You have called me a garden, Oh I pray that the cold north wind and the soft south wind may blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out in abundance for you in whom my soul delights... S.of Sol. 4v.16
Here at home it has been colder than I can ever remember for this time of year and colder longer. Yesterday a word for this strange weather came to me: SPRING! Not a regular Houston spring with parkas & shorts one day and shorts & a t-shirt the next day. NO, this has been the Spring of my dreams. Brrrisk! This kind of Spring made me fall in love with London and Paris when I went there as a Texas teenager who found boots, overcoats, fireplaces so appealing!
God has been granting dreams in 2010, but the price tag on some of them (Brrrisk!) has taken my breath away! Hmmm, that is more than I wanted to pay. This cold north wind blowing over the garden of our lives has stirred something up! I believe the flowers that will soon come forth in our lives- and this year's summer fruit- will be bumper crops in the Spirit for the Kingdom.
Here is a second scripture promise that I believe reveals how this unusual SPRING fits into Heavan's timetable of seedtime/harvest 2010:
For as surely as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and justice and praise to spring forth before all nations (through the self-fulfilling power of His Word.) Isa. 61v.11
Father, You are the patient farmer waiting for precious harvest in our lives. (James 5 v.7) You are the Vinedresser working even in the cold ground of our hearts sowing crocuses of mercy, hyacinths of greatness. Thank you for paying the price for Spring's new life for us.
...To behold and gaze upon the beauty (the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness of the Lord) Ps. 27v.4
One day an angel stopped me in the shopping mall parking lot and told me my mother was beautiful. God uses her beauty to speak to people. They see His faithfulness in her pretty style. It draws them to us for a moment and to the Lord for a few moments more. A few moments of focusing on God can change your life forever.
But unlike other times, the woman walking towards us was not going to bend over the wheel chair, smile at Mom and say a few words. There was nothing extraordinary about her appearance, but there was a noticeably brisk determination as she headed our way. Dusk was falling. I was pushing the wheelchair and running across the parking lot. My mad mission: finding just the right shade of teal for a blouse for my mom's outfit for church the next morning. Two other stores didn't have it. I talked to myself as I ran: This is crazy. Who cares if it is the right shade? We need to get home. She'll have her coat on; she's in the wheelchair- who will even see it?
Then the angel stopped us. "Your mother is beautiful." Same words, but so different. It was voiced with authority and it was timed to answer my questions. A shimmer came down and I started running faster. Then the Lord spoke to me. "Because you make your mother beautiful, I will make you beautiful." Quite a promise.
Father, You beautify the afflicted. Beautify everyone reading this. So the lost will see Beautiful Jesus in them. I also ask for angelic assistance for all they do today.
But if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? Lu.12v.28
The word for today, array/disarray, marks a present season turnaround God is bringing to our lives. He is clothing and setting in divine order the lives of His righteous people. He is uncovering, disrobing and throwing into confusion the enemies of God. Array is a military term which means orderly arrangement, as of troops, facts and figures; attire; to place in order; marshal; to deck or dress.
I have felt Him squeezing my life through the narrow gate to bring some things out-of-order into holy array. If anyone e-mails me another spreadsheet for this or that, I might scream! God is marshaling the facts and figures in the life of Lee for order and dominion. Sometimes I'm up half the night washing clothes, hanging up clothes, tidying up, and reading spreadsheet-instructions!
For what? For the turnaround! Gen 41v.24 tells that Joseph's turnaround saw him arrayed in fine vestments by Pharaoh as he elevated the young Israelite to prince of the Realm. Esther Chapter 6 details Mordecai's turnaround as he was arrayed in kingly apparel. Divine order has a look you can't buy at the finest boutique. It is tailored to your destiny and His purpose by the Hand of God.
Father, I will do whatever it takes to bring my life out of disarray and into holy and perfect array. Lead me. Lead me, my King. Into green pastures and the good works You have prepared beforehand for me.
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. (Jn.6v33) The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. (v.63)
At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is this not my pastor, Good old Rev. Joe, who cracks jokes with my mother-in-law in the parking lot? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven?'"
The Bread of God is he! The Bible tells us so. The message your Pastor brings on Sunday is Spirit and it is life. The Lord began to discipline me to come home after church and study that day's sermon notes. I would take out my Bible, look up and read the scripture references, re-read all my notes and meditate and pray about the Bread that had come down from heaven for me that day.
