God's Word says… You have permission to like yourself

Sometimes we get caught up in the do's and the don'ts of God's Word.  But truthfully, if we would take a longer look, there's a lot more freedom in the Word than you may have been led to believe.

Jesus came to set you FREE from the law and free from your shame.

Use every freedom His cross has afforded you!  The blood of Jesus paid for your freedom.  There is LIBERTY in being in Christ.

The Word of God says…

You have permission to like yourself.

You have permission consider yourself a winner/champion.

You have permission to think you are beautiful (handsome).

You have permission to consider yourself royalty.

You have permission to be who God created you to be instead of who others have told you to be.

You have permission to think of yourself as God’s favorite.

You have permission to run the race like you are going to win!

You have permission to fully embrace the call of God in your life without feeling prideful.

You have permission to fail and not get mad at yourself.

You have permission to lay down past shame.

You have permission to raise your head and straighten your spine no matter what your past sins have been.

You have permission to have a sad day here and there.

You have permission to rejoice even during your worst day.

You have permission to fail forward.

You have permission to pour out your complaint to God.

You have permission to walk away from negative people.

You have permission to draw boundaries with people.

You have permission to tell people NO.

You have permission to not agree with everyone.

You have permission to get angry when people sin.

You have permission to be hated.

You have permission to tell God YES even if people try to convince you otherwise.

You have permission to speak openly about what God has done for you.

You have permission to speak the truth even if it hurts another person’s feelings.

You have permission to reach out to the “undesirables.”

You have permission to step out on the water, even if you sink.

You have permission to be a bright and shining lamp that fills an entire room.

You have permission to take some time for yourself and rest.

You have permission to eat dessert.

You have permission to be single and still whole.

You have permission to not have children and still be whole.

You have permission to not apologize for being you.

You have permission to dance while you worship.

You have permission to enjoy your life.

You have permission to believe in yourself and who God created you to be!

Green Beans Aren’t in the Bible

I first published this article about a year ago.  I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to publish it again because I have run into several people who are struggling to get free of the "circumcision" doctrine.

The divisive and paralyzing doctrine found in Galatians 2 and Titus 1 - is a doctrinal belief that our relationship with God should rest on the "law" of the Word instead of the freedom Holy Spirit.  If we are unbalanced and legalistic about the Word of God and give no room for the Holy Spirit - we have become part of the Circumcision group.

I hope these words help you to find Liberty through the Holy Spirit while remaining safely in the parameters of God's word.

I have a deep love for the Word of God.  It is a treasure to me and a symbol of safety.  I love when I can bring someone new understanding by using Scripture to unfold a revelation to them.  I also have come to love the Spirit of God.  Having the immediacy of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me is a pearl to me and I will never let it go!  As Believers, we must learn to walk in the balance of the Word and the Spirit.

A few months ago, I had a friend ask about where our prayer about “breaking soul ties” is found in Scripture. 

(click here for the Breaking Soul Ties tool)

We have had amazing testimonies about what can happen after using this tool.  Personally, I have been set free from some major strongholds by breaking soul ties.  The tool basically is a declaration that you are no longer in agreement with a person or group that you used to be in agreement with.

I decided it would be a good thing to go and find the scriptures for ALL of the tools we were using in our Victorious Prayer sessions.  As I sat down to pray for some scriptures, I had a vision of Jesus sitting in a vegetable garden in between the rows of green beans.  As I was praying about the vision, I asked the Lord why was He sitting in the green beans?

He spoke to my spirit and said,

“Green beans are not in the Bible.”

I said, “Yes, Lord I know.”  (I did a quick search on Biblegateway.com to make sure I knew what I was talking about.)  I didn’t find green beans, tomatoes, or cucumbers.


The Lord again spoke to my heart,

“You don’t have to prove that everything is in the Bible.  You simply have to NOT contradict the Bible.  Green beans are not in the Bible but they don’t contradict it.  The way you are doing deliverance ministry may not be specifically in the Bible – but it doesn’t contradict it.

You will put yourself in a “Bible prison” if you have to prove everything is in the Word.  I told you that you would do greater things that I did… therefore some of the things that you are going to do in your generation will not be in the Bible.  You just need to be careful to not contradict it.”

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

This thought really set me free.  If we are going to do greater things than Jesus, then some of what He will lead us to do will not be found in Scripture.  However, we must be careful when we walk by the Spirit to not contradict what is already written. 

