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

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Best of Times or Worst of Times?

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It is seems these words by Charles Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities mean even more to us today than ever…

As  I was praying and listening to the Lord today these words kept echoing in my heart. My own challenges and the list of folks in desperate need of prayer for healing, finances, jobs, relationships, recovery, depression, grief and more seems to be longer than ever. Combined with dooms day prophecies and the endless stream of bad news from around the state, nation and world…
It appears we are in the worst of times. At least that is what the demonic forces want us to believe. 
 
But, it is NOT what I believe!

 

Raise up your heads brothers and sisters in Christ, shake off that heaviness, get your faith revved up!

 

These are indeed the BEST OF TIMES ever in the history of the planet!!! 
 
I am so excited over what our amazing awesome awe inspiring Father in Heaven is up to all around us! Unfortunately, especially in the USA, a cloud of demonic gloom has been trying to hinder the body of Christ. Too many of our prophets have tapped into that gloom seeing what is going on in the “second heaven” (where the demonic spiritual activity occurs) and the natural world where the enemy works manifest through people and world systems.  And, way too many in the body are believing we are suffering God’s wrath and that the bowls of judgement are pouring out upon us.

 

Good Grief everyone, the Bible is extremely clear that we, His kids, will NOT suffer His wrath. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.) The blood of Jesus has set us apart and before any final judgments and wrath pours out we will be in His arms. No, we aren’t there yet brothers and sisters! We are still in the dispensation of GRACE, maybe the very last days of it, but we are still covered by the blood, wrapped in His love and walking in mercy and grace here on earth. In fact, if we will look up to Him, and to what is happening in the “third heaven” where He dwells, instead of at the doom the demonic camp is trying to peddle, we will burst forth into joy, glory and favor here on earth as has never ever never been seen before!

 

How do I know this? Well, I know it because I am walking in the glory and favor.

 

Sure I have challenges and some are down right nasty, but I am not focusing on that! I am focusing on the greatness of my God!  In the past 2 years, I have seen more prayers answered and prophetic words come to pass than in my whole 26 years as a believer. In the past year, there has been more shifting and changes bringing about reconciliation and unity in the body of Christ than has ever happened in the entire history of this city and region. Apostolic and prophetic doors are opening that no man could have opened and no man can shut throughout the Central Valley and our State. Unified efforts in prayer from Alaska to the Baja on the west coast are growing!  For me personally, the opportunities to be an ambassador for Christ and to be a catalyst for unity are exploding. And, I see the same happening for everyone that is fixing their eyes on the the goodness of God and listening intently to His voice.

 

I am not seeing or hearing anything that is doomsday from the Lord. The numerous edifications and encouraging words pouring out of His heart tell me that…If ever there was a time to be encouraged and expectant, it is now!

 

What I am hearing is that it is time for a mature, faith-filled, saturated with love, walking in peace and joy, power of God reliant Army to rise up out of this challenging time.

 

It is the birth of and refining of this Army that is most on the Father’s heart. Our relationship with HIM is the most vital component of our future. Is He your vital source? Second, as Believers, it is so important that we do our job and BELIEVE right now that God is still in control. He is still on the throne, Jesus is still “ever making intercession” for us, Holy Spirit is still walking with us, guiding us, teaching us, protecting us, His Angelic Hosts are still helping us. Third, it is high time we rested in that awesome safety net knowing that whatever He calls us to do, we can do! Working in our own strength must stop. We cannot go forward until we are operating in His strength alone and trusting that His plans are perfect even when they mess up our plans, or maybe better said, when they correct our course to line up with Him.

 

Don’t let the deceiver and destroyer turn your focus to his plans and to the world’s craziness as the measure of your future. Your future is GLORIOUS! Allow whatever challenges you are facing to be used by the Holy Spirit to make you more like Jesus! When we are refined, renewed, refreshed, reformed, and revived… Wow! The Kingdom of God will begin to be established here on earth as it is in heaven!

 

Be encouraged, walk in confidence and joy knowing that God has not forgotten or forsaken you… your greatest hour is at hand!

 

With love,
Rev. Cheryl

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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