Entering Into God’s Rest

 

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Throughout the Bible, God instructs the children of Israel on how they should live.  However, in (Leviticus 25:127:34)God instructs the children of Israel on how we should rest.

On Mt. Sinai, God instructed Moses concerning laws regarding the Sabbatical year (7th year) and the Jubilee year (50th year). These laws concern commerce and the redemption of the opressed.

Entering Into God’s Rest

After God was finished creating, He set apart the seventh-day and rested.  We commemorate God’s rest by entering into rest with Him on Shabbat.  Entering into Sabbath rest is a picture of what eternity will look like with our Creator.

Redeeming The Time

(Leviticus 25:127:34), outlines a Sabbath rest for the land every seventh year.  This sabbatical year is called the Shemitah (release).

 

Leviticus 25:3–4:

“For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops.  But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord.”

Every seven years the land was not to be planted or harvested.  Although the children of Israel could not reap or sow during the Shemitah year, whatever the land yielded on its own could be eaten. {Leviticus 25:7}.

In addition, God promised that in the sixth year, the land would yield enough food to last for three years.  This abundance of crop (in the sixth year) resembles the double portion of manna that God provided for His people in the wilderness, so that they could enjoy their rest and have enough food for Shabbat.

Leviticus 25:21:

“I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.”

Psalms 37:25:

I have been young; now I am old; yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned or his descendants begging for bread.”

Rest For the Weary

Hebrews 4:10:

“For the one who has entered God’s rest has also ceased from his own work, just as God did from His. “

In this world of self-importance, living a life of humility and surrender cannot be over-emphasized. Personal pride and performance orientation – assuming the credit for our accomplishments – has no place in our walk with God. We are God’s representatives on earth. We are charged with His mission. This alone is the source of our dignity. Our lives belong to God. We can take no credit for His goodness and his kindness towards us. For this cause, we cease from our labor and strivings towards success.

Matthew 11:28-30:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The Year of Jubilee

Leviticus 25:10:

“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.”

In the 50th year, the shofar was to be sounded, announcing the Year of Jubilee.

This year was sanctified, set apart, and holy to the Adonai, much the same as the Shabbat and the Shemitah Year.  The laws of the Shemitah applied during the Year of Jubilee. Additionally, slaves were to go free, people were to be released from debts, and land that had been sold due to misfortune or poverty were returned to the original owner.

Leviticus 25:23:

“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” 

God is just!  God instituted a just system that ensured that everyone could live a blessed life.  Ultimately, both the land and the people belong to God!  We are just stewards over that which God entrusts to us.

The Rewards for Obedience

God promises to reward Israel for their obedience.

Those promises include the following:

  • Rain in its season
  • Prosperity – An abundant, fruitful cycle of sowing and reaping
  • Safety and Peace
  • Security from threat of wild beasts
  • Victory over enemies

Leviticus 26:3–6:

“If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them;then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit. Your threshing time will extend until the grape harvest, and your grape harvesting will extend until the time for sowing seed. You will eat as much food as you want and live securely in your land.  I will give shalom in the land — you will lie down to sleep unafraid of anyone. I will rid the land of wild animals. The sword will not go through your land.”

Prayer Point: Redeeming The Time

FATHER, right now I appeal to Your written word and to the spiritual laws that You have set up in Your kingdom. Your kingdom laws declare that Your people shall experience a Jubilee every 50 years and that every 7 years the oppressed must go free.

Father, I lay claim for all pass jubilees and sabbatical years, and I declare divine recompense, reparations, and restoration of all overdue Jubilee and sabbatical blessings. Father, according to your laws, I declare that JUBILEE YEARS and SABBATICAL YEARS must manifest from this day forward in my life and family. I repent of all ungodly trading of the past by myself and my ancestors,.  I declare now that the debt of poverty is now null and void; it is cancelled and is no more.

I declare that all demonic seasons and times have now been broken – all drought and crop failures have been broken! Showers of blessing are released in my life and family. I reverse every curse and change it into a blessing!!

Father, I ask for a hundred-fold return and divine reparations at current market prices for all that has been withheld, lost, stolen, or given away in my life and generational line. Lord, please release generational blessing upon me now.

Lord, I present this prayer before You in the heavenly court as the prayer of my heart. I ask You to appropriate this prayer as a record in heaven. Lord, I ask for Your justice. I ask that You will render this prayer into Your courts as a legal document. Yeshua, as my advocate, I ask that You go before the Father, and ask the Father to declare these Blessings over my life and in my generational line. Lord thank you for manifesting Your Karios timing in my life.

Father, please restore me now fully to Your correct time – Your Karios time with a Righteous body, soul, and spirit. I declare that everything I have prayed has now been sealed with the Blood of the Lamb!!

Father, may all my missed jubilees and sabbatical years come into fruition with divine compensation. In Yeshua’s name – Amen!

Prayer:  God’s Karios Timing – CLICK HERE

Weekly Scripture Readings:

Leviticus 25:127:34

Jeremiah 16:19 – 17-14

 John 14:15-21; Luke 4:16-211 Corinthians 7:21-24

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Forged From Fatherless

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Today, we are going to UP-ROOT the Spirit of Rejection! God loves us very much! God wants to reveal Himself to us as a gentle, loving Father.

Romans 8-14-15:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

A Fatherless Generation

I believe that one of the deepest hurts that we suffer is from the pain of rejection. Rejection is often rooted in “fatherlessness.”

Many in the world today have become like spiritual vagabonds. A vagabond is a wanderer. A wanderer has no home, no family, or connections to a community. A vagabond wanders from place to place, is unsettled, and lives a life of loneliness, alienation, and isolation.

“Rejection makes wanderers out of those who should be sons and daughters.”

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There are countless ministries, cures, inventions, gifts, talents, and anointings that the world will never experience because the rejected wanderer has lost his sense of belonging, purpose, and identity.

God desires for natural fathers and spiritual fathers to beget sons and daughters through personal relationships. However, the problem with society today is that there are very few fathers in the home. Likewise, spiritual fathers have become busy building their own reputations; so much so, that they rarely beget spiritual sons and daughters (1 Timothy Chapter 1).

One of the many scripture that best illustrates this fatherless generations is Jeremiah 17:5-6:

Thus says Adonai: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, and depends on flesh as his arm, and whose heart turns from Adonai. For he will be like a bush in the desert. He cannot see goodness when it comes, but will dwell in parched places in the wilderness — a salt land where no one lives.”

A bush in the dessert bears no fruit. A bush in the dessert struggles to survive in a dry place where nothing else can live. That is where many of us find ourselves today; like a bush in the dessert, surviving but not thriving, living in futility, parched, and bearing little fruit.

The breakdown of the family has left a generation living in a vacuum of emotional needs, unable to give and recieve love, living without union and without bonding. Even in the Church, our performance driven and self-centered society has created a culture where competition thrives and there is no true sense of brotherhood.

The Spirit of the Lord is the spirit of adoption. God wants to beget sons and daughters. We must break this spirit of rejection and isolation off of this generation by expressing the Father’s heart to all those in need.

Embracing The Father Heart of God

What do you think of when you hear the word “father”? Do you think of love, protection, provision, warmth, mercy, and parental tenderness? Or does the word “father” paint a picture of someone distant, absent, harsh, and withholding love?

“One of the most wonderful revelations we can ever experience is the Father Heart of God.”

Malachi 4:5-6:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers.”

The scripture speaks that a fatherless generation is a sign of the end-times. Today, we live in a fatherless generation. Throughout society, we can see the need for God to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children.

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I believe that it is a father’s role to help shape and form the identity and destiny of his children.

Without identity and purpose man lives in futility hoping to grasp on to something that makes living worth while. Often times addiction meets that need.

I believe that addiction and sexual immorality is directly related to being fatherless. You will rarely find a promiscuous woman who had a healthy relationship with her father.

The need for a father’s love and acceptance often leads to deception, perversion, escape, pornography, and lusts. When lusts rules over a man’s heart, the home will fall into depravity. As people, we tend to communicate what we experience from generation to generation. Deep hurts, deep bitterness, deep rebellion, and deep rejection all stem from a father wound.

Today, we have a wounded generation, without union, empty, lonely, living in futility, full of pain, guilt, and shame. This is the root of most addicted behaviors.

There are two ingredients that go into our developmental formation. (1) A Father’s Heart. (2) A Father’s Authority.

Isaiah 64:8:

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”

God is our loving Father. God loves His children. Like a potter, Father God brings forth sons and daughters in His own image.

As a loving Father, God speaks life into our destiny and gives life to our purpose. As a father, God is fully invested in our growth and development.

A father’s heart and a father’s authority are both essential. In the home, it is the love of a father that makes our heart pliable and submitted to his shaping and authority.

However, the premise is this, when a father’s heart is absent, a father’s authority will be rejected. Without a father’s heart, a father’s authority will cause alienation and create rebellion. Without love – authority brings intimidation and subjection.

  • Without love authority becomes legalistic (Do Right!)
  • Without love authority becomes perfectionism (Perform Right!)
  • Without love authority is controlling (Be Right!)

