IN DEBT to the Believer and the Unbeliever
"Both to Greeks and to barbarians
(to the cultured and the uncultured), both to the wise and to the foolish,
I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay."
Romans 1:14 (Amp

25 January 2013

Prayer Mountain

"Who may ascend to the hill of the most High?
Who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted his soul to falsehood
and has not sworn deceitfully.
He will receive a blessing from the Lord and 
righteousness from the God of his salvation."
Psalm 24:3-5

O Lord, we gather at this mountain of prayer and we say, "Yes, Lord! We WILL go up!"  We will go up with You. We are leaving this place of complacency and lukewarmness. We are ascending to the hill of the most high God! We will not stay at this place of lukewarmness any longer. We are hungry for more. We are awakening from our slumber. We are joining our hearts, our wills, our lives and our passions with You, Lord, and we are saying, "Yes! we WILL ascend, we WILL go!" It's through the blood of Jesus that we have been made clean, and it's through Your blood that our hearts are purified as we set our face and our course on seeking and knowing You. We will go, Lord! We will ascend! We will encircle this mountain from the north, the south, the east and the west. We will encircle it in unity and in faith. And as we go up we are seeking alignment with You so that we, as Your Body and Bride, we may align ourselves with Your heart and will and Your divine purpose for our lives. O Lord, we thank You that just as You called Moses up the mountain where You revealed the tabernacle of worship to him, so it will be that as we ascend this mountain of prayer that there will be personal revelation for each of us individually and corporately. We ascend and we receive NEW and fresh revelation and vision that we may know how to pray. We receive this new prayer anointing upon our lives individually and corporately. Just as the deer pants for the waterbrook, so our hearts and our souls pant after You, O God.
O Lord, we thank You that You've given us hinds feet for high places to go up higher in You, to go up higher into Your glory. We thank You that Your cloud of Glory is descending upon us as we ascend this prayer mountain, and we thank You that Your Spirit is drawing us up into this Glory, Your Spirit is reaching for us and drawing us up out of the things of this world, out of our complacency, out of our lukewarmness. We thank You and we repent and turn our backs on lukewarmness, and we ascend this mountain of passionate and fervent prayer. We thank You that the fervent and effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much, and we embrace this new anointing of passionate and fervent prayer. We thank You, Lord, that Your FIRE is falling upon us and igniting us in this place of prayer. Your Body and Your Bride is receiving this fresh FIRE! We are ABLAZE with a new resolve to seek and to know You and to see Your Glory released through our lives and into our houses of worship. We thank You, Lord, and we hear and feel and answer the call, and we are saying "Yes!"
We thank You, Lord. We thank You. We thank You!! Hallelujiah! Hallelujiah! Hallelujiah!

23 January 2013

Face to Face With Jesus

When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, 
"Your face, Lord, I will seek."
Ps 27:8

