Forgotten identity

“But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual ‘nation’ set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience His marvelous light, and now He claims you as His very own. He did this so that you would broadcast His glorious wonders throughout the world.” 1 Peter 2:9 (TPT)

In the movie Hook, Peter Banning had forgotten who he really was… Peter Pan. He had forgotten that he could fight, fly and crow! He had become domesticated. He had become like a purring kitty cat, when in reality he was a roaring lion! He was an eagle believing he was a chicken! He was a warrior believing he was chump. Though at first, he did not remember who he was, he ultimately stepped back into his identity and faced his foe one last time!

Likewise, so many believers have forgotten, or maybe have never known who they are… kids of the Most High God. We are heirs of the King. We are not slaves, victims or prisoners. We are not oppressed, but we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). We are not despised or rejected, but deeply loved children of God (1 John 3:1). And as His children we carry an authority that is not of this world. We have an authority to cast out demons, and more! We are called to hold ourselves as holy royalty!

Ask God to unfold a new level of what it means for you to be a child of God, a son or daughter of the King. Ask Him to show you any and every place where you have forgotten who you are, where you have put on the rags of slaves rather than the garments of royalty. Ask Him to show you how to leverage your relationship as a child of God for the benefit of those around you. Ask Him to teach you how to operate in your heavenly authority. Ask Him to restore confidence in your identity. You are here for a purpose. Ask God to grant you the grace to step into that purpose with complete assurance of who you are. Ask God to do this same thing in your pastor and throughout your church, and the churches in our city.

The unbelieving church!

“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b (NLT)

It wasn’t a huge Egyptian army that kept the Israelites from entering the Promised Land! Neither was it the Red Sea! Yet both in human terms were impossible and/or impassable. Even with the miracles that God did to overcome the impassable barrier of water and the well-armed army on chariots that were about to crush them, they still had even bigger barriers to overcome. What kept God’s chosen people from the Promised Land was the barrier of their unbelief!

This past season has really been a blow to many in the church. We are on the verge of a powerful move of God, unlike anything we have ever seen! But so many are simply struggling to believe! There have been so many disappointments and setbacks. Even as Proverbs says, hope deferred makes the heart sick (13:12). So many hopes and dreams have been deferred. To defer means to be postponed, delayed, suspended for a certain time. But as breakthrough is coming, many don’t have the faith to believe for it. Intercessors, we must press in on behalf of the unbelieving church!

Invite God to show you any place where unbelief has taken up residence in your heart. Ask Him to replace it with a new wind of faith. Ask Him to wash your eyes of faith so you can have clear vision of what God is doing and is about to do. Ask Him to do this in your pastor, and release your church from any residue of unbelief. Ask God to ignite a fiery hot passionate faith across our city, to believe and embrace the new thing that God is preparing for us. Ask God to pour out revival and raise up reformers to change the very climate of our city for the kingdom of God. Ask Him what part you are to play in the coming reformation!

Freedom starts with truth!

“For as he thinks within himself, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7a (TPT)

If you haven’t figured it out yet MSM (main stream media) is the voice for the devil! Sorry if I have just burst your bubble. Many refer to it as the false prophet of our day! Sadly, it is simply, fake news!!! And here’s the thing to remember, whatever they are saying, the opposite is probably true! Whoever they are seeking to silence are most likely speaking the truth. Johnny Enlow calls them ‘dead giveaways!’

Why can’t we examine voting machines, and explore possible fraud, without being called conspiracy theorists? Undoubtedly the truth will be discovered if we scratch below the surface, so they do everything they can to keep us from scratching. The Russia collusion proved to be a false smoke screen, and actually what they argued against is true. “Snopes” was put together and run by MSM, so it is quite hilarious when they ‘fact check’ with their own source. They want you to believe it its fake because ‘Snopes’ says it’s fake, which is a lie! The very thing they are doing is what they accuse the other side of doing. It is crazy, but it has been effective!

