Melissa—It is starting to make sense why this awakening is so intense. We have the opportunity to move from a substandard life to a premium life (see post on 6-21-22) if we will embrace this alarm and not press the snooze button! This moment really is an invitation to something incredible. This is an invitation to enter into and function from the fear of the Lord for the sake of the Kingdom and for His glory. I really like the sound of that. I really want to live that.
There is a lot of downloading coming to us from heaven. There is also a lot coming to us through the internet. Take caution with what you do with what is coming in on your computer. There are all manner of prophecies out there about what is supposed to be happening in the near future. I received a call from a pastor recently who told me that there were some people in his congregation hearing one thing from one prophet and others were hearing from another prophet who contradicted the first prophet and the church was torn as to which one they were going to go with concerning the future. It is time to practice discernment and caution. 1Jn.4:1,NASB—“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Kathy—Some people fear that civil war might come to our nation again but civil war is not coming, it’s already here. It just doesn’t look like the Civil War we had in 1861. Civil war is defined as “ordinary citizens or ordinary communities opposing and fighting one another”, and so goes the daily news. It is not a matter of the North against the South or blue against gray this time. Hired bullies have been sent into ordinary communities to start wars. Pockets of ordinary citizens throughout the nation are caught up in multiple, noble sounding conflicts over rights or race or gender or politics or philosophies or law and order. However, no matter how varied the issues, the intent of warmongering remains simply to divide in order to conquer. That battle principle is in Mark 3:24-25 “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house is not able to stand.” (LITV) v.24-25, CEV “A nation whose people fight each other won’t last very long. And a family that fights won’t last long either.” Therefore, we must be discerning and stay aware that there is more to civil war than the chaos and violence and injustice and stupidity that are all too obvious. The civil war we are in is first and foremost a spiritual war. If we look below the surface commotion, we will find a spirit of division actively instigating and fueling each battle.
As the people of God assemble today may they find the Lord of Life to be their strength, their guide and their firm foundation and shun all fears and anxieties. May they know Him in the intimacy of worship and high praise and soar far above all that threatens and concerns them. Ps.118:14,Amp—“The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation.”
Melissa—The more we wake up the more we live as a son. I had a recent revelation about prayer. You know how sometimes you pray and pray and pray for something to change or manifest in your life and it seems like the prayer falls on deaf ears? The Lord showed me a picture of me just standing in one spot praying my repetitive prayer and nothing happening. Then He showed me a picture of me doing the same thing but instead of standing still I was moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other, continually moving ahead and reaching the answer. Then He broke it down for me. The first picture of standing still was a victim posture, staying in the same posture, waiting on a “magical moment” to change my circumstances. The second picture of moving forward was the posture of a son walking onward knowing there is good in God’s intention for my life which is ahead of me. So, let me say it this way, a victim waits for magic but a son walks in inheritance. I am waking up. Thank God. Awakening is upon us. Get ready. Being awake is a whole new state of existence. “For this reason He says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light’.” (Ephesians 5:14 AMP) [Final segment of “Waking Up”]
Kathy—There are variables in the hearts of everyone concerned. There are influences in the lives of everyone involved that interfere with embracing the will of God, but God is faithfully working all things toward His good plans and original intent for your family. You can rest in that and trust Him even in this terrible storm.
Melissa—We better be ready for awakening to bring some shock and awe too! It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, (Eph.5:12-13,NLT) This awakening is going deep. It’s going to shed light on things that have been going on under our noses but we haven’t seen it because we have been asleep. It will be shocking, but that is why reformation comes with it. Reform will deal with evil.
Melissa—When I was hearing about and thinking about awakening, did I really expect awakening to be all around me and not in me?! I guess I did and I guess I was very wrong. Thank God. We are in the midst of a seriously sobering season. We are in the thick of the increase of His perpetually increasing government (Isaiah 9:7). Awakening won’t be limited to the American church’s view of what it should look like to be most effective. Awakening is going to seep through the cracks in the foundation of the American church and reform it. Awakening brings reformation. [Part 3 of “Waking Up”]
Melissa—Many times I have heard that awakening is coming. Let me add that, more recently, I have been hearing words about not only awakening coming to the nations but to the church. Well, that also sounded really good and I have been all for that too! Still, being transparent, I wasn’t quite getting it yet. Sometimes it’s easy to point the finger at a church I think isn’t awake. I just know the Holy Spirit is like, “Aww, bless her heart. She thinks she’s awake!” Then He graciously begins to shake me out of my slumber and I can only fall silent in amazement. For this reason He says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14 AMP) [Part 2 of “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.
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.
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.
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].”
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.
Melissa—This time of year, especially when considering, “How are things progressing and what will the progression be like in months to come?”, the norm is to start looking ahead. There’s an anticipation of what is coming and what could be. And on the spiritual side of things there is a buzz with indications of new and unconventional opportunities within our reach. We have plenty to be excited and anticipatory about but, due to the nature of what is ahead in the next half, I believe we need to press in to Holy Spirit’s leading and stay focused on present tasks to finish it well.
May is the month to pray for and begin looking for major events to take place in our nation that will affect the future of our families and churches and freedoms. Rom.8:21—“That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
Melissa—How do we navigate the rest of this year? With a perspective shift. It’s time to realize that our Holy Father has been doing what He intended to do all along and we can be a part of it if we stop believing lies that say otherwise. That’s literally all it is. It’s time to shift from an American Christian view of what’s happening to His view. This happens by seeking Him daily. Now, this does not mean get up at 4:30 in the morning and spend an hour reading a devotional and praying. However, that’s not a wrong thing, but seeking Him is an all day thing. It’s about being aware that the Holy Spirit is here in this moment and will teach you and guide all day, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 16:13-14) This perspective shift is really a lifestyle shift. The Holy Spirit is leading us away from living as victims to a life of victory. Leave the past right here and be transformed into your next role as you seek Him.
