CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN

CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN 

CAST YOUR NETS AGAIN!

 

Like Peter, you have cast your nets into the water time and time again with no fruit, no impact, no true effect.

You have tried and tried and tried, but nothing has worked, even though you know that the thing that you seek to do is of Me and from Me.

Time and time again you were at the point of giving up, walking away, leaving it alone…but you could not.

Time and time again, a looming cloud of discouragement threatened to quench the fire of zeal in your soul…but it could not.

It could not because I did not allow the flame of desire in your heart to go out, for indeed what you seek to do is of Me and from Me.

While you sought to cause it to be, I sought to cause you to become.

While you sought to make it, I sought to make you.

While you sought to prepare for it, I sought to prepare you for it.

While you sought to build it, I sought to build you.

SELAH!

Now that you are internally where I need you to be, I say to you, cast your nets again.

Cast them out again for this time you will catch a draught that you can not contain; a draught so large that you will need others to assist you.

Do not be discouraged.

Cast your nets again for this time, you will catch that which has seemingly been evading you.

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

ELECTION 2017 IS COMING! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

WILL YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN?

Once again the Bahamas is on the verge of another general election and so-called “election fever” is beginning to permeate the air.

Almost everywhere you turn, people are talking politics or predicting who the next government and Prime Minister will be. The atmosphere is filled with opinions and political prophets abound.

With all the noise, fanfare and emotional hullabaloo in the marketplace, on the airwaves and on social media, and with upcoming rallies on the horizon, there are plenty opportunities for God’s people to become caught up in the political whirlwind and lose focus of our electorate responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens.

The direction that a nation takes and the manner in which it is built is greatly influenced by its governmental leaders.

Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” – (NKJV)

Proverbs 28:12 states, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” – (NLT)

Considering the above, it is incumbent upon us as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to use our voting privileges to, as much as possible elect godly men and women to office, and therefore as key authorities and primary decision makers in our country’s affairs.

This is extremely important for many reasons, a few being:

  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the more likely a country to retain or even expand its degree of religious freedom.
  • The more godly persons in office, the less likely the implementation of laws that oppose godly principles.
  • The more godly persons in positions of governmental authority, the easier it will be for the God’s/the King’s agenda to go forward and be established in a nation.
  • As Kingdom Citizens, we are called to obey and be subject to civil authorities (Romans 13:1, 2; I Peter 2:13-14; Titus 3:1) and it will more than likely be easier to obey godly authorities than ungodly ones.

When faced with the opportunity to exercise our voting privilege, it is our responsibility as Believers/Kingdom Citizens to carefully and prayerfully consider the presented candidates and where possible to seek to elect competent, godly men and women who not only have the potential to improve our national development, but who will also seek to be guided by God’s principles and establish His purposes.

The following are some facts about us as Believers that will help us maintain a Kingdom perspective during a political season.

1) As Believers, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore foreigners in this earthly realm.

2) Our spiritual citizenship in God’s Kingdom is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, i.e., our Bahamian citizenship.

3) As citizens of the Kingdom of God, our ultimate allegiance, or loyalty is to be to God as our Sovereign King.

4) The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God, therefore we are to govern every aspect of our lives according to the principles contained therein. The Word of God is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all others.

5) As Kingdom Citizens, we have been appointed as ambassadors of the King. We live in the country that we do because He has called us to be His representatives/agents in that particular earthly territory.

6) As Kingdom Ambassadors, we relinquish all rights to present and act on our own personal opinions. The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever arena or capacity we may function.

7) As Kingdom Ambassadors, our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to expand God’s Kingdom on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we ought to live for and what we should be prepared to die for.

People of God, during this election season, more than ever before, we need to be intentionally mindful not to become so caught up in the political frenzy that we become unfocused and lose sight of our Kingdom responsibility and allow someone or something other than God to decide our involvement in the electoral process.

Because it’s election time, there is an abundance of voices in the atmosphere vying for our attention and support, and it’s okay to hear them, but at the end of the day, as Ambassadors in a foreign territory we must settle ourselves, be sober, and listen for the voice of our King…for His opinion, His desire, His instruction.

In John 10:27, Jesus, our King, and Sovereign Ruler states,My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” – (NIV-1984)

Jesus is our master mentor and one thing that stands out in His life is His obedience to the Father.

In John 5:30 He states, “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord-but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.– (Amplified Bible)

SELAH!

God desires us to seek His will regarding our voting decision and to vote for the person He confirms in our spirit as the candidate to vote for.

