Learning to Hear from God: Confirmation or Coincidence?

As we are maturing in Christ one of the biggest skills we must sharpen is how to hear from Him.

Learning to hear from God requires that we distinguish His voice from our own fleshly desires.  It also requires us to separate God’s truth from the enemy’s lies.

This task of trying to understand the Lord is one of the most difficult tasks that we have on the path to maturity...  But it is vitally important that His people hear His voice!

One of the ways that we distinguish the voice of the Lord from other voices is to wait for confirmation.

A “confirmation” is a way that God repeats what He said the first time.  It helps us to know that He IS really speaking to us.

I remember a friend who was in a conflict with a few people within her church, she felt like she heard the Lord tell her that she was to remain steadfast in her stance and that her “opponents” were not hearing Him because they had their own agenda.  But she was unsure that she was really hearing the Lord.

I saw her as she emerged from a Church Bible Study one evening with LIFE on her face and she said that in the middle of Bible Study the leader had them turn to Matthew 15:8, which read “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  The Holy Spirit fell on her as these words were read and she just knew that she was hearing the Lord and that He had brought confirmation.

This is how we should operate when we have doubts about hearing God – we need to ask God for confirmation.

"Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”  2 Corinthians 13:1

One of the problems that we run into is understanding the difference between confirmation and coincidence.

There have been times in walking through the lessons of maturity that I had my own will at work in my life.  I stumbled several times in my early days because I thought I found a scripture that confirmed what was in my mind.  But it wasn’t really confirmation… it was coincidence.

The difference was – that the Holy Spirit was not part of the “confirming.”  It was all head knowledge.  When waiting on a second witness from the Lord about what He’s saying – we must be aware that the Holy Spirit is engaged in the confirming.

Not everything in our minds is from the Lord.  Some of it has come from our own will.  Some of it has come from the enemy.  The skill that Believers MUST sharpen in themselves is the ability to discern between the three voices.

Waiting for confirmation from the Lord can be one way that discernment is sharpened.  The Lord is never in a hurry.  We can put something on the shelf until He brings a second or third witness to what He is trying to say to us.

The enemy knows how to use coincidence to draw us into a trap.

I know a man who felt like the Lord wanted him to purchase a specific building and God would use it to prosper his family.   He “heard” the Lord tell him, “This is what I have promised you.”  It was a lot of money and it was a big risk.  But he felt certain that he heard the Lord.  It turned out to be a disaster and put the family further into debt.   It seemed like confirmation but really it was the enemy using coincidence.

This man failed to get a second or third witness and to ask the Body of Christ to pray with him about it.

The voice felt VERY real to the man.  But that’s what the enemy does.  He’s a counterfeiter.  He tries to sound like the Lord.  One of my friends says that Satan is the “Great Almost.”

If your spirit feels odd about something that you are hearing from the Lord… just wait.

Take your time and pray.

Take authority over all counterfeit confirmations and coincidences.  Ask the Lord to show you His voice.  Trust Him to separate the Holy from the profane.

Ask your friends to pray.  Tell them you don’t want their advice.  Tell them you’d like for them to listen to the Lord on your behalf.

Be sure that you are feeling the confirmation of the Holy Spirit.  He is intimately involved in all of the things of the Kingdom.

Remember – if you ask for wisdom (which is asking for the mind of Christ)  He always gives it and NEVER denies it.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,

because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

  James 1:5-8

Be careful once you hear His voice and have the confirmation you have asked for to not fall into doubt and disbelief!  Hang onto God’s word with all of your might!

Would God Vote For Donald Trump?

Well – it feels like the primaries are taking FOREVER to get to my state.  Our primary is in May.  We really don’t get a say in who our candidates will be because it will already be decided by the rest of America.  Honestly I don’t want to vote for Trump.  I have my own ideas of who I’d like to see in the Oval Office.

I like Trump’s boldness. I like his courage and the way he speaks his mind without worrying what people think. BUT…

He’s offensive.  He’s abrasive.  He’s impulsive.  He’s an adulterer.  He’s lustful. He’s a liar.  He’s prideful.  He’s a bully.  He’s narcissistic. He’s vulgar. He’s a swindler.  He’s childish. He’s full of wrath. He’s greedy.

It doesn’t seem to me that this would be the kind of man God would vote for.

Except, if I really examine the Word of God this is what I find…

God voted for Noah who drank too much.

He voted for Abraham who was a liar.

He voted for Jacob who was a swindler and a liar.

He voted for Moses even though he was a murderer and was almost killed for ignoring the Abrahamic Covenant of circumcision.

He voted for Rahab the prostitute to be in the lineage of Jesus.

He voted for Samson though he was filled with lust.

He voted for Gideon who was a wimp.

He voted for David to stay in office twice. Once after adultery & murder, once after overweening pride.

He voted for Solomon though his mother was an adulteress.

He voted for Jehu who was extremely violent.

He voted for Nebuchadnezzar to come back to the throne after seven years of pride.

He voted for a pagan King Cyrus to permit the wall around Jerusalem to be rebuilt.

He voted for Peter who flip flopped on the issues when the going got tough.

He voted for Mary Magdalene who had 7 demons to be the first person who carried the gospel message.

He voted for Paul who was a murderer.

I don’t want to vote for a person like Donald Trump. 

But looking at God’s track record, He has voted for people like him in the past…

The Day God Called Me to Preach

I remember the day God called me to preach.

It was my 27th birthday, April 5, 2000.

I was having lunch at home before returning to my job as Worship Director at a Baptist church.  I was reading my Bible while eating and I felt the Holy Spirit highlight a specific verse.

Jeremiah 1

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

It was one of those times that I knew that I knew I had heard the Lord.  It fascinates me that He can speak to us in a 3–dimensional method.  I read it. I felt it. And I heard it in my spirit all at once.

After I finished reading these verses from Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit said something else to me.  He said, “Hold onto what I am saying, because no one is going to be happy about this!”

I didn’t really believe that no one would be happy for me.  I had lots of friends.  Surely God meant that people beyond my inner circle wouldn’t be happy about this.

But I immediately ran into the TRUTH of God’s warning.

I called a close friend because I was so excited at the revelation of my identity God had just laid out.  She was less than enthused.  I shared it with a pastor at my church when I returned after lunch and he said in a very condescending manner, “What?  Just like that?  God gives you the gift of preaching?”

My husband was supportive and encouraging.  But not one other person was glad to hear my news.

I felt very alone.

God used this time in my life to open my little world to the wider Body of Christ across the nation.  I was in desperate need of a mentor. Through a series of events the Holy Spirit brought me some books by Cindy Jacobs.

Through her books and ministry, Cindy Jacobs has had a profound impact on my life.  Cindy released her book  “Women of Destiny” in 1998 .  It answered all of my questions about being woman minister.  It helped me understand scriptures in a way that set me free, rather than the interpretation that my religious Baptist upbringing had twisted in my mind.

