Thursday, June 14, 2018

"A Tsunami Wave Over the Nation! Trees Planted and Uprooted in the White House!" Charles Shamp

A wonderful word from Charles Shamp (if you are a conservative believer, as I am)!  It was posted on The Elijah List today.  You can read it online here.

I was recently in prayer and was taken into a vision in the spirit. I looked and saw these deep-seated, old roots of corruption in the foundation of the White House.
In the vision, the White House appeared to be shaped like a very old tree with its branches withering. Suddenly, the hand of the Lord came and pulled it from the ground. Another White House was put in its place, one where its roots revealed righteousness and peace. The hand of the Lord planted it into rich soil and it began to flourish. Its branches contained beautiful fruit. As I looked at this tree, it seemed to be an olive tree.
Trees in the White House
I was again lifted up and taken to the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Supreme Court where I saw them all uprooted and replaced with new trees where the foundations were righteousness and peace. They too began to flourish and bear fruit and appeared to be olive trees with multicolored fruit. (Photo via Unsplash)
I heard the Lord speak, "I have extended an olive branch of peace to the United States of America and will extend Donald Trump's presidency into a second term by the power of My right hand. What I have done in the White House will happen with every 'branch' of government in the United States for I will pull out corruption and plant trees of righteousness that will bear much fruit.
"Even now, the ax is laid to the root of these corrupt trees. Every tree which does not bear good fruit will be cut down, pulled out and thrown into the fire! There will come forth new terms filled with peace. Branches will grow out of righteous roots. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon America again – the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord which will return once again across the land."
A Tsunami Wave of Revival
I again looked and saw a massive, red tsunami wave coming to America. Suddenly, it crashed against the shores and covered the nation. I thought, "No. Does this mean a disaster will come?" I heard the Lord say, "I will come to America with another wave of revival. This will be the third wave and will crash against the shores so intensely that the nation will awaken to righteousness again. 
"I will cover this nation with My Blood. Cities will experience the salvation of My hand. I will empower My Church to preach the message of the Cross and multitudes will run to alters on street corners and stadiums as I cover the nation with the Blood of My Son from sea to shining sea."
"I Will No Longer Allow Your President to Stand On His Own"
The Lord spoke to me again, "As a sure sign of these things coming to pass, there will be a wave of conservatives elected during the midterm election in November 2018. It will be Breaking News. They will carry the House and the Senate and I will uproot, replant and rebuild the nation. 
"I will tie the three branches of government together; for a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  I will no longer allow your president to stand on his own. Even now, I have called others to come alongside and help bring the nation back from the dead and they will take their seats in the coming days."
I saw the House of Representatives stay in the hands of the Republicans and will move much more to a conservative position. I could see into the Senate and saw the Republicans gain nine seats. Those that took their place were considerably more conservative then those who had previously been there. I heard the Lord say, "Yes, nine will be a sign – a sign that righteousness has been birthed in the nation and earth." I saw three more constitutional conservatives were appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump before 2020. (Photo via Flickr)
I was so stirred in my heart at the sight of the nation, it was no longer surviving... it was thriving. Waves of outpouring, renewal and revival were all around. I saw tangible glory clouds coming down. 
God will have His way in the coming days, but we must stand and continue to pray. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Charles and Brynn Shamp, President and Founders
Destiny Encounters

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last Weekend's Heritage Days

Last weekend was Heritage Days with the Draft Horse Show.  We began Friday night with the Lloyd Wood Country Music Show which was excellent.  It rained during the night but on Saturday morning we were able to hold the Horse Farming Demonstrations.  I am always impressed by this 6 horse hitch that was here last year also.  

The draft horses are huge!  Can you imagine walking two of them at a time.  If they decided to run I don't think this guy would be able to stop them, do you?

It began to rain around 11:00 on Saturday so we postponed the Horse Show till early afternoon, but then it continued to rain so we cancelled it for the day.  The horse owners/drivers decided to start earlier on Sunday at 11:00 but then it rained all night so we ended up having only the draft 6-hitch, the haflinger 6-hitch, the mini cart (as a filler) and then the draft and haflinger carts on the road by the barns.  The racetrack in front of the grandstand was too muddy.  The drivers were happy to get their points for the national competition and the rest of the classes split the money among the registrants.  It began to rain again right after the competition ended--around 1:00 Sunday afternoon and rained all afternoon.  We ended up with over 9 inches of rain!

