Living Stones…By Faith

•April 3, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Josh 4:6

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Heb 11:1-2)

Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith. We read about great men and women of faith: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Rahab and more, these faith warriors did one thing according to Hebrews: they believed. They understood Hebrews 12:6, that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I have been pondering this “faith chapter” for a few weeks.  This morning I was on my way to church and I saw a beautiful picture of what it means for us to walk by faith.

Jesus took me to a beautiful flowing steam, crystal clear.  The bottom was visible from looking down into the water.  As we walked along the stream, I could see stones all across the bottom.  They were golden and shining.  I asked Jesus, “What are these shining stones?”

He answered, “These are stones of remembrance”.

He reached down and picked one up from the water and handed it to me.  Etched into the stone were the words “by faith”.  He handed me another one.  It too had the same words etched into the stone, “by faith”.  I wondered what this meant.  He then told me to turn the stone over.  I turned it over and etched into the back of the stone was the name “Noah”.  On the other one was the name “Moses”.  I reached down and pulled out another.  It too had the words, “by faith” etched onto the front and on the back of that one was the word “Abraham”.  I was beginning to understand, so I thought, until I pulled out the next one from the stream.  The same words “by faith” etched on the front but on the back of this one was an etched name that made my toes tingle and a lump grow in my throat.  It was my name.  Jesus asked me, “Who’s name is on that stone?”  I swallowed and lost my grip of all the other stones as they gently splashed back into the stream.  I was staring at this beautiful golden stone, my hands shaking.  Could it be true?  Was this really my stone?  “ME??”

Jesus smiled, put his hand gently on my shoulder and whispered, “Yes, it is your name”.  I remember.  I remember the time you had faith and trusted me, when everyone else said you were crazy.  You kept trusting and loving me”.

He reached out his hand for my stone and I gave it to him.  His hand began to glow and sing.  I fell to my knees at the sound.  The words of the song…could it be true?  The stone was singing the word: FAITHFUL.  Jesus began to laugh with great joy.  He pointed his finger right at me and shouted, “FAITHFUL!”

“Do you see it, my child?  The joy set before me to endure the cross was you!  My blood flowed so you could be on that stone.  If you were the only one, I would still have done it to be with you!  And you believe in me.  You believe I died for you and was raised from the dead.  By faith, you believe in me.  And that is accounted to me as my glory and joy!

Jesus handed the stone with my name on it back to me, my name facing up.  “Turn it over, he said.

I turned the stone over and etched in the stone was the word “FAITHFUL” I flipped it over and there was my name.

Jesus then said, “Don’t forget.  This is a place of remembrance.  I will never forget you and have found you faithful”.

I squeezed my stone tight in my hand and wondered.  We walked upstream a little ways and he smiled at me again and said, “Reach down and get that one”.  I reached down and pulled it out, my heart beating hard in my chest.  I looked down and the etching read “by faith”.  I turned it over and etched on the other side was my name!  I turned it over again and the words “by faith” again became “faithful”.  He said to me, “By faith you prayed for the woman at the store and believed I would heal her”.

Putting his hands on my shoulders and looking at me with his fiery eyes, he said, “FAITHFUL!”

He then reached down and pulled stone after stone out of the stream and handed them to me as he said this: “You through faith conquer kingdoms, administer justice, gain what is promised, shut the mouths of lions, quench the fury of flames, and escape the edge of the sword.  Your weakness is turned to strength and you are powerful in battle!”

My hands were filled with stones as I cupped them to my chest, each one with my name on it.  Tears poured down my cheeks in awe as the stones sang in unison, “FAITHFUL, JESUS HAS FOUND YOU FAITHFUL.  YOU ARE FAITHFUL…FAITHFUL.”

“You can kill giants with these stones”, Jesus says.

I looked back down at the stones and they were glowing with a deep red hew.  I remembered Revelation 12:10-11

 “…I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers[a] has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony….”

Jesus then said, “Yes these stones in your hands are meant to kill giants.  They are the stones of your faith, for you believe that you overcome by my blood and the word of your testimony: which is your faith!  My blood will always speak a better word than what the world says”.

