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Prophetic Longing

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.” (Romans 1:11)

The English word longing means strong desire, especially for something beyond reach. It implies that in my longing my focus is something that cannot possibly happen now, or in the near future. Still I continue longing, reaching for it despite negative odds. 

Applied to people and real-life situations, longing is like the Apostle Paul’s strong desire expressed in his letter to Christians in Rome. Paul said he longed to come to them. His wording suggests his intention was not casual but rather very intentional, moved by purpose, beyond the norm of hope or expectation. 

Reading Paul’s words, we visualize this religious legalist turned apostle-and-spiritual-father of early Christianity, rehearsing in his mind details of the trip to Rome, making considerable effort to guard his purpose in going, which was, as he said, to impart spiritually to Roman believers critical spiritual truths able to establish them in the faith. 

The wording describes Paul’s passion for fellow believers: to impart is to give, share, distribute or grant, including liberality or generosity; to establish means to make stable, to place firmly, to set, fix, strengthen, make firm, to confirm, applies to one’s mind, to render constant. 

Paul’s impartation was like spiritual treasure stored in his heart for people he did not yet even know—for this purpose he was determined to reach them. I believe the same is true of prophetic messengers the Lord sends to us. They impart truth that strengthens and establishes our faith. In the process our part is to receive a prophet as a prophet, receiving in return the prophet’s reward.

Pray today for the prophetic gifts God has sent. Pray they will be honored. Pray their words are received with the same longing for revelation of the Lord’s desires as that demonstrated by those carrying His message. Prophetic messengers are a gift from God.  

Amen.  

Matthew 10:41 | Jeremiah 20:9 | Romans 1:11 | Luke 14:28 | 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9 | 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. Christian believers as His representatives enforce His goodness and lead governmentally for the good of men everywhere.  

The influence of mankind, for good or bad, 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 those in authority make. 

Transformation is this regard is already underway. Agents of God’s authority thru 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 swallows up darkness! 

All who are aligned with Him lead boldly and are the ones authorized to determine the conclusion of the matter.

Amen.

Colossians 2:12-16 | Genesis 1:1 | Verses@Once

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 G-d!

Amen.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Metal Test

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 destructive, 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 the 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 at the end of the end-times. The Lord extends vision for these times to spiritual leaders, affirming their faith for leadership with divine inspiration for exploits of genuine faith, different from religious performance, replacing earlier influences kept the Church powerless in unbelief and tradition. 

In the Church spiritual leaders are being liberated by the Holy Spirit 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 purpose, the home. Parents are the spiritual leadership in the family, the most basic microcosm of the Church, and the first mission of the Church. 

In the home we find the best place to make disciples, children with an understanding of the times and intuitive knowing 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 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 | Matthew 28:18-20 | 1Chronicles 12:32 | Psalm 118:14-16 | Verse@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 areas 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 into the situation. Otherwise you could be more soul inspired than spiritual and it may be difficult to discern which is which. So 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 | Verses@Once

No Jezebel

Not long ago the only member of the five-fold ministry and the lone individual allowed to lead the church was the pastor, and even the pastor, it was believed, must be male. A woman’s leadership in the Church was rare with the possible exception of the pastor’s wife or daughter or family member, the pastor’s male oversight considered proper restraint for the female’s natural inclination for foolishness.

Another misconception, a superstition really, derived from the biblical story of Queen Jezebel, a woman who, from her position as queen, manipulated others who were in authority and controlled everyone including her husband with an iron hand. This Jezebel, it was believed, is reincarnated in most women, especially women leaders.  Such error meant the church in general, and male leaders in particular, labeled women Jezebel if they dared to venture into governmental roles, spiritual or otherwise. 

Unfortunately, the same leaders looked the other way when men in leadership behaved like the power-obsessed character Jezebel, destructively dominating and controlling everything and everyone. Male misbehavior received a pass, their power and leadership positions protected from scrutiny.

Obviously, and you don’t have to be a deep-thinker to discern it, resistance to authority was never a female-only issue, therefore gender specific traditions that sideline women cannot inoculate the Church from Jezebel’s influence. In pivotal and historic times of the Holy Spirit’s moving, male leaders have resisted the Holy Spirit in worship, prayer, and matters of spiritual authority so excluding women from five-fold ministry and leadership is not the path to preserving a pure model… nor is it a Biblical model. 

God-given authority misused by any individual has power to dominate inappropriately; however, every individual, male or female, can instead choose true humility and a right balance for skillful, decisive leadership by the man or woman God chooses. 

The mindset is changing. Thank God. 

Amen.

Galatians 3:27-29 | Ephesians 1:22-23 | 1 Corinthians 12:7 | Verses@Once

Covenant Of Deliverance

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “
(Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8-9-10)

The covenant between God and Abram meant protection for Abram and Sarah and their family line, including every future generation. In fact, the covenant assured provision for God’s man and his descendants in every way, in every detail of life. 

From ancient times and still today the Jewish people have a covenant that again and again proves to be the undoing of their enemies; again and again, God’s loving kindness for Israel has redeemed missteps that drew them away from His covering. The anchor of God’s love for His people holds them safely under His watch care. 

God’s ancient blessing of covenant protection points us to His Lordship. His love allowed Israel’s unfaithfulness to surface—a saga born of going their own way. Still, God’s love for them did not decrease, but remained. 

God’s love for Israel is made clear in making and keeping a people and land of great, great blessing. His blessing has prospered them, which is how we know His deliverance is a powerful part of the Jewish covenant and our Christian inheritance. (Hebrews 9:11-15)

Amen—thank God!

Jeremiah 31:33-34 | Hebrews 8:9-10 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | Verses@Once

The Barzillai Company

Barzillai the Jew possessed exemplary vision for use of personal wealth. He is the wealthy man inside the Lord’s camp who made sure David and his men have full supply at all times—receiving in return a blessing for himself and his descendants. 

Barzillai means “iron hearted” and is the name of three Israelites; of the three Barzillai the Gileadite is our subject. This man saw to it that David’s army was supplied. The scriptures do not indicate that David asked for help, only that Barzillai supplied. 

Read that way, that without being asked, Barzillai supplied David from the resources of his own personal wealth—the ministry of this man is consistent with the biblical purpose for wealth’s creation; namely, to bankroll (underwrite the expense of) God’s purposes. 

Today a modern Barzillai-company exists, probably unaware concerning their true investment potential: Markets come and go but God’s Kingdom has an eternal continuum; Barzillai is the Kingdom’s “in-house” model. Wealth includes power for godly change. 

Amen.

2 Samuel 17:27 | 2 Samuel 19:31-39 | 1 Kings 2:7 | Proverbs 10:22 | Deuteronomy 8:18-20 | Verses@Once 

Confident

Keep this in mind. Oppression is the result of tumult from the dark side. It’s one side of the big picture—the inferior side. The other side is the Lord’s, and He has a prophet of His in every house. His Word is demonstrated in lives of those who are His people—those on the side of righteousness.

  • Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
  • John 12:37 Who Has Believed Our Report? ] But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 
  • John 12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “ Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
  • Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?”

Oppression seeks to build a case, accusing the Lord has not performed His Word. Yet those who take their stand on the Lord’s side continue to trust in His Word. Having done everything necessary to stand thus far, they boldly continue to stand, no matter what! 

Ultimately, oppression is silenced by the voice of the Lord and His Divine rule. The voice of the Lord is forever—never ending, never less, announcing even more loudly today promises believed yesterday, the day before, and the day before that. Romans 5:17-21

We remain confident in the promise. 

Amen.  

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