Five Fold Today I Will Be Unchallenged! - Candidates: Come clean about Iraq - I Am A God Of Miracles - Poorer Countries Find a Way to Escape U.S. Dominance - ROAR - Obama and a Chance for Progressive Change - Restoration - Vision of a Train Yard - Shake Down

February 23, 2008

I Will Be Unchallenged!

Marvin Westbrook

There is a place IN HIM that He is taking us, His people. It is a place past the limitations that our natural mind has placed upon Him. It is a place past our own experiences that we have had in the past. We press past places where we have once been but are no longer. It is a place IN HIM. It is in the Spirit.

As God breaks forth in the midst of His people, breaking out of the box and the limitations that WE have placed upon Him, He will be unchallenged.

In this place of total freedom, He will be unchallenged in every way and fill His church. The enemy will not intrude in this place nor will man's good ideas or wisdom have any preeminence in this place. It is a place that is holy and saturated with the fear of the Lord.

Every knee will bow to the Lord in this place and His glory will flow in the midst of His people. In this place our worship and adoration will be as a sweet smelling incense ascending to the His throne in our midst. In this place.

In this place, there will come no provocation by the personalities of men to control or the opposition of the enemy to hinder. In this place, God will reign unchallenged by man's wisdom to define or the enemy's attempt to dishonor our Lord.

He has truly prepared a place for us as the Word says in John 14:3. That place is accessed NOW as God's people are joined together as a holy habitation unto their Lord. In this place in Him is a place where living stones are joined in unity so that the Lord shall and will be glorified and the best attempts at hell to bring us down will not succeed.

It is a place of favor and blessing that will destroy the strongholds that the enemy has attempted to build in the midst of God's people. It is a glorious day that is upon us in Christ.

"I will go unchallenged" says the Lord. "For up until this time My people have wavered between two opinions and it is a day that I am telling My children to choose whom they will serve. You cannot have two Masters. This wavering in the midst of My people has tossed them back and forth like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. Yet I am placing within each of My children a deep conviction to know who they believe and why they believe. For it is with a deep conviction of faith that my people will tread upon the powers of darkness that have ruled and reigned in the midst of My chosen ones. That day is coming to an end as My people rise up in the authority that I have placed in each of them in Me. They will declare with power that I alone will be glorified in the midst of them as they gather together and they shall send the enemy fleeing in every direction. As unbelief and doubt is gone from the midst of my people, the void and chaos that once was in the midst of them will be filled in with My glory. Times are changing. Can you not see? Do you not know? Do not doubt. Only believe and follow Me into the place that I am taking you in this time. Your lives will never be the same."

In Christ,
Debra & Marvin Westbrook

Candidates: Come clean about Iraq

by Helen Thomas
Heast Newspapers

WASHINGTON -- Thinking of his legacy, President Bush says he views himself as a "peacemaker" but he at the same time he acknowledges that some may see him as a "warmonger."

The president -- who launched an unprovoked war against Iraq in 2003 -- had previously said he wanted to be known as a "war president."

That is more likely since the wars he initiated against Iraq and Afghanistan have gone on longer than World War II -- and there is no end in sight.

The president made the "peacemaker" remarks in an interview with ABC-TV's "Night Line" as he was winding up his recent journey to the Middle East.

Bush acknowledged there was widespread skepticism about him in the volatile region, saying that his detractors had portrayed him as wanting "to fight Muslims."

"I'm sure people view me as a warmonger -- and I view myself as a peacemaker," Bush said. "They view me as so pro-Israeli (that) I can't be open-minded about Palestinian peace...You just have to fight through the stereotypes by actions."

Meantime, war is too dangerous to be left to the generals and admirals who have become more outspoken about their view that a prolonged occupation of Iraq is in the future, but probably with less than the current 160,000 U.S. troops there now.

