Unleashing the Army of God Against the Spirit of Hate

Hate is defined as "an intense or passionate dislike for someone or something."

1 John 3:15   Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Murder is the fruition of hate. Therefore, hate cannot heal anything... it can only cause death.

PERSONAL REPENTANCE

If we have an intense or passionate dislike for someone - we are guilty of hating that person. As Believers, we need to repent.

It is when we stop being personally guilty of hate that we can rise up with our spiritual swords against the spiritual forces of wickedness that are seeking to divide and devour our nation!

The spirit of hate is an evil spirit that is being released over this nation. This supernatural spirit influences people to passionately dislike other people. It's purpose is to cause division in our families, churches, and nations.

"Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph 6:1

As Believers, we are not powerless. We have authority against the spiritual forces of hate. But we relinquish our authority if we ourselves are guilty of "an intense or passionate dislike for someone or something."

USING OUR AUTHORITY TO OVERCOME THE SPIRIT OF HATE

When we have repented of our own hatred, we can then use the authority that Jesus gave us to "overcome ALL of the power of the enemy." (Luke 10:19)

We must first of all put on a spirit of love. The person that you intensely dislike... is loved by your Heavenly Father. Therefore we must also love them.

If you are sure that there is no hate in your heart, then let us take the Sword of the Spirit and command the spirit of hate over our nation to be silenced in Jesus name.

STAND on the Rock of Jesus Christ and let's take this spirit DOWN!!!

UNIFIED PRAYER OF THE ARMY OF GOD:

Father forgive our nation for cooperating with the Spirit of Hate. We are sorry for the division that has been released across this nation. We use the swords you have given us and decree that this spiritual wickedness of hate would be cut off and that the rain of love and unity would be released across this nation. We plead the blood of Jesus over our nation and claim it for Him as His inheritance. Open blind eyes. Unstop deaf ears. Silence the voices that spread hate. Exalt the voices that lead us to love one another. We use the authority that the cross of Jesus bought for us

God hear the prayer of your people! Let The love that is FULL of grace and truth win in our nation! 

Let YOUR love win!  In the Name that is above ALL names! AMEN

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The Only Way Forward In America Is Through Forgiveness

When we forgive others, God forgives us.

Though I did not personally commit these sins – I can ask for forgiveness for my forefathers to the people groups who they did hurt. In return, I can promise you that if you will forgive our sins against you – God will also forgive your sins and He will heal our land!

To the American Indian – I ask forgiveness on behalf of my fathers who slaughtered your people because of their blindness and their wicked greed. I pray that God will bring supernatural justice and bless your people with extraordinary favor and life. I honor you as the first nation of this land. Will you receive the blessing that comes from forgiving your (former) enemies?

To the African American – I ask your forgiveness on behalf of my fathers who enslaved you, beat you, and murdered you. I ask you to remember my fathers who gave their lives on the battlefield in the civil war to set you free. I ask you to forgive us for still not having a fair justice system or education system for your tribe. I cry out to God that He would raise up a deliverer to finish the job of MLKJr. I see you. I have not closed my eyes to the work that still needs to be done until we are equals! Will you receive the blessing that comes from forgiving your (former) enemies?

To the other nations who have been oppressed in America – the Irish, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Jews, Hispanics, and more – you helped to build our nation, and we rejected you and devalued your contributions. I am so sorry that my fathers did not see you as equal. I want you to know that you are equal in every way, we have the same Creator. I honor each of your heritages for laying the foundation in the United States of America. I ask for God to restore any inheritance both natural and spiritual that was stolen from you by my fathers. May His hand of mercy bring you justice. Will you receive the blessing that comes from forgiving your (former) enemies?

To the women who helped to build a nation but never received credit, to the women who remain under the glass ceiling… I am sorry that my fathers saw you as second-class citizens. They were wrong to not give you representation from the start. They were wrong to see you as property. They were wrong to put a lid on your rights. I know there are still strides to make until we see equality in every area – but I cry out for you to receive accelerated justice from God! I cry out for equality for God’s daughters! Will you receive the blessing that comes from forgiving your enemies?

To the righteous men who are innocent and yet have been blamed for our society’s problems – I am deeply sorry. It was not your fault. We know that it is the enemy of this nation – the devil who is dividing us and tempting us to accuse each other falsely. If you are angry at being falsely accused of being a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, and so on – I want you to know that it is the Father who sees your heart and knows your motives. Please don’t let the devil harden your heart. I ask God to defend the righteous men in our nation. We want to be unified with you – don’t pull away. Will you receive the blessing that comes from forgiving your accusers?

To the Baby Boomers, I’m sorry we have devalued your opinion and not listened to your wisdom. Please forgive us?

To Generation X, I’m sorry that abortion took 31% of your generation, and then we abandoned the rest of you. Please forgive us?

To the Millennials, I’m sorry we have stereotyped you and made fun of you. Please forgive us?

To Generation Z, I’m incredibly sorry for the example we are being to you right now. Please forgive us?

I know that our nation cannot be fixed with a social media post – but it CAN be fixed with forgiveness. Will you consider doing your part to ask forgiveness from others and offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you?

God is a God of justice. But He gives us justice according to His kingdom, not ours.

Remember how much He has forgiven your debts – then please hear my request to forgive the debts of my forefathers.

There is hope. American can be saved. Let the dead be raised through forgiveness.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt 6:14

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The Glorious Gift of Rejection

Consider it PURE JOY my brothers whenever you face trials.

