There will always be people who are visionaries—individuals gifted with vision, hope and most of all, a plan. Proportionately however the supply of those willing to see futuristically seems less; factor in steel-like courage for times like these or single-minded confidence in orchestration from the Almighty and the gap widens even further.
It’s why we are now seeing an uncovering of hidden ones, because those who should have taken the day didn’t, and individuals no one ever considered, have! These hidden ones made the most of their preparation; their single-minded confidence in divine leading has prepared them. We are seeing them come forth now!
Prophetic and visionary leadership doesn’t occur in the back of the room or on the periphery of the crowd; rather, out in front where every individual benefits from the leader who envisions today before today, and allows a tomorrow of our collective spiritual and moral genius.
To build prophetically this way, we need gutsy, God-sent, God-inspired leaders who are humbled by the opportunity. We need added strength for those leaders who have and are now holding the line; and we need the entire body of God’s people to step up en masse as the people we must be for these times—visionaries with sufficient personal chutzpah to offer hope to the world.
Amen, so be it!
October 20, 2019
We grow spiritually and realize taking the same ground twice—due to careless words expressing the exact opposite of what we are believing for—is unnecessary if we can simply discipline our thoughts, words, and actions to agree precisely with what we claim to believe.
Supernatural hope is focused. Keep your eye on the continuum. Never back up and always continue to build. Place today’s advance atop yesterday’s and remember what you have invested; remember you believed the Lord was leading you then, so why question His leading now?
Refuse unbelief. Believe.
October 19, 2019
Technology makes flow of information between nations possible. The exchange that results allows Christians to pray with specifics for other nations, for their present need. The genius of technology assists believers in their primary calling—prayer.
All creation groans for the manifestation of His people and by the Spirit of the Lord through passionate prayer we arise in significant manifestation to comfort all people, all nations. We hear a cry for rescue and respond, asking God to send salvation and rescue.
The objective of Christian prayer prophesied in Isaiah 61 and repeated in Luke’s Gospel confirms God’s covenant plan: Passionate prayer fuels missional disciples of Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit prayer is the power tool for rescue.
Isaiah 61:1-3 | Luke 4:18-19 | Verses@Once
October 18, 2019
Recently I read again the story of Harriett Tubman, a female slave who experienced unimaginable suffering and physical scarring in captivity. A Christian, Harriett often retreated to nearby wooded areas to pray for God’s help to endure. Ultimately, she married a freed former slave but Harriett’s status continued—a “carrier” of slavery doomed to pass slavery to her children.
This crossroads of her struggle drove her yet again to the secret wooded area to pray, pleading with God for freedom. Harriett heard the Lord answer, “free yourself.” She understood it was up to her, the Lord had released her. Harriett obeyed. She ran. Reaching the border of a free state Harriett had freed herself. The former slave lived to be 92 and came to be known as Moses for her role in starting the Underground Railroad in America in 1849.
Free yourself. That’s powerful. The Lord created you—you are fearfully and wonderfully made! What you do with His creation is your stewardship response. An enslaved woman understood freedom’s price and risked everything to be free—for herself, her children, and all who would follow her lead.
By God’s grace, free yourself. Steward the gift you are. Obey the Lord. Whatever He tells you, do it.
October 17, 2019
I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat. “I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Is 54:13-17, NLT)
Concerning the LORD’s people, Isaiah describes a magnificent endowment, the blood covenant. Dating from ancient times and applied especially in the present, a course that specifically resonates in modern terms. Our season is joyful – full of joy!
You belong to the LORD. You do not melt in crisis. You are experienced in peace. You have His guardian watch (like an umpire) over each thought and word, and clearly see your mission in difficult times like these, framed by the LORD’s intention that, with your arrival on the scene HE arrives also: Christ in you the hope of glory.
Isaiah 54:13-17 | Colossians 1:27 | Isaiah 54 | Verses@Once
October 16, 2019
Disciplined behavior is a built-in safeguard to keep the path ahead aligned with divine purpose. What would we do without discipline’s training for life and what would we do without teachers who mentor and train according to discipline?
We also see the snare that comes with refusing discipline. For those who despise oversight and corrective input from others, a path is carved by flesh-desire . . . avoiding authority, manipulative, resistant to godly principle, presumptuous and self-destructive, self-willed, pretending to be wise, and emboldened to thwart the Lord’s plan.
Undisciplined flesh speaks loudly. Undisciplined areas reveal the true story, usually a distortion of the one believed by undisciplined flesh and usually precursor to its downfall. Pride comes before a fall.
