Rising to Our New Normal

pito-maido-1885679_640

On a recent trip the Lord started to speak to me about four things. I know these things pertain to myself but I think they will also encourage many others out there who are going through similar struggles. I write not from a place of achieving these things but it’s more like we are taking a journey together and I’m sharing what I hear along the way. It’s kind of like we are all in an escape room and we all need to share what we discover in order to get out. Here are some things I heard Him saying to me.

Expect surprises – This trip was a complete surprise. All I knew was that we were going somewhere warm and that I needed my passport. I realize that these are the situations where I function at my best because I can’t overthink it. I joked to my husband that if anyone ever wanted me to speak publicly this is how they would need to do it….last minute and in the moment. I started to realize that I can overthink myself out of anything, even the things God may want me to do, and that needs to stop. On impulse, I’m in the moment and thriving! Do we trust Him enough to surprise us? Are we ok with only “need to know” information?

  New Heights in Him – As we were sitting on the taxiway waiting to take off I was suddenly aware of how many American Eagle planes were all around us. I knew it was one of those moments that meant more than face value. I felt the Lord saying “I am rising up My eagles (prophets) in this season.” I also felt a caution from Him about not allowing impatience, frustration, fear, or distraction to tempt you to veer off of the runway He has you on. He said “Make sure you have your destination and radar set on Me and that your headset is on and tuned in to My frequency only and I will direct your steps.” “You must discipline yourself to have eyes and ears for only Me in order for me to take you to the heights I want to take you to.” “I’m giving you sniper like vision but you must be looking from heaven’s perspective in order to see things clearly.” “You must lose sight of the ground (natural) so you can truly learn to fly with Me (supernatural).” “You must become accustomed to heights instead of fearing them. I’m giving you a new normal.”

 Trust beyond what you can see – I love take off! As we were rising through the sky it was beautiful as I looked down on the city below. It was definitely a different perspective. Suddenly what used to be big was very little in my eyes. Then we hit the cloud layer. This always reminds me of the 2nd heaven and the action that is happening there that sometimes clouds our judgments and perspectives. As we climbed we rose above that altitude so that the clouds looked like a soft floor to a whole other world. The sun was shining brightly and clearly and there is a sense of calm, peace, and trust at this height. As I tried to look down at the ground I couldn’t see anything from earth. It was no longer an option. There would occasionally be a break in the clouds and then I would get a glimpse of what was going on below but I couldn’t get a sense of security or direction from the ground anymore. What struck me was the thought that the earth didn’t cease to exist merely because I couldn’t see it anymore, just like the sun doesn’t cease to exist just because we can’t see it from the ground sometimes. We cannot fall for the lie that God isn’t currently fully engaged and active in our lives when we can’t see what He’s doing behind the clouds. When we get earth based we forget to look up and realize that is where we are grounded. In Christ, we are grounded, grafted into Him. He wants to get us to the point where we are constantly looking up, living up, coming up, rising up as we live our lives out on earth.

 Don’t look down and take that leap! – There was a moment once we got to our destination when we were sitting next to a pool which had a high (for me) cliff as part of it’s architecture. People were occasionally walking up and jumping off of it. They had two levels a lower one and a higher one. I was pretty much determined to go off the higher one but I know myself and was not going to allow myself to think about it too long because I knew I would change my mind. I could hear the Lord telling me that the key was to not think about it too long, don’t look down or hesitate, but to simply JUMP! So I did. It ended up being higher than I had thought, but I did it! It is only through doing the things that scare us that we conquer that fear! It is only through doing things at high altitudes that we get used to the height! Pretty soon we are soaring and can’t imagine being earth bound ever again. Do not allow the enemy to have you second guessing what God has said by making you concerned about what could go wrong or with what people will do or say!

He is giving us a new normal. He is taking our focus off of the natural and onto the supernatural. It’s time to fully disengage from the things and mindsets that hinder forward movement. Don’t be discouraged. He wants to surprise you! You are getting ready to take off! Focus on Him and discipline yourself to hear only His voice and reject all distractions. When He calls you to jump, JUMP! Don’t look down, don’t second guess what you heard, just leap. Whether it is to do something or to pray for something, to go speak to someone, just do it. You will become accustomed to the new heights and it will become your new home.

Advertisements

What Are We Unleashing into This World?

My heart breaks to watch many within the kingdom use written and verbal FIRE AGAINST FIRE in attacking their human “enemies.” I heard this term in my prayer time this morning. It’s a term that means that you use the same tactics as your enemies on them and fire back even more intensely. My question who is supplying the fire power? Seems like much of the spiritual fire unleashed especially on social media is hell fire and soulish and not Holy Spirit at all. This is NOT only a social media issue, it’s an issue across the board. It’s in every workplace, family, and church, to some degree.

