Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

Most people are unaware of where the term, “It’s raining cats and dogs” came. The most common answer is that in the Middle Ages in Europe the roofs of most homes were thatch and animals would get up in the roofs and hide. No one knew they were there. Until one of the animals lost their footing and came crashing down to the floor of the house. I don’t know about you but the thought of a mouse or a cat flying from my roof in the middle of the night doesn’t seem like a nice way to wake up. Thus the phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs” got started. I could just imagine having dinner guests over and right as people were ready to eat their dinner a rat fell in the center of the table. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Often times we in our Christian lives can think that everything is okay. We can think that someone looks fine on the outside and assume that all is well with them. Or sometimes we can think we can gloss over some areas in our lives, that we know we need help in, and think we can fake it. However I assure you that eventually what is in your “spiritual roof” will fall out.

Matthew 12:34b (NKJV)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I have always joked that I would rather admit I have an issue and deal with it than be in denial about it. At least I can deal with the problem, and allow God to show me how to handle something. We have to realize we must stop spending so much time being an image and be real with ourselves and God. God sees right though us.

Matthew 23:26 (KJV)Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

If you don’t deal with the stuff going on in your life between you and God it may come out in a time you may not want it too.

1 Corinthians 4:5 (NKJV)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

It’s time to get real before God and yourself. Deal with any hidden things in your life. Stop trying to hide what may be in your life and start dealing with it. One day we’ll all have to stand before God. The time to deal with those hidden issues is now. Take the time to ask God and examine yourself what critters maybe lurking in your spiritual roof. The sound of a “cat” falling from the roof isn‘t too melodious. There is no need for it to fall if you take it down yourself.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Introducing Doveagle Ministries

Introducing Doveagle Ministries

Greetings,

I am very excited to get to finally announce the official birthing of Doveagle Ministries Inc. Dan and I have felt for sometime that this day would finally arrive. After a lot of prayer and wise council from our Pastor, we are launching out into a traveling ministry from our church.

~Excerpts taken from the webpage

“Doveagle Ministries is a prophetic voice in this generation. We are a non-profit ministry organization that goes in as guest ministers “bringing freedom through the power of the word“. We are founded on the word of God. It is our heart cry to make ‘Jesus as famous as possible‘. We are a ministry reaching out to our community, nation, and world by the word of God and the supernatural power of God. We see ourselves like a bold voice in the world declaring that we His church rise up and “prepare the way of the Lord.”


“Doveagle Ministries was officially founded in 2010 by Dan and Anna Aquino. However it’s roots go back many years. God spoke to Anna Aquino the word “Doveagle” in 1996. It comes from the words Dove and Eagle. The Dove in the scriptures is often referred to the Holy Spirit or something that is bringing peace and order (Matt 3:16, Matt 10:16). The Eagle in the Bible is often referred to as an overcomer or one that soars above the problems of the earth.(Isaiah 40:31) Dan and Anna feel that it is the mandate on their lives to be used by the Holy Spirit to empower people to soar to places that God has designed for them. They feel that they are being sent out like Noah’s dove in the Old Testament to reveal where the life is to the people willing to hear. (Genesis 8:8-12)”


We invite you to check out the updated webpage. My webpage now has a Doveagle Ministries page http://www.annamaquino.com/doveagleministries.html

We also invite you to view/listen to an edited audio teaching that I did recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBGeyhPR_4 It is entitled, “Getting to your destiny Have you become a manipulator?”

If you are a pastor or leader of an organization, please pray about inviting us possibly visiting your church. If you go to a church, please mention to your pastor about Doveagle Ministries. Feel free to contact me at anna@annamaquino.com

Most of all, I am asking for your prayers. Please pray for Dan and I as we step out into this new chapter of our lives. God is faithful, and He is able to accomplish what He started.

Love you all,


Anna M. Aquino

Sunday, October 24, 2010

You Have to see the World Before You Can Help Save It!

As a whole, our society is suffering from a shortage of compassion. Sadly, we have just stopped caring about each other anymore. I do not know when it started. Maybe it is because there is just so much need in the world. Maybe it is because we are so saturated in the media of issues that we have become desensitized to the world around us. However, to take it one-step farther it is not only that we are on a compassion shortage. We have just really stopped seeing the world around us. Every day we go throughout our lives not really seeing the people who are next to us. We see a tear streaked woman at the bus station and we are more concerned about our nails then helping her. We do not stop to realize that the homeless man on the street may just be desperate for a touch of Jesus, or the lady who rings up our groceries just needs a smile and an encouraging word.

We have to stop being so caught up in our own lives and start seeing the world around us. I am not perfect in this. I am telling on myself too.

If you look at Jesus’ life, he was moved by compassion.

