On learning to discern and hear the voice of God, and learning how to follow His leading.

Psalm 46 says:

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

What follows (below) is some very good advice, from Jim Goll, on our learning to listen to, and discern, the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Truly Psalms 46:10 is one of my favorite verses of scripture; and it is because of something the Lord showed me a while ago, which I will share with you here.

God is eternal, meaning that He doesn’t exist in time and space. We, as part of His creation are all linear thinkers, and we see time and space as in line, that has a start and finish… but that’s not so with God!

What science would call our time/space continuum is all a part of God’s creation, which He created for us, for our benefit; but it is not where heaven is, and it is not where God resides.

Of course, certainly He enters into our realm, from time to time; and Yeshua (Jesus), who is Himself God incarnate, was born into it; but nevertheless God exists outside of both time and space.

So actually, what we refer to as “ETERNITY” is not a long time, not at all; but it is the absence of time all together.

From God’s perspective, He can even take us out of our time and space continuum, where we exist our time, and He can reinsert us anywhere else, whether in the past, or in the future; as I believe He did when He showed Moses, in Genesis, what happened during the creation; or when He showed John the Revelator the end of days, in the Book of Revelation. I believe in both instances, Moses and John actually saw the events they wrote about in the Bible.

Though this all may hurt our brain to think about, it is what it is; and it is my belief, anyway, that what I have described here is the nature of the world we live in; and also it is an example of our Omniscient (all knowing) God, to know the end from the beginning, on any issue… including every detail and circumstance of our life!

Psalm 139:13-16

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

How else would all of this be possible, for God to know each one of us in this way, before He laid the foundation of the world; to where we each even have a book in heaven, with our name on it; where God has scheduled each and every day of our life!

Not only that, but the Bible also says that He has predestined our life, and that we each have a specific plan and purpose, and a destiny that God desires for us to fulfill.

From our point, the first order of business, or every individual, sometime between when they come into the world, and before they leave, they must have an encounter with God, which comes when they begin to seek after God, with all of our heart, mind and strength; and then having been born-again (without which Jesus said that no one can see the Kingdom of Heaven—read John chapter 3), we then must learn to die to self; and then pick up our cross daily.

As the Apostle Paul put it, we are as in a race, where we must learn to discipline ourselves, in order to win the prize… which for us is to spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour, and with our Heavenly Father, as members of His reconciled and restored family!

In order for us to win this race, however, it is not necessary for us to be the first to cross the finish line; but only that we not quit, and that we stay in faith.

Along this path, called our life, we are to stay in constant communion and in fellowship with our Lord, through the intimacy and fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which has been given to us, who now lives equally inside of every one of us who have been born-again.

The Bible even teaches that for all those who have made Jesus Lord of their lives; who love Him; and who are also about their Father’s business, and are called according to His purpose… that for those people God will enter in to every circumstance of their life (both the good and the bad) to work it together for their good. Selah

What an awesome and wonderful truth that is, and an absolute blessing and comfort for us to know, that truly God is involved with every single detail and aspect of our life!!!!

What the Lord showed me was that in our life, all too often, owed to the many stresses, trials and tribulations that we are faced with, in the course of our life, our minds are all too often focused on something we fear will happen tomorrow; OR we are regretting some mistake or error in judgment that happened in our past… and if our mind is in either one of those two places, then we are totally missing God; who is ONLY available to each of us in the space of this present moment… in the what we call the “NOW!” Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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To: Skip Barland
Subject: James Goll: Are You Listening to the Holy Spirit?

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James W. Goll:Listen Up: The Holy Spirit Has Something to Say!

This week I am following up on the theme on Hearing God’s Voice with a little teaching excerpt from my book, The Beginner’s Guide to Hearing God. So, here are some practical tools to help your hearing. Listen up! The Holy Spirit has something He wants to speak to you!

Listening with Expectation!

James W. Goll

Listen Up: The Holy Spirit Has
Something to Say!
Practical Tools to Help Your Hearing

Therefore every one who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.
—Matthew 7:24-25

Let’s be real pragmatic at this point as we investigate some practical tools to aid us in our journey of leaning our ear His way.

Ten Effective Tools for the Trade

• Number One: Don’t Make Hearing God Complicated!
It is actually not hard to hear God. We tend to overcomplicate the whole matter. The following are three simple steps that help us, very simplistically, hear God’s gracious voice.

# 1 — Submit to His Lordship
Ask Him to help you silence your own thoughts, desires and opinions. You want to hear only the thoughts of the Lord right now. Proverbs 3:5-7, “In all your ways acknowledge Him. And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” James says, “Submit unto God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Before resisting always comes submitting.

# 2 — Resist the Enemy
Use the authority Jesus Christ has given you as His disciple to silence the voice of the enemy. Apply the Blood of Jesus over your life and resist the enemy. He will run in terror away from you. Great news! If you do what God wants you to do (first!), then He will do for you what you cannot do on your own!

# 3 — Ask your Question and Expect God’s Answer
Ask the question that is in your heart, bring it before the throne of Almighty God. You must now wait for Him to answer. Believing that as you submit to God and resisted the enemy you can now expect that you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). Now, at times, an immediate reply will come—other times it is like a slow, simmering process—but the most important aspect is to ask, expect and receive.

• Number Two: Allow God to Speak in the Way He Chooses.
Don’t try to dictate to God the guidance methods you prefer. Listen with a yielded heart. There is a direct link between yielding and hearing. He may choose to speak to you in a method that you are not accustomed to. He will speak through His written Word, through a person, through dreams, visions, through the quiet inner voice… Now having submitted, resisted and asked, do not dictate the way you want Him to answer your request. Allow God to speak to you in the way He chooses.

• Number Three: Confess Any Known Sins.
Psalm 66:18, “If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” If the Lord doesn’t hear you, then you’re not going to receive the answer that you’re hoping for, because He hasn’t even heard the question yet. So the third point in hearing God’s voice is one of the foundation stones of A, B, C Christianity—the confession of sins. Confess your sins. He is waiting to listen. He is waiting to forgive. Confess your sins to our Father in Jesus’ great name. A clean heart is a prerequisite to hearing God.

