4.25.2016

Hushed

"Just hush," says Abba God, "hush." Abba knows there is much I long to say, to share, but  He calmly speaks in an almost whisper, "Hush, now little dear one, just hush." And that is what I do.

4.04.2016

A Word Fitly Spoken

How to Usher in a Massive Awakening and Divinely Ordained Destinies
In this time of great unrest, uncertainty, and chaos in the earth, the Lord is raising up a great company of sons and daughters who exude His peace and reflect His great light, just as He said: "Let there be light!" The mandate given to this company is to: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God" (Isaiah 40:3).
Their job description is to see that "every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth" (Isaiah 40:4). As they accomplish this tremendous task, they will receive the glorious reward: "The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken" (Isaiah 40:5).
As the Lord prepares to usher in a massive awakening and to launch a vast company of saints into their divinely ordained destinies – some into the marketplace, some into the harvest fields, and some to minister to His House, the enemies of our Lord are attempting to derail this move by launching a campaign of confusion, to cause division in the ranks, and miscommunication and offense in relationships. This has always been satan's greatest tactic from ancient times, and many can testify, through experience, of the suffering it causes.
However, recently, in this year of great expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises, the enemy is attempting to sabotage divinely ordained destinies from coming forth. As I have been in prayer over this, the Lord revealed that the cause of much of the offense lies in a lack of adhering to the PROTOCOLS OF THE KINGDOM coupled with unloving attitudes.
Protocols of the Kingdom govern rules of conduct and accepted behavior clearly laid out in the Word of God. According to Wikipedia's definition,protocol is: a rule which describes how an activity should be performed... [They] are often unwritten guidelines. Protocols specify the proper and generally accepted behavior in matters of state and diplomacy, such as showing appropriate respect to a head of state, ranking diplomats in chronological order of their accreditation at court, and so on. In any great kingdom or government, and most certainly in the Kingdom of God, there is order and protocol to be observed in all relationships, but most especially in observance with the leadership or elders appointed by God. (Photo via Faith Marie Baczko)
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Some Guidelines in Relating to Leadership
– Show honor to your leaders through love, kindness, and listening to their advice and counsel with respect.
– Love them in prayer, intercession, and kindness, for "he who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward..." (Matthew 10:41).
– Refrain from: criticism, judgment, gossip, and slander of leaders God has appointed.
– Be sensitive and give leaders their space as they are dealing with many people on many fronts and it can be overwhelming and tiring.
– Try not to flood leaders with your revelations, especially leaders that you do not have a relationship with. Trust God for your timing. Jesus went into the grave carrying the greatest revelation of all history – that He was the Son of God and very God! If your revelation is from God, it cannot die; God will bring it forth in its time with far greater anointing and impact when you wait for His timing.
– Do not be presumptuous in word or action; Luke 14:7-11 is a great Scripture to meditate on: "When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
– Resist the temptation or desire to correct leaders on their messages or their doctrine, especially if you are not in relationship with them. If you feel that a leader is in error, follow proper protocol and take it to the leader that you are accountable to – or better still, take it to God in prayer! Ultimately, leaders are set in their position by God and they must answer to Him. He is most capable of correcting His servants if it is needed. In seeking Him first, God may just reveal a greater revelation of truth that you did not see. (Photo via Freeimages)
– God sets leaders in within boundary lines established by Him. Within these regions they sit at the gates and are mandated with the authority to govern. There are spheres of authority in the Kingdom of God and protocol related to those spheres.
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"Handle with Care"
I personally find it very disheartening when I see those in the Body criticize, judge, and mock openly on the Internet or in print. The Bible gives the protocol for dealing with all situations that may arise. When there are concerns, we should first go in private; then with others; and the last resort is in public, and in that case it is done with dignity, and integrity – never to mock or put shame on anyone, but to always handle God's servants in an honoring way.
If it is of a prophetic concern or related to accuracy, I believe it grieves the heart of God when we publicly shame the sons and daughters that He loves, who are sincerely trying to be obedient to Him. As we publicly criticize and attack each other, the world looks on and mocks our hypocrisy and lack of love.
If we were to encourage and build-up one another publicly, and correct in love and honor privately, so much confusion, pain, offense, and shame in the Body of Christ would be eliminated. I have found when we speak the truth in love, we will have a far more receptive audience and build long-lasting relationships!
I have learned the hard way that it is better to wait and take time to think things through prayerfully and ask for counsel before I go rushing in with correction or with my opinions. We so easily forget that Jesus hung on a Cross for the very people we are so angry and offended with – that He loves them passionately with everlasting love – and yet we can handle them so carelessly.
When God first released me in the area of counseling, I had a very vivid dream. I was walking on a narrow path up a very high hill. At the top of the hill was a great mansion, like a castle. I was dressed like a servant, on my way to work in the mansion of a great king. The king took me to a very special room that contained his most priceless treasures! He handed me a cloth and instructed me to clean these valuables and then left. As I turned to begin my work, I saw a large sign on the wall that read "HANDLE WITH CARE." I knew the dream was a warning from God to handle His children, the treasures of His heart, with great care! (Photo via Pixabay)
God Does Not Take Sides; He is His Own Side
