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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

'Tis The Season...

Usually about this time, I begin praying and seeking the Lord for His heart regarding the New Year.

Christmas has come fast this year, and so has the New Year and so today is the first I've turned my thoughts towards God's word for 2016.  I didn't expect the Spirit of the Lord to say anything to me - these were really my own thoughts...
   -   No prayer
   -   No study
   -   No fasting

... just me, thinking.

But instantly my spirit filled with an impression of the New Year that I had to check in with the Spirit of God and ask, "Is this really your heart for next year?" Or really is this just my hope for my own life?

Nope - the hope for my own life is our Heavenly Father's hope for us all!

Next year 2016 will be a year of RETURN and a year of ABUNDANCE.
You will experience God's Jubilee year of Abundance when you return to the Lord!
Now, in the past I've felt God had a heart for our prosperity and a release or restoration of all that had been lost to us.  But many of us did not receive that release and restoration.  And so I asked the Lord, what is the difference in this "return" and "abundance" and will His people receive and walk in this word next year?

Here is the image my heart saw:  a kind of labyrinth or maze of many doors. (Revelation 3:7-12)

Each part of the maze leads to a door that is unlocked for those who have already received the "Key of David."  We've received the keys, but we haven't searched for the doors or attempted to walk through them - we've just been praying and asking for what's behind them like contestants on the "Price is Right" asking for Door #1, #2 or #3.

But now is the time to RECEIVE that which is behind each door instead of just praying and asking.  How?

  • When we RETURN to loving
  • When we RETURN to listening
  • When we RETURN to learning
  • When we RETURN to living
  • And When we RETURN to giving
THEN we will receive the ABUNDANCE God has for us through each of these areas of return.

  • Love the Lord our God through true praise and worship in spirit and in truth
  • Love OURSELVES through forgiveness and an understanding of our image in Christ
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves
  • Perfecting our love - because as Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17) 
  • Receiving God's love - because perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18)
  • It's time to learn how to hear the voice of God and how He speaks to YOU
  • It's time to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to actually guide your life
  • It's time to listen to true Prophets Pastors Apostles Evangelists and Teachers. Which brings us to...
  • It's time to really commit to reading the word of God again.
  • It's time to now learn how to study the word of God
  • It's time to learn how to apply the word of God to your "every day life"
  • It's time to walk in the Word of God in your life
  • It's time to manifest the Word of God through your life.  Which brings us to...
  • It's time to live life (John 10:10)
  • It's time to live a Godly life (2 Peter 1:3)
  • It's time to live life as a light in a dark world (Isaiah 60:1-2)
  • It's time to live life walking in your purpose
  • It's time to live life walking in power
  • It's time to live life walking in peace
  • And it's time to life life walking in prosperity! Which brings us to...
  • Malachi 3:7 - return to giving your tithes and offerings and heaven will be opened to you!
  • Luke 6:38 - return to giving and others will give unto you!
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10 - return to sowing seed and the fruits of righteousness will be opened to you!
When you make the effort to return to love, it will seem as though you are walking through a maze.  Commit to it, let the Spirit of God guide you, don't give up, don't turn back.  And if you do, you will get to an open door of abundant love in your life!

When you make the effort to return to an intimate, personal and mutual relationship with God in which you are not just hurling prayers at Him, but where you are striving to hear and to listen to Him, then you will find and open door of God's power in your life! There is power in your relationship with Him. (Ephesians 3:20)

When you make the effort to return to the Word of God - it may seem like a maze that you will get lost in before you find the door.  But when you do, God will open the door of His word to you! That means all his promises, benefits and His will (Joshua 1:8) as well as the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) will be an open door of God's abundant word in you!

When you make the effort to return to living the life God intended for you - you will find yourself walking in abundant peace, health and prosperity unlike anything you've experienced before! (3 John 1:2)

And when you make the effort to give, you will find yourself wanting to give up before you find the open door that is waiting for you.  But if you persist and do not turn away, or cease from giving, you will find an open door of Kingdom Economics that will abundantly supply provision, wealth, riches and prosperity!

***Look, I am not just expressing a positive, encouraging word that is based in my own hopes.

But not everyone will walk in this word for 2016,

  1. It will take commitment
  2. It will take effort
  3. You will want to give up
  4. The enemy will resist you
  5. And it will take a faith you've never walked in before
*** In truth, this is a positive, encouraging word that is based in GOD'S HOPES FOR YOU!

Our Heavenly Father has great hope that each of us will commit; make the effort; not give up; resist the devil and strive to have this word made manifest in our lives.  Be diligent and you will be rewarded - Heb. 11:6

God has a wealth of abundant prosperity waiting for us so that His Kingdom covenant can be established in the earth and through your life for the benefit of this dark, hurting world and to His Glory.

Return to Him and He will return to you great abundance in all areas of your life for 2016.

I pray you this word in your life and a BLESSED and HAPPY New Year for 2016.

Power, love and peace to all -
~Pastor Deidre

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Destiny's Journey

Some journeys are well traveled roads. Common, familiar and easy. We cruise along the path oblivious to the process as we habitually turn each corner, climb each hill and break each slope. Only to arrive, blink and wonder how we managed without incident or memory of the trip.

This journey - my journey - is not like that. This journey is one of reluctance, hesitance, unsurity, insecurity and yes, a moderate amount of fear.

As I open the window for you to view my progress, you will undoubtedly come to your own conclusion based upon the progress of your own journey - and your observations will be varied.

Some might say that I am making slow but steady progress toward a clear destination. Others may say that I am floundering and wandering aimlessly down a muddy road with too many directions to choose from.

I say my journey has just begun, although it started more than 10 years ago. I say I still have such a long, long way to go, although I am teetering on the precipice of completion. I say the journey has made me weary, leery and weak, although I trudge on with a strength and endurance that is beyond me. I say the path is muddy, with many obstacles, directions and difficulties still yet to come. However, my destination is clear - crazy, unimaginable, overwhelming and clear.

When this path first appeared it was like a hazy, dirt road on a foggy day. I peered at it without knowing what it was or where it was going - then tried to ignore it as inconsequential. When the path persisted I joked as to where it might lead, then still tried to dismiss it as a path not meant for me.

It was years before the view of the path cleared and I was able to see the destination more clearly. It was absurd to think that the reality of where this path could end up would be in a place far more outlandish than even my most absurd imaginings! OK, maybe - just maybe this path ended up in a very good place - but a place still not meant for me. Definitely not me.

Why not me? Who else but me, since I was the only one to see? Please, Dear God, not me! Yes, me. This path was meant for me.

And so I watched it, argued with it, denied it and tried to imagine a life without pursuing it.

Four - no five, has it already been five? Five years ago I accepted it. I stuck out a big toe like testing the cold water of a pool - then yanked my foot back like I so often would. I wrote about it, dreamed about it, and tried it on for size in the privacy of my dressing room of life. And by the way, I still watched it, argued with it, denied it and tried to imagine a life without pursuing it.

Three - sorry, I forgot - Four years ago I made up my mind. I packed my bags, said good bye to the sanity and sanctuary of friends and family who always had thought they understood me, and I took my first hesitant and frightened step.

In these last four years I have walked, sometimes trotted, but never quite run toward a goal I think is crazy. I have stopped, I have even sat down and I have wistfully looked back to a time when I did not know and could not see what was meant for me.

But I will not stop. I packed my bags (all my baggage), and made up my mind. Armed with nothing but 2 scriptures and a great deal of hope, I continue to trudge on driven by the surity that if - just if - I happen to arrive at this awesome, fearsome destination, it will be extraordinary, phenomenal and inconceivably wonderful. This destination...

A destination, a journey to a place that is called destiny. My destiny. Destiny's purpose in life. My God given purpose.

Sometimes while we travel, we see another driver, glance in that direction and never take note or give them another thought. Perhaps that is how you will see me.

Sometimes we see another traveler and something catches our eye. We may watch a moment, muse a moment or even briefly wonder... Then they continue on their own separate way and thoughts of them fade as quickly as they do. Perhaps that will be how you see me.

Other times we get caught in traffic, bunched up with drivers because of fate. And whether we cruise along peacefully or struggle with road rage, we share a community of progress, each with our own destination. Perhaps that will be how you experience me.

And on rare occasion on our own individual roads of life, we travel a path where we encounter another driver - seemingly traveling to the same basic place. At times they follow us and then we follow them. We may take note of who they are and what they drive - possibly even read a licence plate. We'll share a moment or even a long while - silently and separately together, with maybe a glance, a smile or a brief a wave of acknowledgement. Perhaps that will be how you experience me.

I cannot say how long this path will be for me, so whether you glance and move on - never to take notice; or whether you wonder a moment at who I am and where I'm going; or whether you follow a while, smile and wave or better yet, if you decide to stay for the journey, I invite you to come along for the ride.

Please click on the "Stuff From Before" link to Destiny's Journey to make your comments.