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My Two Cents ….

One thing I have noticed (if I can share my two cents) … is how lethargic people are to prophecy. The word tells us not to despise prophecy another version says not treat prophecy with contempt. Even in the old testament people told the prophets to stop prophesying!
Most of us run to horoscopes and fortune tellers and palm-readers, taro cards and the like but never think to seek the Creator of all things for direction and to know what the future holds for them.
Prophecy wasn’t given to us to simply “tickle our fancy” but to set our lives in motion, to unlock things, to establish, to encourage, edify and comfort and to give direction. Prophecy helps you set focus, tells you what’s worth fighting for and what just isn’t worth it. Paul told Timothy to keep the prophecies made about him and to recall them so that he may fight the battle well.
Without a vision/prophetic vision people perish. It is important for us to know what God’s thoughts toward us are so we do not settle and conform to just anything an anyone. It is important to know what God wants to establish in our lives so that we don’t waste time with dead things. It is important that we know where God wants to take us so that we don’t wonder around the mountain for 40years!

I dare you all to seek out the word of the Lord for your lives.

p.s. Yes, He is a know it all


That was Random…

I just wanted to share “again”  something that I noticed the other day talking my daughter, Michaela.

My husband was taking me to work last week and our babies (not so much babies) were in the car and my daughter said to my oldest son, Elijah .. “Have you lost all of your teeth”  in which he answered after thinking for a minute  “No”.

So, she goes on to ask him … “Well, when did you start losing your teeth?” she yells to me in the front seat … “Mommy, when did Elijah start losing his teeth?”

I told her that Elijah began losing teeth when he was five, I said you don’t remember Micci and she answered and said “No, I was only 2”.

“Ding, Ding”  … that’s when I had a moment.

….. I always tell people what intrigues me is that in a relationship such as a marriage;

you have two separate lives now that you have to mesh together all the while still respecting their life individual calling and purpose.

I hope this is making sense.

It does in my head LOL.

But we are taking each individual life and now making it one.

I take my husbands attributes his gifts and talents .. his ultimate life purpose and not only am I pushing him, not only am I trying to push him to seek out what is it God has placed within him ..  and at the same time he does likewise with me.

Cool thing is, is that both of us can benefit from one another!

In the natural … he is a network engineer. His aspiration is to own his own company doing all that great “techy” stuff.

My aspiration is to open a transition center for women.

Ok, our two individual aspirations .. can become one when I finally open my center and he has his IT company and we come together and do business.

We have intertwined our aspirations.

So, I said all that to say …

That is kind of confirmed everything that I thought before.

Even in my children’s’ lives and the way I viewed them.

I realized that even though they are under the same roof  and share the same parents, they both have their own separate gifts, talents and purposes.

It was just an eye opener for me … to hear that she did not remember when her brother lost his teeth and even though they were under the same roof they were in different seasons and at different points in their life.

I love that  at any given point you can be in a crowd of  people and they are all in different seasons of their life.

Awesome thing is … God is tending to all of them, pruning some, watering some, inspecting fruit on some, and uprooting some.

That right there also reminds me and causes me to respect the seasons of others.

Just because I am in the season of harvest (just as an example) does not mean I pick on, beat up and judge the next who is still in a time of sowing.

We need to be sensitive of those around us and not so quick to “judge” someone.

We are called to be ready in and out of season to correct,  rebuke, and encourage with GREAT PATIENCE AND CAREFUL INSTRUCTION.

So while we do not have to be a “respecter of  persons” we do need to be a respecter of seasons and us what we have gained in past seasons to encourage and help someone make through theirs’.

 

Happy Blogging.

 

 


Sharing is Caring … part II

Hey Fellow Bloggers!

I pray that you all have had a wonderful day! It is currently 91 degrees here in Richmond … and while it is hot I am still enjoying all of it!

I just wanted to share with you all briefly what God pressed into my spirit this morning while in prayer!

LOL … I laugh at that because it sounds so deep and so ultra spiritual … and while it is spiritual the act of praying and communicating and talking to my Father, it really won’t all that deep. I was actually praying in my car on the way to work.

I try to challenge myself and pray in my heavenly language the entire way to work …

Anyway, while I was praying God pressed in my spirit and I mean literally I could feel it on my heart and in my chest so heavily .. I do not know how you hear a feeling but that is exactly what happened!

