4 (Giving Us) Blood Moons
While I think it may be the busiest week I have ever had, it is also likely the most important. Are you feeling this same paradox? If so, I believe that you are right in line with what the Lord is doing. This time is the beginning of Passover, Tax Day, and the start of the Four Blood Moons. Are you wondering what this all means? Are you confused? I am too. Somewhat.
I feel in the prophetic Spirit that major change is coming. While I do know some of these changes, I don’t know them all. Chey and I are entering a new dimension and are unsure on some of our future things and the timing of them, but we are trusting God to guide our future. We want our dreams, desires, and destinies to align with His perfect plan. It was good for us to talk all day Saturday in the nice 80 degree and relax some before the all-day rainstorm came on Sunday. Oh, and I failed to mention the snow that arrived Monday morning. Everything in our world is spinning, from weather to wedding planning to ministry, to pretty much everything else.
Despite this confusion, and really all the confusions that life can bring, I am sure of one thing. The Crucifixion. This week is the most important week of the Christian faith. While this is the time we remember the death of Jesus Christ on cross to forgive our sins and celebrate the resurrection of His body over the grave, there is more. In our time now, this is the best opportunity to show non-Christians the love of Christ by inviting them to church for them to hear the good news of God. While I am so busy this week, I have been fighting to not forget this most important thing that God calls us to do, share the good news of Christ. I have read a lot in Psalm 51 this week, asking God to create in me a clean heart. So if you need forgiveness today, in the midst of your busyness, look to the cross. I’m excited to be redeemed through being a part of what He has done. (I’m actually in an Easter production this week that will be awesome!) It’s all that matters!
Attacking Our Dreams
Do you remember the days when we used to dream big dreams and shoot for the moon? It’s hard to remember because it seems like those days were so long ago. Really they aren’t. Life’s nuances have got in the way and stress has built a wall against those dreams. The hope we were filled so much with has had trial come in. If you are out there thinking, “I can’t go anymore, I quit,” then let me say that you aren’t done yet. God is not finished doing a good work in you!
Yesterday, I felt a massive assault come from the devil. He wants nothing but to steal, kill, and destroy this dream that you have, that you are living and building. The verse that paralleled in the prophetic and kept me fighting through the confusious cloud was James 4:7, “Resist the devil and he will flee.” Even as I write this, I am battling. The enemy reminds me of my failures and that my mistakes are going to haunt me. If you are fighting these same thoughts or stresses right now, then I have good news for you. This trial will make us stronger.
I believe now we are torn between 2 worlds fighting evil. Satan is attacking our dreams because he wants to destroy them. He fears of what’s coming and what God is about to do. So our job is to continue to stand and fight, to resist our enemy and not give up. We must believe, even in our darkest hour, because reinforcements, restoration, resurgence, and re-alignment are all coming.
I still know that God cares because of His Divine time this week. On Thursday, as I read about David taking Jerusalem, I saw blessings pour out in the life of my cousin, in our ministry, and even in my own life. When attacks come, I must be reminded of God’s goodness to stay the course. Then Sunday, I felt God’s passion and presence in the Alice (Chains) Church, as He spoke some amazing parallels to me. I knew then God had me where I was supposed to be. Now I hear from Him in dreaming again, sitting in my chair in peace, as I hear that small still voice from the moon.
Realigning to No More Betrayal
Were you fooled? At some point or another we have all been fooled. It’s interesting how God aligned this time around April Fool’s Day with my teaching message (which God gave me this in His timing, I didn’t come up with it on my own) on Judas betraying Jesus. At some point, we have all betrayed someone and have been betrayed. How do you feel when that happens? Not good right?
When we are betrayed or fooled, we have 2 responses. Take a look at Luke 22:47-53. In this story, Peter responds by cutting off a soldier’s ear. Jesus responds by healing the soldier’s ear. So when people go against us, we can either respond in anger and violence or in love and healing.