I used to roll my eyes at this verse from James 1.  I didn’t want to hear it in the middle of my painful trial.  I hated reading those words in the midst of a season of rejection.

Being rejected by the people you love is the WORST!  Being rejected by people who you assumed were your friends can be paralyzing… especially when your heart was pure and you meant no harm.

You start to ask yourself, “What is wrong with me that so many people reject me?  What is the game I must play in order to not be rejected by those close to me?

Rejection can come in many forms.  It can be a literal disapproval and subsequent distancing of those who have decided that you are not good enough.  Rejection can be felt when people move on to new seasons and leave you behind.  It can also come because we have decided to step closer to God and the people closest to us do not want to take the step with you. 

There is rejection in divorce.  There is the feeling of rejection when the kids leave home.  And though it might seem strange, we can feel rejected through the death of loved ones.

It is important to discern and divide what “feels” like rejection and what truly is rejection. 

Sometimes God is the one who separates people.  Other times people make a conscious decision to walk away.

Once you separate the two, it will be easier to understand why I am declaring that rejection can be one of the most glorious gifts and trials that we face on earth.

If people constantly reject you – take heart.  They did the same thing to Jesus… and He was perfect.

None of us walk perfect lives, but Jesus did.  And He was rejected by His disciples, His followers, His religion, and His nation (people group).  Yet, He accomplished all that God had for Him. 

Rejection doesn’t keep you from your destiny.

How you handle rejection does.

Look at David.  He was rejected by his brothers, his father, his king, his mighty men at Ziklag, his wife as he worshiped and later his son, Absalom.  But David forgave and he kept his eyes on his maker.  He didn’t let the rejection of men deter him.  He knew that rejection was a gift that kept him focused on what was truly important… pleasing his Heavenly Father.  He became a friend of God and a king whose kingdom will never end.

Look at Joseph.  He was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery.  He used his gifting to help Potiphar build his house but was later rejected by Potiphar and his wife.  He helped the cupbearer in a time of need but he forgot about Joseph for another two years.  But in all of that time Joseph came to understand that no matter who rejected him, God never left Joseph.  God never rejected him.  God saw to it that Joseph completed his destiny.  He saved his own brothers and generational lineage by walking through rejection with forgiveness in his heart.

Look at the Woman at the Well.  She was rejected by her entire town because she was “unacceptable socially.”  And yet when this woman met the Messiah – all of the anger in her heart melted and as soon as she understood who she was talking to, she ran to her enemies to bring them the good news.  It was BECAUSE of her rejection that she led her entire town to the Lord.

In the Kingdom of God, rejection… if handled correctly… is a gift.

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  Matthew 10:22

 “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.  For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.”  Luke 6:22-23

We really do need to rejoice when we face trials.  Because when our faith is tested and we persevere through it – we are being shaped into the image of Christ.  The perfect One who was rejected by His very own creation, persevered to bring the very ones who rejected Him eternal life.

Forgive those who have rejected you.  Recognize that neither the praise nor the rejection of men has anything to do with fulfilling your destiny on earth.  Live for the praise of your Heavenly Father.

Forgive.  Learn.  Love.  Persevere.  Mature.  <--------------  This is why rejection is a gift – It actually prepares us for our destiny!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4

A Different Approach to Letting Go of Bitterness

I want to share something that I hope will help many of you with lingering bitterness.

Sometimes when we are especially traumatized by someone or offended deeply by a sin against us, the root of bitterness can grow very deep.

We become bitter because someone has caused us pain and we have not yet forgiven them.

Bitterness can eat away at your life if you don't get it taken care of. Many people that I mentor this struggle with strongholds of bitterness. They have allowed themselves to believe the lie that it's all right for them to remain offended at the grievous sin against them.

This is not true. In fact, bitterness is a sin. Even Jesus who suffered the worst death imaginable forgave the people who beat him and nailed him to the cross.  He said, "Father forgive them for they do not know what they're doing."

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

Bitterness defiles us.

In plain words… bitterness makes us dirty.

We are not meant to be dirty children of God. We are meant to be kind and compassionate, forgiving one another of our sins.

Think of holding onto bitterness like this: picture yourself as a child sitting in the middle of a ball pit. Each one of these balls is a sin that you have not forgiven.  Each one of them represents someone who committed a sin against you and you refuse to let go.

Now none of us are perfect. And we each have sinned against another human being and God.  If our sins were not forgiven and held against us what would they look like?

One of my friends asked God this very question the other day. She said, "Lord will you show me what my sin would look like if you held onto it the same way that I'm holding on to the balls in my ball pit. And the Lord showed her a picture of a boulder sitting on top of her.

If we refuse to forgive those who sin against us… then we ourselves are not worthy of forgiveness for our own sin.

We don’t forgive people because they deserve to be forgiven.  We forgive people because we ourselves need forgiveness.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 6:14-15

God does bring His people justice.  But holding onto bitterness or trying to avenge yourself is not the way of God’s Kingdom.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rom 12:19

Trust God to bring you justice.  But in the meantime let your bitterness go – because as a flawed human being – you, yourself need to be forgiven!

Steps to Wholeness:

Praying for Forgiveness:

Father God forgive me for holding on to bitterness toward ______________.  I forgive them for hurting me.  I ask You to forgive them as well.  Would you also forgive me of my sins?  I leave vengeance in Your hands.  I know that You will give me justice.  Please remove all roots of bitter memories from my mind and replace the with the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Thank You for the grace to forgive.  In Jesus name AMEN.

