The Urgency for Believers to be Equipped with the Powers of the Age to Come

As a watchman intercessor in this nation, I can see something that is about to break forth that the Body of Christ is not ready for.

The battle of the ages, between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness is about to be sprung upon us in a deeper way than we have ever experienced.  And hear me when I say…  THE CHURCH IS NOT READY!

The battle that is about to be released is a spiritual battle for the ages.  It is the one before the return of the Lord.  The Final Battle.

The devil knows his time is short and he is pulling out all of the stops in order to see God’s people broken, devoured, and full of fear.  There is an evil that is being released that most of the Body of Christ has no understanding about how to fight.

Spirits of insanity, false signs and wonders, demonic manifestations, persecution, torment unto death, and anti-Christs that are VERY good counterfeits are awaiting their evil master’s signal to “go.”  When that happens, many good Bible Believing Christians are going to be carried away as prisoners of war.  If the Body of Christ does not soon become equipped with the powers of the age to come – they will be overcome by the darkness and taken out of commission for the Final Battle.

(I do not mean they will lose their salvation.  I mean they will lose their ability to fight in the spiritual war that rages, because they will be overcome with fear or with deception.)

It’s not too late to learn about the “Powers of the Age to Come.”

Have you ever heard a sermon preached about that?  The phrase is coined by the writer of Hebrews in Chapter 6 verse 5.  He speaks of Believers tasting the POWERS OF THE AGE TO COME.

It seems that in the 21st century very few of us have experienced these powers and yet, we see them sprinkled throughout the Word of God.

Paul defines them a little further in 2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

The powers of the age to come make no sense to this world – they are spiritual weapons.  Let’s look at a few.

The enemy’s armies were routed by the worship of God’s people. (2 Chronicles 20)

Water and food can be ‘healed.’ (Ex. 15 and 2 Kings 4)

Moses parted the waters.  (Ex. 14)

Body’s healed.   (Acts 3)

Stephen saw heaven opened as he was being stoned.  (Acts 7)

Phillip was transported from one place to another.  (Acts 8)

Peter’s shadow fell on someone and they were healed.  (Acts 5)

The people were led by visions and dreams.  (Acts 10)

They cast out demons. (Matt. 8)

The dead were raised.  (Luke 9, Mark 5)

All of these things kind of blow my mind… Because I have only seen a few of these “powers” happen with my own eyes.

We don’t know how to access most of these.  Not many of us have the faith for these things.  And yet – they are the very things we are going to need in this Final Battle.

Recently, I had a vision that I was a prisoner (along with many others) held captive in a cell in the wall of a Roman Colosseum. We each had windows to see into the arena. The lions would be released against our brother and sister Christians and they would be mauled to death.

I felt powerless. I asked the Lord to renew my mind that I was powerless against this and I renounced the lie that I couldn’t do anything about it. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “You think you are powerless because you think you have to fight this with your intelligence – but this is a spiritual war and the weapons you hold are not carnal – they are spiritual. You have a sword that could end this.”

The vision immediately flipped to me standing before the lion. I took my sword and aimed for its throat and I said, “You will not kill my brothers and sisters anymore!” My sword cut deep enough that it severed the throat of the lion and it bled out on the ground. Then I began handing out swords to my fellow Believers and they began to use them on the lions and pretty soon we were victorious! 

END OF THE VISION

It was a spiritual war we were fighting. I had assumed it wasn’t.

I feel a bit helpless watching Christian bakers and florists who stick by their religious convictions and football coaches who pray get picked off by evil lions and mauled to death. I feel helpless with all of the yelling going on about racism and division and hate. But I think the mistake we’ve been making is assuming that we have to fight the war with the right words and worldly intelligence.

We don’t.

We must stop arguing with the weapon called “intelligence” and begin warring with the authority of the Lord and cut off the spiritual lions who are devouring the truth of God’s Kingdom!

This is how we use the powers of the age to come. (Hebrews 6) We use our God-given authority, bought for us on the cross, to come against powers and principalities that are attempting to devour our nation and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us all use our swords together and cut off this attempt by the enemy to take out our nation.