Does it matter if your Pastor can't preach? (Mine can and how!) Does it matter if you're still mad that he didn't OK your really anointed youth camp idea? The person God has appointed to stand in that office in your life is ordained to bring heaven down to you. Find the pearl. If you can make room for your favorite TV preacher or author, you make room for Daddy.
Let me share openly that part of my problem was having so many things to do on a Sunday after church that I neglected this discipline. Another warning I personally received was Sunday shopping and Sunday busyness. Can you see how the two work together to "help me" enter into neglectful disobedience? (Demonic forces conspire and work together better than Christian forces sometimes!)
Father, Give us this Bread! Give us this day our daily Bread from Heaven!
...That the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves. ll Cor.4v.7
Surrender means: to give up possession of, on compulsion or demand. Many of us know when God demands surrender, giving up doesn't just mark an end, it marks a new beginning. In life we hear of criminals surrendering to the authorities or suspects who are flight-risk surrendering their passports. My question to you today is: Will you surrender to greatness?
Our verse today is assuring us that a surrender to His greatness will supply the proof that the power was God's and not a result of our huffing, hankering and man-handling. True humility is allowing God to be great in you!
Now He does choose the terrain of our surrender. The nation, the country, the situation. He chooses the geography of our destiny. I have seen some things up ahead for myself. I don't like all of them, but I have heard that Voice say: Surrender. Imagine you're in your covered wagon, heading out west. As a tall, blue mountain range comes in view, you hear that Voice: Build your house on the mountain range. The mountain range? What is wrong with this nice, green plain? I never liked the mountains.
There will be a grandeur and a greatness in the Mountain Range of His Choosing that you and I will never find anywhere else. Let me pray this for you today: Yours Lord is the greatness and the Power and the Majesty in the Blood-Bought life of each precious one reading this. Strengthen and sweeten their choice to surrender.
Do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes? Look! I tell you, raise your eyes and see how they are already white for harvesting. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests...John 4v.35
Even now, already God is crowning the year with bounty. 2010 is even now andalready different from other years. The crowns of harvest, breakthroughs and accomplishment that we usually don't see until the end of a "normal" year, we are seeing now in just the second month of this unusual year.
This early crowning is adding the substance of things-hoped-for to our lives. There is an added weight and intensification to life in general. I can feel it, can you? Have you also noticed more "momentary, light affliction" than before? The Bible says "momentary, light affliction" produces a weight of glory (2 Cor.4v.17). I can feel the toughness and the significance of daily life mounting (sometimes mounting on me). Dear friends, it is the weight of the glory that is crowning this year of our lives so early on in the calendar.
Even now and already there is a crowning that normally does not manifest until the end of the year. To be honest, even now and already I have felt exhausted- an exhaustion that I don't usually feel until the end of the year. I am so glad that He said, "Lee, come unto me when you are weary and heavy-laden."
This is an awesome year. It already wears a crown. More crowns are coming. Learn to rest. Don't be afraid of getting worn out. Put your hand to the plow to reach people for Jesus and don't look back. Even now and already the fields are white- in your life and in the Kingdom!
...and you shall anoint the Tent of the Meeting with it, and the ark of the Testimony, and the showbread table, all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils and the altar of incense and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base... Ex. 30 v.27
When was the last time you anointed your home? As the Holy Spirit leads, we need to periodically take some oil, pray over it and start anointing our homes from the front door to the back door. What should you pray? Death and adversity go; Life and prosperity come! Pray the Word as it comes up in your heart. Hidden dirt or "leaven" in the form of an unsuitable magazine, or letter or clutter might need to be cleaned out.
The same holy work might need to be done at your office cubicle or work space. You may need to arrive extra early (or stay late) not to draw attention to yourself. Pray out the bad apples and pray in those who will be blessed assets to the company you work for. If you are absolutely certain no one else is there, anoint your boss's chair or the chair of the office's Bad Girl or Sewer Mouth. Bind the devil! What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Light swallows up darkness.
The anointing - like flooding water- is always rising. Rise up and use God's power to change your world. Don't go green- go gold with the anointing!
Super abundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams). Eph.3v.20AMP
"Dodie is the cherry-on-top!" In Lakewood's early years, a faith pioneer was plowing hard, religious ground, teaching the uncompromised word of God to people of all races and walks of life and releasing healing miracles in a city barren but long-destined to birth signs and wonders. Alongside him- sometimes ahead of him or coming up behind him (& jumping on his back)- there was Dodie. Wherever more was needed - more love, the 2nd extra touch, or if someone had failed again or been forgotten - there was Dodie. The cherry-on-top.
