Beginning = Love One Another

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And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 2 John 1:5-6

In my walk with our Lord I have found over and over again that every ending means God has developed in me a greater capacity to keep His commandment to love one another as He has loved us.  (John 15:12) This increased capacity to love as He loves creates a new beginning and He opens new doors for me to walk through in order that I may demonstrate His love in fresh new ways.  The hard part of this process is always the ending of a season, especially if that season has been the center of my life. The closing of a door can be confusing if it is something I had come to rely upon or had thought I would be part of forever. It can be painful as closing doors always means I have to let go of something whether its my opinions, habits, status and position, financial, or even people. Often the new door is not clear and I have needed to let the old door close in obedience following the leading of Holy Spirit without knowing exactly where I am going or why.

In this process of beginning, for I am determined to look at each ending situation no matter how painful as an exciting new chapter in my life, I have always been amazed at how ready I am to take on the new role. And, at the same time, how totally unprepared I am to take on the new role. Holy Spirit has made sure I am more like Christ Jesus than I was before. He has reformed my pot so to speak to be sure I am the vessel He needs. Because of that I find I have the capacity to love the new people being placed in my sphere of influence, but I must fully rely on Him and Him alone to navigate the circumstances of every new encounter.  It is uncomfortable for my flesh, fear can arise, and yet as I choose to rely on Holy Spirit it is an adventure that creates renewed passion and zeal for God’s Kingdom purposes.

More than ever, I know that Change is Good! In fact, change is vital in our lives. We must be in continual change toward being like Christ or we wither and become dead and dry in our walk with God. That spiritual withering will affect our natural life. All of life can become bleak when we refuse to accept endings and new beginnings. Our choice to not go through the preparation, to not let the potter change our pot, means our capacity to love as He loves is limited. There is no growth in Him. We become stuck.

This is the crux of what the Lord would have me share today: Stay movable, flexible and spontaneous. Let go of all that is not like Him as He reveals it. Let Him build capacity in you to love as He loves, even if that means there will be great change.  

People are waiting on me to walk though each season of preparation. They are waiting on my endings and my beginnings so that I can be part of their lives and they can be part of mine. They are waiting on His love that will flow through me. This process is vital to building the Kingdom of God. The same is true for YOU and YOUR life!

Be blessed as you yield to the Potter’s hands of change! May he fill your “pot” to overflowing with His love!

Rev. Cheryl

 

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New Beginnings

 

The Beginning

The Lord God in His infinite wisdom is ending some things right now. This is a world wide event affecting entire nations and also regions, cities, and individuals like you and me. Endings can be a bit disconcerting, confusing and sometimes down right scary.  This is especially so when it is all going on at one time.  It’s hard to remain at peace or understand our role when we are seemingly in constant crisis or crisis is constantly happening around us.

How vital it is right now that we, the body of Christ, get a handle on what is going on from heaven’s perspective! The last two postings I made were reminders that God is in charge, He loves us, He has chosen us and that He has had a grand wonderful plan from the very beginning.  Secondly, its important to constantly remember that we are still in a time of GRACE and new beginnings are available daily.  We not in a time of judgement and wrath, but we are in a time of intense battle and world-wide spiritual struggle for nations (for the souls of the world). It’s ugly out there, not because God is pouring out judgement and wrath, but because the demonic forces are trying to kill as many people as possible to prevent them from ever knowing Christ Jesus as Savior. It’s even uglier because so many people flowing in the evil of their own hearts and are coming into agreement with the demonic plan to wipe out all that God created in the beginning and said was good, especially humankind.

He is speaking to me prophetically that we are in a dynamic COURSE CORRECTION. He said He would make our crooked paths straight and be a lamp to our feet. He is doing just that RIGHT NOW! The old road is ending and the new road is upon us.  In this course correction comes SHAKING and AWAKENING. Even more than that: REFORMATION.  God has a plan to end all that has caused us to be asleep to His ways.  He wants to REFORM our thoughts toward Him, our priorities must change to His priorities, our hearts need to be AWAKENED to His heart for our nation, state, city, and our lives. The worldliness of our lives must be SHAKEN and TRANSFORMED into His Kingdom lives.

