And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us...John 1v.14
My prayer for you this week is The Word of God Made Flesh! When missionaries go to foreign fields, they become the Word of God made flesh for people who have never heard the Gospel. You, just like a missionary, are carrying God's Truth and Light into dark places. It could be on the job; it could be with your family. I pray for strength, this week especially, as you "dwell among them."
The same blessing will return to your own bosom as "Jesus-With-Skin-On" will also come to you in your own moment of need. "Of His fulness we have all received- grace upon grace" I pray that full grace to be heaped upon you this week! (John 1v.16)
...Blessings...on the crown of him of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers...Gen.49v.26
Will you let Love place and position you? Will you take your place? Are you willing to "stand out" and shine for Jesus among the brethren?
Wednesday evening I had lined up Mom's three birthday cards from her 2 nieces and her nephew. All the colors matched. I put the 3 pretty, bright gift bags on the mantlepiece with them. But then Thursday someone rushed a priority gift to her with another card. And a place was made for it among the brethren! Love will push you forward - to say something, to give something, to stand for God's opinion about a dearth or a valley, and just to be an unexpected blessing. Take your place on the mantelpiece this weekend! Your obedience will perfect something that concerns the Lord!
Somebody is looking to see your Love coming towards them,
Isn't God marching before you? Judges 4v.14 The Message Bible
Facing a stack of knots or series of problems to juggle? This is what I am hearing today for you and for me as we tackle tough curves: Is not the Lord gone out before us? The Message Bible also says, "The Lord Leads On" in verse 14 of Judge's Chapter 4. Take courage today, Prophetess Deborah would say to us. Be assured that the Breaker is moving out in front of us to undo the work of the evil one. Some of the tough curves are born of human error through the lies or laziness of others. I know. Today I have already been on the phoning praying through with some of you and wading through the mire for my issues. But listen to this from my own heart of faith: If God is speaking the part of today's verse in Judges that promises you His Presence, He is also speaking the part of today's verse that promised His power:
Charge! This very day God has given you victory...Judges 4v.14 The Message
Now is the time for action! The Lord leads on! He has already delivered Sisera into your hand! Judges 4v.14 The Living Bible
Believe that you receive. Is not the Lord gone out before thee?
She is more precious than rubies. Prov.31; Behold the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil. James 5v.7
I heard a little song in the Spirit for you this morning. It went like this: What a precious life you have! What a precious life you have! The word " precious," according to the Bible concordance, comes from a Hebrew word - meged - that means to be eminent, distinguished, hence something valuable, as a product or fruit. Many times the word "precious" is translated as "choice."
What is God saying? Your life today, with all the ins and outs, with all the things you want to change, add, lose, shift, tweak, etc. is PRECIOUS to God. You are eminently important to Him. He looks at us the way 5-year-olds look at a new Barbie: I can't wait to dress her in this outfit from My Perfect Design and Plan for her. He wants to wrap us in new mantles of anointing. With just one look, you have ravished His heart - just as it says in the Song of Solomon.
FATHER: You put my life in the MAJORS- there is nothing minor about today!
Love you guys-
Today is my Mom's 92nd birthday- What a precious life she has!
I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth... When the bow (rainbow) is in the clouds and I look upon it, I will earnestly remember My covenant or solemn pledge which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. Gen. 9 v.11-17
Wave your hand over your head. Ah, come on! Take a minute, raise your hand and give the Lord a wave offering. Make an arc. There is the rainbow! God's rainbow of covenant is over you today. This is the Husband who will never divorce you; the company that will never break the terms of agreement in your Covenant-contract. As women we need to feel secure. Wave your hand over head. There is a rainbow over you.
Our God is indeed restoring, but is there anything you need to restore to Him? I used to have a certain day every week to fast. I re-read some pages of Rees Howell's Intercessor at bedtime last night and was amazed once again at the self-denying assignments the Holy Spirit gave him. I sense the connection (for me) between areas in my life that are depleted and the need to restore certain disciplines such as my weekly fast. I have fasted different ways, but the overwhelming number of things that need God's intervention in my nation, my city and my world may require the steady onslaught of godly force by regular fasting. This kind cometh out only by prayer and fasting.
There failed no part of any good thing which the Lord had promised to the house of Israel Joshua 21v.45 (AMP); Every good thing the Lord had promised them came true. (Living Bible)
What are you believing God for? What Divine Promises are you encouraging and influencing others (your husband, your children, your co-workers) to believe? God is not a man that He should lie! Hold fast! His Word will not fail you!
Blessings on your weekend of prevailing faith and unfailing love!
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. Ps. 149v.4; For thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev. 4v.11 (KJV); For it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12v.27
We do talk a lot aboutPurpose and rightly so, but the other "P" word is tremendously important and becoming ever more essential with every passing hour of the intense days. God's Pleasure! Feeling it, knowing it and moving out in it are sweeteners. God's Pleasure makes life sweeter. It draws us to people who need to be reached with Gospel and draws them to us. Who wants to hear the Gospel from a lemon-faced, bitter-looking, truth and purpose-speaking person? If you're pleasing to God and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
I stole a "leisurely-walk" out of the end of long but fulfilling day last weekend and as I made my return loop home and looked out over the lake, God's Pleasure came over me. He was so pleased with me and He let me know it in a sensation and with a revelation that a billion dollars could not buy. God and I made an exchange. He took my exhausted, stiff body and gave me His glorious and easy energy. All was well in a twinkling of an eye.
And Jesus said to him...This day is salvation come to this house...For the Son of Man is come to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 19v.9-10
"My surgery is Friday morning and I am scared to death," I overheard the woman in the therapy pool tell another patient. She explained she was having two spinal fusions that some of her Dr's said could leave her crippled and her other Dr's said she' be crippled if she didn't have the surgery now. "I have lost my faith in God," she added. My mom was with me in the water with her floaties and a barbell. I steered her over to the woman - Maureen was her name. The other patient told her that having faith was like riding a bicycle: you never forget how, no matter how long it has been. I encouraged her to pray the sinner's prayer again for full reassurance. ( I don't think she had ever prayed it.) She said she would pray it Friday morning before the surgery and swam away from us to talk with someone else. But as she was about to leave the pool, I (& mom happily in tow) moved very close to her and said in a whisper so the other people in the water would not hear: Will you pray it now with me?
We have to put TODAY on it when we seek the lost. We have to put 2-DAY on it when we offer the salvation of Jesus. In our scripture Jesus said "This day is salvation come." That is how we fulfill our mission in life - which is the same as the Lord's - to seek and save that which is lost. Putting TODAY on it also moves God to move for us 2-day. (Does anybody reading this need something 2-DAY?) It is so awesome to note that the passage immediately following Jesus' mission of seeking and saving is the one about the talents - all about your deepest purpose and gifts discovered, flourishing in the earth and bringing an eternal reward. There is a connection between winning souls and fulfilling your personal destiny. You knew it all along!
Then the king said unto me: For what dost thou request? ...For how long will thou journey be? When will thou return?...So I set him a time. Nehemiah 2v.4-6 (KJV)
I love this exchange about heart's desire. If you read the first chapter of the Book of Nehemiah, you will know that it was born of a intense desire from heaven that God placed in Nehemiah's heart through much intercession and fasting. But then, here comes the moment. Finally, you are in the presence of the human with the power to make it happen. This is after soaking Heaven's Throne Room floor with tears in the Presence of the One who rules over the hearts of king. Now you stand in the spotlight with the $64,000 question about your heart's desire! Are you ready to answer? The Word for Today is Be Prepared to Handle Heart's Desire in the big league. Can you set a time if you are given the go-ahead for your dream? Are you ready to build?
I do this month after month with my dreams for the Make Love Your Aim Ministry meetings. I handle my Heart's Desire for your lives to be enriched at my meetings by planning and praying. I have a set a time for May's Prayer Conference- Allied in Prayer- and I am building a place for God and for you to come!
Father: I set a time. I prepare to build and bring my dream into this earth!
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers ( do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith.) 2 Cor.6v.14 (AMP)
A "need" you have can push you into forming a "mismated alliance." This is not only a warning against being unequally yoked in marriage, it also applies to a business covenant or an intimate, deep friendship. In this Year of Divine Order, I am finding the "shaky alliances" in my life and in those around me are being judged. Disorder is not of God. In the Bible Israel was always going to Egypt or Assyria for help, for horses, for food in famine - and it brought disastrous results every time. I, too, have repeatedly sought a handy solution and repeatedly it has blown up and required 50 intercessors to put out the fire! We often think any kind of "yoke of help" is better than no help at all.
Making the choice to be unequally yoked can be tempting for those of you with controlling personalities because you think you can change the "mismated" and make them ship-shape. But trust me, the choice is just as alluring and deceptive for all Christians in this busy, pressurized time of Please God, just- find- me-a-way-to-get-it-done. You can find yourself yoked tight together with someone who told you they were Christian, had Christian music and messages on their voicemail, volunteer at their church but are actually living with their boyfriends, drinking and dealing unrighteously.
Father: I won't go to Egypt for help! I will wait for You! I trust you to lead me right today!
Blessings on your week of trusting Him for the best!
Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise; go up to Ai...Joshua 8 v.1
In this strange, tough but glorious season I am hearing " Fight again where you took a defeat. You will win this time. "It is not over. Get up - as the Lord said to Joshua when he went into intense intercession after the armies' great defeat at Ai:"Rise up, why is that you have fallen on you face? (Joshua 7v.10) and GO out and fight again.
But first, sin had to be dealt with.The sin of Achan, one of Israel's soldiers who took war spoils that God had instructed them to destroy, cost the Lord's people the Victory over their enemies. Achan's sin had to be confessed and corrected. Whether the sin that caused defeat was yours or that of those you are associated with, get things right with God for the new beginning the Blood has paid for.
It is also interesting to note that Joshua's idea of how to defeat Ai the first time (don't let all the people go up; only about 2 or 3000 need go up to Ai Chap.7 v.3) was very different from God's idea for the second, victorious hit (take all the people of war with you and arise go up to Ai). I believe this time God is going to give you His right way to pursue, overtake and recover all!
Many Christians have been taken tough hits recently, but the war is not over until we win. Whether the struggle has been with your health, your marriage or a habit dogging you - Arise, do it again and win! Victory is in the air for believers who can lift up their heads and shake off the dust of discouragement. Arise! Take all the Word/Armor of God with you and go up to Ai!
Join me tomorrow Saturday April 14th for POWER TO THE PEOPLE- The Power of ths Holy Ghost Released in YOU! I'm excited to see His POWER flowing from you! 10:00am to 12noon at HBU's Mabee Theater, 7502 Fondren, 77074!
For the gate is small. and the way is narrow that leads to life...Matt.7v.13
As I read an account of the miracle ministry of the one Generals of Faith, his few, gruff and to-the-point words reminded me of Dodie! Dodie? Sweet (sweeter than the sugar-bugger), kind Dodie? In social gatherings I have seen her guide a roomful people through that narrow gate with a few, choice, anointed words as many people - be they princes or paupers - try to talk to her, throng her, engage her. Somehow she could pull their words back to the point where God could take over and move. Her point was their healing; her point was God's glory in her brief exchange with each one.
The faith account that triggered my memories of Dodie's exchanges with people wanting to meet her went something like this:A man had stomach cancer surgery that left him unable to swallow and with a feeding tube. The Faith General speaks 3 short sentences: 1.On the authority of the Word, tonight you will have a big supper. 2.Do as I tell you. 3. It is time to go and eat a good supper.
Father: Give me the right talk for way to miracles! Give me Dodie-talk to help people today!
Love you all,
Bottom line: the man goes home, eats one bite then another and is totally. miraculously healed.
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated. Deut. 34 v.7; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Ps. 103v.5
After Easter Service at my family's church, one gorgeous cousin in her forties,who recently retired, ommented loudly that she was old. Her words sounded so wrong: my warning signals flashed ON-ON-ON! We have to watch what we say. As the world labels us and symptoms try to limit us, we must have that Blessed Assurance in our hearts about our youth's RENEWAL. It can't just be in a jar on your bathroom shelf, it needs to be in your heart to work. You are vibrant and strong. Every part of your body resists disease and every joint in your body is resilient. Your knees, back and hip joints bounce and sing as you go merrily along God's Path for your life.
FATHER: Thank you for making me look and feel so young!
And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him. Luke 13v.12
Don't you just love Jesus and His powerful simplicity? He is teaching in church, but he sees a sick woman and calls her over. He lays hands on her. A big argument breaks out with the church leaders, but Jesus performed the miracle first. After answering the leaders' arguments against healing the woman on the Sabbath, Jesus goes back to teaching the rest of the people. What a flow!
There is that same flow for you today. What is in your heart as you look at people? Jesus looked at the reluctant rich young ruler and the Bible says, "felt a love for him." Jesus could not lay hands on the guy and force him to make the right choice. But Jesus did all he the Spirit allowed Him to in that encounter. (Mark 10 v.24).
