Five-Fold Today Important Life Lessons - Elijah Revolution! - Take the Offensive - Faithful Shepherds - Rock Of Stumbling - Re-Focus

July 29, 2000

SOME IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS

From my favorite Nurse/ Maryann
Brother Alan

First Most Important Lesson

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school? Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. Absolutely, said the professor. In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'. I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Second Important Lesson ~ Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others. Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

Third Important Lesson ~ Always remember those who served you.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. How much is an ice cream sundae? he asked. Fifty cents, replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream? he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. Thirty-five cents, she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. I'll have the plain ice cream, he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies - You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

Fourth Important Lesson ~ The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, But none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Fifth Important Lesson ~ Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5 year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, Yes, I'll do it if it will save her. As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, Will I start to die right away? Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her. You see understanding and attitude, after all, is everything.

Brother Alan

Greater Emmanuel International
http://www.greater-emmanuel.org

God Wants to Bring an Elijah Revolution!
A Governmental Confrontation!
By Jill Austin

The spirit of Jezebel is an international principality, devastating nations and multitudes of our sons and daughters. This demonic power not only came against the man, Elijah, but also the God of Elijah. This same power comes against the passion and heart of God today, the Bride of Christ.

As it was for Elijah and the people of God in his generation, so it is today in our lives and families. We, as a prophetic people, need God's Manifest Presence in order to overcome His enemies and win this battle!

When we compromise with sin and don't fully embrace the power of Holy Spirit, Jezebel has an open door to spawn her offspring into our midst and affect the church corporately. The Lord has promised, in His Word, to remove our lamp stand unless we repent and return to our first love.

Jezebel separates us with religious and controlling spirits cloaked in the name of righteousness. The fire of the Holy Spirit challenges and shakes the government of society, church, and our very lives. When God's people are in compromise or trying to control His Manifest Presence, the convicting power of Holy Spirit eventually leaves the sanctuary. Delegated to back rooms, the fire goes out on the altar and the church moves in a form of religion without the power.

War is Declared!
God has created a cosmic courtroom where the battle between the forces of Satan and the power of God is to be demonstrated.
War was first declared in Genesis and has endured in each generation through the ages. But today, I hear an urgent and fresh call of God for His people to rise up in purity and fearlessness to bring about the consummate showdown with this religious spirit.
Blazing, holy fire consuming the profane; pure, consecrated passion coming against demonic perversion; nobility of life exploding out of superficial lifestyles; meekness and humility warring against the strongholds of sin.

No Common Ground
Do you have a secret life with God? Do you live a double life where you go to church worshipping and praying, yet you're entertained in dark movie theatres, polluting your eye gates with violence, witchcraft, and uncontrollable fantasies! Perhaps it's Internet pornography? Or, are you addicted to gambling?

These things and many more give common ground to the Jezebel spirit. Beloved, we will not be able to effectively confront demonic strongholds in our own lives and families or society until we are changed.

How can we take back territory for God when we're bound up in compromise? How will we confront the depravity of our world when we're engaged in its darkness? When the holy fire goes out on the altar of the church, we are left with dark barren houses.

Are You Barren?
Do you feel the tangible presence of Holy Spirit in your life? Are you still on fire with an insatiable hunger for more of Him? Or, is your walk complacent, apathetic, and boring? Are you comfortable and no longer wanting to risk and live on the edge of faith?

Have you been seduced by intellectualism, elitism, a political arena of the church, and the fear of man? Are you no longer yearning for the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit in your life? Would you rather be respectable in the house of man or anointed in the courts of God?

A Masquerade!
Some hide behind the statement, "We want the Holy Spirit but we want balance. We don't want to offend people and lose credibility in our community." This deception is the fear of man masquerading as wisdom. "Unless the Lord builds the house, you labor in vain."

Many leaders are afraid of the manifestations of Holy Spirit and consider them mere emotionalism. They would rather have someone weeping quietly during the service than having them being radically gripped by the love of God. Not wanting to clean up the stall, they lose the "white horse" of visitation and revelation.

May we become true defenders of the faith, stalwart soldiers of the Kingdom, and totally given over to the will and purposes of God in our lives and in the global world we live in. Let Your Hearts Cry Out!

"Lord, help us to be like the prophet, Elijah. Help us to confront the evil in our generation. We need to be so transformed by your beauty that we, too, can change the course of history. Make our hearts hungry and thirsty, Lord. Fill us with Yourself so that we no longer move in man's political arena but in Your passion and zeal. Change our lukewarm hearts into burning flames of desire for multitudes to be saved, healed and delivered. Come, Lord, in your Manifest Presence. Allow us to see into eternity. Visit us in Your magnificence and glory."

