I Thought You Were Supposed to BE the Church?

After reading an ‘article’ sent to my email, I feel the need to address an issue as it pertains to the ‘church’.

There is no perfect church (gathering). As long as there are people like you and me apart of such fellowships, it will be flawed. All of us are imperfect people being perfected and for that reason, no matter how skilled, talented, or anointed some of us may claim to be, bottom line is, we are still flesh and we WILL make mistakes.

There are hundreds of thousands of believers who are un-churched, for whatever reason. Blame the devil, blame the preacher, blame the choir, blame the lady on the first pew, or the child on the third row; we are forever finding some reason to jump ship. Notwithstanding, there are certain fellowships where you should dive out, head first and take your peeps with you, but for the most part, every inch of society is inundated with the same types of people you see in your local church. They are on your jobs, in your schools and even in YOUR HOUSE but you stay there don’t you!

There is a very strange phenomenon that people in the church are supposed to be flawless. Again, not a license for sloppy living, but a matter of truth. We enter church fellowships looking for Jesus in the flesh when He exists there in the Spirit. What that means is that He is available to those who WANT HIM and unavailable to those who don’t. In any given service, you will have those who are seeking after Him AND those running away from Him seated on the same pews and chairs as you.

The problem we are seeing in our church gatherings is that some are expecting from people WHAT THEY CAN ONLY GET FROM GOD! The preacher can’t save you with his preaching no more than the choir deliver you with their singing. YOU HAVE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to go after the Lord for yourself. If your aim to enter the fellowship is to see WHAT YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT, or WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU, you have already messed up. If you enter to compare this church with that church, you have already messed up because each fellowship is entirely unique from the other.

The baby cried too loud, the lady was mean to me, the usher forgot my napkin or they wrapped me up in a sheet because my hams were showing, the choir didn’t sing my favorite song, the preacher talked about me, the deacon forgot to shake my hand, are the many other sorry and lame excuses we use for abandoning the Houses of Faith which simply won’t cut it.

We are a spoiled generation. We want our churches to be accommodating to us. Make me comfortable. Make me feel good. Watch my baby while I praise, hold me while I shout, don’t ask me for money to support the ministry, and get me out of here by 1pm so I can shop my favorite mall. You have got to be kidding. And we wonder, and I speak as a prophet, why over half of our population is medicated, over half of our marriages end in divorce, our finances are jacked up, our relationships are screwed up, our sons die in the streets, our daughters are sexually confused and our personal lives seem shallow. Consider yourself.

This may not apply to everyone but if it does, praise God. As a pastor, I have heard just about every excuse in the book and it is sickening. Can’t get to church on time but at work on time. Can’t support the ministry but have every new gadget there is. Can’t find decent clothes to wear but have a closet full of ‘going out’ clothes. Can’t sit in church long but will pack a movie theatre and stadium out. Really? But I can’t find the right church! No, the problem is, You don’t want to BE the church!

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The Mighty Lion Roars

PREPARING FOR THE ROAR


After viewing a prophetic painting of The Lion of Judah, the anointing came over me and I wrote as I conversed with the Savior:

Now is the time and the hour for the Lord to pour out His power and through those who are made ready! Yes, I can feel it. Those who are in the third trimester, birth it forth! The breaking of the water, the rushing of the wind, it is coming! To sweep through us like a mighty waterfall busting down the dams and letting the River flow forth! It will come like fire and rain, the mighty anointing! Piercing through hardened hearts! 

Stream forth, Mighty River! Press through the hindrances and the distractions. Come into that intimate union with our Lord! Deep calls unto deep at the sound of the waterfall! Like the hart pants after the water brook, so my soul pants after you, O Lord!

We feel your presence, and we are at awe with You, with Your glory! We rest in You so that you can build us up for the final run where you will release through us Your mighty power like no one has ever seen before! We lay our heads upon your brow and hear your heart beat!

Rest, My beloved! Rest in My faithfulness for I care for you! Breathe in My life and My love! And exhale! Like living waters flowing through you! Intimacy, sweet intimacy, bride with her Bridegroom, come dance with Me

The end of the age is upon us, and we must be ready for there will be mighty signs and wonders, but they will not be of Me.  You must be able to tell the true from the counterfeit. You must be able to tell the light from the dark.
I said that if I prolonged the stay that even the elect would be deceived. So draw close to Me in worshiping Me, not allowing anything to stand in your way
for that is where you will be made strong and be made ready in My secret place hidden in Me.

