Religious Tradition

Religious tradition often questions God’s authority, replacing divine authority with human method and penalizing those wanting to know and obey the Lord. Generations, present and future, are affected by the error in such flawed dictates.
 
The Lord’s heart in the matter is clear, as should be our own: Anything that questions God’s authority to govern also rejects His will. Anything that rejects the will of God is a rejection of God and His Spirit, a rejection of divine direction and truth.
 
We are accountable before the Lord to base our lives upon truth and refuse every contrary claim, even if it means stepping away from established traditions of family, convenience, or more popular views. The Church is also accountable and will answer for every teacher and teaching that dims the light of truth or ridicules supernatural power and presence.
 
It’s time to stop backing up on your convictions in this matter. Don’t be double-minded. Take your stand.
 
Amen.
 
Mark 7:13, AMP | Read in context Mark 7, AMP | Verses@Once

Prayer For A Miracle

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  (Hebrews 4:13, NIV)

Nakedness before God—giving Him an honest account and walking before Him in an honest level of personal truth—represents the deepest part of a person; it is the place from which a cry must come at the time of our most critical need.  

More than once, we have prayed for the impossible—for a miracle. Our appeal for the miraculous is synonymous with the realization that God is Lord, and we are not. It is the realization that the answer to the deepest needs will come from one source, and one source only as we move toward sincere faith and unquestionable belief.  

Outward obstacles often directly relate to His inward uncovering—the Holy Spirit’s working within the problem to first gain, then hold our attention. Many times, He gained our attention then it slipped again as the crisis passed. That must not be the case this time.   

From this deepest part within us ultimately comes our most gut level cry. That the will of God must be done. . . on earth as it is in heaven!

Amen. 

Acts 2:22 | Psalm 42:7 | Hebrews 4:13, ESV | Verses@Once

Declare The Power Of His Blood

“You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.”  (Job 22:28)

The God of peace, who brought up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, also brings you “up.” Through His sinless blood, you are delivered unto an everlasting covenant, a life complete in His will. The delivering power of Jesus’s blood is unlimited.

Declare it. Daily declare covenant power to establish His will for you. Knowing you are born for a promised reality, the blood of Jesus Christ sets you apart for the will of God. His blood sanctifies—sets apart—all who claim His Lordship. His Word is His will. Lay hold to His Word and don’t let go!

God’s Word gives light to your path, a guide into the perfect will of the Lord. Your responsibility is to declare His Word, which is His will, and continue moving forward in faith, confident that “He holds all things together according to the counsel of His will.”

Declare the will of the Lord for your life: Through the blood of the everlasting covenant, I am complete in every good work to DO the will of my Father. The God of peace, through the blood of His Son, is working in me that which is pleasing in His sight. Jesus was obedient to the point of death and His blood sacrifice is the power to deliver my life completely!

Amen, so be it!

Job 22:21-28 | Ephesians 1 | Hebrews 13: 12, 20-21 | Verses@Once

Crossing Over

TheLord’s Passover begins at sundown on the fourteenth day of the first month.”  (Leviticus 23:5)

The Jewish Passover commemorates the miracle night when Almighty God brought Israel out, to take them in! The land of promise then is the same land appointed to Israel’s possession today—both the land and people of Israel are irreversibly the apple of God’s eye.

Especially during Passover season, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We also pray for safety for those in Israel as they commemorate this historic event when God brought the Hebrew nation out of Egypt, a type of the world, and into the Promised Land, a type of God’s Kingdom.

The spiritual roots of Christianity are in Israel and we share from our hearts in this joyful time, especially since the Passover season coincides with our Resurrection season—our joyful, thankful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, the Lamb of God who still today takes away the sin of the world. Those who embrace His lordship celebrate crossing from darkness into Light, from spiritual oppression to true spiritual freedom and eternal life!

Like Israel, you have a new day and a new beginning. Breakthrough. Press forward. Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Always set the Lord before you. Choose to be set apart with Him!

His mercy brings you out… to take you in.

Amen.

Leviticus 23:4-8, NLT | 1 Peter 3:15 | Verses@Once

Resurrection Morning

We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Yeshua, remembering the historical Passover when He was crucified and died, was buried but rose again, the first of many brethren to come!

For all those holding the line—for your whole house, a specific person, or relationship—because you remain in faith, you enforce the crescendo of resurrection celebration. 

Those who rejoice in His Presence with expectation experience profound revelation, knowing Him and the power of his Resurrection.

Those blinded in heart, refusing to soften to the reality of resurrection wonder, power, and glory, will always be among us; but there are many who love and acknowledge with awe that miraculous resurrection morning, celebrating resurrection joy with our Father, His Son, and His Holy Spirit.

We celebrate in His glorious presence. The Hebrew word aliyah means “to go up”! Come! Let us go up! 

Hallelujah! He is risen! 

Amen!

Isaiah 2:3 | Philippians 3:10 | Verses@Once

Prophetic Month

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.”  (Psalm 124:1)

The month of April is a prophetic time for believers. Celebrations of our Lord’s Resurrection and commemoration of the Jewish Passover thrust us into experiencing the Lord in special ways. Stay close to him. Listen well. Rehearse your vision aloud. Declare the word of the Lord—charge the atmosphere with it, align your home and workplace with it.  

