A Simple Poem

This morning I heard this simple invitation from the Lord…

Come into the sanctuary
Sit with Me a while
Lay down all your heavy cares
Lift your head and smile

No matter where you are, God is there. No matter how much you have to do. God is there. In the middle of your mess, he’s a Father who has time.

He always has time.
He is the glory and lifter of our head.

We can choose to lift our head to him and smile.
When we do, the things we struggle with
and voices around us bow.
They can get no applause.

Suggested reading to soak on: Psalm 3

https://www.biblehub.com/niv/psalms/3.htm

A song to help you look up:

Wilderness or Pasture? It’s all in your perspective.

Perspective is so important in life, and it’s easy to stay focused on ourselves to the degree that we are consumed with feelings and attitudes that are not from God. As I was in a place of deep intercession this morning. I began to cry, “There are no unwanted children! There are NO unwanted children in this world. Everyone of them is wanted.” Oh, how the lies settle into our soul when we don’t see the bigger picture God has planned for our lives. His timeline seems long sometimes, as we wait, but he is developing us in the place we are at.

To those who feel rejected, God says, “I see your heart. You are not misunderstood. You just don’t understand how MUCH you are wanted. You have listened to a voice of deception and not seen the whole picture. Don’t focus so much on your own heart and look at the heart of the ones who you think have given up on you, or hurt you. Do you fully understand why? Do you understand what sacrifice looks like yet?

The wilderness is not a bad place! It’s a restful place, a pasture, where David sang to the Lord and overcame the lions and bears he alone faced. God gave him a promise while he was still there, even anointed him, yet he had to grow up in faith and stature to be able to carry the title of king. He had to learn, be trained in warfare and prove himself or he would have not have been the king who overcame as he did, who did not let the world or its ways affect him. Note, David didn’t get a personal trainer to do it. He didn’t even get a mentor! A shepherd is left in the quiet and focuses on his sheep.

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If you feel isolated, or alone, remember Samuel. Remember how his mother gave him up for a greater purpose to be alone with God in the temple at a young age.

Understand the sacrifice Hannah had to make when she cried for a child and then promised to raise him for God. She wept. She wept! But she said, “Yes”, knowing her relationship would be limited but that she had to prepare him to live dependent on God and his voice alone. How great the temptation to feel alone in that place. But Jesus said, “I will never leave you.” Can we be content with him alone? Is he enough? 

There are different groups of people who may be reading this.

There are Hannah’s

Remember the story above.

There are humble kings

Remember David. God was developing him in the pasture. His calling was not recognized by anyone but the prophet. David’s father didn’t even include him in the lineup when Samuel came to select one of his son’s as king. He was still “out tending sheep”. The prophet knew who he was looking for but, note, he didn’t take him along with him and raise him up. That was not in his power. No, all he did was call him out. Then, David was content to man the sheep or to serve until his time came, when the people recognized him as King 15 years later!

David always honored Saul, even when he knew he had been anointed future king. Could he walk as king yet. No. He just went back to his sheep and cared for them well. He walked in fear of the Lord, wanting to be ready when the time came for him to lead a great people, God’s people! With reverence and humility and never exalted himself or pushed his way to the top. He waited for his time and seemed to understand the need to grow until the time came to take on more responsibility. 

There are prophets going through death to self

Remember Joseph. What did we hear from him at first. “I… I…. I’’’ I had this revelation. I had that revelation. It was more than his brothers could take, and he was rejected by them. Sold into slavery. Mopped floors in the palace, was misunderstood and thrown in a dungeon. Yet God allowed it. He had great revelations from his youth, but he needed to learn something. Psalm 105:19 says, “Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character” (NLT).

