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Excerpts from Ask for the Ancient Paths by Jessica Jones, Xulon Press, 2006

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:40

Excerpts from   Ask for the Ancient Paths    by Jessica Jones,  Xulon Press,  2006      (1-16-07)

P. 238  What is the veil between our earthly walk and the Heaven where the Lord is?  The veil is simply our lack of love for the Lord and our continuing belief that He does not love us (as much as the Scriptures say, an unconditional agape love, He loves who we are, not so much for how much we do or don’t do).

P. 237  He created every color and texture for the pleasure of our eyes. He created every song and sound for the pleasure of our ears, every texture and sensation for the pleasure of our touch, every variety of food and beverage and flavor for the pleasure of our taste, every scent and fragrance for the pleasure of our smell. He created all five senses to enjoy all He created for us. He created us for His pleasure and everything else for our pleasure. (I do believe He also takes great pleasure in everything He has made).

In the Father’s face I saw and read “endless possibilities.”

P. 238  We need to get rid of ALL the dust and cobwebs that are holding us back from ALL that God has for us. We are just now beginning to break through to the revelation of what God is all about and what He has for us. But we are still locked up in (and locked into) the traditions of our diverse cultures.

P. 234  There will be those that will walk through the veil between our earthly walk and the Heaven where the Lord is, they will walk through in the natural as Enoch did but this time they will walk back out…. Enoch stayed but there is a people in the earth now that will be able to walk back and forth through the veil whenever they please, they will be the sons of God revealed.

P. 235  There is nothing found in them (of sin). (They will ascend the mount of God with clean hands and pure hearts and will dwell on His holy hill).  But how do we do this, I asked? The Lord answered, “Corruptible means to decay and perish. Stop decaying and perishing.” (Does that mean doing what will decay and perish??)  Adam and Eve felt that what God gave them was not enough (even though He had really given them everything they needed). (Pushing for more than God wants for us, but always ask, “What do you want for me, Lord.”) Consumerism and commerce is our search for more, and we must get money to get more, when everything could be given freely by our sharing.

P. 264  Will eternity be boring?  There were a special group of people in heaven that I saw who never left the Lord’s throne room because they can’t bear to leave the presence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Lord, please, I am not one of these people am I?” I felt terrible that I didn’t want to be one of these who never left the throne room as that meant that I didn’t want to be in the presence of the Lord all the time, but it came out of my mouth without thinking. The Lord smiled and said, “I made you to be like you are. You are an explorer and an adventurer (Jessica). I created you with a need to know and see everything because it is your calling to be a reporter. No, you are not one of them. You will travel to the very corners of creation and explore every part of My creation.” Each one of us has been created with an inherent nature placed their specifically by God. There are (in people) many different natures as you can imagine, each is created to enjoy His creation and Him individually. P. 265  Everyone of us is created to commune with a different side of the Godhead and enjoy a different viewpoint (of Him and His creation). In this way the fullness of the Godhead can be appreciated and enjoyed. He is so incredibly diverse that we can only enjoy one aspect of Him (as our gift). We then can share that aspect with each other, all the parts making up the whole.

P. 22   Every person has a nature as seen by the Lord that describes who they are.  Sometimes who a person is can be seen by the Lord as words or phrases, for example: a castle turret, an angry bear, a whirling vortex of consuming emptiness, ego, rage, fear, a stallion, etc. These descriptions can be very complimentary or not. It says in the book of Revelation that a stone with a new name will be given to us (one day) that only we and the Lord will fully understand. (Rev. 2:17)

P. 266  Then when we think we have it all or have seen it all, He will create whole new worlds for us to explore that will amaze us forever.

P. 273  What is sin?  Could it be the offense of missing our relationship with Him and forcing Him to miss His relationship with us?  (Sin) It is telling God that our way is better and His way isn’t good enough for us, and that He simply does not do things fast enough for us.

P. 274  How do I get back to Eden? It is very simple in theory but difficult to do.  P. 269  I have seen visions all my life and I understand in my spirit the world they reveal but it is the duality of the natural man not to live it 24 hours a day that has caused me so much trouble. There is a separation of what I have seen and what I walk in.  

