Build the Ark – God’s standard

Build the Ark – God’s standard

Isaiah 59:19 – “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

As I thought about this scripture I began to see a correlation between it and the story of Noah.

Noah found grace in the Lord’s eyes and was instructed to build an ark that would hold his family and two of every kind of beast and animal. At this particular time there were no large bodies of water to accommodate this masterpiece so I am sure it looked silly to all who looked on. As you stand for what God has told you, holding tight to and standing on the Word of God do you look silly to people looking on? As you build your ark through prayer, fasting and faith do your friends and family tell you are crazy, accept whatever and move on…. I encourage you today to rely on God’s standard.

God’s standard does not look like our standards. His standards at time make no sense to those of us with natural eyesight. This standard that Noah built was built to save a remnant of mankind to begin again. The funny thing about it is that Noah was not perfect by any means but he found one of the godly twins “grace and mercy” and it made an exception to the rule.

There are many people believing God for rescue and deliverance from varied situations. These are not perfect people but people that have found grace in the Lord’s eyes. As you stand for your restored health, family, marriage etc. know that you are God’s chosen and that “Grace” is tattooed on your forehead, so BUILD YOUR ARK. Do not worry about the stares, glares and snickers behind your back and sometime to your face. Be obedient to God’s instructions through His Word and His still small voice. When God says turn left, turn left, when God says turn right, then turn right. Put on natural blinders to people and spiritual blinders to the lies and deceit of the enemy.

Natural: Negative report from the doctor: People see the reports, medicine, chemo etc.

Build the Ark: It is written: He was wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities, the chastisement of my peace was upon Him and by His stripes, I am healed.

Natural: Marital Separation

Build the Ark: It is written: God you hate divorce, and I place You in remembrance of Your Word, You said God “What God has joined together let no man separate.”

Natural: Rebellious Children

Build the Ark: It is written that my entire house would be saved and just as the prodigal son returned to his senses and home so will my children. Lord you did it for the prodigal father and you will do it for me.

Building an ark is not easy but necessary to save the remnant of your family for generations to come. In the end, I am sure the people caught in the flood were banging, begging and pleading to get on that ark as the flood came in. Once your ark is built there will be people that initially thought you were crazy asking either to get on your ark or assistance in building their own ark in some form or fashion.

Noah’s ark was sealed by God. You on the other hand will have the opportunity to open the door to your ark to those that God directs your way. When they come to the door say: He is no respecter of persons what He did for me He will do for you, there is a standard (God’s standard) for you!

Now Faith Portal (It is not all about you)

As I read the story of the woman being healed with the issue of blood another important factor stood out. The entire section begins with the synagogue leader coming to Jesus regarding the death of his daughter. His daughter had died, but the leader acknowledged that if Jesus would come and lay His hand on her that she would live. This “resurrection” faith of the leaders had more power than one can be led to believe.

On His way to raise the girl from the dead, the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched the hem of his garment and was made whole. Matthew 9:17-26

The “Now” faith of the leader for God to move in his seemingly “dead situation” opened a “Faith Portal” that others such as the woman with the issue were able to receive from.
We know as we read further that Jesus upon His arrival to the girl has to remove doubters from His presence, in fact it is noted that some of the people actually laughed at him. Once he removed them, he told the girl to get up and the story spread across the land. Note – some breakthroughs may not have manifested due to your inner circle. People that smile and say that they are with you but doubt is deep in their heart. As we know, what is in a person is eventually going to come out from their mouth. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Every now and again due a inner circle check up.
Those that dare to believe God for the miraculous or those situations needing resurrecting power touch of Jesus actually open the portal door for others to reach up in faith and receive their healing without actually asking but just believing. The woman with the issue just knew and believed that if she could touch him she would be made whole.
There are many people that believe and have faith in God to touch not dead, but “sleep” situations and are consumed with their situation not realizing that this miracle is NOT all about them. There are others who God is going to bless and heal along the way, remember He is no respector of persons. Your faith is flammable and is able to consume everything in its path.

1) Your breakthrough has others connected to it. You may be in a hurry to get what God has promised but remember that your faith has opened the a portal in the spirit realm for others to receive miracles they have been waiting a long time for. Do not be selfish; share the “faith” wealth.
2) Your breakthrough has no room for doubters. The people that were outside the leaders home operated out of traditions (wailing and weeping) so you must remove them (people used to failures or death) from the path leading to your miracle. Zip your lips, still love them but from a distance.
3) What God desires to do in your life, will be known throughout the land. This next move of God is going to reach the ears of people throughout the world. It may be taking a little longer than you anticipated, but the amount of noise that this miracle is going to produce is going to produce a nationwide faith movement while healing others in the process.

