Today’s word is “Worship”.
I hear the Lord say “Seek My face and My Presence in worship. True worship of Me is found when your heart and mind are in sync with Me and your trust is in Me, despite what you see going on around you. Worship allows Me to open your eyes to see the heavenly realm and all I desire to show you, and worship brings healing and breakthrough. You cannot worship what you don’t trust, and when your trust is in Me, you will worship Me. Come into My Presence, come up higher, come and worship, sit at My feet and be made whole.”
Psalm 29:2 “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
It is no coincidence, then, that Today’s Jesus Calling by Sarah Young also speaks of worship:
“Worship Me only. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me. Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought-choices will keep you close to Me” (Psalm 112:7; 1 Corinthians 13:11).
Our thoughts really, really, really affect every other aspect of our lives. Pay attention to the thoughts you think today and do a course correction if necessary! 🙂
Today’s word is “peace”.
I heard the Lord say “Despite all the chaos around and confronting you, find My Peace and keep it. My Peace was designed to keep you still when the waves crash, it was designed to firmly plant your feet when the winds buffet you. Be still and know that I AM God, be still in My Perfect Peace. I am guiding You by My Eye, I am guarding you with My Wings. My Peace is not like the peace this world would want you to have, for My Peace is not found in things. My Peace is given freely for you to immerse yourself and dwell in. My Peace is always available. Keep your eyes on Me and have Peace.”
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV).
Today’s word is “tapestry”.
I see the Lord weaving an intricate tapestry, with colors so brilliantly vibrant there are no words to adequately describe them all. Within this tapestry the colors all blend together, even those that contrast and would seem unsightly in the natural. This tapestry is intricately woven, each thread carefully chosen by the Weaver of the Fabric, each thread meticulously placed. On the threads are names; I see each thread woven in with a specific path in mind for the person the thread represents and when a choice is made that does not follow the path of the thread, I can see the Weaver’s hands grafting the thread into another piece and then bringing it back to it’s original destination. When the weaver reaches the end of the thread, He then grafts brilliant pieces of gold and silver thread into it and brings it to the binding of the tapestry as a tassel, some threads ending with many gold and silver threads, some with a few, but each are attentively crafted, and there are many tassels on this tapestry. I cannot see the entire piece of work for it is not finished, but I can see His hands at work upon it, they are everywhere and yet in one place simultaneously. As He works, I can hear Him joyously singing over each thread and can hear Him whispering His plan to each one. This is a tapestry made with such love, by the Lover of our souls!
I also see a basket at His feet filled with His tears and dull threads from those who made choices forcing Him to remove them from His tapestry. I can see tears flowing and feel the heartbreak every time a thread loses it’s luster and is placed within the basket. I am not able to see the depth of this basket, only that it is not quite filled to capacity yet. The deep anguish is so palpable at the time a thread must be cut, and I can see how He prunes and prunes and breathes on the thread to keep it vibrant, and only the continuous choice to ignore His loving care dulls and kills the thread, much like lack of water and sunlight will kill a plant.
Church, what a magnificent picture of the love God has for us! What a testimony to His faithfulness and His mercy. Oh, that we would make choices that keep us brilliant in this fabric and that we would come alongside and pray for those who do not make such choices. Let us not rip at each other over doctrinal differences, I can guarantee we will be surprised at the people we will meet in heaven. We have a common goal, and we must work towards that prize.
“But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 NKJV).
Well, it looks as though things might take a slight turn here – in format at least. God has been speaking so clearly lately, and His words are not entirely meant for me to keep to myself. 🙂 This is the what I heard the Lord speak as I drove into work this morning:
Today’s word is “Secret Place”.
I heard the Lord say “Come to Me in the secret place, come up higher. When you seek My face in the secret place, you will find Me, and I will provide all you need to carry on. Meeting Me in the secret place should not be a ‘one-time’ thing, you must continually come and sit with Me. In order to walk in the purpose I have set before you, you will benefit greatly from consistent rest in the secret place. For when You rest in the secret place, you will be rewarded for your diligence not so secretly. The secret place can be found in worship, in prayer, in praise, in private, in public, it is the place in your heart where I reside, and it is the place where you will find rest for your weary soul. Do not seek to be seen outwardly, seek to be seen inwardly, it is the greatest place of reward.”
When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psalm 27:8 NKJV)
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly (Matthew 6:6 NKJV).