Escape the giants, escape the lies of the evil one, keep your eyes upon Me. Stay covered with My armor of Light behind My shield of faith, and you will not be hit by the lies of the evil one! Grace and truth shall be your banner, you will wave it high! You will not be afraid of those who will come against you.

You have made yourself ready…..loving not your life even unto death!  What does the enemy have to take from you? You have lifted it all up to Me, your soon coming King! Escape the tribulation by hiding in the cleft of the Rock which is Me! Remain faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of Life!

Father, I look unto You, the author and finisher of our faith. You started a good work in us, and you are faithful to complete it. There is nothing for us to fear for you are with us. Your rod and your staff they comfort us. You prepare us a table before us even in the presence of our enemies.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives. And we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

Thank you for the peace that passes all understanding! For your great grace that sustains us! For your mercy that triumphs over justice!

You have vindicated us! You set us free from the prison walls! Like a bird set free from a snare you have made us to be!!!!  So that we can soar in you high above all power and principality, seated with you at the Father’s right hand!

We will not fear what man may try to do to us! You will supply all our needs; and if you choose to take us, we are ready! For absence of the body brings on Your holy presence in the fullest measure! You have made us all one in You as You and the Father are one!

Blessings, and glory, and honor be unto You, O Lord! We magnify Your holy name, we exalt You, lift you up for You are high and lifted up, and your train fills the temple. There is no one like You, Most Holy God! We place our trust in You from this day forth.  We are set secure with heads set like flint. Your will is our will, Your kingdom come  on earth as it is in heaven!

Finish this deep work you have started in us, Lord! For you are faithful!
Mighty Lion of Judah, we love You! You have a heart of gold, full of such deep love, unquenchable love, burning fire love, penetrating deep! When you roar the heavens shake! All the powers tremble! You are King! Blessed Redeemer, Mighty God, we love You! 

– Yolanda Ballard

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Your New Seat of Purpose

Allow  your self time to breathe

Pay attention to the sound of my voice

I Am calling you higher. I want you to go deeper

You must not lean to your own understanding

There are challenges you  face but you will be victorious if you lean on me

Lean not to your own understanding

Remember the words of Psalm 91:7

I am calling you higher

Shake off the weights, they’re keeping you down

Let go of the burdens and baggage I have not given you to carry

You are an eagle, you can’t live on the ground

The sky is your territory

Cast all your cares upon Me

The challenges will be many but you can succeed 

You have new stamina and zeal,dexterity has improved

You are sitting in the seat of purpose

Call on Me and I will answer ad show you great and mighty things


Blessings,

Claudia Mondesire 

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The Acceptable Year of Favor and Grace

Favor is God’s graciousness extended to us; grace is His undeserved favor. We are saved from sin and given new life through God’s grace, not our own efforts (Ephesians 2:8-10); and we walk in our new life in Christ through grace and faith (Colossians 2:6-7).

In this coming year of change, we will be given favor and grace to be flexible, adjust, and thrive amidst various changes. Change in and of itself is not necessarily something to be feared or avoided, for the Lord Himself said, “Behold, I will do something new; now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” (Isaiah 43:19) and “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

Jesus Proclaimed the Favorable Year

Jesus proclaimed the favorable year of the Lord. At the synagogue in Nazareth, the town where He grew up, He read from Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Then He added, to the astonishment of His listeners, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-21).
Likewise, in our own day, God is bringing prophecies to pass before our eyes as creation ramps up for the second return of Christ. He is speaking. Are we listening? He is doing something new. Will we take notice?
God spoke to Isaiah and to us about His favor: “In My favor I have had compassion on you” (Isaiah 60:10), and “In a favorable time I have answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you” (Isaiah 49:8). Paul exhorts us to receive God’s grace, quoting this very Scripture then adding, “Behold, NOW is the acceptable(favorable) time; NOW is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
The Lord wants to extend His favor and grace to you in His NOW time! For those who have seen God as a harsh judge instead of a loving Father, He has a special blessing of healing and freedom awaiting you. It is yours – claim and receive it!
The Psalms speak of times of favor to see answered prayer. David said, “My prayer is to You, oh Lord, at an acceptable (or favorable) time” (Psalm 69:13). He also urged in Psalm 32:6, “Let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found” (at an acceptable, or favorable time; literally, “in a time of finding out”).
He is both a revealer of mysteries (Daniel 2:29, 47), and a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). God allows Himself to be found by us (2 Chronicles 15:4, 15). He wants to visit His people (Luke 1:68) with favor and grace, and inhabit our lives with His Holy Spirit (John 3:34).
– Carol Kelly

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Intercessor Prayer Points

1. Government
Upcoming elections 
That corruption will be revealed and come to an end.
That our Governmental Leaders will realize that they will answer to God and that they need His counsel.
 
2. Education
Enough schools for all children
Competent teachers
Against Gun Violence, Gang Formation, and Bullying
 
3. Church 
Dedicated Pastors with a Kingdom mindset
That the Church will take it’s rightful place in society to express Biblical and Kingdom principals and morals, which will reflect the TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Return for all Backsliders
The return of Reverent Fear in God’s Houses
Thunderous Worship across the land beginning with the Pulpit
 
4. Family
That Americans will truly know and understand the Biblical Definition for marriages, that of a man and women covenanted in holy matrimony. 
Decline in divorce rate.
That children will experience love and care in their families.
 Wisdom for Blended Families
5. Arts & Culture
That Biblical ethics will be portrayed through arts & culture to the Glory of Jesus Christ.
Increase of Biblical and moral movies to be released 
Musicians and Singers with Integrity and full of Holy Spirit
6. Media
That the Media in our nation will no longer be used to influence this nation for the benefit of the kingdom of darkness, but that it will pioneer Godly principals.
Bring integrity back to television programming.
Shield children from New Age undertones in cartoons, books, and movies.
 
7. Science & Technology
All Scientists is the US will come to know Christ.
Let the Power of Christ rule over all medical laboratories and hospitals.
8. Economy & Businesses
That the US will truly come to realize that the earth belongs to the Lord and all that is in it, and to steward it accordingly.
Give men and women a mind to work and be industrious and successful contributors to society.
-inspired from Namibian House of Prayer

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Precisely Where is Your Promise?

Finding Joseph – Your Lost Promise

“2013 is our year of acceleration, advancement, and progress.”
God Always Keeps His Promises

Read this with me:

“So Jacob set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac. During the night God spoke to him in a vision. ‘Jacob! Jacob!’ He called. ‘Here I am,’ Jacob replied.

“‘I am God, the God of your father,’ the voice said. ‘Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.'”(Genesis 46:1-4).

Isn’t that odd? God would make Israel a great nation while oppressed, in slavery, under the cruel grip of a Pharaoh who no longer knew Joseph. It seems that this is Israel’s mark of greatness – to become great while surrounded by cruel and hateful enemies. Think of Jacob’s history. He was on the move most of the time with the exception of the 20 years he spent serving for his future.

Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, and for a wife he tended sheep. By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was preserved. Hosea 12:12-13
The promises of God have always delivered and preserved Israel.
I was not in Israel to prophesy something new, but rather to reinforce these precious promises by proclaiming from Jerusalem to Masada – “ISRAEL IS FOREVER!” The mouth of a modern day prophet would simply remind God and His people that no matter who comes against Israel, it would remain His portion. “My people are My portion,” He proclaimed from the beginning.

God told Jacob to leave his home and travel to a strange and faraway land. But God reassured him by promising to go with him and take care of him. God reminded Jacob of the covenant promise he had made to Abraham: He would be the father of a great nation (see Genesis 15:1-6). While in Egypt, the Israelites did become a great nation, and Jacob’s descendants eventually returned to Canaan. Jacob himself never returned to Canaan, but God promised that his descendants would return. That Jacob would die in Egypt with Joseph at his side was God’s promise to Jacob so that he would never know the pain of being lonely again.
The Book of Exodus recounts the story of Israel’s slavery in Egypt for 400 years (fulfilling God’s words to Abram in Genesis 15:13-16):

“Then He said to Abram: ‘Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age…'”

God made several promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He fulfilled them all, even though these men wavered in their faith from time to time and did not always live as they should. Fortunately, God’s actions in the world will be fulfilled even with our struggles.He has plans and will accomplish them – and God always keeps His promises.

Joseph Represents the Prophetic Voice In Your Family

While standing on Masada praising and proclaiming His promises with my prophetic team, I felt a warm presence of God for the future of His people, the Christians and Jews alike. Enemies surround us and yet…”I WILL MAKE YOUR FAMILY A GREAT NATION.”

Warriors, find Joseph! This is the fulfillment of God’s promise to you. What did Joseph represent? Remember, Joseph carried a promise of greatness. He dreamed of greatness, rulership, victory and influence. His brothers sold him – got rid of the bearer of their future because of jealousy. Joseph represents the prophetic voice in your family. Don’t sell your greatness, your future; don’t attempt to kill the voices that carry a positive message and bright future simply because of the unbelief that rages in you from time to time. If you’ve doubted that you could ever become a “great nation,” or in other words, an affluent, powerful person, and you’ve cast that word into a pit, then go and find it – because it will take you from slavery to kingship.

When Israel sold their brother, the prophetic voice, to Egypt, they went from being kings to slaves. And Egypt benefited from Joseph’s gift and presence.Welcome to greatness and becoming a great nation. We are conquering mountains, and 2013 is our year of acceleration, advancement, and progress.

Make An Offering To the Lord

Take a moment and do what Jacob did before God showed him what He would do when he joined his Joseph. When Jacob learns that Joseph is alive, he moves from Canaan to Egypt with his entire family. So Jacob set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac. During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” He called. “Here I am,” Jacob replied.

“I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.” Genesis 46:1-4

As you give your offering I pray that God will speak to you and lead you to the place where you will be joined with your greatness.

Kim Clement

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What Fasting Doesn’t Do

Fasting and prayer is not to change God’s mind; it’s to transform yours. Fasting kills your flesh so that it can stop suffocating your spirit man. Fasting enables you to hear God beyond the limitations of your flesh. There are situations in your life that is not being bound by the devil, it’s being bound by your flesh. Fast and get the flesh out the way so God can move by His spirit freely and unobstructed that you can obtain the breakthroughs in deliverance that you need.

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Transformed by the Renewed Mind

You cannot sit in the presence of God and there not be any residue of glory on you. The presence of the Lord is ‘staining’. People will notice the difference about you. You won’t talk the same. You won’t walk the same. And you won’t behave the same. When you enter the presence of the Lord, your facial expressions change. Your countenance changes. Your name changes. And your status changes. If you called yourself being in the presence of God and no one knows it but you, chances are you did entertain a ‘presence’ but it is very unlikely that it was the Lord’s.

Rahab encountered the presence of the Lord and was no longer called a whore but a woman of God. Paul encountered the presence of God and was no longer a church destroyer but a church builder. Jacob encountered the presence of God and changed his name from Deceiver to a Prince. Esther was changed from orphan to Queen. Matthew went from being a tax collector to apostle. David went from being a smelly shepherd to a prophet, priest, and king because he encountered the presence of the Lord.

So the next time you say you’ve been in the presence of God, you’d better be prepared to demonstrate the power of His presence by showing forth His glory in your life. And the first destination for change to take place in your life is in your mind.

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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…And Hast Found Them Liars

Revelation 2:2, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:”.

What is deeply sad is to know that a person bound by spirits of rejection to the point that when they are corrected by leadership or told the forbidden and God forsaken word, NO!, they leave the church BECAUSE GOD TOLD THEM SO and are now calling themselves apostles! Can’t sit still in anyone’s church for 2 years straight, but now they are apostles! They left in haste and prematurely and are now circumventing the local church circuit AND FACEBOOK as apostles giving out words like candy on Halloween claiming that God said! God didn’t say nothing because God has left! He placed Ichabod in His former place! There is no registry in the Heavenly scrolls as having been processed through anything but now they are apostles!! Not recognized by other GENUINE BLOOD BOUGHT APOSTLES, but they are apostles. Couldn’t cast a fly off a wall much less a demon out of of person, but they are apostles. Don’t know any more scripture other than what they learned from their YOU TUBE SPIRITUAL COVERING but they are ready to preach over somebody’s soul! You have got to be kidding!!!! JESUS said, you will be found out to be LIARS! Ain’t nobody got time for that!! Get delivered and go back to being the glorified parking lot attendant and wait on your appointed season!

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