The Processes that Lead to High Places

When God develops your character He takes you through several processes. He loves you too much to let you stagnate at any one stage of development. As my friend Mark Chironna says, “don’t settle for less when your heart is crying for more.” Every new level with God requires you to meet Him in a new way, and every new way exposes you to a manifestation that is different than what you have seen previously. On a personal level, this expands and enlarges our view of who He is and what He does in our lives.

The story of David exemplifies what God is advancing now in many of our lives. There are three areas of development that the Lord took David through. His ultimate goal is to make you a leader who fits this description:

David “fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of hands” (Ps. 78:72)
                  
The first area is located in the heart, and deals with the issues of integrity and motivation. Motivation reveals the reason why you do something. When it comes to divine assignments a divided heart tries, but a unified heart does.

The second area is knowledge; this measures your understanding of your assignment, yourself, life and most importantly, Gods ways. It represents your insight into what a person is going to do.

The third area involves an individual’s skill, which determines how well one can execute a task. Your gifts, talents and acquired skill reveal how you will accomplish your assignment.

Initially, David warred with the house of Saul. This is the drama of two competing systems. One exemplified commitment to a future that God wanted to manifest through David, and the other, a commitment to a past that Saul did not want to let go of. David was promoted to authority supernaturally through divine appointments and the favor of God.

The processes through which God took David, enabled him to receive three anointings. David’s first anointing came when Samuel anointed him. Saul fell out of favor with God because he was unfaithful; thus, the favor went to David to carry out the Lord’s assignment.

Consider some of Gods unique ways:
1. When the King couldn’t sleep at night he called for David to play music, and the anointing that was upon David caused the demons to flee the king’s chamber.
2. God used the natural talent that David had with both a harp and sling shot, anointed him and then used him to carry out his Mission.
3. God used the arrogance of Goliath in a national crisis to promote David to national influence. There are national problems that God has set up that can only be solved by a person He anoints with a solution. This is the way He takes His chosen people into a place of power to influence nations. When that giant came down and David beheaded him with his own Philistine sword, the strongman and all of the demon forces that were over the Philistines were cut off as well.

The first anointing from Samuel provided divine enablement, but it was God’s processing of David in circumstances that developed his integrity.

God allowed David to be driven from the King’s circle into a cave. This time of immense discomfort and stretching became necessary for the formation of the great man that God needed David to be. In order to do this and stay sane, young David needed a comforter – the Holy Spirit. He built this extraordinary relationship by worshiping God during his ordeals. In essence, God enlarged David when he was in distress:

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress”

His second anointing came from the tribe of Judah when he graduated from the school of divine stretching!

The third anointing was released when all of Israel came to Hebron. Curiously, the people declared that they knew he was king all along. This anointing of recognition becomes active when the body of Christ sees what gift God has given you and activates what has been dormant in your life by simply recognizing the gift. This third anointing moved David to the next level, the high places of Jerusalem and Mt Zion. Their agreement released him to lead all of Israel to possess the high places as well.

Dr. Bobby Clinton, a celebrated Professor from Fuller Theological Seminary has spent thirty years documenting the journey of Christians. He says, “Eighty percent of believers do not consider themselves to have succeeded in fulfilling their ultimate calling.”

God provides revelation and anointing for people, but not all choose to step into their greatness. In order to get there one must have to go through deep processing, just like David did. Most, however, give up one third of the way through the journey!

In spite of difficult processing, it is critically important for God’s people to never lose heart! There is not one vessel who was significantly used by God who was not acquainted with chapters of great conflict and contradiction. You must continue to climb to the high places, because the ones who are going to advance the kingdom can only do so when they overturn Hell’s counsel in high places. These noble warriors see a clear vision of the future God is seeking to make manifest. They carry the future with them and they bring the future into the present. As David saw our day of unhindered access to Gods throne, he was able to bring David’s Tabernacle it into his own. Current day David’s see Christ’s future glory revealed in the nations and actually begin to bring that glory into the realm they stand in today. God allows them to taste the powers of the age to come so the nations might see and know the gospel of the kingdom demonstrated before their eyes as a witness.

David time-traveled out of the limitations of the old covenant by entering the presence of God through his worship. He prophetically saw the future of our coming into the presence of God with unveiled access to his glory, by traveling out of the limitations of the old covenant and entering into the presence of God himself.

With your new covenant, take action and call upon the Lord for the increase of His anointing! Expect great process events, but equally great rewards! Now, more than ever, the earth needs Christians who are willing to tread through the valleys before conquering the great mountains. Accept your mission, embrace your anointing, and take your mountain!

By Dr. Lance Wallnau

Take dominion through worship!

I love the teaching and revelation that is brought forth in each of the Issachar School classes. Robert Heidler and I just completed a course on “New Weapons for New Warfare.” As we approach the end of a seven-year war season and prepare to begin a new war season with new levels of contention and resistance, we taught on the spiritual weapons we are given as well as the issues that we will face in the years ahead. During the class, I asked LeAnn Squier to share the following dream she had early on Monday morning:

“In my dream, a group of us were gathered in the living room of a house. A man dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans came through the front double doors with a black sniper’s rifle which included a high-powered scope. He first pointed the rifle threateningly at the group, and then pointed it at me. In a quiet manner, I asked him if it would be okay if we worshipped. He nodded yes. As we worshipped, we entered into a different realm. We became totally aware of God’s presence in the room and totally unaware of the man’s presence among us. The presence of God in our midst eclipsed everything else in the room.

