Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Chemical Imbalance Myth and Antidepressant Harm by Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you, or anyone you know, is taking, or considering taking, antidepressants you will find the information presented in this article by Dr. Mercola enlightening.

The Chemical Imbalance Myth and Antidepressant Harm

Analysis by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked.          September 19, 2019


  • An estimated 17.3 million American adults (7.1% of the adult population), experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017. The highest rates are reported among those aged between 18 and 25
  • The vast majority are prescribed antidepressant drugs, despite the fact there’s virtually no evidence to suggest they provide meaningful help, and plenty of evidence showing the harms are greater than patients are being told
  • Hundreds of thousands of toddlers are also being medicated with powerful psychiatric drugs, raising serious ethical questions, along with questions about the future mental and physical health of these children
  • There’s no scientific evidence to suggest depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in your brain. A lot of the evidence suggests unhealthy living conditions are at the heart of the problem
  • Antidepressants are not beneficial in the long term and antipsychotic drugs worsen outcomes over the long term in those diagnosed with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
In the U.S., an estimated 17.3 million American adults (7.1% of the adult population), experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017.1 The highest rates are reported among those aged between 18 and 25.2 However, not only is there evidence that depression is vastly overdiagnosed, but there's also evidence showing it's routinely mistreated. 

With regard to overdiagnosis, one 2013 study3 found only 38.4% of participants with clinician-identified depression actually met the DSM-4 criteria for a major depressive episode, and only 14.3% of seniors 65 and older met the criteria.

As for treatment, the vast majority are prescribed antidepressant drugs, despite the fact there's virtually no evidence to suggest they provide meaningful help, and plenty of evidence showing the harms are greater than patients are being told.
According to a 2017 study,4 1 in 6 Americans between the ages of 18 and 85 were on psychiatric drugs, most of them antidepressants, and 84.3% reported long-term use (three years or more). Out of 242 million U.S. adults, 12% were found to have filled one or more prescriptions for an antidepressant, specifically, in 2013. 
According to data5 presented by a watchdog group, hundreds of thousands of toddlers are also being medicated with powerful psychiatric drugs, raising serious ethical questions, along with questions about the future mental and physical health of these children.
Recent studies are also shedding much needed light on the addictive nature of many antidepressants, and demonstrate that the benefits of these drugs have been overblown while their side effects — including suicidal ideation — and have been downplayed and ignored for decades, placing patients at unnecessary risk.

The Chemical Imbalance Myth

One researcher responsible for raising awareness about these important mental health issues is professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, a Danish physician-researcher and outspoken critic of the drug industry (as his book, "Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,"6 suggests).
Gøtzsche helped found the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and later launched the Nordic Cochrane Centre. In 2018, he was expelled by the Cochrane governing board following the publication of a scathing critique of a Cochrane review of the HPV vaccine, in which he and his coauthors pointed out several methodological flaws and conflicts of interest.
Over the past several years, Gøtzsche has published a number of scientific papers on antidepressants and media articles and a book discussing the findings. In a June 28, 2019 article,7Gøtzsche addresses "the harmful myth" about chemical imbalances — a debunked hypothesis that continues to drive the use of antidepressants to this day. He writes, in part:8
"Psychiatrists routinely tell their patients that they are ill because they have a chemical imbalance in the brain and they will receive a drug that fixes this … 
Last summer, one of my researchers and I collected information about depression from 39 popular websites in 10 countries, and we found that 29 (74%) websites attributed depression to a chemical imbalance or claimed that antidepressants could fix or correct that imbalance …
It has never been possible to show that common mental disorders start with a chemical imbalance in the brain. The studies that have claimed this are all unreliable.9
A difference in dopamine levels, for example, between patients with schizophrenia and healthy people cannot tell us anything about what started the psychosis … [I]f a lion attacks us, we get terribly frightened and produce stress hormones, but this does not prove that it was the stress hormones that made us scared. 
People with psychoses have often suffered traumatic experiences in the past, so we should see these traumas as contributing causal factors and not reduce suffering to some biochemical imbalance that, if it exists at all, is more likely to be the result of the psychosis rather than its cause.10
The myth about chemical imbalance is very harmful. It makes people believe there is something seriously wrong with them, and sometimes they are even told that it is hereditary. 
The result of this is that patients continue to take harmful drugs, year after year, perhaps even for the entirety of their lives. They fear what would happen if they stopped, particularly when the psychiatrists have told them that their situation is like patients with diabetes needing insulin." 
Real Cause of Depression Is Typically Ignored 
According to Gøtzsche, there is no known mental health issue that is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals. In many cases, the true cause is unknown, but "very often, it is a response to unhealthy living conditions," he writes.11
He also cites the book,12 "Anxiety — The Inside Story: How Biological Psychiatry Got It Wrong," written by Dr. Niall McLaren, in which the author shows that anxiety is a major factor in and trigger of most psychiatric disorders. 
"A psychiatrist I respect highly, who only uses psychiatric drugs in rare cases … has said that most people are depressed because they live depressing lives," Gøtzsche writes. 
"No drug can help them live better lives. It has never been shown in placebo-controlled trials that a psychiatric drug can improve people's lives — e.g., help them return to work, improve their social relationships or performance at school, or prevent crime and delinquency. The drugs worsen people's lives, at least in the long run.13"
Gøtzsche rightfully points out that antipsychotic drugs create chemical imbalances; they don't fix them. As a group, they're also somewhat misnamed, as they do not address psychotic states. Rather, they are tranquilizers, rendering the patient passive. However, calming the patient down does not actually help them heal the underlying trauma that, in many cases, is what triggered the psychosis in the first place. 
As noted in one 2012 meta-analysis14 of studies looking at childhood trauma — including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, neglect, parental death and bullying — and subsequent risk of psychosis:
"There were significant associations between adversity and psychosis across all research designs … Patients with psychosis were 2.72 times more likely to have been exposed to childhood adversity than controls … The estimated population attributable risk was 33% (16%-47%). These findings indicate that childhood adversity is strongly associated with increased risk for psychosis."