I was able to get photos of the beautiful hitches.  Here are a few:
A haflinger 6-hitch

I am partial to Zubrod's beautiful percherons!  They won both 6 hitch classes and received 12 points for National competition. 

Lindy Nealey was supposed to perform Roman riding during both days' shows, but Country Guy and I are the only ones who actually got to see her perform.  She was practicing Saturday night in hopes of performing Sunday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! What is it For?" Jennifer Martin

      This article, posted on The Elijah List this morning, certainly spoke to me as I have been trying to keep my eyes on the Lord as one trying experience after another seems to come my way.  This morning I am attempting to recoup from excruciating back pain that happened as I reached for something last night.  I continue to wait on the Lord to heal the double vision that has plagued me since February, a hurdle I haven't yet crossed as this new one arrived.  I am also dealing with an imbedded rose thorn in my knuckle which has caused much pain and swelling. These are just the physical shakings happening.  Several other areas of my life are undergoing shakings, too.  Does this article resonate with you, also?   I am ready to be through with all this shaking, aren't you?   I very much appreciate these words of encouragement!!

Have you felt the shaking lately? And not only in the natural, but in the spirit? It seems that many in the Body of Christ are feeling an intense pressure going on in their lives. We've been used to dealing with things happening, but not like this. It seems as though once we cross one hurdle, we get to another, then another, and another, but it doesn't stop there. Then 2 or 3 hurdles at a time show up just when we thought we were at the end of this lap. This isn't business as usual. This is something different than any season we've ever encountered before. There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on, but why?
"You see, you are a threat to the enemy, and he wants to shut you down."
I believe that the Lord has spoken to me through my own life as a parable for the Body of Christ. As I have been sharing about this, it has been bearing witness to many others too. We all are feeling the shaking. When it looks like you can't handle one more situation and your plate is full, something else manages to come along and jump onto your plate. 
Maybe you've been dealing with problems in your relationships, health, or finances. You've been praying and believing God to see breakthrough in these fiery trials, but the answer has not arrived...yet. You're waiting to see "the good" come out, especially after being worn out, as your hope and faith are challenged to the maximum!
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:26"At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.'" The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken, so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
The Purpose of Shaking
Do you want to know why it's shaking all around you? God knows there is precious gold inside of you that is yet to be discovered. Just as gold is found in the earth, it is also buried in you. The Lord wants to cause the gold in you to rise to the surface. He knows exactly how to do it too. He shakes you! He shakes you in the midst of the overflowing waters, just like someone who shakes the gold pan in the river. If He shakes the pan hard enough, eventually, gold will be the only thing remaining. Then He takes the gold inside you and puts it through the fire to remove the impurities. He knows that if He turns the heat up high enough, the gold will rise to the occasion and be revealed apart from the dross. He knows that if He can shake you long enough, faith will rise, endurance will come, and eternal fruit will grow. 
The trials, which are not joyous, are for a much better you. They cause you to make a choice. They force you to confront what you really believe in your heart. Do you really trust in God? Do you believe God will surely come and destroy the devourer? Do you believe He will surely make the crooked paths straight? Would you even have faith without the testing? Who would you be right now without the suffering? How could you even know if you believe unless you are tested?
The Bible says in James 1:2-4"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
God has an ultimate goal to bring us to maturity and unfortunately, there is a price to pay: long-suffering. The Lord wants us to exercise our spiritual muscles of faith so that we may grow thereby, and become truly strong.
The Shaking of Persecution
You may believe that God is not testing you, but the enemy is persecuting you. If so, Jesus said in Luke 6:22-23"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in Heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets."
"We all are feeling the shaking. When it looks like you can't handle one more situation, and your plate is full, yet something else manages to come along and jump onto your plate."
"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." (1 Peter 4:14)
You see, you are a threat to the enemy and he wants to shut you down. But nonetheless, you will have great reward and confidence that the Spirit of God surely rests on you!
A Scared Bear – You Are a Threat
I recently had a dream about a bear running towards me. I was with a group of Believers, and the people with me began to panic and run. I called to them, "WAIT!" I knew that this bear was not a threat to me and he would not dare touch me. In fact, I knew he was afraid of me. Just as the bear was within a foot of me, he stopped and stared at me. He saw something. His face changed from rage to fear, as whatever he saw IN ME caused him to turn and run for his life. He was terrified.
Don't fear what the enemy can do to you. He's afraid of what you can do to him! The enemy is scared of the gold inside of you! He wants to cause you to believe that God has left you or that you will never see the victory in your situation. He's afraid of what will happen when you find out the truth. You are GOLD refined in the fire! Nothing can stop you now. You know who you are. You know whom you fight for. And you know WHO is IN YOU!
This is not the time to allow the testing and trials to defeat you, but instead, let them strengthen and shape you. You have stood strong and proven to your God that you believe in miracles and that you believe in Him! He will surely come and His reward is with Him! Let the Word of God encourage you today: Your warfare is accomplished and your reward is here!
I hear the Lord saying this Scripture to you as a promise:
"'Comfort ye, comfort ye My people,' saith your God. 'Speak ye comfortingly to Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.' The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.'"(Isaiah 40:1-5)
Be comforted! Your warfare is ending and your reward is here! God wants you to rest in His promise today. Enter into His rest. The glory of the Lord SHALL BE REVEALED in your life! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jennifer Martin
Contagious Love International


