Shunning Lukewarmness - ARE YOU READY TO PAY THE PRICE FOR MORE OF GOD?

When I first ventured beyond the veil into the realm of the Holy Spirit, I surely had some fear to subdue. I liked the nice shallow water of the soul realm. Everything was nice and calm in the shallow end of God’s Kingdom. I was safe, and nothing about my faith was weird.

But I desired the Lord so much that I followed Him to the edge of the shallow end and faced a waterfall. I was unwilling to jump off for some time. But my relationship with the Lord was going nowhere and I couldn’t seem to get any closer to Him. I shared my dilemma with one of my pastors. I told him that I wanted more of the Lord but couldn’t seem to get any closer. He answered me with words of wisdom that opened the door to the craziest adventure of my life. My pastor said, “Do you need more of the Holy Spirit, or does the Holy Spirit need more of you?”

Initially, I did not know the answer to this question. But I soon found out that it was all a setup by Jehovah Sneaky! He had heard my heart’s cry for more of Him but gently revealed to me that if I wanted more of Him, I had to be willing to pay a price.

God said to me, “Tisha, are you willing to be a fool for Me?”

I answered yes without much thought to the cost that I had just agreed to. I agreed to take the leap off of the waterfall into the deep, exciting, wonderful, and weird world of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know it at first, but it would be a leap would that cost me everything.

As I stepped beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, I began to SEE with the eyes of my heart the unseen realm of spiritual warfare. I began to SEE and EXPERIENCE a realm other than the physical one. It was exhilarating. It was full of wonder. It exposed my fears and forced me to deal with my wounds. I had my feet in two worlds. The physical one and the spiritual one – and while I was enjoying getting closer to the Holy Spirit… the people around me were not happy about it.

I became “scary” to some of my closest friends. I became “crazy” to my unsaved family. I became “wicked” to the church I attended. In a very short time, I had become the “fool” that I had agreed to become in order to be closer to the Lord. I had been rejected by more people than I can count.

But… it was SO worth it!

You see, I was in very good company in the deep end of the Kingdom. Jesus Himself was considered a fool. He was Beelzebub to religious leaders. (Luke 11) He was “out of his mind” to His family. (Mark 3) His own disciple rebuked Him for talking about His crucifixion. (Matthew 16)

Jesus did CRAZY things like touching the lepers. He turned water into wine. He walked on water and told winds and waves to be still. He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He rebuked unseen demons. He forgave sins and let the guilty go free. He talked to His unseen Father and heard Him talk back. He prophesied future events. And then to top it all off… he called a dead man to come out of the grave after he had been dead for four days.

This is the Man I follow.

This is the Kingdom which I belong to. The crazy one. The one that makes no sense to the physical, logical world.

Some of you have been asking for more of the Lord, but you have a fear of the Holy Spirit. You have a fear that He will make you speak in other tongues and do weird things like putting mud in a man’s eyes to heal his sight. You fear being mocked. You fear being called a “fool” by the world.

But this is the Man that you chose to follow.

He blesses the shallow end, but He lives in the deep end. He doesn’t always give you all the details. It’s not always safe. Honestly, it’s not always fun. But it’s where He is… He’s beyond the veil.

Jesus ignored the religious. He walked away from His controlling family. He patiently endured His disciples… and He finished His calling. He showed us HOW to live in two worlds at once.

He is inviting you beyond the veil to be a fool for Him. He wants you to hate the shallow end. He wants you to dive head first into His craziness.

Because -- it is in the midst of what this world calls “crazy” that His Kingdom is found.

Are you ready for more? Let’s take the leap!

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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God Won’t Bring Revival Until This Happens First

I want revival to be poured out so badly!  I want the Spirit of God to pour and pour and pour until the whole land is renewed and the people SEE the glory of the Lord.

There have been little drops of revival rain here and there – but nothing like a downpour.  And friends we need a downpour! 

It feels like we’re waiting on God.  Why is He taking so long?  There are so many hurting people.  Our country is in so much pain and confusion.  We NEED an outpouring of His Spirit!  We NEED for Him to come and redeem us out of the pit.

But, we have it twisted.  The truth is…

We’re not waiting on God.  He’s waiting on us.

We are the ones who “prepare the way for the Lord and make straight paths for him.”

When John the Baptist came in his camel hair outfits and crazy locust diet, he preached something that was unheard of at the time.  He preached repentance.

Up to that time people asked forgiveness for their sins and offered sacrifices – but no one was preaching repentance.  John’s message was different and it stood out.  He was calling for people to turn from their sin and then stand in continual righteousness.  He was calling for people to DO WHAT WAS RIGHT in the eyes of the Lord.

In all four gospels, John the Baptist is crying out from the desert for people to repent from their sins for the Kingdom of heaven is near.  He is the prophet written about in Isaiah 40:3-5 (NKJV)

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord;

Make straight in the desert

A highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough places smooth;

5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,

And all flesh shall see it together;

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Pay attention here, because we are shown what must happen before the glory of the Lord is revealed.

  1. The valleys shall be raised up. – (We shall be lifted up out of the insecurities and depression of the valley.)

  2. The mountains shall come down. – (Our pride and vanity shall be brought low.)

  3. The crooked places made straight. – (The twisted thinking about God and His Kingdom shall be untwisted with His truth.)

  4. The rough places made smooth. – (We will learn to dwell together in unity with one another, without personalities clashing or taking offense.)

THEN…

The glory of the Lord will be revealed.

Repentance comes first… then the glory.

There is a confirming of this verse in Isaiah 59:19-20 (NIV)

19 From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord,

    and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.

