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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.

This Feast Of Dedication – Fill Your Heart With The Living Word

The Feast of Dedication celebrates the miracle of Hanukkah that occurred at the cleansing of the second temple during the time of the Maccabees. They had to build a menorah and fill it with what little oil they had. Then God created a miracle. Years earlier, when the foundation of the second temple was laid, the old men who had seen the first temple wept over the lost glory. Still, Haggai exhorted them to take courage and work. God was saying, “The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former.”

Hanukkah doesn’t start with a miracle; it ends with a miracle because God blesses your efforts and faith. The Lord is telling us to fill ourselves with the living Word that He has given us. Fill whatever you do with that anointed oil of the Word. It’s not based on what we have or do not have. The miracle of Hanukkah will be done in you and through you because of the anointing of His living Word.

This message titled “This Feast Of Dedication – Fill Your Heart With The Living Word” came at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You

There is a deep impartation we can receive from the experience of Sukkot that is recorded in the Book of Nehemiah. All the people were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. They discovered that the Lord had commanded through Moses that they should live in booths during the feast. So, they did just that. God met them in response to their obedience, and that inspired them to seek the Lord in a new way. In their repentance, they confessed the repeated sins of their fathers and rehearsed God’s faithfulness to always forgive when they turned to Him.

During this Sukkot, we are also finding a new relationship with the Lord and His Word. Talk to the Lord about your life and history. When we simply confess and repent to Him, He will bring us back to His Word, pick us up, and put us back on track. Be open, honest, and unflinching, trusting in His love, compassion, and faithfulness to fulfill His Word for His namesake.

This message titled “God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You“ came during our Sukkot celebration at the Rayen Resort in North Hills, California. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Sukkot: Eat Of The Fat And Drink Of The Sweet

On this Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath, the Lord gave us the keynote for this weekend out of Nehemiah 8. We’ve been through the Ten Days of Repentance and have experienced Yom Kippur. Now we are to eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. This moment is a time of rejoicing.

On this night, we drink the wine which God gave to make the hearts of men joyful, and appropriate the blood of Christ which releases us from sin and also brings the joy and blessing of the Lord. We give thanks to the Lord and eat the bread which God brings forth from the earth, and we also reach beyond into the realm of spirit to partake of Christ, our daily bread which comes down from heaven.

Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death

Tonight I brought a message titled “Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death” at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California.

Sukkot is a time to remember what God did for the children of Israel in the wilderness. It was a place of preparation and a precursor for entering into the Promised Land. They were transformed out of slavery and into a nation of people who must learn how to live in His presence. Their dependency on God was a matter of life and death; they could not survive without His provision and leading.

God is driven to do good for us and to fulfill His Word over us. As it was with the Israelites, our wilderness experience of life or death contains all that is needed to prepare us to receive the new day that God wants to bring us into.

In this time of Sukkot, let our hearts return to an absolute dependency on Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His presence is with us to guide us into the days of the Kingdom. In His presence, we will learn and become. We will know the truth and it will set us free, but we must be ready for Him to lead us in a way we have not walked before. Approach this Sukkot like none other.

Yom Kippur At The Western Wall

I just got back from Israel and I wanted to share with you this video I received of thousands of Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, gathered to celebrate Yom Kippur. This video shows faithful Jewish people from many synagogues, all singing their prayer to God. I am moved by their oneness in observance of this holiest day of the year. Let us cry out to God with them, to see the Father’s continued atonement for His people in every corner of the world.

Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot

This evening I brought a message titled “Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot” at a celebration of Shabbat Shuvah at Rayen Resort in North Hills, California.

This special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only comes once a year and the focus of this night is repentance. Hosea 14:2-9, Joel 2:15-27, and Micah 7:18-20 are beautiful passages which Jews read on this night every year. They speak of returning to the Lord and saying, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.” In these verses, God responds to Israel and speaks of His jealousy and love for them, and talks about how they will be satisfied and will never be put to shame. Micah writes that He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

This is the night in which we see all our sins being tread under God’s foot and cast into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. Whatever you are dealing with, make this a night like never before and walk away from your iniquity. Forget it, knowing He has dealt with it.