Abiding in the Shadow
Abraham, Isaac & Jacob
According to the Benefit
April Already?
Are You Praying?
Arise & Shine!
Authority & Power
Bride Ascending!
I Will Bless You!
2005, The  Time to Thrive

Abraham, Isaac & Jacob . . .

Abraham, Isaac & Jacob were members of the same family and were each recipients of great covenant promise. What God promised to Abraham, He promised to extend to him and his seed.

We are told by the Word of God, who cannot lie, that, in Christ Jesus, we are included in the seed of Abraham. That means that what God promised to Abraham belongs to those of us who are of the household of faith.

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:6-9 (KJV)

In Genesis 12:1-3 we read of the Lord giving Abraham three conditions in order for him to receive seven blessings: 1) Come out of your country 2) Come out from among your kindred 3) Come out of your father’s house.

Have you read 2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)?:

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Abraham had to break fellowship and move away from the idol worshipers because God will not share His blessings with those who hate Him.

Beloved, if you are going to belong to Jesus you must first separate yourself from the world. That means that you are no longer going to allow yourself to seek a husband (or wife) who is not of your faith and you are not going to enter into business partnerships with those who are not of your faith.

If you have received the wisdom of God, the mind of Christ you will never give it a second thought.

What Kind Are You ? . .

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 (KJV)

As we consider the Book of Genesis, we come to realize that the foundation of the whole Bible and of life, itself, is found there.

If we consider the above verse, we see that literally everything God created had to mix with its own kind. Every animal has its own kind. A dog is a dog and does not mate with a goat. A goat mates with a goat and a sheep with a sheep. This brings a good result.

God gave us one example of two different kinds mating to show us the utter folly of it. A male donkey and a female horse can mate but their offspring, a mule cannot be fruitful or multiply.

A church goer is a kind and a born-again Christian is another kind. A non-Pentecostal is a kind and a Pentecostal is a kind. I assure you, if a staunch Baptist marries a Pentecostal, there is going to be a problem. The usual result is that the tongue talker winds up losing the anointing and the intimacy that they once enjoyed in the Spirit.

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)

Light and darkness have nothing in common. These are not my opinions, but simply the expression of the divine rule of following your own kind. It is both forbidden and destructive for a believer to marry an unbeliever or somebody of another faith. The result will certainly be terrible!

Are you dating an unbeliever or an ordinary church goer or planning a partnership with one? You are breaking rank and violating the law of kinds which was set in place by God for your protection, promotion, provision and blessing.

Are You Praying?

    Christians have the privilege and the responsibility to pray. Many, however, do not avail themselves of the power of prayer and, so, live lives of aimless wandering rather than lives of focus and meaning.
 Prayer brings focus to the plan and purpose of God for each supplicants life. Prayer is the time of dialogue between the Father’s sons and daughters and Himself. In prayer there is communion, comfort for each trial, wisdom for each decision, knowledge for each task and timing for every purpose.
    The Father’s business is discussed and certain duties delegated to those who will spend the time to listen to the Voice of the Spirit and obey His promptings. Herein are the strategies of the devil exposed and the plan of God drawn out and clarified in order  to overcome every demonic strategy by the word of His children’s testimony and blood of the Lamb,.
    There is a warfare that is raging for the control of the nations, tribes and tongues of planet earth. For the faith filled praying Christian, this is a “good fight” that is already won at Calvary’s tree.

Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (Amp)
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. Colossians 2:15 (Amp)

    Believing Christians are to recognize that there is a war, seek the Lord for the heavenly strategies to bring the victory of the Cross to bear on the present skirmishes, and take the dominion authority that has been restored to them in the name of Jesus the Anointed One. The fight (battle) is not a natural one, but a supernatural one and must, therefore, be fought supernaturally. “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood] . . .” (2 Cor. 10:4 Amp).

What Weapons are You Using?

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:4 (Amp)

    Our spiritual weapons are “mighty” and will “overthrow” and destroy the strongholds of our enemies (the devil and his host).
    Is there an example we can see today? There are many but consider just one. The Middle-East is in a state of constant turmoil in what could well become all out war before this article is published. This is not a difference of opinion or a war between Arabs and Jews per se. This is a war between the covenant people of God (Israel) and the sons of the flesh (Ishmael). The people of Lebanon are not against the Israelis, the sons of Ishmael as controlled by the demon principality of Islamic Jihadism.
    How can the Christian be involved? Pray! Pray for what? “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem . . .” (Psa. 122:6a KJV). There is even a promise that goes with our obedience to the call to pray: “they shall prosper that love thee” (Psa. 122:6b KJV).
    To Abraham the Lord said, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3 KJV).
    You see Beloved, the covenant of God has never been withdrawn from Israel. He has a covenant with the Jews and the Church. He also has dealings and an appointment with the nations. This can be seen in 1 Corinthians 10:32: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God” (KJV). If we keep this in mind, we will not go astray in our last days doctrine.
    As the Body of Christ becomes aware of, and gets serious about, their God given authority, they will pray like never before. Wars are won, Revival comes and everything that has to do with mankind is impacted and changed through prayer.