By faith, raise your sword and repeat after me, “By the blood of Jesus, I cut off the head of the lion who is attempting to divide our nation. I cut off the head of the lion who is devouring my fellow Believers. You WILL be silenced, in the name that is above all names – JESUS!”

This is how we begin to use the Powers of the Age to Come!

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”   Is 60:1-3

Doing this ONE thing would shift Believers into high gear

We always seem to be looking for the magic pill or formula.  We want extra pounds to melt away with a simple pill.  We want to find the formula to making fast cash.  We are definitely a microwave/fastfood generation.

As most of us know, the Kingdom of God is not built on a microwave timeline.  The Kingdom is more like a crockpot.  God slow simmers us in order to bring out the best aromas and flavors.  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self Control are all spiritual foods that are born out of a slow constant heat.

As God simmers us in the crockpot of life, we are able to deepen our flavor profile to taste like award winning BBQ!

However, even though most of our lives as Believers is slow simmered, I have some good news that could shift some of the things we’ve been waiting on into high gear.

There is one thing that I have learned that can lead to an acceleration in the things of God.  Whenever I have fallen into a lukewarm pattern, or whenever it seems like I keep hitting my head against a wall or a ceiling.  Whenever I can’t seem to overcome old habits that keep me going in circles, I have to go back and ask myself this question…

Do I really believe that I am a child of the Most High?

Or… am I acting like an orphan?

Whenever I seem to be stuck in low gear about life and I keep wandering in circles, I must go back and ask myself – am I operating out of self pity or a low opinion of myself. 

Have I forgotten who my Daddy is?

Because if I am an orphan and not a child of God – my view of myself and what I am capable of is going to be much different than if I know that I am royalty.

When we understand that we have access to the King, the one who invites us to call Him daddy, we have access to every answer we need.  We must have FAITH that we are children of the promise.  We are co-heirs with Christ.

If we are having financial trouble, are we trying to work it out ourselves and “pull it together” before we take it to our Daddy?

If we are having trouble with besetting sins, are we understanding the love and compassion that our Daddy has for us, or do we let shame come between our relationship with our King?

If we are having health issues, do we understand that our Daddy is also the Great Physician?  That our answers are at His throne?

An orphan doesn’t have access to their parent.  An orphan can’t ask their Daddy to take care of their needs.  An orphan can only rely on themselves.

If we are Believers, we have been grafted into the heart of Father God.  We have become His sons!

Galatians 4

:3-7 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law,

that we might receive the adoption as sons.

6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore

you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

If we are heirs to God’s kingdom, we need to act like it.  If we truly believe ALL of God’s word, we must accept the fact that we have authority to approach our Daddy for help when we need it.

As an heir, we have access to the Father, access to His power, access to His wisdom, access to his understanding, His mercy and His wealth.  God wants us to believe that we are His children.  He wants us to come boldly before His throne of grace in our time of need.   We are His sons and daughters.  If we truly BELIEVE this and begin to operate our lives standing on this foundation – knowing that our Daddy is more powerful than anything on earth -  nothing shall be impossible for us and it will accelerate the Body of Christ into high gear!

BELIEVE that you have received Sonship!

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

I Dreamed that Donald Trump Was My Father – But It’s Not What You Think

The Dream

I had a dream that it came to light that I was actually a child of Donald Trump.  There was a file of DNA records and a photo confirming that my biological father was Donald Trump.

When the evidence was presented to the Trump family. They welcomed me with open arms.  They were incredibly nice.  About six months of time passed by in the dream.  The family just loved me and accepted me as one of their own.

I was able to watch how he did business and watch how he did the election.  I felt safe.  He was a VERY good father.   He ALWAYS hugged me every time I saw him – he was very genuine. I got to be with “my father” every Saturday for breakfast.

One day I remember that I hadn’t seen him in a while.  The whole family was getting ready to have breakfast together.  Donald, his wife, kids, and grandkids. It was quite enjoyable and there was no sibling rivalry – just love. I remember that he and his wife didn’t hold anything back from the kids (even as adults) they didn’t leave the room to talk about anything private.  It was all out front.  Everything was done in the open.

