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When Your Prophetic Journey Meets With Spiritual Warfare.


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From her encounter with Gabriel to her experience at Pentecost, Mary’s journey parallels that of any woman who pursues God’s promises for her life.

Mary knelt in the shadow of the cross, weeping in anguish as her first-born Son hung above her, naked and bloody. The ominous roar of thunder was crowded out by His agonizing cry, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

She looked up through her tears. “Why,” she cried out in the deafening silence of her thoughts, “why didn’t You defend Yourself? I saw the raw power of God move through You. At Your word, demons fled, blind eyes were opened, lepers were cleansed. Why didn’t You command the angels to save You?

“You were going to be king of the Jews. It was prophesied; I didn’t make it up. The angel Gabriel visited me, and everything happened as he said. It wasn’t supposed to end like this.”

Most of us remember Mary as the 15-year-old girl who rode off on a donkey to facilitate the Christmas story. But her life was so much more. It was a tapestry of mysteries that unraveled gradually across the seasons of her years, bringing her ultimately to this scene at the foot of the cross.

Mary, you see, was on a prophetic journey. And so are you.

On the day of the crucifixion, Mary’s Son was not all that was dying; so were every belief and prophetic promise she’d clung to for 33 years. Perhaps you, too, have had your life turned upside down. You’ve seen your dreams die. The future looks bleak and empty. You need to understand that your prophetic walk with God is a cyclical journey. Like Mary, you will have seasons of prophetic revelation; seasons ofspiritual warfare and wilderness wandering; seasons of ordinary, “ho-hum” life; seasons of effective ministry. All these ultimately lead to the cross and to the death of all things you hold dear.

But the cross is never the end.

Radical Visitation “One night the angel Gabriel came to me. Me–a simple Jewish girl living in poverty in the little town of Nazareth. What did I have to offer anyone, especially almighty God?

“His voice filled the room. ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored among women. The Lord is with you.’ He told me not to fear and that I would give birth to the Messiah. I cried out,’Yes, Lord, let it be unto me according to Your word.'”

Mary was a sovereign vessel chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Yet the Bible doesn’t indicate that she moved in miracles. She simply possessed a heart of devotion and childlike faith. She said, “Yes Lord, let it be done unto me,” and it changed her life forever. That’s why we can all be like Mary.

The Holy Spirit overshadowed her, and the new life that was birthed in her womb ushered in the Messianic Age. Do you cry out, “Lord, I want to be like Mary–radically overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, impregnated with your purpose”? Do you want to usher in revival?

Then know that there is a price behind the anointing. There is a stigma. Birthing the things of the Spirit is messy, and revival is controversial. Are you willing to be a humble vessel giving birth to God’s purpose in an untidy stable, or will you say, “There’s no room in the inn”?

Spiritual Warfare “In the middle of the night Joseph shook me violently. He was terrified, crying, ranting about Herod’s wanting Jesus dead. He said we had to leave town–right away. He grabbed Jesus and was out the door before I could understand what was happening. We left everything behind that night, no explanations, no goodbyes. Life as we’d known it was over.”

Satan always goes after a move of God in its infancy, when it’s most vulnerable. King Herod diabolically ordered the slaughter of baby boys. But God gave Joseph and Mary divine strategies to protect their son, telling Joseph in a dream to flee with his family to Egypt.

Are you under attack from the enemy? The greater your call and destiny, the greater the spiritual warfare you will face. The enemy wants to abort your prophetic promises. When the stirrings of revival begin to be birthed in you and around you, challenging the status quo, the demonic realm is aroused. Don’t be afraid; God will be faithful to deliver you out of the enemy’s hand.

The Wilderness “Why didn’t God remove Herod in-stead of us? It hurt so much to leave everyone behind. I kept thinking, If only my family and friends could see Jesus grow up.

“And why Egypt? Why did God send us to the land that represents bondage for our people? Are we going to die here or in the wilderness, like our forefathers?”

Maybe you’ve had incredible, dramatic encounters with God. You’ve had multiple prophetic words recorded on tape and transcribed into notebooks. You’re sure that any minute now your prophetic promises will come to pass.

Mary also received prophetic words: Her Son would be king of the Jews. So why were they banished and suffering in an uncomfortable and foreign land? Mary didn’t realize that the prophetic timetable for the fulfillment of Jesus’ destiny would be a grueling 30 years long. You, too, will spend time in the wilderness; you will experience seasons of barrenness. Are you willing to wait on the Lord’s timing?

