What Can You Offer Them?

July 31st, 2014

Watch what people offer to someone in trouble. Some offer material answers because that’s where they turn when spirits are heavy. Some are critical because, under pressure, they condemn themselves as well and revert to wrong behavior or additive substances for relief.

Still others point to something from the past to explain today’s trouble; primarily, they respond to trouble with excuses from their personal past, rehearsing in minute detail specific losses and wrongs suffered.

These and similar responses fall short; instead, we can look to God’s Word, the only source of effective help for any trouble.

So why is the Word not given? Because many do not have it to give; they are unfamiliar and have little personal experience or personal study of His Word. For many, ignorance is the explanation.

The Word cannot possibly be what we offer to others unless we are familiar knowledge of the Word . . . unless Scripture is stored in my heart for my life personally, how can I and why would I offer it to others?

You cannot give something you do not have.

Amen.

John 17:17

Receive the End

July 30th, 2014

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)

In the midst of a trial, pressure has a voice — subtle at first, then more demanding that we conform to it. From experience we know that to yield to that voice, for even a minute, just brings more pressure and its war to discredit God’s Word as the true voice of authority and final word in any, and every trial.

So reverse that pressure—turn it back! Refuse to conform to it. Resist the demand to disbelieve. You, not the pressure, determine your boundaries. You say how it will be. You are the voice of authority, You speak to the pressure mountain and “it” obeys you!

Faith speaks now — right now! Throughout the process, all along the way, at every crossroads, beginning to end. Faith presides over trials with proof of exactly where final say in the matter rests. Faith predicts the desired result. 

Our words spoken in faith are backed by divine power; they “stand guard” against every enemy intruder. Jesus is author (the beginning) and the finisher (the end) of our faith. He is our entrance as we begin and He is amen, the last word. 

So go ahead and speak it! Don’t wait to see what pressure will demand next. Speak and declare the end . . . receive the end (the desired outcome) of your faith.

Abraham said to the servants, “the lad and I will come back to you.”

Amen—the end is better!

Genesis 22:5 | 1 Peter 1: 3-9 | Hebrews 10:38 | Hebrews 11:1 | Ecclesiastes 7:8 | Isaiah 46:10 | Verses@Once

Seek His Direction With Every Step

July 28th, 2014

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),] recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Ephesians 2:10, AMP)

We pray for the Lord’s direction from the beginning of anything right through to its conclusion. In the process, we learn to trust Him, gaining understanding from the experience; He has plans we are yet to even know about, including huge downloads of His love to move us into those plans, in sync with His leading.

In the process of learning to trust Him, we train our soul to agree with His leading. Humanly speaking, we are triune beings—spirit, soul and body; to successfully follow Him, the human spirit must be willing, the soul (mind, will and emotions) must agree with the direction He gives, and the flesh needs discipline to choose His way over its own.

The goal is demonstration of his dominion in, and through our lives. In every place of His dominion, treasures await the one who willingly, purposefully connects to His works. His dominion is like the river Ezekiel was shown, a river teaming with His presence and greatness, and goodness and power. The river forms around us and we become one with it.

Bless the Lord—everyone! In all places of His dominion, bless Him!

Amen.

Ephesians 2:10 AMP | Matthew 26:41 | Ezekiel 47:3-5 | Psalm 103:22 | Verses@Onc

Decisive

July 27th, 2014

Every day we routinely make choices that ultimately lead to important decisions. Confidence to make those in a timely way is important in business and to family but also to spiritual growth and moving forward with God’s leading. Often the most critical part is to, simply, make the decision! End the process of pouring over the details and bring everything to a conclusion. Then move forward!

The process is familiar. We all must make critical decisions in life but it’s more difficult for some people whose indecisiveness impairs and lessens their effectiveness; they struggle with making a decision, especially hard or emotional ones, because they realize “making the call” means responsibility for both outcome and consequences . . . it’s their decision. Indecisive people truly lack the confidence to assume that responsibility. 

The Lord empowers leadership in each us, including wisdom to decide matters for which you are responsible.

