Category: prophetic messages

Secret to divine connecting

1 cor 2:9But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17.]
1 Corinthians 2:9 AMPC

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a watchman’s random rambling account of fresh direction and ministry: watchman commissioned

Joel 2:28The second day of fresh encounter with God. After a prolonged period of physical (including body and mind)engagements in the world, this watchman has been challenged twice (during recent prayer sessions with two others)to be still and rest in the presence of God rather than continuing the restlessness which perhaps had associated with the call of the seemingly never ending flow of “good works” needing to be completed. Yesterday some 2017 teachings (urging emptying of selves and allowing the Lord’s Presence/Spirit to fill) from Heidi Baker were watched and listened as led by the Spirit of the Lord. By faith this watchman responded to Heidi’s calling to leap/jump into the deep river as in Ezekiel 47:5 a river so deep that one must swim, and Revelation 22:1 a pure river of water of life. “More”, “Increase”. These are the words relevant to the watchman to remove stagnation. “Will you empty yourself and let go of your most loved?” “Lord, you know I still cannot… But You can! Help me Lord!” Galatians 2:20 is the repeated automatic verse response in the watchman. “Let go at the cross.” For this watchman, “Scripture is not simply a book to be read and studied, but it is an invitation into a lifestyle of supernatural engagement.” (Randy Clark) The application action is a faith in action.

A leap into the higher space (an unseen zone in the spirit) means an associated fall (jump) into a deep unknown almost simultaneously. In the spirit it is an instant movement. A commitment by faith accompanied by an action (including responding through verbal utterances as in this case, an agreement with the verbal call/challenge/invitation by the anointing) is just as binding as putting a signature to a contract or covenant.

After the end of the session, it was midnight and the watchman asked the Lord to give confirmation by His words (and/or signs/visions/dreams). The words came in three sets:

1. Through opening the Bible: The Lord’s instruction to Moses to the priests to live their lives before God and pursue a spiritual closeness to the holy God who is the God of the living and not of the dead:
Leviticus 21:1 The priest is holy to his God. “None shall defile himself for the dead among his people.” 21:6 “They shall..not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.” 21:8 “For I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy.”

2. Through hearing “Read Joel 2:20” in the early hours of this 20th day of this month: A positive encouragement -The Lord’s promise of restoration to Israel!
“But I will remove far from you the northern army,
And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land,…” (NKJV)
Joel 2:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
I will drive away these armies from the north.
I will send them into the parched wastelands.
Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea,
and those at the rear into the Mediterranean.[a]
The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.”
Surely the Lord has done great things!
Footnotes:
2:20 Hebrew into the eastern sea, . . . into the western sea.

Reading Joel 2:18-27, we know the Lord’s assurance of what He will do to preserve the land for Israel, to accomplish His purpose: “Then you will know that I am among my people Israel,
that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other.
Never again will my people be disgraced.”
The Lord also gave His promise of pouring out His Spirit in Joel 2:28-32
“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy…”

3. This morning the watchman received the third set of words by opening the Bible: Job 38
JOB 38 STARTED WITH THE LORD TELLING JOB ABOUT KNOWLEDGE OF HIM THROUGH HIS CREATION AND THEIR OPERATION. It is amazing to read about natural elements and living creatures (animals and birds) having the ability to listen to God and obey. The natural elements perform tasks, have characters, and can listen to God’s words (communication), are bound by visible and invisible forms like door, boundary, limits, bars, and obey God’s instructions. Even light and darkness have their separate dwellings. Morning and dawn know their places. Stars in heaven can sing together. God takes the bother to talk about the characteristics of wild goats, deer, wild donkeys, wild ox, ostrich, horse, hawk and eagle.

The first verse is a reminder to all who counsel others about God: Your words must be based on your knowledge of God. Words must contain accurate knowledge which gives light in counsel.

Finally, the watchman looked through FaceBook and discovered Rick Joyner talking about “Being a watchman”: “Looking out what the Holy Spirit is about to do. Looking out for leaders, neighbors, and cities etc. and sound the alarm.”

a watchman’s random rambling account of direction and ministry: Behold the greatness of God!