Economy of Influence in Psychiatry

A related article,15 written by investigative journalist Robert Whitaker in 2017, addresses the "economy of influence" driving the use of antidepressant drugs in psychiatric treatment — and the "social injury" that results. As noted by Whitaker, mental disorders were initially categorized according to a disease model in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association.
"We're all familiar with the second 'economy of influence' that has exerted a corrupting influence on psychiatry — pharmaceutical money — but I believe the guild influence is really the bigger problem," he writes.
Read entire article here

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A "Hallelujah" Christmas by Cloverton HD

Elevate Praise has just booked the Cloverton Christmas Tour on December 15 in the Martinsville (IL) High School Gym.  I hope you are planning to attend.  Leanna Crawford will also be part of the Tour.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Helpful advice from R.T. Kendall

R.T. Kendall has this good advice on what should be coming out of our mouths when talking to, or about someone else.  It is an excerpt from his excellent article on "Stop Playing God," which you can read here.

One acrostic I have found helpful is built on the word "NEED.: When speaking to or about another person, ask yourself if what you are about to say will meet the person's need.
Necessary—Is it necessary to say this?
Encourage—Will this encourage the person? Will it make him or her feel better?
Edify—Will it edify? Will what you say build the person up and make him or her stronger?
Dignify—Will it dignify that person? Jesus treated other people with a sense of dignity.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Ponderings on Being Born Again

      After a discussion last night in our small group I have been thinking about being born again.

      The discussion began with someone asking how to respond to a person who says they are a Christian but because of grace--God's forgiveness--they can continue living as they did before they were saved.   Could it be the person is not really saved?  Wouldn't a person who really understands the love of God want to do everything with Him in mind, to please Him in all their actions?
      We agreed in theory this is what would happen, but we also agreed that God looks on the heart and therefore some who are doing things we are judging as not appropriate for a Christian actually have the intention and desire (but because of past hurts or other factors do not have the ability) to do what pleases God and He judges them accordingly. We decided we are not to judge but to pray for them to come to spiritual maturity.
      I began thinking about the natural birth process. These are just my ponderings.  I haven't put it all together yet.  I don't know if it even fits, I'm just thinking and sometimes I need to think out loud to know what I really believe.
       I do believe in the natural order that life begins at conception, but it must grow and mature in the womb before it is able to be born into the natural world.  When it has become a viable life--one that is able to live without the insulation and nourishment of the womb--it is born into the natural world where it still needs care to bring it to maturity.
      In the spirit could the moment we give our lives to Jesus (what we often call salvation) be compared to conception?  Could it also be in the spiritual world that we have a time of growth where we are  nourished and brought to an understanding of what it means to walk in the spirit with Jesus as Lord before we are actually ready to be born again?  Could being born again actually be what we have often called the baptism in the Spirit?
       There has been much discussion in many different circles about whether we can lose our salvation. In the natural, once we are born we can't go back to the womb, so it would seem that once we are born again, we can't go back to life before we were born again.  But if we turn away and live a life rejecting God, does that mean we were never really 'born again?'  Could it be our spiritual lives were aborted before we actually were mature enough to be born again?
      Some consider falling into sin as rejecting God.  I don't believe that is always the case.  We are weak and often do things contrary to what we believe or desire.  Obviously, we can totally turn away from God, but even then He looks at our hearts.  Often people turn away in great discouragement, not because they choose evil.  Is there also a parallel in the natural world that some people die before their time?  Could our rebellion cause us to die before we reach maturity?
     As we discussed last night, it is not our place to judge, but to pray we all come to the maturity in Christ that God desires for us.
      What do you think?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Another great quote found on The Patriot Post

