Monday, October 23, 2017

Reckless Love (w/ spontaneous) - Steffany Gretzinger



One of my favorite songs right now, sung by my favorite worship leader!  God loves us so much!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"A Healing Prayer: Take God's Medicine 3 Times a Day" by Mark Virkler

      I very much appreciate Mark Virkler's ministry.  I have many of his books and messages on cd/dvd and have learned much from him.  This article, posted on the Elijah List, has some very helpful instruction and wisdom for all of us who want to walk in health.



Derek Prince tells his story of being healed by taking God's Word as medicine three times a day. He was in the British army in World War II in an Egyptian military hospital, lying sick with a chronic skin infection for 12 months. Derek was newly baptized in the Holy Spirit and he felt he was short on faith for healing, so God opened this Scripture to him: "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10:17). So faith can come. Derek asked God: "How can I 'hear' what the Bible has to say to me so that faith can come?"
Derek reflected that since doctors often instruct their patients to take their medicine three times a day, he would speak God's healing Scriptures over himself after each meal, three times a day, as God's medicine. Since he was in a military hospital with plenty of time, Derek did this daily for three months, and he was completely cured! A person who listened to Derek's testimony took God's medicine for three days as well, and was also healed of a skin condition!
Scriptures declare:
"He sent His word and healed them" (Ps. 107:20). "God has appointed in the Church, miracles, then gifts of healings" (1 Cor. 12:28). "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your Healer" (Ex. 15:26).
The Prescription – Take God's Word as Medicine
"I invite the cleansing power of Your Word to clean my cells, including all cellular memory and to reprogram my DNA to conform with its original design."
I can use the diagnosis of a doctor (as a guide) to help me gain an understanding of where my prayer is to be focused. God will assist in granting me a fuller diagnosis in any sickness, and sometimes sickness can be intertwined with sins that invite demons (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 4:24). I embrace God's prognosis, which is to repent, be cleansed, and put on Christ's righteousness and the healing that Christ has purchased for me.
Take God's medicine three times a day (if you can). When you see, think, feel and speak ONLY what God says and feels about you, His healing and miracle-working power is released within you. Employ heart prayers by using the language of the heart. To impact my heart, I must use the language of my heart. The language of my heart incorporates the following seven elements:
1) It begins with the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is embraced as I choose to 2) speak it as 3) my personal and 4) present-tense reality. In addition, the heart's language is 5) visual, 6) emotional 7) and utilizes Biblical meditation to frame in my spirit the things God desires to birth in my life.
Psalms exemplifies heart prayers. David prays using 1) affirmative statements that are 2) personal and 3) present tense:
"You, O LORD, are a shield about me..."(Psalm 3:3). "...the LORD sustained me."(Psalm 3:5). "...You have smitten all my enemies..." (Psalm 3:7). My declaration: I choose to speak God's truth as my personal, present-tense reality, thus experiencing God's medicine. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
How to Take the Prescription – A Sample Prayer
Hebrew meanings inserted into Proverbs 4:20-23 (emphasis mine):
"My son (everything flows from relationship), give attention to My words (focus with undivided attention); incline your ear to My sayings (humbly listen, a willingness to be taught and to change). Do not let them depart from your sight (see God's promises already fulfilled, Genesis 15:5-6); keep them (hedge in with thorns) in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health (medicine) to all their body (entire being). Watch over (blockade) your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs (boundaries) of life."
Healing and miracles occur through a living encounter with the living God (Luke 8:44-48). Merely speaking Bible promises as some sort of magic formula will not do the trick. What I say must flow from revelation in my heart, which comes as "He opens Scriptures to me" (Luke 24:32). So I tune to my heart to hear and see Him, and experience His healing power. I follow these steps as I take God's Word as medicine.
Let's Pray and Encounter God Together: 
I come before You, thanking You for these specific blessings (Psalm 100:4-5). Thank You, Lord, for _________. I am so grateful because ________________. I thank You – thank You – thank You – thank You, Lord. I sense Your presence and glory as I praise You (1 Peter 1:8). You are wonderful! You are so good! You are perfect and worthy of all praise. There is no one like You. (Get involved emotionally. God lets us find Him when we are whole-hearted, 2 Chronicles 15:15.)
I establish connection with You by tuning into the Holy Spirit. You are the River flowing within me (John 7:37-39).
I interact with You by honoring and responding to Your voice (flowing thoughts), Your visions (flowing pictures), Your emotions (flowing emotions) and Your power (the energizing flow that wells up within me).
I see: I prayerfully visualize (Ephesians 1:17-18) the Scriptures below, and as Spirit flow takes over, step into a vision (seeing Jesus present) speaking to me in these encounters.
I experience Your compassion: forgiveness toward self, others and God. This is crucial to receiving Your healing touch (Mark 11:25). I obey all instructions received through Scriptures and from Your Spirit.
