Aligning with God in 2019

This blog post is a little different from my usual post. I am going to share what I have been hearing from the Holy Spirit.

I am doing my best as a daughter of grace to remain in the truth of his word. My goal is to encourage others in the truth of God’s word.

This post should not be read as anything other than encouragement to align with the Kingdom of God.

We must align with order and judgement as we enter the year 2019.

The new order will continue. I’m not talking about the new world order. It’s not yet.

Thankfully, our president refused to participate and put a big clink in that flow of things. Thank God for our our current leadership’s determination. May he keep ringing the bell!

Our country alignment makes our preparation as families alignment easier. We must get our household in order.

God will speak to the household of faith first. We must realize that he will judge his people first. We are blessed to be a blessing. To whom much is given, much is required.

Don’t fear God’s judgement. When God judges a matter, it is for your salvation. He is cleansing and putting things in order.

Judgement from God is cleansing under the covenant of grace.

Cleansing precedes blessing.

God will bring judgement as a cleansing, and not as a wrath for his people. God has not appointed us to wrath. We are appointed to Salvation.

Salvation is inclusive, meaning anyone has opportunity to enter eternal life, by faith in Jesus Christ.

We also have opportunity for deliverance, protection, healing, abundant blessings, but these benefits of salvation are not automatic. You have to press into the truth of His word and take it by faith. Do not harden your hearts.

Hebrews 3:7 -8 As the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, in times of testing in the desert.

We must believe by faith and we also sustain our promises by faith.

We have to remain in the family of God, with the understanding of Jesus being the first born of many brethren.

Brethren means of the same womb. Jesus is Holy, we remain in him and we are holy. As I understand it, the family of God, the Kingdom of God are in one in the same. We are in relationship, and we are part of his kingdom.

Luke 18:8 God will avenge his people, nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

Should we not examine our lives and fortify our souls?

In that same passage, chapter 18 of Luke, Jesus told a parable about the Pharisee and the publican, as a example of teaching us that we cannot trust in ourselves to be righteous, and therefore despise others.

We as faith filled believers, should realize the order: the first will be last and the last first in God’s kingdom, in God’s family.

The kingdom of God is doing the will of God.

What we can expect as God continues doing things his way in 2019.

Expect addition to the Gods kingdom in 2019.

Those crying out for mercy will be justified.

They will get the same rewards of those who stood with God from the beginning. They will receive both mercy and grace. Expect it!

Don’t be afraid to pray for God to judge your family and your nation.

Merciful judging by a good judge is both cleansing and strengthening.

Thank God for his righteous judgement!

Again 2019 will bring: Perfect order and perfect waiting period. Expect it!

Be prepared for a marathon!

Lets be real, most Christians usually stay in faith with sprints! But, Lord, when we have to run a marathon…

We are in need of both his mercy and his grace!

Expect abundant mercy and grace for the race!

Just as His mercy holds back judgement in wrath, His Grace beckons us and holds the door open, so we might come into his presence, and receive his power by the Holy Ghost.

We will need his presence and his power in our lives more than ever!

His presence is your assurance that you will successfully run the race toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Don’t try to do it alone!

Be prepared for to make a stand for righteousness.

Avoid self- righteousness. If you don’t know the difference, ( it’s rampant in the hour we live in,) stay aligned with the word of God. It’s divinely inspired. Don’t let nobody tell you different.

Expect 2020 to be the year of multiplication. Double digit multiplication.

Glory to God! We have been aligning since the year 2000.

The number 20 biblically means perfect waiting period! And when we hit 2020 we will experience compound multiplication in every area of life.

20, 20 will be a season of completeness and perfection.

Think 20-20 vision!

Think Biblically, Jacob took possession of all after 20 years!

Think Israel, who had to wait 20 years for the Ark of the Covenant but they got it back!

Think, God raised up Deborah and Barak to give 20 years peace!

I want all 4 things in my life:

Clear faith vision

Possession of all our promises

God’s full presence abiding in my spirit, body, soul. Wholeness

The reign of Peace!

