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Making God-Changes That are Within our Reach

KATHY—How much have crooked persons and entities distorted the Rule of Law and the Constitution as they deliberately try to change our history.  There are those who fully intend to redefine who we are and distort the God-purpose and destiny within us.  We need an Awakening to stop the madness in both the Church and the Nation!  We need to follow Hezekiah’s lead in such a time as this!  He made the God-changes that were in his reach!  He could reach their idols and he tore them down . . . and it PLEASED God!  Of course, it didn’t necessarily please everybody else because Awakening always upsets the norms.

Getting Ready for the Next Level

Just about everything in our nation that darkness has to offer, has gone to the next level of what it was before the nation-shaking events of the last couple of years. Our lives, families, churches and communities have been deeply affected and events have hurled a need, nay a challenge, in our faces to overcome them. I think that a sober consideration of those events and their fallout will show us that we cannot continue to operate at the same level we deemed satisfactory heretofore. It is hard to just settle for what is presently evident in our lives and in our environment when God Almighty has shown us in His Word that His sons/daughters are expected to call upon Him and know the breadth, length, depth and height of Him (Eph.4:18) that we have not known before and even expect to be filled with “the fullness of God” (Eph.3:19). 

Rules Have Changed

MELISSA—During a pretty rough time recently I heard, “The rules of engagement have changed.”  That certainly got my attention! After having some time to ponder this statement I am beginning to see that it connects to the ongoing awakening we are experiencing.  Like I’ve mentioned before, I thought the awakening was going to be an event but the last couple of years have proven to me that not only has the awakening begun but it is an ongoing event rolling out on a continual basis.  I just don’t think we could have handled awakening on this level all at one time. Where do rules of engagement fit into awakening? I hope you will join me over the next week or so as I venture to look at how they fit in everyday life.

Revival and Relationship

KATHY—The Awakening and Revival in motion will not be known for emphasis on preaching “heaven or hell, turn or burn”.  Actually, neither heaven nor hell is a life-giving daily focus, and we are not looking for an awakening based on golden streets or fear of hell.  (Neither luxury nor fear is a healthy motivation for relationship, nor the path to abundant Life.)  Awareness of God and participation as a son or daughter that demonstrates His Kingdom on earth (as Jesus did) is the Awakening we need because that’s an awakening that will ignite Revival based in RELATIONSHIP!

Evidence Says we are at the Point of Awakening

Free Flag Grass SkyKATHY—If God’s plan seems absolutely impossible and unreachable in the present darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places of our nation and world, then consider that as evidence that we are at the point of an Awakening! When we look at our own nation, the evidence is in plain sight.  Or we could say that the stench is in plain smell. We are at the point of a “must-have” Awakening! Right here in these United States of America,  in our “Christian” nation, there is corruption in high places with no shame whatsoever, and the world is watching. Dark forces with lethal agendas are targeting our entire way of life, trying to destroy our economy.  Then there are repulsive, perverted things going on deep within our nation’s darkness, deep as in literally underground atrocities in tunnels. Then, there are the numerous atrocities against children. There are those who spend mind-boggling amounts on drugs and elixirs just so they can live longer and live out their depraved lusts and reprobate imaginings. We must see the light and be the Light of God that pierces this present darkness that’s trying to rule the world. God’s purpose for America is to display His Kingdom, His rule, His power and His will being done, not to self-destruct as a nation and lead the world to hell.

Abundant Life and Shocking Moments

MELISSA—Awakening is two sided: God’s glory manifesting and evil being exposed and annihilated. While each of us walk in discovery of abundant life, we also should expect some shocking moments ahead. For there is evil to be confronted and it won’t simply be exposed and then just left alone. No, it has to be dealt with by the Awakened.  The term “shock and awe” comes to mind. This revitalization that is happening to us is arming us with weapons and authority that, I dare say, we’ve never walked in.  We have been progressing through levels of awakening for a while now, but it’s about to get real in each of us, maybe for the first time.  

