For the Church!

I want to declare this prophetic decree over you today. I read a very similar decree elsewhere and thought it was perfect for us! Praise God. This is for you, readers!!

I decree that through His Spirit, God will grant strength in your inner man that you may be nourished by His indwelling presence through faith–so that you are so fixed on His love that you are able to comprehend and do the vast aspects of it to the fullest measure.

Ephesians 3:16-19
…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Decreeing based on Job 22:28
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways. 

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God Speaks Again!

I don’t know if I have expressed this, but I love prophecy!

Like Paul told Timothy: (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.”

I am amazed at God’s perfect timing and confirmation. When God tells you something important, man, He really tells you!

Woooo!!!! Thank You, Jesus! I am fighting the good fight in accordance with the prophecies I have received!

(If you aren’t sure about prophecy for today, or you wonder why anyone would want to have anything to do with prophecy, please check out my book! After a very thorough study of prophecy in the Bible, I discovered it’s importance for the church today, that God wants us to hear His voice and deliver His messages! The book reads like you and I are having a conversation. It’s very simple to understand and full of Scripture!)

Oh Lord I love You! Thank You so much for prophecy! I glorify You! Hallelujah!!!

While we are on the Topic of Money…

I have a file of words that God has spoken to me over the years. Today, I went to it and asked the Lord to guide my hand that I would scroll to what He wanted me to share with you all today. Of course, it ended up being about money!! Haha. He is so funny. I heard this at a time when we were never sure where our next bit of income was coming from. We were completely dependent on Him and His provisions. Yet even after 10 months of living that way, I was still doubtful that He would come through! So here it is…more of what the Lord has spoken to me about money!

10/1/10

My God…what do we do about money?

“Obedience. Obey Me. My will be done. I will provide all your needs according to My riches in glory through My precious Son Jesus. I love you, and I do not leave you as an orphan. I will meet all of your needs!”

10/2/10

“Yes, I will keep you as the apple of My eye, I will hide you in the shadow of My wings. I will reveal Myself as You continue to wait on Me. Indeed this is a special time to seek Me. I will provide for you- even as you have seen Me since you asked of Me yesterday. I do provide all your needs! I AM your loving Father; I have not left you as an orphan. I love you!”

Luke 11:9-10

And I say unto you, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

If you only ask, My daughter, I am ready to give out of My abundance! I can even do more than you can ask, or even what you can imagine. 

Applicable Scriptures:
Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us
John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

Let this be more encouragement for those who desire to trust Him more with their finances. He does provide. Perfectly! He promises us at least food, drink and clothing. He will not leave you as orphans to fend for yourselves.

Again, Lord?

As you may remember, I am currently learning to trust & obey God again…with money!

Every single thing I post on this blog has to do with hearing God’s voice…in my life. Every post is inspired by Him through someone or something else, or just from what He has put on my mind. It’s amazing, because it’s What I’m Reading Wednesday, and I just started this book, called “Weird”, written by Craig Groeschel. I should have known that what God is saying to me He is saying in everything, including the books I read. I love it!! What an awesome, awesome God we serve.

So, I’m reading this book and suddenly, there’s a chapter on finances and giving…using the same verse I read very recently from 1 Timothy6:17–

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.”

Seriously, just the other day, I realized I had been trusting in Rick’s bi-weekly income instead of trusting the money to come from the Lord’s hand. (Refer to this post!) My hope had been fixed on the uncertainty of riches instead of on the Lord, “who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” He has promised me food, clothing and drink. He can give more, but He expects ME to give more from whatever I have!

So anyway, back to reading “Weird.”

Look at this!! “I always secretly prided myself on how frugal and responsible I was with money. …[Others] view it as a superhuman feat of self-discipline and brilliant planning–it’s good to stay out of debt and save for a rainy day, right? Then one day I realized that my motivation was totally fear-based, not God-honoring. Even though I was handling money responsibly, I was still putting my security in my own abilities to earn and control money so that I would never have to go without anything again. My hope was in material wealth rather than in God’s rich provision.”

That is precisely what happened to me.

God speaks again!

So what is the antidote to trusting myself with money and relying on my ability to control it?

GIVING IT AWAY!

Today we are remembering Luke 6:30 “Give to EVERYONE who asks of you.” God guide us in our mission to always trust You for more.

Psalm 145:16
“You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

Tuesday’s Tips: Write it Down for the Future

As I said in a previous post, I like to set a timer when I sit down and spend time with the Lord. It probably sounds cheesy at first glance, or maybe even presumptuous to think that God would speak when I give Him limits, yet it’s probably the most awesome thing I’ve ever done in making time for God. What I mean is, setting a timer for ten minutes reminds me that yes, I do have time for Him. (Even if it’s only ten minutes!) And I’ve learned that wow, God sure has a lot to say when I give Him just a few minutes! I usually end up with pages of Scripture written down in my prayer journal just from the first five minutes! It seriously has proven to be an awesome practice- setting the timer to listen. And ten minutes is really just the starting point. As I mentioned in that same post, the time I spend sitting at His feet more often than not ends up being closer to 20 or 30 minutes! (That is,…if the baby is still sleeping!)

So, my tip today is get a journal. Okay, so many of you reading this are already writers, and that probably means you have your fair share of journals. But, then again, maybe not. So, today’s tip is to WRITE IT DOWN.