1 corinthians 14:1This watchman has been asking and seeking the Lord about currently relevant ministry and direction in the last five years after obeying the call to be scattered, move out and go north. The verses received included what God told Moses to move out and what Solomon advised to sow on many waters for harvests.

The changes were drastic and fast-paced after launching out by faith. After returning from a series of travel and living in the poorest and richest nations in the world, there began a time of writing, translating, and word-processing in different languages. There was a need to learn to upgrade the use IT of and internet amenities. There was a need to use the latest social and multi-media and word processing tools.

Lately there started a time to revise and apply educational knowledge stored in the mind as well as the spirit for “inner healing” or rather mind/thought pattern counseling to deconstruct chronic “malignant” (malfunction) behavioral pattern that had resulted adversed physical and mental effects, and to input and construct fresh thought and behavioral pattern to align with the original perfect design (that includes divine health and wellness functioning) of the Creator. This latest assignment is the most difficult as human innate stubbornness appears to obstruct every effort to align with the Lord’s purpose. The motto the watchman has been reminded repeatedly is: “Exercise patience and endurance in the love of God” when carrying out such healing assignments. The Lord’s love which is indeed the power behind our service must compel and motivate any ministry action, and the healing way is through faith under His grace.

Lately there has been a wave of revelation of the supernatural direction and increase that the lord has been working on and enabling throughout the globe: the raising up of a generation of young people who love the Lord. They have encountered Jesus Christ, are walking by the Spirit, being discipled on the solid rock of the Word of God, set their hearts after the Lord’s heart, and are passionate for the lost, the poor and the young. Their hearts are fixed and focused on the Lord and His goodness. The generation of revivalists in the former century has left behind a spiritual revival legacy and today we can see the evidence and fruit all over the world in many continents. The signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit moving today confirming the witnessing for Jesus and His words being preached as in the book of Acts are undeniable and real to even the hardest and unbelieving hearts. There are: the love for the Spirit, radical abandonment, and evangelism.

The sharing of this random rambling is to encourage and exhort perhaps a few lone watchmen out there who may be presently seeking the Lord’s fresh direction to venture out and look at the magnificent view beyond the present mountain top. Yes, many years ago the Lord (through another watchman) had urged this watchman to leave a comfort zone and venture out where the greatness of God is being beheld by “eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand.” The prayers of Paul (and this watchman praying Paul’s prayers) in his letter to the Ephesians (chapters 1 & 3) had been answered.

Here are some of the quotes that I find very relevant and refreshing reminders today:
God is not about using the mighty but the willing. He is not into using amazing people, just ones who prepared to lay their lives down to him. God is not looking for extraordinary, exceptionally gifted people, just laid down lovers of Jesus who will carry his glory with transparency and not take it for themselves. Heidi Baker
If you have God’s presence, you have favor. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than 20 years of your striving.
Heidi Baker
Yes, God wants you to do signs and wonders. But the love of God manifested through you is what people really need. So you first must see His face. You must become so close to His very heartbeat that you can feel what others feel. Heidi Baker
If you are not in love you’ll never keep going…Our overwhelming desire for God produces endurances and welcomes revival. This love for Him accomplishes much and never fails. Stacey Campbell
We don’t seek God’s power, we seek His presence. His power & everything else we need is always found in His presence.. John Wimber
We must realize that the ministries and gifts of the Spirit are for everyday life, not just meetings. Rick Joyner
Every revival in history seems to be the result of a few people becoming so hungry for God that they wanted Him more than oxygen. Those who have such hunger will not be denied. It’s time to seek a revival that becomes the most famous address in the world. It’s time to seek a move of God that won’t quit moving. Rick Joyner
You know your mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical. Bill Johnson
Any revelation from God’s Word that does not lead us to an encounter with God only serves to make us more religious. The Church cannot afford ‘form without power,’ for it creates Christians without purpose. Bill Johnson
People who refuse to step out and be used by God become the critics of those who do. Risk takers, the ones who thrill the heart of God, become the targets of those who never fail because they seldom try. Bill Johnson
Every gift of the Holy Spirit is a service gift! Stacey Campbell

Ephesians 4:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
“I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons & your daughters will prophesy,– Joel 2:29
“Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy” – 1 Corinthians 14:1

God’s gold standard for the nations of the world

JerusalemMatthew 25:31-46 The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations on how they have treated His brethren (Israel).