Cindy Jacobs has been an encouragement and a pioneer for women in ministry.  (Side note to all of you intercessors: I highly recommend her book “Possessing the Gates of the Enemy.” )

It has been fifteen years since the Lord first called me to preach.  I have done so on many occasions now.  Through the direction of the Holy Spirit, I have started my own ministry.  And today is another milestone…

With a great deal of awe about how the Lord works in mysterious ways – I am thrilled to tell you…that today I begin writing monthly articles for Cindy Jacob’s ministry, Generals International.

Each month, I will be a contributing writer for Generals.org.  I will be writing articles to help others on their path of transformation as they become like Christ. 

You can find my first article “Recognizing & OvercomingSpiritual Identity Theft” at this link.

I’m so glad to share my “Full Circle” testimony with you today.  I hope it encourages you to pursue what God has called you to do – no matter if people are happy about it or not!  

Follow God!

The Difference Between a Feminist and a Suffragist

I am floored when I think that women have only had the right to vote since 1920.  It is shocking to think that women have only been able to vote for the last 100 years.  Black men were given the right to vote in 1870 after the civil war but women would have to wait another 50 years before they would gain the right to be equal to men at the ballot box.

I am extremely grateful for the women who took up the suffrage fight for women. In a way it was another civil war.  Some of them were beaten, many were imprisoned.  They dedicated their lives to see equality between the sexes.  Some of them died before their dream of equality between men and women were realized.

Unfortunately somewhere along the way the suffrage movement got hijacked.  Women who started out wanting equality at the voting booth began a rebellion against men.  I don't want to rehash the history of Women's Suffrage but I would like to point out some wisdom for finding a balance.

There is a difference between the suffrage movement and the feminist movement. 

Let me be pointed about a few things:


There was CLEARLY a patriarchal society during the first 125 years of our nation.  Men were in charge of everything.


Equality for women is not yet realized on every single front.  However we have made huge strides and I am full of faith that we will see true equality in my lifetime.  I am not impatient with the road it takes to get there.  It takes endurance to see a dream realized.


Some women have taken suffrage too far and have swung clear into feminism – which is the opposite of patriarchy.

Feminism and Patriarchy are both types of Mastery.  Mastery is the sin of one human being ruling over another human being. 

The Patriarchy system made women feel powerless and gave rise to the rebellion of women which created Feminism.  Both systems are in a ditch and neither one represent the Kingdom of God.  Men and women are equal in the sight of God.  When God created Adam – both the male and female parts of “man” were in him.  When God created Eve – he simply separated them.

A pendulum of mastery began to swing after the fall of Adam and Eve.  The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus paid the price to balance the scales once again.  In Christ there is no male or female (Gal. 3:28).

Men should not be the masters of women.  Conversely women should not be the masters of men.  Mastery is a type of control that one exerts over another in order to feel powerful.

You cannot use power to be free from Mastery.  You must use love.  Using Feminism to get free from Patriarchy is using power to achieve equality and freedom from Mastery of the Patriarch system.

As a woman, it is futile for me to emasculate a man in order to restore my power as a woman.  I must want the best for men in my sphere of influence.  I must want them to succeed in all that God has called them to be. 

I must love men and have their best interests at heart, while at the same time remaining true to my identity as a child of God.  I must love God’s definition of who He created me to be more than I love the approval of the Patriarchy system. 

As women, we must want to rule over the earth alongside men, instead of ruling over men.  We’ve been distracted by the perceived trauma of losing our power.  By simply remaining firmly planted on the Rock, and the identity He’s given us, and trusting God to guide us on the path, we will fulfill our purpose whether or not men agree with our purpose.

There is no glass ceiling if you are climbing on God’s ladder.  The glass ceiling only comes into play if you are climbing the ladders of men.  Mastery is a type of glass ceiling.

Several great women of God in our times have shown us exactly how ignoring the ladders of men can lead to great destinies; Maria Woodworth-Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Joyce Meyer.

God has a destiny for each of us.  Those destinies do not overlap.  If I climb to the fullness of who He created me to be, I take nothing away from others.  My success does not take away from anyone else’s success.  Conversely, the success of others does not affect the success God has in store for me.

It is to our advantage to want everyone to succeed because this is how we complement each other.  This is how we rule over the earth.

If my husband and I both succeed in our respective purposes, we shine the light of Christ twice as bright.  Marriage is about becoming Oneflesh but it is not about Mastery.  I am his and he is mine, but I do not lay who I am down in order to let my husband shine.  Neither does he lay down his power to lift me up.

My husband loves me unconditionally – I do not have to meet his conditions to be loved.  He does not have to meet my list of expectations in order for me to love him.  We are both free to be who God created us to be.  We rule together over the earth.  Two people can be powerful at one time.

Love is the opposite of Mastery.

Love sets us free from wanting to be the Master of another.

Adam and Eve were not meant to rule over each other - they were meant to be ONE and rule over the earth the earth together. Christ died that Eden might be restored.

Patriarchy says “Men rule!”

Feminism says “Women rule!”

Suffrage says “We are equal!”

Salvation for Loved Ones: Don't Lose Heart

My mother died when I was four.  I so look forward to being with her again.  I know that she had faith in Jesus and loved Him and served Him while she was on earth.  I’m happy that she is already enjoying her heavenly home and with every passing day I am taking another step closer to her. 

Being with my mother is not the only reason I yearn for heaven…I yearn to be in the home that is being prepared for me.  I long to be with Jesus in His presence forever.

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.  Hebrews 13:14

To be with Jesus forever is our promised land.  Our mansion is being prepared.  He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and we will be together with the Lord.  We get a glimpse of God’s promise to us in Revelation 21:3-5

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"

Oh what a fabulous promise!  Eternally living with God in the midst of His glory and peace.  A new life with no more suffering and pain.  Oh what a Happy Day!

There are many of us who are crying out to the Lord for our loved ones to come to know Him personally. We want them to take the forgiveness of sins and free gift of salvation that Christ offered through His blood.  We are looking forward to the next life and desperately want our family and friends to join us there. 

Sometimes we lose heart.  It feels like it is taking too long.  We let fear slip in and believe the lie that our loved ones will NEVER soften their hearts to the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  But please listen to my plea…

God works in mysterious ways.  He desires that your loved ones make it to heaven MORE than you!  They are His creation and His desire is to bring them home to heaven.  NEVER doubt that God has a greater desire than you do for the salvation of your loved ones.

He is patient.  He is kind.  It may seem like it is taking forever, but He is a master at extending an invitation for a closer relationship.

Believe God!  Remember to look at the BIG Picture!

I want to stir your faith to continue to pray for the salvation of your loved ones.  There is HOPE!  There is enough time!  No matter how far away they are right now from the Lord.

When the Lord spoke to Ezekiel about the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 He asked him… “Can these bones live?”

The answer is YES!  These bones CAN live!  The Lord can take the driest bones and take them step by step through restoration until those bones become a great army.

There may be family members or loved ones who are bitter and angry at the Lord – they are dry bones.  But nothing is impossible with God.

We simply need to not give up praying.  Because to God – our prayer is fuel for His works.  Our prayers enable Him to move mountains and to bring dry bones back to life.  He partners with humans to bring His kingdom to earth.