A few days ago, I was reviewing a time of ministry that I had with someone. I was on the receiving end of ministry/prayers/prophecy, and it was a great time. However, it was done in a chat room and I honestly didn’t have much time to think about what was said, because immediately after it was over, my husband came home and it was time for dinner. But for some reason, a couple of days ago, I decided to re-look at the time of ministry. (Thank God I saved it!) As I read through it, the Lord highlighted a few very key words to me. There was even a parable that He spoke through, using that same key word! I later remembered a dream I had in 2007, and it pertained to the exact same thing!

I was amazed.

In the Bible, Timothy received prophecies, presumably about His calling. Paul told him:

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight” (1 Timothy 1:18)

In following his example, I recommend that whenever you hear God’s voice, or when someone else tells you they heard God’s voice for you, write it down. Here are some reasons why:

  • It’s encouraging for you.
  • We see in part and we prophesy in part. (1 Corinthians 13:9) In other words, when you receive something from the Lord, whether it’s in a dream, or through another person, it is not always complete–one prophecy will not give you the big picture. Only God knows exactly what He has prepared for you, and He is likely going to reveal it over the years. For example, God told Moses to lead the people out of Egypt. Where was he going to take them? Moses had no idea. But God knew, and He revealed it step by step as they followed Him daily, whether He was in the shape of a cloud or fire.
  • You never know when you might flip through that journal and read something He spoke years ago that is suddenly relevant for your current situation too!
  • It definitely helps us fight the good fight of faith (as Paul told Timothy!) Revewing what God has told me in the past gives me faith for the future.
  • We forget! What good is it to hear God’s words once but then forget them? Honestly, if I didn’t write them down, I would have no recollection of what He told me in the past. At the very least, write it down because you will forget SOME of it.

I can’t believe I’m almost done with my 59th prayer journal. I mean…what? I really write that much?? If you know me in person, you know I’ll never been seen without my journal 🙂 There’s ALWAYS something to write!

Just a Prayer, a plea for unity.

Jesus,

I ask that You be with Your people. Strengthen the feeble knees! Give our mouths Your words to speak! Make us courageous, make us strong, make us soldiers consumed with fighting in Your army. Give us a united front! I pray we will AGREE. That we will walk in agreement. JESUS! I call out to Your for UNITY!!! May we walk as One Body, for that is how You have made us to be. You are the head, may we work together, walk together, support one another. I know You are so greived at the relationships that have been torn, the marriages that have fallen, the tears that are cried over disagreements, hurt feelings and more. Oh Lord! I cry out for love to take precedence over who is “right.” I cry out for forgiveness to clear the path of overgrown bitterness. God, I pray for reconciliation, the way Your death reconciled us to the Father. Lord, I pray that You will make us willing to move, urge our spirits to reconcile with those we have been offended by, and those whom we have offended. God, make us into people who seek to be reunited when there has been a disagreement, when there has been pain. I pray that we reach past ourselves to break down the dividing wall. I pray we will sacrifice ourselves in order to bring unity–to our families, to our churches, to the world. Jesus, I know You also prayed that we would be one as You and the Father are One. May it be so. I say amen to that!

May we come together, and reach out in love to those we have hurt! Precious Lord, You never intended for there to be hatred and enemies. Heal us back together. Make us one.

Matthew 5:23-24
Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 

Ephesians 2:13-22
“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

(Thank you to Sheila Wray Gregoire, for your post that gave me inspiration.)

Which of your relationships needs to be reconciled?

Single Scripture Saturday

Hebrews 13:5-6
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my Helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?‘”

Hearing God’s Voice: Sharing His Abundance

This is kind of a tag-a-long post that I first put at the end of Thursday’s post, but decided it was too long. I just don’t like long blogs! I prefer short snip-its. Is anyone with me?!

Anyway. I wrote about God providing for our needs. But as I continued in my study, I found that not only does God provide for our needs, He links our needs with the needs of others. For example…

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

The interesting thing about this verse is that it doesn’t stand alone. It’s not just that God is going to supply for your needs. The context of this verse is actually about giving money to Paul for missions–Paul told them “my God will supply all your needs…” right after he thanked them for being generous to him. So the fact that the Philippians gave to Paul’s work brought them what they needed too. There are other verses about this.

Matthew 5:42
Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Giving to others and receiving His help for tomorrow seem to be completely intertwined. Luke 6:38, for example:

Give and it will be given to you.

I’m realizing that I need to have a generous perspective. It’s intertwined with what I receive from the Lord!! Whoa.

Luke 6:30
Give to EVERYONE who asks of you…

EVERYONE THAT ASKS?

That’s a lot of people/organizations. It’s so easy to think of excuses, or reasons why we shouldn’t give to THAT person or that “bum”. It’s so hard to just obey what Jesus said here instead of saying, “Oh…I don’t think Jesus meant THAT guy!”

But it’s a give and take.

I was so convicted when the Lord showed me this. He says, “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments.” (John 14:15). What exactly DID Jesus command?

I think that’s going to be my next research/study!

Anyway, that’s what He is speaking to me.  He has RICHES to share. He gives them to us to share. When we share, He gives us more. It’s even like parable of the talents–those who doubled the amount they were given then received more. The one dude who hid his money in the ground had that taken away from him! Wow. There is so much in Scripture about this.

I’m being transformed. I want to share what He has given me with those who need it, and then He will provide for me too! How beautiful!