It is important to remember that God doesn't takes sides; He is His own side – one that is always founded on a higher way. When Joshua asked the Captain of the Hosts whose side He was on, theirs or their enemies, He answered, "Neither" – for God so loved THE WORLD! In disputes, it is always important to ascend to the place of God's heart to get His perspective. To be an ambassador representing the Kingdom, it is important to always maintain an objective position in all circumstances, and not be hooked in through emotion. When we are caught in the situation emotionally, we become a part of the problem, and then we may not be equipped to bring God's solution.
There was a time early in my Christian walk where I was busy criticizing God's leaders and God's Church, even though I knew the Scripture about not touching God's anointed. Well, the Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so the Lord took me to an account in Ezekiel 8 and 9 that really shook me up! God then spoke to my heart and said, "I did not call you to criticize but to unite with My heart to intercede and pray accordingly."
This incident caused me to be so grateful for the Cross and the Blood of Jesus that protects us! God does want His children to grow up into the fullness of the stature of Christ, and the Holy Spirit patiently works with us that we may become the fragrance of Christ wherever we are.
God has put a deep travail in my heart rising inside me over these issues. We are all so hungry for more of God and on the edge of the move we have been longing for. I believe God not only wants us to pursue unity, He wants us in union to drive out the enemy from the midst of us, that His shalom can rest heavily upon us and His glory be evident to all!
If we choose to study and learn of the fragrant and beautiful ways of Christ, and the protocols of His Kingdom, as we move out into the harvest fields of the world, the plans of the enemy to divide us will be greatly hinderedWhen we move as a unified force, the commanded blessing of the Father will be upon us and the world will know that we are sons of God by our love for each other and for them. (Photo via Wikimedia)
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:38
Revival and awakening begin within us. The Azusa Street Revival began when some had the courage to pray, "Lord, BEND me!" Repentance makes the way for the Spirit to move.
Prayer for Personal Revival
On my journey, God brought these issues before me and inspired me to write the below repentance prayer for personal revival.
I dwell in the high and holy place, with Him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
O Father, Sovereign Lord of Heaven and earth, please forgive me for breaking Your first and second commandment, for not loving You with all my heart. Forgive me for putting people and other things as priorities in my life before You. Forgive me, Lord, for turning my eyes away from beholding Your beauty. Forgive me for wasting precious time on the things of this world.
O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years! Habakkuk 3:2
Forgive me, LORD, for when I have not hearkened to the word of Your prophets and apostles and not submitted to the leaders You have given to guide and direct me. Forgive me when I have made the choice to criticize and dishonor Your chosen servants with my words and grieved the Holy Spirit. Lord forgive me when I have, through criticism, slander, judgment, and murmuring, stepped out from under the protection of fathers and mothers whom You have set in place over me. Forgive me, Father!
Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name. Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:19
Father, forgive me when I have not preferred others as Your Word commands and not honored the gift in others. Father, forgive me where I have been guilty of pride, striving, competition, and a lack of Your great love and compassion. Forgive me for holding on to offense and unforgiveness; forgive me, LORD, when I have not chosen Your higher way of love and servanthood.
Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness. Psalm 119:159
Forgive me, LORD, when I have misrepresented You and not reflected Your goodness, Your compassion and great mercy for others, the lost and the poor. Forgive me for any prejudice I have harbored toward precious people of other cultures or social standing, created in Your image, and in pride have treated anyone as less than myself.
Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your judgments. Psalm 119:156
O LORD, forgive me when my heart has been proud and lofty and I have chosen reason and logic over Your Word. Forgive me for compromising and attempting to live out Your Life on my terms; for I am owned by You, bought by Your Blood. Forgive me, LORD, when I have been selective in my obedience and disregarded Your commands and precepts as not relevant or agreeable.
Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to Your justice. Psalm 119:149 
Father, Your Word declares that righteousness and justice are the foundations of Your throne; forgive me, LORD, when I have not walked righteously. Forgive me when I have chosen to compromise on Your Word and Your Way, and have not chosen to obey the clear directions in Your Word.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. Psalm 119:37
Forgive me for grieving Your precious Holy Spirit when I have not chosen Your way and Your Words of life. You long for me to share Your heart and Your desires; forgive me for having chosen my ways above Yours.
Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness. Psalm 119:40
Forgive me Lord for displeasing You with grumbling, murmuring and complaining, and for having a despairing heart of unbelief and doubt. Forgive me for not trusting Your faithfulness and goodness, for You are Good and Your mercy endures forever. O Father, forgive my unbelief and help me to believe once again.
My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word. Psalm 119:25 
Father, please forgive me for undermining any revelation You have prepared and birthed through chosen vessels to enhance the building of Your House, to enforce Your coming Kingdom, and to display Your great power on earth. Forgive me for words I have spoken against other churches and ministries, and the work You have birthed through them.
Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Psalm 85:6
Precious LORD, I declare my love for You today. I choose to pick up my cross and follow You. I choose obedience and I choose the way of love. I honor You as my LORD and confess that You are the Sovereign LORD of all creation! I praise Your wonderful name and lift it high above every name that is named on earth or in Heaven. You alone are God, and You alone are worthy of praise and honor. You are great and greatly to be praised. All honor, majesty, dominion, power, and glory belongs to You, O God!
I declare to the Heavens, to principalities and powers, that You are my God, that You are good and Your great mercy endures forever! Be lifted up, you gates, that the KING OF GLORY may come!
Faith Marie Baczko, Executive Director
Headstone Ministries International | Schools of The Last Wine