P. 277  Here is what I have done wrong: (1) I don’t feel that He is or will give me enough to make me happy, or to fulfill my desires. I regard what He gives as lack. (2) I think He is lying when He says He loves me for who I am and not for what I do (I am not enough for Him by myself). (3) I steal my life from Him to have it for myself. (4) I have chased whatever would say, “I am validated and valuable now.” (5) I have crushed His heart every time I sent Him away empty handed. I have crushed His friends (He loves everyone) when I sent them away.  P. 278  (9) I have refused His company every time I have let something take up my time other than Him.  What I need to do: (1) I shall learn to love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and let my heart flutter or miss a beat in excitement at the very thought of Him looking my way. I should desire to know how He feels, what He thinks, what He is doing, how has His day gone? I should want to know everything about Him. (2) I need to love who He loves and get to know any person who has a piece of who He is that I need to know. I need absolutely every one of them to see Him fully. (I need to go after anyone He wants me to go after even if I don’t understand why). My love for others should not depend on how they act or dress or look. (3) I need to see how much I am loved alone for who I am in character and personality and not for what I do important for Him or accomplish or goals completed.


Word from the Lord in St. Genevieve, MO, Gayla Blumenberg

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:35

Word from the Lord in St. Genevieve, Missouri, 1-24-2007--Gayla Blumenberg

Think deeper, search deeper, inquire deeper—for those things that are TRULY real cannot be seen but through the spirit man.  There is SOMETHING MORE to be revealed than what this fleshly body with its five senses and emotions know and experience.

Do NOT worry. Have I not told you—do NOT worry? Cast ALL your cares upon Me.  Why are you holding onto some? Cast them ALL. Cast them ALL. Cast then ALL on Me. Do you not know how much I care for you? Do you not know what lengths I will go to—just for you? Seek me.  Seek My face, not My hand. There is not a day that goes by that I do not long to reveal Myself to you. 

Sit back. Set everything and everyone aside. Allow nothing to disturb My time with you for a little while. I want to invite you to My banqueting table. Just you and Me, I want to talk. I want to laugh with you.  I want to reminisce with you. Let’s consider the times we’ve had together. Let’s talk about our joys. We can even talk about our sorrows, but I don’t want to dwell there.  After all, the sorrow only lasts for a night, but joy, My Joy, joy unspeakable and full of glory joy, it comes in the morning. See, I am Light. I dwell in the morning joy.

At My banqueting table you will be fully satisfied. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Don’t feast on your cares. They will only leave you famished. See, you’re My Bride. We’re making wedding plans. I just want us to feast on a SAMPLE of what’s being prepared for our day—the marriage supper of the Lamb. 

Come Away. Come Away. Come Away! Seek Me. Seek My counsel, My wisdom. Ask and I will give to you liberally, without hesitation.

You are My beloved. As we fellowship together, I wave banners over you—banners not of success, not of victory—but banners declaring My passionate, ravished LOVE for you. It’s because of My Love, in and through My Love, that all blessings I pour out, flow. 

Let’s go on an adventure together. Just you and Me.  I’m recalling the words of My servant David. You have repeated these words time and time again. But I want to take you on an adventure with Me that will reveal more of My heart’s desire toward you. I’m remembering Psalm 23.

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD  I AM One who leads you—tenderly, gently, with a soft voice.  My life’s focus is your well-being.  Our time is not hurried and fast-paced.  As your Shepherd, I willingly serve you with humility.  It is I—I am the One who protects you.  When you’re hurt or entangled in the briars of life, I come running to the sound of your voice, bandage and heal your wounds, and set you free.  I am the glory and the lifter of your lead. 

I SHALL NOT WANT  In My presence there is abundance, unlimited treasures.  Even in the midst of trials, you still belong to Me, My heart.  Have I not said that I will supply ALL of your needs according to My riches in glory?  When your focus in on Me, fully on Me, even your wants are different.  They’re simple.  Even childlike.  There’s been a paradigm shift.  Your wants can rarely be explained to others on earth.  Share them with Me.  I know your heart.  I understand your wants and needs, the world doesn’t have to understand.  When you come to Me, My treasuries are yours. 

HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES; HE LEADS ME BESIDE STILL WATERS  Here’s My invitation.  Allow your soul, your spirit to be a child again.  Let’s lie down in a lush green field and talk and laugh and giggle.  Let’s watch the clouds and name their shapes.  Let’s lie down and look up.  Don’t be distracted by what’s around you.  I want to pour My refreshing into your life, but you have to come away with Me.  I want to take you by the hand and lead you to the rippling brook.  Let’s kick our shoes off, sit on the river bank and just dangle our feet in the water.  Here’s the deal, I just want to be with you!  Yes, even if this means you physically find a lush field or rippling brook, I want to meet with you there.  You cannot imagine the refreshing I have in store for you!  And I invite you to come again, and again, and again.  I can promise you that with each visit you will be more refreshed than the previous visit.  Come!

HE RESTORES MY SOUL AND LEADS ME IN PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE  Restore.  Oh, how I love to do it.  See, I am One who makes things better than they were before.  Broken pieces?  I know exactly what to do with them—when they’re brought to Me.  I came to set the captive free.  I came to heal broken hearts.  I came to deliver my children from bondages and strongholds in their lives.  Hear Me!  I want you to SING, to SHOUT, to DANCE in My freedom.  As healing and restoration take place you will even be more keenly tuned in to My voice.  That still, small voice.  I will lead you—because I desire to.  I will lead you down avenues where My justice reigns (for My name’s sake).   

YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I FEAR NO EVIL FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; YOUR ROD AND STAFF COMFORT ME  While you’re on earth, I have said you will have trouble, and trials and face persecution, even life-threatening persecution.  But, do NOT fear!  Have I not promised to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave NOR forsake you?  Fiery trials will come, but as the refiner’s fire spoken of in Malachi, gold and silver refined—it’s pure.  Purity.  Holiness in My sight.  Don’t fear the shadows.  They are powerless.  Don’t fear the touch of My rod and staff.  When I see you distracted and going off My path, just My gentle touch leads you back toward My heart.  I’m watching you, closely, because I love you.  And yes, I’ve assigned angles to guard you.  The unseen hosts surround you this very minute!  You are Mine.  I called you by name.  When you walk through waters, I will be with you.  When you pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm you.  When you walk through the fire you will not be burned.  You and Me—We’re in this thing together!  (Also, read Isaiah 58 asking the Lord for revelation as you read.)

YOU PREPARE A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES; YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP RUNS OVER  Come and dine with Me.  Though the enemy may be round about yelling, screaming, lashing, setting up snares and hurling weapons—it matters not.  When you dine with Me there is peace and safety.  Your gaze fixed on Me—oh, that’s My heart’s desire.  Together we soar above life’s circumstances.  When you come away with Me, you are wanted, welcomed, and “wuvved”!  You are My guest of honor.  Oils and perfumes I pour over your life with delight.  Oh, such heavenly aroma!  You stir My heart so much that I can’t keep enough cups or large enough ones to pour out My blessings over you!  Oh, how I delight in you!

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUES OF THE LORD FOREVER  I WILL be with you ALL the days of your life.  My goodness, My mercy, My glory will shine through you and radiates from you to draw others to Me—As long as… you keep your gaze fixed on Me.  My desire is to experience the longing of your heart toward Me.  I desire to dwell together—Me in you—a tent that is passing, a temple not made with hands.  I yearn for My Spirit I have put within you (James 4:5).  Me and You!!  Forever!!

Oh, I can’t wait for another adventure with you!  Will you come and dine with Me again soon?

Excerpts from 1700 Years is Long Enough by James H. Rutz

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:34

Excerpts from  1700 Years is Long Enough  by James H. Rutz, 1990,  Open Church Ministries, Costa Mesa, CA      (1-29-07) 

P. 1  If you’ve ever felt lonely and unimportant in church, there’s a good reason: you are alone and unimportant. From 11:00 to 12:00 on Sunday, you’re just another pretty face in the crowd. Though surrounded by others, you’re cut off. You are walled off in your own space and your voice is silent. The service would be exactly the same without you. You know that. Your input is like another gallon of water going over Niagara Falls

The heart of your church is the Sunday Service. No matter what you have on your heart—the greatest joy or deepest sorrow—you are not allowed to share it during the service. Ever. Fellowship is confined to the foyer afterward, please. Unless you’ve figured a way to fellowship with the back of someone’s head. Try to talk, and the ushers will push you out. Post haste. This, my friend, is not Biblical. St. Peter would have wept. In fact, many of the early churches almost demanded you share something every week.

