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Archive for May, 2022

Waking Up

Melissa—Over the last several years I have heard many times that awakening is coming and I liked the sound of that! I’m all for it! I didn’t realize, however, until very recently that I had a very specific view of what that awakening would look like.  Over the last month my perspective is being shifted and awakening is starting to look differently than I originally had it all figured out.  So, I’m just going to be transparent about what I realized I was thinking it would look like.  

I grew up in the church — like for real, grew up IN the church.  My parents, grandpa, and many other family members were and are in ministry and I currently work on staff at my church.  I’m saying all of this to help frame where my definition of awakening came from.  My initial and long running view of awakening was, for the most part, that there would be some sort of mass experience that would cause people to look for, cry out for, or long for God.  They would run to local churches or people they knew were Christians seeking to know their Creator and we would just have glorious services of people getting saved and set free and beautiful times of worship.  Now, I’m not saying none of these elements will happen, but this is actually a very limited view of what awakening is.  The Holy Spirit has been mercifully expressing that to me. I hope that in the next few posts I write about “Waking Up” we may be able to enlarge our capacity and expectation for the awesome awakening coming upon us and our nation.

Bringing Things to Light

Kathy—Almighty God’s Awakening is bringing things to light in the remainder of this year, both awesome and awful things, and it won’t leave any part of culture untouched!  In every sphere of life, lust and pride and greed and evil have made monsters that distort and defy the will of God for mankind.  But in this Awakening, we’ll see sons of God moving into every mountain of culture to confront and defeat those monsters. On the government mountain, people are already awaking to what political monsters have been trying to do for 100 years.  There are those who have been pushing a global agenda to rule the world through lying, cheating, killing, stealing and destroying.  We as the Ekklesia must take the keys to the Kingdom and see that they are exposed and deposed and dethroned. 

Father Places the Members

As the people of God assemble today may they be and release what Father God put in each of them to be to the other members in the body of Christ. And may that be “just what the doctor ordered” for each person in the assembly so that they may be edified and impacted for the week ahead. 1Cor.12:18,Amp—“But now [as things really are], God has placed and arranged the parts in the body, each one of them, just as He willed and saw fit [with the best balance of function].”

Titles and T-Shirts

In Jn. 4:19 the woman said to Jesus, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.” He wasn’t wearing a T-shirt or handing out business cards or demanding that everyone use the title “prophet” in front of his name. What He was and what He was doing coincided without additional promotion. You don’t have to start a ministry if you are a ministry. If you “be” what you are in Christ, you will, of necessity, “do” what you are. Perhaps if there is no evidence in a person’s life-style, they will find it necessary to try and promote the idea, to the minds of others, of being a certain thing.

Because we Don’t Want to be Weird

Melissa–“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made both of them.” (Prov.20:12)  We are all capable of living a prophetic lifestyle without being a Prophet.  Sometimes we train ourselves to ignore the Prophetic Lifestyle because we don’t want to be weird. This really is an epic life we are meant to live. Don’t ignore it. This life is meant to be epic!

They Have Been There for a Long Time

Kathy—If you are breathing and reading this right now, you are already written into history’s script of an Awakening that is prewritten and predestined by God.  It is already happening and not just as a revival on the Church mountain of culture.  This Awakening will go down in history as more than a flash flood of souls coming into the church.  It carries an ever-increasing momentum that keeps leveling up in truth and revelation and clarity, and it will impact every mountain of culture.  In this 2020’s decade of Awakening, our eyes will be open with 20/20 vision to clearly see new things as well as things that we haven’t realized before now.  When God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes, he suddenly saw the horses and chariots of fire, but they hadn’t just arrived.  They had already been there outnumbering the opposition, but Gehazi didn’t know it until his awakening.

Declaring Harvest in Our Lives

I declare that it is time for harvest in our lives, our churches and in our nation. It is time for harvest of that which has been long awaited; the victories that our Lord has been cultivating in us during times of trial, pressing onward and it is time for endurance. We have not faced what we have faced and wrestled with what we have wrestled with and stood through testing for nothing. God has plowed and planted His Word into our lives. He has used people, circumstances and time to work His character into our lives. It will all yield its harvest in this age before the coming of our Lord. All the afore mentioned factors have been growing and maturing in us for a harvest that brings glory to Jehovah in this earth.