The resurrecting power “Now” faith of the leader opened a faith portal that others were able to receive what they have been waiting a long time to receive. You resurrecting power faith is triggering a faith movement that will be known throughout the land. Dare to trust and God and believe!

If its gotta be clean, its gotta be Tide :)

I have seen, heard and read this scripture many times. However while I was driving I heard the scripture and it rang loud in my spirit than it ever did before. The Word washes..hmmmmm. Ephesians 5:26.

When we wash our clothes we start the water, add the detergent of our liking, add softener and let it run. I don’t know about anyone else but as I pull the clothes from the washer I look at the clothing that I knew had stains to make sure that the stain got out. If I find that the garment is still dirty, I put it in for a second cycle. That is exactly how the Word of God works.

When we pray the Word of God over our lives, spouses, children etc, it washes them and sanctities them for God’s use. The water and detergent work together to clean, the softener(works as grace and mercy) the same as the Holy Spirit and the Word of God work in the spiritual cleansing process. Those that have been baptized with the Holy Spirit have the Spirit of God working on the inside of them. As they meditate and hide the Word in their hearts, the cleansing process takes place. Understand you can never be the Holy Spirit in someone’s life. That is His job and His job alone, but as you intake the Word of God and speak it out of your mouth you become an agent assisting in the cleansing process.

Three actions in washing clothes are wash, rinse and spin. Even the washing machine works as a trinity. Wash – Cleanses, Rinse, removes residue and this is where the softener is applied, then the spin separates the water and the soap from the clothing and releases it down the drain. That is what the Word does as we pray with God’s motives and not our own.

The protocol is simple, when someone is acting contrary to the Word of God, find the opposite or the answer in the Word of God. Pray the Word, and the Holy Spirit will do His work. If disobedience is an issue, find the scriptures on obedience and personalize the scripture for that person. If unfaithfulness is the issue, find the scriptures on faithfulness and personalize the scripture for those persons that it concerns. Complaining, crying and whining is not going to fix the situation, but applying the Word of God and allowing it to be the cleaning agent will solve everything.

Note: Remember, when you have prayed and you still see the stain(CIRCUMSTANCE, ACTION), don’t give up on it and throw it away, pray again and again and again, just like clothes sometimes those stubborn stains take several washings. Remember how much was paid for that person by the blood shed on the cross when our Savior was crucified. Clothes can be replaced but souls cannot. Your spouse is worth it, your child is worth it, your family is worth it, never stop praying. God never gives up on us so we must never give up on God’s creation.

Imposing Faith

Art 101: Imposing Faith

Hebrews Chapter 11 is noted as being the hallmark of fame in the bible. In detail it explained different biblical people and how faith was their mechanism for reaching the promise. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen; it is in essence a supernatural occurrence that is very real but invisible. Those promises that we have yet to see fulfilled in the natural realm, lie in the real but unseen realm.
One night my Pastor preached a message “From process to the promise.”

An artist has a technique which by terminology is called “impose.” Impose is a process that is used to complete a finished product. Impose to an artist means to print an image over another image so that both are seen at once. Another definition of impose is to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled or paid with authority.

When we pray the Word, we are actually imposing the Word of God with the delegated authority that He has given us, laying the Word on or setting it on top of our natural circumstances which births the promise after we have endured, obeyed God who fulfilled and paid everything by placing His Son on the Cross. What we have to understand is that when laying the Word of God over a particular situation, the Word of God transforms that situation into what you are praying. For example, when the Word (Spiritual) is laid on top of cancer (Natural), the Word of God regarding healing has the ability to transform that cancer into healing.

One of the main tactics of the enemy is trying and to get us focus on what we see with our natural eyes (I am preaching to the choir on this note) instead of the fact that the solution which is in the Word of God has ‘imposing authority” when spoken in faith over our circumstances and situations. Let me use the movie the Matrix as an example, there is a character named Agent Smith. Agent Smith has the ability to touch another person and make them look like him, act like him and think like him. We have the same ability in imposing faith; remember we are made in the image and likeness of God. We can reach into our situations, speak the Word of God by faith with authority and by imposing the supernatural over the natural transforming that situation to look like, act like and think like the Word of God. We walk by faith and not by sight. Close your natural eyes and walk in imposing faith today.

