Above The Load

You don’t need every detail, every fact, and figure, and you don’t need to wrangle control over all working parts to navigate the road ahead. God’s Word—His wisdom—is your baseline. Make wisdom-words your priority, written plainly at the top of your mental page and on the tablet of your heart! Begin there, then order everything else under Wisdom’s covering.

However, if you’re thinking of taking it all on personally, aside from God’s wisdom, well, then yes, you’ll need to be on point in every detail. Arrive in command of all data and every detail and keep mental and emotional superiority for leverage in an atmosphere charged with zero tolerance for human error. So, again, don’t miss anything. It’s all on you. You own this.

You see the difference—right? It matters how you see the assignment. Don’t compare you to those around you. You have revelation of God’s Word, so the intellect is freed to create this project as God intends…His purpose for sending you in the first place, because you carry His Word and His presence.

Creativity doesn’t flow as well when you’re underneath the load.

Amen.

Zechariah 4:6-8 | Deuteronomy 28:13 | 2 Corinthians 10:12 | Verses@Once

Consider The Vision

Remember your prophetic authority. We are His prophetic people, possessors of His supernatural presence. The Holy Spirit anoints us to discern today and interpret tomorrow.

We are nearing the end of the year… the end of something, leading to the beginning of something brand new. Take time to evaluate your progress, count any losses, and consider changes necessary to finish the year well. Most importantly, based on your vision, honestly ask where you are and are not.   

Follow through. Press for completion of the plan. Properly maintain everything acquired thus far. Stop and gather fresh revelation. You’ll need it for what comes next. At this point, you must have clarity—either freshness to complete the vision you have, or wisdom for an entirely new one.

Write the vision. Make it completely clear.

Amen.

Habakkuk 2:2 

Wisest Of The Wise

“…and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was… On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”” (Matthew 2:9-15, NIV)

A special star led the way as magi, wise men from ancient Persia, searched the Judean hills until, following the star, their search ended at the home of Joseph and Mary, his wife, the teenaged mother of the couple’s firstborn, a son.

Perceiving the child’s significance as the royal they were seeking, the wise men bowed in worship, presenting lavish gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Joseph and Mary, gifts of tribute soon to become the young family’s provision to flee those seeking to kill their young son.  

At Christmas, our celebration of Jesus’s birth includes the magi—wise men from the East, led by a star and warned in a dream. In the same way today, the Lord fills us with His Spirit and gives us wisdom to interpret signs and understand dreams: “… but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.  And the wise among the people shall make many understand…”

The Lord’s covenant people, wisest of the wise.

Amen.

Matthew 2:9-15, NIV | Numbers 24:17 | Daniel 11:32-33 | Verses@Once

Teach Your Children To Tithe

Teach your children to tithe a tenth of everything received into their hands—then given back to the Lord from their hands. It’s the way you train children to put God first. As they learn this truth, they prove the principle, “as the twig is bent so grows the tree.”

It is important to teach our children to recognize money as only one way they place value. Show them how to tithe the first part—the best part—and teach them how to pray as they tithe so they’ll understand bringing the tithe to the Lord is not a bill you pay but rather, a matter of the heart—and gratitude.

Teach them to put God first: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Children come into the world with a calling. See to it that you discern that calling and sacrifice when necessary to develop it, realizing the world system will also call them, though not in the God-sense.

The Lord’s plan is to send your children into the world as the head, not the tail, but the world system will attempt to use them for someone else’s gain. Teach them early. By age five, affections are focused.

The boy David killed a lion and a bear, and as a result, developed an inner knowing of who he was in God and what he could therefore accomplish. That knowing convinced David he would prevail over Goliath—he never doubted it. The same can be true for your children. Be sure they learn early, so they will not be persuaded later that God’s Word is not true or that He will not do what His Word says He will do.

Declare Isaiah 61:7-9 over them. Pray for them every day.

Amen.

Exodus 20:3 | Deuteronomy 5:7 | Isaiah 61:7-9  | Verses@Once

Governed By Goodness

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)

Every created thing began with God and continues under His specific design. Our Lord, who is perfectly good, builds this goodness into all of Creation. And Christian believers, His representatives, enforce His goodness and lead governmentally for the good of men everywhere. 

The influence of mankind, for good or for evil, is critical since all created things exist under authority of some kind. That authority determines what the government over them is like—expressions of goodness or evil—and their governance and government are affected by choices men in positions of authority make.

Transformation is this regard is already underway. Agents of God’s authority through His government and power have their orders, agents of evil in Satan’s realm have theirs. The contest is obvious: Elohim the Creator governs “as it was in the beginning,” His government of Light swallowing up darkness!