The U.S. commanders are talking about staying the course for another decade, despite public opinion polls showing that the American people want out of Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the second ranking Army commander in Iraq, said Iraq could require a U.S. military presence for many years to support combat operations

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman if the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the joint chiefs will come up with an assessment about security requirements -- and the strain of multiple tours and the need for troops to be deployed elsewhere.

Despite the daily violence, Bush still speaks of "winning" the war.

How long are Americans willing to sacrifice the lives of young American men and women in a country that sees us as a foreign "enemy."

The war was based on falsehoods. That alone should have aroused the American people to recall the history of its participation in the equally unpopular and devastating Vietnam War.

But without a military draft -- and I'm glad there is none -- the war only touches the families who have members who volunteer to fight and especially the families who have lost loved ones.

Congress should keep Bush from making commitments concerning Iraq that could tie the hands of his successor and trap the next president in his pointless war.

In response to my question, deputy White House press secretary Tony Fratto said Bush had not signed any documents to keep the war going, but he added that work is underway on an agreement "to cement" the U.S. relationship with Iraq.

So that there will be no misunderstanding, it's time for all the presidential candidates to take a stand on pulling out of Iraq.

It's not a problem with the Republican candidates who are foursquare behind Bush's policies, especially Sen. John McCain of Arizona who foresees a long war, stretching over decades. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also pro-war with a staff of hawkish advisers.

The two Democratic frontrunners -- Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- should fish or cut bait.

Surely, we have a right to know where they stand on the war that has caused so much human suffering and is draining the national treasury.

They can't stand on the sidelines. They should not be sucked into that Karl Rove brand of baloney that those who call for a pull out to cut our losses are not supporting the troops.

The lawmakers can fund the troops for an orderly withdrawal and bring them home, or perhaps turn over peacekeeping to an international force.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina -- also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- would have the U.S. leave Iraq in 10 months if he becomes president.

Voters should know what a new president is ready to do about Iraq.
Helen Thomas is a columnist for Hearst Newspapers. E-mail: Copyright 2008 Hearst Newspapers.

I Am A God Of Miracles

James Donovan
Yes this is a season of expectation, that I am alive today on planet earth. The same miracles that I did will be seen in your day, so walk by faith. I have spoken that as I go to the Father I will send the Holy Spirit and you shall do greater things. Yes you, I have endued you with power so arise and walk in your Destiny.

So as you walk by faith and be led by My Spirit, you shall see signs, wonders and miracles in this time. My wind is blowing and My oil is running from the head down. Yes My river of healing power is flowing in these days. I am  sending revival fire through out the land. I am raising up a people who will hear My voice and walk by faith, and be led of My Spirit!!

So grab hold of My truth and proclaim it, for this is a season of expectation and obeying My voice, for I am the God of miracles. As you expect and obey and be led by My spirit, you shall see multitudes touched by My power, through My servants who look to Me and follow Me.

Expect the dead to arise, the deaf to hear, the blind to see and the lame to walk. I am moving through those who will walk by faith and step out, giving Me the glory and praise. The harvest fields are ripe and people are hungry to see My Miracles flowing and touching and changing lives. My Spirit is moving on those who will receive My touch and walk in My anointing and flow in My river--bringing life, healing and deliverance to the captives. So, step out, walk by faith, and expect the miracles to happen--for I am alive and moving through those called by My Name.

Poorer Countries Find a Way to Escape U.S. Dominance

Noam Chomsky

By Michael Shank, Foreign Policy in Focus

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward regional challenges to U.S. power.

Michael Shank: In December 2007, seven South American countries officially launched the Bank of the South in response to growing opposition to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other International Financial Institutions. How important is this shift and will it spur other responses in the developing world? Will it at some point completely undermine the reach of the World Bank and the IMF?

Noam Chomsky : I think it's very important, especially because, contrary to the impression often held here, the biggest country Brazil is supporting it. The U.S. propaganda, western propaganda, is trying to establish a divide between the good left and the bad left. The good left, like Lula in Brazil, are governments they would've overthrown by force 40 years ago. But now that's their hope, one of their saviors. But the divide is pretty artificial. Sure, they're different. Lula isn't Chavez. But they get along very well, they cooperate. And they are cooperating on the Bank of the South.