P. 5  Within 30 years of Christ’s ascension the gospel was being preached in every outpost of the Roman Empire. Unencumbered by mortgages, committees, staff salaries, the conflicts between choir rehearsal and church softball team practice the “followers of the Way” blazed a trail of stunning successes. 

P. 6  What really killed the Church was the bricks. In the biggest blunder in her history, the church began constructing lots of buildings (after 300 A.D.)…and ending forever the warm, precious meetings in someone’s living room.

P. 7  Modeled after the Roman forums, the new buildings held hundreds of Christians. Of course, you can’t have intimate, easy interaction with that size of crowd. So from the first Sunday it was opened, a new sanctuary put limits on free expression. Imagine you were living in that time. (1) You may have felt at ease confessing a sin to a couple dozen friends over at Joseph and Johanna’s house. But in front of 500 strangers? Whoa! (2) If God taught you something this week and it lay strongly on your heart, you wouldn’t hesitate to stand up and spend ten or fifteen minutes sharing it in Joseph and Johanna’s living room. But here in the new hall, there are probably at least a dozen men and women with a message burning in their hearts. So forget it!  I could go on, but you get the idea. Without modern acoustics or roving microphones, open meetings became difficult. Not too difficult, mind you, but difficult. So closed meetings took over. All speaking became centralized in a pulpit. And order was maintained (it seemed like a good idea at the time). At Joseph and Johanna’s you were a participant. Here, you’re a spectator, a passive listener.  At first you don’t mind it. The change is all so exciting. And being with 500 believers at once—wow! Paradise! Not until years later does it dawn on you that you’ve been turned into a pew potato. But now, with 1,000 eyes focused on the pulpit, the man behind it becomes extremely important. He’s very, very good, of course—probably the best speaker in the area. His warmth and wisdom and skill defuse any latent objections to the new state of affairs. Certainly, his polished sermons beat the sandals off the impromptu teachings you used to hear—and give—at Joseph and Johanna’s. 

So, it doesn’t take long before every local church from London to Alexandria has its own building and its own professional Christian standing up in front every Sunday, doing most of the talking.

P. 8  1700 years ago the church became an audience. P. 9  But in New Testament times whenever a healthy house church got too big for its living room it had to split into two living rooms. New leadership was thus always being sucked upward through the ranks. 

P. 10  Even though we acknowledge the common saying. “everyone has at least one sermon in him” almost no one is ever encouraged or even allowed to deliver that one sermon. This practice is a horrendous exercise in quenching the Spirit.

P. 17  If your own church is typical there’s no opportunity for people to share their grief or joy or even the deepest needs of their short lives. They may die without anyone in church knowing the burning hopes and fears in their hearts—simply because the pastoral staff always has the spotlight. Most Christians (including many in the ministry) seem (opposed) to the free-form revival that open sharing (in a church service) can create. I’ve been in a number of churches where a pastor has experimented opening the floodgates just a crack by opening the floor to the laity for part of a meeting. It seldom fails: I see a torrent of pent up emotions, confessions, praises, tears, new commitments, lumpy throats and wide eyed amazement. Instant revival! But it is unplanned (therefore “out of control”) so the pastor quickly reverts back to the closed format. 

P. 18  When response is forbidden until the end of the service (in the foyer) you can’t expect people to get up and respond. Suppose for instance, someone gets up in the middle of the sermon next Sunday and says, “Hey, great point pastor! The Lord’s been teaching me a lot about that lately, in fact, this week I experienced an amazing example of what you just described. On Tuesday morning….” In the New Testament times “laymen” were free to obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit and speak up when they had something to say.

