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I Am Poring Over Your Life, says the Lord and I Am Pouring Over Your Life.

police line

I woke up this morning hearing, “I am troubling your borders now. How far will you let Me take you?”  I see how we have yellow taped off our comfort zones, maintaining our self-appointed jurisdictions. We’ve been policing our lives, as if they are our own.

beach

I see boundaries roped off in our swimming holes.  “This is deep enough.”  What we think is waist-high is only ankle-deep.  There are deeper waters still.  We’ve been playing in the puddles of broken cisterns and calling man-made pools oceans.

flood waters

A flood of His glory is coming.  Like waters cover the seas and then defy the banks and the brinks when heavy rains fall; this is what is coming.  Prepare to be swept up in the current and allow God to carry you.  I see houses and landscapes changing.  Houses and lands.  All will be effected.  Denominational walls. Man made walls cannot stop even the trickles of this next move.  For there is a river pouring forth from under the threshold of the throne room of heaven now. “I am poring over your life, says the Lord. And  I am pouring over your life.”

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Strong West Wind

Last week about this time, I felt a strong stirring in my spirit and the Lord instructed me to begin interceding.  He said, “It’s time to put to flight.”  Immediately, I connected that phraseology to the passage Leviticus 26:5, And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand  to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. 

I began praying, not realizing what the Lord had set out to accomplish through my prayers.  I was riding on the wind of the Holy Spirit.

As I walked and prayed, I had a vision.  I saw the land (farm land, harvest fields and vineyards) covered in locusts. I understood that it was the land the Lord has given us for inheritance.  It’s the ground we have invested ourselves in.  It looked brown and barren…dead.  Yet, as I continued to pace, the ground began to move in almost fluid motion before me and I realized that the wind had begun to pick up and it was sweeping over the ground and over the trees.

Again, God spoke to me and said, “There is a strong west wind blowing.”

You’ll find reference to that in Exodus 10:19, And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.

As I kept praying, I saw that what I perceived to be fruitless and barren… stripped to dirt and bark was actually the remains of what had been plaguing the ground.  The wind made quick work of blowing every last locust away and there in the soil were tender green shoots.  The very thing that had been sent to strip the land was in fact covering precious seedlings.  The harvest is here. What has been just under the ground shall produce suddenly.  Many have sown and many have watered but God is bringing the increase.  Now is not the time to gauge our success by the world’s standards or the condition of Pharoah’s heart.  God is bringing the harvest for the coming harvest. What we have been waiting and believing for is here and it’s for His glory.

In Matthew 3, we read of another time when there were locusts in the land… on the threshold of the Lord’s entrance…  on the brink of liberation!  It’s evidenced in verse 4,  John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  The man crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” fed on the very locusts that preempted a move of God like the world had never seen!

What has been stripping you down has been itself stripped away.  Look up!  Your Redeemer is drawing near! You are on the brink of your breakthrough!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Intercession, Jesus, Prayer, Redemption

 

The Valedictorian Church

Misalignment of the spine can cause any number of problems in the human body and can affect not only the skeletal system but major organ function as well.  Studies show that heart, lung, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, kidney, bladder, prostrate and uterus issues can be directly influenced by the spine.  Furthermore, nerve fibers stem from the spine into every major immune system organ.

In the spiritual terms, misalignment can be just as detrimental to the Body of Christ.  When we fail to come under the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ and those He has set in authority, things become out-of-order.  As children of God and necessary parts of the body, our function can be hindered and our immunity weak.

For the remainder of this post, I want to call the misalignment, a “spiritual learning curve”.   To spare you the more in-depth and wordy definition of “learning curve”… here it is in short form.  The learning curve averages everything out.  In other words, new skills or knowledge can be quickly acquired initially, but subsequent learning becomes much slower. At first, a minimal investment of resources yields significant results, but the payback from continuing effort is smaller.

This is daunting in the world we live in of bigger, better and limitless upgrades.

At first it’s easy to make progress and our efforts are rewarded quickly but as time passes, the efforts we’re making do not garner the same results.  Just as when much is given, much is required, there are times when more is asked of us, with seemingly little to no increase.  This is when we are in real danger of settling for less in terms of spiritual gain if we fail to rise to the challenge. The average Christian walk, with a letter grade C and without challenge can begin to look rather appealing. It’s still passing right?  Yet, God wants us to excel in the call upon our life, walk worthy of it and increase more and more.  Come up higher and get an A!

I do believe God wants us to be straight A students… studying to show ourselves approved by Him, regardless of the applaud of men or the immediate result.  He is interested in our commitment and our longevity in our faithfulness to Him, the church, our leaders, fellow believers and the duty assigned to us.  We should be nothing less than valedictorian in the Spirit as we serve from scrubbing toilets to preaching to the multitudes.  Every season of our life comes with its own report card.

How are we faring?

“Average is just as close to failure as it is to success.”-Dr. John Polis

 

Being Rich Toward God

Luke 12:15-21, And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

It’s important to take inventory of our lives. To examine ourselves.  What does my life consist of?

When we find ourselves in a prosperous season… when the harvest of seeds sown has come to bear, there comes with it  a temptation to “pull down” our barns and build greater.  An upgrade is due us.

Somewhere along the way maybe, we’ve been lead to believe that we will arrive at a certain level of prosperity.  It’s a lottery of sorts…  a sweet spot in life, where we can just rest easy.  “Eat, drink and be merry”, right?

We long for the day when we won’t have to work so hard. When we can just retire and finally “live” a little.

We start to daydream of pulling down our barns.  It might look something like this…

“Oh, God has great things in store for me.  His plans are SO big that I’m gonna need a better ______________, a better _______________, a better _______________.  That’s what I intend to do! As soon as I get MY harvest, I’m gonna leave this ______________ behind.  I’m gonna build the life of MY dreams!”

Perhaps this kind of mindset has truly diminished the things that God has already equipped us with to use for His glory.  We’ve pulled down our barns.  And if these barns already aren’t enough for us, then how could something bigger and better ever be enough?

And here it is… that man was rich already. He was significant. He was provided for. He was equipped.  In essence, he had what was necessary for today.  He was taken care of, yet somehow, He thought he had to take care of himself.  Somehow, he thought the ground he was given belonged to him.

So what it all boils down to is that there is a question left unanswered.

In all of your pulling down and building greater, who have you served?  If you got your harvest and bought your dream _______________, to what purpose was it?  If it all ends at sunset…whose will it be then?

Will our children know what to do with it?  Will our extended friends and families?  How about our neighbors and communities?  And heaven help us, our government?

We must consider the “whose” of our harvest!  We must begin something with what God has given us that will live well beyond our years!

Get ready! The harvest is upon us. It’s time to seek the Lord! The Lord of the harvest is visiting our ground! He is preparing laborers to who will not labor in vain but will produce more of His spirit and yield His glory in this earth!  Unless the Lord builds it, we will labor in vain! Even if we give it ALL away, we will not find ourselves wanting.  The windows of heaven are opening and God has promised that He would pour out a blessing, so much so that there would not be room enough to contain it!  For some, even the most faithful among us, He hasn’t been able to release such a blessing because with even a handful, we pull down our barns!  We must settle it in our hearts that the foundations are good! What is already built is good! Yes, the barn is good! This is the year of the open door! If we will refrain from pulling down our barns, we will discover that He has opened the door of those barns and His bounty shall spill forth!  If we will rejoice in our room, He will give us a realm! Be rich toward God!

 

Undoing the Less!

Psalm 127:1, Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain…

For far too long, I’ve been living on less than God’s best.  It’s been a season of living paycheck to paycheck and sometimes that’s even a stretch. I’m not only speaking in financial terms. This is an emotional issue, as well as spiritual.

How often do we find ourselves emotionally maxed out?  Spiritually waxing and waning?

In all honesty, about three years ago, I hit rock bottom.  Suddenly, in one instant, everything turned upside down.  I could talk about the “suddenly” but truth be told, we all have had a run in with a “suddenly” of some sort.  For me, it was a major lapse.  The bottom fell out. The elevator plummeted.  And I found myself in the lowest place possible.

Pride.

It was a defining moment for me.  An identity crisis at it’s best. Really, who did I think I was? Could the person I’d settled for “being” ever recover from this?

I realized that I had been laboring in vain.  Vanity is the worst emptiness.  It’s a falsehood.  Nothingness.

I was building my life like a glass house and it was only a matter of time before I would really know my substance.

It was a good thing.

On a very personal level, I was having a Mark 14:58 moment.  “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and in three days I will build another made without hands.”

In an instant, it crumbled but God didn’t leave me there! He had building plans with my name on them!  And if I would just let Him labor in me, through me, with me, around me… His blueprints are much more glorious!

You see, unless the Lord builds… those who labor, labor in vain.  The word unless is a conditional clause of either a) a possible situation or b) an impossible situation.

Get the picture? When HE builds… it’s POSSIBLE!  When I build… IMPOSSIBLE!

So, this is the year for me! I declare it to be MY year! My year of undoing the less!  This is MY year to come into the manifestation of God’s building for my life! This is MY year of overcoming what has been IMPOSSIBLE in my own strength and living in all that God says is POSSIBLE for me!  I am a person of substance!  I am a SPIRITUAL being! I have the ANSWER and carry the SOLUTION! His name is JESUS and I am the HOUSE that He has built!  I am the vessel fit for my Masters use! I am equipped and ready! I am prepared for EVERY GOOD WORK!  This year, my labor is not in vain! This year, I will PROSPER and BE IN HEALTH even as my SOUL DOES PROSPER!  This is MY year!  And friend, it’s YOURS as well!

This is the beginning of MY declaration!

