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In Israel – Preparing for Shiloh University’s February 2018 Israel Tour

I am now in Jerusalem, eagerly completing preparations for Shiloh University’s February 2018 Israel Tour. This second study tour by Shiloh University will include participants from our prophetic communities in Mount Zion, Niterói, Brazil, and Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa, along with members of Austin Cathedral in Texas, which is pastored by my dear friends Bill and Sue Hart.

Our faith and anticipation is for a meeting with the Lord and a deepening revelation of the Jewish roots of our faith. Join with me in prayer that our love relationship with Israel and the Jewish people will bear fruit. We stand firm, knowing God will fulfill His Word over Israel.


How Do We Prepare For What Eye Has Not Seen Or Ear Heard?

How do we prepare our spirits for “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)? We tend to live as people of habits and routines, and we may think that doing things in a different way on a natural level will prepare us for how God will move. It may help in some ways, but what matters is what we are doing in our spirits because God reveals things to us through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).

There is no question that God will move. He will appear, and there in His presence is the power to heal, to break bondages, and to be transformed into His likeness. The question is: at the moment when He is ready to do a new thing in your life, will you be aware (Isaiah 43:19)? Is your spirit in tune with the Lord, waiting upon Him and immersed in Him?

When Jesus was on earth, many people saw Him, but they were not aware of what they could appropriate from Him. At the pool of Bethesda, a multitude of people waited every day for the angel of the Lord to come and stir the waters. On a natural level, they were conditioned to look for a certain manifestation of their healing. Yet, a man who had been ill for 38 years reached out with his spirit and touched the Lord at the moment that He passed by. That man was healed. On that day, God did something new that had not even entered into the thinking of that multitude. The story of the lame man in Acts 3:1-7 is just as intriguing. Day after day, this man sat at the gate that even Jesus Christ Himself walked through. But one day, this man’s spirit reached for and appropriated the healing from Peter that was available at that moment. We find the same example in the woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years (Mark 5:25-34). She was ready in her spirit to lay hold of the healing power that was in Jesus. You are going to have the same opportunities, but will you be aware? God will move on those who are waiting on the Lord continually in their heart and spirit, even if it appears on a natural level that nothing has changed. Their spirit is focused and locked into Him.

Lord, we are looking for You to move in our generation in ways that no one has ever seen before. When the moment comes that You do a new thing, a different thing in our life, may our spirits be ready to touch You in a way that turns loose all that You are and all that You have for us.

This message titled “How Do We Prepare For What Eye Has Not Seen Or Ear Heard?” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.


Righteousness That Comes By Faith

I opened the School of Prophets at Mount Zion with a drive in my heart to change our approach to repentance.

We still live too much with the concept that we become righteous by disciplining ourselves. We evaluate our actions as either good or bad. God is looking for a different response from us. Of course, He wants us to approach Him and come into His presence. But He wants us to lay before Him the heavy burden we carry of trying to create righteousness in ourselves by our own ability and evaluation of our actions. The Lord is saying, “I went to the cross for you. The Father sent Me because He loves you so much.” “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

There is no righteousness or unrighteousness that is derived from the Law, that either qualifies us or disqualifies us from a walk with God. Only God is righteous. Our righteousness comes from being found in Him. (Philippians 3:9).

The greatest offense to Him is when we stand before Him with our own concept of righteousness, and we repent to Him while looking to ourselves to bring about righteousness. We must come before Him just as we are, knowing that He wants to be our Savior. He wants to be our righteousness. All we do is open up to His impartation. Like Joshua the high priest, we stand before the Lord clothed in our filthy garments. He removes our filthy garments and clothes us with His righteousness. There is no other way to righteousness, for He is the way, the truth, and the life.

This message titled “Righteousness That Comes By Faith” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Nathan The Prophet Restored To The Church

There is a concept in the Scriptures that applies to the end time, where we see God bringing back specific anointings to accomplish what is needed for the return of Christ. One of the clearest examples of this is Elijah. Jesus said that Elijah had already come as John the Baptist, and is coming to restore all things (Matthew 17:11-12), referring to the prophecy described in Malachi 4:5-6. The prophetic anointing of Elijah will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that the earth is not destroyed with a curse.

