slightest problems insurmountable and creates a barrier between you and Me. Quiet your soul and release those burdens that are not yours to bear. Draw near to Me and become childlike in your faith and simple in your approach to life.
December 24, 2003: Psalm 20:7, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." I speak to those who feel disoriented and out of step. Your instinct will be to find natural solutions to a supernatural condition, and your flesh will war against the spirit as you struggle for answers. You will try to find a camel to go through this desert instead of trusting Me to lead you through this spiritually dry land. Come to Me, beloved, and seek My heart and find rest for your soul. There are no answers apart from My wisdom. Refuse to accept a natural bandage instead of receiving a cure. Rise up in faith and receive all that I have for you.
December 23, 2003: I call you to be My witness. Remember My covenant and all that was made available through the atoning blood. Exercise your faith and pray the effective fervent prayer. Remember that faith without works is dead, and what you believe will become evident by what you do and say as you are empowered by My Spirit to accomplish what has been promised. Rise up in the assurance of victory and rejoice. There is nothing impossible to those who believe.
December 22, 2003: Beloved, you are out of your comfort zone. That is because you are in new spiritual territory, and you only get glimpses of the path ahead from time to time. You do not yet know the terrain, but this new territory and time will reveal to you your own heart in greater depth. There will be sudden and brief revelations that will occur like lightning flashes that light your path and bring correction to your soul. Be strong and be brave, for this journey will take you to greater spiritual heights.
December 19, 2003: I speak to those of you who feel like heaven has brassed over and as much as you cry out for breakthrough it doesn't come. But, I tell you that I hear your prayers and I see the difficulties that you face. I have not left you nor forsaken you. My ears are not deaf nor is My arm shortened so that I cannot deliver you from the hand of the evil one. Put away all doubt and unbelief. Do not be afraid and do not become weary or give up. Stand strong in the face of adversity and trials, for you will come through this time with greater strength and resolve than you thought possible if you will only believe. Do not lose heart.
December 18, 2003: The attacks against you have been subversive and yet relentless. Refuse to entertain or accept the lies and accusations that assault your mind. These are for the purpose of disarming you and causing self-doubt. Rise up in the authority that has been given you over the powers of darkness and the work of the devil. Take your position against the enemy of your soul, for he will target old places of failure and weakness. Arise! Awaken from the spiritual slumber brought on by victimization and self-protection. Break through the veil of darkness, and do not be afraid to face the truth of any situation, for the truth will set you free. Seek Me for wisdom and truth, and I will bring immediate clarity. Have faith. I will deliver you from the hand of the enemy.
December 17, 2003:
In your daily evaluations, make every effort to look at what you
have instead of what you don't have. Have I not said that
godliness with contentment is great gain? In every situation you
can take the position of being either thankful or unthankful. You
can view your life through the perspective of abundance or lack.
You can draw closer to Me in this season or draw back.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."
December 16, 2003:
Take time to be holy, that is to be devoted to the way of peace
and righteousness in the Holy Spirit. There are many things that
demand your attention and time, but you will not be effective in
those things unless you establish your priorities and take time
for devotion. Look closely at what is hindering your forward
progress and deal quickly with all that has become a stumbling
block, particularly that which has loomed up and caused you to
dread and be overwhelmed. Let go of all that you have taken on
that is not your responsibility or area of authority. Release all
worry, and stand in the place of trusting Me, for I will direct
your steps as you yield to the leading of My Spirit.
Luke 10:38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
42 "But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
December 14, 2003: Beloved, do not allow discouragement or despair to take you away from My purposes. You must rise up out of this dungeon and remember that your way of escape is believing the promises of My word. Do not allow broken dreams and regrets to steal the joy that I have set before you, for truly the joy of the Lord is your strength. Rise up and receive the fresh outpouring of My Spirit upon you that will produce the joy that will bring you through to victory.
December 12, 2003: Everything that can be shaken has been shaken once again as you have endured trials and tests of your faith. This is and has been for the purpose of revealing self-will, idolatry, and fear -- to expose and tear down everything that competes with Me for first position in your heart as old places of failure have been tried again. Do not despair, for breakthrough is imminent. Calm yourself, and be steady. Refuse to get carried away by how you feel or allow your emotions to get out of control when you are overwhelmed with life's circumstances. Refocus, and put your trust completely in Me. If you need wisdom, ask; I will indeed speak to the secret places of your heart and bring the light and direction you need if you will exercise your faith and trust in Me.
December 10, 2003:
I see the secret condemnation of your foolish heart, and I hear
your cries of repentance. I know the hopelessness that issues
forth from failure to overcome the flesh. But, though your heart
condemns you, I am greater than your heart. If you could perfect
yourself, the blood of redemption would be of no value. I am
sanctifying you, and it is I who change you. Let the power of the
blood sanctify you completely. Allow Me to make you an instrument
of righteousness and peace. Release yourself to the work of My
Spirit, and let Me cleanse and purge you and make you a fit
vessel. If you could perfect yourself, you would have done it
long ago! Yield to the work of My Spirit. Philippians 2:13
"It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His
December 9, 2003:
Watch for the tendency to allow the details of your life and
existence to overwhelm you so that you lose sight of your longer-term
goals and purpose. If the enemy can get you sidetracked he can
steal your vision and stop your forward motion. Take time to be
renewed in your perspective and to get your priorities in order
again. Now is not the time to worry or stew over incidentals or
allow molehills to become mountains. Get back on track and rise
above all this is trying to take you down. Nehemiah 8:10b
"Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
December 8, 2003:
Come before Me and worship without restraint. I speak even to
some who think you have done this, but you have still been held
back by inhibitions. There is yet more of yourself to give Me. I
am releasing you in this season into a freedom of expression that
will produce inexplicable joy. Rise up into this position of
boldness and strength in the Spirit, and My anointing and power
will be released in ways beyond your comprehension. I am not
speaking of unrestrained flesh, but I am speaking of liberty in
the Spirit that will transport you into the realm of the sublime.
