But Pekah, the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him and smote him in Samaria...and he killed him, and reigned in his room. 2 Kings 15v.25
"Reigning in the room of" is an expression used several times in the Old Testament when someone takes another's place. The actual Hebrew word for this expression,"tachath" means "in lieu of, instead of, beneath, was mine, place for, room." Today's Word is only for the mature. Is someone in your rightful place?
Years in Rome I translated for guest preachers from the USA, usually for the wives. These wives were usually breathtakingly beautiful and truly anointed. (The Lord blesses His men of God with the best!) One of these Pastors' wives shared how she met and married her husband. When she came to the church, her future husband was engaged to someone else, but God had told her she was to marry him. What was her response to this Divine Information about God's Divine Opinion about the vast difference between the way things were and the way He wanted them to be? Did she dress up like a future Pastor's wife and sit on the front row where he could see her? Did she write a letter to her future husband explaining what God said? Or send a poison-pen letter to the woman who was reigning in her room?
No, none of the above. This petite, doll-like blonde with exquisite bone-structure fasted in secret for a year. Off and on, of course. Your cry against the one reigning in your room who has stolen your husband's heart or stolen your job or stolen your place of influence in the life of a wayward teen child has to be cried before God alone. The God of Justice; The God Jehovah Gomolo who is the Restorer; the God who turns it all around, making you the head and not the tail- putting you above and not beneath!
Father: Get them out of my room! I reign in the place You made for me!
A certain Jew named Apollos...eloquent... mighty in scriptures....instructed in the way of the Lord, fervent, spake & taught diligently... but when Aquila and Priscilla heard, they took unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. Acts 18v.24-28
Apollos seemed to have it going on! He was brilliant and known for his brilliance. He was from a city that had the oldest university in the world. Boy, he knew he was going places. TBN here I come! A door opened for him to speak at the synagogue and he jumped into it! Do you see an open door before you?
As we read our verse today we see that God was opening an door to bring improvement into Apollo's life and ministry. Aquila and Priscilla were seasoned apostolic ministers. They knew how to pastor greatness without crushing the vessel carrying the gift that needed development. "Change" was at the door that opened before Apollos. He may not have not seen it like that at first, but he didn't let pride stop from receiving the "perfecting" that came through that open door.
Father: Open Your door for me that no man can shut!
The Spirit of God was moving, (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. Gen 1v.2
The Spirit of God is hovering over the unformed parts of your life. Where it looks pitch-black to you, it is crystal clear to the Holy Ghost. He holds the future.Genesis describes a place that is empty, formless and void. But God's Spirit is fluttering over those ink-y dark areas in your life. He is fluttering in excitement about your future. He sees places of dominion, rest and beauty coming up in the wasteland of your past in ly life. I have wasted a few opportunities, God knows! This fluttering of excitement over you is a reminder that the covering over your life is not made of cement or steel. The Spirit's rapid, irregular movement in the dark place of your most secret desire shouts to you. Your Redeemer Liveth. I am the Living God and I am moving for you.
And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how Elisha had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land...So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers... 2nd Kings 8v.1-6
Go ahead and ask what you will. It is Biblical to do so, but we must also learn the timing of the Lord for successful asking. Remember Naomi's wise counsel to her young and beautiful, heathen daughter-in-law: Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor: but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking...Ruth 3v.3-4
Let patience have its perfect work in you (James 1v.4) so you can wait for the plan of God to develop, unfold and also to clear the debris out of your path. There are good works Jesus has prepared beforehand (Eph. 2v.10) for you to walk in this week, but perfect timing ensures there are no downed trees or other roadblocks along the way.
Blessings on your week of receiving what you ask for!
He will deliver one who is not innocent, and he will be delivered by the cleanness of your hands. Job 22v.30
Hey, what's the latest deliverance technique? Heard the hottest spiritual warfare formula? RIGHTEOUSNESS!Clean hands and a pure heart cause you to ascend the Hill of God (Ps. 24v.4) and speak to mountains (MOVE IT!) and speak to valleys (COME UP!)
Are your hands clean? The cleanness of your hands will bring prisoners out of bondage and set captives free. The power of righteousness will prevail over gay power, black power and women power and all the power of this earth's culture.
Father: Deliver the guilty through the cleanness of my hands! I am praying for the messed-up ones right now!
Blessings on your weekend full of righteous peace and joy!
Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, (AMP) even when we were dead in sins, He made us alive together with Christ...Ephesians 2 v.4 (KJV)
God's wishes won't be fulfilled & He won't be content & His requirements won't be met until that snaggle-tooth rascal ex-husband or that slimy 'ole Jezebel in your office (or in your prayer group, "Have mercy, Jesus!") is SAVED. God's great, wonderful and intense love won't be satisfied without the people His son died for filling up heaven. He desires that "many sons are brought to glory. " (Heb.2v10)
When our hearts burn within us with the intensity of His love for people, soul-winning is like breathing. You don't have to think about breathing. You can shop and breathe. You can talk and breathe. You can boldly ask someone if they want Jesus and not die from terror doing it. If only the lost knew how much love they are missing. If only they knew the benefits of that great, wonderful and intense Love!
Father: Send me to satisfy Your soul's longing today!
I do love you and I pray for you as He sends you and me forth!
Behold ye despisers, and wonder, and perish, for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, through a man declare it unto you. Acts 13v.41; Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days- You would not believe it if you were told. Hab.1v.5
How is your work day going? Do you like your job? One of the last spontaneous things my Mom said to me a few years back was, "I like to work." Her niece confirmed it, and I never knew that about her. She was always too busy working to really sharing her heart! Do you like to work?
If your answers are in the negative, God wants to transform your thinking about labor and the important role He has given it in our lives on earth and in heaven! In Evangelist Ivan Tait's dream about the young daughter of Pastor Walter Hallam who perished in a helicopter crash, the evangelist visits and chats with her in heaven. As she turned to move towards another area in heaven as their chat ended, her words were, "I have to get back to work."
God is not just doing something on the weekends and on your nights off. The entire fabric of your working-day life is the stuff Destiny is made of. I know that is hard to believe if you hate you job and if you see work as punishment! ( I have had a lot of jobs like that and hated every single one of them.) But today the Lord is speaking of the nobility of your life serving your generation. (Acts 13v.36 KJV) He is working a work as you work and your generation is grateful.
Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. Acts 12v.12
Are you - like Peter - in the prison of other people's expectations of you? Is your mother expecting you to be like your sister? Is your boss expecting you to be like his wife or his mother? Is your church expecting you to bake all the cakes like you used to when you could drive? The Bible is telling us there is deliverance from past patterns that people want to keep you in FOREVER.
God has an expectation for you - to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29v.11) He knows the plans He has for you and your faith in His expectation will overcome the carnal pull and fleshy pressure of people expecting you to fit in their plans. Hold on to your own persistent expectation and hope! Phil. 1v.20 (AMP)
Father: I expect You to make me! (Follow Me and I will make you ....Matt.4v.19)
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he'd see life come from it - life, life and more life. And God's plan will deeply prosper through him. Isa. 53v.10 (The Message Bible); ...remember the Lord your God for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth. Deut. 8 v.18 (NAS)
There is a prospering for every seed released from your hand. The tithes and offerings, the prayers and blessings you have released are increasing in power. They are moving toward the target of God's purpose with the speed of light. Your money and your words are accomplishing that which they were sent for:
For as the air and snow come down from heaven ( Your paycheck and all your money come from God. He is your source.) do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, (Your tithes, offerings and words of blessing/prayers are life-giving and atmosphere-changing.) and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater(Your giving is supplying your need and financing your future), so shall My word be which comes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire,(What are you desiring your seed to accomplish? Take delight inthe accomplishment of your seed right now!) and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Everything you put your hands to is prospering successfully) Isa. 55 v.9-11
Father: I speak a blessing over everything these Kings have touched! I mean you!
And Cornelius called together his kinsmen and near friends...Acts 10v.24
Cornelius was an Italian military leader in Israel - part of Rome's occupying force - who prayed a lot and gave a lot. The Bible says his prayers and his giving got heaven's attention. An angel appeared as he prayed one day and told him to send for a preacher man, Peter. (Angels can't preach.) Cornelius did what the angel said, but he also did something more. The Bible does not tell us how he knew to do this: He gathered his family and dear friends together to hear the Good News with him.
Have you ever gathered your family together to hear the Good News? I know this can happen at funerals or maybe a wedding, but you have ever considered inviting all of them to church and then to your house to eat? Or gather them at your home and send for a preacher man, if you don't feel led to share the Gospel with them yourself. Now of course you need to tell them beforehand what the purpose of the gathering will be. No Ritas and chips! Sometimes your home is better than your church as a neutral place. Gather your family and share the reward Heaven is giving you for praying much. Gather your family so they can stand in the spotlight God is shining on you because of your many prayers.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? Ps. 119v.9
As I walked into the kitchen this morning, I heard this scripture. Frankly, I thought it was for you! How shall a young man cleanse his way? But as my morning unfolded, I realized it was for me, too! I had been asked to do something and it ran right over one of my personality's ruts in the road. What is a "personality rut"? For me it is something I do over and over that is a weakness. Anyway I had said "no" to the request when I should have said "yes."