But what I heard/felt was …

“That the Body of Christ is great  and it’s alive and that the Bride is being adorned and she is beautiful”

I was so excited and filled with such joy it was incredible … but as always I encourage you Saints and Children of God to keep pressing.  We are His church we are the Body and Christ is our Bridegroom and the Head of our lives and He is coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle.

I do pray in this season that we all stand together in unity … a unity as never before. I pray that we stand with the full understanding that we are many parts that make up one great and awesome body. Regardless of your function you are needed and there no big “I” and little “Me’s” or “You’s” in this thing.

There is one great “Him” though! LOL

I also found myself praying that in this season God will begin to pour out His spirit on all flesh and that a great prophetic voice begin to rise up within the body. I prayed also that a great evangelism will begin to take place in the land and that God would begin to raise up a people that will set the pace and that will show people the difference between holy and unholy. In Ezekiel God had priests who dressed a certain way and wore their hair a certain way and were set apart so that everyone would know the difference between the things that are holy and the things that are not.

I prayed that this will begin to take place in the land and that people would see and know … and that great and strong conviction would rise within the people and they would have and experience a true repentance and have a true turning away from sin.

I am always amazed … that we are one body with many different parts. I am totally in awe and I am honored and often humbled to be in fellowship to labor with the people that I do within my church. It is important that you know those who labor among you .. not just so you can say who is lazy and who doesn’t work or handle things in the same manner as you but to be able to utilize what God has placed within them.

It took me time to realize that for myself honestly .. if I can be real.

So many times people within the body spend so much times looking at what so and so does and can do that we don’t realize that we ourselves are fearfully and wonderfully made.

It is enough being me … why in the world would I try to be someone else.

Doing way too much!

So with that, encourage you to embrace who you are and who you have been created to be. Have full confidence in God that when He created He knew exactly what He was doing and why and know that we have not fully obtained the fullness of Christ but we PRESS!


Article: 10 Roadblocks of Prophetic Ministry

Praise the Lord!

I’m sick and in bed and my Husband will not let me do anything (which is not all that bad)! So while I am temporarily on bed rest I decided to catch up on some work and catch up on my blog!

I wanted to share an article my Pastor posted to Facebook earlier today.

10 Roadblocks of Prophetic Ministry.

Since, the end of January I have been a student in the Elijah’s Company, School of the Prophets. It is facilitated by my  AWESOME Pastors, Apostle Michael and Prophetess Danielle Hathaway.  Where we have thrown ourselves into the prophetic and into the different realms, different streams, different administrations, different giftings of the prophetic.

Honestly, I have learned so much about the prophetic and so much about God himself through this class and it has really been an eye opening experience for me. I have so gained so much clarity and confidence in who I am and who I have been created to be these past few months.

I was speaking to my husband the other night (Monday night to be exact) and I had just came from a conference and ordination service for my leaders; we had traveled down to Portsmouth Virginia and so I was completely full and still basking in God’s glory. Prior to me coming down stairs and talking to my husband, I was thinking that what I have obtained, the peace, the understanding, the clarity, the joy …. I was thinking that I must do what I have to do to keep it. I felt as though I was in a good place spiritually.  

So anywho, I came downstairs to chat with my Hubby and he said to me

“You are in a good place, where things are clear and you have gained some clarity. You have come from out of the fog and even thought things aren’t totally clear you can still see more than you did before and now you must keep yourself out of the fog.”

I was blown away … because I had just thought that and I had not said anything to him. I hadn’t really had the opportunity to share all the events, so there was nothing for him to go off of.

Then, I was blown away because I was like I know my Daddy hears me and I received it as confirmation.

My Hubs was on point.

I told myself that … I do not want to be hindered when it comes to hearing from God and ministering to His people. We are one body with many different parts and whatever part you may be whether the arm, neck, shoulder, collar bone, finger, spine .. a ligament whatever you are, where ever you find yourself do it all to the glory and do it with all your heart.

God is always speaking. God loves His people.

There are people who currently are not in position to hear God’s voice, some people are not in a place where they know the thoughts their Father has towards them. Some need to hear that confirmation that all of God’s thoughts towards them are good and none of evil.