When we finished worshipping, the presence of God lifted and I could again see the room, the surroundings, and the man with the rifle still pointed at me. I had literally forgotten he was there while the presence of God was manifest; this man had been completely eclipsed by God’s presence. I got up from the couch where I was sitting and walked gently over to talk to the man. I engaged him in a friendly conversation, and one of the other people with us joined in to talk to him. I looked down and noticed that he had laid his rifle down, and as I looked back up at him, a wide, relaxed smile had come across his face. I realized it had been a hostage situation and he was now, in a sense, disarmed.” –End of Dream

Through this dream I hear the Lord saying, “Many enemies are in your midst and are even entering into the boundaries that I have given you. But I am calling you to come into this new place with Me so My presence fills the domain that I have given you. If you will begin to worship Me and allow your domain to be filled with My presence, then even the enemies that are targeting you will let go of their hostilities. They will be repositioned in your place of authority. This is a time when I am repositioning your enemies in your sphere of authority. If you will worship, then My presence will disarm the enemy’s plan and that which the enemy had intent on doing, he will no longer be able to accomplish. Worship is key to My Harvest plan. Many of the enemies that I bring into your path will be converted and become subservient in your domain. This is an hour of DOMINION! Take dominion through worship!”

Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion Ministries

Overcoming the Kingdoms of this World

War, hunger, poverty, ignorance, ethnic cleansing, age-old hatreds and prejudices, suicide bombings, terrorism, AIDS and other afflictions, economic instability with wide fluctuations in the stock market – all of these show clearly that our world is a frightening and unreliable place. Because the kingdom of this world is temporary and will one day pass away, it has nothing of enduring quality in which we can trust with any confidence.

Millions die every day from disease, starvation or violence. The stock market collapses and people who were millionaires one day are paupers the next. Corporations downsize and thousand are suddenly jobless. Extended joblessness creates financial distress resulting in evictions, which increases homelessness and the welfare burden of the state. Religious hatred between Christians, Muslims and Jews fuels daily conflict in many parts of the world, particularly the Middle East.

Is there any good news in the midst of all of this? Yes, indeed there is. For those who live and walk in the Kingdom of God, every day can be a good day, regardless of circumstances in the world. No matter how much unrest and turmoil swirls around us in the physical world, the Kingdom of God is stable. It cannot be moved. Unlike the kingdom of this world, God’s Kingdom is founded on eternal principles that will never fade or pass away.

Religion-a Human Invention: Mankind has tried in so many ways to relieve the fear, pain, and suffering that characterize so much of human life on earth. One way is through religion, which has not been any more successful than anything else because it too is a product of human invention and design. Religion is man’s attempt to discover God and find the solution to his own problem.

This is why God did not send us a religion. Instead, He sent us His Kingdom, eternal and unshakable. God’s Kingdom came to earth through the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who was its herald as well as its gateway. Christ did not come to Earth to start a religion or a religious organization or club. Jesus preached the Kingdom, but the Church preaches so many other things rather than the Kingdom.

Jesus’ overarching mission on earth was to reintroduce the Kingdom of God on Earth to mankind. When we say that Jesus came to reintroduce the Kingdom of God on Earth, this implies that at one time it was here before. Christ did not bring a new Kingdom to Earth, but an old, original Kingdom that had been lost. At one time, Adam and Eve were the Kingdom of God on Earth, ruling from the Garden of Eden. When they rebelled against God and fell into sin, the Kingdom departed.

Living In Perfect Harmony: Here is how the Kingdom was supposed to work. God the Father and Creator is in heaven, where He has always been. Remember that Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven.” Heaven is the domain of the Father, a spiritual realm that is invisible, yet greater and more real than the visible, physical realm that was created from it. God is the King of heaven, the Lord of all, the Creator, and the manufacturer of all things.

Man, the creature, is on the earth. Created in God’s own image and formed from the dust of the ground, man was placed in administrative authority over the Earth and all its other creatures. Since God is Spirit this means that man was created first as a spirit with the ability to communicate with the spiritual realm.

As the breath of God was breathed into man he became a living soul, endowed with self-awareness, personality and free will. In order to fulfill His design and intention of ruling the Earth through a physical representative, God then placed the spirit man He had created into a physical shell, a body fashioned from the dust (“dark earth” or adam) of the ground.

So here we have two realms: a spiritual realm capable of touching the realm of God, and a physical realm able to communicate in the earth regions. God’s purpose was for man to rule the Earth in His name and under His authority. This meant that God’s thoughts and desires were to be manifested in the mind of man so that God’s will could be done on Earth. The only way that God’s will can be accomplished on Earth is through the man He had created. There had to be a spiritual connection linking the two realms. For this reason, God created man with the capacity of receiving His Spirit.