John 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the
true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for
the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and
those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
December 5, 2003:
Beloved, the problems you are facing at this time are temporary
and not eternal. Do not respond to your trials and temptations as
though they were forever. Begin to see your difficulties as
opportunities to overcome the flesh, to resist the devil, to be
molded into the image of Christ, and to exercise faith. The
things that you are currently facing will produce My nature and
character in you if you will yield to the truth of My word and
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
December 4, 2003: Distractions abound! Be alert to what vies for your attention and competes with duty. Establish yourself again in divine priorities so that your heart is settled on what is important in terms of eternity and relationship with Me. Remind yourself again of your calling and purpose, your gifting and anointing, and your God-given responsibilities. Set a watch so that you don't waste your time and energy on things that are not important to the overall scheme of things. Be done with dissipation. Be bold; be strong and very courageous, and go forth establishing the kingdom of God here and now.
December 3, 2003:
You are entering a season when you can expect increase in every
area of your life as your circumstances reflect the level of your
activated faith and faithfulness. However, you must discern
carefully your motivations so that you exercise true faith and
not presumption and false hope. Your prayers and expectations
must be based on spiritual reality and not on the lusts of the
flesh. Establish righteous priorities, and put no other gods
before Me, says the Lord.
Mat 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
December 2, 2003: Now is the time when you can put down spiritual roots and be established and strengthened in the Word and kingdom principles. This is a very quiet work that will not be visible to those around you, nor will you see the fruit of this work for awhile. Be content with the establishment of a firm spiritual foundation, for it will produce a sense of stability that you have not known. Also be aware that the enemy of your soul will do all that is possible to keep you distracted from this very necessary phase of spiritual growth by stirring up your fleshly desires. Stay focused, and this season will produce great and lasting results. Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
December 1, 2003: Beloved, rise up in the Spirit and come into My presence with extravagant worship. Cast off all restraint. Lay aside all distractions, and come be refreshed and restored. Don't procrastinate; don't put off this much needed time of rejuvenation. You will only be generous and uninhibited with those you trust completely. You have not put your trust in man, but you can trust Me thoroughly. So, come without restraint or restriction; come boldly before My throne of grace in a fresh flow of the Spirit. Push beyond previous spiritual boundaries and limitations to seek Me more fully. Come!
November 28, 2003: The sense of discomfort and your feeling strange even in a familiar environment is nothing to be concerned about. You and those around you are in transition from one spiritual season to the next. Be flexible in this state of flux, and make the necessary adjustments as you go. You can either move into the unknown with grace and excited anticipation and be blessed, or you can fearfully resist and face it with difficulty. The choice is yours.
November 27, 2003: I speak to many who find yourselves in a crisis of confidence and identity, for you went forth in faith and obedience with the light that you had at the time, but your did not foresee the attacks of the enemy and persecution that you would endure. And, you allowed false hope to rule your heart, thus bringing disappointment and discouragement. But, I say, open your heart now to further revelation and greater discernment of your times and seasons. Put aside all presumption, and allow the purging that is required before you proceed further. Now is the time to re-evaluate yourself in light of new evidence and to establish yourself once again in faith and obedience to My plans and purposes for you. Do not fear, but be sensitive to My leading and go forth in boldness.
November 26, 2003:
Do not underestimate the value of your kingdom position. No one
else can take your place or fill your shoes. Be aware of the
enemy's tactics to devalue your effectiveness and stand against
his lies that would weaken your position. "Let the weak say,
'I am strong.'" Your strength will add to the strength and
stability of the entire Body. Refuse to become a victim of the
devil's work against you. Be strong and of good courage.
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, they make it a spring; the rain alsocovers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
November 25, 2003: Come away from the stress of life into My presence for a time of refreshing, for you are in need of restoration and healing. Walk away for the moment from the things that have created pressure, and enter that place of quiet confidence to regain perspective and begin anew. Take time to rest in faith and trust that I will lead you and direct your steps in the days ahead. But for now, leave the past behind and do not worry about the future. Only live today in the fullness of My peace.
November 24, 2003: Beloved, watch for a spirit of heaviness to creep in and settle over you. It will exert a subtle influence over your mood and bring with it a sense of undefinable fear. But, I say, this is an attack of the devil against you, and you must not tolerate the oppression that comes against you. Rise up in the spirit and take authority over all the works of the enemy. This attack will take the form of vague thoughts and obscure feelings that must be cast down and brought under the mastery of the Spirit of Truth. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
November 21, 2003: The enemy has released an assignment against My people by charging the atmosphere with exasperation. Rise above the temptation to be frustrated, and be quick to forgive and release those who seem to be the source of your aggravation. Remember that your war is not against flesh and blood, but against powers of darkness. Do not respond on a carnal level, but keep your emotions under the rule of the Spirit. Be at peace with everyone as much as is possible with you. Above all, recognize that this is the devil, and refuse to get into a failure syndrome or condemnation. War a good warfare, and fight the good fight of faith. Victory is assured!
