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A Sudden Good Break by Doug Addison

A Sudden Good Break by Doug Addison

Doug Addison
We will see a lot of positive changes this year, as 2013 marks the beginning of an entirely new way to function. God is releasing unlimited potential for those who are ready to move forward.
Sudden Good Breaks
“Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” Proverbs 13:12 MSG
Get ready for “sudden good breaks” and the end of a season of disappointments. This is a time of “suddenness” and quick radical turnarounds. It will require changing the way we think and taking action.
Clean out the old ways and make room for the new. Don’t be surprised if you begin to see a new way to do what you do. Stepping back from your situation will help.
Prophetic Word
“You have sought me and now act on what I am telling you. Trust your spiritual instincts.” This is a time in which you will hear clamoring around you. But listen deep inside to the Holy Spirit speaking to you. This is a time to learn as you go, and you have to enter the race to win! Take practical steps and listen to peace in your heart.
“… but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV
Joseph Anointing Increasing
This year we will see many people who have a “Joseph anointing” begin to come on the scene. This is similar to the Jewish patriarch Joseph (Genesis 37-41) who interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and gave prophetic words that set up a huge financial blessing and far-reaching provision during a famine. These “Joseph people” (men and women) will release prophetic insight and financial blessing into the Kingdom of God.
In 2007 God spoke to me that we were entering into a new seven-year season. Similar to the life of Joseph, people who are called to move in this new anointing from God will go through rejection and turmoil. In 2012 the “Joseph people” started coming alive and began to be released from their prisons of rejection and being forgotten. In 2013 they will begin to rise up in various areas of influence in society.
First Quarter Prophetic Forecast
·        January – Watch for subtle changes in how you think. God is drawing us to a new level of “all things are possible for those who believe” mentality. He is revealing areas where we limit not only ourselves but also God’s power from flowing through us.
·       February – This is a time to take action and move toward new things that God is revealing. Some old prophetic promises and dreams are now being updated. God will show you what is for now, what is for later and what is no longer valid. Watch as fogginess, wilderness and spiritual winter times begin to diminish. New strength and drive will come to you.
·       March – This will be when things start to spring into action with what God is revealing and calling you to. Take practical steps and stay steady. It will benefit you to create a plan of action “as faith without works is dead.” James 2:20 (NKJV)
Fear and Cursing
Two dark forces of fear and cursing have come against people. These two demonic attacks will only lose their grip as we rise above with the opposite spirit from God. As we trust God instead of being fearful and bless people instead cursing them, we will see a great turnaround in our own lives and the lives of people around us.
Unforgiveness Towards Leaders
I had a prophetic dream last month that people are cursing leaders who struggle with addictions. Here’s the dream:
I was standing next to a beautiful large body of water and the atmosphere suddenly changed so you could see all the fish underneath. A group of people was on a small bridge praying and worshiping. As I got closer, I could hear them praying a prayer that turned into a worship song …the song rhymed, “leaders with addictions, have nothing to do with them.”
I knew they had been wounded by the shortcomings of pastors and leaders. There was smoke or some fragrance from their prayer song but as I walked through, it smelled foul. They thought they were doing the right thing by standing up for justice, but God’s heart is for restoration of these struggling leaders. They did not realize they were actually cursing. But as they prayed, you could no longer see deep into the water and the heavens began to close.
I got this prophetic word regarding the dream: the next move of God depends on all of us and it is important to pray, blessing people who struggle. Remember when a woman was caught in adultery Jesus said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) Jesus is saying that now. It is time to give up our grievances against those who have hurt us. We don’t have to agree with what they did but forgiveness will open the heavens over our life.
Dream: I Can List
I had a dream last month that I had so many things to do and I was feeling overwhelmed. I cried out to God saying “I can’t!” God spoke to me in the dream that I must create an “I CAN” list. So I have written down a new list of what I can do with God.  It is exciting!
“Do not conform 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 12:2 (NIV)
This is a time to transform our thinking to line up with God’s unlimited power!  I can and so can you!
I am excited for God’s direction this year and am looking forward to see how our lives will be changed with unlimited thinking!  My prayer is that we would see where we are limiting ourselves and God so that we can take strong steps with a plan of action.

Watching for my sudden good break!