When God came into the garden to fellowship with Adam, he heard the Lord’s voice and tried to hide among the trees. God called out to Adam, asking “Where art thou?” Adam replied, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 2:8-10). Of course, God knew where Adam was all along. God is all knowing. He didn’t ask because He didn’t know. God knew where Adam was physically but He couldn’t find Adam in His Spirit. For the first time Adam was not connected to God through his spirit.

The Spirit of God was the vital link between man’s dominion on Earth and God’s dominion in heaven. He revealed the will of God to man and provided wisdom and guidance so that man could carry out God’s will on Earth. In this original order of things, perfect harmony existed between God and man. There was unity between heaven and Earth. Everything operated as it was supposed to. It did not stay that way.

The key to dominion: The key to man’s being able to manifest the Kingdom of God here on Earth is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Man cannot know God’s will except through the Holy Spirit living within him, and the Holy Spirit can live only in a holy vessel. Not only did Jesus come to reintroduce the Kingdom, but He came also to restore righteousness and holiness to mankind, both of which we lost in the Garden of Eden.

Jesus restored us to righteousness – to right standing with the Father – through His death for our sins. He made us righteous again, and when He did so, He also restored our holiness. To be holy means to be pure, without spot or blemish, set apart exclusively for God. When Adam and Eve sinned, they showed contempt for their holy state and took that which was meant for God and used it for profane and common purposes. That would be like taking a beautiful, solid gold goblet and using it to hold bacon grease.

How does Jesus make us righteous and holy again? Nothing less than the blood of Jesus was required. The Word of God says, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Only the blood of Jesus could cleanse our sin and remove the shame of our actions. That is why He had to die.

Just like the old hymn declares, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was Spirit, with no body or blood; Jesus, the man, had both. Jesus Christ was both 100 percent flesh-and-blood man and 100 percent divine Son of God. We cannot separate the two; to do so would be to deny the work that He did on the cross.

The Holy Spirit connection: We cannot worship Christ and forget about Jesus because without Jesus we cannot have Christ. The blood of Jesus cleansed our sin and created the basis for our forgiveness, making it possible for Christ to restore us to righteousness and holiness and bring us the Holy Spirit.

This is why any religion that denies Jesus has a problem. Everything is wrapped up in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. If we do not have Jesus, that means our sins are still with us. Without the cleansing of our sins, we cannot become holy. Unless we become holy, we cannot become citizens of the Kingdom of God.

Why is the Holy Spirit so important? He is the link, the spiritual connection between us and the Kingdom of God. He is the one who fills us with spiritual powers, guides us, leads us into the knowledge of truth, and brings to our remembrance all the things that Jesus taught.

Jesus promised His disciples that after He left he would send the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. The Holy Spirit could not come until Jesus had completed His work on the cross, risen from the dead, and applied His blood for the cleansing of man’s sin. Once we were made cleansed and holy again, we were ready to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus took care of that, too, before he ascended into heaven.

Breaking the slave mentality: As children of God, we are part of the royal family of the Kingdom of heaven. Like any other member of royalty, we don’t just step into the role without any preparation; we must be trained. Proper and careful training is essential for rulers in the making.

We must learn how to think and act like the royal children of the heavenly King. We have spent so long in the condition and mentality of slaves in the kingdom of darkness that we automatically think and act like slaves. If we are to exercise our full status and potential in the earthly realm as ambassadors of our Father, we must be retrained in the behavior and mindset of the Kingdom. In this task, the Holy Spirit is our tutor.

When we first become believers, we receive our new spiritual birth from Jesus Christ, Who then “turns us over” in a manner of speaking, to someone else – the Holy Spirit – for our training and up brining as children of the King.

Our faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but since He is in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father, the way He relates to us and we to Him is through the Holy Spirit. In His earthly incarnation, Jesus could not be continuously and physically present with all His followers, so He promised to send His Spirit who would abide with us forever and teach us how to think and act like the royalty we are:

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth…But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:116-17,16).

We need a tutor like the Holy Spirit because our minds and thinking are corrupt and it takes us a while to grasp and genuinely believe the truth about who we are in Christ. We are royal children of the Kingdom of God, but have spent our entire lives living in the slave quarters. Our thoughts and behavior won’t change overnight. The Holy Spirit lives in us as a continuing abiding presence, patiently and lovingly He is teaching us who we are and how to think, speak, and act accordingly.

How to handle freedom: One of the things the Holy Spirit teaches us is how to stand in authority as true sons and daughters of God no matter what troubles or difficulties come onto our circumstances, rather than being a slave to them. We can live in power and victory, rather than in weakness and defeat. All it takes is training, and the Holy Spirit is our Teacher.

In the kingdom of darkness we have been under Satan’s sway. Kicked out of heaven for rebelling against God, Satan fell to Earth as a nobody, then pretended to be a somebody by tricking Adam and Eve and usurping their earthly authority. Ever since then he has taught mankind to think of themselves as nobodies, just as he is.