The Bank of the South could turn out to be a viable institution. There are plenty of problems in the region. But one of the striking things that's been happening in South America for quite a few years now is that they are beginning to overcome for the first time, since the Spanish invasion, the conflicts among the countries and the separation of the countries. It was a very disintegrated continent. If you look at transportation systems they don't have much to do with each other. They're mostly oriented toward the imperial power that was dominant. So you send out resources, you send out capital, the rich tiny elite have their chateaus on the Riviera, and that sort of thing. But they have not much to do with each other.

There was also a huge internal divide between a rich, mostly white, Europeanized elite and a massive population. For the first time, both of those kinds of disintegration, internal to the countries and among the countries, are being confronted at least. You can't say they're overcome but they're being confronted. The Bank of the South is one example.

Actually what's happening in Bolivia is a striking example. The mostly white, Europeanized elite, which is a minority, happens to be sitting on most of the hydrocarbon reserves. And for the first time Bolivia is becoming democratic. So it's therefore bitterly hated by the West, which despises democracy, because it's much too dangerous. But when the indigenous majority actually took political power for the first time, in a very democratic election of the kind we can't imagine here, the reaction in the West was quite hostile. I recall, for example, an article - I think it was the Financial Times - condemning Morales as moving towards dictatorship because he was calling for nationalization of oil. They omitted to mention, with the support of about 90% of the population. But that's tyranny. Tyranny means you don't do what the United States says. Just like moderation means that you're like Saudi Arabia and you do do what we say.

There are now moves toward autonomy in the elite-dominated sectors in Bolivia, maybe secession, which will probably be backed by the United States to try and undercut the development of a democratic system in which the majority, which happens to be indigenous, will play their proper role, namely, cultural rights, control over resources, political and economic policy, and so on. That's happening elsewhere but strikingly in Bolivia.

The Bank of the South is a step towards integration of the countries. Could it weaken the IFIs, yes it can, in fact they're being weakened already. The IMF has been mostly thrown out of South America. Argentina quite explicitly said, "Okay, we're ridding ourselves of the IMF." And for pretty good reasons. They had been the poster child of the IMF. They had followed its policies rigorously and it led to terrible economic collapse. They did pull out of the collapse, namely by flatly rejecting the advice of the IMF. And it succeeded. They were able to pay off their debts, restructure their debts and pay them off with the help of Venezuela which picked up a substantial part of the debt. Brazil in its own way paid off its debt and rid itself of the IMF. Bolivia is moving in the same direction.

The IMF is in trouble now because it is losing its reserves. It was functioning on debt collection and if countries either restructured their debt or refused to pay it, they're in trouble. Incidentally the countries could legitimately refuse to pay much of the debt, because, in my opinion at least, it was illegal in the first place. For example, if I lend you money, and I know you're a bad risk, so I get high interest payments, and then you tell me at one point, sorry I can't pay anymore, I can't call on my neighbors to force you to pay me. Or I can't call on your neighbors to pay it off. But that's the way the IMF works. You lend money to a dictatorship and an elite, the population has nothing to do with it, you get very high interest because it's obviously risky, they say they can't pay it off, you say okay your neighbors will pay for it. It's called structural adjustment. And my neighbors will pay me off. That's the IMF as a creditors' cartel. You get higher taxes from the north.

The World Bank is not the same institution, but there's the same kind of conflicts and confrontations going on. In Bolivia, one of the major background events that led to the uprising of the majority indigenous population to finally take political power was an effort by the World Bank to privatize water. Take an economics course, they'll tell you that you ought to pay the market price and so on. True value, yes, very nice, except that means poor people, which is most of the population, can't drink. Well that's called an externality; don't worry about things like that.