The Word of God will keep us safe but it is not meant to put us in a prison.  This will keep us between the

ditches on the Path of Life (Click here

).  One ditch would be requiring everything we do in the name of the Lord to be found in the Word.  The other ditch is doing something in the name of the Lord that contradicts the Word.  I am grateful for the very safe boundary lines He gave us for us staying on the Path of Life.

It is my prayer that the Body of Christ would come to know the Word of God and the Spirit of God on an even deeper level than we already do.  This is where our safety lies.

Thou Shalt Not Lie – Is Not One of the 10 Commandments

God hates a lying tongue. (Prov. 6:17)

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (Prov 12:22)

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices. (Colossians 3:9)

There are verses in the Bible that clearly show God’s displeasure with lying.  We should strive to deal with people in truth at all times. 

Did you know that "Thou Shalt Not Lie" is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?  The commandment says "do not bear false witness against your neighbor."  That is not the same as "do not lie."  

Somehow – maybe to help children understand the 10 Commandments a little easier -  Commandment number 9 got a not-so-accurate rewrite.

I want to point out to you that several times in the Word, misinformation is used to accomplish the will of God.  I am not saying that God is a liar – for He clearly is not.  But as you’ll see, God commended some liars.  God used lying spirits against evil kings.  Several heroes in the Old Testament told lies.

It is so important that we understand the WHOLE counsel of God and understand the Word of God accurately. 

When Pharaoh was killing Egyptian babies - God commended the midwives for saving the babies.  They saved the babies by lying to Pharaoh. (Exodus 1)

Rahab the harlot lied to protect the two Israelite spies before the battle of Jericho. (Joshua 2)

God himself didn’t lie but ordained some deception spoke forth through the prophets in II Kings 8:10 and I Kings 22:22. 

King David lied on several occasions and was never condemned by God for it. (1 Samuel 21 and 1 Samuel 27)

During WWII Corrie ten Boom lied to the Nazi's and said there were no people in the house.  In fact, MANY people lied during WWII to save the Jews from extermination.  Is God going to condemn them when they stand before Him on Judgment day?

Of course not!  The people who lied during WWII to save the Jews from extermination did so because they loved God with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength.  They were loving their neighbors as themselves. 

Missionaries lie all the time to get Bibles into countries where they are banned.  The Church in China lies in order to be able to hold underground church.

Personally I would lie to protect my family or others from death.  I would lie to protect my property from thieves.  I would lie to be saved from being raped.  If I lived under the regime of a tyrannical government I would lie to them if it was necessary for my family’s survival. 

However, I would not lie for petty things like getting a job or cheating on my taxes.  We WILL answer for these on judgment day.  I do not do white lies - I do creative compliments that don’t twist the truth! 

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor

And I would not lie about another person. 

I would not tell a falsehood that would ruin the reputation of my "neighbor."  I would not give a false testimony about people to others which is ---> GOSSIP!

And I would never lie if I was asked if I was a follower of Christ.  If I die for that one I will be a happy camper with a martyr’s reward!

God DOES hate a lying tongue and generally we should not lie.  But just maybe there ARE appropriate times to lie... or give misinformation.

More importantly please stop saying that “Thou Shalt Not Lie” is one of the Ten Commandments.  It is quite inaccurate.

In the New Testament, the Law (The 10 Commandments) are summed up like this.  “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.  And love your neighbor as yourself."

Lies to get ahead in life are the opposite of loving God with all that we are.  Lies to get ahead in life are completely rooted in selfishness.  These are the lying tongues that the Lord hates!

The lies of the Egyptian midwives and of Rahab the spy, the lies of Corrie ten Boom and Anne Frank, the lies that save people from trauma or death - these are the lies that fulfill the "law" …loving our neighbors as ourselves.

My purpose for bringing up this subject is not to make the case for lying.  Ninety-eight percent of the time we need to be truthful in all things.  But there are appropriate times for misinformation and there is a biblical precedence. 

It is not about rules and regulations… it’s ALL about the condition of the heart!

Jesus Prophesied the Coming Zombie Apocalypse

Confession:  I watched Ridley Scott’s movie “Noah.”  It was ridiculous, preposterous and not even close to what the Bible says… but even though the plot wasn’t worth a nickel I did have a takeaway.

There was a significant scene that portrayed the wickedness of Noah’s time that made me cringe.  The abject evil portrayed in the scene of the nearby town was one of the most sobering pieces of film I have ever seen – simply because I knew this part of the movie was true.  Drunkenness, violence, unfettered sexuality, selfishness and blatant disregard for the well-being of others was a picture of evil at its best.