There was a great sense of peace and safety.  I felt secure and I felt deeply loved.  He was flawed but he was a REAL father.  He received me simply for who I was – no glass ceiling.  No limits.  He was also a good coach and wouldn’t let me settle for less.  He told me if he thought I wasn’t performing to my potential.

I remember in the dream standing in the middle of Trump tower.  And it dawned on me that all of my dreams were going to come true.  Being the daughter of Donald Trump gave me great advantages.

I now had a familial foundation under me that was solid and generations thick.  I also had a structure over me that would help me to accomplish everything I had hoped to in my life.  I had help with finances, taxes or investments because of the structure that “my father” had built.  If I wanted to write a book or a song – “my father’s” structure would have exactly the people who could help me to accomplish it.  Nothing would be impossible for me or my children ever again.  END OF DREAM

My Dilemma

This Trump dream really wrecked me.  Because there is something in me that knows I will never have that kind of father.  I was abandoned by my birth father at 8 years old and I was adopted by an uncle who was a good provider but I was never close to him.

I’ve always felt like an orphan.  I had a pretty deep wound of fatherlessness from my childhood.  God has been gracious to me and lovingly restored health to my heart.  I have come to the place that I know I can completely trust the heavenly Father.  I know I am loved unconditionally and that He takes care of me from heaven – watching over me and my family.  I know I am safe and have value because He created me.  However, it was obvious from my reaction to this dream that I had another layer of healing that was necessary.

When I woke up from this dream it felt so real that I was actually angry at God.  I felt that it was almost cruel, because He had shown me what it would be like to have a true family who for the most part “had it all together” and then I woke up to the reality that this was not true.  I believed it would be true in heaven. But Donald Trump was not my father on earth – so none of these advantages were available to me.

In my pain, I prayed for an interpretation to my dream.  It felt like God wanted to show me something but He was speaking a foreign language.  It felt like He wanted me to stop being self-reliant and learn to lean into Him more – but it just wasn’t resonating with me. 

So by faith, I repented from self-reliance and asked God to heal me.  But I could not fathom how God could meet my needs on earth.

God’s Answer

The next morning I woke up with a song in my heart and a revelation that absolutely changed my whole world.

As I awakened I could hear the Holy Spirit sing to me

♫ I’m no longer a slave to fear… I am a child of God. ♫

I heard Him say… “You know the feeling that you had in the dream about Donald Trump.  There was a structure over you and a foundation under you.  You felt safe.  You felt like all of your dreams would come true.  You would be challenged.  You would become all that you were meant to be…” 

“If Donald Trump, a mere man, can do that for his kids – why couldn’t I do that for you?  As your Heavenly Father, I have a better system set up than he does.  I’m not around only for breakfast on Saturdays – I’m constantly with you.  My structure and foundation are much better than his.  The feeling you had in the dream of being completely supported and protected are available by simply believing that you can have that with Me.”

“I have people to help you with your finances.  I can open the doors to the perfect book publisher or song artist.  I can give you better wisdom than any man on earth.  You must simply believe that you have full access to Me.  You must fully believe that you are a Child of God – then you will have nothing to fear and all of your dreams will come true."

Mind Blown!!!!!

I had this picture of standing outside of Trump Tower and then a picture of standing inside of Trump Tower.  Father God said, “This is the difference.  You’ve been standing outside of My Kingdom and shouting at me to fix your life instead of believing that you belong inside of My Kingdom (Trump Tower) and simply asking Me to help you with your life.”

That made sense to me.  I had just assumed that I would never have a real father again so there were several things that were not available to me – or I couldn’t comprehend how my Heavenly Father could take care of me in the natural.  It really comes down to faith... and BELIEVING that I belong in “Trump Tower” not outside of it.  In believing this truth, I have absolutely no fear... because I am a child of God.

I have a better Dad than Donald Trump.

The Misconception that “God is in Control”

I hate to burst your bubble, but God is NOT in control.

This might offend you… But go with me for a minute.

Let me explain, because in the long run, this is going to help you!

I have used the phrase many times myself.  We use it because it brings us comfort.  The words “God is in control” evoke a peace to our emotions when we remember that a great big God is “in control” of all of the painful and fearful details of our lives.