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Breaking Soul Ties:

It might help to break a soul tie with the person you are bitter at.  Here is the tool.

“I ask forgiveness for having an ungodly soul tie with _____________”

“I break all soul ties with ___________ and I sever all influence from _____________.”

“I give back to _______________ the things that are his/hers.”

“I take back the things that are mine and I wash them in the blood of Jesus.”

"Father God I pray that you would remove all twisted thinking I believed - replace it with wiring from the Holy Spirit according to the Kingdom of Heaven."

"Please give me back my soul. In Jesus Name."

When you are finished breaking soul ties, remember this is essentially doing spiritual warfare so you will need to seal up the victory by praying the

 Sealing Up Prayer found HERE

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Struggling to Give Grace to Your Enemies? This Will Help

When someone has rejected us or hurt us, we tend to regard them as our enemies.  When we have been abused or dishonored, when we have been disrespected or someone has stolen from us, these are the people that we find the most difficult to love.

One of the hardest verses the Word of God is about loving our enemies.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:44-48:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

How difficult it is to love a spouse who has wronged us.  How difficult it is to love a parent who abandoned us.  How difficult it is to love someone who has gossiped and slandered us.  Yet these are the enemies God calls us to love in Matthew 5.

He wants us to love them and pray for them.  He wants us to greet them in public and not shun them.  This is so difficult because of the pain they have caused us.  The pain makes us want to avoid them instead of love them.

But I want to give you a thought to help open your mind about why Jesus commanded us to love our enemies.

When we are wronged – we tend to see our enemies in black or white.  The sin they committed against us makes them the bad guy in our mind.   But when we apply a judgment about their entire lives based on their sin against us we are being legalistic and judgmental.  This is why it’s hard to see them like God sees them because we assume that people are either all good or all bad.  Bitterness takes root because we are still passing judgment based on their hurtful actions toward us.

But that’s not how God sees our enemies.  He sees them in color.  He sees everything in their hearts and minds.  He knows that there are times others have hurt us out of ignorance.  Sometimes people hurt us because they are deceived.  Sometimes people hurt us because they are operating out of fear.

Jesus’s enemies crucified Him on the cross and then mocked Him.  But while He was on the cross He prayed for His enemies.  He saw their hearts.  He saw them in color, not black and white.  If they really knew what they were doing - they would have NEVER crucified Him.  This is why He prayed, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” 

It was because Jesus did not want their one sin against Him to define their entire life.  He did not want the one moment of betrayal against God to steal the rest of their life. 

Because Jesus did not condemn His enemies on the cross, neither can we condemn our enemies.  We must have an understanding that everyone has bad moments.  Everyone has made decisions based on fear.  Everyone has rejected someone else in their life – even if they didn’t know it. 

Personally, I do not want my poor fruit moments to define me.  I don’t want my whole life condemned because of a season of deception I may have walked through.  I also have good fruit.  And I have fruit that is somewhere in between good and bad.

It is this revelation that helps us to forgive and let go of the bitterness toward our enemies.  Having compassion for our enemies and knowing that we need the same compassion toward us – helps us to stop seeing everything in black and white.  Knowing that we ourselves, need forgiveness from our poor decisions helps us to obey Jesus’s command to love our enemies.

No matter what your enemies have done to you.  You must see them in color.  Seeing in black and white will only keep you chained to bitterness.

Steps to Wholeness:

Forgive your enemy again.

Ask God’s forgiveness for holding onto bitterness.

Ask God to sever ungodly soul ties and ungodly influence between you and your enemy.

Ask God to remove any wrong thinking from your mind about your enemy.

Ask God to give you His thoughts about your enemy.

Ask God if there are any lies you are believing about your enemy. Renounce the lie and ask for God’s truth.  (Let the God’s truth about your enemy replace your opinion.)

Bless your enemy by praying for them.

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Forgiveness is one of the most powerful weapons that we are given in the word of God. God has given us the power to ask Him to forgive someone else’s sins in 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.

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. By asking forgiveness for a person, the sin has no more right to separate a person from God. It brings them enough “life,” so that they can see and hear clearly to repent to the Lord.

Using this Kingdom principle can bring about reformation in the life of an individual.

Jesus' Example

On the cross, Jesus said “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” The people who were crucifying him were guilty of great sin. There was a veil over their hearts and minds as they crucified the very One sent to save them. When Jesus asked the Father to forgive them for what they were doing, the veil was taken away because the Father forgave their sin.

We can see the fruit from Jesus’s forgiveness when the centurion and his friends “saw the earthquake and all that happened.” They repented and said, “Surely this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54)

When Jesus asked for their forgiveness, He lifted the veil of darkness that was around them, enabling the Centurion and his friends to see Jesus for who He really was—the giver of Life.

Moses and Aaron

The same thing happened when 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 on behalf of his brother, and Aaron repented. God was then able to use Aaron to establish the priesthood as He set up His Kingdom.

Moses essentially said, “Lord, forgive Aaron, for he doesn’t know what he is doing.” Then

life

 was given to Aaron and his sons. Because Aaron and his sons were given life, Israel had a reformation of the priesthood that had been warped by years of slavery in Egypt.

Reforming Lives Through Forgiveness

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Practical Steps for Processing the Pain of Hurt Feelings

The other day my friend sent a text that hurt my feelings.  It probably wouldn’t have hurt your feelings…but it hurt mine.

