When most of the world is in anguish and fear, God’s bride, His people must arise and worship Him! We truly must be different than the rest of the world, we must display our faith and hope in the Lord. We need to truly be a light to our families, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone we encounter.
Our heart, minds, and bodies must display to ourselves and others that GOD IS IN CONTROL! When we do not rest and rejoice in that truth, we are denying God.
Psalm 33:20-22 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart REJOICES in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.
The word REJOICE in this passage is samach, which means to brighten up as a light in the darkness. It also means to be glad, to be cheerful, and to be merry. This Hebrew word is composed of three letters that give us further insight:
Shin - Protected and guarded, flames of fire that provide light and peace.
Mem – open and obvious truths of God’s Word
Chet – abundant life
When we position ourselves to rejoice in the Lord and worship Him, especially in the midst of trials and testings, He will protect and guard us as His Light illumines the truths of His Word, so we can live an abundant life of peace!
I encourage you to be a part of our Spring Worship Encounter which starts tonight at 7:00. We will have various speakers from around the country, along with prophetic worship. It will be held over the app ZOOM. You can download this app for free on any smart device. Use this link to join us: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/420698171. Please be sure to mute your mic and turn off your live video, to cut down on distractions.
Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM
Please join us as we position ourselves to Worship the Lord with abandoned hearts. LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD!
1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns."
Joel 2:21 Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done great things.
Here are excerpts from the powerful word the Lord spoke to us this morning:
Is it not My ways, My ways that I want to go, says God?
Oh hear Me this day, this is My way, this is My way
This is the path that I have chosen for thee
This is the path that you must open and see
This is My Way, there is no other way!
My Ways are not your ways
Can you not see, it is only one way?
And that way is through the gate that I have chosen for thee
I have chosen thee to walk through a gate, you see
There is no other way, there is no other path
There is no other way, or you will receive My wrath!
Do you not see, do you not see what I am saying to thee?
There is no other way!
Why can’t they see it this day? The day has come, you see
And they still don’t see me, the day has come upon them, you see
Will they come and be with Me?
Oh, there is no other way, there is no other way this day
When you go My Way, you will see Me as Yahweh
I will be yours, and you will be with Me
It is Yahweh, there is no other way
Come with Me and you will see this day
That I will show you a path that is clear and very near
Begin to walk the path, I will make it clear for you this day
Walk with Me, walk with Me and you will see there is none like Me
I will open up the seas, and I will go deep down, you see
You did not understand that day when I spoke to you this way
You did not understand that I came with a great demand
And now it moves from sea to sea
Not one is exempt from Me
Because I look down, and I can see, I know who serves Me
Oh, but the great seas are open, you see
Nations and nations will bow down to Me
They will know that it is I AM who came this day
And I AM will show the Way, there is no other way, you see
Come to Me, come to Me, and you will see
It is I that has come this day
I am the One that is standing in a great array
Nobody wants to see Me
But they will bow down this day
And they will know Yahweh has come in every way
Open your eyes, your eyes to see
Go up this mountain and the path that I have chosen for thee
Walk up this mountain with Me
And you will see all that I am doing is great, it is great, you see
You will understand, you WILL understand
Because I have brought a great demand
Come to Me and see what I have given to thee
Come, come this day, come in every way
I woke up with a line from a song we sang at church yesterday playing in my head: The Goodness of God is running after us! Then I listened to Church of Prayer’s worship from yesterday and they were singing: You are Good, God. Oh so Good! And then my mind started playing another song: Oh Taste and see that the Lord is Good! Sometimes it is hard to discern what God is speaking to me, but not so this morning. He wanted me to see that He truly is GOOD!
What is good? My Dictionary defines GOOD as: strong, pure, true, right, perfect, complete, moral, honorable, pleasant, beneficial, valuable, a conduit to happiness, safe, kind, faithful, benevolent, merciful, pleasant, cheerful, commendable, and companionable. Good is that which contributes to diminish or remove pain, to increase happiness, and to bring benefit. This small word sure has a powerful meaning!
GOODNESS means excellence, perfection, moral virtues, kindness, benevolence, mercy, and showing favor, compassion, and mercy.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The first song I mentioned is from Psalm 23. David is declaring that the Lord is with Him in the good times and the bad times. But through it all, God’s goodness always followed him. The Hebrew word for follow means to run after, to chase after, to pursue. Do we really understand what David is declaring in this Psalm? All of the goodness –strength, truth, mercy, favor… of God is running after us. God is pursuing us to give us these wonderful blessings.
So why are we not walking in them? As God is running after us, we are either running ahead of Him with busyness or we are running in the other direction with sin. We must stop and truly spend time with God. We are not truly resting in Him, not at rest, not trusting God and His goodness, His provision, His… This is why in the 2nd verse of Psalm 23 God says He has to make us lay down. I encourage you to take time today to examine you heart to see why you have a hard time truly resting in Him, and staying in that place of rest? Let His goodness catch up with you today, and every day after that.
Psalm 34:3-4, 8 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears… Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
I encourage you to listen to this Psalm sung by Shane & Shane, and let David’s words wash over your soul, as you taste and see that the Lord truly is good!
I encourage you to comment with your favorite verses on God’s goodness.
When in the history of mankind, has the Lord stopped all the activities of the whole World? Why is He allowing this now? What are you personally doing with the time the Lord has given you?
Do you seek Him diligently every morning? Do you pray with fervency every day? Do you worship Him for who He is?
Many of you are saying, no, because I cannot gather with others and go to church to do these things. But don’t you see, God is doing a new thing – He is individually asking us to RETURN to Him and to seek Him personally for ourselves, and not through the voice of our shepherds only.
The darkness is groping at us to dull our minds with other things that we are choosing to do in order to cope with the changes in our lives. Do not be fooled, we are playing the harlot and defiling our hearts.
Please READ and STUDY today Jeremiah 3:6-25.
Spend Precious Prioritized time with God asking Him to reveal the areas of disobedience that are in your lives. He is sending out an invitation, calling us into obedience, asking us to return to Him. Will we spend the time with him individually?
Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
God is our Beloved Lord, Savior, King, Betrothed, and Shepherd who is sovereign and Almighty, in control of everything. We can always rest in Him. He. In Psalm 23 David acknowledges that God has to MAKE US LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES – a place of rest. Today, our loving and Sovereign God has stopped the world and so much of our busyness to bring us to a quiet place of surrender to Him. He has done this to restore our soul and to guide us in paths of righteousness. Will we truly let Him be our shepherd?
The Lord gave our worship team a song a few days ago, based on Psalm 46. Here are a few of the words from it.
I can be STILL in the midst of the storm, because You are in control
I can be GLAD in the midst of the storm, because You are in control
I can HAVE PEACE in the midst of the storm, because You are in control
I can HAVE JOY in the midst of the storm, because You are in control
(We have put the audio file of “There is a River” in the box to the right for you to listen to.)
Please read through Psalm 46 as a cry from your heart.
Psalm 46:1-11 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. SELAH
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. SELAH
Come, behold the works of the LORD, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. SELAH
This Psalm is divided into three sections with the word SELAH at the end of each. This Hebrew word is made of three letters – the SAMECH, LAMED, and the HEI. This is what this small word means: We are surrounded and upheld by God, and He will light the path He has for us to walk as He guides us as our shepherd, by the words that He will speak to us through His Spirit!
Will we completely surrender to His Voice in this season?
Please pray MERCY for the nations to clearly hear His voice and have a solid foundation in the Lord Jesus Christ, so they too will be able to KNOW THAT THE LORD IS GOD, and BE STILL AND REST IN HIM!
There is a wrestle that wants to take you away from Me. But you must fight within, and fight with all your might. Learn to come and be quiet, to understand what I am saying to you. I am speaking with a great command. Come up with Me and I will equip you might and power. My Spirit comes to hover over thee, you cannot do this without Me! I shall carry you in this hour, every step of the way. I have given you the path of righteousness, for Me.
Excerpt from a prophetic psalm on February 23, 2017 in Hear My Heart’s Cry.
This present global shakening is very unsettling. Nothing is the same. We try to do things we used to do, and find it is hard or impossible. God is using this time to expose to us the wrestle that is within us, showing us the areas where our flesh is out of alignment with God and His ways.
Amos 7:8-9 “…I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people…”
A PLUMB LINE is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line to ensure a structure is centered. A plumb line is always perpendicular and always straight. God has set a plumb line in His Word for how we are to live our lives, it is called HOLINESS!
Even though we as believers have God living within us, we don’t always LINE UP with Him in every area of our lives. In this “change of seasons” He is calling us to come closer to Him so He can bring about a realignment, reboot, recalibration, and renewal…in all our lives. In order to do this, we need to honestly face the giants in our own lives, and stop making excuses for our attitudes and behaviors that do not line up with God’s ways.
Walking in alignment with God’s plumb line requires deep intimacy with God that is developed in the garden – our time alone with God in worship, His Word, and conversation (prayer) with Him. God’s plumb line never compromises, and it never moves. We must be Holy as God is Holy!
God spoke to us in prayer this week that we must position ourselves in Holiness in the garden to abide and eat from Him. He desires to speak to us and to give us revelation. The Lord went on to tell us that if we sit and abide with Him, He wants us to be an olive tree that will produce fruit. This fruit will then be crushed and pressed to make the purest and best oil to be used in God’s temple. Then we will be able to be a light to the nations.
That is God’s cry to us in this time of history. God’s people are being crushed and pressed at this time. We must arise and line up with God’s plumb line and live holy lives, so we can then be a light to the people all over the world who do NOT know the Lord Yet. God does not want anyone to perish, but come to know Him intimately for all eternity! God is pleading with us in this time to completely bow to Him and His ways of Holiness! Will God find that our oil is pure?
A few days ago the Lord spoke to us as we were gathered to pray at the altar. Our hearts were heavy with what has been going on all over the world. We acknowledged the darkness that is in every nation and asked God to rain down LIGHT, since He is the Father of Light. He answered our cries with the voice of a ROARING LION. Here is part of what He said. (We will attach the rest of what God spoke in the area to the right of these words.)
Who is this that calls upon the Father of Light? Who is this that speaks? Are you right before Me this day? Who is this that calls upon the Father of Light? Who is saying, “Come and see what is upon this earth before me”? Who I say, who comes to call upon the Father of Light?
Make yourself known to Me this day, make yourself known. What do you have to say? Did they not bring this darkness upon themselves? How can you come to Me and ask for mercy? None have come to Me. Have you not seen, do you not know? They do not want to see who I am.
So why have you come before My throne and made such a plea? They do not want Me! And yet, you plea for them. Who I say is calling upon Me this day? Make yourself known to Me! You are asking Me to reveal who I am, and I come back to thee and say, “Reveal to Me who is this that comes before Me and asks such a request”? Who is at this throne, speaking to Me this day. Oh, what audacity did you have this day To come and pray and say, “Reveal the Father of Light!” I am holy, My throne is holy. If I shine My light upon thee, would you not flee?
This is My response to you this day, I will respond to you because you have prayed. This is what I come to say:
Zechariah 2:6-13 (Please read this and take it personally, to let God cleanse us and make us holy so we can come into His presence with our prayers.)
I have asked you to arise, and you have stirred me up, says God. So I stand this day, and I silence everything that comes to pray. I am stopping everything, you see, so that you will really know it is Me. It is I that came this day, it is I who has stood and prayed. It is I who has stood next to My Father, you see, the One who gave the Light unto thee, it is I.
So I stand over you as priests today, and I come to bring you back to Me. Just like with Joshua, I will clothe you with clean garments as I remove your iniquity. I will put a new turban on your head and change the way you think and the way you pray. And this day I will call you near, and I will hear thee, because I have acquitted thee in these courts. Stand with Me, so you can see My very way. Come to Me and I will be there with thee. You called upon the Father of Light, what was in your heart was very right, but you must know and you must see that I am Holy. You must be holy as I am Holy. Come to Me, and you will see.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
We can all agree that the world we live in is dark, and most of the people are choosing to live in the darkness. But there is hope- the Father of Lights! He shared with us in prayer yesterday that He is sending His light all over the earth through His remnant. We are that remnant. We need to arise and shine the glory of God to those around us.
Isaiah 42:6-9 "I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, (7) To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. (8) I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them."
Let us all take the time today to ask the Lord how He wants us to be a light to the world.
Jeremiah 31:22 “How long will you wander... I will cause something new to happen—Israel will EMBRACE her God!”
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5 “To everything there is a season, a time for every PURPOSE under heaven. . . A time to EMBRACE, and a time to cease from embracing.”
👑Sons and Daughters, EMBRACE this space I am giving! This IS My ZEALOUS (passionate, burning desire, full of emotion, highly possessive) Embrace! This Embrace will be called “City of Truth” and will be the catalyst by which I will move you up the Holy Mountain! Zechariah 8:2-3
My judgements are faithful! My shakings are pure! My stirrings are re-aligning and are HOLY! My finishing touches are glorious! I AM GENERATIONALLY FAITHFUL in all I am doing!!! This EMBRACE has purpose and with perfect timing!
In this season of change I loosened the strings of your heart to go deeper, bringing ORDER to the chaos and Light to the darkness! This Embrace is for holy, wholly cleansing. I WILL then RE-TIE the bow and at her four corners will be Faithfulness, Truth, Worship, and Surrender!! This is done by My ZEAL and with your full Embrace!
John 21:15-25 When EMBRACE is complete you are ready to go and feed My Sheep 🐑?
Through My holy cleansing I have shredded your false altars, carved images, and impure emotions that contaminate your God-given Gifts and pollute Destiny! They would have given drink to My sheep from stagnate streams, instead of the Living River! The enemy can no longer hide behind thistles and thorns but the PURE FRUIT of Embrace sends him to flight! This IS My ZEAL and FAITHFULNESS!!
My beautiful shakings are completing a work I have started! They are severing roots of iniquity, cutting out idolatry that has separated you from fully EMBRACING the holy ministry I have designed for you! There are some things I must take you back to so that I may complete the work of Truth in you; Things incomplete, where “i’s” haven’t yet been dotted, or “t’s” crossed— areas of offense, in forgiveness, and prideful judgement.
Don’t you see, don’t you see— this Embrace is of Me!! Embrace this space of “coming away with Me”! I am isolating you unto Me to resuscitate! It is an intentional time for intimacy! Psalm 46:10 A time to be STILL AND KNOW! A zealous time of stirring! A time to hear the birds in the Garden! A time of fragrance! The Garden Gates of Embrace will be Humility, Unity, Hope, Presence, Peace, Anticipation, Expectation, and Revival’s Awakening!!
Luke 15:20 “...I saw you coming a long way off. Filled with love and compassion I ran toward you with a full embrace...”
👑Begotten ones, this EMBRACE is the promotion of My KINGdom! In other words, it is the precursor to REVIVAL!! This EMBRACE encircles, welcomes, cherishes, accepts all those who have been sitting with Me; but also have been going in and out through the “agnostic gate” in the church. This EMBRACE is realigning the bitter and wrongfully offended at Me. This HUG is completing a work so that FULL DESTINY can be walked! This EMBRACE sees all, leaving nothing hidden or uncovered, but working fullness/completion!! This EMBRACE looks to the world as evil but it IS GOOD!
👑Begotten Ones, ‘embrace this space’, this moment of time in your garden where I am going wondrously deep, so that your soul will in turn EMBRACE ME! No laggers, no isolators but intentional embracers of My Salvation, Justification, Sanctification, and Revelation!
All of this IS Garden EMBRACE🌻—where I will give you directions, word by word for the way you should go!
WEEK OF MARCH 27
April 1st - 4th
Spring Worship Encounter
"My Beloved is Calling Me to Return to My First Love" Rev. 2:1-4