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A Call for Revival

Posted: June 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

I alluded to a Word from the Lord that our church received, so I thought I would post that so my next few posts have a reference point. Thank you Lord that You still speak to us all!

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My Beloved, My children, My loves,

I speak to you knowing the End from the Beginning. I speak to you knowing the End from the Beginning. First I want to speak to you the End that I see. The first ending I see is a NEW SEASON for you. The beginning is closing that season my love, but it’s time to step into the NEW SEASON. You know what I have placed upon your heart. You have asked me to do this for you. Step into it, but fear not for I will be with you. I love you, I have faith in you. Have faith in me that I can get you to this new season. Step and grow in me in this new season. REJOICE, the plans I have for your are great! Greater than you could ever imagine.

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My love, my dearest love, I did not create this world of sorrow. That was not my plan. I hear your cries. I feel your pain.  I have prepared a place for you. There will be no more sorrow and no more pain. But here and now there is pain. And I see the End from the Beginning. And in the end, I see JOY!  I see JOY for you. So weep now, but trust in Me knowing that in the End it is JOY – no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain.

My Beloved, one more thing. I see the End from the Beginning. There is that other thing that I have laid on your heart. The thing that you want to let go of but just can’t seem to want to. Today I release you. The End I see is FREEDOM. The Beginning is shackles falling.  I call them off in my own NAME because there is no other Name.

I love you. I call you HEALED, I call you FREE. I call you JOYFUL. I call you into this NEW SEASON for I am the LORD your God. I love you. I am with you.

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Praise be to Jesus!

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No Words

Posted: June 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

I write this post with a somewhat sad yet hopeful heart. It has been a LONG time since I have written anything – and that’s OK. I have been waiting on the Lord to give me some guidance when to start and what to say.

Our church was given a word that we were in a new season, and we have been focusing on revival. We have folks stepping out in faith which is awesome! We are having corporate prayer and we have even started Soak Worship. It is actually very exciting and I am seeing the Lord move in me and others.There is something sacrificial to do these things – commitment, time, patience….and faith.

One of my best friends is one of the pastors of our church. We have been through many things together and we even work together. His love of Christ is so evident in how he lives his life. His faithfulness to the body of Christ is admirable. His friendship is invaluable.

My brother Jeff has shared that he has experienced what Jesus felt on the cross, something he wanted to know – empathy in the physical. He said it was painful, almost unbearable – the pain was real and it has given him insight into what Jesus did for us. He shares that when he preaches and I am grateful.

Sadly, Jeff lost his son last year. I remember one Sunday after his son passed. I am on the worship team and we began and Jeff walked up and raised his hands – later I found out that that is what the Lord told him to do. As he stood there, he began to weep. Carmen, his wife is also on the worship team. As we saw this transpire she ran to hold him. I ran to comfort.

When I went to him, I asked Jesus to give me what he was feeling like he had with Jesus, to maybe ease his pain – I wept, shaking with grief. Tears rolled, my body shook, I was torn apart. It was so much. I stayed and prayed, but it hurt so bad. I pray I’ll never know that depth of loss.

So now, today, as our church body tries to move in the spirit of revival, my friend is challenged again. His daughter Sarah is under attack – with cancer. Cancer I know, cancer I hate.

Sarah Elaine was diagnosed with cancer as a child. Jeff has shared the story where he would have willingly given his life for his – just like Jesus did for us. God not only healed her, he healed her a second time. This time, the third time, she is facing chemotherapy as surgery is not an option.

God is good. Period. Cancer does not come from him – it is from the fallen world.

Psalm 107:1 King James Version (KJV)

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God is a healer. It is His nature.

Exodus 23:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

I stand with My brother and his family and we reject the diagnosis and claim the healing promised by Jesus. I have nothing else to stand on but the Word.

Mark 16:17-18 King James Version (KJV)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Will you stand with Jeff? Will you stand with the friend or family member who may be facing the same challenge? Will you stand for someone you do not even know? Put simply, we can we stand on God’s word? Can we together agree that God is good, His Word is true, and that He can and will heal?

I love Jesus. I love His Word, and I am believing that He is Who He says He is. He is the Great Physician, so I ask that he heal Sarah Elaine – in His mighty Name!