I honor You: by closing each prayer time with worship. Worship means "to bow down," so I bow down (or kneel) and put (name infirmity or condition) into my hands and then lay it down before You, giving it to You. I am now free of this infirmity or condition. I bow down (or kneel) before You, my Lord, my Maker (Psalm 95:6).
Prophetic actions and a memorial: What prophetic action would You have me perform with conviction and intensity to release this healing (2 Kings 13:18-19)? What memorial would You have me carry throughout the day as a reminder of this healing, so that my faith is stirred up (Joshua 24:27)?
God Sends His Word to Heal - Prayer Encounter
This prayer is woven from Scripture. It is to be spoken from the heart, so speak slowly, pause, see (picture) and feel what you are speaking. Be childlike, fun-loving and relaxed as you encounter Him. See Jesus seated on His throne in the heavenlies, next to His Father, having purchased your victory over sin and disease.
"I choose to speak God's truth as my personal, present-tense reality, thus experiencing God's medicine."
See, feel, and speak: I lift my eyes to the heavens, and behold You, Jesus, seated on Your throne...clothed in majesty and power. I come before You, my Lord, thanking and praising You for all You have done.
I thank You that whenever I have called upon You for help, You have heard my cry and come to my aid. I thank You that in Your mercy, You healed all who came to You. I come! Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed. My healing will be to Your praise and glory. I thank You that Your words are life to me and health to my whole body. 
See, feel and speak: You send Your Word and heal me. You provide instructions concerning the path I am to walk and the steps I am to take so I can be free of all sin and all sickness. Lord, what instructions would You give me to resolve this (name the condition)? Since forgiveness and walking in compassion is so central to healing, is there a need for me to forgive myself, others or You, God, for any perceived wrongdoings? Are there sins connected with this infirmity? I incline my ear to You. I listen as You speak.
Lord, I honor what You have spoken. I inscribe Your words upon the tablet of my heart, seeing them, feeling them and embracing them. (See yourself doing what He has asked you to do. It is recommended you re-read what the Lord has just spoken – picturing, feeling, and seeing yourself doing it. And if you need to dialogue more with Him about how to do what He has asked, then add that dialogue to your journaling above.)
See, feel, and speak: This condition and these sins are not mine. They are not from God. They are from the kingdom of darkness. They have no place in my being. I break all agreements with ungodly pictures, beliefs, and words spoken by myself and others and this resulting physical condition. (Take time NOW to be specific, and list these and repent for each one, and see yourself adapting righteous behaviors that replace sinful behaviors.) (Photo via Unsplash)
I command all demons affiliated with these sins, and this condition to leave NOW, in Jesus' name. (List the demons by name and command each one to leave in Jesus' name. Their names correspond with the sins they magnify.)
See, feel, and speak: Lord, I walk in Your truth that by Your stripes, I AM healed! I repent and return to You, so that my sins may be wiped away, and times of refreshing may come from Your presence, oh Lord. You were pierced through for my transgressions. Your Blood washed away ALL my sin. I am clothed with Your robe of righteousness. I am empowered by Your Spirit. Thank You, Lord!
See, feel, and speak: You are my wisdom, anointing, and power. I receive Your love, compassion, and healing power. YOU are my Healer through whatever means You choose! I see myself as You declare I am. I declare and decree that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am blessed and empowered to overcome (name sin(s), illness, condition). I am Your workmanship and Your handiwork. You have empowered me to walk in righteousness and divine health. You are my Source. I thank You that Your power obliterates the prognosis of man.
See, feel and speak: Jesus, healing power streams from You. Everyone sought to touch You. I lay down the barriers of my strivings and self-effort and reach out to touch You. I cry out to You, my Healer. I reach out my hand and touch the fringe of Your cloak (pause as you do this). I speak to this (name infirmity), and to the root cause of it, and I command it to leave NOW, in Jesus' name! Leave now, in Jesus' name! Leave now, in Jesus' name.
Thank You, Lord, that by Your stripes I AM healed! Your Kingdom power and authority IS manifest in my life right now. You proclaim healing to my entire being. I am washed with the water of Your Word. I invite the cleansing power of Your Word to clean my cells, including all cellular memory and to reprogram my DNA to conform with its original design. I am cleansed. I am free. Thank You, Lord. I rest in Your finished work.
I fix my eyes on You, Jesus. I choose friendship with You and Your words of life, which You have spoken over my being.
I speak Your words of life to my body and call my body to attention to align with them. Body, hear the Word of the Lord. You will live and not die. Breath of God, breathe upon me (breath in deeply). Body, receive the breath of the Lord. Healing is the children's bread. I am a child of God. I receive Your healing of my spirit, soul and body, now.
What prophetic action and memorial of this new freedom do You propose to me as I desire to be reminded, throughout the day, to walk in faith?
Lord, I create an altar of praise in my heart to honor the good work You have done in me. I choose to praise You NOW because I see the miracle already completed. I know You are faithful to perform Your Word. I reject fear, doubt and relapse. I meditate on Your healing and instructive word spoken over me. I walk in Your healing. I walk in Your counsel. Lord, You are so good! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Dr. Mark Virkler
President, Christian Leadership University (CLU)
Communion With God Ministries

