I saw 7 Warrior Brides in a circle. Each Bride was wielding a jewel-encrusted sword in one hand and in the other they each held something different.
One Bride held a church.
One Bride held a group of people.
One Bride held a scroll.
One Bride held a shepherd.
One Bride held chalk.
One Bride held a cage filled with shackled demons.
One Bride held a lamp filled with oil.
As I looked at the Brides, I noticed they were identical. Each Bride lifted the items in their hands high and sang praises to God. Their voices were ethereally beautiful and though I couldn’t understand the language, I understood that they were celebrating the holiness of God and the strength of His might, they were calling for the Bridegroom and singing of His worthiness. As I watched, I understood the significance of each item in their hands, as well as who they are.
The church stands for the Apostolic Ministry.
The group of people stands for the Evangelistic Ministry.
The scroll stands for the Prophetic Ministry.
The shepherd stands for the Pastoral Ministry.
The chalk stands for the Teaching Ministry.
The cage filled with shackled demons stands for the authority we have over them.
The lamp filled with oil stands for our preparedness for when our Bridegroom comes.
Church, we are the Bride. Christ is calling for His Church to rise up and walk in the gifted callings we have. We are to be warriors on our knees and servants in the Kingdom, each of us with a place. We are to work together and partner with each other, and the Lord is raising up the Five-Fold ministry. Church – church as we have always known it is changing. Christ is our example and we are His representatives here on earth. We are to begin walking in our authority, we are to begin to take back the ground we have so complacently allowed the enemy to tread upon and we are be bold, fierce and courageous. Our strength comes from the Lord, not in ourselves.
In the story of the ten young virgins, five of them were wise, five were foolish. Five is the number of grace and the five-fold ministry contains five specific giftings. God is giving abundant grace to the five-fold ministry in this season, and we must allow it to operate. We must not hold back those who have been truly called, but celebrate with them and partner with them to walk it out and be the vessel God chooses to work through. We must be vessels of grace in this hour- and we must be ready, willing and available to battle on our knees for the advancement of the Kingdom.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 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 4:11-16 NKJV).
Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps (Matthew 24: 2-4).
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I trust. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I can say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.””
Walk in trust of the Lord today!
“No matter what comes my way, I will look up! I choose to trust My Father, for He has my back! When I am weak, He shows Himself strong and He will uphold me with His mighty right hand!”
Walk with your head held high!
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10 NKJV).
The Lord has been speaking to me about the Kingdom. His Kingdom. The Kingdom of Heaven. As a prophetic people, we have the ability and the authority to usher heaven into the earth. Every word we speak is prophetic and we constantly prophesy over ourselves when we open our mouths.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
We are made in the image of God, according to His likeness. Going back to the beginning, we read “God said…God saw” when He created the earth. Note – God SAID – He spoke the world into existence. His words were powerful enough to create! Next He SAW – He looked at what His words created and determined it was GOOD. God did not make anything bad, or junky, or useless. God SPOKE GOOD things into being!
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7)
God spoke the world into existence, but He fashioned man from the dust of the ground His spoken word created; He BREATHED his BREATH into his nostrils! He carefully crafted us in His image and because His breath brought us to life, we were giving dominion over the earth!
Church, our words have always been powerful, but we have long ago forgotten the authority we have in prophecy. We have the ability to speak life into people, into places and into every area of our lives. We have too long been speaking words of condemnation and judgement over each other, we have spoken words of criticism and loathing. It is no wonder the world has become desensitized to the word of God and His authority. We have allowed it!
Church, the Kingdom of God is within our grasp! All we have to do is speak it into the earth! Imagine if we all spoke words of love and encouragement, not only to those in our churches, but to the lost, to those unsavory places in our cities, to those places of hurt in our bodies. To speak GOOD things and SEE those good things come to pass!
We must be willing to let the Light of His love color the dictionary of our hearts, bringing forth fruit that this abundant and juicy. We must be willing to put ourselves aside and open our mouths to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven with words of love, words of life, words of healing, words of encouragement, words that edify and build up, and words that open the doors of heaven!
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13)
Let heaven come!
The Lord has been speaking to me about diamonds. Each diamond, in the hand of the jeweler, is cut to best display its splendor and reflect the most light. There are many different diamonds, each with its own color and attributes, and they are all stunning!
In the hands of God, we are like the diamond. Every word He speaks over us, every revelation of purpose, every character enhancement, even those moments of discipline- these are designed to cut us in places to best display and reflect His glory. We are precious treasure to our Father and He shapes us to be His best reflection, and to fit us into the setting He has specifically made for us.
He polishes us and continues to cut and shape us to our position, and this can often seem like times of trial or testing. Perhaps even times where He seems silent and distant. Rest assured, He is making us more brilliant than we could have ever hoped!
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT).
“I am redeemed and I am blessed. I am the head and not the tail, and I am a lender not a borrower. I am in Christ and because I am in Him, this is where I live and move and have my being. My identity is tied to Christ, not to what I do or where I live or how I serve. I am loved and I love, I am His and He is mine.”
Walk in your Christ-given identity today.
I’ve been thinking about fear and how as a nation, we are taught from a very young age to fear. And this lesson is not a healthy fear of the Lord, either, it’s the media and politicians fear mongering to gain footholds into every facet of the American household. Fear is the weapon used to encroach upon and infiltrate our lives, it is one of the deadliest tactics the enemy uses against people and it is one the church has fallen for.