Look at the fruit that follows. Holy Spirit fire brings reverence, repentance, and humility in its wake. Hellfire leaves pain, discouragement, anger, and bloody bodies in its wake. Holy Spirit fire purifies and restores the former beauty and original intent. Hell fire’s only intent is destruction of people and the things they hold dear.

James 3:6 – The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

What does the bible say as to how we should treat our fellow humans when we disagree? Our “enemies.” Does it tell us to fight fire with fire? No.

We are told in Ephesians 6:12 –
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

This is where we fight hell fire with holy fire. This is a call to intercession for the people being used as puppets in the enemies plans. If we can see them as hostages it helps tremendously.

What about the flesh and blood? How are we called to treat the actual people involved? We are called to LOVE them.

Romans 12:20-21- To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)

We will not change this world by treating people the way they treat us. We are called to a higher standard. We must overcome evil with good.

Luke 6:27-28 –“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

I think Jesus was the best example when He uttered the words on the cross…FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DONT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. We should be able to do the same if it is truly Him living in us.

Galatians 2:20- I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We must counter the hate we see in this world with love, the mean spiritedness with kindness, the harshness with gentleness, the division with unity, the depression with hope, bitterness with joy, the slander with compliments, the violence with peace, the death with life. The ONLY way to overcome the evil we experience in the day to day is with the good we carry.

Sometimes instead of seeking deeper and deeper revelations from God we need to go back to the basics of how we should live and how we should treat one another.

Each one of us is making this world into what it will be with our attitudes, behavior, and the words we speak. If we want to see change it has to start with us. Let’s be the love we want to see in this world. If we are going to unleash something into the atmosphere let it be LOVE!

Your Dream Will be Birthed by Your Decree

“The journey has created the character”…I heard this in my quiet time this morning.

Many have felt they are at the place of birthing a dream or a promise but they doubt their own ability to birth it due to the anticipation of the pain of the final push. The insecurity and fear is hindering the promise.

Those things must be conquered with the word of God!! Its the only way through! What does God say about what you are capable of accomplishing?

I’m here to remind you today that You CAN do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST who STRENGTHENS you! Greater is He that is IN you than he that is in the world!

He is NOT watching you in labor from the outside, but He is the very force that will compel and propel it to go forth from the inside!

He is no longer seen by you as a only a faithful friend who sits consistently by your side for comfort but He has become an active force within you!

That is what this season was all about. Christ in you, the hope of glory being formed inside of you! The months of feasting on the Word and staying in His presence has utterly convinced you of His mind blowing power and love at work FOR you, IN you, and THROUGH you!

Partner with Him and birth the dream, birth the breakthrough…through you declaring the Word of God!

You will declare a thing and it WILL BE established for you, so light will shine on your ways. Job 22:28

He has taken you from hoping that He will bring the change that is needed to boldly knowing He is actively doing it (many times without visible evidence), agreeing with Him, and declaring it as such!!!

I’m not talking about name it/claim it. I’m talking about the holy character of Christ being formed in you, your family, your region, and your nation. I’m talking about the Holy Spirit power being embraced and released through you bringing life and restoration everywhere you go!

The promise will be born by the words of your mouth agreeing with heaven! Now push through the resistance and pain with your face set like flint and release the words that will at the exact same moment send darkness fleeing AND birth your breakthrough!

Don’t Settle for Dark Spots

I had to laugh out loud when I read those words in a beauty advertisement. DON’T SETTLE FOR DARK SPOTS. Now obviously the company was talking about the little dark spots people get as they age, but as soon as I read it I realized it was also His spirit pleading with His bride to not settle for dark spots in their lives. We can acquire those as we go through some wars. We get battle scars.

I’ve been currently walking through this very thing spiritually. I’ve been struggling to move forward boldly into the call He has for me. I have been spending much time in His presence asking Him what is the root of my “unwillingness”. Would I have ever said that I was unwilling? Absolutely not. It was a dark spot I was willing to live with.

I wanted to believe that I was willing to go anywhere and do anything at His leading without thinking twice about it. I believe I used to be that way so what happened? Life happened. Hurts happened. Betrayal happened. Death happened. I got a front row seat watching spiritual abuse in action. I was criticized, gossiped about, and slandered for simply being obedient to the Lord. I was branded as someone I wasn’t. Thank God for wise counsel during that time so many years ago that helped me see clearly.