Friday, June 1, 2018

How To Walk By The Spirit - Mark Virkler - Streaming

     As those of you who read this blog know, I am always impressed and encouraged by the resources Mark Virkler makes available.  For the next 4 days he is streaming 2 sessions each day of "How to Walk by the Spirit" free.   I have posted the information and the link below.


Have you ever noticed that Jesus lived tuned to His Spirit? Has your heart longed for what came so easy to Him to be available to you too? Are you amazed and disappointed that no one has been able to teach you step-by-step how to live this way?
I know exactly how you feel, and it spurred me to invest a year into laser-focused research. Now together, in a fraction of that time we can explore a treasure trove of 500 key verses which discuss “heart” or “spirit” and thus hold the answers we seek. We will go right to the source, the Bible, and prayerfully meditate over these vital Scriptures to uncover their meaning in our lives. Can you imagine any better way of learning how to sense your spirit, thus unlocking the spirit realm?
From June 1st – 4th we will be posting two sessions of this streaming video each day on our website for free viewing by you and all whom you would like to share this message with – worldwide!

Would You Like to Discover...

  • What your spirit does (17 specific activities which the Bible mentions)
  • 13 things which can be done to your spirit
  • Five ways the Spirit communicates
How helpful are these for anyone wanting to live and walk by the Spirit?!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

"The Place of In-Between" Karen Hardin

This is where I am right now.  Waiting on the promise of healing of double vision.  I appreciated Karen's encouragement and reminder which was posted on The Elijah List today.  Maybe you, also, are in a place of waiting.