As a steward of God-given authority, the Lord trusts you to decisively lead, in all kinds of situations. You can do it! Don’t be concerned about the fall-out; instead, realize that with each passing day, difficult results will dim while at the same time you move forward, away from the fallout and toward the benefits. No more fence riding. It’s settled.

Keep moving. Don’t look back — confident follow-through lessens the domino effect of related problems, possibly avoiding them altogether. Those problems are hidden now but were certain to surface if you’d chosen indecisive delay, struggles that would have grown to monster-size without your decisive, God-given authority. 

Remember that today is the day of salvation! God’s people take the day decisively—confidently — in the Spirit’s power.

(I love this one!)

Amen.

1 Kings 3:16-26

Pride Resists Godly Wisdom

July 25th, 2014

God’s Word gives perspective for our lives: He directs our paths by His Spirit and Word—a Lamp for feet and Light for paths; without His shining we cannot see and without sight we settle . . . for whatever light we can get.

To compare what we settle for to what He planned is like comparing inches to miles, towns to nations, or a newborn to a wise experienced elder.

Conviction of this perspective is the Spirit’s gift; without the Spirit we are unconvinced, and unconvinced, we choose based on our own wisdom and inevitably pride has its way.

Pride governs the low path but on the heights of God we see clearly—He is for us!! God is Father, Son and Spirit—knowing Him is to know His Word perspective: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness . . .”

Father, I pray… Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in my life—today! I ask for leading by Your Spirit and for the Light of Your Presence to fill my life. Forgive me – pride kept and restrained me because I did not receive Your Wisdom. I turn. I turn. I turn. Today, I turn from pride and into Your Word . . . into Your Light.

Amen.

 

Proverbs 16:18, NLT | John 1:3-5, NKJV | Acts 3:19 | Verses@Once

Where Did You Invest?

July 24th, 2014

We invest years of our lives in relationships, a certain career, philosophies or movements or doctrines, and later realize the investment claimed precious years of our lives – all those minutes, days and weeks given to something that wasn’t aligned with God’s plan for us.

In an “aha” moment, we see it! We see our mistake and seek the Lord for a fix to heal the emotional trauma and deliverance from the mess woven like fabric around us. At this point time, choose to make time your investment – you’ll need it! Allow the Lord’s discipline to work salvation for you; otherwise, the heart that invested in the wrong thing will do it again (probably sooner than we’d ever admit) because the natural (flesh) side of triune-man is predictably like that, and the soul side is remarkably cooperative.

Not so the spirit! Inspired by the Holy Spirit the human spirit is a divine spotlight, searching inner depths of the heart to reveal the root cause of wrong choices and our motives for choosing as we do. By His Spirit, the Lord reaches the innermost part of your being, requiring of you changes that are necessary to deliver you. Aligned with Him, deliverance is the norm.

Use this time of waiting wisely – invest it. Feed your spirit. Wait for the Lord – He is beside, and behind you. If you will wait, you’ll also find He is just ahead of you so don’t get ahead of Him. Your mistake before was you did not stay with the Lord; you took the lead and did not believe Him, trusting instead in your own strength. You spent your reserves but did not get the hoped-for result.

Practically or spiritually if you merely refinance the mistake, you’re still stuck. So rather than refinance, re-invest: Stop laboring to receive His will from the world and learn to receive everything from the Kingdom—His is the Kingdom. He has gone ahead of you to give you what you need. Best of all the Kingdom of God is not shaking. The Kingdom is steady. Invest there. Receive it.

Amen.

Proverbs 20:27 | 2Peter 3:9 | Psalm 16:8-11 | 1Chronicles 29:11-13 | Hebrews 12:28 | Verses@Once

Seismic Utterance

July 23rd, 2014

On the day of Pentecost, sound like wind and a visual of fire marked the end of one thing and the beginning of something completely new. In the shift a seismic event occurred and the sounds born that day were supernatural utterances – waves of His Presence, depths of revelatory understanding, on earth as it is in heaven.

Pentecost changed peoples and nations; even the planet responded to the shaking. The result brought all of history to bear on a specific generation, marshaled into place by the Lord. He brought then out to bring them in.

