Our August Newspaper
Happy late August! I know. It's been a crazy summer and our newsletter hasn't been up. The Holy Spirit has been directing us in a new area. We're spinning off our monthly newsletter into an online newspaper so look for a few changes which we'll cover at a later date. The Holy Spirit gave us the fifth message that He said to email. It's below under Fifth Letter/Message from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit said to remind you, "Please keep all police officers in prayer."
The Holy Spirit said, "Tell them they don't have to worry and they don't have to be afraid. God is putting the enemy under our feet." Father God has so many blessings coming to you. It's time! It's our season! It's our year! Watch and see what God does! He's going to do something that's going to lift your spirits up! Stay encouraged - We're on a new level!
On a separate note, please check out the Confirmation section under Prayers. There have been many confirmations in the past few months. The things God has been saying to pray over are all being confirmed.
In this month's message, we're discussing humility before God. The devil is trying to brainwash people with everything instant. You can stream all your shows and have instant deliveries. Just carry around these idols (smartphones, tablets, gaming devices) that do everything instantly at your fingertips. When we're surrounded with so much flesh and sin, we neglect God or resent Him. God is not instant. The Bible says, "Be anxious for nothing" and to "Wait on God". Hence, we have to reel in the flesh.
God wants to do so much more with us, it's important in this season to:
In this month's issue we cover:
Our August Message: "For I Know the Plans I Have for You," Humble Yourself Before God, What To Do If You Feel Like a Failure, Without Repentance There Can Be No Revival, Our August Prayer and The Fifth Message from the Holy Spirit
Music Spotlight: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: You Know My Name
The Lord Loveth a Cheerful Giver: Inspiring Stories About Giving
Our Latest Book: Pray It By Ear
LOL: My Kids...
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"For I Know the Plans I Have for You"
In the introduction for "You Know My Name" performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, the singer mentions that God knows our thoughts. While we hear this, sometimes we need a reminder that Our Father God is loving and ever-present help in times of trouble and this is what happened with a neighbor.
Ask God to "Make Him Stop"
We had a neighbor once that was being verbally attacked by her boyfriend. I could hear their exchanges, but one day it got really out of hand. He was yelling at her and she was crying and I kept hearing her say, "Leave me alone! Just leave me alone!" I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to call 911 because I wasn't sure if this was just how they argued or not? I prayed and heard the Holy Spirit say, "Walk away". I left the room.
When I returned a short time later, the arguing had intensified. I prayed to God and said, "Holy Spirit, we're partnered with a prayer line ministry, we need to call the prayer line to have them pray." And, that's when the Holy Spirit caught me. He said, "You don't need to call them. You're partnered with God." It was so sudden I realized I wasn't going right to the source. I started praying for God to intervene and I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Pray for God to make him stop attacking her" and that's what I prayed for.
We don't always know what to pray, but God is so loving and He's right there with us. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and the Holy Spirit leads us in all truths. That moment was also a reminder that we don't have to get on the phone with anyone. Jesus is our SOS and 911. Call Him when you need help. Call him about that bill or that stubborn child that won't come home. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," Matthew 11:28. And remember, rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus and by God's authority. That devil WILL leave God's people alone.
1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
What To Do If You Feel Like a Failure
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not, Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and we esteemed Him not? What have you esteemed? Or, what did you build that fell apart and now has you feeling like a failure? For my neighbor, it was a shiny box car that looked like a Porsche.
I watched my neighbor polish that car every day. How do I know he polished it every day? Because when he first got the car my neighbor stood outside obsessively washing it, staring at it and walking around it. I'd never seen anything like it. For hours he would sit in the car and work on the lights, the grill and the engine. If he wasn't working on it, he was standing next to it and letting people praise him for having such a beautiful car. Then one day, the inevitable happened.
I looked outside one morning while I was getting my morning cup of coffee and I didn't see the car. I noticed it was parked on the street and someone had smashed in one side of the car. It looked like a trash can was thrown into it. I was so shocked because I'd never seen it parked on the street. Eventually, my neighbor moved it back into it's reserved parking space. But, he no longer stood next to it. He didn't wipe it down. He wasn't fixing it. That was maybe six months ago. It's still sitting there with that huge dent in it. And, sometimes that's what happens to us. We're on fire for God and in the Spirit every day until a huge obstacle or test sidelines us and we can't get back up. Or, so we think.