Come Lord , Jesus come!

The best is yet to come!

Three year Spiritual Alignment

I try to journal daily, and I like looking back on the year. I love to see how God answered prayers and intervened. It also gives me confidence, when I notice that I hear him correctly. It helps me see the times I was acting out of emotions instead of my anointing. It encourages me to stay focused on God’s ability to keep the things I have committed to him.

According to my notes, overall the year 2017 wasn’t much fun! Yet, as I look closer somethings were not as bad as they appeared.

Hmmm…reminds me of what is written on the mirror of my car, “Objects may be closer than they appear.”

That just means you can’t depend on first glance situations. Sometimes you got to wait, and take time before you respond. Think twice.

At first glance, it appears in 2017 that hell targeted my family.

However, biblically, 2017 was prophesied and confirmed as a time to overcome the enemy, and obtain the victory.

Overcoming the enemy and getting the victory means there will be skirmishes and battles!

When we miss those facts, we can’t be fully prepared to hold to our faith, remaining grounded and settled, when we are attacked.

We should not misinterpret completeness and rest as automatic. His promises are yes and amen, but we will have to stand on the promise by faith to enforce it.

We did emerge and come out victorious at the end of the year. But, I have to confess that we should have expected the fight! We should have been more aware!

Victory is defined as the act of defeating an opponent in a battle, or competition.

The enemy came against my family harder than the usual in 2017 . The battle was intense! However, let me say this, ” His mercy and grace was greater!”

God delivered us, each and every time, with Red Sea types of experiences! Just when we thought it was over, he stepped in! Thank you Jesus!

Here is what we stood on When things went contrary, “It might be true, but never forget the God factor. ”

When you are in the midst of your circumstance, don’t forget God specializes in ‘ turn arounds.”

Looking back, I realize our biggest battle was to remain in faith and trust that what God said he would do, he would do. We got down a few times, but we got back up! We have a great church family!

Then came the year 2018.

Most people breathed a sigh of relief, quoting that the number 8 was the year of new beginnings!

Well, that is true, but because it is 18 not 8, it also means a new order. That puts more emphasis on order.

So again, let’s be aware. Not beware, but wake up and be aware of what’s going on!

Most people, including many Christians didn’t like who God used to administer the year of new order in our nation. That’s nothing new! Strong leadership offends.

Nevertheless, true Christians, submit under the kingdom of God. We are called to seek first His Kingdom in Matthew 6:33.

Let me just say this: “We must act according to his word, not the world. As a reminder, His kingdom means doing things God’s way! His word is his will. So Christians, we are going to have to get with it in the next few years.”

The number 18 in the Bible also symbolizes bondage.

God’s people Israel as a nation and experienced the Red Sea experience with Moses as a leader. He was according to God, the most humble of men.

Under Moses leadership, they received the victory and began the journey to the land God promised, yet they tried God and Moses.

The people so frustrated Moses, he acted out of his emotions, instead of his anointing and it cost him. Several times!

Joshua, actually led the people into the promised land.

Here is the lesson: Some of God’s children, didn’t recognize the potential to lose their new found freedom.

Some actually preferred bondage because it was easier. (Shocking but true.)

Therefore, God wasn’t pleased. Only two, ( Joshua and Caleb), actually took authority and recognized it was a spiritual battle to trust and believe by faith. They were militant in the faith.

The others went blindly back into bondage, because of fear and unbelief.

I can’t help but see a parallel in America! Think back to when we first became America, the land of the free. Think about how we left bondage! Think of how we had a great covenant (constitution) that was for all the people. Only to go right back into bondage for years!

We must understand that the battle over our nation right now is not for the greater good!

Also, it is not over our refusal to welcome foreigners.

The true people of America has always been gracious!

America was and is very pro- life! America to this day is multi-cultural. It’s who we are!

The battle is for the control of our Freedom. The battle is over freedom to worship our one true God.

