Your Tears Mixed With My Glory

  It’s so easy to come to the point in prayer where you feel it’s all been said before and every tear that can be cried has been cried in intercession. In my quiet time this morning I felt Him remind me that He collects every one of our tears in a bottle.

Psalm 56:8You keep track of all my sorrows.
     You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
     You have recorded each one in your book.

  He told me that when He said He would make roadways in the wilderness and streams in the desert He was partially alluding to the state of our hearts when we have grown tired and weary with all the “when?” and “how?” questions running around our minds.

  This is when He said something amazing to me that I wanted to share. He told me that in this coming move will be a mighty downpour that is made up of our tears and His glory!!! He will cover over all those areas that are our greatest areas of frustration, where the most tears have been cried! Our tears mixed with His glory will bring LIFE, RESTORATION, and HEALING into the very soil where we have seen nothing but dry dirt and barrenness!! It is a powerful combination tears and glory and it will yield a beautiful garden in our lives.

  I saw people kneeling on the ground and as they cried the tears rolled on the ground in front of them and then the rain came and hit the same spot. Beautiful flowers started popping up everywhere!!! It surprised the people and even though a minute ago they had no energy, they were suddenly filled with tremendous zeal and joy for what God had done!  They started skipping like children with dancing and singing. It was across the land, people everywhere rejoicing and dancing in the rain of His love and glory!

  I heard Him say…

“The places of your greatest heartbreak will be the same locations of your greatest breakthrough!”

  This is why it is so important that we DO NOT grow weary in doing good for in due season WE SHALL REAP!!

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Challenge Accepted

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When most of us think of the word challenge, we tend to think we need to either rise to the occasion (if we are living in the river of life) or respond defensively as if we are being attacked in some way (in dry times). Challenges come from either a critical spirit, or the spirit of love. We must discern which spirit is motivating the person speaking or we may just disregard what is divinely sent from God for our growth.

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I believe our problem lies in how we define the word challenge itself.  The top two definitions from Macmillan online dictionary;

     1. – to question whether something is true, accurate, or legal.
     2. – to invite someone to compete or fight.
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    Many of us respond to all challenges as being definition 2 and we either respond with rising to the occasion in a fun iron sharpening iron moment of comradery or we can react as if we are being attacked and get defensive. Sometimes it’s actually definition 1 and a call to know why you believe what you believe and maybe a call to question if it’s even truth at all. Sometimes we react to these number 1 challenges as if we are being attacked and that’s NOT the motivating force at all.

Sometimes we can be so used to being criticized that it becomes our internal filter so even if someone comes in love to challenge us in love we can’t see clearly through the lens of self condemnation. We interpret attacks where none were intended.

I see God raising an army of challengers and they will not be satisfied with the standard responses of religion and tradition. They are after the REAL. They will be moving in LOVE but they will absolutely CHALLENGE the way we do things. They LOVE people and they also fiercely LOVE the word of God and have NO TOLERANCE for man-made religion polluting it. LOVE will PROPEL them to see TRUTH dismantle cherished lies that have kept people, churches, and regions in bondage. This army truly wants you to BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE!

*They will be His voice rallying you onward when you want to return to your comfort zone.

*They will be His voice asking you why you believe what you do.

*They will be His voice asking you to show them in the bible where it says what you are telling them.

* They will be His voice addressing you when what you say does not match what they can see in your heart. (remember this is NOT to bring judgement and condemnation but to bring freedom)

*They will be His voice challenging the status quo.

* They will be His voice training you on how to wield your sword.

*They will be His voice shouting FREEDOM from the rooftops.

DON’T REJECT THEM WHEN THEY COME JUST BECAUSE THEY MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY ARE HERE TO CHALLENGE YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. THEY ARE HERE TO SHAKE RELIGIOSITY AND LEGALISM! THEY ARE HERE TO EXPOSE CONTROL AND MANIPULATION! GOD LOVES YOU TOO MUCH TO LEAVE YOU IN BONDAGE! DARE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY AND CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS TO ALIGN WITH WHAT THE WORD OF GOD ACTUALLY SAYS INSTEAD OF WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TAUGHT.

We want to see regions and territories won for God and this is part of what needs to happen to make our hearts a hospitable environment for His glory!