P. 19  When you come together everyone has something to contribute: a hymn, a lesson, etc. 

P. 29  A very important quote from Paul Tournier (ought to be read twice): “Even the most saintly and humble person—the revered and much loved leader of a devoted congregation—inevitably makes his followers dependent upon him like little children. It is not his faults, but his virtues, his fame and his richness of spirit, which hold them back and prevent them from growing up themselves. They will do so only when he is gone.”  The greater the pastor the more dependent the laymen. The greater he becomes, the wider the gap. His followers will remain hunched in his shadow and they like it there (as time goes on).

P. 30  If someone can sit in church for 60 years and no one ever comes to them and says, “I really appreciated what you said in church today,” then we are creating spiritual midgets, they are starving to death in the pews. What a tragedy that so many never achieved even a fraction of the potential they were created to have, and now they are 80 and their life is almost over. The only one ever congratulated was the pastor. How sad, and what a state of affairs that must be remedied.

Prophetic Ministry News-February 2007

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:32


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Excerpts from The Road to Reality by K.P. Yohannan

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:31

Excerpts from The Road to Reality,  K.P. Yohannan,  1988    (Coming Home to Jesus from the Unreal World)

Forward---Are you weary of half-hearted Christianity, are you (ready) to take some giant steps (small at first) with God?

Preface---We have lost it. (We have lost the reality of Christianity). We have served up a watered-down gospel for so long that the real Gospel has become an embarrassment (or is thought of as heretical, strange or “going too far.”) I challenge you and invite you to come on a journey to reality. We are going to head for the heart of Jesus (and the real thing that we need).

P. 19.  I (K.P. Yohannan) was very successful in the ministry as a foreign missions leader (and speaker), making a name for myself, and ample funds were coming in to travel and do great things, I thought. One night the Lord gave me an ultimatum, “If you are going to do things your way and if you continue to feel the way you do, I’ll find someone else for the work I’ve planned for you to do.” I had fallen into the same trap as the Church, I had the bountiful provisions of the western culture to do my dreams. But I was to go God’s way (and know this in my heart of hearts) or God would leave me to carry on my dreams.

P.24.  In one mission gathering that I attended thousands came to hear Jesus Christ’s claim on their lives. The greatest Christian orators of our time addressed them. Some of the finest musicians in the world played and sang to them. Beautiful films and videos portrayed the needs of the lost and dying in vivid, graphic detail. Hundreds of Christian organizations spent tens of thousands of dollars to present the desperate needs of a world without Christ. Mission leaders flew in from every continent of the world to plead the cause of the lost. In addition, the participants themselves spent large sums of money to come and be challenged, educated and informed. What would be the results of this enormous investment? Thousands stood at the invitation and offered themselves for missionary service. But as with past conferences the statistical chances of even a handful of these going to the hidden peoples is almost nil. Fewer than one percent of those who respond to the altar call will ever go to the foreign mission field as Christ called us to do in His Great Commission.

I was at a very successful church at a youth rally. I poured out my heart to 350 young people. With tears I gave from my heart and from the heart of the Lord. Though I could see that my appeal had deeply moved many, when I asked for a show of hands of those willing to give their lives to Christ’s service, not one was able to say, “Yes, Lord!” P.25, Not one was willing to break out of the velvet cage of comfort and convenience to begin a radical lifestyle lived by the inner reality (of knowing God and following His voice).

P. 32.  We have an endless diet of books, cassettes, conferences and seminars. We are a generation of Christians who have all the answers but won’t cross the street to help a neighbor in spiritual distress (let alone cross the sea). This demonic reasoning goes like this, “Me first—after all, I can’t help others until I help myself!” I will sit in my comfortable pew week after week sucking baby bottles as long as I am entertained and it doesn’t interfere with lunch or the ball game.

P. 33.  Was Karl Marx right? This kind of religion is a narcotic—“The opiate of the people.”

We are active in so many things that the Lord never told us to do. He is not sponsoring our things, and the house we are building (that He is not building) we are building in vain. What the Lord thinks of our religious merry-go-round (is being spoken clearly in prophetic words coming out in the last 10 years. It is enough, the Lord is not in it, Ichabod, the glory has departed. And this prophetic message is being rejected by the church at large as too radical and not necessary to accept to be saved).

