Sincere Sincerity

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Beloved Ones of the Lord,

I receive a couple of emails/texts with scriptures each morning for inspiration and meditation. Maybe you do as well?  This morning it struck me as I read the messages that both scriptures from two completely different sources had the word sincere or sincerity in them.  Have you ever had a word seem to pop off the page when you read the Bible and you KNOW there is something special Holy Spirit is trying to highlight? That is the experience I had when I read these verses. While the revelation of the two scriptures could be taken different directions, it is sincerity and being sincere that is the message of the day, in fact, Holy Spirit is impressing upon me that it is a message for the days we are navigating right now.

So, what scripture verses did I receive? Here they are!

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of ChristPhilippians 1:9-10 NKJV

This verse features the Greek word Heilikrines = pure, sincere, unsullied; found to be pure when opened and examined in the sunlight

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT

This verse features another Greek word Ekzeteo = sincerely and diligently search out, scrutinize and investigate, demand, beg for, require and crave

Two sides to sincerity are presented by these words. Both are vitally, even desperately, needed at this juncture in time.  Holy Spirit is downloading to me right now that if we are to move forward and step into the Father’s glorious plans for the USA (read Golden Grain of the Threshing Floor ) and, if we want to be participators in His worldwide reformation (read Beginning of a Light Yoke Era  and  The Other Side of the Door), we must be both a sincere person (Heilikrines) and sincerely (Ekzeteo) seek HIM and HIS ways.

That prompted in me to begin questioning my own state of being much like David asked to be searched for any wicked way in him (Psalm 139:23). The question came to me: Am I sincerely sincere and do I walk in sincere sincerity?  To me that meant: Am I the real deal, Lord? Can you examine me in the sunlight? Yes, I am washed by the blood of Jesus, but have I dirtied my garments with no repentance? Am I seeking after You because I crave more intimacy with YOU; because I require YOUR presence. Do I sincerely investigate YOUR ways or do I walk in the presumption of my own desires? (Read Wisdom Beginnings)

These are keenly important questions the body of Christ needs to ask themselves as a precursor to being called forth as powerful Demonstrators of Jesus’ love in our world. Those who will “pay the price” of taking up their cross, sincerely seeking Him and following after Him WILL be rewarded! They will become amazing reflections of HIM and walk in the “greater works” promised in John 14:12. However, Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart right now: Know this! God’s power and the purity of His love cannot flow freely through an insincere vessel that is living a life seeking after Him periodically, or never doing so, or being stuck in the rote motions of a religious life.

It is time for MORE, for the amazing MORE that our loving Father wishes to pour out through us to those who do not know Him! And, we are being urged to enter our highest call! We cannot be perfect this side of heaven, but we can walk in sincere sincerity. Our Father in heaven can do a lot with that!

With love and great JOY,

Rev. Cheryl

 

 

 

 

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The Beginning

The Beginning – Part 1

As I was praying and asking Holy Spirit to guide me in what to read and study the next few weeks, I heard in my heart so clearly: The Beginning. Amazingly, a moment later I opened my Bible randomly and it was to the book of John Chapter 1. The first words are “In the beginning.” That “coincidence” certainly convinced me that I had received a “God-impression!”

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So, I started my study on “the beginning” with John chapter 1: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” I had written across the top a while ago; This Word is Jesus and Jesus is this Word! The chapter goes on to say: “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Those first verses got me thinking about creation and Jesus the Son of God, the light of the world. Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. 

Everything that was made, was made through Jesus. All good things, all things with a purpose to bless, from the very beginning of our world were created through Jesus. When light appeared it overcame the darkness,  What was void and formless it goes on to say, began to take on form and pattern. That pattern it says in John Chapter 1 was ALL reflective of Jesus, the Word incarnate, the Light of men.

So, the beauty of a flower, the intricacy of a living being, the complexity of a human being, the sweetness of a kitten,  the strength of the mountains, the loveliness of a grassy meadow, the power of rushing waters, the stunning majesty of a sunset or sunrise, the orderly pattern and design of the nature and the heavens, the spectacular variety and creativity found in our world (and so much more) are ALL a reflection of Him through Whom it was created.