 “. . .The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (Jam. 5:16 KJV).

According to the benefit . . .

  But Hezekiah did not make return [to the Lord] according to the benefit done to him, for his heart became proud [at such a spectacular response to his prayer]; therefore there was wrath upon him and upon Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:25 (AMP)

  How do we handle the many faceted blessings of God who loved us while we were lost and estranged from Him?
  But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:8 (Amp)

 Do we “return {to the Lord] according to the benefit done to” us? In other words: Do we give Him our all or just a portion of our love, passion, attention, energy and substance? Can we honestly say?

 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 (Amp)

 Do we honor those He has given us to be His under shepherds? Do we return to them according to the benefit done to us?

  Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either]. Hebrews 13:17 (Amp)

Make Return . . .

 Whenever we receive the benefit done to us through our pastors, we should return to them according to the benefit done. Too often, money is sent to television evangelists, favorite programs and ministries, and yet, the local pastor who prays, weeps and cares for the sheep is ignored. This should never be the case.

  Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support]. Galatians 6:6 (Amp)

  If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits? 1 Cor. 9:11 (Amp)

  To consider ourselves more highly than we should, to get puffed up and prideful about our accomplishments and achievements, even our self-sought spirituality, forgetting the working of God and God’s servants in our lives, is a sure road to destruction.

  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (Amp)

 Hezekiah showed himself to be a fool by not taking note of the Lord’s spectacular response to his prayer and humbly proclaiming the greatness of God. Beloved, you and I must keep watch over, and guard, our hearts lest we find ourselves in the same situation as Hezekiah. God will not be mocked.
 Let us always rejoice and be glad in our God who answers our prayers spectacularly and also remember that God is merciful when we recognize our selves to have an attitude of neglect or self-sufficiency, humble ourselves, repent and receive forgiveness as Hezekiah did.

  But Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them . . . 2 Chron. 32:26 (Amp)

With Authority and Power

  And they were all amazed and said to one another, What kind of talk is this? For with authority and power He commands the foul spirits and they come out! Luke 4:36 (AMP)

 Beloved, it is time for the glorious church to arise and shine. It is time that we, as spokesmen for God, begin to talk the kind of talk that will bring the authority and power of the Kingdom of God to bear on the affairs of this world.

 Luke 4:31-37 tells of a man who was possessed by an unclean spirit. When Jesus came near him the spirit, and those with him, said, “Let us alone . . . have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” Rest assured, when the Anointed One of God, Jesus, is on the scene, demons know it.
 Jesus rebuked the devil and said, “Be silent and come out of him!” and he came out! Why should we, then, be amazed when the demonic forces working in the sons of disobedience become agitated in our presence (Ephesians 2:2)? Is not Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing, in us?

 Don’t you know that you are the very residence of the Spirit of Holiness and resurrection power?:

  Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?  1 Corinthians 3:16 (AMP)

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:19 (AMP)

 A War is Raging . . .

 The “Greater One” lives within you!:

  Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.   1 John 4:4 (AMP)

When He comes on the scene, demons cry out and those that are being used by them become extremely agitated.

Don’t get confused. There is a war raging between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. It is not a war between mortal human beings. They are simply the agents through which light or darkness are manifest in the land :

  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.  Ephesians 6:12 (AMP)

Our war (wrestling) is not with people, but with the demonic personalities that would seek to steal, kill and destroy those they control.

 Use the authority that Christ has given you and deliver the captives. Let the anointing within you open the prison doors and set those locked in free.
 Even the devil himself is no match for the greater One within you.

When you speak, let the people say, “What kind of talk is this?  For with authority and power He commands the foul spirits and they come out! ”

Abiding in the Shadow . . .

He Who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

Psalm 91 (AMP) begins with a declaration of stability and security for all those who dwell “in the secret place.”

Where is the “secret place?” How do we find our way into it? How do we “dwell” there?

The “secret place” is held secret from those who reject the Lord, His church, and are unwilling to reverence and obey His Word. The key to entering the “secret place” and finding protection “under the shadow of the Almighty” is that of learning the ways of God and yielding to them in willing obedience.

This precious, holy and powerful place is open to all who “will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!” He is an ever present help to those who recognize their own weakness and are willing to cast all their care upon Him. It is for this one that it is written, “For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
  Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.”

That one who is in communion with the Lord, His Church, His Spirit and His Word will continually abide in the “secret place” of deliverance from all his enemies and promotion over those who would hinder his ways. Yes, the “secret place” is the “in Christ” place.

He Knows My Name . . .

  Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 (Amp)

The King James version uses, “Abide in Me and I in you.” It is the communion of union that brings life and fruitfulness to the believers life. In this abiding is the power of protection and provision released.

 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 (Amp)

We find our way into the “secret place” as we determine to remain in the constant communion of the union that took place at our moment of salvation; the intertwining of Spirit and spirit that makes all things new in order to create a new creature in Christ.

We dwell in the “secret place” by virtue of being in Christ as a branch, attached to the Vine with the bond of love. Our heart and attention is riveted upon Him:

 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, . . . Psalm 123:2 (Amp)

Because of this love relationship, the Lord responds by covering us “under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” As we read in the last part of this beautiful, comforting, strengthening, encouraging Psalm:

 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

That one who abides in that “secret place” develops an intimate knowledge of the Name of God. The Lord says that one “knows and understands My name.” This is the knowledge that reveals the character and nature of the Almighty to those that are in the “secret place.” Knowing Him in this way leaves no place for words that are contrary to what He says, thoughts that are contrary to what He thinks, nor a life outside of His life. There, we are hidden. - Selah

2005, The Time To Thrive . . .

 According to the Oxford University Press dictionary, to “thrive” is “to grow or develop well or vigorously; to prosper or flourish.” 2005 is the God appointed time to thrive.
 The Lord spoke through several of His prophets in 2003 and during this past year and said that 2005 would be the year of overflow. One definition of “overflow” is “the excess not able to be accommodated by a space.” It also means to “be excessively full or crowded.”

 As you can see, the plan of God in this hour is to bring about a year of exceeding, abundance as was spoken of in the book of Ephesians:

     Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— Ephes. 3:20 (Amp) which are before, Philip. 3:13 (KJV)

 This word “superabundantly,” translated “exceedingly” in the King James Version of the

Bible is a powerful combination of “super,” meaning “above, over, beyond; to a great or extreme degree; extra large of its kind,” and “abundantly,” which means, “existing or available in large quantities; plentiful.” So, what we are being told is that this year will not only be, over and beyond what would be considered plentiful, but will exceed it to such a degree that our imagination cannot even grasp its measure. God has purposed to bless us in such lavish manner that we have no frame of reference to comprehend its magnitude.

 By faith we appropriate what only God can comprehend and bring to pass. His answer to the call of faith is causing us to flourish beyond our capacity to contain the result which comes pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing.

 2005 is our time to thrive.

You Won’t Strive In 2005 . . .

 To “strive” is to “make great efforts” or to “fight vigorously against.” You won’t have to strive in 2005. The work of faith, the sowing of your life and resources, has been done in the years gone by. What you have sown in the past is what you will reap in the harvest of this year. 2005 is the year of harvest.
 Every farmer who sows seed knows that he must wait for the harvest. He cannot make the seed increase. He must let it mature and bring forth after its kind, some 30 fold, some 60, and some 100 times more. All he needs to do is harvest what has developed from the seed sown. This is the miracle of harvest.

 As you continue in obedience to the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit your harvest will increase. Your harvest is on the other side of obedience. “God reserves and keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24).

  You will not strive in 2005. Your time of fighting vigorously against the powers of darkness is at an end. The victories won in prayer are manifesting during this year. The imaginations of your mind have been brought into captivity to the knowledge of Christ. Your enemy has been routed and flees seven ways before you.

 Nothing God has spoken to your heart will be withheld from you. In Habakkuk 2:3 we have read, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

 We have waited in faith and now is the time appointed; now is the time when “it shall speak.” This is the promised hour when “it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

 Why, you may ask, is this year so different? It is the time of the former and latter rains, the overflowing of the banks of the river of the Spirit. It is the time of reaping of even that which we have not sown. It is 2005, the appointed time to thrive.

I Will Bless You -
 If God said it, He meant it!

   In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies,  Genesis 22:17 (Amp)

You may not think that this blessing, spoken to Abraham, has anything to do with you, but it does.
     So then, those who are people of faith are blessed and made happy and favored by God [as partners in fellowship] with the believing and trusting Abraham. Galatians 3:9 (Amp)
 Believers are “partners in fellowship,” or “partners in faith,” with Abraham. In Christ we are heirs of the covenant promises given to Abraham, the father of faith. We are “in Christ” and therefore we will possess the gate of the enemies of God.
 Abraham was told to look at the stars of heaven and count them, if he could.

        And He brought him outside [his tent into the starlight] and said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to number them. Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be.  Genesis 15:5 (Amp)

When God promises to multiply, He is not talking about anything small. He thinks BIG! He wants you and I to begin to think outside the box of our past experience and begin to count the stars. Soon we will realize that it is impossible to count them. They are a multitude. God said that He would make each of us a multitude. In fact we are to be a “multitude of nations.”

Every Member a Multitude -

 The plan of God is that each one of us become a “multitude of nations.” This will satisfy the heart of God because He would that none be lost and that His house be full. The book of Revelation shows us a picture of heaven with an innumerable host before the throne of God.

        After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, [gathered out] of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. Rev. 7:9 (Amp)

The only way that there will be an innumerable host in heaven is for an innumerable host to be saved on earth. There is no second chance, the time is now. It is time that we look to our covenant promise and appropriate it by the resulting action of real faith (Faith without corresponding action is dead).
 First, we must pray for the harvest promise.

 Then, we must put action to our prayer of faith and go to the lost. Jesus said,

 You are a Multitude. - Selah

April Already?

How can it be?  Time is moving so swiftly.

Sharon and I trust that you are doing well and that you are pressing in to all that God has for you this year.

This is a year of destiny for many but all will not enter in to what God has prepared unless they be willing to go through to victory.

Going through is the secret.  To have victory there must needs be battle.  Battle speaks of the good fight of faith  [1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7] and the  good warfare  of those  mighty  in the Spirit. [2 Cor 10:4; 1 Tim 1:18]

There are Good  things in the plan and purpose of God concerning us.  1 Peter 1:7 says it this way,  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Great victory and great reward is ahead for those who will not faint in the battle.

Remember ...

the words of God by the Psalmist, A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways [Psalm 91:7-11]. He will keep you in all your ways!

Not only will He keep you but he will also manifest Himself as your all sufficient Provider: Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? [1 Cor 9:7]

Keep your eyes on the Resurrection,  Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, while He brings you through on your way to - your destiny! - your Victory in 2003!

Arise and Shine ...

Arise & Shine! Your Light has come. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you in great manifestation! This is the hour of the Church. All will see Her glory and draw near to Her.          Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
[Isaiah 60:1-3]

You are a member, in particular,of the Body of  Christ. This makes you unique on the face of the earth. You are a different  class of creation. You are a child of the Most High God. Old things have passed away and all things become new as concerns you. You are a new creature in Christ. Now you are more than a conqueror and an over-comer in the sight of God.
All of this did not only come to pass so that you could be saved. God was, in Christ, creating a whole new race of people that would go forth  into the world and do exploits for Him. A people that would plunder hell and populate heaven by proclaiming the glorious gospel.
1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,a peculiar  people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Arise And Go ... 

We now have a purpose, a cause, that is greater than any other on terra firma. We are the Ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our calling is to reconcile fallen humanity to its Creator. This will only be accomplished as we each take our place in the local church.
1 Tim. 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself  in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Once we find our place of calling in the church God will begin to send us out to do exploits for Him. We will go forth with our own supply of the Spirit and the anointing of the house mingled in supernatural power. We will go as the Armor-bearers of God.  He will take us into the fray at His side. We will win every battle. Great will be our success.  Let God plant you in the local church. Allow Him to call you into its communion. Yield to the leadership and flow with the vision that God has given. As you do you will realize the great freedom that your soul desires, the wonderful sense of belonging that   moving in unity brings.
Psalm 122:1 ... I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Psalm 133:1 ... Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

I Beheld Satan Fall ...

Luke 10:18 (KJV)  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

This powerful prophetic statement that came from the lips of Jesus, who cannot lie, decreed that He had seen the fall of Satan at His coming resurrection. Glory! The accuser is cast down.

Rev. 12:10 (KJV)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Many, today, think that Satan is still in heaven accusing them to God. Beloved, nothing could be further from the Bible taught truth. When our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead and sprinkled His precious blood on the mercy seat, Satan’s right to stand in heaven was finished. War broke out and Satan and his followers were driven out and down to the earth.

Rev. 12:7-9 (KJV)  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Now, Satan cannot accuse you to God. He can only go about the earth and it’s atmosphere accusing one person to another. Once we grasp this wonderful truth, we can boldly stand against his age old devices of division and strife. We can stand against the wiles of the devil, wielding the sword of the Spirit victoriously (Eph. 6:11 KJV).

You and I can begin to live as more than conquerors.

I Beheld the Bride Ascend ...

Isaiah 62:5 (KJV) ... and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

As God spoke to Jerusalem, so He speaks to the Church, the Bride to be, the help meet of the Lamb and rejoices over her.

Jeremiah 33:11 (KJV)  The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord....

The Lamb and the Bride rejoice as one, praise as one, and speak as one as they bring and give glory to God Almighty.

Rev. 22:17 (KJV)  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Together they beckon to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Joel 2:16 (KJV)  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Jesus is coming to His Bride before He comes for Her. It is in the midst of the holy convocation of young and old together. His Spirit is being poured out upon all flesh and the glory of God is seen in those who are His own. She is becoming all glorious within, without spot or wrinkle; Washed with the water of the Word, anointed with precious oil of holy anointing. She is ascending in integrity, character, honor, and glory, to ever be with Him.

The Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
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