P. 38.  Watch the faces of people coming out of church. Why do so many look as if they’ve just left the local movie theatre, laughing and casual? Are these the faces of people who have just had a face to face encounter with the living God? Have they just witnessed the miraculous? What is really going on in the churches today?

When are we going to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “OK, I know enough now. I’ve trained enough. What am I going to do about my knowledge of God and His ways? (The trouble is we haven’t barely begun to know God, walk with God, and we have not made ourselves completely available to whatever He wants and requires of us. We must begin this process today, while you hear His voice, today, do not harden your heart (day after day He is calling to us)). (Hebrews 3:7,8 and 15)

P.39.  Hyperactivism and dead works are a problem in our churches today. Modern churches are the most frenzied organizations, the calendar is so full you can keep going day and night on a year round basis. It is a trap of carnal activism which we call religious activities and fellowship. (It is a merry-go-round the Lord wants us to get off.)

We even turn off the TV to go every time the church doors are open. But in the wake of these busy Christians are often broken homes, broken relationships, divorce, disobedient children, and divided churches. Where in our busy Christian lives of service is Christ Himself?

P. 40.  Let us go across a bridge from world-weary “Christianity”, fairy tale “Christianity”, comfortable “Christianity”, across a bridge few even know exists and take our first steps toward authentic Christianity (to a relationship with God).

P. 43.  Authentic Christianity is for every believer (not just great heroes of the faith the we have read about). There is a way out of the mess the Church is in and you may feel engulfed in this “worldly Christianity.” Or possibly, you have left attending regular churches in great discouragement. (But God is calling anyone who will hear now to the life He has for us and has had available for us all along. It is not too late, whether you are 20, 50, 80 or whatever. It is time to hear and step toward this greater relationship with the Lord). God will not force you to this path, (He is calling to you, He may be frustrating every other path you’ve chosen. It is not too late.) But the journey you must decide to begin personally.

We must get to the burning bush like Moses did, we must come face to face with the living God. All Moses’ attempts up to that point for success were Moses’ ways. Now it must be God’s way only.

P. 71.  The concept of suffering will be a normal part of our path walking with the Lord, seeing Him only, but the message of suffering is resisted by the Western Church. We celebrate the dedication of Olympic athletes who diet, train and exercise daily for years to prepare for the games. They give up not only physical comfort but any hope of a normal social and family life. They give every thing up for a gold medal. We are called to give up homes, family everything to follow Jesus for a much greater prize that does not compare.

P. 74.  Five young pioneer missionaries (native eastern Indians) who had heard from the Lord were to go and start a mission in Rajasthan (a northern state in India). They had no money for a train, let alone enough money for food and rent when they arrived there. But this was there answer: “If we have no money to go by train, we will walk (1500 miles). If one becomes sick and dies on the way we will bury him by the roadside and the rest of us will continue on. If only one of us survives the journey and reaches Rajasthan, and place only one gospel tract on the hot desert sand of that state before he dies, we will have fulfilled our mission and we will have obeyed the Lord.”

P. 79.  I sat with a frustrated pastor and his wife, sensing the agony and heart cry of his soul. The pastor claimed he was tempted to pack up and walk away from it all (his successful church ministry, because the people were going no where and not being changed). P. 80,   “Brother K. P., I am tired and desperate. I stand before these people every week. Yet there is no real difference between them and the people of the world. We have every sin you can imagine going on in the believers of our congregation, divorce, adultery, gossip, lust, unforgiveness, pride, boasting, jealousy, rebellious youth. I don’t know if I can go on preaching the Word to such hardened hearts. Brother, is this really the Church of Christ, or are we just calling it the Church….?”

This pastor is no longer at that church, he walked away from a successful pulpit and career in a major denomination. He is willing to be unknown, choosing instead to spend time waiting upon the living God, walking before Him with a blameless heart (not satisfied with living a lie, putting on a front to please people and seeing not the reality of God in himself or in the lives of his people).