I would be remiss if I did not provide an opportunity to help support Sarah Elaine:

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Thank You Lord in advance for Your mighty healing touch!

God bless,

Bob

 

Stepping Out In Faith

Posted: February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

I know that it is well after January 1st, when people typically make New Years resolutions to make some change they think they need in their life. This is usually done out of a tradition or a habit, and may or may not be successful.

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Sometimes, the Lord just seems to put something in my heart to do, and I know it would be  good thing – but sometimes I want to drag my feet. I recall a pastor preaching that when we feel that God has spoken and given direction, it is OK to put it on the shelf and question it  a few times. Can I be honest and say that I took that and multiplied it like loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21)!

So, I decided to look at scripture and those that stepped out in faith. The first that came to mind was Abraham, when God tested Abraham to step out in faith ( Genesis 22)- he told Abraham to take is only and beloved son and sacrifice him unto the Lord. Yikes! But Abraham took his son, journeyed with him and they came to the place where faith was stepping out:

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Genesis 22:9-14

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood, and bound Isaac his son and placed him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to [g]kill his son. 11 But the [h]Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” He answered, “Here I am.” 12 The Lord said, “Do not reach out [with the knife in] your hand against the boy, and do nothing to [harm] him; for now I know that you fear God [with reverence and profound respect], since you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son [of promise].” 13 Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering (ascending sacrifice) instead of his son. 14 So Abraham named that place [i]The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it [j]will be seen and provided.”

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The next person in the bible that really stepped out in faith to me was the woman with the issue of blood. The unnamed woman in this scripture had a condition that caused her to bleed for 12 years. In the Old Testament, this condition made her ceremoniously unclean, and anyone she touched or was around her would be made unclean.

Leviticus 15:25-27

25 And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.26 Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation.27 And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Based on her condition she could not go to a temple.She had spent all of the money on doctors and treatments. She had only one hope, a singular purpose of faith, to step out in faith and receive her healing. Pushing through the crowd, trying to make her way, she did not relent:

Mark 5:28-34

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Victory!

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And then there was the Syrophoenician woman, who was not Jewish and therefore not in the immediate plan for the Salvation as the Jewish people were to be first in line. The Syrophoenician woman knew this but still stepped out in faith to save her daughter who was possessed:

Mark 7:24-30

24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into a house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

This woman of great faith not only got healing for her daughter, she also provided a glimpse of the plan of Salvation for all of man.

3 stories of great faith. 3 people who had different histories, cultures, family and background – their common denominator was faith.

I started out with Abraham because he was in that situation that many of us find ourselves in. Hearing the will of God to do something in our lives, and having the faith to step into it. I picked the woman with the issue of blood because it was something she had been dealing with for years, just like many of us have been struggling with something for weeks, months, or years. I chose the Syrophenician because some of us feel we may not deserve or can achieve it because of our circumstances – Jesus changes all of that!

 

My prayer for us all is that Lord we are ready to step out in faith! We are ready to receive healing, hope, and peace from the one who heals by faith! We are ready to receive the plans You have for us! We will trust in Your direction and faithfully step into Your will. Amen!

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

I think we all have felt defeated at some point in our lives based on bad or unwise decisions. I know that I have. Your defeat and my defeat may be different, but the feeling is the same. And then we get into a situation that is similar to when we lost ( INSERT failed, hurt, unworthy, betrayed, etc.) and fear wells up in our heart.

We remember how we handled it last time and may think, here we go again.

I think about the world we live in that is not as God had hoped from the beginning (Genesis), but I also think about the paths that He has put before us and the paths to victory (Jesus).

I am not talking about the horrible things that happen in life. The things that are evil, undeserved, unthinkable. Those things are not from God, because He is the Great Comforter, He is the Healer, He is who He says He is! If it is not God, how can it come from God?

