Pioneer Road

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During prayer and soaking in the presence of God, I began to see an image of a desert wilderness that slowly gave way to greenery. Way up ahead were hills and beyond the hills was more green and a river. As I waited, the image unfolded and I saw what to me appeared to be Jesus dressed in blue robes walking side by side with a woman dressed in pure white. His arm was around the woman and her arm around Him. Her head rested on his shoulder. They were walking away from me so I only saw the back of them, not their faces. They glowed and emanated light. They walked upon a road in the middle of the desert wilderness. The road was fully formed behind them, but as I watched them walk, it was in the process of being created ahead of them. Jesus and the woman talked and laughed and kept walking stride for stride. At each step the woman took, more road was created in front of them. It wasn’t Jesus’ feet creating the road. He was creating it as the woman’s feet touched the sandy wilderness.

As they walked forward, tiny plants began to appear dotting the wilderness. They were very green. Out ahead of them it got greener and greener. They kept walking together into the lush green. At every step, more road continued to appear.

At first, I thought this scene was only for me. I have been walking step by step with the guidance of the Lord into new places and at times it seems like there is no way to move forward and other times it feels like I am going “where no one has gone before” just like Captain Kirk in the old Star Trek movies.

As I prayed about this, I realized that I was seeing myself yes, but there was another layer to the vision. It was the Bride of Christ walking arm in arm with Jesus. She was leaning on Him coming up out of the wilderness (Song of Songs 8:5), talking to Him, full of joy, and stepping out in faith where there is no road. (Hebrews 11:1) It is the footsteps of the Bride of Christ walking with her Savior that is building up the Holy Highway that leads into refreshing abundance and leads to the river of life. She is pioneering in realms where there is no one to go to for advice except God. As she listens to Him, the way is paved before her in the desert, the green places as well as the hills and the valleys. But, it is not there until she takes a step forward – a step of faith – that the road will be there.

We have choices to make walking with Jesus. We could look ahead and see there is no road and refuse to move forward. He doesn’t force us. He waits until we are ready to take the step. The woman in the vision was talking and enjoying her exchanges with Jesus. We can choose to have conversation with God, or close Him off and do it our way – the woman trusted Jesus and listened to what He had to say. It was the intimate conversation with her Lord that gave her the confidence to step out and go where no one has gone before. Everyone of us can walk in this Pioneer Spirit. The opportunity is available to all who are called …but, know this: few are chosen. (Matt 20:16) Walking the pioneer road is a walk of total trust and unwavering faith.

The word to me, to us all, today from this vision is simply this: to trust the Lord with all of our heart and lean not on our understandings, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our path. (Proverbs 3:4-6)

I am excited to find out where the Pioneer Road is headed! How about you?

submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
3-2-15
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Unfurl your Sails!

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There’s a new wind blowing! Unfurl Your Sails!
The beginning of this year there was a refreshing joy that came upon the body of Christ to strengthen us. I heard everywhere I went that 2015 was going to be an amazing year! Prophetic expectation was that this year would be our greatest year ever. The Lord told me it was the year of answered prayer; that prayers we’d even given up on or thought would never happen in our lifetime would be answered starting this year. For some in the body this has been true. I am in awe as I see answers to prayers two decades old pour out of heaven. Yet, for many in the body of Christ, nothing has changed and for some life has gotten more difficult than ever. The zeal I saw in the saints in early January has rapidly faded as they see answers to prayer all around them, but not for them personally or for their family.

Every person I know that is seeing answers to long time prayer right now have something in common. They went through a very dark time – some lost everything – but, they didn’t quit. They never lost hope or stopped believing. They kept looking to Jesus Christ as their only answer. So, if you are weary to the bone and ready to quit, if you are frustrated and feeling hopeless, the word from the Lord to you is to never, never, never give up! Don’t quit believing!

Don’t turn inward and give in to the “give-ups.” There is a fresh wind blowing out of heaven. Unfurl those sails of faith! Purpose in your heart to believe again! Proclaim with your mouth that you are a victorious champion in Christ Jesus and all that He has promised is yours. Fix your mind on Him and choose to receive joy and peace. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t yet have, or fixating on the challenges of life, be thankful over all that you do have and that there is a way through every trouble that leads to victory! The outpouring from heaven that is about to occur in response to faith will wipe away all sense of doubt, all thoughts of failure and hopelessness will vanish.