In the middle of the night coming into the new year of 2013 the Lord woke me up, and as I lay in bed I began to drink of the river of the Spirit. My heart and desire was to be with Him so much more this year, to know Him and to be filled with His presence, and I was at a place of desperation and a passionate pursuit of this very thing. I was hungry and I was thirsting for more of Him. So as I awoke in the middle of the night I began to drink and drink and drink of the river. I was drawing from the river of His presence and pressing in to go higher and higher to reach Him and to be with Him. I felt like a fish swimming upstream, like a salmon that presses and perseveres against the current of the river as he swims upstream to reach his destination so he can lay his eggs and reproduce. I kept drinking and drinking, and pressing and pressing, and reaching and reaching in the Spirit to reach my seat beside the Lord. This drinking and drawing went on for some time, and then finally I reached it!  I reached my seat, and I sat down with a sign of relief and took in a deep breath of His presence. Then I saw the Lord sitting beside me, and He just turned in His seat and faced me, and then leaned towards me to say something important to me that was on His heart. I could feel in His heart that He was glad I had finally made it there to my seat beside Him. And leaning towards me, and with a seriousness in His voice He looked deep into my eyes and said, “I’m sending you on a debt destroying mission…….He paused….then He said, “I want My bride free from debt.... and glorifying Me in her giving and generosity.” I had heard these words before, but this time it was different. This time I was sitting right beside Him, looking into His eyes and hearing these words come right out of His mouth. The time when I had heard these words before they were sent by His messenger, the Holy Spirit, into my car on my way to work years ago. But this time it was very personal and very pointed.
Then reaching out His right hand to me with His palm up, the Lord said, “Take this inheritance, and with your giving destroy debt and release finances in My body and bride.” Looking down at His hand there was nothing in it that the naked eye could see, but by the Spirit and in my heart I knew it was the Anointing, and it was His hand of blessing that He knew I would need for this assignment. Then with His left hand He reached out to me and He handed me a long staff.  It was the staff of His authority, the authority that He also knew that I would need.
Then looking deep into my eyes He said, “Give………………………”
That word just penetrated my very being as His eyes seemed to pierce into mine and penetrate my heart. He was letting that word hang and linger and sink deep into me as He waited for about 6 or 7 or 8 seconds before He finished His sentence. He was letting me catch in the Spirit what His heart was trying to communicate, and that was to GIVE IT ALL just as He had done, to not hold anything back, for it was in His giving it ALL that had allowed me to be sitting there face to face with Him right then, engaging in this personal communication and assignment. And with this pausing and silence the Lord wanted me to catch the real motivation of His command TO GIVE and how it would open the door and the opportunity for others to have this same ability for a personal relationship and encounter with Him themselves.
Then after those long seconds of silence He finished by saying, “………….and it will be given to you, pressed down shaken together and running over, men will give into your bosom.” He wanted me to know that the last part of this statement was just icing on the cake. It was the natural reward for my giving, but it wasn’t the motivation of it.
Then after that deep engaging of our eyes and the communication of His heart, He said, “Bring the people to the table of My blessing and abundance, and enlighten them to what is there for them even in the presence of their enemies. Share with them what is theirs as joint heirs in My name, and tell them that they will rule and reign with Me as they partake of My blessings even in the midst and presence of their enemies.”
I felt the weight of this personal encounter and experience, and I had to get up out of bed and go into the living room to sit in the chair that I often go to in prayer to be with the Lord. I continued to soak and relive this face to face experience that I had just had in bed and this re-verbalizing of this assignment. These were words that the Holy Spirit had given me over 7 years ago, the first time was when He came into my car on the way to work, and then again months later as He met me in the middle of the night when I was at my chair during a time of prayer through a difficult time that I was passing through. But this time as I heard these words it was a personal, face to face encounter and communication with the Lord Jesus. I was seeing His face, looking into His eyes, and feeling His heart. It’s hard to explain because it was such a supernatural experience, but it was a deep personal confirmation of words that He had sent me many years earlier, however this time He wanted to speak to me face to face.  And as I am at a new place in the Spirit in Him these words are taking on a new meaning to me.
I know He wants us “debt-free” financially, but I am feeling the indebtedness to Him in a new way and to my pastors that have taught me, believed in me, prayed for me, and encouraged me to go further in Him and to reach for the anointing rather than stop short of it, and I’m feeling the indebtedness to the worship team and my church family that have also pressed in through prayer and worship to make a way in the Spirit for me, for us, to go higher in Him, and I am feeling this indebtedness to the world and those outside of my church and house of worship to let them know that there IS MORE, that there IS an anointing and power of His presence that they have yet to experience. It is time to give ALL that we may experience and know Jesus in a new and personal way. It's time to turn our back on the things of this world and go up higher into His presence and deeper into our relationship with Him. He is drawing us. He is reaching for our hearts. He has much to say and wants to fill us with Himself. There IS MORE but we have to be hungry and reach for it. There is an Anointing that is a personal deposit and portion for each of us. It's ours for the pursuing. It's ours for the receiving. The things of this world do not compare as Paul said in Philippians 3:7,8.  "But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ, more than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ." Oh that I may know Him, that I may touch His heart, that I may see Him face to face.

Lord, there IS MORE, there is more of You that we can have and receive. Help us, Lord, to see and value our relationship and the Anointing that is in You more than the things of this world. Help us, Lord, to pursue this, to be hungry for more of You and to make it our passion to know You and seek You with all of our heart. O Lord, take us into heights in You and revelations in You that fill and satisfy, that complete us and empower us. Make us strong witnesses of the living God that is on the inside of us. Cause our light to shine bright in the darkness. When others see us let them see the face of Jesus. Amen.

When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, 
"Your face, Lord, I will seek."
Ps 27:8 

12 January 2013

The Doorkeeper Anointing

“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house my God
 than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” 
Ps 84:10 

3:30 am
The Lord woke me with my church’s intercessory prayer list of people and all their ailments, diseases and conditions on my heart and mind, and He said, "Why are you letting all these spirits in My house? Where is the house that you're building for Me? Rise up in who you are in Christ. Rise up in the name I've given you, and put your foot on the neck of the devil. Crush his head and loose My power and healing." He said, "I've got your back, and all heaven will back you up when you act and speak in My name. All heaven will back you up when you bind the works of the devil and loose My powers. 'Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.'  So I'm saying, Rise up and build My house. Rise up and break the powers of the enemy. Rise up and release the powers of the kingdom. Take possession of the land. I've given you the keys to make it happen. So go do it!"

