Archive for January, 2015

Atmospheres of Peace

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

I believe God is wanting to bring a restoration of hope into all the Earth. In order to release revival in any part of the world, there must be a fresh vision of Jesus… Jesus is our Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6-7) (Eph. 2:14). Interestingly, the Apostle Paul saw “hope” as something tied directly to our joy and peace in believing. We can abound in hope, but never without the power of the Holy Spirit releasing atmospheres of peace.

Prophetically: A Pathway for Jesus!

John the Baptist prepared the path for the Lamb of God to come into view for the nation of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that John needed to “make straight in the desert, a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3-5). The valleys would need to be exalted and the mountains made low. The crooked places needed to be made straight and the rough places made smooth. And why? “For the Glory of the Lord to be revealed” – that everyone would see it… everyone would experience God’s peace!

Kingdom people are designed to carry the Glory of God and enjoy the atmosphere of peace that goes beyond our understanding (Phil. 4:7). John was a voice crying in the wilderness… “prepare your hearts, repent of your ways, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. John was not looking for just any man when he looked for the Christ. The Lamb of God would be recognized by peace. John would identify the Messiah by this sign, at His baptism the Spirit would come like a dove (the symbol of peace), land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice how peace would come into the world. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” to land and for peace to be recognized. Remember the phrase… “a place for the dove to land”.

Visible and Recognizable:

When Jesus sent out the 12 disciples in Matthew 10, He said freely you have received now freely give, yet when you go into a community look for places to impart your peace. If they will not receive it then take it back unto yourself, wipe the dust off of your feet and journey to the next community. What Jesus was saying is that we should be looking for places where the “dove” will be welcome. The dove is the Biblical symbol for the Peace provided by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is still our urgent mission; not just to win a bunch of people to our point of view, but to bring an atmosphere! Our mission unlocks the revelation that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. And all are welcome to see into its Glory and live in its Peace.

Today – let the Peace of God find its rest in your heart and mind!

Freshly Anointed

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

The Apostles, Peter and John; carried an anointing that was fresh and obvious to everyone! Their behavior, boldness and supernatural influence were tangible and appeared as rich evidence that they had been with Jesus. Their courage and character looked like Jesus! Their impact in ministry lifted them beyond their education or their status in society. Something was visible… and that will always make the religious culture a bit nervous.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed (chrio) Me…” (Luke 4:18)

The Greek word anointed, ‘chrio’, means to smear or rub with oil… and as you could imagine, there are wonderful things produced when the Holy Spirit anoints human flesh. There is something in the experience of Jesus, a powerful picture that is prophetic… conveying the Father’s heart and purpose for our lives. The common English expression, “to rub off”, means to have an effect through close association or contact – so as to make similar. For example, if you brush up against a freshly painted door, wet paint will rub off on you… the same color and texture will show up! Jesus’ attributes and anointing rubbed off onto His disciples, and in like manner; they show up on us when we fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The close contact with Him changes our perceptions and our boldness.

“Rubbing Off”

God desires to get up close and personal with you. When you encounter Christ, the Holy Spirit’s power rubs off on your life in such a way that others witness it and hunger for a similar relationship with God. The anointing is not a commodity; it is not a thing. It is the Person of the Holy Spirit revealing Himself in and through you. I want to encourage you, that the spiritual hunger that you have right now for the invisible, undefinable “more of God”, will change you and transform your outer man! And that, truly is the richest gift of the Spirit.

4 More Ways to Receive a Fresh Anointing

1. A Fresh Encounter with God Through His Word: The Bible (Heb. 4:12)(Jms. 1:21-25)

  • (2 Cor. 3:18) ‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’
  • The Greek word translated ‘contemplate’ in this verse, means to look into a mirror. In context, Paul is saying that we don’t have a blinded understanding—we have the fullness of the Gospel that reveals Jesus. It is on God’s heart that you encounter Him in the Bible, catching a fresh revelation of Who He is and see mirrored there who you are in the process of becoming. When you do, you experience transformation, you encounter God and you receive a fresh touch from Him.

2. Make Room for More: Surrender (Heb. 12:1)

  • (2 Tim. 2:20-21) ‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’
  • The ‘latter’ that Paul referred to was false teaching and ungodly talk. What is that thing that the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on in your life right now and He is saying, ‘It’s time for that to go’. Maybe it is fear or intimidation, or lack of self worth. Perhaps you need to release bitterness and forgive someone. Maybe it is an area of struggle or temptation, and you need to bring it into the light and share what is going on with someone you can trust. It could be distractions that are keeping you from focusing on God. Sometimes in order to be filled and receive more, we need to make room… we need to be cleansed and separate from some stuff.

3. Close Association with Others who are Anointed: Fellowship (Heb. 10:23-25)

  • (Eph. 4:16) ‘…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth to the body for the edifying of itself in love.’
  • What is ‘rubbing off’ onto you from the people who are around your life? What is ‘rubbing off’ from you onto others? If possible, get around people who have the Presence of God on their lives and who carry the integrity, attributes, gifts and spiritual DNA that God has called you to have on your own life. Learn from them, receive from them, and study them and what they do.