Doug Addison


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2013 Prophetic Insights by Matt Sorger

2013 Prophetic Insights by Matt Sorger

Matt Sorger
As I waited upon God going into 2013 I received these words from the Lord. Some came in the form of impressions, others came as visions and some came as scriptures that God was breathing on for this season. Prophetic words are an invitation from the Lord. I sense these following 13 prophetic insights are to be decrees that we aggressively pursue for 2013. They are invitations for use to lay hold of.
1.    Stagnant waters will be stirred in a fresh way. I saw pools of Bethesda stirring again and a fresh healing stir being released. God wants His people to lay hold of the divine healing anointing in a fresh way this year. I saw deep seated, lingering disorders being healed, even down to the chromosome level. I saw stubborn areas within the soul and flesh being healed that people have battled with for years. In John 5:2-5, 9 Christ performs a healing on the Sabbath. Jesus never did anything by chance or accident. He was very purposeful in His intention. God is calling His people to access His healing and power from a place of rest. The Sabbath is more than just a day of rest. It’s a spiritual position of rest. In Christ we enter into the Sabbath. We receive because of the finished work Christ has done on the cross. Rather than begging God for what He has already done, we are simply to step in and receive the finished work. A new level and substance of faith is coming into the heart to receive the finished work. God is highlighting the spirit of faith and understanding the finished work of Christ. Living from the Sabbath position will be crucial in obtaining all God has for us.
2.    A prophetic ear will be given to not only hear but to also listen and comprehend. This hearing will also occur from a position of rest in His presence. A key scripture is 1Sam 3:3,10. In a time of no widespread revelation and where the eyes of the high priest Eli were growing dim, the light was still burning in the temple near the ark. As Samuel rested before the ark in the presence of God, the voice of God speaks to him. After several times of hearing, but not understanding, Samuel is instructed by Eli to say, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” There is a big difference between hearing and listening. God is refining the prophetic ear and the prophetic movement. He is calling His prophets and His people to come into a place of rest in His presence in the light of revelation. From that place the voice of God will speak. Not only will His voice be heard, but it will be listened to and comprehended. A new clarity of hearing and perceiving God’s voice is coming. It will not be by self-effort or striving. It will be from resting in His presence. Not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord.
3.    New language will be given by God to properly and clearly communicate truths God is highlighting and speaking. For example, the term “soaking” was not used until the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the 90’s. This term helped explain the concept of being filled with God’s presence. New language will be given by the Spirit to more deeply and clearly understand truths God is bringing forth of spiritual realities.
4.    God is giving the blueprints for the new wineskin God is forming. In Josh 3:3-6 the people were to follow the ark into a way they have never gone before. As we follow the moving of the presence of God He will lead us by His Spirit into places we have never gone before. The walk of sanctification will be vital in preparation for the wonders God will do. God is saying to be ready to pull the tent pegs up. When the cloud of His presence moves we need to move with Him. We have to be willing to fold up old structures and ways of doing things in order to stay current and fresh with God.  God’s marching orders will be given. There will be new alignments and relational structures to facilitate the move of God.
5.    We will not continue to do things the same way. The cloud of God is moving and with that our activities will shift. Our focuses will shift. Some old structures will have to adapt and morph with the new way God is moving. There will be fresh Spirit-led activity. God doesn’t want us to be busy. He wants us to be fruitful. Forms, structures and even activities we have done in the past may shift as God moves in new ways. Be prepared to let go of some things and to embrace and step into some new things you haven’t done before. It will be vital to go where the Spirit is breathing. Don’t hold onto something God isn’t breathing on any longer. Be fruitful by moving and being led by the Spirit.
6.    God will be highlighting and deepening within His people an understanding of the true identity of the believer. Revelation of how to live out of union with God will come forth. We will understand our oneness with God and live out of our inner spirit man. For those who are one with God are one spirit with Him. 1Cor 6:17,19
