How to move from faithless to fearless in the Lord

Elijah was fearless in front of King Ahab in 1 Kings. In the beginning, Elijah had no fear. King Ahab was an evil king, worshipping Baal.

Elijah went in front of him and commanded no rain. During this time, God provided for Elijah in the miraculous. God sent ravens to feed Elijah and then when the brooks dried up, God led him to a widow to provide for him. Elijah then goes out and kills the false prophets in great numbers.

Elijah is given some supernatural strength from God to outrun Ahab’s chariot. So far this sounds like a story of victory, and it is. But on the same day Elijah won the battle, he ran for his life. He allowed Jezebel’s words and reputation to intimidate him.

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (1 Kin. 19:2-4).

He wanted the Lord to take his life, (vs. 4). He was intimidated and fearful of Jezebel. Here God had provided for him over and over again, but he allowed Jezebel’s words to intimidate him.

God wants us to be full of faith not fear. We too could be compared to Elijah. There are days we are filled with faith and feel as though we can conquer our mountains and then there are days we are plagued with fear and run from our problems instead of confronting them with faith. We too like Elijah don’t always look back and remember what God did for us in the past and how He protected us, cared for us and provided for us.

We were not created to be faithless; we were created to be fearless. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love,” (1 John 4:18).

When we know the love of the Father we can be fearless, because then we are perfected in His love. The Father loves us. He loves you and He loves me. That is reason enough to have faith.

We are going to have challenges and obstacles placed in front of us, similar to what Elijah experienced. It is what we do in those times of confrontation and situations that will determine if we will be fearless or faithless. We must always remember, God is on our side and, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

I remember one time I was at Garden of the Gods and God led me to run up one of the rock formations. It wouldn’t seem like a big challenge to most, but to me it was. It was out of my comfort zone. I would run up and take a break in increments to stop and absorb what our Heavenly Father had for me.

I remember arriving at the point in which He finally told me to stop. I encountered Him and had a vision, it truly was supernatural. As I ran back down to my husband, I said to him, “I feel alive, I feel so alive, I feel free. Something was broken off of me!” I was so full of joy and happiness and I felt so alive because I was not faithless, I was fearless.

God presented me with something He wanted me to do and I was fearless in doing it. As a result, it filled me with faith and made me fearless and brought forth freedom.

God is going to put things in our path to build our faith. He is going to give us assignments to root the fear out of our lives. How do we accomplish the assignments? By embracing what He asks of us.

As we embrace them we will move through them more easily, instead of resisting what He asks of us. We will accomplish the task and in return it will create us to be fearless people, not faithless people.

Will your friends lower you through the roof?

Do you have crazy faith friends who will lower your mat through the roof? “Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.  And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.  When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke 5:18-20). I love this story!  The room, the house was full!  These buddies were not going to let their friend go not healed.  Not only did He receive His healing, but He received His deliverance.  They had giant faith, crazy faith.  They peeled apart the roof and lowered their buddy down.  They were not going to take no for an answer!

We need to surround ourselves with these same crazy faith friends.  Friends that will stand by us when we are believing for the impossible, because God word says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) We need friends when disease plagues us, divorce papers are served and employment challenges arise that will stand in crazy faith with us and believe for what the world would consider impossible.  We need friends who will stand strong for us and with us when times get tough, job losses happen, a child reveals an unplanned pregnancy or addiction.  We need crazy faith friends who will encourage us and pray with us for hours on end to make the impossible possible.  We need friends who will not gossip, slander, judge or condemn, but will stand on faith of what the word of God says!

Where do we gather such friends? We gather them by being that kind of friend.  Standing alongside someone while they are believing for the impossible, for their miracles.  We gather friends by being nice, being love and praying for people. We gather friends by loving our neighbor as ourselves.   We also gather these friends by attending good churches, small groups and bible studies, which are full of loving, caring people that will support you in a time of need.