Observations: "Trump has been strongly pro-life, strongly pro-American, strongly pro-Israel, strongly pro-capitalism, and he has pushed back against the freedom-robbing regulatory state. He cut taxes and he left evangelicals alone. He didn't sue the nuns. He doesn't want our guns. Voting for Trump is not 'trading Christian values for political power.' It's voting in self-defense against the radical, evangelical-hating left and hoping for the best — and getting more than expected." —Bryan Preston

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

You Can't Fix Other People, But You Can Fix Yourself

Watching this should be mandatory in schools today!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Daughters of God, Your New Beginning Is Here!" Lana Vawser

This is a "now" word from Lana Vawser, I believe.

Unraveling and Revealing
Recently I heard the Lord say, "Daughters of God, your new beginning is here." From this statement I sensed, strongly, the Lord's heart to encourage you, His daughters. A decree from Heaven surrounded me, declaring a new beginning over you! A shift has been decreed and a great UNRAVELLING and REVEALING is now beginning to take place.
The Lord spoke to me that this unraveling and revealing is beginning to manifest in the lives of His daughters in accelerated ways in this new era. God is unraveling the chains that have held you. God is unraveling the mindsets that have contained you. God is unraveling the oppression that has suffocated you. God is unraveling the whirlwind of despair and discouragement that have continued to keep you in a place of disorientation.
The Lord is now revealing exactly what the new beginnings look like. You are coming into fresh revelation of your identity. You are coming into greater clarity of your calling. You are coming into greater awareness of the Spirit of God operating in your life and through your life. You are coming into a season of CONFIDENCE in the voice of God and what He is speaking. No longer will you be tossed, to and fro, by confusion and the enemy "twisting" the Word of the Lord, but you are coming forth with an assurance of the Lord's voice like never before.
You NEED this confidence in hearing the voice of God because of WHERE He is going to send you. You need it for the new assignments, the new doors, and the new and adventures and ventures with Him. The Lord has to make sure that you are concreted and fortified in HIS voice alone. (Photo via Unsplash)
There has been an intense boot camp and resistance training happening for the daughters of God in many ways, where the Lord is building spiritual faith muscles in His daughters. He is building the faith muscles to push back against circumstances and what the enemy is saying and for us to stand in the Word of God alone.
The Lord is building the fortification and confidence in His voice so that the Esthers may go forth with the fire of His Word in their bellies to bring major change to cities and nations, shaping and influencing culture, and seeing the Kingdom of God extended.
You Are Writing a New Story
I heard the Lord say, "You are writing a new story." The journey is changing. One story has ended and now another begins. The Lord has so many divine surprises for you in this new era, and it is the responsibility of the daughters of God to BE READY!
It is IMPERATIVE in this hour to be praying and asking the Lord, "How can I be ready? God, what does it look like for me to be ready? Lord, make me ready." It is vital that the daughters of God are found with enough oil in their lamps (Matthew 25:1-13). The King of Glory is coming (Psalm 24:7-9), and there is a divine, significant moment upon the daughters right now of coming further into their identity, inheritance and influence.
Don't be afraid of the new story, it is a story where you will see the Lord MAKE HISTORY in your life and through your life. You will see Him move FOR YOU and THROUGH YOU in ways that are going to change how things have been and how things will be FOREVER. 
There is a lot at stake right now. It is so crucial to be in the secret place with the Lord delighting in Him, knowing Him, keeping the affections of your heart upon Him alone and following His direction.
Rewired and Required
I had a vision and I saw Jesus working on the brains of His daughters. He looked like a surgeon—the "Master Surgeon." He looked up at me smiling and said, "The time for the divine REWIRING has arrived."
The I was immediately surrounded with a strong sense that, in the lives of His daughters, the Lord is bringing to the surface the "thought patterns" and the "strongholds of the mind" that are not in line with what He says, His Word or the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
The Lord is bringing these mindsets to the surface in many ways, and they are coming up "one after another, after another." Do not panic or be discouraged as they arise. The Lord is bringing them up so you can repent of aligning with them, breaking your agreement with them, and asking the Holy Spirit for His truth. (Photo via Pixabay)
In this process a MAJOR rewiring is taking place. It's a rewiring that is meant to produce healing, deliverance, freedom and upgrades.
The Lord then showed me the word "REQUIRED." Again, the vision of Esther came before me and I heard the Lord say, "THEY WILL BE REQUIRED OF." You will be called upon. You will be placed in specific divine moments in this new era, set up by the hand of the Lord with your mouth FULL of the wisdom of God to speak forth to one, to one hundred, and to many—wherever the Lord sends you. But now is the time where you are being "REQUIRED OF" to take your place and move into all that He has for you. Now is the time (Esther 4:14)!
You have known deep battles of the mind and torment of the mind, but the Lord is breaking them through the deeper training that is upon you of renewing your mind, living by faith, living in a higher reality, and coming up the mountain.
Ask for God's wisdom (James 1:5) and you will be filled to the brim, overflowing with His heavenly wisdom, discernment, direction and blueprints from Heaven. The shift has arrived! Your new beginning has BEGUN. Watch the unraveling and revealing take place! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser Ministries

