Melissa — Let’s look at “Call to me and I will answer you” through a modern American paradigm: I call on the Lord and He will answer – I will tell Him what I need and He will give it to me because He is a loving God. You know, kind of like curbside grocery delivery. I took the time to get my list together and I took the time to call about this list. Now, it’s on Him to deliver! I’m afraid we North Americans operate out of an entitled mindset not only in our relationship with earthlings, but also in our relationship with God. If I call on Him then ________ (insert pre-determined answer here). The problem with an entitled relationship with God is where the entitlement is rooted. If it is rooted in the Spirit, according to the covenant, then it will put you in a posture of dominion. If, however, it is rooted in the soul then it will hold you in a victimized defensive posture. The soul will keep you chained out of reach of God’s original intent which is indeed dominion. Or said another way, the soul will keep you from being heaven on earth.
There was a move from “chaos” to “inhabited” to fulfillment in the very beginning. When Yahweh starts a thing, that is the way He intends for it to go. When God Almighty starts something, He finishes it. When people are wearying over matters, over determined personalities, over the seemingly inevitable outcome of present circumstances, God’s power and His plans are not in the least damaged or thwarted. God can bring fullness of order out of chaos as easily as He can bring it out of slight disorder. Isa.45:18, ISV — “For this is what the LORD says, who created the heavens— He is God, and the One who formed the earth and made it, and He is the one who established it; HE DIDN’T CREATE IT FOR CHAOS, but formed it to be inhabited— ‘I am the LORD and there is no other.”
Kathy — Another daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to be aware of what Father is doing. We are sons and daughters of God living on earth in this time of history to do our Father’s business. His business translates as what we SEE or PERCEIVE that He is doing or wants done. The example that Jesus gave us for a Kingdom lifestyle doesn’t depend on us duplicating His exact situations or His exact miracles. The pattern He gave was doing what He saw the Father doing (Jn.5:19). That tells us the core essential here is not WHAT Jesus did but WHY He did it. Can you wrap your mind around that difference? If you don’t, you could live your whole life with a sense of not measuring up because you haven’t fed 5000 people with one little boy’s lunch. Unless YOU see the Father wanting you to do that, don’t even try it! If you live constantly focused on how you are or are not duplicating the acts of Jesus, you are not likely to even PERCEIVE what the Father is doing in any given moment.
Melissa — During a time of ministry at a recent meeting a revered Prophet told me, “Read Jeremiah 33:3 everyday and watch what happens.” It’s certainly not an unfamiliar passage, but perhaps one that is easily forgotten in the midst of all the hustle, bustle and chaos. So, here you go (in 3 versions for impact):
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jer. 33:3 KJV
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.” Jer. 33:3 AMP
“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Jer. 33:3 MSG.
As the people of God assemble today may they give their attention to the teaching of the Word of God to learn more efficient ways of moving in Spirit-led/Spirit-empowered gifts and abilities that will impact our culture for the glory and purposes of God as His Kingdom advances in our generation. Matt.5:16,TPT—“So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”
Learning new language will enable people of God to go beyond their normal boundaries. We will courageously venture out into new territory that will yield profits. We will learn the language of finance and investment. We will even pay the price, time and energy to link ourselves to mentors. With courage to learn and speak that language we will be able to speak to people we have rarely or never spoken to and they will understand us and reciprocate. We will be able to function more than marginally in arenas that have previously been foreign and unprofitable to us.
Kathy — Adam and Eve lived in righteousness, peace and joy which is the Kingdom of God, (Rom 14:17) and here’s the really best news of the day: it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us that Kingdom (Lk.12:32)! Since it is the Father’s good pleasure to GIVE us the Kingdom, He gives us Righteousness, Peace and Joy and we develop a Kingdom lifestyle by learning to walk in what He’s given us. It flows like this: 1) He gives us Righteousness as a gift and then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is refusing to let that righteousness be shaken or forsaken because of condemnation. If condemnation can take you to the mat, that’s a signal you’re looking to your own righteousness instead of the gift God gave. 2) He gives us Peace which carries exemption from emotional havoc in war. Peace is not exemption from war but from the emotional damage during war. So the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to go on to sleep in the boat while the storm rages. 3) He gives us Joy by beautifully giving us so many reasons to be glad. Then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to calm down and be delighted. (Of course, that’s easier sometimes than others and easier for some people than others)
Melissa Gabler — “I AM healed” is a great statement with several notable pieces of information in it. It is a double decree. It is (1) proclaiming what is already done and (2) it is also proclaiming the fact that I am agreeing with it.