Jesus had such friends.  He had a close disciple who was leaning on Him.  “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved,” (John 13:23).  This disciple leaning on Jesus scholars believe was probably John.  Jesus had that one close friend kind of like we have our best friends.

Jesus then had three that he allowed in His inner circle.  The three were James, Peter and John as we see in Mark 5.  He put all the other people out of the room except the mother and father and His closest circle when He raised the little girl from the dead. We continue to see through the scriptures that Jesus was surrounded by His 12 disciples.  These were some of his closest friends while He was here on earth.

We can model from Jesus and surround ourselves with loyal crazy faith friends.  We have that one person in our life probably like John.  We are close to this person, confide in this person and they are always there for us.  They could be our mentor, spiritual parent or accountability partner.  For some of us this could be our spouse who is also our best friend.

We should then have 3 an inner circle of friends who can lift us up in prayer and stand in faith for the crazy things in our life.  They are our prayer circle.  They are going to be there for us, meet with us and not let us down.  When all others are talking about giving up and throwing the towel in they will stand with you.  You should identify who are your closest three.  It doesn’t have to be a clique or three friends who even know each other.  These are three friends who will stand together with you in a time of need, that are important to you.

We all have friends.  Our friends could be considered our twelve, as Jesus had the disciples.  He told the disciples some things, but told His inner three even more.  He taught the twelve, traveled with the twelve and demonstrated the love and power of God to the twelve.  They were his friends, but could all believe for the same, have the same purity and intentions.  We see in the twelve there was pride, competition and jealousy and obviously doubt.

Who do you want to stand beside you in a time of need?  Who do you want to walk along side you on a journey that you don’t even want to take?  What about when those divorce papers get served, the cancer diagnosis manifests or the death of a loved one unexpectedly happens?  Who do you want alongside of you believing for the miraculous things the Bible tells us we can have?  Who do you want standing in faith with you for the dead raising, healing to manifest and that marriage to be restored?

We long for crazy radical faith friends who can pull up us when we feel like falling down.  We need faithful friends who will encourage us to keep believing when we want to give in to doubt.  We need friends who will pull us up spiritually and make us hike higher in the spiritual realm instead of walling in the pit of self-pity.  We must have crazy faith friends!

As this man had crazy faith friends to pull the roof off of a packed out house and get Him to Jesus for His healing, who is going to be your crazy faith friends and do some things that may cause them their reputation, make them do the impossible and encourage you along your way to victory.  Get yourself some crazy faith friends today and discover how your faith will rise just being around them!

Power of praying out loud

Jesus instructed us to speak to our mountain, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says,” (Mark 11:23).  In this verse He talks about the power of speaking to our mountains and having belief.  He instructs us to say.  Says means to utter aloud, express in words or give a chance to speak.  When we are in prayer there needs to be times where we are praying aloud to our Heavenly Father.

We talk all day long to our boss, friends, spouse and co-workers.  Yet it seems as though the body of Christ when it comes to praying shuts down and shuts up.  The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit,” (Prov. 18:21).  We can talk all day long to people, but when it comes to using our authority and speaking aloud to the spiritual atmosphere and our Heavenly Father we don’t embrace that death and life are in the power of the tongue.  We can change our circumstances by praying aloud.

There are days we get tired of talking to people.  We talk so much we get talked out.  What if we were more discerning during the day on how much we talked so that we could save some of those words to use in our prayer time praying aloud to our Father?  He longs to hear our voice!  He knows what is on our heart!  I believe He doesn’t just want us praying in our minds and spirits, but praying out of our mouth.

Jesus spoke to things!  He spoke to a fig tree.  “And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you ever again.’ Immediately the fig tree withered away,” (Matt. 21:19).  The fig tree responded to what He said.  What if some of the things we have been praying for silently, suddenly manifested if we started praying and speaking to them aloud?  If we haven’t seen things manifest naturally is it going to hurt to change the way we pray and try to pray differently?