I had sent a text inviting her to run an errand with me to a specific specialty store that we both like to go to.  Her reply said this:  Thanks but I’ll pass this time.

These words cut my heart and I had a “feeling” of being rejected.  It was not the truth. My friend was not rejecting me – it was simply a “feeling.”

She had errands of her own to run.  She didn’t have time to go with me.  But the words she used to “pass” on my invitation brought me pain.

At this point I had three choices.

1.

I could do nothing and let the pain of my hurt feelings continue.

2.

I could confront my friend about how those words hurt my heart and to please not use them again.

3.

Or I could figure out where the root of my hurt feelings came from and completely pull up the weed in my heart.

Choice #1 - If I do nothing, I will continue in the cycle of “feeling” rejected.

Choice #2 - If I confront my friend and ask her not to use specific words that hurt my feelings – I put 

pressure on her to abide by rules and regulations that I add to our relationship in order to not feel pain anymore.  In essence,  I put up a wall and say, please abide by this boundary so I won’t feel pain.

Choice #3 - Or I can process the pain of my hurt feelings and figure out where the root of the emotional pain is coming from.  Once I figure out where the seed of rejection was planted in my heart – I can pull out the weed that is causing me pain.  And those words will never hurt me again, no matter who uses them.

Since I have learned to process my pain – I ALWAYS choose #3!

If we find out where the seed of our emotional pain is and we neutralize it with the truth and with the blood of the lamb – we take our power back and we repair the chink in our armor.

The Process

So here is how I processed my emotional pain from the text I received.

DEFINE THE PAIN

I asked the Lord to help me understand the emotion I was feeling.

Answer:  When someone uses the phrase “I’ll pass” it stirs up the “feeling” of rejection.  

I know that the feeling of rejection is a lie that says “You aren’t good enough.”  And “You don’t measure up.”

FIND WHERE WAS THE SEED PLANTED

I asked the Lord to show me where in my timeline where this seed of rejection of not feeling good enough or not measuring up was planted.

                Answer:  The Holy Spirit brought up a memory from a very tumultuous time in my life about 10 years ago when a very good friend used the phrase “I think I’ll pass” and it was like a spear to my heart.  The enemy planted a lie at that point that when people use the words “I think I’ll pass” it means I’m not good enough to be their friend.

The truth is that I wasn’t wearing my armor during that tumultuous time in my life.  My shield of faith would have deflected the spear easily.  But in the midst of that season I was so tired and weary that I was vulnerable to the lies of the enemy.

The wound that I got from my friend 10 years ago was not healed.  So I needed to go back and pull the weed out from 10 years ago and this would allow me to see the truth more easily.

HOW TO HEAL THE TRAUMATIC MEMORY (OR PULL UP THE WEED)

I forgave the first friend who “rejected” me with her words.  I asked God to forgive me for believing a lie that I wasn’t good enough.

I renounced the lie out loud:  God I renounce (or break) the lie that I am not good enough.

I asked for God’s truth.  And this is what I heard:  People declining my invitation –  should not impact my worth.  There are many reasons why people decline invitations.  Even if I really am being rejected by another person - I am basing my worth on their opinion.  If my worth is not based in who I am in Christ, then I will continue to get my feelings hurt.

PLANTING GOD’S TRUTH WHERE THE LIE HAD BEEN

In understanding the truth that my worth cannot be diminished by people “passing” on an invitation from me… I am set free.

My armor is healed with forgiveness and I am protected with the truth.  The enemy may try to use the spear to get me to feel rejected by having close friends use the words ”I’ll pass.”  But I can easily bat them down with my shield of faith because my worth only comes from my Creator!

Now I am not feeling any rejection or emotional pain.

I didn’t have to give my friend any “relationship” word rules.

My faith has increased and I am less likely to get my feelings hurt again.

PROCESS COMPLETE!

Grace Wins Everytime... Even for America!



I can’t get it out of my head!!  It’s Matthew West’s new song “Grace Wins.”  ♫ There’s a war between guilt and grace and they’re fighting for a sacred space But I’m living proof Grace wins every time! ♫

My friend Ginger introduced me to “Grace Wins.”  Her personal story is one that is riddled with pain and a few poor choices.  It has been a long valley with three divorces, many jobs, and children who have experienced great trauma.

I am so proud of my friend Ginger.  She continually got up and kept going.  She forgave those who hurt her.  She did not hold only bitterness.  She did not quit. 

By the Grace of God she has made it through her valley.  She has reached the other side and boy does she have a story to tell!  Finally finding the husband she’s always prayed for.  She is a pastor’s wife.  She has a job that she is thriving at.  She’s making good money with health insurance.  And to top it off – her kids are all flourishing.  The enabling power of God's grace helped her to OVERCOME!

Her 15 year valley could have caused her such shame and guilt that she could still be holed up in an isolated apartment somewhere.  But in the war between guilt and grace --- she chose GRACE! 

She chose to let GRACE cover her mistakes.  She chose to let GRACE cover her pain.  She chose GRACE over her guilt.  My friend Ginger says she is the “Woman at the Well” - and she is living proof that between guilt and grace… the GRACE of God wins EVERYTIME!!

There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time
No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing, hallelujah
Grace wins every time.

For the prodigal son…Grace wins
For the woman at the well…Grace wins
For the blind man and the beggar…Grace wins
For always and forever…Grace wins
For the lost out on the streets…Grace wins
For the worst part of you and me…Grace wins
For the thief on the cross…Grace wins
For a world that is lost… Grace wins

It’s like ALL of the Believers in my life are singing this song, loving this song and posting on Facebook.

