Back a long time ago, people took each other for their word, or at their word. If you gave someone your word, it was a commitment that you would do what you said you would do.
Well, GOD's Word, the Bible, is GOD's Word, or commitment to us. I had this little revelation just a few days ago and I had to share it with you. I love to think and know that GOD's Word truly is His Word!
The Bible is chock-full of the Lord's assurances for us. There is covenant after covenant in there. These are GOD's Word, His bond, with us. Hallelujah!!
Have you ever thought about the fact that the Bible is GOD in written form? Well, it is! And, John 1: 14 tells us that The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. That is Jesus! Isn't this amazing and mind-blowing?? I think it is!!
I am so grateful to Papa GOD for these little insights!
Thanks to some amazing Bible teachers, I have learned some pretty cool thing lately. And, I thought I would share them with you. So, from time to time I will be posting these "little nuggets" as I am calling them. I hope you enjoy!
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, came to this earth to give us a relationship with Him and GOD the Father and Holy Spirit. He did NOT come to give us religion.
I have heard from multiple sources recently that we all need to take the Bible, GOD's Word, more literally. And, looking at words much more carefully and closely.
With that in mind, I wanted to look at the word "religion" today. Then, I would like to compare it to "relationship".
When you look at religion, what do you see? It's re-legion. Yes, it is written a little differently, but it is the same thing. And, guess what? Legion is many demons! In Mark 5;9, we read, "Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." In Luke 8:30 we read, "Jesus asked him, "what is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
It tells us, plain and simple, Legion is many demonic spirits. Re-legion or religion is the demonic-infiltrated duplicate that lucifer has created to replace our relationship with GOD. Lucifer always creates a counterfeit for everything GOD has created. Actually, lucifer can't create at all. That is part of the reason he is so angry.
Lucifer thinks that if he can replace in us a true relationship with GOD, with religion, and just going through the motions of outwardly being a "Christian" without any true depth or meaning--in other words "relationship" with GOD, that he has won by taking another person down the wrong path. Do NOT let him win!
We think if we go to church once a week, we are being religious and doing good. We think that if we repeat some prayers we were taught in Sunday school, we are doing good and being religious. And, while I certainly don't condemn going to church and praying, in fact, I encourage it--but doing those things don't necessarily do anything for us in and of themselves. The key in doing these things is to have a real and authentic RELATIONSHIP with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Being in an authentic relationship with someone means spending good, quality with them. This is true of your spouse or friends you care about, and it is most certainly true of being in relationship with GOD.
And, guess what? Lucifer does not want you to learn about GOD and how much HE loves and cares for you, much less be in an honest relationship with HIM. This is why lucifer, satan the devil has replicated this relationship with religion for his own evil purposes. It is much the same as he has mirrored a political spirit in opposition to government. (Religion is to relationship as politics is to government. But, that is another topic for another day.)
I hope that in reading this little post that you understand a bit better why it is so important to be in a right relationship with the Lord. Don't just be a "religious" person, be someone genuinely loves Jesus Christ and seeks to learn more and more about HIM every day!
I have been reading some powerful books written by Dr. Tim Sheets over the last few months. I just love them and him! I am learning so much about angel, angle armies, and most recently, how our words are seeds.
In his book Planting the Heavens, Dr. Tim teaches us that the words we speak in prayer are like spiritual seeds. In the same way that planting seeds in the ground produces a harvest, you can learn to pray in a way that plants the blessings of Heaven here on Earth.
As GOD's children, we have been given His authority here on Earth. We must realize this awesome power and step into it and use it daily! Dr. Tim shows us how!
I wanted to share this prayer with you from the book. Speak it out loud. That is the most powerful weapon we have at our disposal--speaking GOD's Word out loud! Decree this prayer:
Lord, let Your surge begin on the earth. Let a functioning
Kingdom aligned with You begin to move through this world.
Come to us in greater manifestations of Your glory. Make
Your stand with us as You promised.
As kings in His lineage given authority, we declare there will
now come a reversal of arteries that are all clogged up. Release
thousands and thousands of angels to go into every country,
every courthouse, every capital in every nation and rip off the
Band-Aids. No more temporary fixes. No more covering it up.
