He Will Make You A House

“And so you can be sure the future of your house is also settled: Also, the Lord tells you that He will make you a house!” (2 Samuel 7:11)

The future of the Lord’s house is settled—the city of Jerusalem on earth and that heavenly city of Jerusalem above will merge. In the meantime, the Lord reveals His will and works His plan through those with an understanding of the times, those willing to build.

The Lord tells us when to build, when to tear down, and when to go up. This revelation, given to decisive people by God, builds up everything in its path. In the process, His goodness is established by righteous, God-inspired decisions, one step at a time—building.

Concerning your own house—your spiritual and physical house—critical decision-making unlocks important next steps. As you act on what He tells you, He merges both spiritual and physical for all He is building through you.

Amen.

Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 21:2—3:12 | Galatians 4:26 | 2 Samuel 7 | Verses@Once

Witness Him

We are in the season of Resurrection. Christianity is not defeated; it never will be—never can be. Our Lord is Savior of the whole world. He redeems with miraculous love, producing divine witness in every life. He is our Savior, the only way to the Father, and though Sovereign over everything, He ordained that we would work with Him. We are called to it.

We are witnesses: He came as Messiah, giving eternal life to all who receive Him. His blood is a complete and final sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. The tomb could not hold Him, politics cannot limit Him, and ignorance fails to stop Him; the grave is defeated, mankind is lifted, we are delivered, and living messengers like us are witnesses of the Father and His good news, a new covenant for all who receive Him!

Thank God! He is risen!

Amen.

Isaiah 53, NLT

Familiar

Jesus traveled from city to city, often addressing specifics unique to the city or region. His teaching revealed aspects of community life that Satan would have preferred kept secret, as was the case in Matthew, chapter eleven. The fact is, those living in any community imbibe of the spiritual atmosphere peculiar to it—good and bad.  

As for the bad, knowing what is hidden from casual view helps us to identify spiritual bondage in our lives. When communities of people hold to a common belief or behavior, truth can be difficult to discern and bondage hard to break… like going around with a bag over your head. Once the bag is there, you might just adjust to living that way, especially if you came to believe that everyone else lives that way, that it is actually the right way to live, and that everyone should!

The same principle holds for smaller units such as families, and larger ones like nations. Essentially, one person’s freedom to function fully in the Kingdom of God can be measured by negative things around them—things that have become familiar. Many habits, thoughts, and social behaviors are dictated by negative spiritual forces whose operation separates precious people from a solid relationship with the Lord and the freedom He intends.

Living life in the familiar can mean you learn to function in your dysfunction.

Amen.

2 Chronicles 33:6 | Isaiah 29:11-12 | Matthew 11 | Verses@Once

Convergence

The Lord’s end-time plan unfolds, and with it, divine pressure is applied to those things He never intended, refining everything into one thing—convergence! Its what we see now, prophetically, as all things come together—a new form unlike the old one, uniquely created by refining processes over time.     

Convergence means to unite or merge groups or tendencies that were originally opposed or otherwise, very different. For example, the Bible describes Jerusalem, “a city compacted together,” the earthly city converging with the Jerusalem above —a city above a city, converging as heaven and earth draw closer to fulfill John’s vision: “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.”

God walked with Adam in the garden until that relationship was lost, but at Calvary and since, all those who are born-again are restored under Adam’s original open heaven, God’s Spirit resident now and His heavens moving into position for that future day. We often pray— Lord, rend the heavens and come down, a prophetic calling forth of a future day when the Lord Himself will literally split the Eastern sky and come down!

Best of all, God’s people are in convergence; a supernatural joining, overshadowing conditions around us, nothing held back! For you, this means an avalanche of revelation and goodness, breakthrough and overthrow; the thief is bound, the spoiler found out, and corruption is driven out. 

It’s what we pray for. I believe it.

Amen!

Psalm 122:3 | Revelation 3:12; 21:2 | Genesis 3:8, NLT | Verses@Once

Break The Cycle

In the same way history repeats itself, our lives create a history of patterns—cycles. Ignoring history ensures its repetition; ignoring our own behavior and response patterns ensures we will repeat them. Every disease has a spiritual root, every hurtful act perpetrated upon another has consequences, and every weaponized act received marks us.

While we should definitely learn from past experiences, refuse to mentally re-entertain those again and again. Learn from them and move on. Refuse to listen to the same old messages against you—refuse their oppressive, hypnotictaunts!

Step away from the contest.

Discern destructive elements.

Don’t sugar-coat the facts.  

Now, step back in and… break the cycle.

Amen.