Why You Must Get Up OR Get BACK Up
There's an old saying, "What you believe you will achieve." I think Jesus said it first in Mark 11:24. The KJV states, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." In the NIV it reads, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." The problem is, sometimes in our Christian walk, no one tells us that key scripture, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." So, we're HIT hard with a trial or MAJOR setback and get sidelined. Like my neighbor with the dented car, we think, "Whoa! Where did that come from." We don't see the victory that God's leading us to. I remember this happened to a woman who gave her testimony online.
The woman was attending church regularly and being a good Christian and one day suddenly, she received a cancer diagnosis. She was in shock because she thought God had betrayed her. She actually said, "Why did this happen to me? I'm a good person?" I remember because she stated that a neighbor said in a snide remark to her, "Where is your God now?" That's what happened to Job. But, know Beloved, that in a season of testing, if God sends the test and trusts us with it, He's going to bring us out. He is faithful.
Understanding the Test
A test like a cancer diagnosis or some other type of major setback can actually be a setup. You know, like an arrow which has to be pulled back into the bow or a rock pulled back into the sling before it's shot forth/forward. The test brings the anointing so you can overcome and with the anointing oil and healing, you can minister to others. The key is to believe that God ISN'T leaving you there but bringing you THROUGH. That's why Jesus questioned the lame man.
In the New Testament, the lame man sat by the pool. He COULD have gotten up but he sat for 38 years believing that it was other people that were stopping him from getting to the healing pool. What's the difference between him and the woman with the issue of blood?
She PRESSED ON, BELIEVED and REACHED for Jesus. To put it in perspective, she:
The problem though is with a HUGE test or setback sometimes there's a shock to the system that a lot of people feel like they can't recover. I saw this in two Christians. One was molested by a priest and never forgave the man. He refused to forgive despite me reminding him that if he doesn't forgive then God can't forgive him. I still keep him in prayer that his heart won't stay hardened.
It's Not About What You Lost or What's Behind You
"Every failure is preparing you. You can’t be so afraid of failure that you don’t get out of your comfort zone. You will learn more through failure than you will through success. You’ll learn more in the difficult times, times where it didn’t work out, than you will in the good times," Pastor Joel Osteen
The other story was a woman that lost her home. I remember ministering to her at a church when she was in a shelter. She didn't see the opportunity to minister to other women there. She didn't see that God would bring her out. All she kept talking about was the things she lost which is understandable but as we draw closer to God and Christ, they will remove the fleshly things away so we can grow more in the Spirit. The woman was so focusing on WHAT SHE VISUALLY AND PHYSICALLY LOST. She couldn't see what she gained: The anointing, greater faith, healing and more confidence in God.
Just like my neighbor who left his beautiful car sitting there for months with that big dent, some Christians are sitting in a state of shock because they feel like they've failed. It's like the devil hit you with public humiliation and you feel like you can't stand back up or go on. But, you can. You have to change your perspective to see that you can accomplish MORE NOW with God than ever before. It's what happened to me.
When I was a full month without pay from my job and every bill was past due, I was distraught and in shock. I thought about giving up but I KNEW not to give up because it was a test. I could hear the Holy Spirit telling me to hold onto God. And, that's what I did. Every day despite not having a lot of food, despite every bill that was past due I kept working. I was so upset, I didn't want to work anymore and that's where the testing was the hardest. I still had to work for a company that wasn't paying me. They said it was a payroll problem and ignored my requests about fixing payroll because I couldn't pay any bills. But God kept telling me to keep going AND He said to give 100%. What! Now! Have you seen my refrigerator? I think I lost 10 or 12-pounds because all I had in my cabinets was stale bread, oatmeal and tofu. But, it was a test. That's what the testing is for. It's to see how deeply rooted you are in God.