This is a word for those who are praying and asking God, "Did I really hear Your voice? Did You really tell me that? Will You please confirm Your word to me?" If that is you, read on. 
One of the most challenging places in life is the "in-between." It is that place where patience is required and tested. It is where dreams live or die. 
A Lesson on Waiting from My Dog Darcy
As I walked onto our front porch recently, I caught a visual of what it requires to successfully maneuver the in-betweens we encounter in life. As I stood on our front porch, I saw our dog, Darcy, patiently waiting and watching a squirrel, which sat on a bench just a few feet in front of her. She sat motionless watching for any sign of movement. The squirrels often taunt her allowing her to get close before they dart away. I've watched them climb down the tree toward her and chatter at her as they remain poised just out of reach on the trunk. Once she darts over, they race further up and out of reach. 
But, no matter how many times this scenario repeats, Darcy refuses to give up. I have watched her stand at the bottom of one of our trees in the rain for an hour, waiting on the squirrel she chased up to come down. She is relentless. She is patient. She is willing to simply wait. 
"There are many now in the place of in-between. You wonder if you are crazy."
It is a picture of what God has called us to do when we are in the in-between.
"Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!"(Psalm 27:14)
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do, isn't it? It's seems so inactive. Sometimes we are just waiting as we tap our feet, cross and uncross our legs, look at our watch. We know and believe God is at work, but would He hurry up already!
There is Also Action in the Waiting
But there are other times when there is action in the waiting. Can you imagine Noah who was told to build an ark? He was obedient for a hundred years diligently working, while simultaneously waiting. For what? Rain? Something he had never seen before? He was waiting for the fulfillment of what God had spoken to his heart. 
What went through his mind as he was taunted by those around him. He must have surely second-guessed himself and wondered, "Did the Lord really tell me to do this?" Noah was in the difficult place of in-between. 
The in-between may seem like an inconsequential part in our journey, but in actuality it is extremely important. It is a place of faith where we have the opportunity to go higher. The word "between" in Hebrew is the word bayin. It means "the interval." As I study that in Scripture it holds significant meaning. (Photo via Unsplash)
The In-Between Places in Scripture
There are many "in-between" places in Scripture. Think of David as he faced Goliath. He stood with his brothers and the Israelite army on one side. The Philistines and their intimidating champion stood facing them on the other side. 
"The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them." (1 Samuel 17:3)
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the wilderness was their "in-between." When Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were being charged by three enemy armies, they spent their in-between in fasting, prayer and praise. They had to do their part so God could do His part. 
"This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them." (2 Chronicles 20:15-16)
When Nehemiah accepted the challenge to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, which had been broken down for 152 years, the in-between started from the moment God birthed that vision in his heart until the walls were completed. It required a fierce determination to walk the vision out by faith as he went before King Artaxerxes, as he rode out at night to examine the condition and extent of the project, as he tried to motivate the people to join him, and as they began to rebuild the walls facing extreme opposition. He must have sounded like a crazy man. For as I look at each of these instances, that is what the in-between often looks like. A crazy plan. 
Nehemiah's plan began with a request to the King (of kings) and then to the king of the land as he prayed:
"Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name. Give Your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." (Nehemiah 1:11)
It was a crazy idea. AND YET, it was a God idea! It took courage. It took patience. It took faith. Are you in a place of in-between? 
Abram encountered God at an in-between place between Bethel and Ai. 
"The in-between may seem like an inconsequential part in our journey, but in actuality it is extremely important."
"From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD."(Genesis 12:8
All he had at that time was a promise as God told him, "Go from your country and your relatives to the land I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing" (Genesis 12:1-2).
What a promise! And yet Abram left not knowing where he was going or what he was going to do. And he was entering a land where there was famine. It seemed crazy by natural standards. It was the place of in-between. And yet after Abram obeyed and journeyed into the unknown, just a few years later, he returned to where he had built the altar. Only now he was a very wealthy man. 
He returned to that in-between place between Bethel and Ai and called on the name of the Lord for further direction. He had experienced the blessing of walking through the in-between, that unknown place between the promise and manifestation. And he was living proof of the blessing that came from that obedience. 
Why did he physically return to that altar in the in-between place? Because he was ready do it again! He was ready for his next crazy assignment. 
"Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord." (Genesis 13:2-4)
Are You in the Place In-Between?
There are many now in the place of in-between. You wonder if you are crazy. You are second-guessing if what you heard was truly from the Lord. You may even have people around you taunting you, laughing as you stand in faith and obedience walking through this place of in-between. For some, years have passed and you are ready to give up. Don't!
While we pass through some in-between places quickly, others like for Noah lasted for years and years. And yet, God was in the timing the entire time. You are about to encounter His face and His favor. The King is opening the door to the manifestation of the promise.
"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." (Romans 8:25)
If you are between the promise that was spoken and the manifestation for which you wait, then the word the Lord would say to you now is to wait. I'm reminded again of the visual of my dog waiting in the rain for the squirrel to come down. Waiting, waiting, waiting. 
But like Abram, like David, like Noah, like Moses, like Nehemiah, if you will walk through the in-between and hold on, you WILL receive the manifestation of the promise! Wait!
"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:13-14) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Karen Hardin

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Who Will Restore the Weak Back to Health and Honor? Steve Porter