There is a fear, however, that strikes down and halts the fear Satan uses, and it is the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is not a terrorizing, paralyzing or dread fear, it is a liberating and awe-some fear! It is a holy, reverent fear that is grounded in love. It is this perfect love that casts down the fear Satan has tried to paralyze the Church with.
Church, we must come back to the reverent fear and awe of our Holy God, only then will we gain the wisdom and boldness necessary to trample on the head of our enemy and crush the paralyzing fear mongers where they stand.
With our news focused on Ebola and/or Isis, as well as, what politicians are trying to stop the Church from doing across our nation, we must remember to separate fact from truth. Fact is, these things are happening, Truth is Jesus has already taken care of them. We must believe what He did and act upon it, but we must do it with the fear of the Lord and not the fear of the tempest.
Psalm 91: 3-6 (NKJV) “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
1 John 4:18 “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.”
Below is a link to one of the devotionals I follow, I thought this was definitely worth sharing!
As someone who regularly works with yarn, one thing we crafters cringe about is the dreaded knot in the skein. There is nothing more frustrating than stopping a piece of work to pick and worry a knot until it comes free. This picture is the tangled mess one of my pets left me to unravel, it took two days and the help of my toddler grandson to undo.
The Lord has been speaking to me about knots. Most of us have knots in our memory banks, they are the places where our thoughts and emotions park sometimes. Often we can be taken back to the place where we have tied a knot with a scent, a word, a place, a song, a person, a situation, etc. There are many of us who camp in the place of our knots, holding on to what once was and not looking into what will be. It is to the campers that God is speaking today.
I hear the Lord say, “I AM the UNDO-ER of knots. No matter how twisted the knot where your camp is, I WILL UNDO it! I do not desire for you to hang on to the past, you must progress forward. All your attempts to move in the place of your knot bear no fruit, for you are holding on to the branch I have pruned out of your life. My purpose and My plans for you are good, I have so much more for you, but you are like the children of Israel when I led them from Egypt – looking behind and complaining for what you once had; not seeing the Promised Land directly in front of you. Just as I did with them, I AM NOT TAKING you FROM something, I AM TAKING you TO SOMEWHERE! Partner with me, release your knots to me and free up your hands and feet. Just as knots bind, twist and tighten, the knots where you have set your camp have bound, twisted and tightened around you and only I CAN and WILL UNDO them! Pick up your camp for the fire of My LOVE is preparing to burn and UNDO your knot. Set your face like a flint towards Me and let Me undo you and propel you forward into the place I have for you.”
Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Exodus 16:2-3 NKJV).
Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established (Proverbs 4:25-26).
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 (Philippians 3:13-14).
“This is a new day, a gift from God to me. I will make the most of this day and praise Him through it! My praise is a weapon of my warfare and when the enemy raises a hand to me, I will stop his attempt with praise to the King. I am a warrior!”
Be a warrior today!
Well, I have gone and done it again – thinking, that is.
I’ve had a single thought parading around my head all day “the burden of busy-ness”. So, as usual, when these thought-parades begin, I start listening because I know God is talking.
As an introvert, it is very easy for me to get into the pattern of work, home, work, home, church, work, home…how many others can say the same? I’m not naturally social and therefore I don’t naturally seek out social activities. If I make plans, I make them in advance in order to mentally prepare for the event, because to me, it is an event. However, there are times, though few and often far between, where I recognize my need for social interaction because, after all, God created us for fellowship.
Why am I telling you this? Well, in the past, one of the reasons I have used to avoid large social gatherings is because I was always too busy. Being busy is a great strategic tactic for both the introvert and the extrovert to either avoid social interaction, or draw attention to it. In today’s world, being busy is a status symbol as well. Not surprisingly, this busy-ness has infiltrated the church.
As the Church, our churches tend to keep us busy and here is where the devil gets real sneaky. We are kept so busy serving in ministry, attending church events, small groups and conferences that we miss the every day conversation of different people, especially people we don’t go to church with. God did not create us for fellowship only with the folks where we go to church, He desires for us to fellowship with all Believers. It is in this diverse fellowship where we hear the wonderful things He is doing in, around and through the Body; it is in these conversations where we are challenged to either speak up or step up; it is in laughing with others where all are refreshed and encouraged; and often, we discover new talents and gifts when we step out of our comfort people-zone.
John 10:10a says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” We must remember that thieves are sneaky, they use stealth and cunning to take what isn’t theirs. Satan is a thief, he steals time, energy and resources by keeping us busy. Serving the Lord in our local churches is not a bad thing, it’s what keeps the local church alive, but serving in the local church to the extent that fellowship with friends, relatives and believers from other churches is forsaken is a problem. Always remember, Satan will always mix a little truth in with his lies, and we must practice discernment at all times.
I learned years ago that I needed to balance my busy-ness. I still don’t have it all figured out, but I’m working on it. My heart breaks for all the friendships that are no longer face-to-face fellowship because of the burden of busy-ness.
With this phrase in my heart, I am going to make a point to keep my busy-ness in check. If I ask to hang out, know it is a legitimate and genuine request for fellowship. You have something I need, and I have something you need – it’s called each other.