November 20, 2003: Beloved, you have taken steps in bold confidence and made some decisions that will bring you into the realm of greater spiritual freedom, but the enemy has launched an attack to bombard you with lies that will create confusion, doubt, and insecurity, which will make you vulnerable in this time of transition. Now is a time when you must proceed in quiet trust that I will bring you through this valley of trouble in great victory. You must not overreact to any situation. Be strong and stay steady.
November 19, 2003: I call you in this hour to rise up spiritually to receive revelation that will bring a time of restoration and healing. If you will yield to the work of My Spirit, I will cause you to see beyond your circumstances, and I will establish you in vision that will bring you forth in the power of My will. I am the Lord, God Almighty! Though you feel powerless to effect the changes that must take place to release you into destiny, you are not without power, nor are you insignificant in My kingdom. I have given you authority to fulfill your calling and election. Do not be afraid; proceed with boldness, and trust Me for explicit direction and wisdom. I have indeed gone before you to prepare the way of divine appointment.
November 18, 2003: Before you are really free to move forward, you must resolve past issues that still nag at your heart. Leave nothing undone that could trip you up in the days ahead. Forgive those who have victimized you, and release all resentment and bitterness. Now is the time to obtain forgiveness and be released from the wrongs you have committed. Seek Me for wisdom, and I will show you how to make restitution in order to leave the past behind. The season you are now entering requires that you be unencumbered by regret of any kind. Deal decisively and swiftly with all that could hinder your progress. Do not be afraid to humble yourself in this process, for pride has been the culprit in every situation where division, strife, and contention have manifested and caused pain for yourself and others. You are about to complete the struggle of breaking out of your cocoon before you take flight. This is a defining spiritual moment.
November 17, 2003: Take the time to regroup and get your priorities straight. Re-establish your spiritual goals according to eternal perspective. I speak to many who have been swallowed up by the pressures of immediate circumstances and finite matters. Make an effort to rise above the demands of daily life that create stress and tension, and come and rest in My presence. If you will truly seek Me first, I will lead you through this valley of trouble and cause you to go from strength to strength. Release those things that you have struggled against and cannot change. 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, 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.
November 14, 2003: Arise, Warriors! Sound the battle cry. The enemy has launched an attack against you to demoralize you with condemnation, delude you with confusion, and paralyze you with fear. Have you forgotten how to fight? Have you forgotten that your battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness? Refuse to allow yourself to be victimized by the devil's devices. Turn from pride and self-pity and give the enemy no access. It is time to awaken from this stupor, and pull down the strongholds that have been set up against you. Be strong and gain the victory.
10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in
God for pulling down strongholds.
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.
Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
November 13, 2003: I have already spoken that those things hidden in darkness would come to the light. That promise is already being fulfilled, and many of you, My people, are startled by what you now can see clearly because that which is being disclosed is not at all what you expected. But, I say, rejoice that truth is exposing error and deception, and that which was forged in darkness and secrecy is being revealed by the light of day to be seen for what it actually is. Face the facts and release all that has it roots in presumption and fantasy in preparation for your true destiny.
November 12, 2003:
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. Beloved,
I want to expand the revelation in you personally that you are
the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is My desire that you allow the
free-flow and expression of My character and nature in every
situation and circumstance. Do not restrain the power of My
Spirit by your own flesh desires or reactions. Be that earthen
vessel which I can pour into and out of unhindered by the fears
and restrictions of your soul. Allow Me to utter My voice and
produce My will through you unchecked. Now is the time to yield
to a supernatural display of My power and presence for the
purpose of accomplishing a greater work in the earth through My
body, says the Lord.
November 11, 2003: Prepare to experience some turbulence. If you allow your emotions to rule you will feel like you are on a roller coaster ride, but now is the time to submit to the guidance of My Spirit. Quiet your soul and resist the temptation to be double-minded. You started off on this course with singleness of purpose and a desire to yield to My leading, but you did not foresee this powerful attack by the enemy to stir up your emotions. This has caused you to question whether your decisions and consequent actions have been right. Do not overreact. This too shall pass, and you will again see this time of transition with clarity as you regain perspective and direction. Do not be afraid to continue to forge ahead even in the midst of instability.
November 7, 2003: I have sent My prophets to speak forth a word in season to you, My people. Yet, many of you have not received words of correction and warning, but have risen up in the pride and rebellion of your own heart not recognizing that I, your God, am the source of these words of wisdom. Your resistance to My direction will bring great trouble. Blessed are those who hear a hard word and discern and receive the truth and set out to be obedient to My guidance, for you will come to greater and more intimate relationship with Me and will escape the snare of the devil to bring your life to ruin.
Then He said to me: "Son of man, go to the house of Israel
and speak with My words to them. For you are not sent to a people
of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of
Israel, not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard
language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent
you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of
Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to
Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted."
November 5, 2003: James
1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who
gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given
to him." I speak to many who are laboring under heavy
burdens. You have become weary of carrying this heavy load. Now
is the time to seek Me for wisdom instead of relying on your own
instincts. Seek Me for the truth of your situation and be willing
to obey My direction. You must begin on a very practical level.
You have made the mistake of believing that which is spiritual is
not practical, but My laws originate in the spirit realm and
manifest physically. You are reaping the harvest of what you have
sown by not understanding the practicality of My Word. Now arise
out of this dead end of presumption and move ahead in true faith
that will bring forth works of righteousness, peace and joy.