Matthew 20:34 (NIV)
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.


Mark 6:34(NIV)
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.


In fact, it goes beyond just Jesus being compassionate. We are instructed to be that way too.

Ephesians 4:32(NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

We have to be able to see the world around it before we can try to save it through the power of Jesus Christ. We have to stop being so jaded and start really loving people. I am not promising you it is something that will happen overnight, but you have to choose to begin to see the best in people. Choose to begin to open your eyes to the world around your circle of influence. Choose to see that there are millions of people out there in the world who are dying and on their way to Hell. These people need Jesus.

This is a poem I wrote years ago, and I feel it is fitting to share.

Their Dying
Copywrite 2004


The veil,

she tries to hide

from the pain, the hurt, the guilt inside.

The man,

he’s trying to be

the push, the pull, he longs to be free.

The Shadow.

The Dance.

The LSD Trance.

The Need,

for Speed.

Their all down on their knees.

Their waiting, Their Dieing, Their Breaking, Their Crying.

We see them,

We know

their eyes don’t have long to go.

A cross,

A hope

a new reason to cope.

Will we tell them?

Will they know

or will we walk by them and let them go.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Five-Fold Ministries are not Wind-up toys!

Expectancy vs. Manipulation


When I was a little girl, my grandmother had several wind up toys that we used to play with. I can remember spending hours trying to get the toys to go in the water where I wanted them to go. I have begun to see that in the body of Christ more and more there are people trying to get the five-fold ministry gifts to go where they want it to go and do, just like I did with the wind up toys.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “five-fold ministry” term here is the scripture in which the term is taken from.

Ephesians 4:10-12 (Amplified Bible)
10He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).
11And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
12His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),

There are people in the body of Christ today who have been gifted some as an apostle, some as a prophet, some as a teacher, some as an evangelist, and some as a preacher. Not everyone holds a five-fold ministry gift. Some people are called to be saints. The five fold is specifically supposed to equip the saints. Do I believe in modern day apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors? Yes I do. However notice that God appoints them and not the person appoints them. God Himself appoints (creates) both men and women to hold these mantles.

All too often, this concept is skewed in the body of Christ. The saints have this misconceived idea that they get to manipulate and operate the five-fold to do their bidding when really that is not true. The five-fold was created to equip the saints. As I write this, I can hear many trying to say how does one do that? Truthfully, I have story after story of people coming to me to get a prophetic word on a specific matter. I am not a psychic. I am a prophetic voice. I can pray with you about something, but I do not get to pick and choose what God wants to say for your benefit. I am not a wind-up toy. I have to give an account for every word I have spoken and I am just God’s mailwomen in a sense. Have I missed it before, yup. However, it is something I try not to do. Other times I have seen people try to manipulate their pastors. They want their way, and will threaten just about anything in order to get it.


The five-fold ministry gifts are gifts. Their not our own personal wind-up toys. People mix up expectation with manipulation all the time. To expect something means you confidently believe in something. If you manipulate you’re trying to control somebody or something. Having expectancy is very different than trying to manipulate someone in order to get what you want.

You have to allow the five-fold ministry gifts in your life to do what their called to do, and that is to teach you and train you. I don’t care what you’re called to do on this earth, you will have times of teaching and training. Even Jesus had to go to John the Baptist to get baptized. He had to humble himself.

Proverbs 29:23 (KJV)
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Check your relationships to those around you that you know God has put in your life to help equip you for you calling. Are you trying to manipulate or expect. Allow them to help equip you for what God has called you to. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Old Faithful

This morning I was praying and I kept seeing a vision of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park erupting. It wasn’t one time I saw this but over and over again. Though I’ve never seen it erupt in person, I did see it over and over again in this vision. I believe the Lord was trying to teach/remind me of some things through this vision and I felt that in today’s blog it would be a great time to share.


According to Wikipedia, Old Faithful erupts every 45 minutes to 125 minutes. While they are never 100% when it’ll erupt they always know it will. The signs are always there. It always happens.


Seeking God and His promises can sometimes feel that way. You can never be sure exactly when and how it’ll appear on the surface but eventually it will. Because underneath the surface the water is boiling and the land is moving and suddenly this thing that you know God has been speaking to you about appears.


We as followers of Christ so often get funny about believing for the things of God. We wait for it, and we don’t feel like anything is happening. Then we wait some more, and we start whining. We wait some more and feel like stomping our feet or throwing a fit. But all the while God is All Faithful. Things are happening under the surface and just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not getting ready to explode.

Mark 4:38-40 (KJV)And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

God equates being at peace in a tumultuous situation with your faith. Do you really believe Him and trust Him at His word or do you believe the circumstances more?