4. Receive a Fresh Anointing Through Prayer: Ask, Seek and Knock (Mt. 7:7)(1 Tim. 2:1-4)

  • Praying and receiving prayer are 2 of the most effective ways for you to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Recently I received prayer with some leaders who anointed me with oil for healing (Jms. 5:14). It was powerful and transformed my thinking toward that which seemed to hinder my faith. The fragrance of the oil lasted all day and when I remind myself of that moment I still feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the very act of humbling yourself and confessing to God and others your need, makes all the difference in our spiritual battles.

Declare with me…”I’m hungry for more of You, God – and I embrace Your anointing!”

That is all it takes to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit in your life!

The Great Exchange

The Truth for a lie… that’s it. What God has done for us is just that simple… if we can embrace it.

Jesus made the statement that the devil is a thief, who comes only to kill, steal and destroy; but He offered an alternate reality… “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:9-10). Jesus offers us freedom – from sin and the lies that sin requires us to agree with (Jn. 8:36)! If you want to be free… agree with the Truth found in Christ!


The experience of our Christian faith must become a journey of exchanges whereby all that we have seen and heard is processed through the lens of Truth. On Calvary there was a crushing blow that destroyed the power of lies. Indeed, Jesus in the cross crushed the serpent’s (the devil) head.. and the greatest transaction of all time took place. Christ the Sacrificed Lamb took our place and became the substitute for the sin of God’s people. Jesus picked up our burden… (Isaiah 53) was laden with our guilt and trespasses just as if He, Himself had committed our sins. He was counted with the transgressors.

“He hath made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21).

That we might become Righteous!

Christ took full responsibility for the sins of His people and by His death made atonement for them. As the “scapegoat” He took them away from us. He died for the unjust (1 Pet 3:18) and His righteousness is counted as ours. “He has clothed us with the garments of salvation”. Freely justified we stand before God, not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ paid to our account.

This is the greatest opportunity of all – and the time is now that we exchange our rags for His incredible riches!

The great exchange is about our identity. Its about letting go of our sin, our brokenness and wounds from the past. Sinful behaviors are pardoned by simply asking God to forgive you and free you of the shame. Jesus said, “the Truth shall make you free!” (Jn. 8:32) Yes, yes – YES… you and I can become totally free! Praise the Lord!

Rags or Riches

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pe. 1:2-4)

God’s Promises are power-packed truths that enable and empower us to reach beyond ourselves and pull upon the wealth of heavenly resources! Perhaps the most important realization in life is the knowledge of what Christ has done for us! We are a people chosen and embraced by God to receive abundant life… peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The Apostles Peter and John saw the potential of the human soul rising from the dusty ashes of a lost glory. Both make statements that clarify the Christian identity as that of royalty and priestly significance (1 Pe. 2:9)(Rev. 1:6). To know God and trust His Promises will lead us to the most empowered life offered to man… everything we need for life and godliness is found in Christ Jesus.

Mark Twain tells of the day the King and the Queen of a far off country were bringing their new little “Prince” home from the royal hospital. On the way home their carriage collided with a poor pauper’s cart. In the humble vehicle the poor man was bringing his wife and new baby home from the midwife’s house. In the confusion of the moment, the two couples picked up the wrong babies by mistake and the little Prince went home to be raised by the pauper and his wife.

As the baby grew into childhood, he was forced to go into the streets and beg for food. However, unknown to him the very streets he begged on belonged to him because they were the property of his true father. Day in and day out he would go to the palace and looking through the iron fence at the little boy playing there and he would say to himself, “Man, if only I were a Prince.” Of course, he was the Prince! But he was not aware of that fact.

He lived his whole life in poverty because he didn’t know who he really was since he didn’t know “who” his father was.

Knowing Whose We Are – Offers a Platform for Who We Become:

How true this is of many Christians. It is easy to go through life doing the same thing. Many have never taken time to find out to whom they belong. They have never realized who their real Father is… or what Christ has done for them. Since the day we were born again spiritually, we have become sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We are heirs, according to the Promise; of a royal throne. How sad to think we often go through life with self imposed spiritual poverty and cheat ourselves out of the riches of God’s marvelous grace. The riches are there whether we enjoy them or not (Phil. 4:19)! God the Father has made provision for every need in your daily walk with Christ.

Many “believers” are “unbelieving” when it comes to taking God at His Word when He tells us who we are in Christ.

God Given Identity

Your God-given identity will answer these 2 questions…

1st) ‘Who has God created me to be?’
2nd) ‘What has God called me to do?’

Your Identity is Prophetic…

Its God’s intended purpose to bless and prosper you as His Child, His friend and His Ambassador. Our identity speaks of who you are, but more than that… of who you are becoming! It unlocks your imagination and awakens your dream and hidden purpose. Its a key for opening the door to where you should invest your heart for the most satisfying life God would want for you. Our Father wants you to be secure in His love and He has created every individual to be great! Yet many Christians are uncertain or conflicted about their unique, personal identity.