Remember, as Kingdom Ambassadors, the only position we are to take on an issue or matter is that of our Government or King…it’s tight, but it’s right!

If the Lord leads you to vote for the candidate that you in and of yourself want to vote for, great!

But what if this is not the case? 

What if He leads you to vote for someone who you do not want to support?

  • What if as a diehard PLP you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the FNM candidate?
  • What if as a diehard FNM you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the DNA candidate?
  • Or, what if you are a diehard DNA and you distinctly and unmistakably sense Him telling you to vote for the PLP?

WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW?

Remember, as Kingdom Citizens and Ambassadors, our allegiance is to be to the King and not to any party, organization or man.

Saints, many claim to be “the man with the plan” but in reality, only God knows what is best for our nation because He alone knows the past, present and future so the bottom line is it is best to go with His leading; it’s best to go with Him.

Isaiah 30:1-3 states, “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.” – (NIV-1984)

IT’S ELECTION TIME! – WHOSE VOICE WILL YOU FOLLOW THIS POLITICAL SEASON?

THE VOICE OF MAN?

YOUR VOICE?

OR

THE VOICE OF THE LORD?

I pray that in this 2017 election, Believers/Kingdom Citizens in the Bahamas will be sober and spiritually discerning and have the wisdom to seek the Lord re who to vote for, and once revealed, by God’s grace have the spiritual fortitude to obey and mark his/her “X” wherever the Lord says, trusting in His wisdom, sovereignty and power and not in man’s words.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”

(Psalms 46:3 – NIV-1984)

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

(Psalms 118:8 – NIV-1984)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3:5, 6 – NIV-1984)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Excerpts from “It’s Election time – Whose Voice will you Follow this Political Season?” Copyright © 2012 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

 

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

 

WELL DRESSED WOMEN?

WELL-DRESSED WOMEN?

 

What Are You Wearing?

As people of God, it’s amazing how we can be so concerned about what we wear physically, yet not be as concerned about our spiritual clothing.

On a daily basis, we look at our natural clothing and decide what we will wear. It is not even unusual for us to find out the dress code of special events then go to great lengths to prepare in advance what we will wear to make sure that we go “looking right”.

But do we do the same with our spiritual clothing?

Are you as concerned about your spiritual wardrobe as you are about your natural wardrobe?

When you plan what you will wear each day, is your plan inclusive of what you will be wearing spiritually, or is it limited to the clothes in your closet?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be concerned about our physical appearance and clothing.

However, as people of God, we need to beware that our concern for our natural clothing does not take precedence over our concern for what we are wearing in the spirit and that is, therefore radiating from our being.

God is far more concerned about how we’re dressed in the spirit than how we’re dressed in the natural.

As a matter of fact, He’s so concerned that He has provided some specially designed spiritual clothing for us and actually instructs us to take off the old clothing that we came into the Kingdom wearing and to put on these new garments that are now available for us.

So, what are some of the old garments that God instructs us to put off? What are some of the things that many of us came into the Kingdom wearing that we need to get rid of?

Colossians 3:8 (KJV) tells us to, “Put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of our mouths”.

Are you still wearing any of these?

Well if you are, it is time to update your spiritual wardrobe.

Think about it.

What good is it if we are all dressed up and accessorized in the natural, perhaps even with fragrant perfume and cologne on too, yet get angry or vexed and fly off into a rage for every little thing, have a nasty attitude, harbor unforgiveness, have bad and depraved ways, are mean, proud, unloving, speak evil about others and even God, and have filthy communication coming out of our mouths?

What good is it for us to be dressed up and “stylin” in the natural, yet “raggedy” in the spirit? – How profitable is that?

The answer is – not profitable at all!

As a matter of fact, if at any time this profile depicts you or me in any way, even though we may think that we look good and are well-dressed because our bodies are adorned in the latest styles and fashion, as far as God is concerned we simply look like ragamuffins – SELAH!

So then, what are some of the new garments that God has designed and made available for us to wear?

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) tells us: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

In God’s eyes, when we put on mercy, compassion, kindness, humbleness, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness and love, then we are well-dressed.

In His eyes, when we step out in these spiritual garments, no matter how plain, out of style, simple, old or tattered our natural garments may be, we are “well-dressed”, “elegant”, “dapper”, “looking sharp”…we are “saying something”.

So, Kingdom Ambassador, What are you wearing? 

Are you still in those old-fashioned, outdated clothes from the other kingdom, or are you adorned in new garments made especially for you by our King?

Remember, what we wear spiritually overshadows what we wear physically.

Even if clothed well physically, if we’re not clothed well spiritually, we are not truly well-dressed. 

When dressing each day, let’s reach into the King’s closet first and put on the garments that He has provided for us, then move on and select our natural clothing.

If we do this, we will unquestionably be well-dressed.

What are you wearing?

Shalom!

Kim

 

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WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Do you know that God has called you to a task or assignment but you feel inadequate and unqualified?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

November 12, 2016

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Elaine Tavolacci

In the natural it may appear as if the churches are dwindling down in membership, Christian friends are falling away, great men and women of God are passing away, and believers are declining in number. But the truth is, that God has a remnant that He has chosen for His end time army to usher in the greatest harvest in history. The fields are white unto harvest and it is about time that we take our place in what we have been called to do. Many of you feel inadequate, unqualified, or uneducated to be used by God.

There was a man in the bible named Gideon who was fearful and weak in his own sight, but mighty in the eyes of God. The name Gideon means “Mighty warrior”. Gideon was called to deliver Israel from the Midianites, but one day Gideon was hiding as they were attacking Israel. God had sent an angel to him saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor”. Gideon replied with a question, if the Lord is with us, why did all these terrible things happen? The Lord responded, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. After this encounter with the angel, Gideon went and rescued Israel from the enemy with an army which the Lord had reduced from thirty two thousand men, to three hundred men. The Lord also allowed Gideon to see into the enemies’ camp.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are fearful and you feel as if an army is rising up against you, but Jesus calls you a mighty man/woman of valor. You will defeat every enemy that attempts to overtake you, and you will be used in a great way.

The Lord says I looking for the mighty men and women of valor. They are those who will take heed to My word, and see themselves as I have created them to be. I am calling forth My warriors who are not fearful or fainthearted. I am looking for those who will walk in faith and are not moved by adverse circumstances. They are those men and women who are willing to go to the front lines regardless of what they hear and see in the natural. They will take Me at My word as they rescue and deliver the captives. Their minds are sharp and their thinking is intuitive, therefore they are not moved by bad reports but will continue to advance into all that I have called them to do. They do not fear the unknown and are not be afraid of what lies ahead. They know that I have given them everything that they need to accomplish My purpose and plan for their life. They will not become weary as the enemy seems to be battering and relentless. As they seek My counsel, I will give them clear understanding and keen discernment. They will seek Me for wisdom and direction when they are in doubt.

I am looking for those who will not tolerate idolatry. They are those who will destroy the god of Baal and the goddess of Asherah. They will sacrifice everything for My name’s sake and they are willing to burn their bridges behind them and forget the mistakes from their past. To them I will expose the plans of the adversary. They will discern the enemies’ tactics and recognize his schemes. They will then understand the assignments that the enemy has brought against them to distract them, and remove them from their purpose and destiny. I will give them discernment to thwart the plans of the enemy over their life. This discernment that I give will bring wisdom and direction. But this discernment that I give will not come without reading My word. This discernment will not come without prayer and intimacy with Me. Store My word in your heart. In the days ahead you will look back and understand that everything that you have done was not in vain.

Though there will be armies ahead of you, I have already made a way of escape. Don’t allow your circumstances to rule your thinking, but align your thoughts with My word. Do not allow discouragement and despair to wear you down. I have created you and called you for such a time as this. Stand strong in the face of adversity and do not be confused about what you see in the natural. As you pray and believe, know that your prayers are powerful and effective. I did not call you to mediocrity but I have called you to conqueror difficult situations that arise abruptly. Submit your lives in total surrender to Me, ask of Me and I will give you the wisdom, discernment and understanding for the days ahead. Just as I sent the angel to Gideon with a message, I say the same to you, rise up you mighty man/ woman of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you says the Lord.

Judges 6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 7:13-15
“Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Original Christian Song – “Where Did Our Boldness Go?’

 written and sung by Damon Gerber

I hope the word and song was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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ENCOURAGEMENT TO CITIZENS OF HEAVEN RESIDING ON EARTH

ENCOURAGEMENT TO CITIZENS OF HEAVEN RESIDING ON EARTH

 

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN

 

As Believers, we are not only members of the Body of Christ, Saints, and Children of God, but according to Philippians 3:20, we are also citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the natural realm, when we are a citizen of a country, our citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place. We remain a citizen of that country no matter where we are.