November 4, 2003: Proverbs
16:9 "A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his
steps." Things that have been hidden in the dark
recesses of your heart will be brought to the light where you can
see the truth of your plans and motives. You cannot move ahead or
begin anew effectively until you are honest with yourself and
others. Do not be afraid to look squarely at what you will now be
able to see as presumption and fantasy of the soul. The
disappointment that you are facing now is the direct result of
building castles in the air. However, even though you had hidden
motives and selfish desires, I have still directed your steps,
and you have not missed your destiny. You had to come this way
and go through the process in preparation for the next step. Be
diligent to go forth in spiritual reality.
November 3, 2003: Rise up, children, and exercise radical, undeniable faith that will produce results. Confront the lies of the enemy and the power of fear against you, and overcome. I have given you the power to accomplish what I have called and set you to do, and you will see the results if you will only believe and not doubt in your heart. Start where you are. Begin with the issues of life for today and call those things that are not as though they were. Do not step outside of your place of responsibility and authority, for you must not violate the choices and free will of those around you. I have not called you to control or manipulate the lives of others. Deal with your own heart and issues as you begin to rebuild your faith.
October 31, 2003: Be sensitive to the voice of My Spirit, for that which you laid aside as if it were dead is about to be resurrected. I speak of that which I asked you to offer up to Me as a sacrifice, and you put it on the altar. It was your "Isaac," precious to you and to Me. You were willing to let it die so that it could be resurrected in newness of life. But, I say to you now, that which was put down is ready to be taken up again. Yet, it will not look at all the same as before. The only thing that is the same is its purpose. You had to mature in obedience. That which was the fruit of the old season, the past harvest, had to produce seed, fall into the ground and die. But, that seed will now spring up and bring forth a new harvest in this new season. It will no longer bear the likeness of flesh and carnal efforts, but will come forth in purity and spiritual reality.
October 30, 2003:
Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into
your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be
measured back to you."
Your tendency at this time will be to guard and protect yourself and all that belongs to you, but you would do well to simply trust Me and be generous at every opportunity. Remember that with the same measure that you use it will be measured back to you. I speak not only of your material resources, but of your time and your attitudes. Extend yourself in forgiveness, appreciation, encouragement, prayer, blessing and love. It will be to your benefit to overcome miserly tendencies of criticism, judgment, fear and bitterness. Let My love flow through you unabated; it will produce life and peace.
October 29, 2003:
Beware, for the enemy has sent out a spirit of conspiracy to the
whole earth to affect every level of authority. It will work in a
variety of ways, but the root of this betrayal is found in
rebellion, vain ambition, and selfish pride. Watchmen, sound the
alarm, and cry aloud, "Treason!" I say to the leaders
who are about to be betrayed, take heart and do not be dismayed,
for this is not against you, but is rather against Me and My
purposes. And, I say to those who have been seduced into
betrayal, you have opened the door through idolatry. You have
bowed down and sacrificed to the work of your hands and lifted
yourself up in pride. Your focus has shifted, and you have
replaced your worship of Me with worldly goals. Yet, it is not
too late to turn again to make Me your first love and worship Me
in spirit and in truth, says the Lord, and I will deliver you
from this snare of the devil and restore your vision.
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
October 28, 2003: Arise, you mighty warriors, and prepare for battle. The spirit of the Midianites (strife and contention) has gone forth to steal your harvest and plunder your ground. Do you hear the sound of the thundering hooves as they ride with fury and a vengeance against you? Even though you may seem small and unequipped for this task, take courage and arise in faith with the war cry, "The sword of the Lord and Gideon!" You indeed are relatively small and insignificant, yet I have given you the sword of My Spirit, which is My word, and you will defeat this band of raiders and stop this attack. You are not alone, for I am with you to bring forth a great victory. Do not be afraid.
October 27, 2003: I speak to your offense. Yes, I know you were wounded and hurt, and you feel justified in your reactions, says the Lord. But, now this festering sore is about to become a grudge, which will not only divide and separate you from those I have given you, but will remove you from fellowship with Me. Now is a crucial time when you must forgive and release those who have caused you pain, embarrassment, and disappointment. This breach in your heart makes you vulnerable to the work of the enemy, and it is his plan to lead you down the path of spiritual destruction. You cannot and will not hear my voice through this filter of bitterness. The decisions that you make under this kind of duress will be faulty. Stop where you are and allow the work of love to flow through you to extend forgiveness and only then you will be free of this bondage and hear My voice behind you saying, this is the way; walk in it.
October 24, 2003: I have called you and chosen you for such a time as this. I have given opportunity for you to be established in your kingdom position in preparation for the season that is before you. But, I say, be watchful for the enemy seeks to take you off course in an attempt to oppose My plans and purposes for you. Do not be deceived into making unwise choices through the devil's seductions. Quiet your soul. Be silent and watchful, for this is a critical juncture in which you could get derailed. Stay alert and keep your heart and motives pure. Be particularly careful that you do not open yourself to a spirit of deception by being less than forthright and honest with yourself and others.
October 23, 2003: Listen carefully and understand wisdom. Many in My kingdom are waiting for the wealth of the Gentiles to be transferred to them, but I say to you that the wealth of the Gentiles is not just their silver and gold; it is they themselves -- those who do not know Me. In this new season I call you to work in My vineyard, which is My kingdom, to plant and to prune and to bring forth the harvest. Behold, I give seed to the sower, which is My Word, and I call you now to discern the times and the seasons and to know where to plant by discerning the ground of hearts prepared. Prepare your seed and go forth to plant at My leading. Deposit My Word in the hearts that have been made ready through your prayers to receive the seed and bring forth fruit. Watch and be amazed at the things that are about to transpire, for I am causing My people to redeem the land Those who have ears to hear will take back what the enemy has stolen and used for His purposes. I will bring life and joy to that which has suffered desolation. Lift up your heads and rejoice, for this is a great work.