But the sentiment that God is in control is not exactly true.

God is not in control… He is Sovereign.

He turns everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  God takes the tough things in our lives and turns them for our good.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave us free will.  We have the freedom to follow a righteous path or not.  We have a free will – and that will can be used for evil or good.  Jesus said, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.  He also said life and death are in the power of the tongue. That means because we have choices - we are the ones in control.

If God were really in control, the holocaust never would have happened.  If God were really in control, 9/11 would never have happened.  If God were really in control – death would have never been released into the earth.  God is not a heavenly puppeteer.  He is a Father who gave His children free will to choose what kind of world we want to live in.

I have seen people completely set free from an anger at God by untangling this misconception.  Women who have been raped struggle with “God is in control.”  When loved ones are taken from us in death – the answer is not “God is in control.”  When faced with the grief of deep loss – the truth is that God is Sovereign and if we allow Him to – He will turn our loss for our good.

Free will is a really difficult thing to understand.  But the Kingdom which God created is set upon the freedom to love God or to love ourselves.  In the midst of this freedom, innocent people get hurt by those who choose selfishness.  But God wanted volunteer lovers, not robotic lovers.

God is absolutely sovereign.  In the end, He wins.  As we see the last days unfold, it would behoove us to remember that God is not in control… He is Sovereign.

He even said we can “speed” His coming back for us by living holy and Godly lives in 2 Peter 3:11-12.  This puts part of the "control" in our hands.

Remember, our Heavenly Father turned Adam and Eve’s sin for our good when He sent Jesus to die on the cross.  Our Creator took the form of a human – in order to right our mistakes.

Trust in His great love for us.  Trust in His Sovereignty.  

He's not "in control."  But ultimately He wins!

Psalm 33:9-12:

For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;

He frustrates the plans of the peoples.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

A Reprimand From the Lord: You Unbelieving Generation

A few years back out of the blue the Lord rebuked me.

I wasn’t ready for it.  I wasn’t asking for it.  At the time it came I really wasn’t even praying.

I heard these words clearly in my spirit.  Jesus surprised me when He spoke to me with a bit of a disgusted tone in His words.    He said:

Why is it you people can believe that by praying one prayer you are completely saved and will enter Heaven.  But you can't believe that one prayer will deliver you or heal you?

Yeah… that one stung!

But I knew it was true.

 It was a similar reprimand that he gave to his disciples in

Mark 9:19

when they couldn't heal the boy with convulsions...

"You unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."

The lie the church believes is this: You can simply say the prayer of salvation and you are IN!  But healing or deliverance takes time.  We must pray for months on end to be healed.  We must pray for years to be delivered from addiction.

Well – I know that this is our “experience.”  But scripturally it is not true.  Jesus said we would do greater things that He did.  However, this is definitely not happening right now in our culture.

When Jesus came to earth He brought us the supernatural.  Immediate healings.  Complete deliverance.  The dead raised. But for some reason the average Church wants nothing to do with it. 

We preach OFTEN about salvation and the key to salvation being FAITH, not works.

What we have NOT been preaching is that the same price Jesus paid for our salvation also brought us deliverance and healing.  It is a three-gift package.

But we don’t have FAITH for one-prayer deliverance and healing.

This REALLY challenged me.  I knew the Lord did not tell me this to make me feel bad – He rebuked me so I would change.

I began to climb a mountain of maturity when it came to having FAITH.  God took me through some education about how to BELIEVE His words and mine.

I needed to understand what FAITH really was.  It comes down to believing God’s words.  We must have faith that God is who He says He is and that He’ll do what He says He will do!

(Thank you Beth Moore!)

I have traveled this mountain of maturity for several years now with the express intention of coming to the level of FAITH that God can set someone free with one prayer.  I want to believe that someone can be healed with one prayer just like Jesus did it.

While on this journey I have failed A LOT with one prayer pleas for deliverance and healing…BUT I have also succeeded.  I have seen a back healed with one prayer.  I have personally had my hand healed with one prayer.  I have seen sickness leave my children with one prayer.  I see deliverance happen ALL the time through one prayer now. With each step up the mountain my faith grows.  Every time I see someone healed or delivered my FAITH increases.