The ice cream sundae of Pastor Osteen's teaching and apostolic gifting would have satisfied all of us hungry people wanting to learn to live victoriously and to reach a lost and dying world. It would have been enough. But God wanted super abundantly far over and above. That is what I am hearing for us today. This is your cherry-on-top time. Don't settle for less.
As I am sure Dodie would remind us, don't settle for less - not only for yourself, but also from yourself. (The "D" in her name stands for discipline.) Now we hear of her holding healing services for special-needs children and drive-by healing services where she gets into vehicles and sits on dirty car floorboards with the sick and the dying. Who has the courage to lean a ladder up against the super-abundantly high parfait glass of God's highest and best and reach, reach, reach for the cherry-on-top?
Father, Forgive me for backing down from my dream, forgive me for getting tired of believing for more. Strengthen my faith for the cherry-on-top!
Thou dost open Thy hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Ps. 145 v.16
The most efficient way to shape and increase what you have in your hand is to give it away! There is a strong "giving-anointing" flowing today. Your faithfulness in consistent giving - in sowing of seed through tithes, offerings and almsgiving can trigger cascades of harvest. I sense a cascade of giving today that feels like Christmas.
How do you measure what God has in His hand for you? Is there anything I have that I wouldn't give to get what He has? It is not materialistic or greedy to open your hand because you know He'll open His! It is holy, wise and unselfish to expect and believe for a return - in like measure- on your giving. (Luke 6 v.38) There is a world to be won and we need every lavish resource for Revival and for Harvest.
If giving does not excite you as much as receiving, you need to exercise that hand-release muscle more and more and more. That 30$ you have in your purse, that worn-once nice suit in your closet, maybe even your second car sitting in the driveway is seed for your future. I also use giving as a pressure-release knob. Along with prayer and fasting. I will give my way out of corner or a jam! It could be mercy I give or my time and not money, but it is usually something I have that I'd like to keep for myself.
Father, I open my hand to you. Take it all. Lay Your limitless bounty on me!
They drink their fill of the abundance of Thy house... Ps. 36v.8
This morning as I prayed for you and asked the Lord for a fresh word to sustain you today, He gave me picture of a hummingbird! The dictionary definition is: Tiny, brilliantly colored birds with long slender bills, whose rapidly moving wings enable them to hover while drinking nectar from flowers.
The Creator of hummingbirds gave them the ability to steadily receive His best no matter the other bushes or obstacles in the way. With their long, slender bills they could sit in the living room and lick a spoonful of nectar in the kitchen. Seriously, they could drink from God's best on a Monday, or after making a big mistake, or on hearing bad news.
The rapidly moving wings are the fanning of the Spirit and the supernatural lift that the Presence of God and His angels bring to our everyday lives. It all awesomely holds us in place at the "filling station," so we stay fueled no matter what. It is not so much the highs and lows of our life of faith by the Spirit, but it is the consistency in steadily receiving that brings victory.
I like the fact that this tiny bird scientifically lacks the strength and energy to do all this - fanning its little wings rapidly at a blurring speed, staying in place, drinking in God no matter the pressure. ( Isn't that you, speeding around in your anointed Toyota, working, rasing a family, helping your church & serving the Lord with all your heart?) God put something great in the hummingbird - He put Himself.
Father, For all your precious hummingbirds today - all my mighty Sisters and Brothers reading this now- I say they drink their fill, and the overflow from their hearts and hands pours out on a needy world!
Attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart Prov.4v.20 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night. Joshua 1v.8
Is the Word of God waiting on you? Are all those angels (sent to you to render service as ministering spirits) waiting for you to get off the cell phone to instruct them today? The more you wait on the Word, the more the Word will put on an apron to wait on and serve God's plan and purpose for your life.
"Attending" takes time. I can't attend to the Word and figure out if it is better to take the car for the oil change early or wait until Saturday. I have to focus. I can't even read an entire chapter and " attend." One scripture and sometimes one word will roll out a carpet to bring my mind into focus. Then I exercise my will by choosing to stay there and not get up to get the carpet cleaner for a spot I see.
"Meditate" is often compared to a cow chewing cud. The simple, repeated action of chomping down on one small part of God's word is shredding unbelief, softening my hard knuckle-headedness and flooding my heart with green grass enzymes of Light. Then I'll know what to do about the car and the carpet. And I'll also have prosperity, health and good success in life.