Whoever they are against, you can be sure are in the right side. So please stop watching MSM in any form (whether it is CBS, CCN, ABC, even Fox). There is so much falsehood in it, that it is even toxic to your soul. There are many other sources of information to drink from instead of these cesspools of lies! Their strategy is to speak a lie loud and long enough that people will believe it is true! Apparently, studies have shown that if you blast people with a steady barrage of lies for several months that they will begin to believe the lies as truth, and will not be able to see the truth even when it is presented to them! That is called brainwashing, and it is not a conspiracy theory, but it is what is happening today!

Ask God to give increase your discernment between true and false. Ask Him to sensitize you to truth and to show you any place you are reacting against truth because of the lies you’ve been fed. Ask God to detox your mind and soul of all the filth that the false prophet has been feeding you. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. Ask Him to reveal any strongholds that have been established in your mind, those arguments and pretensions that are set up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). And ask Him to do the same in your church, starting with your pastor and leaders.

Jesus said, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). May the truth overcome the lies and set our nation free!

Altar of Fire

Thursday, April 15, 2021 / 7 to 9pm
Phoenix Community – 660 W Broad Street, Athens

The Burning One who sits on the Throne (Ezekiel 1:26-27) bids us to come and experience the glory of the Lord. The burning bush that wasn’t consumed (Exodus 3:2) calls us to draw near and check it out. Nebuchadnezzar asked who is this fourth One in the fire and drew near to see for himself (Daniel 3:24-25). Jesus desires for us to draw so near to Him that we catch on fire and become His burning ones in our world! That is why we devote a gathering to simply and wholeheartedly come to surrender ourselves before the One who’s eyes are burning with fire (Revelation 1:14-15). Please join us if you desire to do lay yourself before our King in absolute surrender. Take time to prepare yourself before you come by marinating in these passages and inviting the Holy Spirit to prepare you as a holy offering.

There will be folks assisting with the parking, but feel free to park anywhere near Phoenix. There is a parking lot just behind it as well as many places along the side streets. We start at 7pm sharp, so feel free to come several minutes early. Please be asking God to let His holy fire fall down on us!!!

Say no!

“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” Proverbs 29:2 (NLT)

There are some who say, “Just get over it and on with it!” But how do you get over the theft of a nation? And how do you support a wicked platform that is legislating abortion, immorality, supporting the trafficking of children, the removing borders… and simply doing everything they can that is against God, His word and His people! We the Church cannot simply get over it and get behind them! Please check out the eye-opening episode of Flash Point from Thursday, April 1, 2021 –

Pray that God would expose, restrain and depose of this illegitimate government. Pray that the minds that have been deceived and under the delusion of the spirit behind this evil agenda would be broken and eyes would now see. Bind up the witchcraft that is operating in this government. Ask God to wake up the church, and stir us to rise up against this anti-Christ system. Ask God to ignite His true Church with the Holy Spirit and fire! Ask God to show you your part in this epic struggle between good and evil

Forerunner Arise!

“…Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” Matthew 3:3b (NIV)

By definition forerunners are ones who go before others and make a way. As such they often feel misunderstood, because they are! They don’t feel they fit because they are pressing the fringe and pushing the crowd out of their comfort, or status quo zone! Forerunners are breakers, in that, they break open new ways. They often see the other side of the wall and choose to believe there is more than this current moment. They are sojourners, pilgrims and pioneers. As the writer of Hebrews says they are aliens and strangers as they push toward what could be (Hebrews 11:13). Their faith compels them to look outside the box. Forerunners prepare the way for movements, because God rarely moves from the crowd but from the outliers. Forerunners refuse to let go, even when everything else says it’s impossible! The fuel for forerunners is faith and God promises to reward those with faith, who diligently seek Him and His kingdom (Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 6:33). Forerunners forge change, and make a way for a new era!

Ask God to raise up forerunners in our city and across our nation. Ask Him to stir up those in your church, whom He desires to release a ‘breaker anointing’ and to go before others in preparing a way. If you are willing, ask Him to give you the faith and grace to step into the new level of forerunning He has for you. Tell Him you will say “Yes!” to whatever He asks you to do. Ask Him to increase vision and passion for His kingdom within you. And PLEASE, pray for those whom you know are forerunners!