 So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], if in fact you have [already] tasted [a]the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord. Come to Him [the risen Lord] as to a living Stone which men rejected and threw away, but which is choice and precious in the sight of God.You [believers], like living stones, are [b]being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious (honored) Cornerstone,
And he who believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will never be disappointed [in his expectations].”

This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God’s only Son—the Source of salvation] (2 Peter 2:1-7 AMP)


 

You are chosen as royal priests and kings before almighty God.  There are stones with your name on them.  I urge you to find them and use them for battle.  For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers that rule over the earth…but greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world!  You overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony.  Your testimony is this:  You have been found faithful!  You are a living stone, an important part of the tabernacle of his dwelling place here on earth.  You have been called to:

  • Conquer kingdoms
  • Administer justice
  • Gain the promise
  • Shut the mouths of lions
  • Quench the fury of the flames
  • Escape the edge of the sword

Jesus is turning your weakness into strength and making you powerful in battle as living stones set forth to kill giants and destroy the plans of the enemy!

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30 Days of Kindness Challenge

•November 23, 2015 • 1 Comment
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For the next 30 days, I am challenging myself to spread the love of Jesus through the season of Christmas through acts of kindness. I do not count them as random, because they will not be random for me, but will be on purpose. Everyday I interact with people that need the kindness of Jesus in their life. From taking a grocery cart up for someone in the store parking lot that just unloaded groceries to anonymously paying for someone’s coffee or meal. There are many things everyday I can do that don’t cost me money but would be proven valuable in the life of the person whom I am blessing. When I do these things, the purpose will be in me sharing the kindness and love of Jesus through a simple phrase, “I just want you to know Jesus loves you”. That’s it. No more, no less. Then as I walk or drive away I am committing to say this prayer for that person, “Jesus, let this little act of purposeful kindness penetrate his/her heart with your great love for him/her through the power of your mighty Holy Spirit, that he/she will come to know the love and acceptance found only in knowing you as Savior”.

I’m excited to see what Jesus does in these next 30 days in the lives of people all around me. Will you accept and participate in this challenge with me? I’d love to hear what you are doing and how it is impacting others with the love of Jesus during this Christmas Season.

Christ in you, the hope of glory

•September 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

blank canvasIt’s been circulating for some time now, there is a grand showcase about to be revealed and all that know about it are filled with excitement and anticipation.  Like a piece of fine art, unveiled for the first time at an exclusive, elite gallery.  All eyes are on the expensive silk fabric draped over the frame to see what it beholds.  The time has come.  The one chosen to reveal such an anticipated viewing is the artist himself.  He takes in a deep breath and it feels as though time is at a standstill.  Reaching out his hands, he firmly but delicately grabs hold of the fabric and pulls it from the frame to reveal his work.  All gasp in amazement at the sight and a loud roar of applause bursts from the spectators.  It is perfect, flawless, beautiful, unmatched.  It is a picture of you.

From the beginning of all time, God the Father chose a bride to be the perfect match for his son.  No one could even begin to fathom the delicate stroke of the brush against the canvas as God painted the perfect picture that would take place so that we could be called his Bride.  The showcase was the eternal being of God that came to earth draped in flesh for the forgiveness of sins so we might be called his own.  The great revealing was the work of the cross, blanketed in crimson blood for our great reveal, not fully understood until the resurrection of Christ.  When the stone was rolled away at the tomb, it was as if an expensive silk fabric was being lifted off of a magnificent frame to reveal the great work of Almighty God not yet understood.  Jesus, himself, lifting the fabric.  What a wonderful picture of the great reveal of all time.  As we stare at a picture that almost looks like a reflection of the one who is looking upon it, a strange thing occurs, it is as if the artist himself is being revealed.  That is the true miracle behind this amazing showcase.  Because Jesus Christ came to earth in human form was crucified for our sake, buried and rose again from the grave, we are now are not only in this picture…we are the picture! The canvas was painted with his blood as strokes of the cross poured out a love unknown to man and painted the picture of you.  He has risen!  The picture displayed is a life once lost in death but now found in life through the cross.  The heavenly hosts burst into song and dance as the great work of art is finally revealed: Christ in you: the hope of glory!

