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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Multiplication

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Beloveds of the Lord,

Despite the natural circumstances of our lives, despite the apparent rise in persecution, despite the news headlines, the message I am overflowing with is hope and excitement. The Lord God is working in the earth and it is marvelous! The message I am receiving for the Remnant is Multiplication. Multiplication. Multiplication!

I recently read Chapter 6 in the book of John that describes Jesus blessing 5 barely loaves and two fish to feed some very hungry followers. They were out in the middle of nowhere with no food. A lad was the only person among 5000 men (and no doubt that many women and children with them) who had thought to bring food. He gave the fish and bread to Jesus.  Jesus blessed the bread and the fish.  He then began to break the food items into pieces. When He finished everyone had eaten their fill and His disciples gathered up 12 baskets of fragments. (John 6:1-14)

As I finished reading the story, I saw hands breaking bread over me. Over and over the hands broke bread. And, I heard the word “multiplication.”  As I heard it, I wrote the word in my Bible. For several minutes I sat quietly listening for more from the Lord God.  The room became electric with His presence. I waited and waited quietly concentrating on the Lord and His refreshing and healing presence. The encounter itself was more than enough for me! Then I began to write His message to me and I believe it is to all of us who are praying, interceding, seeking Him, learning and applying to our lives what we learn from Him.

Here is what I wrote:

A season of multiplication is upon you. Yield to My Hand breaking and dividing. I am breaking up old ways. I am dividing the good and the evil so that you can clearly see and know that which is Good. Choose Good! When you choose My Good, I will multiply it in your lives. Your minds will be overwhelmed with Good. Your hearts will overflow with Good. Goodness shall follow you. Goodness shall spring forth from you. Wherever you go, I will pour out My heart of Goodness through you. All that you set your hand to at My direction, I will multiply and prosper. 

This I will do as you choose Me and My ways. Every choice toward Me shall result in multiplication. Your season of prosperity in Me has come. Not prosperity as the world sees it. No, your prosperity shall flow out of your heart and your mouth shall speak it. Overflowing of all you need to accomplish My destiny for you, to walk in My purposes and plans, shall flow. 

Fear not the times you are in. Fret not over hard things you see around you. Ask Me and I will show you Myself in the midst of it all. You will prosper in intercession. Your declarations shall produce results. Your ability to believe and stand strong is multiplying. You shall hear Me clearer. You shall see in the Spirit, hear in the Spirit, and be lead of My Spirit into New Ways of doing nearly everything. Yes! Do life with Me – prospering and multiplying in all that I am and have ordained for you. 

I chose you, now choose Me and I will do MORE than you can dream.

Several days later, while I was attending a prayer gathering at a local church, I saw the hands breaking bread again. The message of multiplication, an endless supply of all that was needed for the ministry of that house, came to me for the Pastor and his congregation. More than that it confirmed to me that this message is for all who are praying and interceding.

Get ready intercessors and praying church! Overflowing multiplication is upon us!

With love and joy to you always,

Rev. Cheryl

Beginning of Signs

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This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:11

In a previous post the Lord spoke to my heart that He was ending some things right now, closing many doors, in preparation for a grand season of NEW.  (Read New Beginnings) This morning as I was asking the Lord what I needed to know in this season of endings and new beginnings, I felt directed to reread the first chapters of the Book of John.  As I read these favorite verses, suddenly they became as if I had never read them. The words became fresh and new, it fact alive.

In John Chapter 2 the story of Jesus turning water into wine simply overwhelmed me. It was like I was listening in on the conversation with Jesus and his Mother. I was visioning with the Lord.  In this type of vision I could see that the encounter was a tender exchange. Mary came to her son because she wanted to bless the bride and groom and the bride’s father, who was the host.  There was an intense sense that she completely trusted her son.  Also, that as His Mother, she knew him so well, and had observed Him and His capabilities for all His life, that she believed there was no one better suited than Jesus to bless the wedding and take care of the need.

His response was funny in the vision experience I was having. It was like He put his hands on his hips, cocked His head and with a grin said, “Gee Whiz Mom, I know you trust me to handle this, but I haven’t heard from my Father in Heaven on it.”  We know from scripture that He didn’t do anything unless He saw or heard it from His Father.  So, unless He did hear or see, it wasn’t going to happen. Mary knew that, because she knew Him so well. As I  continued to vision with the Lord, she smiles back at her son a knowing smile and then tells the servants to do whatever He says. After that she walks away. She appeared totally convinced He would do GOOD in this situation and would flow with blessing and provision. Continue reading

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.

With Pure Mouths

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Today I heard this from the Lord:
Tell My people with pure mouths they shall live and be blessed. With mouths full of curses they shall suffer consequences for they reject My ways. I do not wish them to suffer consequences of cursing themselves or others and urge them to enter into My blessings and My ways! They stand in their own way and what they desire is on hold. Understand that not blessing where they are and complaining is cursing. Understand that not blessing others and finding constant fault is cursing. Understand that I am not the member of any political party and I love those laboring in government as much as I love each human being in the world. Bless those who are your leaders and watch Me change your government, change your work places, change your churches, from the inside out I will change them. Bless yourself and others for Transformation is imminent for those who have a pure mouth. If My people will repent and represent Me. If they will speak My words of blessing, the desires of their heart shall be released into their nation.

submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch 2-18-13
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