Fortunately, we are in that place and we are here for a reason.

.. to build them up and get them to a place where they can hear and then they in return can go and build up and edify their brothers in sisters in the likeness of Jesus.

Ephesians 4 11-13

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”

So whatever gift, calling, office, mantle, anointing .. whatever you have use it fully to God’s glory. Every gift I have I give it to God to use to advance His kingdom.

One thing I love is, I believe it is Paul who says don’t use your freedom to do evil.

Make sure your heart has been purified, make sure your ways and motives have been tried.

David says for God to search him and to know his heart and ways.

With all of that being said it brings me to this article, that even as I read I prayed.  I encourage you to do the same.

The harvest has come people and they are looking for the light in the midst of the darkness. If we truly be children of the light then we need to make sure are light is bright. We need to make sure that we are maturing in God. My Pastor and my Prophetess said that in this season it is time for us to MATURE.

Ephesians 4 goes on to say:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

So, lets grow up saints. Lets get off of the breast milk and begin to sit at the table and digest some spiritual meat.

I always compare the word to steak .. which I love and often crave LOL .. lets do likewise with the Word of God.

But it is time for us to MATURE .. and to take responsibility for our  actions and for our salvation.

It’s time to take off the old man and put on the new. It is time to allow God to fully process and mold us into the Men and Women He destined us to be from the beginning of time.

So, I pray that you enjoy this article … and I, once again, encourage you to pray as you read this if you identify yourself within the words and even if you don’t. The word tells us not to think of yourself more highly than you ought. It could be you Boo!!

Enjoy and Happy Blogging.

** you can click on the link above to take you to the website**

10 Roadblocks of Prophetic Ministry

By Michelle McClain

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. —Jude 11, (NKJV)

Accuracy is important to the prophet’s ministry. Accuracy is defined as the quality or state of being correct or precise. There are things that can hinder and block accuracy, such as prejudices, misconceptions, doctrinal obsessions, sectarian views, bitterness, rejection, and lust. Prophets and prophetic people need to be careful that we guard our hearts against things that can block our prophetic flow and the accuracy of the word of the Lord.

Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. —James 3:12

Accuracy is important, and we want to speak what the Father gives us to speak. James talked about both sweet and bitter water coming from the same fountain. Our wells must be pure. What comes forth must be pure. Our fountains must be pure. We cannot allow ourselves to be hindered and bound by our own issues.

Here are some things that can be roadblocks to prophetic accuracy.

1. Too opinionated—Many prophetic people stumble because they feel that their opinion is God’s opinion. God’s thoughts are always higher than the thoughts of men. Many times prophets can become narrowminded and dogmatic about revelations they believe to be a truth received from God.

2. Prejudices—This can be cultural or religious. This includes being prejudiced to a race, gender, age group, denomination, or movement.

3. Rejection and fear of rejection—Rejected people need deliverance or they will minister out of hurt. The priests could not have scabs (Lev. 21:20). Scabs are unhealed wounds that can become infected. Rejection leads to isolation, and prophets are called to associate and minister to people. Rejection can lead to prostituting the prophetic gift—prophets giving prophetic words to people just to be accepted by them. The root of this spirit is insecurity. Basically we reason with ourselves, saying, “I will get acceptance if I tell them what they want to hear.” This also leads to flattery.

4. Fear of man—The Bible says, “The fear of man brings a snare” (Prov. 29:25, NKJV). “Snare” is the Greek mowqesh, which means to bait, lure. It’s an iron ring placed in the nostril of a beast.1 Fear of man leads us around like a beast with a ring in our nose. We must fear God more than man. The only way to overcome fear is to have faith in God.

5. Bitterness—Unresolved hurts lead to bitterness. Angry and bitter prophets can be tainted in their prophetic flow. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (NJKY). Bitterness can be a root hidden in the heart going undetected. This heart condition springs up at the most inopportune time.