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Encouragement to Continue in Praise & Worship

    A few months ago we started a monthly event during the summer months at the Linn Park Amphitheater which we are calling "Elevate Praise."  I was excited and encouraged because I felt it was an inspiration from the Lord, but attendance dwindled until the last event had only about 60 people. (We have one scheduled event left on September 8).  I started to get discouraged and began talking seriously about it with the Lord.  Were we to continue?
    He has brought several encouraging words to me since then, including His perspective that one person whose heart is turned toward him in worship blesses Him, so of course He loved it when 60 people came together with the express purpose of worshipping Him!
    A few days ago I came across a video of Ruth Heflin on YouTube and then watched an interview with a woman who had been her friend.  In it, she mentioned that Ruth said, "We are to praise until the spirit of`worship comes; worship until the glory comes; and then stand in the glory."  I long for this type of worship but have rarely experienced it corporately because many churches and worship leaders equate singing a few songs/hymns with worship, not understanding they are to be a gateway into His Presence.
    Ruth's book, Glory: Experiencing the Atmosphere of Heaven, was mentioned in the interview so I ordered it from my favorite used book site: and began reading this excellent, inspiring book!
   Ruth says on p. 10 that "On New Year's Eve the Lord spoke to us and said, "Even now, while you are praising me, I am pouring out My Spirit in another part of the city.""  This excited me so, because it is part of the vision we have for Elevate Praise--that as we worship Jesus, those in our cities and surrounding areas will be changed.  How exciting and it certainly encourages me that we should continue!
    Then as I was reading further in the book today (pp. 110-111) an idea I had never considered was presented.  Ruth said. "You may feel that everyone else can worship better than you.  Everyone seems to be so eloquent, so articulate, while you struggle with your inhibitions.  That's not true.  Maybe they can make a better pizza than you.  They might do better on a particular job than you.  But your worship is distinctive, it is uniquely "YOU."  It touches the heart of God.  He longs to hear YOUR words of love, the expression of YOUR heart, the groaning of YOUR spirit.  Even if it comes forth in very simple utterances, even in sighs, don't compare yourself with others.  God desires YOUR worship."
   Had you ever considered this?  You are uniquely created by God to worship Him.  He has given you a unique sound that only you can produce.  How amazing!  How wonderful to be able to give something to God that only we can give!