There are other prophecies yet to be fulfilled through the specific anointings of Zechariah, Moses, Joshua the High Priest, Haggai, Zerubbabel, and others. In the end time, these anointings will return and rest upon companies of people who will finalize and accomplish what is necessary for the Kingdom of God to manifest.

With all the anointings that God is bringing back, my greatest cry at this time is for the restoration of the anointing that rested on the prophet Nathan. Nathan had a specific, unique, prophetic anointing to minister to kings and leaders. One of the greatest examples is his ministry to king David. As David moved into leadership and gained the position of being king, his heart hardened until he no longer walked in a simplicity of pleasing the Lord. He started to lose a sensitivity to the voice and the will of the Lord. His sin progressed from adultery to murder and lying, especially to himself. It took the very unique anointing of the prophet Nathan to bring conviction to David in such a way that his eyes were opened and he could see his sin. He was able to recognize what he had lost in his relationship with the Father.

There is no double standard in the Body of Christ, because God is one. There is not one walk with God for the members of the Body and another walk with God for the leaders of the Body. We all need this sensitivity to the voice and the will of the Father. Jesus gave us one simple commandment: to love one another. Yet it has become acceptable to not love and forgive one another. We see this in the division that exists between Protestants and Catholics. We have slowly hardened our hearts to the fact that we are not doing what our Lord has asked us to do.

Father, we ask that the anointing of Nathan be restored to leaders and to the Body of Christ. Wherever there is blindness, wherever there are walls and resistance to see what is in our spirit, let the anointing of Nathan be among us to convict us and show us the truth. Create a godly sorrow in us that produces repentance leading to salvation, for we cannot afford to suffer the loss of Your presence.

This message titled “Nathan The Prophet Restored To The Church” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Sons Have Nowhere To Lay Their Heads

When people told Jesus they wanted to follow Him, His response was, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:57-58). In this response, Jesus was showing us something significant about a walk with God.

God has been giving us some deep teachings about our personal walk with Him and about being those who please Him and love Him. He has been talking to us about a lifestyle. Part of this lifestyle is that we must have no place to stop. Our human tendency is to want to settle down. Peter’s response on the Mount of Transfiguration was to create a monument around one of the greatest moments in Jesus’ life on earth—His transfiguration. We see this same tendency in the Body of Christ—we attempt to contain an experience we had with Him and to build a wall around it.

We cannot enter into the labor of this walk in the Kingdom and have something in our heart or spirit that stops along the way and says, “This is enough; we’ve gone far enough.” When God speaks a living Word to us, something must change in our heart where we can’t stop following Him. We must be positioned in our heart to follow Him wherever He goes.

The only resting place we will have is His Kingdom. We must be set in our hearts to follow the Lamb wherever He leads.

This message titled “Sons Have Nowhere To Lay Their Heads” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Ambition Is To Please The Father

The drive and force behind the life of Christ was His motivation to live in His relationship with the Father and to love the Father with all of His heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Father’s responses to the motivation of Jesus show us that when the Father is well-pleased with us, certain things transpire and our walk with God changes. When we please the Father, it becomes our delight. For Christ, His walk with God was His delight (Psalm 104:33-34). The delight that Jesus had with the Father is imparted to us; it is a gift He gives us as He is pleased with us.

Another thing that happens is the Father feeds us and becomes our strength (John 4:31-34). God provides to those who are His delight. As it was with Christ, we are sustained and refreshed by a food that we do not understand. Not only does He give us food that no one knows about, He gives us His Spirit (Isaiah 42:1). The Father gave Jesus the Spirit and He received it without measure—because that is how pleased God was with His Son.

God answers our prayer (1 John 3:21-22). Whatever we ask, we receive because we are pleasing to Him. When we have the same motivation as Christ, we will receive whatever we ask. When we please Him, we find ourselves caught up into the Father’s presence. Being in His presence is a direct result of pleasing Him (Hebrews 11:5).

God is the creator of all things. All things are made by Him yet He is ready to give them to the one who is pleasing. Imagine God handing you all creation! Everything He has made and done through His power and outstretched arm, He gives to the one who is pleasing in His sight (Jeremiah 27:5; John 3:35).

Lay hold of the ambition that motivated Christ. Let our pleasing the Father open the windows of heaven until we live in the realm of His presence. Lord, let us begin to move in the authority of sons in Your Kingdom.