Throughout this process, His heart is to give us insight into the beauty and blessing of what He is causing to happen around us to counter the enemy’s assault. And, He wishes to renew our HOPE and TRUST in HIM! Yes, I did say beauty and blessing. Despite the bad things happening, despite the intense demonic activity and the evil intent of men’s and women’s hearts, there is beauty and blessing afoot that the whole of creation has been groaning for. He is about to reveal His sons and daughters who have been in intense preparation for such a time as this.  They have preceded the greater church body in Shaking, Course Correction, Awakening, Reformation and Transformation. For the past several years their lives have been shaken to the core and they have learned the ONLY way to live is to be totally dependent upon God.  They do what they hear Him say and what they see Him do. They have made hard choices, they are have given up much, they are practicing and waiting on His timing. (Read the Green Room and Purging Revival)  And, that timing is SOON!

As Father God brings to an end the current model of doing church that reflects man’s interpretations of Christianity and turns His kids toward building His Kingdom here on earth so it reflects HIM and HIM alone, the  heavenly beauty of it will be stunning!!! The darkness will flee and the harvest of the earth will begin. It will be the Kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven.  I hear Him say to us all: Let Me shake you loose of all that binds you. Let Me teach you how to hear Me. Let Me help you to reflect Me. Yield to Me, draw near to Me and I will draw near to you. Do not be afraid. What is ahead is what you have been waiting for! Together we will take your nation and it will be a reflection of Me!

Truly a new beginning for the body of Christ is just ahead!

 

 

 

 

“The Beginnings”

“The Beginnings” – Part 2 of The Beginning

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How exciting to be part of the wondrous things our God is doing in the world! We are headed rapidly to the grandest new beginning of all time when He recreates the earth and returns it fully to a reflection of His glory.  In the mean time, I am learning from my times with Holy Spirit, praying and studying His Word, that we, the body of Christ, need a refresher course regarding “the beginnings” we have already received. In fact, too many of us are focused right now on the end of our beginnings instead of the amazing times in which we live. Fear is overtaking many in the church as they look at the apparent growing darkness in the world and wonder if they will survive the bad things going on and/or those situations described in Revelations. Some are into debating how much suffering and wrath God will pour out and how long they will go through the punishment before Jesus’ return. And, others are totally focused on the rapture of the church and hiding out praying He will get them out of here as Paul says: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Yes, things are getting a little crazy in the world, but let’s pull back from that fear, ditch our obsessive focus on the rapture, receive the good news that “God so loved the world” and “All good things come down from the Father of lights above”and stop hiding out from wrath and judgments that have not come. Grab truth of God’s word! Really, believe the Word, we are still in the time of GRACE! And, it’s very hard to be salt and light while hiding. In fact, Jesus said we are to let our light shine! Instead of overreacting , let’s look at who we are in Christ Jesus and what we are suppose be doing until His return, for we are not to have a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. If that is the case, then we are to be walking fearlessly in love and power and thinking like our God!  Let’s begin to live in our beginnings that are new every morning and stop focusing on when they will end and how hard life has become or believing the lie that God is judging us all and pouring out His wrath. Maybe things aren’t as bad as we think!

In my last message, we looked at two grand and magnificent “In the beginning” statements. The first occurred in Genesis Chapter 1 when God said “let there be light!” And the second occurred in John Chapter 1 explaining that Jesus, the Word incarnate, is that Light. Humankind had a glorious beginning of being one with God and, frankly, blew it. The really hard to believe part is this: When God said “let there be light” all things were created through that Light, through Jesus Christ. Knowing humankind would mess up (because He is omniscient and all knowing), Jesus created everything and created Adam and Eve anyway. The plan for our redemption was in place at the dawn of all creation…Selah.

So, when His timing was just right Jesus came to earth. God sent Glory Himself, the Light of the World, to restore  the oneness with Him we had thrown away. Christ Jesus became our blood soaked sacrifice, once for all bridge, back to relationship with the Father. Wow! What a wonderful new beginning for humankind!