After a lifetime of feeding on negativity and impossibility thinking, most of us have a certain amount of mental damage that the Holy Spirit must heal. We have been slaves for so long that we don’t know how to handle freedom. We apologize for getting ahead. We don’t believe we deserve or are entitled to the best.

That may have been true while we were sinners lost and separated from God. As believers, however, we have been restored to our place as God’s children and are entitled to all the blessing and benefits of that station. The retraining of our mind is part of what it means to give ourselves as living sacrifices to God. We cannot live effectively for the Lord until we learn to think like Him. That is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote to the Roman Believers:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).

Paul is saying that we should not allow ourselves any longer to be molded by the world we have lived in all our lives but to be transformed by renewing our minds to think and conform to the mind of Christ. Renewing our minds means returning to the original mind that we had before the fall, a mind that loves and honors God and that understands its rightful place as a voice – regent of the earthly domain under God’s sovereign Kingdom rule.

Demonstrating Kingdom rule: Whenever Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, calmed a storm with a word, or fed a multitude with a handful of fish and bread, He demonstrated the truth that God’s Kingdom had come to earth.

Whenever He preached the Good News of the Kingdom, or taught His followers about life in that Kingdom, and whenever people responded to Him in faith, He demonstrated the power of the Kingdom to impact human life and the environment.

Despite Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God’s desire never changed. He still wanted to rule the Earth by manifesting His Kingdom through the Holy Spirit in the lives of people who were committed to Him and sold out to His lordship.

For 2,000 years, ever since the day of Jesus, He has been doing this in increasing degree as men, women and children in every generation have given their lives to Christ and allowed the Holy Spirit to work in and through them.

Each of us who turn to Christ becomes a “stone” in the magnificent spiritual “palace” of the Kingdom on Earth, called and equipped as kings and priests to represent that Kingdom before the rest of the world. The Apostle Peter stated it this way:

“As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a choice and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be out to shame.’…But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:4-6; 9-10).

Restoring our kingship: Throughout human history, the religious society has generally separated priest and king into separate offices and functions, but God did not design them that way in the beginning. When God created us, He intended for us to be His repetitive rulers – His ambassadors over the rest of the created order. We were to be priests and kings in the Earth: as priests, representing God’s nature and character, and as kings, His Kingdom government.

Through Christ we are a “holy priesthood,” a “chosen people,” a “royal priesthood,” and a “holy nation.” As such, we have been restored to our priestly function of representing and reflecting God’s nature and character before the world. We are also the “people of God,” not a nation of subjects, but of sons and daughters. If God is a King, then we, His people, are also of the royal line. Therefore, we have also been restored to our kingly function of representing the government of God on the Earth.

God is not interested in having subjects in His Kingdom. He wants only children, royal heirs to the treasure of His domain.

Our mission as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God is to bring those who are enslaved in the kingdom of darkness to Christ, The Door, so that He can set them free to enter into their full citizenship in God’s Kingdom of light.

Dr. Myles Munroe
Bahamas Faith Ministries International

Welcoming Your Future

I was in my prayer closet today and God started telling me that He wanted His people to understand that there is a sound being released. On the day of Pentecost, it was not their praying that brought in the masses, but the Bible said that there was a sound that was released and it was that sound that drew the masses (Acts 2:1-4). If we don’t have a sound from Heaven, then we’re not going to draw anybody. The sound terrifies the power of darkness. It took unusual faith for the 120 people to wait in an upper room, in the hope that had never happened before. Waiting is part of the deal. Welcoming the promise and making your surroundings pleasant so that the future feels welcome, is also part of the deal. Just before the sound come from Heaven into the upper room, they had prepared the atmosphere for the promise to be born and they were together in one accord. There is specific moment when a sound from God released, and what’s amazing is, that divine “sound” has enter human being before it can affect humanity and the atmosphere that we are privileged to share with others, it takes an unusual kind of person to have unusual faith. I expect a miracle, not tomorrow, not next week, but today, at this very moment in time. Guess what? I deserve it! You deserve it! Is it arrogant to say that I deserve a miracle? NO! Because my miracle was set-aside for me long before I was even born, in something called the ETERNAL COVENANT of God, the Ancient Covenant. Long before I was even born, there was a Covenant called the Everlasting Covenant that God set-aside just for you and me. You deserve it, not because you’re good; you deserve it because Gad has made a Covenant with you. That Covenant is Christ Jesus. What’s in the Covenant? There’s deliverance, restoration, redemption, healing, mercy, everlasting mercy and kindness from the heart of God, and your destiny. If you really want to know what’s in the Covenant, open up your bible and whatever is written on these pages, you deserve!

