To be Content

Content Kitty

In my “wonderings” with the Lord praying and asking Him what His purposes are during this difficult time in our nation and around the world, a specific scripture keeps popping into my head from Philippians 4:11-13: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

While navigating this time of isolation, fear, panic, and global pandemic, I found it exceedingly helpful and comforting to know that the Lord is using all this to do a work in my heart and the hearts of His kids. He is intensely and precisely helping us separate out our dependence on other things and people so that we depend fully and completely on Him. In the USA there has been much we thought we could always rely upon. In the matter of a few days the Lord gave us a grand revelation: WE REALLY CAN’T RELY ON ANYTHING BUT HIM! All things in this earth are subject to change, even our ability to gather together to worship Him. Only His Kingdom is rock solid and it is not dependent upon a church building. It is Him and Him alone.

As our lives are turned upside down, we are being given a marvelous learning experience in how to be content in Christ whether we are abased or abounding, as well as, how to worship Him whether we can be face to face with each other or not.

Being so dependent on Him, unconcerned and trusting as are our sleeping pets, is the place He would have us dwell. Not that we have attained, but that we are willing to be changed and desiring to live that freely!

Note that Paul said “I have learned to be…” That tells me it is something he did not have at first, but that he had experiences Holy Spirit used to teach him. He leaned into Christ Jesus, trusted His Spirit, and depended on the Father step by step until he could say that he had learned how to be content in everything and that his strength to do so came fully and completely from His Savior. We can be examples of this kind of contentment in Christ to others. What an amazing witness to the fearful ones and pre-believers in our lives as we exhibit trust and not fear!

Thus, this very special opportunity for transformation and reset in our lives is full of heavenly treasures! It will produce in us more ability to understand the heart of God, to hear Him more clearly, and to pray prayers that line up with His will and ways. It is part of the Shalom of God to be whole in our hearts no matter our circumstances and to be hope-bearers to others for the glory of our Lord. Power packed intercession will result!

I don’t know about you, but during this time of isolation I discovered how much I took for granted. And, I also found out about the “crutches” I had created and depended upon that were unknown to me. I had no idea they were taking the place of fully depending upon God. As this revelation unfolded repentance poured out of me and gratefulness to God for every little thing He provided flooded my heart. And He has provided everything we need! Not what I may want, but all needs have been met.

In this season we MUST depend upon and trust Him and Him alone to take care of us and our loved ones; to keep us healthy, safe, and provided for. No longer can we step in and purposely or unknowingly try to birth our own dreams and future. We must seek HIM for everything. He has provided this time for us to discover our true condition and to learn to wait on His answers. As we stand fast and refuse to give in to the enemy’s plans, we will see the grandest most glorious victories!

Truly, He has spoken to me that as we stand fast in contentment, patience, and in the strength of our God, allowing Him access to the recesses of our hearts, and purpose to accept His transfiguring changes, when this time is over we will see an explosive launch of ministry! Amazing ministry, not only for those who are our leaders, but for all of us! A Magnificent Turning is upon us as we pass through this Very Great Test. The fulfillment of our destinies and His glorious presence is our reward!

May the Lord Richly Bless you with renewed purpose, fire, and fervor as you seek Him and step into His plans and purposes!

With JOY and Peace,

Rev. Cheryl

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Hope

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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

Can One Man can Save the USA?

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Precious body of Christ,

Today I was drawn by Holy Spirit to re-read a post I made back in 2012. He asked me to share His word to us again. With minor edits inspired by Him, it is more than ever for us today!   I share nothing on this blog unless Holy Spirit has inspired me and prompted me to do so. Therefore, I know this message is vital for us now and it is an encouraging reminder that our prophetic destiny as a nation lies in HIS HANDS ALONE and He WILL use US to bring about that destiny!

The word of the Lord to me for 2017 and beyond is this: It is vital we stop focusing on one man as if he could possibly stop the glorious outpouring our God has destined for our nation. Or, focusing on him because we believe that this elected leader is the “be all end all” savior and answer to our nations woes.

No matter what you think of the President, he is not higher than God or His Word. He was put in place by God, as are ALL leaders, to fulfill His sovereign plans.  None the less, it is not one man, though elected to the high office of President, that will affect the destiny and course of this nation. He is part of God’s overall plan, yes, but, it is the prayers, choices and actions of the Ecclesia, the body of Christ, the disciples of the Lord Jesus, who hold the destiny of the nation in their mouths and actions. God flows His plans through us. Thus, We, the Ecclesia, can either hold back or release the nation to prosper and flourish. What we pray, what we speak out, what we do is the key. God is watching and waiting for a people after His heart… A People that understand ONLY ONE MAN can SAVE the USA and that is our LORD JESUS CHRIST!

With that said here is the message from 2012 Holy Spirit is renewing for the day we are living in; with His updates included: Continue reading

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

 

 

 

 

Golden Grain of the Threshing Floor

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This morning Holy Spirit highlighted to me Micah 4:12-13 But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.