        This word posted today on the Elijah List is exactly what I believe the Lord has been saying to me for a long time. Who is helping these who have been broken and don't know their worth in His eyes?  I feel such compassion for those who don't know where to turn.  It is the reason I have been reading and attempting to put into practice by praying for others what I have read about unforgiveness, rejection, soul ties, generational curses, inner healing, deliverance, etc. Jesus already paid the price for all of us be set free from the hurts of the past.  But who will help us know this and appropriate it?  Most of the church is failing in this respect but I believe God is calling us back into preaching "the good news" of the kingdom.  Those who don't are not preaching the whole gospel.
       I know God has a plan and destiny for each one of us but unless we are set free from the lies and chains the devil has bound us with we aren't free to step into God's will for us.  I, for one, don't want to miss the opportunity to "be Jesus" to those He brings into my life.

"They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold." (Job 24:7)
May I share with you a burden that's heavy upon my heart? There are many children of God who are naked—stripped of their nobility. They wear nothing but the shame of calamity, and they wander from place to place seeking refuge, but find none. 
The winds blow, the rain beats down upon them, and the thunder pronounces their doom. Their eyes are vacant—their cold, distant stares see nothing but more of the heartache that brought them to this awful place of anguish. They have become injured in the fight, too weak to go on. Whether their tragedy was caused by any fault of their own or inflicted by others, they still have no place to rest or recover. Who will restore these weak ones back to health and honor? 
Recovery Greatly Needed for the Wounded Ones
There is a desperate need for a recovery room for these wounded warriors! A place of healing, salvation, and unconditional love. In this special place of refuge, restoration and healing occurs, freedom takes place, and ugly scars are transformed into baby-soft skin by His power. 
It should grieve our hearts when these wounded ones are turned away from churches with nowhere to escape the cold. Papa's heart is grieved that so many places are preoccupied with their own agendas and vision, that there is no one to care for or listen to the broken ones. Many have become insulated and apathetic, so that they can no longer feel the pain and heartache of those who need them most. The Lord is calling the Church to be like a spiritual intensive care unit where all His children can find refuge, specialized care and recovery. He will send His dying, broken, repentant souls into such a Church! 
"As you wait and hold still, I will do a deep work in you."
The Lord is pouring His compassion and mercy into the hearts of those who are open to receive all of His children, holy and unholy alike. We live in a desperate time, where intensive care is needed more than at any other time in history. Because satan knows his time is short, he is bombarding the earth with temptation and snares. He seduces God's children with all forms of ungodly temptations, and he mocks them for their weakness when they fall. Many have been wounded in the fight, yet those fallen warriors are desperate to come home and find healing and freedom. 
The Lord's deepest desire is to usher these precious ones in and equip them with the tools to stand as mighty warriors and defeat the enemy on our home court. Father has already won this battle, but He needs us to stand with Him to bring it about (see Exodus 14:4). 
For those who have fallen into the depths of sin or suffering, we must provide a safe place of refuge, a spiritual care unit. So many today say this is NOT the job of the Church, but I plead with you not to harden your hearts or fail to show true compassion and mercy to those who repent and seek restoration, and to be refreshed. What if it were you or someone in your close family who was devastated beyond words and you needed a place to go and heal? 
Jesus, the Great Physician
Jesus is the Great Physician, and it is He who performs spiritual surgeries. Our job is to gently nurse the weak back to health by leading them in prayers of repentance before God, after which they will see a mighty display of His power. The awful sting of death and the curse will be shattered and exchanged for life everlasting. The sin and malignancy that plague the soul will fall away, and healing will occur by His Blood. (Photo via Wikimedia)
When desperate, fallen warriors are in the recovery room, they are not to be left alone. Never abandon them to heal on their own; embrace them, fill them with hope and encouragement from the Word, reassuring them that you will not leave them until they have fully recovered. 
When the Lord spoke of the ministry of the Church, to feed the hungry and visit those in prison, He mentioned clothing the naked (Matt. 25:36). If He places that much emphasis on physical needs, how much more should we clothe and minister to those whose spirits have been shamefully exposed? Tenderly clothe the wounded with love, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Enfold the naked in a blanket of God's tender care and keep them warm under a comforter of forgiveness and support. 
These desperate ones are on my heart right now. They need "spiritual medics" filled with compassion to come to them with words of healing and hope. They need gentle, intensive ministry. In the Old Testament, there were whole cities, called cities of refuge, where the needy could go to recover. Let the Church be a city of refuge where recovery, healing, and restoration take place, nurturing back to health every wounded warrior regardless of how his wounds came about. 
Pour Out Mercy and Forgiveness
I know one person cannot help everyone; this is truly impossible as only Jesus can help everyone, but if all of us try to reach someone who is hurting by even a kind word, a simple prayer, a loving embrace, or intensive care, we will see the most powerful representation of Jesus the world has ever seen! 
The Lord has called the Church to be a Bethesda: a place where the hurting can come and find healing, a place where the worst of the worst can receive mercy and forgiveness. If they can't come to church to find help, where can they go? When you as His people, feed the hungry, heal the wounded and love the lost, you are doing His will. So step out and let Him use you now!
Psalm 103:1-5, MSG: 
"O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I'll bless His holy name! O my soul, bless GOD, don't forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from Hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you're always young in His presence."
Prophetic Word to the Wounded: My Healing is Here for You!
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." (Psalm 27:14)
"For those who have fallen into the depths of sin or suffering, we must provide a safe place of refuge, a spiritual care unit."
"My precious child, you may say, 'Calamity of heart, you cry! All is lost and my heart is weak and broken. If you could peel the skin back to expose everything underneath, the world would plainly see the damage afflicting my soul.' 
"Right now, My Word to you is alive and powerful if you will respond to it. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. This word has quickening power—you are to "Wait on Me..." 
"Yes, wait on Me. Hold your wounded heart out to Me and I will strengthen you. As you hold still and allow My Spirit to calm your fears and worries I will pour over you healing oil. Be of good courage, for I am gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. I will show Myself faithful and powerful in mending your heart—only come and wait on Me to touch you. Be still and know that I am God!" (See Psalm 46:10.)
"Do not rush this process. Let rivers of living water flow over the scarred places of your heart, until I fill your heart with My tender love that heals and restores as nothing else can.
"When I begin to blow My healing breath upon your heart, you will feel like you are coming alive and will be tempted to run back out to the battlefield prematurely. Hold steady and refuse to budge from that secret place of waiting until I give you the signal. Then you will be a mighty warrior—ready, eager and empowered to win!
"As you wait and hold still, I will do a deep work in you. Like a skilled surgeon who cuts away the infected parts, I will cut away all anger, bitterness, resentment, and carnal works of the flesh. I will remove every harmful thing from within your soul while cleansing you with healing waters." (Photo via Pixabay)
"And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart so you more closely reflect the heart of your heavenly Daddy."(See Ezekiel 36:26.)
"The healing process is critical, so let Me stress again, do not rush Me. Only wait and watch your Great Physician and Healer restore you to perfect health. You will become My masterpiece! I am not through with you, so stay put, and patiently wait for My healing water to saturate and restore you. My water will purify you and set you apart for Myself, giving you a heart of flesh for a heart of stone, so you can work in unity with Me. Together, we can change the world!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Steve Porter
Refuge Ministries