Call forth means to call into existence and summon into action.  Calling forth is what Jesus did to that fig tree.  He summoned it into action and told it, “Let no fruit grow on your ever again.” I am sure there are things in your life that could stand to be called forth, such as:

  • I call forth a good Christian job to come my way where I will have influence and favor in the marketplace.
  • I call forth my loved one’s to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • I call forth doors to open on my behalf where I can share my talents, gifting’s and love of the Lord.

Command is another powerful word to speak out in our prayer time.  Jesus commanded the demons to get out of the man and go into the swine.  In Matthew 8:32, “And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.”  He said, “Go.” Go is a command.  What do you need to speak into the atmosphere and tell to go in your life?  We can take authority over the spiritual realm and tell things to go such as:

  • I command sickness and disease in my body to go in Jesus name.
  • I command demonic attacks in my life to go, you will not attack me in Jesus name.
  • I command distractions in my life to go in Jesus name. Everything unproductive and unfruitful go now in the name of Jesus!

What about declaring some good things to come forth and manifest in your life?  Declaring means to manifest, reveal, proclaim and make a declaration.  Declaring can be releasing some positive thoughts out of your mouth at the beginning of the day.  It can be claiming and taking territory over your day and releasing your expectations of the day such as:

I declare I am going to be happy, joyful and full of God’s love today to all I encounter.

I declare my body is going to feel great today and I will be full of strength to accomplish God’s work.

I declare I am going to have favor in the sight of the Lord and with man today.

Faith comes by hearing and as we speak aloud what we want to see manifest or take authority over it will increase our faith.  Several times a day we are impacted by what people say either positively or negatively.  It impacts us and affects our moods.  What if we can change our emotions by what we pray aloud?  We all need a faith increase no matter where we are in our walk with the Lord.  There is power in speaking out!  Jesus said, in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

He gave us authority!  When He died and resurrected He transferred His authority to us.  Now let’s use that authority and try praying aloud and see which of our circumstances change and what we have been praying for manifest in the natural realm!

A prophetic word and declaration

I call forth the abundant flow of heaven to open on your behalf!

I say your year, your season, will change to benefit you and the Kingdom!
I proclaim this will be a year of the manifestation of your promises.
I release angels on assignment to carry out their orders for your family and ministry.
I call forth the establishment of every good and perfect working from within to manifest out of you.
I say you will arise and take your rightful place and position in the Kingdom!
I command no more lack and victim mentality!
I call forth your release from familiar spirits and seasons and cycles of depression!
I say blessings and favor are your portion!
The King (King Jesus) is exalted through you!
I say, your lips and mouth glorify the name of the Lord and speak edification!
Your promises, your destiny is coming to pass!
Things in your life aren’t going to be the same because the word of God is releasing over your life!

I prophesy to your life and command joy, prosperity, newness, to come forth!
You have the abundance of heaven and I call forth its full manifestation on your behalf!
Lift up your heads, the Lord is the glory about you, the shield around you, and the joy bursting from within you! Give reason to praise and celebrate! Thank him in advance for what is going to materialize on your behalf! He is for you! Receive it! Believe it! Have faith! Declare it! He has every good and perfect gift available to you, the resources, and abundant flow of Heaven! All your dreams and desires to serve Him are pleasing to Him. Believe your situation is going to change because we serve the greatest change agent; JESUS CHRIST, THE KING OF GLORY, THE EVERLASTING GOD, THE GREAT MESSIAH, YAHWEH, YESHUA, ALMIGHTY! He is bigger than your problem, than your circumstance. He knew your circumstance before it even released. He has the answer before the problem existed. TRUST HIM! Go to Him; release it to Him. He cares! He listens! He created you and formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows what concerns you, He knows your desire. Get in your secret place and release to Him the hurts and pains. He is big enough to take it! He has a might right hand to defend you, protect you and great arms to comfort you. He is for you! Who can be against you, what can you not conquer when you have him on your side and HE IS ON YOUR SIDE. Go out and rejoice, move forward, no more looking back, get excited for the great things He has done. Remember what He did in the past for you he can do in the future. BELIEVE AND RECEIVE. The glory of the Lord is about you! Be Blessed and Receive this prophetic declaration! Hallelujah! Glory to Jesus!

