Wyoming to Montana

We spent the night in Wyoming, just a few miles from the state line of Montana. The West really is a sight to behold. Pictures cannot capture the breathtaking scenery. Yet, we continue to take them, one after another, hoping to hold on to the memories.

There is a serenity involved with the picturesque scenery. It would benefit anyone dealing with high levels of stress, or jaded enthusiasm to take a road trip through the West. The glory of God can only be missed, if, you decide to ignore it.

My father owns the cattle on a thousand hills comes to mind, as we see the wide open ranges covered with livestock. Horses roaming free, even antelope. I have never seen a antelope, but I know know they are not deer.

The whole idea of Psalm 50:10-11, “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects are mine,” is just another way of saying that everything belongs to God. God is sovereign.

So we ride along like a modern day, ‘covered wagon,’ thinking of songs like, “where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word,” echoing through our memories.

To some it might sound sentimental, and lame. I couldn’t care less. I loved hearing AB sing, ‘ I should have been a cowboy, I should have learned to rope and ride.’

When we got outside of Billings, Montana, and moved toward Great Falls for the night, we ended up on a road construction project. The road was muddy and now we look like we have been somewhere. It started raining and our rig is more than muddy.

The next morning, we awoke to our heater fan continuously whirring at 5 am. The strange part was that the heater wasn’t on. We were using a electric plug in heater we bought on our last mission trip.

When AB located the problem, it was a leak from the water pipe above the heater, hitting the electric contact. Problem solved.

I couldn’t help but to praise and thank God! Having recently viewed the historic Battlefield of Custards Last Stand, we didn’t wake up to a battle cry, or have to deal with whether the water was pure or poisoned. We have come a long way in history.

I know every century has their problems, but God being faithful to his people is not one of them.

Thanks to Jesus, when we encounter problems, we only have to look for the potential benefit. All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

More songs slide into to my mind, ‘The Victory belongs to Jesus. The Victory belongs to Him. Also, ‘It may look we’re surrounded, but we’re surrounded by Him. This is how we fight our battles, this is how we fight our battles.’

We give glory to God.

Thanks for listening.


The Wind at Our Back

We left Kansas in contrary winds.

Ranging from 22-24 mph, the winds were coming at us, at the front and the side, as if to blow us over, and hold us back.

We soon learned it costs you more to go against contrary winds, but you have to go against them.

It was both hands on the wheel kind of day, and frustrating to watch both the miles per hour and miles per gallon drop down.

The closer we got to our destination, the better it got. The wind changed direction and the wind got behind us.

Suddenly, it was like we were being pushed. It was smooth sailing, all quiet, hardly any effort required.

There was a increase, and we picked up speed and miles per gallon. We couldn’t help but see the spiritual revelations in this experience.

When you are in the will of God, the Holy Spirit has your back. He is the wind at your back. You may have contrary circumstances for a moment, but it’s just a season.

Psalms 37:23 The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.

We would like to give a reminder that Gods plan for our lives, is the best and blessed life.

Jesus still speaks to contrary winds. They still obey. He still expect us to speak to the mountains and see them move.

There is a Irish Blessing or Prayer, we pray over you today, as you read it:

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the Son Shine warm upon your face until we meet again. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand.

AB 😎

The Lion and the Lamb Part 2


The Lion and the Lamb

We have to operate in our priestly anointing to be strong enough to walk in our kingly anointing.

God released a corporate kingly anointing over my church Sunday.

I began immediately to pray and ask for wisdom concerning, ” what will that look like?”

Can you tell I’m a life coach? As a life coach, I not only ask my clients and co-labors questions hoping to inspire and motivate them, I ask myself questions. Because, I also want to inspire and motivate myself.

To do that, I study the word of God and reflect on answers given. I am determined to operate out of my kingly anointing, not out of my emotions. Because, it is important to know that walking in the kingly anointing is much like stirring up a hornets nest.

Again, I am determined to walk fully in the will of God, and to hopefully help others to do the same. It’s my dream, “to help make the dreams of others come true.”

It is a dream come true for God, to have us not be the victim of an unseen enemy.

It is Jesus dream that His finished work became truth to us. Jesus showed us the love of the father and wants us to do the same.