In a simple phrase…  Selfless love did not exist.

The Bible says that when Jesus returns it will be just like it was in the days of Noah.
Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

The image of the City of Cain from the movie “Noah” is burned in my mind. They were mindless savages taking what they wanted with little concern for anyone but themselves. They reminded me of zombies.

Zombies don’t have souls.  They don’t have feelings.  They don’t care if they hurt you.  They simply want to feed.  They are the epitome of the survival of the fittest.  We have already seen herds of zombies in our nation.  They riot in the city streets and pillage and burn anything they want to.  They gather their friends and walk into department stores like Walmart and take whatever they want without fearing any kind of retribution.

These incidences are the beginning of lawlessness and the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse.  And Jesus warned us about them…
Matthew 24:9-13 …You will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

The scene from Noah gave me a whole different perspective on 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

These verses could not have more perfectly described the City of Cain.

Friends Jesus warned us about these times and specifically pointed to the days of Noah so we would understand the darkness that we would be fighting in the last days.

I don’t want to fill you with fear but I want you to be awakened to what lies ahead.  The Lord says in Hosea 4:6 that His people perish for lack of knowledge because they reject knowledge.  He has provided this knowledge so we can be equipped to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse.

Paul gives us instructions in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.

Paul is saying that we, as believers, should be alert and self-controlled.

These are things that we all need to begin to pray about.  How will you protect your family?  What does the Lord require of you in these last days? Praying for wisdom and protection will be imperative.  But what else? We need to be in our prayer closets and ask the Lord to prepare us from the coming Zombie Apocalypse. 

Here is a list of more recent attacks by the spirit of lawlessness:

These previous events are part of what I would call the Zombie Apocalypse.  No one caring or feeling anything for other human beings.  All of these acts were committed by human beings who had no compassion, were without love, and were brutal and hateful.  This kind of wickedness will only increase.

We MUST open our eyes to the “Last Days” verses.  Let us not perish because we rejected knowledge that Jesus Himself spoke to us. 

Let us embrace both sides of the coin of the Last Days.  There will be darkness but there is also going to be great signs and wonders and miracles and REVIVAL!!  These LAST DAYS truths are also valid and filled with hope: 

The Spirit WILL be poured out.  (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:14-18)

The mountain of the house of the Lord WILL be established. (Isaiah 2:1-2, Micah 4:1)

The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back, until He has performed and until He has accomplished the intent of His heart.  (Jeremiah 30:24)

Let us embrace the WHOLE counsel of God.  Let us follow Paul’s advice – may we be alert and self-controlled.  Put your armor on and fear not!  Let us advance against evil to spread the gospel to the whole world.

And then let us eagerly look forward to the appearing of Christ. 

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.

Maturing in Christ: How to Start Finding Your Own Spiritual Meat

(I wrote a blog post about how Believers need to Shift from Milk to Meat Here is a follow post with how to start finding your own spiritual meat...)

When I was a Senior in High School, I had to traipse through my brother’s bedroom to get to my own bedroom.  (It was a small house with 7 people – so he had a bedroom in our music room/office.)  He is 17 months younger than me.

Every night when I would head to bed he was either reading his Bible or praying.  I would sometimes jump on him as I was walking through and he would say “Stop it!  I’m praying!”

We were a very competitive household…. (still are!)  The Holy Spirit used my spirit of competition to motivate me.  I kept thinking to myself, If Toby keeps reading and praying like this – he’s going to get ahead of me in my spiritual walk.  I had better pick up the pace.

So I began to pray and read the Bible every night as well.  (Sneaky Holy Spirit!)

But the truth is I hated reading.  The Bible was boring.  I didn’t understand it.  Even though I had been in church all of my life… I wanted someone else to chew it up for me and teach me the word.  I wanted other people to make it come alive to me like they did in Sunday School – or when the pastor preached.

It was not an easy transition.  I decided that I would not make myself take BIG bites of the word.  I would simply read one chapter every night and make it my goal to finish the New Testament.  I know you’ll laugh at this but I was a big non-conformist growing up and it made me sick to my stomach to read it from Matthew to Revelation.  So I read it backwards, from Revelation to the Gospels.  I know… I was a silly girl!

I really didn’t like praying either.  Again, it was boring and it was time consuming and seemed ritualistic.  But the Holy Spirit moved on my heart and I began to keep a prayer list every night to pray through.  I had a special note pad that was heart shaped that I kept my list on.  When the list was mostly answered I would write a new list.  I still have those lists somewhere in my attic!

For more than a year, I read one chapter a night.  Even if I didn’t understand it I just kept reading. I didn’t let hard passages trip me up.  My goal was not to completely understand.  My goal was to read through the New Testament.  I did not read on weekends or vacation and I’m sure I wasn’t perfect in reading absolutely EVERY night.  But I did it!

I can STILL remember reading the final chapter.  It was like I had reached the summit of an 18 month climb.  I thought back over everything I had read and was amazed how much I had learned about God...AND I DID IT ALL BY MYSELF!!  I trained myself to find spiritual meat!

By the end of my first time through, I was in love with the Word of God.  I was smitten with being in the word and how it changed me and became alive.  Did you know that?  The Word of God is alive and active.  The Lord can speak to you through it and give you the exact message you need for that day.

This truly was one of the most important journeys I ever took as a young Christian.  The trip to find my own meat.  It made me powerful.  It gave me strength.  It gave me knowledge and understanding.  It gave me a personal intimate relationship with Jesus that I didn’t know I was missing.

If you want to be closer to Christ, if you want to climb the mountain of maturity.  You must learn to find your own meat.

Here is what I suggest to those that I mentor:
1. Read the Word one chapter at a time.  If you don’t understand it, just go on to the next chapter the next night.  Don’t let a lack of understanding keep you from climbing.  The Holy Spirit will bring you understanding eventually.  Don’t expect to be eating steak the first time you find your own meat.  (Hamburger will do just fine! And it is easier to chew.)

2. Ask the Holy Spirit where to start. Don’t feel like you HAVE to start in Matthew – but if the Lord tells you to then trust He knows what He’s doing.

3. If you are not in the habit of praying, begin a prayer list to keep you accountable. Pray through it every night.  When a prayer is answered mark it off your list.  I suggest you keep your list, your faith will grow as you see God answer your prayers.

You will not regret taking this trip.  The mountain of maturity is worth the effort!

The Culture of Winning in the Kingdom

Does it feel to you like the Church just keeps losing battle after battle?  Do you feel the discouragement to simply give up the fight and hunker down to wait for Christ's return?
It feels like we are always the loser and never the winner... at least that is what the enemy of our souls want us to believe.

A few years ago on our spring break my family drove back to Kansas to visit relatives.  It was a more nostalgic trip home for me than usual. In my melancholy, I asked a friend if I could come and visit the high school we had graduated from.  She was now a teacher at the school and there was an in-service so it was the perfect day to visit.  A lot of great memories surround that building for me. 

I was able to catch up with a few of my old teachers and we talked about ‘the glory days’.  There was a period in the 80s and early 90s when my little high school of 70 students won a state championship nine out of ten years in either football, basketball or state track.  The streak ended after my senior
year and the school has since been consolidated.

Our discussion turned to the new school and how there has been a struggle to find those championship attitudes among the students of the new school.  As we relived our glory years my old coach said something that was profound.  He said, “Championships are more difficult for those who have never experienced the culture of winning.”

Wow.  Suddenly that made a lot of things fall into place for me. 

Because of the winning culture that I grew up in, I expect to win.  I believe that I am a champion. I am an overcomer and I believe that nothing is impossible.  I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.  When I pray, I KNOW God hears me and I know that if I persevere that what I am asking for WILL be done.

In my short 42 years, I have watched the pendulum of our nation swing to an almost completely secular country.  The church has been losing ground for most of my life.  From taking prayer out of schools to Roe v. Wade to the infiltration of Gay Marriage to the government being able to declare Martial Law at-will, the Church has lost its voice and been asleep to the fact that it was losing the war against evil.

The Church MUST wake up and begin to understand the culture of winning.  We are more than conquerors.  If we we are IN CHRIST when we speak to a mountain it MUST move!  We have authority to bind up a spirit or loose a spirit.  We have authority to shut doors to things which MUST not be allowed.  We ARE the champions!  Through Jesus, death has been swallowed up in victory!  Now it is time to run this race like we are going to win the prize!

We can take authority over addictions that are rampant in our community.  We can cast down a spirit of poverty.  We can close the door to corruption.  And we can speak to the mountain called America and command it to move toward Love and Righteousness in Jesus Name! 