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Faith Marie Baczko is the Pastor of Yahweh's House Fellowship and the President of Headstone Ministries International and Schools of The Last Wine. She brings significant revelation to mobilize, equip, and strengthen the Body for this momentous time of history. Her teachings are rich with revelatory insight released to undergird the work of preparation for the saints to be fashioned into a holy sanctuary for the coming of the Lord. She is a prophetic preacher, encourager, author, and international speaker, ministering the Word of the Lord to the nations. She has held many conferences and seminars in South America and the Caribbean.
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Faith Marie Baczko's Itinerary:
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April 16 & 23, 2016 (6:30pm)
Summoned: Call for the Women!
with Faith Marie Baczko
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May 21 & 28, 2016 (6:30pm)
The Arising Army of God
with Faith Marie Baczko
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3.16.2016

All I Really Want is a Fire

 Aren't those seedling tomatoes sweet? They are not this year's tomato babies, but they're still green and darling, and I wanted to share something fresh, green, and springlike with each of you. 

This year I'm not starting tomatoes from seed. I'm buying plants from the nursery. This year I gave up on my frugal self-sufficiency and decided to enjoy my garden rather than allow it to become a dutiful yuck. 

Actually, the thought of keeping Victorious Man of God out of the seed starting flats was more than I could bear. Can you even imagine how enticing trays of tiny green growing plants would be to a three-year-old man in the making? Wouldn't a plastic toy army guy have loads of fun climbing little baby tomato trees and sitting in them? Can't you just see the foam balls being flung from out of a tomato seedling forest on a seven-year-old brother across the room? A mama can only do so much. Therefore, I am buying plants this year.

These clouds aren't today's clouds either. Today's clouds aren't summer clouds. Today's clouds are dull, gray, and cold. Today's clouds slide by in a flat sheet of tannish gray dust causing man and beast to skuttle indoors as soon as possible. 

