Oct 12 2018

The power of hatred

It’s been an interesting few weeks here in America, and especially an especially polarizing few weeks within Washington D.C. When I step back and look at events from an objective viewpoint, I see a lot of hatred fueling the competition between, not just political parties, but everyday people. I even see followers of Jesus getting sucked into the trap of against those who disagree with their viewpoints. We can’t afford to get sucked into a hateful bitter attitude towards anyone; even if they are staunchly against everything Jesus represents. We are called to love everyone regardless of what they believe or how they act. It’s not just about taking the high road, it’s about representing the Kingdom of God in every situation; that needs to be our focus. When his kingdom shows up, everything has to bow, even the ideas that are contrary to his kingdom principles.

Here’s what happens in the spirit realm during these situations: when we start to believe the idea that it is OK to disparage someone we disagree with, we come into agreement with the plans of demons. That may sound a little intense, but it is exactly what is happening. We empower what we agree with, so we have to be very careful about the words we speak to or about others. The power of life in death is in our tongues, we need to be speaking life. Jesus has so much planned for this nation and we get to partner with him to see it all come about. We all need to focus on what his plans are instead of focusing on what is going on around us. Sometimes it looks like the enemy is winning, but he really isn’t, he can’t, he has already lost. Jesus was and is victorious! Join me in declaring wisdom into the lives of our leaders and praying for righteousness to invade every part of government. That is so much better than being angry.

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Aug 10 2018

Reconciliation is here

Have you been praying about being reconciled to old friends, family members, or even people who have hurt you in the past? Have you been asking God to restore relationships that are important to you? I have great news! We are now in a season of divine reconciliation. The Lord has spoken to me in several dreams over the past week about reconciliation, and he has allowed me to see a lot of healing and forgiveness being poured into people’s lives as they reconcile with each other. I have seen the Lord stir the hearts of people to ask for forgiveness, and I have seen so much grace that supernatural transformations are going to take place as a result. I feel like we have come into a season where the wounds and hurts from the past are going to be erased as old friends become friends again. The hang-ups and hurts from the past are going to be erased. Don’t be surprised if people from your past reach out to you in an attempt to reconcile. This is a supernatural move of God to help people release the bitterness, anger, and shame that they have carried for so long. It’s a time of healing and restoration.
Listen, if there is someone you need to forgive, you should do that right now; that is a major key to reconciliation. And if someone asks you for forgiveness, give it to them, even if they don’t deserve it. Jesus, who makes all things new, desires to renew and restore every area of our lives. I have been praying myself for reconciliation with my brothers, so this is great news for me. God will give you the grace that you need to walk through this process. It is his plan, so we should all fully embrace it with great expectation!

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Jul 27 2018

Eagles

A few weeks ago, we took a group of people to a local baseball game to enjoy a day of relaxation with friends and ministry partners. The Washington Nationals graciously gives us free tickets a few times a year, and we are able to use these tickets to bless those who have come along side the work we are doing in the region. Before the game started, one of our friends asked God to show us a prophetic sign during the game, and somewhere near the 7th inning an interesting thing happened. The ballpark staff selected a section of seats to receive some free giveaways, and one of the staff members approached me to see if I wanted 2 free tickets to an upcoming concert. No gimmicks. No requirements. Just free tickets. Of course, I said yes, and a few minutes later I was on the jumbotron at the ballpark receiving two free tickets to the upcoming Eagles concert. Eagles typically symbolize prophets or prophecy, so this definitely felt like an answer to our friend’s prayer. And since he was the one who asked for the sign, I thought the two of us should attend the concert together. I think we both felt like the free tickets were just the first part of what God wanted to show us and so, last night, we went to the concert with anticipation of seeing what God would unfold next. I hadn’t been to a concert in many years, so I was interested in seeing what the night would be like. Just after the Eagles took the stage, the band introduced Deacon Frey, who is the son of the late Glenn Frey who passed away in 2016. Deacon was brought into the band to take his father’s place, and he did an incredible job, by the way. It seemed very unique to me that a son would step in and take his father’s place in such a well-known band. I can’t think of any other time where this has ever happened before. As I pondered this, I heard the Lord say that this is now the season where there will be a transference of anointing from fathers to sons and daughters, and we are going to start to see spiritual sons and daughters taking on the role of their spiritual fathers. I think we have seen things shifting in the past few years to make way for this next move of God, and I sense that we are right on the verge of seeing a new generation of leaders step into the roles for which they were created. Get ready! Something big is coming!

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Jul 20 2018

What does abiding look like?

