Aligning your hope!

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)

There seems to be a flood of people who have secret access to information no one else has. We are so desperate for a sense of control that we are on a constant hunt for more and the latest information. Unfortunately, much of what is being spewed is misinformation, lies and out right propaganda. Nevertheless, we search for more, even when we know it is most likely toxic, “just in case”, to alleviate the stress, fears and anxiety. But what many are feeling is the sick heart from hope deferred. We feel sucker punched in the gut and the feeling doesn’t seem to be going away. What we hope in really matters.

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

Our hope is not in man, a party, a political platform or what happens on inauguration day. Well actually, our hope is in a Man, that is “the Man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 4:5). And right now, our faith is being tested. Will we hold tightly to the hope we confess? Here’s a well-known secret… His truth will stand. His word will stand. His name will stand! And His promise WILL stand!

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Wikipedia defines hopes as“an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: ‘expect with confidence’ and ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation.’”When this hope is in the wrong thing, it can and usually does disappoint. Our hope is in the fact that Jesus Christ is faithful to His promise! Please cry out that the hope of believers across our city would come back into alignment and focus upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. If you are scouring the internet for the latest news or an “expert” sharing about what’s going on, please stop it! You won’t feel better after surfing Facebook. But if you choose to pray and cast your cares and anxiety upon Him, His peace will fill you! That is His promise to you. Put your hope in what is true!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

His glory is coming!

“And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people…” Joel 2:28a (NIV)

The days that Joel prophesied into were perilous times. “Locust” had eaten everything, even the bark off the trees. The nation was ravaged, yet the people drew near to God. God told them to “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” (2:12). He called them to blow the trumpet, declare a fast, call a sacred assembly and consecrate their hearts. And as they did, He responded with compassion and power. He said He is jealous for the land and His people. And in this context, He told us of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit was coming! Are we in that day?

Over the past several months, millions in our nation (and more across the globe) have prayed, fasted, gathered in solemn assemblies, and consecrated themselves, repented, … unlike ever in our lifetimes. Please remember Joel’s prophetic promise of the outpouring came in the middle of national calamity. Our nation is being ravaged! The hand of God has intervened in the land before, and He can do it again. The level of God’s tangible presence today has increased (but of course the lying media won’t tell you that). Like Isaiah says, though a deep thick darkness covers the earth, the LORD is rising upon us and His glory is appearing over us (60:2). We have and continue to pray, and to believe! God is not done, He is not late, and His glory is rising over us. Take time to praise Him, thank Him and worship Him for what He is doing and about ready to do. Ask God to prepare you, to give you eyes to see and a mind to understand what He is doing.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

And God breathed!

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

Contrary to what many “Christians” teach today, the Bible IS God breathed, given by divine inspiration. And the Bible is meant to be our standard. The TPT says it this way, “Every Scripture has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you…” It truly is THE reliable source and authority to guide our lives. “Because the Bible says so” does really matter. It is not just an old, antiquated book, with out-of-date rules, about an angry God, that is not relevant for our day. The God we worship and follow today is the same God who gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and led the Israelites through the Rea Sea. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Our God does not change (James 1:17). He is holy (Psalm 99:3), His ways are holy (Psalm 77:13), His name is holy (Psalm 111:9), His Word is holy (Psalm 19:7), and He desires us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16).

Sadly, the problem today is that much of the church has lost this belief in the authority of the word of God! The Bible is meant to be our filter for what we believe about morality, marriage, gender, truth, love, etc. The Word is clear about being pro-life at every level. It is clear about the sanctity of marriage. It is clear that sex outside of marriage is wrong. It is clear about gender… that God created male and female. It is clear that we are to care for the widow, the orphan, the broken and the needy. It is clear that first of all we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strength and to love others as ourselves. It is clear about those who stand with and bless Israel will be blessed. It is clear about the nation who has God as their Lord will be blessed, and those that don’t won’t have His blessing or protection.

His Word does not return void, meaning it has power to accomplish everything He desires it to (Isaiah 55:11). In the beginning the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters just waiting for God to speak His Word. And when He did, creation happened (Genesis 1:2-3, Psalm 33:6&9). God says He is actively watching over His Word to fulfill it (Jeremiah 1:12). His Word, is a sharp, double-edged sword, able to penetrate, expose and judge even deep hidden things (Hebrews 4:12-13). The Word will transform your mind, heart and life if you allow it to (2 Corinthians 10:5). The Word of God is a sword in our hand to be victorious in life and spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:17). We are born again through the living and enduring Word of God (1 Peter 23). Please put it back into the place of highest authority. It’s not just another book! May the Lord grant you a zealous hunger for it!

This year, let’s take His word to a whole new level. Be intentional and make a commitment to take time every day to read, meditate upon, soak in and pray from the Word of God. Pray for your pastor to be gripped with a hunger for the full Word of God and that pulpits around our city would be filled with anointed preaching that brings life transformation! Pray that there would be awakening to the Word of God across our nation!

