I love journals. Whenever I walk past a rack of empty journals in a store, I cannot help but to stop and admire the covers, the pages and the prospect that one of these lovely books could be mine. I have a few journals that are yet to make history with God. My most favorite is one that is tattered and taped up along the sides so that it does not fall apart. It is a prized possession because it has made magnificent history with God.
Whether you have journaled for years or you have only dreamed of doing so, there is no better time than now to start making history with God by journaling. There are many reasons you may have as to why you do not journal, but the benefits of journaling with God outweigh every excuse you could conjure up in your mind.
Here are five important reason to journal with God (prayer, prophetic, fasting, etc.):
What would you deny yourself if it meant having the fullness of Christ manifested in your life? Is there a depth in you aching for the things of God and for His Presence in an incomprehensible way?As I sit here meditating on the beginning of this new year, my stomach is grumbling and hunger pangs are hitting me.
It is the grumbling and the discomfort that comes when flesh is put under to pursue Him. My body is persistent in reminding me that it wants food, but instead, I down some water and I keep pressing. My mind conjures up favorite meals and delightful treats, but my spirit craves the sweetness that only He can supply.
Many of us are ringing in the New Year with corporate fasting. We are fasting for direction, breakthrough and new levels. All of those things are important and yet there is a fast that surpasses all other desires and expectations. It is the fast leading to romance of monumental proportions, the fast beckoning to personify the bride of Christ. Continue reading The Fast That Births The Hunger Pangs Of Intimacy
The view must be spectacular from the soaring perspective of an eagle. Imagine being able to see ahead of you with an intensification of visual magnification. Imagine the ability to see the tiniest insect on the ground as you fly high above the earth. Imagine seeing flowers in bloom so vividly that the colors take your breath away.
I heard something in my spirit recently that got me thinking about the natural aspect of the eagle’s vision. I want to share it with the prayer warriors and the intercessors because your vision is getting ready to change in the spirit. It is by no mistake that this word came into my spirit. Since that time I have now heard several references prophetically about eagles in this hour.
Have you ever looked upon a broken object shattered into a thousand pieces and thought to yourself, “That is beautiful and I love it regardless”? Many of us would take that shattered object and discard it, automatically writing it off as replaceable. We would never take the time to find every piece, every shard and every fragment, no matter how finite and insignificant and put it back together.
Our minds would be resolved in throwing it away because it would never look as it once did before it was broken and we would easily move on to the next beautiful thing appearing to be whole and worthy of our time. Recently, I heard the Lord speak these words into my spirit, “There is beauty in the breaking“. This may not be a revelation that makes you jump and shout, but it is necessary because in order for the bride of Christ to be radiant with His Glory, a breaking must come in us personally and corporately.
Deep calls to deep. These were the words that I heard the Father speak to my spirit a week ago as I prepared to go to corporate worship on a Sunday morning. When I asked Him what this truly meant, I heard Him say, “The depths of Me calls out to the depths of Me in you.” It was a short yet profound revelation that stirred my spirit.
At the time I was not doing anything super spiritual according to man’s standards when He spoke this to me; I was getting myself ready for the day. I was not lying prostrate in the floor, groaning in the Spirit with the lights dim and my favorite worship song playing in the background, though those are precious times. Yet He shared this intimate revelation with me out of response to time previously sown in the secret place with Him.
That day ended up being a powerful day both corporately and individually and I have found myself meditating on the depths of God and His calling to the depths of Himself in us. This revelation has pierced my heart. It is the acknowledgement from us that an infinite God has deposited the depths of Himself within us and by acknowledging this revelation of identity in Him, intimacy with Him is attainable, the kind of intimacy once encountered in the garden.
It was more than a week ago the Lord began to show me an internal vision during corporate worship. It was a fragmented scene I was witnessing and it was intense. As I sought the Lord for more revelation, He revealed the remainder to me last Sunday.
This is one of the most detailed visions I have seen to date and I share it with humility because I do not want to release anything without His guidance. This vision revealed unorthodox warfare and the coming blue flame revival.
The story of Paul and Silas in prison is a well known account in the book of Acts. We usually hear the climax of the story being told at the midnight hour as these men sat in the inner prison singing hymns. Their feet were shackled and their bodies were bruised and beaten for casting a devil out of a girl practicing divination.
As these men worshiped the Lord, a suddenly occurred, the ground shook and all of the prison doors opened. Everyone’s bonds came unfastened in a suddenly. Though this is a powerful moment, the Lord highlighted something to me prior to their incarceration that I believe is also a powerful revelation. It is a revelation that is relevant for us today.
Several weeks ago during a time of corporate prayer, I heard the words plumb line in my spirit. I saw a vision of vertical structures and the foundation that these vertical structures rested upon. I began to understand that these structures represented the people of God with the foundation being the Word of God.
I discovered the term plumb line means, “A cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true. It is used symbolically to refer to the divine standard against which God, the builder of his people, tests and judges them. It also symbolizes the standards by which God will rebuild his people“.
As our head intercessor held a large sword while praying for our nation and the election this past Tuesday morning, the Lord began to highlight another sword in my spirit. This particular sword in our midst was initially brought for prayer during the election and the political arena as this sword held emblems of Washington D.C. upon it. The Lord had additional plans for this weapon on this day. I immediately grabbed my Bible and began to look up Goliath’s sword, only I was not going to the battlefield, but to the temple.
I love the prophetic ministry. It is a great asset to the body of Christ and like anything else, when accessed with the right spirit, it is a tremendous blessing and necessity. When accessed with a tainted spirit, it is abused, misused and misunderstood. As I function in the prophetic ministry, I continue to understand the importance of functioning in God’s timing and in His love.
There have been times when God has directed me to bring correction to others and I obeyed, but I wept having to do so. I find myself understanding that judgment and accountability are guaranteed even in a dispensation of grace. It saddens me to see prophetic people dismiss the prophetic blueprint Jesus modeled while here on the earth.
We have this imbalance in the prophetic that declaring judgment and rebuking others is the hallmark of this facet of ministry. Some take joy in prophesying another’s demise without bearing the fruit of His love to seal the word released. Some never pause to ask the Lord if it is in the realm of personal and spiritual jurisdiction to utter such correction, or if it is even ordained by God Himself.