Have you ever been stuck? When I weighed 430 pounds being stuck was a fear I had. I didn't sit in booths because I was afraid I would get stuck there. I didn't go in caves because what if I got into the depths of it and I couldn't fit through an opening? Then I'd have to go back to the beginning or wait there all by myself. I remember one time when I was a teenager. We went on vacation to Lookout Mountain in Tenn. They had one pass called Fat Man's Squeeze. I didn't even attempt to go through it. There was a way around it although it was up steep stairs and down more steep stairs.
The Lord reminded me today about "the fold" in five-fold ministry, how it is like "folding in" ingredients in a recipe. That word "fold" for us is also used as a fold of sheep, or a sheepfold, to refer to them as a group. Then I saw a "picture" in my head of an Emergency Room, and I have been a patient in one of those before. You know that in a hospital, there are the doctors and nurses, and cleaning staff, and lab techs, and supervisors and records clerks and other people that play important roles in a hospital.
What a crazy season! On top of the ongoing pandemic and unsettling election time in the USA, many of our friends and family members have experienced a severe cold storm with days of long power outages and loss of water. Upheaval on many fronts ushers us into a place of opportunity if we are willing to grasp it. Oftentimes this opportunity looks like a place of simplicity.
People often ask: How do you hear the Holy Spirit's voice? Do you hear voices? Does He speak in dreams, visions, pictures and parables? Does He show you metaphors, puzzles, analogies, enigmas, rhymes and riddles? Could you sense His presence and is it possible to smell His fragrance? Did He really speak to Moses through a burning bush, and could He do the same today? The answer is yes to all of the above questions. Although it's rare to hear the audible voice of the Lord, He certainly could choose to speak this way if He pleases. He wants to visit us, open our eyes and give us encounters.
As I was praying recently the Lord spoke to me and said that more shaking was about to come, that this was a good time to possess the Spirit of the fear of the Lord! Before I go further, I would first like to build on the topic of fear that I touched on in a recent article, as fear can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on who or what you are fearing. In my last article I said in essence: We never have to fear the enemy or anything when we are living inside of the will of God; nevertheless, if we are living outside of the will of God, we should fear! God created fear to keep people from things that would harm and hurt them.
The month of March is the release of new assignments and instructions that will unfold more over the next few months. Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV Be prepared to write down what the Lord is speaking to you. Watch for dreams and visions to increase as we are entering into the season of Passover (March 27–April 4) and Resurrection Sunday on April 4. This is a very strategic season to hear the voice of God! Get ready to "pass over" into a new season in March and April. The Jewish holiday of Passover reminds us of God's greatness when He gave Moses the plan to get them through a difficult season. This month God is releasing prophetic Passover strategies for you.
The Lord spoke to me and the following is a paraphrase of what He imparted: My prophets need to build Me a substantial platform that is large enough for Me to inhabit, to house and display My glory. My people keep postponing My coming, even with the terminology they use to praise and worship Me. Very few songs invite Me to come and display My greatness or declare the power and authority of My presence in the Now.
Last week I watched one of my favorite movies, The Hiding Place. I've probably watched it 50 times. Near the end of the film, Corrie ten Boom goes to the crude hospital in the Ravensbrück camp to see her sister, Betsie, through the ice-covered windowpane. Betsie can barely lift her head, but she waves and tries to smile. Corrie knew this might be the last time she would see her. I cried at that point in the film because the scene reminded me of the last time I saw my 92-year-old mother through the glass door at her nursing home. Even though her facility is 10 minutes from my house, I'm not allowed to visit her because of a COVID-19 outbreak there.
It's time to step up and not back. God is releasing financial solutions, ideas and blessings to help a hurting world and prepare us for the coming revival. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Deuteronomy 28:12 NIV If you don't know how to get your breakthrough, here are some steps I use that will help you get aligned in this season.
Every day, we are faced with a decision: Will we respond to life's circumstances according to God's Word or will we react emotionally? The initial temptation is to react emotionally, but in every circumstance, it's truly your decision. Let's examine three circumstances you're going to have to face at some point in your life. I've also included some questions to ask yourself, which I encourage you to answer honestly. They will give you a good idea of how big a part your feelings play in these circumstances.