Come out of her!

“My people, come out from her so that you don’t participate in her sins and have no share with her in her plagues, because her sins are heaped as high as heaven and God has remembered her vileness.” Revelation 18:4-5 (TPT)

There is a constant battle going on. A conflict between good and evil. A struggle against darkness and light. A contest between right and wrong. A war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil. Babylon represents the kingdom of darkness, those things that are not of God. Those things that oppose God’s ways, will and word! Babylon is not a nation, but a system. This system is deeply ingrained in our nation. In Revelation it talks about those not walking with God as unbelievers, liars, murders, magicians, sexually immoral, thieves and cowards (Revelation 9:21, 21:8). As followers of Christ we cannot stand with those who strive to murder innocent children in and out of the womb. We cannot participate in the lies, the witchcraft (btw, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft – 1 Samuel 15:23), nor the perversion of gender and marriage. Even now, God is calling us to separate ourselves from Babylon, to come out of our partnership with darkness (1 Corinthians 6:18-20), to break away from those who lie, and those who steal. Jesus is calling His bride to prepare herself, to be holy and blameless before Him.

Please cry out for God to show you any place you have partnered, and/or are partnering with Babylon! Plead with God for a holy fire to rage within you. There are things we have simply grown to tolerate that are appalling to God, ask Him to reveal them to you. Ask Him to show you how to flee Babylon, NOW!

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

Our words have power!

However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.” Matthew 5:44 (TPT)

What we believe empowers us. What we speak reinforces what we believe. According to James our words bring life or death, blessing or curse (3:9-10). What we listen to, what we take into our minds, dramatically impacts our thinking, without us even realizing it. There is so much information going on right now, much of it is false and simply the spewing of the false prophet, the lying media. The enemy takes truth and subtly twists it which leads to deception and delusion. It is happening across the board, both right and left sides, at every level. So much of it is stirring anger and hate! As believers, we need to be careful of what we listen to and what we say. We cannot drink in the pool of false news, and be untainted. It is going to impact you! Cry out for discernment, for we cannot rely on what seems right to us!

As followers of Jesus, we are not to speak judgment. That’s God’s job. We are told to speak blessing, even on our enemies. We are to pray for those who are not like us, whether they like us or not. Today, pray for and speak spiritual blessings upon President Trump and Vice President Pence. Upon Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Pray for them. Pray that God would meet them, and reveal Himself to them. Pray God would bring them to their knees in repentance and grant them grace to walk in a way that honors Him. Pray that God would protect them and give them holy wisdom to press forward in this hour. Repent if you have been acting as judge and have not been praying or blessing them.

Take some time today and let these words of Jesus settle into your mind, soul and spirit… “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV).

Remember, only God searches out and knows the hearts, minds and motives of people.

Offending our mind!

“’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.’” Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)

God’s ways are not our ways, and we totally get that! But when He doesn’t do something the way we had expected or in the timing we had hoped, we tend to get offended. In John 11 we find Lazarus, a good friend of Jesus, was very sick. When Jesus received a message to come, instead of coming Jesus stayed on a few more days. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead for four days. He was like really dead. So dead that Martha said “by this time he stinketh” (John 11:39 – KJV). Of course, that didn’t matter to Jesus. In fact, Jesus had said this was for God’s glory. And we all know the story… Jesus called him out of the tomb and Lazarus rose from the dead! To God’s glory!

God often will offend our minds to reveal our hearts. By that I mean, He will do things that expose where we lack faith. He has a way of not doing things our way, or not operating according to our understanding. He is not limited to fulfilling prophecies the way we expect it, or when we expect it. Obviously, I am talking about what we are walking through right now. This year, let alone this week, is not what we were expecting. Some people are very disappointed with God and/or His prophets. They have prayed, fasted, trusted God and believed in His prophets (2 Chronicles 20:20), and yet it appears God has not come through. Let me just say, God is not done, nor is He late! And He will receive the glory!

Please pray that God would show you the expectations you have had for Him to do something a certain way (i.e. places you are disappointed), and when He does confess it to Him. God is revealing hearts right now, ask Him to reveal yours, and others across our city. Ask Him for a grace of faith to believe that Lazarus can be raised from the dead, even after of four days in the tomb! Ask God to release a new level of outrageous faith for Him to faithfully do awesome things to display His glory (Psalm 65:5 – NLT). Thank Him for what He is about to do!

Jesus is still with us!

