We are celebrating Reformation Day! On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the Wittenberg Church door in Germany. What had been covered over by centuries of profitable and manipulative tradition, was exposed and the truth of God’s Word, the Gospel of salvation by grace (Eph.2:8), was made known. There is ONE Mediator between God and man, not a Mediator plus someone or some religious/ecclesiastical system (Heb.10:10). That Mediator, JESUS, alone was appointed by God to make atonement for the sins of men by His death. His atonement alone gives only Him authorization to be our Intercessor with God in our behalf. All persons (no matter race or creed) are to go directly to that Intercessor JESUS (Heb.7:25) and trust only in this Mediator alone. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Tim.2:5).
Kathy — At God-intersections, when He reveals His doings, we witness not only His acts but also His might and love and faithfulness. Seeing beyond the “what” to the “who” He will most certainly stir us to worship and our worship is a sound of agreement from the earth regarding who He is in Heaven! I don’t know yet all that His breakthroughs have prepped and set in motion, but I believe we will recognize them as the Intervener intervening in the weeks to come.
Have a shoe that rubs your foot? If you limp in a certain way and with certain timing, it ain’t such a bad way to live. You can get by. But there is more to life than just getting by. You don’t have to learn to live with that shoe. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what God says we can do and have. “The thief has come to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that they might have life more abundant.” (Jn10:10)
Kathy — The Israelites feared they could not keep foreigners and their devils and their darkness from invading just as today many believers can’t see how we can push back the darkness that is threatening our boundaries (and unfortunately we have had decades of dispensational teaching to back us not even trying). However, while there are devilish absurdities pushing all our boundaries, we do not have to bow to false god worshipers nor make their dreams come true. We dare not. Instead, we can renew our minds and align with our Father’s agenda so that I AM’s presence, power, ruling authority, governmental order, design and intent manifest and change our nation into an as in heaven condition. The Israelites didn’t mount up in mass and charge Goliath and take him down. It was David, just a remnant, that faced off with him and took him down. Many or few (1Sam.14:6), renewing our minds will position us to defeat darkness in our nation.
Israel had never settled for the likes of Egyptian bondage before the time period of their oppression there but they eventually accepted their circumstances. And the resolve was passed on to those who came after them. They were so removed from the presence of God that they became afraid of His presence (Ex.20:18). Defeat and discouragement make you think backwards. But the Spirit of God can turn us around. 1Co.2:12, KJV — “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Kathy — We seek first the Kingdom by looking to the King, the All-that’s-needed, Present-tense, Undefeatable I AM who is the core of “as it is in heaven”. After looking to Him we can see as He sees. Seeing from heaven to earth is a different dynamic than from earth to heaven. From heaven we look through His scope and see where the lines fall and should fall rather than looking up through the chaos and disorder of earth. From heaven to earth, His wisdom and intent override emotion and memories and experience and preferences and mis-beliefs and needs and longings and grief and impatience and fear that can distort our thinking.
As the people of God assemble today, may there be a sense of community and oneness as people of God look together unto that One from whom comes their strength. May they find strength in community and strength in their God. ”I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Ps.121:1-2, KJV)
We are built to anticipate. Each of us already has a pretty full plate of anticipation about the rest of the year. If we are honest, I believe we will admit that we are continually anticipating what is ahead whether we are anticipating good or bad, productive or nonproductive, desired or undesirable. It is quite difficult to anticipate the provision or intervention of God if we are not looking to God and His Word, if our anticipation capacity is already filled with the negative or the false. Ps.145:15 (NKJV) “The eyes of all look expectantly to You…” Ps.145:15 (NET) “Everything looks to you in ANTICIPATION…”
Kathy — We have to have our minds renewed to think like our Father. A renewed mind equips us to walk in dominion because we are enabled to discern both what’s going on and what to allow in earth that aligns with “as in heaven”. When Jesus taught the disciples to pray “Father, Your will be done on earth as in heaven”, who knew how much the answer to that prayer would extensively involve sons and daughters? We are all involved in this heaven-to-earth process, and our starting posture is looking to Him.