I started journaling this week and I started to see that in my life when He spoke to me and I launched out obediently, it started so powerfully and full of His favor, but at some point it ended with me being devastated. I have received healing emotionally and in my thinking through counseling and prayer that I thought I had done everything needed to be fully healed. I was wrong. I hadn’t addressed my will.

I realized that my will was not in agreement about doing BIG things anymore because of all the pain I had been through as a result of my “yes”. When I would get amazing prophetic words spoken over my life, it felt like they were talking about someone else. They ended up making me feel intimidated instead of encouraged.  I was much quicker to say No to something, than to say Yes. I would try to see all the possible hazards to the yes if I said it. Could I get hurt in any way? Do I trust the people involved?

The hard part is that I fully trusted and honored the people in my past and never saw the devastation coming, in fact, I don’t believe the devastation was ever meant to happen. That was enemy involvement.  I started to see the enemy’s hand in each and every situation about halfway through and that’s when it derailed.  Much of what I have walked through has been me growing up in the prophetic and not understanding the concept of planting seeds prophetically. I was too anxious to see the plant grow right there and then. Can you relate? Other times I was totally up against the demonic in ways I wasn’t prepared for. Nothing like going up against Jezebel when you don’t even know the spirit exists and you are left in a dizzy whirl of “what just happened?” In still other cases the people involved never meant to hurt me, they were just trying to survive the season and I know that with all my heart. See, I didn’t know that the enemy could use Christians in such evil ways. I didn’t know people were so willing to compromise on what they believed in times of stress. My mind was blown.

Much of my problem is disillusionment. I have a very childlike trust and desire to love people and think the best of them.  I approached life like everyone should like me because I haven’t done anything to make them dislike me. I was not prepared for people to dislike me simply because of Who I carry on the inside of me. I remember someone referring to me as a threat. That statement stung a little until I realized who was saying it. To the demonic I am definitely a threat, but not to people. I started to see the war for what it was. It was in the spirit realm and the people involved were merely victims being used by the enemy and in many cases they were not even aware of it.

Anyway, back to my will. I started to realize that at some point even though my emotions, my thoughts, my body and my heart were in the Lord’s hands, I sensed that I had slowly taken back my will at some point through the war.  My will used to be His will for me. Now I just wanted to prevent future pain. My will being in my hands was a black spot that needed eradicated through healing. When people would ask me to do things, if I felt like doing it, there was no problem. I am not someone to likes the spotlight at all and I wouldn’t call my self ambitious, but somethings I could force myself to do. The problem arose when I was asked to do things that I either didn’t want to do or felt like I wasn’t capable of doing them. If I felt incapable of doing something, I became unwilling to do it. In some weird way my insecurity had caused a rebellion of my will.  I was horrified with this revelation. 

I understood the Holy Spirit being with me through sad/hard challenging times but did I trust that He would be there through the good challenging times? Could He truly be my strength when I am weak to accomplish things for His glory and not merely get me through the hard times? Could it be?

I look back on the moments of YES and how anointed they were. Is my Yes worth it for lives changed, lives encouraged, lives refocused? Yes, it is. Even for one person. It’s worth it. Would I do it all again? I know I would because it was at His leading. Some of you may be wondering if you would if you could do it again. I have no doubt that when we get to  heaven, if not on earth, we will see the beautiful ripple effect of the moments we said Yes to Him.

Now I’m not saying I’m there yet by any means, but I’m on the way. He is guiding me through this introspective season and He is fiercely determined to do it for all of us. He is tenderizing my will again with His love to make it flexible and pliable to His again. He wants to remove the dark spots. Even the ones we don’t know we have. Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart for dark spots and don’t feel condemned when you finally see them. Allow Him into the deepest parts where the remnants of fear and insecurity are found.  Repent of anything you find.  Ask Him to wash the blood of Jesus over that area to bring total healing and transformation. He is exposing the spots to heal them. Don’t settle for living with the dark spots!

 Ephesians 5:27 –  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)

 Psalm 24:3-4 – Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully. (NKJV)

 Ephesians 5:13 –  Whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct, and everything that reveals truth is light to the soul. (TPT)

 Philippians 1:6 –  being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (NKJV)

Renounce the Old and Go for the Gold

2018-29-10-12-52-32

(Initially I was going to break this up into three different words but I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to keep it together.)

This is a season of the face down. You will only get through this tight and low spot prostrate before Him.

There is a birthing happening as you move through this opening, but you must deny all the distractions and lay low.