Cut it out. Do deep surgery on this nation, O GOD. Release
them to help push back darkness so that light can shine. Do
what is necessary to remove infection and poison that goes
into the muscle of this nation. Shake this nation to its core.
Shake it, Lord, to where there is no more covering up. Heal it.
Do whatever it takes to heal it. No more Band-Aids.
Let Your church awaken. Awaken Your people by the millions
to make a stand right now to raise their voice and decree their
authority, their faith, and their confidence in You. Cause a
historic shift that will be written about in history--the time
when You established this nation back to its covenant roots.
In the name of our King Jesus, release the angles of Heaven
under Holy Spirit anointing and leadership to destroy tactics
of Haman in the media or government. Turn it back on them,
what is meant for destruction. Hang them in their own vices.
Hang them from gallows they meant for Your people. Cut off
hell's attack. We forbid it in Jesus' name. We close the door
to powers of darkness over Washington, D.C. We close the
door to the powers of the demon princes of hell in the name
of Jesus. We say that our angle princes that are mightier than
you will go in and begin to remove the infection.
We declare a reversal of the prescription of hell for this nation.
The prescription of Haman for this nation. Expose the lies.
Expose the liars. Expose the corruption. Expose the deceit.
We declare America will return to You. We will return to our
first love. Your people will return to their first love. People,
Lord, all around this world will return to their first love.
Those who have drifted from You--shake them up, do what-
ever it requires. Quit allowing them to put a Band-Aid on the
corruption of their heart. Expose attitudes and character.
Expose lack of integrity.
We declare the greatest days of resurrection power and healing
are now being released. We declare a restoration of great
hope is being infused in the church of Jesus Christ and into
the people of GOD.
We declare Your Kingdom is coming and coming and coming.
Come with your angel armies and assist Your people in releasing
revival in America and throughout the world. We rise to
bind demon thrones, principalities, powers, demons of darkness,
and spiritual wickedness in high places. You will not rule us.
You are forbidden from ruling us. We will not permit it.
Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Come
down from your iniquitous thrones. Demon princes, come down
from your strongholds. Angel armies, attack them! Let the
ruling Kingdom of GOD go forth to conquer. We choose to
rule and reign.
We will not be intimidated by any fear. We will not be
intimidated by anyone. We will not be intimidated by Hamans
in the media, the government, or anywhere else. We answer
only to You, GOD. Strengthen us to be courageous and make
our stand. Release Your Kingdom to reorder this nation
back to its covenant roots in Jesus' name.
As someone who is growing in my faith and spirituality, I feel like I am still in the adolescent stages of growth. And, I have a very long way to go to get to the adult stages. As such, I look to our Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit for guidance. I also look to others here in our earthly sphere for wisdom and learning.
In the last few months I have been spending time engaged in listening to three great men of GOD who have incredible ministries. I have been tuned in weekly and soaking up extraordinary teachings and insight into GOD, His Word, and current events. And, I wanted to share all three of these ministries and resources with you.
First up, we have Elijah Streams, which sprang up from the Elijah List. Created by Steve Shultz, the Elijah List was started as a way of connecting the prophets by computer. This was before the words "internet" and "world wide web" were being used by the average consumer. And Elijah Streams is a natural by-product of this list. On Elijah Streams, Steve interviews modern day prophets and they share a plethora of information across an array of subjects.
Thanks to Steve and Elijah Streams, I have learned about Robin Bullock, Kat Kerr, Donna Rigney, Nathan French, and Johnny Enlow. I look forward to listening and learning more from all of these great people.
Second, we have Global Spiritual Revolution Media. In ministry for over 40 years, the Global Spiritual Revolution Radio Media Group is, "CONSERVATIVE IN THOUGH - THEOCRATIC IN SPIRIT - GOD & COUNTRY."
Hosted by Dr. Bishop Larry Gaiters, their aim is to impart thoroughly researched, spiritual, revelatory knowledge. The Gospel of truth. Which in turn you can share with friends, relatives, and other students hungry for the "WORD of GOD".
Let me tell y'all something - Bishop Gaiters will completely blow your minds. Every time I listen to him, he imparts new and astonishing intelligence. I can't get enough! Be prepared for jaw-dropping impartation.