God’s Word, God’s promises, God’s covenant with His people have not become void or suspended or even diminished. “Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.” (Isa.55:3, Amp) Panic and/or despair are nothing but wasted thoughts and emotions. Those people who walk uprightly before their God will be kept in the shadow of the Almighty. “For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Ps.84:11, Amp) Jehovah (“self-Existent”) is still Jehovah and remains all that He has ever been and His Word is still good and cannot be changed. “God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.” (Matt.5:18, Msg)
Kathy — If devils show up on our “radar” (awareness, discernment), we can take that as time for a throw down! Eph. 6:12, says “we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood” opponents, but it doesn’t just say, “We wrestle not”! In fact, it gives us a loud list of what we are wrestling: authorities and powers of darkness, master spirits who are world rulers of darkness and spirit forces of wickedness in the supernatural realm. Wrestling is about forcing an opponent to the ground. In spiritual battles, this will involve using un-carnal, God-sanctioned weapons. In wrestling, the right move is the right weapon. We have moves like effectual prayer or declaration or decree or unique obedience or gifts of the Spirit or laying on of hands, coming in the opposite spirit and corporate agreement. If the confrontation isn’t a quick “one shot, one kill” and it becomes a laborious, wearisome show-down, remember also that wrestling involves refusing to go down. Even if lion’s breath is in your face and melting your nose hairs, don’t go down in discouragement and despair. You are not wrestling to go down and end up as a lion’s lunch. Texans were inspired by their battle cry, “Remember the Alamo.” Sons of God can cry, “Remember Daniel’s Den!” That was an awesome as-it-is-in-heaven, throw-down moment of heaven coming to earth. When the wrestling match is won, we dispossess and displace the enemy, take back what they stole and bring heaven’s order into the chaos and dysfunction they caused.
The priorities we give ourselves to now are already having an impact upon our future. I have heard regrets expressed like, “If only we would have saved ‘X’ amount of money each month instead of buying that timeshare, we would have enough for this major home repair we have had to borrow money for.” “If we would have spent more time with our son while he was growing up, maybe he wouldn’t have ended up in so much trouble.” Each of us can picture those scenarios in our minds and just what they might entail and the “if” in each example rings significantly. Stewardship of our person and of the present and future events of our lives, community and nation will not only have a resulting impact upon us but also upon many others, including family. A great deal of confusing events are going on in our nation presently and they are impacting our lives and loudly screaming for our attention and energy and finance. And yet… stewardship matters.
A King has stewards so He will have someone to act through for the needs of those in His domain and the advancement of that domain (Lk.12:42-48). The King’s stewards consider present actions for future benefit of the King and His Kingdom as well as the efficient present function of that Kingdom. 1Pe.1:13, TPT — “So then, prepare your hearts and minds for action! Stay alert and fix your hope firmly on the marvelous grace that is coming to you. For when Jesus Christ is unveiled, a greater measure of grace will be released to you.” Lk.12:35-36, TPT — “Be prepared for action at a moment’s notice. 36 Be like the servants who anticipate their master’s return from a wedding celebration. They are ready to unlock and open the door for him at a moment’s notice.”
Voting is a privilege of citizenship and a basic act of Christian stewardship. You make the choice: do you want America or non-America? After November 3, 2020 it will be one or the other.
Kathy — With renewed minds we can think like our Father. Being transformed means we go through metamorphosis that changes our nature from the inside out to enable us for purpose. Walking in purpose we prove, or discern and allow what is God’s order and design. So, if a toxic atmosphere moves in like a fog, we can sense it and counter it. For example, if there is another shooting massacre, even while the media is just beginning their frenzy, we take a stand in our living room and declare, “No more.” We can be confident that agreement between heaven and earth in that moment will give God access to stop a domino effect before the power of the air can affect another crazed mind to stage a shooting. If toxic air moves in and touches our awareness, that tells us those spirits are close enough that we should touch back. There’s no reason to allow devils to freely do what they come to do. They may have squeezed in through a legal loophole, but their illegal agenda can’t stand in a face-off with sons/daughters of God legislating according to ‘as it is in heaven’!
As the people of God assemble today, may they be strengthened, encouraged, equipped and comforted by the gifts of Christ (Eph.4:11-12) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor.14:3) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Israel decided they were going back to Egypt because recollection of a physical past was all they had (Ex.16:3; Num.11:5). They couldn’t remember anything of a spiritual history because so many generations had wrestled through problems without spiritual wisdom or enablement. Start a spiritual history in your generation for the benefit of those to come. Ps.145:4, Amp — “One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty and remarkable acts.”
