Hope

Hope

I was reading news stories today about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, two well-know, admired and financially well-to-do people, that became so very distraught they ended their lives by their own hand. My first thought was for their family and loved ones that God would comfort them. Then, I was overcome with the simple truth that money and success, though touted as the goal that will make a person happy and content, actually has nothing to do with happiness and contentment.  Pondering that with the Lord in prayer, I came away with renewed realization that what actually brings joy, a sense of well-being and peace or contentment to a person’s life is HOPE. Without hope we are lost in place of darkness slaved to depression and despair even in the midst the most opulent of life’s circumstances.

No doubt in the darkest moments of the trials of life, even the most generally hopeful of us have entertained the thought that death would bring relief from the suffering, stress, pain and challenges.  Why do some succumb to the darkness of those thoughts and end up miserable and bitter at best or kill themselves at worst while others are touched by a spark of saving hope and they endure Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy?

“Lay down your spiritual warfare weapons,” said the voice of the Lord I have come to know, love and obey. My response: HUH?

The apparent warfare around me and around the body of Christ screamed out in demand of increasing every spiritual warfare technique I had ever learned.  To lay down all of that felt contrary to everything I had learned from my mentors, teachers, and pastors. In six words the Voice I loved had negated every spiritual warfare seminar and conference I had attended as well as every book I read and video series I had watched. Even closer to home, it wiped out what I had taught hundreds of others. Thus, it was hard for me to receive those 6 words.

Then started the conversation with Holy Spirit.  Not sure why I persist with this habit, none-the-less, it always starts out: But, Lord….

I had a lot of “But, Lords” to state and “How can it be” questions to ask. Seemed that He already knew that and He spoke to me in His loving, soft, gentle, yet firm way, “You’re doing it all wrong.”  My answer: HUH?

No doubt, we His kids, can be quite comical to Him at times I am sure.  In this case, I am certain my astonishment must have been amusing because I heard His wonderful laughter wash over me. All I could feel was joy and peace followed by love and acceptance. What could I say to that except, “Yes, Lord”? And, because He apparently knew I was ready to hear Him on this topic, I yielded, albeit a bit begrudgingly, and turned my inner ear toward Him.

It wasn’t what I heard, but what I saw next that impacted me.  I saw a small child (couldn’t tell boy or girl) chased by the enemy (demonic beings) running toward flowing purple fabric. The child ran into the fabric and disappeared. While watching this vision, I realized the child was hiding behind the leg of a man wearing leather sandals. In moments, the child, comforted and strengthened by the encounter with the man, peeked out. The enemy was a great distance away.  The enemy could not approach the man or the child.  The man spoke over the child lovingly and kindly. After awhile the child lifted their hand and repeated the words of the man. As the words were released, power flowed and the enemy disappeared completely.

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Hiding in the robe of the Father

A lesson in an intense way of intercession began that day.  Holy Spirit pointed out the child was not dressed in armor as I had pictured it. The child was not holding a sword or a shield.  The child was not shouting or yelling at the devils. The child was standing strong, at peace, full of joy and lovingly protected in the purple skirts. The child listened, learned and repeated what the man said.  And the man? …. Continue reading

A World gone Crazy

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This morning I felt overwhelmed by prayer needs and the need to pray.  If you are an intercessor, or one who prays, you have probably had those days too. My heart breaks today for the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch TN where 7 were wounded and a 39 year old woman was killed by a masked shooter.  And our eastern seaboard is projected to be pounded once again by a strong hurricane, the 3rd one, 4th if one counts the hurricane that kicked up storms while blowing itself out in the middle of the ocean. Puerto Rico lies in devastation from the same storm and Florida and Texas are still in crisis cleaning up from the previous two. And, my prayer list for personal needs, illnesses, sudden deaths in families and on and on is growing. Seems like every day I get more bad news that needs prayer.