God’s Covenant with us is an unfailing source of consolation. During my early morning dedication. I felt instructed to look at Psalm 111:9; “He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His Covenant forever …” You are the recipient of the Covenant God made long before Christ come to earth, long before you were born. One of the greatest consolations for God’s people is the fact that there is a Covenant, and not only is God determined to apply the blessings of the Covenant, but God says I COMMAND My Covenant forever. When you say yes to Christ, you belong in the field of blessing. We don’t have to sit in some back seat somewhere. We’ve been given front row seats. God said, “Tell my people there is a mountain to be taken and Caleb already paid the price.” If you read the grand story of Caleb in the Bible, you’ll see that he was given a promise and because of the unbelief people, he held onto that promise for approximately forty years. The future lived in a man, waiting to born! The only thing that stopped the promise from appearing was the unbelief of the people of Israel. The promise did not feel welcome. When the time came for Joshua and the Israelites to take the land, Caleb made a bold statement which makes us realize that he had built up faith over this period to “take a mountain for his possession,” and that he understood the power of a Covenant promise. When God makes a promise, He is commanding His Covenant upon you. Caleb did in fact take the mountain filled with giants. Something you need to understand is that once someone in history has used his or her faith to do something, then that faith become accessible to you and me. Abraham already paid the price and now you have unusual faith. All of these, who were before you, have paved the way for you, and Christ Himself in a Covenant has made it possible for you to be victor. You cannot be a loser; you cannot lose with this Covenant on your side. Where there is a Covenant, there is resurrection. Resurrection means, “arising again, as for decay, disuse, etc; revival, the act of bringing back to practice, notice or use.” Therefore, whatever has taken place in the past, whether through Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Paul, Peter and so on, it has the potential to be revived and commanded by God into our present time. The specifics and dynamics may not be the same, but the faith to accomplish a similar act is within the Covenant and available for you. The reason that so many modern day revivals are redundant is because most people in the revival have no due what is being revived, and we are left with numerous church people enjoying months and possibly years of continual spiritual moments and certain miracles, but very seldom can we pinpoint exactly what happened. I am not belittling the tremendous revivals of the past, but we need a prophetic voice to specify what is being resurrected and for what reason.

The future is NOW, inside of you. The present is NOW, outside of you. The future wants to become the present. However, in many instances, our present is so full of unbelief, fear, anger, resentment and lack of anticipation, the future does not feel welcome. I know this sounds crazy but if you think about the future being inside of you wanting to become the present and wanting to be born, you will realize that you and I actually control what happens to a promise from God. A promise from God is the Future waiting to be born. Is our “present” welcoming the future? It’s time to make an adjustment to your present and clear it of all the cluttering forces of unforgiveness, resentment, fear, anger, etc, so that the future can have a place to feel welcome and appear. Christ was the future of a thousands years. He had been a promise through Moses and the law, and through the prophets. At the time of His appearing, Rome was controlling the Jewish people, and Israel was in disarray. Fear and corrupt religion were binding the eyes of the majority of the Jews, Christ was not welcomed by the present. He was born in a stable with animals around him. Very few believed that this was actually the future (God’s promise) that had been born. A jealous, religious bigot who ruled as “king” and Roman leaders all threatened because of His RIGHTFUL claim as King of Kings, threatened the few welcomed Him. He had that rightful claim through the Covenant.

You have to make an adjustment in your present by taking the future, your promise and destiny, and applying it to your present by proclaiming it, commanding it and adoring it. Treat it well and it will treat you well. Whatever is not in line with your destiny needs to be adjusted or removed. If something is standing in your way in terms of your future, get it out of your life!

Something is emerging on the earth today because of what was established long before the earth came into existence. You must constantly remind yourself of the antiquity of that Covenant. (Antiquity means the ancientness of it) It is not something new that was thought up twa years ago by some glamorous pulpiteer. Abraham or Moses didn’t think it up. This was thought up long before the earth was even designed. I want you to appreciate the antiquity of your Covenant, the ancientness of it. You have eternity in your DNA. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, “It says that God has placed eternity in the hearth of men. Eternity means past, present and future all in one. As a living being, you have eternity in your DNA, which is your information structure. It is not only your genetic information, but also your spiritual destination.

Your DNA drives you to the place that you know has been set-aside for you. I’m not talking about golden streets or some beautiful place where you sit on a cloud and pluck on a harp; I’m talking about a destiny on this earth; A destiny that does not belong to some ungodly man who’s going to spend it on prostitutes and bad living. I’m talking about a righteous and upright man or women who is going to take something for the Kingdom and influence society and their world with God’s wisdom, life and love.

There is no doubt in my mind that our offering is as ancient as the Covenant itself. Long before man was created, the offering was around. Before you and I were born, God gave His Son for us. He sowed into our future and He has reaped many sons and daughters – and that is His reward. We also have a reward. Recently, God has been challenging Jane and I to sow as we have never done before and we willingly submitted to His requests. Before we knew it, we had made two huge offerings but had we not understood the principle and the power of giving, we would never have acted. God revealed to us that once we had taken the step and multiplied our giving, that He would raise the standard and that we would never turn back. In other words, now that we had raised the level of our giving, we would never go back to the level we were before. PLUS, the reaping would rise to that level. It’s very exciting. According to Matthew 10:42, Jesus said, “He who receives and welcomes and accepts prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones (in rank or influence) even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Apparently, according to our Lord, the reward is not just one-time thing but ongoing, weekly experience of favor, grace, provision and everything that God has placed in your reward. Jesus also suggests that the reward can be lost. “Whoever gives to these little (humble) ones … shall not lose his reward.” According this specific verse, our giving keeps our reward secure. I encourage you to sow and enjoy obeying God in the amount that you should give. He may challenge you as He did us, and now we are watching favorable things unfold before our eyes.