A Prayer for Righteousness to Rule and Reign in America

•July 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in America. 37 Hear me, O Lord, that the people of the United States of America may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to you again. (1 Kgs 18:36,37)  God, you abhor sin and will not tolerate it in your midst.  As a member of your royal priesthood, your righteous ones, I bow before you and ask for your abundant grace to pour over our land.  Where sin abounds grace abounds. (Rom 5:20)

Sin has taken areas of our land and brought down righteous standards of our land, set in place by the righteous.  In its place idols have been erected and the people have been blinded by the lies of leaders to believe those lies in the name of tolerance and acceptance.  This has become an idol in our land!  Those who trust in idols, who say to images (untruths set up as truths by leaders), ‘You are our gods”, will be turned back in utter shame. (Is 42:17)  Open the eyes of the people to see truth for truth.  Those who lead America in the way of deception, turn them back in utter shame.  Renew your righteous standard in our land because you love us!  I proclaim truth over America- not popular opinion or lies that have been set up as truths, but the truth as set forth by Jesus Christ before the beginning of time.  When you spoke forth over the earth, Oh Ancient of Days, you spoke out the truth of light.  When Jesus, your son, testified to truth as the One who came to save the world and defeat the enemy, he established that truth over the earth forever.  I thank you that your Son is the light of the world and whoever follows your son will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. (Jn 8:12) Almighty God, there is a remnant in American that holds with a grip stronger than death to your Word, who honors the Word of the Bible in its full truth- not changing or perverting it.  This remnant calls out as the sons of the family of God for you to free our Nation of these lies that are being set up against your Almighty name.  Show this Nation your truth…set our country free with your truth. (Jn 8:31)  There are many who are bound to the slavery of sin.  Open the eyes of the people of America to see the truth of you Word.

Open the ears of our Nation to hear truth!  Lies abound spoken forth from false prophets and those that say they serve you as God.  They do not serve you as their God, but make a mockery of you with their lies of tolerance for sin.  Because they are unable to hear your words of truth written in the Bible, they belong to the devil and the truth is that he is their father.  The devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43)  Bring repentance, a change of thinking to those bound to sin and pour out supernatural restoration to the souls in turmoil that abound in the practice of sin in our land.  You Jesus, died for the ungodly! (Rom 5:6) For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Rom 5:17)

Set forth a righteous standard in our land once again.  Through abundant grace, let your mercy fall with signs and wonders on your prophets and apostles in America.  That your Name be known throughout our land as a God who loves, heals, saves and delivers.  Let those who have been deceived into believing the lies of enemy that homosexuality is not a sin be freed from this lie!

The god who says homosexuality is not a sin is an idol.  It is NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.  Yahweh is the God of the righteous, who has no tolerance for sin.  According to your truth that was given to your people in the form of the written word of God, the breath of God: the Bible, homosexuality in any way, shape or form is sexual sin in the sight of God.  Sexual immorality has no place in the kingdom of God.  Since you have magnified your word above your Name       (Ps 138:2) and have sworn all things in your Word by your Name so that it could not be proven false, (Heb 6:13) we know that it is truth.  No experience, thought, belief or expression will ever be set up higher in your authority than your Word.  I believe your Words spoken in the Bible.  I believe all your Words spoken from Genesis to Revelation as truth.  I will swear as an inhabitant and of this land we call America, and as a royal priest owned by Jesus Christ, that the Lord lives in truth, in judgement and in righteousness over America. (Jer 4:2)