A Brand New Timeline

MELISSA–Over the last couple of days I have realized how much my thinking is changing.  You know that life timeline running in your subconscious? The one where, you don’t even realize, you have presupposed thoughts of how your life may go? Well, just the other day I came to the realization that mine has a ton of influence from the aforementioned agendized societal norms. This timeline has been so governed by what we’ve seen instead of what is coming.  All of a sudden I saw a clean whiteboard and knew that meant that my timeline is brand new! I’m not limited to the expectations of a life built while I was asleep at the wheel! I am now free to live in His abundance which means being a living expression of His Kingdom on this earth. This is such revitalizing news! THIS – IS – AWAKENING, and it’s for all of us. 

Embracing Norms

MELISSA–My eyes are being opened to how far below par we have been living when God’s intention all along has been for us to reside above par. This awakening is exposing agendas that have been built to lull us and control us.  These agendas use normal everyday things we allow in our lives because it’s a “norm” in society.  There are things like pop culture, entertainment, news and standards that we call wisdom when in reality it’s man’s wisdom.  Side note: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of [true] wisdom where man’s wisdom comes from fearing everything else.  One fear leads to life abundantly and the other leads to an early grave. I have been guilty of living a life embracing man’s wisdom and society’s norms and I’ve noticed a whole lot of ineffectualness.  We have been progressing through levels of awakening for a while now, but it’s about to get real in each of us, maybe for the first time. 

Awareness and Response

KATHY—When I mention Kingdom in this article, I am speaking of God’s rule or government, power, authority and order. I am referring to the rule of Almighty God that is eternal, ever-present and everlasting and that will always express His original intent and purpose. The term “awakening” includes two parts, awareness and response. Just as we really don’t know we are asleep until we wake up, neither do we realize we are unaware of something until we become aware of it. So awareness is the first step toward awakening.  Just as you can be aware it’s time to get up and go to work but doze off again, a genuine awakening doesn’t happen until you get up and go to work. So the second part of awakening is response or participation or follow-up on your awareness. An awakening of any kind involves both awareness and response.  

Great Awakening

MELISSA—This is “Awakening: Part 278” because I have mentioned awakening a lot lately.  I can’t get away from it.  I have noticed that awakening, for the most part, is presented as an event but I believe we have been in “The 3rd Great Awakening” for some years now.  Think about it, we have seen almost unbelievable evil surfacing everywhere and it’s because hidden things are being exposed! This is seriously ancient evil crawling to the surface but awakening is causing us to see it.  Awakening is two sided: God’s glory manifesting and evil being exposed and annihilated. It can’t be a one time event because it’s way too massive for us to be able to endure all at once!

Not the Time to Give Up

MELISSA–This is not the time to give up. This is the time to buckle up and get ready for victory that leads to the exposing and overturning of evil in this earth. Victory that leads to new creation, 2Cor.5:17, The Passion Translation — “Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.” WELCOME TO THE GREATEST AWAKENING!

The Victory is at Hand

MELISSA—Back to my visit with Sir Winston. He told me, “The victory is at hand” and “The rebuild will be supernatural.”  These statements came from a witness of the great cloud.  He was telling me that what you see is not what will be.  This was an exhortation straight from the King released through a known tenacious fighter. This has been ringing over and over in my head and I have to stand on it.  No matter what it looks like right now or even in the coming days, the victory is at hand and this mess will be overturned supernaturally! We don’t have to figure out the rebuild. There are already plans in motion and we should expect to be working side by side with the supernatural in the days ahead.  The victory and the rebuild are assured, but when these things happen in the midst of awakening we best be ready for the extraordinary to unfold around us, in us and through us.  My descriptions of what is coming may seem a bit vague but that’s because I haven’t seen the details of what this supernatural rebuild looks like.  I just know all the way down to my toenails that this is going to be huge, amazing, beautiful and breathtaking!  
(Melissa will be one of the worship leaders at the FMCI Fall Conference in Frisco,TX Oct.24-26. All info for the conference may be found at fmci org.)