I am a citizen of the Bahamas known as a Bahamian, and I am a Bahamian no matter where I go. When in the Bahamas I am a Bahamian. If I travel to America, China or any other nation I am a Bahamian. When at home, school, work, on the beach, in the food store or driving my car, I am a Bahamian.

In the spirit realm, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, are spiritually re-born and become citizens of the Kingdom, just as our natural citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place, neither is our spiritual citizenship in heaven transient. We remain Kingdom citizens no matter where we are physically on the earth.

Whatever country we are in, whether India, Pakistan, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the Canary Islands, or Barbados, we are Kingdom citizens and wherever we are in that country, whether in our home, place of worship, on our job, at school, in parliament, the food store or at the mall, we are Kingdom citizens.

As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, it is important to note and remember that:

  • Our ultimate allegiance is to God as our Ruler and Sovereign King.
  • We are foreigners in this earthly realm.
  • Our spiritual citizenship in heaven is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, e.g., Bahamian citizenship, US citizenship, Korean citizenship, etc.
  • We live in the country that we do because He has called and appointed us as His ambassadors, representatives, or agents in that particular earthly territory.
  • The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God; it is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all earthly laws. No matter where we are, what we face, or who we are with, our thoughts, words, morals, values and deeds are to be aligned with and governed by, God’s purposes, plans, principles, and precepts as outlined in the Word. 
  • The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever earthly arena or capacity we may function.
  • Our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to thereby expand the dominion of the King on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we live for and what we are to be prepared to die for.

We are in an age of increasing opposition from the world system, the flesh, and the devil, and  the cost of living as God desires is rising. 

Globally these forces seem to be raging as never before to change, undermine, and if possible eradicate the fundamental tenets, standards, principles, and doctrines of the Word of God and persons who uphold them and are committed to Jesus Christ.

In spite of this, as Kingdom Citizens, and keeping in mind that this earth is not our home, may we, by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit, make it our practice to submit to what God as our Sovereign King desires, approves of, and/or wants to accomplish in every situation and circumstance we encounter.

It is to Him, our Sovereign Ruler that we must give an account……may His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I wrote the following post in December of 2012, re-posted it last February and in light of the rising global trend of humans legislating what is right in their own eyes as opposed to what is right in God’s eyes, I thought it would be good to post it again…..be challenged and be blessed!

GOD’S LAW VS. HUMAN LAW

GOD'S LAW SHALL PREVAIL

“GOD’S LAW SHALL PREVAIL”

If God’s Law declares something to be wrong,

no human legislation can make it right.

A popular or majority vote means nothing in the eyes of God.

 

If every human being on this planet votes in favor of an activity or behavior deemed wrong by God,

and every nation of the earth passes laws to support the same,

in God’s eyes, that activity or behavior is still wrong and He will judge it accordingly.

 

Be not deceived.

No matter what man declares as right,

if God says it is wrong, it is wrong.

 

SELAH!

As we seek to live out our faith in these last days, let’s keep in mind that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, God is our Sovereign King, His Word is our Supreme authority, and we are only temporarily residing on this earth so we need to be sober, alert, walk circumspectly and be careful not to allow ourselves to get entangled in earthly affairs, to our spiritual detriment.

 

“Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.”

(Philippians 3:17-21 – Amplified Bible)

 

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].”

(1 Peter 2:11-12 – Amplified Bible)

 

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

(Psalms 119:89 – KJV)

 

“Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”

(Psalms 119:152 – KJV)

 

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psalms 119:160 – KJV)

 

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

(Matthew 24:35 – KJV)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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“God’s Law vs Human Law” – Copyright © 2012 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

 

THERE IS A BOLD REMNANT COMING FORWARD

THERE IS A BOLD REMNANT COMING FORWARD

 

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for those determined to push forward through their process of spiritual development and preparation and fulfill the purposes of God in and through their lives.

Be encouraged, be strengthened, be faith-filled, …..be blessed!

Kim

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THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

BY ELAINE TAVOLACCI

We are living in exciting times. Although it seems as if the powers of darkness are overtaking the world, Jesus the light of the world is hovering over the face of the earth, and we are about to receive a visitation from heaven in a glorious way.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that there is a remnant who are being groomed and polished for a mighty revival. They know their God and will be strong and carry out great exploits. In the word of God we read about men and women who went through horrendous trials but were used mightily by God because they never gave up on His promises. In the book of Genesis there is a story about a man named Joseph. Joseph was favored by his father but despised and rejected by his brothers. His father gave him a coat of many colors which I believe is a metaphor of the Lord placing a prophetic mantle upon his life.