Worship ushers you into new realms in the Spirit

I am a worshiper!  I love to worship!  I love how the songs can penetrate the atmosphere and lead you into the atmosphere of heaven.  How when we worship heaven truly comes down upon us and we are intertwined with the Spirit of the living God.  The songs we sing in worship are powerful!  When we are singing those songs we are claiming, decreeing and crying out to God for more.  But do you truly know what you are singing?

Two years ago I was singing Fling Wide by Misty Edwards.  The chorus:

Take me through the fire

 Take me through the rain

 Take me through the testing

 I’ll do anything

 Test me try me prove me refine me

 Like to gold

Like to gold. 

I was just about to embark on an 11 day prophetic journey where the Lord was not telling me where exactly I was going, but to drive to the right or left and end up here and there.  A few days before the journey when He saw my faith was activated He started releasing some plans for the trip; others came by faith.

I remember several Sunday’s being in church and they just happened to be leading us in this song in worship.  I would sing with everything in me, this song of declaration.  I would sing it from the core of my inner being, as a prayer and as a declaration.  Since thing I have gone on over 7 prophetic journeys where I get in the van and drive for days not knowing where I would end up.

This first journey led me to Lookout Mountain in Tennessee where I would blow the shofar over several states declaring them for the Lord; now North Carolina is a state I regularly minister and I see Him opening other states that we decreed over.

As I was pondering the other day and looking at pictures He has had me go to several states to simply claim, command, decree and declare over the state and government.  That the spiritual atmosphere would be broken up that is causing things to be delayed and detoured in that region and to release an impartation over that land for revival and the Kingdom of God.

Recently, there is another song I am attracted to.  Oceans by Hillsong, the verse that gets me is,

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

 

Once again, I find myself drawn to this song, and this chorus.  What the future will hold, I do not know.  I do know the testing, the trials, the faith building, the brokenness He calls us to go through is much worth it.  I want to trust like none other, I want to have obedient radical faith to go wherever He would call me.  I have seen my faith be made stronger, and I want it to be rock solid, unshakeable.

I know I am a different person and I want to keep changing for His glory, to be more like Him.  So as I walk another journey leading me to walk upon His waters and where my trust is without borders; I will embrace whatever He takes me through to lead me there, because as His Spirit led Jesus out into the desert, His Spirit too will lead me where my trust is without borders.  Lead me God; lead me!

Holiness in our lives

Holy, Holy, Holy.  Holy is He.  The Lamb of God, He is Holy.  Do you look upon His holiness?  Do you gaze at His beauty?  For He is Holy!!!  When I think about His holiness it brings me comfort.  Being wrapped in His arms with the closeness of His breath breathing on my cheek.  I love His holiness.  The comfort He brings me on a stormy day.  I long to be with Him in His holiness. 

Striving for holiness isn’t what we should be doing.  Our everlasting Father doesn’t want us to strive for anything.  Seeking His holiness to be like Him with pure motives and total abandonment to Him that is what He wants.  Us to be sold out, dedicated to finding His holiness.  To be like Him that is what we should long for, His holiness.

Holiness, that means turning off the TV because it does not line up with our standards.  Holiness means no unclean, foul thing coming out of our mouth.  Holiness means seeking Him first, not other idols like reading fiction books, playing facebook games, or cleaning the house one last time.  These are simple distractions that people escape to in order to avoid or delay spending time in His presence.  Yes, some are afraid of His presence and fill their time with worthless things because they are afraid of the change God will ask them to bring into their lives.

His holiness, it’s what I long for when I worship.  It’s what I need when I breathe.  Just to breathe in His holiness.  What do you desire to breathe in today?  I want Him all of Him and I pray you do to.