Then another means of encouragement came today through this article which was posted on the Elijah List.
Prophetic word released on August 13, 2019:
Recently as I was in worship, the Lord began to highlight to me the season we're currently embarking upon with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock here in America. 
As I continued to worship I heard the Lord say, "I am releasing a massive revival within the global worship movement of our time. Yes, I am hitting the reset button on worship as we've known it. I'm releasing a fresh wave of My Spirit on the global worship movement in ways you've never seen before. I'm ushering this generation into a new era where holy worship unto Me will be restored and raised up all throughout the earth.
"There are new sounds and new expressions of worship that will break out in every place of the earth. Over the next 90 days, I am inviting My Bride into a new place of worship, a new place of intimacy, a new place of glory. Yes," the Lord said, "we're coming into days of ascension."
This is where we will literally see people begin to fix their gaze on the Lord. God is inviting His people to ascend the mountain of the Lord.
An Invitation to Ascend His Mountain
I saw God inviting people, through the vehicle of worship, to the high places over cities, over regions, over nations. Yes, even over various spheres of society. The Lord says that the next 90 days are very crucial for people to turn their hearts and fix their eyes on the Lord. This worship revival that is breaking forth in the earth right now will cause a ripple effect within nations. It's coming to disrupt chaos and confusion. It's coming to dismantle the powers of darkness through the sound of laid-down worship. 
It's time for the lovers of God, those who are passionate, to rise up. There's a release of new songs that will be born out of the chambers of intimacy. It's an hour where new songs and music will be released. Yes, it's the sound of vertical worship. It's the beautiful sound upon the beautiful mountain of the Lord. The Lord says, "We will ascend Mount Zion. I'm taking My global Bride to new heights and new realms in Me."
Worship in Unconventional Locations
I began to see, in the spirit, people worshiping outside in the most unconventional locations. I saw people worshiping in large stadiums and being consumed by the weighty presence of God and the sound of pure worship. I hear the Lord saying: "Movement of worship will not be confined to the four walls." I saw worshipers being raised up on the various mountains of influence, specifically in education. (Photo via Unsplash)
The Lord says, "I'm gonna cause the secret place to be revealed in public places, where worship will begin to infiltrate schools across the world. New worship training schools will be raised up and they will receive new marching orders. A new and fresh fervency is coming upon worship schools in this hour. Pastors and leaders will begin to share about My presence and share about true worship unto Me. It will be an experience, not just a mere teaching. It will be encounters of My glory, of My fire and of My presence. 
"I am bringing My Bride into a time of experiencing My manifest presence in unprecedented ways. Yes, the Man whose eyes are filled with fire and whose voice is like the sound of many waters will go to manifest and show up in the place of worship. Wherever you build an altar to Me, I will show up," says the Lord.
Revelation 1:14"The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire."
God says, "It's time to park around the presence. I'm inviting My people all across the world to park around the ark of My glory. Families will begin to gather around the table of My presence in living rooms; people will assemble for worship at their jobs; worship will spread in schools and breakout in the streets. There is a righteous redemption that is coming, likened to Woodstock, but it's a holy movement of worship. Think it not strange that Woodstock began in Bethel, New York." (Bethel means "House of God.")
The Wedding Veil of the Bride and the Crown of His Authority
Dear friends, there is a return of holy worship that is coming back to the house of God. This revival movement in worship will unleash an uncompromising wave of purity, holiness, righteousness, healing and justice in the nations of the earth. The Lord says, "Not only am I raising up worshipers, but I am filling the earth with the songs of the Bride and the songs of the Bridegroom."
I began to see a wedding veil land on top of the Church once again, and shortly after the wedding headdress came over the head of the Church, I began to see a crown come down over the wedding veil.
The Lord says, "As My people worship in this hour, I will release the crown of My authority. I am doing away with the separation between the sound of intimate worship and the sound of warfare, for I am raising up kings and priests. I am raising up My bridal warriors. Out of the place of lovesick worship I will release My authority. I will release My revelation and, yes, I will release keys and strategies to overturn the powers of darkness."
3 Months of Increased Revelation and Visibility
The Lord says, "This will be an hour of increased revelation and visibility of My Spirit. This movement of worship will lead the way even over the next 3 months, even as you step into Rosh Hashanah.(Photo via Pixabay)
"Get ready to see a new sound come out of South America, specifically out of Colombia, out of Venezuela, and out of Brazil. Get ready to see Australia and various nations within Africa and the UK break forth in the new sound and new songs. I'm even raising up a new wave of Celtic worship. 
"There is a new dance and a new sound that is rising up out of the nations; it's gonna bring provision. Places that are in war and in danger, where people are bound in chains spiritually and naturally, will hear the sound of the Lord's protection. There is a breakthrough sound of worship."
Isaiah 60:1"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you."
To the Songwriters, Musicians and Worship Teams
The Lord says over songwriters, musicians and worship teams, "A new day has come. Yes, it's time to write the songs, it's time to produce the new music." There's a convergence sound of generations, nations, tribes and tongues that needs to be heard.
"Get ready," says the Lord, "there is a radical uprising for burning hearts that will release holy worship unto Me that will sweep across the earth in this season, and the days and seasons to come," says the Lord. Let your worship go forth! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Torrey Marcel Harper
Global Prayer Room


Monday, August 12, 2019

Indiana State Fair

   Country Guy and I went the the Indiana State Fair on Saturday with one of our grandsons and his girlfriend.  We had a really fun time!  Of course, we ate too much!  Have you ever tried Duck Fries?  Neither had we, but they were actually excellent!  We also had corn dogs, gyros, cheese curds, a hamburger with doughnuts on it, mini-donuts, ice cream and sati-baba.  Fortunately, we decided early on to buy only one of many of the items and all try it, otherwise we would have been sick!

     We toured the tiny houses, the aquarium, watched the dog tricks show, rode the Sky Train, and petted goats, sheep and pigs.

But by far the highlight for me was the Perceron/Clydesdale Six Hitch show.  Since our committee decided it was not a wise use of our money to host the Heritage Days Draft Horse Show anymore I have been missing those beautiful horses. The Fair had 18 entries with the competition divided into 4 separate events for maneuverability.

After judging all were brought back into the arena.  So many beautiful horses!!