7.    God is going to bring revelation into foundational spiritual truths. Things we thought we knew and understood, God is going to have us look again and He is going to give us deeper revelation and understanding into things we thought we knew for years. Look back upon foundational truths and new light and revelation will be shone upon them bringing the manifestation of true spiritual realities.
8.    The understanding of spiritual warfare is shifting. We are moving from “warfare” breakthrough to a “decreeing and establishing” breakthrough. This will occur with a deeper revelation of who and where we are. Rather than fighting into the second heaven from being under, we will rule and reign from the third heaven being over. I understand that we wrestle not with flesh and blood (Eph 6:12) and that even Jesus experience personal warfare when He was tempted by the devil and overcame by the spoken word of God. But this warfare will not be fought to obtain victory, but will be fought from a place of victory. Christians will live from a third heaven reality understanding how to establish on earth as it is in heaven. A new perspective, a new revelation and with it a new manifestation of Kingdom authority will be released. God is bringing people into a new level of spiritual authority. Eph 2:5-6 is a key scripture. The church will shift from an Old Testament model of spiritual warfare (Dan 10:13) into a New Testament revelation of establishing what has already been won (Col 2:15).
9.    This is the season of the fulfillment of dreams. Many are being brought from a time where the word of the Lord tested them. The second dream to Joseph was highlighted to me in Gen 37:9-11. In it Joseph sees eleven stars and the sun and the moon bowing down to him, speaking of his promotion into a position of authority and influence. Eleven plus two is 13, the number of this year. People are going to step into the manifestation of unfulfilled dreams. The warfare of the last season is being washed away and a new heavenly perspective is being granted. Just as Joseph’s betrayal and trial maneuvered him into his assignment and destiny, so will the trials and testings in our lives propel us into our destinies. Key scriptures are Gen 37:9, Gen 45:5-8, Psalm 105:17-24.
10. God is delivering people from burdens. But it’s not just the removal of burdens. As Psalm 81:6-7 says, He will remove our shoulder from the burden and bring deliverance. This is different than the burden being removed from us. It’s us being removed from under the burden. Get ready for divine shifting that will maneuver you out from underneath burdens into a place of deliverance. In other words, situations or people may stay the same, but you will be maneuvered out from underneath them. It’s a season of deliverance for those who call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 81:6-7 shows 10 promises accompanying this deliverance. These include financial provision, divine health, fear of the Lord on the enemy, the covering of His presence, light in the darkness, food, dry places refreshed, joy, lands and nations, and reaping where haven’t labored. Lay hold of these promises for you, your family, church, ministry and business.
11. There is a generational convergence taking place. It’s a season for new young leaders to be mentored and raised up. Generations are converging together and will function together in relationship for the purpose of multiplication. Generational wells and new wells will open together. Fathers and mothers will take their place and sons and daughters will come into their place. Those that have not been fathers will now step into a fathering role. Gen 26:18-24 is a key scripture for this.
12. I saw a vision of an open door. This is the year of the open door. As we run through it we will come into divine acceleration. New favor, new opportunities and new advancements. Key scripture is Rev. 3:7-13. God will keep us from the hour of trial coming upon the whole earth. It’s time to hold fast what you have so no one robs you of your crown. Have patient endurance. The name of God will be upon us.
13. I saw a vision of the Lord blowing upon a flickering flame. Usually when someone blows on a candle the flame goes out. But as God breathed upon the flame within us it got brighter and hotter. It will be a season of renewing our first love for God (Rev 2:2-7). God is bringing both an encouragement and warning that if our works are not done from the place of first love, the candlestick can be removed. Ministry work must be done from the place of first love for Jesus. God is calling people back to the simplicity of worship and living a life in His presence. This will also bring deeper consecration, holiness and divine fire as a result. Key verse is Mt 12:20. A smoldering wick He will not snuff out.