Email: cwg@cwgministries.org
Website: cwgministries.org | cluonline.com

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Father’s Love Letter

    Have you seen this wonderful letter compiled and paraphrased by Barry Adams?  I think it would be helpful to read it every day until it gets deep into our spirit.


                      The Father’s Love Letter

My Child,

          You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2  I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3  Even the very hairs on your head are numbered Matthew 10:29-31 for you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27  In me you live and move and have your being Acts 17:28  for you are my offspring.  Acts 17:28  I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5  I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12  You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16  I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.  Acts 17:26  You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14  I knit you together in your mother's womb  Psalm 139:13 and brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6  I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me.  John 8:41-44  I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love, 1 John 4:16  and it is my desire to lavish my love on you 1 John 3:1 simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1  I offer you more than your earthly father ever could  Matthew 7:11 for I am the perfect father.  Matthew 5:48  Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand James 1:17  for I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33  My plan for your future has always been filled with hope Jeremiah 29:11 because I love you with an everlasting love.  Jeremiah 31:3  My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore,  Psalms 139:17-18 and I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17  I will never stop doing good to you Jeremiah 32:40 for you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5  I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul  Jeremiah 32:41  and I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3   If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29  Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4 for it is I who gave you those desires.  Philippians 2:13  I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine Ephesians 3:20 for I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17  I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4  When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you.  Psalm 34:18  As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart.  Isaiah 40:11  One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes Revelation 21:3-4 and I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4  I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus, John 17:23 for in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26   He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3  He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you, Romans 8:31 and to tell you that I am not counting your sins.  2 Corinthians 5:18-19  Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19  His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10  I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32  If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me.  1 John 2:23 and nothing will ever separate you from my love again.  Romans 8:38-39  Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7  I have always been Father, and will always be Father.  Ephesians 3:14-15  My question is…Will you be my child?   John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