Remember, an enemy uses your vulnerable side. Give him no place. Your weapons aren’t carnal but mighty through God. So, go ahead, pull down every stronghold of unbelief. Declare the Lord is on your side. His Presence is everything! Your life is triune—spirit, soul, and body—so remember that regular times of refreshing protect you today to posture your tomorrow.

Rest.

Amen.

Psalms 124:1-8

Mercy Day

God’s mercy pours into our lives. You could say we are deluged with His divine, merciful consideration. He is rich in mercy, with plenty of His mercy to go around!

Choose to leave behind habitual wandering—old ways, wrong beliefs, petty smallness, and any neglect of His will—anything that squanders His mercy.
Our response to His mercy should be rich. We steward mercy’s wealth and the reward of that stewardship: The Lord my God goes with me; He will not leave or forsake.

Press forward. Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Always set the Lord before you. Choose to be personally set apart with Him!

The Lord—He is God! 

Amen.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Metal Text

It has been said that peace (Heb. shalom) will be the single greatest distinguishing mark upon the life of the believer in the end-times. We are living in that time, complete with its sinister, despicable, base, disloyal, unfaithful, off-the-wall, and out-of-nowhere reality. Influences come from so many sources all at once to challenge our senses and test our trust that His shalom will be the fruit in our lives in the midst of it all.

Among leaders, the one with peace of heart and mind has literally come to this hour for this time.  For them, much depends upon God’s peace being resident—on the scene and ready to go—as umpire for their authority to govern. Visionaries too, trained in a less troubled time, are tested at their very core.

For all who are in the test, don’t back off! You have an eagle’s eye and your discernment is sharp. Pull close every spiritual sharpshooter you know and keep one on each flank at all times. Ask wise men for counsel. Stay humble; the precursor of failure is pride. Increase expectation anytime you are tested—always sow in famine! Make room for more quality time with the Lord. Laugh a lot.

You are a strategic company, brought forth for this time. With every step, the test measures you and shows… you have it!

Shalom—all is well!

Amen.

Esther 4:14 | Esther 4 | Verses@Once

Critical Leadership

We are living in the end-times—literally near the end of the end-times. The Lord extends vision for these times to spiritual leaders, affirming their faith in leadership with divine inspiration for exploits of genuine faith, different from religious performance that for years kept the Church powerless in unbelief and tradition.

In the Church, the Holy Spirit is liberating spiritual leaders from overseeing mere ritual and form, freed to obey their true calling. Imitating orthodox gospel ministry, they are free to faithfully train all to intercede, all to teach, and all to advance the kingdom of God significantly and specifically for this generation.

In the home as well, Godly leadership rises at this critical time as God inspires parents as His first responders—they man the spiritual frontlines where the Church comes face-to-face with her number one priority, the home. Parents are the spiritual leadership in the family, the most basic microcosm of the Church, and the Church’s first mission.

In the home, we find the best place to make disciples—children with an understanding of the times and an intuitive knowing of what to do! We pray for this critical leadership to prosper! We declare strength, courage, and insight for each home and ask for God’s hand and divine unction for every Christian parent!

We also declare the Lord’s presence to strengthen spiritual leaders in the community and nation, His right hand working valiantly in their lives. Lord, we pray for Your Kingdom to come, that Your will be done and for Your end-time leadership to flourish in every home, church, and nation! Selah!

Amen, so be it!

Matthew 24:4-8 | Matthew 24:45-47, NLT | Matthew 28:18-20 | 1 Chronicles 12:32, KJV | Psalm 118:14-16 | Verses@Once

Discipline For Your Soul

“Send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared… do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10)

Do everything possible to relieve the suffering of others, but don’t forget to balance with plenty of joyful praise. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to allow the care and burden of your effort to transfer to your soul and weigh you down. 

The world is filled with needs we care about but the way we respond to those shouldn’t be an intellectual fix. Some of those God does not plan to fix—at least not in the way you might think. Besides, there are layers of history between the Lord and the situation you’d have no way of knowing.

So guard against projecting your own plan onto the situation. Otherwise, you could be more soul-inspired than spiritual, and it may be difficult to discern which is which. Be sensitive. Allow the Lord to work through you, realizing He was there first. Don’t get ahead of Him.

The Lord’s perfect will is to heal, deliver, and restore. Your will, of course, is aligned with His, so stay the course, don’t lose heart, and don’t run out of energy while He accomplishes what only He can accomplish. Yield the care of every “care” to Him. When you do, your ability to help others will strengthen.

In the same way we cannot lead effectively without discipline, we also cannot cooperate with the Holy Spirit when the soul—the mind, will, and emotions—is undisciplined. Jesus taught that simple trust in the Father’s watchful eye depends on His love to cast out all fear. The example we offer to an unbelieving world balances every outreach with confident trust plus gladness of heart.

The joy of the Lord is your strength!

Amen.

Nehemiah 8:10 | Mark 4: 18-19

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