4/30/2019 PUSH!

I smile not to belittle your pain, but because I know what is past it. This is temporary, My child, and you must allow Me to walk you through it.  I know all else seems to have grown unimportant in the light of what you are experiencing, but nothing new is birthed without pain, the proving ground of your faith. Though you have been enduring long and laborious birth pains, even now I am holding your hand, telling you to push. As you push, I will catch that which I placed inside of you, and it will grow and thrive. All of the hopes and dreams you have held within your heart will not have been for naught but will mature to bring Me glory. My hand is strong enough to withstand your squeeze. My heart holds your tears. You will dance again, but for now, PUSH! The head is crowning, and your time has come! John 16:21, “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.” NASB

4/29/2019 Contend for the Prize

Contend for the prize that is incorruptible. Do not fear. What you see with your eyes is not what I am doing in the realm around you. Even as you have stood faithfully for Me, I am moving mightily for you. Do not let what you see and hear deceive or depress you. You have the Great I AM as your covering, perfecting all that concerns you. Strengthen yourself in Me. You are an overcomer, and I AM your exceedingly great reward! I Cor. 9:25-27, “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” NKJV

4/26/2019 Move Beyond the Gates

Have I not opened wide the gates of righteousness to those that have called upon Me and fear My name? Recognize My Child, that gates are just the entry point. Beyond the gates are My kingdom, My courts, and My presence. There is a progression that moves beyond being a gate-dweller to being one who freely moves about My court. Move beyond where you are now to where I would have you be – firmly established in Me, rooted and grounded in love. Keep moving forward so that you may access My secret and holy place – the place of intimacy with Me, where you rejoice and take delight in My presence, just as I rejoice over you. Ps. 118:19-20, “Open the gates of righteousness for me; I will enter them and thank Yah. This is the gate of ADONAI; the righteous can enter it. I am thanking You because You answered me; You became my salvation.” Ps. 100:4-5, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, enter His courtyards with praise; give thanks to Him, and bless His name. For ADONAI is good, His grace continues forever, and His faithfulness lasts through all generations.” CJB

4/25/2019 An Answer of Peace

I may not grant you the answer you desire, however, I will grant you an answer of peace if you listen. I do not reveal the hidden things in you without purpose. I desire to bring you to a place of healing that you might be reconciled to truth and mature in Me. You can attempt to hide your nakedness from Me, or you can choose to allow Me to clothe you in My righteousness. You can decide to withdraw from Me or to draw near; to choose life or death. My child, do not be offended at Me for addressing what for so long you have struggled with and been tormented by, instead choose Me that you may be healed and walk in My shalom peace. Is. 57:17-19, “Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, and he went on turning away, in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, creating the praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will heal him.’” NASB

4/24/2019 Return to Living Water

If you are spiritually dry, it is not because My Living Waters have ceased to flow, rather because you have chosen to camp in a desert place. Return once again unto Me, the Source of All Life, and be revived! Wash in the river and live by it. What was stagnant and lifeless within you can once more teem with life and the activity of My Spirit through you. Living Water is available for you to drink from if you will, however just like the woman at the well, you must be willing to be confronted by all that is in your past and allow Me to bring healing. Know that anyone who humbly comes to Me will not be refused but refreshed. This is My promise and desire for you that you drink of My reviving life and be renewed. Ez. 47:6b-9, “Then, guiding me, he got me back to the riverbank. After being returned, I saw on the bank of the river a great number of trees on the one side and on the other. He said to me, ‘This water flows toward the eastern region and continues down to the ‘Aravah. When it enters the sea, the sea of stagnant water, [the Dead Sea], its waters will become fresh. When this happens, swarms of all kinds of living creatures will be able to live in it wherever the streams flow; so that there will be a vast number of fish; for this water is flowing there, so that, wherever the river goes, everything will be restored and able to live.’” CJB