For he will come like a pent-up flood

    that the breath of the Lord drives along.

20 “

The Redeemer will come to Zion,

    to those in Jacob who repent of their sins

,”

declares the Lord.

The Lord wants to come like a pent-up flood.  He wants His creation to revere His glory… but He comes to those who repent of their sins.

Repentance comes first… then the glory.

This takes me back to the beginning.  We aren’t waiting on the Lord for revival. He is waiting on us.

The Redeemer is waiting on us to turn completely to Him. 

(VALLEYS RAISED UP)

He is waiting for us to BELIEVE that we are sons and daughters of God.  He is waiting for us to BELIEVE that His Son paid the price for our shame.

(MOUNTAINS BROUGHT DOWN)

He is waiting for our pride and self-righteousness to come down.  He desires that we stop presuming we know His ways when we don’t.

(CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT)

He is waiting for us to let loose of some of our pet doctrines and allow His Spirit to show us a deeper meaning.  He is waiting for us to let go of the Letter of the Law and to let the Spirit of the Law be our guide.

(ROUGH PLACES SMOOTH)

He is waiting for us to stop hating our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  He desires for us to love each other even in the midst of disagreement.  He is waiting for grace and understanding and patience to exude from His Bride.

God wants to bring the glory of revival.

… but He is waiting on you.

Are you willing to lay it all down and prepare the way for the Lord in your own heart?

Repentance brings revival.

STEPS TO WHOLENESS

God, I come humbly to Your altar and pray for a spirit of repentance to be poured out on my heart.  I want to fear You.  I want to seek You with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength.  Please forgive me for being unwilling to turn from My sin.  Please forgive me for not allowing You to have ALL of my heart. 

I ask to be delivered from my sin and my shame.  I ask You to start a fire in my soul that I might become a flame for You.  Help me to walk away from lukewarmness.   I ask You to convict me when I am not keeping with repentance.  Raise up my valleys, bring down my mountains, make my crooked places straight and my rough places smooth.

Thank You that Your arms are open wide. Thank You that You are a gentle shepherd.  Thank You for taking my shame.  I want to walk closer to You.  I want to be known as Yours! 

I pray for an outpouring of Your glory.  Baptize me anew with Your Holy Spirit.  In the mighty name of Jesus.

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

Prophecy: I heard the Lord say, "Ready or not, here I come!"

I’ve been crying out for MERCY for the past two months during our morning worship service at my church.  I knelt down at the altar and prayed for God to have MERCY on His people.

I would sometimes have a vision while I was praying.  Sometimes I would have a dream the following morning.  But yesterday as I prayed something happened that was much more significant.

As I prayed, I began to have a sharper than normal supernatural vision.  I saw a double door open in front of me.  Angels came pouring out of the door.  I saw them go into the congregation and open the eyes of those who had them closed.  The angels just kept pouring out of the door and I cried out for them to go and have MERCY on the people and open the eyes of their hearts.

There were so many angels that I knew there were more angels present than there were people.  I asked the Lord about this, “Why are there more angels than people coming through the door.” 

I began to see some of the angels leave the sanctuary out through the front door.  The Holy Spirit replied to me, “Because I’m going to let my MERCY spill over onto your community too.”

I then saw an angel with what looked like a small little bird bath.  It had water it in.  The angel dipped his finger in the water and then made a cross on my forehead with it.  I instinctively knew that this angel was going to go throughout the congregation and similar to Ezekiel 9:4 he was going to “mark” the heads of the people who grieved and lamented over the detestable things that were happening in his kingdom and desired to see them changed.

I worshiped the Lord a little longer and then I heard these words.

“Ready or not, here I come!”

I knew that this was both wonderful and terrible at the same time.  Some of us are ready.  And some of us are not.   Some of us have prepared ourselves to receive the promises of God, while others are fast asleep or mesmerized by the cares of this world.

God is about to come and reveal His presence in a greater way.  He wants to bring revival to our nation.  So He’s about to show His glory.  And when He does – some people are going to rejoice because they have prepared themselves and circumcised their hearts.  When the glory of God is revealed, they will be found to be pure and they will step into sync with the Lord and all that He is about to do.

But others have not listened to the Lord calling them to repent.  These are the people who are not ready to face His glory.

You see when the glory of God, His presence is revealed, nothing that is impure can stand. 

1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. 2

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years. 5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:1-5

The glory of God is both wonderful and terrible.  For those who have prepared themselves it is wonderful.  For those who have not, they will fall on their knees in weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We must wake up and strengthen ourselves.  We must ask the Lord if there is anything that needs to be circumcised from our hearts.  We must ask Him to open our eyes NOW – not wait until He comes.

He has given us MERCY.  But how will you spend your MERCY?

Will you spend it to shake yourself to be fully awake?  Will you spend your MERCY on cleansing yourself from all unrighteousness?  Or will you waste it and stick your head back in the sand?

Ask the Lord to make you ready for His presence.  Ask the Lord to show you where any changes in your thinking or your heart need to take place.

Revival is coming.  The glory of God is coming.  Are you ready… or not?

Benevolent Patriarchy – is still Patriarchy

I have been around the block in the Church concerning the role of women. In my lifetime, I have experienced churches that have wide differences in how they see women fitting into the Kingdom of God.

Some churches believe women should adhere strictly to all of the cultural laws spelled out for women in the New Testament. Head coverings, not speaking in church, only allowed to teach children, no seats on any leadership team. Their husbands are the “head” of the home which is interpreted to mean “boss.” Men have the final say on everything, in the church and in the home.