Pray, Prophesy

and walk in


for your loved ones.  There is nothing that would tick off the devil more than you being at perfect peace while you pray and believe for our Good Father to bring His will to pass.

Steps to Wholeness:

If you feel powerless and are struggling to believe God will save your loved ones walk through this tool:

Renounce the lie out loud:

  I renounce the lie that my loved ones will never choose to serve the Lord.  Father God what is Your truth?  (Listen quietly for the Lord to speak His truth to you)

Declare out loud the

truth that the Holy Spirit gives you… then hold onto that truth in your heart!

Pray Ephesians 1:3-11 over your loved ones and insert their names.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed ______ in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose _________ in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined ___________ to be adopted as his son through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him _______________has redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to _______________ the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11 In him ______________ was also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Prophesy over your loved ones

that their dry bones WILL live and they will become and exceedingly great army!

You aren't powerless about your loved ones.  Pray and Believe!

Attention Intercessors: Are You Tired of Spiritual Backlash? Seal Up Your Prayers!!

I remember when I first began to do intercessory warfare.  I would rise up in my prayer time and use my sword to war against the enemy.  I would use the word of God.  I would declare and decree  I would tell the mountain to move!  

And I would see answers to my prayers... but I would also feel BACKLASH.

I would feel a few days of spiritual warfare after a prayer session... I would maybe get into a fight with my husband.  Sometimes I would get really impatient. Other times I would get sick or depressed. There were times my electronic devices would stop working or I might have a fender bender.  Spiritual backlash would bring frustration to my life.  It would sometimes cause me to lose my peace of mind.  Or it would cost me financially.  

The Holy Spirit was gracious to us and began to teach us about sealing up our prayers.  He made clear to us through a few dreams, sermons and "downloads" that it was OUR responsibility to seal it up and basically "lock the doors behind us" after we prayed.  It was not an automatic benefit after praying.  It HAD to be done by the intercessors.


we do Spiritual Warfare at Tisha Sledd Ministries we seal it up by praying this prayer.

We have found it to be invaluable in keeping us safe from the backlash that comes from messing with the devil and his kingdom.

When we pass it out to people at seminars we tell them it is a piece of spiritual gold.  We have paid a high price to understand this "sealing up" strategy.  Every time we were attacked after praying through spiritual warfare, we sought the Holy Spirit about how to protect ourselves from the backlash next time.  This is the list of what the Holy Spirit taught us to do.

Our recommendation is to pray ALL of it EVERY SINGLE TIME you do Spiritual Warfare - even if it is a little thing.  You will save yourself a lot of pain and spiritual attacks by praying this prayer. (We keep a copy on our phones so we have it with us at all times.)

We are happy to share our piece of gold with you.

  1. We establish everything we just prayed through by the blood of Jesus Christ. We seal it up like a Ziploc bag. Nothing can be taken from what we just did. Lord send your Angels to protect the land we just took from the enemy. (1 Peter 3:22)

  2. We pray that all demonic debris would be swept up to the feet of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 8:31 - if Jesus can tell them where to go so can we.)

  3. We pray that LIFE would inhabit every place that was just uprooted. (1 John 5:16, Matthew 15:13)

  4. We come against demonic rulers, authorities, powers, and evil spirits along with their along with all their works, roots, fruits, tentacles and links. (Eph 6:12)

  5. We pray for a hedge of protection by the blood of Jesus around every person involved in the warfare. We pray a hedge around our minds, homes, families, finances, possessions, health, jobs and ministries. (Job 1:10, Ps 91)

  6. We release warring angels to go out against the backlash. (2 Kings 6:16, Daniel 10:13)

  7. We pray for a spirit of judgment and fire to come against the ‘Devourer,’ the ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Famine’ in Jesus Name! (Is. 4:4)

  8. We declare that we are hidden in you and that our exploits will not be recorded in hell. (Psalm 143:9)

  9. We pray for prosperity and increase in every way over our lives. (3 John 1:2)

Restoring Rebuke and Admonishment to the Body of Christ

The Body of Christ is in a ditch of kindness.  Somehow the definition of love has come to have a one dimension delineation.  Kindness or niceness is not the only definition of love.  Love is kind but it also rejoices with the truth. (Go here for a previous article about

The Definition of Love


We have been programmed by the world and the hyper-grace church that if we say something perceived as negative, it is not NICE and therefore not Christ-like.  It has caused many in the Body to come to the place of being afraid to bring correction to one another.

Another reason this false Doctrine of Nice has seeped into the Church is because we are not taking into account the WHOLE Word of God.  

We pick and choose scriptures that define the paradigm of Jesus as full of grace but reject the scriptures that would define Him as truth.

Jesus is love.  But love is not the definition of God.  God is the definition of love.  Therefore, we must take into account ALL of His actions while on earth if we are to accurately understand Him and become like Him.  He came FULL of grace and truth.

His rebuke and admonishment were mostly to those who claimed to be His people.  He gently corrected those who had a soft heart and were willing to repent.  He used a sharper tone with religious people and sometimes His own disciples when they became proud or hard headed.

Jesus corrected and confronted people publicly.  He called people names to make a point.  He lost His temper in righteous anger.  He confronted people with wrong motives.

Jesus hated sin and was NOT careful with the feelings of those who were hardened to their sin.  His goal was always to bring repentance and righteousness.  He caused pain with his words in order to deal with people’s rebellion against God.

When Jesus did speak harshly, He did it with wisdom and tact.  He tempered His words and followed the leading of His Father.

John 12:49

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.

Jesus only spoke what the Father commanded him to say and He only said it with the tone His Father gave him.

I would submit to you that if God’s people would do a lot more correcting and become like Christ in this area of rebuke and admonishment that the Body of Christ would not be nearly as immature as we currently are.  Sin hinders our relationship with Him.  Rebuking someone and cutting them with our words out of a loving (not controlling) motivation - quite possibly could bring them to repentance.

Proverbs 28:23 

He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.

This verse from Proverbs is absolutely trustworthy!  The times when the Lord has tasked me with rebuking a friend or a leader – this verse is the one that I stand on.  They may not appreciate my rebuke in the beginning.  But 90% of the time, those whom I give a word of admonishment to – come back and thank me for it later.

There was one particular time a friend was about to marry a man I knew was not God’s will.  Her emotions got away with her and she did not look more deeply at this man’s character.  I gently told her that I felt like she needed to REALLY pray before moving forward with it.  But I did not tell her that I had serious doubts that this man was from the Lord.  She went ahead and married him.  And after 18 months of verbal and emotional abuse she filed for divorce.

We later discussed the conversation when I had gently told her to pray harder about it.  Through her tears she said, “Tisha!  Why didn’t you warn me more harshly?  I wish you would have hurt my feelings and possibly saved me from two years of pain!”

She was not blaming me for her choices.  But she was seeing that I was a messenger from God who did not use God’s tone with her.  Instead of hurting my friend’s feelings… I bowed to the Doctrine of Nice. I should have hurt her deeply enough for her to reconsider her plans for marriage.  (I am grateful to tell you that God did bring her a wonderfully loving and God-fearing husband and they are living their happily ever after!)