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Who are the brethren of the King? The Jews.
Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,
Romans 10:1 [ Israel Needs the Gospel ] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.

the power of prophetic praises: from a king

Today we look at how a king sang praises to the King of kings. David lived in the times before Christ when the Holy Spirit was not indwelling inside the people of God. But the Spirit of God led him to prophecy even at the time when he was surrounded by his enemies. Anyone familiar with the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus Christ can see the obvious parallels, and the writers of the gospel accounts—especially Matthew—bring them out through direct quotations of this psalm.
Psalm 22
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Doe of the Dawn.”
1
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
2
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.

3
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4
Our ancestors trusted in you,
and you rescued them.
5
They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.

6
But I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned and despised by all!
7
Everyone who sees me mocks me.
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
8
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
let the Lord rescue him!”

9
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
10
I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.

11
Do not stay so far from me,
for trouble is near,
and no one else can help me.
12
My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;
fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!
13
Like lions they open their jaws against me,
roaring and tearing into their prey.
14
My life is poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax,
melting within me.
15
My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
16
My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced[a] my hands and feet.
17
I can count all my bones.
My enemies stare at me and gloat.
18
They divide my garments among themselves
and throw dice[b] for my clothing.

19
O Lord, do not stay far away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
20
Save me from the sword;
spare my precious life from these dogs.
21
Snatch me from the lion’s jaws
and from the horns of these wild oxen.

22
I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.[c]
I will praise you among your assembled people.
23
Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
24
For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.

25
I will praise you in the great assembly.
I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
26
The poor will eat and be satisfied.
All who seek the Lord will praise him.
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
27
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
28
For royal power belongs to the Lord.
He rules all the nations.

29
Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
Bow before him, all who are mortal,
all whose lives will end as dust.
30
Our children will also serve him.
Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
31
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything he has done.

Footnotes:
22:16 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions; most Hebrew manuscripts read They are like a lion at.
22:18 Hebrew cast lots.
22:22 Hebrew my brothers.

watchman/intercessor update (03202017)

Matthew 26:56Today I note that nine out of ten of the top posts in this blog are about watchman/intercessor. Someone is reading this topic at this kairos time in season. The related blogs were written during 2009-2013. I am led now to give an update to the watchman/intercessor(s) who have visited and perhaps are still reading some of my previous articles on this subject. I would simplify mattes using Q and A mode as follows: (This is not an exhaustive list.)

Q: are those articles still valid today?
A: read with prayers. I suggest you pray in tongue. Ask the Holy Spirit.

Q: as I am still new to hearing the Holy Spirit, which aspects of the articles shall I ask for discernment and perhaps discard?
A: everything that demands a legalistic adherence to the Laws of Moses.

Q: please give me a general guidance when reading the articles.
A: pray in tongue. Open your Bible. Read the Bible as you find verses that speak to you in the articles. Do not take things for granted. Ask the Lord.

Q: if some of the articles are outdated, why are you still keeping them?
A: they are not outdated. They were reflections of a series of Kairos time which our watchman has gone through at different periods. We keep them as a mirror. Someone may be going through similar growing up phases. The testimonies show how things in the spiritual can be overcome.

Q: what shall I be aware of or beware of?
A: Legalistic religious ritualistic practices that are formulated according to dead letters.

Q: WHY?
A: BECAUSE JESUS CLEARLY SPOKE AGAINST THEM.

Q: what are the dangers of dealing with the spiritual realm?
A: the clear danger is unless you know our God personally and have a relationship with Him, you can be snared and deceived by the father of all lies, the devil. Jesus has warned His disciples of false teachers, false prophets, false Christ-these are people used by the anti-Christ to snare Christians into spiritual falsehood.

Q: how do I keep away from spiritual falsehood?
A: keep close to God, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Abide in him. Let His words abide in you. Being spiritual does not mean you can do all the rituals (faith in action). Your character shows your true spiritual condition. Are you manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the devil as clearly described in Galatians 5:16-26. Examine your secret agenda. What motivates you? Are you really seeking to glorify God or yourself? Have you died to self? There is no point talking and not manifesting the right fruit.