                        Love, 
                       Your Dad
                          Almighty God




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thoughts on Healing

      I am becoming more and more convinced that healing must take place in all areas of our lives for it to be complete and lasting.  Not only is it important to eat foods that give our body something with which to repair itself, but we must also give our subconscious mind the tools to bring it to health.  If we want to live a healed and healthy life, it is imperative we look at generational sin.  We must also allow the Lord to bring to the surface those things that have been hidden in our heart--possibly even from birth.  It is only when we recognize and renounce the unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, shame, guilt, etc. we are holding towards others and realize Jesus already paid the price for us to be free of those things that we will be able to live a life of health and wholeness.  Often we have no sense we are harboring thoughts contrary to the will of God until we spend time in prayer asking Him to reveal them.  But He only reveals them so that we can be free--not to condemn us.  In addition to the aforementioned, rejection and self-rejection are two more of the most important reasons we aren't healthy.  It is so important that we understand how God sees us--totally forgiven, totally loved, totally unique--and that we realize in rejecting ourselves or others that we are rejecting a person who God says is beautiful and loves unconditionally.
      Another area of our lives that may need healing is if we have suffered trauma--especially as a child.  This can only be healed by Jesus so we may need to invite Him to walk back through our lives to heal those events.
      I believe many more physical healings will take place when we realize God doesn't just want us to be healthy physically but in every area.  When we pray, we need to check all hindrances to our prayers-- body, soul, spirit, and the demonic.
      As I said, the more I learn, the more excited I become about the potential for healing and the more my faith grows when I see people set free.  I invite you to look further into this.  You will be amazed at the testimonies of healing that take place when these areas are covered before physical healing is prayed for.
      What a wonderful God we serve!  He desires that "we prosper and be in health, even as our souls prosper."  Why has it taken so long for me to know about this?  Why are not more churches teaching this?  Why are we not stepping out in faith believing it?  Didn't Jesus say, "greater things than these shall you do...?  Didn't He commission us to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead?  When are we going to start?
      I, for one, choose to walk in this new (for me) revelation.  I intend to experiment in prayer to see people healed and delivered so they can be all God created them to be.  How about you?

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Am Hope For Cancer website

      If you have cancer, or know someone who has, I highly recommend you watch this short video.  It certainly inspires hope!

https://iamhopeforcancer.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Healthy Confrontation || Kris Vallotton || Bethel Church

This is one of the best talks I have had on the need for authentic communication in relationships.  I highly recommend it--especially for parents.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A word through Brian Simmons

Doesn't your heart say "yes!!" to this word from Brian Simmons?

I HEAR HIS WHISPER...
"You will be amazed too."

The time has come for you to ascend into a new realm, My beloved. Your old way of thinking must be abandoned and surrendered to the new life of My Spirit. My ways are not your ways. The ways of human beings are centered around power and influence, but My ways are paths of love that will mystify and bewilder even the brightest of people. The ways of the Spirit are unseen, yet they are mighty. Spirit life is power and wisdom that makes the simple wise. You will be amazed by what I will do with your life as you surrender to My ways.

Neither are My thoughts your thoughts. My Spirit is the divine intelligence that moves in the hearts of My people, bringing them to the fountain of truth. Many debate and argue, trying to prove their point. But My voice calls out to you in the silence and will teach you wisdom that cannot be given by men. The thoughts I have for you will bring you joy and comfort, for I hold you in My heart as My dearest treasure. You will not understand what I am about to do, but you will be amazed as My glory unfolds within you, giving you revelation light. You have the mind of Christ. Do not be intimidated by those who consider themselves to be wise, for they are fools. Those who scorn My wisdom will be seen as pretenders who must forsake their ways and enter into My sanctuary, where I will let them drink of the pure waters of truth and wisdom. Many times you have backed down from those who pretend to be wise, but now I call you to wait upon Me. I will give you the word of wisdom that you will speak.

My ways and thoughts will be understood as you yield to My Spirit, My child. I will teach you knowledge that comes from eternity, wisdom from above will enter your heart, and a deep fountain of truth will be opened up to you. You will be amazed by what I reveal to you and how I use you in the coming days. Sit with Me, listen to My voice, and let your heart be filled with My words, for I am love’s pure light.

1 Corinthians 3:18 The Passion Translation
"Make no mistake about it, if anyone thinks he is wise by the world’s standards, he will be made wiser by being a fool for God!"

