Voice of Authority

Change happens when someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately, we are tempted to be silent, and instead of leading our generation for the purposes of God, we yield to the next strongest influence or most demanding voice. 

In the process, leadership that does not reflect the Lord replaces the contributions authentic leadership should have made. Once in, those voices oppose every valued standard, one by one. By the time we realize what has happened, the voices that came to take over have! 

In contrast, the truly spiritual person sees, knows, and speaks with God-given authority, providing answers to life’s challenges with words of life, not just for personal needs but for the whole world! The voice of the one who is spiritual steps up.

Like a shofar blast of divine wisdom, the voice of the Lord thunders. 

Amen.

Matthew 17:14-21 | Psalm 29:2-4 | Verses@Once

Belief In His Word

If the challenge today is physical—for you or someone you care about—remember this: God sent his Word to heal. The Word is your weapon against disease or anything that opposes God’s plan for your vibrant health.

Think clearly. The very essence of sickness is deceptive, so guard your heart. God the Word became God the Son; He became flesh and dwelt among us! Jesus is the living Word and as you read aloud and meditate in the written Word, your human spirit is saturated with its healing power.

Meditation in the Word produces confidence in God—the opposite of confidence in the power of sickness to control you. Every threat to physical health should be answered with belief that God’s provision for healing is absolute, supreme, and completely triumphant.

What you believe matters. To believe is to release God’s power, but unbelieffundamentally opposes Jesus’ mission of healing and deliverance. Unbelief is not just another opinion; it is its own opinion, a rejection of God’s covenant plan. The result of unbelief is more unbelief.

Settle it in your heart that Jesus came to give life, that God sent His Son the Word to heal all sickness and all disease. Whatever the challenge, make God’s Word your final authority and make your plans according to that Word.

Belief in God’s Word is the medicine you need.

Amen.

Psalm 107:20 | John 1:14 | Psalm 119:11 | Matthew 17:17-18 | Verses@Once

Intercession For You

Intercessors are special people—enthusiastic, caring, compassionate messengers of hope, always believing for God’s highest plan. They are marksmen with their faith and understand its proper use—faith has confidence in what God has said. The intercessor aims God’s Word at obstacles or enemies, confidently speaking the Word with authority to usher in His promise. Wise disciples ask the Lord for an intercessor’s anointing, that wonderful umphthat laughs despite bad tidings, and has unbelievable courage to pull others forward. Intercession for you matures, speeds up, hastens, makes better, adds lavish love, is able to lead, and always sees Light.  

Intercession for you:

I pray you will stand up, come out of where you are and move right into the place God has prepared, prearranged for you. You are coming up, and out!

I pray divine appointments move you forward in the Lord’s plan, refusing all those inferior, manmade plans.

I pray for Spirit-power to come, and for the mind of the Spirit be done concerning you. Move away from destructive influences. Your pass-over is upon you!

I pray Holy inspiration for you—for shackles of indecision to fall away and anything half-hearted to be transformed, becoming decisive, established.

I pray for a transfusion of maturity and knowledge of who you are in Christ: You represent the Lord Christ; you represent the Lord your God.

I pray against ungodly family lines of inheritance and declare instead your place in the family of the Most High: “Separate unto Me those I have called, to the purpose I called them!”

I pray for those in every nation. Those hearing the Spirit’s call. Those who invite the Spirit’s presence.

Get up! Get up! Get up to the high place of His presence. Inquire of the Lord. Hear His voice behind you saying, this is the way!  

Amen.

John 11:40 | Proverbs 8:1-3, NIV | Acts 13:2 | Isaiah 30:21 | Verses@Once

Time To Draw The Line

Make your decision today. It’s time to draw the line and move forward. God is the Kingdom’s author and “not we ourselves,” so ask Him to reveal “hidden things of darkness” and, having prayed that way, allow Him to reveal truth about the root cause of all destruction and loss. Be decisive. Remain single-minded. Remember, deception born of half-baked or weak-willed thinking is a weakness you cannot afford and an inheritance your children cannot endure.

It’s time to draw the line.

Amen.

Psalm 100 | 1 Corinthians 4:5 | Verses@Once

Able To Make You Wise

In the maze of the daily and sometimes life-altering decisions that stand between you and your breakthrough, remember your Source, the Rock from which you were hewn. “And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

  • From childhood. Despite lack or loss of any kind, the Lord’s sovereign intervention exposed you to the one thing that really matters, that controls and holds everything together—the Word of God guides you.
  • Wise for salvation. Wise for wholeness, including your past and future together, a series of miracles you may not always realize; His workmanship—carved out, created for specific good works prepared before, ready now.
  • For reproof and correction. Removal of guilt and its driving torment. The entrance of God’s Word is forever settled in your understanding of God’s plan for your life. You are freed from guilt and its devastation.

You are equipped to walk this out as one who is wise. You have much, much more than a nervous preoccupation with endless, empty questions that lead to doubt. Your future is secure, your destiny specific, and those around you marvel at your rock-solid confidence in God.

The Scriptures have made you wise! Thank God!
 
Amen.
 
Isaiah 51:1 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | Hebrews 11:3 | Ephesians 2:10 | Hebrews 1:3, AMP | Verses@Once

The Third Heaven

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not now, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.”  (2 Corinthians 12:2) 

Spiritual life develops like a procession, with God leading and those who follow realizing their seat “in heavenly places” is assured—they are presently seated with Him there, in heavenly places. Paul referred to this realm as the third heaven, a present-tense reality, an inheritance lived daily by faith. So, for the person who is spiritual, faith according to heaven’s arrangement is a way life and is to be lived here. On earth as it is in Heaven!