Q: will people know whether i am led by the Holy Spirit or the evil spirit?
A: YES. YOUR FRUIT SHOWS. JESUS SAID, A GOOD TREE PRODUCES GOOD FRUIT. PEOPLE SEE FRUIT.

Q: what is the number one snare i need to avoid?
A: taking offense. Jesus warned, “And then many will be offended, will betray one anther, and will hate one another.” (Continue to read the whole passage that starts with taking offense and the consequences thereof in Matthew 24:10-13)

Q: if i just stay away from people and keep to myself will i make an effective watchman/intercessor? how do i know what is going on?
A: watchman/intercessor sees into the spiritual realm behind the physical realm. The Holy Spirit alerts you to read or hear or see the physical events when needed and tells you about the spiritual implication. You are not required to be a hermit. Neither are you required to be a know-all. As Jesus spoke of His disciples, they are in the world but not of the world. We are in the world but we do not love the world or its things. We use things but we love people. The world loves things and use people. This is the difference.

Q: is a watchman a seer? how will i be upgraded to a seer?
A: in the Old testament time the Holy Spirit came and went. The Holy Spirit worked through individuals who were called and responded as prophets/messengers of God. Some were intercessors for the people of Israel. People (including kings) came to them for counsels and guidance because the seers could hear the Holy Spirit. Most people were drawn to the seers because they were forecasters of future events. Do we need seers today? Every believer who is born of the Holy Spirit should be able to hear the Holy Spirit, because Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and tell us things to come. Of course a watchman/intercessor who can always hear the Lord correctly and have the gift of the word of knowledge and word of wisdom is sometimes treated with honor as a seer. This role involves using the gifts that the Lord has endowed on the individual.

Q: can the seer use the aforementioned gifts to benefit himself or his family?
A: yes if it is what the Lord asks him to do, such as to avoid a personal danger, to make a right personal decision in investment, to help someone close out of a potentially disastrous situation etc. There are many New Testament verses on how God wants to bless every believer (not just a seer) according to the abundant life Jesus has given. God wants every believer to hear Him and have a relationship with Him. But the word of caution here is never use your gift to help someone who clearly goes against the words of God (the Bible). Never go against God’s words. We serve a holy God.

Q: can a seer make a worldly fortune out of his spiritual gifts?
A: i would be extremely cautious here if i were you. God clearly warns against fortune telling etc. Beware of getting snared into this number one temptation from the devil. Remember what Jesus and the apostles had warned us of. The greed for money is idolatry. The love of money is a snare. Sorcerers and idolators shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelations 21:8)

Q: how will a seer make a living?
A: just like any other honest hard working Christian does. He or she may have an employment elsewhere, may be a pastor, a teacher, a missionary, an evangelist, a writer, a helper, a full-time church worker, a housewife etc. He will be paid just like any other worker according to his job.

Q: is there a most suitable profession and age for a watchman/seer?
A: personally speaking, ideally a job without fixed schedule/time paradigm. A retiree or someone who has made it in the financial world and no longer needs to earn his bread and butter. Someone who cannot be bought by the world. The Lord always ensures that such an individual is well provided and protected.

Q: surely everybody wants more of the good stuff. is there such a person who cannot be bought?
A: well, my son/daughter, when you reach a spiritual point of your relationship with God, you cease to exist. Nothing in the world really matters. You died to the world. You only live to God. This is the true calling of a seer.

Q: what is your one sentence advice as a prerequisite for a watchman/intercessor/seer?
A: God makes sure the words of the true prophets are fulfilled.

Daily Word: Samuel the seer’s prayers never failed

Bible SamuelNow Samuel grew; and the Lord was with him and He let none of his words fail [to be fulfilled].

1 Samuel 4:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Philistines Take the Ark in Victory
4 And the word of [the Lord through] Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and they camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped at Aphek.

1 Samuel 7:8-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 And the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, so that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; and Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel and the Lord answered him. 10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines approached for the battle against Israel. Then the Lord thundered with a great voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated and fled before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel came out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as [the territory] below Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he named it Ebenezer (stone of help), saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore into Israelite territory. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

1 Samuel 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Prophetic Call to Samuel
3 Now the boy Samuel was attending to the service of the Lord [a]under the supervision of Eli. The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; visions [that is, new revelations of divine truth] were not widespread.