This morning the cleansing of my way involved calling the people back, repenting and agreeing to do what they had asked. The Holy Spirit worked on my rut. He wants to make my road smooth. He wants to make the mountains of my pride come down and the valleys of my poor self-image to come up so that my life will be a straight way to God that others can see and follow.
How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.
An angel spoke to Philip, Arise and go toward the south...And he arose and went and behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure...Acts 8v.26 -39
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. (Matt. 13v.44) And today the Lord is reminding us that people are hidden treasures, waiting to be "found." Found first by us as we witness to them, as we show the love of Jesus - and then found by the Lord as the eyes of their hearts are flooded with light.
The morning of my monthly Bible study I had a great, unexpected need at a truly inconvenient hour. Long story short, someone gave me some second and third mile help that opened my eyes to the treasure in that person's heart. The treasure inside the hearts of men has a door with no handle on the outside. We can bang, knock and yell but only God can move on the person to open their heart.
There is a great exchange your prayers and influence are meant to shape. On one side, Heaven is opening the treasure of the Good News of Jesus Christ to whosoever will. Just be a good delivery boy and tell them about Jesus. And on the earth side, people are opening their hearts to release treasure in heart service to the Kingdom. Just be a good delivery girl and tell Jesus about them.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit... Phil. 2v.1
Our Word for Today is fellowship. Defined as " Our shared participation in the Holy Spirit," fellowship is more than eating together. It is the spiritual force of our partnership in the Spirit. Koinonia is the Greek word for this invisible force at work when we are together. We know the Bible tells us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together and I believe that verse is exhorting us about more than missing church. Don't miss the ice cream social either! Take time to commune with other believers. I think one reason for the weight problems many Christian women face is the lack of fellowship. Oreos & twinkies keep you company. In Europe eating together is part of the culture and the European church does it very well. You don't see the type of weight issues we have in our country. Fellowship is a form of protection and a source of comfort and delight that satisfies our appetites. Many in the church today are love-starved and the lack of fellowship is driving them to Blue Bell. Don't let busyness isolate you!
Father: I want to draw someone into fellowship this week. Help me, Father. I want to draw myself into closer fellowship with those at my church. Build new bridges to connect me to people as You build Your Kingdom in my life this week.
If you could get up in the heavens above the issue facing you - you, too, would burst out laughing together with Jesus and the angels. If you are seated in heavenly places, if you can just set your mind on things above, it will all look so different. And it will sound so different as your boo-hooing turns into guffaws and hoots. The Message Bible says," Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing..." as the world schemes, plots and cooks up its plans against God and His people.
Some of you know of a situation with a dying friend and some sudden legal issues involving her family and the hospital. I - and several of you who intercede faithfully with me - have prayed, decreed, cried & shouted - but only last night did I laugh. A woman who wants to die has been too busy being interviewed by psychiatrists and quizzed by risk analysts, security and high-level administrators who've driven in from their homes at 10 pm. Too busy to die! I laughed! She has passed every competency test and outwitted the whole bunch. I laughed!
Father: Let me see what is so funny about it! I want to sit up with and look at all this with Your eyes today!
Blessings on your weekend of seeing like God sees and calling it like He calls it-
He calls those things that be not as though they were!
He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple (as one who is taught). Isa 50v.4 (AMP)
Join me this Saturday June 9th at HBU's Mabee Theater, 7502 Fondren, 77074 from 10 to 12 noon for my new teaching series, DISCIPLINED&Anointed for Victory.
I have journals full of prophecies about my future. Like you, I have the endless promises in God's Word but without steady, consistent, diligent application most of it will not come to pass. Sometimes I can almost taste future victories; they seem so close. Can you smell the breakthrough like bacon frying in the kitchen? (Turkey bacon?)
I want to equip you with discipline to live an overcoming life. You were born to win and to overcome the world.
Overcome the lack of discipline. (You never had any!)
Overcome broken discipline. (You once had it, but something happened- surgery, divorce,etc)
Overcome missing discipline. (Yours slips through your fingers!)
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. 1 John 5v.4
There is a great creative surge about to be released in the earth for Last Days' creativity to rise up in God-glorifying art, inventions and businesses. A whole lot of wonder is about to be born of God in His people. But only the disciplined among His people will ride that tsunami; just being gifted is not enough. Join me and prepare for your finest hour.
See you Saturday- Write that book! Start that business! Lose that weight! Win this world!
When a man's ways please the Lord, He will cause even his enemies to be at peace with him. Prov.16v.7
The old, gruff pool attendant wouldn't help me like the previous sweet ( too sweet- he was gay!) man whose place he took. He would set the patient lift precariously too far over the edge of the pool and disappear as I struggled to get Mom transferred from the wheelchair. For other handicapped clients he'd go get the barbells or arm rings, but not for us! I stood there ready to head for the manager's office to complain, but something stopped me. Why make an enemy when you need a friend?
