Day 315: Lighthouse Fulfilled (November 11)

We’ve spent almost a whole year together.  This is amazing to me!  As we head into the heart of November, let’s take another moment and reflect on our word for 2018.

What was your word?  How have you seen God confirm and bless it?

Our family has seen so much change over this year, I had no idea it would be so.  But our loving Father has been so faithful.  He even allowed my writing this devotional journey to be an important outlet for me while walking out a season of massive change.

He’s in every detail.

My word for 2018 was recompense.

I have truly seen God restoring what the locusts had eaten.  I could not be more grateful.  As I reflected upon all that He has done, I was filled with a great sense of His love for me and my family.

Last week, while I was sleeping, He woke me slightly and whispered a new word in my ear.  A word to set out as a rampart heading into 2019!!  Oh great is His faithfulness!!

Take some time today and reflect upon your year.  In what ways has God fulfilled your word?  Have you found yourself falling more in love with Him as you walk out this journey?  I sure hope so.

God, we honor You today.  You are a faithful Father.  Thank You for loving me so completely.  Thank You for Jesus.  Wrap each person reading this in the Light of Your love, and release a new word over their lives.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105

Praise the Lord.  Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.  Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.  From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  The Lord is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.  Who is like the Lord our God, the One Who sits enthroned on high, Who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash head; He seats them with princes, with the princes of their people.  He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.  Praise the Lord.  Psalm 113

 

Day 314: A Shaking (November 10)

Can you feel it?  There’s a shaking happening.  The world as we know it is changing.  Darkness is being brought into the light and reason is taking a place at the table again.

The world around us may seem to be in an upheaval, but what God was showing me was this is His way of stirring what will be stirred and revealing what cannot and will not be moved.

His Spirit on the earth will never be removed or overthrown.  He can never be taken from the throne.  Heaven is His.  The earth is His.  He created it all.  His fingerprint cannot and will not ever be removed from creation.

There is a shaking happening, can you feel it?

The shaking is removing the religious spirit that has bound so many of us.  Giving us freedom to worship and grow and bring glory to the Father.

It’s like the moment that Paul and Silas were worshiping at midnight while in prison.  Suddenly there was an earthquake…….

Our worship affects things.  God is always stirring.  Holy Spirit never stops moving.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.  The jailer woke up and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself!  We are all here!”  The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-  you and your household.”  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.  The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God- he and his whole family.  Acts 16:25-30

This shaking causes others to come to Jesus.  If we remain as the shaking happens, we can lead those who are lost to the Savior.  Are you willing to withstand the earthquake?  Are you willing to lead others to the Father?  Laying differences aside and focusing on the One Who brings us all together in the first place?

Thank You God for drawing hearts to Jesus.  Help me partner with that work.  Let Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Day 313: Sharia Law and the Religious Spirit (November 9)

I am aware that what I am about to share could seem controversial, but I clearly heard God unfold this parallel in my heart.  Honestly, it was shocking, but it resonated with such truth.

I recently came across an article about a Pakistani woman who was caned for walking too closely to her boyfriend.  Seriously, they caned her.  That’s terrible enough, but did you notice something I noticed right away?  They didn’t cane the boyfriend.  Just like those who dragged the woman caught in adultery out in front of Jesus and called for her to be stoned.  But they didn’t bring the man.

As I continued to think about all that God showed me a parallel.

Why is it that women seem to be the most harshly judged and greatly oppressed in religions?  God’s answer, because women are symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

I have often been taught that Holy Spirit is the embodiment of the feminine attributes of God.  I believe it to be true.  I believe that Holy Spirit among us is a concept so frightening to the enemy that he would do whatever he could to squash out that Voice.  The Voice Who speaks direction, encouragement, wisdom.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

I’m not saying that women are more holy or superior.  No, I believe we were made to walk in partnership with each sex complimenting the strengths and weaknesses of the other sex.

But I am saying there appears to be a theme.

Taking this a step further, I felt God nudging me that sharia law, etc. is no different than the religious spirit that has invaded so much of the church.  Making God seem harsh and condemning.  Making salvation depend upon works and not the power of Jesus Christ.  It’s all an abomination.

Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.  His blood covering our sins is the only answer.

It’s not up to me to judge the salvation of others.  I’m not their Holy Spirit.  God can convict.  I am to love.  Let us not forget that we have each needed this same forgiveness.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well.  From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.  John 14:5-7

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of Truth.  The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees him nor knows Him.  But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.  John 14:16-17

Day 312: Waving the Banner (November 8)

While running and worshiping this morning, I saw myself standing out on our property and I was waving a huge flag back and forth.  I heard, “I will see it come to pass”.

To piggy back on yesterday’s devotional, I want to reinforce this concept and season.

As we enter a new season of seeing dreams realized, why not lead out the charge waving our banner high?!

In my heart and spirit, I am already praising the Lord for what I believe I will see Him do.  In other words, I don’t wait until something breaks through in my life.  I lead the charge by thanking God in advance and proclaiming His goodness and faithfulness in my life.

In the bible, I have read of the worshipers leading the troops out to battle.  I love to imagine myself there.  Singing and worshiping the Father as I head out onto the battlefield.  In the words of the popular song, “This is how I fight my battles”.

As I prepare to walk into this season of victory, I am arming myself in worship.  I am taking extra time to soak in the Father’s Presence.  Taking time to reflect on all the blessings He has already done and praising Him for each one.