When the time comes to be recognized, you will not exalt yourself, so rest and take care of what is in your garden right now. Just walk in what you have and shepherd well what is right in your pasture. Don’t envy what is not yet yours, or lust for what you do not yet have. You are gaining wisdom, patience, self-control and learning to love. Relish the opportunities to be humble. Be content and serve well with what you have. In time, as you are faithful with little, God will entrust you with much. Remember that a prophet needs to be SURE of the voice he/she is hearing, so if you have a call to speak on God’s behalf, RELISH all the opportunities for pruning and correction that come your way. Stretch and practice your gifts, but don’t be eager for responsibilities you are not ready to walk in. Surely Joseph thought his time had come when he got that wise dream interpretation, but he had to wait two more years. God was preparing him for a certain time. A CERTAIN TIME. Striving in the dungeon would have done no good. How humble he had to be before he went before the Pharoah to interpret that dream. It was a hard dream. It determined the fate of nations. 

What can you do while you wait? Enjoy the fellowship of the Lord. Learn what is His voice and what is not. Do what God instructed Jeremiah to do in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you unsearchable things you could not know.”

Savor the revelation God gives you. Hide it in your heart until he makes it come to pass. Test those words. Speak out only what he gives you permission to say. Cherish the rest and let it give you joy. Live in humility as David did. Learn from him. Jesus himself was called a “son of David”. What an honor.

Corrective Authority is in YOUR TONGUE

God is shaking free speech loose and it is setting the nation free!

As I was praying and worshipping this morning, the verse “Life and death are in the POWER of the tongue,” came to me over and over again. I felt a shift in my spirit around this verse. I realized we have heard this verse and many times and some have felt it only as a warning to “watch our words”, but the LORD is saying something different to me today. We’re trying to be SO careful about what we say so that we represent Jesus well, or don’t offend people. It’s time to disregard the voice of the accuser and read that verse again!

“Life and death is in the POWER of the tongue.”

I turned on a worship video where they began with Holy Spirit order. To some it may have sounded like chaos, but all just made their own noise of praise to the Lord, then at some point, they began a song in unison. I think this is how God works. We let out what is in us individually, praying in the spirit and truth, and as we yield to HIS Spirit, he brings us into a united song. I noticed that they didn’t have a lot of skill as we measure skill in our performance orientated society. They would never make the worship team in most of our churches. But what was obvious was that they were WORSHIPPERS and that they worshipped the Lord with all of their heart with what they had. I found myself with freedom to breakout in my own voice as I worshipped WITH them as children of God… and my focus was on the Lord.

As I worshipped, I saw the tongues of the people of God on fire releasing life wherever they go. Proclaiming God’s divine order over themselves and the nation, proclaiming the good God wanted to bring and ending the reign of the ungodly.

FREE speech is our right in this nation. Thank God.

I felt the Spirit move me as I worshiped and I loosed my tongue to speak aloud about the nation. I was alone with my teenage son, but he was there to agree and hear. As I spoke aloud the things that bubbled up about our nation I saw wonderful things! God ordained order coming.

Awareness of our Constitution rose up in me. What a miraculous document that is!  I saw the foundational TRUTH established by it and God’s order in it. The truth that this is a nation of free speech. We HAVE free speech, yet we have been believing lies that we don’t. The muzzle Christians have felt covering their mouths is their own imagination, something to be cast down. We have free speech to share about Jesus.

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

God began to expand my understanding of a scriptural truth. “

Romans 2 “11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;….
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

Equality is God’s order, fair treatment, like it or not. He doesn’t give one free speech and not another. As this truth became evident, the knowing happened in my spirit that that there IS no muzzle on the body of Christ in this nation because our Constitution guarantees our right to free speech without punishment. It is our own responsibility if we don’t believe it or act upon it.

I continued to worship and decided to allow prophesy to come forth. I opened my mouth and yielded to to God for the nation. I saw a vision of a person leaning over an open Bible, quickly flipping the pages with hunger, saying “I need to know what’s in here!” God is putting hunger in the hearts of people. They will recognize the Bible as truth! I realized that God’s word WILL be exalted in this nation, restored to its place and position of honor, not just at home, but in the school and in the government as well. He is exalting his Word!

