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May 6, 2001

Greater is He

Tim Plett

My children, be very clear in your understanding. There is an enemy. He is seeking to kill, destroy and devour. He will attack any work of the My Kingdom. He will attempt to bring discouragement and frustration. He will attempt to turn you back from following Me. He will attempt to make you forget the word I have so clearly spoken to you. He will attempt to separate you from your brothers and sisters. He will attempt to keep you in bondage, in immaturity and in ineffectiveness.

Be aware. But DO NOT BE AFRAID for greater am I in you than he is in the world. In Me you have all the power you need to turn back all the attacks of the enemy. He does not have the power to frustrate My work in you. He does not have the power to frustrate My work through you. He cannot steal the joy I give you.

Don't focus on him, look to Me. Walk in Me. Turn to Me in humility. Turn to Me in obedience. I will lead you to victory. I will bring you joy. Nothing can separate Me from My people.

Tim Plett

Hold Fast To What You Have

By David White

Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. (Revelation 3:11)

As the end of this age and the coming of the Lord approaches it is imperative that the church learn to both recognize and discern God's voice from all the other voices that are competing for our attention. Our inheritance, our future, our very lives depend on our ability to hear God. Hebrews reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Furthermore it is impossible to have faith until we've first heard from God. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

In the midst of his enduring trials, Job discovered how imperative it is for those who know the Lord, to hear and recognize His voice. He also was reminded how committed God is to speaking to his people. "For God may speak in one way, or another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man. He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword." (Job 33:14-18)

The Lord, speaking through the prophet Joel, (Acts 2:16-17), made it clear that visions and dreams would be one of the ways He would speak to the church at the end of the age. God is committed to speaking to His people and sometimes its only while we are asleep that God can get our full and undivided attention.

Recently the Lord gave me a dream regarding the little league baseball team I am trying to coach in my spare time. Coaching my son's 11-12 year old team has been challenging and yet very rewarding. Not only is little league baseball a great mission field, but it is also a wonderful blessing to be able to spend quality time with my son in something he enjoys and is pretty good at. I am so grateful the Lord showed me years ago that the most important ministry I have, except for my personal time and ministry to Him, is to my family.

In the dream I was being informed by the president of the league, that the games played during the first part of the season would not be counted in the final standings at the end of the year. At the time of the dream our team was sitting alone in first place. Our team had enjoyed a lot of success at the beginning of the season. A number of the games were won by our coming from behind in the last inning. Some of these come-from-behind wins came in dramatic, and at times almost unbelievable fashion. We had worked hard to be at the top of the standings. However now I was being told that those victories, including the incredible victory against the league president's own team, would not count.

In the dream, I was furious that our hard work and a number of the wins we had already compiled would soon be erased from the final record. I felt as if our crown was being taken from us. In baseball terminology, we were being robbed! I could certainly identify how the Amplified Bible translates Revelation 3:11, "hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown."

Following the dream and during my prayer time the following morning, the Lord began to impress upon me that He had given me this dream and that it indeed was a timely and significant word for me personally as well as the entire church.

I believe the Lord showed me that many in the Body of Christ had been winning many victories. Many of these victories came after a long struggle and with much patience and endurance. Some of these victories seemed as if they were literal come-from-behind, late inning victories. However, the Lord also showed me that much of the ground that had been taken and many of the victories and advancements that had occurred over the last years was in danger of being stolen and thus never bearing the fruit God had intended. God is calling the church to hold on to what He has given us.

In Revelation 3:7-13, Jesus is addressing the church of Philadelphia. The church in Philadelphia had seen many victories and spiritual advancements. They were truly growing in their faith. They had taken advantage of the many doors and opportunities that had been opened to them. Through their perseverance in difficult times they had learned true godliness which in turn enabled them to walk in genuine brotherly kindness and, 'brotherly love'. (See II Peter 1:5-7) Listen to how Jesus describes this church. "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied My name.' 'Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will also keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.' "Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have that no one may take your crown."

After commending the faithfulness of the church in Philadelphia, Jesus then gave them what could be seen as a warning. He warned them that they must not loose or allow to be taken from them the things they had gained. The ground they had gained was now in jeopardy of being taken from them, right before their eyes. The Lord then promised the church that for those who overcome and indeed do hold on to what they had gained, they would receive a new name by which the Lord Himself would inscribe upon them. He also said that He would make these, "a pillar in the temple of My God." (Revelation 3:12)

Many victories and spiritual advancements have occurred in recent years in individual lives, churches, cities, and even nations. Many in the church have learned, and still are learning about the necessity and reward of long-suffering and perseverance. Yet still many seemingly insurmountable obstacles remain that appear to be holding back the spiritual breakthroughs that are desperately needed in many places around the world. For those who have persevered, this is about to change.