I encourage you to pray over these 13 prophetic decrees and meditate on them and apply them to your lives as the Holy Spirit leads you.

Matt Sorger


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2013: New E.R.A has Begun: Kingdom Alignment by Angela Greenig

2013: New E.R.A. has Begun: Kingdom Alignment by Angela Greenig

Angela Greenig
This 2013 is one of the greatest years of Heavenly Angelic Visitation that we will ever witness! The sky is the limit to what you can have when you pray and believe.  God says you will receive wisdom to make and fulfill destiny and dreams within your lives.  Dreams that you may have thought were aborted or stolen.  Dreams that you thought you had lain down. God says you will walk in a greater power of the Holy Spirit.  For many, this is your year of Favor, and the IMPOSSIBLE becoming possible.
The previous two years have been a time of alignment and preparation.  They have been vital to the Purposes and Plans God has in store for each one of us that will be revealed in its fullness this year if we will pray, seek, and pay attention.
Numbers are Very Symbolic:
·       In 2010 – [20] is Redemption, and [10] means Divine Perfection/LAW/ORDER Gods laws had to be in place, not only in the natural but in the Spirit as well.
·       2011 – [11] Means Judgment, if you break it down, it means Deliverance/Justice
·       2012 – [12] Means governmental authority that releases perfection. There are many, many facets to the number 12.
·       2013 – The Apostolic and Prophetic Fathers and Mothers will take their rightful seats of authority, at Gods table. There will be a spiritual change this year that will charge the atmosphere.  The number 13 means sin/rebellion. It is coming down. Many prodigals are and will come home this year. The number 13 also means Disciple; many will help us to release the ERA (Evangelism, Radical Army). It’s the year of fulfilling the harvest. Evangelism will rise and shine upon those in great darkness.
Arise Sons and Daughters
Arise Sons and Daughters from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you-rise to a new life!  Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! This new season is here and it’s now. It will take faith to step into the fullness of what God has called and ordained for you. Many of you have an uncommon seed that will produce an uncommon harvest!! This is the year of the sickle to be put onto the fields, for behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you. He’s rising upon you right now!!! You have purpose in His Kingdom, what you do with this seed and the year ahead will be determined by you. If you keep the seed [your destiny, business, family] in your hands God cannot activate the fullness of His Blessings and goodness.
You Will Succeed
This year determine in your Soul [your mind, will and emotions] that this is the year you succeed in all that you do. Speak to the mountains and the circumstances in your life. Decree those things that have not yet happened that they will. I believe that God is daring us to dream again. The writing is on the Wall and losing is not an option. Far too long many have settled for status quo, barely getting by but getting by.  For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.  Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged.
May you be encouraged as you dwell on the Glory of His Majesty! “The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.” Daniel 4:17Oh, Most High… God has made the heavens and the earth by your outstretched hand.  Rejoice in the Power and Majesty of Our King!!!
This new season will be just that: new, refreshing and you will step into your destiny!
 

Angela Greenig


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Prophetic Words for 2013 by John Belt