Without a father’s love, our development and formation becomes rooted in rejection and opens the door to the enemy to come-in and bring about negative formations and distortion, causing arrested development, fear, and rejection.

“Perfectionism often communicates rejection. You are not good enough. You don”t measure up.”

“When we build our self-worth upon image, performance, and achievements, we put ourselves in a very vulnerable place. The enemy will torment us with thoughts on “who likes me?” and “what do others think of me?

Revealing The Father Heart of God

Today, allow God to speak to your identity, and your self-worth. Today, let God heal the father wound.

God is consistently loving. God is always affirming. God keeps all His promises. God never changes. God loves you relentlessly.

God loves you short. God loves you tall. God loves you thin.

God loves your kinky hair – your straight – your curly. God loves you with long hair. God loves you with short hair. God loves you with no hair at all. God created you perfectly. God was attentive to the details of His creation when He created you. You boast an extravagance of complexity and design in beauty.

God loves you through your pain – your bruises – your stumbling – your shortcomings. God loves you. God understands you so well.

God is constantly thinking an uninterrupted stream of loving thoughts toward you. Beloveds, our Heavenly Father was there when we took our first step. God has been there through every hurt and disappointment. God has perfect recall of every moment of our lives. God remembers our tears (Psalms 56:8). God is present with you at this moment. God wants us to experience the kind of love that erases the pain of rejection. God wants to make up the difference in our lives.

If you need love, affirmation, and acceptance today, come to the Father. Far too many of us allow our broken hearts to lead us into dark places. However, the Father will send His Spirit to those dark places to RESCUE us! Father God pursues us with His love from the moment we breathe our first breath – until the day He calls us home to be with Him.

The Spirit of Adoption

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Yeshuah Messiah bore our rejection, alienation, hostility, loneliness, and shame. (Isaiah 53:5). Let Him fill the emptiness in your soul today.

In worship and prayer let us pull up the roots of rejection from the very tap-root. Receive the Spirit of Adoption. Receive God’s love for you daughter! Receive God’s love for you son! In an atmosphere of worship, find rest in the presence of God.

Song of Solomon 8:5:
Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?”

Beloveds, God wants to be our father. God is a father that we can lean on. If we lean on anyone else they will fail us. However, when we lean upon God, He will bring us up out of the wilderness, out of obscurity, out of failure, out of wandering, out of rejection, and out of fear.

God is a well of living water. We can draw from Him as much as we please and He will never grow weary of us.

God wants to make us sons and daughters through a love relationship with Him. A person with an orphan spirit often struggles in their walk with God, because the orphan does not know the heart of the Father. However, a son walks in confidence, because a son knows that he is loved by the Father.

The great Corrie ten Boom had some simple advice to offer this generation. Corrie ten Boom experienced much suffering at the hands of the Nazis as a Christian who hid Jewish families in her home during the holocaust. Yet, she went on to great spiritual victory as an evangelist. Corrie ten Boom would often conclude her sermons with a statement: “Don’t wrestle – nestle.”

So, I say to you beloveds, “Don’t wrestle – nestle.” Nestle in the arms of our heavenly Father. Receive God’s love and affection for you today. You are greatly loved and highly favored. You are loved – You are lovable. Amen.

Prayer: Healing – Traumatic Experiences – This is a powerful prayer program that has aided me in embracing the Father Heart of God.

Scriptures:
Zephaniah. 3:17
Jeremiah 29:11
Psalm 37:4-5
I Peter 5:7

Worship Experiences:

Praise and worship invites God’s presence. Please click links BELOW to view worship selections:

The Spirit of Adoption – Jason Upton
The Favor of God – Graham Cooke
Inheritance – God’s Love – Graham Cooke
Reckless Love: Bethel Worship
He Loves Us – Bethel Worship
Broken Pieces – Bethel Worship
No Longer Slaves – Tasha Cobbs

The Prayer of Jabez: How To Make The Prayer of Jabez Personal

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How to Make the Prayer of Jabez Personal

Excerpts by Melanie Redd

1 Chronicles 4:10:

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.”

And Jabez Called on the God of Israel:

“Oh, Father, I call upon You. You are the God of Israel and You are my God. You are the God who saves me, and I trust You. Thank You that when I call upon You, You promise to listen. Also, You tell me You will answer me and show me marvelous things that I do not know. Would You do that today? Would You hear and answer me? And, would You show me great and mighty things that I need to know?”

Oh, That You Would Bless Me Indeed:

“Lord, would You bless me indeed? Would You open up the heavens and pour out Your rich blessings upon my life? Father, I thank you for changing the paradigm of my life from sorrow, shame, and suffering to blessings, favor, honor, abundance, health, and prosperity.

Father, as I bring my offerings and gifts to You, would You open the windows of heaven for me? Father, please pour out a blessing so great that I would have more than enough overflow to bless others.

Father, I ask You to bless me spiritually. I praise You, the God and Father of my Lord Yeshua Messiah, for the way You have blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Messiah. I ask that You bless me with the peace that surpasses understanding, with joy overflowing, with wisdom to see and understand Your ways, with Your love for those around me, with discernment as I make decisions, and with grace and flexibility for the unexpected.

Father, also, I ask You to bless me financially. As I work, budget, save, give abundantly, and live; would You make me an excellent steward of Your resources? You promised to provide all that we need for life and godliness. Please graciously provide for every true need.

Father, please bless me with power and strength today. I need You! Without You, I can do nothing. However, with you I can do all things. I ask that You anoint me, endorse me, empower me, encourage me, and establish me. Additionally, would You bless the work of my hands today?”

And Enlarge My Territory:

“Oh, God, would You enlarge my territory? Would You expand my reach and influence for You in the kingdom? Would you expand my horizons and my borders? Would You use my life for Your glory? Father, would you please enlarge the place of my tent; stretch out the curtains of my dwellings, spare not; lengthen my cords and strengthen my pegs. As You do this may, I experience a never ending capacity of revelations of Your glory. Father, I thank you for leading me to my Rehoboth (Genesis 26:22). Please take me from a narrow place into a broad place. May the gifts You granted me make room for me in Your kingdom. May You lead me in ministry where Your work through me can be most effective (Matthew 13:58; Titus 1:5) .

Father, I ask You to abundantly work in and through my life – in every area of my life. Would You enlarge my influence, enlarge my ministry, enlarge my work and business, enlarge my capacity for more of You? Lord, would You give me a love for Your presence greater than I’ve ever had? Would You give me a love for Word greater than ever before? Father, would You please give me a love for intercession, greater than ever before. And, would You give me more love for the lost and those in need as I’ve ever had before? Father, please give me a desire to know You above all else. Deep within my heart, light a fire for You that will passionately burn and grow within me. I want to know You more.”

That Your Hand Would Be With Me:

“Lord, let Your hand be with me; I’ve chosen to walk with You. I’ve chosen Your Word and Your ways. Thank You that I don’t have to fear because You are with me. You strengthen me, help me, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand. I ask that Your hand would lead me, protect me, guide me, establish me, strengthen me, and be an all-sufficient hand for my life. I’m so thankful that You are with me.

Father, by Your great hand, when I awaken, would You guide me and lead me clearly. every day of my life. Counsel me with Your eye on me. Allow me to hear Your voice behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ Father, I thank You, that Your hand is a hand that I can trust. Your hand is far reaching to always rescue me. Father, You have the BEST interest for my life, and I declare that my times are in Your hands.

By Your hand, would You also protect me. Keep me from places I don’t need to go. Keep me from people I don’t need to see. Surround me with Your protection. You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Thank You for being with me.”

And That You Would Keep Me From Evil:

“Oh, Father, deliver me from evil. Keep me from the evil of affliction, and especially from the evil of sin. Keep me also from the evil one, Satan, and from all evil men and evil company. Father, please cut-off the wicked expectations of the unrighteous concerning me. Father, please keep me from the evils of slander, gossip, lies, and misunderstandings.

Additionally, would You keep me from the evil of trouble and all the evil designs of my enemies, that they might not hurt my life or my family? I ask that You protect me from evil as I press in close to You.

Also, I ask that You give me victory over evil as I put on Your armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). I am strong in You and in Your mighty power. I will stand with the belt of truth buckled around my waist. I’ll put on the breastplate of righteousness and have my feet ready to share the gospel of peace. I’ll take up the shield of faith, which will enable me to extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one. And, I’ll put on the helmet of salvation and take up the sword of the Spirit – Your Word.

Thank You that as I suit up, You will give me victory over evil today and always.”

In Yeshua’s MIGHTY name – AMEN

NEXT DEVOTIONAL: Contending In The Heavens: When you must wage your battle from the heavenly realm, this prayer program is designed to contend for deliverance in the heavens. Please click HERE to view this prayer program.

Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Contending In The Heavens

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Contending In The Heavens:

If you have followed your horoscope or followed your astrological chart, this prayer program is important. God warned Israel about the worship of the stars, the host of heaven, and created things through astrology, the Zodiac, and occult practices. This is another way Satan has directed the thoughts of people from God to created things. Today let us pray and renounce any evil covenants, altars, and agreements concerning the four elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water.