The challenges of a new era require our speaking new language. A new culture with a new language has developed all around us in recent years leaving many of us unable to function profitably and threatening more incapabilities and fear of the future. That culture is the culture of technology. It affects us in every arena of life. People of God will learn the language of technology and not only profit from it as we go into the future but will be able to be successful in the purposes of God in that mission field.
Kathy — In the garden, Adam and Eve were set up in a Kingdom Lifestyle. All the elements in the garden were God’s Original Intent for a Kingdom lifestyle and still are. So the garden of Eden isn’t a fantasy or the impossible dream because the Kingdom didn’t disappear with the break-down of the garden. Jesus told us the Kingdom is at hand and still within reach, so the garden’s same elements are in our lives to the degree that our Kingdom lifestyle is developed. Look at those elements: 1) Adam and Eve met with God daily because a Kingdom lifestyle pivots on relationship with Father and His sons (“son” does not refer to gender but fully vested firstborn), and relationship with one another. 2) Everything in their life reflected the design and original intent of God. Again, this is not the impossible dream because our Redeemer lives to restore essentials of His original intent to our lives whenever possible. 3) They had the peace and security of the government of God and that too is available to us. 4) God was their source of life and provision and protection and their enabling to live in their calling and purpose and fulfillment. He still is. 5) They awoke daily to God’s potential to flourish. So do we. So the degree to which we walk or don’t walk in these elements of God’s original design reflects the measure of development of our daily Kingdom lifestyle.
Melissa — If you feel worried, afraid, or uneasy that’s your clue that the Prophetic Lifestyle needs a re-boot. Make sure you keep the air cleared in your vicinity. One great way of doing that is, like previously mentioned, upping your prayer in tongues. Talk about an air purifier! Speaking in tongues is a beautiful weapon from Heaven for such a time as this. We are all capable of living a prophetic lifestyle without being a Prophet.
As the people of God Almighty assemble today may they praise and glorify Him in spite of trials and discouragements that assail them. As they praise Jesus and testify to one another of His goodness, may their confidence in His Word and His promises cause their spirit and their faith to soar to new heights in His purposes. Hebrews 10:35-36,Amplified—“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.”
When God is keeping His people on His timetable it will require constant change on the part of those people. If we take an honest look at Eph. 4:13-16, we will admit that we have not arrived. Change in the Church across the board is what we have to look forward to. Sameness is not the answer. As we hunger for the Holy Spirit’s presence in carrying out our Heavenly Father’s mandate, there will be likely human personalities who will resist. As we continue to receive prophecies that propel us forward into our destiny, there will be opposing forces that will attempt to intimidate and discourage us from doing mighty exploits. The 10 spies will cry, “Giants!” The Athaliahs will yell, “Treason!” The Michals will tauntingly proclaim, “Vile!” And the Sanballats will accusingly shout, “Rebellion!” If we check our mandate and our motivation and find them to be scriptural as David did, then let’s allow it to become our courage.
Kathy — “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt.6:13. . . At first glance, this sounds like this is asking God not to tempt us when James 1:13, tells us that God tempts no man to evil. So a son wouldn’t suspect his Father of doing that. One of the meanings of temptation here is adversity. Neither would sons ask Father to keep us from adversity, because a mature son knows better than to expect not having to grow in character through overcoming. I think The Message may have captured the heart of this phrase: Matt 6:13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. One of the meanings of the Greek word translated here as “not” is “lest,” which means “for fear that.” That would lend this phrase to say, “Father lead us and deliver us from evil for fear that we will fall to temptation if You don’t.” And as a son/daughter with that understanding, my prayer would be in agreement, “May I live my life today showing that I am not under the dictates and influence of temptation because I am delivered from the evil one”. I can pray that with confident expectation because THINE is the Kingdom, the power and the glory. Therefore, we pray as sons/daughters, knowing our Father has, and always will have, the prevailing governmental order and the authoritative power and the ultimate manifestation of His every intent . . . forever.