Hold Tightly Onto God and His Word
We had a stubborn mouse once (seriously). I couldn't catch him until one day when I put glue traps everywhere that I saw him run. And, then I turned the light out. Sure enough, he stepped right in the glue. I hated to do that but it's very unsanitary to have rodents in your home. As I went to scoop up the trap, the mouse did something I'd never seen before. I wrote about this in a previous post. He grabbed onto the cable wire with his front claws! I was in shock. I knew I made good food, but he REALLY didn't want to leave! I prayed and was patient and eventually he let go so I could dispose of the glue trap. But, that mouse holding on is what we have to do during a test.
You see, the devil will come with the BIGGEST test he has to sideline you and throw you off the tracks like a disabled train. But, the key is to remember that IF that's the BIGGEST test the devil has and you just HOLD ONTO GOD, you can pass and get through, you might feel like a failure, but you're not. Think about how many times you fell off a bike. What did you do? You got back on. BIG tests and obstacles are usually for those that have SO MUCH potential and will impact SO MANY people (the devil knows this). He's trying to stop you from seeing that you have the power TO STOP HIM!
It's Okay to Trip, Fail and Fall. But, Then Get Up
Like my neighbor with the pretty car with the boo-boo, make the repairs you need to make but don't stop going. With me and the payroll issue, I had to call every creditor and explain why I was behind and every single company waived the late fees except maybe one or two. I also had to stand up for myself with my job. I remember sending the email as the Holy Spirit guided me. It read, "It's been 21-days since I've received my income which is tied up in payroll. MAKE ME A PRIORITY." I think it was all fully released within the next week. God taught me so much in that lesson. I learned that I wasn't a failure. I was going through a test that was trying to make me fail. But, I had to stand. But first - - like that mouse - - I had to hold onto God and His word during the test. And, you have to hold on, too. Like Job said, "Though He slay me, yet shall I trust Him." You will come through better, stronger and more equipped IF YOU BELIEVE.
Through all our mistakes, God has a plan. We won't always see God working to help us. But, He does. Through all our mess and even when He takes us and breaks down all the flesh, He keeps what we need. He hears what we are praying but as He takes the flesh and breaks it down, it can be hard. It's like a building is being demolished and we only see what's coming down instead of seeing what's being built up. God is in the healing business. He is here for us. He can restore your home, your finances and your heart. He can fix your ministry, your marriage and your relationship with your kids.
God is in every area that feels broken and torn down. Give it over to God. Cast your cares on Him and let God begin to work on the areas where you need healing. When you pray, take Jesus there and simply pray, "Lord, fix this situation. Fix this mess and restore me." And, He will. God is so faithful and loving. Call on Him in the day of trouble. He will deliver you and you will glorify Him.
Keep reading your Bible for inspiration each day and give glory to God. For it is written, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest," Joshua 1:9. God is here. He's restoring you. He's restoring me. And, He's restoring His people. Wait and see!
CPR: Confirmations, Prayers, and Reminders...
We've moved the other 4 messages/letters over to our website. You can find them here.
The Holy Spirit said "Tell them, 'You must never be afraid.'" Remember, the devil is trying to strike fear, but God doesn't give us the spirit of fear but a sound mind. It's also important to remember Jesus already overcame the world and God knows the end from the beginning. That means God has already seen EVERYTHING that we do and that the enemy does so God knows all that's going to happen and Jesus and the angels are with us. So, please stay encouraged. God will not fail. Keep doing everything in Jesus's name and by God's authority. Keep reading your Bible for encouragement.
The Holy Spirit said to remind you, "God is preparing a table/setting for YOU and God has a hedge of protection around you." He also said, "It will get better." And, He keeps saying, "Don't look back" and "For what God's about to do, don't look back." We're turning a page in this new season as we start the Jewish New Year, so be mindful of focusing on forward, letting resentments go and rebuking foolish pride. The enemy tried to offend so many but we have to shake off and rebuke the spirit of offense so we can clearly hear from Father God. Rebuke complaining, griping, murmuring and slander - regardless of what THEY did to you. The Holy Spirit also said, "Do not give up. I know the devil is trying to sap your energy, but hold onto God. Keep reading your Bible. The forecast is GOOD!"