Let us reconsider the definition of LOVE.  If our motivation when bringing a rebuke is love and not “control” of another person… Rebuke can be a kindness – because it leads to repentance.  If a right-hearted rebuke is refused, then leave it in God’s hands.  The religious leaders of His time did not listen to Him either.  But He did speak the truth to them whether they listened or not.

If the Lord calls you

to admonish or rebuke someone, be willing to hurt another’s feelings in order to turn them from their sin.  We can no longer afford to be double minded when it comes to correction in the Body of Christ.  Disengage from the false Doctrine of Nice.  In its place, let a desire for righteousness and holiness become your goal.  Let a desire to speak truth in love with the tone of God well up within your spirit. 

2 Timothy 4:2-5

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Admonishment and rebuke are actually tools for being a peacemaker.  God is not interested in man making peace with man.  God is interested in man making peace with Him.  This happens through repentance.  Sometimes rebuke and admonishment are needed to bring others to repentance.

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

God rebukes and disciplines those He loves…   Let us learn to love better.  Let us be His mouthpiece of rebuke and admonishment if He so chooses.  Listen and obey -- become like Him.  Let your motivation be love - not control and many will be saved!!

Tisha Sledd Ministries: Weekly Recap - December 4, 2015

We invite you to revisit our blog posts this week.  Or to acquaint yourself with one of our posts that you missed!

Be fully equipped to pray.  Use our suggestions as you mentor/disciple others.

Equipping the Body: Prayer 101

The Bride of Christ is not getting ready for the return of the King with very much enthusiasm.  This post will bring some much needed conviction and direction as we prepare for the Bridegroom.

Are You an Apathetic Bride?
Why the Body of Christ should never take sides in the affairs of men - Find out why we are called to be the referees.

The Body of Christ is Called to Be the Referee

We are taught in the word that Love Rejoices in the Truth... this means we need to ask for the truth on a regular basis - even if it hurts.

Love Rejoices in the Truth:  Ask for a Red Pill

Love Rejoices in the Truth: Ask for a RED PILL!

Jesus used parables to convey Kingdom concepts.  The Holy Spirit STILL uses parables today through movies and books.  The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix are all books/films in which we can see parables that help us understand spiritual warfare.

We often use the parable of the red and blue pill from the feature film The Matrix at Tisha Sledd Ministries.  It is part of our purpose to call the men and women of God to take the Red Pill concerning the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the film, the hero of the movie, Neo, can tell that something is not right in his day to day life.  He lives a very dull, unfulfilling life that is an emotional greyscale dream with no hope and no vision for change.

His interest is peaked when he is convinced that is an underground technological civilization exists apart from his dismal day in and day out melancholy misery.  Neo’s burning question is “What is The Matrix?”  He is invited to meet a leader and prophetic figure of the underground civilization who invites him to choose the red pill or the blue pill.  The red pill will give him the truth and the blue pill will basically put him back to sleep.  But Neo is warned that the truth is more difficult than he may realize.  He takes the difficult path an chooses to swallow the red pill.

When Neo awakes – he realizes that nothing is what he thought it was.  His entire world was built on lies and perversion.  His world is turned upside down as he realizes that the dull, grey life he was living wasn’t the truth at all… he had been living in the Matrix.

The Matrix was an attempt by the enemy of his soul to keep him blind to the truth that he was actually a drone just spinning his wheels and making no difference in the world at all.  After he takes the red pill, Neo begins to fulfill his purpose and ends up giving his life for many.

This is EXACTLY what the enemy of our soul is attempting to do to us.  We are being duped by the things of this world.  We are caught up in good things that may very well not be God things.  The enemy would be very satisfied to keep us in a blue pill world and in his matrix of lies.  How terrible it would be to stand before the Lord and hear Him say – “I do not know you.”

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Matthew 7:21-23

The Apostle Paul was headed in this direction.  The devil’s Matrix of religion had Paul so tied up and twisted that he probably would have heard from the Lord “I never knew you.”  He thought he was doing right by killing Christians and hunting them down.  He thought He was pleasing God by wiping out the heretical sect of CHRIST-ianity.  Then one day God gave him a RED PILL of truth on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9)  Paul completely had his world turned upside down by an unexpected red pill.

Everything he thought was true – was not.

Friends – here is something that I really want you to ponder deeply.  We ALL need to take a red pill of truth!

AND - We need to take a red pill of truth often.  The truth sets us free.  We all have a little more blue pill in us than we realize. Just like the truth set Paul free from his Matrix – the truth will set us free from the trap of the devil.

I constantly ask for the red pill from the Lord.  Sometimes the truth hurts REALLY badly!  But truth will always lead us to the Lord.  It has come in so helpful for me to ask for a red pill about a situation that I am confused over. 

When I am having doctrinal issues with a specific ministry, for example, I don’t agree with an end times perspective that so and so is preaching, I ask for a red pill and pray for the truth so I am not held captive in the false Matrix of the enemy.  There are times that the Lord shows me my error and times He shows me the error of the ministry.

My husband and I were trying to figure out why we kept going around and around a particular mountain that we wanted to get past.  We asked the Lord for a red pill and God showed us how we were thinking wrong about an issue and needed to repent and renew our minds about it.

Other times I have tried to make relationships work that simply won’t work and I cannot figure out why it won’t work.  I will ask for the red pill of truth from the Lord so He can reveal to me how I am not lining up with His truth.

There are times that the Lord has given me a red pill about things I would rather not have a red pill about.  For example, one of the bigger red pills of my life was that I was in a ditch of self-pity. 

(You can read about that HERE.)

Other times God gives me a red pill about a friend, a community leader or sometimes a specific church.  When He reveals the truth about something like this – it is so that I will be aware that there are evil motives in the relationship and I need to be aware.  Or sometimes he gives me the red pill so that I can pray more effectively.  It is LOVE to know the truth.  Love rejoices in the truth!

My first instinct is to stick my head in the sand.  But that is the very definition of the blue pill.  The blue pill is deception.  If we choose to stick our heads in the sand concerning the issues God is trying to bring us the truth about then we have chosen the blue pill and we are deceiving ourselves.  We are not walking in love.

I encourage you to begin to ask for the red pill of truth about EVERYTHING in your life.  It is 

LOVE to rejoice in the truth.  You must first be willing to receive it.

Damascus Road experiences are hard but they are completely worth it!

Tisha Sledd Ministries: Weekly Recap November 20, 2015

This week we covered several different aspect of The Kingdom of God.  May we be equipped for every good work.

Recent Articles:

If you struggle with not trusting God and always having a plan B "just in case"  this article will help you understand why God needs for us to cut away the lifeboat.

Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly how to pray against terrorism.  This article will help to expand your thinking about the variety of ways we can come against the evil one who seeks to attack people with terrorism.