Father, Heal the minds of everyone reading this. Restore their ability to focus. Strengthen their will so they can meditate on your Word day and night and have good success!
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1Cor.3v.3
You have been entrusted with the Gospel (1Thess.2v.4) and your little part of the big thing God is doing is vital, valuable and destined for increase. You might feel you have a walk-on part in the movie of your next-door neighbor or co-worker's life. Your itty-bitty part doesn't have any lines of dialogue. You just bring the pot of soup. You just take her kids to church.
Who is the star of this movie? As the Holy Ghost says, "It is always Jesus." But here is a promise for you as His witness: Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like stars forever and ever. (Dan. 12v.3)
Don't miss your cue today! Someone might voice a need. Someone might breathe a dejected sigh. Even just holding a door open for an overloaded young mom with a baby might help open the door to her heart. The people that Jesus died for are due an increase today. Why withhold good from those to whom it is due, when is it in our power to do it? (Prov. 27v.3)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life Ps.23v.6
Do you really know that this (whatever your "this" might be) shall turn out for your deliverance through prayers and through the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil.1v.20)? Having a daily expectation of good is part of the breakfast of champions.
Perhaps your natural personality is a little more serious in nature and not so sunny. Any natural tendency to be a little less than optimistic will fed by the TV news, the way people talk and just the crummy mood of the ages - the world is out-of-sorts. Come on over to the sunny side of the street today!
A smile, a song, speaking words of faith- that is what "the assurance of things hoped for" looks and sounds like today. At the memorial service of a dear friend's mother last year, praise for her beautiful mom's optimism was given by several grateful people. A legacy of spreading hope had changed lives in unforgettable ways.
Before you get the full manifestation in your hands,your heart of faith pushes out evidence that you believe. That evidence shows up in what you say, what you are looking to see happen and even in what you look like! Is something good going to happen to you today?
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Prov.4v.18
On a day like today I read this verse and I say, "Where is the brighter light for me today?" Have you ever felt like Isaac when he said to his Dad, "Father, I see the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?" Is Lee the lamb You're trying to get on the altar? For today's brighter light to shine on my path I may have to sacrifice my pride or my right to be right about something unfair. Yes, the brighter light Jesus promised to bring to each day can be a flashlight I have to point towards myself. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me! (Ps.51)
Paul on the road to Damascus would say to us, "You want more light?" You could fall off your horse- meaning you could change the way you're headed and get blinded to your old way of life. Brighter day is coming!
Father, Change me. I will walk in today's brighter light, decreasing me- INCREASING YOU! (Jn.3v.30)
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Rom.15v.1
Do the failures of others bring out the best in you? When they let you down or they let God down, do you respond like the victim or the heroic victor? Our Bible reading today is warning us about weakness - both in those who make mistakes and the weakness in those of us around them who are (supposed to be) strong. Are we victims of others' failures or are we victors helping victims to overcome? (Oops, I can feel an "ouch" coming on!)
Why did Romans add "not to please ourselves"? Well, self-gratification is contagious. Usually the failure of the weak stems from just that- their wanting to please themselves. Sadly, our frustration and disappointment over their failure can color our response with the same muddy, fleshly desire. Then our correction or criticism is motivated by a desire to please ourselves! So their mess doesn't bring out our best; just more mess.
My French friends would say that Americans take dirt too personally. The French can see dirt in a hotel room or a train compartment and spend the night or get to their destination with nary a thought about it. (God could ask you to go the Third World or to some dirty, tough neighborhood where there is no manager to take your complaint. It is not that I like dirt: I just don't want it to stop me from getting to the gold!) How about your weak husband's "dirty neighborhood"? Or your weak boss or your weak, misbehaving sister's "dirty neighborhood" were their Flesh is the Gang Leader and you have to go get them out of the pit with your helpful, tough love? If the Bible says you "ought tobear with the failings of the weak, God knows you can!
Father, We are weak ,but You are strong! We reach up and grab hold of Your strength today. Help us, oh God,to lift the weak! Let the weak say, "I am strong."
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Eph.4v.1.
"You nurture your mother; I can see you're a nurturer of women," my Pastor's wife inspired words surprised me. "Crocodile wrestler" was a better name for my looking after Mom! My spirit received her words, but I had to go home and ponder it to understand.