This is big. This is going to be phenomenal. It’s showtime! Are you in?
As the people of God assemble today, may they encourage one another to take hope and determine to take courage in the Lord of Lords. Joshua didn’t have all the information nor all the answers for the challenges that he faced coming at him from the future but the word of the Lord to him was to go forward anyway. Josh.1:9—“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Ps.31:24—Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.
I will fear no evil for THOU (v.1-Good Shepherd) art with me, sometimes, when I’m really extra good and sometimes when I haven’t made anybody mad at me and when nobody has pulled out in front of me in traffic and when I read a couple of chapters of the Bible before I went to bed. No, there was an imperfect man (David) saying, “Though I WALK THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death”. It doesn’t matter who I am, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done, it’s all on Him (v.1-Good Shepherd). Because He (v.1-Good Shepherd) went to a cross called Calvary and there He (v.1-Good Shepherd) bled and died and on the third day after they laid Him (v.1-Good Shepherd) in a tomb He (v.1-Good Shepherd) walked out. And He (v.1-Good Shepherd) didn’t even have a limp. David said, “I will not fear a thing in this valley nor will I fear a thing in that shadow. I will not fear a thing that shadow brings against me or that attempts against me “for THOU (v.1-Good Shepherd) art with me”.
Melissa—Father God has been putting the pieces together all along, and you have a role in which to stand. Don’t give up now. Don’t believe that you’ve missed it. Let me say this again, the long lasting, deep, most satisfying things take longer because we have to have the understanding and character to not only attain them but to sustain them. How do you know that you have not been trained all along for the role you are about to receive? Is He not that sovereign? Is He not the Redeemer of time?
Kathy—Jesus lived out an example for the Ekklesia, or the Church, that He said He would build. He showed us how to bring God’s will into earth’s conflicts and contradictions. He demonstrated Kingdom authority every time He did something, whether it was turning water into wine or taking dominion over a fig tree. Every time He healed a paralytic or raised the dead or delivered someone from demons, Kingdom order came into earth. He was training His People that they could access Kingdom rule and power, and He didn’t take it lightly when His trainees did not pick up the keys that He gave them. Remember when the disciples woke Him up in the boat because of the stormy sea one night, He addressed His disciples BEFORE He addressed the weather! He reprimanded them in Matt 8:26 saying, “Why are you so afraid? Why are you such cowards?” Then in Matt 17:17, when the man brought his son with epilepsy and the disciples couldn’t cure him, again Jesus rebuked the disciples BEFORE He rebuked the demon. (AMP) He said, “You unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring the boy here to Me.” That same verse, Matt 17:17, isn’t any milder in other versions. One reads: “You unbelieving, corrupt and perverted generation!” (MSG) “You have No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things?” (CEV) “You people are too stubborn to have any faith! How much longer must I be with you? Why do I have to put up with you?” Jesus did not mollycoddle them when they didn’t pick up the keys and take authority and get Kingdom results.
When David spoke of the valley of the shadow of death he didn’t say, “I took two dozen of my best friends and two dozen of my best intercessors and we had a great time right down there in the middle of the bottom of that thing”. No, he didn’t say that because he was all by himself. But when he was walking through the valley of the shadow of death nothing changed with Yahweh, nothing changed with God Almighty sitting on the throne of heaven. Nothing changed, no plans changed. Nothing changed with God. David messed himself up for a while but nothing changed with God. God didn’t send for a scribing angel to come and bring extra ink and quill pens and scratch out a bunch of stuff on the record of David’s life. David didn’t mess up God, he didn’t mess up God‘s plan. Jehovah didn’t push back in some stops that he had already pulled out. God did not get messed up. God did not get discouraged nor did God get confused. God did not send back some angel armies that he had already called for, angels that were already on the line and ready to go. They were still on the line ready to go. David said, “Yea though I WALK THROUGH”. There is nothing in that passage that says he paused or that he stopped or that he missed a step or that he missed a beat but he kept walking through. There is nothing going on in this nation, there is nothing going on in Russia, there’s nothing going on in China, there’s nothing going on in any part of this world that says to you and I that Yahweh has throttled back and there’s a little bit of hesitation going on in the universe. There is no hesitation going on on the part of God. The only thing going on right now is people becoming fearful while they are dealing with that dark entity in the valley. BUT…. “I will fear NO evil for THOU art with me” (Ps.23:4).
Melissa—What God has intended, been building, releasing, putting in place, and establishing is about to be revealed over the remainder of this decade. It’s far, FAR greater than what we have been seeing unleashed over our nation. It’s also far greater than the waves we’ve seen in the past! His Kingdom is going to be seen at a measure we have not seen to this point. This. Is. Exciting.
Melissa—We will increasingly become aware of that which God has been doing all along, coming to the point where we can see it. That divine unfolding is happening on a more and more steady basis. I believe we need to get ready for it to increase even more! I already know that next year is going to be something else. It’s not going to be a stroll in the park, but hear me out. What is opening up at the end of this year is going to be fuel for not only next year but the remainder of this decade! There’s no need to be afraid or worry about being ready. You are already ready. The sovereign plan of God is unfolding in our lives right now and His plan is far more powerful than any dark agenda in high places.