As I was reading Ephesians chapter 1 on January 1st I got grabbed by Holy Spirit and began to write in my journal. This is what the Lord gave me about the New Year and beyond:
This year My people will learn to TRUST me like never before. I will do great exploits for them so that they may do great exploits that glorify Me and build MY Kingdom!
My banner of TRUST flies over them. They will see the demonstrations that are the longing of their hearts as they humble themselves before My throne of grace and give to Me the reins of their lives. They are the ones that sit at My feet loving Me no matter the cost. These are the ones that long to hear My voice and yearn to see what I see.
A “Great Seeing” is upon these, My Beloveds. Ability to see Me high and lifted up; to see what they have not been able to see. A “Great Hearing” is being bestowed upon them even as you write this message. They will hear what they have not been able to hear. In the seeing and hearing they will be able to speak My words and perform My acts of mercy in the earth unlike they have ever done before.
No generation is like this generation. For Myself I have prepared a generation and I am raising them up. A generation that TRUSTS Me. A generation that WORSHIPS Me in spirit and in truth. This generation will shine for Me, glorifying Me, honoring Me; a chosen “generation of generations.”
All who will bow down I will lift up as mighty and strong in My love and power. Hurting, dying, lost souls cry out and this generation will hear keenly their hearts cry. They will bring in My harvest with joy; no longer fearful, no longer self absorbed, oppressed, or held back by life circumstances. The time of their testing and training for this season is over. Great opportunities are upon them to build My Kingdom. I have equipped them!
Through their tears and sacrifices they have become vessels of honor that I will fill to overflowing with My Brand New Wine.
(Speaking to each individual the Lord said tell them) Just a little while you will see your True Heart’s Desire!
My Beloveds, I am proud of you! My hand of favor is upon you. My love wraps you. My joy fills your heart and I am making you strong in MY POWER! I am wiping away all hindrances. Dust yourself off and GO!
Submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
January 1, 2019
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
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,
Beloveds of the Lord,
Today I have been overtaken by the Lord’s heart regarding the oblivious condition of the church toward evil. Every store I go to I am greeted by ghouls, skeletons, vampires, and grotesque masks and costumes along with ghosts and ugly jack-o-lanterns. To me it is a blight and my soul is vexed over this tribute to evil. But, sadly, I have discovered that much of the church goes about its day oblivious, or worse, they are preparing to celebrate evil right along with the world on October 31st.
My concern got me wondering why Halloween is a day to celebrate evil and that got me researching. I found out a lot of historic things about it having roots in pagan ceremony and superstition, but what really grabbed me a couple of years ago was the revelation that it is the night Martin Luther posted his theses on the church door for all to read. It was on October 31st 1517 that the wickedness of the then current religious order was exposed and the truth of the Word of God was restored to the people. The Reformation was birthed 500 years ago this Month! Oh, how the devil hated that then and how he hates it now! He has been seeking revenge ever since, successfully perverting a night, then a day, and now we deal with an entire month or more of disgusting evil displayed everywhere we go. And sadly, he has succeeded in desensitizing a huge portion of the church to the evil, and has successfully managed to get many of them to celebrate the evil and not the Reformation. (Read my article about this scheme of our enemy at: Should we Celebrate October 31st?)
It’s not clear how the church became so oblivious to evil. Some how, somewhere along the line, the church leaders decided to ignore Halloween occult practices, incorporate them as a draw, condone them openly and/or adopt them. That didn’t make any of it less evil, it just became less obvious as it hid behind the skirts of the church. People going to church were taught to accept it because their leaders did.
The result is that few church leaders in the USA now-a-days preach against the evils of it. But, I love God’s kids too much to let the year go by without saying something that may penetrate the lies and encourage even one person to step away from the wickedness of Halloween.
Though you may be one that thinks I am old fashioned or overreacting, I am not moved by your protests, so don’t bother to write. Nor will I accept or acknowledge excuses that “it is all in fun” or “it’s all make believe” or “we do it for the kids.” None of that washes and I won’t respond to those comments either. Why am I so stubborn on this? Two reasons: First and foremost, the word of God says to reject evil, even the appearance of it. To me the evil of Halloween has been and is quite obvious.
Here are just a couple of verses, out of many that are in the Word of God, telling us to turn away from evil things like Halloween and do good instead:
Amos 5:14 – 15 (NRSV) Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
3 John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
1 Peter 2:15 – 16 (NRSV) For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.
Secondly, I have first hand knowledge of the evils of the occult and its supposedly innocent fun beginnings “for the kids.” My Lord Jesus delivered me out of that trap in 1990. Celebrating Halloween as a child, led me to fascination with the occult. Living my life in occult New Age practices for over 20 years as an adult nearly killed me. I will never be silent regarding the dangers to both children and adults of playing around with demonic things, including Halloween, because I personally KNOW what can happen and I don’t want it to happen to you or your children!
You can read my testimony on cherylbirchministries.com . You can also view my testimony that was recorded a couple of years ago. I spoke regarding the need to step out of evil contrasting with a Halloween decorated set. View it by clicking Here.
As well, I have written an article from my heart called What Part of Evil is Good?
So, what if this article or my testimony has touched your heart and you are ready to step away from Halloween? How does one combat this evil? Answer: Renounce it. Repent for entertaining it and participating in it. Receive forgiveness and determine to step into GOOD! Evil is overcome by good!
Then, this time of year, start celebrating the Reformation! Have a Reformation Party for the kids. Sure candy is great and lots of treats. Cute, not evil, costumes add to the festivities. Celebrate with great joy! Have fun! Our God loves a good party that honors Him! When folks say “Happy Halloween” reply with “Happy Reformation Day!” When folks ask if you celebrating October 31st answer: Yes! I celebrate the Reformation every year.
Does that work? Yup! Been doing it for years and the conversations are astounding. The presence of God is remarkable. People ask questions! What is the Reformation? It opens doors to telling people it’s a celebration of the word of God or the Bible. That opens up a door to tell them about Jesus.
In this, the 500th year of God restoring His Word to us, let’s honor HIM on October 31st and give the devil a GOOD kick in his back side!
With much love to you always,
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 Christ, Philippians 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,