Now there is a wide open door for every single one of us to experience a personal new beginning for all eternity and those gracious new beginnings He generously gives us daily. And, that my precious brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, is what we are suppose to be focusing on. Our job is to have relationship with a loving, wonderful, gracious, glorious, magnificent God through Christ Jesus. Then, with Holy Spirit’s help, we are to model Christ, to be a reflection of Him in the world, to be demonstrators of the Father’s love, grace and mercy just like Jesus was when He was here. We are to be people of hope, secure in our beginning, our salvation and relationship with Christ. To believe God is good with open arms full of new beginnings and to share that Good News.  He has chosen YOU for that purpose of relationship, of walking in new beginnings, and of sharing those beginnings with others. He has chosen YOU to be a blessing and person who blesses! He has chosen YOU to stand against the evil pouring out in our world (that is the darkness going on, not His wrath) and bring His loving light into every situation.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.  2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

More on “in the beginning” and our role in “new beginnings” is on my heart. Watch for my next post.

With Love and GREAT JOY in our Lord,

Rev. Cheryl

In Christ you CAN do it!

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A word for 2016:

While some folks are reporting tremendous breakthrough in the New Year, others find themselves suddenly plunged into heavy challenges or, all the overwhelming junk of 2015 simply continued to be overwhelming. I am rejoicing with those reporting breakthroughs, but I am also standing in faith for all of the body of Christ who are feeling heavy laden.

Though some days you may not want to even get out of bed, this is the truth: You CAN do all things needed in your life through Christ who strengthens you… If you yield, He takes over. Not like you are a puppet, but suddenly and supernaturally, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the physical strength is there and divine purpose to continue walking with Him becomes more important than the challenges faced.

Good News! In the midst of the challenge know this: you are being refined and made more like Him!

All you need to do is trust and believe – He is doing all the work in you to make you pure silver and gold. Rejoice in Christ Jesus in the midst of trials knowing there is always a divine purpose and plan for YOU.

With love to you beloveds,

Rev Cheryl

Be Found in Peace

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Very powerfully, during the past two days the Lord kept speaking to me the phrase: Be Found in Peace. This was in response to my prayers asking Him about the times we are in. There has been a dramatic shift in the spirit realms that started June 18th and has accelerated daily since. So much has happened this past month in our nation that has been simply alarming. In midst of this rapid change, I asked the Lord what was most important for all of us this season.

This phrase He gave me is part of 2 Peter 3:10-14 (NKJV) dealing with the times just before the coming of the Lord… 10)But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11)Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13)Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14)Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

He also highlighted to me:
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NKJV) 1) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2)with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3)endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

And one more scripture: Ephesians 2:14 -20(NKJV) 14)For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15)having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16)and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17)And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Jesus created a bridge for us to the Father when He made peace between God and man through His death and resurrection. And, He made the way for us to be at peace with each other, as well. He preached that peace for the benefit of everyone. He sacrificed His life for that peace so that everyone far and near, Jew and Gentile, could benefit.

Peace is an amazing gift of God and fruit of the Spirit that we have always had available, but there is something markedly important we must know now for this very hour!  James further defines peace as the vessel through which is sown the fruit of righteousness; James 3:18 (NKJV) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Additionally, peace is fully 1/3 of the foundation of the kingdom of God. Romans 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

All these scriptures are excellent and power packed reads. Read them out loud. Talking about the peace described in the word of God begins to produce peace within us. That is good and the first step toward what is needed in our day, but to feel calm and full is but a small part of this marvelous manifestation of God.

I believe peace is the second most significant mark of the end-times church – next to the unbelievers seeing us loving one another as Jesus loves us with no more strife and jealousy — peace will be the most identifying factor of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus.

Even more than that, I am convinced it is our God’s number one market place spiritual “tool” that He will use in the days we have just entered. More even than people seeking healing, we have entered a time when folks will yearn and long for peace. The only place real peace will be found is in Christ Jesus. Therefore, it will be found in the presence of His disciples.

This is what the Lord spoke to me regarding all of His ministers working in the fields: The bottom line is you and I, we, are His peace-bearers. As we endeavor to rest in Him and hear His voice each day and purposefully choose to be found only in HIM, peace will flow like a river from us into the midst of problems, fear, sins, even chaos and defeat it.