When you must wage your battle from the heavenly realm, this prayer program is designed to contend for deliverance in the heavens. As an intercessor, I find that when I’m contending in the heavens, the best time to pray is between 12am and 3am.

Please see the Workbook for detailed information concerning deliverance from the four elements: CLICK HERE

DELIVERANCE FROM CELESTIAL (AIR) SPIRITS

Lord God, You said: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth;” and it was so. You made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. You also made the stars; You set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. You saw that it was good.

In the Name of Yeshua, I seal the spiritual atmosphere over this area and close ALL DOORS that might be used by the enemy to infiltrate, manipulate, control, or dominate the spiritual atmosphere. I command all spiritual forces converging on this area to go and submit themselves at the Feet of Yeshua, seated at God’s Right Hand in Heavenly places.

Yeshua, I take my seat with You in the heavens and ask that You cancel the assignments of the Prince of the Power of the Air and all principalities fashioned against me: (be specific Leviathan, Jezebel, etc).

In Yeshua’s name, I speak into the heavens (sun, moon, planets, constellations, and stars) and remove all ungodly covenants and agreements made with them by myself and my ancestors. In the Name of Yeshua I prohibit any future ungodly covenants from being established against my life.

In the Name of Yeshua, I renounce all evil spiritual forces using the heavens as a power-base as well as the earth and its waters. Father, I ask that you cancel all agreements between principalities in the second heavens and powers on earth assigned against me. Let there be NO STRENGTHENING of any agreement or covenant against my life.

Father, I renounce all legal rights and covenental agreements that reinforced and gave power to evil forces to manufacture evil programs and designs against my life.

Father, please destroy all evil alignments that are hidden in the heavens concerning me. In the name of Yeshua, I prophesy to the East wind to blow away the clouds of oppression, heaviness, depression, stagnation, rejection, poverty, etc. In the name of Yeshua, I speak to the sun, moon, stars, planets, and constellations, and cast down all evil programs concerning me. I cut them off and command them to cease speaking. In Yeshua’s name, I destroy all satanic claims, covenants, altars, and agreements made with my ancestors.

In Yeshua’s name, I command all evil programs in the heavens to be blotted out with the Blood of Yeshua. (Col. 2:14-15).

Judges 5:20:

They fought from the heavens. The stars from their courses fought against Sisera.”

Father, please fight on my behalf. Please release your mighty angels to destroy all satanic contentions, disputes, strivings, and resistance concerning my breakthroughs in Yeshua’s name.

Father, in Yeshua’s name please cancel the assignments of the enemy emanating from the heavens, the earth, beneath the earth, and rising from the waters of the earth. Please cancel the assignments of demons that ride on the winds, walk on the earth, and ride on the sea. Please cancel the assignments of strange waves and strange winds that are meant to blow me into captivity.

In Yeshua’s name, I silence all evil voices and decrees speaking against me in the heavens (saying this is my lot). Father, please release Your word and prophetic decrees concerning my life over and against the enemy’s plans concerning me.

In Yeshua’s name, I repent of my sins and the sins of my ancestors. I close all open doors and renounce all evil covenants that gave the enemy legal right to access my life. Father, I ask for a full PARDON from the penalty, reproach, and consequences of my sins and I appropriate the Blood of Yeshua to veto every demonic embargo, decree, legislation, ordinance, verdict, and every legal right fashioned against me.

Father, may Your love and mercy for me triumph over judgement. Father, please cancel these decrees and command the angels assign to me to perform angelic maneuvers against every work of darkness fashioned against me.

Lord, please send Your fire to destroy every demonic throne and altar fashioned against me in the heavens, on the earth, and in the waters.

In Yeshua’s name, I cancel every curse connected to evil programs in the heavens fashioned against me. I ask You Lord to reverse these curses into blessings.

In Yeshua’s name I come to the heavenly courts and ask You Lord to blot out all evil programming concerning me in the hills and valleys and in the waters above and below the firmament (earth).

I appropriate the Blood of Yeshua to the very chambers of the sun, to every phase of the moon – new, full, half, and waning moon.

I appropriate the Blood of Yeshua to all the stars – (it is important to name them) – Pleiades, Orion, and Arcturus. The Bear, the Mazzerotti, the 12 zodiac signs, the Northern Star, the Eastern Star, and the Southern Cross. I blot out all evil programming fashioned against me.

In the name of Yeshua, I cut pulleys and connections with all evil programs positioned at heavenly bodies, ley lines, and portals. I cancel inheritances, patterns, and cycles (time periods). I smash the time clock of satan (especially connected to birth dates and anniversaries).

Father God, please confirm Your Word in my life with miracles, signs, and wonders. Please destroy every sign of every token of the liar. Father, I commit my cause to You. I declare that my covenant with You through the Blood of Yeshua is the greatest of all covenants.

I appropriate the Blood of Yeshua to the star houses and the alignments, the circuits, and orbits in the second heavens. Father, please bind the strongman over the star houses and clean the orbits, circuits, paths, and galaxies with the Blood of Yeshua. I declare that every demonic label of demotion, regression, dislike, disfavor, dishonor, reproach, rejection, mockery, slander, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, character assassination, hatred, contempt, embarrassment, shame, fear, and incompetence is removed off of my life. Father, I declare that the heavens shall align to favor me. In the Name of Messiah Y’shua, I posses ALL my GATES with VICTORY. I proclaim that I have a legal right to receive everything YOU have for me namely:
• Life, Health, Beauty, Mental Sharpness
• Skills, Talents, Spiritual Gifts, Wisdom
• Family, Wealth, Fame, Favor, Ministry
• Open Doors, Joy, Peace, A Future
• Might, Honor, Abundance, Destiny, and Sonship

Father God, please thunder in the heavens over my family, ministries, home, health, marriage, children, unsaved loved ones, career, finances, and all that concerns me. I proclaim that Yeshua is Head of all things. I raise a Godly altar over my life and marriage as the only altar to stand for all eternity.

Father, I declare from this day forward that the heavens shall favor me: the sun, moon, stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, stratospheres, and all the heavenly bodies that You have created will rejoice at Your splendor in my life and in all Your creation.

In Yeshua’s name, I thank You Father that the heavens are open over my life. I thank you for releasing health, favor, abundance, blessings, prosperity, dew, and fragrance over my life. I declare that my life is like well watered garden, rich and flourishing which fails not.

Declare Ps 148:
“1 PRAISE THE Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.
6 He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away [He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed over].
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps!
8 You lightning, hail, fog, and frost, you stormy wind fulfilling His orders!
9 Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers and judges of the earth!
12 Both young men and maidens, old men and children!
13 Let them praise and exalt the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted and supreme! His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven!
14 He has lifted up a horn for His people [giving them power, prosperity, dignity, and preeminence], a song of praise for all His godly ones, for the people of Israel, who are near to Him. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)”

DELIVERANCE FROM WATER, EARTH, & FIRE SPIRITS

Deliverance from Leviathan – The Chief of the Marine Kingdom (Job 41:1–26)

In the name of Yeshua, I renounce Leviathan (the chief water spirit) and all marine spirits that have affected my life, communications, and relationships. I repent of the spirit of pride in all its forms. I command the spirit of pride to be uprooted in my life from the very tap root. Lord, please break the curse of Leviathan in my life down to the very first generation on my mother/father side. I renounce every legal right that was given to the marine kingdom by myself or my ancestors which gave Leviathan and the marine kingdom legality to operate against me. I repent of my sins and the sins of my ancestors. Father, please walk me back to the foundation of my life and deliver me and destroy all evil covenants with the marine kingdom. By the Blood of Yeshua, I destroy every legal right that was given to Leviathan and the marine kingdom to hold me in bondage. I declare that I am free in the Name of Yeshua Messiah.

Father, I repent of a haughty look, performance orientation, perfectionism, self-righteousness, competitiveness, criticism, self-centeredness, and a demanding spirit. Also, I repent of the sin of unbelief and doubt that stems from pride. Please forgive me for entertaining them. Father, I renounce these sins, and turn away from them. I humble myself before you and I come to You as a little child.

Father, I plead the Blood of Yeshua over my life and this region. Please bind all workers of iniquity, strip them of their authority, assignments, and power and decommission them. Lord, please send Your escort angels to remove the bound things and place them at the feet of Yeshua. Father, please cover this region with the Blood of Yeshua and turn every curse sent our way into a blessing.

Astrology & Freemasonry:

Heavenly Father, I am sorry for having involved myself in astrology and freemasonry, and that I wanted to discover my ”destiny”/”fate.” Lord Yeshua, I ask You to forgive my sin. Purify me through your Precious Blood. I trust You, Lord, and expect all blessings to come from You alone. You are the Good Shepherd and You lead me on the path of righteousness and You lead me to Living Waters. I thank You for that in Yeshua’s Name.

I ______________________(All first names, nick names, maiden name (women) and current surname) renounce all connections between my name (birthday and wedding anniversary) and the occultic powers of the astrological signs and planets and the 12 signs of the Zodiac as mentioned below. I declare that I no longer stand under the law of the powers of the elements, but are bound to the law of the Grace of Almighty God Elohim.