Mark 11:23-24 For if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

See, in Christ, we can expect to win. Stir up your faith!  Believe the WHOLE Word of God!  Jesus said that we CAN move a mountain... if we believe and do not doubt.

Meditate on Mark 11 -- these words are for us, His Body!
     …whatever you ask for in prayer, believe…and it will be yours.

Is there doubt in your heart?

A Dream That Troubles Me...

“I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.” Daniel 2:3

Have you ever had a dream that simply hangs on to you and you cannot shake it?

I had a recurring nightmare when I was young.  My mother died when I was four from breast cancer.  My recurring nightmare was about her death and how helpless I felt about it.

I stopped dreaming this dream by the time I was eight, but the memory of it stuck with me until my early 40s.  I never had interpreted it.  I didn’t even know there was an interpretation.

But when I finally took the “dream that troubled me” to the Lord for interpretation, I was set free in a profound way.

Though I had experienced a lot of healing about my mother’s death. There was a still
a feeling of powerlessness that was a thorn in my side.  Even at age 40, the little four-year-old inside of me still needed to be healed from the lie of powerlessness.

In the interpretation, the Lord showed me that I was not powerless He was always available to me to be my HERO.  Jesus could save me from anything.  Even trauma from 36 years ago.

He showed me that my four-year-old self had no closure for my mother’s death.  He actually gave me this troubling dream all those years ago so that I could bring it before Him to receive closure and hope, once and for all.  Jesus showed me that little four-year-old Tisha couldn’t fully process the loss and 40-year-old Tisha would have to do it. 

The Lord flipped my dream into a vision and I watched the rest of the dream play out.  I cried for Jesus to come and help me.  And in the vision my mother was suddenly standing in front of me hugging me and saying, “Tisha it’s OK! Tisha, I’m here!  Tisha, I am alive!  I am going to heaven and I’ll wait for you!  Tisha, it’s OK!  I’m alive!” (I am crying as I remember the powerfulness of the interpretation.)

The vision ended and suddenly my heart was full of hope.  It was as though she got to say goodbye to me.  From this nightmare that had troubled me for so many years God brought the most beautiful closure.  Beauty for Ashes!

This is why it is so important for us to interpret our dreams.  God is trying to speak to us!  God is trying to bring hope and freedom and closure and truth to us. 

As the Body of Christ, we must become better equipped to interpret dreams and visions.  As we come to the end of the age the Lord tells us in Joel 2:28-29 “I will pour out His Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”

If we are to be prepared for this outpouring we must be ready to interpret dreams and visions.
King Nebuchadnezzar was troubled with a dream. God gave the interpretation through a vision given to Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar praised God as the “God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries.” (Daniel 2:46)

What if our ability to interpret dreams brought kings to their knees?

What if our ability to interpret dreams brought healing to an entire generation?

What if our ability to interpret visions saved an entire country from ruin?

It is time to get equipped.  It is time to acknowledge that dreams and visions can come from the Lord.  We need to be able to discern what is from God and what is from our own mind. (Jer. 23)
There are dangerous, worldly dream interpretation resources available that the Body must become more discerning and understand that interpretation must not contradict the Word of God.  We must also allow for the Holy Spirit to confirm interpretations with a spirit of wisdom and revelation.

When Peter had a vision in Acts where the he was told to eat unclean meat, that ‘seemed’ contradictory to the Word of God but the Lord had to remind him that Jesus had already declared all foods clean in Mark 7:19.  Peter’s religious mind was in the way.

It takes both the Word AND the Spirit to correctly interpret dreams and visions.

I am listing below several resources that we recommend for equipping yourself to interpret dreams and visions better.

I found that as I discipled others that I were constantly needing a resource at our fingers to help with specific details of dreams.  I had interpretation resources in the form of books but we were in need of a more accessible resource for when we didn’t have our three interpretation books with us.

Out of the ministry need we created a Christian dream interpretation app for the mobile phone.  You can look up details of the overall dream to help with understanding. 

For instance, if you remember a specific time in your dream, say midnight.  You can use the app to look up MIDNIGHT and the definition is “warning or spiritual judgment.” 

Or say you dream of driving a car in a dream – you can look up CAR and the definition is “life or personal ministry.”

You should always include the Holy Spirit to show you the interpretation and pray for wisdom as you interpret.  The more experience you have the easier it gets!

You can buy our mobile app called THE CHRISTIAN DREAM APP for Apple or Android for $2.99.  Please give us feedback and we will do our best to equip you to the fullest.