Prophetic Words for 2013 by John Belt

John Belt
I really believe that God has good things in store this year. I’m a firm believer that when we put God first in our lives, making Him our true contentment that everything falls into place.  Many things that we’ve been seeking the Lord for and wanting to see happen I believe will begin to happen this year.
Songs of Victory
I John 5:4 “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith.”
2013 is a year of victory. God is giving his people the opportunity to play a “flying V” electric guitar.  For those of you who are not familiar with the flying V, it was an electric guitar that was designed in the 1950’s.  This electric was, in most cases, popularly associated with the roaring rock and roll sound.  What I saw is that as we lift our voice up to God like the roar of a lion victory would accompany our praise. When we do this it will set new things in motion in our lives, break chains and rock our world.  We will soar, flying in victory, as we move aggressively into His Kingdom plans.
Coat of Many Colors
This year will be a new beginning of dreams being fulfilled.  With every dream, every vision and every promised land there is a challenge and call to overcome.  The coat of many colors that was given to Joseph is a picture of what God gives to us to put on. (Gen. 37:3)  God is a God of color, of diversity, of beauty and of brightness.  He takes us beyond the place of grey and dullness calling us to dream beyond ourselves into a place that overflows and affects others.  Just as Joseph had the dream that God had given him, he also had to overcome many things to see those dreams come to pass.  In a moment he inherited a kingdom.  When the fullness of time comes for our dreams God is faithful to see that they come to pass.  Our faithfulness, commitment and uncompromising heart is required to inherit the fullness of what God has for each of us.  In order to inherit a promise we must have a dream with the accompanying grace to overcome in the seasons of life that are packaged with these dreams.
Awakening to Throne Room Worship
Revelation 4:9-11 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty- four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
When Jesus died on the cross, not only was His sacrifice for the forgiveness, deliverance, and cleansing from sin, but the veil of His flesh was rent asunder as an entryway for us to come into His courts.  The Throne Room of God is the most intimate place of worship for all believers.  Just as we see the types and shadows in the Old Testament as we look at the temple, how it resembles the areas of worship and sacrifice as a picture of the heavenly, so we can now move from the outer courts into the most holy place of God’s sanctuary.  Not to exclude how the Spirit inhabits us in the most holy place of our hearts.
There is a divine exchange that takes place when we have a heart that desires to experience that heavenly dwelling just as Paul did.  Because of our desire for the heavenly dwelling there is an equivalent blessing in our present lives on earth as He inhabits us by the glory of His Spirit.  When we speak of “Christ in us the hope of glory,” we are talking about the glory of God within us, our experiencing His Throne being set up in our hearts.  The Throne Room of God is the center point of heaven. In the same way the Throne Room of His Presence is set-up at the most central place of our being.  This year people will begin to better understand that it is mediocre at best to get stuck in a performance model of worship where intimacy with God is not central to the worship experience.  Deep calls to deep.  When we realize how deep that place is in us we will ask God to fill that place with the depths of His Spirit.  A deeper hunger will cause us to desire to be in His courts worshipping before His Throne.
Healing Power of the Spirit
Another thing that will happen this year is an exponential increase in power healing in the Body of Christ.  Those things that have been broken will be healed in people lives.  This applies to physical healing, but also to those who need emotional healing.  One of the main attributes that I’ve always noticed when healing anointing is present is that great joy accompanies it.  There is a high level of faith and joy present as we release God’s healing presence.  Part of what will help this to occur will be as we move into a place of greater dependency, true identity and are intent in our hearts to really give God all the credit for His work.  Self-exaltation, self-promotion and all the associated things that go with this will have to be removed for those who really want to see true results.  True faith is what God is looking for.  This has a two-fold meaning.  This means that the faith is pure in a way that is sincere.  It also means that the substance of faith is in operation.  This substance of faith will be such that it cuts through oppressive atmospheres to bring a substantial result in people’s physical bodies.
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Just as in the Book of Acts, Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were “oppressed” by the devil.  There is a reason why “the devil” is mentioned here.  We have to have discernment once again to recognize the adversary we are dealing with. Oppressive atmospheres are contrary to the atmosphere of heaven.  The anointing of the Spirit is what is needed to break into the lives of people in order that they may break out of oppressive prisons that the devil has bound them in.
Moving Away From Intellectual Dependency Toward Hunger for God
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
In this day we are living in, as it was in Jesus day, there has always been the choice for people to live by the food of the intellect or the food of the Spirit.  Those who live by the food of the intellect feed on the natural mind, theological worship and all the things that support that system of thinking. it is obvious that we need a good doctrinal foundation, but once we have that we are to move into the maturity of demonstrating the kingdom.  The Holy Spirit is the person that makes what we know in our minds effective, active and penetrating in our actions. Our lives are not to consist of just words but a life that demonstrates God’s power.  Those who have found that the intellectual approach to seeking God has not produced any power to help others will turn to true hunger for God. Some are going to say, “Enough is enough!”  They will seek God through fastings, prayers and worship allowing themselves to be fed by the pure words of God in scripture (by the Spirit), rather than the flattering words of seduction or the intellectual arguments of foolishness. God is sounding a wake-up call to His Body to fully embrace a hunger pursuit of His presence and power, not for the sake of personal benefit, but for the cause of displaying His glory and power throughout the earth.  It is due season for the Body of Christ to manifest the brightness of WHO HE IS.

Have a Blessed 2013!

John Belt


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Show Me Your Glory by Elaine Tavolacci

Show Me Your Glory by Elaine Tavolacci
By Elaine Tavolacci

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Throughout the bible we read about incredible encounters that people had with God. In the book of Exodus He led the children of Israel with a cloud by day and fire by night. In chapter 33 Moses told God; “if Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here”. He didn’t want to do anything without the Lords presence. Then he said to the Lord, “Please, show me Your glory.” This is the cry of every Christians heart. We sing it and we pray it but many of us are not experiencing His manifested glory in our lives the way that we desire. In the book of John chapter 17 when Jesus was praying to the father He said, And the glory which You have given Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. Jesus is looking for those who are totally yielded to Him, who He could trust with His glory.

The Lord says I am looking for those who are focused, those who are courageous, those who are determined and immovable. I am looking for those who are willing to put their own agendas aside for My Kingdom. I am looking for those who are strong to do great exploits. They will know My leading and not be confused by counterfeit voices. They will know My word and not be moved by every wind of doctrine. I am looking for people who will go forth to fulfill My plans for this generation. They will walk in My authority and power. They will not be weak or frail and will teach others how to live a life of faith.  They will have a revelation of My truth, therefore they recognize what I have assigned them to do. They are not double minded but understand their calling and the authority that has been given to them. They understand the preparation and submit to the process of growth, as they allow Me to work in their lives. Many are those who have been tried and have overcame difficult trials in their lives.