I bless the Nation of America and call forth the blessing and glory of the Lord to fall over America now in a way never seen, even in days of old.  We need your Spirit to fall over the earth.  I call forth the spirit of Almighty God to dwell in the presence of your people again.  Come with signs, wonders, freedom, healing, revelation, restoration, peace and truth to set the captives free.  Open eyes to see and ears to hear.  You Jesus, are the ruler of the kings of the earth.  You can turn the hearts of man in a blink of an eye…it is not hard for you.  The spirit of homosexuality is not too big for you!  It is not greater than the name of Jesus.  It is not too powerful for you to break.  You laugh at the stronghold and break it with a touch of your breath.  Oh breath of Heaven, breathe down on us!  Break the chains of those who are slaves to sin and of those who call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness (Is 5:20) Lord God, Yahweh, march out like a champion, like a warrior before us in our midst.  Stir up your zeal with a shout over our land, raise the battle cry, roar and triumph over your enemies that stand up against your truth.  (Is 42:13)  For I know the battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers that rule the earth…BUT you have made the earth your footstool and have put all things under your feet and given over the rulership and authority of the earth to your royal priesthood, those who are sealed in your name.  So as one sealed in the name of Jesus I proclaim and decree Jesus as ruler over all of America. (Eph 6:12, Ps 110:1, Lk 10:19, Matt 28:18)  You are the Lord; that is your name!  You will not yield your glory to another or your praise to idols.  It pleases you, my Lord, for the sake of your righteousness to make your law great and glorious!  We give you access and permission in America to do so and say I am the servant of Adonai; may your Word be established in America as you have said and set forth in your Word.  The spirit of homosexuality will not prevail in America, but is an enemy of Almighty God and therefore a defeated foe.  (Is 42:8, 21, Lk 1:38)

Healed

•June 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

About 6 weeks ago I started reading the book, Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallaton and Bill Johnson.  I am not an avid reader.  I work part time and have 3 young children.  I don’t have a lot of time to read.  When I read the introduction of this book, the Holy Spirit flooded my body with electricity.  I knew I was supposed to read it!

2 weeks ago, I found a lump in my breast.  I went to the Doctor and she confirmed my finding.  It was about the size of a ping pong ball and there were 2 more smaller masses in the same breast.  She told me that I needed to get a mammogram and a sonogram.  Depending what the sonogram showed, I would then need a biopsy.  She also told me that once we knew what it was, no matter what type of mass it was, it might need to be removed surgically.  This all happened on Friday June 12th.  The tests were scheduled for Wednesday of the following week, June 17th.

As I was driving home, I was filled with panic, and fear.  I went in to my bathroom when I got home and stared in the mirror.  The Holy Spirit rose from within me and said, “Snap out of it!  You know what to do with this information.  Speak over yourself.  Declare your healing as a child of God, a royal princess!”

That is exactly what I did.  I laid hands on myself and spoke to the masses to dissolve.  I remembered a part in the book where it talked about the schemes of the enemy.  That his greatest threat that he has over us is the fear of death and we have to get over that fear of death.  This was my chance to do that.  Out of my mouth I said, “What are you going to do, Satan, threaten me with Heaven?”  And I began to laugh.

That Sunday I was on the worship team to sing.  I was such a mess.  Very teary.  BUT I knew Jehovah Rapha was giong to show up.  During one of the worship songs No Longer Slaves I felt the power of God come over me and I KNEW I was healed.  After service my Pastor’s wife came up to me and said she saw an arrow shoot through me of healing during that song!  That was the confirmation I needed to walk the next 3 days out.

The next few days I did fight tremendous fear, but it was a fight I was not going to lose.  I spoke over my body every day.  I fasted Monday, not to move the heart of God, but to move my heart closer to His and to put my Spirit over my flesh.

Wednesday morning, before I went in for testing, I noticed a difference physically in my breast.  I went in and the mammogram showed nothing.  No masses, no lumps.  The nurse running the test re-read the Doctor’s report, as if it was wrong.  She then said she had to discuss this with the radiologist to see what they wanted to do.  The radiologist decided he still wanted the sonogram due to the size of the lumps indicated by my Doctor.  The sonogram was performed and the nurse left the room.  I was excited but nervous.  I knew my Doctor said I would have to wait for her to call me with the results in a few days, BUT I whispered to Jesus, “Please, let the radiologist come in and talk to me.”

In moments, guess who came in the room?  The nurse with the radiologist!  He showed me the pictures and said there was nothing abnormal he could see.  I was perfectly fine.  I did not have cancer.  He then asked me about the findings the week earlier and asked if I could show him where they were.  I did and said I didn’t think they were there anymore, that I had been praying.  He confirmed this to be the case.  He told me there was nothing there and repeated I definitely did not have cancer.  He then said I didn’t need to come back until I was 40!