Monday, October 9, 2017

Doug Addison's Prophetic Word for October

     Doug Addison's prophetic word for October certainly goes along with what God has been speaking to me these past few days   As I mentioned a few posts ago, Bill Johnson's goal of not holding any thought in his mind that Jesus wouldn't hold in His was a great inspiration for me.  I have been checking my thoughts to this standard all week.  A wonderful measuring stick!

     Then today I read the word for Oct 9 in Jesus Calling--"You have been on a long, uphill journey, and your energy is almost spent. Though you have faltered at times, you have not let go of My hand.  I am pleased with your desire to stay close to Me.  There is one thing, however, that displeases Me: your tendency to complain.  You may talk to Me as much as you like about the difficulty of the path we are following.  I understand better than anyone else the stresses and strains that have afflicted you.  You can ventilate safely to Me, because talking with Me tempers your thoughts and helps you see things from Myt perspective.  Complaining to others is another matter altogether.  It opens the door to deadly sins such as self-pity and rage.  Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out.  As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart."

     And then I opened my email to receive this prophetic word.  It seems what we think is very important to God!  He especially hates grumbling and complaining!


Prophetic Word for October: What We Need to Do to Stop This Angry Whirlwind


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October 9, 2017
Doug Addison
Expect to see lots of dreams and visions throughout the month of October. The heavens are open for revelation and God is imparting what you need for the upcoming season. Plans and strategies are flowing for you to recover your losses from the past. Repayment is coming, so get ready to receive it.
I want to encourage you to not be afraid or worry about how things look. God is still in charge and He is not causing tragedies and difficult times. They are coming from the enemy, who wants to distract us from the coming revival and great blessings.
Yes, these are difficult times, but stay in prayer and worship, focus on God and refrain from complaining and being fearful. Things are going to shift for you very soon.

Complaining can create a whirlwind

Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. Psalm 17:3 NIV
We need to be very careful how we speak, as the Lord is examining our lives right now for the purposes of promotion. It is important to step away from speaking anything that brings division or lacks love and encouragement.
I asked God why we are seeing such fierce storms, shaking and violence. He told me that it has to do with the negative whirlwind that is alive and active in the hearts of many people right now. It is also delaying revival and closing the heavens for blessings.
They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. Hosea 8:7 NIV

Word of the Lord

The Lord said, “My people are complaining and sowing anger and taking up causes that are their own and not mine. They are coming into agreement with the voice of the accuser and with the spirit and fruit of darkness. I have called them to speak words of life. This is why there are such violent outbreaks all around the world. And also, why the harvest has not taken place.”
In Hosea 8:7, the Hebrew word for wind is rûacḥ, also translated as anger. Many people have been sowing in anger, frustration, rebellion and revenge. This spirit is now trying to take over in the hearts of many Christians who have an assignment to carry the words of life and not the words of the angry wind.

Stop complaining

God is calling us away from idle arguments and divisions and to focus our efforts on His agenda and things that matter the most. This is a time to rally together in intercession and bless people who we do not agree with. We must love our enemies and pray for those we feel are persecuting us or our beliefs. This includes political and social justice causes, as well as religious and spiritual. There is power in agreement.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44 NIV
Many people have lost their authority in prayer because they are coming into agreement with the accuser of our brothers and sisters (Revelation 12:10).
I want you to do a check in your life right now. What is the fruit you are seeing in your life? Are you seeing answered prayers, financial blessings, people coming to the Lord or coming to you to hear His wisdom? Or are you seeing the opposite? If you are experiencing the latter, then there’s a good chance you need to shift your focus to God’s agenda and not complain and argue with others over your cause or opinion.