Kathy — We have to remember that we are not here to conform to the age we live in, nor to its rules of engagement, nor to its course and flow, nor to its fashion and norms, nor to its anxieties and fears, nor to any other toxic influence in it’s atmosphere. It is the will of our Father that we live and move and have our being in Him, not in the pollution of ungodly agendas, hellish propaganda or cycling stupidity. We were not born to be pawns of the “prince of power of the air.” So we must refuse to be conformed to this world, (Rom 12:2), and instead be transformed by the renewing of our mind, in order to prove what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God. Most of my years, I thought of that scripture as a personal challenge about my life. I knew I should not conform and just go with the flow around me, even in Bible College. I knew my thinking had to be like my Father’s, but the pivotal word in the KJV for me was prove. I thought that scripture was saying I needed to prove that I could muster up and measure up to God’s will. However, when I searched the definitions of the words in that verse, I discovered that being renewed in mind and being transformed is more about equipping than measuring up. The word prove there is a Greek word that means “to discern, to examine, to allow”. So, let me paraphrase Rom 12:2, We are transformed from the inside out when our thinking and feelings and reasoning and understanding are developed and no longer molded by the common or typical. We can then discern that which is beneficial to and that which is agreeable with and that which is acceptable in God’s design and original intent. So that scripture is not about us proving we can merit our Father’s approval. It is about being transformed by a renewing of our mind so that we think and live like a mature son or daughter that understands they are already approved by Father as well as equipped to discern and examine what’s going on in this age. Then a mature son or daughter allows and approves what aligns with as it is in heaven and participates with heaven coming to earth!
May the Lord turn situations completely around to your benefit. May the Lord shut the mouths of those who are attempting to hinder your progress and purpose and defeat their attempts. Awhile back we received a call about a man several of us have been agreeing with in prayer. For several years, several of his superiors had decided to prevent any promotions for him. They were hindering his being facilitated properly to get his job done, attempting to make him look bad. Some were jealous of his success in his projects. But, suddenly, the Lord turned the tables and they ended up apologizing to him and helping him! God is not finished with people or situations they create. Look for Him to turn it all around. “The upright shall see it and be glad, but all iniquity shall shut its mouth.” (Ps.107:42, Amp) “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.” (Ps.97:10, NKJV)
Kathy — Let’s follow history beyond Goliath into the Middle Ages, (400AD to 1500AD). A guy with a complaint could start a fight and set the rules of engagement just by throwing a gauntlet (a heavy-duty glove) at someone’s feet. Under the sway of that age, you were then obligated to rules of engagement that required you to get a pole and a horse and risk your life in a joust! Supposedly that was all in the name of honor and dignity, though it sounds a bit more like pride and stupidity. For hundreds of years after jousting, there were duels from 1500-1900. This time, if a man slapped you in the face with a glove, you were obligated by the rules of engagement to risk dying or killing someone! Who made that Koolaid? Of course, the culture of that age made it the way of the world. When you consider the huge span of years in history, it begs the question: how does a foolish and destructive paradigm stay so consistent throughout different cultures over a span of centuries? The answer is not complex. We know who has been the consistent negative effect on cultures and we know who has mastered taking advantage of human nature, the prince of the power of the air. Eph. 2:2 says – you walked habitually following the course and fashion under the sway of the present age, following the prince of the power of the air. You were under the control of the demon spirit that is constantly at work. No matter what century, what culture, the same prince of the power of the air is constantly at work in every age and he uses the same methods.
If we do not get to promise because of our willingness to remain just this side of it, we end up accepting our present circumstances as an acceptable substitute. One of the defeating factors of living with that substitute long enough is that it can become preferred over the cost of actually getting to promise. But anything short of promise also falls short of glorifying God. 2Cor.1:20, TPT — “For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!”
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Kathy — The whole scene between David and Goliath could have been on FOX news last week: “A false-god-worshiping foreigner intended to immigrate into the nation and rule the nation with his nation’s laws and gods. He fully intended to obligate another nation to serve him as an immigrant and make the immigrants’ dreams come true.” Sound familiar yet? We have to wonder why men keep allowing the enemy to set the rules of engagement. We have to question also why history keeps repeating itself and why the same influences keep showing up to sway history. Isa.54:13, TPT — “All your children will be taught by Yahweh, and great will be their peace and prosperity.”
As the people of God assemble today, may they be mindful of those who have suffered loss in shutdowns, business closures during the Covid crisis, the loss of loved ones, riots and recent hurricanes and for the effects of those crises upon America. May they pray for those who are hurting and those who have lost so much. And may they be thankful for the mercies of the Lord that are new every morning, for great is His faithfulness. ”For He has not despised nor detested the suffering of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He listened.” (Ps.22:24, Amp)
When we can look beyond today and see tomorrow, God will give us all we see and our children will benefit. “The Lord said to Abram…lift up your eyes from where you are…All the land you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” (Gen.13:14) We can break in our generation the things that have bound us so our children do not have to live under them.
Kathy — God’s plans for where we are going depend on our being who we need to be when we get there. That requires transformation, and transformation comes through trials. Let me say that more exactly: transformation comes through listening and learning His Ways in trials, which is the opposite of hardening the heart! Rom.12:2, Amp — “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”