What the population did - and it was a big conflict, mostly in Cochabamba - peasants just forced the international water companies, Bechtel and others, just to pull out. It was supported by a solidarity movement here, it was quite interesting. But the World Bank had to pull out of that project and there are others like it. On the other hand, some of the things they do are constructive. It's not a totally destructive institution. But that's weakening too.

The same thing is happening in Asia. Take the Asian Development Bank. At the time of the Asian financial crisis, in 1997-98, Japan wanted to work through the Asian Development Bank to create a substantial reserve which would enable countries to survive the debt crisis instead of selling off their assets to the West. The United States just blocked it. But they can't do that anymore. The reserves in the Asian countries are just too high. In fact the United States survives on funding from Japan and China, which subsidizes the high consumption-high borrowing economy here. I don't think the United States at this point could tell the Asian Development Bank, "I'm sorry you can't do this." That's somewhat parallel to the Bank of the South. Similar things are now happening in the Middle East, with sovereign funds and so on.

Shank: With these institutions springing up in the developing world as alternatives to the IMF and the World Bank, what similar initiatives will emerge in the developing world regarding currencies?

Chomsky: It's already happening. Kuwait has already made a limited move toward a basket of currencies. The United Arab Emirates and Dubai are moving toward their own partial development funds. Saudi Arabia, that's the big important one, if they join in it'll become a major independent center of funding, lending, purchasing, and so on. It's already happening. Investment in the rich countries and to some extent in the region, particularly North Africa. Separate development funds. It's a limited move; they don't want to anger the United States.

Of course they rely on the United States in many ways, the elites. China, in particular, relies on the U.S. market. They don't want to undermine it. The same with Japan. So they're willing to buy treasury bonds instead of more profitable investments in order to sustain the U.S. economy, which is their market. But it's a very fragile situation. They very well may turn elsewhere and they're beginning to. I don't think anyone knows what would happen if the reserve-rich countries were to turn to profitable investment rather than supporting the U.S. high-consumption, high-debt economy.

Shank: The West resists countries nationalizing their oil supplies and their gas supplies but that trend continues regardless. Where is this headed? Do you see all oil- and-gas rich countries getting together and establishing an alternative market?

Chomsky: They tried with OPEC, which to some extent does it. But they have to face the fact that the West will not allow it to happen. If you go back to 1974, that was the first move toward oil independence by the oil-rich countries. Just read what American journalists and commentators were writing. They were saying they have no right to the oil. The more moderate writers were saying the oil should be internationalized for the benefit of the world. American agricultural wealth shouldn't be internationalized for the benefit of the world, but the oil of Saudi Arabia should be because they're not following what we tell them to do anymore.

The more extreme people, I guess it was Irving Kristol, said insignificant nations like insignificant people sometimes gain illusions about their own significance. So therefore the age of gunboat diplomacy is never over, we'll just take it from them by force. Robert Tucker, a serious international relations specialist who is considered pretty moderate, said it's just a scandal that we're letting them get away with running their own resources. Why are we sitting here, we've got the military force to take them. Go back to somebody like George Kennan, who's considered a great humanist. When he was in the planning sector, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he said harsh measures may be necessary for "protection of our resources" -- which happen to be in some other country. That's just an accident of geography. They're our resources and we have to protect them by harsh measures, including police states and so on.

Take Bill Clinton. He had a doctrine too, every president has a doctrine. He was less brazen about it than Bush, didn't get criticized a lot, but his doctrine was more extreme than the Bush doctrine if taken literally. The official Clinton doctrine presented to Congress was that the United States has the unilateral right to use military force to protect markets and resources. The Bush doctrine said we've got to have a pretext, like we've got to claim they're a threat. Clinton doctrine didn't even go that far, we don't need any pretext. With markets and resources, we have a right to make sure that we control them, which is logical on the principle that we own the world anyway so of course we have that right.

You're going to have to look far in the political spectrum to find any deviation from this. So if the oil-rich countries were to try to really take independent control of the resources, there would be a very harsh reaction. The United States, by now, has a military system; more is spent on the military system than the rest of the world put together. There's a reason for that. That's not to defend the borders.

