Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." God gives refreshing and there is nothing like being refreshed. People flock to the beaches just to get refreshing, rest and relaxation. I totally get it too because we live in Oklahoma where it gets to be 100 degrees or more in August. The beach and the pool are most welcome here! But although the beach is nice, there is nothing that compares to the refreshing that comes as we spend time in the Presence of God! It is also a whole lot easier too as you can enter into His Presence right where you are – any place, any time! What water is to us naturally, the Holy Spirit is to our hearts. He is the water of heaven – the very river that flows from the throne of God!
Life can be frustrating. Just when things are going good, something seems to happen to throw a wrench in our plans, casting a dark veil over our future. It leaves us feeling like we have no recourse, no avenue to go forward, no way to the future we thought we could have. We are left frustrated. This feeling can arise from many things like trying to pursue a goal but not seeing any visible results. We are frustrated and give up easily because it seems useless, but then we abandon whatever dream we had and are even more frustrated. Frustrations continue when we go over and over the possible scenarios that could happen because of something that has already happened.
One of the most amazing attributes of God is His willingness to communicate. He loves to talk to His people. As soon as He created Adam and Eve at the beginning of time, He blessed them and gave them detailed instructions. God talked to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He gave detailed instructions to Moses, David, Elijah and many other prophets. And today, because we have the indwelling Holy Spirit, He speaks to us. Yet I meet so many Christians who struggle when it comes to guidance. When they pray, they strain to hear anything. They know God speaks, but either they don't believe He wants to talk to them, or they don't want to obey what He says. Many believers have never known the thrill of hearing God's gentle voice in their spirits.
Promotion time is here! It began on August 1st, and it will continue until August 15th. August is the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar and the number "eight" means new beginnings. On the Hebrew calendar, this period covers the last week of Av and the first week of Elul, the last month of year 5781. It is also the beginning of the rebuilding time in the Season of Teshuvah or repentance which culminates at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, for the Jewish people, which is the Highest Holy Day of the year starting on sundown September 15-September 16. You see in the month of Av, during the Three Weeks of Sorrow from July 27-July 18 many of you were crushed and pulverized in your hearts and bodies.Â
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NKJV The Lord is bringing you into His perfect timing for the new season we are now entering. You might need to let go of some things from the past to enter into the new. The Lord might call you to die to some issues or plans that are no longer valid or not for now. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 NIV This may be more radical for some people than others. The Lord is going to speak to you about which prophetic words and promises are for now. Stay close to the Lord and you will not miss Him in this major transition.
At any given time, I have a few friends struggling with cash flow who can't pay all the bills. Some in the business realm and others in ministry (same thing). They are not lazy or unmotivated, they have powerful attributes of success. They are in the theological space of believing they are doing God's work and that He will come through for them. Because I'm doing the will of God, He will pay the bills! (Matt. 6:33) Their testimonies are usually in the category of giving God all the glory. Their stories and hope reside in God showing up at the last minute and doing a miracle because they "believed."
Several years ago, my father gave a prophecy that said in effect, "Some things which require faith to believe now, will not require faith in the days to come, for it will eventually be proven to be scientific fact." When I first heard the teaching on faith and confession, it took a lot of faith to believe that you could have what you say. I had never heard of such a concept and had it not been for the fact that the principle was plainly written in the Bible, I would have considered it to be crazy. However, there it was in red letters, spoken by Jesus no less!
I've repeatedly been hearing in the Spirit this week that "God is for you." In my quiet time, as I'm preaching and during worship, the Spirit of the Lord keeps speaking, "God is for you." This is a now word for the body of Christ. God wants you to know He is for you. God is for you despite your circumstances, your sin, your abuse, what you are going through or how you are feeling. You are made in the image of God (James 3:9). Being made in the image of God means perfect, complete and whole.
This is the word of the Lord right now: "Since Satan has over played his hand against you, I am going to reveal his plans. I am forcing him to show you what has been hidden and give you a plan to overcome!" I also heard the Lord say, "Do not focus on the attacks, but in the midst of the storm you are going to see My Light. I am making a way in the wilderness." Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 NIV It's time to move out of the place of grieving over your losses and move into joy, even if it does not appear to be there yet. As you do this, the Lord is going to release new joy and strength. A few weeks ago, I was being shut down by Satan at my office in Marina del Rey. Grace had lifted for me to be there, so I pressed into the Lord with joy and took some radical steps. A few weeks later, here I am repositioned in a new office in Encino, California!
In part one we began to distinguish between what it means to be "added unto" as opposed to living in the "multiplied" "grace & peace" of God (2Pe.1:2). This was done to bring understanding to the difference between daily covenant life & those times & seasons when breakthroughs come, promises are fulfilled & advances- otherwise impossible to us- are made. After we briefly defined what it means to be "added unto" in Mt.6:33, we went to 2 Peter 1:1-4 which reads: "Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace & peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God & of Jesus our Lord.