Note: I believe that it is important to renounce all connections to the Zodiac. If you have followed your horoscope and followed your astrological chart, this prayer program is important.

Aries – 21 March (Equinox) – 20 April
Physical relation to: Head (Skull And Meninges – 3 layers of connective tissue around the central nervous system), Teeth, Hair, Nails, Gall bladder
I deny:
• The Sign: ARIES
• The Slogan: I AM, I WILL, I PREPARE THE WAY
• Through element: FIRE
• Ruler: MARS
• Meaning: PRINCE
I declare that there will not be any fire on my head through the influence of this sign. I now remove Aries from my head and I declare that the Lord Yeshua is my Sunrise and my New Life and that I’m not controlled by this sign. I cut myself loose and deny all FALSE courage, endurance, long life, wealth, purity, luck, invincibility, strength or fearlessness that are associated with Aries. Yeshua alone is the Breaker of Barriers, Bondage Breaker, and no other. I renounce all my stubbornness, stiff-necked rebellion and dominance. I no longer choose to do my will but only the will of my Father in Heaven. I submit myself to you, Almighty God and declare that I’m totally dependent on the Fruit and Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit.

Taurus – 21 April – 20 May
Physical Relation to: Neck and Throat, Adams apple, Thyroid, Larynx, Tonsils Oesophagus, Salivary Glands, Cervical Vertebrae, Female Sex functions.
I deny:
• The Sign: TAURUS
• The slogan: I HAVE POWER, I ENJOY (MIGHT, POWER, RICHES, ETC.)
• Through element: EARTH
• Ruler: VENUS
• Gemstone: EMERALD
I cut myself loose from the heavenly bull, Taurus that signifies the recurrence of spring. In the Name of Yeshua I pull the horns of Taurus out of my throat, my back, my spine and neck. I confess that Yeshua of Nazareth is my only source of energy and creative power. I cut myself loose from FALSE peace, illumination, favour, luck, courage, and success associated with this sign. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua. I commit myself only to God Almighty and I declare that I am dependant upon the fruit and gifts of God’s Holy Spirit, as a result of my submission and obedience to Yeshua. My relationship with the Lord is the most important relationship to me. I denounce all fleshly desires and gluttony. The Lord provides and cares for me, gives me power and well-being. He alone is my safety and security.

Gemini – 21 May – 21 June
Physical Relation to: Trachea, Bronchi, Lungs (Breathing Organs), Speech and Hearing Organs, Nerves, Arms
and Fingers
I deny:
• The Sign: GEMINI
• The slogan: COMMUNICATOR, I AM THE MEDIATOR
• With: ENERGY
• Through: AIR
• Ruler: MERCURY/HERMES
I deny the sign of Gemini and any duality or two-sidedness that may have been brought into my life through this sign. I also deny all positives and negatives – all black and white sides of my nature or character, and also all opposites, divisions, cycles of life and death. I also confess that it was not in the plan and purpose of God Almighty, for human beings to have a split personality or dual nature, which manifests involuntarily and uncontrolled. I declare that I’m a whole person and in oneness with the Lord Yeshua. In the Name of Yeshua, I now pull and remove Gemini out of my shoulders and arms. I renounce the wisdom of the snake. I also place all my senses under the Lordship and Obedience of Yeshua. I cut myself loose from Gemini’s eagerness, strength, and success and I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua. Yeshua the mediator. He stands between the Father and me and between me and other people.

Cancer: – 22 June – 23 July – summer solstice: longest day and shortest night
Physical Relation to: Stomach, Chest, Mucus Membranes, Ovaries, Womb, Brain, Bodily Fluids, Especially Water and Lymph
I deny:
• The Sign: CANCER
• The slogan: I FEEL MAGIC; “I GIVE BIRTH”
• Through element: WATER
• Ruler: THE MOON; THE SCARAB
Father God knew me before I was formed and created by Almighty God, and I choose to commit my soul and whole being to Yeshua, in order for Yeshua to renew my mind with His Holy Word. I renounce the powers of the waters. I cut myself loose from FALSE inspiration, love, purity, stability and domestic luck associated with Cancer, and I commit myself only to God Almighty. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua. I am free from every form of manipulation, witchcraft, sorcery and all psychic powers. I declare that I’m dependent on the Fruits and Gifts of Holy Spirit only, through my submission to the Lord. Only Yeshua can bring forth new life.

Leo – 24 July – 23 August
Physical Relation to: Heart, Thorax, Back Spine (Vertebral Column), Eyes, Blood Circulation (Circulatory System)
I deny:
• The Sign: LEO
• The slogan: I CREATE, I AM THE CENTRE
• With: OSCILLATION AND POWER
• Through element: FIRE
• Ruler: SUN (THE GREAT BABYLON)
I deny Leo, linked with the sun, the all-seeing one – the fierce lion. I declare that my will and my emotions are not connected with or controlled by this sign. In the Name of Yeshua, I now pull Leo out of my heart, lungs, and liver. I renounce the ruling, dominating and proud nature as well as the urge/drive for self-realisation/self-actualisation that’s linked to this sign. I cut myself loose from FALSE creativeness, magnetism, inspiration, friendship, brilliance, and courage that are associated with Leo. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua.

Yeshua is the Lion of Judah, the only True Lion. These attributes are mine as I commit myself only to God Almighty only and I confess my dependence on the Fruits and Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit. Yeshua is the centre of Life and He lives in my heart through His Holy Spirit.

Virgo – 23/24 August – 22/23 September
Physical Relation to: Secreting Glands in The Stomach, Gut/Intestines, Absorption and Ingestion of Nutrients, All Organs which Ingest, Digest and Assimilate Nutrients e.g., Liver, Kidney, Intestines, etc.
I deny:
• The Sign: VIRGO
• The Slogan: I SERVE AND I DISCOVER
• With: INTELLIGENCE AND PRACTICAL GIFTING
• Through element: EARTH, RULER: MERCURY
• Special relation to: VIRGIN MARY / GODDESS ISIS, VENUS / QUEEN OF HEAVEN, EARTH GODDESS GAIA/DEMETER
I deny, renounce, and break covenant with the supposedly heavenly virgin, the virgin mother, the queen of heaven and all her celestial alignments, and all demonic goddess powers. I pull Virgo out of my stomach and out of my intestines, and all viscera. I cut myself loose from FALSE wisdom, unity, health, purity, and excellence associated with Virgo. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to Yeshua.

I am free from all earth powers and their promises of health, wisdom, and riches. I therefore declare that should I need any of these, it is mine because of God’s Holy Spirit through my dependence and obedience to the Lord Yeshua. Only Yeshua can make me pure and Holy.

Libra – 24 September – 23 October (22 Sept – Equinox)
Physical Relation to: Kidneys, Adrenal Glands, Bladder, Secretion Glands in Stomach, Glands in General.
I deny:
• The Sign: LIBRA
• The slogan: I WEIGH AND I MAKE EQUAL/EQUALISE/ FIND
EQUILIBRIUM/BALANCE
• With: BEAUTY AND ART
• Through element: AIR
• Ruler: MARS and VENUS
I renounce the woman that has to keep the balance between the so-called two natures of human beings, namely the natural and the spiritual. I declare that all human beings can only have one nature, which can only be purchased by accepting the power of the shed Blood of Yeshua for our Salvation. In the Name of Yeshua I therefore pull Libra out of my spine and bone marrow. I cut myself loose from the compulsion to be a balanced and have a lovable personality. I cut myself loose from false striving for a balanced personality and from clairvoyance, friendship, courage, success, and favour that are associated with Libra. I am free in the Name of Yeshua from the search for identity. My identity is in Yeshua. I commit myself only to God Almighty, and I declare that I’m dependent only on the Fruit and Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit. All beauty is found in Yeshua alone. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua.

Scorpio – 23/24 October – 22/23 November
Physical Relation to: Urogenital Tract, Rectum, Prostrate, Urethra, Renal Pelvis, Coccyx, Nose, Genitalia
I deny:
• The Sign: SCORPIO
• The slogan: I CONTROL, I MANIPULATE
• With: DRAMA and CRITICISM
• Through element: WATER
• Ruler: MARS & PLUTO (That rules over Scorpio and Aries)
I deny: The eagle, the phoenix, the scorpion, and the snake. In the name of Yeshua, I now pull Scorpio out of my kidneys and reproductive organs. I renounce the shedding of blood that is associated with Scorpio. I cut myself loose from the FALSE prosperity, success, hope, youthfulness, and faithful love that are associated with Scorpio. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua.

I am free from the spirit of lewdness and adultery, every presentation/form/imagination of sexual perversion and lust. I renounce all occultic sources of power and perception (insight). I renounce all powers of death, that have thus far had charge over my life, possibly over generations of my ancestors. I fully commit myself to Almighty God only, and I’m completely dependent on the Fruit and Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit. My source of power and perception is Yeshua alone.