Father: Let your Love lead my heart today! Anoint me to courageously follow Your Lead!
Blessings on you week in the Divine Flow -
And join me this Saturday April 14th for the final session on The Divine Flow- POWER TO THE PEOPLE, 10-12noon at HBU's Mabee Theater
Not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Heb. 9v.12
Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way...let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance... Hebe. 10v.19
Just before Christmas of last year, Mom and I were cursed out a by a screaming man in the little stone-tiled steam room at our upscale gym. He didn't know that therapy patients in wheel-chairs were allowed in and He became belligerent. We reported him to the management in several meetings and every time I took her in after that, I would pray and plead the Blood.
Since that incident a Christian university has purchased the gym. Yesterday we went in the steam room and found two preachers already seated on the top tile tiers. They jumped up and helped us. The men of God resumed their "private" conversation about the best ways to reach people with the saving message of Jesus. But then they spoke to us. They went on and on about the "honor or having two women of color come in. We have never seen women of color here. What an honor! (In an instant I knew God was vindicating me/Mom and letting me know the Blood had done its work in the little steam room and in our lives.)
The Blood of His Cross will not forget you today! The Healing, Cleansing, Saving, All-Powerful Blood has heard your cry and rushed in to take away sin, its pain and the grave. Go on in to the new living place that the Blood has cleansed and prepared for you! Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Day from me and my mother to each of you!
The Lord shall smite thee with madness, blindness or astonishment of heart...Deut. 28v.28
The Hebrew word for "astonishment" describes the devil's pitiful wonder at God's miraculous move for you! It describes your enemies' amazement over your victory through Jesus. This type of astonishment is included in the Deut. 28 side of the curses.
But the news media would like to hit even the blessed people of God with astonishment of heart. They want to create an appetite for more, never-heard-before tragic and tortuous tales to put fear, astonish hearts and steal our trust in God. Understanding of our day will break that curse and send it fleeing seven ways.
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Matt. 5v.41
Extra means "over and above what is ordinary or required; additional; better than usual." Extra has some supernatural family ties. EXTRAORDINARY is one of them. The strength and love demanded by our performance of the extra - going the extra mile to pick up someone and take them to church; helping out a new trainee on the job though you weren't asked to do it; making your family an extra special meal on a weeknight - all come from our supernatural God of Love. As we bless others with the extra, then Eph 3:20 flows back and overwhelms us with His exceeding Goodness in our lives.
He did not weaken in faith when he considered the utter impotence of his own body' which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's deadened womb. (AMP) Rom.4 v.19 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (KJV) Rom.4v. 20-21
After I have made a mistake - eaten too much junk, missed an opportunity to help someone or spoken unkind words - I consider my powerless-to-do good flesh. Impotence means powerlessness. The choice I face in that moment you, too, may have faced. Will I weaken in faith, beat myself up, repent some but continue to repeat my sins? Or will I be like my father Abraham? Can I rise from the deadness of my failure and stagger not at the promise of God to cleanse me, forgive me and give me a new start? If I am more persuaded in God's power to perform His promise than in my failure's power, I will grow strong in faith to the glory of God!
Without counsel purposes are disappointed. Prov. 15v.22 (KJV); Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things we hope for....Heb.11v.1 (AMP)
Disappointment is defined as a failure of expectation. When we don't get what we want or what we hoped for, we are disappointed. The word describes both the failure itself as well as our feelings about the failure ( depression, frustration). The defeat of hope can defeat our faith. Hope is faith's grandmother! But even when we experience disappointments, we can choose NOT to allow feelings of disappointment to overwhelm us. As faith people we also need to seek God to find out where our faith failed. Was my expectation in man?. Jeremiah 17v.5 says,"Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength..." Was my timing premature or delayed? Was there unconfessed sin in my life?
Last week the prophet ministering to me spoke out zealously, "And there will be more disappointments!" The most awful thing about his words was that I bore witness to them. In spite of myself. My spirit agreed with his words. Whether I liked them or not! Plus I had not even told him the major disappointments. For myself I knew in that moment that God's hand was on the recent and coming (GROAN) disappointments to shape my faith. I won't need any props to fulfill my God assignments! I won't need any notes.
Father: Make me like the tree planted by the water whose leaves are green in the heat - My roots go deep in YOU!
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!