We can put ourselves in a prison if we think everything HAS to be in Scripture.  Let this article set you free and give you boundaries about how to hear from the Lord.
Green Beans Aren’t in the Bible

God does not want us to fear but He does want us to be prepared.  We cannot stick our heads in the sand any longer about His prophecy that His coming would be "as it was in the days of Noah."
Jesus Prophesied the Coming Zombie Apocalypse

Have a great weekend!  May you and your families be blessed by the Lord.  May You continue to press on toward the goal to BECOME LIKE HIM!!

Cut Away the Lifeboat So You Might Live

In Acts 27 Paul was on board a ship that had been in a difficult storm for 14 days.  They had given up all hope of being saved.  They threw everything overboard and were extremely discouraged.  But Paul had a word for all of the people on the boat.  The word from the Lord came to Paul in the middle of the night through an Angel who promised that everyone on board would live, only the ship would be lost.

Paul had a promise from the Lord in the midst of the storm.

This is usually how the Lord works in the midst of suspenseful storms of life.  He gives us a word through Scripture or through His Spirit to hold onto when life throws us about.  Holding on to God’s words in the middle of a storm is a necessary characteristic to mature in the Lord.

In Acts 27:29-32 Paul’s fellow travelers almost make a fatal mistake:
Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.  In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.  Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."  So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.

God made a promise to Paul and his crew that they would survive, but if they didn’t stay with the ship it would annul the promise of God.   God required obedience to see His gracious promise come to pass.  If we rebel against God’s word, we cannot expect Him to keep His end of the bargain.
Promises of God are received by having FAITH in Him. (i.e. Noah, Abraham, Joseph…)

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

A significant lesson that I have learned during my Dark Night of the Soul (click here) is about cutting away the lifeboat that I have set aside “just in case.”

As Believers we are not walking by faith if we have a plan B “just in case.”

My lesson from God came when life was particularly difficult and in the back of my head, I was telling myself, “If this path doesn’t get easier by such and such a date – Tom (my husband) and I can just move to a different state.”

There was something about having a plan B for myself that brought peace to my heart.  But it was a false peace.  My plan B came from wanting to be in control.  And my control came from rebellion to God and His will for us.  Simply put:  I didn’t completely trust God’s will for our lives.

The Holy Spirit brought this verse up to me from Acts 27 – and spoke to my heart “Tisha you need to cut away the lifeboat and fully receive My will for your life.”  It was incredibly hard to let go of my plan B.  But I wanted to please God by having faith in His promise – so my husband and I let go of our plans to move to another state if the path didn’t get easier.

Something quite unexpected happened when I laid down my own will and picked up only God’s will, my faith grew!  It was like doubt in God’s ways melted away and I was more certain than ever that God’s promise would come to pass.  Cutting away the lifeboat actually saved me.

If you have plan B in the back of your mind, I urge you to cut it away.  I promise you that your faith will rise as you let that lifeboat go.  Trust God – He is perfect in ALL of His ways!

Psalm 27:14  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Falling in Love With the Word of God

I really love the Word of God.

I didn’t always enjoy reading it.  It seemed dry to me.  It seemed hard.  And it seemed old and stodgy.

It wasn’t until I really fell in love with the Lord that I fell in love with His word.  I came to see the Word as His love letter to me.  As I drew near to the Lord through worship, prayer and reading the Word, He captured my heart and I just wanted to spend time reading His word to get to know Him better.

The Kingdom of God is a supernatural Kingdom.  In our natural minds, it almost seems crazy.  But the supernatural presence of God that resides in His Word causes it to live and breathe.

There are times that I have opened the Word and received the exact answer from the Lord that I have been praying for.  There are times that He has rebuked me and my actions through His word and kept me on the narrow path at exactly the right time.  

Other times I have opened the Word and Jesus has spoken a phrase of love that melts my heart and brings life to my day. 

I heard Gene Edwards (author of the Tale of Three Kings) teach one time about making the Word more personal by reading it as though Jesus was speaking straight to you.  He suggested that when you read the text take the words and turn them to be a personal letter directly to your heart. 

So instead of “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…” 

Read it like this instead:  “I am your shepherd, do not be in want.  Come and lie down in green pastures, let Me lead you beside quiet waters, and restore your soul.”

Do you see how personal that is?  It draws me so much closer into the living, breathing Word of God.  Reading it like a love letter entices me into the presence of God.

Now it doesn’t work for all of the Bible, but it definitely works for the Psalms and the Proverbs.  Give it a try and see if it brings you more understanding and closeness with the Lord.  Let me start you out with Psalm 23…

I am your shepherd, do not be in want.  Come and lie down in green pastures, let Me lead you beside quiet waters, and restore your soul.  I guide you in paths of righteousness for my name’s sake.  Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you don’t need to fear evil, for I Am with you.  My rod and My staff, they are for your comfort.  I prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.  I anoint your head with oil; your cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in My house forever.

Overt vs. Covert Christianity

o·vert  -  adjective
1.    done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.

Most of us are Overt Christians.  We are out loud and proud of Christ. We are plain about our faith and don’t care who knows.  We are called to be bright lights in our sphere of influence.

Paul was an Overt Christian.  He spread the gospel of Jesus Christ every day of his life as a missionary.  The 12 Apostles were Overt Christians.  They were so loud that most of them were martyred for their faith.

Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Graham, the Duck Dynasty Clan, etc.  are all examples of modern day Overt Christians.

co·vert  -  adjective
1.    not openly acknowledged or displayed.

A Covert Christian is one who is an undercover Christian.  There is a reason that he or she does not display their Christianity.  These Believers can get more done by keeping their faith private than they can by shouting their faith from the rooftops.  They are the ones who are called by God to be covert for the Kingdom of God.

In the word of God Esther was a Covert Christian.  Joseph of Arimathea was a Covert Christian. 

There are many who “Think” they are called to be Covert Christians but what they really are is fearful of losing their standing in the eyes of the world.

Pay attention here – if you ARE called by God to be a Covert Christian there will ALWAYS be a point at which you have to play your card and come out of the closet.

Esther had to play her card and come out of the closet as far as her heritage was concerned.  God hid her away in order to save the Jewish people from what He knew was coming.  He WANTED her to hide her heritage so that at just the right time she could play her card and say – this is who I am and this is who I represent.  She ended up reluctantly playing her card after Mordecai gave her a wake-up call. 

In essence, her Uncle Mordecai said, “This is your moment.  It’s time to play your card.  You don’t have to play it – but if you do not play your card someone else will rise up and do God’s bidding.”

God DID want her to keep her faith quiet for a time.  But there comes a point at which the bushel must come off of the light for everyone to see in order for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.

Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man who was waiting for the Kingdom of God to be revealed.  He was a Covert Christian who played his card at just the right time.  Joseph took Jesus’ dead body after they removed it from the cross and laid Jesus in his personal tomb.  Joseph was a fulfillment of prophecy.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Isaiah 53:9

Jesus died next to the wicked but was laid in the tomb of the rich.  This is the part that Joseph of Arimathea a Covert Christian played.

But Joseph DID have to play a card and come out of the closet to fulfill this prophecy.

