He discovereth deep things out of darkness...Job 12v.22a
In the beginning was the Word! (John 1v.1) In the beginning God created. (Gen.1v.1) Are your gifts still in the dark; still hidden? This harvest-ripe world is in need of the gifts, dreams, songs, books, ideas hidden away in the hearts of the Body of Christ. I had been pondering this on Saturday. So Sunday when my church sang one of national hymns, I knew God was speaking further. It is nighttime for many "unborn" giftings- business ideas, witty invention, but the Lord is guiding with the Light from Above. I don't know if I would dare call it a season shift, but I sense something is in the air and it has your names on it.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 1 Cor.15v.57; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything that pertains to life and godliness...for by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises...2 Peter 1v.3-4
Have you ever felt you were dragging your list of pitiful,, tear-stained dog-eared promises into the Throne Room? The devil is a liar. No matter how long it takes, no matter how hard it looks, how matter how you feel, every Promise of God on your prayer list is Pregnant with VICTORY. The Promise was born to overcome. This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith! (1John5v.4) Historians call WWI a mutilated victory because of the partitions and divisions of land that left some people groups feeling cheated. NAY! Your victory will be born whole, normal and healthy with all ten fingers, toes - beautiful! The contract will be right. The price will be right. The healing will be complete. The recovering alcoholic will not return like a dog to its vomit.
FATHER: Thanks to you for my victory today through my Lord, Jesus Christ!
Yesterday I read the second recent word about God pushing us out of our comfort zone! "What comfort zone?," I thought! We have been pushed to the edge of the cliff ! Who in their right mind could think this is comfortable? Well, go on and jump. As a child learning to swim, I insisted the instructor get in the pool and not just stand poolside before I jumped in the deep end! I really wanted them to jump in with me! There was a long line of other kids waiting their turn to jump in, a bunch of parents (including my mother) watching, and a ton of other people in the Olympic-sized pool swimming or taking lessons. But I felt so alone. Our God is with us in the jump! I remember insanely jumping off the side of a rocky edge in Sardinia and into the sea. (But it gave me courage.) If angels kept us in our crazy just-for-fun jumps, how much more will God's angelic hosts protect and preserve us as we leap into Purpose and God-ordained Change, Change Change!
On the seventh day, the king commanded to bring Queen Vashti...but the Queen refused to come...for (through) this deed of the queen...all women...shall despise their husbands...there shall arise too much contempt and wrath...Esther Chapter 1v.10v22
Like Jesus, Esther came forth to "undo the work of the evil one." Her story is more than a beauty pageant. More than a "my great personal destiny moment" that Christians of our day crave so much. Esther was brought forth to undo "contempt and wrath" that threatened the households and nation of Persia because of the ruler's wife wrong behavior. The Hebrew word "contempt" means "to disesteem and disdain". From the dictionary we find the added definitor of " haughtily superior or prideful." Wrath - the other word the king's advisers told him would break out and prevail in their world if the sin was not dealt with - means " rage, strife: a splinter- as if chipped off"! Vashti's refusal was more than a petulant whim; it was evil. Esther's arrival was not answering a need for lust; but for holiness. As crisis propels many of you forward into promotion, positions, open doors and disguised opportunities, let the wisdom of God give you understanding of and in your Esther moment!
FATHER: You have brought me to the kingdom for such a time as this!
Blessings on your week of divine destiny decisions!
Love you - and I am praying for you - I covet your prayers for MLYA and for me!
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of the Lord. Neh.5v.15
Nehemiah could have used his "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? " anointing and said: Look, I am a personal servant of the king on a special t build-a-wall sabbatical. I don't have to use my money. This job should be taking care of all expenses. And I don't have to get sweaty and dirty by actually helping to build the wall with my own hands. You guys, get on with it while I stay indoors." Apparently the people who God assigned before him acted just like that. So why didn't he? What was the difference? The results were certainly different: Nehemiah finished the wall, completing his God-given assignment. The Fear-God method, when applied to anything in life, will win out over everything else. Fearing God prevails will best every contender.
Heavenly accountability means your supervisor is omniscient and omnipresent. His controls work from the inside of your heart: a scratching or heaviness when you grieve the Spirit of God living inside you. The little white lie to squirm out of a jam or to avoid exposing your quirky motivation. When the fear of God is operating in you, little sin makes you feels as bad as big sin. Don't sin, fear God. If you do sin, fear God and repent!
