Five-Fold Today Praying In the Spirit - Reverence My Name - Wisdom and Deception - To My Jobs - Pasture of Life - The Value of a Soul - A Blessing From Your King

July 20, 2001

Praying In the Spirit

Sandy Brunson

Praying in the spirit is more than praying in tongues. It is being so in tune with the Holy Spirit that He truly leads in not only what words to say, but who to lift up in prayer, what situations to direct my prayer toward. In the spirit, He places "prayer burdens" upon my heart. I feel inspired by His Spirit to lift up certain needs and people.

Tongues are needed when I cannot adequately express, in my known language, my full need to praise and thank Him. Also, I may not have adequate insight to God’s will, I just am aware of a situation that needs His attention. The release that comes through tongues is an expression of my spirit, which is beyond my intellect and my understanding. It is an acceptable way to approach Him. The more I use it, the more necessary it is to my devotional life. Tongues help me express myself to Him, but in no way defines my relationship to Him.

An important work of the Holy Spirit is to teach us to pray, to instruct us what to pray for and to inspire us to pray, earnestly, without ceasing, in faith, for the things that are dear to the heart of the Lord. By His enablement, we can be ever given to the spirit of prayer.

Reverence My Name

Ray Puen

What does it mean to take My name in vain?

My bride, you take my name when you renounce the world and become mine. As a bride sheds her name and takes her husband's name, so you have taken My name when you turned away from the world and became "Christian." You took My name.

But I grieve that some of you have taken My name in vain. In vain have you taken the name "Christian" when you fail to walk in My ways. In vain have you taken My name when your lifestyle mirrors the world's.

My ways are pure and holy. So must yours be. My nature is gracious and merciful and longsuffering. So should yours be.

When Moses asked to see My glory, I told him I would proclaim My name before him and say, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." Then I passed before him and proclaimed My name, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth...." These are My attributes. My name is My glory, and My glory is my attributes. If you take My name, you must not take it vainly, that is, to no effect.

So take My name and demonstrate to all the world that you are Mine - by being pure and holy, gracious, compassionate, merciful, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.

Wisdom and Deception

Ras Robinson

When you are deceived you do not know that you are deceived. If you did you knew you would not be deceived. Deception is like throwing an invisible net over an animal. Deception is like hiding the key piece of a jigsaw puzzle. It is like a façade to cover the reality.

Satan is a deceiver of the brethren. He causes what is bad to look good and what is good to look bad. My light drives away deception because darkness is pushed back. I want you not deceived about the truth any longer.

My truth is not complicated but simple. Deceivers are loosed in the land now being used of Satan to deceive the saints into believing false doctrine. Do not believe them. Insist on the truth. Insist on light. This truth you seek in me will drive away deception because it is darkness.

Be open faced and seek those with an open face. The eyes are the window of the soul. Look deeply into the eyes that are attempting to deceive you and you will not see me there. When you are deceived you do not know that you are deceived. So be open to the possibility that you might now be being deceived. Choose light. Choose truth. Deception will flee. Amen.

1 Peter 2:22 ". who COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN His mouth"

To My Jobs

by Joseph D. Long

And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase. For inquire, I pray you, of the former age and apply yourself to that which their fathers, have searched out. For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. Shall not the forefathers teach you and tell you and utter words out of their hearts (the deepest part of their nature)? Can the rush or papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the flag or reed grass grow without water? So are the ways of all who forget God; and the hope of the godless shall perish. For his confidence breaks, and the object of his trust is a spider's web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold fast to it, but it shall not last. He is green before the sun, and his shoots go forth over his garden. (Godless) his roots are wrapped about the stone heap and see their way among the rocks. But if GOD snatches him from his property, (then having passed into the hands of others) it (his property) will forget and deny him, saying, I have never seen you before, as if ashamed of him, like his former friends. See, this is the joy of going the way of the ungodly! And from the dust others will spring up to take his place. BEHOLD, AS SURELY AS GOD WILL NEVER UPHOLD WRONGDOERS, HE WILL "NEVER" CAST AWAY A BLAMLESS MAN. HE WILL "YET" FILL YOUR MOUTH WITH LAUGHTER AND YOUR LIPS WITH JOYFUL SHOUTING !!! Job 8:7-21

YES, you have felt the hand of satan, as the tempter has pressed you sore. You have heard him before Me, asking leave to tempt you more. As MY servant, Job, you have been righteous and upright before ME - NO, you have not sinned ... Others about you have said that you must have sinned, that you have fallen away and allowed fear to bring this against you ... Still others have said that this is your past that has finally caught up with you ... Then there are those who poke sticks at you while you seemingly are in sackcloth and ashes, while others mock you and say, "just curse God and die"!!!

