Category Archives: Occasional Thoughts

4/8/2019 Revival and Renewal

Revival will come to those who want to be revived, and renewal to those who desire to be renewed – to such as seek My face. Draw close to Me, and I will draw near to you. I am not far off, neither am I unaware of you. I am even now reestablishing My Church in truth and grace, breathing the life of My Spirit into it, both individually and corporately. Do not chase after mere manifestations, but seek Me where you are at, living your life in Me, and be revived. For My Spirit will fan the flames of what the enemy has attempted to extinguish in you – your love for Me, your passion for My presence, your boldness in the face of adversity. My church will arise in power, greater than the world has seen. Do not count yourselves out, but continue on, pursuing Me; following Me. Though you begin in perceived weakness, you will finish strong, though not by your own might, nor by your own power, but by My Spirit who has been given free reign and rein in you. Ps. 85:2-7, “You forgave the iniquity of your people; You covered all their sin. Selah. You withdrew all Your fury; You turned away from Your burning anger. Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, and grant us Your salvation.” NASB

4/5/2019 A Consuming Fire

I am a consuming fire. My Spirit is even now igniting places within you that you believed were only ash. Yes, My Spirit is fanning the flame to once again bring life to that which was dead within you, and even as life is brought forth, He is consuming that which is not of Me. Do not fear the fire, for it purifies and refines, sanctifies and sets apart. My fire is an indication that My eyes are upon you. It is My desire that you be a carrier of My glory, spreading the flames of My revelation – a revelation of My person and power – to the world. I am going to sear My image upon your own so that all of the fleshly nature will be consumed, leaving only the sweet-smelling offering of your life, totally surrendered to Me. Heb. 12:27-29, “Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” NKJV

4/4/2019 Ride the Waves

I am not a God that needs to be enlightened regarding your state. Though you feel overrun by trouble, I declare that I will overtake your troubles. Like a rock that is unshaken in the storm, so is My presence amid all your difficulties. Your worship allows you to ride the waves to harbor safely; your praise enables you to rise above the clouds of your concern. I have called you to be an overcomer in Me. Don’t allow anxiety to grip you, rather enjoy My presence, trusting that I will teach you the way in which you should go. Though you see darkness and destruction, yet you are surrounded by the light of My glory. Indeed, I have already positioned you in victory.  Ps. 18:9-10, 16-19 “He bowed the heavens also and came down with darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind…He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” NKJV

4/3/2019 Truth is Springing Forth

Am I not a just God who observes all the ways of man? I am causing Truth to break forth from the ground, creating great fissures in the lies that have been believed and taught. I am generating a spiritual rumbling that is shaking both My church and the world. Despite the enemy’s attempts to hide and conceal it, the truth will not be silent but will speak. I have given it a voice to declare My ways and My works, and many eyes will be opened to the deception they previously succumbed to, creating shock waves across the globe. The lies that were built upon will crumble causing many to scatter, but My Word of Truth will stand firmly as a beacon in the darkness, and people will once again seek and find Me. The truth will also break up the dry and fallow ground, making way for a harvest to emerge behind it. My Word is Truth and will accomplish this glorious thing, and those who embrace it will be saved. Ps. 85:8-11, “I am listening. What will God, ADONAI, say? For He will speak peace to His people, to His holy ones – but only if they don’t relapse into folly. His salvation is near for those who fear Him, so that glory will be in our land. Grace and truth have met together; justice and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs up from the earth, and justice looks down from heaven.” CJB

4/2/2019 Walk Upright Before Me

Why are you slouched down, My Child? Why are you depressed? I have called you to a place of uprightness before Me. Straighten yourself and walk firmly before Me with your head held high even in times of adversity and trial. For you are Mine; you belong to Me. Stand boldly in the time of your persecution and allow My love to be perfected in you, rebuking the fear that would attempt to overtake you. For I am your hiding place and your very present help in times of trouble. I AM the LORD MOST HIGH, able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think according to the power at work in you. I am your offense and defense, your sword and shield. Move forward in the power of My Spirit, knowing that I am with you and all things must bow before My Name. I AM YOUR GOD! Deut. 33:26-29, “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy before you; and will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone, in a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.” NKJV