The Holy Spirit said to remind you, "Please keep all officers in prayer." We posted this online several times and not many people understand how serious the attack is against officers - I haven't had this many unctions and promptings from the Holy Spirit since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Please pray for "all police officers". A note about this: Remember, it is written, "Harden not your hearts." Some people choose to turn a blind eye to the police because they see the racists attacks by a few officers. But, we have to obey what Father God said. He said to pray for all police officers and we must be united in prayer as we prepare for Jesus's return.
Our August Prayer...
Father God in Jesus's name, Lord we come to You and we give you glory. You are the Most High God and we love You and praise You. We lift your name up on High. Lord, we are praying and asking for your mercy and for justice over the innocent blood that has been shed. The devil has been trying to put the spirit of fear and the spirit of hatred and offense in people. The enemy has been acting out in racists' acts of aggression but we know we are Your people and You said, "Touch not mine anointed nor do my prophets harm." We ask for Your mercy and covering because You are a Just God. It's not only the Christians that are being attacked, Lord. It's also Jews, Muslims, Spanish people and so many others. But, we stand on 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." So, Lord, we humble ourselves before You, the Most High God and we ask forgiveness of all sins. We lay our idols down and anything that has separated us from You or caused us to grieve You. Please forgive us our sins, Lord. We seek You, Father God and we call on You for help. You said to David to ask. You said through Jesus that whatever we desire when we pray to believe we have it and its ours. You said to call on you in the day of trouble and You would deliver us and we would glorify You. We pray Father God, heal our land. Heal our nation. Change the hearts of these racists, Lord. Blind and disable the enemy. Where demons are distracting us, Lord, send warring angels to help defend us so we can do Your ill for Your people. Where people are being slighted, ignored, made fun of and robbed, bring restoration. You said in Your Word to us, "And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you." We cry out to You Father God, we need Your help, Lord. Please remove us from the hand of the enemy. Please help those that can't help themselves. Please restore us, Lord. Please make the wealth transfer and give back to us all that was stolen and lost. Please unite us as One Body and One Bride for Christ so we can go home to be with You, Lord. Father God, this world is so evil, Lord. We are trying to do Your Work and Your will. Please help us, Lord. Put this enemy under our feet in Jesus's name. You said the battle is not ours. You said to cast our cares on You. You are a God of Your Word. Restore us, Lord. Heal our hearts and hear our hearts, Lord. Cancel this devil's assignment in Jesus's name. I hear You saying, "This devil will leave God's people alone." Please move on our behalves, Lord. Father God, innocent babies are being shot in St. Louis. A woman's 12-year-old child was hit by a car because he's Indian. The police are under fire and under attack. Lord, we need more help, Father. We need You, Lord. Please guide us. Please restore us. Please be here for Your people. Please do something so the enemy knows he doesn't have the upper hand. Please make us the head, lender and above. Please send now provision and restoration to every home and for every church ministry and for Your people, Lord. Holy Spirit, please fall fresh on us. Please renew us. Please give us revival. Please give us the overflow and open the supply house. Our nation is in shambles and falling apart because the enemy "thinks" he's won. Lord, show Him who You are, Father. We praise You because there is none higher than You, Lord. We praise You because Jesus gave us authority over demons and we can tread down serpents and scorpions. Please endue the Body of Christ with all we need, Father. Please help us, Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit. Please restore us. Please make it safe for our babies and children again. Please remove all this sexual sin, violence, terrorists attacks and hate, Lord by Your authority. Please restore us and we give You all the glory, honor and praise, and in Jesus's name, we pray, Amen.
The Holy Spirit said "Tell them don't worry" as I was writing this.
The 5th Letter from the Holy Spirit...