Three of the 18 had been to our Heritage Days Horse Show in previous years so it was fun to cheer for them.  Amazingly, our grandson, who had never been to a draft horse competition, picked the first place winner--Jackson Fork Ranch from Bondurant, WY-- out of the 18!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Neil T Anderson "Spiritual Warfare" Full exclusive interview

I've been watching/listening to youtube videos of Neil Anderson's messages this week.  He has so much wisdom and imparts it in such a calm, well understood manner.  This one has many nuggets that are also found in many of his other videos.  I have since ordered some of his books through to share with others.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Major Demonstrations of My Faithfulness Are Upon You!" Lana Vawser,

      This article by Lana Vawser, sent by the Elijah List today, is just what I needed to hear this morning--actually what I was praying about!  Don't you love it when God lets you know He is listening and answering your prayers?

     For many months the Lord has been speaking to me about His faithfulness being demonstrated powerfully in the Body of Christ in this new era. The way He is demonstrating His faithfulness is going to heal hearts, strengthen many people in the Body of Christ, and restore joy to the ones who have lost it.
     "But you, O Lord, your mercy-seat love is limitless, reaching higher than the highest heavens. Your great faithfulness is infinite, stretching over the whole earth." (Psalm 36:5 TPT)
     "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds." (Psalm 36:5 ESV)
     Recently, the Lord put forerunners and pioneers heavily on my heart. There are many forerunners and pioneers in the Body of Christ who have been in such intense battles, where the fire has been so very hot. These forerunners and pioneers are "making a way," carving out the pathways that have not been walked before. 
They are walking with the Lord and following the leading of the Holy Spirit to move into unchartered territories, pave pathways that are seemingly "against the grain," and do what has "never been done before" in obedience to the Lord. They are partnering with the Spirit of God to break through hard ground, to break open ancient wells, to push through manmade structures at His leading, and to see the tidal wave of His Spirit and presence come in a new way. (Photo via flickr)
     In the midst of this new era we have entered, these forerunners and pioneers have been facing battles on every front. The Lord kept using the word "relentless" as I sat with Him. They have been facing relentless opposition and attack, and much of their opposition has been from the words of man speaking against what God is doing in their lives, through their lives, and the mandate He set upon them because it "goes against the grain" and what is "expected" or defined as "normal." These are the ones who have remained faithful to the Lord and continue to move in obedience to what God has spoken to them.
     "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)
     I had an encounter with the Lord where I saw that the heart of God was moved by their obedience and perseverance. I heard the Lord say: "Great is their reward, as they have not bowed to the ways of man but followed in radical obedience to My leading, My ways, My strategies and My voice."
     The Lord has been moved by the yieldedness and dedication of these forerunners and pioneers, who continue with the Lord's work and do NOT bow to anything else but what the Lord has said. They have a strong resolve within them which comes from the place of deep intimacy and love for Jesus—where it has to be HIS WAY or NO WAY at all.
New Demonstrations of His Faithfulness
     The Lord showed me the intense battles that these pioneers and forerunners have been facing. Recently, they have been fighting for their lives, yet they continue to put their hands to what the Lord has spoken and His assignment upon them. There has been a deep weariness, heaviness and discouragement that has come upon many in battle, but I heard the Lord say, "Forerunners and pioneers, major demonstrations of My faithfulness, on every front, are upon you!"
     Pioneers and forerunners, where there has been "battle" and "attack" and "opposition," on every front, the tables are turning. A shift is taking place where you shall now see major demonstrations of His faithfulness manifesting in your lives on every side. These demonstrations will be unprecedented. 
     The way He is going to demonstrate His faithfulness to you, you have never seen before. Your hearts are going to be healed in these demonstrations by the power of God, and your souls will be refreshed. You will be "bubbling over" with joy, with peace, with excitement and vision for the future.
Overnight Positioning Taking Place NOW
     Then these words surrounded me so loudly: "Forerunners and pioneers, you are about to be empowered by My Spirit in strength like you have not known before. Here come the winds of My strength and acceleration!"
     In this encounter I saw the words "INCREASE AND FAVOR" swirling around them.
Pioneers and forerunners, there is a birthing of the new thing that God is doing through what you are carrying and forerunning, and it's taking place right now (Isaiah 43:19). As this release continues to happen, you will be astonished at the level of increase and favor which will be poured upon you by the hand of God. It will totally change your life. (Photo via Unsplash)
     I heard the words, "Many have felt like they were in prison—like Joseph—caged and in such a battle, but OVERNIGHT they will be positioned into the PALACE. That overnight positioning is taking place NOW." God is restoring, increasing, redeeming and extending. The increase in the acceleration and the favor in the acceleration will be unlike anything you have experienced before.