4/1/2019 Find Your Strength in Me

Find your strength in Me. Look past your circumstances and into My character and nature, knowing that in Me is all you need. Though you walk through the desert place, every place where you tread will become a spring of water as you choose to live in Me. There is no desert dry enough that I cannot turn it to a river of life, and no mountain too high that I cannot bring low. Set your face towards Me, set it like flint, and come regardless of the distance or obstacles you perceive. I will change your perception as you move towards Me and even meet you on the way, for it is I who have placed this journey in your heart, and it is I who will see you through to the end of it. As you take each step, know that you are being fortified for the next level, and when you come to the end, you will look behind you and be amazed at how far I have brought you because you have made Me your strength. Ps. 84:5-7, “How happy the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are [pilgrim] highways. Passing through the [dry] Baca Valley, they make it a place of springs, and the early rain clothes it with blessings. They go from strength to strength and appear before God in Zion.” CJB

3/29/2019 A Vision: “Flip the Hand”

As I was spending time with the Lord this morning, I saw a hand and upon the fingers of the hand were written the five-fold ministry giftings. The hand was palm-down and underneath the hand were a group of people I understood instinctively to be the church. It was as though the hand was trying to act as a covering for the people and I heard the Lord say, “Flip the hand.” As He said this, the hand of the five-fold moved from being over the people of the church to under the people of the church. When the hand was positioned properly under the people, the people were lifted up towards heaven and began to grow and mature in the things of God. What I believe the Lord was showing me was that He was going to return the five-fold ministry giftings back to their original position – that of edifying and lifting up the Body of Christ, so that maturity can come forth. I think it’s important to note that as the people matured and were lifted up, so the five-fold ministries were, as well. Also, this movement was a fluid movement, not difficult at all, but unified, not one finger above another. The lifting of the hand itself was not fast, but steady in pace and intentional in its direction up toward God, all as an offering of worship to Him. Again, as the hand moved position, the people were not inclined to step out of the hand, because there was upward movement and increasing proximity towards the Lord, where previously people were stepping out from beneath the hand. If you’re a part of the five-fold ministry, let’s together and in one accord act on the Word of the Lord and be intentional about undergirding and serving His Church. Eph. 4:11-15, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ…”NKJV

3/28/2019 The Smile of God

You have prayed for Me to smile upon you. Do you not see it? Do you not comprehend it? My face is indeed shining upon you. Where My smile is there My glory abounds, there success dwells. I have not abandoned you. The opposite is true. Know that My smile shines through the darkest night and through every storm cloud. My smile upon you banishes every anxiety and expels the darkness that would seek to entrap you, granting you great peace. You are My beloved! My smile is upon you, encouraging and strengthening you in every endeavor that I have called you to set your hand upon. Look up and take a moment to smile back, knowing that I am the God of all Heaven and Earth, and the kiss of heaven is upon you! Num. 6:24-26, “The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift His countenance on you, and give you peace.” NKJV

3/27/2019 An Intentional Life

Just as I created you intentionally, live intentionally. Learn the secret of deliberately waiting on Me, allowing both your rest and your work to flow out of your time with Me. Intentionality is the secret to abiding in Me. It is a discipline that consciously recognizes that in Me you live and move and have your being. Plan every day to be one of walking in the spirit and resisting the flesh. In this way, when unexpected trials and sorrows arise, you have trained yourself to wait on Me and respond in Me. The intentional life is a life of abundance, balanced and continually renewed by Me. Eph. 5:15-17, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” NKJV Prov. 21:5, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” ESV

3/26/2019 An Alpha Generation

Your testimony is important. There is a generation behind you that needs to know of My miraculous work in your life and My desire to bring about transformation. This generation does not require a superhero, it needs an Almighty God, a Gracious Father, a Redeeming Savior. Teach them of Me, so that they will be confident in Me and My desire to arise mightily through them to minister to their world. For there is yet a generation, though called “Z,” that will not be the end, but the beginning of a new thing that I will do in the earth. They will be mighty warriors for Me, and they will be so because I have called forth spiritual fathers and mothers to lead and train them in the way that they should go. I have placed within this generation the same attitude and courage of Joshua, and I am changing their name to reflect their destiny. They will not be an omega generation, but an alpha generation, taking the lead, while I will be their rear guard. Surround them now, so that as they move forward it will be with seasoned warriors on their side mentoring them, prepared to do battle with them. When they step forth, it will be done with maturity and great success! Ps. 78:5-8, “He raised up a testimony in Ya’akov [Jacob] and established a Torah [law] in Isra’el. He commanded our ancestors to make this known to their children, so that the next generation would know it, the children not yet born, who would themselves arise and tell their own children, who could then put their confidence in God, not forgetting God’s deeds, but obeying His mitzvot [commands]. Then they would not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation with unprepared hearts, with spirits unfaithful to God.” CJB