Be you!

We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you.” 2 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB)

The Greek word for measure is “metron” which means sphere or limited portion. Each of us have a unique “metron” that has been given to us (Romans 12:3, Ephesians 4:7). When we operate within this sphere we have success and are protected. When we step beyond our portion, we not only become less productive, but we put ourselves in danger.

For several months now, intercessors have been hearing “stay in your lane!” This was both personally and for the body of Christ. Each of us has been given a measure (metron) of grace, a unique calling with our own assignments. Likewise, each church is meant to be a unique expression in the body of Christ. When we (whether individually or as a church) step out of our lane by going beyond the grace allotted to us, it has consequences.

First, when we step beyond the measure God gave us, we are not as good at what we are supposed to do! When we step out of our assignment or calling, we are not being obedient to what God has given us. Instead of using all five talents because we are investing them elsewhere, we only use two of them for our assignment. Not a good idea! God, in His infinite wisdom, has allotted you exactly what He wants you to have and what you need! By the way, many people are weary today because they have stepped out of their metron!

Second, we also interfere with others who actually are called to that assignment. It is like a swimming race, when we drift out of our lane we not only go slower but we bump into other swimmers and impede their progress. If we step into something that was meant for someone else just because we saw a need, or we were moved by compassion to help, we actually rob the person who was supposed to do it. I am not saying we must wait to hear God’s command on everything, but if it is outside of our assignment or grace allotment, I would say you definitely need to know if you are supposed to do it.

Third, in the realm of spiritual warfare, we can actually put ourselves in great danger by going after an enemy whom we do not have jurisdiction over. God’s grace for warfare matches His grace to fulfill our calling. For example, if we start attacking the principalities over our nation, when our sphere of grace is our city, we have overreached our authority. Yes, all authority has been given to Jesus, and He has given it to us. But we don’t have all authority, only Jesus has that. We do have all the authority we need to fulfill what God has given us.  Even Michael, one of the mightiest angels, knew his “metron” when in the midst of a struggle with the devil he simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9)

All this to say, it is vital in this hour to know your assignment, and then stick to it with all your heart. Fight the battle that is before you, and when you are faithful with the little, God will give you more. Don’t compare yourself to others, because after all, they have a different calling and anointing mix! Be you, and be you wholeheartedly! We will be effective and protected as long as we stay within our metron, that sphere of grace allotted to each of us!

Ask God to show you what you are called, anointed and appointed to, and to reveal any and every place you are operating in, that has not been given to you by Jesus. Ask God to give your pastor and church the grace needed to be the unique expression He has created them to be. Ask God for the body of Christ in our city to rise up and in unified cooperation begin embracing each of our uniqueness’ and stop trying to do what others are doing. Ask God for the churches in Athens to stay in their lanes and fight the good fights that we’ve each been assigned to!

Father, Son and Holy Bible

“It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NLT)

In my early years as a follower of Christ I belonged to a church that was “cessationist.” That means they did not believe that the Holy Spirit was operating in the same manner that He did in the early church. That at some point He ceased doing the “amazing things.” Though they would probably not say it this way, the Holy Trinity consisted of the Father, Son and Holy Bible. Yes, the Bible is important, it is vital and absolutely necessary. It is the word of God! But it is not the third member of the Trinity!

What I discovered was that the Holy Spirit did not stop functioning once the Bible was written, or when the last apostle died. In fact, the Holy Spirit is our down payment, a deposit for the kingdom to come! The Holy Spirit is absolutely needed in this hour of history. It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to do what Jesus did, and to even do greater things (John 14:12). Jesus prophesied that we would heal the sick (Matthew 4:24), calm the storms (Matthew 8:23-27), raise the dead (John 11:44), walk on water (John 6:19), multiply food (Luke 9:10-17), turn water into wine (Jon 2:1-11), cast out demons (Luke 9:42-43) … the things He did AND MORE! Like me, you may need to repent for believing and teaching that the things of the Holy Spirit were not God but of the devil (yes, I had to repent of that)! Ask the Father to baptize you in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11), to fill you with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and to empower you to do the greater works through the Holy Spirit. Ask Him for a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit to blow through your church, starting with your pastor. Ask Him for an increase of the Holy Spirit in our city!