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith is a choice. It’s a consistent choosing to believe in God despite of what you see. It’s a choice to continue to renew your mind to what God has spoken. Choose to trust God today. He is like Old Faithful in your life. He’s there; he’s doing things in your life no matter what you may see. He’s working a miracle that will sprout up on the surface, I guarantee it. But you have to believe Him. You have to choose to trust Him. He knows where you are. Choose to stay in faith. He is faithful!

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Amplified Bible)3Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Faith Is. . .

I was watching Joyce Meyer yesterday, and I thought I’d share something she brought up. She used a verse in Colossians to define faith, I’d never heard it defined that way before, and it got me thinking.

Colossians 1:4a in the amplified Bible [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

I like that definition.

Many of us have heard the definition of faith as:

Hebrews 11:1 (Amp)
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Whichever verse you want to use one thing that is always constant is that Faith is consistent. It’s not here one day and gone the next. Faith is not a fleeing thing, but it’s stable and constant. I often use the concept that faith is like constant water. Changes in the rocks might be gradual but it’s the consistency that smoothes them down over time.

So often many in the body of Christ mistake faith for emotion. One day something happens that gets one all excited and the next day it doesn’t. One day we’re up on cloud nine knowing we’ve heard from God and the next day we’re convinced God doesn’t even hear our prayers. That my friends, isn’t faith. It’s an emotional roller coaster that will drain on you spiritually. Faith is consistent. It is not dependant on your circumstances, and until one grabs firmly to this concept they won’t be able to fully accomplish the things God has for them.

Hebrews 11:6 (Amp)
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

God loves it when His children trust Him despite of what is going on around them.

Someone came to me recently and asked me about this. They wanted to know what was the difference between being in faith on something and just being plain stubborn. I had to chuckle at the question because I’ve asked myself the same one often. According to the dictionary faith is belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof. The definition of stubborn is unreasonably determined: unreasonably and obstructively determined to persevere or prevail. So to answer the question in order to be in faith about something then yes, you have to get a little stubborn. Call me stubborn if you wish, but I’m not unreasonably determined. I have a reason to be so convinced. God told me it was so. He’s my reason! Be sure you’ve heard from God.

Be firmly determined on what God has spoken to you about. Be firmly fixed on what He has said and not what your emotions have tried to wage against you. Lean your entire personality on Him, because He knows what He’s doing more than what you can see. Remember stay consistent. Stay in the race. You’ll find yourself crossing that finish line before you know it, and in the end it’ll all be worth it. God loves you, keep trusting Him.

Here's a good youtube clip from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, sometimes you just have to trust God to be there even when you don't see it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5TSV6c68A

Sunday, October 10, 2010

When Life Gives You Doo Doo, Make Fertilizer!

Yesterday I was thinking about some things and all of a sudden this phrase popped into my mind. We often have this thought that just because we’re Christians then life should be easy and we should never have to face any kind of trial. But that’s not true. Life can be difficult sometimes. It can feel as if we’ve been handed a lot of doo doo. But the good news is that you are an overcoming through Christ Jesus!

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Even though you may go through times where you feel there is more doo doo than you can bear, God has given you the victory. You are on the winning team!! You don’t have to wonder whose going to win this battle. You are because Jesus already did.

We have to realize that our testimony is a powerful thing. Though you may go through trials God can turn that mess into a powerful testimony for His glory. We can turn the doo doo of life into fertilizer by using our mouth to proclaim the victory. Fertilizer helps plants grow. The people around you will grow and learn from your testimony. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth when you know you must. Allow God to use what you have walked through into fertilizer for others. Allow God to use your testimony to make the devil regret he even tried to throw doo doo your way!


Revelation 12:11 (KJV)11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Remember that if you have Christ Jesus, you are the victor!!! You are not on the defensive team, you have the “ball”! Don’t the devil trick you into thinking anything other than the truth. You are a Kings kid with a powerful testimony! Go and fertilize some plans today, and remember God loves you! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

But There Are Giants In The Land!!!

After God got the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses brought them towards the promise land, there were spies sent out in Numbers 14 to check it out. All this time the Israelites had this concept that when they got to the promise land there would be big neon signs and a paved road. They were all expecting for this land flowing with milk and honey to be unoccupied and ready for them to take over. But if you’re familiar with the story, you know that wasn’t the case. All the spies minus two came back freaking out that there were big guys who appeared to be giants in the land, and their fear kept them out of where God wanted them to be blessed. They all testified to the bounty, but fear stopped them from grabbing what God told them was theirs.

Caleb and Joshua were the only two that were bold and full of faith. They kept declaring it didn’t matter that there were giants in the land, God wanted them to have the land and they were going forward.