2 Yet it happened at that time, as Eli was lying down in his own place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well). 3 and the [oil] lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, 4 that the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am.” 5 He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call you; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know [or personally experience] the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed [directly] to him. 8 So the Lord called Samuel a third time. And he stood and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli understood that it was the Lord [who was] calling the boy. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and it shall be that if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at the previous times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” 11 The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will ring. 12 On that day I will carry out against Eli everything that I have spoken concerning his house (family), from beginning to end. 13 Now I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the sinful behavior which he knew [was happening], because his sons were bringing a curse on themselves [dishonoring and blaspheming God] and he did not rebuke them. 14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the sinful behavior of Eli’s house (family) shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he answered, “Here I am.” 17 Then Eli said, “What is it that He said to you? Please do not hide it from me. May God do the same to you, and more also, if you hide from me anything of all that He said to you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. And Eli said, “It is the Lord; may He do what seems good [b]to Him.”

19 Now Samuel grew; and the Lord was with him and He let none of his words [c]fail [to be fulfilled]. 20 And all Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south] knew that Samuel was appointed as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord continued to appear in Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

Footnotes:

1 Samuel 3:1 Lit before.
1 Samuel 3:18 Lit in His eyes.
1 Samuel 3:19 Lit fall to the ground.

Psalm 99:6 NLT Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them.

Jeremiah 15:1 [ Judgment Must Come ] Then the Lord said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me [interceding for them], My heart would still not be [turned with favor] toward this people [Judah]. Send them away from My presence and out of My sight and let them go!

1 Chronicles 9:22 All those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. They were enrolled by their genealogies in their villages [around Jerusalem], these men [whose grandfathers] David and Samuel the seer had appointed to their official duty.

1 Chronicles 11:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant (solemn agreement) with them there before the Lord; and they anointed him king over Israel, in accordance with the word of the Lord through Samuel.

1 Chronicles 26:28 Also all that Samuel the seer had dedicated, and Saul the son of Kish, Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son of Zeruiah, everyone who had dedicated anything, this was in the care of Shelomoth and his relatives.

1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles (records) of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the chronicles of Gad the seer,

Daily Word: Word and Light (Mathew 6:22 and Hebrew 10:22)

matthew-622Today’s words are all about the Light. The Word. Focus on this Light. You will receive your health and healing in all aspects of life.

The Bible verses are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV)

Matthew 6:22
The Lamp of the Body
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

Hebrews 10:22-23
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Psalm 119:105
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

John 1:1-4
The Eternal Word, The Light
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

1 John 1:5-7
Fellowship with Him and One Another
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Daily Word: Isaiah 5417 verbal accuser silenced and rendered ineffectual

isaiah-5417-copyToday’s word is from Isaiah 54:17 no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. The scenario is not new. Jesus had many accusers in His time on earth. So were the apostles. For example, Paul. Take note that the accuser uses words, spoken or written. Their accusations were based on their own personal (political) agenda and in the case of Jesus and the apostles (and later the believers of Jesus Christ) they were not true. For those who read the Bible to the end you will have noticed A RECORD OF AN ACCUSER of the brethren in the Book of Revelation. Jesus called the accuser the FATHER OF LIES. Those who lie and give false witness in courts/similar official places (of governing authority) are termed children of the father of lies. In the Old Testament Book of Exodus 20:16 recorded the original commandment of God against lying/giving false accusation about others, “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.”
In the New Testament Book of Revelation 22:15 Jesus names those (including everyone who loves and practices falsehood) who will not be allowed to enter into God’s presence (New heaven and new earth).

(The Bible verses are quoted from New Living Translation unless otherwise specified)
THE ACCUSER OF CHRISTIANS Revelation 12:10
10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,
“It has come at last—
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters
has been thrown down to earth
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.

THE GROUP WHO WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM GOD’S PRESENCE
Revelation 22:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers], and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating).