As the Lord’s congregation (Heb. ’edah), we are there – called out and set apart for this time of days and nights shaking with prophetic promptings like those associated with the prophet Joel and the book of Acts. We are an end time congregation, assembled under heaven’s supernatural voice, seismic sounds like the sound of heaven . . . on earth as it is in heaven!

Amen.

Psalm 82 

Circuitous Routes

July 22nd, 2014

To fear the Lord causes us to align with His authority. We stay on track because we fear (reverence) Him and discipline our lives according to His love, doing the right thing, preferring biblical truth, and choosing what is just according to His character. In this case fear is a good thing! Hold that thought.

The opposite is seen in Israel’s forty years of wandering. To wander is to pass familiar scenery, again and again, and again. Israel let slip vital connection to the One whose leading is everything. Their path through a small area geographically became a difficult long journey. The Israelites were always close, but still far from their promise.

Like Israel, your answer is right in front of you and it just may have been there all along. Now you’re back where you started. This time align with Him, not with what others say. He is at work in your life to will and do of His good pleasure. Don’t try to fix God’s image or adjust His power lines. Instead, prefer His Spirit-promptings and prophetically declare:

Today I stop going in circles. I say to mountains that stand in my way, move! I renew my mind with the Word. My mind is washed by the water of God’s Word. No destructive force will succeed against me. I align with the standard raised over me – only blessing, never curse. I bind and stop deceptive thoughts. The night season cannot torment for I cover my life with the blood of the Jesus and release victory into my mind and thinking. In Jesus’ Name I take the day – evening, then morning . . . I take it! 

Amen – so be it!

He Has the Preeminence

July 21st, 2014

The Lord presides over everything today; before we experience or even realize it, He not only is “there” but is already holding everything together. His order was established in the beginning: “And He is before all things and in him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17

The Kingdom of God is among men. His working in our lives and today’s outcome will be determined in what we believe about Him and that what He is doing is important. To the extent we believe Him, we can participate with Him as the day unfolds.

Our Lord is before all things and in Him all things consist, are held together. Nothing will happen today He does not pre-know; however, He has given His authority to us, to be vitally involved, participating with Him by faith, both in prayer and action.

He has the preeminence. We co-labor with Him. We are joint heirs together with Him.

Amen.

Colossians 1

As David Did

July 20th, 2014

While his older brothers served King Saul in the armies of Israel, the shepherd boy David tended sheep in Bethlehem’s hills. David’s father sent food for the brothers by David and when he arrived, Israel’s army was hunkered down in fear of the opposing Philistine forces taunting from positions nearby.

Mocking, the enemy issued a challenge. Giant-sized warrior Goliath and one Israelite soldier would meet one-on-one and the winner of the contest (and his army) would be the outright victor over the other. Given the challenge, David the firebrand accepted, incredulous no one else had, and this is where we pick up the story.

The enemy Philistine confidently made his move. David the boy shepherd responded, running quickly toward Goliath. Prepared for this mortal combat with only a staff, a sling and five smooth stones, David made his move. One stone from the bag . . . into the sling . . . ready, aim, release! The stone found its mark, deep in Goliath’s forehead and the giant-of-a-man came down, face first. Using the giant’s own sword, the boy finished him off. David triumphed, giving the victory to Israel’s army and the cruel, relentless Philistines turned in retreat. With a mighty shout the Israelites surged forward, pursuing the enemy straight to their base camp, plundering all the way there and all the way back! Finally, David took possession of the victory – Goliath’s head goes to Jerusalem for display and the plunder of weapons to his personal tent.

We should do as David did!

Every challenge to our covenant with God should be answered decisively and we should continue decisively against every threat, including its source, until everything in that camp is plundered, the challenger marked for destruction and the source of trouble evicted.

Resist the enemy and continue to resist.

Don’t stop. Don’t resist and then back off as though each battle is isolated; battles are connected, not isolated. An enemy allowed uncontested retreat will return again more forcefully. Also bring an end to patterns that engage the same battle over and over again. Do as David did! Stop patterns of threat with fearless zeal and godly conviction.

You will recover all.

Amen!

1 Samuel 17:48-58