Nurture means: to nourish, to rear, to educate, to cherish and to foster. Amazingly, the New Testament definition of a teacher is a tutor who nourishes! Like wrestling, it is a one-on-one relationship. Sometimes we think God's highest is a big teaching ministry on TV that enlightens thousands or millions. But His plan is still heart-to-heart impartation.
Some, like my Pastor's wife, have passed the test and are heart-qualified for lofty platforms. Perhaps you are more like me at this stage: I am qualified for take-off just in my Mom's life right now. I wrestle for her (and with her!), so that she has her best life now.
The nourishing love and the light that goes into her from me is heaven-sent. Since my new, holy name of nurturer, I deliberately and on-purpose release it to her in liberal applications daily. Meanwhile, my Mom continues to do what she's done since the day I was born - nurture me!
Father, For every Nurturer reading this, quicken and energize them by Your Spirit to cherish, to nourish and to educate today. Anointed wrestlers!
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5v.7
If you were looking in the phone book for a landscape designer or a caterer for a party, you'd want one that had been established for some years. The word "establish" means: to place on a permanent basis, to prove, to secure permanence or acceptance. This is a step beyond pioneering and ground-breaking. It means you have held on to your dream in spite of suffering. You fought off the devil's abortion attempts. This is the step God is preparing many of us to make this year. "Establish" is the Word of the Lord for you today.
In 2010 God wants to complete and make you what you ought to be. He wants to establish you and ground you securely, and strengthen and settle you. (1 Peter 5v.7 AMP). For myself and some of you like me who battle with strong poverty mind-sets and generational histories of lack, it may take a few earthquakes, hurricanes (I don't like saying this, but we need the truth to set us free!) and dynamite blasts to tear down some bad and build for righteous increase (Jer.1 v.10). When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous have an everlasting foundation. (Prov.10v.25)
The rest of you may seemingly ice-skate on to establish and take ground this year. Your fight will be in your heart to hold faith and courage as you rush towards a new, awesome future. We will ALL increase and expand this year - just our opposing winds will differ according to our talents and abilities in the Spirit.
Established means they find you in the telephone book of life. "The harvest searches for you" is what I am saying. Established means the winds can come, the storms come, but you stand. You are permanently fixed and secured in place and favored. Remember, the people of God must ESTABLISHED for us to take DOMINION and win this world for the cause of Christ Jesus!
Father, establish Your people in Your truth today!
Since you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on the things above. Col.3v.1
A baby's high chair brings baby up to the level of Mommy and Daddy at the table. The book of Ephesians tells us that God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. As sweet as it is to think of ourselves as babies at God's banqueting table, chewing on some of Daddy's steak, the scripture in Colossians says, "Don't baby that mind of yours!"
If we allow our minds to crawl around on the floor, the dirt and the travel stains of life would be unhealthy and life-threatening. Baby-minds pick up any passing thing and try to eat it- any wind of doctrine heard on TV or read in a book -.
When we do lift our minds up from the baby bed of worry or the cradle of fear, the strength to raise it comes from the Cross. Through death He raised us. Our death to the sin of fear and worry is demonstrated every time we make the baby mind us!
Father, I set my mind on the things above. Tell me the High things Heaven wants me to know today. Give me High thoughts about the people around me. Thank you for paying the price to elevate me forever.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when heat comes. Jer.17v.8
Have you felt things heating up in the spirit recently? Or is it just me? I am feeling an intensifying of the doubling-troubling devils which always means our victories are within reach. Let me share a few of my Good-God-Almighty-I-must-be-the-devil's-bullseye-target sure-fire points.
These are the dry stretches when we need to to pray more, but hell sends more fresh recruits to try to stop us. Keep praying! Earlier, longer, deeper. I have a book on my shelf that has a paragraph on prayer that is so anointed that I either drool or repent when I read it. Sometimes I just hold the book up against my mouth or lay it on my head. I say: This is me, Lord, when my prayers are dry and crumbly.
Praise and Worship- Buy or borrow a new CD. Praise all the time. Don't fall silent! That low-down dirty devil is trying his best - Well, you go lower! Kneel and bow in worship and stay there!
Give! Big - 'til it hurts a little! I found that will break the logjam. Aim it high. Aim it right at heaven's window. It will open for you and no devil will stop it. Isaiah speaks of God's power being unstoppable. As for His outstretched hand, who can turn it back?
Repair breaches. If there ever was a time you needed friends and family, it is when things are heating up around you. Fix the crack in the cistern so there are no holes in your bucket. The waters of Love and the waters of revelation are keys to your deliverance. Humble yourself.
