For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 Can I show you a beautiful picture of God's love for you found in the story of Daniel? In Daniel's case, the law of the land was violated and, in spite of his love for Daniel, the king had to carry out the law and punish Daniel. If he hadn't, he would have been an unrighteous king. Now, imagine if someone came again a year later to accuse Daniel of this crime and asked for Daniel to be punished again, what would the king do?
Each of us is part of a family. We have or had parents and siblings; we may have nieces or nephews, and some of us have children and perhaps grandchildren. The writer of Proverbs suggested this profound wisdom for family life: "Through wisdom is a house built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms will be filled with all precious and pleasant riches" (Prov. 24:3-4). The idea behind this verse is that relationships within the family system take wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Family life offers us the opportunity to practice our relational skills. Think about it. You are most like your true self when you're at home, right? There is no pretending at home.
The year 2020 was a year that we will never forget. It seemed as if a dark cloud hovered over our nation, and the heavens were as brass. We heard people repeatedly say, "Things can't get any worse." But even in the darkest of times the Lord says: "Be still and know that I am God." The Holy Spirit is about to move in a mighty way once again. In October 2019, I shared a prophetic word titled "The Roaring 20's." I wrote about the 1920's which brought about a major change to our culture and impacted all aspects of society in our country. I shared the comparison of the 1920's to this decade of the 2020's.
God is calling us to rise up as the Sons (and Daughters) of God in order to manifest His glory. This is only possible with faith. Faith is a master key that creates and unlocks our internal doors and spiritual gateways. It is one thing to have faith IN God; it is another to have the faith OF God. The plane of faith and the degree of godly character we master determines the depth, height, width and breadth of the future we will decide to demonstrate. Faith defines the levels of God's grandeur we will choose to exhibit in our life.
I recently had a very powerful prophetic dream. In the dream, I saw millions of angels standing shoulder to shoulder. It was almost like they were standing at attention waiting for a command. Then the dream shifted, and I was in an apartment that looked like it was out of the 1980s. I was looking at a collection of pictures hanging on one of the walls when the Lord spoke to me in the dream and said, "Brace yourself, there is an earthquake coming."
What is the possibility that you could be a Pharisee? What are the signs—or warning signals? I list 10 below, though there are many more. But these are a good start. Chances are You are a Pharisee if°You love to point the finger. The devil is a master at this; that's why he is called "the accuser" (Rev. 12:10, ESV). You must choose whether you want to play the devil and point the finger, or be Jesus, who lets us save face. Jesus actually gives us a selfish motivation for not pointing the finger. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" (Luke 6:37, NIV). You are good at sending people on a guilt trip. The Pharisees tried to do a "Gotcha!" again and again because of the fact that Jesus performed miracles on the Sabbath and allowed other things to be done on the Sabbath that seemed to go against the Law. For example, when His disciples were hungry on the Sabbath and plucked heads of grain and began to eat, the Pharisees seized the moment to condemn both Jesus and His disciples.
It is time to let go of the past and press forward into what God is calling us to for 2021 and beyond. "° But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13–14 NIV The Lord is saying it is time to forget all the disappointments—politically, the pandemic and all the pain of 2020—and press on towards what is ahead. We all have the work of the Kingdom to do, and the plan of the enemy is to distract you from this. The Lord is releasing plans and strategies for you personally and for cities and nations. We need to get our eyes on the prize! The Lord is calling us to rise above the swirl of confusion, fear and violence that is ruling the airways and streets.
It's exciting but not always easy being prophetic. God's Visionaries are gifted to see a long way out. The hard part is to be able to stay in a place of faith, even when everything looks like you must have missed it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV According to Websters: the word tarry; to wait, abide, dwell, remain, to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time.
God took the month of January to expand our souls for greater increase in territory and an acceleration of our destiny this year! He did this through increasing our identity in Him as He expanded our spirit, our soul, our temple and our capacity. Now as God expanded us in our souls, we will now step into a larger sphere of influence, greater regions and territories. In 2021, we will have tremendous growth as we step into this expanse. 3 John 1:2 says "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." As our soul grows in capacity our territory of influence grows.
Allow me to explain the extraordinary way that the mind works and how wonderful God is in that creation. Now, there are a number of reasons that the Lord speaks in the night during our rest, I am going to cover just one reason I believe he chose this method. When you are faced with any instruction or insight in the world, from a conscious place of awareness, your mind will often negate or distort the thought. Negate means to remove the thought - to dismiss the thought.