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Battle is part of the Christian life. There is a real enemy and you were born into a war. So seasons of struggle are a given. But can you shorten your seasons of struggle? I believe you can, and I believe that the Bible is filled with good advice toward this end. You do not need to prolong the agony. You can arise and conquer. One of the enemy's ploys is to make you roll over into a passive position. When that happens, you are no longer actively engaged and the devil can roll over you.
Every Sunday morning on my Facebook page I ask a question such as, "What's your Scripture verse for today?" Most every time, I get some version of this verse. "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' says the Lord, 'plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope'" (Jer. 29:11). It's no wonder that this verse is one of the most popular in today's culture. Google searches for Jeremiah 29:11 began to rise in November 2008 and has continued as Christians and the general population at large sees a need for a touch point. It is comforting to know that whatever happens, God has a plan for us.
I flew to New York recently on an early flight for ministry and went to check in at a hotel at 6:45 a.m. The person at the counter said, "You are too early for a normal room. We are going to give you an upgraded suite and not charge any extra for it."
Jesus gave the apostles (delegated) authority. He said, "As the Father has sent me, so send I you (plural)." The first level of authority in the church began with the apostle. Jesus continuously taught them about real life and real situations. He demonstrated authority to them so that they could become the vehicle to bring forth the Message of the Kingdom (Mat. 10). And He taught them how to lead with authority by serving them ("But I've taken my place among you as the One who serves" Lk. 22:24). They were taught from the beginning to not showboat – but to serve others graciously.
One time when I returned from healing revival meetings in Whitehorse, Yukon; I was ministering in the Abbotsford Revival Center and in worship that morning, the Holy Spirit brought me back to a prophetic word that I had given in the Whitehorse meetings. God began to speak to me about the coming healing revival in North America. In worship that morning I was caught up in the Spirit and I saw many rain clouds individually set up over many churches and ministries across the States and Canada pouring down rain.
You may have heard it said that there is too much of an emphasis on "consciousness" within the Body of Christ at the present. The thought I've seen being expressed is that there were things being misconstrued and it was becoming self–focused and idolatrous self-exaltation. In some cases, I'm sure that is true. Where there is truth being emphasized, error will always try to creep in to skew it. Although, anytime there is an emphasis in a certain area where long tenured beliefs are being challenged or enhanced, we must look to see where our Lord is in it. We cannot fear the things God speaks because of the language being used and yet follow Him in the forefront of what He is establishing. Realignment often comes being imposed and yet pondered.
We are able to access the eternal spiritual realm through the Holy Spirit who connects us to Jesus. He is the Living Word of God. Jesus Christ is the only God-given door that we enter into through prayer, meditation, praise and worship, dreams and vision. Jesus, the Anointed One, is the only God who has been raised from the dead. Jesus was raised from the slumber of death, becoming the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep or died. We know that death entered the world through the physical body of Adam when he sinned, so it took the spiritual body of the perfect man Jesus to make the resurrection of the dead a reality for us.
"You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace" (Song of Solomon 4:9). Why do I believe what I believe? It can be summed up in one word — "relationship." It's not about slavishly following an extensive list of authoritarian rules lest I anger God. It's all about knowing Him personally and wanting to please Him. The religious leaders in Jesus' day firmly claimed to know God, but killed Jesus when He came to rescue humankind.
"Yes indeed, it won't be long now." God's Decree. "Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings!" Amos 9:13–15 MSG As hidden things are revealed, it will free you up both physically and spiritually. A new wind is coming to help you overcome the attacks that have held you back. Starting this month, God is releasing a backlog of unanswered prayer and blessings. The storehouses are beginning to open to prepare and align you for what is coming in September. New breakthrough prayer, God is releasing new prayer strategies that will help you get your breakthrough.
Two of the words I received from the Lord during the night: 2 means multiplication, matter determined by God. In the transition "twilight" time between sleep and awake God drops gold nuggets into our spirit. Have paper and pen by your bed. You should try to hang onto what's been given you then.