I bring up the difference between Overt and Covert Christians to make a few points:

1.  Stop judging others about their loud or quiet approach to their faith. They may be called by the Lord to be Covert. It comes down to their relationship with God.

2. If you believe that you are to be Covert –you must KNOW that you KNOW God has called you to be quiet for a time about your faith. If you are hiding in the closet because of fear – you will have to answer for it on judgment day. If you are hiding your faith because you fear men and ultimately are ashamed of His name. He will be ashamed of you on Judgment Day. (Luke 9:26) Covert Christianity is only for those who have been directly commanded to by the Lord to hide their faith for a time.

3. If you are called by God to be Covert – there will be a time that you will be called to play your card. You will at that time need to play it – no matter what you lose by coming out of the closet. This is how you carry your cross.

4. Those who are called to be Overt Christians (which is most of us) – shout it out loud no matter what you lose! Be a daily martyr for the Lord by lifting up the name of Christ in public. Don’t let anyone push you back and tell you that you must keep your faith quiet outside the threshold of your home and church. You take up the same mantra as the Apostles did: “We must obey God and not men!”

Overcoming Religious Spirits

Many times on our journey up this mountain of life, there will be 'keepers of the veil' who do not want you to climb any further.  They are usually men and women who feel that they are doing the Lord's work by keeping the Lord's people in line.

I have certainly hit this veil in climbing up the mountain of maturity.  I have had men and women tell me to stop going the direction that I am going even though I KNEW God had put me on the path of Church leadership.  I have had people tell me that as a woman I must serve my husband’s call instead of having a call myself.  I also have been called unsubmissive more times than I can count… though the name callers have no idea about my true character.

A religious/conform spirit will want you to fit into their mold of what they think you should be. They require that you submit to rules that are outside of Scripture.  Do this. Don’t do that. Eat this. Don’t eat that. Watch this. Don’t watch that.  A Religious Spirit says, “Act like this and you will be accepted.”

It is similar to the religious leaders in Jesus' time.  They hated Him for all of the miracles and 'breaking' of religious rules.  Jesus did not fit into their paradigm of what they considered a religious leader to be.  So they tried to make Him conform to their model.

Sometimes a religious spirit will feel like a glass ceiling.  Sometimes it will feel like ropes around your hands and duct tape on your mouth.  If the Lord is calling you higher, you do not have to submit to the glass ceiling or the ropes and duct tape.

You must climb God's ladder, not man's ladder.  You must speak if the Lord is telling you to speak or you will be held accountable on Judgment Day.  (Ezekiel 3 and 4)  You must also do it in gentleness and love in the hopes that your Pharisee or Sadducee will come to repentance.  We must go around the religious legalism with grace,  it should NEVER be to “stick it to your Pharisee.”

We ARE called to submit to the authority that God has put over us.  We DO have to learn to submit to wrong leadership, just as David had to submit to Saul.  But there is a point at which God releases us from an earthly king, it is the point at which they try to kill us. 

The Holy Spirit will release you from your Saul if that leader comes to the point of plundering you of your gifting or your call.  But just as David modeled, we must stay until the Holy Spirit releases us.  In the meantime, speak respectfully to the earthly king both in his presence and in public.  Remember the Lord is teaching you in the season under the religious spirit how not to be a poor king.

The only person that you must please is Jesus.  Continually ask God to judge you and ask Him to keep you on the Path of Life.

Recipe for overcoming a Religious Spirit

1.      Ask the Lord if there is a generational sin of religion in your family.  If so break the generational sin - use the tool HERE.

2.      Ask the Lord if you are guilty of having a religious spirit.  If so repent and ask God if you are believing a lie.  Renounce the lie.  Ask God for the truth. Declare the truth.

3.      Forgive the person/people who are coming against you with a religious spirit.  Ask God to bring them life. 1 John 5:16

4.      Take authority over a spirit of religion in Jesus Name.  Cast it at the feet of Jesus.  Declare a spirit of freedom.

5.      Ask the Lord if you are believing any lies that are affecting you from this spirit.  Renounce the lie.  Ask God for the truth.  Declare the truth.

Refusing to Bow to the Barbie Dream House

As I have mentored and discipled people to wholeness, I have found a very common thread through roughly 75% of them. 

At one point in their lives they were forced to serve a self-imagined “dream home.”

Sometimes it was their “dream home” other times it was another person’s “dream home.”  But “dream homes” come from our own minds and not the will of God.  The time and energy of our lives ends up focusing on achieving the “dream home” instead of serving God.

It is NEVER a healthy thing to have a self-imagined dream of what you want your house or life to look like physically, spiritually or behaviorally.

Having a “dream home” on a throne instead of Jesus feels like enslavement.  People end up feeling like they must serve the self-imagined dream home… which ultimately is serving an idol instead of the Lord.

It is really a sweet thing to behold when we bring into the light their faulty thinking and they straighten out Who belongs on the throne instead of the “dream home.”  After a little dying to self: everybody gets set free!

People who have the self-imagined dream homes are not the “bad guys” so don’t start pointing fingers just yet.  Many times we are simply taught by parents or previous generations that having the perfect home is what it takes to give you identity.  They were never taught that they have an identity in Jesus, without having to have their house in order physically, spiritually and behaviorally.  To them it FEELS like if the house isn’t in order then they have no value.

Here is where the dying to self comes.  We must take the "dream home" off the throne and ask Jesus to sit there instead.  This is what will put our homes in perfect order, not by checking off a list that allows us to feel good about ourselves. That is circumstantial identity.  If you are a believer your identity comes from the One who created you.  He created you inside your mother’s womb and calls you perfect through the blood of Christ! 

Let me describe the three different types of “dream houses” I have come experienced.

The Physical Barbie Dream House:

This house is the house that has to be perfectly spotless and “in order” at all times.  It could be inside or outside, it could be just one room of the house.  But it MUST be in order because the person putting it on the throne has their identity wrapped up in how the house is physically portrayed.

It can also be the physical trait of having money that is the idol.  If my bank account physically looks good then I have value and I am good.  If people have the dream to have lots of money they can force other people to serve that “dream home” by possibly requiring a spouse to work instead of listening to God for His will and being content.

This is the lie:

  If my house looks good (or if I have money) then other people will see that I am good.

This the truth:

  Whether or not your house looks good or you have money, people will not ultimately be your judge.  God will only judge you by your heart.  How clean or in order your home and bank accounts are plays no bearing on you on judgment day.  Getting your source of value by how your physical home looks will cause you to miss the mark and cause you to serve an idol.  Your only true value comes from God.

The Spiritual Barbie Dream House:

This house is one that has to look to outsiders as though it is spiritually perfect in every way. 

There are usually a lot of rules and legalism associated with this house.  The husband must be able to check off a list to be considered the head.  The wife and children must be able to check off a list to be considered holy.  Children are forced to be VERY good at church no matter how they feel or what is going on inside of them or they get into deep trouble.  

This kind of idol is abusive to the black sheep of the family.  To the one who will not walk in lockstep with whoever has set up the Spiritual Barbie Dream House.  This causes a great deal of resentment to those who were forced to pretend that everything is OK at home, when really it wasn’t.  