I love John 14-16, it’s one of my favorite sections in the Bible. I love the conversation that Jesus has with his disciples (and us) in these few chapters. It seems to me that this is the most candid recorded conversation that Jesus had with the disciples while he was on the earth, and he revealed some pretty big pieces of kingdom culture in this conversation. Being one with God and focusing our love on him is a major focus of this conversation, and it is one that has intrigued me for a long time. What does it look like to really abide with Jesus on a daily basis? I was thinking about this some more this past week while I wondered what it looks like to receive supernatural breakthrough on regular basis. Jesus made a promise in John 14 and 15 that, if we remain connected to him, he will give us anything we ask. And yet, we all have so many prayers that are not yet answered. So, it makes me wonder more about the idea of abiding, and about how some of the prominent people in the Bible achieved breakthrough. I think about the radical encounters Daniel had with the angels who revealed to him the future, or how Ezekiel had some equally incredible encounters, and then John, much later on, had so much revealed to him. I have seen God do some crazy things, and I have had my own adventures with him, but nothing that compares to what I read about in the Bible. Then I think about the other promise Jesus made in John 14 about his followers doing the same, and greater things, than he did. I’ve seen some cool miracles, but nothing on the scale as what we read about in the gospels. So, I’m wondering this week, what does abiding really look like and how much of a role does abiding play in breakthrough? We can’t do anything apart from Jesus, so we need to constantly stay connected to him, there is no doubt there. It probably looks a little different for all of us, but maybe the key to seeing the greater miracles, and the breakthroughs, and having the greater encounters, is to spend a greater amount of time in his presence. It’s not about the miracles or encounters, it’s about staring into the eyes of our King. Everything else is a byproduct of the depth of that relationship. If this is true, I definitely need to go deeper, we all probably do. Join me, and let’s see where he takes us.

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Jul 13 2018

Love can make a difference

In the past two weeks I have met two different men who have been shot in the D.C. neighborhood where we minister every week. One wears a cast and a boot on his right leg, the other a cast on his arm. Both were lucky, in some respect, that the bullet only took away a bit of their mobility, and didn’t take their lives, like has happened to many others on these streets. Some see it as a sad reality of their lives, or the unfortunate reality of the area where they live. But it shouldn’t be anyone’s reality, and it’s one of the reasons we are hyper focused on seeing the kingdom of God radically impact this city. We are confident that there are supernatural solutions to the problems people face, regardless of the severity. The same God who can heal an injured knee, can also eliminate violence and anger. These cycles have to end! We know we can make a difference by loving every person we encounter, and we hope that they will not just encounter us, but that they will encounter the God who is able to transform every difficult part of their life with just a word. In Matthew 25, Jesus shared a thought about how the way we treat the least of society, is equivalent to the way we treat him. We won’t give up until we see every life transformed by the power of God. There is hope for everyone in despair and we have, not just the opportunity, but an obligation to our King to love them in the same way we love Jesus. Love really can make a difference!

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Jul 6 2018

The power of a word

Do you know how much power is behind the words that you speak? Do you know that, because you represent Jesus, there is a power and authority released every time a word comes out of your mouth? Something I have learned over time is that we can make declarations into or over people’s lives simply from a place of authority and an understanding of God’s will for his children. We can declare favor because we know God desires to favor his children. We can declare hope because we know God doesn’t want his children to live in hopelessness. And the list goes on. Any promise in the Bible that God has made to us as believers is available to all believers, so we can declare those promises, with a God given authority, when we minister to others. We have even seen miracles occur in the lives of unbelievers when we make declarations over them! When God speaks, his words take action, and ours should as well. The key here is to understand the verses in Proverbs 18:21 and 2 Cor. 5:20. When we speak as an ambassador of Jesus, our words carry life and authority. So when we speak with an expectation that what we are saying will actually happen, we will see more miracles occur on a regular basis. Jesus said we would do the things he did, and even greater things. I think so much of this hinges on understanding his promises to us, walking those promises out in our lives, and living as if what Jesus said was actually true. And you know what, it is true! It doesn’t take a lot of faith to be used by God in miraculous ways, it just takes a small shift in perspective and a willingness to take risk. You can do both of those things today. Ask God to shift your mindset anywhere it is not in line with his kingdom and to help you realize every part of your true identity. Then, go out and speak on his behalf!