The Lord gave Joseph two dreams in which He showed him his destiny. His brothers hated him because he was highly favored of the father. They called him “the dreamer” and one day threw him into a ditch. They took his coat of my many colors, put goat’s blood on it, and took it to the father to make it appear as if a ferocious animals devoured and killed him. They then sold him as a slave to the Midianites. During his time in Egypt, Potiphar’s wife lied about him, saying that he molested her and she took his robe from him to try to accuse him. This was the second time a garment was taken from Joseph. I believe that the first garment “a coat of many colors” that they took was symbolic for his spiritual ministry which they tried to steal from him. The second garment which was a robe that Potiphar’s wife took from him represented his earthly ministry and integrity as he was tested and tried. Potiphar knew in his heart that Joseph would not do such a thing, but he put him in prison to honor his wife. Soon after, Joseph was interpreting dreams in the prison as well as Pharaoh’s dreams.

The Lord says; There is a remnant who are determined and relentless against the enemies plots and will not retreat in difficult times. They are those who are standing on My word and the prophetic promises that I have made to them. They will not bow to temptation, and will not submit to the voices of darkness. They will not allow anyone or anything to hinder them from going forward into all that I have called them to do. They will not allow anything to annihilate the vision that I have for them, and the dream that I have placed in their hearts. Just as Joseph didn’t quit when thrown into a dark pit which was impossible to get out of in his own strength, I will also rescue them and they will come out unharmed. They will come forth as gold when tried in the fire. Just as Joseph passed every test when put into prison, and faced the most difficult situations of his life, there is a remnant who are set apart to all that I have called them to do. They will be leaders who will come to the front lines and lead their comrades.

They will walk in a new understanding and revelation of My word as I reveal My mysteries to them. They will store up these treasures in their hearts, and a new revelation will be released. They will come into a time of understanding and comprehension beyond their natural means. They are not moved when their dreams seems to be going in the opposite direction than they expected because their trust is in Me. There is a tenacity in the heart of the remnant that continues to pursue My plans and purposes regardless of what they see in the natural. They are not fearful or fainthearted, but they are bold and they are strong and will rescue others from captivity. They will be those who demonstrate My anointing and My power in a new way to this generation. So rise up you mighty men and women of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you,” says the Lord.

Joseph stayed faithful to the Lord through it all and eventually Pharaoh made him the Vizier which is the highest official in Ancient Egypt to serve the king. Pharaoh also placed a gold chain on his neck and put his signet ring on his finger which meant that Joseph now owned and had authority over everything that was Pharaohs. He then gave him a new name which was Zaphnath-Paaneah which means “Revealer of mysteries”.

2 Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Daniel 11:32

Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Romans 8:19

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

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HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” – BY HOSANNA POETRY

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” –  BY LECRAE

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” BY DONALD LAWRENCE”

 

“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

(Isaiah 52:7 – NKJV)

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

(Romans 10:14, 15 – NKJV)

 

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

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KEEP TRUSTING IN HIM……”REMIX”

KEEP TRUSTING IN HIM…..”REMIX”

IN WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST?

IT’S ESSENTIAL TO KEEP TRUSTING IN GOD

 

Today I’m reblogging a “remixed” version of a poem I wrote in April of 2011 called “Keep Trusting In Him”.

I’m reblogging it for all who are encountering difficult circumstances and need some encouragement to keep trusting in the Lord in spite of what is happening.

Be encouraged, be strengthened, and be blessed,…….and keep trusting Him.

Kim

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KEEP TRUSTING IN HIM

 

When your best friend lets you down,

Keep trusting in Him.

When no one calls or comes around,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When you feel your heart’s about to break,

Keep trusting in Him.

When there’s not much more you can take,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When unexpectedly things go gravely wrong,

Keep trusting in Him.

When you can’t even muster up a song,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When your deepest dream seems to have died,

Keep trusting in Him.

When you’re crushed and bleeding with pain inside,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When the funds are simply just not there,

Keep trusting in Him.

When people look down their noses and sneer,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When healing seems to be on hold,

Keep trusting in Him.

When your spouse is acting cold.

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When it seems there’s absolutely no way out,

Keep trusting in Him.

When your mind’s plagued with fear and doubt,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When your enemies laugh and seem to win,

Keep trusting in Him.

When you’re battling intensely with besetting sin,

Keep Trusting in Him.

 

When the questions run oh so deep,

Keep trusting in Him.

When you can’t even get a good night’s sleep,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

When it seems all glimmer of hope is gone,

Keep trusting in Him.