Tenacious in Warfare

I am looking for those who are tenacious in spiritual warfare. They will not be fearful of the enemy’s tactics but they will rest assured that no evil shall befall them. They have been released from the enemies camp, and are not afraid to go in and set other captives free. They will never retreat in adverse times. They will be My witnesses on this earth and will not fear the days ahead. They see what is on the horizon and will not be moved by an approaching storm.

They will discern false teachings and false prophets, because they will recognize My voice. They will walk in a life of victory because they are Spirit led and not led by their own desires. They know how to enter into the Holy of Holies, and will teach others how to enter without guilt or shame. As the veil has been torn and they come into this higher dimension, they will receive the fullness of what I have for them.

There is now an open door to enter into My presence in a new way. I have provided for you to receive My anointing without measure. There is a greater glory and a new authority available to you that you have not known before.  Make yourself available to this by simply saying yes and receiving all that I have for you in this time of transformation says the Lord.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

 

Daniel 11:32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

 

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

Hebrews 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Elaine Tavolacci

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www.TheVoiceOfBreakthrough.com


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God is Releasing Boldness to Confront the Powers of Darkness by Dr. Sandie Freed

God is Releasing Boldness to Confront the Powers of Darkness by Dr. Sandie Freed
By Sandie Freed

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Dear Believer, I want to write to you today to encourage and impart to you courage for this season.   Though we face what seems to be increased darkness, we must be reminded that we are the light that drives away darkness and the powers of darkness.  However, as we continue to serve Christ, we are faced with increased persecution. The other day I heard the Lord speak to me concerning our season of favor.  He reminded me of Isaiah 49:8 (RSV) which says, “Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you.”  I knew immediately that God was speaking to me about entering into a new season of favor and that in that season He was going to reveal hidden mysteries and give answers (revelation) to those mysteries.  So, therefore, we can expect to hear from God and receive answers to prayers! Believer, just be assured that God is releasing not only great favor right now, but also a divine boldness to confront powers of darkness.

Persecution

Webster’s defines persecution as “the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group.”  Webster’s goes on to say that one of the most common forms is “religious persecution.”  This involves, according to Webster as an inflicting of “suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear and/or pain.” I can relate to persecution from our enemy, Satan, as I am positive that you can also.  Our enemy is seeking ways to imprison us with fear and bondage.  However, when we refer to “religious persecution,” we must conclude that this harassment can come not only from Satan and his cohorts, but also from a religious system or a religious belief system that persecutes us as we continue to advance the kingdom of God.  In this article, I will address both types of persecution- religious persecution from a religious system and the persecution that occurs when a Jezebel spirit is active within a church, organization or a family.

Demonstrating the Kingdom

Dear ones, there is not a single one of us that enjoys persecution.  However, if we are determined to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God on earth, we will definitely confront powers of darkness.  Let’s just be real a moment and admit that there have been times that we have been challenged with a lack of courage and boldness when we attempt to do as Jesus commissioned; heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils (to name a few).

However, I recently read how Peter, while under serious scrutiny from the Pharisees, prayed not to be delivered from persecution, but rather receive increased boldness to stir things up even more!

Healing the Lame Beggar

If you will recall the account in John chapter 3, Peter and John were on their way to prayer and passed by a lame man who was carried daily to the gate called Beautiful to beg for alms.  Rather than donate to his beggar’s cup, they healed him!

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:6-10 (NIV)

The Gate Called Beautiful

This gate referred to as Beautiful is translated in Greek as not only being beautiful, but interestingly also means “belonging to the right hour or season (being timely)” and “flourishing.”  I feel it is safe to say that it is a beautiful thing that happened that day when Peter and John demonstrated God’s heart to heal the lame beggar.  In fact, it was his “time and season” for a miracle.  Dear ones, I believe we are in that same season. The Spirit of God desires for us to flourish also- He wants to touch us with His beautiful expression of  grace and His divine love through demonstrating His power on earth.

