Listen. Follow.

It is vital that every soldier receive ALL communications from the commanding officer(s).  These come down from the highest ranks.  It is vital that soldiers understand what is expected and that they are motivated, disciplined and empowered to follow direct orders and also to be aware of the indirect ones, too.

The same is true in the army of the Lord.  As good soldiers (2 Tim 2:4) we must not ignore the direct and indirect communications that come down from above.  It is important to recognize that there are a variety of communication methods, and be alert to them.

1. First and foremost, I believe God speaks to us through His goodness.

2. He speaks much to us through creation and also through the examples of natural things (i.e. farming, fishing, building etc.)

3. He speaks volumes through His Word. So much in fact we will never exhaust all the instructions, revelations, and insights that are contained in the scriptures.  It vital though that we continue to expose ourself to the entire counsel of God so we can “test” everything else against the standard of the Word.

Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice.  My sheep follow (obey) My voice. They know My voice.”

4. We also receive communication through dreams, visions, revelations, and the “still small voice”.

We should never ignore any communication we receive.  We must not “blow It off” as being nice to have heard from God.  We should always take heed, pray over and even further press in to seek out what is being said to us. Take communication from God seriously.

Remember, the bible clearly tells us that a matter is established out the mouth of two or three witnesses.  (See these references.  Genesis 41:32; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1.)  It is very advisable to wait for confirmations, in most matters. It makes life much more safe.

Personally, I believe it is a huge mistake to run to others to get a matter confirmed.  I do believe it is fine to get counsel, but not to run to those who will just be a rubber stamp to what you want to hear.  Again take heed, be careful to what you listen to.

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Arise. Be Ready. Engage.

These are exciting times. A time of SUDDENLYS. A time when God shows up and shows out – making Himself known in the affairs of men. He is responding to the effective prayers of HUMBLED people.

End Times? Sure. Much closer than we have ever been before!

On October 23, 2016 and October 24th I had two different dreams that communicated the same message. Especially that He, our Lord, is right at the door. He is KNOCKING. I literally heard the KNOCKING. First of all He wants to come in and sit down at OUR TABLE and share a meal, having intimate fellowship with US (Rev.3:20) He wants to tell us His plans and to reveal His heart for us, for our family, our neighbors and our world.

“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” Matt. 24:33

He wants us to join our lives and prayers with the prayers that have gone before us in years past, as well as the prayers that are ascending now.

He is looking for those who will stand in the gap to love, to speak truth, to even WAR in the spirit realm in order that TRUE FREEDOM can come to as many who will receive.

I know from those two dreams that we must be alert, watchful, ready and available for any assignment He gives us…be it prayer or labor in the fields of harvest. (Obedience to our assignment brings reward. Eternal reward).

DO NOT BE PASSIVE. Be alert to the nuances (even slight movements) of the Spirit. DO NOT COMPARE YOUR ROLE OR ASSIGNMENT to another. This will bring sure discouragement or pride, which brings sure defeat! BE YOU!

Sit. Listen. Move when He says move. Find your “unit”. Your team, your tribe. Your family. Fit. Function. No more church as usual. Be ready and be JOYFUL!

Gay Bissell

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STAND UP, DON’T RUN AND HIDE

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When I was growing up, attending a small full gospel church, one of my favorite songs was “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus”.

This morning I keep hearing the first verse in my heart and head.  Here it is:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory his army shall he lead, till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

See, in that verse there is truth that we  must continue to embrace every day… and it shows us our responsibility to do several things:

We are here to RAISE up His royal banner which I believe includes:

His Name, His Cross, His Love, His Grace.   We must not be ashamed of the gospel or His NAME – the Name of JESUS.  We must not bow to those “authorities” that say we cannot speak His name or His truth.  It is up to us.  This is our ASSIGNMENT everyday.

We must stop fighting in the flesh, we must war on our knees, and     with our praise, and with our witness of LOVE.  “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life…” John 15:13

We must be faithful witnesses and not fear the face of men.

Our mindset MUST shift from defeat to VICTORY.  From victory unto victory. He always leads us in triumph.

When we fight on behalf of truth we must remember that TRUTH is a person.  He came to lay His life down for all.  He doesn’t desire that any, I mean anyone, should perish…..especially those who are most deceived.

We must be light and be different in our responses to all the deception and difficulties.  Light  overtakes darkness.  Remember that religious darkness is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than any other kind of darkness.   The letter of the law KILLS.

ARE we really soldiers of the cross?  Are we willing to lay our life down for others who are yet enemies of truth?  Isn’t that what He did for us?

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

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A Caleb Spirit

There were  g i a n t s  in the land.  Out of millions of people, only TWO  believed God was bigger and more powerful than the giants.  Everyone cried and complained….”if only….” [Numbers 14:1-2]  But Caleb had a different spirit. He followed God FULLY and was assured that he would enter the promised land and his descendants would inherit it [v.24]

Those who cried and complained were not allowed to enter.  And God was not at all pleased with them….you can find God’s account in 1 Corinthians 10.  In  v.5  it is recorded that with MOST of them God was not well pleased…and v. 6 tells us that these  things became EXAMPLES (warnings even) to us….

Read the whole chapter….