I was taking a walk the other day and praying.  This song was playing loudly in my head. I said, “Lord, why is this song playing so loud?  Are you trying to speak to me about it?”

And the Lord downloaded a prophetic word for America concerning the coming season.

For the Lord would say:

My people, GRACE wins!  It wins in your personal lives, when I pulled you out of the mud of your sins and washed you off and called you Mine!  It was My grace that enabled you to overcome your sin and your past.

But can My GRACE not enable a country to overcome as well?  Is My grace so short that I cannot bring your country back from the brink of destruction.

You, America, are the prodigal.  You are the woman at the well.  You are the blind man and the beggar.  You are the thief on the cross.  You are lost America and for YOU My GRACE WINS!

Let your bitterness go.  Let your fear go.  Let your worry go.  I am about to show you how deep My Grace goes.  Choose Grace America – not guilt!

I am writing a story in America that will bring glory to Me for eternity!


I will not give my glory to another…My Grace Wins… even in America.


How Christians Frequently Curse One Another

“Tisha will you pray for me?  I feel like people are praying against me.”

It was a request from a church leader I served with.  I knew what he was saying was true.  I knew there was a small group of people who really disliked the leader.  They thought they were better than this man and they thought of this leader as “evil.”

This man, of course, was not evil.  Some of the Pharisees in the church didn’t like that he wouldn’t conform to their preconceived ideas.  He also wasn’t perfect – but he did not deserve for people for people to actually pray against him.

Praying for this leader during this time was a real eye-opener to me about how Christians can pray wrong prayers for each other.  It caused a fear of the Lord to rise up in me as I prayed for others.  We must REALLY be careful about how we pray for others… especially the people we do not like.

Matthew 5:

43 “

You have heard that it was said

, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and 

hate your enemy

.’ 44 

But I tell you, love your enemies, 

bless those who curse you

, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you

, 45 

that you may be children of your Father

 who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 48 

Therefore you shall 

be perfect

, just as your Father in heaven is perfect

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Romans 12:

14 

Bless those who persecute you; 

bless, and don’t curse

. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. 

Don’t be wise in your own conceits

. 17 

Repay no one evil for evil

. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. 19 

Don’t seek revenge yourselves

, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath

. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 

Don’t be overcome by evil

, but overcome evil with good

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I have personally felt the effects of people praying against me.  They don’t realize how praying outside of God’s will actually gives the devil a foothold to attack you.  Praying against someone is hatred.  Hate-filled words release spiritual death.

Here is what would happen to me – I would feel a heaviness and a depression that would come over me. I would sometimes be filled with doubt and be discouraged about my walk with Christ.  I would pray and ask the Lord, “Have I sinned to cause this darkness to envelop me?”  He would then show me that someone was praying against me.

To get free, I would forgive, command their words to be dead. Then ask God to bless them.  Within about 15 minutes my spiritual atmosphere would clear up and the sun was shining again on my heart.

Our words are powerful.  We CAN curse others or Jesus would not have told us not to. 

The tongue has the power of life and death

, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 Proverbs 18:21          

On several occasions the Lord has directed me to pray for President Obama by removing the word curses that God’s own people have spoken over him.  What God’s people don’t understand is that they are the tool of the enemy by cursing our President.  If they truly understood God’s kingdom they would not be offended by President Obama and they would ask God to set him free from all of his wrong thinking.  Instead God’s people have hated our President, and released hate filled word curses over him.

We would be better off if people would bless President Obama and deal with the spiritual manipulation he is under.  We would be better off to pray a blessing over the President and his family.

1 Timothy 2:

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4

who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Even Jesus asked the Father to forgive the people who nailed him to a cross.  Can we not forgive our President for his grievous acts against us? 

I’vewritten about the “loophole” in the Bible in 1 John 5:16. (click here)

  We CAN ask God to forgive the sins of others. 

Be careful how you pray against people, especially people you do not agree with.  I suggest that after praying for your enemies adding this phrase - "yet not my will but Yours be done" - to the end of your prayers can be wise!

Our prayers for others should ALWAYS be redemptive.  Focus on praying against the evil that is affecting people – not against people themselves. 

Bless and do not curse.

Steps to Wholeness:

If you are guilty of praying word curses against someone – repent and break them off.

“Lord forgive me for every word I have spoken against someone else.  I pray that my word curses would be dead and not live past this moment, in Jesus name!”

If you feel the effects of others praying against you or cursing you with their words – forgive them and break off their words.

I pray this prayer frequently – about every other day over myself.

“God I forgive every person who has spoken a word against me and I pray their words would be dead and not live past this moment, in Jesus name!”

Iron Sharpens Iron: How to Receive Rebuke and Correction - Part 2




Today we continue with the second part of How to Receive a Rebuke or Admonishment.  I highly recommend reading Part 1 before continuing with the article below…

In Part One of How to Receive a Rebuke or Admonishment we discussed “How to Humble Yourself to Receive a Word” and then “How to Discern if the Word is From the Lord.” 

In Part Two we will discuss these two aspects:
1.  How to Respond if the Word is Not from the Lord
2. How to Respond if the Word is a True Correction from the Lord

OK so now we have spent some time praying over a word of admonishment that we have received from a brother or sister in Christ.  And we have wisdom from the Lord about whether the word is from Him or not.  We now need to complete the cycle by responding appropriately to the word.

