How blessed is the man whose strength is in thee. Ps. 84 v.5
To "put on" means to clothe oneself and also to fake, pretend or feign. Pretending is usually considered to be a bad thing, but faking certain virtues can do us good. Feeling puny, a little run-down? Put on strength. Act like you have it. Your God is the strong God and He renews our strength. The world is tired. It is dying and falling apart, but you are rising. How do you act like you're strong?
Say you're strong- Let the weak say, I am strong. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Act strong. Do something you said you were too tired to do. Start at least.
Think Strong. Refuse to worry. Quit rehearsing failure. Meditate on the Word.
Father: I thank you for blessing everyone reading this to finish this week strong. Renew their strength, O God.
My mom's skin is doing better. Your prayers availed for her. Thank you!
Having examined him before you, I find no fault in this man. Luke 23 v.14 (KJV)
After examining Him before you, I have not found any offense ( crime or guilt) in this Man... (AMP)
There is nothing wrong with you. A little scratchy throat, something feeling funny on your left side, foot cramp again-There is nothing wrong with you! You had better say it. Say it first. Say it fast. Say it all the time: There is nothing wrong with me! Say it before you slide into the MRI machine or have an ultrasound or take an eye test. Agree with God and not with the devil. You can tell the devil wants you to agree with him. Can't you feel the resistance when you use your authority to make the confession: There is nothing wrong with me.
Even Christians get offended if you say there is nothing wrong with them. In our crooked and perverse world having something wrong with you gives you value, importance and maybe some much-deserved TLC. "Well, you have been through a few things. Well, times are tough. Well, you never know. I better go look that symptom up on the Internet. This could be serious." You are right. This is serious. The power of death and life are in YOUR tongue. There is nothing wrong with you!
I used this scripture when I was being investigated for special security clearances while employed for the government overseas. Everyday I said it, over and over for several months. I had lived overseas for years prior to that job and I had been told that too many foreign associations would be a red-flag for hassles, delays and perhaps denial. I confessed "They find no fault in me" so much that I believed it and completely forgot about being examined. When the news of my clearance officially came through, it was like reading old (but good) news! Hey, You did it again, Jesus!
I was with a group of single women who debated the missing role of the "Honey-Do" man in their present lives. So much to be done around the house! We discussed at length the neighbor or brother issue, and also swapped numbers for the paid handy-man. There are missing roles and gaps in the hedges of our lives, but are we willing to stand in where the hedge is broken in God's house? Who is your Timothy? I heard the name "Timothy" today and I knew the Lord was putting that question before us. Is there someone you are fathering/mothering in and by the Spirit? Are you investing yourself in someone else's life? Not a minor relationship, just on the fringes of your time, but a major one.
Father: Show me my son. Show me my daughter in the Spirit. Just as the crucified Jesus showed his disciple, John, his "new" mother.
Seeing your coasts enlarged by new Love relationships!
God is able to make all grace abound to you...2 Cor. 9v.8
My Easter was as complex as Christmas; hurdles, phone calls, schedule-shifts, gifts, shopping, more calls, increased prayer pressure and food-maze (You bring this and she'll bring that and someone will still have to run to the store and pick up the other). It was a different Easter feeling, did you notice?
I am sensing the acceleration and the abounding prophesied by many for this year. There is an urgency- how many more of these will we have on earth? The richness of the moments we are experiencing are being brought to us by the Richness of the Blood of Jesus that furnishes what is needed everywhere, every time. That is also the definition of the anointing: it furnishes what is needed. Of course, the devil is not standing idly by, letting us commemorate and touch hearts without a fight. His contention made the natural side of Easter feel as hard-fought as Christmas. Over the hurdles, to Grandmother's house we go!
What is the promise? If Easter is like Christmas, what an awesome year we have! Priceless and golden opportunities to witness and reach people! You may be their last (or their first) opportunity to hear the Gospel. Fear not. Be strong and courageous. Open your mouth and God will fill it with just the right words to say to the hurting, to dying sighing humanity all around you. Open your hand because God has already filled it to bless others. Grace is abounding to you!
Blessings on your week- The faithful man abounds in blessings.
I have loved you with an everlasting love, Jer 31v.3
Meditating on how much God loves the world, the lost, the neighbours, the Underground Church and the above-ground Church is a very good thing to do. (How can meditating on anything about God NOT be beneficial!) But mediating on how much God loves YOU is very vital and very therapeutic for life on earth today. Think about His love for you. See Him coming to you as the Lover of Your Soul, your best friend, who also happens to be the Creator of the Universe. Unbelievable and constant love for YOU from the King of Glory, the King of the Nations, the King of Heaven who is King Forever!!
Apply more of the Love of God to yourself for renewal and restoration!
My mouth is enlarged over my enemies...they that stumbled are girded with strength. 1 Sam.II v.1-4
The prophetic sense of the moment is somewhere in our Bible verse today. These words of a barren woman who gave birth to her dream and God's dream flow like rivers of victory. Read them when you have a moment and take a drink. Then remind yourself that a greater victory than Hannah's was won for you through Jesus. Now the Victor lives in you.
No matter how difficult or frustrating the events of this week and this season may seem to be, you are winning. Even our tears of exasperation of dealing with a dying, lying, broken, no-one-wants-to-do a good-job-anymore world are cleansing and perfecting. This failed world is not only making our righteous hearts cry out for revival. It is making us long for God's harvest in this dusty, stubborn earth. It has to rain! That was what was coming out of Hannah's mouth- a great, prophetic rain pronouncing His Reign over everything that would have denied her her heart's desire. I promise you that you are winning, but you may not know it yet!
How long are you going to wait before clearing out the people living in the land which the Lord your God has given to you? Joshua 18 v.3 (TLB); Zaccheus tried to get a look at Jesus but he was too short to see over the crowds. Luke 19v.2 (TLB)
The Lord has been showing me how to enlarge my short areas so that I can enjoy fullness of life. Some of my inner limitations keep me from the expansion I am believing for. Zaccheus found a sycamore tree to stand in so that he could see Jesus and have a new beginning. God will often provide a natural means of helping me change - if I am not too proud to use it. Through prayer and repentance, He also works on the inside of me.
What He has for us is so vast! But I am seeing that my irks and frustrations do not have to dominate me and dictate destiny. I can choose to climb the sycamore tree today. I WILL get up there, short in stature or not. I am going to see Jesus today, Bless God! How long are you going to wait to clear out that part of the Promised Land with your name on it?
He (Joshua) left nothing undone of all the Lord commanded...Josh. 11v.15
Most of the verses in the chapter that our Bible verse of the day comes from are about killing enemies- totally killing them. While you and I wrestle not with flesh and blood, we do have enemies. The enemies of our minds, soul and lives need to be brought down. Until we do so, we won't be able to do all. Actually, we won't even BELIEVE we can do all until we deal with the "thoughts that hold us captive" and the "high things that exalt themselves" against the plan and purpose of God in our lives.
God's way of "doing" is only possible through God's way of "being." In Him. You ain't never gonna get all this done without Him. I've got 3 loads of washed clothes piled in an armchair and a storehouse-full of medical supplies on the bedroom floor. Boxes in the entry that someone just dropped off. And about 15 minutes to get it all in order before someone else arrives at my door. And this isn't even on my "to-do" list!!!
My question is not how Joshua did it all. His ability to execute the perfect plan of God is easy for me to fathom. I want to know how he slept all the nights before it was all done. Did he sleep? I am sure Joshua saw it done before he did it.
Father: I thank you for a weekend of visions of victory strengthening your people. They don't worry. They don't fret. They know what is coming in the best yet!
I have esteemed the words of your mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23v.12
Do you want to speed it up? There are some things we do not want to prolong- testings, snafus, hassles and even some tedious ( dare I say it) God-processes. You can speed things up by entering the Fast Lane. It is not easy. There is always a birthday party or a 50-year anniversary dinner - right in the middle of the road leading out of the Dark-Night-of-the-Soul-Time. People who love (?) you will be suddenly inspired to make you a banana pudding, a bread pudding, or a flourless chocolate souffle cake. But if you determine you will not eat the King's dainties, the Fast Lane will sweep you past a lot of parked, stalled and slow-moving vehicles. You will be riding on the back of God's totally-state-of-the art- motorcycle with God driving it. It is so great. If you think I sound like I am putting on my helmet to jump on His Harley with Him, you are right! Eating a yummy snack and dreaming of the Fast Lane! Put down that granola bar ( see, I didn't say you were eating a doughnut, God forbid!), grab a juice bottle and jump on!
And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed; take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai; and see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city and his land. Joshua 8v.1
Has the Plan been messed up? I am talking about the Plan of God for your issue, your deal, your life, you know. Joshua and the Children of Israel had a major blueprint plan and they were swhooshing their way through it like water-skis on a smooth lake. Jericho down, Bam! So they made a turn based on their own judgement and didn't bother to pray. Hmmmm. Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai. Go and view the country. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people go up to labour thither; for they are but a few. Joshua 7v.3 This might have worked, except for the fact one of the soldiers in the Jericho siege had taken some forbidden things and hidden them. That sin weakened the entire Plan and few dudes at Ai kicked Israel and had them turning tail back to the camp!
Was the Plan defeated? Was the Plan lost? Was the Perfect Plan of God sacrificed because of sin? Read Joshua 7 and 8 for the details, but read our scripture for Today cited above for this Blessed Assurance. If there is recovery (another meaning of the word "restoration") in the Old Testament, how much more recovery and restoration there is for us with the Lamb's Perfect Sacrifice! When we repent and turn, the Plan of God for us prevails. It will ALWAYS get the best of every opponent of His perfect will for you.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Cor. 9v.24
Can you get over it? Is His surpassing power towards us who believe enough to take you over the offense, the slight or even the knife-in-the back? Can the Love of God in you survive the impact with daily life on earth? And come out smiling and smelling like a rose - Hey, no sweat!
Father, Let Your Love surpass everything I would say on my own today- everything I would do just on my own. Love through me. Amaze me, Jesus.
For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua...and the people hasted and passed over. Joshua 4v.10
Well, as we look at our lives and situations, we know a supernatural finish is required and desired. Has your miracle started? Will He leave it half-way done? Having begun in the Spirit, are you trying to finish it in the flesh, O foolish Galatians! (Gal. 3 v.1) Joshua and the children of Israel were surrounded by miracles. No matter how many past miracles you have seen, it still takes faith for the most important one of all- the one you need now - to manifest.
Father, We are so glad that you are the Author and the Finisher. You bring a supernatural finish to every good work You have begun in us.
Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. Ps. 92v.13
Flourishing? The word flourish comes from a French word meaning to bloom. Are you flourishing in your church? Are you growing? Are you part of a showy parade of His glory? It takes more than one flower to make a showy parade in a garden.
Our church is meant to be a place where we grow (and the church grows) in holiness and happiness, it says in the Living Bible- 1 Cor.14. Get in place. Get planted. Bloom!
Have a beautiful Spring weekend- Join me tomorrow for How To Hear The Voice of God at HBU, Dillon II at 10:00am
Love you guys,
Your loving prayers for Mom and I are so appreciated.
And the Lord God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Deut. 30v.6
The "heart of your seed" is what I am hearing today. God is concerned about your children's heart. It is God who is at work on their heart. He is doing the operation himself. Years ago when I translated for Italian kidney patients, the famous surgeons who drew these people halfway across the world would not do all the surgery themselves. They had a team that prepped, another that opened, one that took out the old kidney. Then only at the critical moment would the Big Guy put the new kidney in and then walk away as yet another closed up.
You might feel like you are doing all the work with your children- preaching, telling, talking, paying, crying. But no, the Big Guy is doing the perfect, precision work to cause their hearts to beat, beat, beat with such a love for Him.
Father: Your work is perfect in the heart of my children and all your ways of working with them are just. Meaning "just right!"