The tempter has come against you, assulting you in thought - through the words and actions of "friends", stripping you of your dignity and attempting to steal your faith in ME ... Though the questions have come and doubt has risen up like a storm to engulf you ... you have held fast to the blessed hope, against ALL odds, even to the point of death - yet you have prevailed !!! You have seen, you have heard and yes, you have felt the hand of satan come against you, yet "I" have not permitted him to take your life. For you have said in your heart and with your mouth, that my redeemer lives and that HE shall stand upon the earth at the last day and HE shall vindicate me ... In my flesh I shall see HIM !!! You have set your faces as flint and have said that though God slay me, yet shall I trust HIM and I KNOW that when He has tried me, I shall come forth as pure translucent gold !!! Your ears have only hear of ME, but NOW, your eyes will see ME ... Even as I delivered My servant Job, SO SHALL I DELIVER YOU AND TURN YOUR CAPTIVITY, THAT I MIGHT GLORIFY MY GREAT NAME AND TURN YOUR CALAMITY INTO BLESSINGS, SAITH THE LORD.

Joseph D. Long

Pasture of Life

Arlette Pollard

I keep seeing angels. They are rejoicing, blowing trumpets as they are positioned over a row of gravestones. I have seen these gravestones before. Around a year ago God revealed to me through a vision, Revelation 21. He took me through this chapter almost paragraph by paragraph. The entire vision of the Temple and the gates were enclosed within a wedding ring. But down on the south end, still within the ring, I saw the gravestones. They were in a row, I thought they made up a gate. And then I saw the angels positioned above them.

Outside of the ring, what I understand to be the south section of the circle, below the gravestones, I saw a steep mountain that no one could climb. I knew the Temple was positioned high within the heavens because of the clouds and scenery outside of the ring. When God started revealing the gravestones again I thought Lord, is it because they are so close to the edge that you are saying that these gravestones represent those who think they are alive in You, but actually only know You in name and not Spirit. "I know they works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." Rev. 3:1.

As I kept pressing into the Lord He took my hand and led me into fuller understanding. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." John 5:25, and "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice." John 5:28.

The hour is now upon us that the Holy Spirit is moving like a mighty rushing river, that no man can stop. The river of truth, the river of God's Spirit, is bringing life back into the Word. The Word that man has laid dead in the grave. It is not a set of rules where man will be allowed to lord his purpose over other men. The Word is alive. And this Word is going forth in power. As the river gains power as it flows downhill, so shall His Word as it floods the bottomlands. As the Word flows throughout all the churches, throughout all communities, life will begin to rise from the graves. The people, the churches, that say they have a name that they are alive but are dead, will start partaking of this living water. They will start to see the beauty of freedom as they read the Word. The hour of death of the blind leading the blind is coming to an end. For many will be given eyes to see the truth of what God is revealing through His Word. He has come to set the captives free, and he who is free is free indeed.

" O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep His hand. Today if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness." Psalm 95:6-8

Listen to My voice. For I desire to speak to you face to face. Do not harden your heart against the truth as you have in days past. It is My desire to bind upon your mind and your soul all truth, so that you will rise up in healing, in freedom of who you are in Me. Be still and know that I am God. Wait upon Me to give you understanding in all things. There is none before me. For I am the way and the truth. Only through Me will you find freedom from the burdens that men have placed upon you.

Rise up from the grave of death. Listen to My angels. Listen as they proclaim loudly that today is the day of life for those who have walked in death of understanding, as in darkness in times past. For I am revealing to you things that men have only dreamed to see. A revealing of My Son in greater measure so that many will see that a great light has been set before them. Stand back in strength as my glory shines brightly into your opened eyes of understanding. The light, the truth of living revelation will guide you safely home. I will be faithful to my sheep, to those who will listen to My voice, and lead you safely into My everlasting arms of protection.


Thank you so much for your prayer. Mercy. That is the word that God has been putting upon my heart. Mercy and grace. Two words that go hand in hand.

I looked Mercy up in the Lexical Aids attachment of my Bible and it gives this definition: benevolently merciful, involving thought and action, compassion from sensation. Both expressions are used of God in the manifestation of His pardoning and saving grace. Denotes one tenderly compassionate, one who grieves within for the condition and need of another. Gives expression to the love which is inherent in an individual and which finds it emphasis in the expression and the power of that love, not merely being inspired by a need. Matthew 5:7, blessed are the merciful one, not merely those who express acts of mercifulness, but who have this attribute as a result of the indwelling of God within them, blessed, because of Christ.

This feeling of mercy towards others is not limited to the lost alone. It is the feeling we have toward our brothers and sisters in Christ as well. Apply mercy to all situations. When we are well received and when we are rejected. Apply mercy, as Jesus applied mercy. For who can know the heart of man, except for God. And it is not ours to judge, but ours to love and rise above all situations as we remember the mercy God has shown toward us.

Many blessings to you - may mercy be the word placed upon your mind today.

