Jesus on the Beach

The spirit of God is moving mightily among the children in this season. I believe a big part of the reason for this is that we have been told by Jesus  in Matthew 18:3

  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

There is something untarnished and innocent in children. Their childlike wonder as they move through this world is something adults should aspire to regain.

I saw this first hand on our beach vacation this past week. We had Aubree (age 7) with us for a night and she wanted to simply walk on the beach. I love simple plans because it leaves room for God to move within them.

As we walked, Aubree stopped to pick up a seagull feather and she called it a “quill” and she started drawing in the sand with it. She started drawing a treasure map with an “X” at the end. She told me that we had to follow it to get to the treasure. As we walked through imaginary forests and swamps we finally came to a treasure which was a broken seashell. Then right next to it she started drawing hearts and a cross.

After finding this treasure I said that maybe we should leave a message for people who would be walking along the beach. I suggested maybe “You are loved”, but Aubree had other plans.  She started writing  “Jesus is amazing” and then moved on to “He is the only God.”

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I stood there with tears in my eyes. She is truly a breath of fresh non religious air. Trust me this little girl has such a strong divine spark in her that has been there from the beginning. This is the same little girl who when she was four would want to pray for all the young adults in our small group and she would twirl around us in worship dance. This is the same little girl who at age five wanted to pray for the adults in the sanctuary before she went off to children’s church. This little girl loves to take our Ipads and do preaching videos and who made a video while we were at the beach about how nothing can get Jesus out of our hearts!

She also inspires me. When she encountered a bully on her school bus last year, Aubree told me…”She just doesn’t know who she is, the enemy has convinced her that she is a mean girl, but that’s not really who she is.” This Godly wisdom challenged me and quite frankly blew me away!

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My point in this blog post is not to brag but to praise our God because it’s ALL Him!! Aubree has been taught from the very beginning of her life that she does not have a junior sized Holy Spirit in her and that she carries the same authority as adults do in the spirit! God has made her bold for Him from the very beginning. The most powerful moments with her are the ones He initiates that catch me off guard…in wonder!

I believe she represents what God is doing in children all over the globe! He is speaking directly to them and leading them with His heart!

Let’s nurture it and protect it! He is raising up the pure ones and children have an abundance of purity and innocence so let’s see it as the treasure that it is and not rush them to grow up and trade their Godly wisdom for the wisdom of the world. God wants to use the children to inspire us to go back and regain something that we’ve lost. Let’s fan their flame!!!

The things we have lost could be our purity, innocence, trust, faith, belief, kindness, wonder, humility, or even just the viewpoint that the world is beautiful and thinking the best of people. These things can be restored! You can maintain the wisdom you have gained through life without needing to maintain a hardened heart. Ask Him to do it!

We have much to learn from children and the childlike. Don’t discredit them when you encounter them. His spirit is alive and well and on the move in the children. He tends to use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

Some of these kids have walked through darkness and it’s because of that they recognize the light in all His brilliance! These are not sheltered kids who have not experienced pain. These are the kids who have walked through it and still believe in gentleness and kindness.

I believe we are seeing a rise of those (children and adults) who know how to be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove (Matthew 10:16). It an interesting mix of street smart and wonder! It’s part of their DNA!

 

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Movement by the Marginalized

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In prayer this morning I heard these words reverberating through my spirit…Movement by the marginalized!!! 

 Marginalize-  to treat a person or group as unimportant, insignificant or of lower status.

We have seen this issue attempted to be resolved through violence and disrespect in the world. This is not God’s will or His way. The answer isn’t found in fighting and protesting for rights and fair treatment but in restoring HONOR  and RESPECT for ALL people…no matter what. Whether it be where you live, your skin color, your gender, your religion, your vocation, or anything else that divides us……You are worthy of love, honor, and respect!!

We have lost the revelation that we are all made in His image and He dearly loves each and every once of us. That fact should cause the fear of the Lord to effect how we treat each other. Love should be the motivating force behind everything we do, think, feel , and speak to others.

I believe with all my heart that it will be the voices within the church that have been silenced as unimportant that God wants to use loudly in this season.  The ones who have been made to feel like they don’t matter as much as others will suddenly become vitally necessary in this next move. It will be the people who have been treated like they are disposable that will become needed. Those who have been limited by the words or actions of man will become limitless fueled by the Holy Spirit. Those who have been seen as foolish, will now be seen as wise. Those in the back of the line will be coming to the front. Those picked last in gym class for teams will be called as one of the first. It will be the sound coming out of the ones who were told they can’t sing and the dance from the ones who were branded “uncoordinated” who will shatter strongholds that others couldn’t shatter. Honor for all people will be ushered in along with His presence.  We cannot be truly whole as a body until we learn to come together and love and honor our differences instead of allowing them to separate us.

Please don’t take things you hear through gossip and slander as truth. Make the effort to engage in and get to know the person behind the story.  You may just be richly blessed by finding out that what you heard was completely wrong or completely biased. We will stand before God and answer for the judgments we made out of word of mouth. We are responsible for repeating lies that are told to us. It’s an unholy domino effect. Can any good fruit come from gossip? Dare to go after the truth instead.