Sagittarius – 23 November – 22 December
Physical Relation to: Hip, Thigh, Buttocks, Liver, Protein Synthesis, Fat Deposition in Tissue, Gaseous Exchange,
Body Detoxification, Thymus Gland, Bodily Growth
I deny:
• The Sign: SAGITTARIUS
• The slogan: I PHILOSOPHISE, I CHANGE
• With: REVOLUTION, FAR-SIGHTEDNESS, PRIDE, SUBLIMENESS AND ZEAL.
• Through element: FIRE
• Ruler: JUPITER

I deny the Sagittarius, the bow and the “whole” man, with it’s animal and spiritual nature. I specifically deny the bow and arrow that indicates the strength and the direction of 45 degrees that symbolizes the perfect use of strength. In the Name of Yeshua, I now pull and remove Sagittarius out of my hips, thighs and upper legs. I cut myself loose from clairvoyance, FALSE discerning, keen perceptions, favour, faithfulness and strength that are associated with Sagittarius. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua.

I am free from false zeal, from philosophy of every kind, from pride, from humanistic striving for religiosity and whatever is “higher.” I fully commit myself to God Almighty only, and declare that I’m fully dependent on the Fruits and Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit.

Capricorn – 23 December – 20 January
(Winter solstice – shortest day and longest night)
Physical Relation to: Bones, Skeleton, Knee, Joints, Skin, Ligaments and Tendons, Teeth, Spleen, Hair, All
Crystallisation Processes and Formation Of Stones.
I deny:
• The Sign: CAPRICORN
• The slogan: I MASTER, I STRUCTURE, I CORDON OFF, I ORGANISE
• With: OBJECTIVITY AFTER LENGTHY CONSIDERATION AND WITH WISDOM
• Through: EARTH
• Ruler: SATURN (and Uranus)
• Symbol for dying, death and Introversion (BUCK / FISH)
I deny the goat, the sea-goat of Ea and Varuna that is suppose to indicate the origin of the waters. I also deny the crocodile and sea creatures. I specifically deny the half-goat-half-fish image that indicates the dual nature of the land and the sea and that symbolizes the height and depth that indicates the winter solstice as well as the gate of the gods and goddesses that represents the power of the rising sun.

Therefore, in the Name of Yeshua of Nazareth, I now pull Capricorn out of my knees. I renounce all FALSE inspiration, wisdom, strength, pride, invulnerability and long life that are associated with Capricorn. I declare that all these attributes belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Yeshua.

I also deny all that is depressive, all thoughts of safety and all legality in my life, all isolation and loneliness that are associated with these strong and condensing earth powers. I further declare that I’m dependent on the Blood of Yeshua as my only protection.
I submit myself only to Yeshua of Nazareth alone and declare that I’m fully dependent on the fruit and gifts of God’s Holy Spirit.

Aquarius – 21 January – 19 February
Physical Relation to:
Central Nervous System, Neuro-Transmitter, Meninges (3 layers of connective tissue around the central nervous system), Pituitary gland (hypotheses), Rhythmic ebb and flow, Spinal Cord, Shank (Lower Leg), Calf, Double-Jointed
I deny:
• The Sign: AQUARIUS
• The slogan: I UNIVERSALIZE, I CONNECT, I AM INDEPENDENT, I KNOW
BETTER.
• With: MYSTIQUE, IMAGINATION, VISIONS AND TRANSCENDENCE
• Through element: AIR
• Ruler: URANUS AND SATURN
• Meaning: FLIGHT
I deny the figure that throws water out from the Amphora, the irrigator, and the waters of the earth. I deny any specific cycle that came into my life through this sign, especially the cycle of death and renewal. I declare that my times and my life are in the hands of God and I submit myself under the Mighty Hand of God and know that He will lift and promote me at the right time. Therefore, I declare that my life is not controlled through any lifecycle or any cyclic occurrences. In the name of Yeshua, I now pull Aquarius out of my legs and feet. I declare that you will not put any stumbling blocks in my way, in order to withhold me from doing the Perfect Will of God. I cut myself loose from the FALSE health, commitment, wisdom, and honour that are associated with the Aquarius sign. I declare these attributes, belong to me, but only because of my submission and obedience to the Lord Yeshua. All my knowledge and my perception come from the wisdom of Yeshua. Only Yeshua makes me a unique personality – makes me a son/daughter and an heir of the King of Kings.

Pisces – 20 February – 20 March
Physical Relation to: Hormone System, Bone Formation, All Bodily
Processes which occur by Diffusion or Osmosis, Feet
I deny:
• The Sign: PISCES
• The Slogan: I BELIEVE, I OVERCOME TIME AND SPACE
• With: SUPERNATURAL SENSITIVITY, SUPERNATURAL SENSES, FALSE
SPIRITUALITY, WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY
• Through element: WATER
• Ruler: NEPTUNE, JUPITER and DOLPHIN and MOON
• Connected with: LIQUIDS, DRUGS, POISON TOXINS, ART and POETRY
I deny the two fish that are lying in opposite directions that indicate the coming and going, the past, the future, the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. I renounce any cycle that has influenced my life through this sign. I again declare that my times are in the Hands of the Almighty God of Israel and that He will lift me up in His own perfect time. I now declare that my life is not controlled by any life cycles or any cyclic occurrence. In the Name of Yeshua, I now pull Pisces out of my legs and especially out of my feet and ankles. I renounce all powers and influences of the element of water. You will not prevent me from doing the Perfect Will of God here on earth, by hanging on to my feet and ankles. I cut myself loose from any dependence on destiny that is associated with this sign and I declare that I’m resting in the Perfect Will of God the Father through His Son, Yeshua, I cut myself loose from hypocrisy, lies, religiosity, longings, and false humility that are associated with this sign and I submit myself only to Yeshua and I declare that I’m totally dependant on the Gifts and Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Salvation comes only through the Lord Yeshua. For Him alone do I long, I give myself to Him only, Him alone do I worship.

In the Name of Messiah Y’shua, I posses ALL my GATES with VICTORY. I proclaim that I have a legal right to receive everything YOU have for me namely:
• Life, Health, Beauty, Mental Sharpness
• Skills, Talents, Spiritual Gifts, Wisdom
• Family, Wealth, Fame, Favor, Ministry
• Open Doors, Joy, Peace, A Future
• Might, Abundance, Destiny, and Sonship

Isaiah 61:7:
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”

IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF YESHUA – AMEN

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Shavuot 2019: An Open Heaven of Glory, Favor, Blessing, & Breakthrough

Shavuot 2019: An Open Heaven of Glory, Favor, Blessing, & Breakthrough

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Excerpts from “Ancient Portals of Heaven: Glory, Favor & Blessings” by David Herzog

This weekend the Biblical feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) begins at sundown on Saturday, June 8th and ends at sundown on Monday June 10th.

A few weeks ago we covered the significance of Shavuot – Click HERE. According to (Acts Chapter 2) the promise of the Holy Spirit occurred on Shavuot, fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy that one day God’s law would be written on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).

Shavuot is the 4th Biblical feast and the final spring feast. God calls the Biblical Feast “His appointed times(Leviticus 23:2), In other words, the feast days are God’s “set appointments” to commune with His people. Thus, I believe the Biblical feasts, are times of an open heaven. As Shavuot approaches, let us embrace this open heaven, and receive new wine, new wine skins, and fresh revelations from heaven, as we step into our destinies.

Shavuot: A Time For Breakthrough

2 Samuel 5:20:
Adonai has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters!”

God wants us to encounter blessings and breakthroughs even more than we want to receive them.

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I believe that Shavuot is an open heaven of outpouring and breakthrough. God desires us to receive salvation and restoration for our families, finances, and health.

Throughout the Bible there were particular events when the portals of heaven were open. In (John Chapter 5), at a particular time, an angel would stir the waters at the pool in Bethesda. Those who entered-in experienced the power of a breakthrough in healing.

Prophetically, I believe that the waters are being stirred during this season of Shavuot 2019. Our appointed time of breakthrough is NOW! In (Luke 24:49) Yeshua told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the manifestation of that which had been promised.

(Acts Chapter 2) records that on Shavuot Yeshua’s followers were assembled together, on one-accord, praying in an upper-room, like the Master had instructed. Then suddenly there came a sound like a mighty rushing wind. The heavens opened and the power of God was released! The Holy Spirit fell like fire! The 120 followers who were assembled were all consumed with the manifest presence of God and they spoke in other tongues.

Beloveds, as we approach Shavuot, let’s “press-in” in prayer for your breakthroughs, healing, miracles, promises, and the manifestation of all that God has ordained for us as sons and daughters of destiny.

An Open Heaven

When we embrace God’s “appointed-times,” we align ourselves so that things on earth may be aligned with heaven (Matthew 6:10). On Shavuot, God opened the heavens and ushered in an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe that God will show up in extraordinary power in this season.

Jeremiah 6:16:
“Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls…”

“I believe that embracing the Biblical feasts and living a Torah observant life leads one down the ancient paths that ushers us into the fullness of life in the Spirit of God. Great men of old like Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Peter, and Paul walked in these ancient paths. What did these great Hebrews know then that we are missing in our God encounters today?