So I started "Hi, Mike" and "No problem, Mike" and "Thanks, Mike" - and I also hired a young lady to help me. But her erratic schedule still meant I needed the help of my friend, Mike.
Over the course of a few weeks Mike and discovered I had prayed for him a few years back when he was hit by a car while riding his Harley on Hwy 59. His wife, who worked the gym, had shared the news of that accident and I had prayed not knowing who her husband was. It was Mike! He also talked about his VietNam experiences as everybody in the pool turned and listened. But he came near to me and shared something more for no one else to hear. He said he'd tried to shoot himself when the Viet Cong had killed his buddies and lay alone wounded. He put a gun i his mouth and pulled the trigger, but it misfired. Mike felt a tap on his shoulder and turned to find no one there. A voice said to him, "You're coming out of this OK" He did, carrying his dead buddy on his back for 3 days until our guys rescued him.
Well my enemy "ite" began to jump up and position the patient lift when we'd walk in. He gets our arm rings and puts extra towels in the sauna for us. Yesterday after we got Mom finished and dressed, he took me to the fitness floor and showed me some exercises for my back. As he stood close to me, instructing and just barely touching my shoulder or back, God said, "You have found your trainer."
Say this: Father, I commission my enemies to serve Kingdom Purpose in my life. Thank you for causing them to be at peace with me because I am pleasing to you!
Love you guys!
PS to the Anonymous Person Who Sent Flowers by FTD to my home yesterday- Thank you- you crowned a 2nd-mile day with tears and joy! I left the ICU bedside of a dying friend to come home to a sunshine bouquet- Only God knew! I love you whoever you are!
Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you... Acts 3v.19
Have you turned away from God? If you are so face-to-face with your problem or issue that God seems far away? Then you need to pivot, and make that little half-turn back towards the Living God. Adjust your position. Repent so that times of refreshing will come. Sometimes it is our way of thinking that needs to change and many times the transformation of our thinking is the first step to victory. Or for you the repentance could take the form of an actual move. Do you need to change where and with whom you sit at lunch? Do the men at your office tell off-color jokes and speak suggestively when you all gather in the breakroom? Don't go in there or leave and take a little stroll. Does your mother-in-law drop by the house and bad-talk your husband while she visits the grandbaby? Go run an errand while she baby-sits and cover your baby and your house in the Blood while you're gone! Turn to face God because whatever the problem is, He can wipe away your sins/shortcomings/worries and pour out showers of blessings to refresh you.
Turn again and tell Hezekiah, the captain of my people, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, behold I will heal you...2 Kings 20v.5
When Old Testament King Hezekiah was mortally ill, Isaiah told him to set his house in order and prepare to die. But instead he turned his face to the wall of intercession. (You should have a "wall of intercession" in your house- be it a palace or a patio home.)
Verse 2 of II Kings 20 tells us that the King turned his face - King's golden crown and all - to the wall of unbroken focus on the Creator of Life. Hezekiah wept bitterly. And in less than 30 minutes ( v.4) God healed him and extended his life by 15 years. Whether the healing is saving you from a mortal illness or a broken ankle or high blood pressure, healing brings expansion. It adds another room to your house! Another room with a "built-in" overcoming testimony that will lift others and also build your faith. It is also another room where you and God can meet and talk and laugh and cry- a new location for the extension of your relationship with the Lord.
This morning I had a vision of friend all dressed in white. She was in a white side-saddle riding habit with a white hat - about to get on a white horse. The hat was similar to one she wore when her kids were in high school and she was running across football fields, baseball diamonds and basketball courts keeping up with their sports. Heaven is our expansion home- so wide, so far, so high in God's original plan to give His world.
Father: Extend my reach. Heal my body and heal my soul now, Lord!
And the king said to Cushi, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" And Cushi answered, The enemies of the my lord the king and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. 2 Sam. 18v.32
King David was in a fierce war to save his kingdom from being taken over. For him the destruction of his enemies looked like his favorite son. Who also happened to be his fiercest enemy. Jesus said, "A man's enemies will be members of his own household" (Matt.10v.36) Who is on the Lord's side? This is a scarey and serious and important moment in time. If we choose righteousness, it may divide us from those we love in our family. We are not trying to kill the people, but we are praying that they get separated from unrighteous choices. Defeat of the enemies of their soul has already been purchased at the Cross. The faces of family and friends we put on God's Most Wanted List are not going down with the devil: they are going up with us!
Blessings on your weekend of winning your family through potato salad, green salads, ribs and veggies.(Can I come, too?) Hold their hands tight in your anointed ones as you pray and pray and pray and pray over the food!
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!