He is such a faithful Father.  So gracious.  So worthy.  There’s nothing our God cannot do.

 

Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.  Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.  Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa.  As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem.  Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.  After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.”  As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.  The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them.  After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.  When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.  So Jehoshaphat sent his men to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value- more than they could take away.  There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.  On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the Lord.  2 Chronicles 20:18-26

Day 311: Real Life Dragonflies (November 7)

For years now, God has used dragonflies to remind me of His love.  It has been through pictures, or figurines and on occasion I would see a real one.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that in our piece of Oklahoma, we are inundated with them!  One evening I walked out our front door and our yard was covered with dragonflies!!  Every time I have gone for a walk on our dirt roads, I am met and accompanied by dragonflies.  Even in the parking lot at school, I have seen many dragonflies buzzing around my van as I wait for the kids to come out.

I was struck by this revelation last week, for years I was seeing pictures and figurines dragonflies and feeling so loved.  But God has brought me into a season where the dragonflies are becoming a reality.  They are real life and ever present.

God released over me during that revelation that He was doing the same with the dreams He’s placed on my heart.  This is my season.  This is my time.  (I keep hearing those words in my heart too)

It is time to see what I have clung to in faith become reality.  Right before my eyes I will see Him fulfill one dream after another.

I believe His desire is to do that for many of you too!

We aren’t in a forever season of holding onto hope.  No, every dream will have its season.  Every one can come to fruition.

I encourage you to take a moment today to check your heart.  See if God is bringing any specific dreams to your mind and if He is, ask Him how He wants you to partner with Him to fulfill them.

The time is now.  The season has come.  The Dream Maker has come to move in your life.

There are countless places in the word where it mentions God remembering His covenants. Here are just a few…..

He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:  “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion your will inherit.”  Psalm 105:6-11

For He remembered His holy promise given to His servant Abraham.  He brought out His people with rejoicing, His chosen ones with shouts of joy; He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for- that they might keep His precepts and observe His laws.  Praise the Lord.  Psalm 105:42-45

But He took note of their distress when He heard their cry; for their sake He remembered His covenant and out of His great love He relented.  Psalm 106:44-45

 

Day 310: Childlike (November 6)

The past few days, I have felt such a simplicity wash over me.  I keep feeling really innocent.  When I led worship over the weekend, I felt such a purity in the room.  Such an innocent delight and joy.

I believe we are at a place of returning to our first love.  A return to that innocent childlike faith that first drew us to God’s heart.

As we grow and mature in God, we should not become more adult, rather in the upside-down Kingdom, we should become more innocent and childlike.  But I feel like that’s not often the case.

I’m not saying we never mature, but I am saying that as my walk has matured, my relationship with God has become much more simple.  Every day it seems I realize that I am shaking off one shackle after another and stepping further into the Father’s heart.  Realizing that He doesn’t demand all that I was taught, as a child.  Now I see Him through a much clearer view.  I see more and more of the simplicity of the Kingdom and I desire to just be with Him.  No pomp and circumstance, no need for others to see or approve.  I simply need Him.

I feel the Father drawing you to Him.  He is beckoning you to lay down your version of mature, and to instead draw nearer to His heart.  He just wants to be with you.

It’s kind of like marriage.  When Chris and I were first married, we enjoyed the simplest things together and over time, we sort of lost that for a while.  We both felt like we should be doing more elaborate things together and began to overlook the simple.  Now we have found our way back.  We have found our way back to enjoying the moment.  The simple conversation.  The everyday moments.  We have found our way back to a simple kind of love.

Isn’t it often like that with the Father?  In our desperation to grow nearer to Him, we can begin overcomplicating things and they sort of make us lose touch with the very One we were pursuing to begin with.

I pray that today you would take time to return to the Father as a child.  See yourself crawling into His lap and simply sitting.  Enjoy making eye contact with Him and simply smelling Him or being in His presence.  Lean back upon His chest and listen to His heartbeat.  He loves you so.

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me.  Be at rest once more, O my soul for the Lord has been good to you.  Psalm 116:5-7 (NIV)

How kind the Lord is!  How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!  The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and He saved me.  Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.  Psalm 116:5-7 (NLT)

 

Day 309: We were meant to live this way…Mark 16:15-20 (November 5)

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe:  in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God.  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.    Mark 16:15-20

My question to you today is, “Are you living this way?”

When I recently read the above verses, I felt such a holy conviction sweep over my heart.  It reconfirmed the deep desire that I have to see the “more”.  I want to live like they did.  I want to do what Jesus did, and more….just like He said I would.

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.      John 14:12-14

If I truly believe all that He is, then I should be seeing more in my own life.  Did you read what that verse said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”  It actually brings glory to God when Jesus answers our prayers.

How is that possible?  I believe when others see the evidence of God in our lives, it just naturally brings glory to God.  They can’t help but see Him.  Isn’t that awesome?!

Today I wonder, what’s holding you back from living this way?

Lord, remove anything that stands between me and living in the fullness that You promised.  Help me to stop trying to be so inconsequential that it prevents me from moving in the power that You intended to display through my life, and through the answering of my prayers.  Lord, I am Yours completely, and whether You desire to put me on display for the world to see, or to keep me hidden, I agree to walk with You.  I will follow You.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Spend some time asking the Father how He wants to move in and through you.  Repent if you see that you’ve been getting in the way and surrender to His hand, if you are willing.  Ask Him to remove the cap of the religious spirit from your mind.

Are you ready to receive the fullness?