Fear is a four-letter word that starts with "F!" This simple little word, fear, is the root of so much pain in the world. You've most likely been affected by it through things like stress, procrastination or worry. It is interesting to me that the Bible says things like "fear not" or "do not be afraid" over 365 times! That's like God telling you not to be afraid every day of the year! So, getting rid of fear must be important! Many of us even feel the sting of fear because we're trying to be perfect all the time. But there are a few places in the Bible where we're encouraged to be perfect—and it's not what you expect!
As we entered into a new decade and New Year, the Lord spoke to very clearly to me saying that the season of dryness, barrenness and desolation, spiritually speaking has come to an end. He reminded me of the story of the prophet in 1 Kings 18:41-46 (NKJV): Then Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain." So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea." So, he went up and looked, and said, "There is nothing." And seven times he said, "Go again."
Depression is an emotional ailment that attacks millions worldwide. It can be referred to as a serious mental illness that inflicts a person's mind and emotions. It is a good thing, in the name of overcoming this problem, this topic is hitting the news and coming to the forefront. So, what's next for us as believers in battling it? As the topic of depression and mental illness is coming forth, we should be praying and interceding for the people afflicted. We should be praying for ministry leaders to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit on how to conquer this affliction. We need to be assisting people to and through freedom and deliverance.
I just got back from 10 days in Europe. There is a great awakening happening around the world. It has different looks in different mountains. It's a shift from servants who need help, healing, and guidance to sons who have dreams, initiative and results. Here are a couple of examples. In corporate culture, people have been treated like sheep who can't be trusted, and managers saw themselves as needing to control and guide these huddled masses. That's shifting to a version of leadership that connects people with a shared purpose and encourages their entrepreneurial creativity, a realization that the contributor can do things the leader can't (respect). Thankfully, millennials won't work for autocratic managers – it's over!
Prayer is like the engine of our lives that keeps us moving God's direction. It is our life with God, our communion or communication with Him. One of my favorite, and I have to admit "the easiest," way for me to connect with God in prayer is when I pray with my spirit. In the book of 1 Corinthians Paul taught us that we can pray with our spirit (in tongues) and with our understanding. Many times when I am praying with my spirit God will show me things to pray with my understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:14 "I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding."
I heard the Lord say, "I am decreeing this will be your most productive season, but you must fight against distraction and keep your hands upon my assignment for your life." The Lord has been speaking to me so much about the level of acceleration, momentum, occupying and building that is going to take place in 2020 and beyond. As I sought His heart I heard the Lord speak over the body of Christ "I am decreeing this will be your most productive season but you must fight against distraction." When He spoke those words I had a vision and I saw assignments that the Lord has placed before God's people in 2020 and this new era.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39 I often hear people say, "God's love is unconditional!" But the moment they fail, all of a sudden, the love they once said was unconditional becomes contingent upon their behavior. Many believe that God loves them when they do right, but stops loving them the moment they do something wrong.
As you step into 2020, reset your priorities and make it your goal to spend time with God. When I was a teenager, my mentor, Barry, taught me to have a daily devotional time with God. This has become the single most important habit in my life, and I'm convinced no one can grow as a Christian without it. I memorized Proverbs 8:34 when I was just 18: "Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors." I started getting up early and praying in my college dorm room.
Daniel of the Bible was not only a dreamer himself, but he also interpreted the dreams of others. King Nebuchadnezzar was one such recipient of Daniel's dream interpreting gift. The king had a troubling dream which none of the mystics, sorcerers, and occult leaders in his kingdom could interpret. But Daniel, led and inspired by God, sought the Lord for the interpretation through which he astonished the king and his court. Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come" (Daniel 2:27–28 NIV).
I am going to share a word that I had three years ago. The Holy Spirit brought this word back to me after speaking with several friends who are so fired up with testimonies of what Jesus is doing in their lives and ministries the past few weeks. We have been placed in the kingdom of God for such a time as this and we are called to "Raze" Hell. There is no place for lukewarm Christianity or mediocrity in the kingdom of God. We are called, chosen, appointed and anointed to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth and destroy the works of the enemy. The definition of "Raze" is: To tear down; demolish; level to the ground and completely destroy.