Today is the perfect day for a fire in the woodstove, but we can't have a fire because it's too dry outside. Instead of lighting paper and wood in the stove when a chill invades, we light the burner under the tea kettle and sip cup after cup of hot liquid. Cup after cup of hot warmth courses through our bodies while the entire time all we really want is a fire in the woodstove, a fire whose crackling flames will cheerfully overcome the wind's tormenting howl.

"When all we really want is a fire..."

As I type these words the realization of them begins to sink deep within my being. All I really want is a fire, the fire of God in my heart burning up all of the tormenting howls of my flesh and God's love blazing out of me for others to warm themselves by. When the clouds of life are dull, gray, and cold I want to be a blaze of cheerful comfort overcoming the hideous howl. I don't want to be cowered under a blanket huddling with my hands around a small cup of lukewarm something or other. I want my arms thrown wide open spilling forth Jesus like a blazing torch shining the way to new life in Him. I not only want a fire, I want to be a fire. I want to be "11 never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;" Romans 12:11 AMP


That's what I want to be, aglow in God Holy Spirit burning bright for all the world to see and know God is God, and there is none like Him. In the natural, there may be clouds covering the sun, but in Jesus the light of God's love shines out with overcoming warmth in total, complete victory over every darkness. 

Only a few more days remain of Lent 2016, only a few more days to contemplate the road to the cross. What will I make of the remaining days of Lent 2016? What will I devote my time and energy to? What/Who will I focus on and concentrate? May it always and ever be Jesus. 

Walking the road of Love,
Abundantly Blessed

3.15.2016

A Huge Cup of Comforting Calm

Hey. So it's this crazy wild windy day, and around here we're feeling a bit more windblown than usual. Everyone in the house is thinking that everyone else is insanely loud and definitely getting on their last wind-frayed nerve. Cats want in, baby chicks want out, and Mama is thinking that maybe, just maybe, even though she hasn't ever drunk a single drop of alcohol in her entire life, she understands why they sell those gigantic wine glasses and call them mommy sippy cups. Because, after all, every mama has her a day like today. Don't they?

Doesn't every mama have a day when the winds of life blow up a hurricane-force gale, the land is dry, the air is cold, and the children are loud? And if it just happens to be the second, or third, such day, I can understand why a mama would feel in need of a larger than normal cup of comforting calm. It's one of those days when if I were a town mama with my own little group of playdate mama peeps, I would arrive at our favorite mama hideout location all out of breath dramatically proclaiming "Do you have any idea what it's like having......." Feel free to fill in the blank with something like two twenty-somethings, two teenagers, besides a nine, seven, and three year old, four cats, who knows how many cows, two hens, a rooster, and seven baby chicks? OR "Do you have any idea what a mama is supposed to do when all four daughters and herself end up acting like the hormone flood of Noah type proportions has been loosed upon us all? How do we survive each other? How do we not destroy the four boys/men that share this house with us?"

Now, lest any one reading this think I have become overwhelmed, all is well; everyone is alive and fine. It's just a super windy day, and the wind is REALLY proving a challenge to the nerves. It sets a person on edge in a way I simply cannot explain. On edge in a way that, when I read the following articles in my email's inbox, made me laugh, not hysterically. Perhaps you too will find God's abundant provision slightly amusing when you read the topic of both emails: anger. If ever a mama, an entire family, needed these words of wisdom and Godly encouragement, it's us at Abundance House today. This wind seems to make angry words surface quickly. Please know this isn't anything major; it's just the wind, and the wind will pass. Come nightfall, the lake out front will resemble a surface of glass. Until the calm of evening, however, this mama is hanging out with the following wise words and sipping from her own cup of God's love and comforting calm.

http://watershedarts.com/cafesophia/en/

http://list.mlgn2usa.com/track/click?u=fb5ead1fd337d4ac2581b075b6244ad1&id=0593aa9d&e=0001ea36

3.07.2016

A Little of This and a Little of That

Good Morning! Can you believe it? I'm posting in the morning instead of late afternoon or on the weekend! We have done enough of our school for the day to merit a quick break. I thought I would spend my break chatting with you. My Beloved and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage this week so I decided to have an anniversary week instead of merely one day. Don't you think 25 years deserves an entire week of celebration instead of just one teeny tiny day? Me too!