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned and) created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1.v.1 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed, fashioned, put in order...Heb.11v.3
A very wealthy man gazed on his newborn daughter in her lavish crib. "I can't wait to give you my world." He had so much and she was too tiny to fully partake and enjoy it all. As you come and sit with the Creator of the Universe to hear His voice and dream like Him, I believe He gazes on you and says, "I can't wait to give you your world." The world your heart of faith is sizing up and seizing.
Father: Let me see your face; let me hear your voice today (S. of Solomon 2v.14)
If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God... (He) will set thee on high...Deut. 28v.1 I will set him securely on high...Ps.91v.14 For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. Ps. 75 v.6-7 (TLB)
Elevating us is not a problem for God. He will easily and happily remove someone from our position and lift us up into it. The co-worker who provokes and gnaws is not the issue. Ask Hannah, the childless, favorite wife taunted by the fruitful co-wife! God will move you up and move the other OUT! But the real issue is our ear, which is connected to our obedient or disobedient heart. Are you listening? Are you obeying His voice? Most people won't know if you are listening to God; you can hide your stubbornness for a while. Funnily enough, if you are listening and obeying, some people will question you for it.
I remember interpreting in Rome for the stunningly beautiful wife of a famous minister. When she had met him, he was engaged to someone else. But she said she had heard from God that this man was to be her husband. So she began to fast - on and off for a whole year- and God gave her favor with the minister's sister. They both prayed. The minister broke his engagement and turned his eyes toward her as God turned his heart toward her.
April is an action month. Sow something towards your dream. Go buy a magazine about dream houses, if you can't buy the house now. Volunteer at a nursing home, if you can't start you home health business now. Hear the Future calling and take your place!
Plan to come and sharpen your hearing this Saturday as I teach on How To Hear The Voice of God at Dillon II, HBU 7502 Fondren, April 9 from 10:00am to 12 noon!
Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, for He will strengthen your heart. Ps. 27v.14
The little bird caught my attention as he flew to the Charlie Brown toddler-tree in my front yard. He was wrestling a twig free until a big Irish Setter ran past, and the bird and I watched the perfect twig hit the ground. Oh, my! Up the little bird flew, to a higher branch. But just as the dog left the scene, a noisy SUV gunned its motor and swept past. At this point, the bird began to turn his head to watch the perfect twig on the ground below. He waited, hopped in place and watched. Another car came by. Then his moment came. Instantly he swooped down to the ground, nabbed the perfect twig in his beak and flew away on my prayers and on his focused courage.
In 1980 I was in Milan on a Junior Year Abroad from Yale that I had wasted doing nothing for one semester and running from the call of God. As I read Ps 27 v.14 one desperate day, I believed what I read- for the first time in my life - and I made a choice. In less than a few months that day's choice would bring me to salvation and to a miracle deliverance out of a huge mess I had made.
Wait on the Lord, and then swoop down and get that perfect twig. The breakthroughs in the month of April are what 2011's victories are made out of. This is passover to greatness and expansion. Wait on Him, then swoop, take it and fly!
Love you so,
Join me this Saturday for How To Hear The Voice of God at HBU's Dillon II room in the HInton Ctr. April 9, 2011 from 10 to 12 noon, 7502 Fondren, 77074, FREE. If you aren't going to be there with us, thanks for praying for me and the meeting.
Be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger), seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5v,8
I woke up in the middle of the night with such pain in my thumb that I staggered out of bed searching for my wrist brace. I found it and tried to put it on. And I tried and I tried. I turned on the ceiling light and I tried to put it on. I turned the brace inside out for the 15th time! Then it hit me. The brace was for my right hand and now it was my left hand throbbing. I almost screamed in anger and not in pain. " NO, Devil!"
How did I let it happen? I don't even remember the first symptoms in the left hand. How I did suddenly wake up and find myself in the middle of a battlefield fighting for a healthy left-hand? What we don't cover in faith and by the Blood, we lose. The devil is constantly dancing around our borders, looking for a a pointed-toehold in. My lapse in confession and lapse in vigilance about strengthening muscles(or to put it into less blah-blah-blah words: my sin) opened a door.
Back off, devil! You lose ground now in Jesus' name. Turn tail and GIT!
April 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!