Remember dream interpretation is not only for the Christian.  It will also be a powerful way to evangelize in the near future!   Get ready for the Joel 2 outpouring!

Other Dream Interpretation Resources:
John Paul Jackson
Ira Milligan
Laura Harris Smith

There is a Loophole in the Bible You Need to Know About

Did you know there is a loophole in the Bible?  

It is one of the most powerful weapons that we are
given in the word of God and yet I hardly hear anyone teach on this specific verse.  

It is the power to ask God to forgive someone else’s sins.

Are you surprised by that?

Yes!  We are given the power to ask God to forgive a brother or sister’s sin.

1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life.

If I see a brother commit a sin… I can pray and God will give him life.

The only exception to this loophole is that we are not
allowed to pray for people whose sin leads to death which is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit – or speak evil of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30, Luke 12:10)

When we ask for God’s forgiveness over a person it clears up the darkness around them and they can hear the Lord for themselves.  It brings them enough “LIFE” so that they can see and hear clearly to repent to the Lord.

See… it’s a loophole:  the opportunity to set someone free by bringing the forgiveness of God to them even though they didn’t ask for it themselves.

Look at how this Kingdom principle is played out in the Word of God.

I give you this example of Jesus forgiving sins while on the cross:  When Jesus said “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”  He untied the darkness around the people who were crucifying Him.  Later the forgiveness that was given to the Centurion and his friends caused their eyes to be open and enlightened enough that they could see that there was an earthquake at Jesus’ death.  They could see the innocence of Jesus as he spoke to the thieves on either side of Him.  The Centurion and his friends repented and said “Surely this was the Son of God.”  (Matthew 27:54)

I submit to you that these men never could have seen so clearly and repented if Jesus had not asked the Father to forgive them.

Another example is when Daniel asked for forgiveness in Daniel 9 for all of the sins of his ancestors.  Remember Daniel was only a child when he was carted off to Babylon. So in these verses he is asking forgiveness for sins that are not his.

Daniel 9:4-5 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.

After Daniel prayed this prayer the door was opened and the Israelites were able to return to Jerusalem and begin to rebuild.  Daniel asked forgiveness for his brothers and God gave them LIFE!

The same thing happened when the Aaron sinned against God by building a golden calf.  God was so angry that He wanted to destroy Aaron.  (Deut. 9:20)  Moses asked forgiveness and look and then Aaron repented.  Look at how Aaron went forward from there and established the priesthood.
Moses essentially said “Lord forgive Aaron, for he doesn’t know what he is doing.”  Then LIFE was given to Aaron and his sons.  Whether we understand it or not, we still use the principles of the priesthood of Aaron in the Body of Christ today.

God wants everyone to have abundant LIFE.  Sin separates us from Him and creates a veil over our hearts.  We cannot receive LIFE if we are covered in sin.  Having another person ask God for forgiveness on our behalf is an awesome tool for God to give us LIFE.  When we stand on 1 John 5:16 to forgive another person it usually leads to repentance as evidenced by the previous scriptures.

Personally, my prayer team has seen this happen often.  We have prayed for God to forgive someone, the veil has fallen from their mind and they have repented.  Specifically I remember praying for a little boy who was adopted.  Year after year the little boy would not receive Jesus into his heart.

When I sat down to pray with his mother, the Holy Spirit prompted us to pray for forgiveness for some witchcraft that his birth father had been involved in.  That very night the mother called me and said that the boy had accepted Jesus!  WooHoo!

Another time a sister in Christ came against a deliverance ministry that we were starting.  She invited me to her home to tell me how wrong I was in what I was doing.  I was floored at her accusation, because I had so many confirmations from the Lord that we were headed in the right direction.  When I left her house, I immediately heard the Lord say, “Run to the mercy seat on her behalf!”  So I immediately began to ask God to give her mercy and I asked Him to forgive her for coming against us. 

A few months later I was sharing with a mutual friend what happened when I visited her home and how God implored me to forgive her and to ask for mercy for her.  My friend’s eyes got really wide and she said, “Tisha, I can’t tell you exactly what happened.  But I want you to know that I was there when the Lord had mercy on her just a few weeks ago!”  The Lord brought her to repentance.  But I had to activate the loophole of asking forgiveness for her because she had no idea that she was in sin.

1 John 5:16 really works.  If you see a brother or sister sinning – ask God to forgive them and then ask God to give them LIFE.  You never know you might bring an entire generational line into the Kingdom!