There is a story in the bible about a great man of faith named Abraham. Abraham and his wife Sarah left their families and even their country trusting the Lord at His word to bless them and make them a great nation. In Genesis chapter seventeen the Lord appeared to him when he was ninety-nine years old and told him that his wife Sarah was going to have a baby boy the following year. She would be ninety and he would be one hundred years old. Abraham fell on his face and laughed. Although he was a man of faith, this sounded ridiculous to him.
This writing is a little different than what most of you are used to seeing from me. We are shifting the focus of the ministry slightly and gearing it more towards helping people take the gifts and talents God has given them and applying those to your natural life so that you can be successful. You will see that my writings are going to become more practical, things that you can immediately apply to your life today. It doesn't mean they won't have a prophetic element but that the prophetic element will be displayed through showing you how you can take what you know and be successful in your family, business, career, and all aspects of your personal life.
Because of embedded prejudices, discussing patriarchy is often not a subject for honest and considerate dialogue. First, we need to state the problem. The problem of gender and racial in-equality affects most of the Church, every day. (Maybe not in your place, but most places.) Patriarch looms everywhere -- it hides beneath the foundation of much of what is commonly accepted. We must study to discover God's creational intention for all humanity, and stop repeating the confining rhetoric that pious men have said for centuries.
I was listening to a book on audio this morning, as I often do, and the author quoted what he called an old Montana saying. It went like this, "The time to have the map is before you enter the woods." The premise of the quote is that you want to be prepared with instruction BEFORE you enter into a situation where you need instruction, which makes total sense when you're thinking logically and practically. But shortly after hearing this quote, immediately I had to pause the audio book because God started speaking on the matter.
Did you know that God uses a language that is tailor made to speak directly to you? After all, He created you, so that shouldn't come as too big a surprise. The inventor of language is a master communicator. Not only does He reveal Himself plainly to all of mankind in scripture, He also speaks to us personally in dreams and visions. Do you understand what He is saying? Dreams and visions are often the language full of emotions and therefore contain much symbolism. We must learn to take our interpretations first from Scripture and then from our own lives. Throughout Scripture God is consistent with His symbolic language.
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2018 is considered to be the year of the dog. I would like to submit to you that 2018 is not the year of the dog, but rather the year of the Ox. I feel the Father urging me to share with his sons and daughters that there is great significance in this being the year of the Ox. The Father says, "No longer will my sons and daughters eat the crumbs that fall under the table. No more!" Many of you are like the Ox, for you have been carrying heavy burdens. While oxen are known for their strength and hard work, they also bear responsibilities while carrying heavy loads.
Psalm 46:4 "There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High." Did you know that God has a frequency? We have to tune in to His frequency to hear what He is saying. One of the best ways to do this is to recognize that not everything is on His frequency. The world has it's own station. On that station you can find all that represents sin and the works of the flesh. But on God's frequency you discover all that is part of His domain – the glory of heaven. To tune into God's channel you have to get off other channels. Just about everything has a source of inspiration. That billboard you passed on the road the other day had inspiration behind it. Most everything has a voice and speaks to us – or at least tries to.
When the Spirit of the Lord leads you to do something, do you act upon it? Are you obedient to respond to the Holy Spirit? God can and does present you with opportunities to experience the abundance of His blessings, but you must step through the door. It takes an act of faith on your part to enter into His provisions. "Thus faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions, is dead." James 2:17 (CJB) "Indeed, just as the body without a spirit is dead, so too faith without actions is dead." James 2:26 (CJB)
United States citizenship comes with many freedoms. These benefits include: The Freedom to Life. The Freedom to Hold Property. The Freedom to Liberty. The Pursuit of Happiness. The Freedom to Worship. These freedoms are not earned. They naturally follow from being a United States citizen. If someone is born in the United States, these benefits come with birth. A person is born into these freedoms. If someone legally migrates to the U.S., the individual must meet certain requirements in order to become a citizen; however, after obtaining citizenship, there is nothing the person must do to earn the benefits of being a United States citizen.
The past few days I have been finding dimes everywhere. Today when I found one on my seat as I began my time in the secret place, I began to ask about the symbolism God was speaking for an upcoming season. This will be a time of peace that passes understanding. That current conflict is going to come to an end. Olive branches also Biblically symbolized the end of flood. "When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth." Genesis 8:11 NIV