It is Jesus dream to have us believe and receive his redemption. He wants us translated out of darkness into His marvelous light. He wants us to be a kingdom of priest and kings.

You might be thinking, that you and I have nothing to do with the dreams of God, but we absolutely do!

He commissioned us to partner with him on the earth.

Most believers know how the priestly anointing works. Jesus as the lamb of God, suffered much for our salvation. We see his long suffering, we know he said what the father said, he did what the father did. He was and is the word of God, in the flesh.

Most sons and daughters in the faith do their best to align with the teaching of Jesus. We know there is sacrifice required. We get that. We say the word and do the word. However, there are some that won’t stay out of darkness.

The reason why is that a 180 is required. There is no turning back, and if you do a hardening occurs.

A 180 is a opposite direction of movement. God moves you out of darkness into His marvelous light. He sits your feet on solid ground. You have a will.

What will you decide? Will you continue forward or turn back?

Moving forward causes you to enter into the royal priesthood, where we are to become a holy nation, and we will be a peculiar people, that we should show forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

Turning back makes you a victim. You are called to victory!

As priest unto our God, we must walk also in His kingly anointing. That makes us a blessing! We are blessed to be a blessing!

More about this next time!

Thanks for listening

Coning Next:

Part 3 The Kingly Anointing

What does it look like biblically?

The Lion and the Lamb

Last night I was given the privilege of sharing the message of the Lamb of God, and then hand the mike off to our eldest son Donald, who preached on the Lion of Judah.

This two part message showed the multi-dimensional personality of Jesus who became the sacrificial lamb that took our place on the cross, and also the sovereignty of Jesus, the Messiah from the Tribe of Judah, the King of Kings.

In preaching, you really can’t preach all that God puts in your spirit.

In the time we had, we highlighted the characteristics of the Lion and the Lamb. We wanted those in attendance to understand the significance of both natures.

We wanted to show how, we as his church, are called out of darkness into marvelous light. How we are commissioned as both priest and Kings in the kingdom.

As Priest we are expected to spend time in the presence of God so we walk boldly under the word and the power of our king.

We want his kingdom to come and so we join him, as priest and as kings, surrendering our lives to his rule and reign.

One goal of this teaching is to show the love of Jesus who gave up everything for us!

My question is, ” Shouldn’t we love him enough to fully surrender and give our lives?”

We cannot walk in the power and authority of Kings until we surrender to the nature of the lamb.

Reading from Revelations 5:1-6, and 10-12 ; The apostle John reveals that no man in heaven, no man in earth, or under the earth was able to open the book, and he wept much, because no man was worthy to open the seals on the scroll.

Remember this was a vision, he was seeing what was, what is, and what was to come. I believe he wept because he was well acquainted to what was coming.

This was and is the story of the fall of man! No one could save us, no man was worthy. It took the extreme love of God to send his very son to earth to die on a cruel cross for our redemption!

John was weeping because he was the disciple that Jesus loved! He was the disciple who laid his head on the chest of God. He heard Jesus heartbeat and he became one with it.

He must have remembered the cruel beatings that Jesus took and yet did not open his mouth.

He must have remembered the cross itself and how even in his death, Jesus forgave!

He forgave those who cruelly mocked him, spit on him and nailed his hands and feet to a cross.

Surely John wept that day as Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

And surely John wept, when Jesus, said to Mary, “this is your son,” and to John, ” This is your mother.”

Here in this vision, the angels told John: ” Weep not: The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has prevailed, to open the book and loose the seven seals.”

In verse 6, John says he looked and there stood a Lamb! There stood a lamb as it had been slain!

The angels announced the Lion of Judah, the root of David, and John looked and there stood the Lamb of God, as it was slain.

John saw love! John saw sacrifice! John saw the greatest love ever known to man!

And you too, must see the Lamb of God before you can ever walk in the power of God!

You must become intimately acquainted with the nature of the lamb of God, before you receive the inheritance of God.

The Lamb of God who gave up everything to redeem mankind!

God didn’t just send him, he volunteered to leave heaven and go to earth and die for the salvation of mankind.