October 22, 2003: I speak to those who are facing obstacles and hindrances that seem to be insurmountable, and your frustration is mounting because your prayers seem to be unheard and unheeded. But, haven't I said that if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed you can speak to the mountain and it will be removed and cast into the sea? Beloved, do not be driven by stress, either externally generated or self-imposed. Now is the time to deal with your fear and worry, for I say that any motivation apart from faith is sin. Examine your heart and know what it is that you truly believe. Apply the truth of My Word to your unbelief, for My Word is truth and will produce faith. Then, pray the effectual, fervent prayer that avails much. It is your faith that will move mountains, and these obstacles will be removed if you will only believe. Refuse to allow fear, doubt and unbelief to rule your life and thwart your victory.
October 21, 2003: Be sensitive to My leading, and refuse to allow distractions and whims to take you off course. I have prepared the way and have gone before you to bring you more fully into your destiny. Make a clean break with the past and those things that would hinder your forward motion, and be aware that the enemy will do everything in his power to stop you. Watch particularly for a sense of disappointment, discouragement and failure. Your emotional reactions must be brought under the rule of My Spirit if you are to gain the victory. Rise above fear of what lies ahead of you and trust Me to bring you through this time of uncertainty.
October 20, 2003:
Do not despair because of the humiliation that you have endured,
for it has been a tool in My hand to mortify the deeds of the
flesh in you. What if your reputation suffers at the mouths of
the scornful? Does that not accrue to your eternal benefit? For,
I tell you that it is profitable to you. "Blessed are you
when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil
against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the
prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12) I suffered
reproach and dishonor, says the Lord, and shall those who belong
to Me not suffer also? Yet, I say, be done with the condemnation
that reawakens past shame and embarrassment. Move forward in the
power of My restoration and healing and deliverance from the fear
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
October 17, 2003:
Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for
He is aroused from His holy habitation!"
Quiet your soul, for this testing is but for a moment. Do not lose eternal perspective or lose sight of what is of utmost importance at this time. Your flesh will war against the Spirit and bring confusion and double-mindedness, which will create division not only in your own being but with those around you. Speak to your flesh reactions and command silence. Refuse to wallow in the mire of sympathy or self-pity. Arise from that place and stand still before Me in a holy hush. Ask of Me, and I will give you wisdom. I will lead you out of this place of potential disaster. Trust Me.
October 16, 2003:
Be strong and stay steady. Refuse to allow your emotional
reactions to get you off course. You are on the verge of
breakthrough in a number of areas, and the enemy will do
everything in his power to stop your forward momentum. Do not
take yourself or your feelings too seriously. Calm down and allow
any current sense of failure and disappointment to pass before
making any serious decisions. Rise up and seek Me for wisdom and
guidance, and I will direct your steps. Proverbs 16:9 A man's
heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
October 15, 2003:
Press through the haze of spiritual darkness and allow My light
of truth to shine in your heart. For, surely I will reveal the
source of all darkness. I will bring the light of revelation and
wisdom to every situation as you are willing to see and face the
truth. It is truth that will set you free from all oppression. Do
not resist opportunities to see clearly, for I am calling you out
of bondage and releasing you from the slavery that comes from the
world, the flesh and the devil. But, you must be willing to be
led by the way of truth and to move forward by the power of My
Spirit. I speak to you to come forth in newness of life.
John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth! And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
October 14, 2003:
As you enter the newness of the season that is before you do not
be surprised if you experience an identity crisis. This will come
about as a result of no longer identifying with the past. And, it
is indeed time to leave the past behind and reach forward to what
is ahead. Do not be afraid when you experience these feelings of
being displaced, and don't hold back, but continue to press on.
This strangeness is but for a moment as you go through a period
of adjustment. Remember that your identity will become more clear
as you draw near to Me in fresh commitment and dedication to My
plans and purposes for you.
Philippians 3:13-15 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.
October 13, 2003: Have you not heard the sound of My still, small voice within your heart? I have been speaking to you and revealing the mysteries of your times and seasons. Have you not been stirred in your spirit with the excitement of a birthing, a bringing forth of that which I have spoken in the secret places of intimacy? I have been speaking to those who have ears to hear the expression of My utterance. I have revealed My purposes in those whose eyes are open to My visions. I have unraveled the mysteries of the future to those who give credence to a prophetic dream. Yet, some have been afraid to stand in the light and proclaim My intentions. Come under the power and anointing of My presence and prophesy, says the Lord. Be strong, and be bold, for I am with you.
October 12, 2003: I hear the Lord saying that He is releasing you. Today you are released. Truly leave the past behind. There is nothing back there that you can do anything with. It is like wood, hay, and stubble. It is to be burned. Leave the past behind, and you will come into the fullness of divine purpose.
October 10, 2003: I called you to come up higher, to rise above the mundane and enter My place of glory, and you vowed in the secret places of your own heart and will to rise up. But, the enemy has come against you and questioned the strength of your intentions and has hindered you. He has done his utmost to convince you that you are unable to break free of the past or overcome the works of the flesh. You have opened the door to failure through discouragement and believing the lies that things will never change and that you are an unworthy vessel. Do not believe these lies or the futility of your circumstances. I have indeed called you higher, and I have made a way. I have gone before you to make crooked places straight and to break down hindering forces, but you must fight through the voice of deception and the bondage of your own mindsets to break free and make progress. And, I tell you the truth, it will be worth all the effort and energy you expend. Put the devil under your feet!