Is it really possible to see change and answers that quickly? YES! In literally ONE day I saw what was impossible become possible. In a moment, what could never happen, happened. And the answers keep coming. Heaven is wide open! Like never before in history the body of Christ is about to see demonstrations of God’s love and greatness just like I did! He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He will do for you and MORE!

Don’t sit and quit! The wind is blowing, let’s sail!
With great JOY,
Rev. Cheryl Birch
2-26-15

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2015 – The Year of Answered Prayer

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As we enter 2015 the Lord is speaking to me how important it is that we keep our feet firmly planted in His word, a strong foundation, and our eyes fixed constantly upon Him with our spiritual ears open to hear His voice. The things He is about to do in the world will look mighty strange to us- What He is about to ask of us will feel mighty unusual to us – the reaction of our already defeated enemy will be frightening to us – IF we are not fixated on Christ Jesus. We must have compassion on the world’s difficulties, but see through His eyes and KNOW His love for us, KNOW His blood covers us and KNOW His peace that surpasses all understanding. Don’t get caught in sorrows. He is our JOY, our provider and our protector! This is a year for us to shine for Him like never has there been opportunity before! We are to be His translators and His Ambassadors in a powerful NEW, all NEW, way! We are about to see the answers to years and years of prayers! Not only our prayers, but those of the saints gone on before us! Be ready to translate what you see and hear in the Spirit to speak to the hurting and change hearts in the earth. Prepare now in His presence to be His Ambassador wherever you go, not just sometimes, but always, in every place. There is an intercessory flow pouring out of heaven. A new wind of refreshing for those of us in the trenches AND thousands of new recruits about to join us and lift the load!!!! We have held the line and never given up and the Lord is about to start an advance – we are about to climb to new places. Shake off all past disappointment, stop wondering if you are in the right place in God’s Kingdom, and step into trust, great faith and more understanding and wisdom. Pray, intercessors, Pray with confidence. This is the year of answered prayer!

submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
1-1-2015

Climb!

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Today the Lord spoke to my heart regarding the New Year. He had share with me in October that it would be a pivotal year for the church – click here to listen to the prophetic word. I have been asking Him how the church will ever make the turn toward Him that is so vitally needed. In November He gave a prophetic teaching that equated His body of believers to Elisha following Elijah no matter the cost in order to receive his master’s mantel double-fold. That 2015 would begin a special journey to receive Jesus’ mantel as His sons and daughters. To listen to the message click here. During my time with Him this morning I received more information about the journey. This is what I wrote:

Matthew 17:1-8
Mark 9:2-7
Luke 9:28-34

Prepare to climb, My beloved. It is time to ascend to a high mountain with Me. Higher than you have climbed before. Come away with Me to this secluded place where you will awaken and see Me in NEW Light. A place where your image of Me is transfigured. A place where you can see into the supernatural realms; and see what I see. A place where you hear the voice of the Father and His loving instructions. Transformation of who I am to you is about to take place in your heart and mind. So, prepare to climb by bowing down in humility. The lower you are in relying on yourself, the higher you can climb with Me. know during this trek it is vital that your reliance is on Me and Me alone. Such glory you will see! Such wonders you will hear! All to take back to a lost and dying world full of violence, fear, hurt and pain. You are to be a translator of My hope, an imparter of My love, a giver of My healing, a preacher of My salvation.

How to climb? Pick up your cross and follow after Me. A world full of souls that need My love and salvation awaits your completion. How you see Me must be transformed. Great sacrifice of reliance on worldly things; great gain of My Kingdom and treasures that no earthly endeavor can reveal awaits.

When I call, CLIMB!

submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
12-26-2015

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Concerned about your health and welfare? Pray for your city!

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The Lord really spoke to me today about the intense need for His people to make 180 degree turn in how they approach praying for our government and its leaders. This is what He gave me and I felt I was to share it:

First, we know by 1 Timothy 2:1-5, 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 and other scriptures that we are to pray over our leaders and the government structures society has instituted. This next scripture really hit my heart… The Lord said to Jeremiah in verse 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. How vital it is we bless and not curse our city or any governmental structure! When we speak evil it affects everyone including us!

Then I read in Titus 3:1-2 Remind them (that refers to followers of Christ Jesus) to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. And, the Holy Spirit pointed out this scripture in 1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

It is vital not only to bless, but to use our mouths and our actions to create an atmosphere of honor for all people, even if we don’t like them, their actions, or their political stand. Every man and woman is made in the very image of God and we must, if nothing else, honor His decision to create them and the fact they have been placed in leadership over us. No matter how evil or good each person is, we are to pray God’s word over them in our cities, states, and our nation.