To kick our anniversary week off Giggles and I are going to practice fractions while making a skillet chocolate chip cookie. Uhmmmm, the picture looks so good that I can almost taste it. Definitely making coffee to go with this one. Round about Wednesday we will have some garlic infused cheater ricotta cheese spread on crusty bread sprinkled with sea salt and parsley flakes. I think this will pair well with whatever soup we have for supper that night. Whenever we think we need to try another something new, we'll try a recipe for Russian Cream.

That's all I have lined up food wise for our week long celebration. There is also a certain Victorious Man of God's birthday coming up on Friday; he will be three years old! Of course there will be a special meal of his choosing that day. I think he has settled on chicken noodles, buttery broccoli, and chocolate cake. Approximately two weeks after VMOG's birthday Horsegirl will turn 17. There has been a meal of pork chops, company potatoes, roasted cauliflower, peas, and pina colada cake chosen by the birthday girl-to-be. How those green peas will pop off the plate when surrounded by the creamy colors of the other foods. I think it will be a lovely meal perfect for this in between not truly winter yet not quite spring time of year.

One Week and Six Days Later...

It's been a busy time here at Abundance House. The skillet cookie and Russian cream were delicious. The cheater ricotta cheese hasn't yet happened, but is still on the schedule, as is crockpot yogurt. AND...Horsegirl's birthday is in a few days instead of in a few weeks. We're looking forward to her chosen birthday meal.

Tossing in a few quick tidbits I have learned or been reminded of recently before today's good-bye:

  • When draining homemade yogurt to make thicker greek style yogurt or cream cheese, save the liquid. This is whey and can be used in a number of ways. Two of the many uses for the reserved whey are: in smoothies or as a replacement for water in bread recipes. In smoothies and protein shakes, liquid whey doesn't add that funky taste whey powder frequently does. The whey can be stored in the refrigerator until ready for use. More detailed uses for whey can be found from other sources, online being one such source. 
  • Don't underestimate the importance of small healthy changes. One tiny change for the better is improvement. Just because a step toward healthier isn't gigantic, doesn't mean it isn't good. Even a little bit healthier is better than not healthy at all. Actually, taking one step at a time towards a healthier life is usually more beneficial than going all out. Going cold turkey and changing everything unhealthy all at once sometimes causes too much stress on the body producing unpleasant results. Changing one thing at a time allows the body to gradually adjust in a gentler way.  
  • When limited on time and/or finances for learning new skills, choose one of the most basic, even if it doesn't seem fun or exciting. Basic skills can be used in a multitude of ways making them a saver of both time and money. Learning how to make and use a simple sauce in cooking is one example. Learning how to create an attractive homemade greeting card is another. Both of these examples are simple skills requiring little financial investment; yet both skills can also be altered in numerous ways to serve a large number of purposes. No matter what one's area of interest, this holds true; basics can almost always be adapted to serve a large number of varied purposes making them the ultimate in both multitasking and timesaving. Sometimes less can accomplish more.

A Hug & Love because of Jesus,
Abundantly Blessed



3.04.2016

Mama Needs Wisdom, Always

Ask God for wisdom, not necessarily the answers. 


James 1:5 - "If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God (Who gives) to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him."

How this statement ministered to me this morning! I was in need of this wise nugget as I navigate a Friday morning solo; only the three youngest and I are at home, and it's Friday. Did I mention that it is Friday? Monday through Thursday we spend our mornings busily working through our studies in a more traditional way. Fridays are the day we engage in more hands-on methods for learning. Friday is the day we work on art, cooking, and other activities that children sometimes approach with more enthusiasm than those completed Monday through Thursday. Before we go on, please allow me to interpret the phrase "approach with more enthusiasm". "Approach with more enthusiasm" means there is greater potential for more noise and mess. 

When hands-on projects are underway, having someone available when Victorious Man of God gets into something is a wonderful gift. For instance, this very morning, Giggles and I heard the washing machine begin running. After a throwing a brief glance that silently asked "What is he into now?" towards each other, Giggles ran to the utility room; she runs faster than her mama. We learned that while 3-year-old Victorious Man of God was putting his boots on he became sidetracked by the sight of a "dirty" plastic bottle on the shelves above the washing machine and decided that he would wash the "dirty" bottle, in the washing machine. His reply to our inquiries was, and I quote, "The bottle was dirty, dirty, dirty! I start the water and throw it (the bottle) in so it get washed clean." Of course, a bottle on a shelf was dirty and needed cleaning, and a big old washing machine with fun soap to pour in was deemed the perfect way to clean it. So naturally, a three-year-old boy putting his boots on decided to take care of it. The fun around here never ends. During the week, one of the older girls is normally in the house with us. Having one of the older children in the house is a luxurious blessing I do not take for granted, especially on Fridays. 

Looking back on the early years I spent all day flying solo with the oldest four children, I can't help but wonder how the five of us survived each other. Even if I don't need to send out a cry for help every day(I usually do though), just knowing someone is available when an extra hand is needed is reassuring somehow. Granted, back in the day, Not of this World learned to do household chores when very young, and we had a really nice collection of safe Godly videos waiting to be of service when things got too crazy to handle. Somehow though, I'm pretty sure those are NOT the reasons we survived. Looking back on that previous season of mothering, I realize something. Those were really good years. Not that now isn't good, please don't misunderstand. I am enjoying now immensely. It's just that those years spent mothering four small children with My Beloved being gone all day, for a while all week long, sped by in such a blazing whirl of blessed wild crazy that I really didn't have time to consider them; I was too busy living those wonder years to think about them. Being in a different season of life now provides me with the opportunity of looking back and seeing those earlier years from another angle, an angle revealing they were good, really good. 

Viewing the past from another angle shows me something else: God can take crazy busy and use it for His glory. With four small children in the home all day everyday, we homeschooled then too, I was too busy NOT to ask God for His wisdom. I didn't have time to figure anything out for myself or wonder how to do this, that, or the other thing. I HAD to trust God to survive! Parenting books don't instruct a mother in the art of how to pick toy handcuffs from her child's wrist and ankle after said child has handcuffed them together while bathing. There is absolutely nothing in those books sharing how to help your naked child maintain their modesty and dignity when you are on the phone inquiring of said child's father whether or not he has any suggestions for picking toy handcuffs whose key is missing. Trust me, it's not in there. If you had known my children when they were young, you would also know God's gift of laughter kept me full day after glorious day. I still question why those toy handcuffs were in the bathroom. I also sincerely thank God toy handcuffs now contain an auto release button. 

My children may be growing up differently from one another, yet as their mother, I am still in desperate need of God's wisdom. No matter where our family lives, who is home or not, I still need God's wisdom to survive. Our days may be a completely new version of blessed crazy wild from what they were 20 years ago, but my need for God's wisdom is every bit as great. This morning, and every morning, I need to remember I don't need answers. I already have the answer; He is the answer. I need wisdom, His wisdom. Now, if you will please excuse me, I'm going to go explain to a certain three-year-old that his toy wagon is much better suited for being an outside toy instead of an inside plaything. By the way, have you ever listened to a metal toy wagon carrying a couple of smaller toys rattle across a wood floor? It's an experience I tell you, a very loud experience. An experience perfectly fitted for Friday.

*Note to the child whose wrist and ankle were handcuffed together: Please take note of the fact your identity has been protected. No one will know who you are, unless you, or one of your bros & sis, tells them. 

2.20.2016

The Warrior Bride

 Every once in a while there are prophetic words written to the body of Christ too good not to share. This is one of them. I pray the following word is a blessing that will both encourage and excite you to arise as His Warrior Bride. We know from scripture that when God repeats Himself He intends for us to pay attention to what He is saying. In light of this knowledge, Isaiah 61 is showing up in a large number of places: devotional readings, messages from ministers, prophetic words, personal conversations, and more. It wouldn't hurt for each of us to learn these verses and seek God personally for what HE is saying to each one of us individually, and corporately. 

In Christ's love,
Abundantly Blessed
 


"Heads Up! A Vision and Revelation for the Warrior Bride"
 Ben R. Peters, 
South Beloit, IL

A Vision and Revelation of the Warrior Bride

On the evening of February 8, 2016, God visited me with an unusual revelation regarding His plans to set free, empower, equip and beautify His Warrior Bride. It started while I was reading a news article on my computer. Next, I felt impressed to open my Bible and read what was in front of me from the book of Isaiah.
Finally, I felt nudged to open my phone app Bible and read where I had last left off reading in the book of Luke. It was one news story, one Old Testament passage and one New Testament passage, and they were like a three-fold cord, speaking the same message, loud and clear.

The news story was about Yazidi women, who had been captured and sold as sex slaves to ISIS fighters. Many of them escaped, thanks partially to US airstrikes in the region, and have since chosen to train themselves to fight their former ISIS captors. Here are a few quotes from the Fox News article:
"Some 2,000 Yazidi women who were captured in the brutal August 2014 attack on their mountain stronghold have escaped and have taken up arms against their former tormentors. Driven by the fresh memories of unspeakable atrocities and the survival of their people, hundreds have signed up to fight the black-clad terrorist army."

"Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region," Capt. Khatoon Khider told FoxNews.com. "We will do whatever is asked of us."  

Of the number of Yazidi women who have been trained and are fighting alongside their male counterparts, Khider is one of 123. Their ages range from 17 to 37, and there are at least another 500 awaiting their training.
"Women were throwing their children from the mountains and then jumping themselves because it was a faster way to die," Khider said. "Our hands were all tied. We couldn't do anything about it.

"Our elite force is a model for other women in the region," she said. "We want to thank all the other countries who help us in this difficult time, we want everyone to take up weapons and know how to protect themselves from the evil."

After reading this story, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 52 and immediately read:

Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bond of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! Isaiah 52:2

After a little meditation on this verse and the verses before and after, I felt nudged to read from my Bible app on my phone. Here's the story which followed where I had last left off reading:

And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Luke 13:11-13

In verse 14, we are told the ruler of the synagogue objected to Jesus healing on the Sabbath day. Jesus responds:

"Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" Luke 13:15-16

Fearless Fighters!

I have been meditating on these three stories for several days, knowing that God was speaking a prophetic word to me for His Bride, His Church. I don't feel I have yet fully mined the prophetic treasure hidden in these stories, but this is what I know that God is speaking to us all:

1. We have a vicious enemy, who wants to victimize us, torment us and take away all hope of freedom or fulfillment of dreams or destinies. He wants to put chains around our neck, keep us bent over with our heads down and fill us with feelings of shame and worthlessness.

2. We have a God who loves us and has the power to set us free and rebuke every physical, spiritual and emotional spirit of infirmity.

3. Those who have suffered most under the diabolical enslavement of our evil enemy, will become the most determined and fearless fighters against him, in order to free others still living under his insidious control.

Understanding the Problem

The harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few. The reason for that is that so many potential laborers are all bent over, feeling unusable to God because of either secret or not-so-secret spiritual, physical or emotional bondages.

When people are all bent over and cannot lift their heads up, they will always be looking down. You don't get a great perspective on the future, when you can see nothing but dirt. Your eyes are not on the horizon or on the heavens. You are seeing nothing but the same old dirt day after day.

The sex slaves in Iraq had been feeling like dirt every day that they were held captive. We can't imagine their anguish and sorrow, knowing family members had been murdered or tortured, etc., and that they have nothing to look forward to but being repeatedly raped by evil men.

Like the Yazidi women, millions of Christians, and others who would become Christians, who would otherwise love to serve God and help bring in the harvest, are hopelessly held in chains of addiction to alcohol, drugs and sexual perversion.

Others suffer the torment of depression, fear and anxiety, as well as many other forms of addiction. These bondages are real. They are not easily cured by people preaching at them or quoting trite slogans. They need a strong and anointed word and touch from Jesus, Himself, to break the chains that keep them in bondage.
It was heart-breaking to hear the news during the New Hampshire primary season, about how many people were dying from drug overdoses in that state. It was of more concern, for many people, than the economy or personal security. Certainly, addictions are a powerful means of enslavement, both in the world and in the Church.

Probably, the greatest addictions in the Church, especially among men, are the many forms of sexual addiction. The evil spirit of seduction is so emboldened in western society today, that its victims must continually find more perverted ways of expression. Like drug addiction, what was cutting-edge before is now too mild to adequately stimulate. The bondages of addictions are leading our culture into a death spiral.
Understanding God's Powerful and Amazing Solution

Yes, our enemy is bad to the bone and has a lot of things working for him today. BUT GOD!!! What God was and is speaking to me about this situation is this:

"I AM RELEASING A FRESH ANOINTING ON ISAIAH 61 FOR MY CHURCH, MY BODY, ON THE EARTH."

What Jesus read in His hometown synagogue about Himself, He is now proclaiming from Heaven and pouring out the anointing oil on His own Body, His Church. Here is the passage the Holy Spirit is highlighting to me right now:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion.

To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins; They shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:1-4

This was the job description the Father gave to Jesus to fulfill on His mission to Planet Earth. He faithfully fulfilled His Father's assignment. Today, Jesus is giving us, His Body on the earth, the same job description. But He is not asking us to do it in our own giftings, or our own strength. No, He is pouring out the same Holy Spirit on us today, that was poured into Him at His baptism.

We, His Church, His Body and His Bride, will feel that surge of supernatural energy within our spirits to take down principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places. We will not do this in foolish presumption, but together with other members of His Body, we will hear His voice, feel His anointing power, and proclaim, touch and break chains.  

As we begin to bring freedom to those both inside and outside the Church, we will observe the "fearless passion of those who have been liberated". They will boldly enlist in the army of the Lord. They will learn how to use spiritual weapons of warfare, which are not carnal, but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).

They will take the power of freedom to those still enslaved by the chains of bondage and there will be an incredible domino effect created. We are about to see this unfold over the next couple of years.
The power of the testimony of delivered people cannot be overestimated. Since satan has done such a thorough job of bringing people into captivity, it creates an amazing opportunity for those who bring keys to unlock their prison doors. Captives will be crying out for their own freedom when they hear the testimony of others. The result will be countless conversions to Christ. Hope will arise and the excitement will spread like a prairie fire in dry stubble.

Our Assignment

We must cooperate with God in this strategic plan to prepare His harvesters. So what must we then do?

1. Humble ourselves before God, confessing our need for His touch and His anointing.

2. Read the passages quoted in this article over and over, and if possible, memorizing them.

3. Pray earnestly for the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit to be empowered in our lives.

4. Pray for and diligently seek for unity in the Body of Christ, for His sake.

5. Identify our own bondages, small or great, and present them before God.

6. For purposes of prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to identify bondages in others, whom you want to experience freedom.

7. Commit to obey God, no matter what He asks you to do, and listen to His still small voice.

8. Lift up your head and look forward to your future in His Kingdom!

I also hear God speaking to me now as I write:

"Fear not! There is nothing that can separate you from My love and protection, as long as you abide under the shadow of My wing. I don't just want to use you to build My Kingdom, I want to know you intimately and for you to know Me, that I am a God who is full of compassion, love and mercy. Your sins, which you have confessed to Me, are hidden in the Sea of Forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. I did this for you. Now, I'm asking you to share this good news with others, so they too can know My goodness."  

Isaiah 61:4 talks about restoring and rebuilding what was destroyed in former generations. I believe we will see that both in the Church and in the life of our society. The Church will be restored to the place of intimacy, unity and love that was so manifest in the early Church. For America and other nations, who once had a Biblical foundation, there is coming a reformation and restoration to Biblical values, which will change all mountains of society.

May God help us to cooperate fully with His plans and may we be blessed to see it fulfilled in our day. Amen!
HEADS UP, EVERYONE!

Ben R. Peters
Kingdom Sending Center
Email: ohmint@gmail.com
Website: www.kingdomsendingcenter.org

Ben and Brenda Peters have said "YES" to the call of God to challenge, equip, and send dedicated lovers of Jesus into the harvest fields of the earth, including the seven mountains of society. Together they have ministered to tens of thousands of individuals in several countries of the world. After establishing and serving churches and Christian schools for almost thirty years, they began a traveling ministry in September 1999 under the name Open Heart Ministries. This ministry consisted mainly of speaking, teaching, preaching, and prophesying in conferences, camps, retreats, churches, ministry schools, and homes.
More recently, they also founded an Illinois-based ministry called Kingdom Sending Center after hearing a clear word from God during a Heidi Baker meeting in Chicago. Ben began writing revelatory books in 2000, and has published 23 of them since then. His newest book is THE KINGDOM BUILDING CHURCH – Experiencing the Explosive Potential of the Church in Kingdom Building Mode. Ben and Brenda now live near Sacramento, California, close to most of their five children and twelve grandchildren.
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