Learn to Oppose the Opposition

We live in a time where it is too easy to be oppositional and confrontational about EVERYTHING. In prayer I have heard this… It is time to intentionally oppose the opposition! Intentionality will bring divine strategy and surprise victories!

 Intentional love… purity, honor, and humility, eyes of wonder.. kindness, gratitude, worship and seeking His heart…WILL BRING…Strategic insight and revelation… Strategic prayer and decree… Strategic momentum and movement!

It seems pretty basic, because it is. Sometimes we make things really complicated when they are actually really simple.

The enemy has been strategically intentional in trying to push you (to do or say things) through situations and your emotions. It’s time to be strategically intentional in pushing him back God’s way.

No more will we be moved or not moved by how we feel moment to moment! No more allowing situations to dictate how we feel and what we do!

You cannot fight this battle with the same spirit that is coming against you. You must figure what the attack is against in order to see the key to overcoming it.

We are told to be careful what we think about so guard your eye and ear gates! Don’t let anything in that will defile the clean hands and purity of heart He is wanting to re-establish in this hour.

  Phil 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.

You will see and hear much in the days to come that has the capability of causing deep distress, anger, and fear. Don’t allow anything to shake you to the point of trying to use the enemy’s own weapons against him. You do not overcome evil with evil. You do not return hatred for hatred. That’s not our inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.

  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. (TPT)

If you are being assaulted by disrespect, hatred, no desire to pray or worship, strife and oppositional behavior, anger, sexual temptation, discouragement and hopelessness, envy, greed, etc., step intentionally into the kingdom opposite.

   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Whatever is being challenged, intentionally engage the kingdom opposite! It’s a holy push back against what is opposing you! Heaven is backing you up!

We must resist the corruption that the enemy wants to bring into our hearts. The enemy desires to make us cynical, suspicious, callous and cold-hearted. Evil breeds where evil is cultivated. We are called to cultivate the kingdom instead.

 Matthew 10: 16 – Now, remember, it is I who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves.”

 It’s not a denial of the bad that is happening in the world, but an intentional and strategic focus on what is good. It’s not being clueless to what the enemy is doing, but a conscious choice to focus on what God is doing! The fruit of the spirit is a weapon! If someone throws rotten fruit at you, throw back the fruit of the spirit!!! 

  Romans 12:21- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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The New Standard for the New Normal

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I’m thinking about colors this morning in my prayer time and how God’s purity and truth is white as snow while the world is filled with shades of grey (compromise).

I think many Christians believe adding more grey into their life makes them more relatable to the world and reaching more people for Jesus. I believe this only makes the world believe there isn’t much difference between us and that there is nothing to lose by becoming a Christian. We have told them about the benefits while leaving out the fact that we are called to die to self.

   **Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.**

The truth is they are called to lose it all. A true death to self. We seem to be missing this truth in much of our witnessing. We’ve traded our intended impact for the kingdom for relatability and friendship with the world.

**James 4:4- 4 You have become spiritual adulterers who are having an affair, an unholy relationship with the world. Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.**

He never called us to become grey, but to introduce the world to the One who can make their Grey a sparkling White!  He desires to give them a clean slate. It is only through the blood of Jesus that can turn us holy and clean that slate.

I’ve been reading the red parts of the Bible at the suggestion of Francis Chan in a video I watched recently. Jesus was not grey in anything He said or did. There was NO compromise made with the world. He loved well but He also called it what it was. He gave us the perfect example of how to be set apart yet living in this world.

Some of those grey colors in the world seem quite beautiful and even loving as in the belief that everyone goes to heaven or there is no hell. It is deception at it’s finest.

Jesus on the earth was so full of both love and truth that He drew people to Him without having to compromise a single bit on the truth of who He was and who He represented. He was so captivating in His convictions that people desired to have what He possessed. They desired both the love they saw and also the truth they heard. That is what we are called to do. It’s who we are called to be.

I challenge each one of you to ask the Holy Spirit where you have compromised truth out of a desire for relationship. Ask Him to forgive you and to give you clean hands and a pure heart and the holy boldness to walk through this world in absolute purity in thought, word, and action.

It was Jesus who said that looking at a woman lustfully was as bad as adultery and that harboring hatred toward your brother was as bad as murder. He was raising the standard of what was ok and not ok. He is reminding us of that standard in this season. What was ok in 2018 will not be ok in 2019.

The more I ponder this word I believe it goes hand in hand with my other recent post about a new normal being given to us. The new standard of living causes the new normal to come. The new always has a higher standard. We must not be afraid to be set apart because the set apart is actually the way to the set up. We must keep loving well without compromising truth.

Call in Your Investors

I was pouring out my heart to the Lord during my quiet time this morning. As I listened for His response, I heard Him say “Call in your investors. ”

What an odd thing to hear. I’ve always prayed and waited for those who are supposed to be in my life to divinely appear into it. This command challenged me. I have never prayed that boldly before. Someone had recently prophesied that I would start praying prayers that would scare people by their boldness.

As I pondered this line which seemed to be a command rather than a prayer, I wondered if it was ok to do such a thing.

I started to realize that many have supporters and followers, but what is lacking in the body are those willing to help you do what God has called you to do. The investors. The mentors. The fathers. The mothers.

Everyone wants support but who is willing to actually invest (take an active part in, to sow a part of yourself into) the development and training of the person themself? I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about investing with your time, wisdom, and no how.

I’ve spent my life investing in others and it’s been time well spent… with good people… wise investments. Not looking for anything out of it other than for them to become everything God created them to be.

I have also had quite a few throughout my life invest in me for a season and I am forever grateful to/for them. Right now there seems to be a lack of mothers and fathers (sounding boards, advice/wisdom givers, accountability holders) for the ones who know they are called to be mothers and fathers.

Have we really gotten to the point where we won’t invest unless it benefits us some how? Do we still do things simply out of love and simply because God asks us to? Is being obedient or being kind reward enough for us? Can we invest simply because we want to see another thrive?

We are in a time where the investors need invested in themselves in order for them to know how to invest in the next generation. We need your wisdom and “know how.” We need people who have been there and done that to show the way in a disciplining kind of way. We need to see up close so we can learn how to do what you already know how to do with ease.

I have always loved working as a team and I see that being the way of the future. We need each other in order to spur one another forward and grow each other up.

Many have puzzle pieces before them and some fit perfectly. You have a picture given through prophecy of what the final picture will look like once it is all put together, but the are vital pieces missing. We need to call in the missing pieces. Investors help you make sense of the puzzle pieces. They hold pieces that you need. They show you how to piece it all together. It will happen organically, relationally, and without a doubt supernaturally.

Call in your investors and dare to invest in others. There are those who desperately need what you know and the wisdom that you carry!

Rising to Our New Normal

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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.

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)