October 9, 2003: I speak to you who have been sideswiped and stressed. Come into that place of quiet intimacy with Me. Be still. Leave the clamor behind, and come into rest. You need to be healed and restored from the last bout with the enemy through the busyness of your circumstances and issues of life. Refuse the temptation to try to fix things that are beyond your control or responsibility. Release and forgive every trespass against you, and allow Me to work things out for your eternal benefit. Do not fret, fuss or fume. Worry is not anointed and will only cause weakness in your body, soul and spirit. Come and be refreshed, restored, and renewed. You are safe in My presence.
October 8, 2003: Beloved, do not be dismayed when you find yourself accused, judged, and condemned. Your first inclination is to defend yourself and your position, but that will only make things worse. Trust Me to be your advocate, for I truly defend the poor and the needy. I am a God of righteousness, and I will judge righteously. I will vindicate the innocent. Run to Me, for I am your fortress and high tower. I am your place of safety, and I am your refuge in times of trouble. I will hide you in the secret place until these calamities have past. Do not be afraid of the faces of those who oppose and oppress you, for I will deliver you, says the Lord.
October 7, 2003:
Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by the attack of the
enemy against you. He will come at you like a big, angry bear,
but do not be afraid. I am with you and will show you the way of
escape. Rise up in the authority that I have given you to put him
under your feet. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on
serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and
nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19) Be strong in My
power, and keep your eyes fixed on Me and your ears attuned to My
leading, for I will lead you out by a way that you have not known
before, and it will be quicker and easier than you could have
imagined, for it will be a supernatural deliverance.
October 6, 2003: 1
Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil
walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The enemy has set about to cull the herd. He has risen up as a wolf who stalks those who are weak in faith and those who have become feeble in their walk. He is carefully watching for those who migrate to the periphery of the flock, those who have become outcasts, those who have lost their hope and zeal. But, I say to you who have become discouraged, hopeless and weary,come up to My holy mountain and worship. I will gather the outcasts and save you who are ready to perish. I will put an end to the oppressors and surround you with protection in the assembly of the righteous. I will gather those around you who are strong and of good courage until you regain strength and vigor. You have been forsaken and hated, but I will redeem the years of waste and destruction. But, you must come. Come and seek Me. Come into the ark of safety.
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.
October 3, 2003:
Beloved, I have established a search light that will bring
everything that has been in darkness into the light for
examination. I speak to you of attitudes and motivations that are
not fitting for My disciples to have. But, now you will be able
to look squarely and honestly at these hidden things and deal
with them in the privacy of your own heart and in the secret
place of your own will. I also tell you that it is time for you
to put away childish things and grow up into the maturity of your
calling in the Body of Christ. You cannot grow, however, and
continue to develop spiritually when you hang on to childish
attitudes and immature motivations. Let go of the past and all
offenses, and be willing to be done with all that has kept you
from moving forward. I will make the changes in you as you yield
to Me, says the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
October 2, 2003:
I have not set those around and with you to get your own needs
met or for the sole purpose of your own happiness and contentment.
I have not called you to be a potter of clay so that you can mold
and make them according to your image and presumed purposes. I AM
the Potter, and only I can mold and shape, build up and tear
down, according to My will and purposes. And, My shaping will
meet the needs of each individual according to eternal kingdom
benefit. You are established in your own authority as you assume
responsibility, but this does not give you the right to oppress
My children. I have called you to aid and facilitate, not to
control and dominate, not even inwardly or secretly in your
unrighteous prayers. Honor one another from the depths of your
Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
October 1, 2003: I
want you to see with the eyes of My Spirit and not according to
the flesh. This is true love. Haven't I said, love your neighbor
as yourself? Love is neither exalting nor abasing your fellow man.
I am seeking to eradicate pride from the heart of My bride.
Beloved, do not condemn or devalue My people nor make
comparisons, for they are all precious in My sight. You can
certainly disagree, and you must discern truth from error, right
from wrong, good from bad, but you must not transgress the
boundaries of the value of a human heart. Rise above negative
evaluations and criticism that arises out of disagreement. Judge
righteously, and become a steward of your own heart.
Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
September 30, 2003: My people, I am asking you to stand shoulder to shoulder and see eye to eye, not looking up to some and down at others. Truly you were all created as equal in My sight, and all are precious to Me. How can you value one new-born babe above another? They are all made of the same stuff. Why then do you value one man above another? You do this by the works of the flesh and by unrighteous judgment. Your values are based on outward appearance. This is idolatry and vanity and ought not be so. Yet, I say, submit to proper and functional authority. I establish kings and kingdoms. I lift up the humble and bring the proud down to the dust. I alone am able to lift one up and bring another down. Yours is not to lift up or tear down, but only to bow in service to the King in His kingdom.
September 29, 2003: Do not despise the day of small beginnings because I tell you the truth, this new day will begin in a small way. But, haven't I given seed to the sower and bread to the eater? I have given seeds to be sown in the soil of your heart as you have allowed Me to prepare by digging up and digging around and fertilizing. I am planting seeds in that soil, and I will bring forth a harvest. The harvest will be such that you will not be able to fathom it at this moment, but I say again to you, do not despise the day of small beginnings because your beginnings will be small.