FATHER: But I do not do so because of the fear of the Lord!
For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, to another, one, each according to his own ability...After a long time the master came and settled accounts with them...Matthew 25 v.14-19
This morning I was shocked to see that the Chapter on the talents falls right before the Chapter on Judgement. The settling of accounts over the gifts God has given to you is a Last Days issue. God's distribution of the talents was coming to my spirit as the Word for Today and I thumbed through Matthew searching for it. I was so certain it was found earlier than chapters on the Ten Virgins or the Signs of Christ's Return. Wrong. So what is God saying- even about where this parable is placed in the Bible- ?
The utilization of your God-given talents in this Day and time will have to be supernatural. Earlier this week I wrote about Ezra and the restoration of the temple vessels. The job of carrying them safely back to Jerusalem was assigned to individuals. Just like the talents in the Book of Matthew. But in the Old Testament the "carriers of God's talents" were not required to multiply them. All they had to do was bring the precise same measurement they had signed up to deliver- like Fed Ex! But you, today, are stewards of the mysteries. Your assignment is to multiply what God has given you. Increase. God, of course, gives the increase- it comes from Him and it is supernatural. All this explains why God is so harsh on the unbelieving man who buried his talent. Seeing that missing piece of God-given talent against the backdrop of world swirling towards destruction and hell-fire, your busyness that keeps you from writing that song; your tiredness that keeps you from taking the painting course, your fear of lack that keeps you working in a job you hate instead of going to Guatemala and starting a school... You might be talented at phoning people to encourage them or baking a pie to make us smile and heal.
FATHER: I will!
Blessings on your weekend of talent unearthed, mined and refined and INCREASED as you ready it for release
Then rose up Zerubbabel, Shealtiel and Joshua and began to build the house of God...Tatnai, governor and Shethar-boznai, and their companions said thus unto them: Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? Ezra5 v.2-3
Are you waiting on an answer from a king? Remember that the king's heart is in the hands of the Lord. The bullies attacking the Kingdom Builders in our Bible reading today did not know that. Tatnai, Shethar-boznai and company were expecting the king's pleasure to bring orders to stop the work of God. They went to great lengths to gather information against the priests (including their names) to expose and condemn them before the king. No matter how diligent the devil is - no matter how complex the matter formed against you may be -, remember that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. He is preparing a table for you in the presence of your enemies- and they will pay the bill for your feast!
FATHER: Send Your pleasure to me concerning this matter today!
Don't come down off the wall!
Love you, Lee Andrews- REMEMBER NO AUGUST MEETING- See You Sept. 13th!
Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned: and avoid them. Rom. 16v.17
Have you seen the person who is causing strife and bringing division in your office or church or group of friends? The Bible says to "mark" them. MARK in the Hebrew means to "spy, take aim." Honey, open your eyes to what is really going! Make a note in your life-book about the person who is the reef in the love feast (Jude) and hold them responsible for their behavior. Ok, so what do you do after that? Preach to them! Put them on trial? No! The Bible says to avoid them. Some fights we take head on; but others we are to flee. We are not commanded to stand and fight against LUST for example. The Bible says "flee youthful lusts and pursue righteousness." The same way you don't sit in your boyfriend's apartment at 2:00am to explain the Gospel over a nightcap. Similarly you don't sit in the office cubicle with the office troublemaker listening to them trash someone else.The Spirit of God in you is in charge.
FATHER: I will mark and avoid those that bring division and offences. Open my eyes to see!
Blessings on your week of His Spirit in you being IN CHARGE of the atmosphere!
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers...and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water...and in whatever he does, he prospers. Ps.1
A stream I had never noticed before was flowing on one gully side of the retention pond this morning. Planted firmly beside it was a big vulture. He knew he was in the right location to find what he wanted: garbage! What stream are you planted by? Are your water-cooler buddies influencing your decisions more than what the Word of God says about that surgery or about that boyfriend? Are you staying in the wrong church and drinking from a polluted stream because changing is too hard? Should you be taking a yoga class if you know the positions are worship positions to gods other than the One True God? Where you are ?
FATHER: Find me in Your river!
Blessings on your re-location weekend! True North as Grace leads you home!
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!