Or at least they were not free to express themselves because of the pressure to portray the perfect spiritual home.

I am sorry to tell you that many churches require this as well.  They have set up an expectation about how they want their parishioners to be portrayed.  If the sheep steps out of line there are harsh consequences because the portrayal of the how the church looks is the focus instead of Jesus and His ways.

The Spiritual Barbie Dream House is based on man’s interpretation of religious rules.

This is the lie:

  If my spiritual house is in order – then people will not judge me and I will be able to judge others.

This is the truth:

  Whether or not a spiritual house is in the right order is only judged by the Supreme Judge.  Feeling good about yourself does not come from a checklist of rules.  It comes from being in right relationship with the Lord.  It goes back to the heart.  Is the inside of your heart circumcised?  Simply washing the outside appearance is the sign of legalism not a sign of a true follower of Christ.

The Behavioral Barbie Dream House:

This dream house says that if my kids and spouse are “good.”  Then I have value and peace.  It is similar to the Spiritual Barbie Dream House but more focused on behavior.  The people who are forced to serve this idol are required to lay down their own personalities and submit who they are to the person demanding a specific behavior.

As a mother of boys I see this happen in the schools.  Most boys by nature are wiry and fidgety (there are some exceptions). They are forced to sit at desks and write and color.  Boys are forced to serve the “Barbie Dream House” of the education system that is actually built for the temperament of girls.

Behavior Dream Houses are built because someone believes that their emotional peace is more important that having patience with someone’s behavior.  When we force people behave in a way that brings us peace – we are essentially saying that my feelings and wellbeing are more important than yours.

Love is patient.  Therefore being impatient with someone’s behavior is a lack of love. 

Note that I am not saying that we should overlook bad behavior from children or people that need correction.  There is an appropriate time to bring discipline.  It simply cannot be at the expense of the person’s personality.

The lie is this:

  If everyone would just behave, then our lives will be peaceful and a peaceful life gives me value.

The truth is this:

Your value comes from the one who gave His life for you.  He has unlimited patience and has asked you to follow in His steps.  Making people comply with your requirements in order to be considered “good” is a spirit of control.  It is important have the mind of Christ when it comes to bringing correction to one’s behavior.  He gives us free will and has created us each with our own personality.

These idols MUST come down if we are to become Holy.  God cannot tolerate us serving rules and regulations that are not from Him.  We MUST get our identity and value from God… to get it from how “good” our dream house looks is works based and it is an idol.

Steps to Wholeness:



If you have a “Barbie Dream Home” on the throne.

Simply ask the Lord to forgive you. Picture yourself taking the “dream home” off of the throne and asking Jesus to sit on it.

*Ask the Holy Spirit if there is a lie you are believing. Listen for an answer.

*If there is a lie, renounce that lie then ask the Holy Spirit for the truth. Declare the truth out loud.

It very well could be generational.

Go HERE for the tool to break off the generational sin of idolatry.



If you are the one being forced the serve the “Barbie Dream House”

Forgive the person who is making you bow down in order to get their approval. Ask the Lord’s forgiveness for letting that person control you. Picture taking the “dream home” off the throne and asking Jesus to sit on it.

*Ask the Holy Spirit if there is a lie you are believing. Listen for an answer.

*If there is a lie, renounce the lie then ask the Holy Spirit for the truth. Declare the truth out loud.

*It could be a generational sin.

Go HERE for the tool to break off the generational sin of idolatry.

If you prayed through these prayers – you did some spiritual warfare and it is important to pray the sealing up prayer found HERE!

What if Revival Depended on You?

What if revival depended upon your relationship with the Lord?  What if you were the one that God said, “If “Joe/Jane” would walk so closely to Me to the degree that I require, I would visit her entire community with REVIVAL.”

What would need to change?  What would the Lord require from you?  Would you be willing to lay it down?

I was in a prayer meeting the other night and we asked this question of the Lord.  “What do you need for me to lay on the altar, in order to bring Revival to my city?”

God answered each one of us differently.  One needed to lay down their family.  Another said God wanted her to lay down her emotions.   God asked of one of us to lay down her “time”.  He spoke to one and said, that He had need of her finances.  And to another God required that she lay down the victimhood of poverty. 

How about you?  How badly do you want revival for your community?

The first disciples were willing to gather and pray day waiting for ten days in the upper room.  The Lord had told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had been clothed with power from on high in Act 1-2.  They did not know how long it would take for this to happen but they were willing to give up their lives to obey the Lord.  After the spirit was poured out, THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE gave their hearts to the Lord in one day!

Would you be willing to give up WHATEVER HE ASKED?  Are you as sold out to the Lord as you think you are?

I challenge you to pray this prayer:  “Lord what do you need for me to lay on the altar in order to bring Revival to my city?”

“God never puts revival on the sale table. It'll cost you everything.” – Steve Hill (Brownsville Revival)

Overcoming Pride

“Pride is like bad breath.  You’re the last one to know that you have it.” - Unknown

I remember the first time the Lord revealed the pride of my heart to me.  He showed me that I had so much confidence in my own discernment but really didn’t seek to know His will.  Seriously…I was so full of myself and incredibly proud of my own thinking. 

I was completely broken over the selfish condition of my heart.  It was just what I needed to delivered from my self-focus and taking glory from God.  It was one of those deep pains that was worth every moment because it brought about lasting change.  I had no idea how prideful I was being!

We have all dealt with the pride of our hearts.  As a human being living in a fallen world – it is simply unavoidable.  Pride is taking credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the honor that belongs to God alone and keeping it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship.

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
Pride is such a sneaky thing.  We don’t even realize that we are doing it.

Saul of Tarsus didn’t realize he was in pride.  Until the Lord blinded him and showed him the true nature of his actions against Christ followers whom he was hunting down and imprisoning.  Saul/Paul thought he was truly serving God in a way that pleased the Lord.

King David didn’t know he was in pride when he had the fighting men counted in 1 Chronicles 21.  David wanted to have a measure of how powerful he really was.  It wasn’t until he was rebuked by a prophet and told he would be punished that he realized his sin.

Samson was in pride and didn’t see his vulnerability until it was too late and a woman stole his strength from him.

Nebuchadnezzar was incredibly prideful and claimed that the splendor of Babylon was done by his own hand.  He was immediately rebuked by the Lord and sent into a seven year stint in the looney bin! 

Nebuchadnezzar is quoted in Daniel 4:37 “And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
I see a pattern in the word of God.  I have also experienced it as I have labored in the Kingdom of God.  

The pattern is this:
  1. God brings deep pain to those who are in pride. (Saul/Paul was blinded for three days, David was brought punishment, Samson lost his eyesight, and Nebuchadnezzar was humbled by losing his sanity.)
  2. The prideful person in pain has two choices – A. ask for a new heart or B. harden their heart.
  3.  A. If they seek a new heart in the midst of that pain.  God will restore them to relationship with Him.  B. If they harden their hearts – God brings another round of pain which is harsher than the first.