God got annoyed with the Israelites. I know, what’s new with that? Basically they’d seen miracle after miracle of God’s hand in their life and provision and they would rather stay in fear instead of trusting God. As a result the Israelites had to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years and only Caleb and Joshua from the older generation made it in the Promised Land.

So often we have this concept of our promised land. We think when we get there everything will be just waiting for us and we’ll be able to waltz right in and take our place. I have often wondered if the Israelites would have chosen to listen to Caleb and Joshua would the inhabitants of that land have just let them come in and take over. Quite possibly, but we do know that 40 years later when they came back and marched around the city, the walls simply melted in the land. It was there land regardless of the giants. Faith is when you know something to be so regardless of what you see. Circumstances cannot be your measure of faith, or you’ll never accomplish the will of God for your life.

Recently there have been some things that have appeared in my life that seem like giants to me. I’ll admit it. Dan and I are still sorting out and grabbing hold of what we believe to be God and making sure it is before we run with it. So when I’m teaching on this blog I’m preaching to the choir here.

But what I keep coming back too is which one is bigger? Is it God or what I see to be a giant. Which is really bigger? Which am I going to choose to walk in fear or faith? So what, I see giants in the land? God is bigger than that thing. Maybe I need to take my eyes off the giant and look to God. He’s been faithful to get us to this point and He’s never let us down before, nor will he ever.

It’s actually pretty typical of God when you’re getting ready to walk into the Promised Land he has for you to see a few giants. It’s a test of how you’re going to react. Are you going to be full of faith or run away and hide? So I’m asking you today are you in fear over the giants you may see or are you in faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3 and 6 (KJV)
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


Know that you know that you know what God is saying on a matter and once you have His answer go forward. Those giants have to leave you land. They don’t have a choice. Choose faith over fear. You’ll be glad you did!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Be teachable and correctable!

I’m guessing around 20 years ago my sister heard a message taught by TD Jakes at World Harvest in Columbus, Ohio and came home telling me that I needed to hear this message. I totally brushed off the comment and was like okay whatever and ignored it. So I went through my life forgetting about it. Probably 7 years ago she was getting rid of some old tapes and came across that tape of TD’s message and told me to take it. I smiled politely and said sure. Thinking I’m never going to listen to this and threw it in a box. Then about 5 years later I was surfing through the channels and the Christian channels was showing older messages and guess what? It was that same message my sister had been trying to get me to hear all those years earlier. You’d think I’d have paid attention, but I brushed it off. The next day the message was on again, and I was like “OK! I get the point, I’ll watch this teaching.” As the teaching unfolded it was revelation to me that I needed to hear. This word hit me in an area that I hadn’t even known I had issues. I finally got the old cassette tape out of the forgotten box and listened to the word again.

So many times we have this concept in order to hear from God we have to hear this audible voice, but we forget on a daily basis God orchestrates things around us to get us right where we need to be. Have you maybe noticed three people independently start talking about the same subject, or you keep going to the same scripture in the Bible? You have to discern these situations. Could it be that God is trying to show you something? We have to stop thinking that we know everything on our own, and remember we have to be teachable and correctable.

Proverbs 14:6 (Amp)
A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.


We have to heed the wisdom around us, and stop thinking that we know everything. We have to realize that God often puts people in our lives to teach us things.

I’m reminded by a story I heard many years ago about a man who was on his roof praying for God to save him. There had been a flash flood and the water was rising. Soon, a man in a boat came by and asked if he needed a ride. “No” the man replied, “I’m waiting for God.” The man kept praying and praying, and in the heights of his frustration he heard a helicopter. Surely this is God the man thought. But when he saw it was just another man he declined the ride. Eventually that man died and in heaven he said to God, “I don’t get why you didn’t come and rescue me?” God sighed and responded I sent the man in the boat and I sent the man in the helicopter. You choose not to get rescued.”

Be a seeker of wisdom. Be teachable and correctable. Realize you don’t know everything. Just last week a decision came before Dan and I that is a big decision for us. As I spoke to a friend of mine he kept being reminded of a scene in a movie. Later I spoke to my pastor. The funny thing is he kept being reminded of a scene in the same movie. The next day I shared the situation with a friend who began to pray, and she began to pray that it would be like the scene in that same movie. Do I think all of this is coincidence? No. This time it’s not going to take me 15 years to hear what God is trying to get through to me. I already have that movie held at the library and as soon as it’s in I think Dan and I will set down and prayerfully watch it.

Be sensitive to what God is saying to you today. I’ll close this blog with a quote our associate pastor said today while preaching. It was a good word, and I thought you’d enjoy it. “Your destiny is determined by what you do with the difficult.” ~Pastor Chad