The words used in the Bible for peace shed more light on this. They are in Greek “Eirene” and in Hebrew “Shalom.” Eirene means to prosper or prosperity: wholeness or oneness, peace, quietness, rest, and very significantly to be set at one again. That phrase, in further study, means to put back together what has been destroyed and scattered. Shalom means to have favor, to be safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous, to restore, to be perfectly well and whole and at rest. The Hebrew symbols or letter characters for Shalom actually say “the authority that destroys chaos.”

This peace of God is something supernatural that is available
at all times to everyone that has Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Because of His peace we are chaos slayers!
Start thinking of yourself as a “chaos slayer;”
one who destroys chaos by giving peace away
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This is also one of the first things that the demonic forces work very hard to destroy in our lives. The enemy works constantly to keep us rattled, nervous, worried, afraid, even panicked so that we are limited and cannot flow freely with peace for others. He cannot take our peace away, because he cannot remove Jesus from our hearts. So, instead he works to constantly hold us in bondage to circumstances and in the “peace-seeking mode” for ourselves just to make it through the day. This is so that we never enter the “peace-releasing mode” that is for other people.

We are designed to receive from God and then give it away. Whether it is love, peace, joy, kindness, any fruit or gift of the Spirit, we are to be vessels, conduits, through which He can flow. We are destined to be constantly in touch with Him, and continuously filled to overflowing with plenty for ourselves and, more importantly, abundance for the desperate world around us.

Grab hold of our promise that the God of Peace will shortly crush satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). When we really get this scripture, really believe it and become it – that God is in us so the enemy is crushed as we go about day – the result will be that people who come in contact with us will suddenly be at peace. Like the Greek word Eirene they will be supernaturally put back together like a scattered puzzle.

It will be amazing because peace heals, peace puts back together shattered lives, peace destroys the tension and chaos, peace drives back fear, peace is the glue of unity and therefore will re-establish marriages and heal relationships, plus so much more!

During every day activities, the Peace of God will embrace the people that come into our lives. I asked God to show me what happens to people as His peace washes over them. Suddenly, I had a picture before me. I was standing with a young man. He was sharing his problems. I listened and as I chose to seek peace for him, Jesus walked up behind him. Then He picked up that young man and held him like a small babe in in His arms. Isn’t that precious? He will hold them in His arms. They will feel His loving touch and perhaps for the first time in their lives relax in perfect peace.

This is going to pave the way in every sphere of influence: business, education, government, media, sports, health care, families, even churches for spontaneous salvation. The people will know that God has touched them and millions will receive Jesus as He pours out peace through His disciples.

I believe right now that the Holy Spirit is positioning many of us to step into this supernaturally natural outpouring. His word to all of us today is from 1 Peter – The Lord says pursue peace!  1 Peter 3:11 (NKJV) 1)  Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

Since our Ephesians scripture clearly says Jesus is our peace that means our goal really is to constantly nurture our personal relationship with Him. To seek out the place of peace that is found only in His heart. To seek Jesus and to pursue Him!

One last word in this pursuit of peace: of all the things in the enemy’s arsenal that will destroy peace, besides us being totally in sin, is to worry and be anxious. Jesus said all the time in the Gospels: Don’t worry – What good does it do you?

Paul gives great advice what to do when anxiousness and worry try to take hold. He says in Philippians 4:6 7 (NKJV) 6)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7)and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah gave advice on this subject as well in 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Know that peace is not only available to us, it is on the increase! Isaiah 9:7 (NKJV) Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…

Proverbs tells us peace is readily available to take care of even a dire situation: Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV) When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

In Psalms it tells us that the word of God produces peace 119:165 (NKJV) Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

Jesus, Himself, said in John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

With those words of our Savior, I bless you to walk in great peace in your life and to be a vessel of abundant overflow.To enter fully into this new season so that all whom the Lord places in your life will be supernaturally overcome by His amazing wonderful peace as it flows through you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV) Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

May you always be found in peace!
Submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch

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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
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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.