Don’t Give Up

““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There’s been a lot of anxiety, depression and fear lately but the Lord is calling us to return to our hope! Do not give up, you believe in God who is unstoppable. 

Understand that He has not forgotten His promises.  Know that He is still good and has not given up on you.  Have faith and believe! Believe that He is who He says He is and that His word is truth.

“Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.”‭‭ Zechariah‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭NKJV

A Prayer of Power

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. -Psalm 32:8

God is raising up an army of warriors that pray a very dangerous prayer, dangerous to the powers of darkness that is.  This prayer is so simple but yet so powerful.  The key to revival lies in three simple words:

Thy will be done

Pray it, mean it and yield to His will.  Watch God work in you and through you.  

Raise em up Lord!

Abundance of Rain

In California we’ve been experiencing a drought. Last winter we barely had any rain and even now that it’s November we have still yet to see much at all.  Through this literal drought I myself have experienced a spiritual drought.  It’s been a time of dryness, hiddness, aridity or whatever adjective you want to call it.  But what it comes down to is not a backslide, just a season where I have not been hearing from the Lord and experiencing His presence like I have in past seasons.  

Lately though, the weather is starting to change.  The weather experts are predicting massive rain fall this year and God is predicting the same spiritually.  There’s a stirring in my spirit that says an abundance of rain is coming! That is literal and spiritual rain. We’ve only had some light storms so far but God is speaking again and I expect this to build and build through the coming months.  So be of good cheer! There is a reason for every season… as cheesy as it sounds it’s true. God has not left you nor I. He’s been teaching us faith. Many great times of fullness of joy in His presence are on the forecast.  

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.”” -‭‭I Kings‬ ‭18:41‬ ‭NKJV‬

Rest While You Wait

There are many seasons in walking with God where we are called to wait on Him.  His timeline often looks much different than ours.  If you’re in a season of waiting take advantage of this time and rest in Him.  Don’t fret.  Rest and wait patiently. He will carry out the good work He has begun in you to completion. 

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him… -Psalm 37:7

We Change, He Remains the Same..

Because we change we often get a false theology that God changes.  We believe He changes His feelings toward us as we do toward Him.   We think one day we are close to God and another day we are far from Him.   We think one day He is mad and another day He is happy.  It’s just not true.  These thoughts are based on our own feelings which change daily as we go through an ever changing life. It is us who change, not Him.  He is the One constant we can always count on. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8

Lord grant me that no matter what my mood or feelings of the day may be, that I could be anchored in the truth of who You are. 

God is Love and no feeling, thought, anxiety or depression can change that. 

Have Faith

“Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”” ‭Matthew‬ ‭9:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Faith activates the miraculous. The paralytic was healed because of his friends faith.  They had the faith that Jesus could heal him and brought him to Jesus.

“…then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”  Matthew‬ ‭9:6-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

What if they had chosen the doubting route that day and stayed home?  

Have faith that God’s will may be done in and through your life. 

Life is Difficult

“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”-‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus never said life would be easy.  In fact He said difficult is the way which leads to life.  When we run into a difficult situation which seems impossible often our instinct is to run away, but the only running we should be doing is straight to God for help.  This is living by faith.  When we turn to Him in impossible situations He works through us and makes them possible.  David did not run from Goliath. 

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” -‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭17:45‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Be Still and Know

Be still and know that I am God… -Psalm 46:10

There is so much depth in this one little scripture.  It is a very personal word from the Lord to all of us.  It is so important that we recognize this truth throughout the day. 

When life gets crazy, be still and know that He is God.  When doubt sets in, be still and know that He is God.  When things in the world don’t seem fair, be still and know that He is God.  When we are mad at life, be still and know that He is God.  When we are tired, worn out and weary, be still and know that He is God.  When all else has failed, be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted on the earth. 

This is the Year!

Last Sunday I woke up really early in the morning and the Lord began speaking to me. He said to make a declaration of Psalm 118:24 over the whole year of 2015.

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ NKJV)

I often declare this verse in the morning as I’m just getting up or leaving to go about my day. My days are not without trials but with declaring this verse it helps me keep my anchor of hope in Christ, no matter what the day may bring.

The cool thing about this verse is the use of “we.” It’s not just a declaration for myself but for my family and the whole body of Christ.

So join me in prophesying into the year ahead:

This is the year the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Ruins Come to Life

“Desire is insatiable as death, but He who filleth all in all can fill it.” -Charles Spurgeon

There is a special attribute to the Kingdom of God that I fear many Christians forget or are just unaware of. When seeking first the Kingdom we often get wrapped up in external activities but: “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭20-21‬ NKJV)

For years I was not a Christian and sought to fill the desires of my soul with worldly, temporary pleasures (two of the big ones being alcohol and pornography). After becoming a Christian I had a constant struggle between this old man and the new creation that I had become. My flesh would still desire worldly things and in an attempt to earn holiness I would go on streaks of self-denial. These never lasted very long and sent me into a whirlwind of identity struggle.

The problem is that I was looking outward, instead of inward. Focusing on outward self-denial of the flesh actually makes your fleshly desires grow. Phrases like “murder your flesh” are thrown around but according to scripture I’m a new creation and my old man is already dead!

I did not find freedom until I learned to turn inward to Christ in me, the hope of glory. It is there that I find all I am looking for and become delighted in the Lord. It is there that God does the work from the inside out and uproots the hidden leaven planted by the principalities of darkness in our earlier years.

If you seek breakthrough do not strive towards anything but knowing Christ in you the hope of glory. It is there that all deliverance comes.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (‭Psalms‬ ‭34‬:‭8‬ NKJV)