An Ordinary Life “Finally, after several years in Egypt, God spoke to Joseph again in a dream. Herod was dead. This time it was I who grabbed Jesus and ran out the door with Joseph trailing behind. We couldn’t get home fast enough.

“Things eventually settled down, but mothering Jesus was always a challenge. Once, when He was 12 years old, and we were returning in a large group from the festival in Jerusalem, I realized He wasn’t with the other children. We frantically returned to the city to look for Him. Finally, we found Him in the temple. You know what He said? He said I should have known He was there! Oy vey! I wanted to ground Him until He was 21!”

Do you feel as if you’re on a shelf, living an ordinary life? Are you changing diapers, cooking dinner and dealing with the neighbors while crying out in your heart: Lord, have you forgotten me? Why don’t people recognize my gifting? Don’t they realize I had a radical visitation back in 1990?

Mary had 30 years of obscurity to develop a hidden testimony–a secret history with God. You, too, have an appointed time to build family, community and greater intimacy with Jesus. In the midst of that time you may feel like crying out, What’s taking so long? By the time my destiny comes, I’ll be pursuing it in a wheel chair! But seasons of preparation are important. These are the times when God works patience, radical passion and deep devotion into your life.

Finally, Ministry Begins “When I was 45 years old, life changed dramatically for Jesus and me. He started bringing home a ragtag bunch of fishermen to dinner. Then, at a wedding, He changed water into wine. From then on He moved in amazing signs and wonders, and a huge crowd followed Him everywhere. The excitement grew daily as Jesus walked among the people, bringing revival. But I still don’t understand what He meant when He said, ‘Who is my mother?'”

Mary had to relinquish control of her life and Jesus’ life in the midst of an outpouring of the Spirit. In your life and ministry, you also have to let go–of your plans, your expectations, your ways. Just as Jesus had to leave His home and follow the Father, you also have to relinquish control of your life and follow the Father, even if it takes you to the cross.

And it will.

The Dark Night “Why God, why? Why have You forsaken Him? Why have You forsaken me? He was supposed to deliver us. He was our salvation, and now He’s gone. If you really love us, why have You allowed this to happen?”

Jesus was in the prime of His life. The countryside was in the midst of a tremendous revival. But now He was dying on the cross–and so was Mary. Overcome by feelings of abandonment and betrayal, she was in the middle of a crisis of faith.

When Jesus chose to go to the cross, Mary was compelled to go there, too. The truth is, the cross is always being worked in our lives–sometimes through the choices of others. Your daughter has an abortion; your son abuses drugs; your husband files for divorce. You never intended to go to that cross, but there you are.

You want to believe the Lord will rescue you at the last moment, but often His plan is to crucify you. Everything dies at the cross: relationships, ministries, agendas, reputations, finances. It’s painful, but it’s necessary. If you cry out to be part of the bride of Christ, then you must be–you will be–identified with the sufferings of the Bridegroom.

Resurrection “He’s alive! I thought I’d cried all my tears on Golgotha, but when our eyes met, it was like a flood. As I ran into His open arms, He scooped me up and spun me around in joyous laughter.

“The times we shared after the resurrection were the most precious of my life. They made it easier to release Him–again. As I watched Him ascend, I prayed again, ‘Lord, let it be unto me according to Your word, for the rest of my life.'”

Out of great death comes great life. Mary’s prophetic promises had been limited by her worldview. In her mind’s eye she had seen Jesus as king over the little nation of Israel for the span of His lifetime. In reality, He was King of kings and Lord of lords for all people and all time.

At the cross, God crucifies our limited view concerning the fulfillment of our prophetic destiny and resurrects it to His eternal view. The Lord revives our broken dreams–when they come to pass, they rarely look as we thought they would.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

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The blessing of silence….


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
-Psalm 19:14

Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth, who were by this time in their older years, did not have any children. This meant they didn’t have an heir to carry on their stories or lineage. So, Zachariah was heavy laden because he really wanted a son.

As a priest, he went about doing his duties in the temple. Every morning, the greatest responsibility was to burn the incense. However, with twenty thousand priests in the temple, each day they cast lots for the job. Most priests never got the honor of burning incense in the holy place.

One day, Zachariah’s lot is picked; he’s chosen to burn the incense! So, the older priest enters behind the curtain where the holy of holies is kept. Outside, tens of thousands of people are drumming, singing, praying for him. Then, the angel Gabriel appears in glory, saying to Zachariah that he’s going to have a son who will be the new Elijah, called John the Baptist, empowered to change the world by preparing all for the coming Messiah. It’s an amazing, spiritual, religious experience.