We’ve just finished our 30 Days of Praying for families, and what a blessing it was! A big “Thank YOU!” for everyone who joined and agreed with me in prayer. I am excited to hear the testimony and praise reports in response to the cries we lifted to heaven!
This endeavor was not only a blessing, but it also a fantastic journey with God. If you ever are in a place where you feel stuck, or feel as if you aren’t hearing from God, begin to press in for others. I can assure you that you will start hearing like you’ve never heard before, and you will never run out of things to pray for! Every day I was blessed to be given another part of the family to pray for, and I’m sure my journey is not finished yet – I get the feeling I have only scratched the surface, LOL!
I also want to encourage you to join my Facebook page. I tend to post some of the prophetic words I hear from the Lord there, as well as share encouraging items! Today, however, I will share with you the things the Lord downloaded this morning – hope you have your coffee, reading glasses (if you need them) and time, LOL!
Here’s the first word for today:
I heard the Lord say “Behold, I am doing a new thing. Do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed, you think I do not see Your struggle, you think I am not there, but I tell you I am with you and I am working things out in the secret place. I have seen your struggle, I have felt your pain, these are necessary to complete the work I have started in you. This may feel too much to bear, but tap into My grace for it carries all the sufficiency you need to press through. This new thing will bring My glory into your circumstances, and My Mighty Hand will deliver. Do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed for I AM with you.”
I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:8-9 NKJV)
Today’s word is “root”. I heard the Lord say “Roots are necessary, but what roots have you allowed to spring up? Because you are grafted into My vine, you have holy and solid roots; but you also have the roots of other things that have no place in my vineyard. I am the vinedresser and I am pruning not only your branches for fruitfulness, but I am digging out the roots of the things in the world you have allowed to seed and grow. This will not be a painless process, for some of these seedlings have grown for a number of years and you have become accustomed to having them around, but remember, it is because I love you and desire your growth to fulfill the purpose I have for you that I do this. Apart from Me, you can do nothing, but in Me all things are possible. Grant Me permission to do this work in you and do not strive against Me because it hurts, for in this process you are taken from strength to strength and glory to glory!”
And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10 NKJV).
I heard the Lord say “Perfect love casts out fear. My love for you is perfect and within My love is the foundation for all the things you need to grow and flourish. I am Spirit but I am also Love, and it is this Love which I pour out upon you. When you allow fear to grip your hand, you allow it to paralyze you. When you take My hand and hold tight, My Love chases fear away and it cannot take hold of you again. My hand is there for your taking, all you have to do is take it.”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18 NKJV).
One of my favorite poems is The Walrus and the Carpenter from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”. I was thinking about it this morning (there I go, thinking again!) and I realized how much like the oysters we can be if we are not careful.
… “If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
As humans, we like to talk. Some of us like to talk more than others, and some of us simply talk because silence is not an option. Some of us are very charismatic when we talk and we are quite convincing. We could sell ice to Eskimos, you could say. Others of us become so enamored with the things we hear that we don’t pay attention to the actual message. This is where the enemy does his best work. Remember, he comes to steal, kill and destroy and he is the father of all lies. He mixes a little truth in with his lies to deceive, and it’s become one of his weapons of choice.
God often uses things I wouldn’t imagine using to make His point, and today is no different. See, we can often be like the oysters in the poem, blindly following people without discerning their motives. These traps and pitfalls happen because we don’t stay prayed up, or we become complacent and comfortable in our spiritual place, or we simply are too lazy to stay connected to God. Sometimes, it can be because we are new in our faith and bombarded with different directions (or doctrines) to follow.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?
Great salesman are people who you don’t even realize are selling you something. They paint word pictures very skillfully, and they are often seemingly painted with you in mind. Before you know it, you’ve got your checkbook out and have given them the payment they were looking for. It isn’t until after the purchase that you question whether or not you actually needed it.
“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”
“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”
Then, there are the cunning con artists, who use verbal illusion to distract you from what they are really doing. Such is the case with the Walrus and the Carpenter – they are eating, yet they are distracting the oysters with talk of the night and the ocean view.
“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.
To avoid ending up like the oysters, we must be ever watchful for the tactics of the enemy because if not, we will not realize when we have fallen into his trap. We must test every spirit and we must operate with discernment, prayerfully seeking God before every decision. Watch the words others speak to convince you of something, and listen carefully to what the Holy Spirit tells you.
May your day be blessed, may you be filled with Love, and may the Holy Spirit remind you of the song the Lord joyfully sings over you.