Please remember that structures are held in place by those thinking they are being wise. The status quo is maintained by what man thinks is “wisdom.”

  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness” (1 Corinthians 3:19)

 God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27).

There is a richness that is developed in a person when they are treated in an unfair and an unjust way. Do not let your situations make you bitter but let them refine you so that He can define you for His glory! Let it develop great compassion and empathy. Stay in His presence, stay pure, stay innocent, stay in the word, stay trusting, stay humble, stay in love, stay at His feet, stay full of wonder, for these are the ones who will go from marginalized to esteemed! These are those who will fight for as it is in heaven to be seen on earth!

Take a look at these antonyms for marginalized. This is how the Father sees you and how we should be seeing each other…. as valued, honored, respected, admired, reputable, celebrated, cherished, treasured. May your view of others line up with how God sees them. Don’t agree with what people have said about you or let how they have treated you turn you bitter. He is turning the tables, He is shaking up the status quo. Get ready to MOVE  and be MOVED by His glory!!!

 

Spirit Fuel Interview (working link)

For those of you who may have missed this interview when it aired live on August 28th, here is the link to watch it on SpiritFuel TV. The episode was called Falling Into Your Calling. We covered the topics of healing, spiritual warfare, persevering past fear, and walking in wonder.

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Say Yes to the Quest

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I was praying this morning and had a vision of the Father’s house. There were many rooms and people were in different rooms being equipped with whatever they needed in this season. Some were reading and focused on education, some were resting, some were learning how to move and fight (like Neo in the Matrix), some were simply laughing, some were focusing on truth and others were focusing on love, etc.

I realized as I walked around that part of the deep revelation needed right now in the body is that we have access to all these rooms. It’s in our “born again” birthright. We need infused by the holy spirit to birth a desire for adventure and a desire to see wonders.

I sensed that some people believed that they were meant to live and die in one room and didn’t realize that they were free to explore this whole house. Their identity had become so wrapped up in whatever room they we’re currently in that they couldn’t imagine there being “more” to discover or learn. They couldn’t imagine preaching, functioning, or living differently.

I felt a caution in my spirit especially for the five fold ministry holders to not let their titles contain and define them. That may be your office gifting but it’s not your full picture, it’s a puzzle piece. There is a call to explore the whole house to get the other pieces you need in order to see the BIG picture!

There were “war rooms” and “wonder rooms.” I had been in both these rooms before in my life. It is very interesting when you’ve been in the war room (and focused on the battle plan and having eyes of a sniper in the spirit) to be switched to the play room (where you remember how to play and have eyes of wonder.) I saw a “worship room” that connected these two rooms.

The willing ones who were walking into room after room were becoming more well rounded in their beliefs and skills, more like Jesus fueled by the holy Spirit,   in order to bring heaven to earth.

He is calling you to expand your ideas of who He is, who you are, and what is possible! There is so much more yet to be uncovered much like a huge treasure hunt. He can be trusted on this journey. He will never leave you or forsake you. I sense His great joy as His kids are saying YES to the quest!!

1 Corinthians 2:9- “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” NKJV

The Genuine Being Revealed

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Through the years people have tried to convince others that you were cubic zirconia to get them to see you as common instead of holy and to cause an irreverent opinion to form regarding you. The enemy’s goal was to get you treated as common instead of being treated as priceless so you would start to question your worth. It even started to effect the way you saw and treated yourself for a season.

I hear the Lord saying that He is coming as the Appraiser in full sight of everyone to declare that you are a genuine diamond of the highest purity and of the highest quality!!! The power of the ones speaking lies will be forever broken over you when Truth Himself speaks your worth.

There is much unveiling and exposing going on right now in the world, but it’s not only the counterfeit being uncovered, it’s also the genuine being revealed.

Unlocking the Treasure in Your DNA

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During my quiet time with the Lord this morning, I heard Him say the following.  (I’m sharing because I  believe it applies to many of us in this season.)

  I’m unlocking treasures of inheritance that I’ve hidden deep within you that you didn’t even know you posessed.

  I will bring you to people and places that will act as keys in the unlocking process of those treasures.

  It will be impossible not to recognize these divine keys when you encounter them for they will cause your spirit to “buzz” or leap in a way you haven’t felt before.

  Don’t judge the key based on the natural looking package it comes in or you may be unknowingly missing out on the supernatural desires of your heart being fulfilled.

  You have delighted yourself in me and I want to give you the desires of your heart, but it is not merely your earthly heart’s desires I’m referring to right now, it’s your spiritual heart’s inheritance. 

  These are the desires that are buried so deep you might not even realize they exist but are like treasure boxes that I’ve built into your spiritual DNA.

 What is inside these boxes will cause great excitement and is meant to be shared with and to bless your family, community, the world. 

 The very opening of these boxes and seeing their contents will eradicate the effects of a lifetime filled with disappointment and hardship. You’re about to get a glimpse of the big picture and what the enemy has been trying to keep you from being able to receive.

Stay in My presence! Stay humble! Stay expectant!

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

1 John 15:7 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.