This birthing process is stirring up deep anxieties in all of us much like a woman in labor who is in pain. All the insecurities and fears are surfacing through this process. Release them into His hands as they do. They can’t go into your destiny attached to you…. They won’t fit through the opening.

The fire of this fiery furnace you are in is being used DEFINE and REFINE you, and NOT to harm you. I see it like a holy back-draft. The fire directed at you will hit the presence and glory of God on your life and combust. You will then turn and blaze a trail using the fire to blaze a trail for the glory of God. What was meant for evil God is using for good. The fire is making a way IN you, and BEFORE you, where there seemed to be no way.

He is going after bloodline destinies. He is restoring your family line back to it’s original design for His glory. He is returning countries back to their original destinies. He is going after the gold that He deposited in them from the very beginning.

He is bringing His justice to injustices. He is healing deep hurts that have gone through generations. He is removing addictions of all kinds off of family lines. All it takes is one person in this season to decree that Jesus is Lord over the family line and call forth God’s intent for their family to change their future. He desires for you to partner with Him on this treasure hunt of all treasure hunts.

Many times you can find God’s gold (destiny) for a family line by looking at how the enemy has attacked it. If there is a lot of depression then it could be JOY OF THE LORD is the gold. If there are addictions it could be FREEING CAPTIVES is the gold.  There are gifted sons and daughters of the King out there filling their lives with junk because they don’t know who they are. We need to tell them the gold we see.  There are anointings in family lines laying dormant that are waiting to be discovered much like a treasure hunt. Decree the blood of Jesus over your family line and look for the gold!

Stay low and humble. Stay focused on Him and His voice alone. Allow the Holy Spirit to expose and remove any added baggage that you’ve accumulated through the years such as fear, doubt, unbelief, insecurity. Pray about your family line and plead the blood of Jesus over it. Renounce any recurring dysfunctional behavior and look for the gold…. Call it forth! Call forth God’s divine destiny over your family line. Renounce the old and go for the gold! Call it out! Look at your region and do the same thing… renounce dysfunctional old and call forth the gold! Look at your country, church, school, workplace… Look for the gold and call it forth.

  Romans 4:17- He is our example and father, for in God’s presence he believed that God can raise the dead and call into being things that don’t even exist yet.

What Do You GET to Do Today?

 

It is so easy to think and talk about the things we “want to” do. There is a passion attached to those things, but when it comes to things like school, job, church, paying a mortgage, feeding the dog, working things out with your spouse, taking care of an elderly parent etc…it can easily become things we see that we “have to” do instead of things we “get the opportunity to” do. The emotions attached to these things are not usually as positive and they sometimes birth whines of opposition and fatigue from deep within us.

It’s all perspective isn’t it? The one who is unemployed would love a job that they “get to” go to. The one without the option of school would love to “get to” to go. The one without a spouse would love to have one they “get to” disagree with once in a while. The one without a dog would love one they “get to” feed. The one who has to walk miles to a church would love to “get to” go to one right down the street. The one who lost an elderly parent would love to “get to” take care of them for one more day.

If we could change the mindset from things we “have to” do to things we “get to” do, we would change this world.

Today we had to say goodbye to our dog of fourteen years. I’ll admit, I did my share of feeling the “have to” of taking care of her especially the past four months. She would refuse to come in from outside because she was too tired to make the trip. This past week she lost her ability to stand on her back legs and we had to help her walk. She was in a lot of pain. She had a hard time seeing and hearing in the end, but she was truly a sweet dog all her life. Even when things get challenging we need to still see them as something we get the chance to take part in. It’s an invitation to dive deeply into the things that truly matter.

Sitting here in this house pondering when that shift happens from “get to” to “have to”. I wonder what would happen if we never made the shift. What if we approached every situation in our lives with a “get to” attitude? The more I think of it, it actually is a ” honored to get the chance to” attitude and mindset. What would happen if as parents we were thankful for our jobs and our families and neighborhoods and our kids knew without a doubt that you felt honored to have the life you have?

We are told to count it joy when we encounter trials. What if instead of seeing challenges as something we “have to” go through, we see them as something we “get to” go through? What if we truly align our minds and emotions with the mind of Christ which is actually excited about all we will learn and the ways we will grow through it? He works all things together for our good!

If we are truly supposed to overcome evil with good, doesn’t it need to start in our own minds? I believe a huge part of that is changing our mindset from seeing the routine things of this world as something unimportant or boring and something we “have to” do, and changing it into a heart of thankfulness for the things we “get to” do.

My question for you is, what do you GET TO do today???

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.”

41608640_2128910497349082_5668897002931355648_n

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!

41465086_399045007299027_2185533841312055296_n

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!