What revelation of the ancient paths did they have that allowed them such communion with God that they could call down fire from heaven, command rain or shut up the sky, negotiate with God concerning nations, command the sun to stand still, experience open visions, make kings and kingdoms tremble at the word of the Lord, be taken up to Heaven without ever tasting death, ignite the fire of evangelism with just twelve men throughout the world…. and much, much more?”

The Church was cut off from their Jewish roots in A.D. 325 during the Council of Nicaea, and ever since that time the power and visitation of God has been diminished compared to what it was in the early church. As we reconnect to the Jewish roots of the Gospel, we will draw from the rich soil of God’s power.

Yeshua promised that we would do “greater works” for the kingdom of God (John 14:12). Life in the kingdom of God is naturally supernatural.

I believe that we do not experience the fullness of the kingdom because we do not expect it. As believers in the western world, we rely heavily on our natural abilities.

Miracles are rare and supernatural experiences often raise a quizzical brow. However, many believers in third world countries expect to experience signs, wonders, and miracles as a part of daily living because of their expectation and dependence on God.

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Are you desperate to see the manifest presence of God? My soul longs for God in a dry and thirsty land. I am desperate to see the glory of God manifest in my life, in my family, in my community, and in this nation.

Are you desperate for God’s glory to be revealed today? God hears our cry for the kingdom of heaven to breakthrough in our circumstances. Get ready for God to do a NEW THING! We are in a season of SUDDENLY. During this season of Shavuot, God will breakthrough like the breakthrough of many waters.

I believe that as we step into this new season we are about to see a demonstration of the Spirit in signs, wonders, and miracles. The fresh wind of heaven is blowing. Let us expect to experience the winds of heaven at our back as we move into new realms of miracles, glory, expectation, manifestation, calling, destiny, and purpose.

Isaiah 43:19:
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Jewish Voice: Shavuot An Open Heaven

Recommend Books From My Favorites List:

Life in the kingdom is naturally supernatural. Please click below for recommended reading that will inspire you to live in the fullness of life in the Spirit…
The Way of Life: Experiencing the Culture of Heaven on Earth
The Ancient Portals of Heaven: Glory, Favor, and Blessings
Aligning With Heaven
Desperate For New Wine
Prayers & Declarations From The Courts of Heaven
The Trading Floor of Heaven
Unlocking Destinies From The Courts of Heaven
Relieving Healing: Removing Hindrances: The Courts of Heaven
Praying From The Heavenly Realms
Engaging The Revelatory Realm of Heaven

Worship Experiences:

Shavuot Prayer: New Wine

(Luke 5:36-39)

The principle of the new is that the old must give way for the new. Ask the LORD to break you out of the old wine skin structure. As it takes the LORD to do new things with a new wine skin structure, ask the:

  • LORD at this gate of time, I ask You to shift me from a religious Pharisee spirit, a spirit of legalism, cultural, tribal, racial, and ideological mindsets, mentality, and thinking that has made me an old wine structure and renew my thinking process, (Romans 12:1-2).
  • LORD, I ask You to remove rigidness and all the characteristics of the old wine skin structure in me.
  • LORD, I ask You to remove every spiritual rubbish, disorder, crookedness, and blemishes in me and carryout profound internal/external cleansing in me. (2 Chronicles 29:3-5)
  • LORD, I ask You to restructure, reform, re-calibrate, and realign me into divine order as a new wine skin structure that will contain the new glory and close every spiritual leakage in my life.
  • LORD, I ask You to make me a pillar in Your House and Kingdom, and expand my spiritual influence and authority. (Revelation 3:12)
  • I thank you God for planting me in the right spiritual environment and giving me an excellent spirit.
  • Father, please forgive me for wrong inner attitudes: Anger, bitterness; an unforgiving spirit; desire for revenge, and impurity.
  • Lord make me your preferred candidate for promotion, blessings, and testimonies in the name of Yeshua.
  • Thou power for divine excellence fall upon me in the name of Yeshua.
  • Power creating a visionless life for my destiny, be arrested in the name of Yeshua.
  • I receive the anointing for supernatural lifting in the name of Yeshua.
  • Every pollution preventing excellence in my life be flushed out.

In the MIGHTY name of Yeshua

Gifted vs Anointed

Enjoy this powerful word from Christine Caine.  Gifts will entertain, but it’s the anointing that breaks the yoke. How can we tell the difference? The olive must be crushed in the olive press so that the pure oil can flow. Be encouraged when enduring crushing, shaping, and development. The greater the anointing the greater the crushing. Let the sweet oil flow…

Deliverance & Healing

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Greetings Beloveds,

Salvation is the first step in our journey to FREEDOM. DELIVERANCE is the second step. We must have both in order to experience FREEDOM and WHOLENESS.

This series will equip us to ENTER and POSSESS the Land – and conquer the strongholds keeping us from FREEDOM and FULLNESS in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Please check back for updates. Resources will be added frequently.

Deliverance from Trauma – Healing the Wounded Soul – Kanaan Ministries – Videos

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Understanding The Role of Torah In Healing The Wounded Soul – Part 1

 

Understanding The Role of Torah In Healing The Wounded Soul – Part 2

Deliverance 101 – Derek Prince – Videos

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Deliverance 101 – Win Worley – Videos

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The Legality of Satan – If the enemy has been given legal ground or legal rights, we may find a stronghold of resistance to our prayers.  Repentance is the key to loosing those bands of darkness.

Deliverance 101 – Discerning The Battle – Videos

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Deliverance 101 – Tipping The Scales To Your Victory – Videos

Deliverance From People

Please click the links BELOW: (This is one of the biggest breakthroughs I have ever received!)

More Powerful Resources:

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Spiritual Warfare For The Family

Journey2Freedom

Journey2Wholeness  

Released From Being The Scapegoat

Released From Being The Scapegoat

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A scapegoat is a person, group, or entity who is targeted for blame for something he or she is not responsible for. Scapegoating can occur in every environment, but mostly scapegoating occurs in families. In a family, scapegoating often begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood.

Why would someone choose to project their guilt, blame, and shame on someone else? The answer has a lot to do with the concept of a scapegoat and the purpose it served. In the Bible, the scapegoat was part of the Yom Kippur sacrifice. The scapegoat was literally a goat that carried away the guilt and sins of the children of Israel into the wilderness. (Leviticus Chapter 16).

The Bible tells us that Yeshua became the sacrifice for humanity as the Lamb of God who took away our guilt and shame (John 1:29). As believers in Yeshua we can bring all our burdens to Him. We no longer have to carry the burden of guilt.

In a social setting scapegoating is a “projection defense” that allows scapegoaters to keep up appearances by shifting their shame and burdens on the scapegoat. In other words, laying the blame on someone else will take the attention off the real issues.

How Can We Break Free, Heal, & Recover From Being The Scapegoat?

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Scapegoating is a form of abuse. Usually, narcissistic personalities result to scapegoating to ensure that the more vulnerable person bares the reproach while the narcissist basks in acceptance, applause, and approval. Both the narcissist and the scapegoat create an environment for unhealthy behavior patterns and toxic relationships to perpetuate. The narcissist is the hero, while the scapegoat bares the shame, and the myth of normalcy continues without anyone having to look inward or take responsibility for their own actions.

If you have been playing the role of the scapegoat, I am here to tell you that there is FREEDOM in Yeshua. You don’t have to be burdened with shame. Today, we are going to look at ways we can be released from being the scapegoat.

 

You Are Not A Victim: The Scapegoat is a role that we do not have to assume. Yeshua has come to set us FREE. He carried every burden, all guilt, shame, and blame to Calvary. We don’t have to carry the burden any more. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. We do not have to own the hurtful opinions and projections of others. We must stop trying to win the favor and approval of uncaring people. You are accepted and beloved in God. Let’s allow Yeshua to open up new doors and new opportunities of love and friendship. BE FREE! (Isaiah 61:1-4)

See Yourself The Way God Sees You: God loves you fiercely and fervently. He loves you short. He loves you tall. He loves you skinny. He loves you chunky. He loves you with curly hair. He loves you with short hair. He loves you with long hair. He loves you with no hair at all. God loves you. Accept and receive God’s unconditional love for you. (Genesis 16:13-14)

You Are Not Condemned: When we fall short, the Holy Spirit will convict us in the spirit of love and restoration in order to bring us into right standing with Messiah Yeshua. However, condemnation often brings on reproach which leaves us feeling isolated and alone. Do not own the reproach of others. However, allow the Holy Spirit to take you by the hand and lead you into truth, love, restoration, and righteousness. (Romans 8:1-2)

Forgive and Live: We must forgive. Turning our hurts over to God does not dismiss the hurt. Turning our hurts over to God frees us from the responsibility of bearing the pain. Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). We miss God when we seek revenge. God will make up the difference in our lives. We can not be the judge, the jury, and the executioner. We must forgive. The Bible tells us that we do not have a right to harbor our pain. We don’t have a right to walk in unforgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22). If we remain in God’s presence, He will heal our pain and bring us to a place of lasting peace (Isaiah 53:5).