Welcome your future by adjusting your present.

Prophet Kim Clement

Wait !

The Lord is Realigning and Developing Our Faith in the Next THREE MONTHS”

Recently, I sent out the first portion of a prophetic word the Lord brought to us during one of our Tuesday Morning Prayers. The word encourages us to “wait for His Presence, hear the heartbeat and get in synch with His best for you.” Much response came from this prophetic word. I now feel it is time for the remainder of the word to be released. The second part of the word is below. This encourages us to understand that the faith window is changing and the Lord is “realigning and developing our faith in the next three months.” Read and pray this word over yourself.

“You might ask yourself, ‘Why have I been positioned here in this mundane job when all I want to do is worship You?’ I would say, You are there because of timing. Otherwise, you would get out of time, and touch the ark, rather than follow behind or carry the ark. Enjoy and celebrate the mundane assignments and then you will see your ark move.”

“This is a season that I am teaching My people how to enter into My presence. You must have My Presence to secure your future. Without you being where I have placed you NOW, you could never understand My presence for your future. I am developing a testimony in you. Because of this testimony, you truly will enter into the new beginning and be repositioned in days ahead. Allow Me to develop and create the image for your future. If you will stand and allow Me to prosper everything you put your hand to, no matter how mundane and insignificant it seems to you, then you will prosper.”

“O afflicted one, tossed and thrown, I am coming to comfort you. My Voice will call you up in a new way. Do not try to come up in the same way you have come up in the past, for this is a day of new beginnings. In this new beginning, I am bringing a renewal of covenant to My people. I am breathing on the way that I am agreeing with My people. You are in agreement with some things that you must let go of. I am not in agreement with those things. Break agreement, that I might renew My covenant with you. You are in agreement with the way you see yourself, and that is not the way I see you. Unless you get My image, you cannot be transformed for your future. You must see yourself the way I see You.”

“It is the sure mercies of David that I am calling forth. They come through Me and agree as ONE. I have taken you through the caves and the wilderness, but now I am ready to bring you to a new beginning. The only thing that can stop this new beginning is you not yielding to Me or not receiving instruction from those I position in your path to help you find the new way. If you agree with Me, then My sure mercies that I poured out on My servant David, I will pour out on you. It was the witness that I was forming in him that enabled him to lead. Many of you are wanting to be out front without My witness. Wait for Me to witness in your spirit before you go forward.”

“This is a day of rearranging leadership and preparing you with enhanced skills. I AM causing talents that have lain dormant within you to come forth. This is My new beginning, so you must let Me go before you to prepare that new beginning for you and bring you fully into it. Seek Me, while I may be found, for this is a month of seeking. There will be three months to develop faith in a new way in you. My word will become strong and you will be called forth into that place. You will find yourself establishing and breaking the ground I have given you, but you must allow Me to prepare you to stand on new ground.”

“My people do not have the mind for super-abundance nor do they have the strength to carry extra baskets. This is a season that extra baskets must be carried by My people and you must carry them together. Some of you would love to grab your baskets and run, but that will not get you into the fullness of the place where I would establish you.”

“Find what I have given you, but know that I can cause it to multiply. Where you did not have anything but a sack, I can multiply it into 12 baskets, but there is no way you can carry the 12 baskets by yourself. You must get realigned and find those to work with you. Know that it is the delight of My heart to bring My people into this new place.”

“The new beginning has begun. I am teaching My presence in a new way. Do not look at ministry in the way that others have, for this is a time of developing witness and not a time of causing My people to be seen as ministers. My word does not return to Me void, but it produces a fullness. Watch for the fullness of My word to manifest. My ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts. You are limiting My high ways to your thought processes. I have other ‘highways’ for you to travel and other ways for you to step in. You have gotten caught in the midst of a machine and it is not what I am doing in your life. It is producing a blueprint that is NOT what I long for others to see in your life.”

“In your gleaning, be very satisfied, for I am very near to you in the midst of the gleaning fields. Listen to My word and listen to My way, for others are watching you in a way that you have never been watched before. You are longing to gain audience with one and it is someone else that I am causing to see you. Even now, there are Pharaohs who are watching and observing you, and it is those that will favor you, My people.”

“This is a day of transference of wealth, but you must be connected with those who have amassed it for My Kingdom plan. I know who can release it. I can realign it. This word will not return void. If you will wait for your heart to realign, then instead of void and chaos being on your path, there will be baskets full of My blessings. Wait and watch, for My presence has now realigned with you, and you will be aware of My presence at every turn.”

I would encourage you to read Isaiah 55. Verse 2 says, “Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good. Let your soul delight in abundance.” Tell your soul to rise up and delight in abundance. The desires of your heart must be in alignment with the delight of God to experience His abundance. I am asking for the hearts of God’s people all over the globe to delight in His abundance. If you are striving over supply, stop, until you can delight in abundance.