"Do not worry. God has a head of protection around you. He is saying, "Do not worry." God is telling the enemy to back off of God's people. We rebuke every demonic attack in the name of Jesus. We rebuke every demonic attack in the name of Jesus. We cut the head of every enemy off in Jesus's name and by God's authority. It is God that is in control. Not man. God is saying, "Tell them they (the enemy) better leave God's people alone." He's coming back to judge God's people. Tell them (the enemy) to leave God's people alone. Tell that serpent to leave God's people. God's servants are in line for promotion. There is so much favor on God's servants on His anointed. They (the enemy) better leave God's people alone. Stay away from crowds and large gatherings. We rebuke demonic attacks and terrorist attacks. God is going to have good news it's going to come right away. Leave the TV off. The devil can't touch us. He's jealous and mad he's not God's servant. He's trying to get back at God's servants. Keep rebuking the devil. We rebuke the devil in Jesus's name. Don't look back. Tell them whatever the devil does, don't look back. Tell them (the enemy) leave God's anointed alone. We rebuke every demonic attack. Tell them (the enemy) to leave God's people alone. We have to unite. We have to be as one for Jesus for a united, whole church. Tell them )God's people) they have to leave the TV off. The devil is working through that realm. We rebuke their demonic attacks. Tell them (the devil and his workers) to leave God's people alone. They will leave God's people alone. We rebuke false pride in the name of Jesus. We rebuke these serpents' attacks in Jesus's name. They (the enemy) will leave God's people alone. (He keeps saying this over and over and over again in the Spirit). They need to be sure they are serving God and not man. They need to rebuke false and foolish pride. God is coming to judge His Church. It's His Body. The Body of Christ is His, not mans. Come out from among them. They need to be sure who they serve. They cannot serve man and Christ. They need to be in a place where they can say, "It is well with my soul." They can only that with Christ. There is no confidence in man. Don't put your confidence in man. They need to prepare for more demonic attacks, more demons and more attacks if they are not covered by God and they are trusting in man. These are evil days. Stop trusting in man. Man cannot move your place. I have a new assignment for you. I will reveal it soon. I will reveal my plan soon. I will reveal it soon. Tell them do not worry. I am covering you. Rebuke the devourer. Rebuke the demonic attacks. Rebuke the enemy coming against you. The right hand of Our Just One is upholding you. Don't live in fear. They (the enemy) will be saying, "Not fair, not fair" with what God's about to do. There are so many in line for promotion. They are in favor, so much favor. God said, "Tell my people not to give up and don't look back. I am preparing you for what I'm about to do. Tell them don't look back." Lift their spirits up. He's going to to lift their spirits up. Keep doing things that are encouraging. Keep believing in yourselves. When you don't see a way, say, "God found a way. The Lord will make a way." They will see promotion and favor. There's so much favor. They can't lie? Ask for God's mercy. He is a faithful and loving God and He hears our prayers. He hears us crying out for Him. Crying out for the injustice to be fixed. Standing in the gap for one another. He is the Way Maker. We rebuke every demonic attack in Jesus's name and by God's authority. Whatever they do, tell them don't look back. The enemy will leave God's people alone. Keep reading your Bible and preparing the way for all God's people. Listen to me. Prepare the way for God's people and rebuke all demonic attacks. We have to be gathered together as one body for Christ. He's coming back for one body. He is the Head of the Church. He is coming for His Bride. Prepare yourselves now for Him. Prepare for Christ coming. He will provide Your every need. Look for your window."
The Prayer of Salvation
If you haven't said the Prayer of Salvation, now's the best time: Father God in the name of Jesus, Lord, I ask forgiveness of my sins. Please come into my heart. I turn my back on sin and I make you my Lord and Savior. I want to follow you for the rest of my life. Please give me eternal life through you in Jesus name, Amen.
Rededicate Your Life to Christ Prayer
If you need to rededicate your life to Christ because you feel like you've been sinning or haven't been living right, pray: Father God in the name of Jesus, I ask forgiveness of my sins and I turn my back on sin. Please help me to overcome ---- and I want to lead a better life through you. I decree and declare this day I have overcome ---- and I have the victory in Jesus name, Amen.
Stay in God's shadow, stay away from sin and temptation, keep reading your Bible and keep seeking God first.
Be ye doers of the Word... We pray this message blesses you today!
If you need prayer, please call the Bill Winston Prayer Center at (877) 543-9443. You can also check online for Joyce Meyer's prayer request form and other ministry sites that can pray for and with you. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ!