Rise and Shine

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Isaiah Chapter 60 keeps ringing in my heart. This came to me as I meditated on the verses.

Arise and shine
Our light has come
The glory of the Lord is upon us
He’s risen in Light
He’s shining bright
In the midst of great darkness

Let’s take our place
Standing boldly in the midst of our nation
Ready to share His glory
Our job is clear
To bring Jesus near
to a lost and hurting generation.

Prayer: Let me no longer be seen. Let the Lord shine brightly and be seen in me.

received March 31, 2014
submitted by Rev Cheryl S Birch

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A Word to the Sons and Daughters of God

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The Holy Spirit is developing within the sons and daughters of God a growing appreciation for the whole body of Christ. A new appreciate for them right where they are. He is removing in this hour a new layer of being judgmental and critical of one another. Religious teaching is falling off, like scales fell off Paul’s eyes, so that we can see the body of Christ through the eyes of the Father.

It is a time of weeping. A time of weepy prayers and repentance as we see with renewed eyes what we have missed by being separated and even hating one another. Loving one another as Jesus has loved us is being birthed in the hearts of those who have been praying and interceding and asking diligently for more; asking to know the love of God. He is pouring out His heart right now to those who have not given up. Every Prayer we have asked in His Name, that is in line with His plans and purposes, WILL come to pass. He is answering every single one of them in this hour – because we have never ever given up – because we have stood in faith. We keep asking, seeking and knocking and His heart is pouring out answers.

This is an intense hour, as all that stands in the way of answering the prayers must be crushed to powder, removed, healed, reconciled. No room for selfish pride, fear, rejection, or religious constraints. A new love is being birthed in the body that will love as Jesus loved, a sacrificing love, a compassion that moves our heart like it moved the heart of Jesus. It is growing in us and it must be expressed. We are receiving the transformation we have been asking for. It is transformation from the inside out. It’s quite emotional. It must be expressed so that it will flow steadily. Be emotional. Be weepy. It is all good! It is all healing.

The sons and daughters of God are on the pointed tip of something that is so huge. It is big. It is causing war and push-back from the enemy. Fight off fear. The result will be reconciliation, re-birthing of that which you thought was dead and would never come to pass, launching of NEW THINGS, so many stirrings of new things in the men and women leaders, new things in the praying church. Be a catalyst. Do what the Lord calls you to. Do it no matter what. Be determined to do it with JOY and PEACE, not fear.

The Lord is speaking that He wants to give His sons and daughters a glimpse into the eternal value of what He is calling us to. When He comes, tell Him YES! Tell Him whatever is needed “do unto to me” just like Mary. This is far reaching, reaching into eternity. Each of us is designed perfectly and precisely for what He is about to reveal. It is written into our very DNA, every bit of our life, good and bad, has been used to prepare us, just so we can glorify Him, honor Him, and Praise Him with our lives.

Let tears come, both joy at the greatness and glory of it and sorrow at time wasted, but with no guilt or condemnation; instead with determination to waste no more time. It is glorious and magnificent and way beyond our capabilities. He will indeed be glorified. And, as He shows us the huge picture, keep doing the small things step by step to get there knowing all you are walking through, all the hard stuff, is worth it. He is worth it. The glory that is set before you is worth it.



Submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch
Received 3-16-14

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Pray and Pray Some More!

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The Lord is saying pray, pray, pray and when you are finished pray some more! This is not a time to stop praying! Not a time to pull back! He is telling me that February is a pivotal month. There is huge, I mean a huge shift in the spirit realms. Our God is shaking loose the hold of demonic forces that have held back the fullness of His plans in the earth. He is launching ministries He has been preparing for years. Mature ministers of reconciliation are about to be revealed who walk in His power. Relatively unknown until now, they are about to change our world for Him and Him alone. Hidden things, both evil to be cleansed and His glorious works of transformation, are about to be revealed. The enemy is fighting back with whatever means to make ill, distract, deplete, defeat, depress, oppress, and stop God’s chosen. People’s flesh are failing and fear is trying to take hold, but we are to stand strong and not be moved. We must pull down the high things. The Holy Spirit is clearly telling us to HOLD THE LINE and prepare for every opportunity to advance the Kingdom of God. We must press in no matter what is going on in our own lives and follow His heart, hear Him and proclaim, declare and decree what we hear. We must declare His word! The gates of hell shall NOT prevail against the church! His Kingdom come. His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven! Get ready beloved we are about to see the glory of the Lord transform our nations!

Submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch 2-3-2014
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Dream Rev 3:14-19

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A Dream about the Bride of Christ:

In the dream I was an observer watching what was going on. I was in a room packed with representatives of every philosophy and form of religion. The room looked like a retreat house. Each representative was taking a turn talking and expounding upon the value of their beliefs.

The scene changed and there was a radiant woman driving a car winding up a mountain. She was lost and going in circles and zig-zagging on the mountain roads trying to find the retreat house. She was nervous and afraid, but finally found the location. She parked her car next to the others in the dirt lot and entered the retreat room.

The scene changed and I saw her walk into the room. No one acknowledged her. They were all in dark shadows. All I could see were outlines of various shapes that were icons of the various belief systems. I knew all the world’s philosophies and beliefs were gathered. The radiant woman was the Bride of Christ. She was all light, no shadow. When she entered everywhere she stepped the room lit up.

She went to a place to the left side of the room and sat on the floor. She leaned against a chair, but did not sit on the chair. All the others were sitting on a chair. She folded her arms across her chest and stretched out her legs in front of her. She crossed her ankles. As she crossed her ankles I realized she was naked. As she sat there she listened, but said nothing she did nothing and she never sat in her chair. (Chairs represent seats of authority.) It was obvious as well that all the others completely ignored her and just kept doing their thing. Her presence did not stop them from proceeding with their dialog.

After awhile she got up, left the room and left the retreat house. She walked and walked. She was looking for her cabin. She passed up cabins and houses, tents and trailers and kept walking searching and looking but none of them were her cabin. At the end of the walk was a pier looking out over a vast body of water. The end of it could not be seen. She stood with the wind blowing her hair on the end of the pier. Directly in front of her appeared to escalators; one going up and one going down. People by the hundreds were walking toward the escalators, some went up joyfully. I could hear them laughing and singing. They disappeared into clouds. Some went down and disappeared into darkness that moaned. She stood and watched this process for quite some time and then turned and made her way back to the retreat house.

When she got there, a very kindly gray-haired man greeted her and said: What you need is this coat and directions. He wrapped her in a beautiful white robe. At that moment, I realized her eyes had been covered with scales. They fell off as the robe/coat wrapped her. The kindly man drew a map for her and handed it to her. It was a map to her cabin. She thanked him, they hugged and she started walking following his directions. She walked through beautiful lush green forest of pine and there was her cabin. All the others she had seen along the way were tiny and made of stone or wood, hers was huge and glowing made of something not of this earth.

That was the end of the dream.

When I woke up the Lord immediately gave me Revelation 3:14-19. The dream was about the condition of the Bride of Christ and the hope for her future. Right now she is looked upon by people as the representative in the world of one of many religions and philosophies of life. She is leaning on but not fully sitting on her seat of authority in the earth. She is lost, blind and naked. She sees the vastness of what God has for her. She sees people going to hell, but because she cannot find her place of authority, she is not fully partaking of what God has for her and she is not winning people who are trapped in the world’s “many paths” thought pattern. She is nervous and afraid. The Hope is the Holy Spirit, the kindly man, is helping her to wrap herself in righteousness, to follow His directions (the Word of God) and to find her place. For she is to dwell in the place of life and she is the place where heaven meets earth, through whom the rivers of life flow. My prayer is that she learn, repents, takes her seat of authority with eyes open, ears open, clothed in righteousness. Lord begin with me, in Jesus Name. AMEN

Hold the Line!

There has been an increase in physical challenge and problems of all kinds for the praying church in the last few days. The whirlwind of distractions of the enemy have hit and we are speaking peace and healing to every storm. A week ago the Lord spoke to me clearly that we intercessors must remember to pray for each other as the spiritual warfare increases. This we have done with much sense of breakthrough and blessing. Still, I have been feeling very unsettled, so I asked Him what was going on and what He would have us do.

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Heard this about midnight last night from Him: “HOLD THE LINE! Take a new grip, breathe a new breath, stand firm. There is an assault trying to get the praying church to give-up through illness and infirmity, to be distracted by a variety of challenges and problems, or to collapse under pressures of oppression. When you have done all you are to stand!!! Stand on the peace of the gospel, holding on to faith and My word, remembering your salvation and declaring righteousness and truth. Hold the line intercessors and never, never, never give up.” Ephesians 6:13-18 & Galatians 6:9

So, we will hold the line simply by not giving up on our hope in Him. We are being directed to stand and we can do it through the strength of the Lord. He is keeping us, preserving us, uplifting us, defending us, and healing us. Praise God we have persevered in Him thus far and we will make it to full victory. We will see His marvels and goodness pour out to our cities, states and the nation!

We are about to break through and the enemy is thrashing – he is a loser and defeated foe. The Blood of Jesus Prevails!

Submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch
1-21-14

The Field

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This past week I kept hearing the phrase “sower and reaper rejoicing together.” I thought perhaps it was a new poem or song, but nothing more came to me until I sat down to do my Bible reading for the day. I am starting the year out in the Book of John and I began to read the 4th chapter. In verse 36 it says: Already the reaper is getting his wages [he who does the cutting now has his reward], for he is gathering fruit (crop) unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together. (AMP)

Right after I read that verse I saw myself way ahead in a huge field an endless field in all directions. In my row were individuals scattered to my right and left and a couple way ahead of me. I was breaking up ground with a pick axe. When the chucks of earth were loosened I would take a big shovel and smash the chucks into powder, take a rake smooth out the earth, plant much seed and move forward. Each time I moved forward I would do the same. Right behind me was a small group watering the seed that was planted. They would stay for awhile then move forward to the next row that had been planted. Far behind us were folks assigned to rake, hoe, weed and tend to the field with more water. They would stay until the plants were growing, tending, removing weeds and fertilizing. Far behind them were the reapers.

Then suddenly the groups far behind moved closer. The seed was growing fast and the whole process was speeding up. The preparation and planting was going much faster – even though the ground was very hard – every effort was multiplied. Again the scene changed and as fast as I readied the ground it was watered, tended, grown, and reaped. All the groups working in the field had merged. We were singing and rejoicing together as every area of the seemingly endless field was harvested.

Very very old seed, long though dead, suddenly burst forth in full fruit. These were instantly harvested and joined the team in their role of either planting, tending or reaping. They had so developed hidden away underground that when the sprang forth they were fully grown and mature, full of good fruit.

Respectfully submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
1-12-14

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I stopped working for a moment in the vision and turned back to survey what we had accomplished. In the distance were huge combines slowly lumbering toward the field. They kicked up a white cloud all around them. The Lord said they were the instruments of the great great harvest of the world.

Look at what you have

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A couple of days ago I heard this from the Lord as I was praying: Look at what you have, not what you don’t. Then last night at our prayer meeting the Lord released an exhortation with that same theme that I believe is for the whole body of Christ.

Look not upon what you have not, dwell not there. Look upon all that you do have and be grateful, and put your efforts into that which you see before you. Dwell not on the promises not yet attained and forsake that which you have gained. My promises are yes and amen, pray and leave it to me. Don’t fret and worry and exhaust yourself over that which you cannot make happen. My burdens are easy and my yoke is light. Believe I have heard you and go about your day confident I will bring about the perfect answer. Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t do!

If your ministry is stalled in one area, ask My help and relax. Go and put your energy into what is not stalled and develop that aspect, enjoy that aspect, be satisfied with that aspect while you wait on My perfect plan to unfold. Listen for My voice and do that!

If your family needs salvation, ask Me and leave them in My care. Look at what you have! ME! You, go sleep well, enjoy My presence, exemplify Me – share My goodness when they will listen – show them My goodness when they will not. Trust Me. (Job 22:22-30)

Waiting on provision, healing, or other great needs? Concentrate on what you can do and what you do have even in this! Stop looking at the storms, needs, and situations. Give to Me what you do not see, trust Me, there is no plan B! I am it, everything you need.