     Many of the forerunners and pioneers feel like they have lost so much time "in the battle," but the Lord is restoring time and doing in a moment what would normally take years to do.
     The power of His Spirit is going to be shown in a moment, and it is going to increase our faith and awe in who He is. God is increasing favor upon them in extravagant ways to see His Kingdom extended, His name lifted high, and many to come to know Jesus.
     The Lord spoke again: "This major increase of favor is upon these ones right now because they will keep it about Me."
Bless Your Brothers in the Increase of Favor
     In the midst of this increase of favor, I saw "brothers" surrounding the pioneers and forerunners, and they were whispering. It reminded me of Joseph's brothers, and the words that can be spoken because of jealousy and insecurity and not knowing the Father's love.
     I then heard the words: "I HAVE PREPARED YOU AND WILL PROTECT YOU." There is a maturing that God has been developing within these forerunners and pioneers to see them respond to words of jealousy, accusation or hurtfulness with a heart of love, like Jesus.
I watched as the pioneers and forerunners, who were feeling the impact of these negative words, chose not respond in offense, in hurt or pain, but to respond in love. As they received the Father's heart for their brothers and sisters, I saw them on their faces weeping—not because of the pain, but out of the love that they felt for the very ones who were cursing them. (Photo via Unsplash)
     There was strength found in the blessing of those who were cursing them. They were motivated by His heart; a heart of forgiveness, blessing and reconciliation. I then heard the words: "In the blessing of those who curse you, some of your greatest enemies will become your greatest friends." Such an incredible sense surrounded me of the powerful, transforming, miraculous move of His Spirit to completely reconcile and turn things around.
     "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44 ESV)
Breaking Battles in the Mind
     I heard the Lord say that there has been an intense battle of the mind upon the pioneers and forerunners— such a torment of the mind—but it is now breaking and He is moving them into a major increase of wisdom and discernment. There is a significant increase upon them for discerning the Lord's voice from the voice of the enemy.
     If that's you, the Lord is taking you deeper into the library of Heaven to reveal more strategies to you for this new era. He is going to release to you SPECIFIC wisdom on how to implement His strategies and how to steward them. The wisdom of God that He is releasing is SO weighty and SO precious. Be sure to treat it with care and steward it well with your obedience. 
     Do not move forward with halfhearted obedience but give your all to HIS WAYS. The Lord showed me that FEAR OF MAN is something that could cause halfhearted obedience as others come playing "devil's advocate."
     I felt the Lord saying to keep your head between your knees in the place of intercession and focus on what HE is speaking. You have the deep resolve within you to follow the Lord's command, and that is clear by the journey you have walked, but do not allow things that "glitter" or the temptation of what looks like "greater influence" in the natural to sway you from the Lord's words in this increase of favor. You know His voice, you know His way.
A Change of Tactics
     I felt the Lord saying that, for many of you, the enemy is changing his tactics. Previously he has come to you with fear and intimidation, weariness and torment of the mind to cause you to "give up," but that hasn't worked. The Lord showed me that he will now try to lure you with things that sparkle or glitter that aren't "bad in nature," but just not what the Lord is breathing on. The enemy will attempt to bring confusion to hinder the acceleration. 
     It's important to stay focused, be wise with whom you share and what you share, and move in the wisdom and discernment of the Lord, for that is where you will find great clarity and protection. Just like Jesus did, when the enemy attempted to tempt Him on the rooftop (Matthew 4) by offering Him all the kingdoms of the world if He would compromise, USE THE WORD OF GOD. Use what God is speaking and where He is leading you as your weapon.
God is also going to send you forth with such specific, heavenly wisdom for others. He will position you to release this wisdom to the people He connects you with, who will bring significant change to the areas of culture they have influence in. The Daniels truly are arising. (Photo via Unsplash)
     God's Royal Flush of Victory
     The shift that is upon you right now is the greatest shift and birthing of your life. This is why the battle has been so intense, but there is a royal flush of His victory that is already yours in Christ, manifesting powerfully in your life to position you in ways you have never been positioned in, to do what you have never done, and go where you never thought you could go. You will RUN, RUN, RUN with Him, and your body will be healed, strengthened and empowered with divine endurance.
     This is your season of fulfillment in your destiny—to see the name of Jesus lifted high and His glory spread all over the earth, with many coming to know Him. 
     The battle in the dark night has shifted and the sun is rising upon you. It's a new day of adventuring, exploring, building and running empowered by the Spirit of God like never before. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser Ministries

Monday, July 29, 2019

Our 5th Redneck Pool Party

Saturday was the fifth annual Redneck Pool Party at Linn Park sponsored by Martinsville on the Move.  It is so much work, but once the kids come and we see how much fun they are having it seems worth it.  
Bubbles were a big hit with young and old alike!