All who are aligned with Him lead boldly and will be those who determine the conclusion of the matter.

Amen.

Colossians 1:12-16 | Genesis 1:1 | Verses@Once

Small Things

Any time spiritual opposition comes our way, the idea behind its activity is to provoke or entice us to question ourselves and the Lord on some level. In the specific area we are challenged, the degree to which Scripture is really settled as the final authority for what to do predicts a great deal about the outcome.   

Our major limitations in spiritual battles are those things we are not sure God will handle—particularly in critical or life-threatening situations, but also in small things. However, and whatever the case, it has been said that peace—shalom—will be the single greatest end-time sign seen in the life of the believer:

“And these signs shall follow you in My Name.”

Amen.

2 Peter 2:19-22 | Mark 16:17 | Romans 12:21 | 1 John 4:4 | Verses@Once

Relationship And Covenants

“Yet the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.” (2 Chronicles 21:7)

Connections are important and we are naturally drawn to some people more than others, but in choosing the right people to join ourselves to, we should discern by the Holy Spirit those the Lord approves. It is our responsibility to guard those connections, placing relationships, associations, and covenants before the Lord, inquiring of Him and seeking His direction.

Keep in mind that the Lord often leads us to break a connection—when He does, don’t delay. In your heart, make the decision, and then because the process will take time, ask wise men and women to watch for you. Right choices and plans are made available by the Lord but ultimately you will choose who and when, why and where.

The relationships I choose can prosper or drain me, nurture success for my future or lead me to heartache or loss. In every relationship, the Lord wants to lead, but ultimately, the choice and responsibility for the outcome are mine. Bottom line, the people I choose to spend time with define my future and determine my limitations and possibilities.

Amen.

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

On The Lord’s Side

Those on the Lord’s side naturally cling to His Word and choose His ways in everything—for family life, in business and government, nationally and internationally. Those who oppose Him are rewarded and snared by the same mischief they create. The Lord is present in every nation, executing righteous justice against oppression and oppressors.

The Lord is not on the side of cruel, corrupt men. His mercy cannot be measured in human terms, yet mercy becomes judgment at the point of Divine justice; His merciful judgment perfects justice for those who devise hurt, heaping unbearable burdens on those under their authority, while taking pleasure in ruthless rule; their philosophies are empty, their religion vain. They do not know the Lord and are deaf to the reward they are about to receive.

Expect corrupt influences to fall! All who take advantage of those whose hands have been tied so they cannot fight back will be impaled on their own counsel, soon reaping the same harm they once advanced. Everything reproduces after its own kind.

Amen.

Psalm 5:10, KJV | Psalm 81:12, KJV | Verses@Once

An Uncommon House

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be  established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and the peoples shall flow into it.”  (Micah 4:1)

You may not realize the difference your life makes. You have no idea how others are impacted—how others are influenced by your integrity and how your character shapes the community, spiritually and otherwise. The house you’ve built is marked by the Lord. Yours is an uncommon house.

God’s creation appears to men. The Gospel of Jesus Christ unfolds—spoken to and then through you. You carry the miracle message. What you build in the process is not common. You are building a miracle house, the place where many gather.

Therefore, we pray… Lord, we consecrate our lives for purposes beyond anything that we imagine and purposes greater than ourselves. We declare the beginning for some things and an end of others. Continuous building. From the beginning to the completion of your house, an uncommon house!

Amen.

Micah 4:1 | Proverbs 12:1-3 | Luke 1:68-70 | Verses@Once

God Does It

Understanding what must be done, we never give up, lose heart, or delay moving forward with determination for God’s planned result—His prophesied outcome. Each day, as much and as often as necessary, we apply the Word we have from the Lord like a sword.

In any battle, an adversary works to wear down our resolve so that he gains control over us to break our confidence. Determined to defeat this adversary, we believe with visionary eyes and see the contest ending in our favor, settled—here on earth, just like as it is in Heaven!

This is the Kingdom. The way we live. From a core of increasing strength, we reach for all that is promised. Graceful strength overflows to everyone and everything around us. Grace and strength like a bow aim us. Understanding battles in the unseen realm, we never give up, never lose heart, and never stop short of God’s finale.

Strengthened, the battle that comes against us is the one we win. Prophetically, and by faith, all is well.

Amen!

2 Kings 4:8-37 | John 7:37-38 | Romans 4:16-18 | Hebrews 12:27 | Ephesians 5:16-17 | Verses@Once

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