DOUBLE VISION

SEE BEYOND

2 Kings 6:11-18 continued

As we step into this new season, it matters where
our focus is! It is a time of great distractions!

Elisha lived in the spirit realm so he was not intimidated,
like his servant, by the army encamped around them.
Don’t allow the natural realm to override what is taking
place in the spirit. If we would take God at His Word and
put our eyes on things above, the spirit realm would
become more real to us.

The Lord wants us to have spiritual 20/20 vision!
The more time we spend in HIs presence, the more we will
see the things He sees. It was from that place of intimacy
with God, that Elisha’s prayers were answered.

When we see what is happening in the spirit realm, we will
be more accurate and confident in how we pray. This will be
a new level of authority and power!

In verse 18 as the Syrian army comes down to attack, Elisha
asks the Lord to strike them with blindness. The Lord did so
“according to the word of Elisha”.
Wow…that the Lord would honor and perform our word!
It is a further revelation of our being found trustworthy. The
word blindness here doesn’t mean they were totally unable to
see. If that were true, they couldn’t follow Elisha anywhere.
The meaning of the word is interesting…” to cause an illusion
or hallucination”. So Elisha led the “unseeing” army right into
Samaria, and then asked the Lord to open their eyes! It must
have been like awakening from a dream when the Syrians saw
they were in Samaria. When the king of Israel asks Elisha if he
should kill them all, Elisha said No! Feed them and send them
home. A great feast was prepared…the army ate, drank, went
home and never came again. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
James 2:13

Remember Elisha received a double portion of the anointing
from Elijah. As we pray for the Lord to give us spiritual 20/20
vision, notice the 20 twice….that speaks of double! We need
to believe Him for the double portion! Double abundance,
double grace, double prosperity, double favor etc

The number 20 also refers to redemption…can you see a
double harvest of souls?
What do you see?

 

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STORM RIDER

faithful-and-true-2Do you see the storm?

The dark clouds and flooding waters?
I see the Storm Rider!

Suddenly, it seemed like I was stepping into a re-run of an earlier
vision of Jesus on a beautiful white horse.  He stopped and asked
“Will you ride with me?” Of course I said “yes”;
but the moment I got the on the horse, it was a new vision!

 

We rode furiously fast…sparks of fire shot out from beneath the
horse’s hoofs!
With one sudden wave of the Lord’s arm, huge, menacing funnel
clouds were instantly swept away.  Gigantic waves began to roll
backward and diminish in size. Suddenly we were thundering across
the ocean floor …the pounding sound as we rode was pushing down
underwater “hills” that caused ocean plates to shift.

The vision ended as quickly as it came and left me wondering. Then
I was given the understanding that a type of tsunami/earthquake had
been diverted. It’s time is yet to come.

What do you see?
If all we see is what is right in front of us ( visible reality) we may
become discouraged or fearful.

Yesterday I shared an exciting word from 2 Kings 6:11-18.
These scriptures tell us that the king of Syria is quite frustrated because
the prophet Elijah continually knows Syria’s strategy and prevents
Israel from being ambushed. Finally, the king sends out his army to
capture Elijah. The army successfully locates him and surrounds the city.

When Elijah’s servant awakens in the morning and looks out, he freaks
out! The city is surrounded with horses and chariots. He runs to warn
Elijah, who tells him not to be fearful…”those who are with us are more
than those who are with them”.

Surely that was a perplexing statement to the servant who only saw
himself and his master. But then, Elijah asks the Lord to open his servant’s
eyes! Instantly the servant saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots
of fire all around!

This is a great picture of the new season we are stepping into.
The Lord is about to open our spiritual eyes and give us supernatural vision
to see eternal realities.

What do you see?

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THE VULTURE ANTIDOTE

imageMedia reports of “extremely shocking, unbelievably terrifying, horrifying,
and (their favorite) grisly events”, has caused waves of unrest in the hearts
and minds of many people. They no longer feel safe. Building on what they
have seen, and/or read, they create imaginary scenarios that continue to
increase their fear and anxiety.

Don’t allow this to happen! This is the fruit of an “undisciplined” mind
running rampart. It is like a city without walls (borders), where every evil
thing is free to come in.
Our thoughts are more powerful than most people realize. They
actually become a physical reality in our brain and body!
We have the amazing God-given ability to choose our thoughts. Whatever
we choose or allow ourselves to think directly affects our brain and body.
“For as he (a man) thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Scientific studies have verified that thoughts actually change matter!
This means what we think literally changes the physical structure of our
brain, which in turn, affects our body. Their mind-blowing conclusion is that
75-98% of all illness is from our thoughts….that leaves only 2 -25% is from
our genes and environment!

What in the world have we’ve been thinking??

Suddenly I saw (vision) huge vultures circling overhead and repeatedly
diving down to the ground. They were relentless in whatever they were
going after. The understanding is they represented toxic, destructive
thoughts that oppose the truth of God’s Word. So, once again, we are
reminded the battle is spiritual and over our thoughts.

The vultures were determined to take control of our minds with specific
thoughts that undermined any hope a person had. Depending upon
individual circumstances, thoughts of soon death, destruction, incurable
disease, financial ruin, divorce, loss, etc seemed unstoppable. The longer
these thoughts were allowed to stay, the more convincing they became.

Then something else happened. With loud shrieks, the vultures were
put to flight. There was a flash of light- like lightning, and the birds
gone. And then I saw it…the mighty sword of the Lord! It is only the
truth of His Word that will uproot and displace the lies of the enemy.

So the vulture antidote is what we already know….to keep our thoughts
constantly on the Lord….to capture every random, wrong, and/or
destructive thought and rethink it in agreement with how God sees it.
Isaiah 26:3; 2 Cor 10:3

Be challenged to become more aware of your thoughts. Keep a journal
for an hour. You will be amazed at how many random and unproductive
thoughts run constantly through your mind.
Be on the lookout for thoughts which are not in agreement with what
God says and how He sees you

Watch for Vultures!

 

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YIELD

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In the midst of last week’s activity, the Lord spoke an interesting word to me: YIELD!

To better understand why He spoke that particular word, I set out to clarify its meaning. YIELD – to give over; surrender, to make room for somethingor someone; to concede and be willing to agree; to be flexible under stress.

At the same time, I also saw the familiar red road sign that says “YIELD”. The revelation re the significance of this word is related to stubbornness. A stubborn person is quite obstinate and self-willed. Refusal to yield to God, or others can be costly. Take time to weigh the cost or consequence of your “being right”. How right do you want to be? As I was pondering that question, 3 different people requested prayer because they had been in car accidents. Someone had refused to yield and give the other person the right of way. Yikes!

The price of such stubbornness in the natural is apparent :damaged cars, whip lash, broken bones etc. Not so apparent,but just as real, is the impact on relationships, finances, etc.

Alas, how much more the spiritual cost of being right which we may not immediately see. Wisdom is needed as somethings are best resolved with the heart….rather than the mind.

“Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.” 2 Chron 30:8

“But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. So I let them follow their blind and stubborn way, living according to their own desires.” Ps 81:11, 12

 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Prov 16:25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ILLUSION

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This is it….the big weekend!
Happy 4th of July…Independence day….a time to
celebrate America’s freedom.
Somehow, the traditional events of extravagant fireworks,
concerts, parades, barbecues, etc seem to lack the significance
of years ago. When we review all the rights that have been
taken away, it’s questionable what freedom we are celebrating!

I am remembering a beautiful summer evening from
last year. I had tied Stella dog to a tree in the front yard.
The leash was quite long and she loved having the freedom to
explore the front yard.
All was well until, suddenly, a large dog ran across our driveway.
Stella jumped up and took off after that dog with everything in her.
What happened next was horrible to see. When she reached the
end of that leash, the impact flipped her on her back; at the same
time a terrible sound came out of her.
Truly, I thought she was dying. ( Happy ending….the Lord
answered my tearful prayers and Stella recovered quickly.
I gained wisdom from the experience of what not to do.)

The analogy: America, like Stella, is under the illusion of
being independent and free. As a nation we have corporately
believed we are free. As individual citizens we have been proud
of our independence. Spiritually we proclaim we are free.
The only means of being free is to know the truth. John 8:32

FREEDOM: The condition of being free. The power to act,
speak, or think without externally imposed restraints.
INDEPENDENCE: Freedom from control or influence of
another or others.

The truth is our nation is almost at the end of its leash.

Pray for America!

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WRONG ADDRESS

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A letter came to our home address yesterday.
It looked important and perhaps even contained a check.
The problem was it was not addressed to us. I attempted to
find the person’s correct address online via various search
engines and then forward it to her.

During this process the Lord gave me the understanding of a
spiritual truth. When we correctly hear what the Lord speaks
to us and are obedient to His ways, we are in the right place
at the right time to receive all that He has for us.
God has good gifts for His children. However, too often, we are
not in the right place to receive them!

If we intentionally neglect physical care of our body and
purposefully indulge in harmful substances, we aren’t in the
best position to receive God’s healing mercies. In fact, rebellion
in any area of our lives positions us contrary to God.

Position can also be about geographic location. The Lord told
Elijah to go to Zarephath. He told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jesus
told His disciples to meet Him in Galilee. He may be telling you
to go somewhere!

However, being in the “right place” is more than all this. What
the Lord specifically was showing me was the importance of
being correctly positioned spiritually, according to His call
upon your life. For example, If He has anointed you for worship,
you probably won’t shine as brightly teaching. He may have gifted
you to write, but you are busy doing something else.
Beware of distractions & foolish ambitions that promise much
but only deter you from your God given destiny, greatest anointing
and gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE HORIZONTAL FLIP

Photo editing can be quite fun, but also quite deceptive.
You can horizontally flip a photo, causing the right side to become the left,
and the left side to become the right.

While I was thinking about this, the Lord began showing me that this is what
we often do with scripture!

Proverbs 16:3 instructs us to “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
The amplified Bible provides a deeper understanding: “Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable
 to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.” 

Here’s the picture: we take our plans, like a heavy burden, and roll them onto the
Lord, Who then establishes/ structures them according to His will.
How simple! We start with God first, give Him our plans, and He gives us
the wisdom how to best accomplish them.

It doesn’t happen.

Instead, we do the horizontal flip! We bypass God, go forward with what we think
is great, and then ask God to work it out.

The deception is believing that we are more capable than God to establish
our ideas and make them successful.
Wow! The question is: What would cause us to have more confidence in ourselves
vs trusting God?

Could it be a control issue? A fear of letting go and trusting God? Lack of knowledge
of God- His nature and the truth of His word?

Good stuff to pray about!

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