Friday, May 18, 2018

"Prophetic Signs: Justify Wins, Volcanoes Erupt & Israel Turns 70" by Johnny Enlow

Here is another interesting and encouraging word from Johnny Enlow that was posted on The Elijah List today.

Signs from the Kentucky Derby
God continues to prophesy to us through every way possible, and now again through the last Kentucky Derby impressively won by Justify. Three years ago, when American Pharaoh was winning in what would be the Triple Crown of racing, I shared how it represented an incoming president of the United States, who would rule among the nations as a Pharaoh of sorts, but specifically as the Pharaoh of Joseph's day, who had Josephs promoted. Now again, we have a Kentucky Derby so stacked with numbers and names of prophetic significance, that the message almost doesn't require deciphering.
The headlines tell us that in the 144th running of the Churchill Downs race, that a #7 horse named Justify, ridden by a jockey named Michael Smith, won the wettest and muddiest derby on record by 2 and a half lengths over #6, Good Magic. Rounded off to the nearest second, his winning time was 2 minutes and 4 seconds. Much was made of breaking the 136-year "curse of Apollo" by winning, though never having raced as a juvenile. A key part of the story is how Promises Fulfilled led the initial charge out of the gate, but it soon became the Justify story. 
There is literally so much Kingdom activity and displacement taking place that these times have to be considered among the most divinely orchestrated and destiny-charged ever. We are presently in a world extreme makeover reality that is unprecedented in its scope and scale. These are revolutionary days of wholesale transformation, and creation itself is uniquely stirred and responsive to all that is taking place. 
Ring of Fire and Earthquakes
"His story is always bigger than ours, but as we cooperate with His justice, our personal promises do find fulfillment."
The Pacific Ring of Fire is unusually active, and I counted 33 active volcanoes in one day. The Hawaii Kilauea has just been upgraded to its highest level red alert for what could be a massive eruption. A volcano in Indonesia has shot up 3 miles in the air, coating ash on nearby villages. Japan just announced another eruption of a volcano. Papua New Guinea recently had a 7.5 earthquake, which is its worst in a century.
Additionally, there is shaking all around the Ring of Fire, with underground tectonic activity all over. Even Yellowstone has just had its largest geyser erupt for the 5th time in recent weeks, baffling observers as it is not part of the actual Ring of Fire, but listed as a "hot spot". Something from the earth's core can no longer be suppressed, and it is speaking into our day when justice can no longer be suppressed as well.

Part of the Prophetic "Code" for the Kentucky Derby:

144: Connects us to the 144,000 of the book of Revelation, which simultaneously speaks of Israel as well as the Church, as it speaks of those "sealed" (justified).
Churchill Downs: This is about the Church being in a public place as Salt and Light, and no longer just in the 4 walls of a building. The courage of Winston Churchill to stand against evil is also to be noted here.
Horse #7: many things. A connection to the 7 mountains where we must be visibly carrying God's love- which looks like Justice. 7 spirits of God are what we ride on and 7 is the ultimate perfect divine number.
Justify:  The word means "vindicate" and it clearly speaks into the matter of Justice, which is God's theme for the moment. The #metoo phenomenon, the Justice League movie, are evidences of a societal agreement.
Michael Smith: The winning jockey let everyone know immediately that he is a follower of Jesus Christ. Michael means "who is like God" and it is he who is the great archangel who watches over Israel. The word Smithmeans "to treat metal by heating, hammering and forging." There is no doubt that the nations of the world are presently experiencing Israel as the anvil upon which their destiny is being forged. Zech. 12:3 is particularly relevant to this, "I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces."(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
This has been so evident in this week when Jerusalem has had the double celebrations of Israel's 70th anniversary and the world news of the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and the various reactive backlashes both far and near. One cannot talk about Justice without talking about Israel and the ongoing world injustice of Israel being blamed for defending themselves against those who would destroy it. The media has been huge in this injustice.
