Archive for January 2014

You Are Not Alone   Leave a comment

From where you stand, things can look very discouraging at times.  It can even seem like you are the only Christian around.  Or that may even be true in your circles.  You may in fact be the only one in your family, in your school, at your work place.  Even in your church, it may be a very religious place where people really have no relationship with God.  But if all we see is the smallness and confinement of the place around us, we are in danger of being overwhelmed with discouragement.

The prophet Elijah found himself in a place like that.  He was not confined to a small place but travelling throughout Israel proclaiming the word of the Lord and confronting the religious spirits that had risen up against the people of God.  It seemed as if no-one wanted to hear God’s message any more.  After a very great victory on Mt. Carmel with the false prophets of Baal, Jezebel sent word that she was going to kill him. (1 Kings 19)  Elijah ran for his life and finally ended up at Mt. Horeb where God encountered him once again. When God asked him “What are you doing here?”  He responded, “I’ve been very jealous for You. The children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars and slain Your prophets with the sword.  I am the only one left and they seek to kill me.”

It’s interesting to me that the Lord chose to ignore the way Elijah felt at the time.  He didn’t even respond at first to Elijah’s discouragement but rather handed him his next assignment.  Basically He said ” Get up!  Go to this place and that place and anoint these people and here’s what will happen.”  And then in a quieter tone of voice He said, “By the way … I have 7000 left in Israel who have not bowed their knee to Baal.  You are not alone as you thought.”

When the Lord asks you “What are you doing here?”  or “Why are you doing this?”  it’s not because He doesn’t know.  It’s because He wants you to see the truth.  Many times the way you feel about something is not the truth of how things really are.

I meet people from different nations, different denominations and different churches who all tell me the same thing.  “It’s just so hard here, people don’t seem to care, we need revival but there seems to be a religious spirit here.”  Of course there is!  As long as we live in this realm we will have religious spirits to deal with.  But we must learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord as David did.  One good cure for discouragement is finding out the amazing things God is doing around the world in other parts of our family.

We need to be informed about what is really happening, especially if we live in isolated places.  We have the world at our fingertips now with the ability to watch videos and read testimonies and prophetic words online. Sharing these things with those around you will be like blowing on the embers and rekindling the fire of God within them.  Gather them to watch a conference in your living room with prophetic speakers that you know and trust.  See what God is saying to those in other countries and how it echos what He is saying to you and to the prophetic voices in your area.  There are many trusted sources under my Recommended Reading and Recommended Links tabs at the top of this page.  Check out Elijahlist to see what God is saying for 2014.

I have seen the army of God arising with my own eyes.  I have been in schools where Heidi Baker is training 200 people (from dozens of nations, several  times a year) to be radical lovers of Jesus, running into the darkest places on earth to bring His love and light. (www.irisglobal.org)  She is only one of thousands around the world who are training warriors for God’s end time army.  The genuine love and honor among them rivals the early church. Their goal is to become transformed into the image of Christ.  They will not break rank.  They will not turn and run when the battle rages.  They will give their lives as martyrs if necessary and understand the great honor of being counted worthy to die for Him.  I have seen them arising in many nations and I have no fear for the future of the true church of God.

You are not alone. You have a great host of brothers and sisters who are fighting with you.  The training may at times be fierce but it is necessary to transform us into His image so that we have His mind and His will, not our own.   Ours would get us killed.  These are choices we make now, not out of duty but because of our love for Him and the honor of being a part of His great end time purposes.  His army wins.  Light will always defeat the darkness.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and brave.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for Jehovah your God is with you in all places where you go.

Drawing Away With Him   3 comments

At the beginning of this new year there is nothing more important than to draw closer to the Lord, to draw away and spend time simply being quiet and alone with Him.  We must quiet our spirits enough to realize His presence with us.  He IS with us.  He promised to be and He is, but we need to be made more aware of Him in the midst of all the noise of life here in this realm.  This requires discipline on our part as well as help from Him.

In this post I want to help us do that by re-emphasizing things that have helped me draw closer to Him.  Instead of writing the same things again, there are some past posts from this blog which were written for this reason.  In fact, I’m reading them again myself! Here are a few:

Face to Face – Jan. 20, 2012
Falling in love with Jesus – Feb.11, 2012
Satisfied, yet longing still – March 26,2012
Learning to quiet your spirit – Dec. 3 and 17, 2012

There are also people whose writings have shown me that there is so much more, a life in God I never dreamed of.  They are listed on my page of recommended reading.  Among these are Rick Joyner.  His book, The Final Quest opened the realm of visions and prophetic experiences for many of us and drew us into a much more intimate relationship with the Lord. Now he has written a new book called The Path.  It is written in the same style as The Final Quest and is taken from his experiences in Heavenly realms with the Lord, with angels and many of the saints in Heaven.  The revelation contained in this book is acutely important for understanding the times we are living in now.  I want to take this opportunity to highly recommend this book to you.  The link below will enable you to read the first chapter at no cost and/or to purchase the book or the e-book from Rick’s website. This is not a book to speed read but to read slowly, a little at a time, and meditate on.  The Lord will give you new revelation and understanding of Him as you read.

http://www.morningstarministries.org/store/books/rick-joyner/path-0#.UshRUvuiIcY

Drawing aside with Jesus now is more than just a good idea.  It’s crucial for the times we are in and our ability to not only stand, but be the over-comers He has called us to be.  May His voice call you into the secret place with Him and may His love overcome all the distractions in your life so that you have eyes for Him alone.