18
September

A Prodigal Comes Home

How Holy Spirit Brought Karen Wheaton’s Prodigal Daughter Back Home
By Larry Sparks for Charisma Magazine

 

This is one of the most powerful miracle testimonies I’ve ever followed. It’s especially powerful to me because I know many of the key parties involved—namely, Karen Wheaton, the mother of the author, Lindsey Wheaton-Doss.

I share this on my blog because I believe Lindsey’s story carries an impartation for hope and supernatural breakthrough. Read her words carefully. I encourage you to pick up her new book, The Way Home.  I believe there’s a powerful anointing on her story. She doesn’t try to clean things up, sanitizing the testimony. It’s real, raw and highly relatable to any reader who: 1) is praying for a family member, spouse or child to come back to the Lord or 2) who is currently in the same place Lindsey was in, under the tyranny of the enemy’s lies and accusations.

Lindsey Doss is the real deal. I wholeheartedly endorse her and her story, once again emphasizing that there is an impartation of breakthrough on this. The key is letting it get into your spirit and compel you to believe that if God could supernaturally transform Lindsey’s life and marriage, He can do the same for you! Continue reading »

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13
August

You Were Created to Stalk the Darkness ~ Kris Vallotton

There is a lie so demonically destructive that it has literally rewritten the history of the world, and yet this lie is so entrenched in Christian thinking that it’s rarely questioned. In fact, most believers have heard the lie so many times that they actually assume it’s a verse in the Bible. It kind of reminds me of one of my mother’s famous sayings, “God helps those who help themselves.” She repeated it so often that I was shocked when I started following Jesus, read the entire Bible and couldn’t find that verse anywhere. In fact I found the Bible to be quite the opposite of my mother’s mistaken understanding. I discovered that God helps those who can’t help themselves, won’t help themselves and who don’t know how to help themselves!

Unconscious Falsities and the Big Lie

Yet the lie I am referring to is not like my mother’s innocuous quote mistaken for a Bible verse. No! This lie actually undermines the destiny of nations, decommissions the weapons of our warfare, and derails the great commission. One of the simplest ways to get people to believe anything, (be it true or false), is to repeat it often. No one in modern history has ever done this better than Adolf Hitler. Hitler knew that if he confidently repeated his propaganda long enough, the masses would evidently assume it to be true. So persuasive was his lying ideology that he literally convinced an entire nation to genocide their Jewish friends and neighbors for the common good. Six million Jews were murdered at the hands of a compulsive liar! This should serve to remind us of the power of repetition and the utter depth of deception. Continue reading »

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5
August

How to Get Rid of A Performance Mentality – by Kris Valloton

Do you feel stretched beyond measure and constantly tired? Do you feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to measure up? I believe that performance is a struggle that every generation has had to work through. Why? Because performance is the opposite of a solid identity. It’s built on a religious mindset and man’s attempt to please God through self-effort and striving. Not only that, but it’s a religion of shame, offering no rest for the weary. It demands that we work harder, accomplish more, and perform better to achieve a sense of well-being and worthiness.

I think that every new season and challenge presents us with a question: Will we respond as sons and daughters who trust our heavenly father to take care of us? Or will we take back control and partner with performance? I want to break this down for us today so that we can all be free from performing, which honestly is a really exhausting way to live! Continue reading »

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4
August

A Love Letter From My King ~ Sheri Rose Shepherd with a note from Gerri

[A note from Gerri:  As the song says, “Into every life some rain must fall, but it won’t rain always.”  Recently I was going through a difficult time.  It seemed that so many things were closing in around me.  Ever felt like that?  Of course you have!  During that time I received an unexpected surprise box with lots and lots of goodies in it from a new friend.  I knew when I opened the box that she had prayed about what to send me.  Every single thing had ‘Love, From Father’ all over it.  One of the very special things she sent was a small devotional book by Sheri Rose Shepherd titled His Princess – Love Letters From Your King.  On an especially difficult day, I picked it up and it opened to the following letter.  I knew that day it was just for me.  I also knew  it is likely that someone out there reading this will find that today it is just for you!  May you be encouraged and blessed!  Love, Gerri]

Don’t get discouraged, My Beloved; pain is a part of life.  But I promise you that I will turn every tear you’ve cried into joy, and I will use your deep pain for a divine purpose.  Don’t try to hide your hurts from Me.  I know everything about you.  You are Mine, My Beloved!  I ‘m the only one who can handle your heart and restore you to health and wholeness again.  I, too, have felt great pain, rejection and anger.  But we can go through every trial together.  Hand in hand I will lead you back to My place of peace and joy after the storm.  The sun will shine on you again, and your heart will be healed.  I promise you that when you go through deep waters of great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown.  When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned.  [Is 43:1-2]  Love, Father

“It Won’t Rain Always”  by Janet Paschal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlyDIaOVliA

 

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1
August

Do You Need a Covering? by Wayne Jacobsen

This is a new chapter from the book Wayne is writing on The Phenomenon of the Drones.

Perhaps no teaching has been used more to subjugate the will of one human to another than that of spiritual covering. Under the guise of spiritual authority, people are actually instructed to obey a religious leader even at the cost of not following Jesus himself.
I don’t hear much talk of it stateside any more, though I know it’s here, but it came up often in my recent trip through South Africa. Spiritual covering is the idea that as a believer you need something or someone above you to protect you from deception and error. Some traditions teach that your local pastor or congregation is your covering. As long as you follow their teachings and submit critical decisions to them, they will keep you from slipping off the narrow way. Others claim they are covered by a denomination or denominational executive, or even the Pope himself.
It assumes God only works through hierarchical leadership structures and if you don’t follow them you are not following Christ. Continue reading »

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11
July

Soaking With Father – What Is It All About? by Gerri

 “When I am striving, it’s difficult to find love,  but when I am at rest, love finds me!”  Jack Frost  

Soaking goes beyond active participation to one of just receiving from Him.  Father instructs us in His Word to “Be still and know that I am God.” Ps 46:10.  When we are at rest and peace in His presence, we can feel like we are taking a warm soothing bath “soaking” in His Love or being wrapped in a warm silky blanket of love.  We rest from all striving to deserve His acceptance and pleasure and open our heart to commune with Father and be filled with His love.  We seek a place of comfort and receive from the Holy Spirit.  As we soak, Father moves in and soothes the troubles, confusion, and pain in our heart and replaces it with His love.

Each one of us has a need and desire for intimacy and closeness to the Father.  Soaking transports you into the arms of the Father where you can feel safe and secure. In this place, your mind must become quiet and free from the busyness of this world.   Here your heart is open to receive revelation, words of wisdom, directions for your life, pictures, images, visions, answers to questions, and understanding about yourself, others and the future.  We need these times to get refreshed and refilled before we try to minister to others.  We need to minister out of the overflow in our own lives.

This is not some form of transcendental meditation, mind blanking, projection, or other occult practices of the mind.  This is about inviting Father into your heart and to know His love more deeply. You let worship rise up in your heart and give yourself to Him.  Cover yourself in prayer and the blood of Jesus Christ before you begin to ensure that the enemy has no room to interfere.  You will be under His divine protection.

Here is how to begin. Find yourself a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down and put on some soft instrumental music, preferably being played by someone who was in the Spirit when it was recorded or at least by Christian musicians.  This music can be found on the web and on YouTube by typing in ‘instrumental Christian soaking music’ in a search. We recommend that you do not use music with lyrics as the lyrics tend to engage your soul [your mind, intellect and emotions]. The goal here is to listen with your spirit, not your soul. Often it will bring healing and rest as you listen. Cast all of your cares and concerns of the day onto Him and begin to focus on His presence and nearness to you.  Allow your body to relax as you fix your attention on His love and goodness.  As we move away from our busy lives, our concerns and worries, the schedules and “to do” lists, our work, and the cares of this world, we can begin to feel Father’s embrace and experience His love.  As we still ourselves, His desires and will are revealed to us and we are refreshed in His presence.  You may fall asleep. Not to worry. It’s OK because the Father can still speak to your spirit when you are asleep and give you dreams and visions!

It usually takes on the average about 10 minutes just to quiet your mind and stop thinking about the day’s events or what is ahead, so plan to soak for at least 30 minutes or more.  Often the Holy Spirit comes in waves, each one taking you deeper into His presence and love, so the longer you soak the better!  If you find your mind wandering or distracted, just gently bring it back to a state of peace and rest returning your focus on Father or Jesus.  If you think of something that needs to be done later, quickly write yourself and note and then return your focus to His love covering you.

 In conclusion, EVERYONE needs to practice the art of soaking with the Father. If you never quiet yourself before Him, it is very difficult for Him to speak to your heart. His primary desire is to spend time with you – alone! Like anything of value from the Lord, soaking will cost you something – your time and effort! Salvation is a free gift but sanctification will cost you everything! Practice makes perfect, so keep at it until you find yourself longing to be in His presence so much that you realize you cannot live without it.

 

 

 

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29
June

From Roger’s Journal – 6/27/17

The earth trembles, it quakes and shakes under the burden of sin that has accumulated. The breaking point is near. Individuals, families, organizations and governments will pay the unnecessary price for failure to accept My offer of salvation. Those who fight against Me, those who ignore Me, those who deny Me will regret their choices.   Those who have found Me, those who continue to seek Me, those who promote Me, will eternally rejoice for their righteous choices and reap the rewards of being a child of the Most High God. Let Me be ultimately and completely clear, I cannot and will not tolerate willful sin. The consequence of such a lifestyle is self-destruction. The choices between light and darkness are plainly clear to anyone caring to see. Are you seeking Truth? Jesus is the Truth. Seek and find Him and He will lead you to Me and to Kingdom living. I long to honor you as My child. I long to bless you and your family but most of all, I long to express My love to you. This is My ultimate gift for life is love and love is life. There is nothing greater than this. My love is the power to live life beyond the flesh into the spirit realm, into the super natural realm where I am. Religion will not save you. Performance will not satisfy you and bring you into Kingdom living. My love is the only pathway to complete satisfaction in the human existence. My offer is eternal and without prejudice. I AM says come!