The 80 foot slip and slide is always popular!
The pinaqua is a fun way to get wet!
Even the little pools were popular!
We made two pools out of straw bales and leftover tarp from the Littlejohn Grain corn pile--one was one straw bale high.  The other was two straw bales high.  Both were well-used.

And of course, Battle Creek's music totally fit the occasion and added to the fun!
We-Li-Kit Ice Cream was a great addition!

      At 8:00 p.m. it was difficult getting the kids out of the pools so we could drain them.  Several children came to tell us thank you for a fun evening.  


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

2 Corinthians 12:7: "Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!"

Today as I prayed for those young people who are on my heart--those who are making bad decisions,  some are experimenting with drugs and sex, some are rebellious and disrespectful, saying hateful things to others--I was thinking how much regret they will have some day.  I believe God will redeem these who are blinded by the things of this world.  I have no doubt our prayers will be answered, but I also believe they will be sorry and regret the things they have done.  It is often so difficult to forgive ourselves. 

Anyway, as my thoughts were tracking along these lines I thought of Paul.  Could that be the thorn in the flesh he speaks about?  How could he ever forget the people he persecuted and killed?  Wouldn't the devil torment him whenever possible with thoughts of regret and sorrow?  Wouldn't that always be a reminder of how far he had come?  It certainly would keep him from exalting himself, don't you think?

So maybe these I'm praying for will feel regret, but God, who says He works all things together for our good, will certainly use it to keep their eyes focused on Him when they finally see Him.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Revelation, Ponderings and New Ideas

       The past few weeks I have been listening to (watching) some speakers, many of whom would be called "far out."  I guess that's one reason I am enjoying them.  I love listening to, talking with, and thinking about ideas that are bigger than I'm used to thinking.  YouTube videos I've watched lately include those by Kevin Zadai, Jeanette Strauss, Robert Madu, Mary Hasz, Bill Johnson, Becca Greenwood, Kenneth Hagin, Kat Kerr, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Todd White.  It is amazing that even though these approach  the topic from different angles, one of their major themes is knowing our identity so that we can let go of the hindrances (sins) we've held on to for so long in order to get about the business God sent us here to do--destroying the works of the devil as we bring God's kingdom to earth.
       Yesterday, as I was baking cookies to sell at the concessions stand at our events at Linn Park, I was listening to Kat Kerr.  She always has some mind blowing things to say so I would recommend you checking her out.  (She has pink hair which is a little off-putting, but which she says God asked her to wear, so she does.  This, along with some of the things she says, could be a stumbling block for some of us.  I choose to accept them because as I've listened, she appears to be very sincere and scriptural--and as I said, talks about mind-blowing ideas!)  She insisted quite some time before Donald Trump was elected that during one of the times she was taken to Heaven God told her he would be president. She also says he will be elected for a second term, Mike Pence will serve 2 terms after that, and whoever he chooses will serve 2 terms after that because God has always had a plan for the U.S. to be a prototype for other country's to model leadership after.  She says America will be greater than it's ever been because God will use Donald Trump to cleanup the corruption and get us back on track.  I love to hear encouraging news like that!
      Anyway, yesterday as I was listening she was talking about the soul, which has interested me significantly the past couple of years.  I have been learning/teaching on Integrated Healing and how we must rid ourselves of the sin that has entangled us--things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger, hatred, rejection, shame, guilt, undgodly soul ties, etc. because they are often the very things that are keeping us sick.  She was talking on the verse in 3 John 1:2, "Beloved I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."  One of her points was that we often leave out the last part of the verse and only pray for prosperity and health without realizing it is our soul that is hindering the answers to our prayers.  She said, "Lets turn it around so we can understand it better: As your soul prospers you will prosper and be in health because it is the things we allow in our souls that determines the outcome."
     She applied Matthew 18:18:  “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."  She says we need to loose those things from our soul that have hindered us and bind to our soul the things of God, such as peace, joy, love, etc. that we need instead.  We speak these--declare them--an interesting concept which I am meditating on.  It is a different way of looking at what we are already doing through prayer in Integrated Healing.  We actually are loosing people from those things when we pray.  Maybe this idea can be applied to what we already do.
    Another thing she said when talking about the fact we are spirit, soul and body is that we feed our spirit--some of us only once a week when we go to church; we feed our body three times a day (or more with snacks) but our soul is being fed 24 hours a day by what we listen to, who we relate to, and especailly what we think about.  Therefore, it is extremely important to monitor what we are allowing to influence us in our daily walk.
     I must get to work.  Today I had planned to work at the Linn Park Gardens. There are many weeds growing in the gardens there--and in my gardens here.  Maybe while I weed them, I can also 'loose' some weeds growing in my soul.