Shank: Do you think India will swing towards Russia and China as it positions itself in its allegiances or will it continue to cozy up with the U.S. post-nuclear agreement?

Chomsky: It's going in both directions. Part of the purpose of the nuclear agreement from the U.S. point of view was to try to encourage them to move into the U.S. orbit. But the Indians are playing a double game. They're improving relations with China too. Trade relations, other relations, joint investment are improving. They haven't been accepted as members but they're official observers in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is mainly China-based but is a big developing organization that could be a counter to NATO. It includes the Central Asian states. It includes Russia with its huge resources, and China, a big growing economy. Observers include India, Pakistan and, crucially, Iran which is accepted as an observer and may join. But it excludes the United States.

The United States wanted to join as an observer. It was rejected. The SCO has officially declared that U.S. forces should leave the Middle East. And it's part of a move toward developing what's called an Asian Energy Security grid and other steps that will integrate that region and allow it to move toward independence from imperial control, Western control. South Korea has not yet joined but it might -- another major industrial power. Japan is so far accepting its role as a U.S. client, but that's not graven in stone either.

So there are these centrifugal developments taking place all over the world.

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Judy Rohde

I have a simple word for My people: Roar! Yes that is right-Roar!

I want My people to be a people of action. I want My people to reach out, to see, to know, to act, to respond on a new level. Roar. I want you, My children of faith, to reach out. I want you to act upon the words I give you. Act on the prompting of My Spirit, act upon the fragrance and direction of the Spirit.

I want you to respond to the homeless, to the hurt and wounded; respond to the brokenness of others. Reach out with love, act with love, and respond with love.

Reach out for My hand, act out upon My word. Respond when you hear My word or see My hand. Reach out to your family, neighbors, friends, relatives, church, town, city, state and nation. Act with righteousness, holiness, honor--act in the image of My Son, Christ Jesus. You are His reflection! Respond with the gifts I have given you. Speak life, give hope, show faith. It is that simple reach out, act, respond!

Roar My children, roar!

Obama and a Chance for Progressive Change

By Dave Lindorff

I don´t want to overstate the case for Barack Obama, who has been fairly circumspect about his intentions if elected. While saying he is against the Iraq War, he has not acted very forcefully to help bring it to an end. And he certainly has not called for any downsizing of America´s bloated military budget or any end to its imperialist foreign policy—absolutely essential if there is to be any progressive change of consequence in the US.

That said, those who believe that the Democratic Party is firmly in the hands of a malignant and self-serving corporate and political elite have to explain why “their’ candidate, Hillary Clinton, seems to be sinking.

Meanwhile, it must be acknowledged that the Obama phenomenon is a real thing. That is to say, whatever his personal politics, his candidacy is genuinely igniting a wave of passionate support across the nation among people—particularly the young, and more recently African Americans—who had for years been ignored by, and consequently disinterested in the political process.

It might be that this is all the result of the magic of charisma, a winning smile and a good turn of phrase. But even so, it would be a mistake for the jaded left, myself included, to dismiss this phenomenon as meaningless, and to ignore it or its potential.

Indeed, I want to suggest here that Obama may at this point have the proverbial tiger by the tail, in that his clarion calls for “hope’ and for “change’ may be stirring up hopes and expectations for those very things in a way that will not easily be denied should he succeed. (In this he does resemble Jack Kennedy, whose own politics tended to be conservative and Establishment, but whose rhetoric helped stir a generation to political idealism, and may have contributed to the era of '60s activism.)

I would also suggest that while Sen. Obama may well be part of the party Establishment—with a record as a safe backer of the status quo—if he succeeds in winning the nomination, and especially if he goes on and wins the White House, it will be because he has aroused a huge pool of voters in this country who had until now been cynically staying away from politics. It will be because he has transcended the racial divide that has stymied real political change for so long.

And the forces that are propelling him toward the nomination, and toward the White House, are forces that will not easily be denied if they succeed.