In contrast, life in a natural sense—meaning not spiritual, including anything other than life in the spirit—is another matter. Life in the natural can be done, even done well, without a shred of Bible faith. Paul made the distinction. Men forfeit a higher, spiritual inheritance to choose a proverbial bowl of stew with its momentary relief or satisfaction. The natural life and religious niceties are fine, but not really where you go in a crisis. When a natural, manageable-with-the-intellect setting unexpectedly changes to one of intense spirit activity, natural senses do not work as well.

When you need spiritual help, remember true disciples of Jesus Christ are acquainted with heavenly realms—far above principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness. Before the crisis arrives, they know what to do and how to pray. For them, Calvary is the supernatural turning point for every crisis.

Hallelujah!

Amen.

2 Corinthians 12:2 | Ephesians 1:3, 20 | Ephesians 2:6 | Ephesians 3:10 | Ephesians 6:12 | Genesis 25:29-34 | Philippians 3:19 | Romans 16:18 | Verses@Once

National Redemption

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” (Psalm 33:13, NLT)

In every nation, the seeds of greatness are seen in its contributions to mankind—a treasure reflected in the national persona, an expression of divine purpose aligned with heaven’s plan. National virtue undergirds greatness that assures the future.

Also present in every nation are seeds of downfall and greed. These seeds, sown carelessly and without regard for the future or destiny or calling, corrupt and break down national ethos. God blesses a righteous people, but unrighteousness locks Him out.

Through divine shaking greatness is birthed—a national awakening, a national redemption. The standard is raised, and voices join in, unified as one, confronting peril. One voice begins, then more join in. The sound of the Lord comes!

Pray for your nation:

Father, I declare spiritual strength and backbone in my nation. I believe we will not break under the weights of deceptive influence. I pray for truth and virtue! We, your people, pray you will bring to pass Your Word concerning us—destructive plans are found out and Your plan prevails. Divine purpose is established, and many voices join to crescendo this prophetic declaration: Kingdom of God come! Will of God be done!

Amen!

Psalm 33:13-19, NLT | Psalm 33:8-22, NLT | Verses@Once

Authority Assigned

We are seeing, increasingly, an assault on true spiritual authority. Apart from obvious and divine intervention, the future of righteous leadership is bleak, a spiritual awakening impossible. If it were not for divine presence on our side, Godly nations would be overrun, authority in the church would be silent, and authority in the home subject to blatant seduction by lying spirits.

Fortunately, at the center of the onslaught is a firewall—a resting place for believers carved out by the Lord as His gold standard. The firewall is Christianity’s household of faith== a true spiritual house! Strengthened from within with words of His power, we are the Lord’s possession, on assignment with His authority so that both nation-breaker and home-wrecker are exposed.

The Lord sends authority and wise counsel—mothers and fathers in the faith who operate above the chaos with fiery hot prayer and wisdom exceeding natural wisdom. Together with spiritual elders they build a true spiritual house! 

Gather your family and pray this way:

Lord, we receive fresh bread and new wine for our home. We ask for a strong anointing to win against giants that threaten the peace of our home. Like David, we run toward that battle, armed with authority “in the name of the Lord!” We declare Jesus’s name over our home and against every challenge to the God-given authority established here; we declare strength and leading by the Lord’s counsel ahead of any threat! In the areas of our God-given authority we declare Isaiah 59:19; that we see clearly above confusion, execute authority over the enemy, and invite the presence of Almighty God! 

Amen.

Isaiah 124:2 | Psalm 124:2 | Daniel 11:32-33 | Psalm 37:25 | 1 Kings 21 | Ephesians 1:19 | Hebrews 1:3 | Ephesians 2:6 (also Eph 1:3, 1:20, 3:10) | Genesis 1:5 | Verses@Once

Raising The Bar

Prophetic insight is revelation from the Lord, or a result of prophetic words spoken to us by an individual. This insight describes more than we feel we deserve, something we don’t fully grasp in a natural sense.

Prophetic insight speaks to something higher. It “raises the bar” for us. Like when God sends words of encouragement to mature us and move us forward, or when barriers that held us back are removed with a breakthrough sign, dream, or vision.

Each day the Lord prophetically raises the possibility bar for his people. He moves supernaturally on our behalf, beyond the scope of human possibility. He gives us a unique position for success—seated with Him in heavenly places.

So, here’s the goal: We move forward with a Kingdom mentality and a sure word of prophecy concerning that Kingdom. Prophetically speaking, our lives aim upward to the standard that Jesus set and the path that He opened. Agree with Him. He knows the end, and He is already there.  

Amen—that’s good!

Ephesians 2:6 | 2 Peter 1:19 | Ephesians 4:13 | Verses@Once

Influence

Influence: 
Noun 1: a power to affect persons or events, especially power based on prestige, etc.; 2: causing something without any direct or apparent effort; 3: a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; 4: the effect of one thing (or person) on another; 5: one having power to influence another;
 
Verb 1: have and exert influence or effect [syn: act upon, work]; 2: shape or influence; give direction to [syn: determine, shape, mold, regulate]; 3: induce into action by using one’s charm [syn: charm, tempt].[1]
 
Influence can be subtle, can operate without direct or apparent effort, accrues over time like interest, and increasingly impacts decision-making until suddenly the realization: Why am I doing this? When did I make this a priority? When did I change my mind?

Discern what is taking place and why. Stay with what God said to you.
 
Amen.
 
Romans 12:2 | 2 Corinthians 10:5 | Verses@Once


[1] WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

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