P. 83.  We will do almost anything for bigger numbers, larger organizations, success, a mega-church. But all the while God is looking for a few who will walk with Him in purity and holiness.

P. 103.  Gideon had to learn to recognize the voice of God and receive commands from God as to what to do next. Through fleeces, signs and messages he learned to hear God.

P. 121.  How to lovingly get into the Heart of Jesus and gain His heart to see all things as He sees them. “Lord, please stamp eternity into both my eyes,” may I see everything as you see them, people, possessions, eternity, what do you want, Lord? May I have your heart Lord, and your tears, “break my heart with the things that break your heart.”


Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:30

WHAT DO YOU THINK about the excerpt below?

Excerpt from True Discipleship by William MacDonald-Walterick Publishers-1975

The famous missionary, C.T. Studd, was fearful that his fiancee might become so occupied with him that the Lord Jesus would not have first place in her life.  To avoid this, he composed a verse for her to recite daily:

"Jesus, I love Thee,
Thou art to me,
Dearer than Charlie
Ever could be."

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Journal Excerpts (February)

Posted: 2007-02-03 17:29:25

Writing in a journal helps you to keep track of thoughts during times of prayer and seeking God.  It is a running log of the thoughts God has been showing you.  A journal excerpt is noted below:

Our prayer can get so routine, without life, "I want this, I want that..."  God has given Himself to us--he is deserving of our love, adoration, and praise.  The Psalms give us a good idea of how we can lift up God with praise, thanks, worship and honor.  Tell Him how you are feeling about life--be truthful--no one else can hear.  Then, ask Him about things that are really important to you.  God will show you things that are the most important and help you to pray for these things.  The Holy Spirit will guide you as you are praying.

GREAT Prayer Quotes! 2-28-07

Posted: 2007-01-31 11:47:16

PRAYER (we need to be close to God)     2-28-07     compiled by Andrew Strom

“Give yourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.  If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from you ministry, as He did me, to teach you to pray.”  Robert Murray McCheyne

“Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite and vivid consciousness that we are talking to God and should believe that He is listening…We should look to the Holy Spirit to lead us into the presence of God and should not be hasty in words until He has actually brought us there.”  R.A. Torrey

“O Brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast and lose breakfast, dinner, tea and supper—and sleep too—than not pray.  And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest.  The Lord is near.  He comes softly while the virgins slumber.”  Andrew Bonar

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”  Samuel Chadwick

“The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer.  It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard.”  Andrew Murray

“Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest.”  Thomas Hooker, Puritan

“True prayer is a lonely business.”  Samuel Chadwick

“O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth.”  Andrew Murray

“Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Spirit can teach us.  He is the giver of all prayer.  Pray for prayer.  Pray till you can pray.”  Charles H. Spurgeon

“The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan.  The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic séance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint.  No wonder Satan likes to keep our minds fussy (or fuzzy) in active work till we cannot think (right) in prayer.”  Oswald Chambers

Prayer is not getting things from God (or even getting things done for God) that is the most initial; prayer is really getting into perfect communion with God.”  Oswald Chambers

“Prevailing prayer is prayer that pushes right through all difficulties and obstacles, drives back all the opposing forces of Satan, and secures the mind of God.  Its purpose is to accomplish God’s will on the earth.  Prevailing prayer is prayer that not only takes the initiative but continues on the offensive for God until spiritual victory is won.”  Wesley L. Duewel

“Many Christians are so spiritually frail, sickly, and lacking in spiritual vitality that they cannot stick to prayer for more than a few minutes at a time.”  Wesley L. Duewel

“The true spirit of prayer is no other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints.  And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings.”  Jonathan Edwards

“I am perfectly confident that the man who does not spend hours alone with God will never know the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  The world must be left outside until God alone fills (your) vision….God has promised to answer prayer.  It is not that He is unwilling, for the fact is, He is more willing to give than we are to receive.  But the trouble is, we are not ready…”  Oswald J. Smith

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RESPONSE from David and Sybil Nelson:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS about the Prophetic Ministry Iowa website--keep letting us know what you think about it!  We will always consider your ideas and will keep updating the website to make it a great source of encouraging Christian prophetic and revival information for our website users!

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