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Setting The Stage

Yesterday, Pastor released a word for the season we are in and for Women of Valor.  You can read that word here.  http://fromsharon.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/january-19-2011/

In prayer this morning, more revelation came concerning that.  Read about that here.   http://prayerchronicles.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/1-20-10/

The question was brought before the Lord, If Friday marks one hundred days, what is Thursday? 

At first, I heard, “It’s Holy.”  

But as I’ve been sitting at my desk, I heard that it is reserved for “setting the stage.”  Now in years past, we have always gone to the building on Wednesday and set up the “stage” or platform, along with any other prep work that needed done prior to the conference.   This year is different.  We did not reserve Wednesday and will be doing the prep on Thursday.  So, in the natural, we are “setting the stage.”

Now, it doesn’t sit well with me to think that any of this is a show and so I questioned God, was I hearing right?  Again, “Thursday is reserved for setting the stage.”

Not stage as in performance, as in something for onlookers or bistanders to watch as only a few participate.  What I do believe is  that God will be performing His word.  Jeremiah 1:12, “Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”  (This also reminds me of Bob Jones’s word & the word Abide Not In The Hold.  See that entry if you missed it!)

We are entering into a new stage.  I believe it is a from faith to faith, glory to glory kind of stage. New thing. New ground.  New growth. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 

For a bit of clarity, in context with what I believe God is saying, stage means:

       one of a series of positions or stations one above the other

       a period or step in a process, activity, or development

       one of the distinguishable periods of growth

       to produce or cause to happen for public view or public effect

Lisa Butler prophesied that this year we would see these attributes and have visitation from the Fire, Light and Love (speaking of the Lord himself).  When reading about the light this morning in my personal time, there was a scripture that stood out to me. 

When sharing, Lisa couldn’t find words to even expound on this.  She was lavished by it, for lack of better description.

2 Corinthians 4:6,  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Well, now I’m a bit lavished too because it was only a couple of years ago that Melissa taught on Moses coming down from the mount and his face was glowing.  That was during His Glory Revealed, WOV, 2009.

This past year, 2010, Glowing in Grace & Glory

This year, Now Is The Time.  The stage is being set!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Prophecy

 

Until You Exceed

In walking through adversity, the mentality can sometimes be,  that if you show emotion, you are not Christian enough or that you are somehow relationally disfunctional when it comes to you and God.   Laughing is sometimes thought to be foolish.  Crying means you don’t believe enough or that your faith isn’t what it should be.  Get angry and well, you have simply lost your religion. 

Melissa did a great post on transparency.  Go there, it will encourage you!  

(http://melissaflores.org/2011/01/13/three-of-a-kind/

Anyway, to say the least, I feel like everyone can see right through me all the time.  If it calls for emotion, I’m on it.  I’ll be the one to laugh the loudest until it’s improper. 

And, I admit it.  I am a cryer.  Always have been, always will be. When it’s happy, I cry.  When it’s sad, I cry.  When it’s angering, well…, I cry.  My Dad used to get so frustrated with me when we would watch movies because when the movie was “good”, I would declare, “I love this movie!”  and then when tragedy would strike, from the depths of my soul and with tears streaming, I’d let everyone know, “I hate it! I can’t watch.  I. can’t. watch.”  He’d say something like this, “D#&%  it girl!  Just watch the movie!”  And then, after the movie had ended well, all was right with the world. 

Get mad?  Truthfully, I hate being mad but the devil will use the people you love the most and who will, quite frankly,  judge you the most afterward, to provoke you.  It’s messy. Really messy. And like I said, when I’m mad, I cry.  Good stuff, huh?

Recently, something happened and because of the stigma that surrounds it, I’m mad and sad and you know what that means.  I have not gone public with the tears because did you read the first paragraph? I mean, really. 

But I have cried at home, where I am safe.  In that place where God lives with me and still loves me.  And you know how He responds to me?  Not once has He told me not to cry.  He just quiets me with His love. 

And just last night, He released a new strength to me in crying.  1 Samuel 20:41 says “And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.”

David wept.  Weeping because of grief, humiliation or even joy can produce something so precious.  Just like David, we can cry until we exceed. 

To exceed is to extend outside, to be greater than, superior to or to go beyond a limit.  Tears grow us. 