Some signs you may have an unclear sense of identity are:
•…a lack of personal confidence or self worth
•…difficulty accepting both your strengths and limitations
•…being affected by fear, doubt, rejection or envy
•…other people’s opinions are setting your course
•…feeling out of place or unfulfilled

Setting Your Course:

To various degrees, many of us need strength, clarity or even healing in vital areas of our identity! If there is anything the devil can do to confuse or distract you from your God-given identity… he will do it! Its really important that you shake off the enemy’s lies and set a fresh course for the Promised Land (Ex. 3:17). The land “flowing with milk and honey” is just over the hill if you know which hill to climb. That’s what a God-given identity will do for you!

9 Clues to Your God-Given Identity:

Here are 9 clues to help you explore who you are uniquely in God. If identity is a struggle for you, I encourage you to take some time to journal or pray about the points you particularly relate to.

1. Your Family Identity

‘Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…’ (Jn. 1:12)

Before you can fully comprehend your personal identity, you need to grasp who you are in God’s household. You are royalty, adopted by the King. You carry the family DNA and attributes. You are Blessed, Loved, Chosen and Qualified to reign in life… you are the Father’s Son or Daughter. You are Righteous in Christ. What does God’s Word say about who you are as a son or daughter of God?

2. Seasons of Fulfillment

Can you look back on your life and recognize times and seasons in which you felt the most fulfilled, the most alive? I call these events or seasons, “kyros moments”… where God comes near and gives you hints of your potential and points toward your destiny. This is not just about relationships, but settings – times and seasons where God is showing you your heartbeat or rhythm. What were you doing during these times, and most importantly, what aspects of your personality and passion were emerging and being revealed?

3. Prophetic Personal Insights

What has God used to speak to you personally about your life? What prophetic descriptions, about who you are; have resonated with you? Perhaps you have personally experienced the feelings when something spoken really resonated in your heart. These words may have a prophetic anointing upon them for you to pray about and consider as God continues to speak truth through the Bible. The Old Testament is full of prophecies about Jesus and He was able to see Himself in the book. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and God will speak into your life from time to time. The key is to see the prophetic voices around you as part of God’s discipleship. What words and names describe you as a person? How does God see you?

4. People Who have Believed in You.

Throughout your life’s journey, God has brought significant people across your path. These are the ones who have believed in you. These people have been gifts from God to nourish your identity and help release your potential. Who were they and what were the marks of Kingdom purpose in you, that they brought out or uncovered for growth? What did they see in you? These are often hidden, or under-developed areas about you that you may have doubted or dismissed.

5. Trials that Have Brought out the Best in You

‘For You Oh God tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.’ (Ps. 66:10)

What tests have you undergone that ultimately brought out something good or strong in you? Can you identify the positive attribute that manifested in your life? How would you describe it?

6. Identify Tragic Events

‘No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah…’ (Isa. 62:4)

Moses killed a man and fled Egypt… his identity was to be a deliverer, but at that time he was labeled a murderer. The enemy hates our identity and the image of God upon you. He aims to kill steal and destroy (Jn. 10:9-10). One of the ways the enemy does this is through strategic events that damage our identity and self-worth. The Bible calls this the “wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:10-12). Personal failure, circumstances or mistakes can injure your sense of identity and so can the abuse and rejection of others. If this has taken place in your life, God’s plan is to restore your true identity. What mark or label have you worn too long and need to cast off? Has an event or person hurt you or attacked you? You are not under the dominion of sin or evil words, but hidden in Christ and under the careful watch of angels. Now that you are alive in Christ, those marks of oppression are often hints to your calling in Christ. What is the opposite of your most tragic experience? Could this be the true identity that God wants to redeem in your life?

7. A God-Given Name

‘The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.’ (Isa. 62:2)

In Scripture, a given name was frequently synonymous with identity. In some cases, God re-named a person as a sign of their identity and destiny. For example, Jesus renamed Simon, Peter… meaning rock (Mt. 16:18). Sometimes today parents provide their children with a prophetic name that speaks of their identity, but this is not always the case. Is there a name that you have been given by God or others that you believe is prophetic for your life and describes who you are?

8. Who are you When Fearless?

If fear and doubts were not an issue, who would you be? What attributes would be displayed in your life? What is the best version of you… courageous and full of faith. Never surrender your heart to the opinion of others or listen to people’s version of what you should be? Be yourself!

9. What is Your Unique Sense of Passion and Purpose?

Your interests and the things that you are passionate about are an important part of who you are. You may even have a sense of destiny or feel a call of God upon your life. This is a valuable clue to your identity. Gideon’s destiny was to lead the Israelites in battle and lead the nation to God. God addressed him by his identity, ‘mighty warrior’ (Judg. 6:12). Abram’s destiny was to birth a Messianic lineage. God named him ‘Abraham’, which meant ‘Father of a multitude’ (Gen. 17:4-6). Do you have a sense of your purpose, or have you seen a glimpse of God’s call on your life? Working backwards, what does this say about how God sees you and who He has created you to be?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)


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