This past week, I felt like I had a lot of stories dealing with betrayal. I was on the side of being betrayed, but sadly, I was also the betrayer. I knew that the Lord was wanting to teach me something through this, because He always seems to connect my life with the lesson I am teaching my youth in that same week. I got to studying and thinking about betrayal, and I remembered and realized that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. (See Ephesians 6:12.)
I have said before that there is a greater spiritual war coming. The light and the dark are both rising against each other and are becoming stronger. It’s an intriguing scenario and time because if you think about a room, when darkness is in the room, there is no light. However, when light fills the room, darkness has to leave. Right now in the prophetic realm, the light and the dark are taking up the space. This will not last long because something has to give in the end. The light will soon win and then there will be no more betrayal. God is re-aligning things according to His Perfect Plan, to where there was no betrayal in the beginning.
Back and Forth
The weather, March Madness, and the spiritual realm; what do they all have in common. Two words, back and forth. The season is spring. It certainly wants to be and is coming, but winter just doesn’t want to die yet. The temperatures keep fighting back and forth. If you have watched any March Madness this past weekend, you know that there were some good games. And anytime there is a good game, the two teams are going back and forth, trading baskets, and you are in suspense wondering who will win. Then there is the spirit realm. Have you been struggling and battling in your faith lately? I know I have. The enemy has been on the attack and I think I know the reason why. It’s because God is about to do something very miraculous and the enemy is in fear of it.
In the past 2 weeks, I have already seen a lot of miracles happening in my own life and in the lives of others, which is very exciting! With that said, the enemy often tries to get me to forget those facts. I have to fight to get myself out of complaining when he attacks. When that happens, I have to counter-attack. Just like in the NCAA tournament, when one team makes a run, the other team can do one of 2 things. They can either get down and complain about how things aren’t going their way, or they can get motivated and bounce back with a run of their own. The weather is following the same pattern. It has gotten very warm on some days and I get to thinking that winter is finally over and has been defeated. However, winter has been bouncing back with a cold front of its own. Just yesterday and this morning, we had snow and I’m thinking, “This is ridiculous, it’s already spring on the calendar.” However, when I looked back in my writings to find out that we had church canceled because of snow at this time last year, my mindset changed to a more grateful attitude about this year.
I noticed also that in all three of these categories that the back and forth shift started happening about 2 weeks ago. The first nice day we had in a while here in Iowa was in the first week of March. Also around the first week of March was when the conference tournaments began and basketball got crazy. And finally, the Spirit made a strong return with an unloading of miracles springing into peoples’ lives. With all of that said, more goodness is coming. It’s time to stop being set back and looking forth into what is happening in the future. “A setback is a setup for a comeback stronger.” is one of my favorite quotes and I think illustrates this point well. Paul also says it well in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” That’s the why of our purpose and why we go back and forth, that we would press on toward something better, deeper, and higher.
For hoops fans, it’s the most extremist, exciting and busiest times of year, all in one! 68 teams are dancing, but here in a few short weeks, only 1 will be a champion. And for all of those bracketologists out there, the stress and confusion can pile up. Who to pick to win it all? Which 12 seed will upset a 5? Will there be a mid-major looking to make a deep run? So many questions and decisions. After all, one wrong pick could spell disaster for your bracket and a shot at that pool prize money. Also, how are you going to manage to watch 10 hours of basketball per day for the next few days when your boss is looking over your shoulder and you have that deadline of sending in that financial report? Oh, the madness with so much happening!