September 26, 2003: There is great potential for liberty and growth in the days ahead, but the enemy is already beginning to try to hinder you. Watch for a condemning spirit to undermine your confidence in what I have released you to do. Do not allow the excitement in your spirit be undermined by a fear of failure. I will keep you in perfect peace when your mind rests on Me and My promises, for I will make a way even in the face of seeming impossibility. Refuse to be overwhelmed with the tasks ahead of you, and resist the temptation to try to see or imagine what your destination will look like. It is never as you imagine, and could be a source of disappointment if you do not put a restraint on your emotions in this process. My grace is sufficient for what lies ahead, and I will strengthen you for the journey. Trust Me.
September 25, 2003: Prepare for a shift in direction as you enter the new season and leave the past behind. You will find yourself in positions of separation from what has been safe and familiar. And, you will embrace new opportunities that will be fresh and invigorating. Do not be afraid to move forward at this time, do not look back or allow a sense of hesitation to cause you to ponder at the pool of regret, for surely you have gained much wisdom from what is past. You have certainly advanced spiritually and have learned many tough but important lessons that will serve you well in the days ahead. Trust Me to bring you more completely into your kingdom position, says the Lord.
September 24, 2003:
Romans 12:18, "If it is possible, as much as depends on
you, live peaceably with all men." I am doing a work in
your hearts, My people. I will show you by example so that you
can see, hear, and understanding what it means to judge others.
Haven't I said "Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you
will be forgiven?" (Luke 6:37) But, I have also said, "Do
you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the
world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the
smallest matters?" (1 Corinthians 6:2) Seek to judge with
righteous judgment, discerning right or wrong, good or bad
according to My word. Unrighteous judgment springs forth from
pride as you judge according to outward appearance, through
prejudice, competition, and comparisons. Be alert to instruction
and wisdom so that you will know the difference between righteous
and unrighteous judgment.
September 23, 2003: Attune your spiritual ears to the high frequency of My Spirit, for there is much for you to hear and learn. Be sensitive and do some fine tuning so that the other frequencies are tuned out. I speak of the sounds of the world, the voice of the enemy, and the sounds of your own soul. Your own will and desires must give way to eternal purpose. I speak to many who want to hear My voice and to know My leading, but you are tuned to the wrong frequency. Have I not said that My sheep know My voice and none other will they follow? Seek to know Me, to know truth, instead of seeking a word to further your own plans and selfish desires. Come up higher.
September 22, 2003:
Be alert to the work of My Spirit in you in this season. I am
bringing you to a position of wisdom and authority. This will not
happen without some effort on your part. As circumstances present
themselves with problems that need to be solved, you will have a
chance to exercise your faith in greater ways. You will have
clear opportunities to choose to rise up in spirit and believe My
word. Rather than to allow the issues of life to rule you, My
grace is extended so that you can reign in victory over these
occurrences. As you gain the victory in each situation you will
gain wisdom and be established in My authority. Refuse to be a
victim of the conditions of life. Be established as the head
instead of the tail; be above and not beneath.
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."
September 19, 2003: Be alert to the leading of My Spirit, for in the process of moving ahead there are things that I will ask you to abandon that will seem to be perfectly fine to keep or to do. These things must be laid down before you can progress. Do not be afraid to do so. Yet, you must not step out to discard anything in the expression of spiritual heroics or by way of presumption. Wait for My guidance, and I will show you by opportunity what to pick up and what to lay down. Wait for doors to either open before you or shut behind you before taking action. I will give you very clear direction. If you experience a sense of struggling or striving do not force the issue. Rather, rest and wait; I will make the way and mark it clearly, for you have not been this way before.
September 18, 2003: Be astonished and amazed, for I am greater than your fears, and even when your heart condemns you I am greater than your heart. Seek Me in times of trouble. Seek Me with all of your heart, for surely I shall be found by you. Let me lead you through your valley of Achor (trouble) and bring you to victory. Be still, My child, and know My care for you. I have already made a way. I have gone before you in preparation for what is ahead and all that you need is available. The price has been paid, but you must access it by faith without doubting, nothing wavering. Only believe. All things are possible if you will believe.
September 17, 2003: I have chosen you to be My representatives on the earth, and I have given you authority to rule and reign with Me. Yet, I speak to those who, with a cruel heart, have allowed your emotions to rule through anger. Out of the abundance of your bitter heart you have lashed out with your tongue and used your words like a whip to beat My servants. Have I not said that death and life are in the power of the tongue? It is My desire that you sow seeds of life and not death, for do you not know that when you speak with an unbridled tongue that you are sowing seeds of division, strife and contention? And, these seeds will grow up and produce a harvest of the same. Examine your heart and allow Me to bring a thorough cleansing so that you can begin to sow the seeds of righteousness, peace and joy. This is a critical time of planting for the new season, and what you sow now will bring forth a harvest either good or bad.
September 16, 2003:
I want you to be free of all fear, and I speak to those who have
lived in fear for so long that you no longer recognize it as such.
Release yourself from intimidation that comes through uncertain
circumstances, through people who try to dominate you, and
through your sense of inferiority and failure. Be done with the
worry that nags at your heart and causes anxiety. Trust Me to
lead you into truth and victory. Come to the understanding that
difficulties are designed to test your faith and mold your
character. Rejoice in the opportunities to be purified.
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.
1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
September 15, 2003: The Lord is speaking to specific individuals that in the season that is now ending you sowed some bad seeds, and you are reaping a harvest from those seeds. But, God says, "Today is a new day and you are entering a new season, and it is a day to release everything from the past and throw away the harvest from those bad seeds. Begin again. Today is the day to start over and sow new seeds. Make a choice to move ahead in a different way. Don't pass up this opportunity by getting into condemnation or thinking you are too bad for your life to change." God is able to do what He wants to do in you if you will yield to Him.