When the people around noticed this miracle, they followed Peter and John to Solomon’s Colonade.  It was as if they could not believe their eyes, they actually witnessed a miracle from God!  Yet, Peter addressed the crowd and addressed their doubt and unbelief.  He reminded them that Jesus had just been among them and demonstrated heaven on earth with signs, wonders and miracles.  Yet, they disowned Him and killed the author of life. Peter explained that Christ had been resurrected and that it was not by their own power that they were able to heal, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Power of God Stirs Up Religious Spirits and Legalism

Acts 4 picks up with the leaders and the Sadducees who approach John and Peter as they boldly addressed the crowd.  These religious leaders and teachers of the Law were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching about Christ’s resurrection and demonstrating resurrection power and then seized them and put them in jail until the next day.  Persecution comes with demonstration, doesn’t it? And when we demonstrate the grace and love of God it stirs up legalistic spirits. Yet, we must remember to focus on the fruit of demonstration rather than the persecution that is coupled with demonstrating God’s power on earth.  Scripture says that many saw what happened and heard the message and the number of men grew to five thousand!  Wow, now that is a sign flourishing, isn’t it? It truly is the love and grace of God that brings people to repentance.   Yet, we must make note that there was boldness in operation when the apostles were demonstrating power and pointing to the life Jesus was offering His people.

Acts 4 goes on to discuss even more persecution.  More leaders approached Peter and asked, “By whom and in whose name are you doing these things?” (My words). And again, the Holy Spirit fell upon Peter and he spoke with even more boldness. Peter and John were on trial because they healed someone.  How ridiculous is that?  Just to imagine that when the apostles healed people from diseases, lepers and spirits of death, etc., that it upset the religious leaders.  Rather than rejoicing, there was persecution.

Yet, Peter and John did not ask to be delivered from this persecution, but as noted in acts 4:29, they prayed for more boldness!   They asked for the Lord to continue to use them to demonstrate His miraculous power- regardless of the persecution.

Acts 4:31 (NIV) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Please take some quality time and read through the entirety of Acts 3 and 4.  Your faith for boldness will arise and you will become even more empowered to demonstrated God’s’ kingdom on this earth!

Confronting Jezebe l – A Demonic Power of Intimidation

In my travels, I come across many believers who claim they are intimidated by a spirit of Jezebel.  When we are intimidated, our boldness to do great exploits for God is dwarfed.   I have written two books on this evil spirit.  The first book, Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord: Exposing the Seductions of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah will empower you to understand the power of a demonic threefold cord the enemy still uses against us today.  The most recent book, The Jezebel Yoke, discusses how easily we’re yoked with the deceptions of Jezebel.  If we are in agreement with doubt and unbelief, we are easily yoked with the deceptions of an evil Jezebel spirit.

It is important to understand that the Jezebel spirit operates strongly through a spirit of religion (religious spirits) and legalism, Religion hinders the demonstration and power of God.  Elijah confronted Jezebel and her false gods.  As a result, she sent an evil messenger with words saying that she was going to kill him for what he had done.   Actually, Elijah “saw that” which she was prophesying.  Jezebel will always send a false message to us that causes our imaginations to picture utter defeat- even death!  This evil messenger sent Elijah running off and ending up in a cave! Elijah was persecuted for standing up to Jezebel and her false gods.  We also will be persecuted when we confront Jezebel.  However, we must not cower down and run away from confrontation- we must become as Peter and pray for even more boldness.

I believe that if we will pray for boldness, God will bring a shaking and fill us with even more boldness and power just as He did in the books of Acts.

We must be on guard and remain aware of how Jezebel easily slips a yoke upon us:

  1. Idolatry:  Don’t allow anything or anyone to take the place of God in your life. When the “Ultimate thing” is no longer the “ultimate thing,” you are easily yoked with idolatry.
  2. Examine your spiritual thermometer.  Have you lost your passion?  Jezebel steals godly passion and replaces it with religious works.  Examine your heart and ask yourself “why” you are working for God- is it out of love or out of fear?  God will always give grace to do as he directs.  If there is no grace, then you may be involved in religious works.  Jezebel loves that!
  3. Is your life in chaos?  A Jezebel spirit brings with it confusion and chaos.  In local churches and ministries, there will be control issues and the need to have power (not true delegated authority).  When Jezebel is active, the local church will experience the fear of church splits and confusion along with major disunity.
  4. Check for a pattern of illness and infirmity.  Jezebel will drain the life from you.  Especially, if you are a counselor or leader, Jezebel attempts to wear you down with her control issues and by spreading lies of disunity.
  5. Are you discouraged?  Jezebel robs us of courage.  She is known in Rev 2 as a false prophetess.  Today, this spirit falsely prophesies to us concerning our destiny.  This evil voice sounds like this:
  • You’re not strong enough to be a leader.
  • You’re not smart enough for God to use you.
  • You will never fulfill destiny.
  • God doesn’t care about you.
  • God might heal others, but you’re not good enough for Him to heal you.
  1. Jezebel is legalistic and demands religious performance.  Remember, we are no longer under the Law.  We are under the New Covenant of God’s grace. We are righteous in Christ Jesus, not because of what we “do” for God (speaking of religious dead works.).  More evil messages that come from her influence sound like:
  • You’re not “doing” enough to please God
  • You must perform for God to love you
  • You are righteous only because of your performance for God