Immediately I heard from the Lord:

The USA has entered a time of threshing, but My people have little understanding of what I am about to accomplish through them.  As they come to KNOW Me, I will give them my thoughts, I will thresh them that they may become loving threshers for Me and bring to Me much golden grain. I will strengthen them, embolden them, and give them power to conquer with My love and truth. They are My consecrated ones. They are My substance in the earth.

“But, I know You, Lord!” you say back to Me. Do you? is My response. Yes, you have salvation, my dear ones, yet there is more! Continue reading

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

Rapid Fire

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For about two weeks now I have been hearing the words “rapid fire” echo in my mind and heart. Every time I think of and begin to pray over what has been happening in our nation since November, and especially the last three weeks, I find myself praying regarding the “rapid fire” changes taking place.

When our President took office his first weeks can only be described as “rapid fire” as he implements his campaign promises. Whether or not you like President Trump is not the point here, it is the speed at which change is occurring on all fronts…except one: The USA Church. But, not for long. Stability of the status quo of the USA church is not the Father’s goal for us. It is instead: metamorphosis.

This is what Holy Spirit spoke to me last week: In like manner of what your President is doing and with the same intensity of change that is happening in Washington DC, I will change My Church before your very eyes. This is an answer to the prayers of the remnant who have without ceasing labored in prayer and come to Me constantly on behalf of your nation, your states and your communities. Now, I am about to send RAPID FIRE CHANGE to My Ecclesia. My people must become My people in ALL ways.

Out of My intense love for you USA Ecclesia and because you have been entrapped by tradition and religion… because you have been prevented from rising to fulfill your destiny in Me by hundreds of years of circumstances, much of it beyond your control, rapid fire change is about to be released to set you free to be Me to lost, confused, deceived, dying souls. The anguish of their hearts cries out to Me and YOU are their answer. They need NOT to hear about your religion. They need to hear about ME!

An army of AMBASSADORS are finishing their training right now. When I release them, RAPID FIRE will flow through them. They will not care what men and women say about them. Criticism will role off of them. (Look to your President as an example of this remarkable trait I will bestow upon these ones.) They will hear Me. They will see Me. They will do what they see and hear. They will demonstrate My love and distribute My promises to those in great need.

Many in the institutional churches will be surprised by this, shocked and disturbed by the boldness of these MY Ambassadors of Rapid Fire Change. Beloved, I do not want you shocked and surprised as My holy desire and jealousy after you consumes all that was not instituted or built by Me; all that is entrapping you. Let Me prepare you now. Look at the changes in your nation as preparation for what is about to be released that will undo QUICKLY multiple years of bondage to half-truths and entrapment by words given to you by those who have, with well-meaning, perpetrated lies.

As quickly as the institutions of Washington DC have been inundated and plunged into change, the institutions of Christianity will experience the same. I am about to empower with Rapid Fire all who will receive during this season of transformation. You are about to undergo metamorphosis. What you have been will pass away and you will emerge in NEW LIFE. Yes, there is war in the heavenlies over your nation. Yes, there will be war over your lives as you answer My call to let the old pass away and you engage in the NEW. You will become part of My solution. Yes! My beloveds, do not fear this change! Embrace it! Choose instead to become part of My army of Ambassadors walking in My love, My light and My power.

Released 2-11-17 by Rev. Cheryl Birch

Addendum:
As I was researching today (2-13-17) more about “rapid fire” I found a prophecy from Chuck Pierce release January of 2016. While the prophecy is long, there is a short section I felt appropriate to post here as I believe what I received a couple of days ago is connected:

Watchmen Arise! A Year of Rapid Fire!
“Watchmen, arise. Let your tongues be the pen of a ready writer. As you write, as you bring down the strategies, I am going to cause doors to fall like dominoes. I am going to cause gates to be blown off the hinges. Watchmen, write what you see, write what you hear; I am fine-tuning your ears. I am opening your eyes in a new way. I am bringing you up to an aerial view, so you can look down into the enemy’s camp. You will speak and write specific things, and you will cause ambushments to be set in the enemy’s camp.

“Judah, Judah, I am waking you in a new way. For even as I caused the gates to shake for Paul and Silas as they prayed in the night, so Judah will be awakened in a new way. There is something I am awakening you to, to discipline you in, this year. So break through that fear that’s surrounding you.

“This will be a year of ‘rapid fire.’ This will be a year when I will be shooting down, like lightening, upon My people. For I am calling fiery warriors into place. I will do things in you that you have been waiting to see, but I will call you into a place where I want you to pave the way for others to see. Know that this is the year of the travail of rapid fire.

Read the entirety of Chuck Pierce’s prophecy here: Chuck Pierce Prophecy

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Call to Fast Jan 15th – 22nd

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We are in a most remarkable time in history. Though not much is “normal”, there is a lot of division, name calling and angst, the good news is our God is not surprised, He is still on His throne, the end of the world has not arrived (yet), and He has a perfectly wonderful plan for the USA to fulfill her destiny and glorify Him. We have taken many detours, but none-the-less, we are still on the road to His best for us! It’s hard to see the goal right now. The future is indeed hazy as the old passes away and the Lord institutes HIS NEW. In order to get clarity on our purpose, role, direction both individually and corporately during this time of change, the Lord put on my heart to fast 7 days from sundown on Jan 15th through sundown on January 22nd.