Some churches believe in the fullness of women’s rights inside the Kingdom. “No male or female in Christ” is interpreted to mean that a woman can take on any duty in the church from janitor to pastor. The term “One Flesh” is taught to mean that a wife is equal to a husband and that they mutually submit to one another.

Most of the churches I have attended fall somewhere in between those two parameters. The middle of the road churches try to straddle the fence on the woman question. Can a woman be an elder or a pastor in the New Testament?

If you have followed my ministry for any length of time you already know where I stand on this issue.

I do not believe in Patriarchy or Feminism in the Church. (click here for more)

Scripture says we are all created equal and also were given equal authority in the Garden of Eden. When Christ died on the cross, he rolled back the curse all the way to the Garden of Eden and Men and Women should now rule over the earth together in the same way Adam and Eve did.

I know that the Church struggles with scripture when it comes to male headship. They feel that if they allow women to be elders or pastors that they are not adhering to scripture. Elders being the “husband of but one wife” is taken literally. Therefore, no women can be elders or pastors because Paul’s verse in 1 Timothy 3:2 was directed to the male gender. They also interpret the verse in 1 Corinthians 14:34 without any cultural background, therefore they believe Paul was saying that women should remain silent in church this meant that they cannot preach.

Except if we look more closely at New Testament scripture we find that Junia was an apostle. (Romans 16:7) Priscilla taught men and was in charge of a church alongside her husband. (Acts 18:23) (1 Corinthians 16:19) And Mary Magdalene was the first preacher of the gospel message. (John 20:17)

The Old Testament has plenty of examples of women in leadership Deborah, Huldah, Miriam, Ruth, and Esther.

God needs women. We are one-half of His image. He is going to pour out His spirit on us and we are going to prophesy and dream and see visions and do miracles and do spiritual warfare and LEAD!

Women are going to LEAD in this end time harvest. It doesn’t matter what the leadership of churches decide to do or not to do with their elder boards. Women are going to lead whether or not they have permission from men… because we have permission from God. If you don’t let us lead inside the Church then we’ll lead from outside of the Church.

Some men pat themselves on the back and say – “Well at least we let women on the stage, or at least we let women be in charge of the youth, or at least we let women be Trustees or Deacons, or at least we let women give a word on Sundays – We’re not as mean as other Patriarchal churches.”

What they are really saying is "at least we’re benevolent."

They say – “We may not allow women to sit at the elder table or preach but at least we’re nice about it.”

This my friends is still Patriarchy. When women are not given their full rights that Jesus paid for on the Cross because men believe they are still the “boss” of women – this is Patriarchy, no matter how nice you are about it.

Women have been set free from being second-class citizens in the Church. Jesus did it. His blood is enough. It’s time to get off the fence and allow women to have full liberty in God’s Kingdom.

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A new wave of revival is coming. But God is going to have women sitting at the leadership table this time.

And if you don’t let women have a seat at the table – then God will bring revival through them and you’ll have to get to go through a woman to get to the River!

Benevolent Patriarchy is still Patriarchy.

Church! We MUST Stay Awake!

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ.  Today I have one simple but loud message from the Lord for you!  The message is this:

We must stay awake and continue to fight the good fight in prayer!

We have won some fantastic battles recently.  We have seen the witchcraft, and manipulative spirit of Jezebel be defeated in our nation.  We are now dealing with a spirit of Leviathan – which is a “twister of truth” and "king of all who are proud." (Job 41) 

We must continue to fight and persevere.  We can never go back to business as normal.  If we are going to bring reformation to our nation, we are going to have to continue persevering and fighting the powers and principalities that hold this nation captive.

We will never again be able to lay aside our armor and become timid in prayer.  We must fight for the people of this nation to be free from witchcraft, manipulation and a twisting of the truth.

I ask God to sound an alarm in each of your spirits.  I encourage you to keep yourself girded for war.  Take a Sabbath once a week, but otherwise, we need to pray each and every day for our nation, for our government, for the Church, and for the lost!

When you wake up in the morning and ask the Lord for an assignment to pray for.  Choose a specific time of day to be persistent in prayer.  Perhaps make it a point to pray on the way to and from work or school.  Another idea is to pray the each time you have to use the little boys or girls room.  If you exercise, pray in the spirit during your walk or run.

MAKE IT A POINT TO INTERCEDE EVERY DAY.  It will become a habit if you persevere!

Please join me today and renew your strength as we fight together to see God’s Kingdom come and His will be done.

Father God we praise Your Holy Name, and we come before You with Thanksgiving for all You are doing in our midst.  We pray that our hearts and minds would align with Yours.  We pray for peace mixed with a healthy fear of the Lord.  We ask You, Lord, to forgive us for the times when we have not been diligent in fighting for Your Kingdom.  Grant us the grace to stay up with You and Your angelic army.  We pray for wisdom and understanding to fight.  We pray for our fellow soldiers in the Army of Love – we ask You to awaken their spirits to the fight we are encountering.

We ask You to forgive us for the twisting of the Truth.  We ask You to forgive the Church for twisting the Truth of Your character.  We ask forgiveness for the spirit of pride in our hearts. We confess that we have been a proud Church. We have been unwilling to obey You because of our pride.  We humble ourselves before you and acknowledge that we are but dust in the wind and that Your Truth is the only safe place to dwell.  We seek deliverance from our pride and the twisting of the Truth in our minds.  We ask You to put a hook in the mouth of the spirit of Leviathan and pull it out of our spirits and our churches.

We then cry out for our nation and ask You O Lord to deliver us from the prideful and twisted spirit of Leviathan.

Teach us again Lord to love Your Truth and let it stand without repentance.