Every disciple of Christ including John was persecuted severely for their association with Jesus. Every disciple was martyred except John who was given the privilege to care for Jesus mother on earth.

As disciples we must be willing to abide in the nature of Christ.

We must be willing to die to self and loose the fear of death, if we are to honor his worthy sacrifice.

If we are to live and reign in the power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing of both priest and kings.

To walk in the power of the Lion of Judah, you must surrender to the nature of the Lamb.

When we come under the nature of the Lamb, we come into our true selves.

We know who we are in God.

We see unseen things

We conquer by yielding

We are made free by becoming bond servants

We find rest under a yoke

We reign by serving

We are exalted when we become humble

We become wise by being fools for Christ

We gain strength through weakness

We triumph through defeat

We live by dying

The Lion of Judah, the root of David, has given us this legacy!

1Peter 2: 9

We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a peculiar people; that we should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

There is a power discovered under the cross.

There are so many aspects released through multi-dimensional nature of the Lion and the Lamb.

The Lion significance is powerful, full of glory, and in complete control of his surroundings!

The closest example we can provide in description of this is again John in Revelation 1: 10-12

John was in the Spirit on the Lords day, and heard a great voice behind him as a trumpet. The voice announced, ” l am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.”

It was Jesus Christ, and he asked John to record what he saw and send it to the seven churches.

John says, ” I turned around to see the voice speaking to me, and when I turned I saw 7 Golden Candlesticks.”

The Golden Candlesticks represents the 7 churches.

John said his hair was white like wool, as white as snow, his eyes like the flame of fire, his feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his voice as the sound of many waters.

In his right hand seven stars, out of his mouth an two edged sword, and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.

John says, ” When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And, he laid his hand on me saying, ” Fear not, I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth, and was dead, I am alive forever more, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

In these passages Jesus includes the churches. He is pronouncing blessings and much like Abraham, Issac, and Jacob blessed their descendants, Jesus is speaking over the churches. He is covering the future destiny of his people.

It may not seem like blessing, because there are rebukes, but if you reread the blessings of the patriarchs you will see both blessing and correction.

We all know God corrects those whom he loves.

Genesis 49: Jacob blesses his sons.

The blessing to Judah is the one of focus in this message.

V 8-10 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lions whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stopped down, he crouched as a Lion, an as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him that the gathering of the people be.

Jacob and his sons would have been familiar with the Lion symbolism because there were Asiatic Lions in Palestine and in Egypt.

To understand the significance of the Lion in prophecy, look at the characteristics of the Lion.

The Male Asiatic Lion was the highest in number and in predatory dominance in the Middle East. Weighing in at 500 pounds, standing height at 6 ft, 6 inches, he was certainly above all others!

The Lion had a mane that was considered his glory. It is his glory that makes him king. When he roared, it could be heard 5 miles away! His roar warned his enemies to keep a safe distance from him. If any other Lion dared to challenge him by roaring back, he would hunt him down, as he was prepared to give his life in battle.

So the question must be asked, ” Who can stand in the presence of the Lion of Judah? ”

Who can stand when the Lion roars?

Why should we fear, when he lives in us?

Why fear, when you are part of his pride? If he is for you, who can stand against you?

Who can take from you, what has been surrendered to him?

1Peter 5:8 reckons the devil as a lion who walks about seeking whom he may devour? The old copycat!

Will not the Lion of Judah roar on your behalf?

He may not devour you! He may not devour your children. He may not take your home, your finances, your health, your vision, nothing can stop Gods redemptive plan! Not when your life is surrendered to him. He is the first born among many and we bow down!
Every knee will bow down and confess he is Lord! In heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth.

Yet, in all His glory and power and strength there is only one who has the power to hand your life over to the evil one and that is you!

But, if you will surrender your whole life to him, he will give it back to you. You will receive and live under, power, riches, wisdom, strength, and honor, glory and power.

We know this prophecy was initially fulfilled in Judah’s superiority among the twelve tribes,and when David took the Kingly throne of Israel. But, the ultimate final fulfillment is in the Messianic Reign of Christ when he returns to establish his eternal kingdom. You are seated with him upon the throne!
So young lions roar!