The Lord's Rebuke

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! (Zechariah 3:1-2)

There has been a lot of attention given to the subject of spiritual warfare in at least some of the church in recent years. In Zechariah, it's not God's people but rather the Lord Himself who rebukes Satan. You can be sure that when the Lord rebukes Satan, he will be rebuked! The Lord of Hosts is arising in this hour, to rebuke both the enemies of Israel and the enemies of the church. "God is [already] beginning to arise, and His enemies to scatter;" (Psalm 68:1) Amplified Bible

One of the titles given to the Lord in the Scriptures is a 'man of war'. "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is His name." (Exodus 15:3) The prophet Isaiah also said, "The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies." "I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will pant and gasp at once. I will lay waste the mountains and hills." (Isaiah 42:13-15a)

Zechariah the prophet was sent by the Lord to encourage the people to complete the building of the temple. They had made great advancements but the work was still incomplete. The work had to be finished because the Messiah's glory would one day fill the temple. Still, major mountains stood in the way of its completion.

So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.' Says the Lord of hosts. 'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of host has sent me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:6-10a)

Zechariah was shown that the work would be completed. What had been gained would not be lost. The temple would be rebuilt because the Lord of Glory was coming. However it was not by the ability or determination of man that the temple would be built, but by the Spirit and grace of the Lord. The church in the days ahead will learn the truth of what Jesus taught His disciples when He said, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing." (John 6:63)

When a horse is mentioned in the Bible, sometimes it is speaking of the flesh and what man can do without God. The Bible has much to say about our turning to and totally trusting in God rather than the arm of the flesh. "For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." "But you would not, and you said, "No. for we will flee on horses" - "Therefore you shall flee! And, "We will ride on swift horses" - "Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! (Isaiah 30:15-16)

Woe to those who go down to Egypt (the world) for help, and rely on horses, (the flesh; man; self) who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horseman because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!" "Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit, (Isaiah 31:1, 3)

In the days prior to the coming of the Lord, a testimony will be heard coming from the church, who like the Psalmist will declare, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7)

The Lord commanded Zechariah to encourage the people to not despise, "the day of small beginnings". They had seen some advancement in the task before them, yet what they had accomplished seemed so insignificant in view of what yet needed to be done. Even though they trusted in the Lord, it became apparent that there was only so much they could do. The Spirit of the Lord had to bring them the rest of the way.

There Was No Door

The Rabbis teach that there was no door or any other entrance leading behind the veil from the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies. The only way the priest could enter in behind the veil was if the Lord brought them through the veil supernaturally. The priest walked up to the veil but could go no farther. This is why Jesus is called the door in John 10. Of course the veil of the temple was later ripped from top to bottom, showing how God Himself took the initiative to make a way for us to enter beyond the veil.

The way the priest entered beyond the veil in the temple is a picture of how we can only go so far in accomplishing God's will in our day. We've seen some advancements and some ground taken. But only a supernatural God can bring us into His ultimate purposes. It truly is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit. We may have come as far as it seems we can go, but our hope and confidence is captured in the words found in Isaiah 32. Here, the prophet knew that he too had to hold fast, "Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest." (Isaiah 32:15)

The Coming Move of God

I believe the Lord impressed upon me that a new move of God is coming, and has already begun. This move of God is unlike previous moves the church has experienced in recent years. He is coming with His presence to level the playing the field and to set the record straight. He is coming to remove the obstacles previously unmoved and that have stood in the way of the harvest He has planned.

Isaiah prophetically spoke of these days when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "prepare the way of the Lord: Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low;" (Isaiah 40:3-4a)

The church throughout history has experienced many 'moves of God'. The coming move of God will not necessarily be known as another 'move of God' but will be more about the 'God who moves'. When God's presence moves in, the mountains move out. "The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth." (Psalm 97:5)

As has been said, before the Lord comes for His church, The Lord of Glory is first coming to the church. He is coming to forever demonstrate to His people His greatness, His goodness, and His faithfulness.

This is not the time to let go of what He has placed in our hands and before us, but to hold fast, and instead, let God be God!

Hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. (Revelation 2:25-26)

Swimming Against the Tide

Chimezie Onyebilanm

....But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me".... 1 Kings 22: 14

There are times when the multitude of contrary voices coming from those who are prophets begin to make even a true man of God wonder if he is mistaken. If the messages were not so sharply different from what we have received, if they were not coming from those renowned to speak for God, if they were not in the majority, it would not be so overwhelming. But God said, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them".

It is possible for us to be deceived by the popular message. It is possible to be listening to men God is no longer speaking to. In Jeremiah's time almost every other voice was declaring peace except him. His was like a lonely "voice crying in the wilderness" of mass religious deception. Just because our message or conviction is not popular does not mean we are wrong. Truth is not determined by it's popularity but rather by it's source. It is only what the Lord says that shall stand in the end.

Consider Micaiah's case. All the other men of God were declaring the same thing. The tide was contrary to what Micaiah had heard God say in his secret time with Him. Yet he did not adjust his message. He was more interested in delivering only God's message. Though he suffered for daring to stand alone for the truth, it was only a matter of time before he was proved right.

The Church is going through a time of spiritual crisis. The truth is being trampled underfoot by those that were called to uphold it. And the multitudes with their itching ears are applauding these false prophets. In many places I see the abomination that causes desolation standing in the holy place. Even many sincere folks are deceived because they are blind and deaf. The only way we can avoid being carried away by the present tide of apostasy and falsehood is to be able to meet with God and hear him daily. No matter what it would cost us, we need to rebuild our altars of private devotion with the Lord. And I am not taking of a religious activity or merely going through the motions. We must deal with everything that has brought dullness to our spirit so that we may be able to see and hear clearly and daily. No matter what it will cost you, find time daily to pray until you know you have met Jesus. And to meditate on his Word until you are sure you have heard him speak to you.

by Chimezie Onyebilanma a cross-cultural missionary with Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) in Togo.
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Children of Destiny

Olivia Reitz

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking and longing] to be gracious to you, and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed [happy, fortunate , to be envied] are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship}. O people who dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry when He hears it. He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself anymore, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher. Isaiah 30:18-20

I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendents may live. And may love the Lord your God, obey His voice and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deut. 30:19-20

My faithful ones, I am calling you into your destiny. You have pondered in your heart, whether this would ever happen, but I have called you to a destiny. That means, My Beloved, it is destined to happen, it's ordained, it's appointed and set apart. This is your day, for you have always been children of destiny and what I have predetermined you to be and to become, according to My Divine Will.

Many of you have been pressed down, in despair and even despondency, feeling that you just can't make it. Let Me remind you that you are children of the light. I have been instructing you daily. Seek my face, even in what you perceive as the minutest of details, for if your heart turns away, you won't hear and you shall be drawn away and worship other Gods and serve them. For those who have ear, let them hear and have eyes to see. I am saying, pay attention and pray for understanding. It might not seem significant, but nothing is minute when I am instructing you. Do not dismiss the tiniest of instructions, press into Me - for if you do not, you cannot be prepared when these things come to pass. You "must be ready and prepared for that moment when I say Come." The time is short, the time of My visitation is at hand. It is a season of birthing and of blessing. Listen, for I am drawing you to Me, for I have called you out as Children of Destiny...

Olivia Reitz

For Heaven's Sake

Rick Joyner

It is the calling of every Christian to not only experience heaven now, but to live a life that demonstrates the reality of heaven to this earth. We do that by living in heaven now. It is our calling to bring heaven to every place that we go, to our homes, our jobs, where we shop, everywhere. As we grow spiritually, our home, our heart, and our perspective, should be a heavenly one. The Christian life is supposed to be filled with the bliss of heaven. That bliss is the love of God, the peace of God, the patience of God, and the power of God. As we grow into and begin to demonstrate the reality of heaven, we will become contagious, causing all those that we come in contact with to begin looking up to seek the Lord.

The characteristics of God are shared with man in the form of the fruit of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit. These are together a demonstration that the Lord has risen, that He loves man, and continues to seek our redemption, restoration, and our glorification—which is to take on His nature. The gifts of the Spirit are the special, personal, demonstrations of His love and willingness to help us. They are also a touch from another, a higher, reality.

The power of the gifts of the Spirit cannot be explained through our earthly intelligence, but only from a heavenly one. The gifts are a call to the earthbound that they can live by another reality. There is a glib saying that some people are so heavenly minded that they are not any earthly good. That sounds witty, but the truth is that much of the church is so earthly minded that they are not any good to either heaven or earth.

Christianity is not just another, better, philosophy of life, but it is another reality. It is another life altogether. We are called to walk the earth, and do good on the earth—but we do it with the power that is not of this earth. Saint Francis of Assisi was once walking with a priest who was pointing out the splendor of a cathedral they were passing. With a touch of pride, the priest remarked that “we can no longer say ‘silver and gold have we none,’” to which Francis replied, “And neither can we say to the cripple, ‘rise up and walk!’”

The true Christian witness that impacts this world will never come from just having better things on earth. There are a number of beautiful church buildings in our city, a couple of them probably as large and splendid as any in America, but the banks and other corporate buildings in the city dwarf them. The people in our city spend much more time serving the banks and other corporations than they do serving the Lord. However, if a single believer begins to touch and demonstrate the reality that heaven has authority over all cancer, that believer may live in a cabin, but the world will beat a path to his door.

The fact that the world has better buildings than the church should not bother us. If the church had the largest, most glorious building on earth it would not, by itself, result in the salvation of a single soul. One Christian anointed by the Holy Spirit can result in much more being accomplished for the kingdom of God than all of the buildings combined that have been constructed in the name of the Lord. This is not to say that buildings cannot be useful to the church, but nothing from or on this earth can ever be compared to the Holy Spirit that we have been given. The power that resides within a single Christian is greater than that which is found in all of the armies on earth combined.

The Spirit moving brought forth this glorious creation. The Spirit moving can, and will, recreate the world. Since the Lord delegated authority over the earth to man He now moves on the earth through men. Because, “The heavens are the heavens of the LORD; but the earth He has given to the sons of men” (Psalm 115:16), the Lord requires the cooperation of men to move on the earth. This is why, even though the Lord knows what we need even before we ask Him, He requires that we ask Him before He moves on the earth. When He demonstrates His kingdom, and the powers of heaven, to the earth, He does it through men.

The Lord could have parted the Red Sea without Moses, but not without violating His own principles of authority. He could have brought down fire on the prophets of Baal without Elijah, but that is not the way that He does things on the earth. He gave authority over the earth to men, which is why even the Son of God, Jesus, continually referred to Himself as the Son of Man. He had to come as a man to retake the authority over the earth that had been lost by man’s transgression and subsequent subservience to Satan. That is why, when Satan tempted Jesus he tried to get Him to wrongly use His powers as the Son of God, but Jesus responded to Him with “Man does not live by bread alone” (see Matthew 4:4).

Jesus did use His heavenly powers, but never to fulfill His own human desires, or to testify that He was the Son of God as Satan tried to trick Him into doing. When Jesus used the power of the heavenly realm, it was in obedience to the Father in heaven, and as a witness to the Father. Because He gave Himself to witness of the Father’s love, the Father sent the Spirit to witness of the Son. The power of heaven is never selfish.

This too must be our constitution. We must not seek power, or use it, just to testify of our ministries or ourselves. If we have truly beheld the wonder of the cross, and the glory of His resurrection and where He now sits, it would be one of the most profane acts of a perverted fallen nature to use His power to testify of ourselves.

When we truly begin to perceive the glories of heaven and the One who rules in heaven, like King David, we wonder why the Lord would even consider man, much less choose to dwell among us. Even so, this is the message of the kingdom that we have been given to preach on this earth, and the message that He will back up with demonstrations of its reality. We are messengers from another kingdom who have been sent ahead to proclaim the coming of our King who is “not of this world” (John 8:23). We cannot represent a kingdom that we do not know. We must know ourselves the reality of His kingdom, and live in obedience to it now. Our home must be in heaven. Our dwelling place is with the Lord in the Spirit. We are called to be seated with Him in the heavenly places, as Paul declared in Ephesians 1:18-23, 2:6:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.

And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.

Before the King returns there will be a witness and demonstration of the reality of the kingdom of heaven on the earth. This will come through messengers who know and live in the reality of that kingdom now. That is your calling.

Excerpt of new book by Rick Joyner

Third Day Life

by Undrai Fizer

As the anointing of change and reformation progresses, we will begin to see ourselves slowly "break out" of the initial spiritual experience into a life changing realm of sonship. We are coming into the sonship reality of the Lord. You can feel the changes in your spirit and your experience.

To some, they will feel like they are being saved for the "first time." What they are actually feeling is the advancement of truth and life. They are moving into another dimension of Spirit-led living. And it is awesome. (It's legal, you are not losing your mind)

This Third Day, or 100-fold realm of life, is the manifest life of Christ in His Body. It is the manifestation of the Life and Spirit of Christ ,in His brethren, coming alive. It is a level of maturity in the things of God. It is the lifestyle of those fully convinced in Whom they believe.

You may feel a total abandonment of the old experience and a total embracing of the new. This is the new life in Christ. This is the transformation experience of the transformed believer. This is the new season of Spirit-led living. "For as many that are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God", Romans 8:14. They that are led by the Spirit of God into the depths of Christ' life. We will be led into the life of the Son. *NOTE: You are not denying an initial introduction to Christ by faith, just witnessing the flowing progression of the fellowship of the Spirit into the full depths of the Father (minus the humanistic and religious interpretation of the experience).

This is a manifestation of a coming of the Lord in our hearts. This new experience of maturity, intimacy, and oneness with the Father, is a coming of the Lord in our lifetime. He has arrived and is continuing to arrive into our lives. This is what we pray for, "to be more like Jesus." Have you ever prayed like that?

We will become more like Christ by being led like Christ. The Spirit will lead us into the Father's life as He led the Son into His Life. To be like Christ is to hear and feel like Christ. It's not just about fleshly habits, attitudes, and morals. It's about experiencing and living in the Father's Glory. It is receiving His life above our own. That is where the preparation of His Life into our personal lives will come into play, as we learn with perfection, the things of the Spirit.

Christ has come into our hearts. He has shined His Light within our Hearts.

And now, we can see the Father.

Undrai Fizer
Dare to Dream. Dare to Believe. Dare to Be......All You were Designed to Be.
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by Deborah Inghram

And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time,the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force (as a precious prize - a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion).
Matt. 11:12 - AMP Bible.

When the time for the baby to come, when you have nurtured and carried it till its due time, and it is about to birthed, and we see the crown of the head, we will have to get very serious about some pushing, pushing thru to breakthru.

It will be a time of intense exertion, in other words how bad do you want it? Will we be willing to push, and push against all pain, against all that says, how in the world am I going to do this? It is much bigger than I, God are you sure you got the right person here?

You are exactly right where the Lord wants you. As a woman and laying there with a baby about to come forth, we are in a very vulnerable position, we lay exposed to others, they see us as we really are under this intense pressure, and it can get ugly, but you are so focused on what is happening and what is about to happen, that you do not care what others think. It is a process that is in order to bring forth life.

You forget yourself, the pain, you want this baby with all that is within you. Or you want it out, and for the pain to be over, whichever, God will have his way. (And you can stay in pain and never deliver and bring forth your destiny and be miserable and live with regrets.)

We can't not do it in our own strength, we can't do it apart from God. That is why he wants us to be vulnerable, he wants us to know our weaknesses, so that we will lean upon him for everything. For he knows we cannot do anything apart from him.

Do you want what God has for you? If you do you will seize it, you will go for it with all that is within you. There will come a violence within you, to reach heaven, to pull down all that the Lord has for you, no matter what stands in your way. Though the enemy would stand there and accuse you, though he would put hinderances in your path and try to stop you, you will not, for you know that God has put this seed within you, he has put this desire in you, only he did that.

We must get violent with enemy, we must push things out of our way, I love the song, "dont pass me by my gentle Savior, hear my humble cry, while on others thou art calling, please dont pass me by."

A blind man, heard that Jesus was passing by, he didn't let anyone stop him, though the people around him was trying to shut him up, he didn't listen, he kept yelling the louder a violent cry, and Jesus heard his cry and came to him, and healed him.

The same with the scripture of knocking on the door, keep knocking, knock it down if you have too, Jesus loves that, he loves to see your passion and loves it when you seek him that way. He can't help but answer.

The Bible says, when my people begin to cry out, I hear them! We will cry out, we will shout out, when we are in pain, when we need him, or want something from him, but do you have the same passion when you just seek him for just wanting to be with him? :)

Is there an ache within you that will not be satisfied till you are with him as you would the love of your life? Just a side note.

We get so caught up in ourselves sometimes we can't see anything else, let alone hear anything. If we seek the Lord for his heart we will have his hand, and his heart is souls.

He came to seek and save that which was lost. He came to give you a baby, a burden, a ministry, to go out into the highways and byways, that is where you will find him, he is blowing, the Holy Spirit is blowing and he is blowing us out of our 4 walls, where all we see is each other, where we are limited in our scope of vision and revelation.

God wants to birth in you a vision for the world, he calls us, what does he call us too? Is it to waste it on ourselves? People are dying and going to hell everyday. How will they hear? Does Jesus has His soul winners out here, does he has some preachers here? Does he have a people after his own heart here?

What will you allow him to birth thru you? He is looking for some wombs, some spiritual wombs that he can birth thru, whether it will be for your home church, or for yourself, be available, that is all he is asking. Just be available and willing, and believe.

Unbelief is the biggest sin and stopper. In Matt: 11:20-21-22. He cursed those cities ( Bethsaida, Corazin) that would not recieve him, and the message of the gospel, he could do no works there. And we know who or what Jesus curses it stays cursed and with the fig tree, it withered and died.

Jesus wanted to bless them, but they didnt want to bless Jesus. Over in Mark 8:22-26, Jesus came to Bethsaida, and they brought him a blind man, and besought him to touch him, and Jesus took the blind man by the hand, AND LED HIM OUT OF THE TOWN. The town was in unbelief the same town he cursed over in Matthew.

Jesus had reproached them for it, and could not do a thing, he had to lead the man away from and out of that town. We cannot have unbelief in our lives, we must believe, that is the only way Jesus will respond. We have unbelief in our churches, in the pastors, in our pulpits, we are nobody without Jesus.

True women and men of God will lead lives of repentence before the Lord. They will be humble for they know they are nothing without him. The biggest spirit we will come up against is a religious spirit, in America it is rampant.

Do we want miracles? Do we want signs and wonders? Not to heap upon ourselves but them (the lost) to believe in whom we believe in and who sent us. Jesus wants to bless us and heal us, so that we will do the same for others.

Jesus used spit on his eyes, how unreligious is that?? Spit in those days was a sign of contempt, Jesus had contempt for the blindness that held this man from seeing.

Jesus and the prophets suffered violence on this earth from the hands of those that they came for and was sent too. You have to realize that not everyone will celebrate you, or your message or your ministry.

If you seek to please man, then you have not sought to please Christ, and that is who we are to seek to please. When you know that you know that it is God that has birthed in you, it will not matter what people think or say, for you will know it is God. And it is his ministry, it is his problem what they say and do. Our business, is to do the will of the One who sent us and to fullfill all that he called us to do.

And some and most of that time you will be made foolish and to look foolish to those that do no understand. But you must persevere and come forth, and move forward into your destiny.


Firestorm Ministries

A new sound in the earth -- dry bones shaking and rattling their way into position!

Linda Evans

The Lord is continuing to reveal His Ongoing Work in all the earth. It is the time for the Ezekiel 37: "dry-bones army" to arise -- to manifest New Life.. to come together as our Beloved provides opportunity for flesh and skin to be re-created over the dry bones of those who have come through the death work which has led to LIFE .. they shall receive the Breath of God -- and His Light shall burst forth - manifesting the Glory of God in all the earth. Jesus shall be glorified in His Holy Ones.

And He said to me, Son of Man, can these bones live?"... And I answered, "O Lord, Thou Knowest" And He said unto me, "Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, "O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord".

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones: "Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinew upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin and put breath in you and ye shall live: and ye shall know that I AM the Lord." (Ezek 37:3-6)

Many in the prophetic community have been speaking of a "new sound"... a noise which is beginning to be heard in all the Land. Hearts/spirits are being quickened -- stirred to awaken - stirred to a New Life!

Many hearts are filled with a Faith which is a "God-Faith", not their faith at all, but rather a Gift given by God; these are awaiting a manifestation of the Spirit of God in a greater expression than has ever been seen on the earth. These hearts are prepared to receive - not an anointing - but rather a Divine State of Being -- Union with God; These hearts have been filled with the Rhema-knowledge of God's Desire and Plan to glorify His Son Jesus Christ in all those in whom He has been formed by faith... in all those hearts who have endured the painful and 'separating' season of His Sevenfold Firings -- who have overcome the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil. Choosing not to cling to their soulish lives, but rather embracing the death, that they might somehow attain to the out-resurrection from the dead. These are the dry bones which shall come together as one body and manifest the Glory of God in all the earth.

This body has been prepared to manifest the Glory of God, in the fullness of God's meaning of Sons and Daughters. Many have been called, but few were chosen -- most proving themselves unwilling to pay the price of complete separation of all things -- choosing to settle for a lesser degree of consecration .. and yet those chosen and faithful ones.. the Saints and the Faithful, shall indeed rise up in New Life even as Ezekiel saw in his vision. From all generations shall come forth this mighty army comprised of these many dry bones, those who sold all that they had, in order to buy up this field.. the Field of Dry Bones, in which the Treasure does lie hidden, hidden in apparent 'death'. These are the ones who indeed did lose their lives, that they might gain His Life. "And these all, having obtained a good report, through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they, without us, should not be made perfect". (Heb 11:39-40) These were the ones who did not accept deliverance by the hand of man, choosing instead "a better resurrection" (Heb 11:35)

The Hand of the Lord was upon me and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the Valley which was full of bones. And caused me to pass by them - round about - and Behold! [There were] Very many in the open Valley; and Lo, [they were] Very Dry.

Ezekiel, as he gazed out upon this field of dry bones, heard a new sound.. a noise, a rattling noise -- as he watched, he saw the dry bones were being shaken into their proper alignments. Bone would rattle against bone.. and a body was being formed -- re-formed from the scattering of the many dry, apparently lifeless bones. There was no hand that touched this body. The bones were moved into their correct position by the Shaking of all things.

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a Noise.. and Behold! A Shaking.. and the Bones came together -- bone to His Bone (v7)

This new sound, this noise filling all the ears who can hear, is this sound: the sound of the Dry Bones being shaken into the position where each belong. "And the Bones came together". This has been a time of gathering and a time of separating. The Shaking, which is filling the earth with a new sound, is bringing together those who are joined one-to-another, those who are Joined-as-One-in-Christ.. and the Shaking separates all that is of a temporal nature. This Shaking is not just in the earth, but in the heavens too, for it is the Kingdom Man who shall come forth as One, perfect-in-Christ (Heb 11:40) in this time of New Beginnings. This is the little rock in Daniel's vision, this body which will not be touched by human hands -- and yet it shall grow and grow and fill all the earth.

And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came upon them; and the skin covered them above; but [there was] no breath in them. (v8)

The Lord has been Shaking a people (bones) together; -- He has been calling forth this people from all parts of the Vine, for "bone to His Bone" is the structure of His Kingdom and each bone is being gathered unto Himself, even now by the foreordained call upon their lives... those in whom Jesus shall be glorified.

The inspired teaching of St. Paul to the Corinthians speaks of the "many parts" of the Body, each part being an important and necessary part for the well-being of the whole. Many of us have learned to consider the parts of the body as being only the portion of the Vine that we have been engrafted into, and yet, St. Paul makes it very clear the Body, although One is comprised of many parts -- Jesus compared the body to many branches growing forth from the True Vine. "I am the Vine, ye [are] the branches; He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me, ye can do nothing." "This is My commandment, 'That ye Love one another, as I have Loved you." (John 15:5;12)

"For as the body is 'one', and hath many members, and all the members of that One Body, being many are One Body -- so also [is] Christ." (1 Cor 12:12) Christ is many and yet is One... all those gathered "bone to His Bone" (or abideth in Him -- bone of His Bone) are His Body and no matter how many times and no matter how loudly the "eye" continues to say unto the "hands" -- "I have no need of thee" -- it is still not true. (1 Cor 12:21). The sure foundation of God is sealed, according to St. Paul, by this truth: "The Lord knoweth them that are His" (2 Tim 2:19) [Knoweth - ginosko, implying intimate knowingness - not a superficial knowing but as a man knows intimately his wife]

We are not to reject others who are "known" intimately by the Lord, for the sure rock-foundation upon which He has built His Church is sealed with this truth: He knows those that are His. It is this Church that the Gates of hell shall not prevail against. As the Ezekiel 37 dry bones come together through an intense time of shaking, the ministries of the "tendons" and "skin" become self evident. The Lord IS joining together all those who are His and He IS giving them new flesh and skin covering.. when this re-creative work has been accomplished, He SHALL breathe new life into them -- this mighty army of His Own shall arise, resurrected into New Life.

Many 'individual' fellowships have been recognizing their unity in Christ. This work has been a portion of the bones coming into a less independent relationship in the body-- many fellowships have been shaken into a much more closely aligned relationship, one to another in Christ. As the bones have been realigned, God has sent forth those, in the body. to be the "connectors": the tendons, the sinews who job is to hold the two bones together. These body parts can be connected to two different expressions of Christ (two different bones) - recognizing the differences between the two - and yet knowing their union in Christ. The tendons are strong parts of the body that can take pressure and pulling well, for they have been prepared for this ministry to the Body; these parts of the Body speak forth a revelation of the Unity of the Spirit, held tightly in the Bonds of Peace.