We pray for the Army of Love to be fully awake.  We pray for the lost, bring them home. We cry out to dry bones, come alive!  In the mighty name of the Lord of Hosts!  AMEN

How to Become Bolder for Christ

It’s exciting to see the Body of Christ wake up and begin to be bold about the things of the Lord.  You can be sure that the enemy of our souls is not happy about this awakening.

One way that the enemy is trying to silence us – is to make it “not cool” to preach the truth of God in a public place or on social media.  He can’t afford to lose a hold on the people who are living in his darkness.  It is the truth that sets people free.  The Spirit of the Lord dwells where there is LIBERTY.  

So our adversary is pulling out the oldest trick in the book to make us intimidated by using the “disapproval” of the world.

The world keeps shouting “BE KINDER!”   But what they really mean is “BE QUIET, because if you don’t agree with me – you are not being kind.” 

Their shouts are actually meant to subdue us from preaching the truth of Christ.  Somehow the enemy has twisted the preaching of God’s truth as unkind.  But really it is just the opposite – it is a kindness to the world that we boldly proclaim the truth, even if they do not listen.

Peter and John ran into the same thing in Acts 4.  The religious aristocracy commanded them to not speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

The response of Peter and John is notable and it is the very key to being bold for Christ.

Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God, For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  Acts 4:19-20

They were more concerned with what God thought of them than what man thought of them.

This is how we become bolder for Christ:  We obey God, not men.

When I was first venturing out to speak more publicly about Christ I remember trembling because of what “man” might think of me.  The Lord helped to put my feet on the rock instead of sand by helping me to BELIEVE this verse in Psalm 19:14.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in YOUR sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

The only person who has to be pleased with your bold words is the Lord.

We should seek to accomplish two things as we step out and speak boldly about the Kingdom of God and His truth.  We should seek to have His words and His heart.

If we have God’s words but not His heart – we can become a clanging cymbal.

If we have His heart but do not speak His words of truth – we can actually be disobedient.

Ezekiel struggled to give the message of truth that the Lord wanted him to prophesy to Israel.  He had the Lord’s heart but resisted speaking His words.  The Lord said, “You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.” Ezekiel 2:7.

Later in Ezekiel 3, the Lord tells Ezekiel that if he does not preach the truth to people in order to turn them from their ways that God will hold Ezekiel accountable for the sin of the people.

Youch!!

That one stings!

If you have a truth from the Lord that you do not speak because you are afraid.  You will be held accountable at the judgment throne.

Let us press on to be bold for the Lord and be willing to be rejected because of our message about Him.  Let us learn to fear the Lord more than we fear men.  It is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony about Jesus that will ultimately help us to overcome!

This is my prayer for you:

“…that whenever you speak, may words be given to you so that you will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,” (Eph. 6:19)

Believers...Start Running from the Fence

I keep having this vision of a large number of people hanging around a fence.  There are people on either side of it.  Some are actually sitting on it. 

This is the fence of choosing to be in God’s Kingdom or the kingdom of this world.  Most of us have decided to be on one side or the other.  Those sitting on the fence have one foot in God’s Kingdom and one foot in the world.  They want to be a part of both.

I know in my spirit that every person hanging around this fence is wrong.  Even the Believers who have both feet on God’s side of the fence should not be hanging out near it.  It’s too tempting to look at the counterfeit green grass in the world and not take part in it.  What Believers should be doing is running away from the fence with all of their might.  They should be running the race toward the finish line – not hanging out so close to the world.

Those who have chosen the world because of all of the temporal things it has to offer will have to stand before the judgment throne and answer for what they did with their lives.  In fact, 1 John 2:15-17 has some pretty harsh words about people who choose the world.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

If a person has chosen the world it is because they love their own desires more than they love the Lord.

The people who are sitting on the fence with one foot in both kingdoms are the ones who concern me the most.  I am concerned because I see so many people in the church who are straddling this fence. 

They want to love God but they also love their idols.  They want to love God but they also love the praise of men.  They want to love God but they also desire to live an easy life.  They are not willing to lose their lives to follow Christ.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.  Luke 9:23-26

If you are a Believer and you are hanging around this fence.  You have become LUKEWARM.  You aren’t hot.  You aren’t cold.  And the time has come to make a decision.  It is time to decide if you want the praise of men or the praise of God.  If you are standing beside this fence a little too closely to the world.  You need to start running toward the Kingdom of God!

If you are sitting on the fence between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world – get down and start running toward God!  Lose your life and start running toward the most amazing experience you’ll ever have!  It’s painful to start with – but I promise you with everything that I am, it’s so worth it!

If you have already chosen the world but like to peek over the fence once in a while at God’s Kingdom because you find something intriguing – I implore you to jump the fence RIGHT now!

There is no better time to choose the Lord.  You will not have everything that the world offers you, but you will have an eternal home and a reward that lasts forever!  Don’t come to the Lord because of what He can give you.  Come to the Lord because of what He already did for you… He paid your bill on the cross.  Your sin and your shame have already been paid for.  Heaven is free to those who accept Him as Lord.  Get in this race, there’s still time!

I soberly sound this trumpet to all who are near the fence… START RUNNING!!!

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Rev. 3:14-16

The Dethroning of the Pharaohs in America

I had a dream several months ago about 8 men and women who were lying in a twin bed.  They were bickering and fighting because they could not control the election.  They were all used to having a say in who would be the President of the United States.  I only knew two of the men; George Soros and Roger Ailes.  There were four other men and two women who were in the very small bed.  Interpretation:  They were in bed together – so they were in alliance with each other.)

One of them called for a henchman and told him to go and blackmail a candidate so they could get control of it again.  I took a green three ring binder and began to hit the henchman over the head and I yelled, “We want free and fair elections!”  End of the dream.

