Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I hear for 2015

            As people of God we all need to seek the Lord regarding the times and seasons that we live in (1 Chronicles 12:32).  Often people have ‘Words of the Lord’ for the next year as it approaches.  For years I’ve posted what I have felt God was telling me for the New Year.  I’ve seen how God always has a way of bringing these words to pass though often not exactly how I thought He would.  Many times people have fun rhyming slogans for the year.  In an attempt to not conjure anything that God hasn’t given me, I don’t have some cute rhyming phrase that sounds good with 2015.  Not that there is anything wrong with people who do, but I don’t this year.  However, I have been receiving what I believe is a download from heaven regarding next year. I’m doing my best to prophesy the way I see it, so it may not have a pretty package, but I am excited to share it with you in this blog. 
          When I started praying about 2015 I had a vision of someone panning for gold.  I saw the sifting and gold in the pan.  I began to pray about and meditate on this mental picture.  I’ll be honest.  At first I was a little bummed.  I personally have gone through a lot in the last few years and I saw this image and I thought ‘really God more sifting, I mean I realize no one has arrived, but a major breakthrough would be super cool’.  The more I prayed about this image I realized God wasn’t talking about the sifting in this vision.  The sifting had already happened.  What I was seeing in the vision was the gold that was left over after the sifting.  So how does this translate for this year?  I believe that there have been many that have been through a season of sifting.  As I was praying about this I kept seeing the number five.  It’s as if for five years many people have been sifting and sifted again.  God was showing me in the panning for gold vision that the gold was in the pan.  The gold in 2015 was going to become clear and evident.  I believe that 2015 is going to be a year of those things that have seemingly been hidden on the inside of many of the people of God would be uncovered.  Many might say, well “I never saw so and so with such and such an ability” but the truth was God had been sifting these people and those things will become seen in the natural. I believe that there is going to be an uncovering of things that God has been putting in motion for years. 
          As I was praying I also heard the term ‘Due Season’. I think that often the term due season is over used and miss used in various Christian circles.  It comes from Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” I believe that 2015 is due season for many who have been crying out for it and someone needs to hear this word and hold tight to it.  Due season means God has already done what He needs to do, and due season means that many are stepping into fulfillment if that thing.
            I also heard that 2015 is the year of the five Ex’s.  I know that sounds silly, and no I’m not talking about some cheesy relationship that you pray are staying in your closet for all time.  But the five ex’s in this case should make some of y’all shout.  The five ex’s here are: Exponential growth, Excited, Exuberant, Extraordinary, and Explosion.  As I began to pray about this I could sense a firework explosion.  This would be a year that would be marked in your life as an extraordinary move of the supernatural in your life.  It would be marked as a year that if you could only see the fullness of your life you would be exuberantly excited!  This part of this word brings us back to the sifting of the gold. The explosions are seen.  It’s something that will be seen in the kingdom.  It’s extraordinary.  It’s not the same old thing.  It’s a new thing.  He is doing a new thing! “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
          I hope that you who read this hear from God about your own situations.  I pray that God speaks to you individually as you read what I feel for a corporate word.  Please seek the Lord as to what He’s telling you for the first of the year. 

          Dan and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year.  Be expecting for what God is doing, and remember God is good and faithful to you.  We pray for all of you often.  Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Instructions for the End of your 'Time of Transition'.

            Today while driving back to get groceries I had an “aha” moment.  It was one of those moments were suddenly God seemed to connect the dots in my head.  It was a revelation by which I was tremendously blessed and instructed.  I believe that there are many who will read this, who have found themselves in similar places, learn from this Rhema moment.  While often my blogs are not outwardly prophetic in nature, this one is, so hold onto your hats people.  I hope God uses me here to speak to you in your season.
            This has been a time of great transitions in the body of Christ. I believe this has been going on for the last several years. I know of several people who are pursuing the things of God,  who have made major moves whether it be through business, church, location, etc. etc.  I personally believe that to those who are really hungry for and seeking after the things of God, God has been divinely placing His people where He chooses. (1 Corinthians 12:18)  For Dan and me, I can personally testify to this in our lives.  We’ve known for years we were going to move from FL, though we didn’t know where.  In the last six months: we’ve moved across the country, started new jobs, new assignments, new schools, met bunches of new people, and have found ourselves under a new covering (church and leaders).  These are all choices that we 100% know we are where God wants us to be in our lives. We have no regrets in these choices because they were God ordained.
            However for a while something has been stirring on the inside of me. Personally for Dan and me we have come through a wilderness season, to be right where God has told us that was our land.  We are no longer in the Wilderness so we need to mentally talk, think, and focus that where we were is not where we are now.  This has been bubbling on the inside of me for some time.  Then I found this Facebook post from one of my heroes in the faith Don Nori Sr, that I believe said it best, “WHERE ARE YOU LIVING? Listen to how you pray. Listen to how to talk. Listen to your perspective. These quickly tell you where you are living. Can a bird reason, make decisions as a fish? A person's perspective is the directing force of his life. Promised Land folk no longer reason as Wilderness folk. There is no cloud of smoke or pillar of fire in the Promised Land. Yet, it is where true union with God occurs. It is the place of genuine co-labor with God. It is where destiny is born, grows, and matures. Change, it happens every day.
            Today I began to think in my car as I was driving that the Israelites had to have gone through the same thing.  That they were no longer in Egypt, and they had to realize that part of their life though was meaningful and would always be with them was in the past.  As I was thinking this I kind of asked the Lord, “God it would be like you to have brought the Israelites to a test regarding this.” Suddenly as if the scales were removed from my eyes I saw it.
            In Exodus 32 Moses went up on the mountain, had a moment with God and received the Ten Commandments.  The people at the bottom of the mountain still had slavery on their brains.  They had recently left Egypt.  They had walked through miracle after miracle regarding the promises of God.  They saw his Word happening.  But God was now taking too long in their opinion.  In verse 1 it says, “When the people saw Moses delayed….”  It was then they got this idea to make a golden calf and worship this.  What happened?  They were still thinking in their old Egypt ways.  They had a crisis in their minds and the resorted back to their captivity.  It was their IMPATIENCE that made them MISS their promise.  As a result of this many of them died because in short God wasn’t happy they were worshipping the golden calf.  The longer they were left to their own devices the worst they seemed to regress into their old ways.  What would have happened had they simply believed and waited for their leader?  I believe the results would have been so much different.
            So how does this relate to all of you?  I believe that many of you are at the tail end of your transition.  I believe many of you have made the adjustments you needed, but here at the end is going to require some patience and trust in God.  I know people don’t get all giddy when you talk about trust and patience.  They’re not exactly words people want to shout about.  However people don’t make the wisest of choices when they are impatient.  You can’t go back to what God brought you out.  You can’t go back physically, you can’t go back spiritually, and you can’t go back emotionally.  God brought you out, so the place for you is forward.  Let God do what God told you He was going to do.  Just because things haven’t changed yet doesn’t mean they are not going to.  You are on the tail end of this season.  The chapter is turning and God is bringing you to a new season. You have to change your mindsets.  You are not struggling.  You are not going to barely squeak by in life.  You are an overcoming through Christ! 

Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
            You will have good success!  So be of good cheer!  Walk away from the mindsets of the past and press forward to the place God has for you!  Do not loose heart if it looks like it is delayed, for God is victorious in your life! Be patient and trust God!
God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Are you being forced to be too flexible?

            Years ago in my gymnastics days, I went to a gym for classes that would physically shove us further down into our stretches.  It wasn’t enough to physically hurt us too much; however it did cause some pain.  However it did make us get more flexible than we thought possible.  The moments of uncomfortable forcing were worth it in the end.  Our class got more limber as a result.
            There are many moments in our life that are like that.  Circumstances can push us further than we want to go.  We are uncomfortable and complain in the moment, but later we realize how much the situation helped us.  Those moments can make us ready, able, and prepare us for times we may need the flexibility. 
            Many of you have heard my rubber band analogy before, but I think it bears repeating here.  Years ago I was cleaning out an old junk drawer.  I heard the Lord tell me that he needed to stretch me at times so that I didn’t end up like that crusty rubber band in the back of the junk drawer.  Why does that make sense?  Well you know the crusty rubber bands in the back of the drawer that are never used.  When they are used they snap when you need them. The moral to this story is simply, there are times in your life that you will be uncomfortable and stretched further than you think possible, but simply allow yourself to go through the process or you’ll snap in the times that you seem as important. The training process is always worth it.
            When we find ourselves in these situations that are stretching us and preparing us, it’s important to remember just to go with it.  Complaining, whining, and fighting against the process just frustrates everyone.  We have to stay flexible.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing,” Philippians 2:14 (ESV)
            Just go with it. Here’s a quote I just found in my stash of old quotes. “I have often thought about the faith it took for the Israelites to walk in the Red Sea behind Moses and watch as the waters parted. If they had waited to understand it all they would have stayed on the bank of the sea and would have missed their time of crossing over. May we endeavor to recognize when God is doing something and just go with it. May we not stop for it all to make sense, but realize we are living stories we will one day tell our great grandchildren as they sit on our laps.  Hold onto what He is doing and just go with it!”

            Remember God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Is There Caution Tape Over Your Life?

My girls and I have been taking turns at dinner reading passages from scripture and then discussing the passages as we eat. Yesterday at dinner my oldest picked a passage where Jesus casted a demon out of a person.  This opened the conversation about angels and demons.  We also found ourselves in a conversation about spiritual doorways, and how one opens up doors in their lives for demons to come in and mess with them.  The conversation then went into using your spiritual authority that Jesus gave us, and that Jesus was stronger than any of this.  As I was explaining all of this to my youngest I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to explain to her that if she ever opens a doorway by committing a sin, then all she needs to do is repent and ask Jesus to shut it.
She thought very silently for a moment and then piqued up, “Then Jesus puts caution tape over the door and nothing can come into it?” 
I had to laugh at her for a moment, but she was right. “Yes, in a way it’s like that.  Nothing is allowed to come in unless you let it.”
As I began to reflect on this, I realized how much I loved this idea.  When we come into the kingdom, it’s like Jesus sets “caution” tape up over our lives.  It says, “Caution, This One Is Mine!”
We are set apart for His glory (Deut 7:6).  When people see you do they see the “Caution Tape” over your life? Do we realize this, or do we try to blend into the culture that we live in.  There is real peace that surpasses all understanding when you realize that God is for you, and therefore nothing can be against you! (Romans 8:31)  Be at peace! God is on your side! If you feel you’ve opened any door to anything to mess with you, simply repent and ask the door to be closed. Trust in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Rest in His peace!

God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!