“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?’” Mark 4:37-38 (NIV)

Jesus and His disciples were in a boat crossing “to the other side” (v35). A fierce storm, a ferocious tempest, a great windstorm or as we saw, a furious squall came upon them, threatening to sink the boat and drown them all. The threat was very real. The storm, some say was a demonic attack, came up out of nowhere, and frightened these water warriors to freak out. Meanwhile, Jesus was asleep on a cushion, a pillow, at the back of the vessel. Undoubtedly, He was getting drenched, but continued to rest as the crew panicked. Finally, they came to Him, woke Him up and accused Him of not caring! Without a word, He stands up in the midst of the gale force wind and rebukes it, and then told the waves to be “Quiet! Be still!” (v 39). Suddenly, everything was calm, and the only sound was the water dripping off the boat. And classically, the Disciples recognize God in their midst.

This is exactly where we are right now. We are in the boat with Jesus. The storm is raging and we wonder where He is. After all the prayer, fasting and spiritual warfare that got us to this moment, where is He? Does He not care? Ha! He is in the boat with us. He is not fused by the storm. We need to choose to trust Him and not the furious storm that is raging. He is not finished. He is doing exactly what He needs to do right now. So, find rest in Him! Don’t let the circumstances rock or worse, tip your boat over. This is a great hour for His body. How will we respond? His word is still true. His commands are still holy. His ways are still right. Ask Him to fill you with His peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). Pray that for others whom you know are wondering where Jesus is right now. Pray for your pastor to have wisdom and grace to navigate the waters before them and to lead your church in the way that would be pleasing to Jesus! Pray that Jesus’ identity, presence and power would be manifest in the midst of this storm!

Trust the Lord, not what you see!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Right now, it is tempting to trust what we are hearing and seeing, but please be careful about that! Right now, we need to trust the LORD and not what we understand. There is much more at work than we can see, and our emotions want to kick in. The danger of that is we could begin to pray out of fear and not from a place of faith! Understand this, God is not done, nor is He late. He does not operate off of our timetables or limitations. There is much information that is still coming out AND needs to come out.

Please continue to pray that truth would be made known. There is more to yesterday’s events than meets the eye! Pray for the remnant to not give into the propaganda. Pray that God’s mighty power would manifest and bring all the evil to the surface. As we commit our ways to Him, He will make the path straight. Ask Him to help you do that!!!

Where are your eyes?

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

We have many distractions around us right now! What are we looking to for our help? Our answer, our help, does not come from the hills, which includes Capitol Hill. Our help comes from the Lord, the Almighty One, our Everlasting Father, Creator of heaven and earth. He is still on the throne. and He still laughs at those who conspire against Him (Psalm 2:1-5).

Please pray in this hour, that His people will look to Him and not men or a party for help. Pray that indeed, He would meet us in this great time of need. Pray that He would comfort those who are hurting, disillusioned or confused. Praise Him for doing exactly what He wants to do, how and when He wants to do it. Our hope is in Him and Him alone! And to Him be the glory!

The new D-Day

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14 (NIV)

Today is Epiphany! According to Wikipedia… “Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles.” Let’s be praying that God manifests His glory and the reality of who Jesus Christ really is, to the nations, today!!! Btw, He is the Bridegroom, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Lion of the Tribe Judah and the Rider of the white horse who is indeed, coming soon, who is called holy and true and carries the iron scepter to rule the nations (Revelation 19:11-21). Yes!!!

Today is also the day when VP Pence stands before the joint session of Congress, and literally before the world. It is not a battle between Democrat and Republican. It is not even a battle between Left and Right. It is an epic battle between good and evil! The nations are watching. Our true friends and allies are praying for us. Literally millions of people across the globe are on their knees crying out to God on behalf of the USA. Our enemies such as China and Iran, are looking for an opportunity to advance their cause against us. Though Mike Pence plays a crucial role in it, our deliverance is in Yahweh’s hands. Just as Mordecai said to Esther, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV) God has this, one way or another. Nevertheless, pray for VP Mike Pence as he stands in the crucible today. The Congress begins at 1pm (ET). Pray that God would grant courage to every person involved to do what is right, and not simply “pass the buck” to someone else. The nation is watching what each of these elected officials today. Yes, the Lord will separate the sheep from the goat, before the nations!

Today, millions of people are gathering in Washington DC. Police, as well as the National Guard will be there trying to protect them. Antifa and Soros armed militia will be there to disrupt and unleash violence. AND I believe Michael and warring angels will also be there fighting on behalf of righteousness and truth. Our nation was founded on a calling by God to be a Gospel sending nation to the world. We can’t do that if our nations falls into anarchist, socialist, Marxist, anti-god, anti-church, anti-Israel, pro-abortion, globalist state led by elite politicians who really don’t care about the people. Please pray for God to supernaturally move throughout the city, unmasking every potential place of evil intent, exposing and disarming every weapon formed against our nation, and for truth to win! Pray for protection over every person in the city today as this is ground zero for the future of the world! Today is the 21st century D-Day. I totally understand that there could be a delay (a ten-day extension to investigate the claims of corruption and fraud), but that would be a good thing, and probably the decisive, turning moment for a just outcome. Please pray God’s will will be done, that truth will win out, and that He would get ALL the glory for it!!!