Read more about the fast by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheryl-birch-ministriesinc/a-call-to-fast-jan-15-21/1356976201000635

This is a multiple purpose fast to humble ourselves and draw closer to Him for redirection and refreshing… AND, for the transition of our nation from one President to another with PEACE. It is vital that we get in sync with our Father’s plans for us, our city, state, and nation. We MUST bless President Obama as he leaves office and bless President-Elect Trump as he enters office. That is our role as the ecclesia! To pray for all leadership whether we like them or don’t like them…. “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…” 1 Tim 2:1-3

I will be posting scriptures, prayers, encouragement and whatever Holy Spirit speaks to my heart on our ministry page at www.facebook.com/cherylbirchministries. If you are fasting with us, make sure you have “liked” our page and watch for those posts!

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

Hang On!

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This is a dream and message of HOPE for the USA.
Yesterday (August 21) I was quite despondent all morning and very concerned in the spirit over our nation and our future. That is unusual for me as I have been inspired by Holy Spirit to stand in great hope for the USA even during the darkest of times. But, I had seen in a dream something disturbing. I saw a great house. It was Colonial, painted white with black trim. It was three stories with pillars out front, lovely green landscaping, on a hill overlooking water. There was bright sunshine on the house at all times. Then before my eyes the house was ripped apart. Holes in the roof and walls appeared. Windows broken and shutters askew. There was a man working desperately to save the house, but as fast as he repaired it new destruction occurred. He worked harder, sweating. He took off his shirt, tightened his belt, and worked on the house but, it kept falling apart and missiles blew holes in it. He finally fell on his face exhausted and lay on the ground. He got up after a bit and walked toward the water and stepped on to a wooden boat dock. He fell into the water face first, rolled over, face to the sun, and floated away out of my sight. Very oddly his chest shown brightly with radiant gold. I woke up horrified and saddened.
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But, the dream was not what I thought it was. No, in seeking the Lord, it was not the depiction of destruction, loss and suicide that my soul perceived. It was a depiction of the church finally letting go of working hard to keep up a structure our loving Father is trying to tear down. Holy Spirit quickened to me that it was specifically a picture of the USA church. The Colonial house indicated the church in the USA stemming from her very beginnings.
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The man in the dream represented all the ministers of the gospel trying to keep things the way they are – trying to hold back change and transformation of the USA church. But, we must be transformed. A reformation has begun. The old structure has to be removed and God’s structure built by His hands. When the man fell, it was on his face. Good position. He fell in humility. He walked away from the old and fell into the washing waters of the word of God, face first – in humility – and then turned around completely, facing the sun, and let the waters carry him withersoever God would have him go. It was a picture of submission, repentance, and turning to God’s ways. His heart glowed golden with God’s presence as he floated away.
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After the dream, I received this message from the Lord:
Hang on! For the prayers of the righteous have come before Me this day on behalf of the United State of America. Bow low before My Presence and I will raise you up as beloved children. Hold tight to me and watch as I cleanse your nation of wicked schemes from within, of plots to destroy, of long-term iniquity that seems impossible to overcome. Of these impossibles I say: NO MORE! What humankind cannot do, I CAN do and WILL do before your eyes and in the hearing of your ears.
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Let not sadness or grieving overtake you during this time. For on a grand scale, to the North, South, East and West, I will shake out and reveal the hidden things of men’s and women’s hearts. The sleepiness of your nation will change in a day. My Body is waking up and, as they come fully awake to the futility of their strivings and self-made kingdoms, they will see Me. They will see My Glory and the magnificence of who I AM will terrify them; but not to death. They will be startled and provoked to new life within their New Life. Such as I have done in their hearts will shine forth like the noonday sun. What they have treasured of their own doing will fall away as dust in the wind of My refreshing breath.
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The dry bones shall live! You shall live and serve Me and My purposes. You shall not die USA church but, it will feel like it as I transform every aspect of you inside and out.
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Evenings will be sweet in My Presence and mornings drenched with the dew of My love. Your days will be filled with joy in the harvest and in the night hours I will speak clearly and show you all that must take place. And, I will strengthen you for the season of trials to come.
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Yes! Bow low before Me, my dear ones, and trust Me implicitly to bring you to the place of your greatest, your highest, call in Me. A place of supernatural servanthood.
Your nation is My nation and I will shut the mouths of those who curse her; the mouths of those within and those without.
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Every nation is My nation and what belongs to Me, I am about to take out of the hands of those who hate Me. Salvation shall flood the earth. Though the battle be fierce, Rejoice! Look up! Watch! See what I will do in your midst and Rejoice!
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Respectfully submitted,
Rev Cheryl Birch
8-22-16