Praise God for healing me.  I know it was not a coincidence I was reading the book mentioned above during this situation.

What happened next has changed my life.  I was giving God thanks for healing me and a funny thing happened.  He said, “Now you believe in the anointing inside you to heal”.  It was a strange statement to me.  I have believed for years in the healing power of Jesus, and prayed for many people.  I have even prayed for more of an anointing to heal.  I had it all wrong.  ALL the anointing was given to me when I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.  I had to repent of my thinking, that I needed a greater anointing from God to heal.  It is all there and has been since my salvation.  The difference is now I believe I am anointed to heal because I was healed.  He also shared with me that he is raising a generation (not known or defined by age- all ages) who believe in his full anointing within them…and this is the remnant that will perform signs and wonders on the earth now to usher in the last revival that will prepare the bride for the coming of Jesus Christ.  Oh, that I may be counted as one in that generation!

So I went to church last Sunday and my Pastor knew this was all happening and knew God had healed me and asked me to testify.  I was excited.  I remembered another part in the book where the author said a testimony says, “Do it again!”  I went to church expecting to see miracles.  I shared with the congregation what had happened and how God had healed me and 7 others were healed that morning!  From sciatic nerve damage, a man who couldn’t hear out of one ear, a lady with intense shoulder pain, to a young girl with fibromyalgia who couldn’t move her wrists and more!

Will you join me?  Will you be counted as one in this generation who will walk in the royal anointing you are called to and see His kingdom come on this earth?

Let heaven come!

You Are The Archer, I Am The Bow….

•June 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17)

The Greek definition and interpretation of this verse reads this way:

Thus says the Lord, the One who bought you back from death in order for you to be the bride for his Son,
I AM Jehovah, the Holy one who rules and will rule as the one and only God,
I AM the skillful teacher and expert in instruction and I know!  I will show you and teach you that you are so valuable to me, valued and of high worth!  I will exalt you and show you that you can do good!
I am the archer and you are the bow, come let me show you how much you mean to me, then you will desire to be exalted before me!  Only then will your heart say, “You, Lord, are the archer and I am the bow, bend me as you will and use me- string me as a bow and point me, guide me in the direction you wish”.
The Holy Spirit in you is the arrow that will shoot into the hearts of man, penetrating deep with healing, redemption, peace and wholeness through the words I give you.

Lord God, show me the love you have in your heart that was made for only me.  Show me how much I mean to you.  Teach me to be the prince or princess that has captured the heart of your Son, Jesus.  I know I wear the Victor’s crown as the son or daughter of the Most High King.  I bow before you and receive my crown of glory, which in turn is your glory!  You are the One true King, and I give you permission to bend me and use me as you see fit.  Point me in the direction you have chosen for battle, that I can be used by the Holy Spirit to heal the broken hearted and set captive free.

Only The Son

•January 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Only the Son chases a heart down to embrace with His repentant love. Only the Son has the power to forgive sins and set a heart free through the grasping of our hand and linking us through his stronghold of the hand of the Father, the Creator, who becomes our Father. Only the Son has become the the firstborn among the dead to make Angels shout, “He is worthy to open the scroll!” Only the Son. Only the Son obeyed the will of the Father to capture the heart of the bride. Only the Son was given this bride as a great gift from the Father. Only the Son intercedes continually on our behalf before the Father. Only the Son left this earth so a greater revelation would set upon the hearts of those who believe: the Holy Spirit. Only the Son. Only the Son aches for the love of His Bride. Only the Son looks out and sees each individual heart the Father has created to love Him and desires, even unto death to have and hold that heart. Only the Son dances before the throne in fulfillment of the completion of the plan of the Father. Only the son. Only the Son speaks a better word than what the world would say.  Only the son covers and frees through his blood that is over all who choose to believe. Only the Son has a testimony worth believing in. Only the Son of God has fire in his eyes, heat in his gaze for us to experience the burn of his heart for us! Only the Son. Only the Son is the image of the invisible God. Only the Son, through the Spirit of holiness was appointed in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.