Love Yourself: Encourage yourself in the Lord. Be good to yourself. See yourself the way God sees you. Write down your good traits. Read God’s word and remind yourself daily of who you are in Yeshua. Be good to yourself. Say something good about yourself. Stand in the mirror and tell yourself “you are looking good today girlfriend.” Celebrate the fabulous way God created you. (Psalms 139:14)

Prayer:

“Father, please forgive me and my generational line for placing our sins, burdens and blame on others and chasing others away making them scapegoats and sacrifices.

I repent for myself and my family line for willingly or unwilling receiving the sins and blame of others or allowing myself to be the sacrifice or the scapegoat and bearing burdens that You did not instruct me to carry.

Father, forgive me and cleanse me for taking on burdens, sins, and responsibilities that Yeshua took upon Himself. Please forgive me also for placing burdens and responsibilities on others that Yeshua took to Calvary (John 1:29).

Father, I declare that I am not a scapegoat. I am not a sacrifice. Father, I ask that all reproach and blame of others which have been placed upon me be removed.

Father, please remove the consequences of blame and shame from me and from my generational line. I ask that the reaping of the consequences of shame, guilt, and being a scapegoat/sacrafice and all related curses be broken off of me and my family line from this time forward.

Father, I ask that these heavy burdens be removed from me and all future generations based on Your righteousness which You have imputed to me through the Blood of Yeshua.

Lord, please replace these vacated areas in my life with Your Holy Spirit and with Your blessings. Thank You for pouring Your Spirit into me. In Yeshua’s name Amen.”

Worship Experience:

Deliverance: Bitter Root Judgments – Audio

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What Is A Bitter-Root Judgment? How Can We Be Free From It?

Bitter root judgments are judgments that we make concerning hurts that we have experienced that we have not surrendered to the Cross.

Hebrews 12:15:
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled . . .

A root of bitterness comes from unforgiveness and can lead to resentment that corrupts our relationships and our ability to love like Yeshua loves. Bitter-roots grow when we fail to secure God’s grace to forgive. Bitterness and unforgiveness are the driving forces behind re-occurring problems, patterns, and destruction in our lives.

We must forgive. As soon as we experience a hurt we must immediately turn that hurt over to the Lord so that we do not take on a wound. Two of the most important people whom we must forgive is our mother and father (Exodus 20:12).

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Bitter-root judgments can be judgments that we made towards our parents because of hurts that we incurred during our upbringing. From the womb certain patterns are formed that opened the door for us to form unhealthy judgments and strong opinions of ourselves and others. Whenever we make a judgement as a result of the hurts that we incurred that we do not bring to the Yeshua we set into motion forces that will cause us to reap in kind the very same thing that we judge (Galatians 6:7-9).

Bitter roots bring about bitter fruit. When we condemn others. We condemn ourselves. We Must Forgive! Some of us haven’t had the best parental experience. Some experienced abuse. Some experienced abandonment and neglect. However, to honor our parents is to forgive them and to accept their humanity.

We all have our stories… Hurt is real. Pain is real. Yeshua does not dismiss the wrong done to us. However, we miss God when we demand justice…. “Well, you say someone has to pay”… Yeshua already paid. Yeshua covers the offense, the offender, and the offended with His precious BLOOD – and if we stay in His presence He will bring us to a place of lasting peace.
Romans 2:1-3:
“Therefore you are without excuse, O man—every one of you who is judging. For by whatever you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. We know that God’s judgment on those who practice such things is based on truth. But you, O man—judging those practicing such things yet doing the same—do you suppose that you will escape the judgment of God?”

Identifying Bitter Roots

Bitter roots can affect your relationships and destroy your future. Often our wounds go down deep. Often it takes the Lord to reveal, heal, and uproot bitter roots. Pray and ask God to reveal the judgments that you have made against your parents and against others. It may take some time. God will reveal what you need to know when you need to know it.

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Look for patterns of fear, doubt, rejection, heartache, jealousy, or anger. These patterns may be from judgments that you have made against others. Notice situations where you repeat the same behavior over and over.

Some examples of bitter-roots that can indicate judgment toward your parents include: perfectionism, addictions, critical spirit, emotionally unavailable, hostility, manipulation, working continually, rejection, uncontrolled anger or rage, bitterness, rejection or performance orientation.

I have been a believer for 30-years. I had a very abusive childhood. Over the years, God has taken me through layers of forgiveness. God has walked the winding path of wholeness with me. Every time I recall a painful memory, I release the hurt to God. It has been two years since my mother died. Although, my mother is not here to physically reconcile, I speak out forgiveness in my prayers. I forgive you. I love you. I release you in love and redemption.” I have reconciled every hurt, pain, disappointment, fear, rejection, to the Cross.

“Through heartache, I have learned that my strong opinions and my two-cents are best left on the threshing floor. Whenever I am presented with a situation in which I could pass judgement on someone, I choose to withhold my opinion and pray for the person instead. In life we can either take on the role as an enforcer or an intercessor, I choose the latter.”

Luke 6:37:
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned.”

Let’s Deal With The Root – How Do You Cancel A Bitter Root Judgment?

How Do You Cancel a Bitter-Root Judgment?

There is an old saying: “what goes around comes around” but God calls it the law of sowing and reaping” (Galatians 6:7-9). We must REPENT, FORGIVE, & RELEASE We are not to let the sun go down on our wrath. When we harbor resentment, we open the door to the enemy to reap a bitter reward. Yeshua has come to free us from bitterness and re-set our default.

1. Confess your bitter-root judgment. Name whom you judged and what you judged them for.
2. Pray for forgiveness, forgive yourself, and repent and renounce your sin, which means to fall out of agreement with it.
3. Ask God to nail your sin of judgment to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)
4. Allow yourself to grieve any feelings of pain or loss and release them to God.
5. Ask God to remove any unforgiveness or other sins from your heart and replace them with the opposite of those sins.
6. Ask God to give you a new heart by faith. (Ezekiel 36:26)
7. Ask God to meet the needs that were not met in you as a child. Some of the basic needs for adults and children are unconditional love, acceptance, worth and value, security, recognition, nurture, emotional nourishment, and comfort.
8. Ask God to show you how this bitter root has affected your relationships with others. Pray for God to heal those relationships.
9. Thank Him for your answered prayers. (Philippians 4:6)

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El Roi – The God Who Sees Me

El – Roi: The God Who Sees Me

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Today, we will glean from the life of a woman named Hagar.  From this story we will learn that no matter the circumstances, God will not leave us without hope. God will make something beautiful out of our lives when we put our trust in El Roi, the God who sees us.

In (Genesis Chapter 16) Hagar is introduced as Sarah’s Egyptian slave-girl. There are no details about the path that led to Hagar’s bondage in Egypt.  However, (Genesis 12:16) gives us a clue of how Abraham and Sarah acquired Hagar as a servant in their household.

In this story, Sarah solicited Hagar in her plan to conceive an heir for Abraham.   In the ancient world it was not uncommon for an infertile wife to arrange for a slave girl to sleep with her husband so that the family could have an heir.  Abraham and Sarah had many servants. Any slave-girl could have done the job well.  However, God’s divine providence was at work.  Hagar would give birth to a nation.

For a while, all was going well for Hagar.  Hagar had a prominent position as Sarah’s personal attendant.  However, once Hagar conceived, she was not content with her lot as a slave.  Hagar rebelled and conflict arose between Hagar and Sarah.  With Abram’s blessing, Sarah re-asserted her position of power over Hagar.

Hagar reached her breaking point.  She fled into the wilderness.  Discontent, discouraged, distressed, and despondent, Hagar wept bitterly near an unnamed well.  God saw Hagar and offered hope to her and her unborn child. God heard Hagar’s cry.  There, beside the well, Hagar called on the name of God, “…El Roi:  You are the God who sees me… I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13-14)

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As a woman of color, I can relate to Hagar’s experiences.  I have often been marginalized. When I have put my best foot forward, I have felt the sting of rejection by being relegated to stereotypical roles that fit others hurtful opinions of me.

Like Hagar, when my heart is overwhelmed, I run to  El RoiThe God who sees me.  I scream out to God in tears until He caresses my soul and takes away the sting.  I cry out to God until I can sing again, laugh again, and love again.  I remain in God’s presence until my perception of the situation changes and once again I see myself as El Roi sees me: Strong, confident, beautiful, and capable.  

Beloveds, if your present circumstance is full of pain and your future is full of uncertainty, I urge you run into the presence of El Roi (the God who sees you) and remain there until He makes you whole again.

Where Have You Come From?

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In (Genesis 16:8), God asked Hagar, “Where have you come from and where are you going?”  God’s question to Hagar had little to do about the logistics of her journey from Abraham’s household to this well in the wilderness.

There is always a story behind pain.  God was concerned about what troubled Hagar.  God is concerned about what troubles you.  God sees our tears and He wants us to bring our troubles to Him.