Wettest/Muddiest: We are experiencing this as a present dynamic. Justice is raining down from Heaven and it is a wonderful thing, yet is also making for a very muddy track as we are observing "mud-slinging" going on all over. Interesting how it was widely noted that jockey Mike Smiths' silks were virtually unaffected by the muddy race. It is a muddy track, but we must press on.
Good Magic #6: I previously covered the Fountain of Youth race where Promises Fulfilled defeated Good Magic, and so we see again this horse coming in second. 6 is the number of flesh or human effort and all fleshly efforts in conjunction with the occult/magic are no longer able to triumph in the big races. Promises are being fulfilled and Justify is winning big.
Promises Fulfilled: Though it is a season of Promises Fulfilled, the bigger story is greater than that. God being vindicated/justified is the much bigger story. His story is always bigger than ours, but as we cooperate with His justice, our personal promises do find fulfillment. Find your place in His story and your story gets accelerated.
"We are presently in a world extreme makeover reality that is unprecedented in its scope and scale."
2 Minutes, 4 Seconds: In February, I gave a word on how Feb. 24, 2018 everything changed. That day was a big day with apostolic intercessors in DC, and also the day my daughter Justice had her golden birthday, meaning she turned 24 on the 24th. The numbers 2 and 4 are here again. There are 24 elders around the throne. I previously shared Acts 2:2-4 when "tongues of fire" suddenly ignited the New Testament Church. 
Is. 2:2-4 was also highlighted as happening now. We can add Ps. 2:2-4 about the nations raging against the Lord and His beloved (Israel and also the Church), and how "He who sits in the Heaven shall laugh...and hold in derision" those who oppose Him. Psalm 24 is clearly to be highlighted as well, and it starts with, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" and ends with "Lift up your heads the King of Glory is coming in." Don't be distracted from this reality in the midst of a muddy track.
Apollo's Curse: The word Apollo means "destroyer". It is the same root word as Apollyon, which also means "destroyer". In our 7-mountain template we identify him as the demonic principality of the mountain of media and he destroys through his propagation of bad and fake news. As Justify wins that curse gets broken. No mission field is in more need of understanding and attention as this one. 
A Jesus Justice Revolution
I recently spoke at a conference called SALT held at Angelus Temple here in Los Angeles, and it was as powerful an event as we had anticipated. The event actually was taking place the day of the Kentucky Derby race. The day before, I released a word that a "Jesus Justice Revolution" had begun. This has nothing to do with hanging on to offenses and revenge, but everything to do with Jesus coming in to make a way for previously hindered love to triumph. It will clear up many unjust situations, but it is about love prevailing. 
The morning of the race my friend Jona Toledo spoke at the conference on the theme of justice. Part of his message had to do with how his young son with the middle name of Justice had just hit a grand slam and performed an unassisted triple play in the same game, which is an ultimate rarity. God is speaking through our kids' names. Justice is being healed. Justice is being empowered. Justice is arising and shining and now ready to showcase itself in cases and places that have not seen it before. 
In my prophetic word from February I stated, "Waves and repercussions of what Heaven released on earth will only increase in the following days, but February 24 was the catalytic day for it."
How to Cooperate
In short, read again my above note on Psalm 24: The earth is the Lord's and He is coming in. Furthermore, let your heart be secured that even in the midst of happenings, sometimes hard to decipher and discern, that the Kingdom is pressing in, in accelerated fashion—and it is all tending toward good. Seek to cooperate through how you pray in agreement with His justice and how you interact with society. This is the Kingdom age and it is going to release an extended era of renaissance—in the knowledge of God. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Johnny Enlow
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