That is to say, a President Barack Obama, whatever his own political beliefs (and we don´t really know much about the man), could well find himself, thanks to the movement that puts him in power, freed from the shackles of the Democratic Leadership Council and the army of advisors of stasis and corporatism that cling to most Democratic political figures like barnacles to a rotting pier.

For this to happen, Obama will first have to reach out beyond his current base of support, to rank-and-rile workers—both unionized and non-union--to Latinos and other minority groups, and to older Americans. He´ll have to reach out, that is, to the groups that have thus far still been backing Hillary Clinton and the party Establishment. He need not win all those groups over to his side—in fact it would be better if he didn´t. He needs only to win over the disaffected within those groups—the people who recognize that they have been betrayed by the two parties and by the System.

Should this happen—and it probably will have to happen for this first serious black candidate for the presidency to successfully beat back the Clintonians and the DLC, who will try to kill off his candidacy before the convention—Obama will have been, perhaps in spite of himself, or perhaps because there is in him still some spark of insurgency, transformed into a real agent of progressive change.

None of this means that a President Obama would be a new Franklin Roosevelt. The pressures on any president to “cool it’ and play the game of supporting the big moneyed interests that have been undermining and hollowing out America for decades are enormous. But certainly an alternative reality is also possible—namely that an aroused and newly empowered bloc of voters, in bringing a black politician to the pinnacle of power in America, could tip the balance and free that new president from outside of the White Establishment to follow his better instincts. (Franklin Roosevelt himself, remember, was no Franklin Roosevelt when he ran for office; the movement that installed him in office made him into the transformative New Deal figure he became.)

Progressives cannot be naive about this. Even if I´m right, for a Barack Obama administration to become the dawn of a genuine progressive era, it would demand tremendous organizing and continuous political campaigning after Election Day. There will surely be a serious effort by the political Establishment—both on Wall Street and inside the Beltway—to rein in both a new president and the forces that put him there. And Obama himself—clearly no visceral radical--will need to be convinced that the path to a second term lies through heeding his populist base, not through reaching accommodation with the sclerotic old guard.

That is a call-to-arms, though, not a reason to ignore this possibility.

What I´m suggesting here is that Barack Obama´s campaign, by its very rhetoric of change, may be creating something bigger than Barack Obama, and that Barack Obama may never have intended: a powerful constituency for real change.


Joan Ray

I am the God of restoration. My desire is to restore what the enemy has stolen, as well as anything you have given away.

In order to receive, All you need to do is come to Me. Sit at My feet and listen, with your heart open to hear My heart. At times, I will show you an area of repentance, or a place where new direction is needed. At other times I will simply come and pour into you that which you need at that time--for that time.

Each time, there is restoration. There will also be a new level of intimacy with Me.

Vision of a Train Yard

David Davenport

I saw a massive train yard. In the middle of the train yard was a turntable that re-directed locomotives and boxcars. Surrounding the turntable were many different tracks—leading in every direction. Many locomotives would pull an enormous train of boxcars to the turntable, detach from the cars, drive onto the turntable, turn in a completely different direction, and then re-attach to a new trail of boxcars (train).

 Some distance from the turntable, I saw many locomotives and boxcars that had sat stationary for some time. Though they had collected dust, they were very sound mechanically, as they were regularly serviced as they sat, that they would be ready at a moments´ notice to be dispatched to any of the countless tracks heading in every direction.

 Toward the end of the vision, I could hardly believe my eyes at the enormity of the train yard, as the expanse was beyond what the eyes and mind could fully comprehend.

 It was during the vision that I realized the completed trains were churches and ministries. The turntable represented new relationships, new associations, new directions and new partnerships unfolding in the Body of Christ abroad.