Jill Austin
Master Potter Ministries
office@jillaustin.org
http://www.jillaustin.org

Take the Offensive

Mike Forest

It doesn't take one very long to realize that being a Christian means that he has enlisted in the army of God and is now involved in warfare. Of course the enemy would like to sidetrack us into either giving the devil more attention than he deserves or by believing that because he was defeated by our Lord that there is no conflict that we are to enter into.

The Word of God says that we are to fight the good fight of faith. It is a good fight because Jesus has already won the victory, and we are to stand in the victory of our Lord and Savior who was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.

One of the primary reasons why many Christians are being defeated by the enemy is because to a large degree they are fighting a defensive battle. What do you think would happen if you participated in a sporting event and all that you played is defense? You could have the best defense in the world, but you would not win any games without an offense, because the offense are the ones that put the points on the board. . The Christian's armour is mainly for protection, and this armour must be put on every day, but the Lord has not only provided protection from the attacks of the enemy, but He has also given us mighty offensive weapons in which we are not only to defend our position, but we are to use these mighty weapons to attack the enemy and take back that which belongs to God.

Back in the days when I was in school, you didn't fight with knifes and guns like they do now. A very effective way to win a fight back then was to use the sucker punch. This would literally take the wind out of the unsuspecting opponent and the element of surprise would very often give the victory to the one who threw the first punch. We cannot allow the enemy do dictate the battle. If we do, we will find that our position is weekend, and we will be fighting from a defensive position. It is time that the Body of Christ rise up in the power and authority of Jesus Christ, and begin to attack the enemy and spoil his goods.

There are three primary offensive weapons that I would like to talk about: They are The Name of Jesus, The blood of Jesus, and The Word of God.

"In my name shall they cast out devils." (Mark 16:17). The Christian has been given authority over the enemy through the name of Jesus. The early church had revelation on the power that is in the name of Jesus, and it is clear that everything that they did was in that precious name that is above every other name in heaven and in earth. They baptized in the name of Jesus. They healed the sick in the name of Jesus. They prayed in the name of Jesus, and they cast out devils in the name of Jesus. It is essential that we know that we have been given authority over all of the power of the enemy, and this authority is in the name of Jesus.

There is nothing that the devil hates more than the precious blood of Jesus. The believer overcomes the accuser of the brethren by the blood of the Lamb. Our victory has been secured for us because of the blood of Jesus. No wonder the enemy is so intent in attempting to steal the blood out of our hymn books. There is power in the blood of Jesus. There is victory in the blood of Jesus. There is deliverance in the blood of Jesus. "That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lives subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14,15).

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, and Jesus Christ used The Word of God very effectively against the enemy when He was being tempted by the evil one. We also overcome the wicked one by "the word of our testimony." Jesus Christ has given the church the keys to the kingdom of heaven, "that whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 16:19). God's Word proclaims that "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4). The strongholds of the enemy are being torn down as we proclaim the truth of God's Word. Jesus Christ said that "if you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31, 32).

The name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, and the Word of God are three mighty weapons that the Lord has given to the church for the purpose of taking back from the devil all that was lost through the fall of man.

In His Love,

Mike
MForest585@aol.com

Faithful Shepherds
Rev. Sharon Marks

Faithful shepherds of My flock, I have seen your trials and I have seen your persecutions and I know your heart; as Job was tested--for I knew his integrity and righteousness; so have I allowed your testing. Know that in these things you have been made strong, My faithful ones. You cry out to me in the mid-night hour and you lift your voice to your God with praise and adoration in the darkest of hours. I have seen and I have heard and I am well pleased. I will take you into the desert for a time for there is much I wish to impart to you. This is not a desert that is void of Me but a desert of being completely alone with and in Me. Embrace Me and all that I speak to you. For soon, very soon, I shall send many your waythe broken, the poor, the wounded, the hopeless, the unwanted, the frightened, the run-aways. Those that others would look upon and walk away from; for they see with their eyes and not with their hearts. They JUDGE who is worthy to speak to and who is not, BUT I SAY, you have kept yourselves holy unto Me and unto My ways and will. Your hearts have remained broken and pure. You come before Me in spirit and in truth and I AM WELL PLEASED. I have put within you a compassion for those that have no compassion, a love for those who are unloved. A longing, a desire, a yearning, a compelling to reach out to those who are unreachable and who have been cast aside by the world. In these shall you build a mighty vineyard for My glory; it will bear much good fruit and by this, man shall know and come to Me through you.