When you feel you just can’t go on,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

No matter what situation you face,

Keep trusting in Him.

By grace you can complete this race,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

Hold tight the end is very near,

Keep trusting in Him.

Press on in effectual fervent prayer,

Keep trusting in Him.

 

TRUST HIS HEART – BY BABBIE MASON

 

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah!”

(Psalms 62:8 – NKJV)

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

(Psalms 9:10 – NKJV)

“The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him”

(Nahum 1:7 – NKJV)

 

“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.”

(Psalms 71:1 – NKJV)

“Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

(Psalms 125:1 – NKJV)

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

(Psalms 34:8 – NKJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3, 4 – NKJV)

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

(Proverbs 3:5,6 – The Message Bible)

 

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IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING AND DO THAT “HARD” THING

IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING AND DO THAT “HARD” THING

IT'STIME TO STOP RUNNING!

“IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING!”

(Jonah, chapters 1-3)

 

God gave the Prophet Jonah an assignment. He told Jonah to go to Ninevah and prophesy against it, but Jonah did not like the assignment .

Has God-given you an assignment that you want no part of?

Has He told you to do something that seems hard, taxing, and that will cost you what you are not prepared to sacrifice…..perhaps time, energy, resources, or maybe even your ego and pride?

Has He told you to do something and you, “just don’t feel like going through all of that”?

Instead of obeying God, Jonah decided to flee from the presence of the Lord and go by ship down to Tarsish.

Are you running from an assignment God gave you?

Are you running from the thing you know He is asking you to do?

Is your internal posture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, EXCEPT this”?

SELAH!

Because of Jonah’s disobedience to God’s instruction, a ferocious storm arose that threatened to sink the ship that he was on.

Jonah’s life became toxic to those he joined himself to because he knowingly ran away from the assignment God gave him.

His presence negatively affected those who he joined himself to almost to the point of his and their destruction.

Those men Jonah joined himself to were ignorant of Jonah’s disobedience until an unexplainable storm arose in their midst and they questioned why.

Is your presence negatively affecting those you have connected yourself to because you connected yourself to them in direct opposition to what God has spoken to you; because you connected yourself to them in an effort to consciously avoid obeying some “distasteful” assignment from God?

Are you “creating a storm” somewhere because you know you should not be there yet you remain?

Whose lives are you negatively affecting because of your disobedience to God?

Remember, as a child of God, you are not your own.

God paid for you in full with the precious blood of Jesus so you belong to Him and as such, He has the right to give you any assignment He pleases whether you like it or not – it’s tight, but it’s right!

It’s okay to struggle over an assignment, even Jesus did that.

Prior to His crucifixion when in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed and asked the Father three times if there be any other way to carry out the assignment at hand.

The key though is that each time He asked, He said, nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.

Jesus yielded to His assignment and as Christ followers, by the grace of God, so must we.

Today, make a decision to stop running from that assignment and obey God.

Cut that which you need to cut.

Leave where you need to leave.

Disconnect from who/what you need to disconnect from.

Whether literally or figuratively, you will save your life and the lives of those around you.

Are you willing?

Don’t wait another day.

No matter how distasteful, difficult or frightening, take that leap of faith and accept that God-given assignment you have tried to run from, after all, God will never ask you to do anything that He will not equip you to do.

Obey today.

Do not let the Lord have to prepare a “big fish” to “swallow” you; don’t put yourself through all that because guess what, either way your God-given assignment will not change.

After Jonah genuinely repented, determined to fulfill his vow to God, and recognized and acknowledged who God was in his life, God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah up on dry land.

As soon as that occurred, God spoke to Jonah a second time and gave him the exact, same assignment, i.e., to go to Ninevah and prophesy against it.

After all that drama and trauma, Jonah’s God-given assignment never changed, nor will yours so it is best to learn from Jonah…….stop running, yield to God and obey.

It’s time to stop running and do that “hard’ thing.

SELAH.

Kim

 

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ALIGN ME LORD

ALIGN ME LORD

 

ALIGN ME LORD

ALIGN ME LORD

 

Align – “to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.”

(Source – http://www.dictionary.com)

 

Align me Lord

Align my will with Your will

Align my thoughts with Your thoughts

Align my words with Your words

Align my motives with Your motives

Align my plans with Your plans

Align my desires with Your desires

Align my steps with Your steps

Align my goals with Your goals

Align my dreams with Your dreams

Align me Lord

 

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

(Amos 3:3 – KJV)

 

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