4/23/2019 Sharpened and Shaped By God

To those who allow Me to sharpen them, I will be a friend, and to those who will wrestle with Me, I will put My mark upon. My desire is to shape you and sharpen you into a vessel that reflects the image of its Maker, and that can only be done as you allow Me to speak the hard truths and remove the rough edges that are within you. If you would reflect Me, you must let go of all else, and grab hold of Me, refusing to let go, and become unified with Me in all aspects and areas of your life. You cannot push Me away and call Me friend, nor can you be a reflection of Me unless you’re willing to persevere and prevail through the dark, allowing Me to touch those areas in your life that need to be changed. Yes, it leaves a mark, but it is a mark that is bathed in My blood, redemptive and full of mercy that leaves you with a new identity found only in Me. There is a cost to close covenant relationship with Me. The question is, are you willing to pay it? Gen. 32:24-28, “The Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.’ But he said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.’” NASB

4/22/2019 Fishers of Men

If you would be fishers of men, you must be willing to enter the deep waters and traverse the hidden depths of My Word. There are those that have been fishing from the shore, but I desire that you cast out upon the sea, moving further from the safety of the sand beneath your feet. Do not fear – I am with you. If you faithfully search the depths of Me, I will cause you to have to use nets to bring in those searching for Truth, for there are many seeking what you have – Me. It requires you to use boats that have no holes, nets that will not break, and risk the storms that will arise so far from shore. Remember that I am the God who is at rest even in the worst tempests. If you would see souls won for Me, you must take the step to push away from where you’ve been and, at My Word, cast out the net. Luke 5:4-11, “When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘We’ve worked hard all night long, Rabbi, and haven’t caught a thing! But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.’ They did this and took in so many fish that their nets began to tear. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; and they came and filled both boats to the point of sinking. When he saw this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Get away from me, sir, because I’m a sinner!’ For astonishment had seized him and everyone with him at the catch of fish they had taken, and likewise both James and John, Simon’s partners. ‘Don’t be frightened,’ Jesus said to Simon, ‘from now on you will be catching men – alive!’ And as soon as they had beached their boats, they left everything behind and followed him.” CJB

4/19/2019 Resurrection

I AM He who was dead and is alive! Is there anything I am not able to resurrect? Am I not the God who is able to revive the spirit and make all things new? In and of yourself you can do nothing, however, if you will leave all in My hands, I will do the miraculous before your eyes. When you come to a place where you will release all to Me and surrender to the work of My Spirit, I will step in and do what you could not. That which is beneficial and good, I will resurrect, and that which needs to be laid to rest will be buried once and for all. I have called you to an abundance of life, an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace – abundance in Me! Do not despair, for I am alive and restoring all things to Myself. Col. 1:19-23a, “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard…” NKJV

4/18/2019 Spiritual Fortitude in Battle

My Child, I am working within you spiritual fortitude that you may stand in these times; indeed, the days are evil, and you are in a battle. I desire that you be strong in Me, which requires My Spirit working within you, bringing transformation from the inside out. I never said that My work in you would be easily borne. I did promise that I would be with you always. I did promise that I would refine you and discipline you. Why do you marvel that I am doing exactly as I said I would? If you are going to walk according to My Word, you must expect that there will be separation from what is of the world and entering into what is of the Kingdom. My Child, fortitude is preceded by decisiveness. You must decide whom you will serve and make the choice to quit looking back. You must learn to wield the weapons of your warfare decisively and accurately. If you will allow Me to work in you, you will overcome. Joshua 24:22-24, “So Joshua said to the people, ‘You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses!’ ‘Now therefore,’ he said, ‘put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.’ And the people said to Joshua, ‘The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!’’ Eph. 6:13, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

4/17/2019 Anoint w/ Eye Salve

There is a fullness of My Spirit that causes scales to drop from eyes and an anointed eye salve that causes you to see. Seek it! Apply it! This can only happen as you approach Me humbly, acknowledging that My ways and thoughts are much higher than your own. I desire to open up for you the revelation of heaven, giving you an intimate knowledge of My person and My passions. This can happen only when you are desperate enough to lay aside the hurts that have caused you to believe a lie and seek that which only My Spirit can give, that which brings sight – the anointing that comes from a purposeful desire to know and embrace Truth. Many are they that seek justification of their own thoughts and opinions, few are they that seek Truth. Would you see and know Truth? Be filled with My Spirit and allow the anointing to break the yoke of the lie. Lay aside your pride and allow Me to illuminate the dark places that have held you captive and bring healing and wholeness to your life. Remember, it is the truth that sets you free, but first, you must know it! Rev. 3:17-20, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” NKJV