Transfer of wealth coming

This next revival will require a lot of finances. Because of the tragedies happening all over the world, we need resources and money for humanitarian purposes. We will also need to finance some of the largest revival meetings we have ever seen.
These will not look like what we currently see inside of the church. I have seen glimpses of them in my interactions with Heaven, and I don’t know exactly what it will look like—except it will be strange and geared towards people who the current church may not accept.
This is all the more reason we will need finances! God said that He is now answering prayers that many Christians have been praying for years.
… But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22 NKJV
Many people have been praying this prayer, not realizing that the Lord is trying to answer it. But first He must rid us of anything that is in the same spirit as the world.
God is now shaking things in your life, family, businesses and churches. He’s doing this to get our attention and cause us to focus on the business of God’s Kingdom and not on the world around us. This is why there is such a great shaking happening everywhere. The shaking is not judgment!
Get ready to cross into the new year with a new perspective! God is for you and has not forgotten you!
Blessings,
Doug Addison
DougAddison.com

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Graham Cooke: Brilliant Perspectives

Graham Cooke has a wonderful perspective on the Christian life and who we are in Christ.  He has posted this short reading on his website which I think will bless you if you take the time to listen.

http://brilliantperspectives.com/god-isnt-control/

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mark 6

     In Mark 6:7-12, Jesus commissions his disciples and sent them out.  In verse 30, they have returned to tell him about what happened as they did what He told them to do.  So many people showed up they continued ministering and Mark goes on to tell about the feeding of the 5000.

 "Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.
33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35 When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread;  for they have nothing to eat.”
37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”
38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”
39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men."
   A new idea struck me as I was reading this account.   I have often heard this explained as the 12 baskets full were representative of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 7 baskets full which were picked up in the feeding of the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10) were indicative of the 7 Gentile nations occupying the Promised Land.  I don't discount that--as I have often heard--the Bible is like an onion--you peel off one layer to discover another underneath--but this morning the meaning seemed very simple to me.  As you see in verse 31, it says "they did not even have time to eat" because of the crowds.  Could it be the 12 baskets full was one way of showing how much Jesus cares for His own?  He made sure there was an abundance.
     One of the footnotes in the Bible I was reading said the baskets in the feeding of the 5,000 were probably the lunch baskets which were carried on their bodies as they travelled.  It seems to only make sense that Jesus wanted to make certain the disciples also had food after feeding everyone else so He made sure their lunch baskets were full.   This explanation seems plausible, especially when it was mentioned they hadn't "even had time to eat."
      I looked at the feeding of the 4,000 to see if this idea was indicated there.  I found in this story the disciples had 7 loaves of bread which they gave to be used to feed the multitude.  There were 7 baskets full left over.  The footnotes for this story said these were probably not the lunch baskets often used, but probably larger baskets.  Isn't it just like Jesus to return more than they gave!
      Both stories seem to indicate how much Jesus cares for each person.  No one was left out and all received in abundance.
      Isn't He a wonderful Savior?

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Kingdom of God

       Have you ever read the book, Blessed Child, by Bill Bright & Ted Dekker?  I read it several years ago and loved it, but had forgotten about it until recently.  I decided to read it again over the weekend.  What a wonderful book!  Even though it is fiction--or maybe because it is--it is absolutely fascinating!  In the midst of the suspense and mystery the message of the book portrays the kingdom of God in a way that makes you long for it and understand it better.
       In the book the authors use a wonderful analogy to explain how giving negative things of the world place in our lives causes us to lose the power of the kingdom working in our lives.  One of the characters, a priest, told his adoptive son to pour oil into a vase and hold it up to the fire.  He asked him what he saw.  The little boy replied that the vase was filled with gold.  Then the priest brought in a container of black filthy water and asked his son to pour it into the vase.  The little boy commented the vase was already full, so the priest told him to pour some of it back in the bottle and then fill the vase to the top with the black water.  When he did the black water flowed throughout the oil--not mixing with it but tainting it.  What a great picture of what happens in our lives when we allow things in our lives that don't exemplify or glorify God!
     The book confirms something I heard Bill Johnson say this weekend.  He was talking about reigning with God.  He said, "My desire is to have no thoughts in my mind except those that are in God's."  Can you imagine what a wonderful world we would live in if everyone had this desire?  No jealousy, no competition, no condemnation or criticism, no hate or anger, no bitterness, no depression or despair, no evil thoughts!  We would be living in the kingdom of God and our lives would be a mighty witness of His love and character yielding a demonstration of His power.
     That is a lofty goal, but certainly one worth working towards, don't you agree?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Window Washing