What does a follower of Jesus do when the world has seemingly gone crazy around them? In the language of my first prayer partners who were all 80 something and I was a kid of 41, we PRESS IN.  That phrase when I first heard it back in the 1990’s made little sense to me. I was a new believer and my question at the time was “Press into what?” My mentors smiled a knowing smile and simply said “Jesus, of course.”

Brother John, tall graying black curly hair, with a wonderful base voice came over to my side. My hands completely disappear into his large knuckled chocolate brown hands… Continue reading

Call to Fast Jan 15th – 22nd

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We are in a most remarkable time in history. Though not much is “normal”, there is a lot of division, name calling and angst, the good news is our God is not surprised, He is still on His throne, the end of the world has not arrived (yet), and He has a perfectly wonderful plan for the USA to fulfill her destiny and glorify Him. We have taken many detours, but none-the-less, we are still on the road to His best for us! It’s hard to see the goal right now. The future is indeed hazy as the old passes away and the Lord institutes HIS NEW. In order to get clarity on our purpose, role, direction both individually and corporately during this time of change, the Lord put on my heart to fast 7 days from sundown on Jan 15th through sundown on January 22nd.

Read more about the fast by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheryl-birch-ministriesinc/a-call-to-fast-jan-15-21/1356976201000635

This is a multiple purpose fast to humble ourselves and draw closer to Him for redirection and refreshing… AND, for the transition of our nation from one President to another with PEACE. It is vital that we get in sync with our Father’s plans for us, our city, state, and nation. We MUST bless President Obama as he leaves office and bless President-Elect Trump as he enters office. That is our role as the ecclesia! To pray for all leadership whether we like them or don’t like them…. “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…” 1 Tim 2:1-3

I will be posting scriptures, prayers, encouragement and whatever Holy Spirit speaks to my heart on our ministry page at www.facebook.com/cherylbirchministries. If you are fasting with us, make sure you have “liked” our page and watch for those posts!

We Can Do It!!

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In a recent dream I saw a woman standing in total darkness. A bright spotlight pierced the darkness and lit her up. She held a microphone. She stood alone on a platform. Her head was down. She was dressed in white with a red wrap. She lifted her head. Her hair shone brilliant white and her eyes flashed with fire. At the top of her voice she shouted: I CAN! I CAN DO THIS! Then she began to sing in chant with great joy: I can! I can do this! over and over. I joined her in the dream and woke myself up saying “I can! I can do this!”

I took the dream to the the Lord in prayer and He gave me Psalm 98:1 “Oh sing to the Lord a New Song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the Victory!”

Some of the dream interpretation is obvious: The woman represents the church, the bride of Christ. The Light of heaven is upon her. She stands in purity wrapped in the blood of Jesus. She radiates glory and fire is in her eyes. She stands in a place of authority and her voice is amplified in the earth.

Holy Spirit also spoke this to me: Up till that moment in the dream, when she began to declare in song chant, she was not using her voice. And, by her words, there was a thought of failure and oppression of the enemy that needed to be dealt with through declaration.    1 Thessalonians 1:24 “He who called you is faithful, who also will do it.” came to mind.

Yes, Lord, let us sing a new song of faith in YOU, of trust that You can do great things as we take our stand and lift our voice declaring Your truth. Let Your Light shine brilliantly upon us and flow through us. Restore our joy in You for YES! we can do this! We can be Your Ambassadors in the midst of darkness declaring your Your marvelous love and works. There is Victory in Christ Jesus! AMEN!

A Season to Draw Close, Fast and Pray!!!

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Beloved Intercessors,
No matter where you live in the world, I believe it is vital that we start a fast and right away! It is a season to draw as close to the Lord as we possibly can.

I have been hearing about a need to fast coming from many different camps this past week and had planned to fast later in the month with another group – I will still do that. However, the ongoing assault against the intercessors and ministries on the front-line, not only in our area but everywhere, (from loss of loved ones, to sudden illnesses, to loss of income, to car accidents and on and on) is not abating with prayer alone. Then I must add to that the call to fast by the Lord this past Friday when I was praying for one of the mighty men of God in our city, to me Equals = we need to ramp up our prayers for break-through by adding some good old fashion denying of flesh. That is best done through a fast and I know it cannot wait!!!