Proverbs 4

Relationship And Connection

Connections for personal relationships are important. We are naturally drawn to some people more than others but in choosing to join ourselves to anyone, on any level, it is wise to first discern by the Spirit the Lord’s purpose for the relationship… and where it will take you.

The associations I choose can prosper, or drain me, nurture my success or lead to heartache and loss. It’s my responsibility to guard those—to place every kind of relationship, association, and covenant before the Lord first, as I believe Him for direction. Then, the choice is mine to follow or ignore His leading.

Don’t forget, the Lord also leads in the matter of ending a connection. Do it without delay. In your heart, make the decision and then, because the process may take time, ask wise men and women to watch for you. Just as Godly integrity guides the commitments we initiate, ending those should draw from the same integrity to lead us out, and away.

It’s why, especially in consequential relationships (in personal relationships or friendships, in business or professional life), part of our seeking the Lord from the start includes where being joined to this person will take me. As has been said: Show me your friends and I will show you your future.

Amen.

2 Chronicles 21 | 2 Chronicles 21, NLT | Proverbs 14:34 | Verses@Once

Grace

“For the graceof God has appearedthat offers salvation to all people.It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,and to live self-controlled,upright and godly livesin this present age.”  (Titus 2:11-14, NIV)

The grace God gives is sufficient and nothing escapes the goodness of God expressed in His grace. Those who gratefully receive grace to live abovecondemnation are freed from religion’s legalism, knowing missteps are covered as we give our all, our very best, in pursuit of and aligned with His Word.

Grace teaches us to believe strongly, stand firmly, lead by example, live demonstrative faith, and love God completely. True Bible grace is a stronghold for the Godly, a joy greater than weak-willed excuses and a triumph of redemption over rigid and legalistic doctrine. God’s grace silences rule-mongers and gives voice to born-again hearts who honor His Word and reach by faith for the heights and depths of His love.

Grace also teaches us to say no to ungodly and worldly passions. Grace encourages self-controlled lifestyles and righteous living despite the culture’s noise. Jesus gives redemption from wickedness to purify and set apart for Himself. He is Grace. He makes a way even when there is no way. Grace leads the way out!

Amen.

Titus 2:11-14, NLT

Righteous Governance

For Christians, life in God’s Kingdom includes a responsibility to pray and contend for righteous leadership on every level, especially for those who lead and govern nationally. Righteous leadership determines Kingdom expression in any nation, and in our day, the stakes could not be higher!

The Lord anoints those who govern with divine authority to rule. Others recognize the presence of divine authority in the lives of those tapped by the Lord to govern righteously.

As lively expressions of the Lord’s Kingdom and because of our covenant with Him, we envision blessing, benefit, and promotion for our leaders—because of covenant, we pray for them: Kingdom come, will of God be done! 

“Blow the ram’s horn trumpet in Zion! 
   Declare a day of repentance, a holy fast day.
Call a public meeting. 
   Get everyone there. Consecrate the congregation.
Make sure the elders come, 
   but bring in the children, too, even the nursing babies,
Even men and women on their honeymoon— 
   interrupt them and get them there.
Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, 
   let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance.
Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! 
   Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt.
Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them 
   and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’””  (Joel 2:15-17, The Message)

Amen.

Joel 2:15-17, The Message

Supernatural

Truths we awaken to by study and discipline lead us to relevant spiritual excellence for this generation; and, those truths, quickened by the Spirit and developed in the heart, transfer to family members and all those the Lord places in our sphere of influence. Our lives are supernatural really because we carry the Lord with us as we go: “Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God… to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume.”

Life-giving is our hope, our fervent expectation. And that hope is not ashamed, but continues daily, increasing in the expectation that as God-vision and human-hope converge, the message we live, plain-spoken or eloquent, hits the mark and accomplishes the goal: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Amen.

Romans 5:5 | 2 Corinthians 2:15-16, NLT | Matthew 6:10 | Verses@Once

The Lord Is On Your Side

Expect corrupt influences to fall by their own counsel. The Lord is the one in charge, executing righteousness and justice against oppression and oppressors. Ultimately, all who take advantage of those who cannot fight back, given their situation, will be impaled on their own counsel, soon reaping the same kind of harm they once advanced. Everything reproduces after its own kind.

The mercy of God is unending and impossible to measure in human terms, but at some point, His mercy becomes judgment—even His mercy is perfect justice. The one who devises hurt, taking pleasure in the confusion they wield, heaping weights that cannot possibly be carried, does not know or understand the Lord; they are empty headed and their philosophies will prove empty, their religion vain, and their ignorance of the Power about to be released against their actions, rewarded.

Be certain you are on the Lord’s side.

Amen.

Psalm 5 | Psalm 103 | Psalm 124:2, ESV | Verses@Once

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