Beneath the spreadsheet cover, there is another madness that is happening. I’m talking about the Extremist Madness that is likely warring in your life right now. Last week, I talked about the Spirit returning in a very powerful way. I know in my own life, and for several that I talked to during this past weekend, there seemed to be a lot of confusion about what the Spirit was doing and even some things that were abnormal. While Yeshua is seeded number 1 in the tournament, there is an enemy on the other side of the bracket named Lucifer. We know that Yeshua has been consistent throughout the season, not losing a single game. So Yeshua was rightfully seeded number 1. However, in spite of Yeshua’s great season, some people don’t know much about Yeshua, if anything at all. Some think Yeshua is weak and won’t go very far in the life bracket. Others think Yeshua will win it all! Lucifer, on the other hand, is a different story. Lucifer is tricky. He wasn’t seeded as highly as some thought he should be. At times, Lucifer hasn’t played well, but lately has been hot. Lucifer would like to pull an upset and ruin your life bracket. Lucifer looks good on paper and could do some damage if we’re not careful. With all the noise, we must remain confident and stick with our right pick that Yeshua will win it all!
First, I want to say, “Wow it’s warm again!” Praise to our God for all He is doing in the earth! This week, I saw so many family and friends blessed by God in spectacular ways! Major shifts and miracles are happening, as the Lord is changing lives! If you still have yet to experience this Spiritual Return, I hope this encourages you, because miracles are going to keep coming!
Now on to what I promised last week; why I’m in Iowa. My first main reason has to do with my fiancé, Cheyenne. I know that the Lord sent me to Iowa to develop a relationship with her. Now the Lord is telling us to use our future marriage to be an example to the culture. The next generation has not seen true marriage relationships under the authority of God lived out and that has to change! I had a student, when talking to a couple who had been married for over 25 years, say that she could never stay married for that long. With that mindset, satan already puts defeat in our culture and continues to disrupt God’s most intimate relationship.
If satan can destroy marriage, then he can destroy the family, which then damages the relationship of a child and father. Our culture is hurting, and is turning to other options, including gay marriage, to try and solve the emptiness that others can’t even satisfy. What Cheyenne and I want to do is show our youth that truly committed marriages do exist, do satisfy, and can last above any other kind of relationship, but only under the condition that God is at the center of it. We want to reflect the example of Christ’s committed love and sanctification for the bride and how He gave Himself up for us, just as a husband is to do for his wife.
The second main purpose I believe I am in Iowa is something that God has been revealing to Cheyenne and I over the past month or so. I am still learning more about this purpose, so I will wait to give further details. However, I can say it adds the next piece to building back the Spiritual Return of God’s family structure.
Hebrew Deeper Spring
As I mentioned last week, I have been thinking a lot in 3’s lately, and here are some of the things that the Lord has been showing me. I’ve been sensing another strong pull into the Hebrew, much like I did in the summer of 2012 when the Lord told me out of nowhere to start studying the Hebrew calendar. I became fascinated with the calendar and my still-little knowledge it led me to understanding my prophetic word later that year. However, this time, I am starting to study more of the Hebrew language. I already knew God’s Hebrew Name, Yahweh, but I didn’t know any other Hebrew names. I was listening to Mattie Montgomery and he kept mentioning the word Yeshua. I thought about it and then it clicked, “That’s Jesus’ Name in Hebrew.” Then I had to research what the Spirit’s Name was in Hebrew. I had some trouble finding and understanding this one, but I broke it down to Yarach. It gets more awesome from here! The verse from John 14:6 came to mind where Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Then it all made sense using the end words of the 3 Hebrew Names of God:
Yahweh = Forms Ya Way = The Way
Yeshua = Forms Ya Trua = The Truth
Yarach = Forms Ya Ache = The Life*
*The Spirit is a bit harder to understand, but the even further original word derives as “ruach.” When you see the sound of it, it combines as an ache for life, or for the Spirit. It’s meaning is wind, or moving air. (2012-2012)**. Another derivation comes as arach, with a combination composed as chet and resh. It’s meaning is circular path, or moon. (2013-2014)**.
**These sources derive from both research and the Lord’s revelation in personal journal stories.
As for why I believe I’m in Iowa, I will go into more detail on that next week. One thing I will say though, it has to do with putting back together the family structure of God (power of 3.)