I know that I am exceeding.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Christian Living, Emotion

 

Abide Not In The Hold

1 Samuel 22:1-5

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.  And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.  And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.  And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.  And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.

What’s on hold right now?  

It could be  because of distress, debt or discontentment.  Perhaps it’s a matter of not knowing where to go from here and needing to know what God will do for us before we move.  Maybe it’s all of these things together. 

Whatever it may be, last week, I heard a prophecy from Bob Jones.  (Watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGmuh1WbErE.)  In this, he shared that “the word that the Lord has spoken, shall no longer be postponed. “

The text the Lord gave him was from Ezekiel 12:22-38.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?  Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.  For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. 

Last night as I read, Father spoke to me and said, this is the year of the prophet!  The voice of the prophet is coming to you, “Abide not in the hold!  Depart and get thee into the land of Judah!” 

And then He said it again this way.  What seems to be delay or hinderance and whatever has put you “on hold”, depart from there! You can’t live in that place. Get  into praise!  Live in praise because praise will bring you into the promise!   Don’t wait to know what I will do.  You already know.  Praise Me!

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Prophecy

 

Did He Know?

Genesis 4:25-26, And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. 

What a beautiful thing we see take place here.  Father God, placed in Adams arms, a son named Seth.  Seth’s name literally translates in the Hebrew, replacement.  

I’ve always read over this in the word and did not realize the gravity of what had taken place or the transaction that God made with us, sinful man until now.

Luke 3:38 makes mention of Seth and it’s here that we can discover the value of such a man.  Read it in context.

Luke 3:23-38 reads, And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

The Christmas story centers around Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus and this is most significant, I would agree.  But in that, I can never remember a time growing up or even in recent times, hearing of where this man named Joseph came from.  I didn’t consider his lineage aside from the fact that he was the man that God has chosen to be the earthly father of His son. 

Did Adam know that what God had placed in his arms as “the replacement” or “compensation”, a man who would father generations to come and from him, one would come forth, named Joseph?  Did he know that this man would be the one to hold in his arms, the One who would be “our replacement” on the cross for eternity and would “compensate” by His blood for our sins, taking our punishment forever?  Did he know? 

If you are going through a season where some things are being “replaced” in your life, know this…replacment isn’t a bad thing.  It sometimes brings forth what is exceedingly precious and most redemptive.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Jesus, Revelation

 

What Seeks To Destroy

Matthew 2:13,  “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” 

The name Herod means “heroic”, external or outward appearance and according to the Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names, it means, son of the skin or the flesh.  I find it interesting that in this context, the very king who sought Christ to destroy him, is spiritually the same means that will seek to destroy Christ in us. 

It’s having to be our own “hero” or even thinking someone else to be a hero that can be dangerous for us.  There is only one who can save us! There is only one who can deliver us and only one who can make us free! His name is Jesus.

Romans 8:7 says, [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.”   The flesh is an enemy to God.  I’m not talking about “flesh and blood” or our body.  The flesh I am speaking of is our earthly, human nature and anything we do apart from God’s loving influence and will for our lives.

Herod was that kind of king.  Ruling outside of God’s will.

Take  heed, that the external or outward appearance should never be of more influence than Christ in you, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27)  Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Christian Living

 

Get Outta Town!

This Christmas, my grandmother gave me a precious gift.  I have been wanting for years (and she didn’t know it), a Willow Tree nativity.  Lo and behold, I feel like a little kid over it!  

Immediately, Father spoke to my heart and told me to put it out when I took my Christmas decorations down.  And so, I did.  It has found it’s place on the mantle and every day, when I sit and have time with the Lord, before the sun even comes up, I can enjoy it! 

DISCLAIMER:  You could be offended by what you are about to read.  Just remember, God said it to me too because I needed to hear it. 

PART 1

On Tuesday, first thing in the morning, my Wes accidentally knocked a globe off the hutch and it shattered.   Later that day, I was taking down the decorations at church and found a glass ball from the tree with a hole punched through it, so I sat it aside to throw it away later.  Later, I found it was shattered.  That evening, I was sitting with a friend in her kitchen, when her daughter came along and knocked a glass on the floor.  Shattered. 

Prophetic.