I have been washing windows this week.  A pretty big job because we have lots of windows in a two-story house.  I tried a couple of different home-made formulas for the washing solution to use on the outside windows and decided this one is the best:
                1/2 bottle Jet-Dry or other rinse agent
                1/4 cup ammonia
                4 Tbs. alcohol
                1/4 to 1/2 cup dishwasher powder
                2 gallons of hot water

On the easily reachable first floor windows  I used a car washing mop.  I saw this recommended on a blog and found it very helpful and effective.  On the higher windows I have an extension pole and a microfiber scrubber (used with a squeegee to wash the inside windows) which I attached to the pole.  The method is to first spray the windows with water, scrub them with the solution, and then rinse by spraying again.  After trial & error, I found that you can't rinse too much.  A couple of the first windows I did had streaks from the solution running down, so I redid them.

This is an excellent method for a house with only first floor windows; for the second story I seemed to be taking a shower with every rinse, but the results were worth getting wet.  Otherwise, I have the crank out windows which can be washed from the inside but it is a cumbersome job.

Inside I use vinegar and water with the above mentioned scrubber and a squeegee.

Such a great feeling to have sparkling windows!

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DuckDuckGo

Have you heard of DuckDuckGo?  I was reading something yesterday that mentioned it as a search engine that does not track you.  I was intrigued.  The more I read about privacy, the more I realize we have very little, so I would like to do all I can to preserve what little privacy I still have.

I watched this youtube video by Aral Balkan: "Free Is A Lie" which was linked by the person who recommended DuckDuckGo.  Eye-opening!  All of this is way above my pay grade, but I am trying to do my part and be as informed as I can be.  So I installed DuckDuckGo.

Check it out and see what you think.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Three Prophetic Words to Position You in the Year 5778" Jamie Rohrbaugh

      I love reading encouraging words.  That's why I post them here, so I can find them again.  This word posted on The Elijah List today from Jamie Rohrbaugh speaks directly to my heart.  I have been one of those who has wondered if my time with the Lord has really been fruitful.  I often don't sense His presence and my mind wanders, but because I love Him so, I persevere.  It is exciting to receive a word that He hears and is about to answer.
     In our small group, we have been "putting a demand on the Holy Spirit" by seeking Him and asking for words as we pray.  And I believe we have not exercised our authority nearly enough in declaring God's word for our families, neighbors, city, etc., so I agree heartily with this word.