Zachariah has every reason to believe that this blessing is true. How could he not with a shining angel in the holy of holies proclaiming a wonderful prophesy over a son not yet born? Nevertheless, Zachariah stands back and says, “How can I know this is going to be true? I’m very old and my wife is very old.” Despite the incredible signs and wonders, he doubts. And what does the angel do? The angel Gabriel does him a tremendous favor. He causes Zachariah to be silent so he can’t speak doubt anymore. He can’t shoot his blessing down. He has to just sit back and watch God‘s blessing go to work.

Remember, there’s power in our every word.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know I have pushed away many blessings you have had for me by responding negatively, with doubt, with mistrust, with negative words. I will endeavor to be more positive and open to your every blessing. Amen.

Reflection: When have you waylaid a blessing through a negative attitude or words of doubt?

Family Of Murdered Nigerian Student In Cyprus Cries Out To President Jonathan For Justice.


 

Murdered student Gabriel Soriwei
By SaharaReporters, New York

The family of Gabriel Soriwei, a Nigerian student who was killed in the North Cyprus city of Nicosia, has cried out to President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly to help in their quest for justice.

Soriwei, 20, was a first year student of Electrical/Electronic/Engineering at the Cyprus International University in Nicosia when he was knocked down by a female driver on July 13, 2013.

The student fell into a coma and eventually died on September, 7. On September 12, the authorities of the Cyprus International University flew his remains to his family through the same Turkish Airline by which he had arrived in that country in February to clear as cargo.

While the family says it has accepted the reality of the painful loss of their, child, they say his death has raised some issues about the value placed on the life of the Nigerian outside the shores of this country.

“First, neither the Cyprus International University nor the family of the woman who drove the car that killed Gabriel has found it necessary to at least write to the family to condole with us on the death of this young man who until his death was contributing to the economy of Cyprus by paying school fees as a foreign student,” they said in a statement signed by his father, Patrick Soriwei.

They described as “unjust” the fact that the authorities of Cyprus are hiding the identity of the woman who killed Gabriel, noting that the Cypriot police insisted that it was the practice in their country to ensure that such a person was shielded from the family of the victim.

“The police told the father of the deceased, Mr. Patrick Soriwei, during a visit to Nicosia that the Turkish woman lost control of the vehicle which knocked down Gabriel. It was however gathered that the woman was drunk even though we have no proof of it.  The police said that the woman was detained for three days and released.”

Similarly, the family said that its investigations revealed that the Cyprus International University, which was said to be pursuing the case and which is host to about 700 Nigerian students, has shown lack of interest in the issue. Several entreaties made to the school authorities to send the belongings of the late Gabriel to Nigeria have been ignored.

“We have informed the Nigerian Embassy in Cyprus and the mission there does not seem to see this screaming demand to defend the rights of Nigerians in a foreign country as a priority.

 

“The best the Nigerian Mission in Ankara has done was to send one Uche to the university to find out the cause of the death. The Mission has not rendered the necessary assistance in getting the police to write a report on his death. This delay in writing this report, we believe, is inspired by a plot to subvert the process of justice in this matter.”

The family said it has therefore written to President Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly, with copies of the letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Embassy in Nigeria, and others.

“While the Soriwei family intends to pursue this matter to the best of our abilities, we urge the Federal Government and all Nigerians of good conscience to come to our aid in the search for justice over the killing of this innocent Nigerian child,” it said, adding that the life of a Nigerian child should be treated more decently than that of a stray animal.

 

“The situation doesn’t seem to be different in this case.”

Step into the Impossible.


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“For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

The angel Gabriel told Mary that God was planning to do something humanly impossible. All human logic would agree a virgin could not give birth to a child. It is impossible. Yet this is exactly what was to happen.

When God speaks of doing the impossible, it is no longer absurd. When was the last time God did the impossible in your life? When was the last time God spoke to you about what He wanted to do and you were scared to death by its magnitude?

God still does the impossible! Too often we acknowledge our belief that God can do whatever He wants; then we add a safety clause: “But I just don’t think God will do that with me!” We become practical atheists, believing that God can perform miracles but never expecting a miracle in our own lives.

God wanted to bring salvation to all of humanity. It is critical that Mary not only believed God could perform a miracle, but also adjusted her life to the awesome work He planned to do through her.