Knowing Times

MELISSA—A friend of mine dreamed this year that her Pastor walked up to her and said, “Acts 1:7” – It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  Well, hello!  It’s not for us to understand every move He is making.  It is our job to stand and believe He is, in fact, making the moves He said He would make.  Are the prophets wrong or can we admit that we don’t understand because we are walking into an unprecedented awakening? 

Awakening to be Effective

Melissa — 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. 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.

Under the Influence

Melissa—We have been under the influence of darkness for years, probably centuries, and it has caused a sleep to fall over God’s people. The enemy is trying to keep us asleep so we will not take our rightful place of dominion over his evil agenda.  We have to choose to either fear God and wake up or fear everything else and stay in a coma, and making the right choice will involve fighting and enduring.  Since this coma-causing darkness has been around way longer than any of us have been alive, it’s not giving up easily.  The battle for awakening is intense and nowhere near over.  You might as well batten down your hatches for at least the rest of the year, but you can be sure it will be worth it.

Awakening and the Fear of the Lord

MSG Grace5Melissa—I believe the awakening we have heard about for a decade, and are currently experiencing, is an awakening to the fear of the Lord.  We are indeed headed into not only understanding but living in the fear of the Lord.  I grew up hearing that the fear of the Lord is awe, reverence and respect for God, and it is, but there is still more.  Here’s how the Holy Spirit presented it to me awhile back, “Either you are bowing your knee in awe and reverence to Me or you are bowing your knee in tolerance and submission to everything else.”  

Melissa is leading worship and speaking at
September 9-11,2022   Grace Church Willis,TX  936-856-2455

Awake at the Wheel

Melissa—No longer subjugated, deliverance, out from under life-long oppression, finally turning a page—this is all part of the awakening we have been hearing about for a decade.  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. Hey, this sure will put a halt to wrecks!

A Key for Being Awake

Melissa—Here is a key for being awake, “If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Prov. 2:3-6)  When we wake up we have to have insight and understanding to be able to navigate what God is doing in this earth.  How thrilling is it that we get to be alive for this?  We just need to accept the invitation to be a part of what Father is doing.  Gotta say, I accept even though I don’t even know what all is next. I’m just waking up to a whole new world, waiting for my eyes to clear up so I can see it!

Intense Awakening

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.

A Lot of Downloading Going On

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 MPG Grace 4-5-20from 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.”

Awakening and the Fear of the Lord

Melissa—While hearing about awakening coming, I had no idea it was going to look like this. So, this makes me ask, what are we awakening to? The thing that hits me the loudest is that we are being awakened to the fear of the Lord.  I’ve heard from several places that the church has to return to the fear of the Lord, and as He sheds insight on this subject it makes more and more sense why we cannot live outside of it.  Well, we have been living outside of it for the most part and that just isn’t working.  If we are awaking to the fear of the Lord, what have we been in? We’ve been operating in fear, but it’s a substandard fear.  A substandard fear is fear of lack, death, pain, trauma, loss, etc.  We, however, are waking up to what we were meant to operate in, which is the premium fear of the Lord.  In this premium fear we operate out of awe, reverence, trust, insight and understanding.  This is a totally different way of living! Substandard fear is unclean fear, but premium fear of the Lord is clean fear (Ps.19:9).  This obviously leads to totally different outcomes. (Part 2 of 6)

Interesting, Mysterious, Exciting

Melissa—I have to say, I have been hearing about awakening coming for a while now but had no idea it was going to look like this.  This is… well, it’s an interesting, mysterious, exciting and epic time to be alive.  How should I describe it? It’s like being in one of those super deep naps where dreams MG MSG KCPromo 3-4-19seem like reality, and when the alarm goes off it’s almost painful and confusing.  It’s that kind of nap where it takes a minute to not only regain consciousness, but you have to decipher what was the dream and what is real.  This is the best way I know how to describe this awakening.  I think I thought it was mainly going to be people waking up to God and looking for Him, and we would all be ready to introduce them.  Well, I was a tad off.  This thing is definitely beyond my logic and realm of standard operation.  I hope you can come with me over the next few posts as I ask the question, “What are we awakening to?”

Some Shock and Awe

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.  

Awakening Seeping Through

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”]