Nebuchadnezzar is a good example of getting a new heart.  It took a few rounds of pain, but this earthly king did humble himself and ultimately spread the news of how good the Most High God really is by writing a letter to the surrounding Kingdoms – thereby bringing glory to God, not himself.

Saul repented.  So did David.  Samson regained his strength and brought glory to God once more.
But they all chose a new heart after they were struck with deep pain.

The Pharaoh during Moses’ time however is an example of someone hardening their heart.  The 12 plagues were meant to bring the Egyptians to their knees, especially Pharaoh. Go finally brought deep pain with the loss of his firstborn – but he did not get a new heart.  He and his army were overthrown at the Red Sea.

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Luke 20:18

In short, Nebuchadnezzar fell on the stone talked about in Luke 20:18 he became broken and brought glory to God.  But the stone fell on Pharaoh and he was crushed never to be heard from again.

Steps to Wholeness:
The very simple recipe for overcoming pride is this: (I suggest that all people pray this whether you think you are prideful or not)

1)      Ask God to break you.  This is how we fall on the stone. God will show you the condition of your true heart and how far away from Him you really are.  There will be pain. But it WILL be worth it!
(Personally when I prayed this – I used Rick Joyner’s example in the book The Final Quest and said “God come and judge me ruthlessly!”)

2)      When the pain comes.  Don’t make excuses for it.  Wait for full understanding about how the pride got planted in your heart.  Ask the Lord for a new heart. “LORD CHANGE ME!”

3)      Then STAY broken by continually asking to be broken and worship ONLY God, not yourself!

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  1 Peter 5:5

How It's a Mistake to Want Jesus to Come Back NOW!

There have been days that I simply wish Jesus would come back for us.  There are days I want to be done with the pain of this imperfect life.  I know there is another life waiting on us.  I’m ready for no more sorry, no more pain and no more tears.  I’m ready for golden streets, a crystal sea and most importantly there will be the perfect peace of being in the presence of Jesus.  I have a lot of loved ones who are already there.  There are times I have a burst of grief that makes me long for heaven.

Several years ago during a day of grief, I was longing for the next life so I could escape the pain.  The Holy Spirit comforted me in a most unusual way.  He spoke to my spirit and said, “Tisha I know you long to be here with Me, I just need for you to bring a few people along with you when you come.”

It completely blessed me that He identified with my suffering.  He understood that I wanted out of the pain.  But then poured VISION into me which helped me to lift my eyes.  He was basically saying I had some work to complete on earth that would enable others to come to heaven as well.  The Holy Spirit encouraged me with the vision that when it is my time to come home to heaven others will come behind me because of my faithfulness.

I have work to do.

I had a friend tell me about a dream the Lord had given to her as she was longing for the return of Christ as well.  In her dream she saw Jesus turn the light switch on and then off.  He spoke to her and said, “That is how fast this life goes in the span of eternity.”  END OF DREAM

Think about it – compared to the massive width of eternity – this life is a TINY part of it.  Yet whatever happens in this tiny little earthly life will affect us for all of eternity.

In all honesty, I was being a little selfish to want Jesus to come back so I can be pain free.  It is a self-focused way of living life.  Enduring pain is part of carrying our cross.  In my desire for His return – I was essentially saying that I didn’t want to bear my cross anymore.  I had forgotten the reason for carrying my cross – I carry my cross for the sake of the Gospel. 

Jesus has His reasons for waiting to return for us.  He doesn’t want any to perish.

2 Peter 3:8-9  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

It is OK to desire the return of Christ but it is not OK to long for His return for selfish reasons – that is called “Escapism.”

I have a much different outlook now.  I am focused on the work I have been given to do.  I am focused on the simplicity of loving Jesus each and every day to the fullest.  If I keep my eyes focused on Him and not so much His return – I will have accomplished all that I have been assigned to do. 

And when I enter heaven’s gates… I pray that I take a few more people along with me when I go! 

The Bride Isn't Ready - A Warning Trumpet

The return of Christ is not timed to the depth of darkness that we are living in, 
it's timed to the readiness of His Bride. - Terry Bennett

As a child I remember in Sunday School the teacher telling us the story with the flannel graph shapes of Jesus coming on the clouds.  I have fond memories of thinking what a grand day that would be.  We would all meet our Savior together in the sky.  I would see my mother who had died when I was four and we would all fly to heaven.  

As an adult, I have a more mature perspective on that day.  I have a deeper more intimate understanding of Jesus, who is no longer just my Savior, but the Lover of my soul.  He is my comfort and my constant companion through the Holy Spirit.  He loves me unconditionally and I can hardly wait to see my faith become sight.  “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so
we will be with the Lord forever.”  (1Thess 4:16-17)

My grandmother who died in 1999 thought Jesus would come back during her lifetime.  Her parents thought that Jesus would come back in their lifetime as well.  Generations have been waiting on the return of the Bridegroom for his Bride, which is the Church.  But the very hard truth is that the Bride is not yet ready.

I no longer believe that we are waiting on Jesus’ return.  I believe that He is waiting on our return to Him.

Jesus is coming back for his Bride, but it is a “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Eph 5:27)  I don’t believe that we even need to ask the question “Is the church without stain or wrinkle?”  It is apparent that we are quite far from being prepared for the Bridegroom’s return.

I do not believe that God is angry with us.  I believe He cares deeply for us and is concerned that we have grown into a lukewarm Church.  We no longer pursue Him like the early Church did, for they needed Him desperately.  We do not pursue Him like some of the Third world countries have to, for their very lives are at risk because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  We live in unparalleled leisure and comfort with no urgent need for a Savior.  We have no real hunger for Jesus. We have no real desire for our Bridegroom.  And I believe His heart breaks because of our half-hearted relationship.

Church have we fallen asleep waiting on His return?  Have we fallen into lukewarmness by letting our everyday lives swallow up a fervent relationship with Christ?  Have we been filling our oil lamps by reading God’s word and praying to Him with the faith that He will answer? 

As a prophetic intercessor, I would like to blow this trumpet as a warning.  Jesus loves us enough to cleanse His Bride before He returns for her.  There are many things happening in the Church that cause her to be stained with sin.  Sexual immorality, greed, false idols of comfort, Pastors on thrones, people pleasing, control and manipulation -- these sins are all staining His Bride.

We can repent from our sins now and fall on the rock, or the rock of God’s discipline is going to fall upon us and we will be crushed.  “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”  (Luke 20:18)  It is better to fall on the rock (repentance) than to have the rock fall on you (discipline).  Jesus says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.” (Rev. 3:19)

Jesus is coming back for a spotless and wrinkle-free Bride.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, this includes you.  Each one is responsible for himself/herself.  I implore you to make yourself ready for His return.

Pray this prayer with me... “Father God, come and reveal my sin to me that I might repent.  Show me my wrinkles and spots, and then give me the grace to overcome.  Give me a fire to pursue You.  Give me the humility, wisdom and understanding I need to wholeheartedly return to You.” In Jesus Name.