So this is how I have been praying over the elections. 

God I ask You for FREE and FAIR elections.

The men and women in the twin bed in my dream had elevated themselves as the “King makers.”  They had decided that they were the ones in charge of the election and that the people could not obviously think for themselves.  They wanted a President who was a puppet they could control.  It probably all comes down to money and power.  And they are willing to make US citizens slaves to their regime.

That is what a Pharaoh is -  a ruler who uses people as slaves to build his own kingdom.

We have a lot of self-proclaimed Pharaohs in the US.  They rule over different areas in our nation.  Everything from the political establishments to the local city councils.  These kings use people as slaves to build their own kingdoms.  They have decided that they are the owners of an area of society and they use propaganda and manipulate until people follow after them blindly.

There are Pharaohs of the economy, Pharaohs of the pharmaceutical industry.  There are Pharaohs of the farming industry, Pharaohs of professional sports. There are self-proclaimed Pharaohs of nations, states and cities. 

Most disturbingly there are men and women who have set themselves up as Pharaohs of God’s Church.  These men and women dare to act like they are the ones who need to be obeyed.  They dare to believe they own God’s Church.

These Pharaohs in America are about to come down.

The Lord is about to Pass-Over America….

Those who have the Lamb’s blood on their doorposts will be saved.  Those who do not will be destroyed.  Those who serve the Lord with all of their hearts and are building His Kingdom will be protected.  But those who are building a kingdom for themselves are about to be dethroned. Whatever the Lord has built will stand and whatever has been built for another’s kingdom will be destroyed.  God will not give His glory to another!

The I AM is about to dethrone the Pharaohs and set His people free!

They have been given time to repent.  But the time has come – the threshold has been passed.  God will not be mocked.  He is about to show these Pharaohs who really holds the world in His hands!

Look at what God said to Pharaoh through the prophet Ezekiel:

"I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt,

you great monster lying among your streams.

You say, "The Nile is mine;

I made it for myself."

But I will put hooks in your jaws

and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales.

I will pull you out from among your streams,

with all the fish sticking to your scales.

I will leave you in the desert,

you and all the fish of your streams.

You will fall on the open field

and not be gathered or picked up.

I will give you as food

to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the air.

Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 29:3-6

Everything that is about to happen in America is to set people free from those who have set themselves up as Pharaohs.  The “plagues” that are about to come up on us are meant to bring judgment on the people who have elevated themselves to the status of god.

George Soros will soon understand that he does not “own the Nile” and will not be allowed to take down entire nations through economic manipulation. The Hollywood elite will soon understand that they do not own the “airwaves” in America.  Even the little churches of 50 and 100 who are ruled by Pharaohs will understand that God WILL have His church.  One way or another.

It is time to be brave.

It is time to be bold.

America is about to go through a

“Valley of Death” (click here)

but it is meant to be a valley of severe mercy!

There has never been a more important time to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God! 

The Religious Perversion of the Manger

I LOVE the nativity.  I LOVE the Christmas story.  I LOVE reliving Mary and Joseph’s trek to Bethlehem, the angels, the shepherds, and the manger every year. 

The Holy Spirit will usually grant me a new revelation each year about story of the Birth of Christ.  Last year He impressed on me how He came gently into the earth.  He could have come with much fanfare and with power and a demand to be served.  But He came in great humility, tenderness and modesty. He wanted us to understand this part of His character.

There was so much religion and rules in the culture of His people.  There were very few people who understood the kind of Messiah they were waiting on.

Coming as a vulnerable baby demonstrated his love to the world.  His gentleness and patience and humility were the last characteristics that religious leaders of the day were imagining in their long awaited Messiah. 

The Pharisees and Sadducees were expecting a King to come and save them by ascending to the throne. They were looking for a king like David.  What they got was a King that ascended to the throne through martyrdom.  It was false accusation and an undeserved crucifixion that allowed Jesus to demand justice from the devil.  After Jesus died he DESCENDED into hell and demanded the keys to Death and Hell. (Rev 1:18) (1 Peter 3:18-20)  He then ASCENDED to the right hand of God and because of his unjust suffering all angels, authorities and powers are now in submission to Him.

What His humility and sacrifice reveals to us is a VERY important Kingdom principle that “religion” perverts.  Religion wants to puff up.  Religion wants to be acknowledged.  Religion desires power. Jesus came to show us that the “King David” paradigm we have been led to believe is true authority is a perversion of the foundation of His Kingdom.  (Remember the Israelites demanded God give them a king.)

Jesus demonstrates that whoever wants to be great must first become a servant.  Whoever loses his life for the sake of the Kingdom will actually save it. (Matthew 16:25) 

Jesus called His disciples together and instructed them with these words: "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:42-45

What a perfect summation of true Kingdom authority.  We are called to carry our cross like Christ and die for one another.  We are called to absorb the pain of this world on behalf of others and somehow through our death to self… we bring life to others.

This year – the revelation that God has given me about the nativity is that if He had allowed Jesus to be born in the town square – his entire ministry would have been perverted.  If EVERYONE would have seen the angels, if EVERYONE would have experienced the miraculous birth, it would have quickly been twisted into a form of an idol.  The Father only invited a few to witness the birth of His son.

The Spirit of God spoke to my heart the other morning and said, “This is why I birth revival in small places.  The way that I brought Christ into the earth is an archetype of how I birth revival.  I birth revival in “barns” and let it grow up to be strong before it is presented to the public so that it will not be perverted.”