The Lord is saying, “Incline your ear and come to Me.” I decree that you are going to hear how to come forth. You will not come forth in the same way as you did in the past because the Lord is not calling you forth in the same way.

By Prophet Chuck D. Pierce

The Minister of Finance

The Minister of Finance: A New Encounter

Last night I had a dream that redirected me in what I was going to write this month. In my dream, I saw a man who looked familiar but I couldn’t make out his features. He came and handed me a large heavy book that I had also seen before but I couldn’t make out the cover. I looked at the back of the book and recognized it. It was my book, “Keys to Heaven’s Economy, an Angelic Visitation from The Minister of Finance,” but in this copy there were more chapters.

My eyes were then opened and I recognized this man; I was again seeing the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom. “Read,” he commanded, and so I did.

I began to read about the future as if it had already happened. The projects in people’s hearts that are in seed form now, were fully birthed and written about in this expanded version of my book. It was as though I had interviewed people on the details of how God had given them direction in their projects. It filled me full of faith as I saw thousands of names and their projects in the book.

In the book I had written the same phrase over and over: “And the Angel of the Lord directed Him/Her to….”

I knew the Angel of the Lord had been assigned to direct people very specifically, according to the pattern of heaven concerning the stewardship of the projects and resources that will bring Jesus His reward.

Lights Over Broadway, Nashville, and Hollywood

Then, I was lifted up in the dream and I saw lights over the entertainment industry capitals in America. The lights were the angels of the Lord who were piercing through the heavenlies, bringing messages, wisdom, instruction and RESOURCES for people’s anointed projects with the creative arts.

As I was looking over the map of America it expanded to a worldwide view and I saw activity in India as angels began to gather over the Hollywood industry. I saw them in Singapore, especially on animation. They flew to Toronto for film and drama. There were even more in France, as God touched some of the key artistic minds with redemption and expression.

These lights formed a net in the Spirit over the globe. I realized that there would be arts touching almost the entire world in a very short time. There really is going to be resources to release a new renaissance in the Arts, so that the Word can be seen and heard in a way that will impart the greatest faith realm since the early church. In these times of darkness we need to see such a great and marvelous light.

Dream of 50

Then the dream changed. The Minister of Finance handed me a briefcase that was full of $50’s and He said, “You will need what was deposited in the 1950’s in corporate America, and in the anointed Kingdom ministries, to experience the break through of resources that are coming.”

I only have limited understanding of this but as he spoke it, I was again taken above the earth. I could see mines in mountains all over the world. They were being tapped into and gold, silver, precious metals, gemstones, and minerals were being mined at an exponential rate. It was amazing because many Christians were given keys to these resources. (I even believe there are some people who have been prophetically directed to buy land that will have these resources discovered on them).

Israel’s Dark Night Will Lead to a Bright Day

Then as I hovered above looking at these mines opening up, I saw Israel. It was so dark, I could barely see through the thickness of black. Then a hand came and parted the blackness. As this happened, the heavens opened up and this Minister of Finance angel and thousands more angels stormed into Israel to bring a restoration to them as a nation.

In the dream I could see millions of pilgrims who had previously visited the Holy Lands as if they were all in one big group. Their hearts were being touched by the golden finger of the Minister of Finance. When he touched them, their hearts would begin to burn for Israel. The Holy Spirit\’s presence would fall on them and open their eyes to Israel. There was a great pouring out of their personal resources for this restoration in Israel.

I believe from this part of the dream that the Holy Spirit is about to awaken people to something that needs to take place in Israel, in our generation, by people resourcing the Kingdom works there. I believe God is laying out specific strategies through many ministries. They have been prepared to go in and distribute Kingdom resources, specifically for the purpose of restoration or recreating resource in Israel.

I believe what Israel has gone through in the past and present is preparing the way for a very bright day for Kingdom purpose. This is a very broad statement but God is going to do one of the most strategic historical moves in Israel since they became a nation in 1948.

The Promise Will Make Way For the Purpose

In the very last part of the dream I looked back at the Minister of Finance and saw Him with a group of people from different nations. They were all on the verge of purchasing properties for Kingdom purpose. Many of them didn’t have full resources to purchase the properties and they were talking amongst each other when the angel spoke above all of them and said “The promise will make way for the purpose.”

This sentence was spoken by God to a dear friend of mine and when the angel said this it overwhelmed me. I will forever remember this sentence in this context. I then awoke.

Heaven’s resources are being poured upon those who will unselfishly give Jesus His reward!

by Shawn Bolz

The Force of Favor

by Lance Wallnau

What exactly does favor do? Favor is the affection of God towards you that releases an influence through you so that other people are inclined to like, trust and cooperate with you.

The oldest book of the Old Testament is Job.
As such it is the first real insight into favor and how it operates. In the very first chapter we read about the phenomenal blessing that is on Job’s life, declaring: “This man was the greatest of all the men of the East” (Job 1:3).