GOD’S PROMSE OF A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR HIS PEOPLE
Isaiah 54:9-17
9 “Just as I swore in the time of Noah
that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
11 “O storm-battered city,
troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
your gates of shining gems,
and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
it is not because I sent them.
Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
16 “I have created the blacksmith
who fans the coals beneath the forge
and makes the weapons of destruction.
And I have created the armies that destroy.
17 But in that coming day
no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord;
their vindication will come from me.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
New Living Translation (NLT)

A NEW BEGINNING FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN JESUS
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].

Daily Word: ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.'(Judges 717)

psalm-683Today’s daily word is not for the cowards. Courage and boldness are what the apostles and disciples continued to pray for even after they have witnessed the release of Peter and John from the hands of the adversary. (Acts 4:29) The physical number of the courageous men could not match the number of the adversary in the enemy camp. But God asked for a mere three hundred brave men (who remained standing) against armies like a swarm of locusts and camels like grains of sand on the seashore-too many to count! (Judges 7:12)

Judges 7:1-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
Gideon Defeats the Midianites
7 So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. 3 Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain[a] and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.

4 But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” 5 When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” 6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

7 The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.”

The Lord even gave Gideon a supernatural prophetic confirmation
7:14 His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!”

The Outcome just as the Lord had promised to Gideon
7:21 Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. 22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as…

A song for the intercessor to sing today
Psalm 68:1-4
1 Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.
Let those who hate God run for their lives.
2 Blow them away like smoke.
Melt them like wax in a fire.
Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
3 But let the godly rejoice.
Let them be glad in God’s presence.
Let them be filled with joy.
4 Sing praises to God and to his name!
Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.
His name is the Lord—
rejoice in his presence!

Daily Word: what has Mark 11:11 and Nehemiah 2:11 have in common? “Investigate, verify and act according to plan.”

nehemiah-218Jesus did something that Nehemiah did around 444BC. After He entered into Jerusalem, He inspected and verified first the actual condition of the Temple. Prior to this action, as recorded in Mark 11:9, 10 in acclaiming Jesus with the words of Ps. 118:25, 26, the people were publicly acknowledging Him as their Messiah. Hosanna, meaning “Save now” came to be a customary shout of praise like…but Jesus was not at all concerned with attending any celebration party after the brief interval at the gate, or seeking a personal glory through the people in Jerusalem who appeared to exalt him to the highest political position they could give to a fellow country man. Instead, He continued with His plan and carried it out quietly and effectively. The newly appointed Governor Nehemiah did the same thing. On arrival at Jerusalem, instead of attending a lavish inauguration party, he went out on his own in the quiet of the night and carried out his first hand investigation and proceeded with his plan without wavering. Nehemiah succeeded in re-building the wall of Jerusalem in 52 short days! Jesus completed His mission within the immediate holy passion week. Both were man of focused thoughts and action. No diversions or distractions ever succeeded in preventing them to finish their race and achieve their one utmost important goal.

Mark 11:11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

11 And He entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around at everything, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve, since it was already late.

Nehemiah 2:11-20 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Inspecting the Walls
11 I came to Jerusalem, and after I was there for three days, 12 I got up during the night along with a few men. But I did not tell anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no animals with me except the animal I was riding. 13 By night I went out by the Valley Gate toward Jackal Spring and the Dung Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, where there was not enough room for my animal to pass with me; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and returned to the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, but as yet I had not told the Jews, the kohanim, the nobles, the officials or the rest of the workers.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in: Jerusalem is desolate and its gates have been burnt. Come! Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a disgrace.”

18 Then I told them how the good hand of my God was on me and the words that the king had said to me. Then they replied, “Let us begin building!” So they prepared themselves for this good work.

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. They said, “What is this you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”

20 I responded to them saying, “The God of heaven will bring us success. We His servants will arise and build. But you have no part, right, or historical claim in Jerusalem.”

Jesus focused on God’s mission and plan (the big picture)
John 12:28 Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”

John 12:49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.