How to Respond if the Word is Not from the Lord

There are several examples in scripture about how people responded to words that were not from the Lord – some of them were pretty harsh.

One of the harshest responses had to be when Peter wrongly rebuked the Lord that He should not go to the cross.  In response to this wrong word of the Lord, Jesus raised his voice to Peter and said “Get Behind me Satan!”  (ha!)  I can pretty much guarantee that 99% of the time we aren’t going to use this method of responding to a word we discern is not from the Lord J

Another harsh example came from Jeremiah,


In Jeremiah 28:15-17 Hananiah the prophet rebuked the prophet Jeremiah in front of the King and his court.  This was the response of the Lord through Jeremiah ----- yowza! 

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’”  In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

I can pretty much tell you that 99.99% of the time God will not have us respond to a wrong rebuke in this way either.  (I, for one, am really glad for that!)

The best way to respond to someone who brings us a rebuke that we do not believe is from the Lord is to first of all be humble.  Do not try to come back at a person because they wrongly tried to correct us.  Ask yourself the question, “If I was in their shoes and I was the one who was in error, how would I want to be treated.”

Personally, this golden rule has been the perfect measure for how to respond to someone when I have been wrongly accused.  I am not perfect either.  I have made wrong decisions.  I have had times when I thought I heard the Lord but did not.  I know that anyone can be deceived if we are not careful.

If it were me, giving a wrong rebuke, how would I want to be treated?

I would want to be respected.  I would want to be gently and firmly told that the Lord did not bring a confirmation to the word I gave.  I would hope that the other person would have grace for me when I “missed it.”

A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.  Proverbs 19:11

Overlook any offense that might linger and forgive the brother or sister for bringing a wrong word from the Lord.  Then LET IT GO!  Don’t keep mulling it over – don’t let it torment you.  Once we have God’s heart and we have responded to the word, put it in the sea of forgetfulness.

One time I was wrongly rebuked by a ministry partner who thought she had a word of correction from the Lord.  She even involved the pastor in our dispute.  The Holy Spirit just kept telling me to trust Him.  I had done nothing wrong and He would make it turn out to His glory – I just needed to be humble.

Well within a month God had shown my ministry partner that she rebuked me out of her flesh.  She repented.  I forgave her.  And God restored our relationship to the point that the incident never entered my mind.  Our relationship was FULLY restored in every way.  No mistrust.  No offense.  After experiencing a devastating trainwreck like that in ministry and then to see the Lord completely restore the relationship as though nothing had happened has built my faith 100 fold!  The sea of forgetfulness is real – try it sometime J (Micah 7:19)


How to Respond if the Word is a True Correction from the Lord

I have learned to LOVE the correction of the Lord!  I am so grateful when He keeps me from stumbling.  Sometimes a friend will be praying for me and the Lord will speak to her heart about a small change that needs to happen in my heart.  Other times I have received a louder “rebuke” from the Lord through a friend that DID hurt but it saved me from making a huge mistake!

God brings us correction because He loves us.  He is a good Father who wants to see us run the race of life well.  His correction (even through another person) is not meant to make us feel unworthy.  His correction is because we ARE worthy of His rebuke.  It is a sign that He IS watching over us and IS paying attention.

His perfect love casts out all fear.  He is not correcting us because He wants to control us.  His only desire is to be near us.  If He is bringing correction it is because there is sin that is separating us from Him.  His love for us compels Him to tell us the truth about what is in the way of us having a closer relationship.

If a person has brought you a true word.  Humble yourself.  Admit that you’ve been wrong.  Pour out your heart to God in repentance.  Possibly pray Psalm 51 (the Psalm David wrote when he repented).  Then find a friend who can help you get back in right standing with God by holding you accountable.

Chances are that if you had to be rebuked to have the veil removed from your eyes about something that needed correction…. You will also need help getting completely free of whatever was causing you to sin.  I reiterate:  find a trustworthy person to help you see clearly until the restoration process is complete. 

Psalm 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


Lord. Change. Me.

Why America Needs to Forgive Hitler


A few months ago I watched a fascinating video about the deaths during World War 2.  (You can watch it here by clicking here.)  It was really eye opening to see a video graphic of how much damage WW2 caused across the globe.  Most of it came from the sin of one man.  Adolf Hitler. 

The Holy Spirit spoke to me as I was watching this video and said, “Your nation is still recovering from World War 2.”

When the Lord spoke that to my heart – I was flooded with an understanding.  World War 2 was a traumatic event for the US.  The whole nation was affected by the suffering and strain of this war.

The United States lost almost 400,000 soldiers in World War 2.  Another 670,000 were wounded.

Generational lines were snuffed out when young men died and left no heirs.  Mothers and fathers were heartbroken at losing their children.  Children lost parents who fought in the war.  The home was disrupted when fathers went to war, leaving single parented homes.

When soldiers returned from war there was massive PTSD though they did not know how to deal with it.  They called PTSD -  Battle Fatigue.    Almost 1.4 million soldiers were treated for it.  Doctors didn’t have drugs to treat PTSD – so they turned to other treatments.  Electroshock therapy, induced comas and eventually lobotomies were used to “fix” battle fatigue.

Men were shamed for a lack of courage if they admitted to having battle fatigue.  So I am certain that a lot of men compartmentalized their pain.  We now know that if you do not deal with trauma and keep it locked away in a closet – it WILL negatively affect your personality.