Melissa — I will boil down prophetic lifestyle to this: The key is awareness. We must remember, at all times that the Kingdom of God is invading this nation. Each one of us has a piece of the Kingdom that penetrates and affects the region around us. We are going to WIN this fight. Hey, it’s not pretty right now, but no matter what you see, hear, or face it has no effect on what God has set in motion. After all, He has the last word!
May you be able to maintain your confidence in God and his will for you as you face every trial and discouragement. May our Lord help you endure and accomplish all that he has designed for you to walk in. Hebrews 10:35-36,Amp—“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.”
Kathy — Forgiveness is an investment in your future. It is not about staying saved or deserving, it is about investing wisely. And “forgive us our debts AS we forgive our debtors” is a declaration that we understand Father’s governing principle and we know our personal responsibility in living it out. I have to think God was emphasizing a consistent and continuous release that forgiveness brings, a continual unfettering of others to unfetter ourselves from our issues, a continual coming to freedom and deliverance to live as God intended, free to be who we were born to be for our Father’s glory.
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This is a 10 min. video excerpt from the Sunday morning worship at Grace Church Willis (Oct.2021). Marty is ministering several words of knowledge.
Melissa — Personal Responsibility for the Prophetic Lifestyle: 1.) Read the Bible. Reading the Bible keeps you familiar with God’s ways. God highlights and pinpoints scriptures for wisdom, action, prayer, declaration, etc. 2.) Pray… specifically in tongues. It keeps your eyes and ears open. Ephesians 3:16, 20-21- “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Praying in tongues charges our spirit man. The spirit (inner man) needs to be charged way more than the soul does. Praying in tongues brings that charge which in turn brings clarity. “Your soul drinks in what your ears and eyes and emotions are exposed to all day. The only way you can renew your mind and take dominion over the demonic assault on your feelings and thoughts is to be filled with the Spirit!” (Lance Wallnau).
As the people of God assemble today they can confidently rejoice and worship Mighty God Who watches over His people and keeps them by the power of His Right Hand, no matter what storms rage and no matter what present circumstances and the machinations of men are trying to portray about the future. Isa.41:10,Amp—“‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].
Kathy — Mature sons know that walking confidently in the freedom and power of forgiveness only happens “AS” we forgive others and un-tether them from a future dictated by the past. As we release others, dead or alive, from what they owe us in apology for pain, hassle, grief or injustice, we are freed up from the debt we have built. Debt erased from our future will change it. Matt.6:12,TPT—“Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.”
The month of October is for calling on the mighty name of Almighty God so that we may see Him act in our behalf by the power of His mighty Right Hand. Zech.13:9,Amp—“…. They will call on My name, And I will listen and answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Ps.18:30,Amp—“As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the Lord is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless]; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Isa.41:10,Amp—“‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
Melissa — What do I do when these prophetic things occur? Here’s where I start: TAKE THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION. Remember, this life is meant to be EPIC. Take time to act, pray, speak it/declare it, write it down or simply agree in that moment. If it’s not obvious what to do, ask God for instruction. You may need to hold on to it for future reference. Don’t get impatient and jump into action if the action is not clear. That could lead to an unpleasant outcome. He could be training you in that moment, getting you ready.
Kathy — “Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors. . .” And forgive us our debts AS we forgive our debtors. I wonder if a healthy father-son relationship means having to continually ask for forgiveness? I think many Christians feel this part of the prayer is a directive to always be sure we are still saved, but that is not praying as a son. A healthy son does not continually question if he is still a part of the family. This statement, more than a petition to be forgiven, is submission to a mature son’s discipline and training. Forgiveness untethers us so our lives do not revolve around our conflicts. Forgiveness changes our focus from failure to future.