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SOMETHING TO KNOW ABOUT JESUS:

4/13/16  

And this might come as a surprise, but Jesus is not really what we call “sweet.” Jesus is KIND, but not sweet. If Jesus had a Facebook account, or worked at a job with us, or we knew him from our child’s ball field, some of us would not like Him…we’d reject what He stood for. How do I know that? Well, he was hated by the religious people because He talked about liberating people from religious bondage. On the other hand, he was not applauded by people that wanted to remain in their sin either.Besides reviewing whether or not Jesus was sweet(and how His example should impact preachers of our day, this will be a message about “Judging VS. Preaching.”  He did not, in any of His teachings, hand a license to people to continue in their sin. His whole purpose for suffering SO MUCH, even before being nailed to the cross, was to set us FREE from sin – not to give us permission to remain IN it, without a concern in the world for spending an eternity in hell. But that is the message many, many are being fed today:  “God loves you – it’s ok, He understands that’s just how you are. He doesn’t want to beat you up with His word – go in grace, be happy, etc.” Some of that is true, but some is not.  Truth: He DOES love us – which is the reason God sent Jesus in the first place, to die in our place. He also understands our fallen humanity, and He does not wish to beat us up with His word. AND He is full of grace, and wants us to walk in joy. What is NOT TRUE is the way that message is portrayed many times, and more importantly, what is NOT being said during these “sweet as sugar” messages.


If a criminal were hiding in your house, would you want a neighbor to notify you? If your child was in a dangerous relationship, would you want someone to point that out to you?  What if the only “alert” they gave as you pulled in your driveway, or as you were picking up your child from the home of a predator, was something like this:  “No matter what happens, you can overcome this.” Remember, you aren’t aware of either of these dangers, and all you get you’re your neighbor that knows what’s going on is, “No matter what….”  No!!! That’s not ALL you want/NEED to know. You would half kill them for having not told you of the impending danger – especially if your child was in danger. Well, this happens regularly from pulpits every day – and has been for a long, long time.  Jeremiah 23 & Ezekiel 34 speak of false prophets & false shepherds. Jeremiah 23:22 (speaking of false prophets) says: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” Verse 29 of that chapter says, “Is not my word like a s a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Remember when Jesus spoke of the parable of the seed (represents the word of God) and the different types of soil (our hearts) it fell on, and the result of each: Regarding stony ground, Matthew 13:20-21 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.” NOW...if that soil had been softened, or if that hard rock had been crushed, the seed would have made its way into the heart and been firmly planted, unmoved by the storms around it. That’s maturity. That’s stamina. “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold*. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”  Matthew 24:12-13  

*Cold=stony heart


IF YOU DON’T HEAR ANYTHING ELSE I’VE SAID IN THIS WORD, PLEASE HEAR THIS: GOD DOES NOT WISH TO CRUSH US INTO OBLIVION WITHOUT HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE, BUT HE DOES WISH THAT WE APPLY HIS WORD WHICH HAS THE POWER – THE ONLY POWER ANYWHERE – THAT CAN CRUSH THE SIN OUT OF OUR LIVES. IMAGINE JESUS SUFFERING AND DYING AS HE DID JUST SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE THE SAME STRUGGLING PEOPLE WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN. WHAT A WASTE! HE ALREADY LOVED US SO HE DIDN’T NEED JESUS TO SUFFER TO SHOW HE LOVED US. NO! IT WAS BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE THAT HE GAVE JESUS TO SUFFER…AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE? TO SET US FREE. “HE CAME TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE.” Luke 4:18-19   “FOR THIS PURPOSE THE SON OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.”  I John 3:7-8

Who needs what He did for us? ALL of us do. Our good works or usual good behavior does not cause the Lord to love us any more than He already loves us,  nor do they make us Christian. What makes us  Christian is to give our hearts to the Lord fully when we are born again, and then let Him continue to do a good work in our lives. Jesus was not sweet when He walked on earth – He was kind. The same is true of Him today. He is kind towards us. Sweet indicates a mushy, gushy “all dessert & no veggies” kind of personality. That’s an imbalanced diet.  The best picture I have found of “balanced preaching” in the bible was done by Jesus Himself when the adulterous woman was brought to Him. The entire account is found in John 8:1-11. But here’s the bottom line…she was a sinner, the religious crowd wanted her stoned to death, but Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The “greasy grace” crowd (how I refer to the false teaching) uses the “Neither do I condemn you” part of this story as a way to remain in their sin because ‘He didn’t condemn the adulterous woman” they say. True, He chose to extend His mercy and grace. Praise God, we need that!!! The religious-bondage crowd still wants to condemn sinners to death. But what did Jesus do? Right after He extended His grace and mercy to her, He gave her instructions: “Go and sin no more.” Why would He say that to her if it’s true that we can sin and still be ok in our spiritual lives? If His grace covers everything we do and we never need to “check ourselves, search our hearts, repent, etc.” then why would He tell her that? Because He knows that “the wages of sin is death.” He nailed sin to the cross, yes. But if we remain IN our sin, we make His offering of none effect in our lives.

We have the liberty to sin all we want to. ..to disregard His gift…to ignore His imploring us to choose a better life in Him.  We certainly do. But as we often see and hear, “We are free to make choices, but we are not free from the consequences of those choices.”  How many of us have NEEDED something to crush some things from our lives? Some habits, addictions, destructive mindsets & patterns? Every last one of us need what He offers – what He died for.   A true worshipper knows that he/she cannot overcome these sins without the “Wonder working power of the blood of the Lamb.” A self-righteous person rarely, if ever, evaluates their own heart’s condition because the thought of being transparent before God scares them. Remember when Moses returned from “seeing” God? The people were afraid of even Moses because his countenance had changed. That’s the power of God. We find it easier to hide those things and just have a form of religion:   go to church, be good, etc.  Those things aren’t bad of course, but they are not our salvation and they have no power to free us from sin. Jesus conquered sin on our behalf because we are powerless on our own. That’s the beautiful thing about grace: He freely gave & made provision for us to embrace and follow. Ah! That’s the problem...the “follow” part. He said, “Many are called but few are chosen.” “You will find Me when you seek Me with your whole heart.” I could go on and on with many verses like this, but you get the point, I’m sure. The proof is in the pudding. Show me a person that walks in liberty and power and authority and I’ll show you a person that has been following the Lord – listening to Him, surrendering to Him, allowing Him to be Lord of their lives. That is the difference between a sincere believer and one that is not in love with the Lord. Perhaps some do not know, because it hasn’t been taught by their minister of choice, that Jesus desires a real personal relationship with us – not just church attendance. If that is you, today can be the day you turn that around.

I do not preach the gospel from the seat of a lofty, self-righteous, holier than thou woman. People that know me know that. If you have heard my testimony or read my book, you know I cannot sit there.  People that preach from that high and lofty seat have either: 1). Never repented (never acknowledged their need of Jesus’s finished work at the cross and given their hearts to Him.)  OR  2). Allowed themselves to be lifted up in pride and feel somewhat superior to others because of their position (perhaps they forgot from where they have come).

I realize this is lengthy, but I will end with this story. Several years ago I was talking with a neighbor about who/what I do not fully remember. I just remember saying to her, and I was kidding around, “Do you think “I’M” sweet?” When she answered, “I wouldn’t say ‘sweet’, I’d say nice, but honest,” I was a little shocked by that. I had always tried to be “sweet” because that’s what I was taught to be. I wanted to be sweet. But my neighbor recognized something in me that I guess I had not been ready to embrace yet. I had been serving as the president of our homeowners association, and at times, I had to be tough. It wasn’t easy for me because, again, I wanted to be sweet. But overriding that desire to be sweet and have everyone love me, was (and is) this deep appreciation for justice and “doing what’s right,” so I could not resist the importance of doing my (tough) job. I was told I did it well and was diplomatic about it, which I guess would be the grace in me. A preacher that walks closely with the Lord, and has studied the life of the greatest Preacher of all time, cannot help but show the love and mercy of God while she shares the truth that she knows will set her fellowman free. It truly is love that drives a man or woman of God to give their lives to preach the good news. We just want everyone else to be set free from the “sin that so easily besets us.” Personally, I also want everyone to hear God’s voice and experience Him as the Father He is and wants to be to His children. Having grown up with an orphan-like spirit (another message for another time), I just wanted to be loved. And I HAVE been loved…but never the way HE has loved me.  And when you know the Lord like that, you really do not want to be judgmental…you just want to preach His word. There is a difference, although at times, and because of the power of His word cutting right to the heart of the hearers, you might be perceived as being judgmental.  No, preachers will not always come across as “sweet,” but neither did Jesus many times…like when He turned over the tables  in the temple.

Lisa Echols

"You Can't Have a 12 Without an 11

April 19, 2012

 

One of my dearest friends and I were sharing our thoughts as we realized the several things in our lives that are paralleled with the number 11.  Now before you think us strange, let me clarify that neither of us are in to numerology as some consider negative.  I do not, nor do I believe she, looks for numbers, lives by numbers, etc.  We just simply know that God uses numbers often to tell a story.  As is the case with any other method He chooses to communicate to us, we just want to hear what He has to say.  He did, afterall, speak through a donkey once. "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.   "He chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise."  I Corinthians 1:25-29

She asked me what I thought the Holy Spirit was trying to say to us.  I told her I wasn't sure, but I felt there was significance to it, probably to our relationship, but I felt there was a broader understanding to come.  The following afternoon while driving, He just so clearly gave me "the rest of the story" in a flash.  "Remember your last WOVEN meeting was on 11-11-11?"  "Yes, Lord, I remember."  "Well, that was significant.  When I spoke to you in October to "hold the meeting on the 2nd Friday in November," you had no idea of the actual date until you looked at the calendar."  "Yes, Lord, I remember that as well.  I thought, back then, 'How neat...11-11-11.  I wonder if folks will think I just chose this date because it's cool.'  Seriously, I'm just the messenger.  

He continued.  "Eleven represents a divine alignment; notice the two ones are "divinely aligned" with each other, side by side.  11 comes just before 12.  12 represents divine authority/governmental authority.  You can't have 12 without 11; 11 always comes first.   Do you know what all that means?  That means that when the body accepts His call to, and embraces ' UNITY,' we will have DIVINE AUTHORITY/GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY."  I got very excited, very stirred as I watched Him roll it out as if on a projector screen.  And yes, I was still driving.  Revelation began to flow...This is the reason the church has been powerless for so long.  We have traded our love for each other for power and fame and money.  And before we quickly exclude ourselves from this category, let's each analyze ourselves to see where we stand.  Just because one does not have lots of fame and money, does not mean his heart is free from the lust for power.  It is human nature to want to have a following, an audience.  “Performance” was applauded by our onlookers from the time we could crack a smile as babies, all the way up to the moment we realize that "We must decrease so He can increase."  This is the very reason Lucifer got a sudden name change back in the day to “Satan” - he tried to exalt himself above God, and he has tempted man to do the same from way back in the Garden of Eden. 

As a nation and even within the church, we have forsaken this precious teaching from Jesus Himself in Matthew 22:34-38:  "But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” 

Wow!  The second is like it?  Yea, that's what He said.  This reminds me of Him telling us that before we bring our gifts to the altar, we need to make right what is wrong between us and our brothers.  That is such a beautiful picture to me...Our Heavenly Father wants us in unity with one another as much, if not more than He wants us to worship Him.  We are really, inherently, no different.  We do not want our children to come to the dinner table or any special family event when there is disunity; that would spoil the entire affair.  What I hear Him saying is that He wants us to truly love and honor and serve one another, and stop looking out for number one, especially in the church, and decide we are all on this one big team to shine the brightest light the world has ever seen!  Let's do it! 

For those that have decided to walk in His commandments, His desire for unity, we will continue to see divine alignments.  Then, and only then, will we once again see His authority released through His bride.  In order to have this unity, there has to be death to our own agenda.  Let's lay down our own plans, embrace the Lord's, and like Jesus, we will see RESURRECTION.  That is where the power is at.  Where it's not is in selfish ambition and prideful hearts.  Those that have died to their own way and surrendered all to Jesus will be resurrected in a power unlike anything this generation has seen.  He told us, "Greater works will you do."

As our conversation came to a close that afternoon, my final thought was:  "We just came out of 2011, now we are in 2012.  Is it significant?  Yes, I believe it is!  If we want a 12, let's let 11 happen.  What if what you have been waiting for is in the hands of someone besides yourself?  What if you have the brand new pair roller skates and someone else has the key?  Yea, remember that word from December, 2011?  Go back and read it again after reading this.  See if you aren't as charged as I am with this additional revelation.  He is so very exciting!

11’s bring about (or equals=) 12’s

Giving = receiving

Humility = power

Serving = blessing

Dying = resurrecting

Divine alignment = authority

His kingdom is so vastly different from the world around us.  Every day we are inundated with temptations to serve ourselves faster, higher, harder, and longer.  But His kingdom softly calls out to us to follow Him on the lowly path so that He can exalt us with the power that brings glory to Him and to Him only.  Be encouraged if you have suffered much, be encouraged if you feel like "What else will I lose; how long do I have to wait; how much more death do I have endure."  Read again the chart above.  The stone at the door of your pathway is about to be rolled away, and you will come forth in His power and do exploits in His name.  Just remember, you are only one of those 1's in 11.  Be looking for the other “1” that will make your 11…then watch your 12 come to pass! 

To Him Who sits on the throne, be glory and honor, forever and ever,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

I See Stuck People; They're Everywhere

April 12, 2012
 
This has been in my spirit for many months, and try as I might, I could not complete it.  I stored it in the memory file, which by the way, is nearly full to date.  Ha Ha  We are going on a journey with this word.  Bits of revelation, deep chunks of revelation, are threaded throughout this word, and I pray you catch them all.  I have heard others speak of prophets' messages as sometimes confusing, strange, hard to understand.  Jesus was hard to understand to some.  Up to this point, I think all the words I've released have been pretty clear (at least I think they have).  But this word seems curvy; alot  in a little space.  But hang with me, buckle up, and let's go.  
 
In recent months, the events that have manifested and been revealed on news casts has caused me to continually remember a word I shared in 2010 called "Lawlessness."  If you have not read it, or you need a refresher, then scroll down to November 9, 2010.  (Prophetic words are in date order.)
 
Lawlessness...when I heard it again today I immediately had a vision.  I could see the inside of a body -the skeletal and muscular systems were visible.  I saw the spine - the supporting structure.  Sin had begun to take over the body, and as a result, the spine was struggling to perform its supporting role.  The spine was literally being crushed by the weight of the sin and the pulling of the discs.  Sin revealed itself through the bulging discs.  The discs pressed on the nerves, causing extreme pain and discomfort, and sometimes immobility.  If you have ever experienced this problem physically, then you know exactly what I am talking about.  In this context, I am speaking spiritually of course.  The central nervous system is our "sensory" system - where we have the ability to sense, to discern.  When sin remains, the sensory area is greatly affected by the pain and immobility, and as a result, discernment is no longer sharp/keen.  Strength begins to fade away, thus rendering a weak spine; thereby affecting everything it was intended to support.
 
Then I remembered all the times over the past few years that I have been in church services, mine and others, and experienced that same skeletal vision.  I always asked the Holy Spirit, "Why?  What does this mean?"  Now I know.  Until today's vision, I had never seen the bulging discs.  The skeleton represents the core of anything:  a person, a church, a nation.  This is the condition we find ourselves in at this very moment as a nation.  The division in our land is greater than before, and this spirit of lawlessness is on the rise - just as I saw in my 2010 dreams. 
 
During this critical election season, we must cry out to God for mercy upon our land.  Four years ago I wrote any and everybody, pleading for corporate prayer before our votes were to be cast in that critical election.  There was persecution - something I was not expecting, nor was I prepared for it.  It hurt, but it helped me to become stronger in my "spine."  And in this day of greater "lawlessness," persecution will be on the rise.  The question the Lord is asking His body is:  "Have you considered the cost?" 
 
When we truly see that we are called to serve the Lord through serving others, organizations, and even our nation, we begin to lose sight of the lofty ideas we may have had previously about what our ministry would be like.  It becomes clear that there are no frills attached; no sparkling diamonds; no, not for the sold-out believer that speaks from the heartbeat of a loving God that gave His all, His Son, Jesus, for a dying humanity.  So what are we to do?  How do we get "unstuck" from our dead religion and dry relationship with the Lord and others?  Before I answer that question, one final thought on the skeletal system.  Oftentimes when I would see that skeleton, I would think the obvious:  "Dry bones."  I believe our dry bones, our dry relationship, our dry worship can all be refreshed with our crying out to the Lord.  "Can these bones live?"  YES!  I believe they can, and I believe they will.  I am reminded of the children of Israel, whose bondage lasted for many years under a tyrannical governing authority.  The Lord heard their cries, and He sent to them an appointed deliverer.  We just have to cry out!
 
Back to the question of how to get "unstuck."  The answer lies in just one word:  worship.  At the risk of repeating myself...we were created solely for worship; for relationship with the Father.  When we return simply to that, then all else will line up; all else will take its rightful place in sequence as it should.  All ministry and serving of others, and everything else we do should rest somewhere behind our worship.  Worship is not just singing and making melody to the Lord.  Worship is also conversation, the giving of thanks, just outright talking to the Lord.  Then it's pausing to listen...always be listening, as it seems He has much to say to those that are interested. 
 

In these times of uncertainty, there remains one solid foundation that we can stand on.  Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone!  When we purpose to serve Him and Him only, it matters not which way the wind blows, as we simply stand grounded in the Unshakeable King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Yes, lawlessness will abound, judgment will come, and His prophetic words will unfold just as He has spoken them.  But there is a place where we can find fulfillment, peace, and joy everlasting...it's under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).  There, we get and remain "unstuck" from religion, traditions of men, and anything else that is set on separating us from our King.

Nestled in,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Roller Skates, You’ve Got a Brand New Key

December 12, 2011

November 10, 2011:  You do not have all the pieces to the puzzle.  You do not know all the details.  But you do have a vision.  You have a word from the Lord that no matter how long it has been since first He spoke it to you, no matter how long you have carried this, and no matter how many times you wished it would just go away because you were weary with waiting, you held on.  You continue to move along – listening, watching, and waiting for His next instruction. And when it comes, you advance.  The other players, well, He will bring them all together to make happen what is supposed to happen.  You have the skates – or maybe you have the key. 

On November 28, 2011, I was driving along when my thoughts were pulled away for some moments of reflection, per the Holy Spirit’s leading.    I realized that I no longer bemoan the fact that this prophetic/apostolic mantle has and will cost me everything. Praise the Lord.  I thought of how I used to wish I could just sing in the choir, hidden amongst the other worshipers, or do this or that; anything except THIS!  I no longer think that way – no, not an ounce of that is left at all.  Then I thought of Mary, Jesus’ Mother, and this came to me: “When the Lord births something in you, it won’t be pretty to the natural eye.  The Lord is not concerned with protecting our reputation, as popularity is not His forte’.  In fact, when Mary learned of her miraculous conception, the angel spoke immediately to the fear she would no doubt experience from that moment, and in the days to come.  And with this word from the angel, she could recall and hold fast to what was spoken: ‘Fear not!’  You can read the full story in Luke 1:26.

Throughout history dynamic duos, famous couples, and pairing entities have made huge impacts on society.  God Himself began the process of pairing up, bringing into unity, and causing paths to cross for the purpose of fulfilling His great plan; beginning first with Adam and Eve.  God created man for Himself.  His next step was to ensure that man would not be alone, so He took a rib from His first creation, Adam, made the 2nd part to His great plan, Eve so that “…man would not be alone.”  Together, the two created the first family.

Other noteworthy pairings are Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Ruth and Naomi.  Were there to be a present day sitcom about a woman and her mother-in-law, there is no doubt the story would be in complete contrast to the beautiful bond between Ruth and Naomi.  Although a marriage brought the two together, it was in the death of Naomi’s son, Ruth’s husband, that a separation was likely to occur.  When Naomi all but ordered her daughters-in-law to return to their own mothers and countrymen, only Ruth could not accept “No” for an answer.  Here’s the account from Ruth 1:14-18:  “And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.  Then she said, ‘Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’  But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.’  When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.”

We do not have any proof that Ruth knew just ahead her destiny awaited her. She would find her Romeo in a man named Boaz; the man that would provide for her and her mother-in-law.  In addition to her new found happiness, she was to become the great-grandmother of King David.  This brings us to another team, King David and his wife, Bathsheba. Although David and his family would suffer for the murderous act and adultery he committed, from their bloodline would come Jesus, the Savior of the world!

Back to the roller skate and key.  Whether you hold the key to anothers' roller skate, or you presently wear the skate, you can expect that the Lord is, at this moment, bringing the pair together.  The one has need of the other to bring forth that which lies in the womb of His thoughts and plans.  The coming months will be both exciting* and troublesome** for the church and the world.  He has been pulling at the strings of His body for some time now, drawing us together in a spirit of unity.  This has been preparation to build, as it were, an ark which will provide safety to those that no doubt will begin to run to her during tumultuous times.  She must be ready.  In conjunction with His pulling the strings of unity, His present phase will be in pairing together for the purpose of accomplishing an even broader vision.  This is not something new that He has just decided to do, but rather has been planned all along.  Have you noticed some shifting?  Some changes for yourself and others?  Has your vision been renewed?  As a general in the armed forces trains, gathers, and calls to attention his unit for battle and apprehension of the spoils, so does the Lord.

This is not a time to close your hand or hold back that which has been afforded to you.  This is not a time to retreat, but to allow what He has put in you to manifest and be utilized.  The gifts in us are not for us to keep, but are His, and are meant to be shared.  We can no longer be single.  We can no longer stay on the side lines.  We can no longer operate individually.  Our sight has been dim as it relates to OUR own personal visions of what our lives are to be for His kingdom.  Because “We know in part, and prophesy in part,” it stands to reason that we have not had full vision.  Now is the time to broaden our view as we see from His view.  If we stand still, rigid and unwilling to be open to change, we will miss what He is doing.  If we are unable to “incline our ears to hear” during this time, we will miss that which is much greater than we have experienced, touched, and known in the past. He is coming for a bride without spot or wrinkle, but before He comes He will put the skate and the key together so that only He may receive the great harvest He longs for.  In this, only He will receive the glory!

As you can see from the date of this word, I assumed it would make for a nice Thanksgiving message.  As it has unfolded, and according to the timing, we can not only give thanks, but we rejoice as we prepare to celebrate the day of our Lord’s birth.  Thank You for all You have done, all that You are planning to do, and most of all for the life You gave that we might come to truly know You. Happy Birthday, Jesus, and a very Merry Christmas to all!

I think we should get together and try them out to see…***

Prophetess Lisa Echols

*Refer to previous prophetic word “Where Are His Gifts,” June, 2011

**Refer to previous prophetic word “Lawlessness,”, November, 2010

***Refer to the lyrics for “I’ve Got A Brand New Pair of Roller Skates, You’ve Got a Brand New Key.”

 

How Did I Get Here

August 4, 2011

Many of us have asked this question over the last few months and even years: “How have I missed the Lord’s leading, where have I sinned, what have I done to bring me to this place – how did I get here?” I know I certainly have. That troubling doubt, coupled with our harassing enemy and unknown path is sometimes enough to drive us to the point of giving up, including the oppressive regret for the day we were even born (like Job and David experienced). When the Holy Spirit began speaking this phrase “How Did I Get Here,” back in June, I knew I was to write about this. However, I did not feel spiritually fit at the time due to the darkness I was trying to push my own self through. But today, in spite of the continued season of battle, I present this word to you as a source of fuel in your quest to follow the Lord we love, our Blessed King of Kings.

Three years and 1 day ago, the Lord gave me a powerful word of things to come, which I have copied and pasted to the end of this message. Joining that prophetic word with this present message will, I believe, strengthen us in this time of great testing. That word in its entirety can be found on our website under Prophetically Speaking d, “We Are Closer Now Than Then, 8-30-10.” I shared at the end of that word to “Stay tuned for an encouraging word for those that have suffered much.” I had no idea it would take this long, nor what I would personally go through by the time it manifested. I thought that surely I had already suffered enough at that point. Don’t we all! But within a few weeks following, the Holy Spirit had me reading the book of Job…that was my sign of things to come. I pray that you are strengthened by this reminder.

Just before you read the word below (from 3 years ago), let me just add this simple, yet powerful scripture as the foundation, purpose, and promise of our current season:  IPeter 4:12-15: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” KJV

As I read this verse today, something stood out to me that I hadn’t noticed before: “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed.” Ashamed? Let him not be ashamed – for suffering? That is exactly what the enemy wants us to feel. During your time of testing and great trials, haven’t these or similar thoughts swirled around in your head: “Look at you…others aren’t suffering like you, they don’t have these problems and those problems, and why are you in this mess? You know you were born to lose, your family has never been anything special. Just look at this mistake, and that sin…”, and on and on the accusations are hurled at us, while shame begins to set in, sometimes, before we realize it. The Greek word for ashamed is: Aischunomai, meaning: disfigurement; to feel shame. Disfigurement? Like a person that is physically disfigured and feels the need to shy away from stares and finger pointing, while despising their outwardly visible and obvious disfigurement? Exactly like that! Can you relate to that? Yes, yes you can if you’ve been tried and tried and tried, and others have looked upon your circumstances, similarly to the way Job’s friends addressed his unbelievable state of being (his time of great testing). It’s almost certain you can relate. But it had to messy – like Job’s life, like David’s life, and many others. Now is a good time to read the prophetic word from 3 years ago. You can read the message in its entirety at our website under Prophetic Voice, then scroll down to “It Had To Be Messy, 8-3-08.”

“It had to be messy.  I know it hurt, and I know it caused you to undergo some changes, and walk through some things you thought you would never have to walk through or even touch.  It caused you to cry and consider whether or not you might have missed Me; whether or not you should continue on this path.  I saw your tears and your pain, and no, I have not forgotten you.  And no, I have not forsaken you, nor the journey that I put you on.  You are right on time, and you are right where you need to be.  This place that you are at right now – this place that feels like there is no end; like the pain will not cease, is part of the travel plans.  For, if I had let you bypass this, you would not have died to mindsets that would have later kept you from the fulfillment of your purpose.  Like a flesh wound needs medication to heal, I have taken you through this process so that the old ways of thinking and the former things that steered you, could die away and My thoughts and ways could reign in you.  Medication stings and is not pleasant to the wound, but medication heals and prevents scarring.  Joseph was a changed man, he was not scarred.  Likewise, you will be able to say as My servant Joseph said when he named his sons Manasseh and Ephraim, meaning:  ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household, and ‘God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction’.  (Genesis 41:51-52)  “Forgetting all your trouble” is indicative of no scarring.  In fact, you will thank me fully when you arrive at your next destination, for you will realize it had to be this way.  For some of you, ministry will come from these very things that at first sight looked too scary and ugly for you to embrace.  Right here, and at this point, if you hear Me, and feel that familiar tug of confirmation, you can rest assured the ministries that you have envisioned will come to pass because you have followed me on this part of the journey as well.  At its’ inception, you had lofty dreams, coupled with My visions and My plans, but along the way, you tossed away all that had flesh and “natural” attached to it, and realized that all you wanted to do was to bring honor and glory to Your King.  I see that clearly in you, for you have allowed Me to work that into your heart.”  

“I know you are ready for this season to pass, and I know you are ready for the struggle to cease, but this is where I am asking you to trust Me.  Trust is what I want from you, for when you trust Me, you are showing your love and devotion to Me.  I am not a taskmaster, and I always have your best interest at heart.  What I do with you is purposed to bring you to fulfillment in Me – in My plans.  What I do in your life will bring glory to My name, but not for My sake only.  It is for My love being revealed in this earth, and what I do through you will accomplish that, as well as bring fulfillment to you.  Just as Joseph had to go the way he went, and as painful as it was to him, it was all used to bring him into the position I had already created for him.  And at his lowest, which was just before I exalted him to take his place of service, he was falsely accused before the one he thought would bring him to his destiny.  But, just as I hold the king’s heart in my hand, I hold your destiny as long as you remain submitted to My will.  When you cry, I notice.  When you say, ‘I don’t know if I can continue, but I want to follow You all the way, Lord,’ I take notice of this too.  Continue to trust Me and know that I have not changed My mind about your life.  Allow Me the space to continue forming you into the threshing instrument that you were born to be.  We are on the same team, and we will win!  It is your enemy that lies to you.  It is your enemy that seeks to abort your mission, but if you use your sword and thrust My word into him, he cannot defeat you.  He is already a defeated bully, and seeks to destroy the faith of those that follow Me.  Do not allow this, and this will not have the victory over you as long as you remain under the shadow of your Almighty!  Let me cover you, let me comfort you, and let me strengthen you through My word and by My Spirit.  I am after the best in and for you!”

Hoping against shame,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

Where Are His Gifts?

June, 2011

This word began stirring in me a few months ago. Actually, looking back through some prophetic words I've shared over the past 3 years, it's been stirring much longer than that. At this point, however, the Holy Spirit is releasing more clarity on the subject, and I believe more is yet to come through many prophetic voices. John 16:13 tells us that it is the function of the Holy Spirit to “Lead us and guide us in to all truth.” When I get a mental picture of that verse I see the person of the Holy Spirit as a tour guide for the body of Christ: We have embarked upon a journey under His direction to a place we have never before visited. Along the pathway we discover many wonderful things that until now have been hidden from us. What I am about to share is something that should never have been hidden from the body of Christ, as it was and is intended for the Lord's bride. But some of the gifts He left for us have been overlooked, dismissed, and even spoken evil of. But He, in His mercy and goodness, is committed to completing what He began. He is the Restorer of all things, and I believe He is about to introduce, to some for the first time, a treasure of blessings the church and the world have need of.

Ephesians 4:7-16 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

There is coming a time when the church will be forced to open her heart to the apostle and prophet, as she cannot continue with business as usual. The perilous times that are upon us and that are to come (see II Timothy 3) will warrant something more - something additional that should never have been subtracted from the five-fold equation to begin with. I wonder who we think we are. Lord forgive our arrogance for presuming to know what we need, picking and choosing the comfortable, popular, and often mundane ways that lead to traditions of men, thereby robbing the body, and eventually the world of the richness You intended all along. Forgive us for our ignorance, as often times it is simply that - we have not known what we have not known. But our Tour Guide is bringing us to a place where we can no longer deny the truth - it is being revealed, one mile marker at a time.

It is our duty to “study to show thyself approved,” however. Each of us is responsible to search the scriptures, which is easier and more exciting to do when we have a personal, intimate relationship with the Lord. We will be held accountable for what we've done with our time, His word, and His gifts.

Suppose the church at large had never disposed of the gifts of the apostle and the prophet? Suppose she had continued to incline her ears to “Hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying” through the prophetic words revealed to His prophets? Suppose she had never embraced the temptation to put away these gifts, thereby leaving an incomplete team to minister to an incomplete body? Had the gifts remained intact and whole, would there be less divorce in the church? Less incest? Less adultery? More lost sheep filling the pews on Sunday mornings? More prophetic word? More “people” building and less “ministry” building? Please note, those were “what ifs” and not absolutes. But we can know from scripture, if we read it, that when the voice of God, which the prophet represents, and the people building, which the apostle represents, we are left with only 3 of the 5 ministry gifts: the pastor, the evangelist, and the teacher. These three are great, and just as needful as the apostle and the prophet. But they are not complete without the entire five-fold. Therefore, only a portion of His ministry is being realized, leaving a gaping hole in His gift, His bride, and the world.

Most of us have frowned upon the stories from the bible where Jesus and other prophets were persecuted, often physically beaten, hungry, and without a place to lay their heads. We say we would never participate, or even think of such a thing. But hasn't the church at large rejected the prophetic words of the Lord? Have they shunned the prophets and apostles, declaring that those gifts have been done away with and no longer should be practiced? I submit to you that she is guilty of doing just that. Just as the Scribes and Pharisees detested Jesus for speaking with such clarity about hidden things of their hearts, the church at large has put these gifts far away from them because of these simple reasons: 1). Not lovers of the truth 2). Hidden sins and false motives 3). Fear: fear of the unknown, fear of chaos, and fear of losing a false power* they do not actually possess. In a prophetic word I released 6-11-08 “Signs that Unity is Spreading in the Body of Christ,” the Holy Spirit spoke to that matter, and is dealing with it* inside the church and outside in the secular world. Best we “let it go” rather than have it “taken.” Matthew 23:12 “And whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Again, please read II Timothy 3, and note that verse 5 speaks of “a form of godliness,” which is clearly eludes to someone professing to be a Christian and/or minister of the gospel.

As I have written and testified to in times past, it has been a struggle for me to accept the prophetic call on my life, although I've known since the late 80?s that something of that nature rested upon me. I've known all my life, even when I did not walk closely with the Lord, that He had His hand on me, and that He had called me to something for His kingdom. I would have chosen a much lighter, softer, palatable purpose for myself - one that would make everyone smile, laugh, be light-hearted and happy. It would have caused everyone to love me and to appreciate His gifting in me. But I didn't call myself, and nor did I get to choose the vocation in which His word passes through my hands on the keyboard, nor the microphone I stand in front of. No, instead I, having struggled with rejection all my life, get called not only as a prophetic voice, but also a woman with an apostolic mission. Not one, but two controversial gifts, in one female embodiment. Did I mention that I didn't ask for this?

When I say “I,” I mean we/us, as in my husband and I. I may not have always, nor even now, easily embraced these gifts in my life, but I am thankful to have been given along with them, a life partner that carries these same giftings. Those of you that know him know that he is not an intimidating man, nor one given to conflict. He is not at all a Goliath that I could hide my gifts behind, though the Lord knows I've tried. I was given a gift of my own through this life partner, and I am grateful that we cannot nor do we any longer try to hide behind one another for fear of persecution. Rather, we have chosen to stand together, side by side. He is gentle, he is loving, and he is not one to rush to judgment, but weighs the matter carefully. He depends on the Lord for wisdom, and he has been misunderstood for his quiet manner. But so was Jesus. I love you, Rusty, a true gift in so many ways to the body of Christ. A gem to me, and I am blessed to share in this calling with you.

Last week, and you know how the Holy Spirit is, just out the blue He flips the recorder in my mind to something I hadn't thought of since the day I first heard it. This “something” would serve to confirm to me yet again, and further explain the apostolic mission we've been given. The year was 1990. The visiting prophet called my husband and I forward to deliver a lengthy prophetic word. “I see that you're one that understands and sees some things that need to be done, some areas that could be improved, and you have some skills and abilities to do that. The Lord has put some things in your heart; He's told you some things. There are some things deep inside of you that I just sense the Spirit of God is stirring.” From my studies of the lives of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, they preached the word to bring change to a very guarded religious system, which was the reason for the persecution from within that system. Pastors and teachers feed the sheep, while evangelists typically preach the message of salvation. If I may, I'd like to offer this view of the operation of the five-fold gifts as I have come to understand and operate in them: Evangelists and/or pastors draw the lost sheep into the fold, pastors and teachers feed and nourish the sheep, and prophets speak with prophetic insight into the lives of the sheep, while the apostle rustles up, so to speak, and brings about change to individuals and/or groups. I have much more in depth material on this subject in the training manual I wrote a couple of years ago, “A Ministry Training Course for the Serious Servant.” Contained therein are the roles of each of the five-fold gifts, and how, when operating in sync, Ephesians 4 is fulfilled.

My examples above are not to say that one or the other of these gifts cannot flow in others area - often times they do. Most of us feel a stronger gifting of one or two of these than we do the others. Rusty and I have served as pastors in several capacities, and although we are not presently presiding over a congregation, we do not believe the passion we carry for others will ever go away. While I love to teach, and he would prefer to lead worship, we both feel the strongest gifts within us are the apostle and the prophet. Before I realized what I was asking for, I longed to be used in the prophetic. But when the call came to me so dramatically in 1994, I was given a sense of the battle prophets endure. Here's what Jesus had to say on the subject: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37 Did I mention that I definitely didn't ask for this!?

As is always our practice, I sent this word to Rusty to be proof read. With his permission, I am including his response to this word: 'I witness with what you've said, especially the part about where the church might be today had she embraced the apostle and prophet, and not kicked them out. The apostle and prophet for the body are like the "Daddy" figure to the family. When the Daddy is kicked out, or leaves, the direction of the family is out of kilter. The Mom then has to do it all, sometimes even letting the kids (the church) fend for themselves, or forcing them to take up the slack that the "Daddy" was supposed to be responsible for. Having to grow up too fast often causes stunted growth, or causes areas in their lives not to mature properly, leading to a mis-direction in the child.” The moment I read his words, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Often what you see in the world is something that has already happened in the church.” Fatherless homes = churches without fathers (spiritual fathers). See I Corinthians 4:15 where Apostle Paul speaks of giving his life for his spiritual sons - something we see way too little of both in homes and in the church. We, the body of Christ, are called to be the salt and the light, the example of the family, yet we cannot complete this mission without all 5 gifts Jesus left for the church. He made provision to accomplish this - why then do we ignore them? And if we ignore them, are we then guilty of “adding to” or “taking away” from His word?

As many await restoration in their personal lives, we can expect nothing less for the body of Christ, corporately speaking. As we move forward in our growth and maturity, we will be enhanced by two special gifts Jesus has dispersed throughout the world, through injured, imperfect, but willing souls that regularly say, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” May we once again embrace all of the five-fold gifts so that each of us can be perfected and edified, as we come into the unity of the faith, so that we're no longer tossed to and fro, but speaking the truth in love, growing up into him, which is the head, even Christ, from Whom the whole body is joined together so every joint supplies making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

P.S. Just as I was about to copy and paste this message for our distribution list, I “accidentally” opened a file entitled: “Why You Cannot Separate the Five-Fold Gifts from the Church.” This was written 7-25-10:

As Rusty and I were worshiping this morning, the Lord began to speak to me about the working of the Apostolic gift. It is placed in this midst of a people, a city, etc., to effect change. Many resist it because it requires “change” to be changed. That change being a sacrifice of one's wishes and plans for their future, and submitting everything to their Creator. Most Christians will say they are already living a life of sacrifice, but many are not and have no idea what it even means to trust solely in the Lord. Being a faithful church member, one who tithes, giving and serving others - none of these necessarily mean one is completely surrendered to his Master.

In a vision, I saw the Lord standing in front of me, pulling boxes (gift boxes) from Himself, saying, “This one is a part of Me - take it and let it work in you.” He would take the box and hand it to one of His servants. He did so with all five of the gifts, leaving me to realize just how much they really came out of who He was and is. They are Him living and working among us. They are not separate from Him.

Then He said, “Just as I took from Adam's body, literally, to make a bride for him, I took from Myself to make Myself a bride, the church.” This is what the gifts are - they are to encompass, define, enhance, motivate, move, exalt, etc. My body, My bride in this earth. Because some of them have been forsaken by so many, the world has ruled the church rather than the other way around. Darkness has prevailed in many places because the entire five-fold gifts have not been freely permitted to operate in the manner they were created for. As a result, oppression has slowly, year after year, decade after decade, covered the land, all while some in the church have been rocked into a sleepy state by seducing spirits. Just as in the natural, when women were put aside and told to be silent, be it in their homes, in the church, in many countries, this has happened to My bride. Decades of oppressed women have resulted in some places, in rebellion and revolt. As My brides, gifts have been snuffed out, oppression has hovered over the houses of God. Without the apostolic and prophetic gifts, the efforts lack the ability to change a city.

All 5 are to work together.

Ephesians 2:20-22: “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

Then He said to me: “I have been training and wooing my gifts of the apostolic and prophetic, and they have been arising, slowly but surely. I have put such a passion within them to change their families, their cities, their nations, and change is on the horizon. Very soon, as I have prophesied before, the media will catch hold of the outbreaks of evangelism that will carry with it physical healings by the masses, deliverances from demonic possession, and the poor arising from the ashes of poverty. Yes, I have been at work in those that would give all to become My disciples, and I have been preparing them to take the land, gather the harvest. This warrior is My bride and she is valiant. You may not see her, but I see her! Her eyes may be stained with tears, but it's because she has passionately loved Me through every trial, heart break, and disappointment. I am proving that I can safely trust her, just as the virtuous woman's husband trusts in his bride.” See Proverbs 31.


To the Giver of the gifts be all the glory and honor forever and ever,

Prophetess Lisa

 

 

Easter Message

April 22, 2011 

If you're looking for a story on the meaning of Easter, this might satisfy your search.  History has a way of repeating itself.  Does the story below sound anything like our present day governmental, financial, social, and spiritual problems?  The names and locations may have changed, but the root of the problem, nor its' solution, have not.  I am aware that there exists a harsh, judgmental, and controlling preaching, and that the Lord is not in that.  While His word is offensive at times to our flesh, His love is a drawing force, and not that of a taskmaster.  I cannot, nor would I, cast any stones.  I am guilty, but I am free.  It is my hope that everyone without a relationship with the Lord be drawn by His Spirit, into His life-changing love.  Read to the end, there is hope... (My additions in CAPS.) 

"And Joseph died (THE ONE USED OF THE LORD TO EXECUTE WISDOM FOR PROVISION DURING THE GREAT FAMINE), all his brothers, and all that generation.  But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.  Now there arose a new king (NEW LEADER) over Egypt (AMERICA), who did not know Joseph.  And he said to his people, 'Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal harshly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.'  Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens.  And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.  But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew (WE CAN DO THIS WITH HIS BLESSING).  And they were in dread of the children of Israel.  So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with harshness.  And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage - in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field.  All their service in which they made them serve was with harshness.

Then the king (OR PRESIDENT) spoke to the Hebrew midwives and said, 'When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.'  But the midwives feared God (REPORTS ARE,  THERE HAVE BEEN MANY ABORTIONISTS AND ASSISTANTS THAT HAVE LEFT PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER ARENAS WHERE ABORTIONS ARE PERFORMED BECAUSE THEY HAD A REVELATION; AN UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY'D BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THE DEATH OF BABIES), and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.  So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, 'Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children?'  And the midwives said to Pharoah, 'Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.'  (GOD'S FAVOR UPON THE HEBREWS)  Therefore God dealt well with the midwives (BECAUSE THEY RESPECTED GOD MORE THAN MAN), and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.  And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.  (WHEN WE TRUST IN HIM AND FOLLOW HIS WORD, HE BLESSES US.)  So Pharoah commanded all his people, saying 'Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.'

Of course we know that baby Moses was spared because God had a plan to use him as a messenger, a type of deliverer, for Israel - to free them from Pharoah's bondage.  The body of Christ is praying fervently for our nation to be delivered from the bondage we find ourselves in today.  We have done it to ourselves by turning our backs on our Creator, and applauding all that rejects His holiness.  From history we see that the Lord allowed the enemy to oppress His people for the sole purpose of bringing them back to His own heart.  Each time Israel repented for having turned their backs on God, He showed His great mercy to them and destroyed their enemy.  America needs to repent for her sins, and turn her heart back to her Creator.  He longs to show His great mercy to us, and will do so if we follow II Chronicles 7:14:  "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."  Isaiah 1:18 promises:  "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."  Thank You, God, for Your mercies that are new each day.  May we respond to your invitation. 

He is risen!

Prophetess Lisa

 

Lawlessness
November 9, 2010 (12-14-10)


You will notice the date of this word as 11-9-10 - the date I began writing this word from the Lord. I have asked forgiveness from the Lord for allowing "life" to distract me from finishing and publishing this. It is my desire to please Him always, and I am more than honored and humbled to serve Him. May it speak to you today, and bless you with encouragement, excitement, and awareness of the times.

Two powerful dreams have drawn me back to the last prophetic word I shared on August 30th of this year, entitled “We Are Closer Now Than Then.” They both depicted the state of our land in the not too distant future. Both revealed a spirit of lawlessness unlike anything we have ever witnessed on the 6 o’clock news. In both dreams, there was a murderous spirit prevailing over the people in public places, and these enemies were not terrorists from the Middle East. They were home-grown American men, void of any love, and lacking even the smallest amount of human kindness. Chaos and mayhem were there agenda, and many lives were endangered by their lawless hearts.

What does a prophet, or any preacher of the gospel for that matter, have to gain by warning the church, and the world, that His coming is inevitable, and that preparation is necessary beforehand? Absolutely nothing. What they usually receive is persecution and rejection, because no one wants to hear bad news, me included. But the truth must be spoken. There is no personal gain for a proclaimer of His truth.

What does anyone preaching against His coming have to gain? Personally, probably little, except your continual giving to their ministry and/or your presence in their camp, which often equals a certain authority over you. I believe a strategy is in play to so distract and keep busy the body of Christ, that there is little time to pray and “seek His face while He may be found.” And there is certainly little time to study doctrine.. Enter: Seducing spirits. We must remember that doctrines of demons will not come to us wrapped in black paper with red satin, demonic bows. The word “seducing” in I Timothy 4:1-2, translated, means: an imposter. This is one who “appears” to be a messenger of truth, but does not deliver the truth. If any doctrine or any word draws you from “following” Jesus, becoming a disciple, or laying down your life to embrace His, then you should not follow it. Listen to what is not being said by many who claim to be ministers of the gospel. If we have “itching” ears, then here is our fate: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” II Timothy 4:2-5

I asked the Holy Spirit what the significance of the “itching” ears is. Immediately He gave me a visual. My dog lies beside me and I begin scratching his ears, and he is puddy in my hands. It feels so good, he comes back for more and more. After awhile, he is addicted, so he turns to me to scratch his itch before he uses his own claws at times. Bottom line – he is in a stupor while I’m scratching. If you’ve never seen a dog do this, ask me for a video and I’ll send you one. My dog nearly snores himself to sleep while I’m scratching his ears.

That is the state one is in when a seducing spirit is rocking him to sleep while he is being fed a doctrine of demons. Stupor is defined as: a state of reduced or suspended sensibility, a lowered level of consciousness, a state of mental numbness, a state of extreme apathy. Some are asleep. Some have been seduced by having their ears scratched to the point that they can actually applaud sin in the church – actually applaud sin in the church! Actually support it, give to it, fight in defense of it, and actually applaud sin in the church! As it was in the days of Moses, there will come a time when the line will be drawn, and each of us will choose which side we walk with: Do we walk with Jesus, laying down our agenda, embracing His will for us, which ALWAYS has and will FOREVER include persecution and tribulation. That doesn’t sound like an easy life, does it? How about the other side then: Walk with men and women who preach a gospel that makes life simple and easy, promises riches in abundance, no tribulation, no warfare, and happy times for all! Sounds great, right? Well, how about this: The 1st option gets you a free ticket to eternity with Jesus, AND, you get to hear Him talk to you, and reveal His word to you, and you get to serve! This is the way to life eternal – the straight and narrow path. The 2nd option gets you a free ticket to eternity with Satan and false prophets – the broad path that leads to destruction. We give it up now, or we give it up for eternity. The choice is ours. The Lord never forces any of us to buckle down, settle in, and do exactly as He does. No, not at all. He simply makes the invitation and we accept or decline.

May we remember the purpose for His suffering, His death, and His resurrection, so that on Christmas Day, as we commemorate His birth, we can rest in the peace of knowing that we are sold out only to Him. May we repent for the lawlessness in our hearts, surrender fully to Him, and enjoy His blessings contrary what the popular crowd would have us believe it is.

I surrender all…I surrender all…all to Thee my Blessed Savior, I surrender all!

Prophetess Lisa

 

We Are Closer Now Than Then

August 30, 2010

 

On 4-29-08, I awakened from one of the most powerful dreams I have ever experienced.  This is one that I shall never forget.  Though its’ power and message resonate within me as it relates to the prophetic season we are in, I do not dwell on the dream, nor have I thought of it for some time.  But in God-like fashion, when He has something to say, He is the best at bringing things to our remembrance, which often times includes additional revelation regarding the dream, vision, etc.  Such is the case with this April, 2008 dream.  The next 3 paragraphs depict the dream: 

I dreamed that I was at a very large dinner party.  A lady had a banquet-type dinner at her house, but yet the facility seemed too commercialized to be a house.  Everyone was eating and drinking and making merry.  I happened to turn towards the back wall, which was made of sheet rock at the bottom, and glass from the waist up to the ceiling.  I saw a huge tidal wave coming towards us.  I knew I would be taking a risk by doing so, but I had to yell and point to the tidal wave in spite of the fact that I would ruin the dinner party by doing so.  I even wondered whether or not my husband would be embarrassed by my alarming words.  One man standing nearby having a mixed drink said, “Ah, that’s nothing – nothing to worry about.”  Others were looking as if they were concerned, but most were continuing to party.  I felt the pain of loneliness briefly, but that was interrupted by the sting of being an alarmist when the water broke just in front of the window, causing no damage at all.  But I had only a split second to feel that because instantly the spirit of prophecy began to rise within me, and I began making declarations.  I could not recall the words that came through me by the Holy Spirit, but they were an exhortation to preparation – a kind of “make your souls ready” exhortation. 

Suddenly, Jesus manifested from the waters.  His face showed concern as I looked upon Him and cried, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” over and over again.  I literally cried and nearly screamed, as I placed my arms on the windows in an effort to get to Him.  I wanted Him to hear my adoration.  I wanted Him to know my love for Him.  He held a child in His arms.  The light that had been in Him (was Him) became almost electric – like lightning, but only in and around Him.  It was so fierce I wondered if he was angry, but I quickly dismissed that as I received the understanding that he was blessing and loving the child.  He took a 2nd child and the same “lightning show” occurred.  From inside the building, I was still screaming, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” as I see more of His intense love in action – not giving any thought to those around me, and no longer concerned with whether or not the dinner party was ruined.  I was aware that others were still in the room with me, some even peering through the glass as I was, watching this incredible thing.  Jesus was suspended in the air, over the waters, when I realized He, Himself was the tidal wave.  But then He appeared right in front of me with only the glass between us and said, “Feed My sheep – tell them – help them.” 

He then spoke several sentences, some of it in another language, but I continued to hear “Feed My Sheep.”  He said it as if He were pleading – not because He wondered whether or not I would do it, but because of His intense love and concern and urgency about “the time.”   Still crying, no longer screaming His name, listening with all the strength I had, I simply answered, “Yes Lord, yes!”  With that He was gone.  My body began sliding slowly down the glass then the sheet rocked wall and onto my face in worship, as I cried hard.  I was aware as I stood up that many former doubters were now believers – believers in what I had been preaching, and most recently, the warning I gave at the sight of the tidal wave – they got it!  End of the dream.

Last week while viewing a video clip on Facebook, one thing, beyond all the visual and audio sights and sounds, was tucked in the middle, right there at the 1:46 spot of this 2:06 video, this scripture reference:  Matthew 24:27 “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”  There it was – right there in scripture!  The lightning that He was and that surrounded Him in the dream, was from Matthew 24. 

 

What am I saying?  I believe He wants us to see how great and terrible (in a good way, but also in a scary way for those that depart) He will be at the appointed time.  We know in part and we prophesy in part.  He often adds revelation upon revelation, which reminds us that His ways are so much higher than ours.  When He reminded me last week of this dream, He said, “We are closer now than then.  The water did not crash the wall, for the time had not yet arrived.  I manifested as Myself from the water, which I was, to tell you to 'Feed My sheep,' and to warn that the time is short.”  I realize again and again that He warns because He loves.  He was not permitted by the Father to crash the wall, for it was not His time.  He was simply sent, because of love, to warn us that the time is drawing closer.  The signs are everywhere, including weather patterns.

 

The message He spoke to me in the dream forever dissolved any remaining doubt I had of preaching His word.  Though at the time I had been preaching for many years, I still wrestled with doubt; it harassed me as a “female minister.”  That part of the dream was personal to me.  His mandate that I do so was His instruction to preach the word, while pointing to the prophetic calendar.  That leads me to a phrase I’ve heard over and over again in my spirit for the last few weeks:  “The falling away.”  II Thessalonians chapter 2:  “Falling away” in verse 3 comes from the Greek word, apostasia, meaning:  defection from the truth, forsake, apostasy.  The entire chapter becomes more enlightening as times goes on.  Take a look at the verses preceding Matthew 24:27, specifically verses 23-26.  See also a word I shared in December 2007 about false prophets.

 

As the storms approach, be they natural or spiritual/emotional, remember this promise we’ve been given in Romans 8:18:  “For I consider that the sufferings* of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  Don’t fear words like storms, judgment, apostasy, rebuke, warning, and the like.  Though they are overlooked and discarded by some that view them as negative and inappropriate for "church," they are part of the word of God, therefore they are truth.  “Nice” is what we do when we need to tell the truth but withhold out of fear.  “Kindness” is a fruit of the spirit.  We should not confuse the two.  Jesus is the Rock of offense, and preaching the truth is offensive to the departed and the compromising. 

 

Lord, help us to know that we are closer now than then.

 

Seeing the signs,

 

Prophetess Lisa

*Stay tuned for a very encouraging word for those that have suffered much.

Scripture references taken from The New King James Bible.

 

State of the World Address

With Special Attention to the U.S.

 

August 9, 2010

 

 

A couple of nights ago I was awakened at 2 a.m. after an angelic visitation, where they made some deposits within me for the journey ahead. One of those deposits was "courage."  The fact that they gave me courage makes me wonder, "What's ahead?"  But He doesn't always tell us everything, and it's for our own benefit that He withholds some information.  His grace is sufficient.  Back to the sleep...I did not have control over my sleep - it seemed I was somewhere between a deep sleep and trying to awaken.  Once fully awake, I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Read Psalm 16:4."  "Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips."

 

There is no explanation necessary.  Anyone walking with the Lord, having even a little understanding, can discern that our country is suffering.  She is suffering because she has followed other gods, plain and simple.  The name of Jehovah God has been removed from many public institutions, and His laws have been mocked and discarded like a pair of old shoes.  Because many still enjoy success in this life, they are unaware of the impending danger that awaits, and in fact is now upon our land.  They have been deceived by the god of this world.

 

In the early 90's, my husband shared with me something the Holy Spirit revealed to him:  "Just as John the Baptist preceded Jesus' earthly mission and ministry, so must that same spirit (including that of Elijah) precede His return to gather His harvest, His bride."  Now, all these years later, that spirit is alive and well in the earth.  It is housed in His people that have determined to lay aside their own plans for their lives, take up their crosses, and follow after Him.  For years they have been kept in obscurity because "their time has not yet come."  They are being trained and discipled by the Great Leader, and they are learning to fear nothing:  not loss, not peril, not lack, not futiity, not even death.  They will emerge as one solid army, and in their season, they will do exactly that which was prophesied over John the Baptist, by the Spirit of the Lord, through his father, Zacharias.  See Luke 1:67-80.  Look especially at verse 80, which solidifies that there is a timing for the uprising of the children of the Lord - and that time is on the horizon.

 

Read the entire chapter of Psalm 16 to be encouraged as one of His own, while at the same time, lending yourself to intercession for the lost, our president, all in his party, and leadership everywhere, including within the church.  We are called to stand in the gap and pray.  Read all of Ezekiel chapter 22, especially verse 30.  We were once in darkness.  I would hate to know that those benefiting from relationship with the Lord would not pray for me to have my eyes opened while I lived in deceit, yet many of us have been guilty of that.  Forgive me, Lord; forgive us all.  It is our duty to stand with the Lord, grieving over His lost sheep.  We cannot fully love Him until we fully share His grief.

 

Prophetess Lisa

Calling All Josephs!

 May 27, 2010

 

Why so long, Lord?  Why such heartache?  Why so many struggles, disappointments, delayed answers and never ending trials?  If these questions sound familiar to you, then this word is definitely for you. 

 

There were many, many years between Joseph’s dream and the fulfillment of the same.  I feel sure that when Joseph dreamed that exciting dream, he had no idea what it meant.  He saw his brothers bowing to him, and most likely, he assumed he would be some type of prince, reigning in royalty with servants aplenty.  Do you remember when you first had your dream?  It was so exciting and invigorating, and you felt like it was just around the corner from you.  That was years ago, and still it has not come to pass.  The enemy has told you that you dreamed it on your own, perhaps to make a name for yourself, or to exalt yourself above others, or that it was simply not God’s will for your life.  But he is NOT the Author and the Finisher of our faith, is he?

 

Like Joseph, you have seen and experienced some things that were not included in that original dream.  You never expected that some of those you loved the most, would one day betray you and wound you so deeply that you would have to fight to forgive.  You did not consider, for one moment, that you would be accused of the evil, the crimes, the hatred, and the malice that has been counted beside your name.  You did not expect that your youth and vigor, excitement and zeal, would have to take the backseat to the life lessons God included in your schooling, but they did.  Your enemy has used even that against you, in hopes you would look in the mirror and agree:  “Yes, I am too old.  I missed my time, and now I will not be able to realize my dreams.”

 

No, Joseph did not have foreknowledge of all he would need to endure before stepping into the role he was born to play.  But by the time his time arrived, he was well prepared.  I imagine that Joseph regularly cried out to God with all the questions you and I have asked of Him.  And I imagine the Lord comforted him, and encouraged him along the journey, just as He does for you and I.  This week has been such a time for me, again, and the Lord has answered with His word.  His word is bread and it is life, and it is meat for the journey. 

 

As I spoke with the Lord last night regarding this season, which I have already prophesied is coming to a close, I was reminded of Joseph.  I reflected on how long it took him, all that he suffered, and the beautiful manifestation of God’s love was when at last the dream had been realized.  This scene played out much differently than Joseph imagined, back in the day, although his brothers did bow down to him – for they were in need.  And for his brothers, they too realized Joseph’s dream had come to pass, as they realized who it was they’d just knelt in front of.  When he did not deal harshly with them, but rather supplied their need, they must have had a revelation of the love of God.  They certainly did not deserve the kindness Joseph showed to them, but it was inevitable.  For the wonder working power of the love of God had so completely been sewn into Joseph, that it was impossible to keep it under wraps.  All that he endured was for the purpose of serving others.  Love had won, absolutely!

 

Our friend, Terri, from North Carolina shared a word of encouragement with me yesterday, in reply to a prayer request I e-mailed to our prayer partners and friends of this ministry.  A key word in her message was:  “Dig deeper.”  I shared the message with my husband, and put my weary self to bed.  When I awakened at 5 am this morning, I read a message he’d sent me in the night and fell to me knees in worship.  From “Dig deeper,” he followed the Holy Spirit throughout the scriptures and was given much manna for our journey.  The key word that I am instructed to share with you is this:  “Calling all Josephs!”  There are some things, some calls, and some seasons that you just cannot fast, give, nor pray your way out of.  You simply must wait on the Author and Finisher of your faith.  And when you read the scripture, you will know.  There is nothing more to say.

 

"Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well (spring or fountain), whose branches run over the wall.  Skilled archers have bitterly attacked and sorely worried him; they have shot at him and persecuted him.  But his bow remained strong and steady and rested in the Strength that does not fail him, for the arms of his hands were made strong and active by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.  By the God of your father, Who will help you, and by the Almighty, Who will bless you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings lying in the deep beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.  The blessings of your father [on you] are greater than the blessings of my forefathers [Abraham and Isaac on me] and are as lasting as the bounties of the eternal hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was the consecrated one and the one separated from his brethren and [the one who] is prince among them." 

 

Onward,

Prophetess Lisa

 

 

“Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen”

 

5-9-10

My husband and I have never planned sermons, nor worried whether or not the Lord would speak through one of us or someone else come Sunday morning.  The reason is that a prophetic word was spoken to us years ago that if we would remain faithful to follow Him as we lead His sheep, then He would be faithful to put His words in our mouths.  He has NEVER failed to perform that word.  On Saturday night, neither of us had a message, but I had a vision that we would, at some point in the Sunday service, gather together in a circle, the Lord would speak, and this passage of scripture would hover over it the circle:  “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”  I would not know until the next morning how prophetic the vision, the scripture, and the moving of the Spirit would be. 

Before we left for Sunday morning worship, the Holy Spirit began to stir a message within me regarding the called and the chosen.  Here is what He said:  “The season the bride is in is a realization like never before of the Lord as the Captain of the army.  Not everyone is ‘hearing’ the call; only those that have chosen to listen to His voice can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  A captain needs an army, and He is calling many to this battle, but He will only be able to choose a few.  Not by His choice, but by the committed or not-so-committed army itself.  He will only choose those that are willing to lay down everything for this battle – just as with Gideon’s army.  If you are still trying to hold on to yours, and whatever you want to keep and own in this life, including that which you deem religious, you will not be chosen.   He is calling many, but few are chosen for this battle.  Those few have relinquished what they are and what they have, and fully put their trust in the Lord, and endured persecution for the sake of the gospel, without regard to their own lives.  To most, they look defeated, helpless, forsaken and forgotten.  But to the Captain, they look ready, fierce, passionate and in love with only Him.  With the natural eye, you cannot see as He sees, for you must know Him and them by the spirit.  For the judgments that have been against them, He will dispel.  For the persecution they have endured, He will release greater authority and revelation.  For the heartbreak and suffering they have undergone, He will exalt with His righteous right hand!  They are His and soon the blind will see that!”

Later in the morning after this stirring word, confirmations began to come forth throughout our   worship service.  At one point, my husband ceased from playing his guitar and began to blow his shofar, as he often will do.  While I have always enjoyed his gifting in this area, and been aware of the anointing upon him during these times, I could sense and feel a greater authority and a more powerful anointing, as I heard this in the Spirit:  “This blow is the call to those who will follow after Me.”  I felt the Lord’s heart calling and grieving and calling deeper still.  I felt the intensity of His horn as it was much like His message to the religious people that He walked with on earth:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”  Matthew 23:37.  Please take the time to read this entire chapter of Matthew…it is a present day word and confirmation to this message.  

 

Nothing grieves the heart more than to have those we love to walk away from us.  Lack of knowledge of the word has long divided Christ’s body, and in this season, we will see that become more pronounced.  Jesus had very few that could walk where He walked.  Soldiers of the cross in this day will be no different.  Have you had people to walk away from you for no apparent reason?  Have you lost relationships that you thought would be eternal?  Have you felt the twinge of loneliness as you have followed the Captain?  Have you longed for other Christians to go deeper, higher, and farther in the spirit with you, yet they have not let go of earthly pleasures and human treasures?  We cannot please both man and God.  We must be willing to lose everything and everybody to follow Him.  And when we do that, we will find ourselves in an army of passionate lovers of Jesus whose greatest joy is found in His presence.  If you don’t know that, it is time to open your ears so that you may hear.

 

There is a dividing line.  The flesh will not walk with the Spirit.  There is a battle in the spirit between light and dark, which is nothing new, but because it has intensified, it has created this dividing line – it is being drawn now.  Whichever you choose now, pleasing man or pleasing God, will determine your next season.  There is no authority, no power, no anointing, and no fresh revelation for the way of the flesh.  May we not miss this call, Lord! When my husband blew the shofar during Sunday’s service, I clearly heard the clarion call.  As the Spirit of the Lord has spoken already, not everyone is hearing it.  I am confident that many that read this will begin to weep as they both identify with the signs of the times, and as they receive encouragement from our Captain.  Yes!  Be encouraged because He is with us!  He has seen our devotion and He is bringing an end to a past season of overwhelming, one right after another, struggles, tests and weeping.  This is not to say that we will never again suffer – I believe His bride will always suffer on this earth so that, as the word tells us, we can “reign with Him.”  But we are about to graduate from a very tough time of schooling and training that will propel us into the time of reaping the harvest for His glory! 

 

Following the blowing of the shofar, our daughter shared a word spoken to her by the Spirit of the Lord:  Matthew 24:44-51.  Then my husband shared Isaiah 42.  Both of these are quite prophetically in line with this word, as it relates to our nation, the bride, and the Lord’s plan and clarion call.

As I prepared today in sending this message, the Holy Spirit led me to a passage in Nehemiah, where I had penned in the margin area some time ago, our family’s verse, Genesis 50:20 (please read).  Nehemiah 13:1-2  “On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.”  Please take time to read this entire chapter, as you will hear and see, it is a prophetic picture of our nation, and the season the church has been in.

The harvest is nearly ripe, and He is calling us now to lay aside every weight and interruption to our steadfast devotion to following fully in our Captain’s footsteps.  As if this were not enough to feed our souls, I refer you to a prophetic word I shared on 3-25-08 entitled, “Rejoice; It’s Shifting Time!”  (See “Prophetic Voice” section of www.joysprings.org)  I believe we are sitting on top of that word! 

 

Listening,

 

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

"And This Shall Be A Sign"

4-27-10

Are you hearing and seeing the signs? Last Thursday, after our training class, my daughter and another student went out for lunch. Just after we ordered our food, my daughter said, "Did y'all just hear 'Jingle Bells'?" I had indeed heard the same song playing in the restaurant, but did not acknowledge it since I was deep in conversation with the other student. As soon as I confirmed to my daughter that she was not crazy, and that I too had heard the Christmas carol, she exclaimed, "Mom! Oh my gosh! Do you remember what you prophesied a few weeks ago; you know, the word about Christmas in the springtime?" Of course I got very excited upon remembering the word of the Lord from our monthly Friday Fest (Worship/Prophetic ministry/Healing). We marveled at God's faithfulness, and of course we chuckled at hearing "Jingle Bells" in April, while eating lunch at a Mexican restaurant. During a phone call with a friend today, something triggered the prophetic word, and I began to share what I could remember of it. She stopped me midway and said, "Ok, Ok, I receive that right now! Do you mind if I interject something?" Of course I didn't mind, so she began to share a strange experience she'd had just 2 days ago. She and her family are in the process of selling their home, and while some things seemed like they were not going quite the way they had started out, she still had faith that God was in control. She began to ask Him what happened to the deal they thought they had, and what it was all about. She told the Lord that it didn't matter how things were going, just so she knew she was on the right track with His plans. Then the sound of music coming from outside, drew her attention towards the window. She looked out to see an ice cream van approaching. That was not the strange part, but the song that was coming from the speakers of the van, struck her as odd. It was "O Little Town of Bethlehem," which by the way is the town she believes the Lord is moving her family to. As the ice cream van was driving away, the next song to play was "O Christmas Tree." Here is the prophetic word I spoke on April 2, 2010: The Lord is saying to the body, to the whole body - worldwide - that "In this season, in the natural it is spring," and we're going to see odd things. I keep seeing in the spirit a Christmas tree. I said, "Lord, what are You saying?" He said, "This is going to be a sign when you hear on the news, when you hear weather reports, when you hear different kinds of reports that are out of season, it's because I'm turning things upside down! I'm shaking all that can be shaken. And I'm going to set things in order according to My plans, says the Lord. And it shall be a sign to you that when you see a Christmas tree in the springtime, you know that it's the change." And this is a sign to us that when things look like they are out of season, that's God's season! And, Lord, we thank You! Because God's ways are higher than our ways; God doesn't think like we think. God takes the foolish things to confound the wise. "And so when you begin to hear of these things, you look up, and you be excited, and you be exceedingly joyful, for you will know it's Me at work SHIFTING!" "And those of you that represent vision in this house, you be prepared with your hands out to receive. For you have sown much and reaped little. But I am about to shift and put into your hand that which you have seen for year after year after year, so that you may carry out what I put in your spirit. So that you may carry what I birthed in you says the Lord. For that which you have already, yes, it is mine says God. Though it looks small, it is mine. David was small. The stone was small. The fish and the loaves were small. The widowed woman that fed Elijah was small. The amount of food he ate was small. But when I put my hand to it, it becomes everything you need. And this is the season of multiplication!" There is nothing else to say except, "It is so!"

Seeing the signs,

Prophetess Lisa
 

"The Government's Role;

The Church's Mandate"

2-2-10

Our great God never intended for the government to take on the work He commissioned His church to perform. He did not leave His Holy Spirit to the government; He promised Him to His body of believers as a Comforter, and as the powerful force that would enable us to do the greater works He said we would do. The church, for a long time, walked away from the power and into the glamour. Because God said He would not share His glory with another, His power was, in many ways, removed from the church.

The church, or the bride as I'll now refer to her, went after other lovers. She found comfort in the arms of another, as she sought to exalt herself. The power she walked in brought attention to her, as it naturally would. But rather than turn the onlookers' focus to her Bridegroom, she took a bow and blew kisses to the crowd, as if she had earned the praise. The only healthy praise for the bride comes from the Bridegroom, Jesus.

When she chose to take the praise that should have been His, the pride increased, thereby pushing Him aside. Without Him, there is no power. Without Him, there is no love. Without Him, there is no vision, and without a vision (a redemptive revelation), the people perish. You don't have to look too far in front of you to see that the world is perishing. That's the bad news. The good news is that the remnant, the portion of His bride that has repented for the sins of this nation, is hearing a sound in the spirit that excites her like nothing else. She hears her Bridegroom saying, "Make ready your hearts for the love feast I have prepared for you. I am soon returning. The fields are white for harvest - go and get all those who will come to the feast that is being prepared for My love". I hear it, I feel it, and excitement is mounting for those that have turned away from false idols such as money, fame, and little gods that bring big destruction. We have cried out for forgiveness for ourselves and for our nation, and have turned away from the praise of man and pointed the crowds to Jesus. We have become sickened in our bellies from the stench of vain glory and pride, and found ourselves once again on our knees, weeping and worshiping the King of Kings!

Yes, the bride is arising and this year she will begin to show she is alive and well, prepared for battle and for victory! She knows where the power comes from and where the glory belongs. The fiery trials and purifying fire of His intense love has and is melting away the dross called self gratification. The day of self promotion is ending and once again the multitudes will run to Jesus because He will return His power to His bride; to His chosen that seek only to please Him. Everything else will fall and crumble, and truly "Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord" - Him, and Him only.

The foul taste of flesh exaltation will increase and cause the religious minded to be awakened to the Spirit of God like never before. Already men and women in denominational churches are feeling the stirring to something they have never experienced before - a deep, personal relationship with the Master. Many will be baptized in the Holy Spirit during the typical powerless song service, and others around will marvel.

Likewise, many Spirit-filled churches will turn once again to some of the basics she has abandoned because she got out of balance with "the moving of the Spirit". The Holy Spirit is at work now bringing the bride of Christ into harmony; into His balance, as He is preparing her to meet her Beloved. The spots and wrinkles are being ironed out, a little here, a little there. For every change you and I experience, for every mindset we witness Him change in us, there are scores of others He is doing the same work in.

Give in to regular repentance for yourself and your nation. Give in to praying for salvation to come to our government. As He is bringing balance to His bride, the government will follow suit. As He shifts His army to serve in some of the governmental arenas, His plan will be executed to bring about the justice He loves, and the scales will once again tip as they should. He is a God that loves justice and righteousness, and balance is what He is bringing to our land once again. This must happen for this upcoming reaping of the harvest, which is His big plan before He comes to take His bride away.

The angels are rejoicing at this season we are in, as they have been anticipating this day for many, many years and seasons. The bride will once again walk in that power that will heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse the leper. He longs to bestow His power on us so that His will can be done on this earth, as it is in Heaven. He is smiling - He is excited, and He is prepared to release to us the tools we need to see His word come alive. The government was never intended to be the answer to the world. The government's role was and is simply to uphold the laws of God. Imagine if the government preached and lived by "love thy neighbor as thyself". If it did, and if we did, the balance of power would have never shifted from the church to the government. These are the scales the Lord is working on now. As I prophesied the day of the last Presidential election: "Within six months many will regret their choice for change", so it has happened. The reason? This nation was meant for freedom, not control. God is a God of liberty, not domination. The spirit behind those in office intends to control and dominate, but the people have begun to cry out for God's help. Just as in the days of Saul's leadership, the people will see the David's slay the enemy, and once again they will long for righteousness and goodness. Just as in the days of Pharoah's harsh rule over the people, their cries landed on the ears of the Lord and He was moved with compassion. Let's keep crying. God has allowed these hard times to bring us to our knees once again. He loves us way too much to leave us in the greedy, self-fulfilling position we were in before this last round of prayer began for this nation.

Man was not created for sin and darkness and heaviness, so even in our greatest pleasures of sin, we do eventually recognize our need for righteousness, although many times we do not know how to obtain it. This is another area where the church has been slack-she has for too long, preached "against" those in sin, alienating herself from the world she has been called to shine His light into. As the scales are being tipped and brought into balance, she will feel the intense heart break the Lord feels for the lost sheep. She will abandon the message of condemnation and embrace His grace for herself and for others that do not know Him. She will have revelation on the scriptures like she has not had for many years, and she will not want to be counted amongst those Jesus will say to: "Depart from me, I never knew you". Those in that group are the ones that cast out devils and prophesied in His name. Many will see for the first time that they have not really known Him in the past. Some will misinterpret the above message regarding grace vs. condemnation. Please don't. I have always preached a message of holiness and righteousness, and I have condemned the message we sometimes refer to as "greasy grace", which is simply: "Live any way you want to because God loves you no matter what. Everyone is going to Heaven." I do not believe that, as the scripture is clear that a man must be born again to inherit the kingdom of Heaven. In addition, I believe that a life sold out to Christ will be one that is ever changing, going from glory to glory, as it remains submitted to His leading. Grace is simply the beautiful part of God's goodness that has afforded us the privilege of getting to know Him, and without it, we could not survive. Jesus' blood was shed for our sins, and provided the open door for us to be once again in an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, our Creator. He expects us to seek Him if we love Him, and He wants more than anything for us to do so. But not because of some religious obligation as some would preach. I don't want forced love, I want to be wanted by those I love. I inherited that from my Father - so did we all.

This will be a time of celebration across denominational lines, as the Lord is pulling His body together for such a time as this. Many will abandon the denomination titles and simply be called the church: The Place of Hope. The government is not our hope, nor should it ever have been. The church is the only entity where the Lord will once again release His great and mighty power to bring the multitudes to salvation. Let us pray for our nation, for the salvation of many in our government, and watch the Lord align the facets of this great nation to look for His appearing. Look up, for your redemption draweth nigh!

Prophetess Lisa

"Susan is Still a Sign"

6-12-09

The very night I released the word "Susan is a Sign", the media reported that the singing sensation had lost her cool with the paparazzi by lashing out at them with curse words.  Don't misunderstand what I am about to say, but when I heard it, I just smiled.  I really didn't know why, other than I remained confident that "Susan was definitely a sign".   Within a week or so, we would learn that Susan would not be named the winner of the Britain's Got Talent show.  The next report we heard was that Susan had collapsed from exhaustion, the stress of the competition and sudden rise to fame taking its toll on her.   Personally, I prayed for her recovery.  I am definitely a Susan fan!

It was then that I began to understand what the Lord was saying about His bride as it relates to Susan Boyle.  The bride has found herself at the top of her game in times past, and she has fallen - all for the world to see.  But like Susan, the world does not need to count her out.  Susan was up and at it shortly after being hospitalized, and did well in her next appearance, displaying the talent that has warned the the hearts of many.  And Jesus' bride will do the same.  The gifts have never been taken away from Jesus' bride!  Some things may have been moved around, shifted about from one to the other, (which we will soon see more of), but ALL that God has placed in this earth to bring glory to His name, is still very much alive and well.  She may have taken some hits, and she may not have always behaved herself in the best of manners, but she will prove to be everything God has planned that she would be.  She will rise again, and she will do exploits!  She will stand strong in His name, and she will, as it were, belt out a number that will once again capture the attention of onlookers.  The gifts will come forth and will tell of the love relationship between her and her lover!

If you have felt like Susan, where you thought this was your moment, but you fell a little short, or if you feel you blew it somehow, or if you wonder why you can't seem to be the winner, just hold on...resurrection day is coming!  As long as we desire to glorify the Gift-giver and the talent-creator, we WILL win!  We win when we follow His leading.  Susan is still a sign of hope, promise, and fulfillment.  "For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again..."  Proverbs 24:16  AMP

Trusting in His faithfulness,

Apostle Lisa

"Susan is a Sign"

5/28/09

Susan Boyle...who hasn't heard of her yet?  Like many, I was overcome with emotion the first time I saw her singing.  The second time, I fell on my face and worshiped the Lord, for I knew that Susan was a sign.  The reason... in March of this year the Lord spoke a clear word to me regarding women, and His plan to raise them up even stronger and greater this year than ever before in our life time.  Not that He plans to use women exclusively, as He will use all that yield to Him, men and children.  It is simply that this is a season for more women to come forward and be used in mighty, and unusual ways.

 

Shortly after Susan Boyle became a household name, there was news of another amazing story of an unlikely female rising in the ranks.  Here is a clip of one of the news reports:  "Rachel Alexandra, the first filly in 84 years to win the Preakness and the second Kentucky Oaks winner in three years to defeat males in a Triple Crown race in her next start, galloped a mile over a 'fast' track for trainer Steve Asmussenthe first female ever to win this race."  I am not a horse racing fan, and I know absolutely nothing about the sport.  The story simply caught my attention, I believe, because the Spirit of the Lord wanted me to hear and see, yet another sign of His prophetic word coming to pass.  There have been other news reports that have caught my attention in regards to "the unusual" or "the unlikely" in the past few months as well - perhaps you have heard them too.

 

Susan is not only a sign for the uprising of women, but she is a sign for the "bride" of Christ and her prophesied uprising in this world.  Susan, an unlikely winner, has captured the heart of her own home land, as well as many hearts in America and abroad. It seems we cannot get enough of Susan.  This too is a sign.  Reflecting back to some of the prophetic words that I have posted in the past year, I see them coming to pass.  Words about the bride rising up and taking center stage while the world takes notice of this entity, who for so long, has been criticized, over-looked, even spat upon.  But like Susan, her time has come and she will rise in His name and for His honor, and many will look at the wonder of this sight!  She has been battle weary and is scarred, but she will arise with power and anointing, and she will effect change in families, businesses and government.  She is His, and He will cause her to spread over the land with a fragrance called "Deliverance", and prosperity will flow through her.  Not only in the financial sense, but in healing of the emotions and the body, and the restoration of things lost.  Families will be restored in huge numbers!  Strength is coming to His leadership to affect strategies for further equipping of the saints, while reeling in the huge fish -the harvest!

 

There is an excitement building in the spirit of those that have "not grown weary in well doing".  Before you count yourself out of the group, read on.  The body may be weary, the mind may feel like it cannot take another hit, but the spirit of the passionate ones that have said, "Lord, come what may, I will worship You" - those are hearing the sound of the abundance of rain.  Can you smell it?  I smell the rain!   I feel the freedom, I feel the release coming to His bride that is adorned with His favor. And she will rise up in that favor and apprehend those things she has stood in faith believing she would see.  And she shall see it, embrace it, and use it for the Kingdom and the King she serves!  His bride shall do exploits in His name, and His glory shall be revealed!  He is honored and He is exalted, and yes, He is thrilled with our passion to pursue Him in the face of the enemies that thought we would just go away - they thought we would simply collapse, they thought even some of us would die.  BUT...His grace has been sufficient and His plan is unfolding.  Hold fast!  Hold now because just before the final birthing, the temptation is there for you to quit.  The pain may have intensified, but the expectation of what we are about to see is powerful and strength-giving if we keep our eye on the promise - on our Savior and all that He is doing and is soon to release.  Do not look at the stretch marks.  Do not look at the blood that's been shed.  Do not look at the mis-shapen body that has carried the vision.  Look at The Deliverer!!!  It would be a shame to have come through so much, suffered so much, overcame so much, learned and envisioned so much, yet stop just short of the promise delivered.  Hold fast!

 

Susan is a sign.  Susan dreamed a dream...Ta Da!!!

 

I dreamed a dream!

 

Apostle Lisa

 

"What is This Going On?"

4/30/09

"There is coming a time when My people will shine brighter than the stars that don the t.v. and movie screens presently.  My people are pressing in to find Me like never before, and their passion is heightened as I have released greater manifestations of My presence and power in their midst.  My people will come forth after being hungry and thirsty for righteousness with a full belly!  They will be able to spill out what I have put within them, and lives will be changed.  Deliverance will happen in public places, and salvation will abound.  Those that shine presently, will take a backseat to the work I will do through My children.  It is My power and My Spirit that will operate and orchestrate those that have fallen so in love with Me, that they are no longer intimidated by fear, man, nor the stars that are exalted at the present time, and have been for some time."

 

"Rabbit ear antennae will become human ears that envoke spirit ears to say, 'What is this going on?'  Whereas in times past, Hollywood and its' stars have provoked the world to conform to its' patterns and behaviors, the opposite will become the new norm.  Hollywood will even attempt to copy the acts that My chosen will do in My name, and that is okay - let it be.  But even the most talented of writers, producers and magicians will not be able to duplicate that which is coming forth like a mighty river through My bride, My beloved.  For she has given and will continue to give her all to see My kingdom come.  It is because of her longing for Me and My righteousness that I am able to release this season's outpouring of power and might. She will take dominion in many arenas and platforms, and even the stars that sit so high in all of their comforts, will not measure up to her successes in Me."

 

"For I will cause that which has been stored up to be transferred to My bride, so that she will shine brighter than any star on earth or in the heavens.  Because of the blood of My Son, and My Spirit that moves within and about her, she will rise up and possess that which has been destined for her.  Unlike the twinkling stars that 'awes' its' onlookers, and the starlets of Hollywood that receive 'oohs and ahs', she will point only to One - her King and her Savior.  Because of the work of completeness that I have been able to do within her heart, and am presently doing in the newest part of her, she has lost all desire for self-promotion and the accolades that once tempted her to prosper.  She is mine, fully and unequivocally."

 

"The on-lookers will be in awe of the swiftness of her moving from one place to another, and her ability to transform even nations.  She is already moving through her regions to execute change - the change she has interceded for, though she does not fully see the manifestations as of yet.  For when she moves in the natural, by My Spirit, she is creating something IN the Spirit that the natural man cannot see nor comprehend.  Something is happening!  Be encouraged My children, for in your obedience, I will release to you that which has been on hold for a season, and I will bring to pass those things that you have dreamed of for a very long time!  I have not forgotten you as your enemy would want you to believe, and I have not erased what was written over your lives from the beginning.  Continue to forge ahead in full faith, and you will see those things come to pass - even in 2009!"

 

With ears wide open,

 

Apostle Lisa

How To Lead When You've Had No Leader

3/24/2009

In 1996, two years after our ministry was birthed and brought forth by the Spirit of God, my husband and I attended a pastor's conference at Bishop Eddie Long's church.  Out of the blue, someone had called to inform us that our fee had been paid, and that our passes and all the pertinent information was on its way to us through the mail system. We rejoiced in God's provision.  More importantly, we were encouraged by the reminder that we had not called ourselves, nor had anyone else, to this ministry that we could not escape.  We struggled regularly to accept and walk in the calling.  The Lord, through several prophetic words from ministers we knew, and most we'd never met, continued to nudge us towards His will for our lives.

During the lunch break on day one of the conference, I remember picking at my food, trying to smile with the others at the table, while wrestling in the spirit with fear.  The question hounded me over and over, not just that day, but many days before and after, and honestly, occassionally now.  "How can you pastor when you were not properly pastored?"  In hind sight, it was not something I would have thought of on my own - it was simply a fiery dart of the enemy; a seed of doubt intended to prevent the ministry within my husband and myself from coming to fruition.  Even as I write this to you, I feel the battle over the ministry.  Several weeks ago I released a word regarding "seed", in which I shared the enemy's hatred and lust for destruction of God's seeds.  The battles will continue, but in following our Commander in Chief, Jesus, we will always have the victory!

Briefly, I want to explain what I mean by not being properly pastored. I hesitate to do so because I do not wish to shine a negative light on anyone, however, I am compelled to reach out to others that have found themselves in similar situations.  I would be doing an injustice to all the Lord has brought us through if I did not turn back and give what I have received.  Our pastor was very controlling and insecure.  We were ruled by fear and intimidation, some more susceptible than others, including myself.  If you thought you had a call on your life, you did not share it for fear of being reprimanded because you were assumed to be a prideful person.  Therefore, most were not encouraged  to pursue their vision - in fact, we were not even taught that we should even have a vision, or a purpose.  There were some emotional and spiritual abuses as well, which only served in my life to confirm the useless person I was destined to be - this was a repeated recording in my mind daily.  Our pastor was probably not properly pastored himself, and as I have often said, "We cannot give that which we have not received".  We have forgiven the pain from that time, and that is the reason we can share encouragement and instruction from our healed hearts.

It would take leaving the church and lots of years of healing and studying God's word, as well as much time in worship, before we understood what ministry was actually about.  The higher one goes in spiritual understanding and authority, the more of a servant they become.  This is Christ's way. Unfortunately, some in the body of Christ see promotion as a way to exalt themselves.  As I have shared before, the Lord gives authority to those that can handle it; to those that respect it for what it is, as they continue to decrease so that He may increase.  Hopefully, this tidbit of our history is enough to help you relate to where many people have been wounded, some left for dead, in the church.

It has been on my heart for many years to minister encouragement to those that have not had spiritual mothers and fathers.  There are many in the body of Christ that have suffered the bondage of controlling spirits through their leadership, and have either given in to the control because of fear, or have left the church altogether.  There are also those, like my husband and I, that have by God's grace, held on with all our might to His unchanging hand.  Although at times, we wanted to quit.  It is because of His victory that I am able to reach out to you today, in hopes that you will continue in that which you know the Lord has placed within you.  You may feel isolated, lonely, afraid, abandoned, forgotten, etc.  I understand - that is a most uncomfortable place to be.  But if you have vision from above, and if you continue in Him, He will raise you up in the authority you will need to carry out the vision.

At the lunch table that day, struggling with whether or not I had just created all the vision in my own mind, yet knowing in my spirit that it was truly a God-seed, I got the revelation that brought me much needed freedom.  "How can you pastor when you weren't properly pastored?"  The last time that question was posed to me that day, I heard the Holy Spirit say, "The same way you can parent when you weren't properly parented!"  Like others in leadership, you cannot give that which you have not been given.  But we can get it from Jesus!  We have this promise in our parenting and in all of our leadership roles:  "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."  James 1:5

When I received the revelation that day at the lunch table, I was so overcome with relief and joy that I had to excuse myself to the Ladies Room where I cried out years of frustration and fear and questions.  The oppression had left me, and I was free to move forward in that which had been birthed through me.  Just as we had trusted God to grant us His wisdom in the rearing of our daughter, we would trust Him in this ministry.  I was reminded also of prophetic words that had been spoken years earlier, but until now, they had not "sunk in".

1).  1992  "You have run from the call of God on your lives because you have seen what can go wrong.  But this will not happen to you because you follow Me and you seek Me in all that you do.  As long as you continue to do that, I will give you the wisdom to carry this out."

2).  1993  "You have thought this vision I've given to you was just too flowery, and too big, and too much, and that I might change My mind, but daughter know this:  My good covenant is between Me and thee!  I'm going to come to you a second time and confirm my words to you and you KNOW that I AM the Lord your God!"

3).  1994  "I will lead the two of you in this vision, and what I speak to one, I will confirm to the other.  You hear My voice, and that is Who you will follow."

Unfortunately in one way, we did actually "give up the vision" for a season.  We were overcome by the harassing thoughts and fiery darts that reminded us regularly that:  1).  "You have had no formal training, how can you pastor?"  2).  "If God were a part of this ministry it would be bigger, it would be growing faster, there would not be all the struggles!" ...and on and on the lies came.  If you have ever been given a vision to carry out, then you are probably saying "Amen!" about right now.  We hadn't quite learned about the Sanballot's that seek to thwart our efforts, nor the Jezebel's that threaten destruction, nor the Saul's bound by pride and jealousy, fueled by insecurities.  These three are enemies of the seeds of the Lord!

I say "unfortunately in one way" because while we know we lost time during those few years away from the vision, we also know that the Lord did a work in us to solidify His will, and placed within us a tenacity to forge ahead at all costs.  Nearly four years ago when we resumed the work of the Lord within JSM, we intended to embrace His vision fully, and have never looked back.

Both my husband and I have had to overcome past baggage, and not just from a "worldly" standpoint.  Traditions of men that have placed restrictions on women in ministry have been a huge obstacle for me personally.  I was raised in a home and in a time where it was known, and regularly proclaimed, "It's a man's world!"  In addition, I was very subservient to any and everyone.  This paved the way for me to be easily controlled by others, and dominated by those seeking to control.  How many of you know that it is much easier to be controlled than to break those chains and be set free?  Old habits (mindsets) are hard to break.  The more the Lord urged me forward, the tighter the enemy pulled on the chains to keep me imprisoned.  But freedom tastes so sweet!

Assuming authority has not come easy for me, but it is a requirement for the call.  I've heard it said, "The Lord give authority to those that don't seek it, but He takes it from those that lust after it".  He seems to call His people to places they thought they would never go, and to do things they thought they could not do.  His ways are higher than ours!

My husband, who has always been a great supporter to me in ministry, has had to overcome similar obstacles.  While he never wanted or tried to hold me back as a leader, he was harassed and persecuted at times for not being more outspoken than I, a stronger leader, etc.  It is true that we are always growing and going from glory to glory, but we need to respect and realize that just because a man is a man, he may not necessarily be a thunderous preacher exhibiting an outspoken personality, or method or delivery.  Strength is not measured by the amount of words one uses, nor is it measured by the volume in which one speaks.   There is a thing called a quiet confidence, and that is the strength I see in my husband.  He is very much a good leader, a solid committed leader, and one that displays humility and compassion towards the sheep entrusted to us.

I had a dream over a year ago in which I removed the baby I was carrying in my womb, and placed it in my husband's belly.  I was successful in getting the transfer done, but when my husband gave birth to the baby, I was very grieved.  I said to myself in the dream, "Oh no!  What have I done!  This is not natural!"  My husband was willing to help me, but we were both out of sync in the dream.  When I awakened, I repented for trying to hide behind my husband in ministry.  I vowed to the Lord that I would move forward in His confidence, and never look back with doubt again at the authority He has given to me to carry JSM.  When my husband ordained me last year as Apostle of JSM, there was an authority released to me, and to JSM.  In addition, because of our obedience, the Lord has continued to astound us with blessings on so many levels at JSM.  We must overcome fear of man and be about our Father's business.

It is considered one of my greatest privileges in life when I can help develop others.  I am motivated by exhorting and counseling and encouraging others to become all that God has planned for them.  It is for this reason that I have chosen to share such intimate details about our lives and ministry.  My prayer is that you, whether man or woman, young or old, are encouraged by this account of some of our struggles to apprehend His plan for our lives.  These are just a few, but hopefully you will be ignited to continue in what the Lord has given you.  There will always be enemies after your seed, but if you hold fast, you will see the authority in your life increase with each passing test and battle, and you will fall more deeply in love with the King you serve.


Standing by my man,


Apostle Lisa

 

Letting the Lord Reign

3-5-09

Francis Frangipane did a great job with his recent message "The Cup:  Spiritual Maturity is to Drink Deeply the Cup of Christ".  If you have not read it, you can view it by clicking here:
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/7416    I think you will find that it is a great message about our ultimate call to lay down our lives for the sake of the kingdom, both for Jesus and others. 

Besides being passionate about sharing the love God has shown to us, I regularly preach either verbally or through written messages, the importance of dying to self.  In a recent message I shared with you all, entitled "Jesus Christ and Super Stars, there is this same thread of truth.  I find it powerful and important enough to reiterate points of this message again for all of us that have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  Now more than ever, we need to ask the Lord to reveal our motives, especially in spiritual leadership.  Some have called themselves to ministry, some have been called by Him and used self-promotion because the wait is too long for the natural man.  Some have been called by Him, and submitted themselves to His will, even in the face of accusation, persecution, misunderstandings, etc., But it is in this last position I have mentioned where you will find not only the power and presence of God, but you will see the fruit of the Spirit
manifested.

It is easier to take the shortcut method, and many have had some success in doing so.  Others are frustrated, angry, bitter, and do not get along well with others for very long because once their agenda has been exposed by the Spirit, they run away to find another means to see their vision fulfilled.  I had a vision in the early 90's about wounded sheep not submitting to the Great Shepherd for healing.  Those sheep ran off into the woods where wolves dwell.   If we remain in the cold, dark woods, eating with the wolves, we soon lose ourselves and become like those we eat with.  Jesus called those "thieves" - the ones that try to enter any other way than through Him.  The passage through "Him" is one of death to self, and many fall away because it is painful.  But it is "the only way".

Fear is one of our greatest enemies, and it keeps us from opening our hearts fully to the Lord and asking Him to reveal all that is unlike Him.  This is for the purpose of repentance, and to see change occurring within us.  Pride runs a close race with fear, and must be crucified in order for His power to reside within us.  He will not compete with us, nor does He need to.  He IS that He IS!  He wants to bless His beloved with all that He has, and simply asks that we acknowledge there is no way to His ultimate power and His ultimate best and His ultimate plan without us humbling ourselves before His mighty hand and allowing Him to daily expose, cleanse, heal and restore.

Do this self-check:

1).  Am I motivated by anxiety and fear to push my agenda, my ministry, my giftings in front of others?  Do I often feel jealous and angry when I see others succeed?

2).  Or do I simply live a life of worship in obedience to the love in my heart that propels me to follow Jesus, even when I am sometimes alone, look defeated, and may at times appear to others as if I am not blessed?  And I can celebrate the successes of others without any fear that my vision has been lost or forgotten.  And when those feelings hit me like a wave, I resist them and rejoice for my fellow man.

Being open and honest like I have always tried to be, I fought in the late 80's and early 90's to destroy every ounce of pride and fear that harassed me.  I related well to Joseph within 5 years of my salvation experience, and by 1991, I found myself suicidal as a spirit-filled,  born again believer that had a call on her life.  Though at that time, I dared not share the full vision with anyone.  Any mention of a desire to do anything in ministry quickly got me rebuked, so I swallowed it regularly like an over-sized bite of food.  I was misunderstood, betrayed, abandoned, rejected and all in the name of Christianity.  I had no formal Christian training and no one to counsel me.  I did not trust anyone, and I was too afraid to allow ANYONE else into my heart.  But what I did have was the Holy Spirit living in me, wooing me daily to my knees.  In my prayer closet I died.  I learned to let go of "expectations and dependence on others", and I learned to trust my Father.  I let go of the pain from my past, and the offenses of the present, which occurred "amongst the brethren".  I learned that the persecution from my family was to be expected, and I surrendered the thorns that pierced my heart to my Jesus.  I learned that I had to die to self in order for Christ to reign in me.  I learned that when one fully gives their EVERYTHING to Him, allowing Him to do the work of the Master Potter, He then impregnates His follower with vision.  I learned that in order for the vision to be birthed, I would need to fully follow Him even when others did not agree.  I learned that the vision would die before it was to be resurrected and operating according to His Spirit.  All of that was painful, but I would not trade a moment of that for what I have gained in the Spirit.  And in its' right season, He resurrected the vision and brought it to light where it continues to grow for His glory.

Not even my husband could relate to where I was at during those days, although in hind sight, I know he longed to.  What I gained in the midst of all that loss, was an established love between myself and my God that no man could take credit for, and no man could ever take away.  I learned to hear His voice.  I learned that while we as the body need each other, there are seasons where there is no one but HIM - and that is okay.  It is in these seasons that we die.  We let go of whatever we have held onto for security and recognition and support - this is part of His plan.  Because once we have done that, He is able to reign in that spot of our lives.  That is what this is all about - He wants to reign fully on the throne of our hearts! 

I share this for instruction and enlightenment, as well as encouragement for those that have been wounded by ambitious brothers and sisters.  Controlling, what I like to call "Power-hungry" people, imprison those around them.  Parents, employers, constricting spouses or friends, and spiritual leadership that want to hold on to others for the purpose of their own fulfillment, choke the life from those they bind.  A true leader will lead and serve, then let go for the purpose of further growth.  Our Father in heaven is an example of that leadership...He has given us His word and allowed us to choose life or death, blessing or cursing, heaven or hell.  The only constraint we bear under His leadership is that which Apostle Paul spoke of when he called himself a bond-servant.  He was bound only by the immeasurable love of God that he had come to experience.  Strangely, this type of bond-servant is the most liberated of them all.  Isn't that what you really want?  Liberty!!!

My prayer is that healing would come to those that have been constricted, and that the ability to submit to true authority for the purpose of training and destiny fulfillment would flow into your lives.  My prayer is also for those in all areas of authority that the ability to trust God and not the arm of flesh would rule your hearts and set you free from the fear and anxiety that harasses you, and causes you to hold too tightly to others.  As you liberate others, you too will be liberated. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!"

Our destiny awaits each of us - together we can spread our wings and fly!

Desiring more of Him,

Apostle Lisa

What Is It About The Seed?

3-1-09

Before I share the message about the seed, I want to give you what I call “a nugget for life”.  In order for us to hold on to our seed and to see that seed produce and manifest its’ purpose, we must overcome fear.  Some of those fears are:  fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of God, fear of our past, fear of our future, fear of loneliness, fear of abandonment, and the biggie is fear of others’ disapproval of us, as well as the plan of God for our lives.

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.  Fear is powerful.  It suggests something to us that seems to be so real, and has the power to seduce us into taking the bait.  We live according to what fear dictates to us all too often.  When we do this, we are in effect believing something that is not really real, but because we take it for truth, our lives are set on its’ course.  Remember that Joseph’s father mourned for him after hearing from the brothers that Joseph had been killed.  He mourned because he believed that Joseph was dead, but the truth was that Joseph was very much alive.  Jacob believed the lie that was based upon the brothers jealousy, which eventually led to their mistreatment of their father’s beloved baby boy.

It is interesting how similar faith is to fear.  Hebrews 11:1 says of faith:  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.  So faith is believing in something or someone that we cannot see.  Fear is similar, but here is the difference:  Fear and flesh = darkness and the absence of truth and light.  Faith and spirit = light and the presence of God.  On to the seed…

It has always been about the seed.  The enemy hates seed – he likes to destroy it before it has time to grow.  Mark 4:3-9 “Listen to this!  Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.  Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.  And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.  Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.  And He was saying, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” NAS

The enemy is clearly afraid of the word producing in us the power that it holds to change us, taking us from glory to glory (see II Corinthians 3:18).  He fears us becoming the sharp threshing instruments as mentioned in Isaiah 41:15.  Exodus 1:7-22 and 2:1-10 speaks of a special seed.  As we know from this story, Moses became the deliverer of the children of Israel, but not before darkness sought to destroy the seed before he ever learned to walk.  God protected that seed, and through Moses’ obedience, God destroyed the taskmaster that had sought years earlier to destroy him, the seed.

Pharoah was ruled by fear.  He was afraid the children of Israel would overtake his own people, so he rose up in pride and arrogance and forced the Israelites into a life of bondage.  Fear ruled him, which had its’ roots in the pit of hell.  The hate, the fear, the plan to destroy the seed came from hell itself.  John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.  Demonic influence sways people in their decision making, and this is the reason we are told to “walk in the spirit so that we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”.  Pharoah lusted for power and he feared the nation that had prophetic promise written all over it.  In the end, God reigned and His people saw the miraculous.

Mathew 2 tells us of another promised seed to come forth.  Because of the enemy’s hatred for seed, he influenced the leaders to destroy the baby boys during the time Jesus was born.  He was the promised seed that would not only save a nation of people, but the whole world.  Abortion remains legal because far too many have been influenced by darkness, and many seeds have been lost to what our country calls “choice”.  We must remember that behind the voters and those that write and re-write ours laws, lies the enemy of our soul, our country, our world and God’s seeds.  “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”  II Corinthians 4:3

Choice, choice, choice…this is about all that pro-choice voters can hear in the argument, and it is a very good argument.  It is a strategy the enemy has created in order to seduce so many.  But the truth is, it is still murder and it is still death no matter how it is packaged.  We as believers need to remember that “We are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.  Ephesians 6:12  Re-read II Corinthians 4:3

We see our sin sometimes, not as having its’ roots in hell, but as a matter of convenience, or pleasing to the flesh, or necessary or “it’s my choice”.  If we live in darkness, we do not know the truth.  All who walk in the spirit have the duty to allow their lights to shine, pray and intercede for others, and by all means, refrain from being a judgmental, “holier than thou” believer.  John 3:17 says, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved”.  Read I Corinthians 4:1-5.  By walking in the spirit and fulfilling His love plan, our seed will be protected through our obedience to His word, with humility shining through us.

One more nugget for life:  He did not save us from our sins to make us judges in His court.  But He did save us from our sins to make us priests in His kingdom.  Judges rule over others, making decisions that can affect them for a lifetime.  Priests on the other hand, are ministers or servants.  Priest is defined as:  a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings.  What is that?  One form of a sacrificial offering is worship; another is obedience to His heart’s desire.  So we are called to be servants and worshipers, not judges.  Judge is described as:  a public officer authorized to hear and decide cases in a court of law; a person qualified to pass a critical judgment; to pass a sentence on.  I think Jesus made it clear when the religious men brought the woman before Him and suggested she be stoned for having committed adultery.  They were cut to the heart with truth when not one of them could pick up a stone and throw it at the woman.  All of her accusers walked away, and Jesus instructed her to “sin no more”.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.

How many times have the thoughts entered your mind to:  “Just quit waiting for this vision to come to pass-it’s never going to happen anyway!”  Or, “Just stop dreaming for a spouse or a family or the dream job, or whatever it is you want from God – He is not concerned with the details of your life!”  That is the enemy looking to steal your seed!

And finally, how can we identify the origin of the seed; is it really from God?  If you have something in your heart that just will not leave you, and you cannot escape it, and you have perhaps asked God to either remove it or allow it to manifest, then that is quite possibly a seed from the Lord.  No matter how often you may be tempted to either abort it, let it die a natural death, or totally forsake it and God, you cannot escape it.  Joseph carried his dream for many years while he suffered during the process.  But his suffering brought him to the fulfillment of that dream, and he could not have arrived there any other way.  Hold on during the suffering and the waiting!

I believe the seeds each of us are meant to carry, nurture, and watch develop are a part of our DNA.  I also believe that because our spirit is dead until the time of our born again experience, that seed is inside us, starving to be nurtured by the water of His word and the fertilization of His Spirit.  I believe that because we do not have spiritual understanding when our spirit man is dead, we respond incorrectly to that seed shouting at us, and we fill ourselves with all manners of sin to satisfy the inner craving.  When we are born again, because His Spirit and our spirit communicate, the seed is given the opportunity to grow.  This is the thing that propels us to continue to die to self, to deny our flesh and take up our cross daily to follow Him.  We are responding to the shout inside to move forward so that the seed can fully develop and be birthed.  If we do not walk in the spirit, the seed suffers and so do we because we are to nurture it and see it manifest.  This and this only is the place where we will be satisfied, fulfilled and free from all natural substitutes that serve only to rob of us of the joy we are born to experience in fulfilling His plan on our lives.  This is our destiny to be in communion with the Creator of our seeds!

What is the result of walking in obedience and nurturing your seeds?  If you have never heard the testimony from the pastors of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, check out their website and learn of their very humble and difficult beginning.  That was seed, and now the forest has manifested.  Obedience is the key, and relationship is the ticket!

Nurturing my seeds,

Apostle Lisa

All scripture is taken from NKJV unless otherwise noted.

 

 

The message below "Happy Love Day",  is for everyone.  It can be applied to all aspects of your life; all of your relationships can benefit from the contents. In your families and in your friendships, this can help.  In your careers and in your churches, this can help.

When we look at another and judge their choices, we are in affect saying, "I would not ever do that!"  When we assume we would know exactly how we would handle a set of circumstances, we are saying that we are all knowing.  No one knows the future, nor can they with absolute certainty declare the steps they would take.  No one but God knows everything, and we are not Him.

May we refrain from judging, and learn to pray.

Happy Love Day

2-14-09

Love is simple, yet has been so powerfully demonstrated through One that gave His all to demonstrate it to the world.  Jesus perfected it on the cross when He spread His arms and died for all that would receive Him.  For some, the knock has not come on their hearts door just yet, while some have refused to answer.  Then there are those that have been swept off their feet into His loving arms, giving up their lives as they've known it to follow His example.  And sadly, many have chosen religion as their god, and have not had the pleasure of His love at work deep within their hearts, changing and sanctifying-they opened the door, but they refused to sacrifice it all.

This thing called love is a gift; it is meant to be shared, to be forwarded to others.  But it only has passage through those that have been recipients of its power.  It is not possible for us to give that which we have not received.  Do not beat yourself up over the fact that love has not been perfected in you...none of us can say that it has, yet.  But that is the beauty of His loving, patient hand at work in those that seek Him.  And if you have been a recipient of that life-altering love, then let it flow out of you towards another; maybe someone that appears unlovely in your eyes.  Not one of us is deserving, not one of us.  But each of us are in need!  Your sin may not seem as severe as your neighbor's, but rest assured, his sin will be made as white as snow, just as yours will be, as promised in Isaiah 1:18.  It's all in the humility.

Jesus came to teach the people the righteous way - the way to life eternal.  He stood before them one day, opening the gift of love through His words found in Matthew 7:3-5 "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."  The Gift, the Demonstrator of Love was not there to condemn them, but to teach them to look beyond what they could see with their natural eye, and to understand that none of us are without blame.  But again, this is the beauty - it is love that caused Him to give His life for you, yes you.  No matter what you have done in your life, He died for you.  And no matter what you and you and you have not done, you are on the same playing field with everyone else:  "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  Ah, but then there's the gift of love that redeems from all manner of sin, no matter how big or small, lies or adultery, murder or gossip - they are all able to be covered by His blood, because of His love.  It's all in the humility.

What can we give to Him that in turn is a gift to ourselves and to others?  Humility. It's all in the humility.  No matter where you are at in life, no matter your age, your marital status, the size of your portfolio or the lack thereof - no matter where or who you are, humility is the key to unlocking the powerful wonder of His love in your life.

Just before completing this message, I read an e-mail regarding the recent "Jesus" comments from comedian Kathy Griffin.  Whether she was just trying to get a laugh, stir up trouble, or express her true feelings about Jesus, her comments were not pleasing to the ears of most.  But what can we expect from someone that has obviously not answered the knock on her heart's door?  She has not experienced the pleasure of His love, and it is our responsibility as carriers of this love to pray that she one day will.  Love has already been crucified once and for all.

Is love a gift?  A card?  A song?  These are all ways to express love, but they are still not love.  Love is the deepest, highest form of self-sacrifice there is.  And it comes by One, and through those that follow closely beside Him; so close that what pours through His hands, spills onto those that cling to Him.  And all who encounter such a one, have been touched by His gift of love.  Receive it from Him today and let it flow from you to others.  On this Valentine's Day, remember that "It is more blessed to give than to receive".

Show someone the love!

Apostle Lisa

 

Jesus Christ and Super Stars

January 23, 2009

Like natural children, God's children long to be nurtured in a loving, graceful atmosphere.  It is a part of who we are to look for and expect to be nurtured AND "trained in the way we should go" - both in our natural families and in the family of God.  Once we have reached maturity after the nurturing process, we are to be released into our life's calling - again, in our natural family and in our spiritual family.

Statistics show that children who are raised by nurturing parents (even when there is only one parent) are much more confident and successful in life.  Providing food, clothing and shelter are just the bare minimum, just a start in the overall care of a child.  To nurture means to:  feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.  My favorite definition is:  to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; to bring up; train; educate.  Clearly, food, clothing and shelter are just a small part of the nurturing that is required to rear a healthy child.  This message is for parents and for spiritual leaders.

Not Many Fathers

Life is busy, and often hectic - parents work, raise their children, have lots of outside activities, etc.  I do not want anyone to feel condemnation from this message, nor do I want anyone to go away with added feelings of the anxiety you may already be fighting daily.  I believe the Lord is prophesying a coming time through this word, as well as educating us both in the church and in our homes.  Holy Spirit, gives us ears to hear what You are saying to our hearts, and let us take from this word a healthy dose of truth that will propel us and our families into the blessings You have ordained for us.

As parents, we sometimes get so busy with life that we neglect the deep need in our children to be nurtured.  Growing up, my parents did a great job of providing a clean, beautiful home, but we rarely felt loved inside that home.  They both worked, were exhausted at the end of the day, and by the weekend, my three siblings and I just wanted to "get out of the house".  Our parents were happy with the break.  For the first few years of my life, my parents took us to church regularly - in fact, we ate, slept and drank the church life and the family at large.  But my parents were not happy with each other, and by the time I was entering high school, they divorced.  Note what I said...we had a beautiful, clean home, we had food and clothes, but the four of us children were starving!  Unfortunately, every one of us sought love and fulfillment outside of the home that appeared to have it altogether, but was full of dead men's bones.  My parents, that I love so dearly, were never taught in church to seek a relationship with the Lord.  What a loss to them and to us.

This brings me to the church family.  We have pastors and leaders that either come to these positions to simply earn a living, or to fulfill a God-given call upon their lives.  In many cases, they are doing both.  But there are times when false shepherds enter the arena with only one agenda - to become the next Super Star.  Sadly, some began a good work, even anointed, became Super Stars naturally, but left their first love because of lust for power and fame.  This of course has left many flocks of sheep wandering in the pasture, starving, looking to be nurtured; to be trained and lead in the way they should go.  This has caused many sheep to be severly wounded, therefore desiring to leave the flock altogether, never to return.

I sense the Lord saying that this is a time for leaders, both in the home and in the church to return to your first love - which is the Lord.  Fully give your heart to Him, and He will surely direct your path.  He will iron out the wrinkles of your schedule and bless you with the ability to serve Him not only for the rewards that will come to you, but serve Him by serving others.  It is more blessed to give than to receive, and when you serve others, you make Him happy.  I hear Him calling leaders back to reality.  Look around yourselves...there, right in front of you are people - God's people.  Many of them are starving, and hurting so deeply that they see no hope for their lives.  And this is going on inside the body of Christ - we are not even referring yet to those that are un-churched.  The Lord knows those that are His.  He also knows the false from the true shepherds.

I had an awesome vision nearly two years ago regarding a pastor friend of mine.  I saw a large vaccum in the atmosphere above her church and the prophetic word over them was something like:  "The Holy Spirit is moving throughout this area, drawing up the water that has sat dormant in some fellowships.  The leaders have not sought Me for more, and have not been obedient with what I have given them, therefore I will draw it up and release over your fellowship, and will add to it as long as you continue to feed my sheep."  I remember that it was such a powerful word and vision, and one that she took very well.  She has a true pastor's heart, as she teaches and trains and admonishes those that have been placed in her care.

We are entering a season, as I recently prophesied, where the defining lines will become more and clear between those that are passionate and those that are passive.  The passive in leadership are those that seek their own way, to build their own kingdoms, that neglect the flock, and have left their first love.  The passionate leaders are those that move with the Father's heartbeat, reaching into hell if need be to draw up the bound, loving them with His fervent love, and desiring to teach, train and nurture them to a happy, whole and complete life in Christ.

"So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God.  Now I have applied all this [about parties and factions] to myself and Apollos for your sakes, brethren, so that from what I have said of us [as illustrations], you may learn [to think of men in accordance with Scripture and] not to go beyond that which is written, that none of you may be puffed up and inflated with pride and boast in favor of one [minister and teacher] against another."

"For who separates you from the others [as a faction leader]? [Who makes you superior and sets you apart from another, giving you the preeminence?] What have you that was not given to you? If then you received it [from someone], why do you boast as if you had not received [but had gained it by your own efforts]?  (You behave as if) you are already filled and think you have enough [you are full and content, feeling no need of anything more]! Already you have become rich [in spiritual gifts and graces]! [Without any counsel or instruction from us, in your conceit], you have ascended your thrones and come into your kingdom without including us! And would that it were true and that you did reign, so that we might be sharing the kingdom with you!"

"For it seems to me that God has made an exhibit of us apostles, exposing us to view last [of all, like men in a triumphal procession who are] sentenced to death [and displayed at the end of the line]. For we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world's amphitheater] with both men and angels [as spectators].  We are [looked upon as] fools on account of Christ and for His sake, but you are [supposedly] so amazingly wise and prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are [so very] strong! You are highly esteemed, but we are in disrepute and contempt!  To this hour we have gone both hungry and thirsty; we [habitually] wear but one undergarment [and shiver in the cold]; we are roughly knocked about and wander around homeless."

"And we still toil unto weariness [for our living], working hard with our own hands. When men revile us [[c]wound us with an accursed sting], we bless them. When we are persecuted, we take it patiently and endure it.  When we are slandered and defamed, we [try to] answer softly and bring comfort. We have been made and are now the rubbish and filth of the world [the offscouring of all things, the scum of the earth].  I do not write this to shame you, but to warn and counsel you as my beloved children.  After all, though you should have ten thousand teachers (guides to direct you) in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the glad tidings (the Gospel).  So I urge and implore you, be imitators of me."  I Cor. 4 AMP

Apostle Paul was a prime example of what a father/leader does for his children/sheep...he gave his life as did Christ, so that we could come into the fulness of our destiny.  He did not desire to be a Super Star, and he left behind all that had become accounted to him, so that he could be pleasing to his Father in serving the sheep.

May we heed the call to serve those who have been so wonderfully planted in our lives, and have the hope in Christ that we will see the fruit of our labor in the beauty that will manifest from each precious child/sheep!

I must decrease,

Apostle Lisa

In the Public Eye

January 14, 2009

Although we are living in the time when “they call good evil and evil good”, there is coming a defining difference between the bride of Christ and the secular world.  The body of Christ will experience realms and waves of glory while the secular world will lose footing where they have trusted in the systems and the gods of this world.  Because of this, the bride of Christ has been called into a greater revelation of God’s mercies that are new everyday.  This is so that when those around us lose their footing, we can catch them with His all powerful love.  (See the word released in December regarding the Uprising.)

As I have shared since the day I received the revelation a couple of years ago, man was created for one purpose:  WORSHIP - we were not created for ministry.  Ministry came only as a necessity after sin entered the world and mankind fell prey to it’s power.  It is safe to say that for many, many generations, the Lord has placed specific people strategically on the earth to fulfill a need in ministry for those of their particular generation.  But initially, man was created strictly for relationship with the Almighty Creator.  Many of us that have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this, are burning with the passion to see others rise to their potential in Christ, thus fulfilling God’s purpose for their existence.  Those in dead religion and the lost around us have no revelation of the purpose for which they, or mankind in general for that matter, have been placed on the earth.  The passionate ones are lining up in this great army, and are calling forth prophetically, the soldiers that will march forward with this current season’s message of hope and expectation.  We will educate multitudes by the Spirit of God in us, and with the power of His word and His presence in our midst.  We will see many become fulfilled and set free from the hopelessness that leads to suicidal harassment from the enemy.  Substitutes have left our world cold, hard, and begging for something to ease the pain.  Finding purpose in our Creator is the only answer.  And we get to be the generation that releases so many from prison!  The process is worth it!

We have come to the end of judging others.  We have been through the fire and flames and have come out as pure gold.  None of the old ways and thoughts has a place in us, therefore, we go forth preaching the gospel – the good news that saves!  We were all once children, and before that we were nestled in our mother’s wombs, and I believe, had a sense of our Creator.  It was because of sin that we fell away from the awareness of our God, thus getting us off course with our destiny.  We must never forget from where He has brought us.  This will propel us to show forth the grace and mercy of our God, and we will see the harvest!

As I was preparing this word a couple of days ago, I heard Him say, “There will also be defining lines between the passionate and the passive.  It is the red-hot love for Jesus and His presence that paves the way and opens the portal of My glory, and My power manifested in and through My body.  Every part of your lives, every area, every hole, every crevice in need of fulfillment will receive the infilling of My water.  There is not to be a dry place in My body.  Nothing dry, nothing lacking...everything moist, making it all pliable and presentable for My purposes!”

He has also shown me that prayer in public places will become the norm rather than the “every now and then”.  Not that we desire to draw attention to ourselves, but His Spirit will move upon us at times when we are not expecting it, and the words of knowledge and the other gifts will come into play, and He will do a thing!  It is His gifts, and by His Spirit, and I believe He is clearly drawing the lost into His sheepfold, and the demonstration of His giftings will speak loud and clear to the hurting around us.  Miracles will manifest, and they will also be the norm.  Not that we will ever get “used” to them, or take any of this for granted, but He is releasing the power to us, and restoring the body to the place of authority she has not walked in for some time.  He has been preparing us, and surely it is for such a time as this!

“Arise, My bride, and be ready to be moved upon by My Spirit, at My will.  I will use you and I will cause you to speak a word in due season to those you do not know, and you will release My love to them through the prophetic utterances.  I will cause many to give their hearts over to Me right in the middle of the store.  You will not be concerned about others watching, as in some cases, I will cause an uproar, but it will be a holy uproar, and others will sense the stirring of the waters and they will jump in because of the power radiating from you in obedience to the voice of My Spirit.  You will rejoice because this is what you have prayed for!  You will exult in My name because of My faithfulness to answer your prayers.  You have prayed the prayers that I have deposited into your spirit, and you have given your hearts to this.  This is the time you have waited for, and it is upon you.  The enemy is already scheming to bring new bumps in the road, but if you remain faithful to worship me, I will reveal them to you ahead of time.  You will not be tricked, and you will not falter.  You will not only overcome, but you will overtake the enemy.  This is your time.  You have loved Me and I have seen your continued willingness to follow Me in full faith.  Blessed are those that have seen Me and believed, but more blessed are those that have not seen Me, yet believed, followed, sacrificed and served whole-heartedly.  This is your finest hour, and I will do much through you, my yielded, obedient, and faithful ones!”

Charged by His power,

Apostle Lisa

 

Purpose in the Pressing;

Looking Ahead to the New Year
12-27-08


 
This message is two-fold:  It will serve to encourage each of us in our own personal journeys with the Lord, as we have endured some of the toughest couple of years in our lives.  Secondly, it will propel us into our 2009 with an excitement for what the Lord plans to do with His church.  There is purpose in the pressing.  When we understand that there is purpose in the pressing, then we can submit to it and allow Him to do His perfect work in us, which will bring us into line with the soldiers we are to march with.
 
Press is defined as:  to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position.  Who does that?  The Holy Spirit.  John 16:13 tells us:  "But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the Truth for He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears (from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him), and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future).  Psalm 37:23 tells us:  "The steps of a (good)man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step").  Wow!  So a righteous man can count on his steps being ordered of the Lord, and not only that, but to know that the Lord busies Himself with his every step!  Note that this promise is for the righteous man (the one that is acting in an upright or moral way).  Psalm 23:3  "He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake".  'For His name's sake'.  Meaning, there is a purpose in Him leading us, there is purpose in the pressing.  And we only learn what that is when we spend time with Him; in worship and in fellowship.
 
Another meaning of the word press is:  to squeeze out or express, as juice, to beset or harass; afflict.  Psalm 34:19 tells us:  "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all".  If you have been pressed and you have had to fight the temptation to 'throw in the towel', be encouraged!  Your Father in Heaven has been working His righteousness in you, to bring you to His purpose, for His name's sake!  Remember when you asked Him to take your life and use it for His glory?  You did not realize at the moment the necessary steps you would have to take in order for that to become a reality, but rest assured, no matter the trouble you have faced, you are engraved upon the palms of His hands.  He will keep you and ensure that you arrive to everything and receive everything that has been prerecorded for you!
 
He has been pressing all of those that have purposed to follow Him in full obedience - the kind of obedience whose end is full of glory.  Apostle Paul was completely fulfilled as he obeyed the Lord, though in his religious beginning, he, who was named Saul at that time, persecuted Jesus' church and sought to shut down the excited preachers of the gospel.  Apostle Paul explains his pressing like this in II Corinthians 1:8-11:  "For we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about the affliction and oppressing distress which befell us in Asia, how we were so utterly and unbearably weighed down and crushed that we despaired even of life (itself).  Indeed, we felt within ourselves that we had received the (very) sentence of death, but that was to keep us from trusting in and depending on ourselves instead of on God Who raises the dead.  For it is He Who rescued and saved us from such a perilous death, and He will still rescue and save us; in and on Him we have set our hope (our joyful and confident expectation) that He will again deliver us from danger and destruction and draw us to Himself."
 
This pressing can also be called discipline, which is related to the word disciple.  In order to become a disciple of Christ, we must endure discipline.  Example...it takes a tremendous amount of discipline to become a Michael Phelps.  He disciplined himself daily, for years, to become the world's greatest swimmer.  I am sure he could testify to this next verse as it relates to his talent and success:  "For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness--in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God).  Hebrews 12:11  Nobody likes the pressing.  Even those that understand and have revelation on the process, would gladly trade their times of pressing in for comfort, if they knew they could go another route.  But we can't, because to attempt to do so, to get to the Father any other way than through Jesus would be considered thievery.  Instead, we remain in His hand; the hand of the Great Potter Who is always molding and shaping us into His image, and for our God-ordained purpose, and for His name's sake.
 
Has this pressing and messy messes in our lives all been for the purpose of allowing others around us to look upon us and judge us - thinking we are not successful, victorious Christians like we proclaim to be?  Remember that Jesus could have called for 10 thousand angels as he told the people while he hung on the cross, bleeding and dying for you and me.  Instead of calling upon Heaven for freedom from the death of the cross, instead of running away from His messy mess, He remained there for you and for me.  He remained because He knew the destiny He was to fulfill when He came to earth as a baby on Christmas.  He wanted to finish the work for man's freedom, once and for all!  His flesh did not enjoy it; He felt every ounce of pain and agony, not just physically, but the mental anguish must have been some kind of terrible.  He felt the temptation to quit, and we know that because the word tells us in Hebrews 4:15:  "For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation in every respect as we are, yet without sinning".  But He refused to quit!  He gave us the most perfect example of selflessness we have ever seen.  A man, and God all in one, came to earth to suffer and die, and not for Himself.  It did Jesus no good to come and suffer like He did - He did not gain anything more than He already had with His Father - He was already His Father's Son, and greatly loved.  It was out of His love for His Father that He chose to suffer the cross.  Why?  Because every time He looked into His Father's eyes, He could see the pain His Father experienced as He looked down to earth at His creation; His children gone astray.  His children in chains and bound to sin with no hope for freedom.  Jesus became the advocate - the One to stand between man and sin, and by His death the chains were broken! 
 
How sad that we know all this beautiful story, yet we look right at our Father who created us, right at our crucified and risen Savior who is our Bridegroom, and we say, "No thanks!  Maybe later.  I know You were unselfish in that You died for me, and I know that You shed all Your blood and that the people spat in Your face and pulled your beard and cursed and mocked you, and stripped your clothes from you, further shaming you amongst the crowd...yeah, yeah, I know all of that Jesus, but I am not interested in being like You.  I do not want to be unselfish because I am enjoying pleasing myself right now.  My flesh wants more and I respond, so no thanks."

"But what of your destiny; what about the life I paid for?  What about your freedom that I secured in my death?"  Jesus waits for the answer He so longs to hear.  Then we respond:  "Oh, yes I have been taught that You have a destiny for me, and I understand that the only way to get there is to turn my life over to You fully, but I think I'll take a shortcut.  I can just repent on my death bed or when I get older - no need to hurry.  Because on this shortcut I can still do what pleases me, so no thanks.  This way, I get the best of both worlds...a little a little church time and a little worldly pleasure too."
 
"Ok, beloved, you have made your choice for now, but you must remember what has been written in Galatians 6:  'Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) (He inevitably deceives himself who attempts to deceive God.) For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.  For he who sows to his own flesh, to his lower nature, to sensuality will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit will reap eternal life."  Jesus continues:  "If you would choose to live in Me and I in you, you would have this promise to live by, and I assure you it is true:  'And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint." Galatians 6:9 

"If you can resist the wrong thing, and embrace the right thing, even if you have to wait for it, and when you are required to deny your flesh what it screams for, you most assuredly shall reap that which is good."

"So then, as occasions and opportunities open up to us, let us do good (that which is moral) to all people (not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage). Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith (those who belong to God's family with you, the believers).  Galatians 6:10  One of our most beloved promises can be found in:  Psalm 37:29 "The righteous will inherit the land".  And that is what all of this is about.  Individually and corporately, we are going to inherit the land.  Spiritually and in the natural.  Are we ready to inherit the land?  Those that have been and those that remain faithful to follow the Lord will not only witness, but be partakers in the inheritance from the years of faithfulness to do His will, in the face of much distress and darkness and trials.

In 2006 the Lord gave me a visual picture of JSM's vehicle as we purposed to journey forward in the vision of our camp, as well as the vision of the bride of Christ at large.   I called it The Love Train.  We have several funny and serious confirmations of this over the past couple of years, and we have come to appreciate it very much as we recognize the Lord's ability to be both humorous and serious at the same time.  As He gave me this message, He Himself ended it with:  All Aboard!!!

Remaining,

Apostle Lisa

 

 

This Generation:  The Uprising of the Joshua/Caleb Spirit
12-5-08

Somewhere between Election, 2008 and the week of Thanksgiving, I began to receive a beautiful message from the Lord.  I say "began to receive" because He spoke it to me several times before I eventually set aside the time to be obedient in sharing it.  It was two nights ago when I saw a commercial on T.V. that summed up His love letter to the world.  It's what I have called "The things which matter the most".

Back to the Future

The commercial?  The virtuous woman of the family is a bit frustrated after seeing her son in one room, her daughter in another, both busy with their Christmas toys.  Because I did not see it from the beginning, I do not know where the husband/father was at, or what might have been occupying his attention.  The wife/mother went secretly to the fuse box.  You knew before she pulled the plug so to speak, that her heart's desire was for her family to be together.  Suddenly, all of the power is shut down in the home, and candles become the new light for the family as they gather in one room.  Mom kisses Dad, and tucks in his hand the fuse that changed the atmosphere and brought unity to the family.  The Holy Spirit is the fuse in the Lord's body.  He is the power that brings the change.  He and Jesus/the word is at work in each of us, sanctifying, enlightening, transforming, elevating, redirecting and loving, so that we become the family and the force that pleases the heart of our Father.

The way we view things will determine the outcome of how we accept and act upon them.  Like the economy...while it is not what we would prefer it to be, it can still be worked in our favor.  It's how we view it.  Instead of being disappointed that we may not have as much to spend on gifts this year as in years past, be creative:  bake, or serve, or spend time with someone.  Our lust for more and more material things has pulled us into shopping frenzies and debt and stress.  We have forgotten how to be a family.  As I pondered this, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit a word He gave me a few years ago when I was counseling a woman that could not seem to ever be happy with herself, her life, etc.  I told her, "Don't try to 'do', just 'be'.  Just be, and live and enjoy what you have."

I sense the Lord is planning to use, and already is, this bad economy to bring us back to the future.  By that I mean, we have left behind so many free and wonderful blessings that need to be treasured once again.  It's not in the money, it's not in the material, it's in relationships.  God is all about relationships.  I believe that one of His plans is to cause us to have compassion on one another again.  We have become so "I need", "That's mine", "This is our thing", "I don't have time for you", etc., that we have become cold in our little personal worlds.  In fact, prophetically we're told that the love of many would wax cold.  But in God's mercy, He is drawing us by His Spirit to once again see the beauty of sharing love and life with those outside our personal walls.  The Spirit that is releasing this wisdom is so strong that even the unbelievers will feel it, and they too will respond to it, though they may not understand why.  Let's lend our ear to His heart and receive the messages of hope and instruction during this time so that we are not left out of His plan.

I am excited about what I see God doing in His children.  Although the atmosphere is negative and bleak for many, I believe God is at work in US, drawing us into the heavenlies to see as He sees.  If we can hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, then we will continue to go from glory to glory, receiving life-changing manifestations of His goodness.  And then, and only then, will we be in the position to gather in His harvest, for His glory.

Darkness covers and hovers over many, and there is no help for them without His presence orchestrating His bride to move herself into position to release - release His power, His presence, His word, and all of Heaven's bounty to those that do not know Him.  We were created to worship Him, and only because His Spirit has drawn each of us can we joyfully proclaim that it is in Him that we live and move and have our being.  And because we have been given the gift of life and the promise of eternity with our Savior, we are to shed that love abroad.  And this happens through a daily flow of His love from our hearts.  So how do we do that with so much opposition facing us?  It's always in the way we view our present circumstances.

Joshua and Caleb saw something the other spies could not see.  (See Numbers 13-14.)  If your vision is shortened because of a life of pain and loss and doubt, ask the Lord to completely heal you so that you can flow in His vision; His ability to see that which the natural eye cannot see.  I have had many years of loss and disappointment and deep pain to overcome so that I could believe for more than a few days at a time that the Lord even loved me like He loved others.  I know how deep-seated doubt tears away at everything good, and God is good!  He is so good that He longs to heal us of everything that keeps us from living a life of supernatural faith to obtain all He longs to pour in and through us.  Ask Him now for that healing, and then read on and excite yourself in the Lord.

Personally, my family and I are facing another round of heartache and disappointment regarding a family member.  Facing this has been the reason for the delay in posting this word.  I had to live it myself for a few days.  If my husband and I were to look very long in the face of these circumstances, and there are enough that we could make a list, then discouragement would overtake us.  Doubt and fear have tempted us to "throw in the towel", but we have withstood the opposition by the grace of God, as well as the love and support of our friends and family.  I used to marvel at, and still do, those that are able to withstand so much pain and opposition, and still worship their God.  I remember thinking during my early christian life, "Wow, there is no way I could ever keep praising God, much less have joy in the midst of something like that".  The truth is, no one can do that on their own.  Something happens to an individual that falls so in love with Jesus that they trust even in the face of great trial.  Jesus, the ultimate example, displayed that trust in His Father when He hung on the cross and said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do".

Jesus, as well as every person of great faith and trust, had their eyes on something beyond what they could see in the natural realm.  This is where hope joins the stage.  When we love God, we trust Him.  When we trust Him, we move in faith.  When we move in faith, hope is alive in us, and this sustains us while we wait for His plan to be unfolded.  Like now...we, His children, are waiting for His return.  It is our hope that He is coming back for us so that we can forever reign with Him.  While I am "occupying until He comes again", I am also "Looking for His appearing".  Sometimes, in the face of great pain and trials, I remind myself that "All of this is temporary.  One day, there will be no more pain."  That is our hope for eternity, and we have that same hope for everyday living.  "Tomorrow, this trial may end and the dawning of a new day will bring me into a place of remembering the pain no more.  Tomorrow just might be the day that His promise is manifested and I will obtain that which I have only seen in my dreams and visions.  Or, it could be today."

In the meantime, soldiers endure hardness while they wait for instruction from their Leader.  He may be silent on some days, and on others, He may pour wisdom and instruction into us so quickly that our fingers can barely keep up.  But whatever the present day holds, we can rest in these words:  "I will never leave you nor forsake you" AND "Those who look to him are radiant and their faces shall never be ashamed."  (Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 34:5)  Men and women of great faith and trust and hope have continued to follow God no matter the persecution, opposition, etc.  The love of God that urges them forward, causes their eyes to see what is not visible to the natural eye, and even foolish to the natural man.  This is the place we connect with our Lord, and His secrets are revealed to our hearts.  This is where we get the "peace that surpasses all understanding", and it's because "our hearts are stayed on Him".

We are that generation that will see giant fruit.  We are that generation that will allow our hearts to dictate to our eyes, rather than our eyes dictate to our hearts.  If we can get the revelation of Whose we are, then we will become the force that is unstoppable!  If we can SEE what is unseen, then there is nothing to prevent us from inheriting all His promises!  If you already see like that, then prepare yourself to receive!  I believe that in this economy and with the major shaking that is taking place, the Lord would have have His bride and all that she represents of Him to be exalted in the earth.  This is not a time to coward down, or shut up, or hide in a cave.  NO!  We are to come forward victoriously because we have His eyes.  The enemies are not giants, the fruits are!  What do you see?

Ask for His vision, and then remember, "Opposition is a prerequisite for supernatural transition!"  You can't have one without the other.  And when going through the opposition, remember this line from a song, "Don't doubt in the darkness what I've shown you in the light".  If you have ever dreamed a dream, or had a vision, or received prophetic word, "It will come to pass; though it tarry, wait for it."  All of those are seeds that take time to develop.  In their season, they will manifest.  Don't forget them, but don't let them be your 24/7 focus.  Worship and relationship is our business, it is God's to watch over His seed.

As I have shared in a previous posting, the enemy knows he can never knock God off His throne, so his strategy is to tempt US to dethrone the  Lord from our hearts.  If we will but trust God, get a revelation of His love for us, then NOTHING will ever defeat us, nor keep us from His purposes and plans.  If you struggle to KNOW that God loves you, even those that have walked for years with Him, ask Him to heal that your broken heart, and deliver you from the rejection that prevents you from fully receiving His revelation of divine love.  Go ahead, ask Him now - He will do it!  He is waiting to do it!  And the next time Satan comes knocking on your door passing out pamphlets that tell you otherwise, open that door and start singing Jesus' praises!  He hates that!

Looking forward,

Apostle Lisa

America Has Voted!

11-4-08

In the early 70's I saw the movie The Poseidon Adventure, starring Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. It is a movie that has stayed with me to this day, in part because it frightened me as a pre-teen.  The other reason this movie made such an impact on me is that, I believe, it portrayed the role I was born to play as an adult minister of the gospel, specifically, an apostolic prophet, pointing others to the Truth Himself.  In the movie, Gene Hackman was a pastor or priest, who, following the capsizing of the ship, frantically tried to assist the passengers to higher ground inside the sinking ship.  He and a couple others sought a plan of escape, and encouraged the crowd to follow them.  Most did not, and drowned during the first 30-40 minutes of the movie.  They were afraid to take a chance; they were afraid to trust the preacher and the Porter, played by Roddy McDowell.  Roddy knew the ship inside and out, up and down.  He was experienced, he knew the way to the bottom of the ship, yet his warnings spoken through the preacher, fell on stubborn ears.  Only when the ship began to fill with water and all were jolted a second time, did the passengers fight to make their way up the Christmas tree, realizing they'd made a mistake by not heeding the warnings.  But it was too late.

As I was preparing to type the detail of what caused the ship to capsize, the Holy Spirit reminded me about a dream I had this past spring, in which the crowd I was in was eating and drinking and making merry.  I was drawn to turn around and look out the window, at which time I saw a Tidal Wave coming towards the facility we were standing in.  (Please see posting on our website under Prophetic Voice, "Watching, Waiting and Expecting Change", June 1, 2008.  The details of the dream can be found under the heading "What about the winds and the wave").  In the movie, the crew and its' passengers had been celebrating the arrival of January 1st during their New Year's Eve party.  Shortly after midnight, everything changed.  That was of course just a movie, but the choice made by so many that eventually cost them their lives, is a script that has played over and over throughout history.  Our current state of affairs reveals that we are no different.  In fact, we as a nation, as a world, are in worse shape according to a portion of Proverbs:  "When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth, but..."   I'll save the "but" for later.

I have not referred back to the dream until this moment as I was led by the Holy Spirit to do so.  Interesting that it would be the very day in which America will make her choice for the next president of the United States.  As I read over the dream I experienced 7 months ago, I was astounded at the events that have played out in our country, as well as in my own personal life.  In the dream, I was concerned about giving the warning that I knew I had to give - I did not want to interrupt the dinner party I was attending.

Two weeks ago when I posted and e-mailed a word of caution and a plea for prayer regarding this monumental election we are facing today, I endured some persecution.  I was uninvited to a dinner party in which my husband and I had accepted an invitation to weeks earlier.  I was told by the lady that if we showed up, she would not attend.  Of course I felt the sting of rejection, but I immediately felt the sadness of the Lord.  That relationships would be torn apart because of His word is grievous to Him, although He prophesied that these things would happen.  He is the Prince of Peace, and gives that peace to all who follow Him.  He is also the word, which we understand from scripture is "sharper than a two-edged sword".  He told us in Mathew 10:34, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:  I came not to send peace, but a sword".

His instruction to me in that dream was and remains, "Feed My Sheep".  I too am one of His sheep, and in order to survive, I must be fed by His word.  I, like every other minister of the gospel that is in love with their Savior, feeds/preaches because we want what He wants - "For all to come to the knowledge of the truth".  During this election, things have become more clear than ever, in my Christian life, the vast difference between those that follow Christ, (His devoted disciples), and those that are religious.  If religion could have saved us from our sin, then Jesus shed His blood in vain.  What animal sacrifices and yearly visits to the priest could not do, (and church attendance and religious ceremonies with no presence of the Savior today) His blood did and does to this day.  In His kingdom, and only in Him, will you find those that "lose their lives for His sake, only to truly find it", and "those that die so they may live".  It makes no sense to our natural minds, but He has given us understanding on that point also.  "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I Corinthians 2:14

So how does one ensure they do not become part of the problem - part of the religious crowd that crucified Jesus, and stoned the prophets that were sent to bring them liberty?  It is simple, and yet many miss this, as they did when Jesus walked on the earth.  If the Pharisees and those that mocked Jesus would have only said, "Could He be the Messiah?  Maybe He is the King?  I know He doesn't look like a king, but wait, didn't our ancestors make that same mistake years ago when they chose a leader based on his appearance, rather than choosing according to righteousness?  I mean, they chose Saul when David was the anointed King, according to and chosen by God.  Perhaps we should look at history, and in hopes of not repeating it, take this concern to prayer rather than to choose according to our own opinions."  But they did not say nor did they do this.  They did not allow history to teach them a lesson.  They chose to use their natural eyes and natural understanding for an answer in a very spiritual matter.  They chose to crucify the Son of God, and they did it in the name of the God they claimed to serve.

I promised to save the "but" for later, so here is the rest of the story from Proverbs 29:16 "When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall."  As followers of Jesus Christ (not religion), we can take hold of the horns of the altar and pray fervently for the fall of the ungodly laws that allow wickedness to run rampant in our land.  Our God is still on His throne, and His ears are always turned to the cries of His people.  If we want our land to be blessed, and droughts and floods and famines to be turned away from us, then let us repent for allowing our humanistic opinions to sway us in both monumental and everyday decisions.  Let us turn back to the Holy One of Israel with all our hearts and minds, and humble ourselves before Him.

No matter the outcome of this election, His word will stand forever, and remains the foundation for this world He created.  "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan" (Proverbs 29:2).  Lord, You are our strong tower, and there is no other god besides You!  We rejoice in Your victory, and Your love for us is greater than any darkness we face as a body, as a nation, as a world.  John 3:16

To Him Who sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb,

Apostle Lisa 

All scripture is taken from the King James Version.

 
  “That I Might Not Sin Against Thee”

11-2-08

With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments.  Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.  Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.  With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.  I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways (the paths of life marked out by Your law).  I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”

“Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live; and I will observe Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.  I am a stranger and a temporary resident on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me.  My heart is breaking with the longing that it has for Your ordinances and judgments at all times.  You rebuke the proud and arrogant, the accursed ones, who err and wander from Your commandments.”  Psalm 119:10-21 AMP

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“No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or anything in which you trust and on which you rely).”  Luke 16:13 AMP

That so many in our free country, forgetting the price paid for our liberties, would allow economics to take precedence over life and liberty for all, reveals our great need for The Savior - the Only One that can deliver us from the bondage of economic slavery, and the sinful condition of our nation.  We have turned from our first love, Jesus Christ.  See the verse below.

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“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent and shrewd in their own sight!  Woe to those who are mighty heroes at drinking wine and men of strength in mixing alcoholic drinks!  Who justify and acquit the guilty for a bribe, but take away the rights of the innocent and righteous from them!  Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be like rottenness and their blossom shall go up like fine dust-because they have rejected and cast away the law and the teaching of the Lord of hosts and have not believed but have treated scornfully and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

“Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against His people, and He has stretched forth His hand against them and has smitten them. And the mountains trembled, and their dead bodies were like dung and sweepings in the midst of the streets. For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand is still stretched out [in judgment].  And He will lift up a signal to call together a hostile people from afar [to execute His judgment on Judea], and will hiss for them from the end of the earth [as bees are hissed from their hives], and behold, they shall come with speed, swiftly!

“None is weary or stumbles among them, none slumbers or sleeps; nor is the girdle of their loins loosed or the latchet (thong) of their shoes broken; their arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent; their horses' hoofs seem like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.  Their roaring is like that of a lioness, they roar like young lions; they growl and seize their prey and carry it safely away, and there is none to deliver it.”

“And in that day they [the army from afar] shall roar against [the Jews] like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; and the light [itself] will be darkened by the clouds of it.”  Isaiah 5:20-30 AMP

I could not help but think of the attack on America on 9-11-01 when I read these verses from Isaiah.  “The army from afar (the Middle East) shall roar (the sounds of aircraft) against (America)…darkness and distress (on that day, but also everyday since)… darkened by the clouds of it (the smoke and dust and debris from the destruction of the twin towers and so much more, including human life.)”.

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But there is hope for us yet if we want it…

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.  Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercy and loving-kindness; for they have been ever from of old.  Remember not the sins (the lapses and frailties) of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your mercy and steadfast love remember me, for Your goodness' sake, O Lord.  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He instruct sinners in [His] way.  He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.”  Psalm 25:4-9 AMP

If our trust is in our own abilities, and/or any other besides Jehovah God, then we have turned our backs on our Creator, our Heavenly Father.  For weeks, the Holy Spirit has resounded this last passage of scripture (below) in my spirit, and I believe this is the cry of the Father for America at this very moment.  As many have prayed for mercy for our land, the Lord has tuned His ear to us.  He did the same thing for Israel when Pharoah sorely oppressed God's people.  Moses was sent to take His chosen from slavery, and to lead them to their promised land.  Moses had no agenda to then re-enslave the children of Israel.  He did not seek power to control, but sought to deliver God's word and plan for their lives, which was total liberty and blessings in every area of their lives.  Our best example of good authority and leadership can be found in Moses' desire to see the people walking uprightly before God as he interceded for them, and also in our Lord's very own proclamation found in Mathew 23:37:  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, (America) murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused!” 

In worship and prayer,

Apostle Lisa

 
Rising Tides

9-21-08

Last night while preparing a message for today’s service, I kept hearing in my spirit, “Rising tides lifts all ships”.  I finally, after hearing it a few times, realized the Holy Spirit was knocking on my door, and calling me to listen.  I stopped what I was doing, and prayed for understanding.  I did a web search for the phrase and saw related articles to volcanoes and tidal waves, both of which I have either *dreamed of or heard something from the Lord regarding them, this year.  *See word below dated June 1, 2008 “Watching, Praying and Expecting Change”. (The dream is detailed in 3rd paragraph under “What about the winds and the wave”.) 

As my husband and I read over some of the material on line, we saw where a prominent civil rights leader refuted the phrase because he believes “some ships are on the bottom and can’t get up”.  On one hand, I was reminded of the mindset of the man that lay beside the pool of Bethesda, which is the mindset of many impoverished Americans that are kept in bondage to the government year after year.  It’s a hopeless mindset, and lacks faith for change.  On the other hand, I was encouraged by it.  It spoke to me for so many of us in the body of Christ that are currently facing impossible situations - our God is moved to compassion when we cry out to Him.  Truly, He will lift all ships that seek Him, no matter their location on or under the sea.  Interesting note…when I looked up the verse about the man lying near the pool of Bethesda, to ensure I spelled it correctly, I read a side note that I’d entered so many years ago, that the red ink is nearly faded away.  Bethesda was circled, and out beside it was written, “House of grace; outpouring”.  I’ll take it!

I was reminded about a vision I had back in June, which I released in a prophetic word, “Moses, Moaning & Moving”, 7-8-08.  I experienced a wave in the spirit that brought with it the most fulfilling joy I have ever known, besides the day I gave my heart to Him.  It was so powerful and wonderful, that tears of joy and relief filled me eyes, and then He said, “There is a tide coming, says the Lord, and with it will be that which you have waited for. My waters are drawing in from the deep sea that which you could not get to, nor even see with the natural eye”.  I know a couple of areas that I hope this word applies to in my personal life, as well as our ministry.  I know so many other worshippers that are in need of the impossible being made possible by His hand.

As soon as I awakened this morning, I heard: “Ships are vessels – they carry needed goods.  You are my vessels, carrying My good word, healing, hope, etc.  If a ship remains at sea, what good is it; no one benefits from the needed supplies that are stored there.”  I of course thought again of the word He spoke in June, and believe this is the season that we will see manifested, all that has been hidden and all that has been just out of our reach.  As you probably discern from this word, there is more than one meaning regarding the ships that the tide is rising up.  Since in one way, we are the ships, we can be confident that He is bringing up those that have been far out of reach.  Not by their own choice, but by His plan to save certain ships carrying certain goods, for certain times.  We are approaching the season for those ships to be exalted – those that will bring forth His goodness to the land.  Psalm 89:15-16 and Matthew 23:12

The other meaning of the ships is the promise He has given to His body to fulfill the desires of our hearts – the things He Himself has planted there.  Psalm 37:4 and Isaiah 58:14.  He has promised to RESTORE!  Joel 2:21-32   

In closing, please also read Isaiah 45.  And remember, all ye ships which are about to rise, while you have been waiting for these manifestations, your good God has been at work in you, in us, and is preparing for Himself a bride for the tide!

Anchors are holding only temporarily,

Apostle Lisa

 

Isaiah 45:14 confirms two most recent words the Lord gave me regarding "nations will know"; they will have to acknowledge that God is our Lord.  Many are looking upon America and the church as if she has been forsaken because of abounding sin. But there is coming a resurrection day!  When Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross, darkness celebrated - but only for a season.  That bunch had played right into God's plan for deliverance, and things are no different today than they were then.  His Spirit dwells within His body, and we are going to be the bride He called us to be.  In many ways, we may look defeated; probably even pitiful at times.  But, as my husband preached yesteray, "God is up to something!"  Don't count us out because Jesus' blood was not a waste.  It was shed for the powerful force that He would call His bride, and she will arise with resurrection power as He is glorified through her!

 

Follow up to Heartbreak for America

9-19-08

“Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God. ‘Why have we fasted’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?  Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’  “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.  Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness.  You will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high.  Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul?  Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?  Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?”

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:  To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?  Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.  Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’  “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.  The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.  Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.  The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The Spirit of the Lord is still brewing over the word of the Lord for this season, and His heart is set upon the healing of America.  He is hearing our prayers, as we have responded to His call to intercede for her; for this nation that needs to turn wholly towards Him.  As I mentioned earlier in the week, in regards to our time of prayer and fasting, the Lord was instructing my husband to proclaim His word over our son-in-law, and here are the verses he was given:  Psalm 119:105-112 and 61-168 and Psalm 132: 13-18.  For some reason, I over-looked a verse the Lord had given me, which he called “Abner’s end”.  After I sent the prophetic word on 9-16-08, I wanted to kick myself for leaving the verse out, as I believe it to be his present state and his prophetic future, as the Lord spoke.  But the Holy Spirit assured me it was all about timing, and that today, and in this posting, this is the appropriate time.  I do not understand this, but I will at some point, I am sure.  Those verses are Psalm 62 and 92.  In addition, our Intercessor Team Leader, Teresa, was given on 9-18-08, Isaiah 46:11.

He led me also to two verses that support His word to us, which I prophesied in “Restoration”, 9-3-08 and “Does Your Heart Break for America?  The World?”, 9-16-08.  He stated, “Nations will know it”.  Isaiah 45:14 declares, “Thus says the Lord: ‘The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you.  They will make supplication to you, saying, “Surely God is in you, and there is no other; There is no other God”.  Isaiah 55:5 declares, “Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.”  Hallelujah! 

Father, we thank You, the One that loves this nation more than we can know, and we exalt You as our God and our Savior.  We desire that You be Lord over all, and we pray to that end.  We ask that Your hand be right in the middle of this upcoming election, and that through the outcome, You are exalted.  We pray for all of our brothers and sisters around this world; You have created each of us.  May we be in one mind and one accord, and allow You to place us, each one, in the strategic line up of your skilled army so that together we accomplish Your will while You receive the glory!  May we reach thousands for Your kingdom, even in this last quarter of 2008!

We salute You!

Apostle Lisa

Does Your Heart Break for America?  The World?

9-16-08

The JSM family and friends dedicated this day to prayer and fasting for one of our members, as he will soon face an immigration judge.  At the hearing, it will be determined whether the young man will be allowed to remain here with his wife and children, or be deported back to Guatemala.  As Pastor Rusty and I prayed in the spirit and with the understanding, we began to hear scriptures we were to declare over this precious man, who is also our son-in-law.  I have chosen to share this intimate information with you because there is a larger purpose here than just our daughter’s future and that of her precious family.  We are all Christ’s, and when one weeps we all weep.  Likewise, we all rejoice at the good news of others lives.

These are the verses in the order in which I received them from the Spirit of the Lord.  Pastor Rusty may choose to share his later, but for now I am instructed to release this to the body, to this nation, as a call to prayer.  As you know from the past few prophetic words I have released, there is both an excitement and a concern in my heart for America.  As we approach what I feel is one of the most important elections in history, and probably in my lifetime, we need to pray like never before.  Let me rephrase that…we need to hear from the Lord like never before.  And we certainly felt that we received His heart in this matter today.

I heard the Lord say, “Declare Psalm 23 over Abner’s life, as a covering for what he is facing”.  As soon as I finished speaking it aloud (while my husband was across the room praying in the spirit), the Lord instructed me to declare Psalm 27 over him.  “Now read Psalm 43”, I heard the Lord say, and I obeyed.  I could hear my husband flipping through his bible and saying “Amen”, over and over again.  I knew the Lord was speaking to him, instructing him in prayer also.  “Now read Psalm 73.”  It was at the reading of this verse that I began to weep and intercede more for Abner and for America.  I received the revelation from this Psalm that Abner is like the author, and America is like those the Psalm speaks of.  The Spirit of the Lord reminded me that in 2004, shortly after Abner gave his heart to the Lord, I spoke a word of wisdom to him:  “You need to forgive America for what you feel has been injustice towards you and your people.”           

Abner, and many foreigners like him, have come into this country to “live the American dream”, just as they see us doing.  Many of these foreigners have so very little in their own countries, and they simply want better for their families.  Since his arrival several years ago, he has been taken for granted, stolen from, lied to, misused and mistreated, all by Americans.  This was part of the reason the Spirit of the Lord called him to forgiveness.  He has worked very hard, taught himself how to speak and to understand the English language, and bought his first car.  He also married our daughter, and together they have blessed us with two most precious granddaughters.

As you read Psalm 73, your heart may also break for America.  (Ask the Lord to give you revelation from this chapter on her condition.)  The Lord showed me that He truly did bless America, but her downfall has been her arrogance.  She became so full of herself, prideful and greedy, and in some cases, shut her own bowels of compassion.  Please don’t misunderstand me, please…I LOVE America and beyond that, I know God loves her too.  What He wants us to know is that she has fallen way away from His word, and this is the reason she has suffered so much calamity.  At this point, the Spirit of the Lord reminded me of a dream He’d given me in the early 90’s.  Jesus was dressed in a tuxedo, prepared to meet His bride.  He was very happy as He looked forward to embracing His beautiful bride.  She was late to the ceremony, and concern spread across His face.  He left the wedding site, and headed towards the woods in search of the one He loved.  From my view, before Jesus reached the area I could clearly see, there sat a car hidden behind the trees.  My heart sank, as I perceived the situation.  His bride was in the backseat of the car with another man.  He stopped before she could see Him, and anguish covered His face.  He was not angry, He did not become hostile, nor did He speak to her.  He simply prayed for her, then I awoke.  Psalm 73 speaks of harlotry.

His heart remains for His America.  She has chosen leaders and voted according to unrighteousness for many years, and yet He still longs for her.  She has pushed Him out of the schools and courthouses, and she has arisen in arrogance in front of the needy.  Yet He still longs for her.  She has closed her eyes and shut her ears, and refused to hear Him.  He loves her still.  He loves her through us – whether we are the part of the body that resides in America or abroad, He loves through each of us.  It is our duty to intercede for her, and to seek His will concerning this upcoming election.  And it is our duty to love our brothers and sisters from all countries, and those just next door.

In the past seven months, the Spirit of the Lord has spoken two powerful verses to two separate members of JSM for Abner, our daughter and their daughters.  The first was in February to our Intercessor Team Leader, and the second one in May to Pastor Rusty.  Here they are in the order in which He gave them to us:  Psalm 146:8-9 and Malachi 3:5.  Today we repented for the sins of our nation and asked the Lord to heal our land.  We asked God to give America and all of His body His heart of compassion for all people.

As we prepare to make our individual choices for the next president and vice-president of the United States of America, let us prayerfully seek the Lord’s wisdom.  And not only in the matter of this election, but also in the reversal of ungodly laws, and the restoration of so many lost lives, visions and souls.  The state of our economy and the oppression hanging over our land weighs very heavy on the hearts of those that do not have their trust in our God.  None of the recent news events, including storms and economic shake-ups are by accident.  I believe that God is allowing so much to fall out of the hands of man so that His bride, as she arises in His glory, can be the Joseph to feed the hungry.  This is what He has been preparing us for.  If we do not shut our bowels of compassion, and if when we are blessed with more, we give, then God will use His body to exalt His name, and the nations will have to acknowledge it.

We are full of the Lord’s peace and feel His victory for our family.  We ended our prayer time and fasting with a victory dance, as well as many victorious blows on the shofar.  We cast our cares upon Him, and He left His peace with us.  We appreciate all of you that have been standing in prayer agreement with us for the miracle we seek from His divine hand.

In God We Still Trust,

Apostle Lisa  

Follow up to "Tarry"

9-13-08

I love the Lord's mercy and grace!  It is what keeps us falling in love with Him over and over again.  If not for His unfailing mercy and His grace so sweet, none of us could stand before Him.  Because of His good gifts, we can "Come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need".  Hebrews 4:16

As I have written before, I would much prefer to prophesy visions, promises fulfilled and the like, than to send out a word of correction.  That is, my flesh would prefer it.  But my spirit understands that His correction is rooted in His uncomparable love and protection for His precious body.  The word "Could You Not Tarry" was chock full of His instruction and correction to us, and we should heed His call - everyone of us.  The beautiful thing about the God we serve is that He never gives us half the story, only to sign off with "the end".  He may wait a few days, or even a few years, but He does all things well and He never ever forgets a conversation He has begun with us.

Over the weekend, He confirmed to me several times that I had been obedient to release the word on Thursday, and He did so because He knew my heart.  What a loving Father!  I wanted earnestly to know that the word was from His heart only, and none of my own. I searched myself for 2 days before I released it. Since then, I have heard a couple of messages from other prophetic servants that were in line with this word.  That can mean only one thing...He is serious with us, and that is a very good thing!

Today, I am very excited to release a follow-up to that word.  This will be a powerful strategy for the body of Christ to use against the enemy in this thing we call spiritual warfare, as it clearly exposes Satan's tactics for Bridal division.  If we adhere to His instructions both in the former word and in this word, then our steps will further His cause to bring us into the unity of the faith!  Isn't that exciting!

The Spirit of the Lord showed me that when we receive an evil report against our brothers and sisters in Christ, while it may make our flesh feel better about our own lives, it is a double damning.  In one way, our brethren are accused.  While we could have taken the moment to lift up our fellow man in prayer, and to speak a blessing over them, we chose to believe or accept the word.  This is not meant for us to ignore error or tolerate sin in the camp - not at all.  But we should never agree with the cursing of our brothers and sisters.  If we are "receiving" evil reports, we need not listen to those in the first place.  We must learn to discern between the voice of God and the voice of our enemy.  We have been instructed to pray for another, to bear with one another, and to prefer our brethren above ourselves.  The world is watching us - we are watching each other!  We are known by the fruit we bear, and because of the love we have for one another, we are shown to be His followers.

The other damning side of us receiving evil reports about each other is this - and this is the strategy exposed:  While we might feel better in our flesh about our own lives after receiving an evil report about our brother, we actually have been bitten by the serpent, and his poison is now in our systems.  Whether we know it or not, we have taken in something that has intended to isolate us from the strength of each other.  Again, later, we receive another evil report about another brother or sister - more isolation.  That poison, left unattended, runs through our being with the intention to kill.  Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy.  The double damning has been successful; one accused, one lifted in pride, and two isolated from each other - and so on and so on and so on.  After awhile, there is so much division in this entity called the bride of Christ, that very few know who she is.  And we have done this to ourselves.  Remember, "The world will know that we are Christ's if we have love one for another".  We have been criticized for being hypocrites, and rightly so.  The word tells us that we are liars if we say we love God who we cannot see, but not our brother whom we can see. I John 4:20-21  The world has been right in their evaluation of our fruit.

Let's take this opportunity to repent for our blindedness, and our stubbornness, and our pride that caused us to receive the venom from the snake.  Adam and Eve thought themselves worthy to make a judgement on their own, disregarding the commandment of the Lord.  Because of this, they were exposed to their enemy and his venom.  But the mercy of God prevailed, and it will daily for us now, if we heed His instruction.

Father, please open our eyes and let us see the error of our ways, and reveal to us the steps we can take to bring restoration to broken relationships.  We ask forgiveness for our pride and stubbornness, and purpose to see what you see in each other, and the world around us.  Thank You for showing us the double damning of the enemy, that separates not just one, but many.  Thank You for the blood of Jesus that washes us clean, and fills us with the passion to show forth Your glory in this earth!  Be glorified through us as we prepare for Your great harvest!

Appreciating my brethren more each day,

Apostle Lisa

Could You Not Tarry

9-11-08

"This has been the most intense warfare of my life, but it has also been the most victorious time of my life."  While pondering the beauty of this statement sent to me an e-mail from one of our members, I began to give thanks to God for blessing JSM with such a determined soul.  Determined to follow Jesus, and to fulfill His call upon her life.

I know there have been times when she wanted to leave JSM AND God for that matter, but she continued to dig her heels in the sand and remain obedient to her call to serve her Lord, and to do that at JSM.  I understand the temptation to throw in the towel and hit the road, and so does every other believer that has been called to a particular vision, only to be fought against at every turn.  The temptation is very strong.  This is the enemy's job to abort our individual, as well as our corporate, purposes.

As I gave thanks to God for those that "endure hardness as a good soldier", I heard Him say, "I am going to highly reward those that have stood in the day of battle to support the visionaries of this hour.  For there are those that are called to stand along beside and support with prayer, finances, and arms outstretched the Moses', the David's, the Joseph's, the Paul's and the Solomon's of the current day.  These will be rewarded with many good things as they have adopted the vision of their leaders because they see the hand of God in them and in it.  They have no agenda of their own, only to follow Me.  And as they move forward in faith, refusing to be drawn by the vaccuum of hell from their posts, they will see the fruit of their labor, and reward shall be its' name!  For I have declared it and I will surely bring to pass those things they have whispered in secret, and relief shall come to the heavy battle they have fought in order to remain.  For strength shall be added so that future battles are won more quickly, and it will be My strength by which they stand."

"For those that have departed in anger and judgement, I will bring healing and I will bring restoration, but only to those that humble themselves and seek the truth about the split.  Whatever the reasons for division, I long to bring unity to My body - I long to see her flowing as a complete entity, and not a fragmented wife.  For those that will not ask of Me for the truth to be revealed, they are the ones that are counted amongst the rebels - the hard-hearted that refuse to look within, and in humility desire resolve.  They are those that stand firmly planted in their opinions, sure of themselves.  But those have been deceived.  Truth can only trickle through the open, just as water can only make its' way through the penetrable.  Cement repels water, as does the hard heart towards truth.  And make no mistake, religion is as a concrete - it is deceptive, and many hide behind their church attendance and good works.  We are approaching a day when that covering will no longer suffice.  Each will be accountable for their actions, as Ananias and Sapphira were in the days of the early church."

"The bride without spot or wrinkle is who I will come for, and I must prepare her by continuing to discipline and correct and instruct her in righteousness.  For it is because of My love that I put My hand into a wrong to make it right.  But if I am rejected, what else can I do?  I long for all of My children to humble themselves before Me, and I know those that have, and those that have not.  Time is ticking, and the handwriting is on the wall.  Do not spend another day in your self-righteousness and your pride.  Allow Me to strip that from you, and you will be whiter than snow.  It does not have to be a fearful thing, for many have found their way to death and resurrection.  Only in this place can you walk in My liberty, though you still do not understand this liberty.  You have killed my prophets, and you have done it in the name of My Son.  You have assumed, but you have not seen My heart.  You have ridiculed and you stand with arms crossed because your judgements have pleased your flesh.  They have wept for you, as have I.  Time is ticking."

"When My Son was preparing to face the cross for your sakes, He longed for one to stand with Him.  He longed for a friend, for a confidante.  I was that for Him, but darkness still faced Him squarely.  Could you not tarry with Me?  Could you not tarry with those that have given their lives to follow Me?  Could you not tarry in My presence long enough to rid yourselves of the self-righteousness that chokes away the life you are destined to have in Me?  Could you not have asked for the truth?  You listened to lies - you were seduced, yet you still remain confident that you are sure of what you know.  I tell you that I do not lower the gavel of harsh judgement against those that follow after me, but self-righteousness does that daily.  If you knew My prophets and My followers by the Spirit, you would not have done what you did.  You did that because you do not know the word, and you have not discerned by the Spirit.  Satan found an open door inside you, and because pride resided, he made himself a guest.  You listened to the way of rebellion, and you fell there because it felt good to your flesh.  It was an evil report that you wanted to hear about your brethren, so you bought it.  I am calling you to seek the truth in the matter, and if you truly humble yourself, and if you truly want to see it, then I will show it to you."

"I called My body to be one, and she is moving in that direction.  It is not my desire that any be left out, but that all come together in the spirit, and love with the love that can tarry; that can bear with one another, that can take a licking and keep on ticking.  Repent and humble yourselves and watch what I will do.  When I expose your enemy, you will be sorry and grateful all at the same time.  You will never allow this seducing spirit to influence you again.  Though he will try, he will not succeed because you will be broken and remade.  I want you to tarry with me; I want you to be counted amongst those that follow and follow, and refuse to cave to the enemy.  I want you to be rewarded as those are about to be - those that have stood beside Me and the visionairies I have planted in the earth.  Great will be your reward if you choose this path.  For the plans I have spoken over your head are there - they are waiting for you to align yourself with My will, and this is what I long for you.  I want blessing to be your portion - do not sell yourself short.  Your destiny awaits you."

I sense this word is equal to that of a trumpet sound; a warning and a wake-up call.  We need to be alert and prayerful, and mostly, humble before Him as we ask Him to search our hearts.  We have all been very expectant that this year would bring many manifestations of His promises and our destinies, and this word is purposed to gather all that will hear what the Spirit is saying.   I sense that He is longing for all to come into the sheepfold, as He does not want one of us to be left out looking in.

And to those that have fought and died, and continued to stand praising God in the midst of the fiery furnace and the den of lions, He has this to say:  "When you are facing the Red Sea and Pharoah's army is closing in behind you, know this:  I am above you!  I am right above you because the earth is Mine and the fullness thereof.  I will make a way of escape as you stand still and see My salvation.  I do not forsake My own, nor will you be put to shame for having trusted in Me.  Stretching forth your rod is an act of faith - a knowing that your God will do exactly as He has promised.  And I shall!"  Hebrews 12

Search me, O God,

Prophetess Lisa

Election, 2008

9-7-08

As I have shared with some of you in recent conversations, I was absolutely "relieved" when a friend called to tell me of McCain's choice for a running mate.  I truly felt a tremendous relief - a heavy burden lift from my heart for our America.  After I hung up the phone, I began praising God for what I believe is His gift to this great country, and I have been in a state of excitement ever since.

I know from conversations, that many of you have felt the same things.  Some are excited because his choice was female, some for other
reasons.  Whatever the many positives attached to this choice, the one main ingredient is that she has been hand picked by the Lord.  What a relief!  This relief I felt was nothing natural, nothing you could put your hands on.  If you have been an intercessor for this country, and felt the burden of its' condition, then you too may have sensed this relief.

Below is a collaborative word regarding Governor Palin's destiny from two trusted sources within the body of Christ.  I was blessed by the
confirmations I received from them, and I trust you will receive some for yourself.

In God We Trust!!!

Prophetess Lisa

Here are some prophetic reports about Gov. Sarah Palin, by:  CHUCK PIERCE-

I believe you are aware that Dutch Sheets was used by the Lord to call prayer before the 2000 Bush election that was so close. He said this morning that this election is perhaps even more critical than 2000 because of the Supreme Court. If the right political posture is not elected, we stand to lose decades of progress and the repercussions are enormous.  Last year Chuck Pierce and Greg Hood (both prophets) prophesied that in 2008 we are not electing a president but the vice president. Dutch said he could get no release in his heart to back Huckaby even though pressured by many in the body of Christ. Huckaby is a good man and a strong believer, but he was not God's choice.

Dutch also told us that he knows a man who gave McCain a prophetic word that McCain had made a vow to God when he was at the bottom during his POW days, and now God was calling in that vow.  McCain was visibly moved by this word.

Dutch was traveling to Texas on Friday and when he landed in the airport, his wife called and told him to get to the TV asap. He watched McCain introduce Governor Palin and said he began to weep, even though he knew nothing about her. (I experienced the very same
thing and we have had reports of many others including Newt Gingrich.) He asked what the significance of this 44-year-old woman was and he saw the clock said 4:44.  He asked the Lord what that was and the Lord said, 'Ezekiel 44:4.' 'He brought me by way of the north
gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face. NKJV North gate representing Alaska .

A few years ago Dutch and Chuck Pierce went on a 50-state tour prophecying over the state their part in God's purposes for the U.S. At the meeting in Texas that evening Dutch was relaying his experience about the Governor to Chuck who said, 'Do you remember what the
word was the Lord gave us for Alaska ?' The Lord had shown them that Alaska is the alpha and omega state.  It is the place where things begin and end.

You may realize that some of the Alaskan islands are on the other side of the Dateline meaning that the day begins and ends in Alaska . The Lord said that Alaska is a gateway for the Ancient of Days to come into the nation.  The Lord told Dutch (back in Alaska) to tell the people of Alaska to look forward into their destiny. Alaska has an assignment to open doors and a place where prophets and intercessors were trained. It turns out that the Govenor who was raised in a Pentecostal Church, according to our newspaper, founded
the prayer movement in Alaska .

We will be having the last of our 90 days beginning in a major gathering Sept 11th. The significance of this is that Chuck Pierce had prophecied that there would be 7 years of war and Sept 11 marks the end of that time and the entering of the 8th year. Someone said
that 44 = 4+4 or 8.  Dutch asked why he and Chuck were in Texas for this announcement and the Lord reminded him that the word for Texas was that it is a prophetic state - that the Lord's purpose for Texas is this prophetic function.

Dutch then decreed she will enter the White House. Now, if you don't know him, he is cautious, has his feet on the ground, and never goes off 'half cocked' when it comes to prophecy. He said that he believes as of Friday the U.S. has come into a new level of alignment with the Lord and His purposes.  By the way, the Governor will be the 44th Vice President. He continued to declare that she will be the Margaret Thatcher of America including that she would be President one day. Many other things came forth. I literally thought I would explode because the Lord had shown me many of these same things yesterday.

I believe we especially need to rally prayer for the family and children of the Governor.  They will be targeted by the enemy and I believe we need special prayer for the oldest daughter. Please take this seriously in your prayers.

From Sandy Warner-
Hi Loved Ones:

Here is a video of Sarah Palin speaking in the Assembly of God church where she grew up.  She is a spirit filled Christian and this video is really prophetic when listening to it in hindsight of where she is today.  You can clearly see the hand of God.  It sounds as though this video took place within the last year.  It is 14 minutes long.


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Please pray for Sarah Palin's "destiny" in how it is to unfold within the USA right now.  Lord in the Name of Jesus, we bless Sarah Palin and ask that You will protect she and her loved ones for such a time as this.  We bind and break off any demonic assignment against her and loose to her 7 fold blessings in replacement.  We cover her in the blood of Jesus Christ.  We loose the angels of God to go with her and carry her into her destiny created before she was born.  Thank You Lord for Your hidden servants and all that You do to raise them up.  Thank You Lord that she honors You with her life.  Now we ask that You will honor her, in a job well done.  Open the double doors
and release her into Your chosen destiny in Jesus Name we pray, amen.

Restoration

9-3-08

Over the past few months, I have had instances where I was reliving special moments from my childhood as well as other exceptionally happy moments throughout my life.  I began to take notice after 4 or 5 of these episodes, and turned a question mark towards heaven.  The revelation in a moment.

In the past couple of years, I have also taken notice to the nearly daily reminder of my birth date and birth time, especially on whatever clock/watch I happen to glance at.  I have only mentioned this to a couple of people, and one of those shared that she has experienced the same thing.

Back to the "flashbacks".  The Spirit of God is letting us know that we have stepped into the season where His word, specifically the verse below, is and will be made alive and obvious.  Joel 2:25 declares, "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you.  You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.  Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:  I am the Lord your God and there is no other.  My people shall never be put to shame.”  NKJV

These episodes that I've had have brought me incredible joy after many, many years of battle in the spirit realm.  They have made me "feel" my youth, and the joy of, some of which, I thought was gone forever.  But this is the power of the God we serve!  He is all about reconciliation, and this season, and this area, is no exception.  He is reconciling all that should have never been taken from us, be it tangible or otherwise, with our present, so that we can forge ahead and become the joy-filled bride warriors that He created us to be.  What a force in the earth His beloved is becoming, and she will take the spoils from the war and she will show forth His glory as she exalts the name of her King before nations.  She will subdue nations by His power working through her, and all will see that He is God and all will acknowledge, whether they want to or not, that truly Jehovah is God and He is love!  "That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Philippians 2:10 NIV

“She will run and not grow weary, she will walk and not faint.  For the days of dragging are soon passing away, and new vigor and vibrancy shall radiate through and from My bride”, says God.  “I have shaken up the ground beneath, and I have caused the waste and unusable aspects of her life to begin to fall away and be broken from her neck, and because of My healing hand, she will rise strong in her older age, but will move with the youth of her days.  Her zeal will return, her passion for Me will return, and she will rise and declare My word to the hearers.  And many will see and understand through just the appearance of my beloved, that I AM love and that I judge with compassion and
mercy.  They will run to her for help, and she will help.  She will give and she will serve, and all the while, her eyes will be upon Me.  She will point others to Me, and refuse to share in the glory.  She understands My glory, and longs to worship Me.  Because of her devotion to Me, and because of her unending worship, I have been able to move through her and release to her, and now she will rise as My most prized possession, my beloved creation.”  (Scripture reference:  Psalm 103:1-5)

“She is My virtuous woman, and I have taught her well.  Because she has had an ear to hear, and desired that she would see, she will receive.  There is an unlocking in the Spirit that will bring much more wisdom into her bosom, and she will take it and run with it.  She will sew and she will plant, then she shall gather it together for My kingdom.  Her meal barrels will never fail, and plenty shall be her reward.  I have made her the head and not the tail, and the nations will acknowledge this.  They will say, 'We have been wrong about their God.  He truly is a good God - I must know Him, I must worship Him'.  She has presented me well, and will continue to do so in even greater ways. Politically, she will rise in the ranks and do exploits in my name.  Socially, she will change the poverty to prosperity as she teaches them to sew and to reap.  She will rise up in the entertainment industry and will cause a disgust in the mouths of the viewers for that which is dark and vile.  She will cause heads to turn, as she IS My bride - she will bring about the change that has been prophesied for generations, and the word she speaks will come from My voice.  She is mine, and I am well pleased, saith the Lord your God!"

As we begin to receive the restoration of many things from our Father, we shall collectively exalt His name again and again; a whispering draw towards unity.  Whispering yes, but loud and clear no doubt!

Honored to be one of Daddy's girls,

Prophetess Lisa

Revelation

8-29-08

Just before falling to sleep last night, the Holy Spirit convicted my heart about something, and I want to share it with you.  This word He has given me is such an awesome key towards our growth as A body becoming that one powerful force in this earth.  Not parts strewn here and there, but A body – a single entity of His love and power. 

Not every time, but often times a corporate prophetic word is applied to the prophet’s heart first before it is delivered to others, and this is one of those times.  When I shared it with my husband, we repented together, and thanked the Lord for continuing to open our eyes and ears so that we are able to apprehend all that He is doing in the Spirit during this season.  I pray that each of us 1). Receive this word and 2). Take hold of it and 3).  Allow it to go deep into our hearts.  Once it has been implanted into our hearts, we will be joined together even closer in the spirit.  Hopefully, each of us have been hearing and seeing the drawing together of the bride for the past 2 ½ years, as His heart has intensified in this area.  This is one of those ‘don’t miss your moment’ moments.

My husband and I have known for many years that the anointing upon our lives would require great sacrifices and even greater tests.  We have recorded words spoken to us from Father into our diary’s, both through others’ prophetic utterances, and those that came during our own prayer time.  Although we have these words planted deep within our hearts now, and legible in our diary’s, there have been times we have wanted to walk away.  And we did, back in the late 90’s – we just walked away from JSM and said, “We quit”.  Some of you do not know that about us, but we were seduced (by religion) to the belief that ‘because the ministry was not as big as others, and since we did not have a permanent building to meet in, and this and that, we obviously have missed God’.  Besides prophetic words regarding the ministry, we have, over the years, received several words about the schemes that would come to draw us away from the ministry.  Those words have come to pass. 

The word I received from the Lord not only convicted my heart, but it liberated me as well.  This is key:  Conviction from the One we love should bring liberty to our spirits.  He told me that each one of us has a specific “fit” in the body of Christ.  Not the temper tantrum kind of fit, but a place to fit next to our brethren.  We will not feel that fit until we are confident that we are walking where we are called to walk, and equally as confident, and satisfied, that our brethren are where they are meant to be.

We have judged others’ ministry at times because we have not seen this or that happening through them.  This and that are very important aspects of Jesus’ ministry, so it seemed reasonable to question the absence of it in some others.  But the revelation that came to me was this:  While it would be awesome if every named ministry on earth could perform every aspect of ministry that we read about from scripture, it is not always feasible – not for most ministries.  I want to believe that the mega ministries, since they have so many people and most likely enough money to fund the ministries, are able to do all the works of ministry.  But for many of us, we cannot simply do it all.  This is why there is a body.  While JSM has an apostolic and prophetic call upon it, and thrives on training and counseling, and assisting others in reaching their full liberty in Christ and walking in their purposes, others are very strong in feeding and clothing the poor, visiting hospitals and geriatric centers.  Please don’t misunderstand…there are other areas of ministry that JSM operates in, not just the apostolic and prophetic.  Hopefully, you see the point.  And what liberated me was that I really do not have to “worry” that others are not doing, and that we are not doing…we are all doing if each of us follow that which has been set before us.  We will accomplish, by His grace and empowerment, the tasks He has called us to.  We each are equipped with abilities and desires to serve Him and others.  In case you have not seen this through our ministry, one of the passions of my own heart is to bring the body into unity.  I guess this passion is similar to that of John the Baptist’s purpose, in that I feel compelled to prepare us for His 2nd coming.  And since we know that He is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle, unity must reside within her. 

This revelation last night caused me to feel such an appreciation for my family in Christ.  I have always admired those that travel to the opposite ends of the earth, and lived on straw and dirty water for weeks at a time (I have no idea of the menu in those places, but I have heard it’s not your typical drive-thru), and other outreach ministries.  But this took me deeper, and I was grateful that I received this higher appreciation for others, and that I could have a deeper acceptance for the place to which JSM has been called.  I was liberated by “seeing”.  Seeing (receiving understanding) that the trials my husband, my family and our ministry have gone through, have been specific to the calling upon our lives.  I had, at times, questioned God as to why we have had to face some of the nastiest situations in our Christian lives, when all we wanted to do was to love and serve Him and others.  Again, please don’t misunderstand me…everyone that names the name of Jesus will suffer – we are told that in scripture.  But some suffer much more than others, and many times, in every area of their lives, simultaneously.  I feel very compelled to share this because I know that many of you, like myself, have “seen” that your own suffering has been much greater than others you know.  I want you to be liberated and blessed, and understand that, “Yes, it is true.  It is your reality, but know that because of the great suffering, a great anointing will come through you.”  In John 21, Peter, after learning from Jesus how he would die, “had questions”.  “But Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved, following – the one who also had leaned back on His breast at supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray You?’  When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”  Jesus said to him, “If I want him to stay (survive, live) till I come, what is that to you?  (What concern is it of yours?)  You follow Me!” 

And we know from there what Peter went on to accomplish for His Lord and His kingdom.  He received the revelation then and there, I believe, and this is what led him to the awesome ministry, a fisher of men, that he had been born to.  Simply because he finally learned from Jesus’ call to “follow Me!” 

Pondering all of this today, I had a vision of an automobile plant.  Not only is there an assembly line for each part to be added to the vehicle, but each part had to be processed differently before it arrived to the plant.  Tires were manufactured in another location, then brought to the assembly plant.  While the engine is very important to the operation of the car, the vehicle would be no good to us if there were no seats to support us while we were driving.  And the rear view mirror…have you ever had yours fall off the windshield?  Very important piece of the car, yet no one ever looks at that when making their purchase.  We are all processed differently, and the Lord plans to use us in different capacities, but we are all on the same team.  We are all part of His vehicle in the earth, and He needs, no He requires each part for service.

Liberty is a beautiful thing!  And so is revelation, which brings the liberty!  I trust this word has enriched you and broadened your love and appreciation for the body as a whole, just as it has mine. 

Delighted in growth,

Prophetess Lisa

Scripture taken from The Amplified Bible

 

All Things Work

8-27-08

Last week during our travels, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “All things work together for good”.  I acknowledged the verse in my head, and thanked Him for the reminder, as I waited for the rest of the story.  I knew there was more He wanted to say.  Then He repeated the verse, this time, emphasizing the word “work”.  I received revelation instantly…

We don’t really like the “things” that are working together.  None of us do, and no matter how mature we are or how long we have been walking with the Lord, we still at times, have to force ourselves to say, “No matter what, I will praise Him”.  I say “we have to” because our only other option is to walk away from Him during times of great testing and trial.  But because we love Him, and have placed our trust in Him for the long haul, we dig our feet in the sand and praise Him anyway.  Back to the things.  We do not like them.  They are hard, uncomfortable, and many times, we question why we are facing this present thing, even though we are reminded that this thing is working together for our good.  It doesn’t look very “good”, and it certainly doesn’t feel good either.  But if we remain yielded to His trusted hand, and allow Him to work it all together for His purposes, we will reap the benefits as detailed in this power-packed verse:

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED’.  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:28 NAS

His encouragement to us is that while the things are not pleasant, they are working together for our good, according to His plan for each of us, and for us corporately.  Things are important, since without them, whatever they have been in our lives, there could be no working together for our good.  Things are necessary, as they serve as the ingredients the Master uses to form the purpose for which each of us were created.

Praising Him for the things,

Prophetess Lisa

P.S. ...

August 15, 2008

As I read a prophetic word this morning from a trusted source, describing the tough season the body of Christ is in, I heard the Spirit of the Lord say:  "During this season of my bride's processing, she is supported not only by My hand, but by each other - those that make up the body of Christ.  Just as an expectant mother chooses certain supporters to 'hold her hand' during delivery, I have given you certain exhorters to speak my words of encouragement and instruction during this time of travail.  You would not choose a whiner, or a negative relative, or a critical friend during one of the most painful moments of your life, and neither do I.  When a woman is giving birth, she endures the most intense physical pain of her life.  During this time, as many have come to learn over the years, the instruction and encouragement of her husband, her mother, her best friend, or whomever she chooses to support her throughout the labor and delivery, is vital to her overall experience.  This is the reason I give you your fellowman to speak into your lives so that you understand the season you are in, and to become and remain confident that I have not left you during seemingly dark days.  I am at work in My body, and what I do seems strange to the natural man for the moment.  But just as a Mother comes through her delivery with only the joy of her newborn, so shall it be for you!  You will not remember the pain, you will not daily inspect the markings of the battle, but you will rejoice in what I manifest before you.  Take heed to the words of My prophetic voices, and be strengthened and encouraged by that which is in line with My written word.  Remember that 'My sheep hear My voice and none other will they follow'.  You will know."

As a prophetic voice, I love to obey the Lord and encourage others, even when I desperately need it myself.  This is the reason I so appreciate the encouragement I received today.  It is the same words I have shared, but hearing it from another prophet and detailed a bit differently, but still using the written word of God, was definitely strengthening for another day of rejoicing in the battle!

I am sure many of you are like me at times of severe testing...you have wondered "What in the world is going on?"  John the Baptist asked the same question, and so did Jesus.  "Think it not strange" was the message my husband delivered to our church this past Sunday, and boy was it right on time.  God is faithful to feed us before we get hungry and weary, and most especially when we begin to thirst.

I hear Him saying one more thing to us on this day:  "Relief is on the way!"

Breathing through the contractions,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

This I Know

 August 13, 2008

 Never before have I read and re-read the prophetic words the Lord has spoken like I have in the past few weeks.  We have heard ‘It is the darkest before the dawn’, and everyone that has ever delivered a baby or has been in a delivery room, knows that the mother’s pain intensifies as she gets closer to the baby’s birth.  In the spirit realm, God’s children experience the same things.  As many of us have prophesied that this year would be a new beginning for His bride, we are closer with each passing day to the manifestations of His promises.  The closer we get, the harder and faster the labor – the warfare has increased.  

I have given birth in the natural, and although it has been many years, I can remember feeling like I did not have time to take a breath from the past contraction before I was hit with another one.  We are experiencing that kind of increased intensity right now in the body of Christ.  If you feel like you have just come through one crisis or battle, and had just put your praise shoes back on when you were hit again, welcome to the labor room! 

I shared with my husband a few weeks ago a sweet nugget the Lord whispered to me:  “You are in the last stages of labor.”  This explained our warring for the present day, and was intended to be “food” for the upcoming weeks.  Had we not received nourishment, we may not have survived.  I am certain that He is providing nuggets of wisdom and understanding to all of us during this time, and without His ever present love and powerful word, we would lose our minds.  Let me just stop right here and say:  “Lord, we exalt You and we trust that You are working all things together for good for those who love You and are called by Your name.  We, more than ever, lean not on our own understanding, but we look to Your Spirit for direction and strength.  You are our God, and we praise You in all things!”

 Have you found yourself crying in the middle of the day, or having to calm your breathing  because the battle in your mind intended to bring about high blood pressure and other physical issues?  This has been a season of nasty assaults from the pit of hell.  This can only mean one thing…because the battle has intensified, we as the body of Christ are closer to seeing the Lord perform His word just as He has promised in these areas:  1).  Our personal lives  2).  Our ministries  3).  Our families  4).  Our finances  5).  Our world 

While we await the manifested answered prayers, we cry, we pray, we praise, we “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”.  This is difficult because we have been taught in life to pull up our boot straps and do something about it.  In the kingdom of heaven, it is the opposite.  We don’t do anything until we get direction from the Commander in Chief.  If He is saying nothing, we do nothing – we “stand still”.  He will move.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever, as the word declares, so He will again part the Red Seas we face.  And He won’t stop there – He will also DROWN our enemies that have held us in bondage, then chased after us when we tried to get away!  He does not change!

Above all else, He wants us to know that whatever He does, whenever promises and answered prayers are manifested, it is because of one thing…He loves us! Whether or not we live to see everything promised come to pass, or whether today will be our last day on earth, one thing is for sure, He loves us.  He did not shed His blood ultimately so that our visions would manifest, nor our prayers be answered, nor for promises to come to pass.  That blood was shed because He “so loved the world”.  That is powerful to us in many ways, and is a great reminder when we are battling for the faith.  So when your enemy is harassing your mind about your small vision, your lack of success, your financial struggles, your marital status, employment issues, relationship problems, etc., just remind your precious little self that Someone, not just anyone, gave His life so that you could fall on your face and have a love fest with the King!!!  About 2 minutes of that will send your enemy squealing away in terror, and your mind will submit itself to your spirit, and rejoicing will abound!  The darkness will flee the room, and His light will pour in! 

My 18 month old granddaughter was awakened just before dark last night.  I went into her room and closed the door.  I wanted to sing and rock her back into her rest, so I began with “Jesus Loves Me”, a chorus I have not had the pleasure of singing for sometime.    About halfway through the song, I began to choke up.  The power of that simple, but oh so true song, hit my heart and I was blessed.  “That’s right, Jesus loves me – and this I do know for sure”.  I sang as best I could for the baby’s sake, but my heart was bowed in worship to My King.  “Thank You for loving me.  And no matter what is going on, and no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, You love me, and that is good enough for me.”  This was the declaration made by the 3 Hebrews when they refused to bow to the king, and as a result, were thrown into the fiery furnace.  This is peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of battle.  This is what happens at the mention of His name.  This is what keeps us during turbulent times in the spirit, and this is what He wants us to never forget!

 Jesus loves me and you! 

Prophetess Lisa

 

It Had to be Messy

August 3, 2008

During an afternoon of leisure with my husband today, the Spirit of the Lord interrupted me to communicate a word to His beloved Bride of Christ.  I welcome these kinds of interruptions.  We were watching a movie at a local theatre, something we enjoy, and what I refer to as our time to “hide in a dark theatre”.  Interpreted, this means, low lights, no phones; just a cool, very dim place to sit in comfy chairs all alone (well, not quite alone).  About 20 minutes into the movie, I heard, “It had to be messy so that when I come into the situation, everyone will know without a doubt that it was My hand, and by My power that brought about these changes!” 

You may know yourself that when the Lord speaks to you, even if it is a one-liner, you can get up to several pages of revelation with that one short message.  And this word was no exception.  I instantly saw several areas of our lives, including the ministry, that we are awaiting the changes that only God Almighty could bring.  I began to get very excited as one by one, I looked at these areas and said to myself, “That’s right – we certainly can’t fix them, change them, clean them up, etc. – we have given them to our God and we trust that He will bring about His perfect will in each of them.” 

My thoughts broadened as I considered my brothers and sisters in Christ that I know have struggled with areas where there is simply no human possibility to execute change.  Then again my thoughts were widened as I considered the whole body of Christ, knowing that many around the world are suffering the same things. I have always, even before giving my heart to Jesus 23 years ago, had a passion for unity.  When I saw someone suffering, whether I knew them well or not, I reached out to them in compassion.  My heart always seemed to push me towards what I can see in the spirit as “wrapping my arms around the world” and calling for unity on a megaphone.  Something like, “All for one and one for all!”  It is with that passion that I am motivated to encourage, so I was just fine with Him interrupting our date.    

His word in its entirety…“It had to be messy.  I know it hurt, and I know it caused you to undergo some changes, and walk through some things you thought you would never have to walk through or even touch.  It caused you to cry and consider whether or not you might have missed Me; whether or not you should continue on this path.  I saw your tears and your pain, and no, I have not forgotten you.  And no, I have not forsaken you, nor the journey that I put you on.  You are right on time, and you are right where you need to be.  This place that you are at right now – this place that feels like there is no end; like the pain will not cease, is part of the travel plans.  For, if I had let you bypass this, you would not have died to mindsets that would have later kept you from the fulfillment of your purpose.  Like a flesh wound needs medication to heal, I have taken you through this process so that the old ways of thinking and the former things that steered you, could die away and My thoughts and ways could reign in you.  Medication stings and is not pleasant to the wound, but medication heals and prevents scaring.  Joseph was a changed man, he was not scarred.  Likewise, you will be able to say as My servant Joseph said when he named his sons Manasseh and Ephraim, meaning:  ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household’ and ‘God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction’.  Genesis 41:51-52  ‘Forgetting all your trouble’ is indicative of no scaring.  In fact, you will thank me fully when you arrive at next destination, for you will realize it had to be this way.  For some of you, ministry will come from these very things that at first sight, looked too scary and ugly for you to embrace.  Right here, and at this point, if you hear Me, and feel that familiar tug of confirmation, you can rest assured the ministries that you have seen, will come to pass because you have followed me on this part of the journey as well.  At its inception, you have lofty dreams coupled with My visions and My plans, but along the way, you tossed away all that had flesh and natural attached to it, and realized that all you wanted to do was to bring honor and glory to Your King.  I see that clearly in you, for you have allowed me to work that into your heart.”  

“I know you are ready for the season to pass, and I know you are ready for the struggle to cease, but this is where I am asking you to trust Me.  Trust is what I want from you, for when you trust Me, you are showing your love and devotion to Me.  I am not a taskmaster, and I always have your best interest at heart.  What I do with you is purposed to bring you to fulfillment in Me – in My plans.  What I do in your life will bring glory to My name, but not for My sake only.  It is for My love being revealed in this earth, and what I do through you will accomplish that, as well as bring fulfillment to you.  Just as Joseph had to go the way he went, and as painful as it was to him, it was all used to bring him into the position I had already created for him.  And at his lowest, which was just before I exalted him to take his place of service, he was falsely accused before the one he thought would bring him to his destiny.  But, just as I hold the king’s hand in my heart, I hold your destiny as long as you remain submitted to My will.  When you cry, I notice.  When you say, ‘I don’t know if I can continue, but I want to follow You all the way, Lord’.  I take notice of this too.  Continue to trust Me and know that I have not changed My mind about your life.  Allow Me the space to continue forming you into the threshing instrument that you were born to be.  We are on the same team, and we will win!  It is your enemy that lies to you.  It is your enemy that seeks to abort your mission, but if you use your sword and thrust My word into him, he cannot defeat you.  He is already a defeated bully, and seeks to destroy the faith of those that follow Me.  Do not allow this, and this will not have the victory over you as long as you remain under the shadow of your Almighty!  Let me cover you, let me comfort you, and let me strengthen you through My word and by My Spirit.  I am after the best in and for you!”

When we complete our times in each season of life, we can rest assured that our Lord will have cleaned up all the mess around us.  There will be no bitterness, no scarring.  Although many will know what we have walked through to arrive to this point, they will not see the scars of pain and bitterness, but they will see the joy of the Lord on our faces.  We should practice smiling now! 

In His trusted arms,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from King James version. 

 

  Change is Gonna’ Do You Good!

July 29, 2008

While worshipping during a pastor’s conference I attended with my husband last week, the Spirit of the Lord spoke this to me, and I wrote it down in my bible to be shared with him later:  “You have felt as if you were in a fog for the past 2 years.  This has been as a result of a season of testing that I brought you to.  I am going to come in and lift it from you – the fog will soon leave!”  I thanked the Lord, and was very excited for the change to come.  Upon our return from the conference, I put the word into my diary, and gave thanks again. 

I welcome change when it means the end of something that has been rough, as do most of us.  I also was ready to welcome this because I believed it had to do with an experience I had in June, which I detailed below in “Moses, Moaning and Moving”.  In relation to that word, and giving an update, I have sensed in the past couple of weeks that I am in fact in that new place that I felt in June.  I described it to my husband like this:  “I feel that we are already inside this new place – we’ve gone through the door, and we are waiting to be directed.  We don’t recognize any of this, because we have not been here before.  We don’t feel “fulfilled” yet, because we have not touched nor can we see what we are to touch and see.  He will soon send a messenger to lead us.”

This morning I heard Him say, “My bride has ‘survived’, but she is soon going to ‘THRIVE!’.  I knew that He would have me send out a word of encouragement regarding this:  “We have been surviving, but we are going to begin thriving!”  I did not connect the two until later in the morning, but once I did, I rejoiced.  This fog, and this place of being constrained while being tested, has affected many of us in the physical realm. We have been exhausted and weary, and we have done all that we can do to allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.  For this, I heard the Lord say that He is pleased with our tenacity and purpose-driven faith as we await His next instruction, which will be coupled with release of provision for the visions.  That is what we need to know!  He is pleased with us!  We must continue to rejoice and praise and remain in His presence and live for today – looking for the promises, but living for today.  He will fulfill His promises! 

During lunch, I read Chuck Pierce’s posting on the Elijah List for the day, and was blessed by the confirmations to my own heart.  This is a powerful word of instruction and revelation to the body.  If you are unable to get it for some reason, please let me know and I will forward it to you, then you can subscribe yourself to the Elijah List.  I so appreciated the detail he provides regarding the physical body, and am grateful for the confirmation. 

Rejoicing in the changes,

Prophetess Lisa

 

Follow up to Foolishness

(See POPIPU, April, 17 2008)

July 14, 2008

 

Last weekend, I was in a phone conversation with a dear friend of mine from Nashville.  We were sharing our excitement for what we feel God is doing in His body at the present time, as well as our joy for overcoming unhealthy, religious mindsets.  One of the unhealthy mindsets we that we agreed had long harassed the bride of Christ is what I like to call “continual comparisons”.  We compare our individual lives, as well as our ministries with those around us.  If we have less than others, or more than others for that matter, we somehow feel cheated, or that we are better than others.  If our ministries can’t boast of “hundreds in attendance”, we battle with whether or not we are actually called to minister at all.  Ministries that do have a huge number of members can actually be deceived by the appearance of success, when in fact the Lord may be nowhere near the ministry.  Bigger does always equal better, and smaller does not mean failure. 

Everything and everybody begins as a seed.  We all, as well as God’s ministries begin with a seed.  Anyone with money and/or popularity can host a large ministry or business.  Hollywood and most of the world has very wealthy people, but not all can be considered by the Lord, “blessed”.  You can take some very good talent and put it to poor use, and be successful in yours and the eyes of the world.  Please do not misunderstand me…not everyone in Hollywood, not everyone that is wealthy, not everyone with large ministries has “made their own way” aside from God.  It is evident by the fruit and the anointing in their lives that God is with them, and has truly blessed them.  It is not my intent to take away from what God has built and created and made large, but rather to encourage those that feel small and defeated.  Everything and everyone begins with a seed. 

Back to Jesus’ bride…It is this battle that has caused many anointed followers and visionaries to just give up and quit right before reaching their destiny.  I know this firsthand, because I have nearly done the same thing.  I cannot tell you the number of times I have thought, and even asked my husband/pastor if we could just park JSM somewhere and get on a different train.  He gives me the same answer that I’ve given him when he is embattled, “Yeah, we can – we can do anything we want to do.  But what we ultimately want is what God wants, and He has not changed His mind about Joy Springs.  We simply must continue to be faithful in the little things, and let Him build it as He sees fit.”  When the battle has ceased, one or both of us always says, “What were we thinking?  It would be ridiculous for us to walk away from His work just because compared to other ministries, JSM looks small”. 

Our ministry and our business may look small numerically, but as long as His presence is with us, I don’t want to be anywhere else!  And you shouldn’t either!  God is not a man that He should lie.  He said He would never leave us nor forsake us.  What He put in you to do, He will accomplish it through you, and me, if we do not get weary in well doing.  The worst thing we can do to ourselves whether in ministry or in our marriages, families, businesses, etc., is to compare what we have/what we are to others.  The only mirror we need to look in is the book our Lord has written about us.  You know what I’m talking about…that diary that you have kept for years, or those tapes you have listened to over and over, or that notebook full of prophetic words and visions that some, cannot even be uttered outside your four walls yet, because some would think you were nuts!  You know what I’m talking about!  And none of that is small in God’s eyes – it is in its’ preparatory stage!

It would be foolish for a 16 year old boy to look back at a 4 year old and mock him for not being able to hit a baseball over the fence.  Or for an American to point a finger of judgment at a foreigner never exposed to the English language, and laugh because they cannot speak as we do.   But this happens regularly in the body of Christ, and it can be so cunning that we get tripped up by it.  Frequently, I hear testimonies on Christian television of how a ministry started with 3 or 4 in a home, and within 5 years, the attendance grew to 3000.  That is quite impressive if that is your goal – well accomplished.  But here is where the problem lies with that…our goal should not be to build a huge crowd, but rather build the crowd to be huge in the spirit.  Acts 2:47 tells us, “Praising God, and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”.  There are huge numbers of buildings that are full to capacity, thousands and thousands every Sunday morning, but again that does not equal success, spiritually.  Success spiritually would be salvations of those people, as well as deliverances, marriages and relationships restored, freedom from depression, and awesome outreaches to the community, and mostly, intimate worship with the Lord.  Many years ago, I received a call from a pastor demanding that I cease fellowship with a long time friend of mine.  This, he explained, was because he was now her pastor. (I’m guessing he felt threatened that she would leave his church and come to ours.)  When I refused to forsake my friendship, he made accusations against me to others I had previously been in fellowship with.  I sent him a letter, copied the others involved, and asked for a meeting so we could handle all of this controversy according to scripture.  I was so shocked by his letter, in which he was completely confident in the way he responded.  “I do not have time for such a meeting – I am busy building this church.”  My heart was so grieved at his arrogance to, first of all, ignore God’s word about dealing with offenses, and secondly, that he deemed “building the church” more important that settling issues with the brethren.  Is that not part of building the church?   

These are the kinds of words that are the least comfortable for me to deliver because I know some will not like them.  Some of what I speak against tears at the very foundation of religious lives, and I know that change is not easy.  But it is necessary if we want to walk in the Spirit, where we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  There are two things the Lord wants to convey in this message:  1).  To encourage all that is small.  Continue moving by faith, and let the Lord build the house.  “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it”.  Psalm 127:1  And 2).  To quicken us in the body to what is righteous and important and needful, and that is building each other – we are a team!  Building people, building communities, and not boasting of our numbers, because ultimately, that has nothing to do with the work God is doing.  It is life changes, people changes, not growth in numbers.  I am reminded of the nursery rhyme about the old woman that lived in a shoe.  She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.  Too much can be a train wreck if the Lord is not in it, so let’s be patient and let Him build and add to daily.  If your ministry is large, or if you have been greatly blessed with an abundance of wisdom, money, power, etc., continue to let the Lord add to it for His glory.  For if He is not the Lord of it, no good thing will come from it.

When the enemy knew I was weak in this area, he battled against my mind because of “small numbers” – but I carried a big vision.  But once the Lord breaks your leg, you just do not worry about those things anymore.  They are natural, they are flesh, and at best, religious.  I remember as a child in church, the leadership made a big production of how much money we had in all our multiple funds, and blah blah blah.  But the pastor was bitter, and my parents were miserable, and all manners of sin were prevalent in that fellowship.  Bigger is not always better, and most especially if the Lord is not in it.  Finances and funds and plans and visions are all very important to the work of the ministry, but they neither prove nor nullify a ministry.  If God has called it, He will work it.  And your ministry (or business or relationships or whatever you have a passion for) need not be compared with anyone else, because it is unique to you.  God had you in mind, and He put the right vision in the right house, and will bring it to pass if you continue to follow Him!

In comparing ourselves with others, we might be tempted to walk away from the Lord’s plan.  “No way!  I would never do that!”  We say that, but let’s take a close look at how the Lord operates throughout scripture.  Are we willing to be foolish in the eyes of man for the sake of following our Savior?  Reflecting back to the Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity (POPIPU) we hosted in April, the Lord gave us two verses as we got closer and closer to the date.  They are: 

Psalm 20:7-8 “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.  They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stood upright.”

Psalm 147:10-11 “He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.”

He has made it clear to us over and over, as He did with Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his own son, He does not ask for that which comes easy to our natural way of thinking.  His thoughts are so much higher than ours, and since we have limited vision without the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we are tempted to pass on some of His callings.  “Brother so-and-so doesn’t do it that way, and I’m afraid if I do that, they’ll think I’ve forsaken You altogether, Lord.  Are You sure about this?”  Yes, He is absolutely sure.  He is not double minded like we are, and He sees the whole picture.  He is not intimidated one iota about how others are doing it, nor is He impressed.  He is impressed only with what is His.  Jesus knew this too, for He said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work”.  Jesus was sustained by doing that which He saw His father do, no matter the cost to His own life.  He simply puts the challenge to us, and we either obey it or we don’t. 

The POPIPU was not easy on the flesh in many ways.  But He gave grace to all of us as we needed it, and as we took one step, He led the way with another one.  It was totally an act of obedience and it required faith to follow Him.  We may never know all of what God released in our city that day, but we are confident that He did what He said He would do.  He does not have to use the big, or the best, and rarely does.  In fact, the battles we read about in the word were  won by, sometimes, just one.  Like one Esther, and one stone, and one Jesus.  The Lord uses that which is foolish to the natural man.  “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:  that no flesh should glory in his presence”.  I Corinthians 1:27-29  His presence was welcome, and it was awesome because we were not trusting in horses and chariots; not even automobiles.  We walked, and in some cases, we danced our way down Spring Street in Monroe, GA, and back to the football field where we ended in all-out-worship.  Of course we did our share of that in the streets too because His presence was so strong – He was dancing with us! 

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men”.  I Corinthians 1:25  I love that verse!  God’s foolishness is wiser than men!  So the most brilliant person on the earth still cannot compare to God’s awesome mind and plans and ways.  How blessed it is to trust in and obey the Almighty God!  We trust, we obey, and He does the work.  Those gathered at the POPIPU were/are an army of worshippers; an army of believers that could not wait to express their love and devotion to their Mighty King.  And we cannot wait to do it again next year, if that is His plan.  We regretted that many other invited fellowships did not join us.  We know there is power in numbers, both against the enemy and for the kingdom of Heaven.  We are trusting that at the next POPIPU many others will join us in this praise fest, but only because we desire unity; it has nothing to do with the belief that a larger crowd = success.  With the less than 50 that were present, His glory was thick enough to “take our breath away”.  I can only imagine how powerful His presence would be if 50 more true worshippers joined the praise!

Anyone can do big things with big money, but can anyone with a big vision, little money, and little people follow through the drought, the tests, and the trials that threaten the future of the vision?  Lord, we trust in You, and are confident that Your grace is sufficient.  Help us to  compare ourselves only to Your word, and to the map You have drawn for each of us.  If we are missing that, please redirect us, and we will always give You the praise for what You alone can accomplish through a willing vessel.  Amen! 

Do what He calls you to do, no matter the negative responses.  David’s wife felt embarrassed, and she criticized him for his actions.  But David had not a care in the world as he unashamedly worshipped his Lord in the streets.  Things did not turn out well for David’s wife, but he had the honor of being called “a man after God’s own heart”. 

My friend in Nashville...As she shared her excitement over her sense that God is stirring strongly, I instantly had this vision:  The Lord God Almighty, and I say that because that is how I perceived Him in the vision.  HE WAS, and nothing else but Him WAS.  He was authority.  He was standing in an open field, a field as big as the eye could span, and He was focusing on something in front of Him.  At the appropriate time, and all at once like a conductor, He whammed both His hands towards the ground, which released EVERYTHING into this round being, which was almost as big as the field He stood in.  This entity began instantly to rise, and though it was like smoke, it was contained in a circular form, and it was thick.  More importantly, it was FULL!  I heard Him say, “This is My bride, rising with authority in the earth.  I have released to her everything she needs to show forth My glory”.  And it rose.  My friend squealed with excitement between my sentences, and I knew that she had either heard or seen something similar.  She shared that just a few days before, she’d told her husband that she saw a circle – she even did an air drawing of what the Lord was showing her.  And after she drew it for him, the Lord spoke this scripture to her:  “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be (people) perfectly and fully developed (with no defects), lacking in nothing.”  James 1:4 (AMP)  That would definitely be a circle, and that is everything! 

EVERYTHING was our word of the week 3 years ago when the four of us vacationed together.  And I’m sure they, like us have wondered when the EVERYTHING would arrive.  We can rest assured that the One orchestrating seasons and plans in the realm we are allowed a sneak peak at, is preparing to “wham” His hands in a motion to release to His bride.  We will rise in authority and power and show forth His glory for all to see, and salvation and healing and all that Jesus gave His life for, will once again hit the headlines!

Moving to the beat of Your drum, Father!

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

 

Ruler of the Lost and Found

7-11-08  

On June 19, 2008, I met some of my cousins from Jacksonville, Florida, along with my Dad at a church cemetery in Gwinnett County.  My darling cousin, Annette, has worked very hard for years on our family’s genealogy, and has done a wonderful job of gathering facts about our forefathers.  For some time, I have felt impressed of the Lord that I needed to expect, and look for a nugget from past generations of my family.  This of course intrigued me then, and I wondered what it would be.  I sensed in my spirit that there would come some type of confirming word about my life’s destiny, but could not imagine in what way that would ever happen.  I wondered, “Did the Lord speak a prophetic word to my great, great, great, grandfather, who was a pastor, about a future woman coming from his lineage that would preach the gospel as he had done?”  Or, “Was there something written or passed down that was meant for me, that somehow would make its’ way to me?”  I had questions – just like a child would as he stares at his big birthday package wondering what hidden treasure awaited him.

Hidden treasure…that’s another thing.  Since the very early 90’s, my husband and I have felt that we would find a hidden treasure.  And believe me, in all the years we have enjoyed our hobby of landscaping, with each and every hole we have dug for trees and shrubs, we wondered, "Will this be the day?"  We have never ruled that idea out, although we have also come to believe that the treasure we know we are to find, could also be information, like a map or instruction, and even revelation.  We simply praise God for that which He is bringing to complete His purposes for our lives.

In all my 40+ years, I have never even questioned where my father’s side of the family had their roots, as I just assumed it had been in Jacksonville, Fla.  We vacationed there regularly, and most of them still live there, or in some town close by.  But on June 19th of this year, I had a most wonderful, amazing discovery as I stood in a church/cemetary parking lot with my relatives, as we searched for the headstones of our forefathers.  I had already been amazed weeks earlier upon learning from Cousin Annette that our great, great, great grandfather and grandmother had been charter members of a church in Gwinnett County, and in fact were buried in the church’s cemetery.  When by e-mail Annette provided the address, I replied with many smilies and exclamation points as I told her that the church was in the city where I just moved from in 2006, and lived in for 20 years.  I was in awe, because remember, they were all from Jacksonville, Fla., or so I thought.

I was equally impressed with my g,g,g grandfather’s wife who defied a general in the army after he threatened her home and children.  “Wow!”, I said, “Maybe that’s where I got the rest of my grit!”  I have always credited my maternal grandmother for the God-given grit I never knew I had until the Lord revealed it to me.  And I also gave a little credit to Scarlett O’Hara, which is part of the inspiration for the title of my book “As God As My Witness…I’ll Never Thirst Again”.  Treasure; understanding.

As I explained to my family in that church parking lot, our former house was just about 3 miles away.  I could not believe it.  I had never traveled that far down that road, so I did not even know there was a church/cemetery there.  I also did not realize until later when I shared this story with a former neighbor, that the spot where I nearly committed suicide as a young Christian (not understanding spiritual warfare-full story in my book), was at the other end of that road.  More treasure; more understanding.

Once we determined that our g,g,g grandfather and grandmother’s headstones were simply oddly shaped rocks sticking out of the ground, we began to make our next plan for a visit to the library and the courthouse for more information.  Before we got into our cars, my Dad shared something interesting from their trip the day before, which included the old house my g,g,g grandfather had built in Griffin, Ga.  Still amazed that my relatives lived in Snellville and Griffin, so close to areas I have lived in, I listened with wide-eyed anticipation as he described the house and the business that had been built so long ago.  He and my cousins were actually invited into the home by the present owners, who were more than happy to take them on a tour, both inside and out.  My Dad had no idea of the treasure he was about to put in my heart, and neither did I.  Here’s what he shared:  “After the inside tour, we went outside for a look around, where we saw a street sign named after our family.  As we looked around at all the property, I noticed a sunken place in the yard.  It was fairly large, so I asked the lady of the house what that was.  She explained that back in the horse and buggy days, as people traveled through the area, they stopped here at your folks’ home and received water from this spring that bubbled up from the ground; they were refreshed for their journey.”  I didn’t hear anything else my Dad had to say at that point, I just fought real hard to keep the tears from stinging my eyes, as my heart pounded hard with fulfillment in my chest.  “…they received water from this spring that bubbled up and were refreshed by it.”  I let the words play over in my head again because I wanted to feel what I’d just heard – I wanted it to sink way down into my spirit.  But my spirit was already there, as my head was wrapping around it.

My cousins approached at that time, and knowing that Annette and Diane would be blessed by what I’d just received, I began to share it with the group.  In 1994, I, along with 3 other ladies attended a women’s conference in Atlanta.  I had made our hotel reservation in my name, so upon arrival, I checked us in.  The attendant informed me that our room had been accidentally given away, so they were moving us to another floor, room 519.  Now, I am not into numerology, but I am well aware that our Creator uses numbers to relay messages, and always has – He created them, and they are important to Him.  Instantly, I realized that 5=grace and 19=faith.  I told the attendant without hesitation, “Oh, that’s no problem, we’ll be happy to have that room.”  I thought to myself as I took the key from her before she could change her mind, “You betcha’ we will!”.

As is my practice, upon entering the room I made my way straight to the window to let the sunshine in.  There, just outside our window was a perfect view of a fountain.  I thanked God for the confirmation and for allowing the room change so He could confirm the name of the ministry that He had the night before prophesied would come soon.  Joy Springs Ministries.  And it did come, that very night.  Joy Springs Ministries was birthed through me at that conference, during a very anointed time of racial healing, which is one of the areas to which we are called to bring change.  I had already drawn a picture of a fountain, representing refreshing for all that came by it.  I had already recorded so much from the Lord about the ministry, and here it was, February, 1994, birthed in this atmosphere of racial healing, near my room #519, just above the beautiful courtyard fountain.

As is this case with all of God’s children that carry a vision, I have battled so much over the years with whether or not I/we had missed God, heard God, etc.  But here, on this 19th (number of faith) day of June, 2008, the Lord chose to give me a treasure from generations ago that would confirm what He’d birthed through me.  And to learn that my g,g,g grandfather had been a pastor and that his wife had withstood unrighteousness that threatened her family, was just about more than I could handle.  (“I will pour out a blessing upon you that you do not have room enough to contain".)  My cousins rejoiced with me through tears, chill bumps and laughter, and my Dad just looked at me like he has many times before; he didn’t get me.  He loves me, but he doesn't get me.  And the reason he didn't get me, is part of the purpose of this word.  He didn’t get me because somewhere between my g,g,g grandfather and my current generation, “the vision” was lost.  There is no record of, no proof that any in the family after my great X’s 3 grandfather, ever ministered the word again.  That can only mean one thing…the vision was lost, the passionate following of Christ was lost; those before me fell short of fulfilling their destiny, including my father.  My parents sang in a gospel quartet when I was young, and it was apparent that they loved to worship the Lord.  They never fulfilled their call together because they did not continue to pursue the Lord, and their marriage ended in divorce when I was just 15 years old.  I understand why they missed it, because I have come so close to missing it myself.  When a life of sin couldn’t keep me from Him and my destiny (thanks to Jesus’ blood), then a religious spirit nearly won me through suicide.  When that couldn’t do it, doubt and fear have gripped me so tightly as they accused me of being anything but a woman after God’s own heart.  Whatever the enemy can do to assist us in aborting our mission, he is more than grossly happy to do it.  Maybe it's not too late for my parents, or yours, or others that have not yet reached their purposes.

It is my intention to complete the mission and walk fully in that which God has placed in me to do.  After I learned of the bubbling, refreshing waters that my forefathers supplied to weary travelers, I received the revelation that perhaps all that had been lost in between he and I, may well now have been found, and put in my lap to carry.  I believe God intended for each generation to take the torch and run with it, but for whatever reasons, they did not do it.  The Ruler of the lost and found confirmed to me on that day that He in fact was the inspiration for even the name of Joy Springs Ministries, and provided a modern day fountain that would 14 years later, speak to the bubbling waters my family provided many years ago.

Just one more confirmation, and rejoicing in the victory

During the time that Jezebel harassed me in the early 90’s with suicidal thoughts and destruction, my husband and I had been invited to a Pastor’s conference.  Funny thing, we were not even pastoring at the time, and had not told anyone that we were called to do so.  Honestly, we were trying to run away from the call.  We went to the conference just because we wanted to be in His presence, and to fellowship with other saints.  We received a prophetic word that would later serve as a confirmation of the name given for our ministry.  That was in 1991, and the prophetic tapes were stored on the shelf.  As I prepared to take a vacation with a friend, I grabbed the tapes to help pass the time of the 8 hour drive that was ahead of me.  The tape was labeled 1988-1992.  The prophetic word spoken over us during that Pastor’s conference from 3 years earlier began to play:  “The enemy as it were the Philistines have covered up your wells; they’ve put dirt after pile of dirt, stopping the flow of God in your lives.  I hear the Holy Spirit saying, ‘Isaac, go back and unstop those wells’.  And my brother and sister, that’s exactly what God is going to do.  The joy spring of God is going to come back into your lives!”  When I heard this in 1994, I rejoiced at the confirmation of the name, Joy Springs.  But hearing it in 2008, I realize there was so much more to that prophetic word, as it speaks to the lost work that should have come from my forefathers, and is now a mantle on my life. 

I am motivated to exhort and to encourage others, which is the reason I so appreciate the Lord for calling me to release certain things at certain times.   My exhortation to you today is “Be EXPECTANT!”  My husband had a dream last night that at first thought, seemed to be a natural dream.  But late in the morning, the Spirit of the Lord gave me the interpretation.  For the sake of time, I’ll just tell you that the events in the dream spoke of three things:  Ministry, graduation and the impossible being performed.  This is for the body, and this is what God is up to.  Be ready to embrace those whispers when you are first awakened, and those signs that seem, “Is that for real?”.  Be open to hear Him and to see Him because His thoughts truly are higher than ours.  He is so awesome, yet so simple.  He speaks in ways that seem almost juvenile to us at times because we think He should speak with eloquent words that would impress the wisest of professors.  But no, not our God!  He is simply awesome, and awesomely simple.  I love the trails He takes us on, and the clues hidden here and there, and the signs that confirm the last dream, and the whisper that puts a period at the end of the last prophetic utterance we heard!  He so loves us and He so wants us to KNOW (to be convinced of) that.  He plays with us as we play with our children and grandchildren.  Remember, He made us, so all of our (good) doings are directly from Him.  So go ahead and enjoy Him, and let Him enjoy you, and open your spiritual arms wide and be prepared to receive what He is ready to deliver!  And don’t get frustrated if your answers do not manifest today – they will very soon!  I am worshipfully waiting on many things too!

Arms extended in worship and preparation,

Prophetess Lisa

 

Moses, Moaning & Moving

7-8-08

During the early morning hours of June 14, 2008, the Lord awakened me because He “wanted to talk”.  My greatest blessing in life, as I have shared over and over again, is that my Lord talks to me, and I get to hear His voice; how humbling.  Nothing makes me feel more loved than to HEAR Him.

He began to speak to me regarding the ministry to which my husband and I are called, as it relates to leading His people.  Pastor Rusty and I love God’s people, and are passionate about seeing those He has entrusted to us, in the past, the present and the future, walking in liberty with Him as they find their purpose in life.  Teaching, training, shepherding, instructing, loving; all of these are what His chosen leaders do simply because they are called.  Moses was one of those leaders.  He gave up his life as he knew it to follow the voice of Jehovah.  He was minding his own business when “the Lord appeared to him”.  See Exodus 3 for the full account of Moses’ call.

This message is not entirely about Moses; it is also about those he was called to lead.  So this word will speak to most everyone, whether you have been called to lead others or whether you are following an anointed leader.  Moses was anointed with a purpose, and that is the only reason God performed the miraculous signs he performed before Moses, Pharoah, the Egyptians and the Israelites.  When He called Moses to lead the people out of Pharoah’s bondage, He did so because their cries had made their way to the His ear, and I am convinced that His ears are directly connected to His heart. 

We are not told in scripture that Moses had the book on “How to Lead the Multitudes out of Eygpt, Through the Red Sea and Surviving Daily Needs”.  Moses had one thing:  the call.  Because he obeyed the voice of the Lord, after many questions and concerns I might add, the Lord did just what He said He would do.  But Moses was not aware until the miracles were needed, exactly how God would deliver them from the great Egyptian army.  But He did!  Moses took one step, God took another.  This happened on a regular basis, and because Moses had faith in the One that had appeared to him, he saw the mighty hand of God in action.  He was remembered in what we refer to as the “faith chapter” of Hebrews 11, for his great faith in the Great Almighty.

As I shared this message with our fellowship this past Sunday, the Spirit of the Lord continued to enlighten me about His clear message to Joy Springs Ministries, as well as the body of Christ at large.  Jesus said in Mathew 13:57, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”  It is amazing that people can listen to a message and not be changed by it until they hear from someone else.  That has always baffled me, because the word is still the same.  Jesus is still the same.  But I have reached a point in my life that it does not matter whether it is received from myself or the largest ministry on the planet – just so it is received.  I will continue to be obedient and speak what I am given, as this is all I am responsible for.  This should be an encouragement to you other leaders that preach and preach and encourage regularly, yet you see no results.  All we are required to do is be obedient and leave the results with the Lord.  If He sends a donkey and they receive it, then PRAISE THE LORD – they received it from somewhere!  Truly, that is all that matters.

Now to those following anointed leaders…In order for any of us to reach the destiny to which we have been given (I say “given” because that’s the truth – it was already given when He designed us and placed us in our mother’s womb.  We have it; we have everything waiting for us to simply walk up to it, one phase, one step at a time.  This is the reason life is called a journey), we must learn to “praise anyway”.  I could stop right there, as I am confident you all know what I mean, but this is where we all have struggled.  This is where Satan comes to us, in our darkest hour and says, “If you will just blah blah blah, I will blah blah blah.?.?  Will you?  I’m waiting.?.”  That blah blah blah is so tempting, isn’t it?  Our Lord knows it all too well, which is the reason He sits at the right hand of God interceding regularly for you and me.  Darkness is awful; it’s painful, and anything that promises us a way out of it is hard to resist – even when it is dead wrong!  This is where we get the opportunity to really serve our Lord.  (Please see way below an article I wrote in March, 2007, entitled “The Ultimate Expression of Worship”.)  As I relayed to JSM on Sunday, the Lord wants so much for us, in these dark moments, to say as His beloved Son said, “Not my will be done, but Yours.”

Satan has a job, just as each of us do.  He knows he can never, ever, not in a million years, dethrone Jehovah God – no way!  But what he tries to do is knock Him off the throne of our hearts everyday.  He tries big time when it’s the darkest in our lives because this is one of the times when we might just let him; when we might just come into agreement with him that “this is too hard; life was not this tough when I was in so-and-so church, or this denomination-I just went to church and came home and lived my life.”  That’s what Satan wants – he wants us to “live our lives”.  But Jesus bought us, so they are no longer our lives to live anyway.  That’s our struggle – laying down our lives and allowing Him to rule it.  When we fully get revelation of that, and I’m sure many of us do in stages, then we understand that the abundant life He promised us can only come through our letting go of what we know; the life we have created.

The ultimate expression of worship is to square back our shoulders, and cry while you’re saying this if you need to – I certainly do, and let Satan and God know:  “Lord, I love you with all of my heart, and I am confident that You already know that, as does my enemy or else he would not be harassing me.  I am also confident that You will deliver me from this situation, but as the 3 Hebrew children declared, ‘Even if You don’t deliver me, I still refuse to bow my knee to Baal!’  I will continue to TRUST You during this time.  Your word declares that ‘You will never leave me nor forsake me’, so I am going to ride out this storm – and not just ride it out, but I am going to praise YOU!  I will not allow my enemy to dethrone You from my heart so he can sit there – NO WAY!!!  You are my Savior and Friend, and my King!!!’  When you talk like that, you are giving the enemy the facts of life!  Yes, it’s dark; yes, the battle is tough, and yes, you feel like quitting because you know once you do, the battle will cease.  But you can’t quit – you just can’t.  If you do, you will miss your purpose; you will not reach your destiny.  Don’t quit now!  Don’t give the enemy a reason to gloat!  Punch him in the eye with the word of God, and begin to worship your God – the God that saved you, and cleansed you from all your sins and set your feet to dancing.  You might not feel like dancing right now, I get that.  But begin with a word, begin with allowing the thanksgiving to flow from your mouth, and I assure you that your heart will catch up.  When you do, you are giving the Lord the ultimate expression of worship. 

Anyone can praise when there are no storms, when all their ducks are in a row (I love my ducks in a row), and things are going their way.  Anyone!  But who can worship Him when nearly every area of your life is in an uproar and the enemy is breathing down your neck, accusing you of ‘not measuring up to other Christians/ministries’ or ‘missing God’ or ‘losing your way back there – God is somewhere else’?  I’ll tell you who can…it’s the one that has said to God, “Whatever it takes Lord – I want You to have all of me so that You can fulfill in my life what You created me for.  I love You even when I don’t feel You, and even when I have questions flooding my mind – I love You and I choose to CONTINUE following You!”

If we want to get to the destiny God has shown us through visions and multiple prophetic words, we must empty ourselves of every form of religion we have come to walk in since we first came to him.  Moses set out to do what God called him to do, but he would have to deal with the enslaved mindsets of the Israelites.  A journey that should have taken a few months, took 40 years.  It is okay to have your eye set on the promises ahead, and we should do that; looking for the fulfillment.  But if we grumble and complain along the way, we will delay the process.

Read Exodus 4:1-9.  Moses would walk in an anointing – he would have authority and the power to “transform”.  Check your life by where you are at.  Are you being transformed?  Is there an anointing where you are at?  If you are seeing progress, then “do not be weary in well doing” – you are journeying with God!  Remember John the Baptist’s ministry…He preached the coming of Christ.  He was the forerunner to the Savior’s appearing on earth.  He then had the awesome privilege of baptizing Jesus!  He was close to the anointed Christ!  And nowhere do we read during that time that John the  Baptist questioned or doubted his call, his location, nothing.  He preached and He obeyed and he moved in faith.  But what happened when he was imprisoned?  I love this story, and how Jesus responded to John’s questions – which by the way, were there because he so loved Jesus, and wanted to be sure he was on the right track.  Have you ever said to the Lord, “It’s dark here, Lord, and I have oh so many doubts flooding me.  I am not even asking You to take me from this time of testing.  Just confirm to me that I have not missed you, and I will stay here forever.”  I can relate, as I’m sure many of you can, to what John the Baptist was thinking as he sat in prison.  Mathew11:2-6 says, “Now when John heard in prison the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples, and asked him, ‘Are you the One who was to come, or should we keep on expecting a different one?’  And Jesus replied to them, ‘Go and report to John what you hear and see:  the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news (the Gospel) preached to them.  And blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth.’  Wow!!!  I bet John the Baptist starting leaping in that prison cell when those words fell upon his ears, then flowed straight to his heart.  Jesus just said a mouthful!  Not only was He telling John the Baptist what He was doing, but He was telling him that scripture was being fulfilled.  He was telling him, ‘All that you preached about My coming, is coming to pass.  All the prophecies from Isaiah and others that told of the miraculous, loving things that I would do for My people, is coming to pass.’  John knew these prophecies all too well, and when Jesus reminded him of that that he himself had preached, I bet ole’ John started shouting and doing a victory dance!  Much like we do when the Holy Spirit and/or ministering angels speak or show or in some way, remind us of what the Lord’s plans are for our lives. We break out into a “Okay, Lord, thank You for reminding me with that encouragement, and forgive me for doubting.  Hallelejuah!”  I love how Jesus went straight to John’s heart and caused him to remember!  And I love how Jesus does that for me and you!

The Amplified version gives us the meaning of the word “blessed” in the verse above.  Look at what “offended” means:  scandalize, trip up, stumble or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure.  “Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first (unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come), and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, (even to actually) taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.”  II Thessalonians 2:3-4

Remember what I said earlier about Satan wanting to knock the Lord off the throne of our hearts…he has always wanted to be worshipped, which is the reason he is in the predicament he is in now, and for all eternity.  Bad choice on his part.  On our part, we owe no less than to remain loyal to the One and Only that has redeemed us, and called us by name to a planned destiny, which eventually ends in a huge party called the marriage supper of the Lamb!

As I shared with JSM on Sunday, I believe it breaks His heart when we doubt.  Not when we struggle and battle to defeat doubt, but when we become “offended” at the testing.  Our God is a loving God, and is doing nothing but good to us by allowing us to be stripped of all that would prevent us from entering in to the place we were created to dwell.  It is all for our good.  Remember that Joseph, after all his suffering, then his exaltation to his destined position to serve others, said to his forgiven brothers, “You have intended this for evil, but God has meant it for my good.”  Only one that “praised anyway” could make a statement like that.  It is a knowing that you know that it is not God’s plan to destroy us, but to transform us and bring us to a position where we attain all that has been planned for us from the beginning!

What He has spoken, He will do.  And when we frustrate Him in our doubt, we are essentially calling Him a liar because His word has declared that “He is not a man that He should lie”.  When we celebrate Him on this side of the vision, the promise, the answered prayer, we are saying to the atmosphere and to our enemy that our God is worthy of our praise because we love Him more than what we expect to receive from Him later.  That is love!!!  And that is devotion, and that is what He is looking for!

We need to learn to enjoy the journey – live in the moment.  This is so hard for us to do, because we want what we see ahead.  Living in His presence causes us to be balanced in this:  looking ahead to the vision, promises and answered prayers, believing that we shall see them come to pass, while rejoicing in the journey and what we do not yet see fulfilled.  His presence “causes” us to live a life of balance.

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Rusty and I were returning home from lunch when out of the blue I had a very awesome experience.  I felt myself on the other side of all my answered prayers for so many that I know, the fulfillment of JSM’s vision, no more lack or struggle, the wait was over.  It was so powerful, as it “washed over me”, that I began to cry and rejoice all at once.  As I began to describe to my husband what I had just experienced, I went immediately into prophesying this:  “There is a tide coming, says the Lord, and with it will be that which you have waited for.  My waters are drawing in from the deep sea that which you could not get to, nor even see with the natural eye.”  I did not understand this word –whether it was a metaphorical word or if in the natural something is to be discovered.  All I knew was that I was experiencing an existence that I can only describe as what Heaven must feel like.  It was fulfilling, complete, glorious, and without any sign of darkness or pain. 

One week to the day (and 2 days after the above experience) before I preached this message at JSM, I awoke with this being whispered in my spirit ear:  “Believe and you shall receive”.  I immediately said, “But Lord, I have been believing You”.  He replied, in all His awesome wisdom, “No, you have been ‘hoping’, but not ‘believing’ that you will see what I have spoken”.  Wow again!  I got it!  Right then and there He transformed my thinking, my hoping, and lovingly encouraged me to ‘believe’.  I quickly repented for my unbelief, and asked for His help in this area.  I can say that my “beliefism” has increased dramatically since then.  Belief is a knowing that you know, against all odds and human possibilities, and that is exactly the atmosphere in which God loves to perform His word.  When that is coupled with our faith in Him who so loves us, manifestation is on the way!  He does not ask for perfection – He simply asks that we trust Him.  And when we trust Him, He will change, rearrange, bring about and fulfill all of His good plans in each of us, His darling bride!

 

Believing that I shall receive,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture is taken from the Amplified Version of the bible.

 

Signs that Unity is spreading throughout the family of God

June 11, 2008

 

As my husband and I were traveling today, we were worshiping in song along with one of our favorite cd's.  Quickly being embraced in His presence, I heard Him say, “As My children continue to move with Me into a greater measure and new levels of unity, the signs (or the proof) will manifest.  One of those signs will be that one gets excited for another.  While one group may begin experiencing a move of My Spirit, others will join in celebration of what I am doing.  Moving away from disunity, throwing off the ideas that ‘If the Lord’s not doing it in my fellowship, then it must not be real’, they will begin to embrace what I am doing for their brothers and sisters in different parts of the world, and jealousy will fall off My body like a glacier, and it will melt in the presence of My fire.  Many will walk away from saying, ‘I’ll just wait right here for the Lord to visit me!’  They will begin to realize that I am moving in many different ways, and will do different things in different states at different times.  It is not that you should run here and there at the sound of the wind, but that you should embrace My moving for others, knowing I will move throughout My body and bring what each part is in need of.  The mindsets that have kept My children divided will begin to melt in the presence and the power of My Spirit which is drawing with a strong force My children together.  Together in the Spirit, so that whether you are physically together or not, you will begin to celebrate Me all over the world.  As you celebrate for your family that is receiving physical healings, I will bring a wave of debt cancellation to your area.  As your brothers and sisters across the globe rejoice at the wave I bring over you, I will rebuild their walls and restore to them the desolate places.  It will be a party for My body, while the world groans in pain and agony.  I will cause this celebration to come to You, My children, so that the rejoicing and celebratory outbreaks will cause such a noise in the atmosphere that My lost sheep will begin to question, ‘What is this I hear?  Why such rejoicing when evil seems to prevail, and the economy is shaky, and life around me is scary?’  My body has been in need of repair so that she can properly mend the brokenhearted that will cry out for help.  As you embrace this call to unity, and flow in My Spirit of celebration one for another, and lay aside all selfish motives and impure thoughts about your own dreams and visions, you will see My hand move in your midst to bring the changes that you have fasted and prayed and believed Me for.  If you will repent in your hearts, and allow me to purify you fully, you will not be able to contain all that I will release to you.  Remember that I will not withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly, so let go of all plans for vain glory, so that when I come, and I am coming with a visitation like none other, and in no other season, you won’t be found on the sidelines as an observer, but you will be found in the fields, harvesting what you have not sewn, while becoming a recipient of My miraculous manifestations of My love!”  

“There will be an uprising of fatherly love and support within the body.  There are far too many bastards and not enough sons, but I will change it through you so that leaders become fathers and once again serve them, not expecting to be served.  Power hungriness is a foundation being shaken in the spirit, so if you are presently in that category, go ahead & repent now because you are going to lose that power anyway.  I am about to cause a hunger and a stirring amongst the sheep for the word of the True Shepherd, that flows through true pastors - those that lay down their lives for the sheep and serve with purity of heart, and not from selfish motives which is covered with greedy gain.  The Chief Shepherd will pull out the starved sheep and place them in pastures where true shepherds will feed them.  And as this happens, you will begin to see the muscles in the body of Christ grow strong once again, as it was in the early church, where the true apostles had such a deep love and passion to share the good news with the lost sheep; where they gave their lives to spread the word, and sought not the good for themselves but for that which would please Me, saith the Lord.  I have had a people hidden away, as it were, but for this time, for such a time as this, they are arising and will disperse throughout the body the healing fires that have been produced in the furnace of much affliction, and as pure gold, they go forth as threshing instruments to harvest all that I love.  You have had glimpses of My passion, but you have not often seen My heated passion, which is coming to you soon.  My intercessors have cried in their closets as they have witnessed misuses and abuses from hirelings, and they have fasted and prayed and asked that I visit the desolate places.  Nothing moves Me like fervent praying from a heart that is solely after Mine, and I say I am coming in that passion to divide the wheat from the tares, and the true shepherds from the hirelings.  I am going to rearrange and put in place those that will serve Me, and do what they see Me do in Heaven.  I am coming to bring change says the Lord, and this will awaken the lost around you.  Watch me do it, says God, watch Me perform what I have spoken.  The media will broadcast it.  They will tell it because of their own thirst for power, but I will cause them to tell it so My bride can clearly hear what I am saying to My church, as I am coming to awaken those that have been asleep.  This is a time to repent, to draw near to Me so that I can properly utilize the gifts and callings I have placed within you.  If you are aligned with any selfish motives, put that away from you now, and come into My bosom where you will find your true identity.  Remember that I have spoken ‘Whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.'  It cannot be found behind My back, or on the outskirts of My glory because it does not require humility to abide there.  Making yourselves vulnerable in Me, in My bosom, where there is fullness of joy, is the ONLY place on earth where you can find true liberty!”

In closing, I hear what the Lord is saying to His leadership.  It must begin with us – we must be about His business, and not ours.  We must understand that the vision He has put before us is service He has called us to, and not a place of self-exaltation.  Back in April He called these true pastors “sheepherds”, meaning they acknowledge that He is the true shepherd, and that all we do under His authority is for the purpose of feeding His sheep.  As a pastor, we are still sheep, though we are called to lead His sheep into His pasture and feed them with His word.  All in all, and as always,  it is all about Him, and we His sheep follow His leading because we do not seek our own way.  To the Great Shepard be glory and honor and power forever!!!  Amen!

 

Watching, Praying, and Expecting Change
June 1, 2008



It is both comforting and exciting when we hear our relatives in Christ sharing the word of the Lord they are receiving through visions, dreams, and not the least of which, is revelation from the written word.

I had a similar experience this morning, where I received an e-mail from another ministry about a teaching on "testing the spirits to see whether they be of God".  More than excited, I suppose I was comforted by the message.  Many believers have listened over the years to a few preachers that are in the public eye, teach things that did not quite set well in our spirits.  If you are a student of the word, then you no doubt feel excitement as you know that others have similar concerns over questionable teachings.  The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me during a quick vision which revealed the hearts and prayers of believers regarding this matter.  It went something like this:

"Lord, have I missed You?  What I am seeing and hearing from some preachers does not bear witness with what I have learned from Your word over the years.  I see prosperity being preached more often than righteousness, and I see an absence of holiness from some that have been preaching for years.  I know You want to prosper Your people, but there is a lack of balance in some of this teaching; these are preachers that many have trusted.  I want to be a part of the body, yes I do.  But I do not feel like I fit in sometimes.  Where are all the prophets in the caves waiting to hear from Heaven; waiting to come out and preach the truth?  I know there must be more that wants all of You – seeking first Your kingdom, and trusting that everything else will be added.  I am sure of it.  I need to be strengthened in fellowship by my brothers and sisters that understand what You said about false doctrines and false prophets rising up to deceive 'even the elect if that were possible'.  You know Lord that I long for unity in the body, and I have repented for my judgments in the past.  But I have clearly seen some deception, and now I intercede for change.  I feel You making me stronger; better equipped by the power of Your word, to stand confidently in what You have revealed to me through Your written word."

"I have almost given up at times because I felt alone in this; not in a prideful way, not at all.  Just because I have been called for a season to a solitary place where I know You are sanctifying me by Your word and Your Spirit.  You are doing a good work in me, and I know You will be glorified through this.  And this is what I want; I have asked that You have all of me.  I just feel lonely sometimes, and scared too because the false teachings produce division.  I want to connect with other believers that love the truth, and understand that the false fights hard against it.  I, as they are, am comforted by Your promise that 'the gates of hell will not prevail against Your bride'.  We all are hidden in the cleft of the Rock!"

"We continue to move forward, preaching, teaching, praying, and worshiping; giving You all the praise - pointing towards You, Lord Jesus.  We have already died to the thoughts of Your ministry in us as a means of fame and fortune for us.  Yes, we have lost all that fleshly desire, and are moved with the passion of seeing Your name exalted, whatever it takes.  You are our God, and we cry for unity as You have lead us to.  We do not want anything that You have not ordained for us.  We live and breathe to see You exalted; to see Your joy full as another lost sheep is brought into Your pasture for nurturing; to see Your joy full as Your body comes into greater levels of unity, with each passing day."

These are the prayers of those that have been on their knees seeking to truly know Him, while interceding for unity in the body of Christ, warring against the false doctrines that mean to seduce His bride into a demonic sleep.  The Lord encourages us with words we can identify with.  It is my hope that as you have waited and wondered, and cried out to Him, you have received encouragement, even through this word today.

What about the winds and the wave?

On April 19, 2008, as Joy Springs Ministries and believers from other local fellowships gathered in the streets of Monroe to praise our Savior, we all experienced an outpouring of His presence.  We believe He deposited something in us that day as we felt the power of His anointing on our praise.  We also believe He left a mark in Monroe, and we still anticipate the manifestation of the promise He made regarding the Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity.  After the POPIPU, several of us met for lunch and continued the fellowship in the restaurant's parking lot.  The prophetic flow continued again, and we found it to be ongoing, with seemingly no place to end it.  The wind began to blow in an unusual way.  I absolutely love no day better than when the sun is shining brightly, the temperature is at about 70 degrees, and the wind is blowing.  But this wind on 4-19-08 was different.  As it blew, it was ministering to my spirit.  I shared with the others what I felt in the breeze, and asked if they felt the same thing.  I almost kept it to myself, because I did not want to appear kooky or spooky spiritual.  But everyone present felt the same thing, and I shared this from the Lord, “This is a 'wind of change' He has sent to us!"

Back in January of this year when we set the April date for the POPIPU, we did not realize that the celebration of Passover was on the same day.  I do not believe any of this was by coincidence, but rather His divine time table for blowing the wind of change through Monroe.  He promised us that He would visit Monroe and deposit something that had never been here before.  Since we know in part and see in part, we do not have the entire picture, but we are confident that He will finish what He has started.

Two weeks after the POPIPU, I spent a night out of town with a Prophetess friend of mine from another state.  During the night, I had one of the most incredible dreams I have ever experienced. I dreamed that I was at a very large dinner party.  A lady had a banquet-type dinner at her house, but yet the facility seemed too commercialized to be a house.  Everyone was eating and drinking and making merry.  I happened to turn towards the back wall, which was made of sheet rock at the bottom, and glass from the waist up to the ceiling.  I saw a huge tidal wave coming towards us.  I knew I would be taking a risk by doing so, but I had to yell and point to the tidal wave in spite of the fact that I would ruin the dinner party by doing so.  I even wondered whether or not my husband would be embarrassed by my alarming words.  One man standing nearby having a mixed drink said, “Ah, that’s nothing – nothing to worry about.”  Others were looking as if they were concerned, but most were continuing to party.  I felt the pain of loneliness briefly, but that was interrupted by the sting of being an alarmist when the water broke just in front of the window, causing no damage at all.  But I had only a split second to feel that because instantly the spirit of prophecy began to rise within me, and I began making declarations.  I could not recall the words that came through me by the Holy Spirit, but they were an exhortation to preparation – a kind of “make your souls ready” exhortation. 

Suddenly, Jesus manifested from the waters.  His face showed concern as I looked upon Him and cried, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”, over and over again.  I literally cried and nearly screamed, as I placed my arms on the windows in an effort to get to Him.  I wanted Him to hear my adoration.  I wanted Him to know my love for Him.  He held a child in His arms.  The light that had been in Him (was Him) became almost electric – like lightning, but only in and around Him.  It was so fierce I wondered if he was angry, but I quickly dismissed that as I received the understanding that he was blessing and loving the child.  He took a 2nd child and the same “lightning show” occurred.  From inside the building, I was still screaming, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”, as I see more of His intense love in action – not giving any thought to those around me, and no longer concerned with whether or not the dinner party was ruined.  I was  aware that others were still in the room with me, some even peering through the glass as I was, watching this incredible thing.  Jesus was suspended in the air, over the waters, when I realized He, Himself was the tidal wave.  But then He appeared right in front of me with only the glass between us and said, “Feed My sheep – tell them – help them”. 

He then spoke several sentences, some of it in another language, but I continued to hear “Feed My Sheep.”  He said it as if He were pleading – not because He wondered whether or not I would do it, but because of His intense love and concern and urgency about “the time”.  Still crying, no longer screaming His name, listening with all the strength I had, I simply answered, “Yes Lord, yes!”  With that He was gone.  My body began sliding slowly down the glass then the sheet rocked wall and onto my face in worship, as I cried hard.  I was aware as I stood up that many former doubters were now believers – believers in what I had been preaching, and most recently, the warning I gave at the sight of the tidal wave – they got it! 

As I shared the dream with my prophetic friend over breakfast the following morning, we could only marvel at His awesome words and warnings.  While this dream held a personal confirming word for my life, I believe the warning is for all of us.  As I have shared before, warnings should not be a scary thing, as they are sent because of His love.  He warns us because He loves us. (Please see prophetic word below entitled "Warning = Love", dated 1-3-08)  To some, this coming wave, will be fulfillment of many promises we have received from Him, both from His written word, and prophetic words delivered to us.  To some, this warning will feel uncomfortable, as it serves to interrupt ones current way of living.  I believe it was Joni Erickson Tada that wrote the book, "Glorious Intruder".  That is what He is.  He loves us so much He just puts Himself right in front of our plans, and says, "Now this is what I'd like to do with your life, but you're going to have to lay down in order for Me to work it out.  My plans are vastly different from yours, so if you'd like to find out the reasons for which you were created, put your net down and follow Me!"

There is such an expectancy in the hearts of His followers, and I simply hear Him saying, "Breakthrough is on the way!"  It would be a shame if we were to throw in the towel right now, as Satan has tempted us to do.  I can speak with authority on that, as he certainly has painted a picture of greener grass for me.  But I told him exactly what three young men told him long ago..."God will deliver me out of this furnace, but even if He does not, I WILL NOT bow my knee to Baal!"

Worshiping You whether it's dark or light,

Prophetess Lisa

 Extra!  Extra!  Read All About It!

May 23, 2008

There is coming a day when the body of Christ will catch the attention of the media in a way we have never seen before.  We have had our share of negative publicity for years and years, but this coming day will be different.  Initially, there will be a hesitancy on the part of the media to capture the events that will take place all over the world.  But a spirit of greed and jealousy will motivate some in such a way that they will not be able to resist publicizing the happenings within and without, but because of, the body of Christ.  Initially, their motivation will be for power – this thirst for power comes from the need to be number one in the broadcasting industry, so there will be a rush and fight for “the latest headline”.  As more and more of these events take place throughout the body of Christ, the media will begin to want more, and at this point, it will not, in every case, be because of greed.  The motivation in some will become that of hunger and thirst for what they see taking place.  Salvation will come to many that carry the cameras, and write the stories and report the news.  Some will lose their job because they will refuse to do business as usual, because of a conviction in their heart to report “the good news” in a godly manner; to tell the truth.  Others will be promoted because their managers will have received the same revelation, leading to salvation, and entire companies will be transformed, and be used as a holy vehicle and instrument of righteousness.

What are the events and happenings that will lead to this?  Acts of LOVE.  These acts of love will include established businesses, some newly springing up, providing job security (including good salaries and benefits, as well as wholesome atmospheres to work in).  Other acts of love will be random and without face or name, cancelling debts of others, providing housing, and other large financial blessings.  As the body of Christ has begun to move towards a unity of the spirit over the past few years, she has begun to have her spots removed and wrinkles ironed out.  She has begun to “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another…”  Romans 12:10  She has become forgiving and understanding and compassionate.  She has been less motivated by “selfish ambition” (I Timothy 6:5-6) and more often motivated by helping others.  And while all of this work has been taking place in the bride of Christ, she has become closer and closer to being the force on this earth that righteously represents Christ’s love for the world.  As she is being transformed, and will continue to be so, she has “extended her hand to the poor” (Proverbs 31:20), and is falling in love with those outside the four walls of the church – those that sit in darkness, waiting for someone to love them; waiting for someone to show them the way out; waiting for someone to look past their sins, reach into the pit, and pull them to their awaiting Savior.  She is becoming the beautiful bride without spot or wrinkle that Jesus is coming back for.  (Ephesians 5:20) She no longer stops and stands long in front of the mirror, assuring that she has made herself attractive to the world- she doesn’t have to because she trusts that Her King is preparing her for His coming, while she is lacing her boots for battle.  She is ready to war for her fellowman, and faces the Goliaths with the purpose of saving the King’s people.  Love propels her to lend a hand to the oppressed, and give what she has to rescue them.

The government, though they have tried, does not have the answer for our land.  The bride of Christ, the church, the chosen, will begin to move into these areas in huge numbers, and do the works Christ told her to do.  And as she moves in obedience, doing what she has learned from His word to do, the media will take notice of these acts of love.  Her reputation will go from the negative state it has sat in for so long, to the exact replica of what Jesus called her to be.  Manifesting love, which is all inclusive of faith, forgiveness, healing, etc. , she will be noticed – and not for herself, but because she will be fulfilling the commands from the word of God, and multitudes will receive her Christ because of it.  “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another”.  John 13:35

Lights, camera, action!  Because…”Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works,  dead”.   James 2:17

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture is taken from the New King James version.

 Unity = Anointing

4-20-08

Entering into His sufferings is how we become one with Him.  The Lord spoke to me today, “I will pour My anointing only through those who have given their lives for My purposes; these are the ones that do not attempt to share in My glory.  It is only My anointing that breaks the yokes, and I long, and I wait for those I can pour the precious anointing through to reach those who sit in darkness.  This anointing that I speak of should be flowing through every worship service, through every gathering, yet it is not.  I will not share My glory with another.  I would that all give their hearts fully to Me for the building of My kingdom.  Where you see My anointing, the breaking apart and crushing of yokes, you see a vessel surrendered to Me-this is where I pour My oil.”

The Lord commands the blessing where there is unity in the body. 

If you are being persecuted, rejoice!  Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:10-12  Those that walk in the spirit and hear the voice of God desire unity in the body so much they can taste it.  They grieve at the sight of disunity, and regularly intercede for change.  The reality is that the righteousness of Christ will always be opposed by the self-righteousness of man.  If Jesus suffered it, we can expect no different.  In fact, because we will do greater works than He did, as we told in John 14:12, we may suffer greater persecution. 

The Christian committed to following Jesus, wanting nothing but to exalt His name, will rejoice over a message like this.  The Christian that continues to walk in pride and self-exaltation, will struggle with this message, because it is a call to humility.  If we want His power, we must first have His purity.  If we are accustomed to accolades and the praise of man, which gives us some control over others, we will be tempted to shun a word like this.  If we remain in this condition, we could find ourselves persecuting the very ones that are truly following Christ.  Pride leads to control leads to fear leads to jealousy leads to murder.  We can murder not just with the tongue, but by squashing the ministry inside of others.  Jealousy attempts to sit on and prevent another’s ministry and giftings from arising.  Fear is the root of this - it grips the one it operates through, then claims both as its victim.  The liberated Christian is one that rejoices in the giftings of others.  He has no fear, but rather a deep appreciation for the anointing he sees in others.  This is possible because “It is not he who lives, but Christ who lives through him”.  And if Christ is alive in each of us (which requires that we walk not in the flesh but in the Spirit), there is no competition because “a house divided against itself will not stand” – Christ does not oppose Himself.

He continues to call us to lay down our lives, our dreams, all our ambition, and follow Him.  When He called to Peter and his brother Andrew, note that He promised to MAKE them fishers of men.  “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.  Then they immediately left their nets and followed Him.”  Matthew 4:19-20  Jesus required them to lay down all they had ever known; He required them to give up everything so He could take them on the journey that would fulfill all their dreams, His way.  They would become fishers of men, working for His kingdom, while receiving the most fulfilling lives they could ever imagine.

If we try to rule our lives ourselves, we will miss the most fulfilling plan He has created each of us for.  We choose like Apostle Paul to “die daily”, allowing Him to mold and shape us into the bride He loves and died for.

Following still,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture is taken from the New King James version.

 

Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity

April 17, 2008

At the close of our training class last night, we invited everyone to join us today for a time of prayer and fasting for the POPIPU.  (Click on “Calendar/Events” from our home page to get details of the procession).  As we look ahead to the event this coming Saturday, we rejoice with true excitement and anticipation for the things we believe the Lord will accomplish, both on that day and for many days to come.  In spite of much warfare during the past several days surrounding the upcoming event, we have continued to exalt the name of Jesus and give thanks for the opportunity to praise Him in the streets of Monroe and abroad.  Pastor Rusty and I want to share revelations He has given to us during our time of consecration today.

“Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.  This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.  I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.  The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you.  The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us.  With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.”  Psalm 118:26-27 

Pastor Rusty was led to this verse because of a message that was handed to him last week.  One of our students visited our Sunday worship service, at which time she received this word from the Holy Spirit:  “Pastor Rusty – the shofar; hanging on to the horn of altar; herding call”.  Believing this was a message to him regarding his call to blow the shofar, he began to study about the four horns on the altar.  Each of the four, one on each corner, were actually a part of the same material as the altar, and not separate as one might imagine.  Meaning, they could not be separated from the altar – they were one.  When we take hold of the horns we become one with God, meaning we enter in to Him/His will, what He sees, etc.  Just like when we intercede for others, we become one with His will for others, and pray accordingly.  This is the reason we feel the pain of others during our intercession (see Romans 8:26-27). 

As I re-read John 12:12, I received revelation and a powerful word for the procession.  The verse says, “The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.”  The words jumped off the page as I read again, “…heard that Jesus was on his way…”.  Jesus will be at the POPIPU!  He has planned to show up and release something to the city that has never been here before!  He is going to make a deposit that will make a difference!  We have heard that He is coming, and because we are moving in obedience, He is going to meet us here!  When our obedience meets His purpose, something happens!  Be expecting!!!  Something is going to happen and something is going to be released that has never been here before!!! 

The people heard Jesus was coming to town so they took palm branches and went out to meet Him, saying “Hosanna!  Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the King of Israel”.  They were acknowledging publicly that He was in fact the King, though the religious folks did not want to hear that.  They knew the scriptures from Psalm 118 that we quoted earlier!

At the same time I was receiving this, Pastor Rusty was led to these verses:  “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?  Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.  On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.”  II Corinthians 2:14-17 

Get ready!!!  And remember, this procession was not called by man, but man has chosen to obey His call!  When our obedience meets His presence, something happens

“Your procession has come into view, O  God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.  In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines.  Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.  There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah’s princes and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.”  Psalm 68:24-27

Sitting under the sounds of the shofar,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

All scripture references are from the New International Version.

Don’t Miss Your Moment

April 8, 2008

The Holy Spirit gave this message to me in early February of this year, but just this week released me to post it.  I found it interesting that He brought this up at the same time He gave me the word below entitled, "Jesus; It Was Never About His Ego".  I was curious about His strategy, so He answered plainly and simply:  "These are 2 different messages for 2 different groups of people".  I struggled with posting one of them because by nature, I like to make people happy, and I want to be friends with everyone.  But mostly I want to obey Him, and I want to see all of us walking in unity, in the very best that He has chosen.  He does not want us to be deceived.  Interestingly, these both go hand in hand with "Rejoice; It's Shifting Time".  This is all exciting, and scary and sad for some.  Bless you. 

We delay, and even resist obeying the Lord sometimes simply because we understand that much perseverance is required to see the vision fulfilled.  Many of us could share story after story of instances where we knew that we knew God had spoken, yet for one reason or another, we just did not follow through in complete obedience.  The temptation to never start is big, but so also is the temptation to quit once we start.  Can we talk?  One of the key ingredients to success, and one that we do not use often enough is exhortation.  I believe if we exercised the beautiful gift of exhortation, whereby we encourage ourselves and others in the things of God, we would be better fit to fulfill His purposes in and through us.  When we battle in the mind, which is the major battleground, we sometimes feel alone.  We stay there many times because we have opened up our hearts to our brothers and sisters only to be judged or patted on the shoulder with a “Go back and seek the Lord; maybe you didn’t really hear what you think you heard”.  Some are well meaning, but unless we are walking in the Spirit, we do not give sound advice.  So we hurt instead of help, and we crush instead of build.  All that to say, let’s allow others to be real, to share openly and honestly.  It’s okay, and we need the freedom to talk about the battle we face as we bring about, by the Holy Spirit and Heaven’s angels, the vision before us.

The Apostle Paul talked about his fights; the fight for the faith and the battles he faced because of the revelations he received from the Lord.  We need to expose the works of darkness, and the enemy.  “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.”  Ephesians 5:11-12.  NKJV    We need to expose him, and we need to stop saying things like, “I don’t want to talk about the devil – I don’t want to give him glory”.  Don’t misunderstand me…I don’t want to give him any attention either, and I do not wish to wallow in the manifestations of his tactics.  I hate him like the rest of the body hates him.  But glory and Satan do not belong in the same sentence.  Satan cannot get any glory – it all belongs to the Lord. 

We have been duped by well meaning statements – all a trick to keep us from exposing the works of darkness.  It is the job of the Holy Spirit to “lead us and guide us into all truth”, so we need not fear how, when and what to expose.  When we walk in the Spirit and we walk in obedience to the things He calls us to, we cannot help but expose darkness as the children of the light.  That covers the opposition to “our moments”, some strategies for unity in the body of Christ, now back to our part, obedience.

It is easy to think that something sounds like a good idea, but not so easy to follow through.  We think, “Good idea, but nah, I’ll let someone else do it.”  Or, “Maybe I did not really hear from the Lord."  When something is “in our face” and remains there, it is usually a good indication that the Lord is speaking.  Half obedience and delayed obedience is still disobedience, and when we fall into this, we miss our moments; we miss delivering the baby that is so important to God.  This is hard to hear, but we are actually committing spiritual abortions, thereby preventing the seed from coming forth to accomplish its purpose on earth.  Fortunately for us, God is “merciful and slow to anger”, and He is patient with us.  He gives us opportunity after opportunity to follow through.  Could it be that we have been disobedient because we cannot believe that the Lord would use us?  After all, we know who we are and where we have been, and although we are now born again and in love with Christ, we still cannot, at times, see ourselves as usable to the King of Kings.  This is a day and an hour when we must separate ourselves from that mindset, come from wallowing with the pigs, and stand firmly in the calling He birthed in us as we lay in our Mothers' wombs.

He is not going to allow us to make excuses forever.  Yes, He is patient, but time is ticking.  Some of you may know this…I almost missed my moment in publishing my book, “As God As My Witness…I’ll Never Thirst Again”.  I wavered for a long time, and one of the reasons was because of deep seated doubt in myself.  Without taking too much time to discuss the details of my journey, I’d just like to share that before I completed and published the book, I ended up in the belly of a whale.  And once I landed on dry ground, I repented for my partial obedience, and submitted to His purpose.  As soon as I committed myself to the call, He let me know that this was my last chance.  It had been prophesied over me in 1991 and now the year was 2005.  He told me that if I did not give myself to it this time, He would hand it over to someone else.  Believe me, when you hear that from our Heavenly Father, you get serious.  I feared losing it, and here’s why…

When the prophecy came forth in 1991, a seed was sewn in me immediately.  As long as it was in me, it was still mine.  But He would have removed it from me because He wanted it done for His kingdom.  That would have left me very empty, as that seed was part of my destiny.  Here is the prophetic word:  “Sister Lisa, you are working on something that God’s involved in; He is going to see it to completion.  Don’t you be afraid, for the Lord is in this.  You are making something spiritually that only God could give you the plans to.  No man could do it; it’s not been written down anywhere except in God’s plan.  I don’t know what the means, but God has spoken it to you.”  This word came as a confirmation, and forever sealed His plan that I should write books, and that I start with this one.  He is calling us afresh today to hear and obey.

Remember Elijah’s account of his time in the cave – his fleeing from Jezebel?  The prophet and the worshipper (that should cover the entire body of Christ) will always be opposed by the spirit of Jezebel.  That antichrist spirit hates the presence of God, and the babies we give birth to.  This is a time to hold our heads high in resistance to the enemy for our service to the King, and listen to His still, small voice.  He calms our fears, and He assures us that hidden under the shadow of the almighty, we can and will fulfill His purposes. 

  Besides ministering encouragement, it is sometimes in that still, small voice that He delivers a mandate to us.  If we are tuned into His spirit, we will hear it.  But what we do with it next determines whether that mandate will manifest and become the great things for His kingdom that He has purposed it to be, or whether it will be washed away like an unfertilized egg from a woman’s cycle.  When the egg becomes fertilized, life happens and growth begins.  Then when the time has come, the baby is birthed, allowing him to develop into the blessing he is intended to be to his family, the world, and others he will touch throughout his lifetime.  When properly nourished and directed, this child will reach his destiny, fulfilling the plan for which he was created.

A mandate from the Lord is similar in that it has been created by Him.  And not just for the “carrier” of the seed, but for the world.  Just as mothers and fathers raise their children to become the adults they are intended to be, visionaries must “take care” of the vision.  We must pray it through, but ultimately, we must let it go for its’ purposes.  When the Spirit of the Lord gives you a mandate, you must grab it at that moment, and commit it to prayer.  By grabbing it, you are making it a part of your purpose, for His purposes; therefore, it will not be washed away.  Now conception has occurred and you are responsible.  This is the part we sometimes shy away from.  In fact, I have shied away at times AT the point of conception.  Because we do not want to be rejected or talked about in a negative fashion, we sometimes pull away from the things of the Spirit because we fear man.  Whether or not the thoughts in your head are real or just imagined, or a fiery dart sent from the enemy, the fear is a strong force to be reckoned with (just as mentioned earlier:  Jezebel.  She threatened Elijah, causing him to fear.)

Here is the strategy:  The mandate is before us, we grab it, then commit it to prayer.  Now it becomes harder for fear to overtake us because we have moved into the realm of faith.  “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”  Hebrews 11:6  Standing firm in what we know to do is an automatic resistance to fear.  Courage is not the absence of fear.  I have never moved in obedience in a new area and had the luxury of the absence of fear.  I can testify that everything the Lord has called me to do has made me uncomfortable initially, because I had the fear factor to overcome.  In some cases, I have even been mad at Him.  I have begged Him in the past to change His mind, but soon realized that I was being foolish.  All my questions and concerns turned to prayers, and prayers became proclamations, something like this:  “Lord, I am afraid to do this because I am a woman, or I am too young, or not enough of this; but I choose to obey You because I love You and I want nothing more in the world than to please You.  So if You will always let me hear Your voice and move in Your instruction, I will obey You.”  Of course His word has already told us, “I will not leave you nor forsake you”.  Joshua 1:5  As I moved in obedience even in the smallest of things, His strength sustained me, and my faith in Him and His word only increased.  It did not mean that I would never again face fear, I do, regularly.  Fear is not our reality, it is simply intended to be a deterrent to our pursuit of Him, and of our fulfilling that which He has called us to do.  But knowing that He is in our every “moment” fuels our passion to run the race set before us.  Do not miss your moment!

In pursuit,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

Jesus; It Was Never About His Ego

April 7, 2008

Jesus did not come to earth to “make a name for Himself”.  He came to earth, leaving all of the glory of God in Heaven, to reconcile us to His Father, to our Creator.  Jesus led His people then and still today to the cross where He shed His precious blood for this reason:  To grant us redemption from our sinful ways, and to redeem us to a right relationship with our Creator, so we could call Him Father.  And because He was buried and resurrected, we have been given authority in this earth, for the purpose of building His kingdom. 

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”  I John 3:8  Unfortunately, like Lucifer, our flesh fights and wiggles and squirms for attention and recognition.  It wants stardom – it wants to be noticed – it wants accolades.  And this is a battle we can and must win.  Because of that precious shed blood of Jesus, we can conquer the temptations of the flesh.  We speak of many sins in our church services such as abuse of drugs, alcohol, sex, abortion, murder and so on.  But we do not speak much on the subject of greed and jealousy, which are rooted in pride.  These are the sins that cause us to murder our brothers and sisters with our words, and drive us to pursue stardom in ministry. 

As I read over the fruits of the flesh and of the spirit, an interesting question was raised in my mind that I had not thought of before.  Galatians 5:26 says, “Let us not become conceited (vain), provoking one another, envying one another.” NKJV  Like many sins of our flesh, this one is sly, and trips us up if we do not keep ourselves humbled before the Lord.  The strategy is simple…it’s promoting the Lord, and not the minister’s of the Lord – not we ourselves nor those we respect.  Jesus is the star we worship.

Because of Lucifer’s fall, we know him now as Satan.  Based on the saying “misery loves company”, he continually tempts and allures us to fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  He is miserable, and headed down, and he would like nothing more than to take us with him.  Sadly, there are prominent people that have fallen prey to his temptations, and have become lovers of money more than lovers of God.  For this, we cry for mercy; while at the same time pointing others to the truth.  Evangelism would be much easier if we didn’t have to answer questions about strange teachings and why some fall and others don’t.  Nevertheless, we must be ready as we’re told in Colossians 4:6, “ Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome) seasoned (as it were) with salt, (so that you may never be at a loss) to know how you ought to answer anyone who puts a question to you.”

Answering those questions are easy…we simply point to the truth; Jesus and the word of God.    What we see going on around us in the body of Christ is both exciting and sad.  Exciting because we hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to us about this season we are in:  a season of reaping the harvest for His kingdom, as well as seeing the fulfillment of His dreams and visions He’s entrusted to us.  Sad because some have taken their eyes away from following the greatest servant of all, Jesus.  Though they preach in His name, they seek stardom, thereby exalting themselves above Jesus.  There is a deceptive spirit fighting against the bride as she matures and grows to her finest hour.  While she seeks only His will, the spirit that fights her is one that tempts her to seek her own.  Just as Satan tempted Eve by questioning the word of God she stood upon, so he does with us today.  “Did God really say you couldn’t become a star? After all, you are preaching for Him; and you deserve big money, big fame, big everything.”  The word tells us that Satan is cunning; his devises have not changed.  He has been around for a long time, but he has no new strategies to use against us – we just do not always discern them.

If we would remember that Jesus became the servant of all, and since no servant is greater than his master, we would have that temptation crucified for good.  Humility is the key.  If the Lord has plans to bring you before great men, and make yours a household name, then so be it.  But don’t let that vision become your god as some have done.  There are many wonderful men and women of God that serve Him publicly, in millions of households.  They bear the fruit of the Spirit, and it is apparent.  And there are some that speak in Jesus’ name to those same households, yet the fruit of the spirit is not evident.  We see fruits of the flesh manifesting, even while they preach in His name.  Arrogance, anger, hostility and manipulation are some of the manifestations we see, and we grieve.

The prophet Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet – while others rejoiced, he wept.  It is not easy for a prophet to speak words like this, especially during a season of reaping like the church has entered in to. Some might say, “We don’t want to hear that negative word – this is a time to celebrate!”  Yes, I agree – it is definitely a time to celebrate, and nobody enjoys celebrating any more than I do.  I appreciate the joy of the Lord, and bless His name, I can hardly contain myself as I think of the things He is manifesting to His bride.  But we cannot ignore the whole picture, for if we do, we will become caught up in all the celebratory moments and forget that there is still a battle against His bride and His plan of salvation for this earth. 

Words of warning and instruction are sent because of love.  We need to see them as such, and when we do, we will not consider them negative or hard; we will appreciate them.  Basically, this word is a call for us to live in balance.  We are so high on the mountain, but then we drop so low in the valley.  I used to struggle with this terribly.  But through much affliction which produces maturity, I now simply call it all “life”.  It’s all good whether it’s raining or the sun is shining.  It’s all good whether I have everything or nothing at all.  If “In His presence there is fullness of joy”, then that’s what I need to pursue – His presence!  Paul knew how to live in this balance:  “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:10-13 NKJV  Paul appreciated the churches that supported and helped him, and the Lord took care of him.  He used no gimmicks, no tricks, and he did not sit rich while those he taught did without.  If Paul were here on earth now, he would no doubt speak to the manipulative operations that go on in the name of Jesus.  And no doubt, he would be heavily persecuted by those with stars in their eyes, and their fans that follow them.    

  When we walk in this balance, no stars in our eyes, we can have a holy rejoicing while remaining watchful.  We can have our hearts broken in intercession, yet rise and rejoice in the God of our salvation.  Jesus is our example, and we are called, like Peter, to “take up our cross and follow Him”.  He did stop along the way to number his fans or use gimmicks to fund His cause.  He taught us to be cheerful givers, and faithful followers.  Serving was on His mind, and He taught others to live in humility.  It has never been about His ego.

Pointing to Jesus and His cross of humility,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

 

Rejoice; It’s Shifting Time!

March 25, 2008

My husband had a dream last night…He and I, and others were in a bus or some type of van.  He had a special gun that he was instructed to use to bring down certain entities.  He recognized some of them as large ministries.  (This part is difficult to write because we fear some will not understand.  But please read on, and it will become clear.)  He wondered why he was to shoot certain ones, especially one that he recognized as being known world-wide.  He continued to obey.  He specifically remembered raising the weapon, shooting at the target, then lowering the weapon until he got to the next one he was instructed to shoot.  He received revelation from the word by the Holy Spirit during the dream…”But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’. 

The Spirit of the Lord made it clear to Pastor Rusty, to make clear to all us, that the Lord will also use small ministries for this last day’s harvest.  Size is not important to the Lord, as we read over and over from the written word.  Anyone, or any group that is sold out to Him, to do His bidding, pointing all the praise to Him – these are the ones that will gather the harvest.  The understanding of this is two-fold, and here is what He spoke to us as we shared with each other:  1).  The ministries that have been built to honor man, whether small or large, that bring glory to man, that take the glory from the Lord, that gather those unto themselves, that heap money into their pockets while their congregants live at the poverty level, that do not even seek the face of the Lord, though at one time they did, that preach words that will keep their congregants in their domain…these are the ones that will be brought down, because as He has said, “"I am the LORD; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols”. Isaiah 42:8 (NIV)  The entire chapter of Isaiah 42 is a great set of verses to read in conjunction with this prophetic word, as well as the mandate given to us in November, 2007 regarding the Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity.

2).  Be encouraged all you who serve the Lord with what little you have!  You received a vision, a call from the Lord, and you have been faithful to Him above all things.  When others mocked your small ministry, your small crowd, your lack of finances, your “tending of those few sheep”, your “building the wall” when persecution surrounded you, your faithfulness to persevere though you had little in the natural to show for it, and finally, the battle in your mind that caused your heart to grieve as the Lord grieves “for many have so much (money, land, facilities, people, assistance – everything)  and yet they do so little in the spirit”.  Be encouraged you small in number, but strong in faith.  The Lord is on your side!!!  He called you to this vision, you did not call yourself.  You did give birth to this vision, because I birthed this vision in you, which is the reason you CANNOT let it go!  I have heard you cry in labor ‘Please, Lord, take this away from me – I cannot continue to do this with so little!’  But then you said, ‘Nevertheless Lord, I will obey you no matter how it looks to those around me; no matter how small I look in their eyes, and no matter how few You have given me to serve – I will serve them as I serve You, Lord!’  That is faith, and I say your reward is coming to you because of your labors of love, and your unending devotion to Me!”

Back to the dream…Pastor Rusty then saw an object, or a living something – he has never seen this before, and does not know what it was.  But he knew that things had to happen in order for this thing to come together as one, and it was destined to come together.  Lying on a table nearby were 2 sets of keys…one displayed the ministry emblem of a fallen pastor.  Pastor Rusty felt the Lord’s compassion towards this man, and believes God will use him publicly again.  He then asked someone, “Who made these keys?”  He was told, perhaps by an angel, “These keys were made by the hand of God.”  The second set of keys was an original, and Pastor Rusty understood that no one would use this set, not yet – it had to be left untouched for now. 

Everyone present began singing, “Our God is an awesome God”.  This was being sung by those left standing, and many were little, unknown ministries.  As we sang, pieces of this thing (puzzle-like) began coming together.  It became clear that worship was the key to bringing it together; our praises were making it happen!    

The Lord revealed to me as my husband shared, that in the dream Pastor Rusty had been used to tear down the high places that have exalted themselves against the Lord.  The Lord will use all that are called to lead, called to worship, called to see and hear, Prophets, and the devoted to tear down these high places.  Just as the godly kings did in the old testament, we will do through our worship and our exaltation of the name of our King, Jesus!  Some have led others astray to worship false gods, such as self, money, ambition, religion, etc.  (Please read II Timothy 3 regarding “having a form of godliness but denying its power.)  But the righteous will see the fall of the false gods, and hopefully, prayerfully, those leaders and their followers will fall under the call to repentance and be restored to a right relationship with our Father.  When the high places are torn down, and repentance abounds, the people return to the worship of the true and living God! 

In May of 2007, the Lord spoke to me while my husband and I were having lunch after Sunday worship.  “I will give you the keys to this city!”  That was it – short and sweet, but I felt the power behind His words, and I trembled at the thought of the responsibility, but was excited for His kingdom.  He has never spoken to me again about those keys until this morning while we were discussing this dream.  “Now you know what the key to the city is…it is worship!”  We rejoiced as we also realized that this was the key from Pastor Rusty’s dream that was to untouched until its’ destined season.  Then He began to speak again to us:  “Remember the word I spoke to you in May, 2005 regarding the shifting of strategies, monies and facilities?  Well this is one of those strategies:  You have done well to sound the clarion call for the Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity.  Worship is the key to this city!  And as you exalt My name in the streets, I will send My Spirit out from you to gather those who sit in darkness, and I will bring them unto you, and you will minister life and light to them.  You will see the captives set free and rejoicing in the God of their salvation!”    

Then the Lord reminded me of a dream I’d had on the night of February 6, 2008, and the open vision I had upon waking from the dream.  In the dream, I was standing inside a train that had come to a complete stop.  There were 3 men standing just outside the tracks, engaged in conversation.  I stepped off the train and went straight to the man in the middle, and began kissing him.  He was a guy I went to junior high school with, whose last name is King.  First of all, in the natural, I would never have done this – not in my past, nor would I now.  And the kiss was not a typical guy/girl kiss.  It was a kiss that said to Mr. King and anyone observing that I unashamedly loved this man, and was totally sold out to him – he had my heart.  When I awakened, I questioned my actions in the dream although I had peace about it because of the intent in my heart.  The Holy Spirit began to give me revelation:  Mr. King represented my King, Jesus.  My actions were clear that “I am not ashamed of Him, nor of my affections towards Him – I love Him privately and publicly.

As quickly as the revelation ended, I began to have an open vision…there was an interesting looking ring on my finger, and I questioned where it came from.  I began to understand that the ring signified my relationship with my King.  As I looked again at the ring, which was shaped unlike any other I’ve ever seen, it began to increase in size, getting bigger, and bigger and bigger, until it finally took its’ destined shape.  It was a propeller.  The propeller was active, and was connected to the front of some vehicle I have never seen.  It wasn’t a car, nor a helicopter, but it was about to move as I was ushered into it.  I was instructed to look ahead as we began to move forward, and all I could see were fields and fields of white.  I knew instantly that this was the harvest!  In all the years of my dreaming and seeing visions, I have only had two regarding the harvest.  The other, from the 90’s, I have posted in a message below entitled “The Great Shepherd”.  

Here is the revelation of this vehicle and the ring and the harvest…the ring represented my relationship with my King, and it was called favor.  The ring became the propeller to take me in the vehicle (the Holy Spirit) to gather the harvest.  As we moved forward, I was overcome with emotion at the sight of the harvest, which in His eyes, is a beautiful thing!  When it was ready, the vehicle stopped.  I reached over to the empty seat next to mine and retrieved a piece of material as I began stepping out onto the field.  I cast the material away from myself and was amazed as it continued to expand and spread over the harvest like a net.  I understood.

As some of you know, the Lord gave me the vision for the Procession of Praise in Pursuit of Unity (POPIPU) back in November, 2007.  As we have been inviting others to participate, and sharing with everyone we come in contact with, we have had to fight discouragement.  Never in our spirits have we thought one time about cancelling the event, even though only a few churches have come forward to participate.  Our minds have battled the same ole’ battle of “two few participants, it must not be God” or “what do you think that little crowd is going to do” or “we’ve had churches established for years and years, so what makes y’all think you’re going to do anything we haven’t already done?”  And on and on.  The battle is the Lord’s because the vision is the Lord’s!  He is the Lord of the harvest, and we are simply His laborers! 

Honestly, I have no idea what the Lord is going to do through this POPIPU.  Nor can I see with my natural eye how a gathering of people will make a difference by simply walking down the street, waving banners and flags, singing His praises, etc.  What the Lord does never makes sense to our natural minds – never!  But we do know what obedience brings, and that is what we are doing.  It is not up to us to determine how this will go, or whether it should go, or what it will or will not accomplish; we are simply called to obey, and for that, we are humbled and honored.  We are stepping off the train, the place of security, and walking in the midst of others that might judge our actions, and wrapping our arms around our King, to kiss Him with all that our worshipping hearts can do!

“Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.   Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.  For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.  The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generationsBlessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.   From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.  No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.  But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.  We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.”  Psalm 33

To all you visionaries and dreamers, to all you who love your King with all your heart: your season of defeating the enemy for the purpose of gathering the harvest for His glory is nigh at hand!  Lift up your heads, shout your shouts and sing your songs!

Serving our King in the shift,

Prophetess Lisa

Showers of Blessings

March 15, 2008

My husband shared with me before service today, and then with our congregation, a dream he had last night.  In the dream, he and I were in the company of some folks that were scheduled to demolish 3 new homes.  The homes were not up to state code, and had been declared unfit for living conditions.  The folks in charge informed us that we were welcome to take everything inside the homes, but were urged to move quickly as demolition was about to be underway.  My husband shared with us today that in the dream we felt very blessed as we walked into the homes and found them fully stocked with all brand new items.  There was furniture as well as all the typical daily household needs; even down to the small detail of a new set of kitchen canisters.  We began to pack and gather all that we could as we gave thanks to the Lord. 

The dream has personal meaning for us, which has to do with part of JSM’s vision.  But there is a broad meaning here for the body of Christ as well.  1).  This dream reminded us of a prophetic word the Lord gave me in May of 2005, in which He said, “I am going to bring about a shift…I will take monies, strategies and facilities from those who have not done the right thing with them, and put them into the hands of those that will do My will with what they have.”  Remember, the houses were unfit for living conditions.  My husband understood that there was a problem with the foundation of these homes.  2).  As my husband shared his dream with me, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a prophetic word He spoke to me earlier this month.  I looked in my diary for some time around the first part of March, and there I found this word entitled “Showers of Blessings”, March 5, 2008.  Please read below, and reflect on the amount of rain we have received in the past few days; showers yes, but downpours galore!

3-5-08:  The prophetic words we have received individually and corporately have been reviving, encouraging and strengthening.  But the Lord wants us to know this…”These all represent drops of rain, and cumulatively, they are showers of blessings.  But these showers will soon turn to downpours which will wash away much pain, and the things of the past that have entangled My church.  Then you will enter into the season of the latter rain that was spoken of in My word.”  ‘Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. Joel 2:23

“In this latter rain, My bride will rise to her finest hour, as the harvest is gathered in under her wing, which is My love.  My bride is learning to receive My eternal, uncompromising love, and because of this, she can, and will effectually love the world around her as I now do.  Refreshing again is on the horizon!  Be prepared to have the old washed away from your footsteps, your territory, and receive the walk for this new season with its’ new shoes (provision).  Many have heard prophetic words/seen drops of rain, and have said, ‘That’s just another prophetic word/drop of rain.  It’s a good word, but I am ready for the fulfillment/the downpour.’  “I tell you, until you create of lifestyle of worship and expectation, I cannot release your answered prayers to you.  Until you ‘learn to be content with what you have’, I cannot bring the new to you.  If I were to do that, your heart would turn and worship THAT.  Prepare yourselves now by determining your walk with Me as a life of devotion with or without the next breakthrough.  I am your God and your Father, and I have your days and seasons already determined.  So you see now (if you understand and receive this), that what I desire most is that you trust Me!  Trust Me, beloved!  Surrender the whole of your heart to Me, and stand ready to receive the latter rain, which contains your every godly request, vision and provision!”

Lacing up my new shoes,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture reference is taken from the King James version.

The Great Shepherd

February 22, 2008

A shepherd stood in a field where his sheep were scattered around the multiplied acres of grass.  The sky was blue, the breeze blowing slightly, and the sun shone as brightly as I’d ever seen it.  All seemed perfectly calm and peaceful.  Then slyly, a wolf darted out of the wooded area and took a bite of flesh from one of the sheep.  He carried it off to be devoured in his own part of the dark woods. I gasped as I witnessed this, and my heart was filled with compassion for the wounded sheep, my eyes filled with tears.  I looked to see what the shepherd would do, but before I could completely fix my eyes on him, I began to see other wolves attacking sheep; they were being wounded in the same vicious manner.  It was horrifying to witness.  I turned to the shepherd just in time to witness a miraculous sight:  His arms opened wide, and stretched the entire distance of the land; something physically impossible to do.  Gathering each one into the fold, he drew the sheep to his bosom.

This was a most comforting sight to see and I wept as I felt the shepherd’s heart of compassion for his precious sheep.  A feeling of relief flooded me entirely.  But as I wiped the tears from my eyes, I noticed several of the sheep squirming to be free from his embrace.  As quickly as they broke away from the family, they ran off into the woods, their blood trailing behind them.  (Note:  the sheep ran into the woods where the wolves dwell.  Sheep do not dwell in the woods, unless they are wounded.  Left in this condition long enough, they become like their enemy that afflicted them.  Now, they are hunters rather than the hunted; looking for survival no matter the cost to others.  They will devour their fellow sheep if it means their survival.)

What you’ve just read was an open vision given to me in 1993, and here is the revelation that followed:  Jesus of course is the Great Shepherd, the One moved with compassion for His wounded, precious sheep.  The wolves of course are controlled by Satan, “seeking whom he may devour”.  The sheep that ran away, attacked and harmed, were the sheep that would not acknowledge their need for healing.  Here is what the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me during that time, “I am the Great Shepherd!  I came not into this world to condemn it, but to seek and to save that which was lost.  I came to bring healing to all who have been wounded, and have asked only that they humble themselves before Me, seeking My salvation, My deliverance, My healing power that would change the wounds that have afflicted them, and cause their bleeding to cease.  But some have run away from Me in their anger, in their pride, and would have no part of My touch.  I say that those that will not allow Me to bring them into the fold, will not be healed, and this grieves Me; for this is the reason I came”.

This was 15 years ago, and I have not thought about this vision in probably 10 years.  But the Spirit of the Lord reminded me last week, and called me to send this message.  He is pleading with us to lay it all down, put it all out there, and allow Him to complete the good work He has begun in us.  I know how difficult it is to remain “in the fold”, especially when you have been sheep bitten; I have been there and done that, and lost a lot of my flesh*.  It is one thing to be “wolf bitten”, but to be bitten by a fellow sheep is quite another.  It is painful because sheep are of the same family – they are meant to dwell together.  The pain of betrayal bites real deep, and is probably the toughest of hurts I, myself have had to overcome.  But when I put all my feelings, questions, heartache, etc. on the altar for Him to heal, He dealt bountifully with me!  He is acquainted with our grief and sorrows, and knows Himself the pain of betrayal.  Remember, He was about to give his life for Judas and Peter, and how did they repay Him?  Judas betrayed Him and Peter denied Him.  He was going to give His life!  Have you felt like you gave all that you had to someone, then you were betrayed or denied?  And we of course do not give or serve others to receive, it’s pure love and devotion and service to the Lord and to others. 

Betrayal only hurts us because we care so much for the one that has betrayed us.  We almost never see it coming, and when it bites, it leaves a mark that only Jesus can heal.  He can do it, because He lived and died through it.  He is calling us today to remain in the fold and allow Him to heal us in such a way that when we look back at the wound, we give thanks for the way He allowed us to grow through, and because of it.  Remember Joseph…he was betrayed so horribly by his brothers, and without going into great detail, he was completely rejected and put out of the family; all this because jealousy had a firm grip on his brothers.  But God had a very good plan, and when He brought it all to pass, Joseph became the deliverer to the jealous brothers that had sold him into slavery.  But just as was spoken by Joseph regarding his own life, the same is true in ours:  Genesis 50:20 says, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.”  ‘And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”  Only Jesus could heal Joseph, bring him to the position he’d seen as a young man, then use him in his destined position to minister to everyone!

The evidence of Joseph’s healing, proving he was ready to assume the position of authority he’d been called to is found in the naming of his two sons:  “Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, meaning ‘God has made me forget all my toil and all my Father’s house’.  “And the name of the second he called Ephraim, meaning ‘God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction’.

The Lord spoke a powerful word to me in 2006 when my husband and I faced the greatest betrayal we’ve ever known:  “You cannot have the full Joseph experience until you have suffered the ultimate betrayal”.  I rejoiced because I was sure without a doubt, that we had experienced just that, and I cried because I had hope that one day we would be a deliverer to those that had betrayed us.

*Philippians 3

Father, we ask You today to forgive us for harboring ill feelings of hatred and unforgiveness, and we submit to you our whole heart.  We have felt anger and bitterness, we have thought of retaliation and revenge, but we know that is not your best for us.  We know that You long to heal and cleanse us, so we are here right now to receive that from Your mighty hand.  Bless, dear Lord, those that have spoken evil against us, and have unknowingly hurt You through the process.  Please open their eyes to see so that they may go on in You and prosper in all things, even as their soul prospers.  We pray that our eyes also are open to see You, Lord, and if we have offended anyone, please reveal that to us.  Thank you for the blood of Jesus that heals, saves, and cleanses, and we thank You for the power of forgiveness.  We praise You for making all of us to be worshippers, and we long for the day when we all walk in unity of the Spirit, as You and Your Father do!

Bathing in Your healing waters,

Prophetess Lisa

A Bonafide Miracle for You!

February 13, 2008

Last night I had a dream that I believe is for the body of Christ, and I share it with great anticipation and joy.  I pray that it will bless you as I know some are in the midst of great storms, some have just passed through, while others may be just approaching.  To God be the glory for the miraculous things He is doing!

My husband and I were somewhere (outside, but with structures nearby), and there were lots of others around as well.  We knew there was a storm approaching, and we knew that it was a Tsunami.  Everyone began trying to secure their families and brace themselves for the worst.  My husband and I felt the fear also, and held tightly to each other while we listened to the roar of the waters as they formed and rose slowly behind us.  We were separated by strong winds, but were close enough to hear each other talking.  A man standing nearby asked me if I wanted to trade places with him so I could once again be next to my husband, holding his hand.  I thanked him, but told him "No.  Thank you so much, but we better STAND STILL right where we're at."  I looked at my husband one last time before the final rise in the waters were meant to kill us all, and asked with much concern, "Where is Kandace?" (Kandace is our daughter.)  He did not have time to answer before the roar became so loud and so close, as everyone screamed or cried, or stood still, braced by the strength of the ones closest to them, and/or by their faith.  Expecting that those nearest the wall, the ones that were the farthest from the water, would be squashed by the weight of all those behind them, they fell to the ground in submission to the storm.

Then as quickly as we'd all huddled together with our loved ones, the waters fell quietly behind us, barely even sprinkling us; the roar subsided.  We were all amazed!  This was not at all what we'd been warned about!  We were warned that many would be drowned, and more than that would be killed by the impact of their bodies being slammed into the wall.  Like the children of Israel, we were caught between 2 entities and there was no way of escape...a huge wall and the stormy waters.

But no one died! Only a few had ended up on the grounds, but they quickly rose to their feet in amazement that we all were still alive.  There was applause, laughter, lots of hugging and thanksgiving!  We'd received a miracle, and there was no denying it!  The storm had every intention of bringing total destruction to everyone present, but the Lord caused it to cease!  With a word or a touch or a whisper or a command - no one was aware of how He stopped it, but we were well aware of Who had stopped it!

As families and friends gathered up their loved ones and headed home, we too found our daughter.  She was with a young lady that held a baby in her arms, and needed help walking.  We asked our daughter where she'd been during the storm, and what was going on with the young lady and baby.  With tired eyes, and a pleasant smile she said, "She gave birth to her baby during the storm and I helped her deliver the baby.  It was tough, but we are all okay."  And with that, she helped the lady make her way home.  We were so blessed by our daughter's strength and courage.  We were completely surprised by her calmness and more so with the fact that she helped deliver someone's baby, as she'd never had any training in the medical field.

When I awoke, I instantly received the revelation for my family, and I give the Lord praise for such an encouraging word.  But I also knew that this was a message for the body of Christ as well, and I pray that you are strengthened by its message.

"...your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."  I Peter 5:8  BUT..."For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from THE STORM, a shade from the heat; for the BLAST of the terrible ones is as a STORM AGAINST THE WALL.  You will reduce the NOISE of aliens, as heat in a dry place, as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song (or ROAR) of the terrible ones will be DIMINISHED."  Isaiah 25:4-5  "No weapon FORMED against you will prosper."   Isaiah 45:17  And last, but no, not least..."Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.  For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever."  Hallelujah!!!


Rejoicing in HIS victory,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture reference is taken from the New King James Version.

 

My Name is Jehovah and I Approve this Message

1-13-08

As time draws nearer to the day of our presidential election here in the United States of America, we need more than ever to prayerfully consider God’s choice for the office of the presidency.  No matter our favorite race or gender or political party, our country is in need of a godly leader.  When considering your choice for president, we should keep in mind that we live in a day where perversion of many forms is rampant, and continually in our faces.  Isaiah 5:20 declares, “Woe to those that call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”  While each of us can look at every candidate and find fault and shortcomings, we should consider some key spiritual topics that will affect not only our lives, but generations to come. 

Two of the biggest dividers in this country are the subjects of Abortion and War.  While I am aware that some may disagree with this political exhortation that I distribute today, please know this is not a “left wing or right wing” letter.  It is a plea from Heaven, from the Lord Himself, calling us to pray, and to look beyond our choices, to look beyond the party names, and discover His truth and His love for this country.  I am called to point to the truth, and to seek truth just as you are.  If this letter brings clarity to one, then the prophetic voice of His Spirit has succeeded in His message during this critical time in our land.

We have candidates that promise an end to this current war, appealing to the many family members and friends of those that have lost loved ones in battle.  They thunder their words across the airwaves that touch the hearts of those that are grieved at such losses, and the pain of bloodshed.  On the other hand, these same candidates are proponents for legalized Abortion, which is the act of taking a small life from the womb of its’ mother.  Worse still are those that continue to fight for a woman’s right to have a “partial birth” abortion.  Do you know what a “partial birth” abortion actually is?  Please don’t stop reading now.  As the Spirit of the Lord once spoke to me as I turned my ears from the horrid details, “If you don’t listen to what really goes on, then who is going to pray for this legalized crime to come to an end?”  Trust me, I did not want to hear the details, and I know you don’t either, but it is time we allowed ourselves to “feel the pain” of others and be joined with those that stand in the gap and make up the hedge of protection for the innocent ones.

Warning:  The details are graphic.  I have removed the images because I do not want them viewable from JSM’s website.  The pencil-drawn images are viewable by doing a Google search.

The steps detailed below are followed for women in mid to latter stages of pregnancy.  Because the baby is too developed for a “normal” abortion, the abortionist must put the mother to sleep, deliver all but the baby’s head in order to bring its’ life to an end before removing the entire baby from its’ mothers’ body.  A few more inches of delivery, and this procedure would be considered murder.

Step 1:  Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps.

Step 2:  The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.

Step 3:  The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.

Step 4:  The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.

Step 5:  The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.

Notice the last step states “The dead baby is then removed.”  Moments before, this baby was alive.  How is this not murder?  It’s not murder when it’s convenient and when it puts money into the pockets of those that perform them day after day.  It’s not called murder, it’s called  “Freedom of Choice”. 

Below is a step by step of this procedure written by a “former” abortionist, Dr. Tony Levatino.  This too was found on a Google search:

A Medical Doctor describes the Dilation and Evacuation Procedure, Dr. Tony Levatino, M.D.

Imagine for a moment that you are a "pro-choice" obstetrician-gynecologist as I once was. Your patient today is seventeen years old and she is twenty weeks pregnant. At twenty weeks, her uterus is up to her umbilicus and she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table with her legs in stirrups. Upon entering the room after scrubbing, you dry your hands with a sterile towel and are gowned and gloved by the scrub nurse.

The first task is to remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter. Picture yourself introducing the catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid the looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This amniotic fluid surrounded the baby to protect her.

With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At one end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ on an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go.

A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.

The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.

Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose. You just made $600 cash in fifteen minutes.

What are we thinking in this country; in this world?  We need to have our eyes opened, and if the details of this horrific act does not do it, I don’t know what it will take for America to turn herself back to her creator.  It is difficult and so hard to imagine that actual grown, intelligent men and women would support and fight for such a thing.  There just are no words.

So I ask…what is worse?  Both are hard to bear, but really, which is worse?  This is my question to the politicians that make the war sound like the worst of all crimes, while upholding the murderous act of abortion.  It is hypocritical.  Which is worse?  Losing men and women in battle as they fight for the freedom of this country?  Or taking the lives of innocent babies from the warmth of their mother’s womb, all in the name of “freedom of choice”?  Believe me, there is no freedom after a woman has an abortion, and I would know.  When death occurs within the womb, death remains.  Only the Lord Jesus can heal and cleanse a woman, and a man, from the scars that are left behind.  Even this can take many years.  And for what, convenience?  Yes, it was, and it is still today, the root cause for this national, horrific act we call “our choice”. 

In closing, let us join together and pray for God’s best for our country.  Let us search our own hearts as we search His in this matter.  May we set aside our political party choices, and seek the face of Him Who knows best how to fill the office of the presidency.

Three cheers for the red, white and blue, and may she find her way to the throne of grace to obtain mercy in her time of need.  We give all the praise unto the God that loves her, Who longs to heal her land, and embrace once again, His America!

Saluting King Jesus,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

All scripture reference is taken from the New King James Version.

  Living Epistles

1-11-08

This is how My people become Living Epistles.  You must be emptied of everything that is not like Me/like My Word, which is My Son, so that I can pour My Word/My Son into your vessel.  I use life circumstances to do that – I am creative that way.  Otherwise, you would have to die as Jesus did in order to be raised in that same resurrection power.  And since I don’t need everyone dying down there, I chose to let Him take that route in your place, thereby opening the door for you to follow.  I then chose life circumstances as a way of ushering out everything that is not like Me, so that I can pour Myself into you.

The process is painful because you are losing your identity, you are losing all your security, all you know – little by little, and as you allow Me, I am emptying you of all of it because you have asked Me to mold and shape you, and to sanctify your lives.  I do this only when you invite Me to do it, and if you want to stop, then I stop.  But it is My will to fill You with My Word/Myself, so that you can know Me fully, and live a life of total freedom from every unclean mindset and live in fellowship with Me.  Those that simply attend religious services without relationship with Me, do not know of this painful process, therefore, they do not know Me, and as a result, they do not know you either.  Remember that I told you, “There is a remnant within the remnant.”  It is supposed to be that all of My bride walk into the holy of holies where I am at, but many remain in the outer court, too afraid to lose their identity, their power, their riches, their family, their friends.

But I have said that if you reign with Me, you will suffer with Me.  The place of reigning requires there be no flesh – no earthly mindset.  So for those that continue to cry out to Me for cleansing and sanctification, you are destined to be, and are now My Living Epistles.

A Living Epistle is a walking word – one is literally the word walking the earth, thereby being the light and the salt.  It is not My will to turn the physical bibles upright and allow them to walk the streets; no, I chose My beautiful children to do that.  How beautiful are the feet of those that carry the gospel.  And people know who you are.  You give off a life changing, refreshing fragrance, and it is apparent in your face that you know Me.  Whether or not the secular world, or the church at large know this, or can even admit this, only knowing Me will bring total fulfillment, peace unsurpassing, and joy unspeakable – only knowing Me.  And one cannot know Me unless they allow themselves to be poured out and filled with My Word/My Son.

It is a life of sacrifice, yes -  I have never sold My story to anyone under a false pretense.  It is a life of losing all that you know and become comfortable with – I will require it all.  But whatever you lay down, and whatever you give to Me as a sacrifice, I will make better, I will deliver what is holy and good in your lives.  It is painful to lay it down, just as it was for Me when I watched My Son’s life be taken from Him, emotionally and physically.  It is painful, but the resurrection power that follows far outweighs the pain of loss, and I would know.  I rejoiced to see My Son appear from within the tomb of burial, and surprise those who loved Him.

Haven’t you heard that when a woman is in the throws of labor, she swears she “will never do this again”?  And moments after she has held her newborn she forgets the pain she thought would kill her, and embraces the new life.  She goes on to have another and another.  Life is precious and life is beautiful, and the new life that I have for you, even in this new season of the new year 2008, it will far surpass what you have known before.  Even the greatest of joys you have experienced do not compare with the joy that awaits you in the days ahead.  This joy I speak of is between Me and thee, and what we produce cannot be taken away.

I call you to be Living Epistles, and I give you all the means necessary to rise, yes RISE up to the place that I have called you to live.  It is higher than where you have been, and it is larger than where you have been – it is likened unto the land flowing with milk and honey.  It is something you have never seen.  Be strengthened by the word of My Spirit, as you see, as you now have revelation that I am working a good thing in you, and for you, so that you become My Living Epistles.  It is not for your destruction as your enemy would have you believe, but it is for your life – your full life!  It is for My kingdom, and it is for this dark world you live in.  But My light shining through you is piercing through this darkness, and revival shall come to this dry and thirsty land.  I will cause the waters of My Spirit to pour from My Living Epistles, and water the parched ground, and where there have been desert conditions, I will cause the waters to rise and once again the areas will be useful.  I will cause the green plants to thrive again, and soon after, no one will remember the drought, just as the mother does not remember her labor.

Rise up and meet Me, and allow Me to mold you and shape you.  Resist the arguments and temptations of the enemy, as he would steal this time and this season from you if you do not follow My leading.  I ask you to cry out to Me, as I am listening.  I am always looking for My children to want more of Me – always.  You will get My attention when I see the passionate hunger for more, that I saw in Moses and David and Joshua and Mary.  When Mary realized she could not go on with her life as usual, she made herself vulnerable before My son, and wept as He received her.  This is passion, and this is the ingredient you need to get My attention.  Ask of Me, if you do not now possess it, and I will stir this in you by My Spirit.  I will breathe upon you and cause the passion that lies dormant in your own spirit, to arise and meet My Spirit.  Then you will be ignited with holy fire, and you will come to know Me in ways you have not known Me before, and ways you did not know you could.

As I look for those to stand in the gap for others, I look also for those that will stand before Me and just desire to know Me.  If you knew how I grieve at the absence of your longing, and if you knew how I rejoice when one falls in love with Me, you would not hesitate, you would not resist.  I gave My Son so I could commune with you.  I traded His life for yours - do I need to express farther?  I created you for My pleasure, and I want you back says the Lord of hosts – I want you back!

Speechless,

Prophetess Lisa Echols  

Warning = Love 

1-3-08

While meditating on the Lord and His goodness this morning, I began to receive the following word.  It is a short, but powerful follow-up to the prophetic word given on 12-15-07 (see below), entitled “With Increased Prophetic Utterances False Prophets Will Arise…”

The Lord has never sent a warning of any kind that was not motivated by His love.  Even judgments that were forthcoming upon His chosen people, were because of His love.  Search the scriptures and you will find this to be true.  One example of his love and forgiveness, and the mercy He bestows upon us can be found in the story of Joseph and his brothers.  After the brothers mistreated him and sold him into slavery, Joseph was moved up the ranks into the position God had ordained for him.  He was moved to this position of authority so that he could help the people of the land.  (This is key to the vision He has given you - God's authority in us is not intended to make us great, rather it allows us to be in places where otherwise we could not reach the multitudes we are called to serve.)  Joseph had the wisdom of God to plan for the famine that was coming upon the land.  For years he prepared and harvested, so that when the time of famine had come, there was enough food for everyone.  His brothers traveled to the city where Joseph lived, though they did not know their baby brother was there.  Joseph had told his family when he was a young boy that one day they would bow before him.  This prophetic utterance cost Joseph the love of his brothers, and it was a great loss to he and his father.  But in the end, Joseph provided for his family exactly what they needed, and he did not hold to their charge, the wrong they had done to him.  He loved and he forgave.  Joseph told his brothers in Genesis 45:5, “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”  Verses 7-8, “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” 

The brothers and their father witnessed firsthand what it means to be forgiven when judgment might have been deserved.  The prophetic word over Joseph's life did come true, and in the end, love won! 

The gospel IS good news!  Even the warnings, even the impending judgments are good because they are a sign that we need to make a turn in the right direction.  They are a sign that someone cares enough to sound a trumpet.  If He did not love us, He would not warn us.  So it is all good!  And it is all good news!  We know and we believe this when we walk in the Spirit, thus we have nothing to fear.  He does not wish to lose even one of us, His children, and He speaks and moves in an effort to keep us from falling.  We should never falter at His warnings because warning = loves.

Thanksgiving in my heart = worship from my mouth,

Prophetess Lisa Echols

All scripture reference is taken from the New King James Version

Tending Those Few Sheep

12-30-07

The Lord spoke a word to me that I believe will encourage many, in many different situations.  When David approached his brothers on the battlefield as he was delivering food to them, they belittled him as they made reference to “those few sheep” he was responsible for.  See the story in I Samuel 17.  There are several directions a teacher could go with this story, but this word of encouragement focuses on “those few sheep”.

David was taking care of his father’s sheep.  No matter how few they were, he cared for them.  He cared for them in many ways.  Not just the daily feeding and herding, but he killed a lion and he killed a bear in defense of “those few sheep”.  He was simply doing what his father instructed him to do, but he was also doing something else.  He was practicing for his future, though he did not know that.  He cared for them because he cared for them, and out of his obedience to his father, he cared enough to defend their very lives.  He may have desired to “go out to battle” like his older brothers, and at times it may have been difficult for him to remain alone in the pasture in the seemingly menial task of “tending those few sheep”.  But he did it.  And he did it right up to the point that his time to demonstrate the love and power of God had come.  He faced the largest of Israel’s enemies when no one else had the courage to do so.  He was fearless because he knew the injustice of Goliath’s harassment against God’s people had not been hidden from their God, Jehovah.  He knew that God would not sit idly by, and that He was looking for a man to stand in the gap.  He found one – a small one.

That which is small now, will become large when the Master touches it.  For example:

Moses’ hand and staff:  Stretched out over the Red Sea, the waters parted so that the Israelites could make their exodus on dry land.  Stretched out again, the waters cover and drown the Egyptians!

The widow’s jar of flour and jug of oil:  The small amount of flour and oil fed Prophet Elijah, which was the widow’s last meal.  This act of faith and obedience resulted in a continuous supply of flour and oil for her family!

Little orphan girl becomes Queen:  Esther was chosen from a group of many girls to become the Kings wife!

Esther approaches the King:  Her petition not only saves her people, but it also exposes Israel’s enemy, as well as his plot to destroy them!

Little Shepherd boy named David:  Defeats Goliath while armed warriors stand afraid!

A stone:  In the forehead of Goliath, this single stone puts him to death!

5 loaves and 2 fish:  Five thousand were miraculously fed!

David had been practicing physically, but spiritually he was also prepared.  He was anointed for the job, and because of his passion for justice, he (unknowingly) walked right into his destiny.  So be encouraged and remain faithful with your small ministry and/or your small company, and remember the parable of Jesus:  “His master replied”, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Who despises the day of small things?  Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”  Zechariah 4:10

Keeping my eyes on the mark,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture reference is taken from the New International Version.

 

 

With Increased Prophetic Utterances False Prophets Will Arise…

One voice will point us to the Light, the Truth and the Way, the other to destruction.

12-15-07

As many are in the body of Christ, I am elated that so many prophetic voices are united in the words they are delivering to the multitudes.  It seems that “unity in the Spirit” is growing with each passing season, and we know the Lord is excited about that.  He so loves His bride, and unity is His passion for her.  Being fully united equals being completely whole, individually and corporately.  This will be the fulfillment of the working of the Holy Spirit on earth, and then we will be called to be with the Lord forever.  This is the reason that Jesus is so passionate about unity; He wants His bride!  Jesus’ prayer while He was here on earth was, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me - so that they may be one as we are one.” 

While I enjoy sharing about unity and Jesus’ mission to bring us together as one, this message will only touch on the subject because His Spirit is warning of something that threatens that unity, as well as the purity of His voice/His word.  Not that He is threatened or nervous at all, because “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.  God does it so that men will revere Him.”  Ecclesiastes 3:14

There have always been those, whether intentionally, or out of their deception or lack of wisdom and knowledge, that have caused division within the body of Christ so this is nothing new.  What is new is the degree to which our enemy will go to in order that he might deceive as many as possible in the last days, and take down with him all that can be taken.  “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.  See, I have told you ahead of time.” Matthew 24:24-25  “If that were possible” is something to ponder.  I don’t know of any Christian anywhere that would follow a false prophet if they knew they were a false prophet.  It becomes “possible” to deceive after a time of seduction.  The false prophets will have an audience – a group of people that follow them and support them in every way.  One must be seduced in order to be deceived, and this is a process.  This is the reason we are told in Romans 10:17 that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word.”  We need to feed ourselves the word because He IS the word.  When we do, we  grow in our faith in Him and in THE faith.  Not faith in someone, faith in Him who saved us.  When we align ourselves with the word, which is an act on our part through worship and study, then we will “know” those who labor among us.  Our spirits will bear witness with the teachings of others, or it will reject those teachings if they are false.


Note that Jesus said, “In the last days…”  It is clear that the false prophets that have existed before did not have, nor do they now have, the impact they will have in the last days.  “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”  John 7:18  This is a matter of the heart.  We can’t always know the heart and motives of others, except through the gift of discernment and/or by the fruit they bear.  “Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them.  Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”  Matthew 7:15-20

These are just a few verses of reference we have been given to guide us safely through the last days.  Jesus made it clear that He did not want us removing the speck from our brother’s eye, while we yet had a large stick in our own eye.  Therefore, I want us to understand that this message is not intended to promote the idea that we move to the position of judge and jury for our fellow brothers and sisters.  It is simply a reminder of things to come, and a warning for each of us to remain watchful; not paranoid, but watchful.  As I mentioned earlier, there are many well-meaning Christians that lack full maturity; in fact, all of us will always be maturing as we “strive for perfection”.  But some have fallen away, and will fall away, as the bible tells us.  They have and will become gods unto themselves, leading others to worship at their feet rather than at Jesus’.

Here are some other verses that help to guide us into all truth as the Holy Spirit enlightens us:

“The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Matthew 23:11-12

“Then Jesus said to His disciples”, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.’  Matthew 16:24-25  We often think of “denying himself” and “save his life” as letting go of the world, attending church, suffering persecution, separating ourselves from works of darkness, etc.  These are all a part of “denying ourselves”, but let’s take this a step deeper.  Deny is defined as:  to withhold the possession, use of enjoyment of, to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of, to refuse to recognize or acknowledge, disown, disavow, to refuse to take or accept, to refrain from satisfying one’s desires or needs; practice self-denial.

Two of these definitions stand out to me as perfect for the message the Holy Spirit is bringing to us in this writing.  1).  To withhold the use of enjoyment of, and 2).  To refuse to take or accept

It feels good to the flesh (enjoyment) to be exalted, but we must remember that Jesus declared as stated above, that “whoever humbles himself will be exalted”.  The exaltation and enjoyment we receive from the Lord is far better than us trying to (exalt ourselves)  “make a name for ourselves”.  That’s only a temporary elation, which pulls us out of His presence, and out of His protection.  This is exactly what Satan did to get himself thrown from Heaven, making him the vicious enemy of God and His people.  The enjoyment and exaltation from the Lord can be related to what Jesus told His disciples in John 4:32-34, “But he said unto them, ‘I have food to eat that you know nothing about.’  “Then his disciples said to each other”, ‘Could someone have brought him food?’  ‘My food,’ said Jesus ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’ 

I’m talking about the nights when you think you’re going to sleep and the Spirit of the Lord stirs you to “come away with Me”.  He deposits things in you that no crowd or audience ever could come close to matching.  I’m talking about when you’re having dinner with your spouse and the Spirit of the Lord drops a love note into your heart and renders you unable to finish your meal.  I’m talking about when you’re driving from one errand to another and the Spirit of the Lord reminds you of something you’d forgotten, that He promised He never would, and you’re forced to pull over and cry and shout and rejoice for awhile!  That’s the kind of exaltation that we need, and the kind that propels us from glory to glory.  Exalting ourselves, or allowing others to do so, is robbery of God’s glory, and it results in robbery of our spiritual growth.  It’s like a cancer – it eats away at the beautiful life plan God has for us. 

A few months ago, my husband and I were watching Christian television, and we had the blessing of hearing from several prophets in one setting.  All were what we believed to be accurate in their message, and in line with what other prophetic voices are sharing, but one of those prophets really stood out to us.  He shared that he stays away from the crowd and the public until he hears a word from the Lord for the people.  He doesn’t have to stay away – he could probably be invited to speak in many large public places, but he chooses to do so.  That impressed us because while we feel a call to reach larger audiences ourselves, the thought of that is not appealing to our flesh at all.  It’s scary, and not what we would choose for our lives if we could map out the plan ourselves.  But like the prophet that impressed us, we will do what He calls us to do, when He calls us to do it, and only in His way.  In the meantime, we just want to worship His name, teach and train His people, and grow ourselves in maturity towards His promises.  We are exalted daily just by His presence that envelopes us, and His love notes that secure us.  Being exalted by the Lord does not strictly mean “being thrown into the spotlight”.  It also means being exalted above your enemies, being exalted from the bondage that used to hold you prisoner, being exalted from judgment, with the freedom to walk in purity.  That kind of exaltation can never being taken from us by the flip of a channel, by the tongues of men, or by the accusations His chosen endure.  That is true exaltation – sitting in heavenly places with our Maker!

As I described the exaltation from the Lord,  I was impressed to look for the meaning of the word exalt.  It is interesting that the word’s definitions point to something much higher than a temporary, fleshly feeling:  a).  to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc., b).  to praise, extol: to exalt someone to the skies (like “sitting in heavenly places”), c).  to stimulate, as the imagination, d).  to intensify, as a color:  complementary colors exalt each other (speaking of unity in the Spirit – WOW!)  There is only one small inkling of a public exaltation in this whole paragraph of definitions:  to raise in rank.  All others point to character, growth, relationship, etc.  While I am a proponent and believer in His people being strategically placed in positions of prominence, I am also aware that we should not seek them.  They will come to us when we have been tried in the fire and proven that we will not try to take the glory from the Lord, rather give it all to Him!  By all means we should hold on to and march towards the Joseph dreams He has given to us, while pursuing His presence.  The cart before the horse always ends in a wreck.

Whether I am preaching publicly or writing for a book or writing a prophetic word, I struggle to even mention my feelings, my thoughts, my experiences, etc.  I am always concerned that someone reading or listening might think I am drawing attention to myself by sharing these things, and that pains me to the core.  My deepest passion in life is to exalt the name of the One who died for me, and the One Who would take the time to drop a love note into my heart.  Jesus, I adore You, Father, I thank You, and Holy Spirit, I appreciate You.  It’s all for You, because of You, and by You.  You are worthy to be praised!

His Spirit reminds me during my struggle over these things, that the great Apostle Paul, the anointed King David, and the powerful Prophet Elijah all spoke of their experiences be they good or bad, exciting or scary.  It is then that I find comfort, and humbly and worshipfully obey.  His passionate followers will always “refuse to take” credit or the glory, or anything due His name because their hearts are after one thing:  Exalting the King!

We are called children of God.  It’s interesting that children have not a care in this world, meaning they are fully trusting those who are responsible for their well being.  When we have been away from our children, they run to us with open arms and lavish us with their hugs and kisses.  When a child’s parent walks into his classroom, notice that the child delights in showing the other children that “This is my mommy!” or “This is my Daddy!”

Children worship the ground their parents walk on, and sing their praises most of the time.  I can remember as a young child I would lay under the kitchen table and sing love songs to my Mother while she prepared dinner for our family of six.  The lyrics were made up as I sang along, allowing my true affections for her to pour out of my heart.

On one occasion (or maybe two or three), she scolded me for going on and on, and said, “Lisa, I know you love me – now that’s enough!”  Imagine God saying that to us.  He wouldn’t – He would never get tired of us worshipping Him, because it is His heart’s desire to fellowship with us.  He has no other distractions like my Mother did.  Apparently she was having a hot flash while trying to cook 2-3 dishes, set the table, ensure the other 3 children were behaving or bathing, or still alive.  God is not man – He can do everything all at once in this big universe, and still receive our adulation!  In fact, He longs for it – it was for this purpose that He created us.  “He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said:  ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’  Matthew 18:2-4

This word seems to have steered away from the original message of “False Prophets Arising”, but actually it hasn’t.  The Lord would much rather we see how we are to behave, rather than have to correct us.  He has given us a free will, and He longs for us to choose the straight and narrow path which leads to life eternal.  His preference is that we choose Him over ourselves, knowing that He can give us far more than we could have gained for ourselves in the flesh.  He wants us to walk the way of holiness, and resist all temptation for self-gratification, and thereby, exalting His name.  He also wants us to see clearly the definitive differences between the true prophets and the false.  One will exalt His name, while the other strives to exalt himself.  Look for those that point the way towards Jesus, align yourself and fellowship with those true believers.  Then pray for those that draw others unto themselves – and for those already being seduced.

May the true Judge arise with healing in His wings to our nation, to His bride and to the whole earth so that He alone receives the honor and glory due His name.  Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Bowing my knees,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture reference is taken from the New International Version.

 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

12-10-07

We have neglected the sharing of one precious gift…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit!  I, myself have been uncomfortable at times sharing with certain ones for fear of what they’d think of me.  But there is coming a fresh appreciation for this gift, and with it we will begin to hear of multitudes being baptized in the Holy Spirit in an instant.  Like the upper room experience of the early church, many are going to be “waiting” as the good news of this gift reaches millions in the next few years.  Denominational churches that have long taught that this gift was only for the early church, and those that have stayed away from the subject altogether, are going to begin to experience the thirst for more of Him.  And when that happens:  lookout reputations, lookout PawPaw, lookout church…revivals will begin to breakout!

Let’s keep on or begin preaching the entire word of God, and let’s keep on or begin sharing ALL the gifts our Lord has intended for the bride He so loves, and soon we will be drawn together by cords of unity that cannot be broken.

Long live the King, the giver of all gifts!

Forever grateful,

Prophetess Lisa

His Sheep Hear His Voice and They Respond

11-29-07

Our fellowship of believers and those in our Wednesday training class, agreed to set today aside for a time of prayer and fasting.  During this time, I had a vision from the Lord, and received a word for His body:  I saw a beautiful waterfall, not too high from the body of water beneath it.  A large ship was coming over the top of the fall, and crashed into the water below.  It sank to the bottom of the water with all its’ passengers.  Immediately I saw a very small ship that had obviously successfully spilled over the waterfall, landing upright into the body of water below.  This is what the Lord spoke regarding this vision:

“The waterfall and the body of water represent the spiritual realm.  The large ship represents structures and groups and denominations, all built by man.  The small ship represents those that have allowed the Lord to “press them out of measure”, and mold and shape them.  They may enter the spiritual realm big and haughty, but because of love and devotion to their King, they have allowed Him to do His work of sanctification in their lives, and therefore they have been remade.  They are represented by the small, yet resurrection-empowered ship.  Big is not always better, says the Lord.  There have been denominations that have been built by the hand of man, and I am going to crush the structure.  Not to destroy my people, but to awaken those that have sought to build bigger and better than their brother, and be the best and be the top and be exalted above all.  I am going to crush it, says the Lord, and out of it I will bring a smaller, more “able to move quickly in turbulent times” kind of ship.  And I will bring the small ships together as one in the Spirit, and I will call them the remnant.  There has been a great hunger within My people for the past 24 months that is as a result of My Spirit releasing and depositing.  Some have taken the hint, some have responded to My Spirit’s move for unity with Me, and unity with the whole body of Christ, and unity everywhere that I have called them to unity - even within your families that you have prayed for for many, many long and weary years.  For those that reside in the large ships and refuse to be crushed, and refuse to allow the work of My word and My Spirit to sanctify their lives, I am grieved that you will not hearken unto My voice, and unto My wooing as I have hovered around and over you, calling, and yes even pleading at times for you to come unto Me.  But you have chosen the way of religion, you have chosen the broad path that will lead to destruction.  You see so many crowds of people in this place and this feels safe to you.  But I have spoken in My word time and time again, and even now do I say in a more plain manner that the bigger is not always better, and the large army is not always the answer, and the handsome king is not necessarily the anointed one that I have appointed.  Why stand ye looking with the natural eye at the natural thing as if this could save you?  It cannot!  Denomination cannot, the crowd cannot!  For on the day that you stand before Me, says God, you will stand alone.  Why have you mocked my prophets, and scoffed at the words they have spoken, assuming you know Me?  Your devotion to your church building and its people and the denomination that heads your organization is not your savior."

"Do you not remember that when My Son walked this earth the very ones that should have known Him, were the ones that screamed for his life?  Do you not remember that the ones that obeyed the law and upheld all the righteous decrees and did all the right things according to the written laws, were the very ones that spit in His face and pulled His beard – all in the name of the God they did not really know?  He was Me manifested.  He came to save them all, to show them the way of grace, to show them a holy life consecrated unto Me, but they would not receive Him.  Why, you say?  It was and is because it is easier on the flesh to live a life of ritual, rather than a life of consecration. But only in this consecrated life can one overcome sin.  It has always been a battle between the flesh and the spirit, and many of them, as have many of you, chose and do choose the way that is easiest.  You proudly rub your hands together at the end of the Sunday service and feel like your obligation has been met.  You sang, you gave, then for the next few days, your life is your own again.  I did not send My Son to give His life so your name could be checked on the weekly roll.  No, No!!!  I sent Him to redeem you, to buy you back from the life of darkness and bondage that you are afraid to acknowledge you now live in.  I love you, I want you, I want you to know Me, and I want you to fellowship with Me.  But just as many do today, they rejected the gift of life and liberty and chose the legalistic, ritualistic way.  But I am not there.  My Son did not appear to them as they expected their Savior and King to look, so they rejected Him.  And today you do the same.  If your pastor is not clothed in riches and reigning in a mansion, then you think him to be something less than I have called him to be.  And likewise, if your leaders are not poor and starving, then you believe them to be on their own.  And if your prophets do not speak words that excite your flesh, then you throw stones at them because you are afraid.  There is coming a great divide, says the Lord.  I will separate the sheep from the goats, and the hungry from the full.  I will call the desperate to one side, while those who are satisfied sit and mock.  But you won’t mock for long says the Lord, for you will see where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.  You will begin to feel the awful oppression of a jealous spirit because your eyes, though blinded through your pride now, will be opened in that time to see that you missed it when you judged your brothers and sisters.  You will feel the heartache of regret, and the guilt will be heavy.  You will cry and you will beg those that you betrayed to forgive you, and you will seek to make amends to those you scoffed at, and falsely accused and rendered useless in My kingdom.  Don’t you remember that My word declares that I will take the foolish things of this world to confound the wise?  You have been wise in your own eyes, but on that day, at the appointed time, you will see that you were deceived."

"There are those that are building the ark so to speak, even now.  They have been laboring in their prayer closets, and seeking Me for years and years on the backside of the desert, as it were, and killing the lion and the bear as it were, and preparing their hearts and interceding for even you, while at the time you were speaking words of cursing about them.  They will forgive you if you seek forgiveness, both from Me and from them.  They have given their hearts to Me fully, therefore forgiveness is in their bones.  They have the love of My Son permeating from them, and they long to embrace you again – they long to fellowship with you again when the days were sweet with revelation and intercession, hand in hand, was a treasured gift between you.  They will forgive, and because they have interceded on your behalf, I will also forgive You, says the Lord.  Do not waste your time.  Now is the time for repentance, now is the time to bend your knee and humble yourselves before Me, and I will exalt you if you turn your heart towards me.  It is My pleasure to bless you, and My desire to show you My kingdom, and bring you in to it.  But if you say, ‘No, not today, all is well with me…I have done this and that and I am good to go”, then you are warned that you will be counted among those that will have to fight and fight to overcome the jealous spirit that will oppress you like you’ve never been oppressed.  It will be a battle like you have never fought before.  I will be gracious and I will rescue you if you call upon My name, but I would that you not enter into that battle.  This is the day of salvation, and I will save you all from that fight that is just around the corner as I begin to release my prophets and warriors from obscurity, and they move in the spirit, by the beat of My drum, to possess and take the land from the powers of darkness.  I call you to move forward with My remnant, but you must answer the call.  Today is the day, and you cannot speak truthfully that you have not been warned.  I love you with an everlasting love, and I await your response to this urging of My Spirit, says the Lord!"

After He spoke this word to me, I had a vision of a dolphin.  I have never studied other than the required times in school, about the sea or fish or mammals.  Like many, I have enjoyed watching dolphins in movies, but I could never stand up and give a history lesson on them.  I questioned the Lord as to what the vision meant, but before He gave me the answer, I had a second vision which was of a whale.  It was strange because the whale was swimming along, and rammed himself into the base/root system of a tree.  I say strange because whales live in water, while trees thrive on land.  Of course I questioned the meaning of this too, as I could clearly discern that the whale was uprooting, with intent, the tree.

As I saw the dolphin, I heard the words liberty and joy.  It was clear to me that the Lord wanted us to have a visual picture of the life He has called us to.  “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.  II Corinthians 3:17  “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  John 8:36  I did a Google search for dolphins, and I found this quote:  "Dolphins have a universal appeal, symbolizing freedom, joy, grace and serenity, uplifting the spirits of many people all around the world."   I also did a Google search on the whale, and found this: The fin whale has many personalities.  The fin whales speed gives them an excellent protection. A fin whale can dive up to a maximum of about thirty meters.  Many scientists and researchers have found that fin whales have a never ending or ongoing behavior.  Some of their behaviors can mostly be related to aggression, getting food, excitement, warning, visual inspection, and mating. 

The dolphin exemplifies the life Christ has called us to live.  The whale represents the call and instructions of a prophet.  See Jeremiah chapter 1.

In closing, it is important for us to remember that everything our God says and does comes straight from His love – He is love!  When we hear instruction, correction, admonishments, etc. from His Spirit, we need to guard our hearts and minds from the lies of the enemy and the stubbornness of our flesh that can cause us to “buck up” and become hard-hearted.  If we refuse to receive, we will be led into a deeper walk of self-righteousness and pride, preventing His flow from penetrating our hearts.

“Therefore we also since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest ye become weary and discouraged in your souls.  You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin, and you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:  ‘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.’  If you endure chastening God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom a father does not chasten.  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit that we may be partakers of His holiness.  Now, no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous.  Nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Therefore, strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.  Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness, springing up, cause trouble and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food, sold his birthright.  For you know that afterward when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.  For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.  (For they could not endure what was commanded:   ‘And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or thrust through with an arrow’.  And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I am exceedingly afraid and trembling’.)  But you have come to Mt. Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, who are registered in heaven, to God, the judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.  See that you do not refuse him who speaks, for if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him Who speaks from heaven, Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven”.  Now this, “yet once more”, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken as of things that are made that the things which cannot be shaken, may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.”  Hebrews 12         

It is always because of His love!

Search my heart O God,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

 

Lest Ye Hear A Donkey

November 14, 2007

In the spring of 2005, the Lord spoke a word to me about an upcoming shift, but this was not just any ole’ shift.  He reminded me of the scripture in Proverbs 13:22 “But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just”.  He said, “Many have thought this to mean that I would take from the unsaved world and give to My body, but this has a meaning deeper than that.  I am taking from those that have not done My will with what they have been given, and what has been provided to them.  I will put it in the hands of those that will do My will because they have sought only to know Me.  I am shifting strategies, facilities and monies!”

I shared this word only with a few close friends at the time, and have only shared it once or twice since that time with those that I knew would be on the receiving end of this prophetic word.

Until now, I have not searched the Strong’s Concordance for the meanings of the key words in this verse.  It was not intended for the past, but for the present season we are in.  And I did not know when I would post this word, and share it abroad until a couple of weeks ago when the Lord spoke a word of warning.  This warning points back to the promise of the shift.  As I was going about my daily activities, this is what I heard Him say:  “There are those who are about to be required to let some things go – to sew into the newness of what I am doing in this hour.  I am bringing up a fresh generation of prophetic troopers and generals that will teach and train My people for the great overcoming of the enemy in this harvest.  There are those that I have prompted to open doors for my “trained” , those that have been hidden in obscurity as I have molded and shaped them for this season.  And there will be those that refuse to obey the moving of My Spirit, and they will not want to relinquish and they will not want to let go for these things have become power for them, rather than blessings for My kingdom, which is to glorify My name.  So the word of warning I have for them is ‘Obey My voice and the moving of My Spirit, lest ye hear a donkey speaking to you.”

Wealth:  a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, strength; able, activity, army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, valiant, valor, virtuous, war, worthy  This is clearly the strategies, facilities, monies.

Sinner: to miss; hence to sin; to forfeit, lack, lead astray, condemn, bear the blame, cleanse, commit, loss, miss, offend, sin, trespass  This clearly applies to all men, within the body of Christ and without. 

Just:   just, lawful, righteous  Righteous:  straight, equity, just, meet, pleased well, righteous, most, uprightly  Equity:  evenhandedness, fairness, impartiality, justice, fairplay, justness  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory:  no good thing will He withhold from them who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11

It does not delight the Lord’s heart to “take” from anyone, although He does it.  Nor should it delight our heart when another loses at the forcing of God’s hand.  We rejoice only in the fact that the Lord will give us provision for HIS vision, and pray that we do not find ourselves in the future, hearing the voice of a donkey, and being forced to relinquish any blessing because we have been disobedient.  We cannot control what others do, whether in obedience or disobedience, but we can pray, and we should have this “heartset” (mindset):  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  Galatians 6:1  It would delight the Lord’s heart most of all if we all walked together in unity, fulfilling HIS vision for HIS harvest.  Holy Father, keep through Your name those You have given Me, that they may be one as We are”.  John 17:11

We pray for mercy for all of us, Your body, Your bride, and for those lost sheep that You love.  We seek daily to know You, Father.  We weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.  We do not rejoice at anyone’s sorrow or loss, and at the same time, we will embrace what You place in our hands for Your glory only.

Listening for the Shepherd’s voice,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.


 

Hearken

October 24, 2007

This morning during a time of prayer and fasting, I had another blessed experience with the Lord that made me want to keep my face on the ground and not leave my home for days.  His presence is always good, but when He delivers something to you to be delivered, there is a power that is hard to walk away from.  As I penned the prophetic word over the visions detailed below, I wondered how I would make it to our Wednesday night training class.  His love can so overwhelm us at times, that our flesh just about cannot handle it.

It has been my passion since the early 90’s to show the religiously bound church what the Lord’s true heart of love is.  In fact, I was given a strong confirmation through another prophet back in those days that confirmed the call on my life to “tell His love story”.  I was bound years ago by controlling, religious spirits, and I have hated them since the moment I had my opens opened.  When we KNOW, I mean really KNOW His heart which is love, we are grieved when we see others bound not just in religion, but all manners of things He wants to free us from, and places He wants to free us to.  When you know someone is hungry and all they have to eat is a piece of candy, you have compassion because you know the candy is simply a band aid, a temporary fix to the situation.  You want to give them real food. 

I thank God for aligning His prophetic voices with such a unity over the past couple of years.  I see and hear in the spirit a band of generals, linked arm in arm, marching just in front of masses and masses of the Lord’s army!  Some of us have been shut up in caves, and some of us have been on the backside of the desert, and some of us have been “tending those few sheep”.  But the Lord is calling us forward now to say what He is saying, and to show what He is showing us, and to reveal what has been hidden until now.  And to those that have been hidden away, hearing, seeing, smelling, and understanding His footsteps, yet not able to “let it all out of the bag” just yet, this is our season to do so.  He is calling us forward with authority and demonstration of His love which contains power.  His love and His power are one in the same.  So if we have His love, we have His power, and will go forth and do exploits in His name.  March on, march on, the old and the young prophets, and ye trumpeters that sound the sounds of war and victory!  March on, march on all ye soldiers of the cross, and see that He will cause us to inhabit the lands, overthrow our enemies, and take the spoils from the battle!  This is HIS season, and this is a season to harvest for His bride! 

As I submit this to you, I am outwardly marching as a strong solider, while inwardly crying like a little girl, “Lord, all I want is You; I want only for Your name to be exalted!” 

In His march,

Prophetess Lisa...

After a time of intercession, I felt the Lord asking me to wait – He wasn’t finished.  I began to have a vision, then another, then another.  This prayer time ended in an 8-part vision – it was like watching several mini movies.  Here they are, ordered numerically just as I received them:

1).  I heard a train coming from inside a tunnel.  I was moved in the spirit to the top of the tunnel and watched it race by beneath me.  I saw the caboose of the train which was the tail of a dragon.  Just behind that train, I saw another train coming, and as it passed by me, I could see that its' tail was a well of fire, releasing smoke into the air.  The trains were in a race with each other up the side of a mountain, with the “caboose of fire” train gaining quickly on the “dragon-tailed” train.  Suddenly, the second train methodically, one car at a time, arose and landed on top of the first train, confidently overtaking it.  All that could fall away from the train beneath, did so down the side of the mountain.  It landed in the water below, rendered useless – the dragon tail included.  It plummeted to the bottom of the river in ruins.  All that was left of the overtaken train became useful to, and the property of the train fueled by the Lord’s fire!    “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.  Pay attention to him and listen to what he says, do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.  If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.  My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canannites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.  Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices.  You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.  Worship the Lord your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land.  I will give you a full life span.  I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter.  I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.  I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.  Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.  I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River.  I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you.  Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.  Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”  Exodus 23:20-33     

2).   Immediately, I was taken to an aisle inside a library.  The shelves were lined and filled of course with many books.  Suddenly, it was as if there were a movie camera leading me down the aisle at a very fast speed, and stopped just before it reached the end of that aisle.  Someone reached for a book on one of the higher shelves, right side of the aisle.  Upon opening the book, the person was flooded with light which was revelation.  Then there were quick visions of people everywhere opening “the book”, and experiencing the same affect from the Light that shone from the books.  Instantly they were set free to love the Lord through their receiving of this revelation.  “I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”  John 14:6  He is the light and the life!

3).  I was in a town whose store fronts all looked the same – a lifeless appearance, even on the buildings.  It was boring and dreary.  The Lord told me that He did not want it to be that way for Himself, nor His people.  In one touch from His hands, the buildings were made colorful and bright, each different in size and design, and the town was made alive with His life.  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its’ stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

4).  I saw a skeleton (I was standing behind it, a group of people in front of it).  He removed the collar from around his neck, which indicated to me that he was a minister.  As he slowly removed the collar, I heard him say, “I can no longer stand here and speak when I do not have the life myself.  I must go away and feed myself with His word so that I can become healthy.  And if I am to return to the collar, then I will, but I cannot continue this way.”  This brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart, as I could feel the Lord’s appreciation and gratification over this act of humility.  “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself, will be exalted.  Matthew 23:12

5).  I saw a man riding on a horse through a town – it looked like a scene from an old western movie.  I perceived that the man was not nearly as old as he looked; he was very worn and tired.  He smiled as he tipped his cowboy hat, but my heart grieved for him.  I could see that his heart was heavy due to a painful life.  The Lord touched Him, although I did not see this happen.  I just blinked and suddenly he was renewed, refreshed, wearing clean clothes and was clean cut.  The smile he wore this time was eternal.  “And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new!’  Revelation 21:5

6).  I saw another man in front of an office building.  This one had a much different personality from the weary one on the horse.  He was very proud and chuckled with a nasty arrogance as he puffed on his cigar, rocking on his feet.  He had a very large stomach, which represented to me that he had plenty of everything he ever wanted and needed.  He needed no one, for he had acquired it all on his own.  Just like the man on the horse, I did not see the Lord touch him, but after I blinked, he stood there thin and healthy, both inside and out.  He no longer rocked with arrogance, he was not chuckling, and his face told the story of a thankful man that now honored God almighty.  And though he was still very well dressed and distinguished, it was apparent that his heart was filled with humility.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself, will be exalted.”  Matthew 23:12 

7).  I saw an eagle.  I knew instantly that the Lord was going to speak of freedom and liberty, but when I took a second and a third look, I questioned the Lord with some concern.  The eagle was wearing a straw hat.  I thought that was very much out of character for the proud eagle we usually think of in the United States.  Then I looked again and noticed that the eagle was wearing a vest, the type we’ve seen on suicide bombers.  That gave me great concern.  The Lord heard the questions of my heart, although I did not speak the words.  And instead of speaking to me, He instructed the eagle to open the vest, displaying the things inside each compartment.  One by one, these things began to fall out, and with each one, the Lord revealed to me their purpose:

            A bottle of shampoo:  As it spilled out onto the ground, He said, “This is for the cleansing of My people.” 

            A bottle of conditioner:  As it spilled out onto the ground, He said, “This is the oil of My Spirit; this is the relief from the dry and parched conditions My people have experienced.”

            A pair of scissors:  As they fell to the ground, He said, “This is to cut away all that has entangled My people, and prevented them from fully moving in My Spirit with My authority.”

            A pencil with a sufficient eraser:  As it hit the ground, He said, “The pencil is for writing the truth; My word and My will over the heads of My people so they can prosper in every area of their lives, and show forth My covenant in this earth (BLESSINGS).  The eraser is to remove the lies and unclean things that have been spoken against My people (CURSES).”

            A ruler:  This was the last item to fall from the eagle’s vest.  And as it fell from inside the vest, I heard Him say, “The purpose of the ruler is to show My people that I will judge and measure and determine all that needs to judged, measured and determined.   I will deal with the things in your lives that have ruled you, and I will measure to you the grace and mercy you need to walk on My highway, as I have determined your path.

He wants us to know that He speaks with and uses natural things because He is that familiar with us and our lives on this earth.  He could speak of things that we have yet to discover that exist in the Heavens, yet He chooses simple, natural things to convey His messages of love to us.  Imagine that…the Great and Mighty God of all that created the Heavens and the Earth, and who is the Ruler of all, speaking about everyday things we use on this earth! 

Notice that there are 5 items that the eagle carried in his vest.  The number 5 represents grace.  Proverbs 3:34 says, “He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble”.  In order for us to receive His grace, we must humble ourselves and seek Him.  As you’ll read later in the prophetic word He spoke over this series of visions, He will not force Himself on any of us, but stands waiting and longing to heal, change and bless us.

After this, I questioned the straw hat –“What did that have to do with this?”  His answer was two-fold:  A).  “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him”.  I Corinthians 1:27-29  Remember, we would not normally see our proud eagle wearing a straw hat.  B).  Straw hats are usually worn in an atmosphere of relaxation such as on the beach, taking a walk on a sunny day, picnics with family and friends, leisurely activities, etc.  The straw hat represents His joy in fulfilling in and for His bride what He has planned to do from the foundations of the earth.  He is a violent God when necessary, but we need to rest assured, He is at peace!  He is NOT shaken one iota about what the enemy is doing!  Just as He was the day Jesus died on the cross…while the pain and agony of the crucifixion was not something that He could laugh at, He knew this would bring forth the final plan of salvation to have His children reunited with Himself.  He is enjoying the season we are in, and the seasons we are approaching.  We can learn this from Him:  While the trials we are suffering are not laughable, they can cause us to walk in the fruit of His joy, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”.  II Corinthians 4:17    

The eagle represents God, the 5 things are possible because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and provided by work of the Holy Spirit.  The vest speaks volumes to us that although it is typically used by those who serve the god of death, our GOD, Jehovah God, has taken it, and in fact created it, for His purpose which is found here:  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  John 10:10-11

And this brings us to a completion, since there are 7.  But that is not the end.  The next one, which is the 8th one, represents newness.

8).  I was riding through a desert area, on what,  I do not know.  As far as my eye could see, there was nothing but desert land, although I was traveling on a paved road.  There was no other sign of life, growth, change, etc.  I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, “This is a desolate area, but this is not what I want it to be like.”  Then suddenly I saw an entire city ahead of me.  I was still moving forward, as I began to see clearly buildings, lights, life, etc.  “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.  The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.  Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance, with divine retribution He will come to save you’.  Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.  Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.  The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.  In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.  And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.  The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.  No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there.  But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”  Isaiah 35    

I asked the Lord “Why?  Why show me so many things like this in one prayer time?”  He told me this, “It is like a birthday celebration; a holiday celebration.  There are many gifts to be given to the one you are celebrating.  This is what I long to give to My people – many gifts.  Gifts of healing, cleansing, deliverance, fulfillment, destiny, purpose, a reason to live and to hope and to laugh and to enjoy the land that you live in.  The eagle is Me – I want to cause My people to live in freedom, NOW!  Not just when you arrive in Heaven, but on the earth that I have given unto you.  I have called you to come unto Me and receive of My healing and deliverance, and to receive of My love so that you can possess what you would not normally have the power to possess.  My enemy controls too much of what should be in the hands of My people, and I long to see them overcome him as I have overcome him.  But so many sit back and seem to be satisfied with “church as usual”.  They say, ‘I have done my part for the week – I have gone to church, I have tithed, I have served on this committee or that, I have helped this neighbor or that’.  Those things are good for you to do, and those things are precious in My sight, but what satisfaction is that to My heart when I created you to talk to Me?  What satisfaction can ever come to My longing to commune with you and feed you from My table and see you satisfied with all the goodness I have stored in My spiritual vault?  It sits and waits for those to come and receive.  I sit and wait for those to come and receive.  My heart breaks that there are so many that do not know Me, yet when I send a servant to expose My heart and My plans, you turn a deaf ear and say in your heart, ‘I don’t need that kind of deep stuff – I go to church, I have a bible – that’s all I need’.  Do you not know that you crush My heart and My purpose when you believe that way?  Do you not know that the blood of Jesus is in vain when you think like that?  I did not send My Son to die the awful death He suffered so you could satisfy a religious obligation!  I have very real, hot with fire love for you, yet you are too busy to get close to the flame.  I say to you that if you do want Me, then I will not force Myself upon you, but you must know that you will never be completely free and fulfilled outside of Me; outside of a relationship with your Maker.  You cannot find peace anywhere else, for you were created to love Me, and I created you to be loved by Me.  Sickness abounds, and death and suicide abound because My people have ignored My word.  I said in II Chronicles 7:14 that “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.  I want you to come, I want you to love Me.  I cannot force you, and I will not try.”

“To those that have hearkened unto My voice and the moving of My Spirit, I stand only to elevate you in the spirit.  As you continue to move with My voice and My direction through the Holy Spirit, you will attain to the things I put in you long ago.  You have journeyed to this place with Me where I am releasing into your hands the things that I caused you to pray for; the things that I caused you to fast and intercede for.  And this is the season says the Lord that I will grant you your heart’s desire because I have found you to be faithful to lay aside every weight that did beset you in the past.  You chose to lay down your lives to follow after Me, and I call you faithful.  I call You My chosen.  Remember ‘many are called, but few are chosen’.  We are entering a time together says the Lord that I am separating the wheat from the tares.  I am removing the stumbling blocks that prevented My passionate ones from forging ahead with the heavenly visions and the heavenly callings, and I will give to those all the necessary tools to see My work accomplished.  I have not wanted to take from one to give to another, and I have given space and time for repentance, but I have found very little.  I have applauded those that did humble themselves, and will continue to do so.  But the time is short and the war is ahead, and the battle belongs to Me and to Mine that pursue with Me verses their own lives.  You have given your all to serve Me, says the Lord, and I will reward you openly for what you’ve laid down privately.  I have seen the heart sacrifices that made you cry.  Do not fear that you cried, do not criticize yourselves for the tears, for I have found them to be precious and I have bottled them up as my word declares.  While you were crying, you were dying.  And I promised you through the Apostle Paul that if you suffered with Me, you would reign with Me.  This is a season where My people will reign, and the earth will look around in astonishment for the ones that will rule, and the ones that speak with such authority and the ones that move forward and take what is theirs to take in My name.  The nations will question the shift.  But many will not question for they will know that the fruit of the past and present wars are spoils for My chosen that been faithful to Me.  Their hearts will be fearful, and they will look for a place to repent.  Be ready with arms of compassion to receive these that come to you just as Joseph’s brothers came to him and did in that day, bow down just as he’d spoken many years before.  To all the Joseph’s, get ready for increase, get ready for promotion.  For I know that since you have submitted to Me and allowed yourself to die in the pit, and be stripped of your robes of favor, and be lied about and forsaken and forgotten,  that you no longer want vengeance and you no longer want restitution and you no longer seek and ask to be avenged.  You no longer care about those things because all of that died while you were crying and saying to Me, “No matter what it takes Lord, no matter what it takes – all I want is You!”  I heard you, and I know.  And just like I spoke to my servant Solomon that I would give him all that he did not even ask for because he asked Me only for wisdom, I shall do for you says the Lord.  And though these great men before you lived their stories and their trials and their victories hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years ago, My grace remains the same.  And though technology and the times and all the earth’s growth is so vastly different from that of old, I AM the same yesterday, today and forever.  Watch Me do what I said I would do.  Faint not in the day of trouble, and rest your heads upon My bosom where you have found complete joy and fulfillment.  And when I bring all of this into your hand, you will do what is pure and right in My sight, because you died in my arms-you gave your life that I might live through you, and because of the powerful presence of My Spirit in your life, you will do exploits, you will see the miraculous in your day, and My name will be highly exalted through your praise and thanksgiving!  Hold out your hands, your delivery is on the way!”

Speechless,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

 

 

GET READY FOR BATTLE

From Pastor Rusty

The Lord spoke an encouraging message to me for JSM on 9-30-07.  We were very encouraged by it, and wanted to share it with everyone, as it is an exhortation to the entire body of Christ.  It is strength to all those in the Lord’s army whose one desire is to follow their leader.  Here was the first thing He spoke to me:  “Get ready for battle.”  I questioned the Lord when I heard Him say those words, “Get ready for battle?  Lord, haven’t we been in battle for some time now?”  As I began to write down the word He’d spoken to me, He said, “You have been in boot camp (a wilderness experience).” 

This boot camp is and has been a time for fully submitting our will, our time, ourselves, our everything to the Lord.  It has been a time of building up our spiritual muscles.  It has been a time of learning the “code book”; getting to know our team mates that will be fighting next to us, while keeping guard over our hearts.  This has been all about the Lord building for Himself a team of warriors who will be effective in the Spirit, and thereby able to affect our surroundings.  WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR BATTLE.  (Don’t be discouraged by the word “preparing” for battle, as I am sure you too feel that you have already been so embattled for so long, that you almost cannot handle another day of it.  But stay tuned…The Holy Spirit gave my wife a revelation that excited us even more concerning this word.  We trust you will be greatly encouraged by it as well (you’ll see it at the end of this message).

Boot Camp is defined at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/recruit training as the following:  Recruit training is the initial indoctrination and instruction given to new military personnel. It may be common to all recruits, officers being selected on the basis of competency shown during recruit training, or for the listed ranks only. Officer trainees undergo a much longer program, which may either precede or follow the common recruit training.

Boot Camp is a USA term for describing the training facility for new army recruits when engaged in Basic Military Training (BMT). The words "Boot Camp" are not used outside the USA. The process has been described by Canadian military historian, Gwynne Dyer as a form of conditioning in which inductees are encouraged to partially submerge their individuality for the good of their unit.  “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live.  It is Christ that lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20 

Dyer argues that this conditioning is essential for military function because combat requires people to endure stress and perform actions which are simply not present in normal life. “Endure hardness with us as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”  II Timothy 2:3

The nature and extent of this conditioning varies from one military service to another. Some systems of training seek to totally break down the individual and remold that person to the desired behavior. Other systems attempt to change the individual to suit the organization, whilst retaining key elements of the recruit's personality. The differences between the two approaches are often subtle.

The reasoning seems to be that if a recruit cannot be relied upon to obey orders and follow instructions in routine matters--be they folding one's clothing, standing at attention, paying proper attention to hygiene--it is unlikely that he or she will be reliable in a combat situation, where there may be a strong urge to disobey orders or flee. The recruit who cannot work as part of a team (the unit) and comply with the routine tasks of boot camp, therefore, is more likely to place him/herself, comrades, and the mission in jeopardy.

Recruits are instructed in "drill": to stand, march, and respond to orders in an unquestioning manner.  “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.  This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord.  I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.”  Hebrews 8:9-10 

Drilling performs a psychological function, by inculcating the response to commands and training the recruit to act unhesitatingly in the face of real combat situations. It can also serve a role in leadership training. Combat situations include not only commands to engage and put one's life in danger, but also commands to disengage when military necessity so demands. Most military commentators say that this conditioning is essential for military function, because without it, a military unit would likely disintegrate under the stress of combat and degenerate into a mere armed mob. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12  “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”  I Peter 4:12-13

Recruits are usually subjected to rigorous physical training, both to prepare for the demands of combat and to weed out the less able or insufficiently motivated. This also builds morale for the remaining recruits who have met the physical requirements.  Read Mark 4:3-25

We are in our “wilderness” during this time period. We have to make it on our own. There is no cheating and no borrowing of resources; there are no shortcuts to being made suitable for battle. We have to learn to make it, no matter what comes our way.

Wilderness is generally defined as a natural environment on Earth that has not been modified by human activity. Wilderness is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons as well.  Some nature writers believe wilderness is vital for the human spirit and creativity.

The word, "wilderness", derived from the notion of "wildness".  In other words, that which is not controllable by humans. In our wilderness experience, we learn how to “not to be controlled by humans or any other thing or person besides our Creator”. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27  Simply put, we struggle in our flesh to please those we care about, and even those we don’t.  We just do not want to be rejected; we all want to be loved.  But if we choose to follow Christ, not simply attend church, but follow Christ, we will have to make choices sometimes as to whether we will please God or please our fellow man.  This choice is much more difficult to make when it comes to those we worship with.   

Read II Timothy 2:1-15

As I delivered the message on Sunday, 9-30-07, my wife received this revelation and prophetic exhortation for the body: 

“Boot camp has been the hard place; the place of dying to yourself, and allowing Me to reign in you.  You need not fear the battle!  The time of battle is at hand, but you need not fear it, for the battle is this:  You go out in My name to conquer your enemies, possess that which belongs to you, and also take the spoils from the battlefield.  So this is a time to rejoice and go forward – not a time to retreat!  Tell My people, ‘do not fear or you will be overtaken.  Do not retreat, as this is what your enemy hopes you will do.  Rather stand strong in Me, rejoice in Me, and let your praises of thanksgiving rise from your hearts of worship, and see what I will do for you, says the Lord your God!!!” 

May you all be blessed and strengthened by His word, and may you overtake all the enemies in your land!  Go out and conquer, and apprehend in Jesus’ name!

Excited warrior,

Pastor Rusty

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted. 

 

  The Liberty in Loving With His Love

October 3, 2007

 

Love equals ministry, yet too often we as the church, are willing to minister only to those in our local congregations.  The Lord is not gratified by this, and wants us to change our behavior.  His love reaches out to the unlovely, the un-loveable, and even those that do not reciprocate.  Even as Jesus hung on the cross, bleeding and suffering for all of us, with no signed contracts guaranteeing that any would ever follow Him, He still cried out to His father, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Wow!  Now that is love.

If we restrict our ministry to just those that attend our services or to just those that financially support our ministries, we are missing the love boat.  Love is never ending and it is far reaching.  Love is the power to change a life, and when we withhold love from even those we do not agree with, we are taking charge of God’s gift, and that is not our right.

We must learn to reach outside the realm of our respective ministries, and beg if we have to, for the revelation that Jesus taught his disciples in Mark 9:38-39.  “Teacher”, said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop because he was not one of us.”  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said.  “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us, is for us.”  This can be applied not only to those outside our particular beliefs or our ways of conducting worship services, but it can be applied to those with whom we no longer fellowship. 

If you have lost a church member or a friend due to a disagreement or misunderstanding, and there has been no way for reconciliation, see if God will allow you the opportunity to minister to them.  He will.  He will call upon us at times to give when we do not feel like giving, just as we are required to forgive when we do not feel like forgiving. 

But there is a gift accessible for those that will love outside the box, outside their own walls of ministry.  If we will exercise and put into practice His love, we can unwrap the beautiful, life-giving gift and enjoy it daily.  It’s called Liberty!  And when we love without any expectation of receiving anything in return, there is such a freedom released in us that makes us want to love someone else, and so on and so on.  It bubbles up and makes us want to just give love away!  It is called the fruit of joy, and it is pure evidence of our union with Him, and it manifests when we are liberated to love with His love.

Let freedom ring!

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

 

 

  Sign of the Birthings...It's Harvest Time!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

 

As I have mentioned above, and abroad, I record my dreams dreams/visions/specials times with the Lord in my diary, and they are kept there.  On occasion, I have been impressed upon by His Spirit to pull them out to be shared with someone as a word of encouragement.  In light of the prophetic word shown below, and recently delivered, I feel compelled to share an exciting experience I had this week.  If you’ve read the word below, and if you’ve heard from many other prophets and prophetic people during this season, then you know that the body of Christ is about to receive from heaven in a great and mighty way. 

What I want to share is in direct relation to the word He gave me regarding “inheritance”.  As He was speaking the word to me on September 8, 2007, I was overcome with emotion and thanksgiving as I typed and typed, and received, and was made full of expectation.  Also in the word, He speaks of a birthing.  Now fast forward to the night of September 24th and into the morning of September 25th

The details of the dream are important only to my husband and I, but the meaning of the dream is significant for everyone awaiting the arrival of their promised birthing.  As I shared the dream with my husband during breakfast, I told him that I understood what the dream meant, but I did not know why we were ministering from the location we found ourselves in.  Before I could put a period/question mark at the end of my sentence, the Holy Spirit gave me the answer.  This location we were ministering from was the place where my inheritance was stolen from me.  I began to cry and give thanks, and had to leave the breakfast table to be alone with my Lord. 

I share this with you because I know the Lord is moving the same all over the body of Christ.  He is revealing, He is exposing, He is releasing, and we are in for an awesome time in this earth.  Be expectant, be excited, and just watch Him deliver what He has promised.  This is not a time to retreat!  This is not a time to “be weary in well doing, for in due season, you shall reap if you faint not.”  I personally have had to battle with just quitting today.  I even said in my frustration over something that I could not get to work correctly, “I give up.”  I have not had the heaviness of that spirit in awhile, but today it came, and it mocked me saying, “Aren’t you a prophet that has just delivered this ‘awesome’ word to the church?”  The enemy harassed me, but I quenched many fiery darts like this one today with my shield of faith.  I love my Lord too much to withdraw now.  I have come too far to walk away from the things He has promised that are just over the horizon.  I am dilated to about 8 cm, and I am not interested in being sent home in false labor!

The Lord deserves my praise with or without the blessing, and He deserves my loyalty whether or not I ever receive another thing from Him.  And by the grace of God, I will continue forward and I will exalt Him name!  He is my savior and He is my life.  The blessings He has promised are just icing on the cake for me – He is all I need.  However, He has given us another reason to give thanks for the good things He does.  I am grateful that we are about to receive back all that the canker worm has eaten, and to have so many things returned that were stolen from us.  We have been forgiven, our sins are under the blood, and we worship our God in spirit and in truth.  And because we have not asked for the death of our enemies, and because we have not asked for riches or long life, He will also give us those things that we have not asked for!

Looking for birth announcements from all over the world,

Prophetess Lisa 

Monday, September 17, 2007

 

As I awakened this morning, I was still prophesying in my "half-asleep, half-awake" state, and to whom, I do not know.  Then I began to have a vision.  There was a huge, dark ship on the seas.  The clouds above were dark and ominous, just as the ship was.  There were watchmen on the ship, all prepared to fire forward.  Just in front of the ship I could see a brilliant, white ship, which was very small in comparison to the large, dark ship.  But it rocked along in the deep seas as if it owned the sea itself, almost smiling.  The dark ship loomed large over it, so much so that the small, white ship was under its’ shadow.  I did not feel afraid, and in fact was almost tickled at how the small, white ship just rocked along, getting even closer to the large, dark ship that was obviously on a mission – hunting for someone to destroy.

In an instant, the small, white ship dipped under the surface of the water, passed under the dark ship, and popped up on the other side.  The watchmen on the dark ship, still facing forward, eyebrows furrowed with intent and search,  were as numerous as the length of the ship.  All of a sudden, the small, white ship, now on the opposite side of the watchmen from the dark ship, sent out one, single shot which caused a massive explosion that totally destroyed and burned up the large, dark ship. 

I wanted to clap as I watched the victorious, one shot battle that destroyed the powers of darkness!  I heard the Lord say that we have entered into the season where by His spirit, strategies are being released for us to take the land, which in effect, destroys the enemy and his dark plans!  We simply need to give our ear to the Lord, and He will direct our paths through this time.  “This is a joyous time in battle.  This is not a season of defeat for the body of Christ", says the Lord, "but it is a time to rejoice in battle!  These are the kinds of miraculous takeovers that you’ve only read about in the written word.  These are the kinds of victories that you have longed for, but thought you may never see – that maybe they just wouldn’t fall into your hands.  But, NO!, NO!, NO!”, says the Lord –“They are upon you, yes, even you!  And you will take the spoils from the battle”, says the Lord, “for yourselves and for your household!  Even as Joshua and Caleb went out to spy the land that I had promised their fathers, you have done your own spying”, says the Lord.  “And for those of you that have arisen to the occasion through your worship and your tenacious spirits to do My bidding and My callings”, says, God, “I am giving you the land!!!  You did see the giants, you did know that it would not come easy to you, but you had a different spirit”, says the Lord.  “You have a word of faith in your mouth that gushed forth and said, ‘I cannot do this thing, but My God can do all things!  He will give us this land for His kingdom and we will not fail!’  “Therefore”, says God, “It is your time to arise and go forth.  You will take the land and you will take the spoils, and you will take the people that have dwelt in the land of dryness and darkness, having an overcoming hedge that they could not penetrate”, says God.  “But because My spirit is upon you, My bride, you will set them free with My word to KNOW Me, to worship Me, to experience a relationship beyond any they have EVER tasted”, says the Lord your God!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise His holy name!!!  Let all the saints say, “We will rejoice in the God of our salvation forever and ever, and we will worship before the throne of almighty God, our King and Savior who lives forevermore!”

The Spirit of the Lord reminded me of a prophetic word He’d given me in May, 2005, in which He spoke of “shifting” and “transitioning”.  Here is the word:  “I am doing a shifting in the body of Christ.  (A call to remember the scripture, ‘The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous’)  “My people have believed that treasure would come from the lost world, and it shall, but it shall also come from within My body.  For there have been many that have been given facilities, strategies and monies to do My will, but they have misused it”, says the Lord.  “Therefore, I will take it from their hands and I will put in the hands of those that will do the right thing with it, the things that I purposed to be done!”

I have believed this thing would come to pass just like I believe my name is Lisa.  It is so close at hand, that I am almost nervous about the things God is about to do.  I rejoice, and I grieve.  My heart is grieved for those that will lose what was once a gift from God.  I do lift those before the Lord, and ask for His mercy and His unfailing love to cover them, even in their time of demotion.  I pray for full repentance, and that we as the body of Christ, will stand beside them providing intercessory prayers of love and restoration.  And I pray that those that are about to be partakers of these inheritances, will remain humble servants before our Almighty God, and that our hearts are continually changing in His presence, as He rules and reigns in us completely!

To God be the glory forever and ever, amen!

Prophetess Lisa

Saturday, September 8, 2007

 

8:30 a.m.  As I was praying for and thanking Him for provision for JSM, I began to make these proclamations…Thank you Lord for providing the facilities for worship and training, and for all the businesses You have shown me that we will own!  I thank you Lord that we will not always struggle financially to do the work You've called us to do, and we will be a conduit for others to come out of poverty, where they themselves did not receive an inheritance!  I thank you Lord that You have planned from the beginning to gather those of us that have been as bastards, the fatherless, hungry and thirsty for someone to bless us; for someone to lay their hands on our heads and express and command the goodness of the Lord over our lives.  We have lived in the desert for most of our lives, and we have thirsted. Yet many of us appear to be as fruitful and rich, to be as full as others that truly are.  To those of us in that state, we thirst even the more because no one can see our lack, therefore, no water source has been provided.  So we turn to You, Great and Mighty God who sees all and knows all.  You have promised a blessing to us, and a blessing You shall bring.  We thank You for hearing our cries of desperation, just as You did thousands of years ago when Your chosen people cried out in their bondage – You sent them a deliverer.  And so shall You do for us!

Your plan is huge.  Your plan not only blesses us and our seed, but we get to, with the blessing, bless others and their seed.  We get to change a generation, and many that will follow, because of what You have bestowed upon us.  Bestowed is the correct word, because the blessing is in the spirit realm, making its' way to its' destinations.  You are bringing them in their right season, and I feel them just around the corner.  I see the buildings, I can almost touch them, they are so near.  You are bringing to pass what You’ve promised me for years, and I am humbled, relieved and so expectant of what it will be like to walk in the blessing.  I liken it unto a child being adopted by loving parents after he has remained in the government facility for many years, watching other children being taken away to loving homes.  He is happy for the child, but he cries and wonders if he will ever be loved – will anyone ever look at him and say, “Yes, he’s the child we want!”  He cries on his pillow at night when others are not looking.  For during the day, he makes playtime with the other orphans, the bastards that run around hopelessly looking to be loved; looking to be called upon because they have worth.  These children, left unadopted, grow up with crippled emotions – “they’ll never be loved like others”, “they’ll never excel like others”, “they don’t quite fit in like others”, “they’ll always be subservient to others, never expected to grow beyond and have authority”…

But when the Master steps into the room and looks past all the happy faces, he spots one that tries to smile, because he knows he must impress the One coming to take him to his dream; coming to take him to a home of his own; coming to give him an inheritance; coming to save his life and give him purpose so that he does not perish as a barren son.  The master sees all the smiles, but He sees deep inside where no one else can see, except the workers that weary with the same children over and over, wondering themselves, "What in the world is wrong with the child – why doesn’t anyone want him?"  The Master gives hugs and attention to all the children in the room, but has already decided in His heart that He will choose the one that no one else wants.  He chooses the bastard child.  He signs the papers, and takes His prized possession with Him to his new home – his palace, his place of development – he will be remade.  It will take a long time to undo the damage that has been in his life due to loneliness, abandonment, fear, rejection, betrayal, hopelessness, emotional and spiritual rape…But the Master will succeed!  He has already dreamed a dream for the son, and has kept it alive because He planted it inside the son.  The son thought about it almost daily – he existed for it – he hoped it would come to pass, but he was never certain it would. Afteral, he’d been looked over so many times before.  But now, as the son spends day after day, week after week, year after year with His master, he has restored hope.  He is beginning to walk a little straighter and to think more clearly as the cobwebs of his past are being swept away daily.  He is a little more vibrant, and excited that his dream is coming to pass.  He knows that the Master has to release to fullness of the dream to him, and it is only a matter of time; time enough for his legs to become straighter, his mind to become clean, and his heart to rejoice fully for the first time.

"And the day is coming", says the Lord!  "The day for the dreams to be released!  The day for the abandoned to give their love, the day for the lost to seek others, the day for the wounded to heal, and the day for impoverished financially, socially, emotionally and spiritually, to fund educations, provide support to others, to counsel, and to an overall meeting of others’ needs.  The Master will give the command to His angels that do His bidding, and simultaneously the keys are placed into the keyholes, and turned at once, unlocking the hidden treasures that have been kept away for such a time as this. They are like masses of doves being released at once – a beauty and a power to behold."  The Master will smile with delight as each of the sons take hold of the inheritance and follow through with the dream He planted in them so long ago.  Because just like those that were given talents, they will receive increase as they go about planting as He instructs. 

"The day is coming", says the Lord, "when you will apprehend and you will have in your hands all that you need to accomplish what I have spoken to you in the secret place.  In the tiny corners of your hearts and minds, you have stored the words and the visions and the dreams that I have planted within you", says the Lord, "and the time is coming for them to come through the birth canal.  In the last stages of your labor", says the Lord, I" will cause the travail to cease as your wombs are opened to deliver My seed of promise.  Your birthings will cause rejoice to break out on the left and on the right side of you, and you will be full – you and your household!  I will no longer withhold from those that have sought Me day and night, for I have promised in My word and by My spirit that I will fill those that hunger and thirst for righteousness.  That filling is the destiny I’ve planted in you.  You’ve longed to have purpose and you’ve longed to be fulfilled in it, and it is coming!  Your spiritual breakthrough is at hand in a big way, as the heads are crowning.  I am bringing forth these babies in the land to accomplish My purposes and My goals for a two-fold reason:  #1) That I might bless you and establish you in the earth as My beloved, the one with whom I am in covenant.  And # 2) That you might go forth with what I give you to be a blessing to others.  Let me warn you…those that take what is Mine and do wrong in My sight, I will judge you.  I have not withheld from you for the long period of time so that you could squander what I am about to deliver, but I have tempered you, I have trained you, and I have sought you to be a conduit of blessing.  Your enemy will come to pull you, and the birthing from My purpose, but you are strong in Me if you make Me your dwelling place in the time of increase.  Be watchful for the prideful spirit that will taunt you, as you must overcome him.  He is my arch enemy, and because I have overcome him, you can overcome him but only through your worship of Me, which is the thing he detests.  And to those that will remain faithful with the things I place in your trust, I stand only to increase even that", says the Lord.  "For you have shown where your heart is, and that is not in the treasures of this world, but in your quiet place where you hear My voice, and follow My will, and do my bidding at the expense of everything you have held onto in this life for security.  You have laid down the crutches, you have put aside the foolish things that once were appealing to you, and you have sought me with an unquenchable thirst for more of My presence.  You will be the ones to conquer the enemies in your land.  You will be the ones that will have a spirit like David did – simply to worship and exalt My name in the land, and refuse a name for yourselves.  And because of this, some of you will have a name, but you will not allow others to exalt you.  Even now you run from that because your heart is truly after Me.  You have been faithful over a few things, and now I will make you ruler over many – I will do it, says the Lord, and I will do it swiftly."

"Even now the nurses as it were are in place – the table of labor is being rearranged for the birthing that is coming.  The baby beds are in place, the right lighting is functional, the Dr. is about to be called into the room, which is My spirit.  My Spirit will deliver the babies, and they will be placed in your hands for you to care for.  And just as you would with your own natural babies, you will seek Me for the wisdom to guide and nourish what I have given you.  And as you look upon the babies, you will see eye colors you were not aware of - you will see features you did not expect, but you will smile.  You will be surprised", says the Lord, "because you only dreamed what your baby would look like.  But I created every detail, of which some are left to your surprise on the day of delivery."

"Go forth and give birth My children as the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you.  I will overshadow You with My righteousness and I will keep you through the delivery.  You are My blessings, and You will deliver My seeds.  The earth is ready to receive them, so be prepared to sew them immediately.  You say 'But Lord, where, how?'  "Many of you have already heard and known for years and months what your first step would be once the dream was birthed into your hands.  Take that first step, then I will give you the next.  This will always be a walk of faith, and I will always guide you.  I love you with an everlasting love, and I trust you to accomplish the work I have prepared you to do!!!"

Laying prostrate before Him,

Prophetess Lisa 

 

He Sees No Losers

True Evangelism is Our Daily Walk to Win His World

August, 2007

While preparing for a meeting earlier this week, the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts, as He so often does, and began to give me a scenario of the great divide between the body of Christ and those who do not profess Him as Savior.  Too many within the church have the wrong view of those outside it; they view them as losers and rejects, and unfortunately I have heard people use these very words.  In fact, there was a time when I spoke the same way about the lost, the unsaved, but “God loved” people, outside the four walls of our worship centers.  More on my transformation later in this article. 

In this scene, He brought to mind a picture of someone that I care deeply for, who is struggling so hard to believe that God even loves him.  His past is filled with sins committed both by him and against him.  I can relate to his struggle, as I, in the early nineties, contemplated suicide while I was a regular church member, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and studying His word daily.  (Which, by the way, is what lead me to the transformation from a self righteous Christian to a compassionate fisher of men.)

Not only is the world full of people that are lost and lonely, but so is the body of Christ.  Too often these people are overlooked, intentionally, and regarded as “losers”, even by born again Christians.  The Lord showed me, no He spoke to me the thoughts of some that regularly attend church, and it went something like this…”He has always been sorry, and no good for nothin’.  He had good parents and I just don’t understand how he can do some of the things he has done.  He just needs to get more involved in the church and then he could change himself into a better person”.

There is more than one contradiction to scripture with statements such as these, but for the sake of time and space, I will focus on the main, most important aspect of this.  The bible tells us that “There is none righteous, no not one.”  Romans 3:10-18  Yet the persons that speak like this day after day, and inside the four walls of the church, are saying that God is a liar.  They are declaring, without even knowing they are doing it, that they are somehow better than this drug addict, or sex offender, or murderer or thief, or whatever sins this man has been caught up in.

To the person making such comments, the Lord wants to say that, ‘You may have never committed murder or any of the other sins you see in your brother, or your lost fellow man, but you are still not any more righteous than he is.  When you present yourself to Me, I do not look at what you have done or not done, I look for the blood that was shed for you and for this man.  And when I see it, I look past the sins.  And if you so choose to seek after Me and come to know Me, not only through your salvation experience, but a daily walk of devotion to Me, then it will be My righteousness that I see in you, and not any of your good works, or the absence of sin.  So it is not “our goodness” that keeps us in right standing with the Lord.

And to the persons that have been wounded by such comments, and/or carried the heavy burden of sin, the Lord wants to say that, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow”.  Isaiah 1:18-20  He did not say that you are condemned, nor did He call you a loser.  He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30  That’s it!  You don’t have to clean yourself up or rid yourself of your sins.    In fact you can’t do that anyway.  Only the blood can cleanse you, his resurrection power can rid you, and He will forgive you of those sins!

Well, you can imagine that I was shouting as He was speaking because as I have said in the past “Jesus died for everybody, not just the ‘good ones’!”  And I do not intend any sarcasm here, and I am not trying to be funny.  It is simply that the Father is grieved when we look at another in judgment, and yet can’t seem to see A.)  That we are no more righteous than the one we are judging, and B.)  He came for the sick (the addicted and the afflicted).  He said in John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  Luke 5:31-32 tells us who He came for, and why He came - it was not for the righteous.  “Jesus answered them and said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  The whole world is sick with sin, because sin has touched every one of us.

The question is, do we want to take a good long look into our own mirrors and see what He already sees in us?  If we do that, we will surely see that His word is true, and that there really are none righteous, no not one.  Let’s remember that we are to remove the log from our own eye before we try to remove the tiny stick from our brother’s eye.  And we can’t even do this until we submit our lives to Him and acknowledge that we can’t be “good little Christians” with our regular church attendance, our faithful tithing and serving.  We must know that our entire existence, our joy and all the good that we do must be born from a personal, intimate relationship with our creator.

To God be the glory for delivering us daily from the prideful, judgmental, self-righteous attitudes.  I certainly developed one when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and believed myself to be privileged.  It truly is a privilege to receive all of His gifts, but they become as sounding brass and tinkling symbols if I do not have love for my brother.  And here is where He began to transform my way of thinking in this regard:  In 1990, a woman very dear to my heart was struggling in a relationship.  She was living with, and eventually married the love of her life.  I guess you could say they had a love/hate relationship with each other because when they were drinking, which was everyday due to their addiction, they fought terribly.  I blamed him for all their troubles because I just couldn’t see any wrong in her.  She was a divorced mother of three, and I grieved for the children.

One night during our regular Saturday evening intercessory prayer sessions, the Lord interrupted my “prayer list” and showed me the young man’s face.  As I saw his face, I began to see something else.  I saw straight through to his heart.  He was in serious emotional pain and anguish, and I began to cry because I could not only see it, I could feel it.  My heart broke on and on, as I wept for nearly half an hour for what I could feel.  I no longer saw him as a loser, but rather a victim.  I had revelation:  he was trapped in this lifestyle, as was his wife, and neither of them had any idea of how to break free.  The alcohol was bigger than both of them, and they were lost.  Not losers, but precious people that were lost. 

This was my first experience with intercessory prayer, and believe me I came away very humbled and repentant.  I understood at that moment that God does not see people the way we in the church so often look at them.  I repented, not just at that time, but regularly for the judgments I’d had towards others, and I begged God to deliver me from that way of thinking.  He forgave me, and He through His word and His power, transformed me.  To God be the glory!

So if it is that we enter in to His sufferings through prayer and worship, why then is the body of Christ still filled with so many divisions and judgments towards its’ own as well as those outside the four walls?  We are simply not making our way into His presence, which is the place that we discover His heart for not only our own lives, but our brothers’ and sisters’ lives as well.  Church attendance and the idea of being a good Christian will not change us, so how can we expect to ever be the light and salt in the earth to help others.

Loving You more and more everyday Lord, and desiring to decrease that You increase in Me.  May Your glory be what others see in me, and may you use this vessel to win Your people to Your holy bosom, where fulfillment and peace and purpose is revealed.

Humbly I write,

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

Give Me a Sign

July, 2007

Several weeks ago, I was engaged in a business conversation that eventually lead to a discussion about "nuts" and "flakes" within the church.  These were not my words, but they were the expression of the person with whom I was speaking.  During the conversation, I began to feel the prophetic voice and the compassion of the Lord rising within me, which always speaks the truth to the hearer without crushing the other person.  Jesus did not come to condemn through His teaching, but to liberate all that would "hear" what He had to say.  In a kind way, because that is His way, I addressed the slang referral to those in the body of Christ that never intended to be "nutty" or "flaky", as ones that "most likely had a sincerity of heart, but slightly misguided".  Our conversation moved towards the "end times", and those that have made predictions that never came to pass, obviously, as the body of Christ is still here, awaiting our Savior's return.

The fact that many have predicted that Jesus would return on this date and that, is a sign of the times in itself.  Many prophetic words have been fulfilled, and are being fulfilled today, but this is one particular sign that is so confirming of His soon return, and it is beautiful.  It is the call to unity that we have sensed for a couple of years now, and the move towards it that is a sure sign that Jesus is waiting with anticipation for the words from His Father, "It is time!"  We are told in Ephesians 5:27 that He is looking for His bride to become "without spot or wrinkle".  We are not there yet, but we are making strides in the Spirit that are propelling us towards His return.  Repentance is taking place amongst those who have been divided, separated, and torn apart by the lies and the workings of Satan himself. 

I have heard many people talk about troops that depend on communication to remain safe, and ultimately to win the battle.  So much damage has been done to the body of Christ in the area of communication, and this has resulted in the masses being wounded and left for dead.  Even the troops that do not name the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior know better than to leave a fallen brother behind.  We are being urged by the Holy Spirit in this hour to reach out to each other in love and compassion rather than to gloat over one that has fallen.  God forgive us, and quicken us to recognize the temptation to this wrongdoing so that we may become a sweet smelling savor unto You.

This is not a new thing the Lord is requiring of us, as He left explicit instructions for us in His word.  Jesus taught us how to love each other, and the Apostle Paul and others left us instructions as well.  There is one weapon that could destroy the walls that have separated His body from itself, and it's written in His word.  Mathew 18:15 tells us that if we have a problem with our brother we should go to Him alone, and tell him his fault.  If the body of Christ would do this one thing, imagine how the gaps would close in.  Imagine the security that would hold each of us together, knowing that there are no secrets, no whispering from this one to that one, no back biting, no manipulation, therefore no unforgiveness.  Wounds would not lay open for years at at time, causing "roots of bitterness to spring up and trouble many" (Hebrews 12:14-15).  What a beautiful bride WE WILL be when we get this revelation and act upon it.  We need to cast out all fear; fear of each other, fear of rejection, etc., and do what His word told us to do.  "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of a sound mind".  (II Timothy 1:7)  Therefore WE CAN do this act; WE HAVE the ability and the power to obey His word.  We need to be "doers of His word, and not "hearers only".  This is likened to one having an injury that requires treatment, but he never actually gets up to obtain the medication and bandages that would so quickly and easily heal the afflicted area.  "I am hurting and bleeding, and I see the medication on the table in front of me, but I just don't want to get up and get it, so I'll just bleed".  

Take a chance.  Call someone that you've hurt, or someone that has hurt you and resolve that issue before it becomes a cancer.  Maybe it has already become a cancer; you, and/or the other party is bleeding.  You love each other, you want to be together, but the stubborn pride prevents you from moving.  "They might hang up the phone, or turn their back, or reject me completely and cause me to hurt all over again".  These are probably some of the  thoughts that concern you regarding the broken relationship, but you do have the necessary weapon to conquer this thing.  Even if, worse case scenario, the person rejects you, you are still OBEYING the word of the Lord, and that can never turn out badly for you.  You will experience a liberty in your soul that you have needed.  You will rise higher in the spirit, and will put yourself in a position to love that person unconditionally, and be able to forget the pain of the injury, thereby making you a good candidate for intercessory prayer for the other party.  That's a win-win!

We cannot control the outcome of godly confrontations, but we are required to obey His word.  That's it.  He can handle the rest, but He cannot do anything until we first obey His word.  This is a good sign of His coming when His body is moved towards, first:  obedience in what seems like a small matter, and secondly: responding positively to those that seek our forgiveness.  And that is an issue "washed in the water of the word", "ironed-out", leaving no spot or wrinkle; a smooth path for God to spread His love and His light so that others will see His glory through our actions.  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you that you also love one another.  By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another."  John 13:34-35

Longing to be His disciple,

Prophetess Lisa

 

  Many Years Ago

June, 2007

Normally I post the current word from the Lord at the top of this section.  Actually, it is a current word, although the Lord spoke it to me 16 years ago, almost to the day.  It will come to pass as we surrender all to Him, including, but not limited to our spiritual plans.  If we want to see revival, we must first have repentance.  It is the little foxes that spoil the vine, which are like our religious ideas and programs, and things that have a form of godliness, but the power is not present.  Without purity, there is no power.  Without His power, there is no healing deliverance, release of joy, life and the abundance the church is always seeking.  

Here is the word as recorded in my diary on May 22, 1991:  (After some time in intercession, He spoke):  "In the days ahead, this type of intercession will set the captives free.  The traditional alter service will change.  This is the reason the enemy thrives on people getting bound in religion - it's because they are doing their own will - they are doing what they think I want.  That is why the world is so sick.  Tradition has bound the church, which is My tool in the world.  But I AM getting ready to move in and do something about it.  This is why the enemy is fighting My people so hard that are desiring to die to 'self'.  He knows that when that happens, it will be My Spirit operating through My people, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!"

"I mean liberty, that when I come in the room, the enemy will flee.  No longer will man take credit at the alters for what I will do, for I will do it for them while they stand and worship Me, and while they sit in their benches.  Am I not God?  Don't I know the need in every heart?  I will come in and perform it!  Just as I said to the mountain in Zechariah 4:6-7...This self-willed, religious game is a mountain, but I AM going to make it a plain!  My hand is upon My people and I will complete the good work that I've begun in each of them.  I never leave the thirsting without quenching that thirst!"

Looking for His visitation,

Prophetess Lisa 

 

The Ultimate Expression of Worship

March, 2007

 

With the many different ways the body of Christ chooses to worship, and some of them controversial, there is one which has no bounds, no denominational ties, and no one has the market on it.  No particular group adheres to it, and no one can lay claim to it.  It is not glamorous, but it is costly.  It is costly because those who embrace it will lose their lives as they know it.  This expression of worship requires our everything.  Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow Me closely”.  Mark 8:34  This is hard to do, especially when you see others whose crosses do not look as hard to carry as your own.  It is hard because it is a denial, a sacrifice of our own desires and our own will; it is a choosing to embrace Him no matter what. 

A few weeks ago the Lord allowed me a glimpse of how He feels when we either deny or choose Him.  He spoke to me regarding Job.  Satan petitioned God for Job, stating that he only loved God because He had blessed him and his family.  God wanted to prove his servant's loyalty, so he gave the okay for Satan to tempt him.  Satan was not permitted, however, to take Job’s life.  Job had the choice to either deny the Lord, or stand by His God even through his many afflictions.  Job chose to stand, and in the end, his life was far greater than it had been before.  We are daily making that choice ourselves.  We either cause Him to rejoice when we choose Him, or we cause Him to grieve when we do not. 

When we are confronted with the choice between good and evil, right and wrong, even in what we think of as the smallest of things, we are making a choice either for Him or for ourselves.  And if we choose Him, we are ultimately making good choices for ourselves, though for the moment they may not feel so good.  We worship Him with our obedience.  This is why it is costly.  The scripture says in I Samuel 15:22, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience?  Obedience is far better than sacrifice.  He is much more interested in your listening to Him than in your offering the fat of rams to Him”.  He does not want us to offer Him things, money or a make-up date in place of the immediate thing He is calling us to.  He is always progressing us towards His perfect plan for our lives, and with each step of obedience, we are that much closer to fulfilling our purpose.  Though at times your surroundings may appear bleak, just remember that every fruit and every vegetable, and even a dream and/or a vision all started with a seed.  A farmer awaits his harvest with patience, giving care to the seeds he has sewn.  He nurtures and protects his garden, as he knows that with the proper care (continual obedience), he will soon have a harvest.

Buy why?  Why does the Lord want us to follow Him so desperately that He would go to the extreme measures He has gone to in order to redeem us?  Was it just so we could fulfill the destiny He has called us to?  It was that, it is that, but the reason behind it can be found in a four letter word:  LOVE.  He simply, yet so greatly loves us.  Anyone can offer a sacrifice and “be done with it”.  But not just anyone can obey and obey, and follow until it hurts – that’s when it becomes costly.  And that is when you’ve got the Lord’s attention!  His heart is moved on behalf of the obedient followers that simply trust Him through it all.  He wants relationship, no robots.  He does not desire the warm, half-hearted “here’s your sacrifice, now I’m off to do my thing” kind of relationship – none of us want that.  We want either cold or hot - either you love me or you don't.  The Lord is no different.  Revelation 3:15 tells us how He feels about lukewarmness:  "I know you well - you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other!  But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of My mouth".  He wants us to want Him, 100%!  And because He has given us a free will, He lets us go and make our choices.  When we deny Him, He grieves.  When we choose Him, and when we "stand", we make His heart glad.

The ultimate expression of worship to our Lord is our obedience to His will.  When we follow Him, when we complete the task in front of us, we are in affect saying, “Yes Lord, I will do this because I love and trust You.  If I walk away, I grieve You because You love me so.  You want only the best for me, and sometimes I must go through painful trials in order to arrive at Your best.  If I love You, I will trust You to bring me all the way to the end of this.  Your word declares in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope'.  I understand that to sing and praise You is just one form of worship.  To pay tithes and give offerings, to help the needy, all of these are forms of worship.  But the ultimate expression of worship that You desire is simply that I follow You – no matter what, no matter where". 

If that is your prayer, and if that is your heart’s desire, then He will rejoice.  This is what we want to give to Him; to Him who gave us everything when He gave His son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our salvation.  Let us not grieve His heart by denying Him as our Father, our Lord, our King, our Everything.  Let us simply say, “Yes, Father, we will follow you!”

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from The Living Bible unless otherwise noted.

 

Season Change

October, 2006

 

The days are becoming shorter, and the slightly cool breezes are invigorating us all.  Yes, we are definitely in our Fall season!  And there is something else in the air as well…the body of Christ is changing.  There is a shift to humility like I have never seen in my Christian lifetime. 

My husband and I were watching a Christian program a few nights ago, as we do most every evening during dinner.  As I watched the program and listened to the host and his guests, I discerned the humility loud and clear.  My heart was delighted!  Not because they owed me anything, nor was it because I thought they were prideful before.  It was simply because I saw the humility like a cloud hovering over them, and I was moved.  We are all inwardly attracted to those with a humble spirit.  No matter how arrogant, self-sufficient, successful, rich, poor, lazy, abased we humans are, we still, deep down, are moved by the humility we see in others.

As I awakened this morning, the Holy Spirit began to stir me to write this article.  Our Lord too is delighted!  This humility spreading throughout the body can only mean one thing…His bride is being prepared!  “…Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless”. Ephesians 5: 25-27

In order for us to become “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless”, we must give up our rights to our lives.  When we were born into this world, we were born to parents and teachers and everyone else that has had influence in our upbringing, and they taught us according to what they believed was best.  And if they taught us to follow God and His commandments, then we were taught well.  But then something happened to us…along came the Holy Spirit, convicted us of our sins, and ultimately called us to be reunited with our Heavenly Father.  All of this made possible of course by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  And it almost seems unfair, but we have to be unraveled, turned inside out, lose a lot of what we have learned or gained, and lay down a big part of what we have become without Him.  We have to put off the old man, and let Him have authority over our new man.

We don’t throw away or crucify those godly things that were instilled in us, but we are required to put to death all that was sewn into us that is not like Him.  Much of that was sewn into us by our sins, mistakes, and choices.  But because “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her”, we no longer belong to ourselves but to Him.  He has a specific design and plan for each of us, and He wants to bring it all to pass.  And as difficult as it is to submit to His work at times, we do want His plans to come to pass – they are our destiny, and the only avenue to fulfillment.  Luke 5:37-38 “And no man putteth new wine into old  bottles, else the new wine will burst the bottles and be spilled, and  the bottles shall perish.”KJV  We must allow Him to bring the changes necessary, as painful as they can be, in order for us to become “without spot or wrinkle”.  Pride is the archenemy of humility, and one of the most difficult sins to overcome.  The drive and passion that moves many of us is not the cause for our sin, it is the wrong directions we took/take with that drive and passion.  Before we belonged to Him, we went about doing what we thought was best for ourselves, sometimes doing what we knew we shouldn’t.  But we were lost.  We did not have His direction, therefore we depended on ourselves.  But now that we belong to Him, His Spirit will lead us and guide us into all truth.  We do not have to fear making mistakes - there is room for mistakes with Him.  “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness”.  Lamentations 3:22-23

When we choose to follow him wholeheartedly, He will not leave us to chance.  He is our Father, and He loves us more than we could ever know, and more than we could ever love our own children.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened”.  That sounds like the love of a Father to me!  “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.  Matthew 7:7-12  This is what He plans for us.  Once we belong to Him, He plans to show us His love.  This is the reason we must empty ourselves, prepare ourselves as His bride, and become the humble servants He has called us to be.  As I have said before, He is worthy of our praise and devotion whether or not He ever does another thing for us.  He already gave His life for us, and that really is enough! 

He loves us too much to spoil us with things, things and more things, when we are yet too immature to handle them.  “What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think scripture says without reason that the spirit He caused to live in us envies intensely?  But He gives us more grace.  That is why scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’.  Submit yourselves then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up”.  James 4:1-10  It is not His will that we walk in sorrow and grieving, but we do experience those emotions in this lifetime, and especially when we’ve sinned against Him.  But if we humble ourselves as He has told us to do, He will lift us up!!! 

He wants us to walk with Him so that the fruits of His spirit are manifested in our lives, rather than the fruits of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16-26 details the difference between the two.  Here are the fruits of the Spirit we are promised to bear when we are submitted to Him:  “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”.  I have never seen these perks in any other job description!  “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other”. 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 23:11-12, “The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”.    Let’s continue inviting Him to do His good work of sanctification in us so that we are fully prepared for His return.

I humbly submit!

Prophetess Lisa

All scripture references are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

 

Possess the Land!

August, 2006

 

The body of Christ has entered into a season that many have waited a long time to see.  The Lord is calling us – no, He is propelling us into our time to possess the land!

For several years, I have had a strong desire for business and for ministry.  I wrestled with which of those I should pursue, believing that God would only take me to one.  But what I have come to understand in the most recent years is that God has put both desires in me. 

Some believers have resisted any co-existence between business and ministry, such as coffee shops in the church, bookstores, daycares, etc.  Personally, there was a time when I agreed with the resistance.  “The church is too commercialized; it looks too much like the world”.  This is what many of us have thought in times past.  And I won’t argue that there are most likely churches that have forgotten their first love, and have been seduced by the love of money.  But we should not throw out the baby with the bath water.  When we allow the Lord to build the ministry, which may include business, we do not have to fear losing sight of Him.  If we seek Him with our whole heart, we can be assured that He will take us to our destiny and keep us from what is not ours to possess.

A few days ago the Lord spoke to me concerning His body, and this message you are reading today.  This message is not new, as it has been in many of our hearts for many years.  But the season that is upon us is new and it is now.  “I have placed business ideas and desires within My people.  The ministry and the business are both Mine.  I am calling My body to possess the land; to take territories for My kingdom.  The two go hand in hand.”  When a ministry reaches out into the business world, it can affect countless people in the community.  We can change poverty to prosperity and lack to abundance.  I am not referring strictly to money.  I am referring also to the emotional and spiritual poverty that so much of the world lies in.  If we change the marketplace, we will affect those that live below the poverty level financially, and open the door for spiritual prosperity.  Too many people have become disheartened with God because of their financial struggles, family problems and other life struggles.  The world in general dislikes the church, but looks to her in their time of need. The co-existence of ministry and business could be a great tool to reach the lost, and will be a blessing to His body. 

When the ark of the covenant was placed in the midst of an idol worshipping people, they found their idol, Dagon, laying face down before the ark.  The people placed Dagon back into an upright position, only to find him again the next morning face down, heads and hands broken off.  This story found in I Samuel chapter five is proof of what the presence of God can do in a city whose god is not Jehovah.  His presence will cause the darkness to bow at His feet, and change is inevitable!!! 

As Joy Springs Ministries, Inc. moves to Monroe, Georgia in September, we move with the confidence that He has gone before us and He has prepared the way.  We did not just “decide” to move, He miraculously brought this change into our lives.  Here’s the story…

Pastor Rusty and I have tried to sell our home three times since 2002.  We knew the night we moved into our current home that this would be a temporary residence for us and we awaited His next move.  Until 2006, we did not know that we would be moving to Monroe.  As He began to make that clear in early 2006, we continued to hold services in Snellville, where we presently reside.  One Sunday afternoon while enjoying our pool with friends, we received a phone call from a neighbor expressing interest in a house across the street from ours.  I explained to her that the house had been taken off the market weeks before, and that I had no knowledge of the homeowners’ plans to move.  I began to detail another neighbor’s home, which I knew would be listed for sale within a few weeks.  She appreciated it, but explained that her family would need a four bedroom home.   I heard the Lord say, “Tell her that you have a four bedroom home.”

Long story short, we signed a contract a week later and set the closing date for August 30th.  Like Abraham, we had no idea where we were going, but we knew Who was in control.  We continued to trust the Lord and ask for His perfect leading as we looked for a new home.  “Well, that doesn’t require much faith, does it?  All you do is go find another home.”  Some might think.  You have to know the reason we had to “trust”.  It wasn’t just a matter of going out and finding another home we would enjoy.  Money was an issue.  Now this gets personal, but it is for His glory that we testify.  In November, I left my corporate job to come home and finish writing a book I started years ago.  In short, we were reduced immediately to one income, with a two income debt situation.  So finding another home even close to what we have known for the past 8 ½ years looked impossible.  In addition, we still face the expense of printing and publishing the book I have written.  In light of all this, we realized He may be requiring us to sacrifice our own space, store our belongings, and move in with a relative. 

This, we were willing to do, but deep down we still wanted our own place.  For a couple of years I have had glimpses of a new home; just quick visions here and there.  And this year, I’m guessing because the miracle was so close at hand, I would occasionally smell the scent of a new home.  We headed towards Monroe to look at a home we had seen on line, but the directions were incorrect on the listing.  We followed as instructed, but never found that house.  We did find THE house, however.  God is awesome!  The moment we approached the cul-de-sac where our new house sits, we were instantly drawn in, and believed it was to be our home.

As we are preparing to move at the end of August, we are grateful for all the good things God has done for us during our 22 years in Gwinnett County.  It was here that we gave birth to our daughter, Kandace, and shortly thereafter, we were born again!  This is where we were called to pastor, and this is where Joy Springs Ministries, Inc. was birthed.  And this is the place we welcomed our precious granddaughter into the world in 2004.

We move to Monroe in His purpose and with His vision.  We desire to be a blessing to the community by providing a place of worship and training, and a place for His lost sheep to find their Shepherd.   There are many churches in the Monroe area already doing the work the Lord has called them to do.  So we move in along side our brothers and sisters, to do our part in building His kingdom.   Our prayer is that God would use us together in whatever capacity He sees fit for the purpose of bringing the changes He desires.

He is taking us into our promised land, and we will possess it for His glory.  Our prayer is that you will find His plan for your life, embrace it no matter the cost, and begin to possess your own land for yourself, your family and for His kingdom!

Loving Him more each day,

Prophetess Lisa  

A Call to Unity-2006

June, 2006

In January, 2006, I began to sense a great drawing in the spirit for unity.  The Lord let me know that He is calling His body, His bride to this unity.  I understood, based on the scripture in Ephesians 5:25b-27, that He is calling us to make preparation.  “…Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless”. 

Just as a bride prepares herself to look and be her very best before she walks down the aisle to meet her bridegroom, it is our time as the bride of Christ to get prepared for His return.  How do we do that? 

First and foremost, we need to seek God with our whole heart.  He encouraged us to do so, and gave us a promise if we would.  “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity."  Jeremiah 29:12-14 

Don’t discount your brother just because his ministry may be a little different from yours.  In Luke 9:46-50, we are told of an argument between Jesus’ followers, regarding which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus took a child, stood beside him and said, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me.  For he who is least among you all, he is the greatest”.  Then John said, “Master, we saw a man driving out demons in Your name and we tried to stop him because he is not one of us”.  Jesus replied, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you."   

This word He delivered to me is strategic.  It's His perfect plan for us, the bride of Christ, to begin now making preparation for the return of our Bridegroom.  These are the weapons we need to combat the division that has separated parts of His body.  This is His heart’s cry.  The church has so many programs and plans to win the lost world around us, so why do we fail?  That answer is summed up in this passage from Jesus, “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34-35

We have let each other down, and we have failed to show His love to the hurting world around us.  They mock us, call us hypocrites, phonies, and much more.  They say we’re arrogant and judgmental, money hungry liars with lofty attitudes.  And you know what, we’ve earned all of that.  I John 4:20-21 “If anyone says, ‘I Love God’, yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And He has given us this command:  "Whoever loves God must also love his brother”.

When we “love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind”, which Jesus called the first and greatest commandment, we will walk right into His second command, recorded in Matthew 22:39-40, And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments."  Do we realize how powerful a word that is?  Basically, he has taken the work out of it.  He has given us a clear, strategic way to overcome breaking His commandments.  This is the way to freedom from sin!  When we love Him, we love our brother, and when we love our brother, we won’t steal, kill, lust, etc.  When you love God, and you begin to fall in love with your brother and all of mankind, you no longer envy others, you no longer compare yourself to others, and you no longer want what others have because you have become one with Him, and His plan for your own life.  You no longer look to be served, you want to serve.  You stop complaining and back-biting, and His prais