That made perfect sense to me.  Although we think we are more enlightened than they were 2000 years ago… really we aren’t.  We still have religious mindsets about who God is. We still have rules and regulations about what revival is supposed to look like.  We want it to be big and splashy.  We want EVERYONE to hear about the miracles.  We want everyone to come to OUR church because that is where God is moving.  In a way… isn’t that like saying “We are the center of attention because this is where “revival” is being birthed?”

Revival isn’t going to come the way we think it is.  It’s not going to be public.  It’s going to be private at first.  There will be a few who will be invited to witness it. 

God’s character is to birth His glory in “barns.”  It is His character to give authority and power to those who lay down their lives.  It is His character to have an angel visit a few instead of the many. 


In the coming days, when God does birth revival, let us not pervert the manger into an idol of authority and power and exaltation.  Let us recognize that the character of God is one of laying our lives down in gentleness and humility.  It is through our death to self – by not caring to be exalted because of the works of the Lord – that many will be saved.

A Church with Superpowers



by Tisha Sledd

My husband is a talented hobby artist.  He has had a comic strip idea in his head since high school and recently at age 40 has begun to make that comic strip a reality. (You can find his webcomic by clicking here.) It’s a funny comic strip about a super hero named Punchline.  Punchline has many super powers.  He has super strength. He can fly. He is bullet proof. He’s got laser eyes and has supersonic hearing. But Punchline never uses any of it except to meet his own needs.  Punchline has a talking pet bird named Enoch.  Enoch is always trying to give this self-centered hero wise advice but Punchline rarely listens.  My husband says
Punchline is a representation of today’s church.  We have so much power but we rarely use it except for our own needs.  We have direct access to wisdom but we seldom listen.  (James 1:5)

I recently asked the Lord how I could improve my relationship with Him.  He answered me with two words. Meditation and Application.  I needed to meditate on His word more and apply His word more.  As I have pursued these two things more diligently I have discovered something.  I have much more power in Christ than I am using. 

He said in Luke 10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” That has a super power ring to it doesn’t it?  Meditate on this verse with me for a minute.  Christ has given us authority over ALL the power of the enemy.  The definition of authority is this: the right to control, command, or determine.  The definition of power is this: the ability to act.  So essentially we have been given the right to control our enemy’s ability to act.  WOW that’s a pretty great super power! 

The trick of the enemy is to convince us that we do not have this power.  He keeps us self-centered and in chains to depression or victimhood.  Satan’s best trick is deception.  And he is VERY good at it.  I struggled many years under a cloud of heaviness and depression.  I didn’t know that I had a super power to overcome it. Gratefully, I now know exactly what to do when I feel that cloud coming for me.  I take authority in prayer over a spirit of heaviness and declare that it has no power over me. (Luke 10:19)  Then I put on the worship music and sing with all of my soul. (Isaiah 61:3)  I have not been in that pit of depression in a long time.  I have the right to control the enemy’s ability to act!

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” —II Corinthians 10:4.

I want to invite you to shrug off deception and use the super powers that God has given us. Our superpowers include prayer, fasting, decreeing, binding, loosing, shining light in the darkness, worship, prophetic acts, dying to self (a form of martyrdom), endurance, perseverance, the sword of the Spirit (the WORD of God), patience, agreement of two or three, using the name of Jesus, the armor of God and so much more!

Believers, whatever is happening right now in our life, community or nation - we are not powerless! We have superpowers given to us by our King!

Ask the Holy Spirit which tool is the right one for your situation.  Do you need to speak to the mountain?  Do you need to fast?  Do you need to worship?  Don't just guess what superpower to use...ask God for the right one for the job.  Sometimes worship is needed - other times agreement in prayer is needed.

1. Recognize you are not powerless.
2. Ask the Holy Spirit what tool to use.
3. Activate your faith and BELIEVE that God is who He says He is.

Rise up Army of God and begin to mature in the use of your "Super Powers"!




An Appeal to Heaven - The Only Remedy


God has a covenantal love for America, not a contract.  ~ Lou Engle

I had the privilege of attending a conference last weekend in Middletown, Ohio called “Appeal to Heaven.”  It was hosted by Dutch Sheets. (website)  Dutch is a spiritual father to many in our nation.  He has written several inspiring books on intercession and revival.  The River of God is my favorite but I recommend ALL of them! (click here)

Dutch had a dream from the Lord in 2013 that he was going to war against 5 giants.  He fought five
rounds in the dream, one against each giant.  He had boxing gloves on and was able to knock each one out with one punch.  One glove was called “everlast”  the other glove was called “evergreen.”  If you know anything about boxing.  There is a brand name called Everlast.  But this was not what the Lord meant – the Lord was referring to Isaiah 40:8:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Mr. Sheets knew that it was because God would never grow tired and He would fight with us against the giants of our nation without fail until they were defeated.

The other glove named “evergreen” was a little more of a puzzle to Mr. Sheets.  That is until someone not knowing about his dream was impressed by the Lord to bring him a flag with an evergreen tree on it.  It said, “An Appeal to Heaven.”

Dutch Sheets


This flag was the flag that George Washington had put on the naval ships before our nation was born.  There was no national flag yet.  General Washington knew we needed something to identify the naval ships that belonged to the colonies. 

The phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” comes from British philosopher John Locke in his publication Second Treatise on Civil Government, 1690.

Locke essentially said, When all appeals to man’s government have been exhausted, and justice is perverted and injury and violence remain… “the only remedy in such cases, [is] an appeal to heaven.”

Patrick Henry later quoted Locke at Virginia’s Convention
An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

The tyranny over the colonies by the King of England had left them no recourse but to Appeal to Heaven.

