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

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Beginning of a Light Yoke Era

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Good news is pouring out of heaven to me today as it has for the past two days. As Yom Teruah just ended and we have begun the 10 days of Awe, ending with Yom Kippur,  Holy Spirit is leading all in the body of Christ, who will listen and yield to His promptings, into a new era. Yes, I said ERA.

This is the season of the year when our God makes changes. He ends things and begins things. Sometimes that is for the year, or the decade, or the century or all three. Today, I kept hearing from Him that a new era has begun where the body of Christ will steadily become the spotless wrinkle free bride for whom Jesus will return. She will be worry free, fear free, prejudice free, bitterness free, hate free… she will be FREE! No wrinkles of life will be left that cause her to stumble and fall. She will rise out the ashes of this life with none of the sorrows upon her. She will have finally developed eyes for Jesus only.  And, as she goes to Him He will present her with His “Light Yoke.”  This is the KEY to the new door He has opened wide. (Read Other Side of the Door). This is the KEY to the new era.

Matthew 11:28-29 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Holy Spirit also showed me today … Continue reading

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

Beginning = Love One Another

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And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 2 John 1:5-6

In my walk with our Lord I have found over and over again that every ending means God has developed in me a greater capacity to keep His commandment to love one another as He has loved us.  (John 15:12) This increased capacity to love as He loves creates a new beginning and He opens new doors for me to walk through in order that I may demonstrate His love in fresh new ways.  The hard part of this process is always the ending of a season, especially if that season has been the center of my life. The closing of a door can be confusing if it is something I had come to rely upon or had thought I would be part of forever. It can be painful as closing doors always means I have to let go of something whether its my opinions, habits, status and position, financial, or even people. Often the new door is not clear and I have needed to let the old door close in obedience following the leading of Holy Spirit without knowing exactly where I am going or why.

In this process of beginning, for I am determined to look at each ending situation no matter how painful as an exciting new chapter in my life, Continue reading

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

 

 

 

 

the Green Room

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For quite some time I have been seeing the number 4 everywhere, usually 444. In my New Year letter to you I shared an article on that which can be read on this Blog. The fours have been so persistent, as I follow the Lord’s instruction to claim the promises of 4, that I have taken much time to sit with the Him and learn more about this message to us. What struck me was Green is the 4th color of the covenant rainbow God set before Noah. It is the color of the bow that is over the Throne of God. And, it is the color of change and renewal, as well as, a symbol of Spring and new life. It is also, I am hearing in my times with Him, a message to us that we are in a season of tremendous growth. This green growing season is most specifically for those who will or are seeking Him above all else.
He tells me there are hundreds, more likely thousands, of disciples of Christ Jesus who are right now in His “Green Room.” It is a place of waiting, of precision preparation and of such intense growth into His likeness that it aches and even hurts in the deepest places of our souls. This is a place of personal isolation, yet we are not really isolated. Life goes on around us and we are interacting and productive, but we are also separated out for a specific season with Him. It is hard to describe this place. It is doing daily tasks, attending church, or prayer group, interacting with others, but feeling out of sync with it all as Father God calls to us to cling to Him. Some in the Green Room are wondering if they have “lost it” as their life has so radically changed. What worked in the past, is not working now.
Past ways are not working because we are in a waiting room just this side of brand new – but, the good news is that even God’s waiting rooms are lush and green and full of life.  I saw this place as an emerald cave-like room. It has no furniture. As I entered the room I felt alone. But, then I realized He was there. He was everywhere. It was empty of worldly things on purpose. There was nothing in the room to distract me from Him. As I looked around the room sensing His presence suddenly stairs lit up; Beautiful Golden Stairs that led to a chamber where there was a white table with chairs. A young man in a white tunic sat at the head of the table and many others like me sat at the table. There was an empty chair for me and I sat down. Jesus, the young man, spoke with us there about life, His love, and His plans.
Yes, it is a room of separation and God Himself has called us to this chamber. In many ways it is a lonely place as the distractions of our lives,ministry, work, and achievements are stripped away. It is also a vitally necessary place. Once in the Green Room as we wait on Him we are privileged to find out how independent of Him we have really been; how much we have relied on ourselves and asked Him to bless what we have done.  It is also a lush place of rest. True rest in the Lord is rare, but those in the Green Room are learning to truly rest; to fearlessly trust their God and King.
Some are being called out to make surprising life changes. In many cases God has inspired this group to move to a new city where they know few or no one in order to get them to center their attention on Him alone. Others are being called to leave behind long time ministries as the doors close on that season and He prepares them for the new doors opening. Still others are being asked to give up some things very dear to them that are no longer needed for the season we have entered.  It can be a confusing time as the old is closed and the new is established. That is why this message is vital.
He says stay in the Green Room until it is time… This is important. Just as the green room in our culture is the place that people wait and do their last minute preparations just before they go on stage at the appointed time, His Green room is our last minute preparation before we go on His stage at His appointed time.   Yes, those of us in preparation right now are about to be revealed as sons and daughters of God; as Ambassadors of Christ who are Demonstrators of His Love, Power and Word.  A Spotlight will be upon those humble servants who persevere and are relentless in their pursuit of Him. They will not put themselves in the limelight. God Himself will shine His light upon and through them.
Be most blessed and full of HOPE & JOY!
Rev Cheryl

2017 and beyond – renewal 444

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I am so excited over what Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart and the encouraging words He is releasing for those following after Jesus – 2017 is a year of increased exchange of religious works for relationship with Father God. As the Breath of God brings more and more change there will be Acceleration like never before! Four winds are being released for this next 4 years! (more on that later) I am seeing 444 everywhere as a message from the Lord – He spoke to my heart to claim “the promise of 4” as we are swept into a dynamic convergence that is bringing new breath, new life, new winds, new season for the body of Christ (Ezekiel 37:9).

It is also a season for intense intercessory mediation (not only meditation but mediation -standing in the gap) and declaration – with mediocre ineffective prayer disappearing steadily from every gathering of the saints over the next months and years . It’s a time for dreams, destiny and vision fulfilled that will wipe away all stains of a long season of hope deferred… it will be studded with amazing encounters with God as He, Himself, steps up His work to conform us into the image of Christ so that our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us. Yes, that means increased transformation leading to total reformation of people, groups, ministries, and church as we know it.

It is time for us who have never given up and have pressed into the things of God to take our seats of authority in His Name. As we do, Cities, over the next few years will have “changed in day” experiences and we will see nations exalted and nations brought to their knees as the glory of the Lord is visibly seen upon His own.

Stay in the Word saints of God, let Holy Spirit do His work in you and know you are surrounded by heavenly Hosts to help you and protect you – Be brave, be bold, and trust HIM as He calls you to unusual things! This is going to be quite the year and quite a 4 year period! As the Lord reveals more about 444, I will post again.

With love, joy and GREAT HOPE in our Lord, Rev Cheryl