Much gets blamed on God, but nothing dark, ugly, diseased, evil, deadly or malformed came from Him. That all that bad stuff entered our world when the first of humankind, Adam and Eve, opened the door for darkness to rule instead of light. These evils and banes in our world are reflective of the work of that old serpent, the devil and our human willingness to partner with his twisted and perverted plans to make God’s lovely creation hideous.

The most marvelous thought about this first day of studying “the beginning” is that even as all creation was formed through Him, Jesus knew the door to darkness would be opened and the purity and beauty of His creation would be tainted and twisted by evil. The magnificence of creation, the beginning, is that He also knew the end and all that would happen in between, including His death and resurrection. Yes, including the plan to redeem humankind and give us the opportunity to answer Him when He calls our name out of darkness into His marvelous light.  And, eventually, when the time is right, He will remake the entire earth into a place that is once again, totally reflective of Him.

Now, we have that which reflects Him in part. Soon, very soon, we will have “The Beginning of all Beginnings” when He revisits the earth as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  In the mean time, my prayer is that we all learn how to be reflections of Him in the earth as much as is possible. Let us step into our personal new beginning and be His light in our world.

Peace and Joy in our Lord!

Rev. Cheryl

 

 

 

 

Get Excited – Prepare Now!

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Though many folks are longing for things to “go back to the way they were” here in the USA, that is not at all what I am hearing from the Lord. Instead, He is speaking to me that it is time to press into Him and learn from Him His plans for the USA. He has begun a great and mighty work of change that will, if we respond, cause the USA church and eventually our nation to shake off “the way we were” and step into our greatest hour ever in all of our remarkable history.

Yes, there were good times in the past, but that is the old wine skin of the old days and we must become new wine skins so that He can pour out a brand new wine… a new way of doing just about everything!

We are in preparation right now to be part of His grand plans. Keep saying to yourself that Change is Good. Yes, whatever the Lord is changing is very good! No matter how much He is stretching you and challenging you in this season, know that every bit of the discomfort is worth it for the glory that is set before us!

Get excited and let Him prepare you now to receive the “new wine” for our generation! (Luke 5:36-39)

Refreshing Wind

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What I have observed is that weariness and a sense of oppression has been rampant among the remnant and intercessors. Truly it is vital that we continue to pray for each other as we go through increasingly difficult times of fear hitting our nation and more spiritual darkness comes upon the earth.

We have been in a season of steadily increasing challenges, a very unsettling time.  This message not to tell you that the world will be “normal” again, or that this season will go away and be all be over and done with soon. That is not the truth. The Lord has told me many times since the mid-1990s we are going to see very dark days and perplexing things in our nation and this world, BUT the church will glow brighter and brighter with His Love and Presence. We will be more and more His anointed representatives, Christ-like Ambassadors, and people will run to His Light.

Don’t give up and pull-back! We must continue to stand in faith, believe and pray,  for our prayers are benefiting our communities, state, and nation in magnificent ways we can’t yet see. Though He tells me many of you are tired to the bone, know that Jesus and Holy Spirit stand with you and all of heaven is responding to your prayers. All you may see, feel, hear and smell is war and resistance, but what you are doing is helping others receive from God what they could not receive or cannot receive without prayer intervention. Your sacrifice is worth it!

Hang on just a little longer is what I am hearing. There is a very specific and special refreshing wind for the intercessors and the remnant praying church that is about to be released by the Father. When it comes, be prepared for amazing change in YOU and around you. This wind is what many of you have been waiting for. He has told you about it and it is about to blow freely through the remnant church to give us strength and ability to stand for Him in these times.

Father God is very proud of you and pleased with you. Trust Him and keep seeking Him. The reward of His loving touch in your life and the resulting outpouring of salvation, blessing and favor around you is a treasure worth great sacrifice. He is worth walking through this trialing time.

Stand fast in Him and believe He loves you and has your best in mind.