Two-hundred and forty years later we are at this same crossroads again.  The injustice and tyranny of unjust judges, a president who is behaving like a King, and a congress who is neck deep in corruption has brought us to the place where we must again Appeal to Heaven.

The United States needs another Revolution.  We need some giants knocked down.  Mr. Sheets has been given a strategy by the Almighty God to bring our country back around to humility and revival once again.

First we BELIEVE that God is an Everlasting God and He had good plans for our country.  We must come to know His character that He will never grow tired or weary of us.  He is not finished with America.  Yes we need some strong discipline.  And we need some humbling.  But we are not abandoned.  We still have a purpose in God’s Kingdom.

Second we need to APPEAL TO HEAVEN!  We must cry out for our nation to turn back to God.  We must believe 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if we seek Him, humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways that He WILL hear us and He WILL heal our land.  Our only recourse for America is to Appeal to Heaven.

I invite you to do both!  Believe AND Appeal!


Add America to your prayer list.  Ask God to cleanse your heart of any pride. Pray for humility.  Pray for God to bring His people justice.  Ask Him to save us from the perilous path that America is on.
Dutch Sheets has recently launched an app to unite us in daily prayer.  The phone/tablet app is called Give Him 15 (click here).  It is based on the premise that if people all across the US will give Him 15 minutes a day, we can turn around the ship.  I invite you to check it out – it is free and people ALL over the nation will be using it to pray DAILY for the US.  Can you imagine a million people crying out the same prayer to the Lord?


We will be posting the decrees from this app on our prayer ministry Facebook page New Castle Prays (click here).  We invite you to like this page and join us in praying for the future of this nation.


We invite you to Appeal to Heaven!

What if Revival Depended on You?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. 



A Dream That Troubles Me...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


When the Church Marries Babylon

This article was originally published in The Courier Times - Religion Op-Ed on May 9, 2014
By Tisha Sledd

I believe that God speaks to His people through dreams. The other night I had a dream that I was at a church conference and I kept hearing about  how wonderful the coffee was. In the dream, I kept
wanting to try the coffee, but every cup I picked up already had lukewarm coffee in it. I had a terrible time finding an empty cup to put hot coffee in.

I believe the Lord was showing me that sometimes the people and ministries that are spoken highly of are often times in His opinion – lukewarm.

In college I learned to
sum up the Kings of Israel in this way: Saul had no heart for God, David had a whole heart for God and Solomon had a half heart for God. Of course, we know that King Saul disobeyed the Lord and was rejected as king. King David was called “a man after God’s own heart,” even though he had committed some egregious sins. King Solomon’s lukewarmness is what I’d like to focus on. He followed God until he married wives from foreign countries. Solomon eventually allowed his love for his wives to water down his fear of God and His commandments.

“Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” is the first and greatest commandment since the entire Kingdom of God hinges on this precept.

Recently I have been contemplating the restoration strategies in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Their walls were broken down and their sanctuary was destroyed because they had disobeyed God. They had been in exile for 70 years. I find that this strategy for restoring the walls and temple of God is much like God uses today with His Church.

In a simplified way, the restoration process is like rewinding the devastation. First they repaired the structures, then they remembered the commandments of God, and finally they repented from marrying foreign wives like Solomon did. Nehemiah 13:23-27, Ezra 9, 10

God is doing a work in the church. He is restoring His bride by rebuilding her structures and bringing His bride to repentance. But the restoration process will not be fully accomplished until His bride repents from marrying foreign wives.

How do we marry foreign wives, you ask?

When we use the worldly strategy to promote our churches by focusing on numbers and advertising in worldly ways, we are using the system of Babylon to grow a church. When we use a worldly system to grow a church we are married to a counterfeit - we are married to Babylon instead of Jesus.

When we use control or manipulation to get people into our church we marry Jezebel. If we make people in our church feel guilty for visiting other churches this is a form of control. If we pull strings to get people to do ministry to make our church look good. This is manipulation. When we begin to think that we are the only church to get God’s Kingdom correct, we are walking in pride. “For the eye cannot say to the hand I don’t need you.” 1 Corinthians 12:21

When we use fancy buildings, fancy programs, or guest speakers to pack our pews, it is similar to using make-up, jewelry and finery to trap people with our beauty. When we use this form of batting our eyelashes, we have married the prostitute.

God does not build His church with Babylon, Jezebel or prostitutes. He builds His church with the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t need a Babylonian spirit to advertise His church.

He spreads His good news through His disciples who are living a righteous life. He doesn’t need a spirit of Jezebel to control the people in the church.

He uses love and relationship to bring people willingly to each congregation. He doesn’t use a spirit of prostitution to come up with fantastic perks for joining a church. He calls people to serve in His Kingdom.

The reason we have married these foreign wives is because we have become like those lukewarm cups of coffee. If the church would become enthralled with the One who matters, we would become hot cups of comfort to our community and the Lord would build His church by His Spirit.

Let us ask God to search our hearts about our lukewarmness. The bride has everything she needs in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is well-able to build His church.  Let us begin to lay down our fleshly methods and just see what He can do!

Revival Won't Come Without the Synergy of the Generations

Today at church we sang the song “Hosanna” by Hillsong United.

Here is a verse from the song:

I see a generation, Rising up to take their place

With selfless faith, selfless faith

I see a near revival, Stirring as we pray and seek

We're on our knees, we're on our knees

My heart was pricked as we sang it.  I felt the Lord infuse my heart with these words, “I need ALL of the generations to take their place for this revival to happen.”

God needs for all three (and soon four) generations to unite together in unity.  He wants to pour out a revival of the ages but it does not rest with one generation.  It is the one accord of the generations in the Church that will birth revival fire. 

