Who prays for something and then rejects the very thing for which they prayed…especially when it is within arms reach? Crazy right? But we do it unintentionally all the time. [Read more…] about How We Can Miss Our Answer to Prayer
What must it have been like to have known Jesus before He was known? You have to wonder what it would have been like to be one of His siblings–growing up with an older brother that was well…perfect.
It all depends on perspective.
A sibling that your parents obviously treated different. How unfair.
An older brother that attracted people and things both good and bad. How strange.
And yet his own family didn’t know who He was and didn’t recognize that they were growing up under the same roof as the Messiah. They were too close. Too familiar.
And in one week, the week of His crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed, abandoned and rejected by those closest to him as well as beaten and abused by those who had never met Him. All because they couldn’t recognize or accept who He was.
If you’ve ever felt betrayed, abandoned or rejected, you are in good company. But resurrection is coming.
We all sense there has been a shift in the spirit. We have passed from one season to another. The shifting isn’t just coming. It is now here by the spirit and will begin to manifest in the natural.
This shift will be a new season of revival, miracles and the prophetic. But it will not come as in the past. God is raising up, all over the world, those that will arise with His word in their mouths. They will not be recognized names, simply obedient servants, who will move in His power.
And what happens next is up to us.
For many will look at these new leaders and think, “Oh that’s just Joe. I went to school with him. Why should I listen to him?” Or, “That’s Cheryl. I remember what she did. No way would God be using her.” And so because we choose to see with eyes of the natural, we may miss what God is doing in the supernatural and therefore miss the move of God. We must choose to see by the spirit and not by our senses.
It took Jesus’ brothers quite some time for them to recognize who He was. Before they could get past His humanity and see the Divine in His life and His call.
We are called to a day in which we cannot judge a book by its cover. Yes we will know them by their fruit, and yet no one is perfect. So while we may see miracles by the spirit, we may see the imperfections of the flesh. Lord help us. Let us press ahead to be holy as He is holy.
What we receive in this revival, will be based on how we can receive the gift and callings placed in imperfect vessels. We can choose to accept the package or reject the package—and with it the provision that God may have for our lives.
Those that could accept Jesus as the Son of God, received eternal life. Yet, there were some–the Pharisees–who could never humble themselves to see Him for who He was.
Ultimately what we receive in this next move is up to us.
We’ve all been touched by the act of betrayal at some time in our lives, and yet the spirit behind this act is increasing within the Church bringing disunity and distrust. It is part of the end-time battle and one in which every believer needs to be aware so that they become neither the victim nor the perpetrator.
When evil is returned after we have done some act of kindness, it is not only painful but perplexing. There is no better example of this pattern than in the relationship between Saul and David. [Read more…] about “What Have I Done?” When Evil is Returned for Good
Forty years ago this month, a prophetic pioneer in the faith, Kathryn Kuhlman, went home to be with the Lord. The mantle of anointing that was on her life and the significance of her ministry is still far reaching; yet, early in her ministry there was a spirit of destruction unleashed against her, intent to derail her ministry and remove her from her seat of authority.
It is the same spirit that has been unleashed against the Church in this hour to remove leaders, prophets, pastors, parents, teachers and all believers from their seats of authority and silence them in their spheres of influence. Yet there is hope. [Read more…] about Do Not Abandon Your Seat of Authority