Aware of Doors of Opportunity

Melissa—If we don’t stay aware there is a possibility we may miss or won’t be able to get through the doors of opportunity and promotion ahead because we lost the keys at the end.  What’s coming is something quite spectacular, but it requires resolve to embrace what Father is doing right now to acquire the fullness of what is just ahead of us. This does not require a formula, perfection or works.  It simply requires walking in the grace that is completely surrounding us right now.  Let’s finish out this next half of 2022 being present and aware of God’s grace that is the key to a dynamic ending and beginning.  What a time to be alive.

Agreeing With God’s Stirrings

Kathy Gabler—Ekklesia (Church) missions are not always carried out in group settings.  We are the Ekklesia corporate whether we are on location together or not.  Last week, I looked out the front door at the early horizon.  It was hazy and silvery gray. The only outstanding thing was a black silhouette of a utility trailer in a field.  In that momentary scan across the horizon, my thought was that the silhouette looked like a canon in a civil war scene.  It was a few minutes later when I remembered that glance and the unusual thought.  Then I realized it was a visionary prompt to pray for our nation so that division and bloodshed could not divide and destroy it.  That’s a big prayer mandate and I knew I was not praying alone.  The Lord had surely stirred agreement and prompted others to pray also.  Perhaps some glimpsed a canon or a flag or a soldier or heard a bugle call to arms, who knows, but the Lord musters His army as needed.  So again, because we are His Ekklesia, may we not hesitate to pick up the keys for a Kingdom intersection or consider His prompts as optional!

Be up and Awake

Rom.13:12-14,Msg—“The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.  13 We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight.  14 Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Walk in the Commandments

It is God’s will for us to walk in the commandments of the LORD GOD and keep His Word so that our days may be increased. God increases our days so that we, and our children, might walk in the realization of promise fulfilled.  (Deut.11:21-22, Amp) “That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you diligently keep all this commandment which I command you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him—“  We are praying you discover daily that you are cleaving to God and keeping His life-giving Word.

The Right Questions

(Melissa Gabler) — We can ask the right kind of questions that lead down a path of deliverance, healing, and action.  When we ask the right questions we are able to hear the answers we need.  When we ask fear-based questions we have already come to the wrong, statistic-based, society-experienced conclusions.  These soulish conclusions make it really hard to hear a Spirit answer.  So, a good place to start asking the right question is to ask the Holy Spirit, “What questions should I be asking about this situation?” He will tell you, and most of the time these questions carry the answer in them.  The right questions are a key to unlock doors and chains.  The right questions give you the right perspective.

The Truth is Jesus

Kathy Gabler–If we just talk about what we sense or what is going on, that is like laying a ticking bomb in the laps of others instead of diffusing it! Anything that is contradictory to God’s will should be confronted with God’s Truth. The Truth is Jesus. The truth is His Word and character and purpose in earth as in heaven, and we can speak it and release it as a counterforce to contradictions, and it will make a difference. As believers and sons of God we cannot be more focused on conditions than the Truth. If we intend to pray in faith, we must think according to His Word and principles and character, instead of falling into upset over circumstances.

Kudos Not Necessary

David was not comforted in the valley of the shadow of death because he was surrounded by people patting him on the back and voting for him to be man of the year. At one point, his own son turned on him and tried to usurp the throne. David didn’t receive comfort in the bottom of the valley of the shadow of death because all of his wonderful elite friends and family were showering kudos and compliments on him, nor was it because all his bills were paid. He was comforted because the rod and staff (both used for guiding and defending) of the Shepherd was with him. That meant that David knew correction and he knew God‘s order. “Come on Shepherd, bring your rod and your staff. Just bring your presence, just bring your person, bring anything you need to bring with you for correction, for instruction, for edification.”