With love and JOY,

Rev Cheryl

 

 

A Page is about to Turn

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On March 7th I had a most wonderful prophetic dream adventure with the Lord. While the dream has MUCH to say and was fairly lengthy, within the dream came a specific scene and prophetic word that I know I am to share with all of you as encouragement. I will be posting the dream when I am finished with praying through to a more full interpretation. In the mean time, for those of you that have been laboring in the Lord for many years, have been waiting on your dream, vision and destiny that He spoke to you would come to pass, and/or you have experienced what seems like delays and failures… this word is for you!
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Excerpt from the dream I call “Emerald” –
I don’t know how we got there but suddenly we were at a picnic-like place in the valley. I had seen this place from the ridge. When I looked around, Emerald was high up the mountain to my left.   There were many tables and chairs, but very few people were there.  The tables were all white. Most were under white canopies and there were white pennant shaped long banners on poles waving in the breeze. It was lovely.
 
We were gathered there in the sunshine for quite a while. I remember walking around. But, I don’t remember interacting with anyone.
 
Finally, one of the planners said “This failed – let’s go talk.” Everyone that attended the event, including me, sat down at a long white table in the sunshine. I remember that because sitting in the direct sun was wonderful and I am a shade seeker.
 
I listened to the group talking for a time. They were discussing their failure and wondering what went wrong.  Then, while I wondered what I was doing there with everyone, the Lord spoke to me very clearly. 
 
He said: There is man’s timing and there is My timing.  This event was planned in man’s timing.  A Page is about to be turned in My Book and when the Page is turned, My Plan will come to pass as it is My Timing.  Fret no longer over what you perceive as failures.  It was not yet time! You have been sowing into your destiny.  When the Page turns, everything you do will succeed in Me!
 
I stood up and told the group of this message from the Lord.  Several turned to me and said: Who are you? They were angry.  A couple of them got up and hugged me and said: Thank you!  The leader, the young man with glasses and sandy brown hair, I had seen before, and a young thin Hispanic man both said: Listen to her. We see this event was done in our own strength and timing. None the less, it is good seed for our future. Now, we will wait on our God.  
 
After they said that, all of us hugged one another.
 
This scene came in the middle of the dream. I am sure you are curious about Emerald and how the dream ends. I will share that soon. The most important part right now are the words of the Lord.  He is about to turn a page. It fact, I am certain that the shaking and stirring going on in the world is because He has lifted the corner of the page in His book. When He actually turns the page, life will change completely for all of us.
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We are in a time of preparation for that change right now. It is a season of training and discipline. So many leaders and long time intercessors are reporting they are in a season that is very challenging. Both difficult things and wonderful things are happening at the same time.  The difficult things at times are overwhelming and for some it has slowed them down or stopped them completely from ministry. But it is all in the Father’s hands. We are in a place of being purified in the valley (white banners & canopies) and purged of leaven of this world (read Purging Revival). Those who are willing have been practicing planning sessions with God, waiting on Him, and sowing into what they will be doing in the new season to come. Though the results have not always been what we hoped, nothing that we have done is wasted or a failure in Christ Jesus. No, it has all been training, even our mistakes.  His Bride WILL BE READY for the turning of His Page!
 
Be encouraged and get excited. The Father has HUGE wonderful amazing plans for His sons and daughters. Truly, no matter how good He has been in our lives, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet! There is much more goodness to come!!!
With love,
Rev. Cheryl
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Watch for the posting of Emerald  on this  blog
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Call to Fast for 21 days
We have also called for a time of fasting from April 1st at sundown to April 21st at sundown. Passover on the Jewish calendar begins at sundown on April 22nd. That marks the beginning of Yah’s (God’s) spiritual New Year. He is telling me it is VITAL that we humble ourselves through fasting before Passover. So, we will be fasting 21 days. Click here to go to information on the fast. I will posting on our facebook page prayers and encouragement during the fast. If you have not “liked” our page you can go to  www.facebook.com/cherylbirchministries.  Click the Like button, then when I post an update you will be notified. Please seek the Lord and join us in the fast as He leads you.

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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