Some of the Scriptures to bless and to pray for your city, state and nation that I found after listening and waiting on the Lord in prayer:

Psalm 144:12-15 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! 15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

Psalm 22:28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Daniel 9:18-19 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”

Psalm 2:10-12 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Micah 6:9 The voice of the Lord cries to the city— and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: “Hear of the rod and of Him who appointed it!

Micah 2:13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.

Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Matthew 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Daniel 9:16-17 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.

Psalm 67:3-7 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Isaiah 62:11-12 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

MY Body

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During prayer this is what I heard in my heart from my God…

The enemy thinks he has successfully frozen the church with fear, depressed and tired the church, made ill the church, disappointed, delayed and divided the church… BUT, MY BODY is whole, well, on the move, full of zeal and passion. MY BODY is praying, working in love and power, growing, learning speaking truth, demonstrating, helping, encouraging, teaching and holding back darkness. The enemy cannot stop the forward movement of MY BODY. He thinks he has stopped the church, but MY BODY he can NEVER stop!

Thank you Jesus for Your BODY! Together we are always moving forward!!!

Times, Seasons, Blood Moons: Cleansing of the Feasts

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Times, Seasons, Blood Moons: Cleansing of the Feasts
A prophetically inspired article

Before you check out and don’t read on because you have heard way too much about “blood moons,” the Lord has been speaking to me a message that is not at all what some prophets and other folks in the church have said about them. Our God wishes to give GREAT PEACE and JOY to us and I feel very inspired to write this prophetic article regarding the diverse views of our times, the season we are in and the signs in the heavenlies. I know the Holy Spirit is helping me to write in order to bring balance and hope to many.

To begin, His first words to me are “Do not fear!” He says this a lot in the Bible to folks that are in a variety of potentially frightening situations. That tells me He is not in the business of scaring those whom He loves. There is much going on that looks very scary to us and there are potential life shattering events poised to occur, but these things are not always what we think they are at first glance and we must remember that Father God is in control.

What grabbed me is how much peace and joy I have despite the world’s situation and despite difficult things in my own life. This message from my Father in Heaven has changed me. What also grabbed my attention is how extremely special this series of eclipses are and also how extremely special it is that we are alive to see it. We are a hand selected group of people on the earth right now to whom this gift, and reminder, is given.

Father spoke to me that the message in the blood moons is simple…in fact, the longer I walk with God I have found nearly everything that He does is simple so we can understand it. The key words to concentrate on in this case are: The Blood. It is a message to the people of the earth that we have nothing without The Blood, the cleansing Blood of Messiah Jesus. It is a reminder to the Church and to Israel that the only cleansing for sin is The Blood.

To the church it is a profound message to not forsake the core message of the Gospel. Salvation is only found in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Too many churches have stopped teaching about the blood. This has greatly weakened the body of Christ. This 4 times reminder is an exclamation orchestrated by the Creator of the Universe to remind us that we must return to the Word of God and honor the Blood of Jesus.

That the moons will occur at the commanded feasts of Passover and Tabernacles two years in a row is even more significant. It is a repeated message to Israel that salvation is not in their works striving for righteousness and making amends, it is not in a tashlik service, it is not found in their traditions or in religiously keeping the feasts and Sabbaths, it is found in the shed blood of the Lamb (Passover) who wishes to inhabit their hearts as Savior (Tabernacles). This message holds true for all humankind!

Additionally, for those of us in the part of the body of Messiah Jesus that have recognized the significance of the feasts and have learned about them and celebrated them because Jesus did. The Lord has shown me something even more profound. The blood moons are a sign He is cleansing His feasts for both Jew and Gentile who are destined to celebrate together as one new man in Christ Jesus.

The rabbi’s over the centuries have added many things to the feasts not recorded in Torah (The Bible); especially so for Passover. Stuff that is myth and teaching tools at its best and nothing but kabalistic mysticism and occult at the worst are included. These things are recorded in the Talmud which in Israel and among the Jewish people carries as much weight and is, in fact, followed more closely at the feast times than is Torah. This has caused a mixture of the base and profane with the Holy, not only in the Jewish camp, but within the Christian camp that celebrates the feasts.

Listen carefully: This mixture has a powerful draw to it. It is fascinating to read the Talmud or to study snippets of it on the internet in conjunction with the feasts. It can and does capture the imagination. The problem is the words are taking on weight and replacing The Word. These mixture teachings have so infected parts of the body Christ that there are folks who once powerfully served Messiah Jesus in freedom who are now bound in religious Talmudic tradition. Some have fallen to kabalistic beliefs. They are now held captive and this grieves the very heart of God.

The moons then are a sign as well that the blood of Jesus is cleansing the feast times and His intent is to return His people to the only thing that will bring atonement for sin and that is the BLOOD of Jesus and thereby the purity of His Word. He is NOT telling us as Christians to stop celebrating the feast times, He is calling for purity in the celebration.

Father spoke to me at Passover to get everything out of our celebration that was not Jesus. We had always identified that which was added as a teaching tool (salt water, parsley, and kharoset are teaching tools) and took out those things totally not biblical (the egg), but that was not enough. God did not want us to do anything that He did not call for in His Word. What JOY and Freedom we had to have only the elements of the feast that speak of Jesus!

Now, He has told me to include nothing in any celebration of the feasts that He did not ask for… Wow! The cleansing blood of Jesus is redeeming everything about the feasts and aligning our celebrations more fully with His Word!

With that instruction I have taken another look at the Fall Feasts. This article is about the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), known as Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Future articles will expand to Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), Passover (Pesach) and Pentecost (Shavuot). I especially want to write about Passover. Our experience was so liberating and profound when we celebrated Passover without the additions, that I will be completely rewriting our Passover Study Kit.

Rosh Hashanah? Feast of Trumpets?
This may shock some of you. God did not name this feast either Rosh Hashanah, which means Head of the Year, nor did He name it Feast of Trumpets. The Rabbi’s gave the feast both of these names. It is called Head of the Year in the book of Ezekiel chapter 40 one time and that is the name the religious leaders adopted for their civil new year. God didn’t direct them to make it their new year or call it Rosh Hashanah. His first month is at Passover.

God calls this appointed time: Yom Teruah (ter roo AH) which means Day of Joyful Shouting, Blowing, Proclaiming, Announcing and making Noise – all to Him. We are to honor Him with our voices and instruments – it is a day of Noisy Joyful Praise! It got named Feast of Trumpets partly because the loudest sound the Jews could make to the Lord was with shofars. It is a wonderful joyful blowing. As well, it was traditional to blow the shofar on Holy Days to announce worship was commencing. To keep Yom Teruah, the religious leaders added more shofars to make a loud blowing noise to the Lord… but, it was also to be a SHOUT and joyful proclamation by the people. Father God loves to involve everyone in worshipping Him!

When the original Hebrew words are studied in connection with this feast, the word Shofar is NOT used in either Leviticus 23 or Numbers 29:1 in conjunction with Teruah as the name of the feast. It not Yom Teruah Shofar it is only Yom Teruah in Leviticus and it is called Yom Teruah Teruah – with a double use of the word in Numbers. God himself, therefore, did not specify trumpets. He specified shouting, blowing, joyful proclaiming and making noise! The shofar is just one of the many ways we can make noise to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

Psalm 33:3 best describes Teruah: Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy!

Yes! Shout to the Lord all the earth during this most Holy feast!

The good news is our God also shouts over us! He speaks wonderful things into the earth and launches brand new things every Fall.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Psalm 105:43 And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout.

The new things God does every year are no doubt part of why the Rabbi’s felt like Yom Teruah was the New Year. Even more important the feast cleansed them from sin for a whole year beginning with this day of Shouting to God, making noise to Him and blowing the Shofar. Followed by 10 days of Awe at what God is about to do. Culminating with the Day of Atonement when specific blood sacrifice was made for all the people and the sins were placed on the head of a scape goat by the High Priest. That day their sins were rolled over for another year, awaiting the time for Jesus to come and be the once for all sacrifice and scape goat. He atoned for all of those centuries of rolled forward sins, all current sin, and all future sin.

Wow! That deserves a huge SHOUT! TERUAH!

As followers of Messiah Jesus, we can really make a joyful shout and a noise unto our God because we have received, embraced and live our lives cleansed by the Day Jesus Atoned for our sins. With an exclamation point that He now tabernacles with us in our hearts. The next blood moon will occur during Feast of Tabernacles and that too will release more purification and more separation of the base and profane from the Holy.

Jesus wants a clean temple in which to dwell (tabernacle). He wants joyful fellowship under the open heaven He bought for us as we enjoy the bounties of fruitfulness He produces in our lives and the bounty of the provision He has given to sustain us.

As you enter this new season lift up a joyful shout of Thanksgiving to our God! He has done great things for us! TERUAH!