Finally, there is HIS GLORY. HIS GLORY is God's Worldwide Ministry, a Christian outreach and Christian ministry bringing the WORD of HIS GLORY to the world! Founder, David Scarlett, came to the WORD after getting a taste of Heaven and a vision of JESUS after a near death experience. The ministry was formed to bring "the WORD of HIS GLORY to the world." Through David's severe trials and tribulations, our loving GOD provided love and redemption. The primary mission of HIS GLORY is to provide hope and bring our Savior's sheep into the fold.
Pastor Dave has a slew of programs you can watch and learn from. My two favorites so far are Grace & Glory, where Dave talks to Amanda Grace, and Mac Bear & Cheese, Simple As A Child, where Dave and his son break down GOD's Word! Mac & Cheese, as I refer to them, are great foundational teachings and learning.
Thankfully, I have never had to cut down a tree before. But, if I ever had to, I know I would be thankful to live in our modern age where we have chainsaws that make the work a lot easier.
Prior to having chainsaws, people used two-man crosscut saws to cut down trees. In America, crosscut saws were used as early as the mid-17th century. As you can see from the photo above, these saws were huge, and you needed help to weld them.
So, you are probably asking yourself, what does this have to do with God? Well, much like the lumberjacks of the past who used crosscut saws, we need a partner to get our work done. As Christians, our partner is God.
You may not have ever thought about God as your partner before, but, isn't He the most wonderful and able partner you could ask for? YES!! I am certainly grateful to have Him as my partner.
In his book Intercessory Prayer, Dutch Sheets tells us, "Without question, humans were forever to be God's link to authority and activity on the earth. Here we have, I believe, the reason for the necessity of prayer. God chose, from the time of Creation, to work on the earth through humans, not independent of them. He always has and always will, even at the cost of becoming one. Though God is sovereign and all-powerful, Scripture clearly tells us that He limited Himself, concerning the affairs of Earth, to working through human beings."
So, in order for God to work through us, we must partner with Him and do our part. God has the power and He gives us the authority to use His power. It's an amazing partnership. Thanks to Holy Spirit living in us, we have everything we need to use God's power in our lives. We simply need to recognize this, and harness it and get to work for the Lord.
Chris Tomlin, one of my favorite Christian artists, wrote a song about this in 2018 called Resurrection Power. Here are some of the lyrics:
You called me from the grave by name
You called me out of all my shame
I see the old has passed away
The new has come
Now I have resurrection power
Living on the inside
Jesus, You have given us freedom
No longer bound by sin and darkness
Living in the light of Your goodness
You have given us freedom
Listen to the song here:
Are you ready to partner with God? Think of all you can accomplish! Let's start today.
I will leave you with a beautiful, powerful, and incredibly appropriate quote from St. Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are His body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
I am part of a remanent of believers who knows that revival is coming. I have been praying for a revival in some form or fashion for a few years now. However, I have friends who have been praying for this revival for many, many years. One dear friend of mine has been praying for this revival for almost 30 years! (Wow! That is more than half of my life!)
Well, folks, the time is now. We are standing on the precipice. A great awakening is upon us. Actually, it is already beginning. Thank you, Lord!!!
This world is crying out for help and hope. We, as a people, are desperate to be saved and for a saviour. The chaos and turmoil we have been living in over these last few years has finally reached its boiling point. What we need is God.
And, praise the Lord, God hears our cries and He is answering us! True revivals are taking place all across this great nation of ours --from east to west. People by the hundreds are pouring into churches and tents and they are getting saved! They are being healed from sickness, disease, and addiction. They are becoming children of God--our brothers and sisters in Christ! Hallelujah!!
And, I truly believe this is just the beginning. Oh yes, we are just getting started. Hundreds, even thousands--dare I say millions more will be saved before everything is said and done. The Lord our God is doing awesome things in this land. May we all go out and be a part of it.
Watch this Flashpoint video from February 9 and it will give you a taste of what is happening. The dams are about to burst open wide. And, I can't wait. Thank you, Lord for letting us witness this. I pray that eyes all over the world will be opened and that an unprecedented amount of lives will be saved. I hope you will join me in this prayer!
I am so glad you are here! I am Erica Strickland, a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light.