• Number Four: Have You Obeyed the Last Thing God Told You to Do?
If you haven’t obeyed His last orders, why do you think He would give you new ones? He’s waiting for you to do what He’s already told you to do. This alone is one of the main reasons people don’t think they are hearing from Papa. He has already spoken—you already know what is required of you. Now go do, for Jesus’ sake! It’s the issue of obedience. Go back and finish your last orders could be a word of wisdom needed so that you can continue in life’s journey.

• Number Five: Get Your Own Leading.
God will use others to confirm your guidance, but we must learn to hear the voice of the Lord for ourselves. God is a jealous God. He wants to talk with you. Become secure in your own identity in Christ. Realize that you are a son or daughter of the Creator of the universe in your own right. He has promises to lead His own and has given us His precious Holy Spirit to be our guide. Is He yours? Don’t be wrongly co-dependent upon others. At the same time, don’t jump in the other ditch by over-reacting and cultivating an independent and rebellious spirit. You’ve got to, and you will learn to, hear God for yourself.

• Number Six: Don’t Talk about Your Word Too Soon.
This is a really wise one. I wished I had known this one a bit earlier on in my life! I think the dreamer Joseph might have wished he had heard this one also! The main purpose of waiting is to help you avoid the not-so-obvious pitfalls. Have you ever considered that God might like to share a secret with a trusted friend? Have you considered asking permission before opening wide your mouth and repeating everything you supposedly know?

Oftentimes, God does speak something to us ahead of time, before it comes into being. His word comes to prepare us and to change us to be the vessel qualified to do what has been spoken. He will prepare us for that which lies ahead.

• Number Seven: God Will Confirm What He’s Telling You.
Realize God does use others to confirm His word. It’s a part of a safety net of protection. Second Corinthians 13:1 wisely states that God will confirm His word by two or three witnesses. This particular truth is quoted three times in the Bible. God will confirm His word by the witness or testimony of two and three others. Isn’t that wonderful! If it really is God, He will speak the same or similar thing more than once. So—in other words—you don’t have to go running off with just a one-time word! If it really is from God, it will be confirmed. Rest in that fact.

Believe that the Lord will speak through those in relational authority in your life. Trust the Lord and pray for those in authority. There is safety in the multitude of counsel.

• Number Eight: Be Aware of Counterfeits.
Satan loves to counterfeit. He has no originality—He’s just a copycat! If there’s a counterfeit, what does that mean? It infers that there’s something authentic and real out there. The enemy only counterfeits what is real. Counterfeit money…Why is there counterfeit money? Because there’s real money and it has power.

Why does the enemy have counterfeit voices, counterfeit occult, counterfeit experiences, and even counterfeit supernatural encounters? Why? Because our Lord of Hosts has the real power, the real dreams, myriads of angels, and the true guidance system.

God is a supernatural Being. People are born with a void that only the voice of God can fill. But beware of counterfeits from the dark side. They exist to trap you; flee from them in Jesus’ name!

• Number Nine: Practice Hearing God’s Voice.
Yes, practice hearing the voice of God, and it will become easier. It’s like picking up the phone and recognizing the voice of a friend. You know their voice because you’ve heard it so much.

If I want to know His voice, I’ve got to spend some time with Him. The voice of the Holy Spirit is so lovely to me today. I would never want to grieve Him. We must get to know the voice of our Master and it only comes by spending time with Him. The more you practice, the easier it becomes!

• Number Ten: Cultivating an Intimate Relationship.
From God’s perspective, the most important reason for hearing the voice of God is not just to know the right things to do—it is knowing the Source Himself! If you don’t have good communication with a person, you don’t have a vibrant relationship with them.

True guidance is getting closer to the Guide. We grow to know the Lord better as He speaks to us. As we listen to Him and obey His word, we make His heart glad. Our relationship with our Papa God goes so far beyond information, guidance, dreams, visions, angels, and all the wonderful supernatural stuff. It goes so far beyond that.

It’s all about intimacy with Jesus. The gifts of the Spirit are appetizers to whet our desire for more of God Himself. The voice of God is used to create a deeper hunger within us so that we might come into closer communion with Him. The reason to hear His voice is really simple: to cultivate an intimate relationship with our Abba Father. Our Daddy wants to commune with us even more than we want to commune with Him. Draw near, He is drawing near to you.

So, that’s some simple foundational thoughts on hearing the voice of God. I hope these tools will get added to your tool chest ’cause it’s time to listen up! The Holy Spirit has something He wants to say to you!

Blessings to You!

James W. Goll
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Starting the week off right…


Starting the week off right…

This is God’s desire for every Believer, to first recognize who we are in Christ, and then lay hold of that power that is made available to us, to make us over comers, and to give us hope:

Ephesians 3:16-20

16May God grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

17May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

18That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];

19[That you may really come] to know [practically, [b]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [c]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [d]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [e]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

20Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—


Whatever is on your to-do list this week, and whatever life has placed on your table, whether good or bad; let’s start the week off right… making God our chief priority, and giving Him first place in every part of our life!

This was sent to me by a sister, and I think it is good advice for all of us, to start our week out right, and follow through for the rest of the week, always making sure we put God first.

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Brenda
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 9:07 AM
To: Skip Barland

Thought everyone would like this. be blessed!

—– Forwarded Message —-

WASH DAY


Monday Washday


Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and
Vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility
Through the week ahead.


Tuesday Ironing Day


Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles
Of prejudice I have collected through the years
So that I may see the beauty in others.


Wednesday Mending Day

O God, help me mend my ways so I will not
Set a bad example for others.


Thursday Cleaning Day


Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults
I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.


Friday Shopping Day

O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others

In need of love.


Saturday Cooking Day


Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly
Love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.


Sunday The Lord’s Day O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please
Come into my heart so I may spend the day and the
Rest of my life in your presence.

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‘Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some

kind of
battle.’

Nothing is too hard for God!!!

As we near the end of this age, and the closer we get to the return of our Lord to this earth, and that time which Jesus called the “Time of Sorrows,” all around us, our world is in crisis; as life and the events of life, and the problems of life, all seem to be accelerating on all sides… haven’t you noticed that?

I dare say that we, in this generation, via our electronic media, and also due to the unsettling and the increasingly insecure and unstable nature of this world we are living in, and also in our economy, in just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck, that we are subject to more in the way of, not just pressure and insecurity; but also death, mayhem, tragedy and loss, on a daily basis, just by watching the evening news, than our grandparents and great grandparents had in their whole lifetime.

Life today for many people has become a pressure cooker of problems, which have been intensified, by virtue of the fact that so many things that people have looked to for security in the past have all failed them; and so more and more people today are finding themselves without answers, and are on the verge of desperation, and are themselves very depressed, and often without hope!

As Christians, we need to recognize that we have the ONLY answer for the world; and we need to know that the enemy of our soul, the master of deception, aka “Father of Liars” would have us all to believe, if we let him, after all seems to have turned against us (as happened with Job), that our view of reality is accurate; but the Bible teaches that we must learn to do spiritual warfare and battle!

Jesus warned us that these things would happen, with increased frequency in the last days, and that things would get so bad that men’s hearts would fail them. However, even with our many problems, and our trials and tribulations in our life, I think it is very plain to see that even with our worst problems, here in the West, and especially here in the United States, that we still have it so much easier than most the rest of the world.

For Christians in most of your Third World countries, like in the Sudan, India, and in many of the Islamic countries of the world, where to even be a Christian, you take your life in your hands; if the Christians in these countries had our problems they would have thought they had died and gone to heaven.

All of this just shows you how much we are spoiled here, and how sheltered and protected, as Christians, we have been, here in the United States for so long; and all owed, I might add, to the faith and commitment of our forefathers, which they had towards God; which is something this present generation, at least among the leadership of our country, and most of its populations, have long forgotten.

What is the answer? God gives us an answer in 2 Chronicles 7:14, that if God’s people, who are called by His name, would but follow the instructions given here, in these verses, that if we would turn from our wicked ways, and begin to seek God’s face, meaning we seek intimacy with Him, that God would hear our prayers, and that He would heal our land.

Everything with God is all about relationship… and it’s NOT about religion!

It is about spending enough time in God’s Word that you begin to see and discern between truth and deception; good and evil; and it requires our putting on the mind of Christ, and learning to utilize the Spiritual Tools and Weapons He has provided us, in the Spirit.

It is a life lived that is no longer natural, but is now supernatural, as we learn to tap into the God of the universe, where Jesus said ALL power in heaven and earth is now made available for us, that we might become His hands extended, in the earth, to this lost and darken world, as we become the conduit and channel of His love to the world. Selah

This is a good message that follows, that I thought would be good for us all to read and meditate upon, in these days and times… that we not be tempted to give up, and lose hope… as so many in the world are doing today.

That’s the enemy’s plan folks, in case you don’t know it, just as it happened with Job. Satan was trying to discourages Job and get him to give up on God and quit; while all the while God was using those same circumstances in Job’s life to teach Him to trust and have faith.

The same applies to us, as we are under that same training program!

Just know this, to win this race, called life, it doesn’t matter if you finish first; all that matters is that you don’t quit, and that you keep your faith connection with God intact.

It’s the same idea behind the parable that Jesus gave about the man who went out into the city to hire workers to work in his field.

As it turned out the ones who were hired at the very end, where paid the exact same as those who worked through the heat of the day, which to our way of thinking (especially with our union mentality that most have today) this would be most unfair; but it isn’t at all unfair, from God’s perspective; nor ours either, when we understand what’s going on; because the true prize, for which these workers were all working for, was not the money, but it was Jesus Christ, Himself… who is given to all equally.

So the point is, whatever you are facing today, and however large the problems, in your life appear to be, just know that God has both you and your problems well in hand (just as he did with Job—there is no difference); and if you will begin to look to Him, and trust in Him; and STOP looking to your problems and circumstances… and instead, commit your life, your problems, and ALL that you have to Him, in faith, and this applies to ALL who will do this in Jesus name, then you will find that God will not let you down! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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Subject: What The Lord Is Saying Today

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May 9, 2010.You need much grace for a specific issue in your life.

Your mind is telling you it is too late and virtually impossible to regain what you have lost. Do not listen to this portion of your mind.

This unrenewed portion is not your friend. It is trained by the world and is under the direct influence of the father of lies, the devil.

Resist the devil. Bind up your unrenewed mind and loose Jesus as Lord over it.

Listen to your new spirit. It is to your spirit that I speak truth. You have stored up truth about grace within your spirit. Receive instruction from your spirit.

Holy Spirit will create and maintain a steady flow of truth and grace, renewing daily your mind. Walk now in this grace and extend it to others.

Hebrews 4:16 (NASB) “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Ras Robinson


May 9, 2010.

Comparing yourself with others whom you deem to be more successful and falling short is a deep pit which is hard to crawl out of.

Comparing yourself with others and allowing your observation to goad you into walking uprightly and wisely is a good thing.

You have a choice in these actions. This is like looking at a coin. It has two sides; heads and tails. I have made you to be the head and not the tail. Choose the good side and dismiss the bad side.

I have empowered you to walk in wisdom. Christ is in you the hope of Glory. Therefore walk wisely and you will be successful.

Proverbs 8:17-20 (MSG) “I love those who love me (wisdom); those who look for me find me. Wealth and Glory accompany me- also substantial Honor and a Good Name. My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus. You can find me on Righteous Road-that’s where I walk- at the intersection of Justice Avenue,” Bev Robinson

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The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me…

Jesus Christ

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

And Jesus said:

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD!Luke 4:18-19




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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven…

Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
(John 14:6)

Good works cannot save you.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
    (Romans 3:23)

    “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
    (Romans 5:12)

    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
    (1 John 1:10)

  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).

    Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
    (Luke 13:5)

    “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth

    all men every where to repent:”
    (Acts 17:30)

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    (John 3:16)

    “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.”
    (Romans 5:8)

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
    (Romans 10:9)

  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.

    “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
    (Romans 10:10)

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    (Romans 10:13)

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
(John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

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The Anointing of the Holy Spirit


The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

“You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you!”

Acts 1:8

Jesus had to die so the Holy Spirit could be given to dwell INSIDE every believer!

The Importance of the Holy Spirit

So many of us grew up in churches that told us nothing about the importance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had a lot to say about this important part of the Trinity. Please check out these topic links to find out more about the Holy Spirit :

  1. Holy Spirit : Born Again – We have died to our old self and been raised to a New Life in Christ – The HS is Our Guarantee – Seal of Redemption
  2. Holy Spirit : Comforter Teaches and Helps Us Understand
  3. Holy Spirit : Fruits of the Spirit
  4. Holy Spirit : Gifts of the Spirit
  5. Holy Spirit : Jesus had to die so the HS could be given to dwell INSIDE every believers
  6. Holy Spirit = Living Water
  7. Holy Spirit Lives in the Bodies of True Believers
  8. Baptism

The importance of the Holy Spirit, and the necessity of our learning to rely upon and trust Him, moment by moment, and also to be obedient to His leading in our life is paramount to our success.

Equally true, our ability to fulfill our destiny, and do the work for which He has called us to, in fulfilling the Great Commission is impossible without our reliance upon Him!

So our job is to get to know Him intimately; to rely upon and trust in Him; and then to obediently follow His leading on a daily 24/7 basis.

Let us be ever sensitive to His ever presence and anointing, and let us not inadvertently offend Him, and have His Anointing and His power lift from us, as happened to Sampson.

If you want to know what God desires of you today:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


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Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 4:30 AM
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Subject: Worthy Brief – 5/3/2010

Seeking victory by the power of His Spirit!

Judges 14:5-6 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

Judges 16:20 And she (Delilah)said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

Samson is a powerful example of a man of God who won his battles over and over again because the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Yet when he was finally defeated by Delilah’s temptations he didn’t realize that the Lord had left him, so effective was the woman’s spell.

The enemy is subtle and the temptations of the flesh can so quickly quench the presence and power of God’s spirit that we may not even realize it has happened. But this anointing of the Holy Spirit is our Life.…and our victory. Opposition can be destroyed and burdens can be lifted when His wonderful Presence fills and rests upon us. Our greatest battle is maintaining that internal communion with Him by His Spirit.

Temptations, bad habits, our sinful nature, demonic attacks, all these collaborate to rob us of this holy anointing, our communion with God, and our only real power over every enemy!

Samson’s victories vividly demonstrate the tremendous power of the anointing. His power over the Philistines was legendary and truly heroic. But when he lost his anointing, they nearly destroyed him.

How critical it is in these days to keep our lamps burning with the holy “oil” of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) anointing. His goodness will defeat the evils around us…His light will banish darkness…His joy will annihilate our depression…His forgiveness will root out all bitterness…His love will overcome our natural hatred…and every subtle deception will be exposed by His excellent TRUTH! Seek HIS ANOINTING, the fullness of the Holy Spirit — He will equip you to break every yoke of bondage and defeat every internal and external enemy.

Please don’t find yourself in the condition of Samson, in the arms of his lust, not even realizing that the anointing had left him. The cost was enormous, even though he was restored. Instead, guard yourself against the subtle temptations of this world seeking more and more of His indwelling Presence. That anointing will produce one victory after another. Amen.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

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The lesson of the “Two Horses”


The lesson of the “Two Horses”

Philippians 2:1-22
(The Message)

1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

The Bible always says it best; but this is also a good story, and a good lesson for us all to learn from; that we not be so all consumed with our problems, our cares, and our needs; but that we should always make ourselves available and reach out to those who are in need around us… and in watering others, we shall also be watering ourselves! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



From: PAT
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:32 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Two Horses–I love this

Two Horses
There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.


From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing….

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.


This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell.

It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.


As you stand and watch these two friends, You’ll see that

the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is, Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns To the shelter of

the barn each evening, It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.


Like the owners of these two horses, God does not

throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse Being guided by the

little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…

You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

And remember…

Be kinder than necessary-


Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.


Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly……

Leave the rest to God

We are admonished to supplicate, pray, and to intercede for ALL men; for kings and all in authority.

Pray for Our Leaders

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV

After all, as Christians, we do believe in miracles, and that our God is the God of the impossible, do we not? And as the Bible says: “All things are possible, if only we can believe.” (Mark 9:23)

I’ve been listening to the prophecies of Kim Clement, regarding this Obama administration; and whereas I must admit, I did not bear witness with some of the things that I was hearing, at the same time I know in my heart that certainly it is God’s will for there to be repentance and a turning back to God in the White House!

Certainly, if God could spare the nation of Nineveh, and cause not only the king, but the entire nation to turn back to God, in repentance; and if God could turn King Nebuchadnezzar’s heart, then certainly it is not beyond the realm of possibly that the same thing could also happen within this present Administration.

It is my prayer that these things be so, and that there will be a change of heart, not only in Barak Obama, but also for his entire administration and staff.

Lord, if there is betrayal in the White House, then my prayer is let it be exposed and found out; let the blinders be taken off, and the enemy’s plans exposed in the light of day.

Also, it is my prayer that our nation will take a new path, that there would be a grassroots movement back towards faith in God, from the bottom up; let us, as a people, move forward with the rebuilding of our nation, once again as One Nation Under God; and let it happen through prayer, repentance, and in sack cloth and ashes.

God may each of us turn back to you; may we each turn from our wicked ways; that we may seek your face, and be forgiven of our trespasses and sins… Lord God, have mercy upon us! In Jesus name we pray… Amen.

Won’t you join me in this prayer?

Shalom and love,

Skip Barland

From: The ElijahList [mailto:propheticword@elijahlist.com]
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Kim Clement: A Knee will Bow in the White House

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May 1, 2010

Kim Clement:

A Knee will Bow “in the House Called WHITE”

Prophesied on April 16, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee:

America, I Am Not Going to Judge You—I Am Going to Chastise.

Listen to the word of the Lord tonight. “There is great darkness that is emerging from the top office in the land. There is darkness that is emerging from a place that they call White, but did I not promise you, great light would come from darkness? Did I not promise you that even in the midst of darkness great light shall shine on this nation and the nations of the earth? Your enemy shall melt as wax before the fire.”

The Spirit of God says, “Do not forget the promises that I have made throughout the earth; do not forget the promises that I made to your children. Do not forget that I said I would send signs—the earth is shaken all around you. It has shaken in nations around you. And they have prayed for America to be shaken in the earth and that judgment may be their answer. But,” God says, “America, I am not going to judge you. I am going to chastise. Do not despise chastisement of the Lord. For the earthquake that has come shall release energy from a place that has been held deep in the earth.”

“Why do you think that there are now eruptions? And from space they are coming to slam into the earth, and none of My people shall be harmed,” says the Lord. “This shall be known as a miracle. This shall be known as a sign and a wonder. What shall happen is that the energy source that has been held deep within the earth for millions and millions of years, was being held for such a time as this. Do you realize,” says the Lord, “That you are living in a time that was spoken of by the generals of yesterday?”

God says, “You have come to a place where I will unlock a key, where you will be free from your debt to the Middle East, you’ll be free from your debt to China. You will be free from your debt,” says the Lord. “And let them laugh and say this will never happen—just watch Me now. As I take that thing, that which has been for harm, shall be for your good,” says the Lord.

“In the Summer Months You Will Look and Say, ‘It is Rebounding! Things are Coming Back!”

The Spirit of the Lord says, “Hear the Prophet tonight as he prophesies what I tell you. Many desire to humiliate you, in front of nations that endeavor to humiliate you, and bring you to nothing. Watch how I deal with the crime. Watch how I deal with what has been taken and presented to Me on a silver platter. What am I looking at? What is on this plate that you bring to Me? False images? What is on this religious plate, that you bring to Me?” says the Lord. “There is nothing but false incense. Yet there is an aroma coming from children. There is a fragrance of praise that is coming from the teenagers.

“There is a fragrance of praise that is coming from the hearts of the children.” And God says, “I have thrown a mantle upon them and I have given to them a double portion, and America, your best day is upon you. I will bring the betrayal out. And in the summer months you will look and say, ‘It is rebounding, it is rebounding! Things are coming back, things are coming back.'” For God says, “I am taking you out of a dark place and shedding My light,” says the Lord.

“There is no fear in the perfect love of God. Look as I point to the fire. And they will say the fire has been pointed to. And I will take men who have been astute and prudent in their dealings with finances. And I will make them billionaires, millionaires and extremely influential and wealthy—and DO NOT say that it is not the desire of the Lord. I called Abraham out of the Ur of Chaldees, and his obedience made him the most influential and powerful and wealthy man on the face of the earth, proving to mankind that God is not restricted by a man’s age. And there shall be an extension of age as Alzheimer’s comes to an end in this decade,” says the Lord.

“There will be an extension of age as Alzheimer’s comes to an end in this decade, and there will be an end to the humiliation of children, as I bring Autism to an end in this decade,” says the Lord. “Look to the fire point, it is pointing to the fire. It shall be an investment that you shall capture and make the money to make you debt free,” says the Lord of Hosts tonight.

This Nation Will Once Again Shine
Through the Nations of the Earth

“There has been a visitation to this nation and to the nations that have stood together. The betrayal will only bring out the will of God. Russia shall freeze in her steps as she attempts to come and lure and seduce the President and the Vice President. Israel shall no longer be spurned. I will not allow it. I am about to cause a knee to bow in the house they call White, and surely this shall happen, for great pressure shall come as suddenly there are wars that begin to emerge. ‘Give us Israel, give us that piece of land! America, you are in our way. You’re in our way.'”

For God says, “Shall I wrap them around My finger and make an open show of them? America, you will dispossess again enemies. But first we will deal with the hand that is on the table. Attempting something that America has never attempted before. The temptation is so great, but yet, “God says, “a new party shall emerge in this angry, wrath-infested political climate. A new party shall emerge and they shall say, ‘Is it as a result of tea?’ And yes, it is!” For the Spirit of God says, “Enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough!

“This nation, that has literally brought bread to the nations of the earth… This nation, that has sent My Word to the most remote parts of the world and lost their lives because of it… I will not forget,” says the Spirit of the Lord. “I will not forget.” The Lord says, “Do not say to Me that ‘We cannot associate the past. It must be disfigured and disconnected.’ You cannot dispose of the past, for it is connected to your destiny. A nation shall look in horror and say, ‘Was it possible that because of a few tea parties, that something as powerful as this will emerge?'”

“And when I say ‘with horror,’ they will say, ‘Is it possible for something like this to happen so quickly?'” God said, “This tea party that shall arise shall have the words of My commandments and shall have the truths that were given to your forefathers, and they shall bring it and say, ‘This shall never be lost.'” And God says, “Even your supreme court shall be shaken. Five years from now, one death, another death, and there shall be fear that shall grip the nation. I will save you from the despair of assassination. I will give to you the honor of seeing how a man can humble himself. ‘A man of an African nation,’ they shall say, ‘this is confusing us.’

Democrats shall shake their heads, scratch their heads, and Republicans alike. They shall say, ‘This is ridiculous, where are we?’ Out of this shall emerge a party, and truly,” the Lord says, “I will breathe upon it! And I will bring forth a President that shall stand with righteousness and speak into the schools and visit the Universities.” And the Lord says, “This nation will once again shine through the nations of the earth.” And God said, “Though you be despised, and though they bring wars against you, you will never be defeated again!”

Kim Clement
Prophetic Image Expressions

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For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!


For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!

VISION & REALITY

And the parched ground shall become a pool” Isaiah 35:7

We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then this is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations and we are apt to say “it is no use to go on” Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

Life is not as idle ore

But iron dug from central gloom,

And battered by the shocks of doom

To shape and use

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down into the valley to get us into the shape of the vision and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth and do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and through floods to get us into shape until we get to the place where He can trust us with the true reality. Ever since we had the vision, God has been at work getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again, we escape from His hand and try to get us into our own shape.

The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His potter’s wheel and spin you as He likes, and sure as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.

~from Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional – My Utmost For His Highest

I’m always being reminded of late that God has a rhyme and reason for everything He does… and nothing is ever wasted!

This also applies to the trials and tribulations that we face; and really it matters not the reason why, or the cause of the trials, whether they are a normal part of the trip, or whether they are disciplinary and corrective; God uses both, and nothing is wasted.

God has promised that He would complete the work that He has begun in us; and also that He is with us ALWAYS, just as He promised He would be; and it is all important that we understand that from God’s perspective all of the training that we are going through, is about developing our faith and trust in Him; and it is most important in these times, in our wilderness experiences and feelings of isolation and aloneness, in those times when we feel as though God has left us, and/or forgotten about us, it is especially important during these times that we know, by faith, that truly He is closest to us; and it is during these times that very often he is carrying us.

So even in those times when we are tempted to think that God is a far off, quite the opposite is true; and in fact God is rather inviting us to come in a little closer, and experience His presence in even greater intimacy; and it is during these times when we are not conscious of being taught, that God is very active in our lives molding and shaping, and stripping away from us the flesh and the world.

The challenge for us during these times is to find our rest in Him, despite what may be going on around us; and in the midst of our earth shaking storms, and the whirlwinds of our life, in the midst of all of that turmoil and confusion, to find our place of quite rest in Him, and there to be still, and know that I AM is still God, and that He has our situation well in hand! Selah

We must remember that God’s purpose, in all of this, is always to work out of us the world and the flesh; and work into us the likeness of His Son, and cause us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, in order that we may be more fit for His service.

The process is not fun; and often it is filled with dangerous pitfalls, and times of heightened anxiety, discouragement, along with those feelings of aloneness.

However, that is exactly the point; and it’s in these times that we learn to disengage our reasoning abilities, our understanding, and all our earth based perspectives and rationalizations; and instead revert to God’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), where we are now navigating totally under the leading, inspiration, and direction of the Holy Spirit; as He illuminates and applies His perspective, His understanding, and His direction, in the midst of our circumstances; and this happens through our mediation and study of God’s Word!

This is the process we signed up for, whether we realized it or not, at the time of our conversion, when we were born-again; and we may rest assured that this process will continue for the rest of our lives, until we graduate to Glory. Selah

Below is an interesting perspective about this process, from Chuck Pierce.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Chuck Pierce: A River is Rising!

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Chuck Pierce:

A River is Rising! Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

A River is Rising!

“There is a river within My people that I am bubbling up now. There is a river within My people that will bubble up and pour out now. Many of your rivers have been filled up with debris. Therefore, over the next several weeks, I will be cleansing you. There is a grace to be cleansed. There is a window to be cleansed. There is a moment that I will cleanse you. Because bacterium like E. coli has been down in your intestines, I will begin to produce clear colons. I will begin to cause your stomachs to be able to digest what I have for the future. My cleansing stream will come forth.”

Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

As we approach Pentecost we must continue to shift our minds and thinking processes toward HARVEST. Watch for NEW DOORS to FORM! To “form” means to develop or mold the shape or outline of something or to give meaning, character or nature to something.

Another way of looking at a forming time is when something is becoming what it will be in days ahead. This includes the conditioning of our mind and body in regard to its mental performance ahead. A forming season includes conceiving, training, and disciplining. This phase denotes the arrangement of the part of a thing that gives its distinctive appearance.

A key Scripture reference about Pentecost time is 1 Corinthians 16:8. Paul purposed to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, because an effectual door was opened to him for his ministry. Many enemies are behind this forming door, but the Lord says:

“Do not focus on your enemies during this season, but watch the door form and be ready to enter into this new opportunity. I will give you grace over your enemies. I am releasing your new assignment and you will go forth into new mission fields.”

Do Not Fear Darkness

God will be sending some of His people into dark structures. Do not fear the darkness. He will give you “night vision” to see a path of righteousness through any unrighteous structure. This will be like moving in the Gulf Stream through normal ocean currents. The Gulf Stream is a warm stream that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, goes through the Florida Straits and then moves into the colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean. God is parting waters! Dark spirits that have stopped us from advancing in certain areas to bring forth the harvest commission of the Son will now let go of harvest gates.

1 Corinthians 16:9 which says, “For a great and effective door has been opened to me, and there are many adversaries,” and will become a reality in this season. The Word of God will enter places and groups of people that have been closed or resisted freedom. Demon forces will part like the Red Sea and will be held back while God’s children go into their new assignments.

Time for Harvest!

Most of us do not understand harvest time. We’re in the days of waving the omer. Biblically, you wave your best offering daily and then by Pentecost you enter into a new harvest release. Because of our complex life, we are far removed from the actual production of our food supplies and the origination of the source of our provision. The harvest was a most important season (Genesis 8:22; 45:6). Events were reckoned from harvests (Genesis 30:14; Joshua 3:15; Judges 15:1; Ruth 1:22; 2:23; 1 Samuel 6:13; 2 Samuel 21:9; 23:13).

We must understand that harvest has a process:

1. The seed is broadcast and plowed under in late winter.

2. The prayer for rain–the early and the latter rain (Zechariah 10).

3. The grain was grasped and cut with the sickle (Deuteronomy 16:9 and Mark 4:29).

4. The grain was gathered into sheaves.

5. The grain was taken to the threshing floor.

6. Tools were used for threshing. You have tools for harvest.

7. The grain was winnowed (tossed in the air). Let the wind blow away your chaff.

8. The remaining grain was shaken into a sieve (Amos 9:9). Some of you are in this process.

9. The grain was brought into the storehouse. Find your storehouse.

Now, the harvest must be protected because harvest has major enemies:

1. Drought. Ask the Lord to identify and break all your dryness.

2. Locust invasion. Ask the Lord to remove any devouring in your harvest.

3. Plant diseases (mold, mildew). Ask the Lord to remove any mold in your life.

4. Hot, scorching winds. Ask the Lord to turn any adverse winds.

5. War. The enemy wanted to live off the land. Declare that any enemy that has eaten your harvest will run out of your land.

Firstfruits: A Key to Blessing

This feast was called the “Day of Firstfruits” (Numbers 28:26) because it marked the beginning of the time in which people were to bring offerings of firstfruits. It was a feast of joy and thanksgiving for the completion of the harvest season. Then these offerings were presented as a “wave offering” for the people. The first ripe of fruit, grapes, grain, oil, wine and the first of fleece were required as an offering (Exodus 22:29; Leviticus 2:12-16; Numbers 18:12; Deuteronomy 18:4; 2 Chronicles 31:5; Nehemiah 10:35, 37, 39; Proverbs 3:9; Jeremiah 2:3; Romans 11:16).

At this time, the Lord was credited as the source of rain and fertility (Jeremiah 5:24). In the New Testament the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), at the festive time when Jews from different countries were in Jerusalem to celebrate this annual feast. The interval between Pentecost and tabernacles was the time for offering firstfruits.

Ask the Lord for your firstfruit offerings.

The Power of Redemptive Multiplication

Here are some keys to prayer to bring an increase to your thinking processes and to help you learn the power of redemptive multiplication:

Read Proverbs 10:5. “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” Break a spirit of slumber. Ask the Lord if you have slumbered when you should have gathered.

Repent and Don’t Look Back! Ask the Lord to forgive you for any sins that you have made. In this passage you see how the people continually questioned the Lord’s power and protection. They had no faith that He would deliver them out of their present distress so they began building and worshipping false gods. The Word says when God saw this He was “Provoked to anger.” The Scripture says, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” Know that God is willing to save you out of every situation, but you must make the choice to fully surrender to Him and understand that His timing is perfect. Read Jeremiah 8:20.

Thank Him for Your Inheritance! Thank Him that He has an inheritance for you. Here you see that David describes the inheritance that he has been given from the Lord as a good inheritance. Thank God for what He has given you to steward over and bless Him in all you do. The inheritance that God has given you is better than anything you could ever ask or dream of. God gives you nothing but the best. It is your decision to accept it and move into all the blessings that He has available for you. Read Psalm 16.

The Greater Dimension of Faith! Let Faith arise in your heart – “the greater dimension of faith.” Whenever I read the stories about healing in the Bible, I always seem to be baffled at the amount of faith displayed by these people. Now, as I view our culture, everyone seems to place all their faith into things they know. Many things, without a doubt, will give them some sort of return. Faith has an object. These people had found an object, Jesus, the Messiah, to place their faith. If we all would just fully let go and come into the understanding that God wants to heal and move into a new level of faith. We just have to have the faith.

In Matthew 8, I love when the centurion came to Jesus and pleaded with Him to heal his servant. Jesus was more than willing to go out of His way to personally visit the man’s place and heal the servant. However, the soldier knew all that was needed was for Jesus to SPEAK or SAY that the servant was healed and he would be healed. This man understood authority and command. That is the kind of faith that I desire to see!

Ask the Lord for a new level of faith to arise in you! Read Matthew 7 and 8.

Be A Laborer in His Kingdom! Ask the Lord for laborers. Let Him show you where you are to labor in His Kingdom. At the end of this chapter Jesus tell His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” The Gospel says that Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the people for they were weary and scattered.

God has a harvest that He is bringing that will be too much for us to anticipate. We must pray and ask for the wisdom to have all the proper “laborers” in place so we don’t get beat down in the process. Thank God for the harvest that He is bringing! Be ready to be a laborer in this next harvest move! Read Matthew 9.

Freely You Have Received!
“Freely you have received, freely give.” Prepare an offering. We have received so much, as a matter of fact all the Father had—His only Son. Do not be afraid to give. In Matthew 10 you see that Jesus charged the disciples to go to the Israelites and preach to them saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Jesus said that His disciples could not take gold or silver with them. He told them to preach and stay with those who would receive them.

In verse 14 Jesus says, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.” We must become more sensitive to the presence of Holy Spirit in our midst. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to His presence and pray that you would see Him in every situation you are in! Be patient in your job or your city so that you do not leave prematurely. Do not be afraid to witness. Read Matthew 10

Blessings,

Chuck D. Pierce

Glory of Zion International Ministries
Email: chuckp@glory-of-zion.org


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Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!


Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!

(Psalms 119:105)

The Bible happens to be our operation’s manual for life. In it we can find sound and wise instructions, from our Creator, on any number of subjects, necessary for life, and also for eternity.

I’m reminded of a testimony I once heard from an old Texas preacher, of how he said that he had always owned a Volkswagen bug, and how he thought that was God’s chosen car for him.

He went on to say that in every Volkswagen vehicle he had ever owned, the method for starting it was always the same, “You mashed down on the accelerator, and crank the engine, until it starts.”

He said this one year, back in the late sixties (I think it was) that he had bought himself a brand new Volkswagen, and was having nothing but problems. He said he thought for the first time, he had gotten a lemon.

As it happened, he was scheduled to do a retreat up in the mountains, and was afraid of having car problems and getting stuck; so he broke down, and for the very first time, he opened the glove compartment, and took out the owner’s manual for this car.

He said the very first thing he read was, DO NOT ‘MASH’ DOWN ON THE ACCELORATER TO START THIS CAR; this car has been equipped with an automatic choke, and to start, merely press once on the accelerator to the floor, and then turn the key and start the car!”

Like most guys, myself included, we don’t like to read instruction manuals; and the reason is, we always figure that we can figure it our ourselves; but in this case, this guy had suffered needlessly, because he didn’t know what he didn’t know.

He went to say, “You know, the manufacturer of this vehicle wrote an operations manual for its proper operation and maintenance; and in order to get the maximum life and efficiency from the vehicle, it would have been wise for him to have started by first reading the manual; and he would have then avoided lots of problems.”

He went on to say that our manufacturer, and Creator, who is God, also wrote an Operations Manual, and it is found in the Holy Bible (Book of Information Before Leaving Earth)!

The same thing applies to our life, as it was with that Volkswagen, if we would just follow the Operations Manual, we’d avoid a lot of heartache and pain; but being the dumb clucks that most of us are, who think we already know it all; we most always end up learning the hard way.

One thing we all will learn eventually, that is if we live long enough, and if we are smart enough to seek out a relationship with God, and that is, just as the Bible instructs, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prov 9:10)

So here are our marching orders today, for all who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, in these days:

Proverbs 3:1-7

Further Benefits of Wisdom

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

To quote a commonly used blessing, that was often spoken by one of my favorite characters in an old television series that I used to watch: “Live long and prosper!” But even before we can even begin to hope to do that,
if we are not operating in Wisdom, according to the our Operations Manual, then our chances of living long, and of our prospering at anything, are slim to none.

Our life is a gift and a choice; and God has given each of us a free will, and the opportunity to choose on whom, or what, we will spend it?

It has always been God’s purpose that we, who are part of His creation, who are also created in His image, and after His likeness, that we of our own free will and volition, would choose to spend our lives on Him; as that has been His plan all along, and His reason for creating us, to begin with.

To the extent we don’t operate in this way, is what SIN is all about, were all of us like dumb sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid upon Him, Jesus, the inequity of us all!

However, being the gentleman that He is, He will never force Himself upon us, but He leaves it for us to decide?

It’s my pray that more and more this message will get out, for it is the ONLY hope, not just for our nation, but also for the entire world; that people will begin to take God’s warnings seriously, and that more people would listen to His instructions, and start by being born-again, and being saved! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland




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Attention all hands… battle stations!!!

Attention all hands…

battle stations!!!


Prepare for attack!

In these days and times in which we live, it is very important that we keep our heads, and not panic. Jesus warned us that what is about to befall this world, will be a Time of Sorrows (see Matthew 24:7-8; 21-22; and Mark 13:7-9), the likes of which, Jesus said, we have never experienced in the past, and nor will we ever again experience anything like it, in the future.

Our battle strategy and tactics, for these last days, in order to prepare for what is coming upon the world, start by our battening down the hatches, lock and loading, and keeping our powder dry, if you know what I mean.

Think of yourself as if you were an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), working in an emergency, or say a cop, or really any sort of job that you might be working at, where you are working under any kind of pressure; in most cases, out of necessity, in order to do your job, you have to disengage your emotions, because you cannot allow yourself to be distracted, you have to focus; and this is especially true if you are working, as I said, under pressure, or are dealing with an emergency.

It would be much the same as a skipper on a nuclear submarine (as you can see in the above picture), if say they were engaging the enemy in a fire fight; he can’t afford to panic and lose his composure, because to do so would mean certain death for him, and his crew.

It’s the same with us, folks, and that is the reason why God has us go through these obstacle courses, called our trials and tribulations.

It’s much the same as what our young recruits go through in boot camp, or Special Forces, or in Navy Seal Training, all of it is to prepare these people for the battle that lies ahead!

To use this analogy of the soldier, or Seal Team, if you can’t even make it through the training, or in our case, in the little battles, trials and tribulations of everyday life, without getting beat-up and defeated, and becoming depressed; and if you haven’t yet learned the necessity of trusting God, applying His Word, relying upon it, and then confessing His Word, in order to overcome and defeat the enemy’s strategy, in even the small trials, then how can you expect to survive what is coming?

The answer is, you can’t, and you won’t! That is why what I am saying is so important; because it certainly appears, from everything I can see, that for much of the church today, at least here in America, and I dare say also in Western Europe, most of the so called Christians are totally oblivious and don’t have even a clue as to what is going on, and the danger our country is in today.

Now mind you, I’m not talking about your eternal salvation here, not at all; because if you are born-again, then your eternal salvation is secure in Jesus Christ; but what I am talking about is your temporal salvation, in how you maintain and survive while still in this world.

We are in a war, folks, the Bible makes that very clear, and as the Apostle Paul said, if we are going to win this war, we have to learn how to use our Spiritual Weapons!

Fear is natural, and it is never a matter of eliminating it all together; that won’t ever happen, and fear will always be present; and sometimes even it is healthy to have a measure of it, to keep us on our toes; but the sort of fear that we are to resist is the kind that paralyzes us, and causes us to want to flee.

The famous lines, spoken by John Wayne, in one of his war movies, which I think is very apropos here, is when he said: “All
wars are filled with brave men, who are afraid, and would rather be somewhere us;” and so it is with us.

The issue never about avoiding fear all together, because, as I said, that won’t happen; but rather it is to train ourselves how to manage it, so that we control it, and not let it control us!

We have been fortunate, here in the U.S, because we have yet to experienced anything like what happened in Europe, during WWI and II, at least not yet. Where it was our cities being bombed, and our citizens killed.

I think that is about to change, however; especially if this administration continues to meddle in Israel’s affairs, and pressures them to compromise there security, and give more land for peace.

How many of you have read George Washington’s prophecy for the United States? There are three parts to it, the first covered the Revolutionary War; the second, the Civil War; and the last part covers a way we haven’t seen yet; where Washington was told by an angle that we would lose our sovereignty for a time; but would regain it back.

WASHINGTON’S OWN WORDS

“And again I heard the mysterious voice saying `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one.

Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole county and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up.

As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.

“Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.

“Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!

“Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: `While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word `Union,’ he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, `Amen.’

In any case, what follows I think is worth remembering. It was written by two lone women, during the bombing blitz gred in London, during WWII, when they were living movement by moment, not knowing whether the next bomb might fall on them.

Read, and commit it to memory, so that when the time comes, and you are tempted to panic and lose it… you’ll know better.

“Keep your Spirit-Life calm and unruffled.”

Keep your Spirit-Life calm and unruffled. Nothing else matters. Leave all to Me. This is your great task, to get calm in My Presence, not to let one ruffled feeling stay for one moment. Years of blessing may be checked in one moment by that.

No matter who frets you or what, yours is the task to stop all else until absolute calm comes. Any block means My Power diverted into other channels.

Pour forth – pour forth – pour forth – I cannot bless a life that does not act as a channel. My Spirit brooks no stagnation, not even in rest. Its Power must flow on. Pass on everything, every blessing. Abide in Me.

See how many you can bless each day. Dwell much in My Presence.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

(from; God Calling, January 26 – Keep Calm)

You have your orders… now go and Do it!!!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


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What The Lord Is Saying Today

April 28, 2010. You have been experiencing some unusual fatigue.  You do not feel it in your body but in your soul, especially in your emotions.

Those in the same condition as you have caught your attention.  You do not want to be like them but rather desire to be free and clear in mind, will and emotions.

Learn this.  My will for you is that you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all things.  In this way you will avoid getting burned out and frustrated, not to mention avoid becoming emotionally and mentally tired and weary in your work.

Seek to be strong in Me and not in yourself.  You are striving in areas I have never given you to control, nor for which I have made you responsible.  Trust  Me.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (AMP) “And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening].”

Ras Robinson

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