6. Respect of persons—This can be a religious spirit. The high priest carried the stones of all the tribes on his heart, and we should carry the whole church in our hearts and not be limited to organizations and denominations. True prophetic ministry will learn how to minister the word of the Lord to all kinds of people and denominations because Jesus is Lord of all the earth. God likes variety and different tribes; that is why He had twelve of them. A Baptist preacher once told me, “I’m Baptist born and Baptist bred, and when I die I’ll be Baptist dead.” Some people will never leave the church denomination, and this shouldn’t disqualify them from receiving a prophetic word. The prophetic anointing is not designed to change church culture; it’s designed to change the hearts and minds of the people who affect the culture. God loves the Baptists. He even had one in the New Testament—John the Baptist. Prophecy is never used to establish new principles in a denomination or organization. A skilled prophetic minister can deliver the heart of God without partiality. I found that many different denomination leaders have invited me to teach and train their people in the prophetic because of trust and relationship. James 2:9 says, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

7. Human compassion—This is having compassion on that which God is judging. Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “Get thee behind me, Satan” (Matt. 16:23). Jesus spoke what He saw the Father doing. Prophets cannot allow human compassion to dictate their prophetic flow. There are times you need to minister correction to people you love, and it can be hard, but prophets must pledge their allegiance to the Lamb of God.

Prophesying truth brings deliverance to the hearer. I have learned that every time I neglect to speak the truth to someone, I lose my power to discern or my hearing in that situation becomes dull.

8. Judgmental—This is the opposite of mercy, and when one has a religious spirit he can point out problems with great accuracy but seldom have a solution. All they have done is judged and torn down. Beware of pride and being overcritical. The critical prophet with pointing of the finger is not ministering out of the heart of God.

9. Judging by appearance—Looking at a person’s hand for a ring before giving a word about marriage or looking at someone’s countenance for some emotional signals is judging by appearance. Samuel had to anoint David although he was a boy. God told the prophet to judge not according to appearance (1 Sam. 16:7).

10. Lust—The simple definition of lust is having a self absorbed desire for an object, person, or experience. When we are in lust, we place the object of our desire above all. Prophets must guard their hearts from the lust for power, prestige, promotion, and wealth.

Lust in these areas will cause you to be drawn away from the will of God into a place of error and deception. Unresolved lust issues of the heart have serious implications to the validity of a prophet’s ministry. These lust issues create stumbling blocks to accurate prophetic ministry. If you’re not delivered from them, they can entice and drag you down a path of falsehood, causing you to potentially become a false prophet. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14).

Being developed in a sectarian environment is not the best for a prophet. It can warrant any of these issues to taint or color the way a prophet delivers the word of the Lord. Prophets have to be developed in the proper environment, else they can develop or be influenced by religious spirits. Religious spirits are real, and they can work in the environment of churches and sectarian groups.
Religious spirits work where people believe in prophecy and the gifts of the Spirit. We need discernment and deliverance to avoid contamination.

Prophets cannot allow any bias to affect their words. Bias is prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. God is fair, and He is no respecter of persons.


Matthew 7:14 ….

Matthew 7:14

” …But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it”


Fork in the Road ….

Fork in the Road

 

I think everyone comes to a point in their life where they have to decide whether or not to believe.

 

I see it almost as being like a fork in the road …

I don’t care if you have been in this walk for the last 25 years, everyone comes to a point where they have decide if they will continue in this journey in Christ or will I decide to throw away and forget (or at least try) all that God has done and showed me.

 I believe that with every decision you bring yourself into a new season … with every revelation you bring yourself into a new “realm” of knowing of God as well as yourself. You have a new understanding of things and how you see them. Even though you may have to adapt … to this new level, you have to adapt to the new revelation, you have to adapt to the new awareness of the spirit of God that is at work in you, you have to adapt to the new you.

You have to adapt to the new level of belief.

I think you come to this “fork in the road” and its like God is trying to say to you … are you ready to go further? Are you ready to go deeper? Are you ready to take your belief and faith to another level?

… so I pray today that you are willing and ready to take your belief to a new place because honestly some people don’t … they get to the fork become disgruntled, disheveled and frustrated and decide to walk away from it all.

But then part of them is still tormented because they still believe and  just in that brief moment of doubt you walked away.

I pray that makes sense  …

but I pray you accept today, accept a new level of belief. I pray that we go forth in this year being fully convinced, convinced that God is real and he reigns, convinced of Gods word that it is alive and very much active, convinced that His word is alive and active in our lives and the lives of those around us.

God Bless.


Answer the Call ….

Isaiah 6:8

(NIV)

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”