I watched a video testimony of Chris DuPre whose dad returned from WW2 an angry man. (click here)  He would beat his son regularly.  God healed this man from his trauma and he was reconciled to his son as an adult.  The son had to endure 8 years of abuse because of the trauma that was inflicted by World War 2 – which again, was mostly because of the sin of one man.  Adolf Hitler.

Trauma can be passed down from generation to generation.  Just like the story of Mr. DuPre.  The sin of Adolf Hitler affected his life because of how it affected his father.

I know there are many stories of bitterness and depression and deep grief over the pain that was inflicted during WW2.  Soldiers had to numb themselves to the pain of war.  Stuffing down their emotions caused them to be emotionally absent from their families upon their return from war.

I heard another woman give a testimony who grew up in the 40s.  She said she knew people who were very angry with Hitler and hated and despised him.  “He was unforgiveable,” she said.

Then the Holy Spirit began to show me how Hitler enslaved his own nation with a spirit of witchcraft.

He first dehumanized the people that he was attempting to control.  He then twisted their thinking to see him as a savior.  He made them feel small and then he convinced them he was the only one who could save them.  Aided by the demonic spirit of the anti-Christ, Hitler deceived nations into bowing down to him as a false idol.  Everyone who served him followed him into a swirling pit of greed, selfishness and darkness that attempted to sweep over the world.

Hitler’s sins cost the entire world a deep price.   I don’t mean to discount any of the other countries who paid a higher price than the US – because a lot of them did.  But my message is to my sphere of influence - my fellow Americans who understand the power of the cross and its redemption.


Eva Kor (Holocaust Survivor)
I have been fascinated to see God build a puzzle in front of my eyes with so many different precepts that build upon the one before.  I know that when He spends so much time building an understanding in my heart that He is doing so because He wants me to take action.

Here is the conclusion that I have come to: The sin of Adolf Hitler put the Greatest Generation in spiritual bondage.  He stole part of our soul.  This sin has now affected three generations, through trauma in family structures, through bitterness and unforgiveness, and through the witchcraft spirit.

We have been praying the following prayer in our ministry with leadership and with those that we mentor.  We see fruit from it every time.  There seems to be something in our hearts after we pray this prayer that feels a little lighter and a little freer.  I invite you to pray it with us.


Lord we forgive Hitler for causing the United States so much trauma.  Please forgive us for our bitterness.  By faith, we sever influence from him and pray that whatever spiritual bondage that we are still under would be broken off.  We pray that any twisted thinking that is still in our country from Hitler’s sin would be untwisted and removed.  We pray it would be replaced with right thinking from the Holy Spirit according to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Then we pray that everything that Hitler stole from the US in WW2 would be returned to us in the name of Jesus.

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:

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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.

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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!

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.

Generation X: Let's Address Your Trauma


Dear Generation X,
I know that you feel overlooked.  I know that you feel squeezed between two really loud generations.  I know that you have hit your head on the glass ceiling again and again.  I know that no one took the time to mentor you when you were young.  And even if someone did mentor you, they never actually handed you the keys.

The previous generation didn’t trust you enough to let you lead.  The younger generation doesn’t trust you enough to listen to what you have to say.  But I want you to know the Lord has a very special interest in you indeed.  For you have not been left out of His plan. 

In fact, the Lord would say “X marks the spot!”

You are a treasured generation.  You are a Moses generation.  It might feel
like the first forty years of our lives have been wasted but it is not true. 

In fact, God has been forging each of us into a sharpened sword to reveal us at exactly the right time.  You are such a treasured generation to the Lord that the enemy of your soul tried to wipe you out like he did to Moses’s generation.  Abortion was the tool the enemy used to kill one out of every three in Generation X. 

Whether or not you know it, you feel the loss of 1/3 of your generation.  You are missing the voices of your Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan and Susan B. Anthony. The distress of abortion along with the perpetual glass ceiling has traumatized your generation into paralysis.

The Lord called Moses out of his “season of paralysis” on the backside of the desert to bring the Israelites out of slavery and back to Him. (Exodus 3)  So God is calling Generation X out of its paralysis to be a prophet like Isaiah.  He's calling us to bring our nation back to Him.
Isaiah 49
…Before I was born the LORD called me (Gen X); from my birth he has made mention of my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, "You are my servant, [Generation X], in whom I will display my splendor."
4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."
5 And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength—

You have been hidden but now you will arise.  It is time to forgive those who did not mentor you.  It is time to forgive those who have not handed you the keys to lead.  It is time to forgive those who allowed abortion to steal 1/3 of your brothers and sisters.

It is time to throw off the rejection that you feel from being the latchkey generation.  It is time to set aside the MTV and “television family” that raised you.  For you already know that they were a fraud. 

It is time to find your voice and begin to use it.  Do you know how to get around the glass ceiling that has kept you down for so long?  Get another ladder.  It is time to climb the ladder that God is giving us.  And time to stop using the step stool our parents insisted that we use to climb to maturity.

We need both generations on either side of us.  We are not more important than either one.  But they need us more than they know.  They are incomplete without Generation X.  We are the bridge builders and it is time that we started building that bridge!

Just like when Moses led the children of Israel out of slavery and bondage, you will lead the Boomers out of the prison of religion they have created for themselves.  You will also bring balance to the Millennials as they have more zeal than knowledge.  Your wisdom will keep them from drowning in a sea of unsanctified grace.