As you may know, the Jewish New Year began at sundown on Wednesday, September 20. The Lord gave me three prophetic words for 5778, and I believe they will encourage you! 
Here is what the Lord has told me about Jewish year 5778:
1. Just in Time, Holy Spirit is Sending You a Double Portion Anointing
Many of you have felt like your anointing is gone. You have been through Hell and back, and your experience has left you feeling dry and uninspired.
After praying about this, I looked out onto my back porch. I often see doves there, but usually only one dove or, at most, two at a time. However, on a recent morning, I saw not one or two, but FOUR doves on my porch. Immediately, the Lord spoke to me and told me that He is sending a double restoration of the anointing to His people. Furthermore, this double portion anointing is coming to you—NOW.
This is not one of those prophecies that you have to wait three years to see fulfilled. God has already begun pouring out the first drops of His refreshing, and you will quickly find yourself under a deluge of healing rain as you believe Him for it.
As it says in Joel 2:23, "Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month."
"Expect God to work miracles on your behalf this year."
If you need that double anointing, the Lord told me to tell you these things:
• All the anointing and inspiration that has been stolen from you is NOW going to be restored to you double.
• You will have twice as many inspired ideas as before.
• You will hear God twice as well.
• You will be anointed to prophesy twice as much as you were before.
• You will have twice as many supernatural encounters as you EVER had before.
Beloved, you are not dead. You are not even sleeping. You have been in a time of resting and healing, and now your spirit is going to roar back to life in ways you have never seen before. Hallelujah!
If you need this double portion anointing, put a demand on God to flow through you. In situations like this, the anointing works like a pump. You have to prime a pump in order for it to produce flow. If you have lost your flow, go ahead and prime your pump. Put a demand on Holy Spirit specifically to fill you with His flow and anointing.
Examples of ways you could do this include:
• Asking Holy Spirit for a word of knowledge or prophecy that you can share to bless someone.
• Doing something creative and asking Holy Spirit to flow through you to accomplish His creative work.
• Praying in the spirit over your day, then immediately carrying out what the Lord gives you unction to do as you prayed in the spirit.
As you exercise your faith to put a demand on God, you will find Him ready, willing, and eager to answer you with that double portion anointing He has promised. (Photo via Pixabay)
2. In 5778, Exercise Your Governmental Authority More Than You Ever Have Before
Psalm 149:6-9 says, "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!"
As God's son or daughter, you have the honor of joining with the people of God to:
• Execute vengeance upon the nations, and punishments upon the peoples.
• Bind kings with chains, and nobles with fetters of iron.
• Execute the written will of God upon all nations and peoples.
In 5778, it will become increasingly important for you to use this authority to see God's will carried out in your sphere and around the world.
How do you exercise your authority? Two ways:
• By letting the high praise of God be in your mouth.
• By wielding the two-edged sword, which is God's Word (confessing it verbally).
For decades, God has been renewing His people's understanding of how important it is to confess His Word out loud. By this point, mature Believers should be well-versed in the power of speaking God's Word. In 5778, it is time to move from simple understanding to very purposeful action in this area.
All around the globe right now, situations exist which need the governmental interference of God. The situation in North Korea stands out to me as one of the most important challenges that God's people need to address now. However, many other situations both in your house and around the world will benefit from God's intervention as well.
For example, think of the impact God's Word could have upon:
• Your state of mind.
• Your marriage.
• Your finances.
• The government of the country in which you reside.
• The unreached people groups who still need to hear the Gospel, and more.
If you would like to receive all that God has for you, I strongly encourage you to set aside 10-15 minutes daily to praise God and confess His Word out loud. Confess His Word over yourself and over world situations that concern you.
"Put a demand on Holy Spirit specifically to fill you with His flow and anointing."
If you will do this, you will be exercising the governmental authority that God gave you as His child, and you will see dramatic results. 
Remember that Isaiah 55:10-11 says: "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
3. Expect Your Intimacy with God to Produce Long-awaited and Visible Results This Year
Many of you have been sowing and sowing into the secret place of intimacy with God. You have not been doing this to get any material thing, but rather out of a true love for God. Your heart has been pure, and your hands have been clean.
Despite the fact that you have been truly seeking God for His face and not just His hand, you have not seen the results manifested in your life that you have been hoping to see. God's Word provides many great and excellent promises about how God will bless you if you diligently seek Him, but you have not yet seen many of those promises fulfilled.
Your time of waiting has not gotten you down, but you have wondered in your spirit. Like the Psalmist and the saints in Heaven, you have cried, "How long, O Lord, faithful and true?"
Psalm 13:1-2 says, "How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?"
Although your faith in God has not wavered, you have wondered these same things. But the Lord told me: 5778 is the year of the Joshuas.
Psalm 12:5 says, "'For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,' says the Lord; 'I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.'"
Like Joshua, you have lingered long inside the tent of God's presence. You have not departed from His ways nor from seeking His face. His presence is your greatest love, and serving Him is your supreme pleasure.
And you are about to be elevated. You are about to see the manifestation of many promises that God has spoken to you. The things He has been whispering in your ear will soon become visible for all to see. Father God will put the fear of the Lord upon all those around you, and they will tremble at your approach. (Photo via freeimages)
As the Lord did in Joshua 5:1"So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel."
...so He will do for you in 5778.
This is the year of Joshua. Expect God to work miracles on your behalf this year. Expect His anointing to rest upon you. Expect the Commander of the army of the Lord to appear to you in person. Expect a supernatural paving of the way in every situation you encounter.
5778 is the culmination of many long-awaited promises. It is a year that opens a new season of healing, wholeness, and freedom; a new era of taking territory for the King; and a new age of government for all of God's people who will. Will you exercise your faith to receive, and to move forward with God? (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jamie Rohrbaugh
From His Presence
Email: Jamie@FromHisPresence.com
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