The battle will be in years to come, over America’s and Israel’s freedom and blessings.

I got to ask, ” If the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3

Though Israel went back into bondage, a good while later, God freed Israel through the period of the judges!

It’s probably not a coincidence that the last quarter of 2018 closed confirming a judge.

The judges are important in keeping our constitution and freedoms.

What then can we do?

As we prepare for 2019, we should celebrate it as the year of God’s perfect order and judgement!

Celebrate that God is still on the throne! He is our good and gracious judge!

Individually and corporately, we must examine our lives. Determine like Joshua, ” As for me and my house we are going to serve the Lord.”

Be prepared! Be aware! Be like Christ!

Operate under the the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

The Last Quarter

The year 2018 is winding down. We are in the last quarter.

As we march toward the new year, I am drawn to look through my journal at the year in its entirety.

I was given a word by God to live under for 2018. It was “sustain.”

That was an important word for me. It kept me balanced as fierce, oppositional winds raged against our family. But God was faithful and made a way when we didn’t see a way. We bent but we didn’t bow! Glory to God!

In this last quarter, the first day of October, God gave me a very clear word to continue what he began in January.

The word is STAND.

This time though I am sensing, not to just hold, but to hold and move out.

I heard him say, Stand for Righteousness! Stand between & Stand against! STAND!

I received 2 confirmations, immediately, within minutes from writing down the word Stand for, Stand between, and Stand against. He told me exactly what I was to stand for, between and against.

Stand for righteousness:

Self- explanatory!

Stand Between:

I must pray, believe, and encourage myself and other believers, that God’s word and promises belong to us.

Faith, healing, abundant life, belong to us through salvation. This is very important truth!

The between times is what gets most people! Its the hardest in the between time, where you receive the promise by faith, and the final manifestation of the actual evidence.

Faith can be like the shot on the starting line of a race!

We are believing in faith at the beginning, and it’s all good, if it’s a short race to the finished line!

But what happens if it’s a marathon? What happens when stamina is needed and we aren’t prepared?

What happens in the ‘between,’ of seeing and getting the promised thing? When we can’t see the finish line and the obstacle course pops up?

We need prayer and encouragement to keep our eyes on God. He cannot lie! If he said he will do it, he will. We can’t give up!

We must be prepared to stand in the between times!

Clarity is needed! Clarity comes from Renewing your mind!

Clarity comes from Putting on faith glasses, and keeping them on!

To Stand against:

I actually got a email with the words,’Stand Against,’ in the title, within minutes of the understanding of ‘stand between.’

Stand against:

It was concerning standing against wickedness! Against unrighteousness in our nation!

As I thought about it, I realized we must stand against apathy!

We must stand against Anti- Christ activity.

We stand against compromise. Com-promise is anti promise.

I have been giving a word in the last quarter to Stand.

Stand for righteousness. Stand in between the promise and the fulfillment. Stand against unbelief.

I’m putting on my faith glasses. Putting on my armor. Setting my face like a flint.

John 2:15 He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle, he scattered the coins of the money changers, and overturned their tables.

Think on that!

Time to stand! As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

Unexplainable Glory

Part 2: I can’t do it without him!

Christ is the basis of everything, because he is the underlying foundation. He supplies the relationship by which salvation is received.

If we receive salvation without pursuing daily relationship with God,we lose the joy associated with life in Christ.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.

If we accept the gift of salvation without embracing and moving forward in our new life, we miss the opportunity to bear much fruit!

Life without fruit can exist, but it’s not very enjoyable.

Can a flower be called a flower, without flowers?

It would still be alive, but it would be called a stem. The stem can be healthy, but without the flowers, there is no beauty or fragrance to enjoy.

The sun is light and we need it to live, but without it bringing warmth, we would enjoy it less.

Jesus is the vine, and he is life. We are the branches. If we don’t branch out and grow, we will wither.

