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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