September 12, 2003: I speak to you this day about covenant. Continue to prepare yourselves in righteousness. Give your heart in intimacy to Me without reserve, and let Me rule with you from your own heart over the works of the flesh, the world, and the devil. You cannot rule and reign with Me apart from this intimate connection and yielding to My Spirit. My offer to you is covenant relationship, and our covenant is a solemn, binding agreement of faith that I will do all that I have promised if you do your part of seeking first the kingdom of God. We cannot be in true covenant as long as you have other goals in your life. And, be aware that when you enter covenant with Me, you are entering and establishing covenant relationship with all who honor that covenant. True covenant life is where prosperity and blessing flow like a river. Come in; the water if fine!
September 11, 2003: You have believed My word and have been in time of release and preparation for the coming season. Yet, the enemy has risen up to block any progress that you might make. He has set hindering forces against you so that you might become discouraged in the battle and surrender. But, I tell you that I have gone before you to make a way, a clear-cut path that you can follow. Rise up against these powers of darkness and command that they flee before you, for I have given you authority to do so. And then press on and push forward exercising your faith for victory in every situation. Be strong and do not give up or become weary.
September 10, 2003:
Ask of Me, but come in faith and not hope or presumption. Stir
yourself up by way of remembrance of the mighty works that I have
performed in your life and in the lives of others. Will I not
also perform for you what you ask? Nothing is impossible if you
will only believe. I say, dare to believe. Ask in faith without
wavering. Do not doubt in your heart. Mark 11:23-24 "For
assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be
removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his
heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he
will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever
things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and
you will have them."
September 9, 2003: Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Do not allow this attack to demoralize you. I have not given you a spirit of fear, says the Lord. Therefore, confront the powers of darkness that are assaulting you and command these powers of darkness to go. Arise in your authority that comes by way of the blood and command the evil forces to flee. Do not give in to the temptation that comes with victimization to dump down into self-pity. You are not a victim unless you allow the devil to become victorious. I have made the way for you to gain the victory in every situation, but you must rise up and exercise your authority and win. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
September 8, 2003:
1 John 2:16 "For all that is in the world; the lust of
the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of
the Father but is of the world." This is a time when
you can make headway in overcoming the lust of the flesh, the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, but you must discipline
your body and bring it into subjection to the Spirit. Do not
allow your flesh to rule. Make a covenant with your eyes and with
your appetites that you will not look beyond what is modest,
decent and moderate. And, I hear you say, but I have tried and I
am unable. Let the weak say, I am strong. Depend upon My strength
in moments of weakness, and let this dependence become a way of
life, for surely I am able to bring you through to great victory.
Refuse to allow past defeats to discourage your present progress.
This is a new day.
September 5, 2003: Stop, look, listen and learn. Have I not said that I will direct your steps? I speak in a multitude of ways and will give you sign posts along the way, but you must be alert and yield to My leading. You will hear the sound of My voice as I prick your conscience or stir your heart to excitement and expectation. I will speak in your circumstances and show you by example the way of progression and correction. My methods of communication are unlimited. Do not limit the possibilities by expecting Me to speak a certain way. I may give voice to My will through a sunset, a small child, a storm, a dream or vision, a word spoken in due season. Or, you may hear My still, small voice as I stand behind you and whisper, "This is the way; walk in it."
September 4, 2003: Beloved, I am taking you to the byways of life. It will be unfamiliar spiritual territory, for you have not been this way before. You will carry the Gospel message in your heart, and your countenance will shine forth as the sun with the glory of My presence. Your encounters will not bear the mark of the familiar or the mundane, and you will be required to rise higher in spiritual strength and perfection. Pay close attention to My leading, which I will confirm with various signs in the natural. Do not be afraid that you will lose your way, for I am your divine navigator, and I will take you through. Refuse to become dismayed if you are not received or accepted, for I am causing you to thresh, and I am bringing a separation. Those who receive you will receive your message. But, do not cast pearls before swine, for those who do not receive you will also not receive your message. Do not lose heart or allow disappointment to rule, because that which can be purified will be purified and that which is vile will remain vile still.
September 2, 2003: God is going to afford many in the body of Christ opportunity to go back to old places of bitterness and rejection and to be released in a mighty way before we move into this new season. I just speak that this morning that there is going to come opportunity, abundant opportunity to be released from things that have held you in bondage or held you in rejection. So we just praise God for that opportunity.
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus
Christ and Him crucified.
Beloved, if you are willing, I will take the sharp sword of the Word and by My Spirit will make a separation between discernment and judgment. For, I will cause you to see in such a way that your own prejudice will not cloud your vision. Today, if you will receive it, I impart compassion and generosity to your spirit. Please consider and yield to your position in the Body.
1 Corinthians 12:20-27 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
September 1, 2003: Do not be afraid of what you are about to encounter. Fear will cause you to short-circuit. (short circuit: connection of comparatively low resistance; bypass, frustrate, impede.) Stay calm and be objective. Refuse to allow past situations and circumstances to dictate your behavior today. Let me sanctify and purify your memories, for I would have you cleansed of all rejection, past and present. Let me bring healing to your wounded spirit and release you from all that has troubled you. Trust Me to bring you to higher ground. This cleansing is necessary to prepare you for the coming spiritual season.