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What a busy time!

Last week I powerwashed the screened porch, deck, front porch and the furniture we use in those places.

On Saturday Martinsville On The Move had 2 tables at the Master Gardener's Plant Sale. (Thanks to our gardens and plants donated by interested members of the community, we took over 225 plants to sell and made $420 to use to buy plants for Linn Park.)

On Monday, Sue & I worked at the Park to weed the gardens and cut back the roses which nearly died in the strange winter we had.  We also planted several plants left over from the  Plant Sale.

On Tuesday, I worked at weeding my own gardens.

On Wednesday, Norma & I took our friend Donna to the airport in Indianapolis and shopped for plants for the Linn Gardens and my own and then I came home to plant some of them.

On Thursday, I trimmed around all the trees, including the lane and around all the lawn with my wonderful DR Trimmer/Mower.  I love that little machine!!  I have an app on my phone that said I walked 8.8 miles/20,769 steps.  Did I mention I was exhausted?!!

Yesterday, Jenny came over to help me clean because I was behind and am having a college graduation party for our grandson this afternoon.

I was so pleased to get all my pots planted last night!  Everything looked so beautiful.   I found these great "drop in" flower arrangements at Walmart--already growing with 3 or 4 varieties of plants.  Just what I needed--no decisions to make about what would look nice together, no waiting for them to get established.

And then I woke up early this morning to this:

This happens every year as soon as I get the posts planted.  So irritating!!  I'm sure it isn't difficult for you to imagine why I dislike raccoons with a passion!!

The mess is cleaned up.  Hopefully, the plants will recover.   In an attempt to get rid of my frustration I am posting photos on my blog.  I don't know why that helps, but it has.  😀