As Christians we are doubly blessed—trained biblically by mentors and led by the Holy Spirit, a distinctive unique to Christianity. In Bible examples, those who modeled God’s leadership praised such training. Today also, we recognize the worth and are grateful to the Lord for mentors who train us to recognize discipline and for the Spirit’s leading to mature us spiritually.
2 Peter 2:10 | 2 Corinthians 3:2 | Verses@Once
October 15, 2019
As you pray today expect an unusual turn-around. Declare God’s Kingdom and His will, specific demonstrations of His love. Take your stand on the Lord’s side. You have favor in unlikely settings and among unlikely people. You have divine ability for strategic, important, and world-changing opportunities. Expect miraculous outcomes in answer to prayer—one after another like dominoes. Pray the Kingdom of God come, and His will be done and remember the mission side of that prayer… we are responsible to advance that Kingdom.
For one thing, a revelation of Kingdom changes fenced-in notions that our work is a job and the purpose of work is to earn a living. Kingdom-minded believers know the area of our work factors into our life-assignment, a gift from God. We have a position, not a job. We do what we do, first and foremost, in demonstration of God’s love. For parents in the home, workers in an office, business owners or the entrepreneur – at every level of what we do – the call to walk in love demonstrating God’s will sets the stage for everything else.
October 14, 2019
Today is the first day of Sukkot, the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar began last evening. Consider the impact of this important time when Israel celebrates the Lord’s Presence as He tabernacles with them, a demonstration of the eternal, covenant bond between Yahweh and His ancient Jewish people.
This divine presence appears in the life of King Solomon, is relayed in stories down through the generations and is well-known today: A queen from the land of Sheba—probably present-day Yemen—traveled to Jerusalem, a distance of about 1200 miles, to see for herself if reports of Solomon’s kingly wisdom and vast wealth were true.
She came as many do today, drawn to Israel’s renown, to Israel resourcefulness. It’s why the Hebrew nation was planted precisely as it is, placed strategically by the Lord Himself. Situated at trade crossroads, centered geographically since ancient times. Israel’s fame lies in the purposes of God—that men seeing kingly blessings upon the land respond as did the Queen, “Blessed be the Lord your God!”
This is the entrance God gives to every servant of His. For those in governments and medicine, markets and finance, military and civic service, education and agriculture, all are as Solomon in the call from the Lord… first unto Him, then strategically to crossroads of civilizations and cultures, connections where economies are affected.
Prophetically, our futures are designed this way. Divine purpose guides everything we do. His Great Name is our banner, our common bond. We establish righteous order as we go, on every level, including levels of wealth and power, everything is impacted by Solomon’s Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel’s national expression of the Lord’s goodness to the entire world… for His great name’s sake!
October 13, 2019
We all face difficult situations and have learned to refuse be led by heartache—we know to shift into a different perspective.
Without the Lord, a person experiencing difficulty can be pitiful really. Their blow-by-blow story of their ordeal is exhausting. They tend to think everything is about them. They are selfish. They want it fixed yesterday. They’re rattled by anything that interrupts their routine and life as they know it. They think their burden is unique. They cannot get out of the hole because they will not stop digging. All that energy invested in rehearsing negatives over and over. Worst of all, they are religious—sometimes spiritual but never able to find the power switch.
Don’t be like that. Stand up. Don’t wallow. Stop thinking about it. Do your best. Serve others as sincerely as you can and don’t forget to care for you, so you’re not worn to a frazzle. You can do this. You can do it well! Your part is to believe God. Continue declaring faith. That’s your part. His part is to do the work—trust Him.
One thing about difficulty, it’s common to all. No one is exempt. It’s tempting to feel sorry for yourself when the water is troubled but remember the Lord in you is greater than any difficult experience. The person who is born from above—who is born again—knows the Lord personally and has unlimited use of His Name!
The born-again believer is completely equipped through the power of God’s Word combined with true spiritual prayer to rise above any and every difficulty.
You can. You will.
October 12, 2019
The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms. (Dt.33:27)
Many times those most right are unjustly accused of wrong; worse still are cases where individuals deeply established in truth are diminished or presumed unstable, or, in other words, out of their mind.
For them, time is an instrument of exposure and though seemingly time is not on their side, in fact it is! To say their resolve will break before time allows truth to be uncovered underestimates God’s power at work in them, on the side of those who favor a righteous cause. Believers with strength of resolve stand the test of time and emerge vindicated.
You or someone you care about may appear near defeat—down. Factually however the Lord is underneath, lifting you up. The Lord’s love and majestic power is lifting you… up! Not down, not out. In the end you will emerge free, stable, standing upright, and in your right mind.
The Spirit of God is a revealer.
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