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Bigger Than A Girl from “smallVille”

Some time ago, I wrote a blog entitled Bearing Fruit and I encourage you to read that post, as it was a pivotal moment in my life and the basis for what I’m about to share.  It was at that time that I realized I was languishing.  It was a do or die moment for me and has been ever since.  (Hope your curious enough to read it now… cliffhanger for your enjoyment.)

It’s been a long season of silence for me.  I love to write and for anyone who truly knows me, talking is no problem, learning, teaching, praying, helping, helping, helping wherever I can…  But honestly, as I poured myself out into ministry,  I was feeling empty inside.  Suddenly, the passion for learning, teaching, praying, ministering was fading and fading fast. All of the things I had thought were “it” for me, weren’t “it” at all. They were only part of “it”.  Like the dot on the i part. (And my disclaimer here is that “it” is ever-expanding as God reveals “it”.)

There was something I was neglecting.  Many years ago, God dropped one word in my heart.

Uganda.

That’s it. That’s all He gave me one day in prayer.  I didn’t even know where Uganda was, let alone what I was supposed to do with it.  So, I got out the map and found it and God never let me forget it.

It made no sense.  Was I just to pray for that place?  Would I go there?  Who, what, when, where, why, how?  I wasn’t short on questions.  And it seemed ridiculous.  I’m just a girl. An imperfect (really imperfect) girl, who grew up in a place called Finzel for crying out loud!  Finzel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s the smallest form of “small Ville”.  Like way out the ways way.  OK?  So, what did I have to do with anything, anywhere else on God’s map?

But as time went on, God began to whisper secrets to me and my heart became full for that place.  Full to the point where I thought it would break if I didn’t do something about it.  So, my husband and I talked about it. Prayed about it and then, began to take the steps to move forward.  And then life caved in.  Like really caved, depleted the atmosphere of oxygen and nearly snuffed me out.  Seriously… the oxygen mask dropped and my seat belt was buckled and I was holding on for dear life.  None of what God said looked like it could ever come to pass.

And no one even knew it.  Except God. To this day, there are very few who know what died that day for me.  But my one  hope it this…   John 12:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

It was from that time on that survival mode kicked in.  I wasn’t going to just vaporize. God had truly strengthened me with might in my inner man.  I was moving forward. Regaining my momentum.  There I was like that fig tree, all robust and green!  And suddenly I had an encounter with my Lord like never before and He was hungry.  And in all my service and in all my “fruitfulness”, there was one thing He was hungry for, and I had nothing to offer Him.

He had planted me… integrated me… in a place I had never known.  A place called Uganda.  He had set aside ground for me there and I was doing nothing more than taking up His ground.  I had conceived something and was refusing to bring it to bear.   It was time.

No excuses. No “But God’s!”  It was do or die.  Produce or be removed.

It was a hard Word but it saved my life.  Again.

Since that time, I’ve now had the utmost privilege of serving in Uganda, Africa, some of the most beautiful, humble people I have ever known and have learned a love like no other.  I’d like to say it’s all been one-sided. That it has all been about loving them.  But it hasn’t.  I went there to be loved in return by a Daddy who loves like no other.

I’ll leave you with a thought on “short-term” mission work that resonates in my heart.  Those words are hard for me to swallow because to some, it’s now checked off the list.  Mission trip completed.  My Christian duty is done.  The words “short-term” some how give me permission to come and go as I please and forget the realities that are not my own or easily understood by the “world” I live in.  But the truth is, I’ve left half my heart in Africa and I can no more come and go as I please… even if I wanted to.  If I never return, I would be living a half-hearted life.  If I never return, I am unfulfilled, the Lord’s work is not finished and someone is left unloved… even if just for a moment.  ~  Stacey Blubaugh

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Off the Backburner

1 Kings 7:1, “Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.”

It’s going to be a very rewarding 2013, for those who have put their hand to building God’s house and in service to Him first. Solomon’s house was completed in the 13th year.

He made more haste with the house of God than with his own, for that was but seven years in building; which showed greater regard to the honour of God then to his own glory, or even convenience; nor was this built till after that… (John Gill Exposition)

Throughout the years, many have selflessly been about God’s business and have served Him with their whole heart. Speaking from a personal standpoint, God-given plans and desires have been put on hold and divinely so.  That sounds contradictory, I know but the very things we have been believing Him for in our families and homes have seemingly been placed on the back burner.

In recent days (I’m about to be vulnerable here) I’ve been going through a mourning of sorts, for a lack of better words.  The threshold from one year to the next always brings with it a time of reflection and honestly, I’ve been feeling a bit of remorse for the things that have been placed on the back burner in my life.  These household blueprints in my heart that have “not been getting or needing immediate attention” are suddenly on the forefront of my mind and the feeling has been that of loss.

The agitation I’ve been feeling and this restlessness should more accurately be considered a fire.  The back burner issues are being moved over the fire. 

 

The seeds that have been in the ground a long time.  No.  A very long time.  Well….  things have changed.  Just wait and see!

John 12:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Prophecy

 
 
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