Neither generation is going to be happy about it.  Some will complain, others will rebel.  All the while we will be facing the pride of Pharaoh (the ruler of this world) who does not want to let God’s people go.  But just as the Lord protected Moses, He will also protect us. 

Speak the truth boldly and in love.  Declare freedom to those who are in bondage. Walk in grace.  Speak with wisdom and tact. 

No longer let the glass ceiling keep you from doing something that you KNOW you were created for.  If you have to – find a new ladder.

Generation X, we are not powerless.  We are powerful because, we have learned everything that we needed to learn while on the backside of the desert.  God has been with us the past 40 years and He has been the overseer of our spiritual education.  The Pharaoh of this world may have tried to take us out with abortion – but we have witnessed that once before and we know how the story ends.

We will follow the cloud and the fire like Moses did.  We will trust God to make a way in the desert.  We will make our way to the Promised Land, the one that is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  Great storms are coming but so is Revival.  It is time to follow the Great I AM into the Great Unknown. 


Generation X it is time to lead. 



There’s a War on Abortion, Are You Marching in God’s Army Yet?



Friends if you haven’t noticed there is an all-out assault against the most grievous sin in our nation.

After 40 years the dam has broken and the trumpets are sounding…  The trumpets are calling us to advance against abortion.

We can take this mountain down but we must march NOW!  The abortion industry has been laid open for us to advance on.

The shocking video of the Planned Parenthood top doctor speaking so casually about selling fetal body parts has pulled the veil from off of our eyes. Then a second video uncovered the absolute greed involved in the abortion industry.  We are left to face the horrors of the holocaust that has been happening in our country since 1973 when Roe v. Wade made abortion legal.

The amazing and
encouraging thing about this latest blow to the abortion industry is that it can REALLY be the final blow to bring the mountain of abortion down once and for all – IF we will listen to the trumpet and advance against this evil.

I love this quote by 19th Century journalist Jacob Riis:
“I'd look at one of my stonecutters hammering away at the rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

There has been a small army that has marched against abortion since 1973.  The Catholic Church deserves huge props for keeping the sanctity of the unborn at the forefront of its mission.  Other organizations and prayer ministries have also been striking away at the rock.  All of these strikes together have finally split the rock in two.

But friends please hear me when I warn you, if we do not take this opportunity to dismantle abortion the Lord will not hold us guiltless.  We are no longer asleep.  We have been awakened and our eyes have been opened to the horrors that are real.  They are chopping up babies and selling their body parts.

Has the fear of God overtaken you?  Are you marching with God’s Army yet?

Maybe you feel powerless to do anything.  (Remember powerlessness is a lie. Click HERE) Maybe you don’t understand how to march in God’s army.  Well that is what I want to equip you for.  These are the things that you can do to advance against this evil:

PRAY!
Ask for God’s forgiveness for those who have had abortions. 
Ask for God’s forgiveness for those who have provided them.
Ask for God’s forgiveness for the Church who has been asleep and allowed this holocaust to happen.
Speak to the mountain called abortion and cast it into the sea.

ACT!
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17
Come on friends hear me on this you might have faith that can move that mountain - but if you do not act and MARCH in the Army in the natural realm - your faith is DEAD!

Here are several ways that you can act:
Use Social Media to contact government officials.  Use their Facebook pages and their Twitter feeds to let them know that you want something done about Planned Parenthood and abortion.  They are supposed to represent you but they cannot do it if they don’t know how you feel.  Here is a super easy way to contact your representatives in Congress – just plug in your zip code and the link does the work for you. http://bit.ly/1CRcNM0

Use e mail and twitter to contact companies who support planned parenthood - embarrass them in public!  Jesus did this all the time to the Religious Leaders.  He called them hypocrites to their face. 
The violent must take it by force.  Here is a list of the 41 companies that support Planned Parenthood.  Call them out on it.  Ask them to stop supporting abortion of all forms. Tell them if they do not stop supporting the murder of babies that they will lose your business. 

Stop frequenting businesses that support abortion, but make sure they know WHY you are not going to frequent their business anymore by sending them a letter or an e mail.

Talk about abortion in your social circles - use wisdom and tact, don’t be obnoxious. Express sadness and compassion for the mothers who have aborted children.  Express outrage that Planned Parenthood is selling baby organs.  Use gentle words to change the hearts of people toward protecting the unborn.

Talk about abortion on Social Media - we can no longer stay silent on this issue.  Be wise and seek the Lord but do not stay silent! (I wear it as badge of honor that I am blocked from commenting on Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page!)

Comment on web articles about abortion.  When you read an article that is favorable to abortion – express your opinion below in the comment section.  Tell the author that you do not agree.  Ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you.  Others will see your boldness.

VOTE!
We must know who we are voting for in our state and national elections.  We must elect Pro-Life candidates who are willing to be bold.  Brothers and Sisters we MUST move the heart of our lawmakers to hear us and understand that LIFE matters to us.
We will not accept less.

If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ you are automatically in the Army of God. 

You have an assignment soldier.  Even if you spend one hour a week engaging in the action items above.  You can make a huge impact.  When you stand before Him on Judgment Day – you want to be able to say that you stood up for the unborn and were not silent!

The trumpet call is sounding – let us become fully awake!
We MUST ADVANCE!  Future generations are counting on us!


Come on!  Let’s do this thing! 


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.

JESUS
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.

DANIEL
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!

MOSES AND AARON
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.

PERSONAL TESTIMONIES
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!