Verse 6-8 If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. Herein, is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Unfortunately, it happens in many followers of Christ. We believe for salvation but we veer of course, before we ever get the chance to enter the joy of our salvation.

If we don’t stay in the new man life, we branch out, or should I say we launch out from the vine.

When we launch out from our salvation and attempt to do life alone, that is when men, ( the natural man, those without new life) will gather us, casting us in the fire and we will be burned.

Think about that! Relationships usually cause the most pain in our lives. It’s not even the other persons fault, it’s ours because relationship with Jesus is the foundation.

We cannot do life without Jesus!

It’s somewhat like being born as infants, and not receiving the proper care.

Infants cannot care for themselves.

The ideal situation is when they have loving parents, or caretakers, that have knowledge of caring for the infant.

Love is the most important thing the new born needs. If that is in place , then meeting the basic needs is a joy.

Most babies accept this love and care without resistance. The result is that they will grow into adulthood with continual love and guidance.

Those who handle life the best, are the ones who remain in relationship and do not resist training. They bring joy to their parents.

Remain in the vine.

When speaking of having new life in Christ, we understand Christ provided all we need to live on earth, as it is in heaven. And if that wasn’t enough, He gave us Holy Spirit as our comforter.

Why then, can’t we accept his love and care?

Why do we move out on our own?

Is it because we are worldly? Maybe, it’s because we resist the faith?

Faith is the system of principals Jesus authored for believers to follow daily.

If we stay in relationship, relying on his written word for guidance, the daily process works to keep justification flowing in our lives.

Justification is ” just as we never sinned.”

If we stay in justification and do not resist the Holy Spirit, we will grow in the love of Christ and bear much fruit. We will bring glory to our father in heaven.

Romans 5:1 THEREFORE BEING justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

By Him:

We have access into grace.

By Him:

We stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

By Him:

We glory in tribulations!

Tribulations will work patience in us.

Tribulation can be seen as growth spurts. In the natural, when children grow quickly, we call them growing pains. Maybe we should see tribulations as “growing pains.”

Growing pains are a part of life, in both the physical and the spiritual. If we aren’t aware of that fact, we may become fearful that something is wrong.

When my son was about 14 years of age, he had severe cramps in his legs due to severe growing pains. Without parental guidance he naturally would have feared he was dying.

When things go wrong in our lives, we have to be determined to look twice at something before going off the deep end, so to speak. We must trust that we will not die physically. And, be willing to kill off natural mindsets.

We leave Romans 5 for a moment, to talk about patience.

Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay or trouble without getting angry, offended or upset.

Getting angry, offended, upset can cause one to move out of the faith required to remain in trust.

James 1:3-4 Know this, the trying of your faith works patience. But, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

I like the sound of that!

We must let patience have her perfect work that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Patience then, has a job to do for us. It’s like the saying, “work smarter not harder.”

The word perfect in Christ centered living means to ‘align,’ with God fully. It’s not you being perfect. That’s probably not going to happen. I’m smiling….

If we develop patience it works for us to align us with the wholeness that will supply all our needs in Christ Jesus.

Because God’s supplies liberally when we ask in faith nothing wavering.

His glory is unexplainable in that his love is unconditional. Most of us don’t understand unconditional love.

Nevertheless, we must accept His salvation through his unconditional love of His Son Jesus Christ.

I’m living the dream!

Unexplainable Glory

Years ago I went to the beach during the off season so I could write a Bible Study. I titled it, ” Unexplainable Glory.”

At the time, I was on a quest to learn more about the glory of God. Like Moses, my prayer request was continually, “God show me your glory.”

As a reminder of how he answered Moses, we read the passage in Exodus 33:18-23 ” I beseech thee, show me your glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious, and will show mercy, on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst see my face: for there shall no man see me and live. And the Lord said, Behold there is place by me, and thou shall stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put thee in a clift of a rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by. And I will take away mine hand, and thou shall see my back parts, but my face shall not be seen.”

We all want to see & experience God’s glory!

