Eschatology, Forerunner Message, Longing, Musings, Pain

Hope Of Creation

My heart breaks when I look at the chaos and the confusion our world is in today. How in need we are of God. Man cannot fix man. Man cannot help man. There is a rise of blatant injustice and an increasing hatred for what is pure, noble and true. There is brokenness everywhere. There is no political solution we can come up with on our own to fix a broken and dying world. How in need we are for the return of Jesus. Our world is spinning out of control, and we can never fix it on our own because the root of most of what is going on today is the darkness of the human heart. How in need we are of the return of Jesus to make the wrong things right. We need His government and His rule because He alone is the perfect King. His judgements alone are true, perfect and good.

Jesus come back. Come back and help the widow, the orphan… the little girl who is being raped every day by man after man after man. Come back and help the needy, the oppressed and the defenseless. Come back and set the captives free. Come back and give us beauty for our ashes. Come back Lord. Come back with Your justice and Your righteousness. Come back with Your perfect judgements. We need You. Mankind needs You. We are dead and we are lost without You. 

“I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

This is Your promise. Do not leave us as orphans Jesus. Come to us. You are our only hope.

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Consecration, Purpose, The Church

A Faithful Man, Who Can Find?

“We’re not called to be famous. We’re called to be faithful. This generation does not need another celebrity. The world does not need another man with vain, empty purpose. Wives need faithful husbands. Children need faithful daddies. Churches need faithful servants. Communities need faithful members. History is in desperate need for faithful men, for men who walk in integrity, and for men who take the calling on their lives seriously, and for men who aspire to live like Jesus and love like Jesus.”

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Consecration, Destiny, Fear of God, Process, Purpose, The Church, Trials, Wilderness

Steadiness

There is a steadiness that the Lord desires to call forth in each of us. He wants to take infants who praise Him and grow them into pillars who stand firm in His house. Over the years as we journey closely with the Lord and continually give Him our yes, He will cause us to be rooted in depth and strength – to be ones not easily swayed to and fro. Then, we will grow into a mature Bride, and be clear prophetic voices for the shaky days ahead. As we lean on Him, we will become strong shepherds after His own heart – people who can firmly lead, fight and champion His causes. 

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭12-13‬ NKJV)

Give us steady hearts Lord. Grow us in maturity and strength. Ground us in the fear of the Lord and root us in the word of God. Like the wise man who built his house on the rock, let our lives be built on sure foundations, so that we will be able to withstand in the waves, and having done all, to stand. 

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Destiny, Prayer, Process, Trials, Wilderness

An Important Battle

The Lord is kind to give us startling moments of intense prophetic clarity during the heights of encounter. It is of utter importance to cling onto these moments because just as quickly as they come, they can, just as quickly, be clouded by the torrent of our emotions the moment we allow even a hint of doubt to enter into our hearts. It is true that we must choose our battles wisely, and perhaps one of the most important battles we will ever have to fight is the one that rages to smother our God-given words and dreams. I cannot even begin to tell you how many hopes and desires I have let wither and choke under the weeds of doubt, uncertainty, fear and discouragement. Was He lying when He showed me these things? Was it false hope? Is He a God who changes His mind? No. It is I who is not constant. It is my frailty, my weak grasp, my torrential emotions …. my humanity.

But enough. Steady my heart and strengthen my feeble knees. He is not man that He should lie. What He says with piercing clarity in the glory remains the same in the aching tension of longings yet unfulfilled. And so I will fight to cling. I will fight stay in peace. I will fight for my heart to remain in ruthless trust.

As surely as He has spoken, His promises shall come to pass. Be it unto me.

Be it on to me.

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Destiny, Intimacy, Love

Greatness is Simple

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me…” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭9‬:‭23-24‬ NKJV)

He tells us here that our identity must not be rooted in anything except relationship with Him. Our success is not found in our talents, or giftings, or the size of our ministry. Those things are good, but they are just extra. We can stand before the nations and be known by all men, but if we do not have love, we are nothing. Greatness is found in loving God and understanding Him – even if we never have any impact before men. 

And so whatever the season of my life, let me be meek before men, and an extraordinary burning heart before His throne. Whether I stand before thousands or whether I am by myself in my room, let me be known only as one who loves God and who is loved by God. That will be my simple life. 

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Bridal Paradigm, Consecration, Desire, Forerunner Message, Intimacy, Longing, Love, Worship

It Is Not Foolishness

And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. (Matthew 26:6-10 NKJV)

Extravagant devotion is offensive, and it often provokes a reaction in those who see it.

“What a waste!”
“Do something more useful with your life.”
“Foolish girl.”
“Be more practical.”

Basically, “Love God, but not too much.”

But if there is one thing I know, the life poured out in love at His feet is not a wasted life. If the perfume of my life and the sacrifices of my broken heart moves Jesus, then it is not foolishness. Stupid it may seem in the eyes of man, impractical it may seem, but He calls it beautiful.

Just like Mary, I will live my life to lavish my love on Him. Whatever it looks like, whatever costly decisions it will lead me to make, I want my life to be one that is completely broken in love at His feet.

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Consecration, Forerunner Message, Intimacy, Longing, Love, Process, The Church

Extravagant Devotion

We are living in unusual hours where God is raising up a people of extravagant devotion to partner with Him to do the extraordinary acts. As He promised, there is a time coming where He will pour out His spirit in such a way that will far surpass the book of Acts. No eye has seen and no mind has dreamed of the kind of works He is about to do through His people in the last days.

But if our hearts are not ready, God will hold back. This is His kindness, because if we are not first established in love, our hearts will move the moment signs and wonders come. If our reward is not Jesus alone, our eyes will be taken off Him and focused onto ourselves the moment He allows great works to flow through our lives. Our reward has to be found in living before His eyes alone. Our success has to come not from ministry, nor signs and wonders, but in loving Him and being loved by Him.

We cannot do extravagant acts until we have extravagant devotion. Then and only then, our hearts will not move. Miracles, signs and wonders are good things – but they are simply a sideshow. Above all, He desires hearts that burn before Him.

So Lord, do not promote us until our hearts are ready. Hide us in Your presence, and root us deep in the soil of Your love. Do not send us out until You alone have become our One Thing.

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