A little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9 NKJV).
I realize it has been a while since I last posted an update, however I trust you are continuing to speak life and love over the jars of dirt representing our nation. I’ve had the above verse on my heart since I woke up this morning.
I try not to watch too much news or read too many articles as the perpetrators of fear and law have been working overtime. The enemy of our soul knows he is defeated yet he desires to fight anyway. I have been thinking of how best to pray in light of the few reports I have come across and I want to share what Papa has spoken to me.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Pretty straightforward, right? It basically says a small amount is needed to affect something in its entirety. When looking at the current state of this nation, it would appear some leaven has indeed corrupted the whole. 2016 is an election year with candidates still vying for the top spot and no clear direction from many of them; things may appear bleak. I can assure you Papa knows exactly what is going on here, and He still desires us to bless and not curse.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men (Matthew 5:13).
In baking, salt can prohibit the yeast from causing the bread to rise. Used in large amounts, it hinders growth. Since Jesus told us we are the salt of the earth, we have the power within us to hinder the effects of the leaven affecting our nation. It is time for us to rise up and be salty. Salt also created thirst and preserves. When we are truly being salt, those around us want what we have. For too long we have equated saltiness with condemnation, but the two are not compatible. To be salt the way Jesus called us, we must exercise radical love and grace. Each of us can start within our circles of influence.
As we begin 2016, let us not only make a point to continue to speak love and life over our nation, but to walk salty and sure. We have all we need to do this in Christ, we simply have to exercise it.
This year’s prayer points:
- Speak life and love to your jars.
- Season every conversation with salt, lavishing love on everyone you meet.
- Continue to pray for Papa’s governmental authorities on every level in our elections this year.
- Pray for strength and endurance for all of our national intercessors, those behind the scenes as well as those in front.
I am so blessed to be partnering with you on this journey and I know we will see Papa’s hand at work in His divine time. I love you!
Happy New Year
I’ve had the phrase “King of Glory” in my spirit for a while now. There is such power in that phrase, and in who HE is!
I am blessed to serve with a worship team that loves spontaneous songs anointed with the Power and Presence of the Lord. Here’s a taste from last week:
Today’s word is Under Cover.
The Lord is moving in ways we are only beginning to see at this time. A few days ago He showed me a map of the United States. As I looked at this map, I began to see a blanket rippling and spreading across the nation from West to East. It was baby blue and appeared to be of a very soft, flowing fabric. It reminded me of shaking out blankets to spread them across a bed.
I heard His Spirit say “I AM answering the cries of My children! I have heard your prayers and I have dispatched your answers. Look around you in the spirit, can you not feel My wind and hear My whisper? Look around you, can you not see My hand? I AM covering this land and breathing into it. Do not give up, do not back down at what you see around you. Stay under the cover of My Spirit, hidden in My Shadow. I WILL prevail!”
The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness (Psalm 105:39 NLT).
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak—suppose only thirty righteous people are found?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty (Genesis 18:30).
Whatever it is you are praying and believing for, do not stop! We won’t always see an immediate answer to our prayer, but God is always working. He’s detail oriented and therefore, He often works things out in the background so that when we receive our answer, it’s the answer we absolutely need! He truly is for us, never against. Don’t believe the lies that state otherwise for they are lies!
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! 🙂
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you”(Genesis 22:5 New King James Version).
Aaaah, worship. Just what exactly is worship? Many have answers, but which is God’s true answer? I am still learning this, but I will share with you what I have learned since I began my walk with Christ. Worship is not the songs we sing Sunday morning, or whenever we play our Christian music and open our mouths to sing. Worship is not doing what we want to do for God. Worship is not simply paying lip-service to God so we can have our agendas met. Worship is service; it’s active, it’s laborious, it’s rewarding and it’s humbling. Worship is being obedient to God despite the circumstances surrounding us or our perceptions. Worship is bowing down before God in trust and faith, knowing He’s going to do what He says He’s going to do. Worship to God is in how we serve Him. This can mean we worship Him when we sing; when our whole being is poured out in the lyrics and melody of the song we are singing to Him. This can mean when we do what God wants us to do, and we want to do what God wants us to do, we are worshiping. Worship can be public or private, depending on our obedience to God and where He has placed us.
Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Out of obedience and worship to God, he obtained what he needed to perform the sacrifice, and as an act of worship, he tied Isaac down and raised his knife. Because of Abraham’s act of obedient worship, God provided a sacrifice to replace Isaac. Has there ever been a time in your life when God asked you to do something which didn’t make sense, but out of obedience you did it, and saw what God had in mind for you after? Perhaps it was to turn down that exciting job offer, or maybe to meet with someone you thought you had nothing in common with, or maybe it was even to attend an event that you had no intention of attending. Whatever it was, if God told you to do it and you did, you performed an act of obedient worship.
There is also worship of God in which we declare what a holy and righteous and mighty God He is. This is the type of worship in which we bow down low before His throne, cloaked in humility, standing before Him in faith and trust. We cannot stand and worship before a Holy God and not be faced with our true selves. Worship of God in this sense requires an inner examination; we must confess and repent of our sin before we can enter His presence. We must stand before Him with pure hearts and motives, giving Him all of our selves, being available for His purposes, for His use.