There are times that healing or deliverance does take a longer period of pressing into the Lord to see a manifestation.  But I am BELIEVING God that one day I will do greater works that Jesus. 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  – John 14:12

Jesus healed the blind.  He healed lepers.  He healed a woman with a twelve year ordeal with an issue of blood. He delivered a man from a legion of demons.  He delivered Mary Magdalene from seven demons.  He raised a boy from the dead and gave him back to his mother.  He raised a twelve year old little girl from the dead.  The list goes on and on…

And we, dear friends, are supposed to do even greater works that Jesus did!

I had a vision about a year ago and the Lord showed me my mother’s old Tupperware cup measurers.  He laid out the cups.  One cup, ¾ cup, ½ cup and ¼ cup…  He filled the one cup measurer with water.

Then he poured the water from the one cup into the ¾ cup.  There was no water left over… all of the water from the one cup fit into the ¾ cup.  Next Jesus poured the ¾ cup into the ½ cup and again, no water was left over it all fit.  Then Jesus took the ½ cup of water and poured it into the ¼ cup and it all fit into the ¼ cup.  He said to me, “This is how much your faith has grown.  What used to take you one cup of faith to accomplish something, now only takes you ¼ cup of faith – because your faith is no longer diluted, it is concentrated.”

I just LOVE that vision!  What a great way to portray increasing our FAITH.

I encourage you today… start up the mountain of maturity.  BELIEVE God’s words.  BELIEVE that your words have power.  Let God increase your faith to the point that it only takes one prayer to see someone saved, healed and delivered!

When Life Is Most Confusing...


As a freshman in college, one of my dear friends was facing several serious difficulties in her life.  She was pregnant out of wedlock and the father of her baby was not emotionally mature enough to help her.  Her parents didn’t have a lot of money to help her with college or baby expenses.  She knew that college was important to her future and she chose to take the difficult path of staying in school even though she would have the baby mid-semester.  It was really a lot to deal with as an 18 year old.  And the unanswered questions were taking their toll.  What is the future going to bring?  Can I really do this myself?  Should I include the father?  Who can I trust?

I was only 18 myself and hardly had any life experiences to help her on her journey.  But a story kept coming back to my mind that my music teacher had told us in class one day.  Her sister had come to visit her and she had hit a patch of black ice on the way to her house.  Her car swerved and she was about to crash as she heard a voice say “Let go.”  And she let go of the wheel and the car ‘righted’ itself on the road.  I remember thinking at the time that it was such a cool ‘angel’ story.  But as I related it to my precious friend’s predicament I began to see that story as so much more.

I wrote this poem for her, published it in our college newspaper and dedicated it to her nickname for the sake of anonymity.  However, I don’t believe I really had the wisdom to write such a thing at 18.  I think that God knew my friend needed some encouragement and I was just the message deliverer.  I am so proud of how well my friend’s life has turned out.  There are no words to describe what a beautiful person that she is and what a wonderful son she has raised.  She is an inspiration to many.  

And 24 years later – I am publishing this poem and her story once again!

Letting Go
There once was a woman on a cold winter’s day
who decided to visit a friend
She jumped in the car without thinking twice
of the snow, the ice and wind.

She was driving along and came to some curves
for which she wasn’t prepared.
The car began to slip and slide
and the woman was frightened and scared.

The woman tried to steer the car
straight on the road once more
But all attempts to gain control
made the car swerve even more.

Then she heard a voice loud and clear,
a calming, soothing sound.
“Let go!” it said.  “What?” she replied
but there was no one else around.

She wasted no time in obeying the voice
and lifted her hands from the wheel.
In an instant the car was redeemed from its fate
and Someone else controlled the wheel

When life is most confusing
and I can’t tell right from wrong
When decisions face me from all directions
and I just don’t want to go on.

I think of the woman who trusted the voice
and believed when the need was real
And I give to God my confusion and pain
and gladly let go of the wheel.

© 1991 Tisha Sledd


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.