These are only a few examples of how Jezebel operates and attempts to rob us of boldness and courage. Remember, if God asks you do demonstrate His power, He will give you to grace  and the boldness to do it.   I have many other examples in the books I have written that may help you break off any influence of Jezebel.

Dear one, I believe that it is our season for beautiful and timely things to occur.  It is our season to flourish.   Have faith today in His divine grace to equip and empower you to do whatever He has instructed for you to accomplish as you advance His kingdom. God is going to shake things and fill us to overflowing with power and boldness.  Just as He encouraged Joshua to be bold and to be strong (see Joshua 1), God is saying the same to us today!  Let’s cross over into our promises- with divine power and demonstration!

Allow me to pray for you:

Father, I pray for every reader that you led to read this article.  They are reading this by divine appointment.  It is their season of favor.  It is also their season to receive divine revelation and answered prayer.  I pray for the spirit of Might to be upon each reader and for a supernatural boldness to confront evil powers that are opposing their breakthroughs.  Father God, I thank you for the finished work of the Cross and the shed blood of Jesus that was the ultimate sacrifice for our victory over the enemy.  Lord, I thank You for Your grace which will empower us today with greater boldness to confront and defeat spirits of darkness- especially a Jezebel spirit!  And, I also thank You for a divine impartation of boldness today as well as an anointing of power and demonstration for every reader.  In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen.

Sandie Freed

zionministries1@sbcglobal.net


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Answering To a Higher Authority by Elaine Tavolacci

Answering To a Higher Authority by Elaine Tavolacci
By Elaine Tavolacci

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Many of you are wondering why you are not able to go to a higher level with the Lord. We are called to live by a higher standard than the world. We serve a holy God and we cannot compromise our walk with Jesus and expect to receive His anointing without measure. Your spiritual level depends entirely on you. Jesus wants to do extraordinary things in your life that are beyond human comprehension but It is not possible for Him to approve of or promote someone living an ungodly lifestyle. There is an enemy that vies for your attention to keep you from what the Lord has for you. You have to realize that greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world, and you are able to break through any barriers that the enemy tries to use to block you from advancing in the kingdom of God.

The Lord says, I am calling you back to a place of intimacy. I am calling you back into a holy alliance with Me. You who were once sensitive to My voice, sensitive to My leading and sensitive to My conviction, hear My call once again. Don’t get caught up in the seduction of this world or entangle yourself with the affairs of this life. Don’t allow those things that are meaningless to entice you and lure you in the wrong direction. Watch for the little foxes that spoil the vine. As you acknowledge and turn away from the things that are hindering you and the sin that so easily besets you, you will begin to advance once again. Push aside anything that is obstructing your walk with Me. Guard your heart so that your conscience will not become seared, to where you no longer become repentant. As My conviction comes upon you, you will respond in one of two ways. Just as fire is applied to a wax candle, some will melt in submission but some will  become more hardened.

Going Back to the Place of Your First Love

I am calling you back to the place of total surrender and to enter into My rest once again. This is the place of your first love. Recognize all that I have made available for you in My Covenant. I have wonderful plans and great exploits to release but I must have clean vessels to work through. Do not despise My chastisement. I have provision beyond what the world could offer.  Do not compromise your salvation or take it lightly but treat it with reverence. Open your eyes and open your ears My beloved so that you will recognize the days that you are living in. I desire to move in a mighty way among you but you must be submitted. There is much I could do with an obedient heart. As you throw off the soiled garments and that which defiles, I will move in your life once again. I have called you to a higher place. I have called you to a higher standard. Rise up above temptations and allow Me to work in your life once again says the Lord

Romans 8:6-8 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

Ephesians 5:8 -11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),  finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

 

2 Timothy 2:3-7 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

 

Hebrews 12:6 “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 

 

Elaine Tavolacci

www.awordinseason.info

www.TheVoiceOfBreakthrough.com