The goal of the fast is to get closer to God, listen to Him, seek Him for Him, let the needs be known and allow Him to break down our selfish ways, and ultimately to defeat the enemy. Respond in declarations and proclamations as He reveals things, otherwise simply let Him arise and scatter the enemy as you draw closer and closer to Him.

Since this is quite sudden, which is designed I am sure to take the enemy by surprise, I am asking you join in the fast as best you can as soon as you read this.

Those of you that have fasted with us before know that I leave it to you how deep you wish or need to go into the fast. This season of fasting is immediate through the end of the month. We will fast until Saturday 9-12-15 take a short break and fast 9-17-15 to 9-21-15. I will post any additional dates.

While “fasting” television and electronic diversion is good during this time, it is not what the Lord is calling for. We are doing a food fast. Instead of spending time prepping food and eating, spend time praying and seeking to draw close to God.

Here are ways to fast for various folks that find fasting a physical challenge:
1. If you are taking medications that require food or are under a doctor’s care – please choose “giving up treats” as your fast to the Lord. For example: If you love your cup of coffee in the morning, give that up during this time or anything else that you will greatly miss, but will not affect your meds or health.

2. If you are working and need some energy during the day, a Daniel fast would be recommended or fasting a meal each day.

3. If you must have protein or you become ill, then give up carbs and sugary treats during the fast.

For everyone else choose any combination of fasting for the 7 day period. You can choose to do one thing all the days or a different type of fast each day. You and the Lord need to decided what He is asking of you.

Here are some ways to fast:
1. Daniel Fast: primarily veggies of all kinds, mush (like oatmeal), lentils, beans,
and fruit or nuts in small amounts
2. Juice and broth fast (no solid food,only liquids)
3. Eat only one meal a day – water, juice or broth the other meals
4. Give up one meal a day – eat very simple small meals the other 2 times
5. No food, water only (again, if you are not healthy enough to do this even one day,
choose another fast)

The enemy has to let go of what belongs to the Lord and thereby belongs to us! I see this fast working like a crowbar and prying the enemy’s grubby fingers off of everything he has grabbed. All glory to God because He is the one that will accomplish the victory as we turn to HIM!

Thank you for joining in whether it is one day or the entire season of fasting.
With love and joy to you
Remember to pray for each other!!!
Rev. Cheryl

Transition to Glory

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If ever there was a time to pray in all of history, it is NOW!

The spiritual SHIFT of the ages is upon us! The Lord is opening His ancient door and we are in passage to something wonderful in this remarkable season! As we move into the Feast of Trumpets, the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur – we can expect this huge shifting in the times and timing of the Father’s plans to impact the earth. He has been speaking to me for months now that we are in a Transition time to “full glory.” Things are happening all around us that are paving the way to culmination of this dispensation and the birthing of a whole new heaven and earth.

Those whom He is preparing in the body are about to become humble selfless Demonstrators of His NEW! Like a preview of what is to come, thousands of God’s anointed ones will move in concert to glorify Him in power.

Our journey through this Shift to the opening of His ancient doors to living with Him in Glory needs an abundance of prayer. We are dedicated to that prayer! We will be meeting this month on our usual 2nd Friday and that happens to be 9-11. This is not coincidence!

I believe the Lord is calling all who will hear to a season of more than ever intense intercession. And the call is LOUD and URGENT! When change of this magnitude is on the horizon, we must be in prayer so that we stay in one accord with His perfect plan, His word, and with each other.

Listen and you will hear the Trumpet Call to Prayer!

If you are in the Modesto CA area, join us at the Days Inn Modesto on Friday 9-11-15 at 7 Pm in room 105

Blessing you to stand strong in the Lord and the Power of HIS Might!