What is not fully understood is how the blessing of God came upon this righteous man. We find a hint in the following verse: “Thou hast granted me life and favor and thy visitation has refreshed my spirit” (Job 10:1). Job was a man who walked under the supernatural blessing of God’s favor because God visited him when he prayed. What was the effect of that favor? He opened his mouth and his “words were like butter” to those who heard him. The elders at the gates sought wisdom from his mouth. Talk about the power of persuasion!

To guard the blessing of God, he was very careful to build a hedge of prayer around his life, a point that Satan made a complaint about before the throne of God.
The force of favor attracts not only God’s blessings, but Satan’s envy. Thus when Job came out of his troubles, God restored Jobs fortunes in a double portion! Job shows us how God restores to his embattled saints a double portion of blessing and power at the end of the conflict!

Favor makes ordinary students shine in an extraordinary way.

It makes lonely singles attractive, married people desirable to their spouse, employees receive recognition, employers gain influence, entrepreneurs attract contacts. Favor is a magnet to the blessing and promotion of God. Favor, however, is always attached to a purpose and comes with a price. You could say that favor is on the assignment and not the person. God wraps a flesh and blood servant around the assignment He favors. If you quit the assignment, the favor will go to the person God raises up to pick up the assignment. This is the story of David and Saul. Think of it. Saul’s sin involved presumption and peer pressure. David’s involved adultery and murder. Yet God would not take His favor away from David, while He withdrew from Saul! Why? Because David kept his heart right and stayed faithful to the assignment. Favor comes toward you from God to call you into His service. Then favor operates in your life as you work out the service He has called you into. Things start going right. Divine appointments abound. Synergism marks your steps. People come to you to join your cause.

The fist mention of favor in the New Testament is Luke 1:28-31. Here Mary is approached by Gabriel, whose salutation heralds Marie’s favored status in the throne room. Notice in these verses that the word ‘favor’ is repeated twice. Favor, charis (pronounced khar-ece), is a word revealing a two-fold operation of the law of attraction. The first definition describes an attraction of God to you and the second describes the release of an influence through you that inclines other people to trust, like and assist you in your assignment.

Do you remember Job’s confession that God gave him “life and favor” by his “visitation?”

Here in Mary’s life we see exactly how this applies. God is attracted to her because of her heart’s desire toward Him. Likewise, He comes to visit you. When He comes to visit you He leaves you different from before He came. In Mary’s case, she was left pregnant! God thus reveals that in addition to His many names of the Old Testament, Jehovah Rophi and Jehovah Nisi, etc., He is also Jehovah Sneaky! When He visits you, He impregnates you with a vision, an assignment, and a mission. You may not understand it all at first, but once the favor of God comes, the assignment becomes more personal and compelling. When you spend prolonged time in God’s presence it is natural that at some point you conceive His desire.

In fact the word “Desire” in Latin is a two part word De: “of”, and Sire: “Father”. Literally, desire is “of the father.” You were designed with a spiritual womb that is capable of birthing God’s purposes. When a group of Al Quaida terrorists opened up their spirits to the spirit realm, they received a direct infusion of Satan’s desire into their hearts. The events of September 11th were not conceived in the mind of Islamic extremists; they were conceived by an intelligence operating in the realms of spiritual wickedness in heavenly places and transferred into the waiting wombs of demonized Islamic zealots. Heaven and Hell bend low over the affairs of the earth in this last hour.

This is the reason for the call to intimacy and worship. God is seeking to set apart a people into whom He can birth, by the Spirit, the initiatives and the desires of the counsel of Heaven. At this same time, fallen and foul principalities seek the womb of the disobedient. Jesus taught that the tares would increase and grow at the same time as the wheat (Mt 13:26). The tares are the children of the devil and the wheat are the children of God. Both harvests multiply at the same time. If you will open your womb to the seed of the word of God you will see the manifestation of the works of God through his sons. To have an open womb toward God requires that you keep your spiritual womb closed off to every other spirit.

God wants you to be resistant toward Satan’s temptations of compromise.
The pull of the world and the spirit of antichrist is intensifying. Yielding to the spirit of the world or to love the world is the equivalent of committing spiritual adultery ( Jas. 4:4). Let your whole heart be set apart to God’s purposes alone. Guard your affections and embrace the desire of God for your life, and God will not only accomplish mighty works through you, He will also bless that which is the desire of your own heart. He will incorporate your own desires into His great plan, once you have submitted your life to the assignment He has chosen for you. This is the privilege of sons and daughters who are true co-laborers in that which the Father is doing. As Kings and Priests we have authority to initiate, create and call forth whatever is in line with the assignment.

Most people miss this wonderful aspect of the call of God. When Jesus gave the talents to the three servants He did not tell them what to do. He gave them instructions and a time period to produce fruit and left them on their own to invest and multiply the gifts He gave. Then he returned and had them render an account of what they did on their own with His talents to multiply them! You have more latitude to co-create than you realize. When God made Adam, He put him over His creation and then showed up to see what Adam would name the animals. Adam was free to create within the realm of his assignment and so are you.

Favor, Desire, Assignment, and Testing are all words we will be looking into in future articles.

“Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2 KJV)