Of course I am assuming you will continue to do your basics- read your Bible, go to church and pray. These are special additions to that golden routine. I'm praying that your best comes forth today - you don't fear when heat comes.
Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work...? Lu.10v.40b
Pastor John Osteen used to say that nobody's problem is a big problem unless it is your problem. Similarly, I can read today's Bible verses and wonder what is wrong with these people. Martha and the disciples in the boat! Don't they know Jesus cares? How ridiculous to doubt that! That is the least of their problems.
But when I get in the crunch; deadline coming, a friend's betrayal, a loved one battling sickness, a hidden microphone in my house might pick up the same cry: Jesus, don't you care?
This morning as I read Martha's words I saw for the first time that she was accusing the Lord for His lack of care. It was all His fault (and certainly not hers.) Jesus, don't you know what they're doing to me? (I've said that and repented - have you?) Our lack of trust is an accusation against Him. We join forces with the accuser of the brethren when we don't believe that Jesus cares.
Father, We cast the whole of our care on You today - all anxiety, all worry, all our concerns, once and for all. Thank you that You care for me affectionately and You care for me watchfully! (1 Peter 5v.7 AMP)
February 1, 2010
LEE'S WORD FOR TODAY 1/6/17
SEPARATE FROM PAST BAGGAGE, DIVORCE OLD SIN, MARRY NEW FUTURE IN CHRIST!
Lee's Word for Today 1/6/17
from past baggage
NEW FUTURE IN CHRIST!
And Lot also, which went with Abraham, had flocks and herds and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, for their substance was great...And Abraham said,
"Lot, separate thyself, I pray thee, from me." Genesis 13v.5; ...forgetting what lies behind, straining for what lies ahead. Phil.3v.13
You can't take it with you. "It" means your (unfruitful) way of thinking, your old " it ain't working" way of working. Abraham's nephew was a dear relative, they had so much in common, so many sweet or tough memories shared. How long before we get God saying, "Separate from your old way. There is a new way."
As always with God, you must obey the first step (separate, leave the baggage, drop it,) before the land under your foot's path for the 2nd step appears.
And the Lord said unto to Abraham AFTER that Lot was separated from him:
Lift up now thine eyes from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. For all the land that thou seetst, to thee will I give it...v.14-17
FATHER: Show me Your new way today! I PRESS TOWARD THE PRIZE!
Love you guys more than you know,
Will you keep silent at this time, Queen Esther? Now that you have prevailed before the King and your petition for deliverance for you and your nation from the evil Haman Hillary, will you decree, reign and use your authority? Not many days hence, about 30, the inauguration of the President God chose and we died for (died to pizza and blueberry pancakes, died to distractions to cry out, some died to fear of voting Republican for the 1st time!)) will be inaugurated.
Though the media is attempting to spread dishonor and rebellion,your intercession for FULL MORDECAI HONOR will crown the event and will also REAP HONOR for you. The honor you intercede for in these 30 days to January 21 is the degree of honor that will (or won't) come to you in the New Year. God is teaching us to reign in this extraordinary season, this amazing Last Days Age. Can you honor a husband if God gave you one, a boss, a mother-in-law, can you honor the Office of the President or the Plan of God? Skimping on honor at this time, will skimp on the Glory of God!
When God's choice is fully honored, - as Mordecai was - God's reward is FULLY given! God gave the people of the nation light ( a new dawn of hope) and gladness and joy and honor.The enemies of the Kingdom were destroyed. Esther 8v.16 Victory is indeed sweet!
....And the king said to Haman/Hillary, what shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?...Haman answered... Let royal apparel be brought which the king has worn(NOTE: THE ANOINTING)
And the horse which the king has ridden
(NOTE: same as David's instructions for Solomon's inaugurations for David's mule to be ridden)and a royal crown be set upon his head.
Let the apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes. Let him array the man (NOTE: divine order- Mordecai was not putting king's robe on himself- but nobility and established order robing him) whom the king delights to honor and conduct him on horseback through the open square of the city(NOTE: We need to pray for the city- the sea of people to OPEN to Trump and not resist him whom Our king has appointed.)Esther 6v.6-9
The King's instructions in Esther 6v.10 Do so to Mordecai the Jew (Make it happen).
Leave out nothing that you have spoken. (Don't mess this up.)
We need a full Mordecai inauguration. Esther (the church) has prevailed before the King.We won. We Arise, We Shine for Our light has come!