First Alert – 911

This morning as I was headed out to work I looked up and noticed the ‘First Alert’ device that is attached to the ceiling in the door way. The device that we have in our home is a combination of smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. It is able to detect the visible threats to our lives as well as the invisible threats. When the smoke (visible) rises to the point of detection, the alarm sounds. When carbon dioxide (invisible) rises to the point of detection, the alarm sounds.
Our spirits should be wired the same way. Some attacks you can see and fight with your naked eye and some you should be able to see and fight with your “Mind’s eye.” Your entire mind, soul and body should be wired to detect those things that are seen and those that are not seen. Your natural eyes can see sickness, debt, betrayal, and other works of the flesh but your “Mind’s eye” should see: healing, wealth, faithfulness, covenant and fruits of the spirit etc. When you have a relationship with God, He will share the unseen things, I am a witness of that.
Note: just because you may not be experiencing something right now does not mean that you should not safeguard that area with prayer. Always keep the invisible shield of protection around every area of your life not just the ones you can see at the present time.
Now here is where the alarm comes into play, remember the alarm goes off when the detector detects a threat, so when the alarm goes off due to sickness, debt, unfaithfulness, these are counter-attacked by those things in the “Mind’s eye.” Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When the alarm sounds; you must begin to speak those things that are not as though they were. The alarm is there to alert you not destroy you. Everything is not the devil. Sometimes things happen because God wants to awaken the sleeping giant. He wants to teach and show you the power that you are working with and those gifts that are lying dormant in you that He placed within you before you were formed in your mother’s belly.
You have the power to speak to those mountains and they must move out of your way. Remember greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world. Many times we crush under pressure not realizing that the road to victory is in our mouth. Everything including the kitchen sink, Jesus Christ has placed on the inside of us that can crush the head of the enemy, tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.
The alarm silences when the threat has left. Many of us while cooking, wave a towel around the alarm to make the smoke go away. The way to make threats to your family, destiny and purpose go away and lineup with the Will of God lies in the “waving” of the Word of God to overcome the powers of darkness.

When the threat of sickness comes, wave the Word: It is written “I shall live and not die and declare the goodness of the Lord.”
When the threat of poverty comes your way, wave the Word: It is written“I am a tither and the Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake.”

When the threat of unfaithfulness comes into your marriage wave the Word: It is written “What God has joined together let no man break apart.”

When you see the smoke, or when you don’t but you sense something in your “knower”: Wave the Word it wards off every attack!

Candy Crush – Prayer and Fasting

Some of you may be aware of the latest “addiction” in internet games. I promise there needs to be rehab concerning this game. The concept is simple yet addicting as all get out. You seem to have this unquenchable desire to complete the next level and before you know it, it is 2 hours later. 🙂 There was this level 65 that I stayed on for two weeks, number one because I refused to pay 4.99 and was determined to do without doing so. Finally after many days of trying, I put together the right combination to blow everything up. A chocolate ball plus a striped candy immediately wiped every hindrance out of the way and I made it to the next level. Woohoo!

The Holy Spirit showed me something in this combination that literally took every obstructing obstacle out of the way. Prayer works just like that. Sometimes we pray, repeating the same moves, same words and it seems that we find ourselves fighting the same battles over and over again. There are some battles that need a little bit more and we have got to get back to this design.

Matthew 17:20-21: Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Prayer was the “chocolate ball” and the “striped candy” represented fasting. Together they annihilated everything that needed to be taken out to get to the next level. If you are finding yourself stuck at a certain place, going in circles unable to press through and you know that God has shown you greater and given you a promise, maybe just maybe you need a combination of prayer and fasting, and if you really want to see the blessing add a seed it to it which brings the 100 fold.

Use the game of Candy Crush as an example of warfare, you are guaranteed victory, because you are more than a conqueror, you are an OVERCOMER! Some of your situations just require a little more power, add fasting and watch God!

The Notebook

As I prepared for bed last night exhausted from the day,  I had the bible open and even attempted to thumb through it. As my eyelids grew heavy I whispered these words: Lord speak to me through Your Word and I fell asleep.

When I woke up the next morning, my blurry vision began to notice a red spiral notebook poked out from the shelf of my closet. I pondered for a second because I don’t remember it being like that the night before. I opened it up and the Word spoke to me.

In this notebook, I write down scriptures, personalized prayers for the situations I experience. The first page of the notebook had this scripture(Isaiah 55:8-11) – “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways….so is My Word that goes forth from My Mouth: It will will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The Lord spoke to me through His Word that I had written in a notebook. Write the vision and make it plain. Even though it had been written in the notebook, it is still His Word. The way that He chose to speak to me was His way but it was still His Word!

The Lord is speaking in ways you might not deem usual. The one way to confirm if the Lord is actually speaking is if it lines up with His Word, even if it is written in a notebook. 😉