Some of the pain in our life comes from…wait for it….ourselves. But Jesus is also a chain breaker. And He does this by positioning us from a position of victory. One of the most misinterpreted parts of the bible is that God never gives us more than we can handle. I do not see that in this scripture:

There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
THIS is our position of victory. In the past where we have failed, He has made a way. No matter how much we are tempted to fail, trusting in Him — we can be victorious! God is good, all the time – because He is God. Jesus healed EVERYONE that he came into contact with, and then, if He didn’t – He Raised them from the dead. Victory!
In a life that is filled with joy, sadness, disappointment, hope, fear, and every emotion you can think of, remember that you are fighting from a position of victory. Jesus conquered the grave, he conquered hell, he made a way to heaven and access to the Father. He did not do all that for us to fail – he did that so we could win. Such a price He paid for us to be on the winning side of life.
So why am I focusing on this? Because I am in a situation that in the past where I have failed….until today. I embrace my victory won by my Savior. I embrace that He has made me new. I embrace that I am resurrected with Him in this life, and I look forward to continue achieving more to glorify Him and in the process be a better person for my family, church, and friends.
My prayer for you is that you be reminded that you fight from a position of victory, not failure. That greater is He that is within you than he that is in this world.
There is a song called “Enemy’s Camp” and the line is “He’s under my feet, he’s under my feet, he’s under my feet, he’s under my feet, Satan is under my feet”. My question is are you looking up or at the bottom of your foot? Are you embracing the victory, or worried about what’s under “your feet”?
Today, let’s look up!

Momentum, not memorials

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

You and I have seen it. People leaving flowers or lighting a candle in memory of a loved one. I have done it, I get it. But God is tugging on my spirit, why are we waiting?

Waiting on what I asked God? He said: Why are you waiting to go to a memorial? Why are you lighting candle?

So I said, that’s what we do. When something bad happens, when a child is lost, when people die, when people are murdered, when disease takes someone, that’s what we do.

Silence.

And then:

I sent my Son not just to fulfill His and your destiny. My plan of salvation isn’t just for you….

My plan of salvation isn’t just for you….

The Bible says that His will is that none will perish. 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Silence….

Then….He said that there has always been an opportunity for me to intervene. A prayer to restore, authority to cast out evil, love to mend, hands to heal, an army of angels  to defend and attack. I am God, who can give the most, and still loves the least of you. I am God, who hurts when His children hurt.

But, know that I am God who can come and intervene, protect, restore, before people call on me, not just after. I am not an after thought, even that is how people tend to try and use me.

I am your Protector. I am your Defender. I am your Deliverer. I am. I am. And I can do all things. Call upon me in prayer. Call upon me to intercede in the worldly things, because I am above worldly things.

You can do all things… Through Me. All can be healed…Through Me. Through Me, lives can be changed and souls will be saved. Through me…..

But not after the fact.

Start thinking through Me, and your world will change, and you will change the world through me.

Have you ever been waiting for God to do something, to solve some problem, or to fulfill a need? I can tell you there have been many times I have been waiting for God to do something – a healing, a blessing, wisdom, etc. In my faith journey, I am finding out that I may have been mistaken because while I am waiting for Jesus to do something, He is waiting for me to do something! Why do I think this? Because I think Jesus responds to faith more than need.

If we look at some of the healings in the Bible, those that were healed had 2 common denominators – faith and action.

Mark 5:25-34 King James Version (KJV)

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

12 years she had suffered! The physicians of her time had failed time and time again. I imagine her pain and shame, how her hopes must have been crushed after every attempt to heal her in the natural failed. But then she heard about Jesus – and responded with faith that she could be healed and action by going to Jesus.

I believe that our Lord knows what’s going on everywhere at all times as He declares:

Jeremiah 23:24

24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

So Jesus would have known that this woman had the issue of blood, that she was anguishing for a cure and to be rid of the shame and pain. Why did He not heal her? Faith and action! She had faith that even if she just touched His garment, she would be healed. She had to physically get up and go to where He was, and Jesus responded with healing.

Time and time, individuals in the bible went TO Jesus with faith and were healed. So how do I go in faith to Jesus?

His Word!

What I have to realize is that our plan of Salvation completed by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was the most compassionate, brilliant, miraculous, loving act of all time – it was perfect. I need to remember Jesus is not coming back every time I have a need in my life, His spirit is alive in me. I have salvation, His Word, and the gift of the Holy Ghost so that according to His word, I can can do what He did and more:

John 14:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Jesus, thank you for Your sacrifice! Thank You that when we reach out in faith, you respond in Grace and Mercy.

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