In this time many will run to My sanctuary which I have entrusted to you, and it will be filled and flowing out into the streets. In this sanctuary shall you leave a remnant of that which I have instilled in you; for you have established it on solid ground and a solid foundation in My Son.

There are times of trials and tribulation that shall come; there shall come a shaking and a quaking of the church and I shall send a consuming fire to burn away the chaff; a fire to begin refining those who will be raised up, I will send My wind to fan this flame and My rain to set the metal in them. I will purge the dross from this church and all those who would contend with you shall contend with Me! In this will come cleansing and refreshing, strength and substance, faithfulness to Me and to the shepherds of the sheep. I will knit you one to the other and to your God and nothing shall separate you from Me. You shall be a sword that cuts through the darkness of the evil one and the light of My Son that dwells within you shall expose him and bring all things to light . I will begin to expose those that speak falsely against My shepherds and My wrath shall be kindled against those who will not repent.

Remain steadfast My chosen ones. For I now begin a new work in you and as Jacob's ladder carried him from glory to glory so shall I carry you. Look up! For I am extending My ladder to you. Grab hold and climb! Reach outI will not let you go!

Rev.Sharon Marks
The Father's Cry Ministries
sschmalfuss@snet.net

ROCK OF STUMBLING

JOHN L. MOORE

Many are weary for they have labored removing stones from the fields they were never assigned to, and exhausted, they are tempted to fall asleep now during the time of Harvest. The Lord would say arouse yourself and look around, there is a field over the hill that has been rightly prepared for you. The time of harvest is a time of entering in and redeeming and honoring the times of those who went before you. The time of harvest is to reap where you have not sown and experience the reward of those who have arrived late to labor but share in the full reward. Beware the field of stones. This is the land of hardened hearts and the Lord Himself with deal with this earth. Cross over into the prepared field, the one staked for you, measured by His hand and allotted as the land of your anointing. Even the rows are measured according to each harvester's pace. There is joy in this field, not burden. Lay down the false burden before it lays you down for it is a rock of stumbling, a stone of offense.

Miles City, Montana
http://www.mcn.net/~jlmoore/index
jlmoore@mcn.net

Re-focus

Loleen Denney

Many of us have been in the thick of an overwhelming heavy duty battle, trying hard to fight off the enemy, but having a hard time hearing the Lord above the roar of that battle. As I have been praying about how to get the upper hand again, I 'saw' this scene and heard this Word from the Lord.

I 'saw' a group of people in a circle all facing outward with their backs to the Lord. They were fighting for all they were worth, kicking out and punching as hard as they could. They didn't break rank of the circle, but a stage of panic was building as they realized that they were doing all that they could but didn't seem to be gaining any ground and the enemy was fighting hard and dirty, kicking, biting, scratching fiercely. They were getting very overwhelmed, weary, frustrated, and scared.

The next scene I 'saw' they all turned around and faced inward toward the Lord with bowed heads, listening to the Lord, periodically they would turn their head (not their body), speak a word over their shoulder then turn their attention back to the center. The feeling went from panic to overwhelming peace.

Then I 'heard': Get your eyes off of the battle and back on Me! As long as you are focused on the battle around you, you can not clearly hear what I want to do through you to defeat the enemy. As long as your eyes are on him your eyes can not be on Me , as long as all you hear is the battle you are unable to hear instructions from Me. Have I not told you I will be your rear guard? Have I not said you be about MY business and I will be about yours. Have I not said I have stored up treasures in heaven for you. As long as your eyes are focused in the wrong place I can not get your attention to release what I have prepared to release into your hands to defeat the enemy. He is used to your old strategies, he knows if he keeps at you and you keep focused on him then you are defeated. Ignore him, focus on Me and what I want you to do. I have a plan to defeat him with simplicity. Ask Me, I will reveal it, but your attention through it all must be focused on Me. You are so busy facing and chasing the foxes you haven't turned around to see if I have the ultimate trap to stop the fox problem you are focused on. Turn to Me, trust Me. Have I not told you I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above what you can ask??? Just ask Me with faith and keep your eyes off of the problem and focused on Me. If you focus on Me then all it will take is you turning your head speaking the Word I say and the emery will be defeated.

Because of Him I am
Loleen Denney
Tree of Life Ministries

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