As I saw this I saw a shaking happening, I felt the weight of it. I realized that as God’s order is spoken in faith, nothing we’ve been standing on that is not truth will be able to stand in a shaking like this. ONLY the things that are firm and true will endure and

Isaiah 59:19 will come to pass..

“From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.”

In my spirit, I “knew” with conviction that a shaking was increasing in response to the words of truth that are being spoken by God’s people. I saw the earth responding and knew the plates of the earth would be shifting as a result of this and that an earthquake would be the result, even now. ‘It may be right now,” I thought. Then I felt urgency that it would not be limited to one place, but it will trigger others. I do not say this lightly, but with awareness of the challenges that come with natural disasters. But when the words that were in agreement with the Lord and his word went forth, the earth moved.

Yes, there may be some hardship. But as that thought came and tempted me with grief, I felt that God had an answer for us. I began to speak “God is going to reveal a short word in scripture that will become a truth for us all.” I didn’t know what they were when I said that, but immediately after I said the first part, I saw the words “GOD IS PROVIDER” fill in the blank space I saw.

I believe this is the word he is speaking over individuals and over the nation right now, over nations.

GOD IS PROVIDER.

The things we have relied upon as our comfort, our strength and our sources of security are being removed. We read the words of scripture, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.” That is a declaration that invites alignment every time we say it! We have invited God’s divine order into our lives and our nation. Unity and order comes one knee of surrender at a time. We want God to be the head of this nation so clean up is happening. The idolatrous things we stand on are being removed. It’s a temporary shaking, momentary light affliction, but in the end, there will be fields of freedom to run through.

So what can we do to bring this amazing freedom and solid ground? …..

The Spirit of Truth lives in every believer. Let Him loose to flow out like a river of thanks and praise. Yield your heart and give him access to your voice. Your voice matters. When we confess righteous things with our mouth, out loud, we break contracts of agreement with darkness that we don’t even realize we have spoken. We come in agreement with abundance and out of agreement with lack. Jesus spoke of the promised spirit in John 7:

“37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”

A side note: This yielding may allow some of you to speak in tongues who have never been able to use this gift. I realized today that speaking in tongues is “yielding our tongues” to God for his use because, “life and death are in the POWER of the tongue.” We need to give him permission to take over, not just our tongues, but our attention and our time. Offer ourselves as an offering to him in worship and places of rest with him and we will find that all the things of this earth fall away from our attention. Peace will be restored in us and as we yield our tongues in these moments of worship and adoration, his words of divine order will pour forth, if we only open our mouths.

Illustration to close:
I had a dream last night where I travelled to different places in the world. In one scene, a man was standing very close to me. He was of a non-Christian faith. I felt the awkwardness of our differences at first, but then I allowed myself to remember the Lord and didn’t focus on him. I began to sing a quiet tune, not to him, but right near him. My attention was on God, my wonderful Savior. I sang, “Jesus loves me this is KNOW for the Bible tells me SO.” He said something about how he may not agree, but I didn’t really “hear him” or take any concern about it. I just said, “That’s ok. I believe it and I’m singing it.” God’s presence surrounded me and must have touched him, but my focus wasn’t on him, but on adoration of the Lord. He had a choice to believe it, or not.

(For alignment with God’s word. I suggest this further reading: Haggai)

Goodbye disappointment, condemnation and fear of failure!

Romans 4:15 “For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.”

There are so many ways guilt, shame and condemnation can get a hold of our thinking, but IF we remember what faith guarantees us, we will no longer be bothered by those voices. The choice is to live by faith and to understand what that means. We need to go back to what we did at first. That doesn’t mean what I did at first, or what YOU did at first, it means where grace from faith originated… with Abraham. Let’s look and see what Romans 4 has to say about it. I made a short video, less than 15 minutes to help you move from law based thinking to grace based revelation.  This isn’t all inclusive, but it may help you get on the right track to an “aha” moment if you need one.

Today’s Porch Chat: Romans 4:15