There are now "flesh" and "skin" opportunities being raised up for the body to manifest their unity in Christ. Outside of the walls of the individual fellowships are God-ordained needs which will provide this resurrected body with opportunity for union: a union in focus -- a union in purpose; a union in the One Body of Christ; opportunities where the individual fellowships can function as under "one skin"; working together with a common purpose and goal: tearing down the work of the enemy.. and in this way the body, although made up of the many different parts, shall be seen in this age, as "one body" whereas it has been seen as being divided and dead.

What are these opportunities to manifest the One Body -- to manifest the LIGHT and LIFE and LOVE of God unto all the world?

"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness -- to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out, to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thu cover him and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy Light break forth as the morning; and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; The Glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward; Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry and He shall say, "Here I am". If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger and speaking vanity: and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy Light rise is obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday. And the Lord shall guide thee continually and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And [they thatshall be] of thee, shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called 'The repairer of the breach', the 'restorer of paths to dwell in'. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on My Holy Day and call the Sabbath a delight, the Holy of the Lord, honorable and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure -- nor speaking [thine own] words; THEN shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob, thy father; for the Mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isa 58:6-14)

The Lord shall bring these "opportunities" for the individual 'bones' to recognize their call to unity under the covering of the flesh and skin, and this God-Given opportunity shall bring forth a great challenge to many in leadership.

Many churches, fellowships, gatherings have been praying for the "dividing walls" between all the parts of the One Body to come down. Now they shall face their opportunity to put into action what they have been praying for.. and their actions will manifest the truth of their hearts. If their lips have been saying one word while their hearts are filled yet with division and discord, it shall be made apparent -- for they will be unwilling to lay aside their carnal division for the sake of the well-being of the whole.

If the individual "bones" continue to reject all the opportunities to rise up as One Body in Christ, they shall not be filled with the Breath of God, which has been promised to be poured forth in this last day's rising up of the Body -- for it is not until the skin has been created to cover the flesh and bones, that the Lord will breathe His New Life into this dry bones army. Those who refuse to gather together as the one-new-man in Christ, shall remain dead until the general resurrection. Many are called -- few are chosen.

Those who recognize this Call of God will join in the ministries of the "skin and flesh" -- and shall work side by side in this last day's ingathering of the sick and the lost; brothers and sisters of many different fellowships -- yet each one "known" by the Lord -- each one belonging to the Lord - and each shall come together as One when this dry bones army begins to rise-up by the Divine Empowerment of God.

"Then said He unto me: "Prophesy unto the wind; Prophesy, Son of Man, and say to the Wind -- "Thus saith the Lord God, Come from the four winds, O Breath and Breathe upon these slain, that they may live." So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the Breath came into them, and they Lived! And Stood up upon their feet - an Exceeding Great Army!

So... NOW as you **hear** that new sound permeating the land... recognize part of what you are hearing IS the sound of shaking and rattling bones.. coming together to His bone... bone of His Bone. The many-membered body shall arise and shall receive the Breathe of God. Israel and Judah shall be re-united.. and the Lord shall manifest the people set apart to bear His Name. His Bride.

Linda Evans, the Beguine
Sandpoint, Idaho

Do You Want Revival?

Marc Pranger

Do you want to see God's powerful presence in your life, church, town and country?

Do you want to see the coming of the Lord's Holy Spirit in power and truth?

You know if you want these things, then must you know one thing that comes before all of this, one thing that goes along with God's presence, with the coming of His spirit and revival; 1Cor. 4:5 He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts.

What will He find in our heart, and in the hearts of the Christian leadership? Are we willing to let Him expose every motive we have in following Him, every motive, and what motive will He find.........

I believe that a great revival of the supernatural power and presence of God is on its way, and I know that we often only look at the final goal, that many, many people coming to Christ, society turned up side down. But the first thing God will do is bringing to light what is hidden in darkness, exposing the motives of our hearts..... and that is something we do not really want, but it is the first key for revival.

So let May be the month were you decide to pray this: Lord, I know that I try to hide my heart for you, I know that if you decided to show every motive of my heart to the people around me that I had great difficulty with it.

My heart motives are not always in line with your plan and purpose, but Lord change my heart, show the hidden motives, I want to change before the time comes, the time that comes soon, that you will expose it in bright daylight.


Marc Pranger

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