I remember saying to God, ” You showed Moses your glory! I know you are not a respecter of persons! Show me your glory!”

Now, I realize I truly did not understand the glory of God. I was asking for something that was prophesied in the Old Testament, yet I was redeemed under the New Covenant.

The mystery the prophets and priest longed for and prophesied about was brought in through Jesus Christ.

Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but is now made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophet, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. To God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ.

The glory is revealed through Jesus Christ. I only needed to align my heart with the New Covenant brought in through his birth, death and resurrection.

God had mercy on me and revealed his glory to me during a communion service one Sunday morning.

As I worshiped, I saw a man beaten to a bloody pulp lying on the ground. I knew it was a vision of Jesus beaten, and crucified as they took him down from the cross.

I can explain no further. I just know I cried so much, I became embarrassed, I couldn’t stop crying. This was long before the movie, “The Passion of Christ,” That movie was a depiction of what I saw.

God spoke to me very clearly, in a loving voice that Sunday, saying, ” My glory is not what you thought, is it?”

I will never forget that! Ever! I will never forget what he endured for my redemption!

Jesus was the rock in which God hid Moses.

Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee!

Jesus was the cloud by day and the fire by night that the children of Israel followed in the wilderness.

Jesus is my rock also, in that he is the foundation of my life. My journey is one of freedom. By his Spirit, I know that asking to see and experience His Glory, pleases Him.

He is the very face of God! His Spirit is all the glory I need to know!

The glory of God is His son, Jesus Christ. His dying on the cross for the sins of the world demonstrated the very nature of glory of God. When we have faith in God, his glory is revealed daily!

Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. When I am weak, he is strong! He is life!

His glory is manifested in Christ birth, death and resurrection.

I see his glory then, in everyday life. When when things get tough, it’s still his Glory!

When things are great, its His Glory. It’s not separate. All things work together for good, for those who love God, and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The glory is God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit in one person!

The glory is like a anointing covering the redeemed like a cloak. Maybe, like the seamless robe that Jesus wore. Because unity doesn’t have separation.

The best way I can explain it is that His glory is unlimited, and like a prism shining light infinitely.

The glory is powerful and yet gentle. It’s ever changing, yet unyielding.

God’s changes not and His word is established, yet he will move a mountain and make a provision for the sake of His Glory.

Perhaps we are his glory as we follow Jesus, and conform to his image. We are those named in the following scripture, those he foreknew, ( forloved), he also predestined.

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

The word brethren in the Greek means of the same womb. We are the redeemed, and spiritually are of the same womb.

We are born of the Spirit of God and are of the same body when we identify with Christ. We are translated into union with the corporate body of Christ though abiding faith.

If he allows us to experience suffering, he eventually turns it for our good. That’s glorification.

If we separate ourselves, fail to maintain faith in Christ, we will fall short of the glorification of God.

So I encourage you today to hold on! I may not be able to fully explain His Glory, but I know he will never leave us or forsake us!

I hope you are inspired to read and meditate on Romans 8. Especially verse 18, that tells us to consider our present sufferings, as not worthy of comparison of the glory that will be revealed in us!

We can’t lose! This is the hope in which we are saved!

Thanks for listening and the glory is still unexplainable! Let’s just take it step by step daily as we journey in our freedom!

When the mantle is too big for you!

We are serving at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse, Montana.

The wisdom about treating the janitor the same as the  CEO, definitely applies here. Some of Gods Generals are riding golf carts, doing the work of the ministry behind the scenes.

As I listened to one of them this morning in devotions, concerning the mantle of God, I leaned in. I know a word when I hear one.

This man of God spoke of the mantle of Elijah. Though he only mentioned the transfer of the mantle being given to Elisha, and Elijah’s departure, my thoughts went to the prophetic importance of the mantle of Elijah.

It’s a fact that though it was time to impart his mantle to God’s chosen successor, Elijah didn’t see death. Elijah just translated to a even closer walk with God. God was not finished with the person of Elijah.

It is not a stretch to believe that Elijah was translated to heaven, and will in the last days return to earth, and continue to serve God. It takes a lifetime to fulfill the call of God.

Elijah’s ministry was vital to Israel during a critical time in the life of the nation. God couldn’t allow the mantle to leave with Elijah. It had to be carried forward with Elisha.

In one instance, Elijah prayed that God would stop the rain for 3 1/2 years and the rain stopped for 3 1/2 years. It is supernatural to have power over rain.

As I listened concerning the mantle God placed on Elijah, and I thought of the impartation to Elisha, I experienced a ‘aha,’ moment in my own ministry. God has been training me since birth for ‘ such a time as this.’

This experienced leader, in the body of Christ gave his testimony, explaining that each of us as sons and daughters of God, have been given a mantle.

He told us that at times, the mantle will feel, “too big for us. ” He related it to parents buying clothes a little larger for children to grow into as time progresses, so as to not have to replace them.

He described his own life, and how he often felt inadequate to the tasks of God. He said however, that ” his feelings never stopped God from placing him in favorable places to speak.”

He spoke humbly of speaking and praying with dignitaries, in the church, in the military and even in our highest government,

He confided that he always felt his mantle was too big for him. He explained that he understands that is true for all of us. That is so that we never lose our dependence upon the help of  Holy Spirit. He encouraged us to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit.

I meditated on his words. As I read the stories of Elijah, I see the bold, confident assurance in his devotion and obedience to God. Yet, I also read of times of uncomfortable inadequacies.

Remember when he ran away to be alone, and thought he was the only one who had not bowed his knee to other Gods?

Remember how God had to straighten out his wrong perceptions?

I wandered how Elijah felt, when God told him to go and anoint the new kings for Israel and Judah?

What went through his mind, when he was told to anoint Elisha as his replacement?

Did he feel adequate to the tasks?

I am almost positive he didn’t know the exact details of his upcoming departure. Though Elijah was powerful and uncompromising under the anointing, he also experienced feelings of inadequacy. Thankfully God let’s us hear about these moments in Elijahs life.

The transparency is a great example to modern day servants. There will be days when we are aware the mantle, “is too big for us.”

Yet, we need to allow those moments. We need to be transparent in our testimonies. We can’t just share the highs! We must also share the lows! It helps us to be effective and real in our lives.

We must show our dependency upon the Holy Spirit, and include others as we grow into our calling. Though we may ‘feel,’ alone, we are never alone.

As I look at the mountains here in Montana, it is no surprise to see there are also valleys.

It makes sense then, that our spiritual mountain top experiences, eventually give way to valley experiences. Just as Elijah’s did.

Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal in a spectacular way, only to feel inadequate afterward.

When it came to his time to leave, it must have been humbling, and maybe even a litttle disappointing, for Elijah to anoint his own replacement. Transition is never easy.

When God calls you to move in a different direction, it’s more than uncomfortable.

I agree with the speaker. The mantle is too big for me.

It should be! Holy Spirit is my help!

He sends me dreams, confirmations, words of wisdom to keep me in His perfect will, as I grow and transition. I know I am not alone.

That’s why I wanted to share this today. I don’t care how long you have been in the ministry, God is always growing you into his call. We will feel inadequate at times.

We need to let God anoint us daily. Be content in, “ who we are, where we are.”

You never know when you could be called upon to speak a right now word, in the right time.

You may also never know, when you are being called upon , to receive his right now word, in a right now time. Remember that the best is yet to come.

Elijah did not experience death and a future sign corresponds with the supernatural ability of Elijah. God has need of his mantle to shut up the the heavens in the future.

Could it be, he will return in the last days along with a another witness, with “power to shut up the heavens, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. ” Revelations 11:6

I want to encourage you today, don’t listen to your feelings, listen to Gods word.

Depend on the Holy Spirit, remain faithful to your call and grow in your mantle by faith. These are the days of Elijah!

If you feel inadequate, you may be right where you need to be!