Preparing, Delivering, Training Us

Melissa—God has been preparing us, adding to us, delivering us, and training us for this moment.  We start by being aware of that so that we don’t skip ahead unarmed.  That awareness I’m talking about is a state to live in for the last half of this year.  Simply put, we can’t allow ourselves to shut down and just get focused on getting past this middle section of the year so we can finish the year on autopilot.  This awareness is something we can remind ourselves of when we get out of bed in the morning, “God is working something in me today that is propelling me victoriously into this decade I was born to affect.” Something along these lines would be a good verbal reminder each day.

God’s Will and Order

Kathy—We pray, declare, decree and take action with the keys (authority) God gives us, and in that moment the Ekklesia and The Kingdom intersect.  That is when God’s will and order and government manifest in the earth.  That intersection can be as personal as your prayer over breakfast manifesting healing for your headache or as public as a Supreme Court decision that came because your prayers are answered.  And before you think that’s impossible that you could ever affect the Supreme Court, remember you are the Ekklesia which means you are part of something bigger than yourself.  So when the Holy Spirit directs your prayer, you can be confident that prayer carries all the corporate weight needed to succeed because we can trust the Lord to generate any and all necessary agreement.  

Testimony and Encouragement

As the people of God assemble today may they hear the life-giving, powerful Word of God preached and may they rehearse it to one another as testimony and encouragement for strength for the battle and hope for tomorrow. May they approach the coming week and coming challenges of life with assurance that God Almighty is with them and will not forsake them. Deut.31:8,Amp—“It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].”

It Might Just be Weird

At the very moment that you find yourself stepping into the valley of the shadow of death, just start repeating the Word of God that does not fail, that does not change. “I will not fear any evil because THOU art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Now that may be just plain weird by most people’s standard: I am in the valley of the shadow of death but right in the middle of it I have comfort (Ps.23:4).

Battle, Training, Equipping

Melissa—What I keep seeing is the last stretch of earning our stripes for, dare I say it, the battle ahead. There is battle coming, but our training and equipping is gearing us up to take it head on.  I just have such a sense that even though the battle will be hot we will experience it like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, “… saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who had sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him,” (Daniel 3:27-28). In order to be like these fire-walkers we need to stay in our lane so the finishing touches can be put in place.

Delegated Authority With Keys

Kathy—It is Jesus that delegates His authority with the keys, not for us to become superman, but to become super-sons of God that don’t misuse the authority that He entrusts to us. When we discern things are not God’s will or there is obvious evil or conflict or contradiction in our face, we don’t take dominion because we are trying to rule the world (like some delusional dictator from the Dark Side).  We take dominion because Jesus is LORD and we are His Ekklesia, His called out ones entrusted to operate in His Name in the earth.  

Light When Facing the Shadow of Death

I wonder if David had seen by faith, or by revelation, Jesus already walking out of the tomb when he was in that valley of the shadow of death. If we will just open up our hearts and open up our eyes, even in the most pressing moments of the darkest hours, God will reveal things to us that we don’t know presently. It will be like the breaking of the dawn of the brightest day after the darkest night. Isa.58:8,Amp—“Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”

Assignments and Lessons

Melissa—If you are like me, and a lot of people I know, this has not been the most desirable decade for us, especially after wading through the couple just before it.  So that makes it even more understandable why we want to look ahead.  I personally would rather call it a wash, and finish the year on the couch watching holiday movies. Can I get a witness? The thing is, we can’t just sit back and wish for better times because there are assignments to be completed and lessons to be learned that are necessary for the whole decade.

Jesus Builds and Empowers

Kathy—The operations of traditional church simply don’t carry the power or impact that God intended for His Ekklesia/Church.  I am not suggesting that we strain or strive to not be traditional but that we yield ourselves to Jesus as He builds His Church/Ekklesia.  His building process is more than simply adding to its numbers.  Build also means “edify, mature and develop”.  So before we get determined and get a hernia trying to be the Ekklesia, or before we get zealous and start calling fire down out of heaven, or before we almost drown trying to walk on water, let’s remember it is Jesus that builds and empowers us as His Church. 

Where my Help Comes From

As the people of God assemble today may they lift up their eyes from their immediate discouragements and fears and look to the mighty El Elyon Who created heaven and earth. May they find comfort in being covered by His hand and may they be filled with the assurance that He has never failed in His promises and He is acting in their behalf.  Ps.121:1-2,Msg—“I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.