Declaration & Prayer 4.11.18

Holy Father, we are honored to carry the name of Christ. We are not boastful, arrogant or rude as Christians, as if we had anything to do with our salvation. Our boast is in You!

You reached down and had mercy on us while we were still sinners. You loved us despite our condition. Our darkened hearts did not know you until you opened our eyes to the wonders of Your Kingdom. How dare we treat others any less than how you treat us.

You are good when we deserve bad. You are kind when we have been harsh. You have mercy on us & heal our wounded souls. You restore the broken places in our lives, cleansing us from all unrighteousness. Oh, Father, may we draw others to your glory so you kingdom will continue to grow!

In the mighty name of Jesus, our soon-coming King.


outstretched hand


Things on my mind

If you are a Christian and your foundation is shaken by who sits on a wordly throne, then you’ve built on the wrong foundation.

If you are a Christian and your identity is wrapped up in a wordly government, your political affiliation, your gender, your ethnicity , your social position or your education, then your identity is not in Christ. Raise your standard.

This does not mean you shouldn’t vote or stand up for what is right. Just be sure that your “right” is based upon His righteousness. Joshua found that out as he was about to lead Israel into battle. He was confronted by the pre-incarnate Christ, who made it clear to Joshua who was in charge. God doesn’t line up on our side, we line up on His:

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”

The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:13-15


“You will taste my Mercy”

Sharing from the Passion Translation Team:

I Hear His Whisper…

“You will taste my Mercy.”

Today you will see that My strength never fails you. For many days you have felt that your progress was so slow, but from today forward, you will soar swiftly like an eagle in the sky. But I am asking one thing of you today, that you would learn to forgive, even as I have forgiven you. The gift I give to you that will make you fly, is the gift of forgiveness. Freely take this gift and give it away. I have died for all and forgiven My enemies, even praying for those who pierced Me.

You will find in heaven many people that will surprise you, for in their later years I came to them with this gift and they received Me as their Redeemer, the One who took away their sin. Now today you will extend a hand of mercy to those who have pierced you, those who have brought pain into your life. For as you forgive you will fly.

You will taste the gift of mercy as never before, but only as you give this gift of mercy to others. I will take that dark veil away from your heart and you will begin to see others in the light of grace, the beautiful light of mercy. Even as I have freely forgiven the most vile offender, I call you to walk with Me and find that My strength will not fail you– the strength to forgive. This is the new ministry I am calling you to embrace. You will need My grace to accept this calling but it will bring life into your soul, for My life will cause you to overflow with great love expressed as you forgive.

Today you will have opportunities to say the words that I once spoke and My servant Stephen also spoke, “Father, forgive them.” As you release this forgiveness I will release the pain from your heart and you not feel it again. My grace will wash and cleanse and empower you to forgive and forgive and forgive, until you no longer keep records of wrongs against you.

Even as I cooked breakfast for the one who denied Me three times, you will show mercy. Today you will learn that My strength will never fail you, for you will taste the sweetness of My mercy.

Psalm 34:8-9 The Passion Translation

Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God.
Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives
to all who turn to hide themselves in him.
Worship in awe and wonder,
all you who’ve been made holy!
For all who fear him will feast with plenty.

Keep Him in Your Sight

What causes you to take your eyes off of God?

What precipitates a fall from a place of faith?

What are your weaknesses?

It helps to know the answer because Satan knows, and he will use it to his advantage.

Where has God gifted you?

Has the Lord directed you to do something for Him?

If you are following the Lord and seeking His will for your life, you will face trials. Knowing your areas of weakness, as well as your gifts & strengths can help you recognize the enemy’s attacks. You will then be able to overcome them in the power of the Spirit, once you recognize what is really going on.

Take a person who is gifted as an intercessor for example. God calls all of us to pray, but some people have the Spirit-lead ability to pray for extended periods of time for other people or situations. God will give them insight into to hidden things, not for the purpose of sharing it with other people, but to bring it before the Lord, asking for His intervention, His will, His grace, mercy & love. The burden to pray can be so intense, the intercessor does not get a sense of release until God’s will has been accomplished in prayer.

But what if the gift that is meant for good becomes stifled or forgotten because the intercessor turns their prayer focus upon themselves instead of others?

It’s not wrong to ask for God’s help in our lives, so please don’t misunderstand me. But if the enemy knows that an intercessor’s weakness is worry about family, or health or finances, then what area(s) do you think Satan will attack? Now our prayer warrior is spending most of his or her prayer time focusing on their own needs & troubles rather than impacting the Kingdom of God.

But the easy way back is to turn it all over to God. Repent and ask for grace to stay focused on what He wants you to focus on. God promises that when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things…” will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).

We don’t have to be afraid of trials because God is for us. His promise to us is steadfast & true:

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” ~ Isaiah 54:17

I’m praying that God will give you wisdom & insight for whatever you are going through at this time. And in doing so, that you will grow spiritually and become the overcomer God has destined you to be.

Blessings & have a great week!

Hebrews 12.2


“For everything hidden is meant to be revealed, and everything concealed is meant to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. ” Mark 4:22-23

Do you hear the voice of God? Do you respond when He speaks? If you are listening, the Lord will instruct & direct you. He has innumerable creative ways to teach us and give us understanding, if we are willing to hear & learn.

When Jesus walked on the earth as a man, he used parables to help give insight into God’s kingdom. But not everyone who heard the words He spoke understood their meaning. Even His disciples were perplexed.

But the wonderful promise we have as His followers, as children of God, is this:

“You are permitted to understand the secret  of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders…” Mark 4:11 a

If you don’t understand something, ask God. He will reveal the truth you need.

One of the ways the Lord teaches me is through my work. Throughout my Christian walk, He has used parallels between my daily, common duties to help expand my understanding of His kingdom & His ways. The Holy Spirit is such a wonderful guide!

I currently work in the healthcare sector, handling claims after they have been processed & denied. My job is to find out what caused a claim to be rejected and then find the way to correct it so it will pay. One of the common denials is due to a claim being sent to the wrong payer.

With health insurance, there is primary, secondary & tertiary coverage, meaning a patient can have several insurance policies to cover their medical expenses. There is always a primary payer, such as Medicare or a commercial plan, where the claim needs to be submitted first. If the patient has more than one insurance policy, such as a Medicare supplemental plan, the claim must first be submitted to Medicare before the supplemental plan will pay any additional expenses, if the charges are a payable benefit of the plan. If the claim accidentally goes to a secondary or tertiary payer, they will kick it back, citing “please submit charges to primary insurance”.

The easy fix for this in our system is to go into the patient’s  medical account and check how the billing order is set up. A simple click can change the order that claims are submitted, and then everything flows smoothly. if not, the claim is stuck in limbo with the clock ticking. We only have so many days to get a claim submitted for payment before the window closes, and then we have unpaid charges piling up.

This can happen in our life as well. Certain things are not working, and we don’t know why. We need change and are believing for breakthrough, but life just keeps dragging on at the same pace. It can feel like we are walking through mud or high water– so much resistance!

Do a check with God and find out where He is in relation to your life. Is He primary, where He should be? Do you seek Him first, last or somewhere in between? Is He the One you look to for truth & direction? When He answers you, do you follow through and obey?

Prayerfully think about it. His direction & promise to us is this:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 

The full section text of Matthew 6:24-34:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or
you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about
your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than
clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They
do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is
here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you -you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own [emphasis added].” 

 Matthew 6.33