The difference between a Christian and a moral person is the divine. The difference between a church and a social club is the miraculous.

Some can duplicate the morality of a Christian, but no one can reproduce the miraculous that should be a part of the Christian experience. Do you believe that nothing is impossible for God? Tell us onFacebook.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby are the authors of numerous books, includingExperiencing God, Day By Day, from which this article was adapted.

Letting God Be God.


And [Gabriel] informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.”
Daniel 9:22

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Galatians 6:6-10 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%206:6-10&version=NKJV )

When we read in the Bible that we “reap what we sow” (Galatians 6:7), we first think of agriculture. Next, we think of our behavior — sowing kindness reaps kindness in return. But the principle of sowing and reaping applies to everything in the kingdom of God.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message  ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

When the prophet Daniel sowed humility, he reaped wisdom and the “skill to understand” his situation. The angel Gabriel appeared to explain something Daniel had never considered — something that was a brand new insight. Daniel thought Israel had been consigned to 70 years of discipline. But Gabriel showed Daniel that Israel’s future would last not 70 years, but 70 sevens of years — or 490 years (Daniel 9:24). Gabriel went on to explain the details to Daniel (Daniel 9:25-27). Daniel sowed humility and reaped wisdom. Daniel sowed the freedom to let God be God and reaped freedom that came with understanding.

If you are seeking freedom — or anything else — from God, first give God the right to be God in your life. Sowing submission brings a harvest of freedom and understanding.

Suffering times are a Christian‘s harvest times.
Charles H. Spurgeon

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Psalms 1-8

By David Jeremiah.

Christ – The Anointed One and His Anointing.


The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me…” Luke 4:18a NKJ

Have you ever taken the time to think about what Christ means every time you read it, hear it or say it?

Whenever someone speaks my name, they are calling on grace. But who would stop to think about that before calling me? I myself wouldn’t. But this shouldn’t be the same for Christ; especially since it is not just a name.
When the Bible was translated into our modern languages, they left ‘ Jesus Christ‘ as such to make it resemble the original version “Yeshua HaMashiach”. But remember that when angel Gabriel came to Mary and Joseph he only gave them two names, Jesus and Emmanuel.

Again Christ is not just another name for Jesus, but a reference to the Holy Spirit that was on Him. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me…” (Luke 4:18-19) Christ means the Anointed One or His Anointing.

What is the anointing? The anointing is God manifested in the Holy Spirit; it is God’s power to work on earth, to break every yoke, to remove burdens, to do everything we are called to do. This what we are calling on everything we say Christ! And indeed we should preach the Anointed One and His Anointing (Acts 8:5).

As believers in Jesus, we are from Christ, in Christ, or Christians. We are in the Anointed One; and if we are in the Anointed One, we are in the Anointing. We are therefore more than just followers of Jesus, we are “the anointed ones”. The same yoke-destroying power, burden-removing Anointing, the same Holy Spirit is available to us.

Now every time you read, hear or say Christ, think about all that it entails.

“I can do all things through His Anointing, the burden-removing, which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
“[…] which is the Anointed One, the yoke-breaking power, in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Anointed One and His Anointing, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

Wishing you a Blessed Week!


I have told you this, that His joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full! (John 15:11)


By Anita Antwi.

Step into the Impossible.


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“‘For with God nothing will be impossible’” —Luke 1:37, NKJV.

The angel Gabriel told Mary that God was planning to do something humanly impossible. All human logic would agree that a virgin could not give birth to a child. It is impossible. Yet this is exactly what was to happen.

When God speaks of doing the impossible, it is no longer absurd. When was the last time God did the impossible in your life? When was the last time God spoke to you about what He wanted to do, and you were scared to death by its magnitude?

God still does the impossible! Too often we acknowledge our belief that God can do whatever He wants; then we add a safety clause: “But I just don’t think God will do that with me!” We become practical atheists, believing that God can perform miracles but never expecting a miracle in our own lives.

God wanted to bring salvation to all of humanity. It is critical that Mary not only believed God could perform a miracle, but also adjusted her life to the awesome work He planned to do through her.

The difference between a Christian and a moral person is the divine. The difference between a church and a social club is the miraculous.

Some can duplicate the morality of a Christian, but no one can reproduce the miraculous that should be a part of the Christian experience. Do you believe that nothing is impossible for God? Tell us onFacebook.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE:

Spiritled Woman


Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby are the authors of numerous books, includingExperiencing God, Day By Day (B & H Publishing Group), from which this article was adapted.

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