This message titled “Our Ambition Is To Please The Father” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The Motivation Of Jesus

There is no question how the Father felt about His Son: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17), and we find it repeated several times in the Scriptures (Matthew 17:5; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3: 21-22; II Peter 1:16-18). The Father being well-pleased was so impactful to Him that He opened up the heavens to speak with an audible voice to announce it. What made the Father happy was not that Jesus healed the multitudes, turned water into wine, or walked on water. The Father was well-pleased with Jesus because He loved His Father with all His heart, mind, soul, and strength.

The first and foremost relationship in the Kingdom of God is the relationship between the Father and sons who are driven to please Him. Christ taught us what our motivation should be in that relationship: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mark 12:28-31). We need to reconstruct our motivations. As sons of God, we must have the same motivation as Jesus, the first-born son. This motivation gives us the force and energy and power to walk through all the things we face and go through.

Lord Jesus, we draw from You the motivation that was Your power and drive to accomplish the will of God on earth. You did the will of Your Father, but that was secondary to Your drive to please Him. Let that same drive and motivation exist in us. We declare that we will be a generation in this day that is motivated to please the Father, loving Him with all that we are.

This message titled “The Motivation Of Jesus” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The Doctrine Of Jesus

There is no other commandment that is greater than these: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:28-31). Jesus connected these words to the whole Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:40), to resurrection life (Luke 10:28) and to the Kingdom of God (Mark 12:34).

Every moment of every day, through eternity, the power of God’s love is flowing to us. He loves us with all of His soul, His might, His strength, and with everything He owns, including His Son. God exists beaming that love toward us (Ephesians 1:19). How can we possibly love God with all our strength, with everything that we are made of, and with all that we have? We open up to His love, and we return that love back to Him. We step into the flow of His love toward us and we let the force of it sweep us into His Kingdom.

Jesus made a life of loving God possible for us by restoring us into a relationship with the Father. Everything we are and everything we do can be channeled into a love for the Father. Whatever God will do in this generation, He will do through a people who have this relationship with Him and who live in that great commandment. Father, let us experience Your love. Let us think about ourselves as You think about us. Let there be no resistance to the power of Your love for us. On this Sabbath evening with the young adults at Mount Zion, we step into a new day of living in the power of Your love and loving You back with all that we are.

This message titled “The Doctrine Of Jesus” came at Monte Sião, Niterói, Brazil. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

We Must Foster And Nurture The Holy Spirit’s Presence

On Monday, January 22nd, I was honored to speak to the leadership of the Catholic charismatic movement in Brazil. I began by expressing the deep oneness I feel with Papa Francisco and my appreciation for what he is doing to create oneness in the Body of Christ.

There are two Scriptures that should give all of us a drive for oneness. First, if there is any prayer that the Father will answer, it’s the prayer of His Son: “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You” (John 17:21-23). Our impact on a world that needs to know God is dependent in many ways on our oneness. Our perfection and our growth is likewise dependent on our oneness. We have gifts and anointings that we need to receive from each other.

Secondly, the apostle Paul implores us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. . .and to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-3). As we walk together in the diversities of gifts and ministries that the Holy Spirit has given us, we must be driven and diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit. As long as we are divided, none of us are right. Who has the truth? Jesus Christ is the truth and the Holy Spirit brings oneness. If we remain in oneness, in the unity of the Spirit, then the Holy Spirit Himself will teach us and train us and bring us into the unity of the faith.

God has made us temples of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16). By our actions and our relationships to each other, we either woo the Spirit to continue living within us, or we grieve Him until His Presence departs (Isaiah 63:10). We must be leaders who live in a way that fosters and nurtures the continued presence of the Holy Spirit—in our lives, in our churches, and in the people we lead.

Father, we ask for grace to create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to continue dwelling in us. Wherever division still exists between Catholics, Protestants, and other believers, we ask for Your mercy. We repent of the division in our own hearts. We repent of the ideas and attitudes that divide us from one another. Father, answer the prayer of Your Son, Jesus, and make us one.

At the end of this meeting, the Lord showed us a prophecy about the Catholic charismatic movement: He is intent to move through them with power and love, and by His Word. What He is doing within the charismatic Catholics will have its foundation in Brazil.

This message titled “We Must Foster And Nurture The Holy Spirit’s Presence” came in Canção Nova, São Paulo, Brazil. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.