Stop fellowshipping with demons v. 20.  Stop playing with the demonic.  Give up fear and fascination with all that, and serve God FULLY.  Know Him.  That is the only place of PROMISE, PROTECTION, and PROVISION of supernatural grace and peace.

There is still time to develop a CALEB spirit.  Lay aside that which is distracting and disturbing you.  Walk as an overcomer, a conqueror, a grace empowered CHAMPION.

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Risk, Courage, and Victory

I was impressed this morning to read Judges 4 and 5.  There are some valuable lessons to be gleaned from these chapters for personal encouragement, exhortation and for intercession.

I will share some to my insights. You may want to read these two chapters and see what the Holy Spirit will reveal to you.  Begin your reading by asking Him to give you a spirit of revelation and understanding.

There were numerous judges noted in this book of the bible which is an account of the days after Joshua had died.  Some judges served the Lord.  Many did not.  In  chapter 5 we learn that a certain righteous judge named Ehud (or deliverer, as they were also called) died and the people of God again cast off restraint and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Because of this, the Lord allowed, permitted, DID NOT CAUSE, severe assault through their enemies.  (This is simply part of the law of sowing and reaping.  There are consequences, fruit if you will, from not following the Lord’s instructions nor honoring Him.)

This caused the people of God to once again cry out to God. (It amazes  me that human nature is the same no matter what generation it is…when things are bad, people tend to cry out to a “higher power” for help. (Sometimes they even cry out to Jesus.) When things are good, people tend to forget Him and His laws).  The scriptures say that for twenty years the oppression continued. (Judges 4:3)

Deborah, was the ruling judge at the time.  She tried to mobilize the forces and to set Barak in as the troop commander.  We all know he was reluctant to lead.  She prophesies to him that he can go with her, however the glory of victory will go to a woman.

They do have victory. In chapter 5 Deborah sings the victory song.  Here are some points from her song.  You may want to read the whole chapter.

v.8 Tells us that there was WAR because the people had chosen new gods. And among 40,000 in Israel there was not a shield or a sword.

This says to me that the people had forgotten how to engage in warfare.  They had no defensive or offensive weapons.  Hmmmm.  (In my experience with the Lord, I have found that most “Christians” do not even know where to locate our supernatural weapons, much less how to use them.  And certainly do not know how to use them in the course of everyday life.  Because of this, battles are fought flesh to flesh, and the results are devastating in the body of Christ and before the world in general.)

In v.9  Deborah says that her heart was with those LEADERS who offered themselves willingly to the Lord. Incidentally, I personally love this line from v. 2 When leaders lead, when people willingly offer themselves, Bless the Lord! (That is a great time to bless the Lord.)  She is also blessing the Lord for going out into the battle with them.  “The earth trembled, the clouds poured”. v. 13b “The Lord came down for me against the mighty.”

In v. 15 she acknowledges the GREAT RESOLVE with in the tribe of Issachar.  What is great resolve? A firm decision to not turn back or turn away from battle or from the Lord.  In addition it says that the tribe of Zebulun and Naphtali also jeopardized their lives to the point of death.  (See Rev. 12:11)

Oh that this mindset would return to the body of Christ.  Jesus said “greater love has no man than this but that he would lay his life down…” John 15:13

Now the last thing I want to share is from v. 24 & v. 26  A woman named Jael was bold and was used by God to strike the fatal blow into the temple of the enemy commander.  She received the public acknowledgement for this great act of courage. She split his head open with a t  (I am sure that public recognition was NOT her motivation, however.)

Her name when traced to the original word(s) means same as a “wild goat”, in that it can climb high.  Her name also means:

  • To ascend
  • To be valuable
  • To be useful
  • To do good
  • To be profitable

See: Strongs Concordance # 3278; 3277; 3276

VICTORY NEVER COMES WITHOUT A RISK.

 

 

A Call to Soldiers of the Cross

I do not know how accurate this is, but I recently read a report that said approximately 95% of people who say they believe in Jesus do not seek His guidance in their daily lives through the scriptures, prayer or godly counsel. The report also indicated that those same individuals do not even attempt to honor God by faithfully observing His instructions for life, and give no thought to the life that follows this temporary earth life.

Whether or not this is a reliable report or not, it should at least give us pause for reflection upon our own commitment to the Lordship of Jesus, especially as we are now ending one calendar year and preparing to enter a new one.  Are we falling in step with His plans and purposes or are we doing our own thing?

I am hearing by the Spirit that God is raising up a remnant of OVERCOMERS who will  in fact follow the Captain of the Lords Army into the various battle arenas that He designates, and drive out darkness with light.  Are you one?  Are you one in training?

OVERCOMERS are defined in Revelation 12:11  – And they overcame him (the accuser, liar, destroyer) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and THEY DID NOT LOVE THEIR LIVES UNTO DEATH.

A GOOD SOLDIER, defined as: You therefore must ENDURE HARDSHIP as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3 – 2:4)

Are you a good soldier? Or are you one who wants to be a good soldier?  Consider enlisting in  Endtime Warrior Bootcamp.  Bootcamp will NOT be teaching that takes you nowhere, and leaves you just the same as you started.   Bootcamp will provide opportunities for active PARTICIPATION. Bootcamp will provide opportunities for development of your giftings and development of strategies for your unique assignments.

The “Kick-Off Event” is January 22-23, 2016 at New Beginnings in Richland, Ms.