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Archive for July, 2020

Embracing God’s Timing

TimingLookWatch.jpgKathy — We need to embrace God’s timing by realizing it is not about counting hours, it is about trusting God. So, embracing His timing includes keeping our attitude right until His processing in us is complete. Isa.49:23—”They that hope in the Lord will not be disappointed.” It does not say “they that hope in their desired time frame.” Our hope is in the Lord of the process, the Lord of timing.

Important Relationships

God had spoken to David years before he met those guys in 1Chron.12. But BodyDrawing.pngrelationship with them played a major role in bringing him to the throne. David was not able to get into his God-appointed position without those important relationships. Rom.12:4-5 shows us that we cannot prove the will of God by ourselves but only in relationship. Rom.12:4-5, Amp — “For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use, so we, who are many, are [nevertheless just] one body in Christ, and individually [we are] parts one of another [mutually dependent on each other].”

Possibility of Missing God’s Timing

Kathy — Remember those restless nights before an important day when you were clocksafraid you would not hear the alarm so you tossed and turned? I think we are sometimes driven to anxiousness by the possibility of missing God’s timing. But if we learn to think of His timing as a process rather than an hour, some of the anxiety subsides. Phil.4:6-7, Msg — “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Please Make it Pain Free!

PainWomanHandHead.jpgHow often do we want to cry, “God, please make it pain free!” The zone of God’s rank and order may not be a pain-free zone. The relationships God puts us in may be for the purpose of causing the friction that burns off the things that cannot come into harmony with the destiny of Jesus. David dodged javelins and John Mark had to dodge Paul. Steel sharpens steel. (Gal.4:19)

Seven in the Bible

NumberSeven.pngKathy —The biblical significance of “seven” is “a completed SPIRITUAL work.” So the number “7” in Ps.12:6 and Job 5:19 is about a comprehensive maturing process in us. Be it “7” confrontations, or a trial that lasts “7” days or “7” weeks or “7 x 70” weeks, I do not believe God is counting to seven; rather He is overseeing the progress in us in order to bring us to completion and fulfillment.

Wage Warfare With Prophecies

As the people of God assemble today may they encourage one another to look unto HillsMorning.jpegthe hills from whence cometh their help, that help that comes from God (Ps.121:1-2). May they declare that they will not stop praying and believing and declaring the truths of God Almighty and call one another into alignment with the words of the Lord they have received before the chaos and the tumult and the storms. 1Tim.1:18-19, TPT — “…in keeping with the very first prophecies that were spoken over your life, and are now in the process of fulfillment in this great work of ministry, in keeping with the prophecies spoken over you. With this encouragement use your prophecies as weapons as you wage spiritual warfare by faith and with a clean conscience…”

My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me

“My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” – William C. Martin
1 I trust in God wherever I may be,
Upon the land or on the rolling sea;
For come what may, from day to day,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know he cares for me,
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, he keeps my soul,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

2 He makes the rose an object of his care,
He guides the eagle through the pathless air;
And surely he remembers me,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

3 I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,
On battlefield, or in the prison pen;
Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
My heav’nly Father watches over me. 

Video: “My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me”
Sung by West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir 
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Goodness and Mercy Run After Me

sunrise_blueKathy — Psalm 23:6 says most certainly goodness and mercy will run after me and pursue me all the days of my life.  May I be aware of each time they reach me, and may I be grateful . . . all the days of my life.

Where we are Supposed to Be

Since everything flows out of Jesus (Col.1:17), rank and order is not hierarchy, it is HoldingCandle.jpgeach person being where they are supposed to be and functioning as they are supposed to function. That is how the world will see His glory; when we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to do, releasing Heaven into earth. (1Cor.6:20; 1Pe.2:12) Matt.5:16, Amp — “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

As Silver Tried in a Furnace

HeatFurnaceKathy — There is no anxiousness in God’s timing. That makes it very different from my definition of timing. Aligning circumstances and creating opportunities is the easy part for Father. Preparing us to walk in those opportunities is the real work of His timing. Ps.12:6 “The words of the Lord are pure, as silver tried in a furnace, purified seven times.”

Something Bigger Than Ourselves

HoldUpArms.jpegEach of us is part of something bigger than ourselves. That is why Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms. There is one man in the universe that God recognizes: the many-membered Man Christ Jesus. All of our relationships are subject to that premiere fact. 1Cor.12:20 “…now there are many members yet one body…”

Do Not Jump Ahead of Time

FrogJumpingKathy — Gal.4:4 – “in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son.” It was not a calendar date as much as an appointed condition when God had nations, cultures, politics, and people in position for the birth of Jesus. Don’t jump out there ahead of God because He is positioning people, time and circumstances to accommodate us in fulfilling His purposes… and it all just works out better in His fullness of time.

Bonds of the Family of God

FellowshipHarmonyAs the people of God assemble today may they give themselves to the viability of the Word of God and the strength of fellowship and stand firm that their peace not be stolen. May they find refuge in the shelter of the Almighty and find security in the bonds of the family of God. Eph.2:19, ESV — “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

God Measures Time

Clock in handsKathy — While man is measuring time in seconds and minutes, God is measuring time in changes, responses, transformations and alignment of people and circumstances. His primary aim is to transform people.There are those awesomely orchestrated times when His transforming events coincide on a calendar date just to declare His presence and sovereignty and loving attention to details in our lives. (Jer.29:11)

Awake at the Wheel

Melissa — Awakening is for all of us, not just the unbeliever. I’m quite excited at the thought of being awake at the wheel now and moving forward with foresight. You SteeringWheelHandRoad.jpgare no longer under subjugation of fear, diagnosis, lack, delay, the past, oppression, depression or even snares in your bloodline. You’re on a new page of your life. Just know that things are about to get amazing and shift in ways we cannot imagine. This may seem like a crazy thing to say at this point in 2020, but the truth is far more powerful than the lie. You are free and about to see great and mighty things on a much larger scale.

Eternity in Their Heart

HandsRaisedSunrise.jpgTomorrow is already in your heart. “He has also set eternity in their heart…” (Eccl.3:11). God has put something in you that identifies with tomorrow, that longs for tomorrow. Set it free. The wise man tells us here that there is something beyond the present; there is a tomorrow and there is an order in this present that speaks of that tomorrow, and that if observed and obeyed, will get us to that tomorrow.

Operate in a Realm of Freedom

Melissa — A couple of weeks ago when the Lord spoke to my heart, “No longer subjugated”, He also tore something apart. Could that have been a principality that PaperTearingRip.jpgHe tore up? Perhaps one that has been sitting all high and mighty but met it’s doomsday? Gotta say, I really like the sound of that! Then a couple of days after this tremendous insight I heard, “The page has turned”. Not only did He shred something, but right behind it He turned a page. We are at a point for which we have been waiting and hoping. I know a lot of us feel like it has taken forever but we have had to acclimate to be able to shift into the next place. We’ve needed to be prepared for this new level, this new reality. The old norm can’t function at this level. The old norm operated under subjugation, but now it’s time to operate in a realm of freedom like we’ve not seen.

Progression to What is Prepared

God speaks the progression of time and events and His authority and power bring them into being. That is why we must cling to God’s Word and get into alignment JesusPointingWay.pngwith it. If God can trust us to speak under His direction and authority, what we speak will come to pass. Isa.14:24 — ”Just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand.”  The reason Jehovah declares tomorrow is for our benefit, for His declarations free us from our limitations. His declarations clear the atmosphere for receiving His inevitable works of wonder. Everything man needed was already in the garden before he was created. Before Adam was hungry there was food; before he was thirsty there was water. Our Lord is taking us to that which is prepared. (Isa. 52:12)

Sensitive to Where You Need to be

FollowingJesusMay the Lord give you the sensitivity you need for the present season you are in. May you be sensitive to where you need to be and when you need to be there and what you need to do when you get there. Ps.32:8, NLT — “The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Lord of Angel-Armies

As the people of God assemble today may they testify and proclaim into the atmosphere that there is One God and His name is Yahweh and He is the Savior of warriorangelHis people and He is Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Angel-Armies. 1Sam.17:45 “David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock.  46b …THE WHOLE EARTH WILL KNOW THERE’S AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD in Israel.  47 And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God!” (Msg)

HE is my Tomorrow

FlowersSunriseThe very first day of the world came into existence because God, who already existed brought it into existence. HE is my tomorrow. “Yes, from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who can hinder or reverse it?” (Isa.43:13, Amp) Jehovah cannot be kept out of tomorrow nor can His plans be stopped.

Part of the Awakening

Melissa — A couple of weeks before I heard “No longer subjugated” the Lord told WomanWakeUp.jpgme that He is using this current oppression to deliver us from life-long oppression. So, when subjugation came up it was quite loud to me that He was saying we are no longer under control of decades, possibly centuries, of oppression. This is huge! This is part of the awakening. We’ve been asleep at the wheel and this explains to me why we haven’t seen great and mighty things on a larger scale that we know we are supposed to be seeing.

To and Through Tomorrow

The dimensions of man are height, length, width and time. Those dimensions were EarthDimensionsSpace.jpgmade for man to function in. God can function in or out of them with equal effectiveness. If God can never be limited by any dimension, He can declare tomorrow and He can get you to and thru tomorrow with no problem! Isa.46:10, Msg — “Remember your history, your long and rich history. I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have incomparable, irreplaceable—From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul, I’ll do exactly what I set out to do,’”

No Longer Subjugated

Melissa — Recently I was thinking about some people in my life that need answers OxYoke.jpgin a big way. They’ve been fighting life-altering circumstances and they just need answers, change, miracles! As this is going through my head I all of a sudden see something being ripped in half and I hear, “No longer subjugated.” Subjugated is not a word in my vocabulary so I had to look it up. Subjugate (Websters 1828 dictionary): “To subdue and bring under the yoke of power or dominion; to conquer by force and compel to submit to the government or absolute control of another.” Well, that made my hair stand up!