God gives beauty for ashes.  God transforms lives. In the midst of hopelessness and desperation, God saw Hagar. God sees you.  God sees me.  God promises to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and to work all things out for our good (Roman’s 8:28).

Where Are You Going?

Genesis 16:8b:

“I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.”

God knew that Hagar’s destiny was to be more than a lowly slave-girl.  Hagar would become the mother of the Arab people.  God gave Hagar instructions to return to Abraham and Sarah.  Running away from our problems is not the answer.   God wants to bring us through difficult circumstances.  God did not abandon Hagar into the fate of captivity. God profoundly valued Hagar and her child. God had a plan for their lives  (Gen. 16:9).

“Beloved, likewise God has a plan for your life.   It doesn’t matter what the doctors say, lawyer say, boss’ say, he say, she say, or they say, God will always have the final say.

We can submit ourselves to the will of God, knowing that God is in control.  God has our best interest at heart. God will always protect His investment in us.  As Hagar submitted herself to human authority, she ultimately submitted herself in the hands of ALMIGHTY GOD.”

Gen. 16:11–12:

“You shall name him Ishmael [meaning “God hears”], for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” 

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There, in the wilderness, Hagar called upon the name of God.  God reshaped her identity and the perspective of her circumstance.  Hagar was no longer just a slave, but an heir to God’s promise.

When Hagar’s hope was lost, God visited her and revealed her destiny. Hope is the confident expectation that what God promises will come to pass.

“Without hope we have no purpose.  Without purpose we have no hope.”

Every person has a destiny to fulfill.  Every life is significant.   God ordained the purpose for our lives before we were even born (Psalms 139:19).  Hagar’s purpose was to bring forth a powerful nation.  Every nation has a divine purpose to fulfill.  In (Gen. 16:11–12) God describes Ishmael’s role among the nations. Ishmael and his descendants would become a force to reckon with.  Ishmael would become the patriarch of the Arab people.

God blessed the birth of Ishmael and promised Hagar that her descendants would have a prosperous future.  God kept his promise to Hagar.  Today, the Arab nations are among the wealthiest nations in the world.

“God loves the Arab people.  God loves the nations. Ethnicity is God’s creativity. Increasingly, Yeshua Messiah, (better known as Isa in the Arab world) is revealing Himself in dreams and visions to the Arab people. The population of Arab Christians is growing throughout the world.  God desires to bring redemption to the entire world.”

For fourteen years the household of Sarah and Abraham offered peace and provisions for Hagar and Ishmael to thrive.  Abraham, circumcised Ishmael, ensuring that the boy bore the sign of Yahweh’s covenant.  Growing up under Abraham’s supervision, Ishmael knew Yahweh.  However, the birth of Isaac complicated matters for Hagar and Ishmael.

“This polygamous family drama finally reached its breaking point (Gen. 21:10).  Abraham expels Hagar and Ishmael from the household.  Thus, the conflict that plagues the Middle-East begins….”  

Image result for rejection el roiCast-out into the wilderness, Hagar and Ishmael are abandoned.  This time there is no well; only dry sand.  The sun burns hot, and the water runs out.  Hagar leaves her son by a bush. Hagar couldn’t bear to watch Ishmael die, so she walked a short distance away to mourn. But once again, God sees Hagar and comforts her. 

Gen. 21:17–18:

“Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying… Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 

God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well of water.  Both mother and child survived.  In an act of splendid redemption, God reiterated His promise to bless Hagar’s descendants.

Genesis 17:20:

“As for Ishmael, I have heard you. See, I have blessed him and I will make him fruitful, and I will multiply him very very much. He will father twelve princes and I will make him a great nation.”

In the midst of profound despair, when all hope was lost, God saw Hagar and kept His promise.  God loved Hagar and Ishmael.  To man, Hagar was insignificant – a slave.  To God, Hagar would fulfill a unique purpose as the QUEEN MOTHER of the Arab world.

Acts: 10:34-35:

Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “I truly understand that God is not one to show favoritism, but in every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”

God Sees You

The revelation in this story is not merely that God sees.  The revelation is, God wants you to see that He sees you.  Ultimately, Hagar’s story is more than the story of a slave and her son. This is a story of the divine providence of God.  Not only does God see us – God guides us into our destiny. God guides us like a shepherd guides His flock (Jeremiah 29:11) and (Isaiah 40:11).

Beloveds, God sees you.  God calls you by name.  God walks the winding path of recovery with you.  Your struggles are not in vain.  God never ends a story without bringing back His glory.  The same God who saw Hagar in her distress also sees you.

Today, there remains a bitter-root between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael (Jews and Muslims).  This is a bitter root that only God can heal.  The conflict between the two brothers have resulted in violent hatred that has lasted for centuries.

“Perhaps in God’s divine plan, He will use this scenario to bring about divine redemption to the descendants of Ishmael, Isaac, and to the world.  One day Ishmael and Isaac will love one another as brothers.”

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In this fallen world, many fall prey to offense, and rather than following after peace, we ruminate over offenses.  Bitterness begins as a seed, takes root over time, and eventually springs forth into full-blown defilement that affects every aspect of our lives, families, and communities.

Turning Bitter Waters Sweet

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I am so blessed to have many Arab subscribers.  Thank you for reading my blog. I love you. God loves you. You are valuable to God.  God sees you.  God sees your pain.  Turning our hurts over to God does not dismiss the hurt. Turning our hurts over to God frees us from the responsibility of bearing the pain.  Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). We miss God when we seek revenge. God will make up the difference in our lives.

We can not be the judge, the jury, and the executioner.  We must leave things to God.  The Bible tells us that we do not have a right to harbor our pain.  We don’t have a right to walk in unforgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22).  If we remain in God’s presence, He will bring us to a place of lasting peace (Isaiah 53:5).   

May God bless you as He blessed Hagar.  May the eyes of God always be upon you.  

By God’s grace we can live a life without bitterness.   We cannot change the way others behave.   But we can change the way we respond.  Here are some helpful tips in how to root-out bitterness in our lives…”

Walk In Gods Grace

Hebrews 12:15:
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” 

Choose to Forgive 

Colossians 3:13:

“Bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord pardoned you, so also you must pardon others.”

Respond In With Love

1 Peter 4:8:

 Above all, keep your love for one another constant, for “love covers a multitude of sins.”

Do NOT React

James 1:20:

“…For human anger doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.”

Worship Experience:

Documentary – Better Friends Than Mountains (Part 1 and Part 2)

 

Dealing With Bitter Roots – Helpful Resources

Please click below to read these helpful resources:

Dealing With Bitter Roots

Surrendering Your Anger to God

Letting Go

Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman

Redeeming Your Pain

Release from Resentment

Overcoming the Grumbles

Learning to Forgive

Church Wounds

When it Hurts to Go to Church

Letting Go of Regrets

Wrestling with a Broken Heart

Confessions of a Quarrelsome Woman

Bitter No More

Rooting out Bitterness

The Freedom of Forgiveness

The National Day of Prayer

Counting The Days To Pentecost

Counting The Days To Pentecost

What Is Pentecost?

We are embracing a significant time of year. The next Jewish holiday is Shavuot (pronounced Sha-Va-Ot). Shavuot is 50-days from the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Yom HaBikkurim). The Christian community refers to Shavuot as Pentecost. According to tradition Shavuot also marks the day that God gave Israel the law at Mount Sinai.

In Acts 2:4, the promise of the Holy Spirit occurred on Shavuot, fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy that one day God’s law would be written on our hearts.

Jeremiah 31:33:
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Why Do We Count The Days To Pentecost?

From the second night of Passover until the day before Pentecost, the Jewish people engage in a unique mitzvah called Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the omer). The Torah commands us that during this time each year we count seven complete weeks, for a total of 50 days. At the end of the seven-week period, we celebrate Shavuot (Pentecost), which means “weeks.”

Why do we count these days? We learn several reasons. The foremost is that the count demonstrates our thrill for the impending occasion of receiving God’s Word and the Holy Spirit celebrated on Pentecost. Just as a child often counts the days until the end of school or an upcoming family vacation, we count the days to show our excitement at again receiving the God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in a renewed sense every year.

A Time of Refreshing

We also learn that this period is meant to spiritually prepare and refine us. The commandments of the Torah are not meant merely as our history, but instead represent ongoing life lessons for every Believer. We view the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as freshly received every day of our lives, and approach it with appropriate vigor.

So too must we digest the lesson of the counting of the days to Pentecost. It is specifically during this time that we strive to grow and mature in our spiritual state. The Torah does not allow us to become satisfied with our current level of spirituality. Instead, it tells us to set high goals for ourselves, and then methodically strive to reach that goal.

The growth that occurs during this time is akin to a marathon. We pace ourselves and seek to improve day by day until we reach the day that we again receive a refreshing of the Holy Spirit. In this process, we look deep within ourselves and work on all of our negative attributes. If we are challenged in the realm of acts of kindness, we go out of our way to do more charitable works.

As we count the weeks to Shavuot, let us seek the Lord in becoming the best expression of who God created us to be. May this Shavuot bring an outpouring of new wine and new wine skins. Amen.

Acts 3:19:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

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