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Jun 22 2018

Listen Up

One thing I often have a tough time understanding is why so many followers of Jesus search for the answers to their biggest questions in so many places, instead of just talking to him. We search for answers to who we are by taking different personality tests. We look for the answer to how to solve our disputes by reading books by human experts. And we try to find solutions to our problems looking into ancient solutions and practices. There are lots of great places to find information and solutions. Using the methods we have on earth are not necessarily a bad approach, but there is a much better one. Although, as a side note, some of the currently popular personality tests are rooted in Buddhist and Hindu practices and should never be used by believers as they can easily give the enemy a right to oppress us.

What’s more important, what people say about you or what God says about you? Who has greater wisdom, man or God? Is it better to look for ancient solutions or to talk to the Ancient of Days? I get it, some people feel like God isn’t talking to them, or that they can’t hear him clearly. But then I remember that Jesus said his sheep would hear his voice, and anyone who takes the time to practice the simple art of listening to him will develop the ability to recognize when he is speaking and what he is saying. That may sound over simplified to you, but it really is that simple. We can hear the voice of God for ourselves. We can receive wisdom and advice directly from our Creator. Is there a better source? Absolutely not! So, let’s stop looking for cheap imitations, simply believe what Jesus said, and take time to listen.

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Jun 15 2018

Shhh, listen

The Lord began to speak to me today about the importance of spending more time just listening to him. It’s pretty easy for any of us to rattle off a stack of requests, or fill our prayer time with a lot of our own words without leaving room for God to provide us with his perspective on our requests, or anything else. But, if we would all just take the time to be quiet and listen to what he has to say, we would receive so much more from the time we set aside to spend with our King. What can be better than listening to what God has to say? I heard a man tell a story once about how Jesus came to visit him, and offered him the opportunity to ask Jesus some questions. But in that moment, the man realized that nothing he could ask or say was even close to as important as what Jesus had to say. So he opted to be quiet and listen. What would happen if we sat and listed for an hour, or longer? What would God speak to us if we put ourselves in a position to simply listen. I’m willing to bet that he would provide us with a lot of the answers we would have asked about, or give us the direction we need to fulfill the things we are pursuing. Matthew 6:8 tells us that our Father already knows what we have need of, so we don’t have a need to spend an inordinate amount of time on our requests. On the other hand, we know very little about God, and could learn so much more if we would just spend more time listening. Let’s all give it a try and see what happens.

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Jun 1 2018

Focus

The more I read about the stories of the early church in the book of Acts, and the more I read about some of the amazing encounters people have had with God in the past few hundred years, I get even more excited about the possibility of what God can do today. Even in the midst of the craziness happening in the world around us, I still have faith in the promise of God that his kingdom will rule over the kingdoms of the earth. But I also find that sometimes the work that we do “in ministry” can start to feel a little routine and we can easily lose some of the excitement of representing Jesus on the earth. In these moments, the best thing to do is to take a few days and refocus our attention on Jesus. He is the reason we do what we do. He paid for so much, and desires to see the fullness of his kingdom on the earth more than us. When we focus our eyes on him, the love, passion, and zeal for the people we minister to increases. It is so important to focus on Jesus every day, to get his heart for the people we will encounter throughout the day, so that we can minister from the heart of God. It’s not about us. It never has been and never will be. It’s about a radical pursuit of the heart of God for what he wants to accomplish on the earth, and a recognition that we have the greatest opportunity in the universe. We get to represent the King of kings, the One who created everything, to people in all walks of life. What could be more exciting and exhilarating than that?

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May 18 2018

Wounds of the past

Wounded people wound other people. That’s a reality of life. And when we know this reality, it is so much easier to not be offended when people do or say things that try to hurt us. When we recognize this fact, we can love people no matter what they do, because we can see that they are acting out of their own woundedness. In a way, it makes us feel sorry for them, sorry for their situation, and gives us a desire to see them set free. The great news is that we, as representatives of Jesus, have the authority to lead a person from a place of brokenness to a place of wholeness. I met someone once who told me he was struggling with depression, and he was a little shocked when I told him that I had authority over depression. Why? Because that is part of my identity as a son of God. The same is true of any other type of emotional wound that someone may be carrying around. Jesus already paid for them to be free of their baggage, and we get to help them give that baggage to Jesus. When you come across someone who is emotionally wounded, ask Holy Spirit what the root cause is, then pray for healing for that specific root cause. Even if they won’t let you pray with them in that moment, you can still pray for them at a later time on your own. God wants them to be free more than we do, and when we choose to partner with his vision for the people we encounter, we will see him do incredible things in their lives. I am sure you can think of at least one person right now who is carrying some emotional wounds. Maybe you are carrying some yourself that you need to lay down as well. Have a chat with Holy Spirit. Get his advice, and start praying for people to be free!

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