Father

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26
June

“Tears that Fill the Bowl – How God Uses Our Tears” ~ by Jerry and Denise Basel

One evening Denise and I were sitting at the table after dinner and she was sharing a story with me—a story that was quite painful. As she shared she began to cry. After a few minutes she looked down and saw that one of her tears had fallen on the table and she remarked, “There’s another tear that needs to go into the Lord’s bottle.” She then commented, “I hope that the ‘bottle of tears’ gets tipped when it’s full just as the ‘bowl of prayers’ do.” I then responded with, “I’m not sure that you can tell the difference between the two.” Sometimes when you share something, you have a sense that what you’ve said has more behind it then just your own thoughts or ideas. This was one of those times. As I shared that last statement, Denise felt the impact and immediately said that I needed to write about it. She and I both sensed the Holy Spirit’s emphasis on those words.
HE COLLECTS OUR TEARS . . . AND OUR PRAYERS
David, in Psalm 56, verse 8, writes this of the Lord: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (NLT) In the Book of Revelation, chapter 5, verse 8, John writes, “And as he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense — the prayers of God’s people! (NLT)
WHY SHOULD I CRY?
Many times people will ask us, “Why should I cry? What purpose will it serve? Will it really change anything?” Though Denise and I understand Continue reading »

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24
June

How to be Brave – Kris Vallotton

Anytime I picture what courage looks like I think of soldiers, public servants and superheroes. But one thing I know for sure is that courage isn’t contained to a profession or a personality type. Courage comes from knowing that the God of the universe is for us and in us! Whether you’re a teacher, a stay-at-home mom, a photographer or a businessman, you are one of God’s champions! And as his winners, we weren’t called to sit around the palace sipping suds and polishing our armor. We have been left behind to transform the world.
Today I want to encourage you with a thought for the week—what would your week look like if you faced every circumstance that comes your way with outrageous courage? Check out this video to hear an inspiring testimony about bravery:

When Jesus said He was finished, He didn’t say you were! In fact, when Paul spoke of his apostolic credentials, he unleashed a list of beatings that would have scared Arnold Schwarzenegger. The very man who taught us about great grace was entrenched in a battle that scarred his body and troubled his soul. Yet some believers are convinced that life in the Kingdom is like tiptoeing through the tulips. They think they will win the nations through some pool party or beauty pageant.

Don’t Shrink Back

But women and men of radical faith and outrageous courage are forged in the fire of circumstances! They don’t shrink back when things get hard; instead, they press in and increase their intensity. When they see the naïve stumbling through darkness, they rise with wisdom to rescue helpless souls. What could happen if normal people, yourself included, got filled with God’s Spirit and became vessels for His power and courage? The world around us couldn’t help but be impacted.

So today I want to encourage you with this verse—Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” As you face this week I want you to hold onto this verse and breathe in the courage of heaven, let it soak into your spirit and let it rise within your heart! I bless you with a braveheart blessing to face fear with faith this week!

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25
May

Hearing God’s Voice – Graham Cooke

How many times have you heard these or perhaps thought them yourself? “God’s not answering my prayers”, or “Apparently, God just doesn’t want to speak to me right now.” I think more often than not, these moments of “silence” are more about our listening than about his communication patterns. God is always speaking in one way or another. The question is: are you quiet enough to hear Him? Too often, we’re simply not paying enough attention. Or perhaps we love to hear the sound of our own voices. And even if we don’t, there are plenty of louder people all around us, each with their own viewpoints on a subject and their own egos demanding to be heard. The world is a loud and belligerent place, lacking the subtlety of the Kingdom, but our identities are in the Kingdom and this is where we must learn to live from. As we find unique ways to rest, allowing thoughts of our identity in Him to develop, the situation we find ourselves in recedes in importance & His nudgings seem to be far easier to hear. Stepping back into God and the Spirit is vital. We have to learn to listen to the quiet voice, to sink into His rest, to simply pay attention. It’s in the secret places of the Spirit, places of meditation and deep thought, that wisdom can be developed. Wisdom is more than just experience and knowledge obtained; it’s the perspective that allows us to determine when to apply that knowledge and experience. That perspective cannot be obtained when we’re unfocused, scattered and closed down. It requires reflection, a spirit of transcendence, joy, and patience. As you become more and more acclimatized to living in rest, you’ll find the Lord pointing out odd little things during your day. Problems become opportunities in disguise, as you begin to hear what God has been saying all along while we were distracted and thinking about something else. God’s never distracted. He’s always listening to us and He’s always attending to us. We are just learning to listen to what He is always saying. So if you are looking to hear from God in a new and fresh way, seek to create a place of your own, places of stillness, where you can feel, think, relax and see things clearly. Make a place where you can relate to God and what His voice sounds like to you in the still places of your heart. It may be difficult at first to find the time and inclination, but nothing is really as important as being with God and hearing His voice. It moves, excites, and draws us into a more full encounter with His presence. It’s in this place that His voice becomes clear and easy. Enjoy it!

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