This word from the Lord was so strong and brought me under deep conviction as I felt my lack of positioning and the weight and responsibility of taking my authority and position in prayer to keep these spirits from entering His house. Then the Lord began to speak to me about the doorkeeper position in the house of God and it’s anointing, and He gave me the scripture Ps 84:10 “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” He began to show me the importance of that position in the Spirit and how it is so often overlooked, unoccupied and forgotten. He began to show me how so often that we are all trying to find our place in the house, where we fit, what our calling is, what our “title” or position is that we may hold, and we tend to overlook the most powerful position as a doorkeeper of the house. He began to show me the incredible responsibility and power that this position had, that it controlled who and what came in through the door of the house. He showed me that in the natural the doorkeeper was the first one that the people would see and meet as they came into the house of God, so that person’s welcoming attitude and warm heart of love (if it would be there on the doorkeeper) would be the first thing that would open the person’s heart to receive the Word and love of God that he would encounter in the house as the Lord would release it through the many avenues and gifts of His heart through His people and family there. But the Lord also showed me that by the Spirit the doorkeeper held the power to disarm and bind the spirits of darkness that would try to enter through the door WITH that person. He showed me that when this doorkeeper position is taken seriously with its full anointing, that all heaven backs him up and that the doorkeeper possesses the power to bind every evil spirit and dismantle the works of the devil that would try to enter God’s house and bring unrest, unbelief, confusion, fear and all manor of worldly and religious oppression. He showed me that this doorkeeper position was key to the free flowing of His Spirit in the house and the full absorption and embrace of the people’s hearts to the river of His Spirit that flowed into it. He showed me that as one begins to step in and take this position in the Spirit, in prayer, that he is downloaded with the power and anointing from heaven to make a total difference in the atmosphere of the house of God and in the lives of the people that have come to receive.

I received this word and revelation from the Lord, and as I did and began to step into this doorkeeper position in prayer, over the next few days the Lord began to enlarge it and unfold the power of this intercessory position in the homes of my children and family. As I began to take this intercessory position as a doorkeeper in their homes and bind the works of the enemy that the Lord had showed me that were trying to operate there, and then loose the grace, mercy, power and blessings of God and the kingdom, I began to hear and see immediate results and effects for their lives. This encouraged me in my prayer life as the Lord showed and encouraged me in the power of this doorkeeper position.

Then over the next few days He enlarged this revelation again as I overhear someone at work talking about a stabbing and shooting in their child’s school here locally. And I thought about the past school tragedies and even the most recent tragedy in the Connecticut elementary school and how we as a people and a nation are arguing about gun control and about putting armed guardsmen in the schools, but how we are totally overlooking the most powerful thing we could do, and that is to position and place spiritually equipped and anointed doorkeepers at the doors of our children's schools through prayer. Oh if we would do this, if God’s Body would rise up and see and embrace this power that He has given us and take our positions in prayer, how much evil would be diverted from these places.  We are so distracted from our spiritual positioning and so earthly minded that our faith level of prayer has been diluted and we just overlook and fail to address this power and position that is at our disposal.  Our lack of voice and positioning in prayer took prayer out of school, but we can still fortify our schools with our committed prayers of intercession through this doorkeeper anointing. Forgive us, Lord. Wash us in Your blood and draw us into our high place in the Spirit into our seat of authority and out of the entanglements of this world. Give us a fresh revelation of who we are in Christ and what is the "surpassing greatness of Your power" that is at our disposal "in them that would believe", and then enlist us in Your army and assign us our positions of power as doorkeepers of Your house, of our own homes, our schools and our workplaces. Let us see and be encouraged as we see and hear the changes that take place in these places when we pray. Let us grow in this area of prayer and embrace with a new empowerment of our faith our position of victory that is ours in Christ Jesus.

As I prayed this just now, the Lord once again enlarged this revelation as He had done the other day when He showed me the White House, because it too is the house that we are building for Him, it too is the house that we desire to be filled and led by His Spirit, it too is the house that we need to position ourselves as believers in prayer and as doorkeepers of the house. I don’t know about you, but all this brings me under conviction of my lack of prayer in these areas and into my desire to embrace this position of prayer more seriously, to take more time and energy to devote to prayer so that I may be more effective for the kingdom of God. I commit and devote this year to take this “doorkeeper position” more seriously, to act upon it with the purpose to see God’s power released and evident in my life and in the lives of those that He has connected me to physically and relationally by His Spirit. 
To God be the glory as we, His Body and His Bride, steps into this new year of His power and manifestation. Amen and amen