 I also understood the stationary or inactive locomotives and boxcars to represent Saints who had been placed in “service bays,’ to be re-tuned as the result of long-overdue rest, restoration and healing. Many of these had, over time, very subtly drifted into nearly unshakable postures of sadness and despair, as they had faced many fiery trials in their previous courses. They had witnessed and experienced measures of warfare that left them deeply wounded, numb and despondent. For they had encountered false brethren, tares among the wheat, and wolves among sheep. They were disillusioned, as they had come to realize that the worst warfare they had faced to date was that within the Body of Christ. They had begun to doubt that they would ever again wish to re-engage their gifts and ministries. They had begun to doubt that they would ever see the truly Glorified Church, moving in authentic power and transforming entire cities and nations. However, t

As I looked toward the skyline in the closing moments of this vision, I saw a massive calendar. The heading of the calendar read, “8 – August’ (or, “8-8’).

As I have prayed about this vision over a long period, I have come to believe that as 08-08-08 unfolds, the Holy Spirit will be imparting specific direction, confirmation and affirmation to the steps of many of His Saints, with respect to critical and vital relationships, partnerships and directions in ministry.

To those that are in a place where they are to plant-roots and delve deeper into the ministry or church in which they find themselves presently, deeper relationships will occur. As well, new relationships will be birthed. New levels in gifting and anointing will be poured-out. Restructuring and repositioning of members of given ministries and churches will be quick, decisive and will be carried out with precision.

 To those who have felt an impending change on the geographic horizon, vivid dreams will occur. Signs will be given; relationships will be birthed suddenly and unexpectedly, and will represent links to entirely new directions toward ministries and churches in different locales.

 I was strongly impressed with Ephesians 4:16(b), “…the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body…’

 I believe the heightened activity level within this context, is that in preparation for the times that are quickly unfolding before us. I believe that events will unfold in 2008 that will require the Body of Christ to be planted decisively, and with unyielding resolve, in places and positions of service that are tailor-made for our individual gifts and callings. I believe that the key to seeing the signs and hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit in this hour, and specifically with respect the approach of 08-08-08, will be that found within the practical and prayerful application of John 5:19 and John 5:30. In John 5:19, Jesus declared that He only did what He saw the Father doing. In John 5:30, Jesus declared that He only did what He heard the Father saying. In this context, I believe it is critical in this hour, and at this very moment, to adopt the prayer that asks for “the eyes to see’ and “the ears to hear’ what the Father is doing and saying to

 I have prayed that all who find receipt of this word would be quickened with a call to discern the rapid changes approaching each of us as 2008 unfolds.

David Davenport

Shake Down

Mike Eicher
I had a vision recently of an eagle flying high, looking down at all the church steeples. The many church structures stood firm on their foundations pointing up towards the heavens. I then saw that some of the church foundations were actually not on firm ground as they seemed to be. The foundations and the churches with their tall steeples were on sand. In the vision, I saw the sand and the churches were inside of a gigantic sand sifter, like the kind children play with at the beaches.

The Lord said to me "be prepared for a gigantic shaking of My church from it's foundation. I will sift the sand and remove all impurities from My church. What comes through the sifter will be holy and true. I do this to unite My one church from what stands today".

The Holy Spirit is the Sand Sifter. There is a movement beginning in the church that will become the greatest revival know to man to date! It will begin in His people and reach out to all humanity. The new church that comes out of this revival will again know God as He truly is: righteous, holy, loving, forgiving and without end.

Then I heard the Lord say "I will not stop there. I will make pure the impurities that remain in the sifter. All My church will become one again".

The Lord says in Matthew 7:26 "But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand." We, being the body of the church, must also make sure our own individual foundations are built on the rock, which is Jesus Christ. This will ultimately ensure a strong church foundation as each one of us is part of the Church.

Each of us has a calling from God; and that is to give away what we have received. The Lord says in Matthew 10:8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."

Jesus gave us the opportunity when He gave it all and now asks us to give that same blessing to others. This glorifies God and we will receive more blessings from him, (see Matthew Chapter 13). It enables and activates the Holy Spirit to not only work Himself through us in the Body of Christ, but also to release the same God given grace He gave us to humanity. What starts off as a small gesture from us for His sake will become the great "Shake Down" to come.

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