All we do for the Lord while here on earth is an act of worship. When we want to stay home and do nothing, but we attend church instead, that’s an act of worship. When we sacrificially give of our time, our resources, our talents, our finances – these, too, are acts of worship. When we offer up our jobs to the Lord, we are worshiping. When we throw our hands up and declare that God is Holy, Mighty, Righteous, Just – we are worshiping. Worship is not just reserved for Sunday morning sing-along service.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, You indeed are Holy. So very Holy, so very righteous, so very just! You are faithful and loving, but also to be feared. Father, forgive us for our attitudes towards worship, teach each one of us what true worship is, teach us obedience. Show us how to be joyfully reverent in Your presence and not hold to man’s definition of what reverence is. Father, we long to worship You, to sit in Your presence, to sing to You and be sung over by You. We offer You all we put our hands to do as an act of worship, we commit to You our talents, our resources, our finances, our lives to be used according to Your purposes. We love You and desire to please You. We stand before You in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Today’s Act of Worship: If you are torn between listening to a secular song and a Christian song, as an act of worship play the Christian song. If you have someone you avoid dealing with often, take the time today to stop and say hello – you never know what God will do through you in that moment. If you are constantly on the move, no time for relaxation, for friends, for family time – stop and make time to sit before the Lord and tell Him how holy and lovely He is – it’s amazing how your priorities will realign themselves while in the presence of God.
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 22: 1-18; Matthew 14:33; Psalm 96:9
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations (Psalm 100 New King James Version).
As I meditate on this Psalm, I believe this is a picture of what God desires for His church. There is power when gathered together in corporate praise and worship. This is a time when the Holy Spirit begins to flow, when God moves and speaks. People and hearts are changed when gathered with the assembly, singing praises and worshiping the Lord. Healings take place, miracles happen, souls are saved. During this time when the church is gathered together and united in worship and praise, hearts are prepared to hear the word of God, hearts are receptive to the correction of the Spirit, while ears and eyes become opened. When we shout to the Lord, we are letting God know that the inhibitions we placed on ourselves have been removed for His sake. When we come before His presence with singing, we are singing for an audience of One. When we enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise, we place all our trust into His hands.
As pet owners, my family and I are a kind of shepherd. When we come home after a period of absence from the house, our pets come to greet us. Our dogs are very excited and vocal to see us, and our cats will rub themselves around our ankles in greeting. They are expressing their joy and thanksgiving in knowing we have come home; they trust us to feed them, to take care of them and to love them. When we gather together as a corporate body, we need to express our joy and adoration of God to God! We shouldn’t have to be told when to stand, when to sit, when to clap. Corporate praise and worship time is practice for heaven. If we can’t express our feelings for God when we are with the Body of Christ, how will we be able to express them in heaven? Who cares what our neighbor thinks if we raise our hands or sing loudly and off key, we are not doing it to impress him/her, we are doing it in submission to God; to receive what He has for US and to bless His name. Just imagine what God could do if when we gathered together, even for one Sunday and just offered Him praise and worship as a corporate body. Imagine the healings and miracles He would bring when those that were sick came to the front of the assembly and were anointed with oil and prayed over while the assembly offered thanks and praise!
Church, it’s time to take seriously the things of heaven. It will be our ever after home, and if we can’t bring ourselves to effectively praise and worship the Lord with gladness and thanksgiving here on earth, we are going to have a hard time doing it in heaven.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this blessing of another day. Father may You bless our comings, goings and interactions this day by reminding us to continue to walk in the fruit of the Spirit. May our feet tread joyfully upon the path that Your word illuminates for us, may be continue to be steadfast and strong in our faith. May Your strength and grace cover us as we face moments of temptations and may we have discernment to find Your options for withstanding those temptations. Father, we love You, we worship You, we praise You. Your name is great and You are greatly to be praised! All day long, we praise and bless Your name. All day long, we lift You up and exalt You. Father, forgive us for becoming statues during our church services. Forgive us for not surrendering our hearts totally to You and placing fleshly rules on our corporate gatherings because we feel that we know better than You sometimes. Father, may there be altar calls and requests for those to come to know Jesus in every church. Father, may every gathering begin with a shout to You from the assembly, may all people lift their hands in adoration and submission to You. May all come before Your presence with singing regardless of the sound of their voices, we know that what we hear with our human ears may not be what You hear. May our worship and praise be a sweet aroma to You. Father, may the definition that man has given to reverence be redefined according to Your dictionary. May stoic and stony hearts soften to joyful and glad hearts. Lord Jesus, we long to see heavenly miracles when we are gathered together, show each local church what is missing; raise up the watchman, the prophets to bring Your word to the shepherds You have appointed. Father, for such a time as this, may Your watchman and prophets purify themselves and may Your shepherds begin to feel a sense of expectancy and quickness in their spirits in anticipation of the word You are sending. Prepare the local churches, Lord, for a move of Your Spirit and for a revival. Father, may Your servants not become so concerned with programs, agendas and scripts and become concerned with the hearts that are gathered together. We bow low in worship to You, Father, and we raise our hands up high in praise and adoration. All glory and honor are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you are feeling a disturbance in your spirit about how your church does church, perhaps God is stirring you be the agent of change and to speak to your church leaders. It’s time to take the emphasis off how church is done and put the emphasis back on God and what He’s doing; it’s time to press in as a corporate body and gather together exalting His name, preaching His word, bowing before His throne. Get before the Lord and ask Him what He desires for you to do.
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 22:22-26; Psalm 40:9-10; Psalm 89:6-8; Psalm 107:32; Hebrews 12:22-24; Mark 16: 14-18; James 5:13-15
If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence…? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now (Keith Green)!
This is currently one looping throughout my space – home, car, office. The Holy Spirit ministers each and every time I hear this song. I hope you can feel the presence of God as well!