Truly, truly I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. John 10 v.1 Then He brought me back to the door of the Temple. Ezk.47v.1
How can you get over into the things you are desiring, longing and dreaming to enter into? Whichever way you can? No. Our scripture today reveals that the impure motivation of "making it happen" will keep us out of the very place we are willing to fight our way into! O Lord, O Lord, O Lord; see me, me, me struggling to kick open the Destiny's door. Puh-leeze help me get it!
Jesus says to us today: I am the Door!
You know, sometimes the door is shut ( on a job, or a relationship), but The Door is always open. Jesus brings us into new faith for His good plans for our future.
Father: I pray for the open door and the golden door for each of Your children reading these words. We won't climb up some other way, but we wait for You.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2 Peter 2v.20 (KJV)
For if they have escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they're worse than if they had never left. 2 Peter 2v. 20 (The Message Bible)
Sin is sin, no matter what year it is. But 2011 has had a cowlick of a tangle in it that seemed to bring misunderstanding and confusion faster then you could say, "SNAKE!" Sin has gotten " stickier." The Blood has certainly lost none of its power to dissolve even super glue if we confess our sins and repent. But we are being called to forsake our former patterns of entanglement. Heb. 12v.1 tells us so and explains how easily and cleverly sin sets a trap for us.
Father: I don't want this pattern of entanglement me to trail me into 2012! I cut myself free and I apply the Blood of Jesus. I reach up and grab hold of Your strength when temptation comes! I overcome!
But earnestly desire the greater gifts. 1 Cor. 12 v.31
Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel...Dan. 5v.12
What do you want for Christmas? Well, add this to it. Be it added unto you. We must endeavor to stay aglow, fervent in the Spirit, wanting, longing, desiring to come up higher in the operations of the Spirit. God is very attentive to us in this end-of-year time. His picture is on our stamps, on our wrapping paper, on the banners at the mall where our car is inching along in shopping traffic. So close to us and yet so far away if our minds are travelling speedily down our to-do list!
I know this is the time when you are most likely to skip that prayer meeting or miss the Bible Study, but let me exhort you to press for God's dreams for you. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. A lot of presents and a lot of people can get under a tree of that size!
Bring all the tithe (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in my House...prove Me now...if I will not open the windows of heaven and will pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes. Malachi 3v.10-11
While we're feasting tomorrow, God is holding the devourer back. The fruit the devil would have destroyed we will be digging into and enjoying the taste thereof. I believe the food of the faithful tithers will be richer, taste better and have no sorrow added to it. God's promise to rebuke the devourer also covers our enjoyment of life. I believe the blessing of tithing enriches Life.
If you have never tithed, this is a good time to start. If you need to catch up on some back tithes, this time of year is perfect to clearing your old slate out. If what you owe from the past is too huge, forgive yourself and "zero the counter." Just commit to tithing regularly.
And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. In controversy, they shall stand in judgement...Ez. 44v.23-24
Just in case there might be some controversy around the Thanksgiving dinner table as your outlaws, in-laws and other-gods-worshippers gather...Yes, you walk in love, but speaking the truth in love is the finest dining to serve a mixed gathering. How long will they halt and limp between two opinions?(I Kings 18 v.21 AMP) If the Lord is God, follow Him. I believe the Lord will give you the discrete answer of the tongue and wisdom the contentious will not be able to refute. You will know what to say and how to say it so that is true and it is savoury to confused sinners. Stand up!
Father: Sweeten our words to our lost family members this Thursday and put power on inside of what we say. (The Gospel has it own power, Glory to God!)
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, "Separate me Barnabas an Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." Acts 13v.2 ; By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain... that is , through His flesh. Heb 10v.20
"Separation" is the word I am hearing for this day. Odd one for the first day of the 2011 Thanksgiving week. Don't you agree it is strange the Lord is NOT speaking about gathering or assembling or joining before the biggest family holiday of the year?
If I am hearing well, He is asking you to recognize and acknowledge that you are special and He has a special purpose for your life. Holiness is part of your special new identity in Christ as a saint, a believer and a Blood-Bought child of the King of the Kings.
One meaning of "separate" is to make distinctand unconnected. The holiness of God is one way He makes you distinct and unconnects you from the hum-drum and commonplace. Holiness's separation from the regular world is NOT just about avoiding low-cut, slit-up-to-here garments. God makes you distinct and unconnected so you can reach a world of people in low-cut, slit-up-to-here garments who don't know why their lives are attracting demons, trouble and bad news. His calling for to you to separate yourself as your first faith step to "joining the chariot" (Remember Philip in Acts Chap.8) of lost, dying, sighing humanity who don't know their right hand from their left.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him...Ps.34v.7
It takes faith to rest. It takes trust to take a nap when there is one more thing to do! Just this morning a dear friend was giving me a word about rest. I began to think of napping with angels encamped around me. For most of us, these are some of the busiest weeks of the year. And yet, for several years now, God has been impressing me not to waste the Holiday season with obsessing over the right wrapping paper. (Easy for me to do). I need to fight for the rest He has ordained for this end-of the-year season. Will we let the Word of God profit us? (Heb. 4v.2) He wants to give us increase even in our sleep of faith. Believe to take a nap and wake up trusting Him more than ever!
Blessings on your weekend of rest (even while preparing for Thanksgiving!)
Despisest thou the riches of His goodness...not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Rom. 2v.4
Hey we're coming into a gooood season of the year: the Holy Days (the true meaning of the word "holiday") of family, fun, food & gifts. The Bible tells us that God crowns this year-end season with bounty (Ps.65v.11). This morning I believe the Lord is saying repentance is part of His bounty and goodness that is meant to flow this Thanksgiving, Christmas and end-of-the year season. Wouldn't you rather the Lord teach you through His goodness rather than through the parched land of the rebellious and hard-headed? (Ps. 68v.6)
Take time to learn from the blessings. Listen for His small, still voice even while cooking, wrapping ( & rapping, too!), shopping and dashing through this 80 degree weather. Benefit from this smooth ribbon of change rolled out for your feet.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, in a fat pasture shall they feed...I will seek that which was lost, bring again that which was driven away and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick. Ez.34v.14-16
These promises would make a good prayer or daily confession as you heed the Lord's leading all the way to the new church He has for you. Though it may not be apparent now, His restoration plan for you is for more. Go forward!
Looking diligently lest any man fall of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Heb. 12v.15
Well, get tickled not pickled! The sour taste of rancor ( a little gristly grudge against someone) can come up before you can say, "What did she mean by that?!" What I am sensing about our scripture for today is how this little bit of bitterness defiles us. To "defile" means to make impure. If I have allowed bitterness to remain in my heart, I cannot be the priest God has called me and you to be. How can I make anything else pure if I am impure? My ability to bless others with a word or touch, my ability to flow in the gifts of the Spirit will be a little bit off because of that impurity.
Cleanse my heart, O God. Renew in me a right spirit.
Who through faith...waxed valiant in the fight...Heb.11v.34
The words "wax" and "wane" describe different phases of the moon. Remember your 5th grade science class? "Wax" means to increase in size, power or degree; to become gradually. "Wane" means to decrease in size, power or degree; to grow weak, approach the end.
This week you are waxing strong in whatever fight you are facing. Everyone is facing some kind of fight. Look at the Presidential candidates as one after another waxes for a bit; then another one wanes in the polls. Yet I assure you one - and just one- has heard from God and will prevail no matter what it looks like today.
So your poll numbers may be down today. Are they all mad at you? Are they disappointed about what you did or didn't do? Repent, stay in the fight and do some waxing. This is how the Amplified Bible talks about you this week:
...out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. Go get 'em!
Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! Heb. 10v.35
Happytrust? My trust is sometimes cliff-hanger trust or holding-on-with-my-fingernails-trust. The circumstances that have required more trust out of me were not happy ones. Clearly, I need to improve the quality of my trust. God's trustworthiness has been proven never to fail since before the beginning of time. My ability to lay hold of that trust needs to increase. Say this with me: I will trust in the Lord with all my heart. I won't lean not unto my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge Him and He will direct my path. (Prov.3)
Blessings on your weekend!
Thanks for your prayers and love for tomorrow's special meeting
For my determined purpose is...that I may know Him..Phil 3v.10 (AMP)
Yesterday I received my first Holiday season invitation in the mail and just this morning I felt the first Holiday panic rush hit my stomach. " Just one week before Thanksgiving and I have not done this, this or that yet!" We're not going there this year. Fight back. I bought Christmas Praise music last week and began playing it in my home. I am eyeing a few good books and The Good Book itself that I can curl up before the fire and read. Even the weather is cooperating so I can turn on the fireplace a little while before I put the air conditioner back on! Don't let the devil steal your Holiday season. I want to hear the Lord speak to me about this past year and the coming year as only He can. Now He won't do it if I am in line at Walgreens at 10:00pm buying gifts for people I feel obliged to give something to at the last minute. My determined purpose this Holiday season is to know Him. You choose and take your stand!
But when she gives birth to the child, she remembers the anguish no more, for joy that a child has been born into the world. John 16v.20 But one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize...Phil.3v.13
Forget the pain. It will hold your life on a leash, unless you show it who is Boss! Jesus is the Boss of Your Life. Remembering pain gives the past a passport and a green card to enter your territory without your permission. How do you forget pain? I put a scripture on it. I replace the thought of the hurtful incident with a verse from the Bible. Every time- and it could be a zillion times a day if the wound is fresh or if my defenses are down about even an old wound - every single time it tries to pop into my mind, I quickly say the scripture. I refuse to re-run the DVD of me messing up or someone else messing me up. No matter how good it feels to feel bad about my pain, I speak the Word only. This is not easy. Then I quit talking about my pain to other people. How are you doing? I'm blessed! Before long, the pain is gone. The devil goes roaming at someone else's house, but not my house anymore.
To get the old pain out of your cells and out of your emotional history, it will help to spend extra time praying in your prayer language, and lingering in worship. This will aid your physical healing from the pain of the past and defuse any hidden time bombs of disease. Let me share another way of reading and applying John 16v 20: When the overcomer gives birth to the future, it always brings a smile of joy.
But they hastily forgot His works;they did not (earnestly) wait for His plans (to develop) regarding them. Ps.106v.13 (AMP)
To develop means: to cause to become better, more complete or more advanced; to elaborate; to cause to grow. Developing pictures makes them more visible by treating the film with chemicals. God is treating us with the chemicals of His Spirit of Truth today. It is God who is at work in you - energizing and creating in you the power and desire... (Phil. 2v.13) - to wait for His will to unfold.
Our scripture describes a people who had been miraculously delivered from a great attacking army. God dried up the Red Sea and made a way for His Plan for His People to come to pass. But being the all-court player that He is, The Lord still wanted the Children of Israel to develop and grow better. He wasn't going to "presto it" for them. Day-by-day He develops us - advancing and completing His perfect work in you. Can you see it with your eyes of faith? Can you wait?
Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart! Ps. 27v.14
If you keep My commandments ( if you continue to obey My instructions), you will abide in My love and live on in it...John 15v.10 (AMP)
How are you going to make it this week? Well, just go ahead and live on in God's love. Walk around your office like someone living on love. Shop at the grocery store living on in it. Live on in it with any Dr's appt or medical procedure God has told you to keep. His love will remind you that you walk in divine health. You're not sick trying to get well; you're a divinely healed person throwing off lying every symptom of sickness!)
Is there any better neighborhood to live in than the one where you're living on in the love of God? Be a carrier this week. Let them catch what you've got. Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Blessings on your week,
(Hoping to see you Saturday; I'm counting the hours!)
He (Paul) said unto them, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" ...Acts 19.v2 KJV And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Acts 19v.6 NAS
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them and they shall be granted you. Mark 11v.24 NAS
The word "receive" means to take something offered. Why go without the things you need? Have you asked in faith believing? Then receive it right now! You entertain,hold and contain the answers to your prayers without another moment of delay. The work of faith as you receive from God today is the same quickening work accomplished when you believed Jesus to save you. If you don't have the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you can also receive that gift right now.
Lord Jesus, I ask you to baptize me with Your Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Fill me with Your Spirit. I believe I receive!
The next thing for you to do is to open your mouth and you make a sound. Make any sound. That sound, those sounds and syllables will become more and more fluent as you use the gift of tongues and speak in your prayer language everyday. Pastor John Osteen said that the gift of tongues is the doorway to the supernatural. Welcome Home! You are a spirit, you live in a body and you have a soul. You came from the supernatural world of the Spirit and you are headed back there one day. With many people coming with as you believe that you receive destiny and harvest!
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His Face to shine upon you...Num. 6v.24
I just want to speak a blessing over you today. As if I were your mother or your father, I want blessings to overtake you. You are covered and sealed by the Blood and indeed blessed, blessed and blessed. There needs to be more blessing going on as we use our authority to enforce the manifested Goodness of the Lord in the lives of others. I am starting with you. I pronounce blessings on all you put your hand to, on every step you take and on all your thinking processes. Like having an extra $1,000 in the bank that you forgot to add in, I speak a thick cushion of blessing to surround your life this day!
I have made thee a watchman unto the house...Ez. 3v.17
"Therefore hear" are the next words of our verse for today. So "Therefore hear" must be your first instructions as God's watchman. Hearing demands some quiet brain time and it might require waking up in the middle of the night or staying up later than you would like.
Whether the House you're watching over is your own house or the church you attend, listening with responsibility can be tough. Sometimes we don't want to hear what a family member or a church leader is facing or fleeing. Remember it was God's decision to enlist your aid (He did say,"I have made you a watchman.") He counts your part invaluable in the Big Picture of what He is doing. Don't let the satan-the-intimidator bully you into silent sadness over what you're hearing God say about the true state of the House.
Father: We are your hearing, happy and responsible watchmen. Speak, Lord, for Your servants listen. Keep this House, Father God and our labor will not be in vain.
Blessings on your day of growing up in the things of God,
She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. Prov. 31 v.22 (AMP)
Use Christmas like a flag for your lost, backslidden or drifting family members. This morning God is giving me a special prophetic focus to share with you for this Holiday Season we are embarking up on today, the first of November 2011.
He is stirring me with compassion for your family members that are drifting on the sea of life. Like the tsunami debris, like flotsam or pieces of wood. The currents are taking them off course. Baby Moses is heading in the wrong direction.
Many of you had to put that Hardheaded Son or Willful Daughter in the basket and release them to God. Don't let discouragement keep you worrying more than you are praying! Listen, that is somebody's deliverer in that basket. God's plan to reach and save certain ones through the life of the Baby in the Basket will not be in jeopardy if we only believe. Let this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season be lavish. Get that scarlet cord and put it in the window with velvet, pine cones, fragrance of sugar plums, pies baking, lay it on them. Wave Christmas like a flag to draw the wayward, sleepy cases or hard-hearted that are sick of hearing you preach them out of the pig sty they are in. There is a Pharoah's daughter waiting to pick the baby up out of the basket and bring the next step for their lives into manifestation.
Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall bring your father and mother, your brothers, all your father's household into your house. Joshua 2v.18
What a wonderful Season!
November 1, 2011
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!