Please Forgive!

“This is how My heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35 (NIV)

Forgiveness is not an option for those who follow Jesus. His own words say that if we don’t forgive, the Father literally must release us to the torturers (Matthew 18:34). You see, unforgiveness gives the devil a legal right to operate in a person’s life. When we choose unforgiveness we literally voluntarily assign ourselves an endless prison sentence. Forgiveness has more to do with us than it does the one who we are forgiving!

Forgiveness releases healing, while unforgiveness hinders receiving the healing. This is the single most important part of healing. God wants to release the power of healing but can’t because of unforgiveness. People are sick and die prematurely because they carry unforgiveness! Forgiveness doesn’t have anything to do about feeling good toward someone. It is a choice of our will. Most people don’t feel like forgiving, but it has legal power, and demons often leave simply when forgiveness is given. But these filthy critters will fight and resist being cast out if there is unforgiveness present! And the crazy thing, our unforgiveness is sometimes not even rooted in actual fact, but our interpretation of it!

When you speak out forgiveness, be specific, say the name of the person whom you are forgiving and the offense. And don’t say something like “I want to forgive so and so” or “Father, help me forgive…” Your forgiveness must be definitive, and specific! Remember, forgiveness is choice you must make!

Say something like… “I choose to forgive ____ for _____. I will no longer carry the burden of unforgiveness. I choose to forgive as I have been forgiven by God through Jesus Christ!”

Ask God to show you any place you are carrying unforgiveness! And then speak out that you choose to forgive. You may need to forgive yourself, or even forgive God (though He is not actually guilty), but definitely, forgive anyone and EVERYONE He brings to your mind. Ask God to release a grace to forgive at your church. So much of the world, and its easily offended culture, has crept into the church. Ask God to set your church free, meaning individuals freely choosing to forgive individuals. Ask God to give grace to folks to forgive leaders who have caused “church hurt!” Ask God for church leaders and pastors to forgive other churches and pastors in our city. And ask God to now fill the void that unforgiveness occupied with love and grace for those people, and healing every place that has been previously hindered.

Fire is coming!

“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Matthew 3:11b (NIV)

Recently, Donna Rigney shared on The Elijah List, that she heard the Lord say I am releasing fire to come from heaven to earth, to burn up chaff. It is coming to the church, as well as the nation. God’s people will be like torches in My hand. They will go through this land bringing My glory wherever they go!

The world, and tragically, even much of the church is trying to extinguish the fire of the Holy Spirit. Less than hot followers of Jesus fill most churches. And God cannot use the lukewarm ones to ignite fires in others! Only the flaming, burning ones can carry His glory and pass the fire to others.

We are so afraid of offending people. But actually we are to be afraid of offending our God. How serious do we take Paul’s warnings to not quench the fire of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19), or to not grieve the Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30)? One time when Jesus had just performed a miracle a demonized man who was blind and mute was brought to Him and He was set free (Matthew 12:22). The Pharisees present suggested that He drove out the demon by the prince of demons. Jesus responded that you can say all the bad things about Me you want, but to credit the work of the Holy Spirit to demons is a blasphemy that will not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31-32). Those are Jesus’ words!

Do you know what it looks like when you do that? Do you know when you’ve offended the Lord? Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a conscious and hardened opposition to the truth because the Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6). So if you are concerned about having done it, you probably haven’t! But to quench or to grieve Him is a whole other issue!

Ask God to let His fire fall from heaven, and ignite the hearts of His people that are currently just a flickering flame. Cry out for God to ignite a fiery passion for Him in you! Ask Him to cloak you in the fear of God. Ask Him to grant you a greater sensitivity to when you grieve or offend Him or quench the fire of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to show you any place you need to repent of having done so! Ask God to allow you to be one of His burning ones to take His fire to the world. Pray all this for your pastor, and church, as well as the other churches across our city.