 (For reference here are the loosely determined definitions of each generation. Boomers: Born ‘45-‘65 Generation X: Born ’65-’85 Generation Y (Millennials): Born 85’- 05’ Generation Z: ’05-present)

He needs the Boomer Generation to rise up and take their place with

the sage wisdom that they have. He needs Boomers to begin pouring out like never before.  They have been a witness to decades of good and bad in the Church.  They have a wisdom that is necessary for the administration of this coming revival.  Up to this point few of them have discipled the next generation, or if they have discipled them they have refused to hand over the keys.  This must begin to happen to see a synergy happen between generations.  It is not too late.  If you are part of the Boomer Generation, ask the Holy Spirit for a spiritual son or daughter to mentor with the intention of handing them the authority to lead.  Remember, they won’t lead the way your generation did so be careful not to reject them when they put your wisdom into a new language for their own peers.

God needs Generation X to rise up from its trauma.  I recently asked the Lord why Generation X is asleep and He said to me “Generation X is not asleep, they are traumatized.”  If you are part of Generation X, whether or not you are aware of it… abortion has taken a toll on you. (Abortion was legalized in 1973.)  You can feel the absence of ONE-THIRD of your generation.  (Yes I said ONE-THIRD!)  This generation was the first latch key generation, where both parents worked and the kids came home to an empty house. The previous generation has also rejected you as you have hit your head on a glass ceiling refusing to hand you the authority to lead.  Generation X feels expendable.  But the Lord would say, “X MARKS THE SPOT!”  He needs for Generation X to forgive both the Greatest Generation for abortion and the Boomers for not trusting you to lead.  God calls Generation X the Moses Generation.  You have spent your 40 years on the back side of the desert.  It is time to forgive those who tried to keep you down, find your voice, stand up and lead my people out of bondage!  Rise up Generation X and lead!

Generation Y (Millennials) You are called to be on the front lines of this revival.  You will have the voice of a trumpet and you will be the feet of God's Army that will GO and MAKE DISCIPLES.  Your faith will be a wonder to behold.  The miracles that God will pour out in your time on earth will be an awesome thing to witness.  The one thing that Millennials can do to bring the generations together is to listen closely to the previous generations.  You can save yourself a lot of pain and suffering if you will not reject what the Boomers and Generation X are trying to tell you.  Some of you have bought the lie that you are the only generation that matters, this is not how God’s Kingdom works.  The Millennial perspective will be quite valuable in the coming days, but they will have to learn to love the wisdom of the previous generations in order for true unity to come.

If each generation will forgive the other generations, if each generation will consider the others better than themselves, if each generation will be satisfied to function in their part of the body then UNITY WILL BEGET THE SYNERGY OF REVIVAL!

God works through the entire Body of Christ and that Body will hold Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials and we WILL FIND A WAY TO INCLUDE GENERATION Z!  We will not reject the next generations.  We WILL raise them up!  We will not leave them fatherless! 

I call to every generation to take your place, for the ‘near’ revival is now upon us!

J-23 | The Healing of Joel Haler

Many of you know 20 year old Joel Haler.  Energetic, former Trojan basketball star, son of Pastor Eric and Karen Haler of New Covenant Worship Center, brother to Abe and Rebecca, and paralyzed for the past three months.  That is until January 23, 2014.

Joel had been having back pain and woke up one morning in October and could not feel his legs.  His entire family has been through a very difficult valley and yet always trusting that God would eventually bring Himself glory through the trial.

The second week of January, as Joel was praying he heard this word: “J-23”.
And he felt that God was speaking to him.  He then had a 4 year old boy come up to him at church on January 19th and said “Joel, you are going to walk on Thursday.”  Several other people have recently had dreams of Joel walking including Joel’s dad.

On January 23rd, Joel woke up feeling a tingling in his legs and by 5:30 was able to walk into his parents room to wake them up.  He had not walked in over 3 months.

That morning there was the most incredible sign in the sky.  It was a parhelion; a beautiful rainbow ring around the sun.  It reminded me of the verse in Joel 2:30 “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth…”

Friends, this entire account is what we call a mighty work of God!  God does miracles and mighty works so that we might repent and turn to Him.

I have had quite a revelation
recently that has really spurred my heart even more toward the Kingdom of God.  The revelation comes from Matthew 11 where Jesus began rebuking cities for not repenting.  Matthew 11:20- 24 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Jesus was saying that if the miracles of healing and deliverance and raising the dead had been done in Sodom and Tyre and Sidon, the whole city would have repented.  God intends for His goodness to cause us to turn to Him!

We have become hardened to the mighty works of God.  We have become cynical when we hear testimonies, and dismiss them as not truly extraordinary.

Recently, a woman gave a testimony about how God had healed her and the church clapped but really didn’t really appreciate the MIGHTINESS of God at work.  Another friend of mine has completely come out of drug addiction and homosexuality and still I was rather numb to the MIGHTY work of God.  Instead of thinking what a nice testimony, I really should be amazed and astonished!  Recently my family has been given several remarkable gifts and I was convicted that I truly didn’t appreciate how MIGHTILY God worked through others on our behalf.

This revelation has caused me to repent and look at it from God’s perspective.  And I am now in awe of His mighty works.  God STILL heals!  God STILL delivers!  God STILL gives good gifts to His children and we should be in Holy Awe of the Lord.  He has done MIGHTY works on our behalf!


Let us not wait to repent until the next bad thing happens for us to turn toward God. Begin today to look at life through God’s eyes.  Look today at His mighty work in your lives.  Let His goodness bring us to repentance, for the Kingdom of heaven is near you!