What’s more, is when I was taking the decorations down at the church that same day, I had packed up the nativity, put it snuggly in it’s box and began carrying it to the hallway to put it away.  When I got to the tile floor, the bottom of the box fell out and the insides hit the ground, foam packing and all.  It made a loud sound but when I picked up the box to survey the damage, the only thing that had fallen out, was Jesus.

This year, prepare for a shattering of things.  Unimportant things. 

Prepare for Jesus to come out of the box. 

PART 2

During prayer this morning, I had a vision.  I saw houses with name plates on them and mail boxes with names.  From these houses, I saw paths going out AWAY from them.  I emphasize AWAY!

Paths of righteousness are set before us for His names sake!  And they are taking us away from our nice little houses, in our nice little neighborhoods in our nice counties, in nice states, in a nice nation!  AWAY from here!  We’ve been walking on self-righteous paths, thinking this is God and this is where we are called to.  God said that we will have a hundred fold in this life and in the life to come if we forsake all to follow Him and friend, that’s away from houses and lands, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, etc.  AWAY! 

How do we think that David ended up in the valley of the shadow of death?  Do we think that the Shepherd led him to lie down in green pastures, beside still waters and then onto paths of righteousness, without taking him further into that place as well?  Looks to me like that’s exactly where the path of righteousness leads!

Why do we assume that David just found himself there or stumbled into that place?  Not so.  The Lord led him there as well and if we will read the Word, we will know that we are led to that place also.  There is a valley of the shadow of death, where people are living in darkness, who could be snuffed out at any moment! What are we afraid of?  What is stopping us?  Evil? 

Here we are sitting in the comfort of our home fearing evil.  Doing all that we can to be safe and protect what is precious to us, just trying to keep things together.  But if I’m reading correctly, it’s in that place…THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH…that we will fear no evil!

Our cups are running over but it’s not just for us!  Our cups run over with salvation, with grace and mercy! Our cups are wells of the precious blood of Jesus, meant for more than just “me”!  When our cup runs over, there better be another cup to fill or it’s wasted! 

What happened to the GREAT COMMISSION?  You think your kids are picky eaters!  Father God is no stranger to that!  I’ll take all the blessing scriptures! I’ll gorge myself on them and fatten up.  But that one?  No, I don’t eat that.  Go?  Go where?  But I’m called here. 

PART 3

I had yet another impression during prayer this morning.  I saw Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus (like in the movie The Nativity), when God had given Joseph a dream and told him to take the child, his mother and go into Egypt.

Why is it that we think that once we have Jesus, it’s all easy from there?  We quote from the book of Joel that in the last days, God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh and that we will dream dreams and have visions.  Do we think that these dreams are of a nice white Christmas or that the visions are of sugar plums dancing in our heads?  I can just hear the Mamas and Papas in the back ground singing, “Dream a little dream of me!” 

This dream that God had given was to go into Egypt!  God told them to go into bondage!  We are not made free to live wherever we want and however we want!  We are free to go back into the place of bondage, as a free man, carrying Christ into that place!  God is calling us into Egypt!   

 
 

I’m In Unfailing Love

This is a repost from February 2, 2010.  A song I wrote for the Lord. It surfaced again today in my heart.

© Stacey Blubaugh

I’m In Unfailing Love

 

I don’t know where I was when He found me

I was lost in my own world

Spending my time, my strength, my all

Wasting precious love on only me.

 

I’d married lies, lust, greed and pride

My very sin, my greatest friend

But when I felt His gaze upon me

He brought me to my end.

 

I’m in unfailing love

And it happened at first sight

At the sound of His voice

I gave my heart, my soul, my might

 

I’m in unfailing love

It was always meant to be.

For before I ever knew Him

His every thought was of me.

 

We walked along the seashore

He said these sands are here for you.

My thoughts of you…these grains combined

Eternally yours, these sands of time.

 

Yes, I’m in unfailing love.

He’ll love me for all time.

I’m in unfailing love.

For evermore He’s mine.

 

Teach me how to love like You.

Make my heart wholly Yours.

I’ll yield my every thought, my words and all I’ll ever do

Just in this unfailing love, make me more like You!

 

Make my life like sands of time.

Give me a heart that’s true.

Let every thought, word, deed combine

And be my unfailing love for You.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in love