Del Mar, California

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy... If my people , which are called by my name , shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face , and turn from their wicked ways: then I will hear from heaven , and forgive their sin and heal their land. MAT 5:7, Second Choronicles 7:14

The Value of a Soul

By Chad Taylor

"Again, the devil took Him up into an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and said to Him, "All these things will I give You if you will fall down and worship me." " (Matt. 4:8-9).

Satan comprehended the value of one soul. He was willing to pay any price to secure that eternal transaction. This same dynamic is in action today within the echelon of the rich and famous. Satan has no limit to the price that he will pay for a human soul. A billion dollars is not enough to expend in Satan's passion for souls. Yet today the Church is rarely moved to see even one soul saved. Usually unwilling to expend the means to capture the heart of just one that is lost and dying. We have lost the value of a soul.

When Jesus confronted the rich young ruler He said, "Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor." But the young man was already bought. Satan had already paid his own ransom, the riches and wealth of this present world. Every second another soul is purchased and paid for with the "kingdoms of this world and the glory of them." Yet so little is expended by God's people for the purchase of even one precious soul. Satan has the riches and wealth of the world. We have the blood of Jesus. The reason we do not give our very lives and wealth for the Son of God and His epic passion for souls, is because we have not grasped the great value of a soul. Satan does, and alas, the very mouth of hell expands to accommodate the influx. O that the church could understand even half of what Satan does the nations would be won in a day!

"There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine clothes, and lived in splendor every day. the rich man also died and was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes." (Luke 16:19-23). Satan courted this man with his wealth and fame seducing his soul into hell. There is no price tag too large that Satan is unwilling to pay to secure one soul into damnation. Tragically today we will hardly give our time and energy, not to mention our money, to see someone saved. Every day we walk past the priceless treasure of souls unwilling to pay the price to see them saved. Satan does not.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." Heaven also understands the value of a soul. The Father paid the highest possible price to apprehend one soul for eternity, His only Son. What will we do? What price is too much for us to give for missions and harvest? Where is the limit in our giving to see our cities and streets won to Christ? Where do we stop to see the widow and the orphan delivered from their affliction? It cost Jesus everything. It will cost us no less. The burning question in God's heart is, "What will you give for a soul? What have you given lately for a soul?"

"The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he said, this will I do, I will pull down my barns, and build greater. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have so much wealth stored up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said, "You fool, this very night your soul shall be required from you." " (Luke 12:16-21). The only value in wealth is to use it for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. To enable it to be the catalyst that empowers outreach and revival. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth. but lay up for yourselves treasure in Heaven" was Jesus' strategy for prosperity. Treasure in Heaven will equate the souls that were saved and the hearts that were bound up with His eternal love during our lifetime. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6:21).

"For what does a man profit if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matt. 1:26). Heaven and hell understand this principle and the value of a soul. It was this principle that compelled Jesus to the cross. It is the same force that will move us to take up our own cross and follow Him into the harvest fields. We must comprehend the value of a soul! Only then will we move with the perseverance to see souls saved and set free. Only then will we break out of the confinement of human limitations into the divine presence of revival. God give us passion for souls!

A Blessing From Your King

Yolanda Ballard

It is your Father's good pleasure to give to His children the Kingdom blessing. Come into the secret place and sup with Me for I want to pour out upon you in full measure a kingly blessing. Once again I know that your heart is pure and that you desire to please Me because you come before Me seeking My face. Even though you may not feel My presence at times, you never give up on coming before Me because you know that I reward those who diligently seek Me.

This is the time and the hour where I will pour out My power. And I will use you, My people, in full measure of My power and glory. This is the time of My latter rain outpouring, and I am calling My people to come forth that I may use you in greater works because I have gone to the Father. Seek My face, and I will fill you to overflowing with My Spirit. And yes, I will reward you with blessings without measure for you delight yourself in My presence.

Yes, come to Me early and continue to seek Me. By early I mean as your first priority may it be at midnight or midday. All I care about is that you put Me first in everything. For I love you, and I long for you to be with Me and dwell in My presence. Yes, I want to bless you and comfort you and bring forth your healings and set you free completely but you must truly trust Me for My timing is perfect.

So, My people, come unto Me, and I will bless you with a kingly anointing and authority that you have not known up to this point. The demons will tremble under the anointing I am pouring out upon you for I am preparing your heart to be filled to overflowing with My grace and mercy and compassion. My love that repels the darkness will flow like a river because I am healing your heart of deep wounds and tearing down the walls of rejection that you may receive My love in full measure.

So know this day that I love you. I gave My life for you that you would be completely free from the effects and power of the enemy. Know that since I am for you, no man can come against you. No weapon formed against you can ever prosper because I am God, and I reign sovereign and supreme. I know all things even the deep desires of your heart to want to know Me and love Me even more. And I am so pleased with you, My people, My faithful followers. Stay in the path I have showed you, and walk in My ways for they are so much higher than yours, and I know what is best for you. So know this is the day and the hour I will pour out My power and My kingly anointing upon you, says your God.

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