Daily Word: what 13 means today to Reform a nation (and transform man)

galatians-615He resembled Ezra in his fiery zeal, in his active spirit of enterprise, and in the piety of his life: but he was of a bluffer and a fiercer mood; he had less patience with transgressors; he was a man of action rather than a man of thought, and more inclined to use force than persuasion. His practical sagacity and high courage were very markedly shown in the arrangement with which he carried through the rebuilding of the wall and balked the cunning plans of the ‘adversaries.’ The piety of his heart, his deeply religious spirit and constant sense of communion with and absolute dependence upon God, are strikingly exhibited, first in the long prayer recorded in ch. 1:5-11 , and secondly and most remarkably in what have been called his ‘interjectional prayers’, those short but moving addresses to Almighty God which occur so frequently in his writings,”* (Who is this man? Nehemiah, the comforter-deliverer)

Nehemiah’s Various Reforms in chapter 13 (Bible book: Nehemiah in NLT)
13:1 On that same day, as the Book of Moses was being read to the people, the passage was found that said no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be permitted to enter the assembly of God.[a] 2 For they had not provided the Israelites with food and water in the wilderness. Instead, they hired Balaam to curse them, though our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 When this passage of the Law was read, all those of foreign descent were immediately excluded from the assembly.

4 Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah, 5 had converted a large storage room and placed it at Tobiah’s disposal. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense, various articles for the Temple, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil (which were prescribed for the Levites, the singers, and the gatekeepers), as well as the offerings for the priests.

6 I was not in Jerusalem at that time, for I had returned to King Artaxerxes of Babylon in the thirty-second year of his reign,[b] though I later asked his permission to return. 7 When I arrived back in Jerusalem, I learned about Eliashib’s evil deed in providing Tobiah with a room in the courtyards of the Temple of God. 8 I became very upset and threw all of Tobiah’s belongings out of the room. 9 Then I demanded that the rooms be purified, and I brought back the articles for God’s Temple, the grain offerings, and the frankincense.

10 I also discovered that the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields. 11 I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, “Why has the Temple of God been neglected?” Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties. 12 And once more all the people of Judah began bringing their tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the Temple storerooms.

13 I assigned supervisors for the storerooms: Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah, one of the Levites. And I appointed Hanan son of Zaccur and grandson of Mattaniah as their assistant. These men had an excellent reputation, and it was their job to make honest distributions to their fellow Levites.

14 Remember this good deed, O my God, and do not forget all that I have faithfully done for the Temple of my God and its services.

15 In those days I saw men of Judah treading out their winepresses on the Sabbath. They were also bringing in grain, loading it on donkeys, and bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell on the Sabbath. So I rebuked them for selling their produce on that day. 16 Some men from Tyre, who lived in Jerusalem, were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise. They were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah—and in Jerusalem at that!

17 So I confronted the nobles of Judah. “Why are you profaning the Sabbath in this evil way?” I asked. 18 “Wasn’t it just this sort of thing that your ancestors did that caused our God to bring all this trouble upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!”

19 Then I commanded that the gates of Jerusalem should be shut as darkness fell every Friday evening,[c] not to be opened until the Sabbath ended. I sent some of my own servants to guard the gates so that no merchandise could be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20 The merchants and tradesmen with a variety of wares camped outside Jerusalem once or twice. 21 But I spoke sharply to them and said, “What are you doing out here, camping around the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you!” And that was the last time they came on the Sabbath. 22 Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and to guard the gates in order to preserve the holiness of the Sabbath.

Remember this good deed also, O my God! Have compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love.

23 About the same time I realized that some of the men of Judah had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Furthermore, half their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of some other people and could not speak the language of Judah at all. 25 So I confronted them and called down curses on them. I beat some of them and pulled out their hair. I made them swear in the name of God that they would not let their children intermarry with the pagan people of the land.

26 “Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. 27 How could you even think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward God by marrying foreign women?”

28 One of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest had married a daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, so I banished him from my presence.

29 Remember them, O my God, for they have defiled the priesthood and the solemn vows of the priests and Levites.

30 So I purged out everything foreign and assigned tasks to the priests and Levites, making certain that each knew his work. 31 I also made sure that the supply of wood for the altar and the first portions of the harvest were brought at the proper times.

Remember this in my favor, O my God.

Footnotes:

13:1 See Deut 23:3-6.
13:6 King Artaxerxes of Persia is here identified as the king of Babylon because Persia had conquered the Babylonian Empire. The thirty-second year of Artaxerxes was 433 B.c.
13:19 Hebrew on the day before the Sabbath.

What Transformation really means to an individual as well as a nation

Hosea 2:15 I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Galatians 6:15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

*Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary