The Importance of Confidence

The King James Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35 ) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward.

The word “recompense” there means “a reward, as in wages.”

The New International Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35) So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly
rewarded.

Most people who read ministry articles like mine, usually have a ministry at
work within them and this is the way it should be. Once the Word of God
becomes activated in a person, a desire to minister also comes up. It can
manifest in a number of different ways, but there is a life giving spring
(called the anointing) that has a force that wants to come up and out of
God’s Christian believers in expressions.

We know that is the power of the Holy Spirit. But some feel like they are to
squash it for the sake of the religious organization they may be around and
some feel they have to “fight” the organization to let it come out, and some
are in organizations that actually help them launch into their ministries.
If one is exceptionally blessed, there are those who encourage them to find
a way to do their ministry.

All of this is so important for Christian ministry fulfillment – personally
and practically. On some causes, there are still not enough volunteers, do
you know what I mean? I want to speak to anyone who has any kind of a
ministry, no matter how small or large it seems to be to them.

The five fold ministry is to equip others for the work of the ministry, and
that really comes out of learning how to do it and then just passing it on
to others. The older (or more mature ones) have to teach the younger (less
mature) in their giftings. It’s just how it works in every area of life.

We really don’t need exalted positions because you may be good at something
I am not and at the same time, vice versa! I may have a ministry meeting
somewhere, but I might need a mechanic to help me get to that meeting! We
all need respect, what ever our gift and calling is.

And it is true that we will not find true happiness and fulfillment until we
DO the calling that God has for us to do. It does not mean we will enjoy
every day of it because a lot of ministry is a SACRIFICE for Love. But there
will be a God pleasured satisfaction in serving Him and knowing it.

So I want to speak to ministers of any kind and encourage them to impart
confidence to others. And sometimes it might even get to someone’s head
temporarily, but God will pick them up from their fall to pride as they seek
Him. So really, not only do we need to impart confidence, but we also need
to do it the right way!

Everyone benefits from encouragement and some are more gifted at imparting
it than others, but it really is not something that is all that challenging
to do. It is AMAZING at what even a little bit of encouragement can do for a
person! Even if they are highly skeptical at first.

And some are skeptical because they have been burned in the past by people
taking advantage of them, or they have been approached by “salesmen” making
grand promises of an impractical non-reality. Disappointments can cause
people to walk with a limp and Jesus came to heal the lame – in whatever
capacity that is!

God exhorts us to have faith and even says that is what pleases Him, but for
some it is hard to have faith in some areas. The littlest things can make
the biggest difference and you may have a powerful ministry and not even
know it! Just by doing the little things that you do, being you!!!

God does not have to please our moods all the time, but He will work with
those who honestly want to work with Him. He is always looking for laborers
in the Harvest field and even tells us that we need to pray to the Lord of
the Harvest (Him) for the laborers, which is you and me.

Think about it like this. Every town needs a doctor for situations that come
up, but what if all the doctors were only in one place and not spread
around? As you know, we have to travel sometimes as it is to get the help we
need that way. But God needs ministers for the people who pray to Him the
same way! How many in these different areas of life are crying out and have
no sufficient answers? But the knowledge and resources for them are in the
earth, but are just not fully available in every area!

And when you think about it, the more needy a location is, there are
probably less resources. God needs qualified Christians to answer their
prayers. We have to realize that God truly does have need of us, and we just
need to connect to our callings! It may be a full time missions work or it
may be a ministry to someone that you meet out in the marketplace somewhere.
We need to be on “on.”

But to be on “on,” we need to be equipped. That is what the Church and
Christian ministries and conferences and schools are all about! We need the
head knowledge and we need the Spiritual experience knowledge with that
proper interpretation, and we need confidence in what we do.

Faithfulness has a lot of power, even when we are not “feeling it.”
Faithfulness encourages in a mighty way. I think all of us know how
important inner security is to just living life. That confidence that things
will work and be there means as much to us as the sun coming up every
morning for a new day.

Not only do we need confidence in the things around us, but we also need
confidence in ourselves. It may come more natural to some, but to some
others, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. God is
good and after creating us, He declared it was very good! But we also find
there is an enemy who wants to take away our confidence in the goodnesses of
God within and about us.

As ministers we need to realize that when we impart Spiritually, we need to
pass on confidence. It really generates a lot of love and it really builds
the Kingdom of God and the people in it. Not only does it do a good work but
that good work also will come back to us in due season. Like any seed, you
have to plant it, and water it and tend it, but there is great reward, the
Scriptures say, for this one.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of
reward. Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Be a
blessing and get blessed!

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Be Properly Equipped

The Church is only as good as the people in it – even globally. So we need to be practical as well as Spiritual.  Many think God is going to do a “poof” transformation for good and while He will give us a taste of what we can walk into, He still expects our spirit man to mature in it.

God will give us wisdom, and advances because of agreement, but if we do not have – as a Body of individuals – a foundation that will hold through stress – we will not hold our position or keep on advancing significantly – until we do have that.

We can look for a leader, we can look for a meeting, we can look for a “Revival” even, and the good ones will be there, but God provided Jesus, not man to be your constant Source. Men will disappear and some men (or women) will fail in your eyes. But the Spirit of God does not change, so are you equipped???

We are the wax of a candle, Jesus is the wick, and the Father through the Holy Spirit lights the fire. Some of us will be burned up in our ascension to Him, used up to His Glory. But we will not be lost! Let’s ask, what is the fragrance of our wax? But remember that some light is better than none! It is the light that dispels the darkness.

Do you appreciate structure? Without it, without respect for it, there is no sustaining strength. God is building a GLOBAL group and He knows the “rubix cube formula” so to speak for all the needs to be met and for all the Glory to be seen. And there is sufficient available to all of us, if we learn how to access it.

If God allows a revival, but there is no equipping for the new or delivered, it will wane fast and just be talked about meetings of the past. ALL revival is borne of prayer. You may have a charismatic leader, but he or she did not get there except through prayer. The equipped cannot function without the fuel of prayers.

God answers the prayers of hearts, not the wishes of the mind. You can have a great building, a great speaker or three, or even more, great advertising, even a great media ministry, but if the anointing is not there, then you are just a good idea. I used to want someone else to pray for me – and we all need prayers – but if I don’t pray, then I don’t have the enabling encounters.

Some even pay others to pray but you know, the chances for mess ups are stronger I believe. The anointing comes through encounters with God. You have to experience His Presence and learn how to call on Him in the day of trouble with His Word. Head knowledge and human experience is not the same thing as Spiritual knowledge and personal encounters with His Presence.

All things DO work together for the good of those who are the called (Romans 8:28), but you can’t have one without the other – if you want to have a real move, that is. You can hold your own and maintain for a season, but if there is not Spiritual HUNGER, then there will not be Spiritual encounters. You will only get indoctrinations without them, and if they are false, they are targets for truth by The Truth!

If you don’t know the Bible definitions of quality life, you won’t build accurately. You won’t know what to defend or what to let go of. If you do not have vision beyond where you are and where your natural mind is, then there is no prophetic revelation with you. And we need to discern these visions!

God wants us to be natural AND Spiritual. People who miss that, are probably up to something! Just saying  “Be warmed and filled” and even trained are nothing without substance. God wants wholeness – spirit, soul and body! And He is good for it!  But if we don’t understand that or know how to apprehend it and if your gift is not contributing and working with other gifts, then we are ALL missing out.

We have to do our part and respect others. It’s a BIG creation that God wants us to be a part of. If the Church doesn’t think as big as the world does, they will continue to mock us.

A drunk man lost his wallet one night and was looking for it under a street lamp. A cop came up and asked him what was going on. He said he lost it down the street but he was looking under the street lamp because there was more light there. How much is the Body like that?

Sometimes we have to take care of the “little things” before we can take on the big! Wisdom is knowing how to apply your attention and your focus to make these advances. It is God’s good pleasure to give us His Kingdom, but we must apply ourselves through personal prayers and application.

Pam Clark
Wings on the Wind
www.pamclark.wordpress.com

The 9-9-11 Dream

I just had a dream that I think pertains to the “big picture” so to speak.  I don’t feel alarm from this dream, more that it was the Lord showing me what was going on.
 
I was in a familiar old small town I used to live in – the kind where everyone knows everyone almost – and there was this long time community cafe downtown where all the local business folk would go, just like in a typical town, with the big glass windows.  The downstairs was the cafe and there were 2 stories on top of that.
 
I was with someone whom I feel represented the Holy Spirit as a friend, and as I walked by this old cafe building with some business offices on one side of it, I saw that the building was getting ready for demolition.  There was was a hill behind it and I asked if they were going to remove that too and they said “yes, to make it a level playing field.”
 
I looked at the building and saw that it was very dark brown, and made of wood and stones mixed together with mortar, and it was wearing out (the wood was rotting) and getting old and needed to be replaced.  I also saw that the top story of the building had been cut all the way around and it was turned a little bit, like it was about to be removed.  (I felt in the interpretation the Lord saying He was starting at the top of man’s structure.)
 
There was this big crane with a wrecking ball and it was getting positioned to come whack the building but as it lowered the ball, it hit this black lady walking down the street.  My Holy Spirit friend and I rushed over to her but she was going to be okay and we got her into a wheelchair to take her home.  (I felt like she was part of the new thing, representing something different, since so many of us here are white with the “white” mindset.  It’s just our demographics.  When I lived in Houston, we were very mixed.)
 
I fussed at the people in the office for not being more careful and I feel like now that this is the Lord telling me that revival will not be without incidents.  We took the lady on to her home nearby on 17th Street, which was by a university and their offices, and in the lobby of her apartment building, people brought out clothes for me, my Holy Spirit friend, and to the black lady as gifts, and we were told it was because they loved her.  My understanding is that 17 stands for Victory.  I feel the nearby school implies needed institution instructions (foundational teaching).
 
I feel this dream is telling me that change is coming and the old man-made (social) structures will be taken down and a new structure is coming with a level playing field.  The new and different to many of us will seem to get injured but really will be okay.  God will clothe us and we will be okay, even if we are restless and unsure.  He is starting at the top but those who rest in the Lord will be a part of the new thing.  (Part of the clothing I received was a new red and white pajama gown, which could symbolize rest.)
 
I feel the Church Body is only as good as the people in it.  We need to hear the Lord for what the people really need, be it instruction, clothing, and activities, helps, etc.  We need to use caution and wisdom, and not give up when we miss it.
 
God is not disappointed but He will do what He has to do for our best good. 
 
I always want us to remember Israel because I feel that those who bless her will prosper in the Lord, Spiritually and in the physical realm.  I feel that if we bless her Land, our land will be blessed, and that we need to do practical things as the Lord leads us for that Land to prosper. 
 
I feel that as a Church if we don’t, we only delay our blessings.  That is why I believe that a tithe of our tithe should go to Her.  I think it will preserve us in the difficult and challenging times and that it speaks to God prophetically that we believe Him and His Word is true.  For God, I feel this is affection to Him.
 
The cafe in the dream is the church community and the “offices” (office gifts) are on the side of it (paraclete).  It’s the place of “the mindset” that affects the whole community.  Leaders have to see what is going on with the people and help them Spiritually and practically, because the Church is only as good as its people in it.

And even now as I ponder this, I wonder if this represents our national government, with the two branches as “covering over us” (the top two stories) and the “hill” behind.
 
I hope there is something in this that blesses and ministers.
 
In His Shalom Peace,Blessings and Love,
 
Pam

 
Right after this dream, a friend of mine (who happens to be a black lady) sent me this article which I have posted here:  http://www.prophetic.net/Isaiah911.pdf and then another friend sent me a link to a Sid Roth show that is also covering the same thing!

Prophetic Word through Pam Clark 7-26-11

There are things in the Church that God is changing. Much of the old church system is being torn down. People are leaning on “the structure” more than the Lord.

This is a revolutionary time. What worked in past ministry is not going to work right now. Filters have been created that have skewed the View. Faith will not be through people as much as it will be through prayer.

God wants us to “get real” and stretch and lean on HIS Creativity. Hearts are being tested as never before. The test is not about “us” but is about Him. Do we really perceive Him the way HE wants us to perceive Him? The enemy has been seeking to hijack and short circuit many things to confuse and render impotent the true powers and Plan of God, but he will not succeed.

God is stripping many to make them call upon His Power, His ways, and His Life. It is really His offering of Love and Anointing to us.

Some people are going through financial battles, some people are going through physical battles or even family and reputation battles.

We cry, “Where are you God?” and He says “I am within you.” Too many are looking for power in a social context. The power within will manifest without.

People are looking for the outward signs and God is correcting that. This stripping is a blessing. Here you will find that His Kingdom holds, and it delivers.

It delivers The Promise! 

Here you will find people who really do (or really don’t) believe as you do. Here the scourge of opinions will singe your heart and soul. But you will find that God still remains.

Is God doing this to hurt you? No, He is doing this to help you. He is doing this to reach you. 

God is preparing us for Visitation. He is looking for a people to manifest through, and He wants the manifestation as real as our cries are to Him for it to be Real. 

Our desperation moves His Heart. He wants to meet us but He cannot compromise who He is.  His Order establishes the Heaven and the Earth.  We are firm and secure in Him. 

When all that can be shaken is shaken, we will still remain…  Because our lives are kept in Him, because we have chosen that. 

It is Betrothal!  Let the Romance begin! 

When the Beloved calls out to her Bridegroom and He responds, it will be pure faith. Not hyped up, not pumped up, not gimmicked up, or even slicked up. 

Oh what a wonder to behold this Bride of His. She mystifies the world with this supernatural Relationship where all of earth and creation responds to her. 

God wants to bring Heaven to Earth.  He will bring Heaven to Earth!  It belongs to Him!

He will claim and reclaim what is and has been His all along. 

We limp and think things are okay. We have fallen so short. But He will restore, restore, restore!

And all creation will praise Him for the wonderful God that He is.

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Pursuing God As Friend

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” (Matthew 25:40 NKJV)

I have a friend who was raised in a somewhat well to do family and they were all raised to know the Lord. They were active in a mainline denomination and were not negative towards the more pentecostal ways. The sons went on to do well in business like their father and the daughter did well but encountered some challenges in life, not of her own making.

As one of my accountability friends in the Lord, she told me about her personal financial struggles, which seems to be in a similar pattern as mine right now, and I know she aggressively pursues the Lord with her heart. She works hard to be righteous and she works hard to love people and is of a generous spirit socially and tangibly.

Being somewhat prophetic too, we talk about the times with a shared understanding and we believe that God is proving people to Himself in people in this season. People are being tested in ways that don’t seem logical or fair except that God is testing them and is proving their character in Him.

We talk about what it means to be a Christian and to be in ministry and about who is real and who is not, and what is real and what is not, even in our own lives. When she told me about her struggles – and believe me, I know she has been a big giver – and that her relatives own several houses for themselves while she struggles to make ends meet, I know something is wrong with that picture.

God has blessed her family and they are ignoring her in her time of need, especially when you look at it according to their means versus hers right now. We also talked about people who were serving the Lord and those we knew who were wavering and what it meant to be a friend to them, even fellow ministers. People go through stuff!

In this day and time everyone is encouraged to minister and all hands on deck are needed. But the times are hard for many people, even many more than in months past. Finances and/or the lack of them are a strong testing area of the Lord.

My friend is one who would rather not see a dime and have the love of family and friends. Of course you need money to pay your bills but money does not drive her, and she knows what a better life is because she has lived it in her childhood and adult life. She is not bitter, but in sharing we do question people who have a way to make for others and don’t do it. When you look at it from the bigger picture of our world and national events, it speaks.

We have another friend we know who has struggled and is backsliding some. We talked about the role of love in that situation. That friend has even been in the ministry and there have been times because of the backsliding that we have had to cut that friend off of some socializing because of the wayward ways that were destructive.

When we began that conversation about our friend I was encouraging her to be strong in the Lord about what was right because I know her tender heart. We both care and want to see the best and not the worst for our friend. But that is the friend she told me who called and asked her if she was in need and if she could help and she did!

It’s really strange when the friends of the world are better than the friends of the Church! She brought up the Scriptures in Matthew 25 about those who were needy and who responded and how Jesus said to those who did not that He never knew them – and the word “knew” there means to intimately know Him.

We were talking about the fine line of righteousness and benevolence. This seems to be a proving season, especially when the economy is as tough as it is for so many more people, and how we need to not lose heart.

As someone like her who has seen better days financially, I shared how I have seen some do their benevolence as a token work and brownie point rather than it being real love. You may need the help but you feel slimed by the charitable act because it was not done with real love. With some you feel like they have done you a favor because they are in a better position at that moment and they expect something in return for it later.

The Church is more than a social network! It should be that, but it also should be more than that. If it operates on love, then you want to feel that love when it is given. Many have talked about the Spiritual abortion that they have experienced or seen when it was the “right thing to do” to get souls saved.

They got them to the altar, counted their brownie points for their merit badges, and then totally forgot the souls there. They left them without help or assistance and for all practical purposes abandoned them and thus they floundered and went back to the world. Some just expected them to be a financial resource for them!

Well, if you read the Word of God and think God won’t judge that, think again! God must be anchored in your own soul before you can do any kind of effective ministry and the Church (which includes the local church and all its conferences) is the place where that is supposed to happen!

How is it that we go from acquaintance to friendship? As Christians we can only do that in the Spirit of the Lord. Good works do not always equate with Christian ministry and some people in the world can give with more love than the church people do!

God alone knows the heart, and the fear of the LORD is wisdom. Many live by the fear and approval of man, but do not regard the struggles of their fellow man. If they help, it is only to gain an advantage. Prophetically speaking, it seems that God is dealing with some of this!

I appreciate my friend’s accountability in making me to see love. Our backslidden friend still had love at work in her while we know people active in the ministry who do not have so much. It’s important to know what real friendship is. We have been through a season of betrayals that I had hoped was mostly over, but as yet I don’t see that season as over in the basic sense.

I was flabbergasted to see my friend’s struggles while she has as wealthy of a family that she does. She is not a big backslidden sinner. If anything, it seems to me the reverse! Some people who are efficient in finances will label people “sinners” when those others are less efficient than they are, but their “label” is really about the discipline of the flesh more than the Spirit.

My friend would give up everything she had to see her family saved and in the love of God. And while I want to be mad at them, she is an intercessor for them, because she really loves them. But the point is, for all their appearances, do they really KNOW Him?

To know Him is to really love Him and those He cares about. It’s not about the brownie points. It’s not about how efficient we really can be. God will use the wealth of the wicked to minister to the righteous. The wicked may save it up only to die and leave it to those who will spread it around. But there are some who are sad for the loss of their souls. They will mourn for them!

The Kingdom of God works by love. Friendship with God has fruit and evidence. My friend was even quick to point out to me when I said that discerning of spirits was important that that was a gift and not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. How grateful I am for a friend like that!

Yes, they come from the same Holy Spirit but the nature of God is more important than the gifts of God. Even though hard times may be here for many, it’s important to know the nature, character and ways of God more than His acts and gifts.

In the “big world view” of things right now, we may not be on the radar, but in Heaven I hear a reading. We must pursue love.

Religious Giving or Kingdom Giving?

Are you living and giving out of duty or out of faith? Parents teach duty to children so they will find more life and faith later.

Duty without faith can become bondage. It’s the law that can kill life. But on the same consideration, the lack of duty and understanding can also kill life.

Galatians 3:
23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

We are always students or disciples – people who learn more about God. Even if we don’t think we are learning, we are learning.

It’s important to give by the spirit. When we give, no matter where or how, we are connecting with something.

If we give out of arrogance, we will reap pride! If we give out of love, we will reap love.

There is a lot to this. If we give to our own, we will reap comradarie. If we give to our enemies, we will reap strength.

If we give to the needy, we will reap compassion. If we give to those who teach us, we will reap honor.

If we give out of duty alone, we will reap a disciplined spirit. But if Love is not in that mix, it become the letter of the law or legalism.

Are you giving to life? Are you giving to honor? Are you giving to God?

Some people look foolish but they are really wise. Some people look wise but may only be in duty. Jesus says, what you sow you reap!

Giving goes beyond just the coins in your pocket. It involves your actions and your words. Good will comes in many appearances.

Do you give in cooperation with angels? Angels are ministering spirits sent to the heirs of salvation. There are other angels out there too! They are at work, even if you don’t “see” them.

Steven Brooks has a good book called Working with Angels. I really recommend it. Not every book on that subject I would recommend.

Back to my words now, when you get in the divine flow, you are working with the cooperation of God’s angels.

We are removing together the pall that has been over the earth from the Fall. This is why portals are important and they are broken open through prayers and giving.

Your giving has power if you will use it strategically. If you just give out of blind duty, someone else is using your strength, but is it working for you and your relationship with God?

God is calling for the REAL. He is Real!

Do you believe really that God wants you to be blessed in Him. When we WAKE UP to GOD, we suddenly realize we have decisions to make. God is not taking over our decisions! He is waking us up to the fact we need to make the RIGHT decisions.

Do you want someone else to talk for you or do you want to speak for yourself? Hello! Do you want to talk to God or do you want someone else making those decisions for you?

You have to learn God. You have to learn His protocols, His ways of doing things. You have to understand He has a big Picture!

God is a Spirit and you communicate to Him in worship, in spirit and in truth! We are not competing with others for truth. We aren’t competing for power either! It’s all His!

You learn Him best when you freely receive and freely give.

This is where you learn your balance. When you buy the truth you do not buy it for yourself alone.

Can you hear that in the Spirit?

Is your foundation finances or love?

Kingdom business is not the same thing as secular business but you can learn Kingdom business from it – and you got that here for free! 🙂

Kingdom business is a whole different dimension!

If you are not a good steward in the Kingdom, you will not do a lot of Kingdom business.

Someone may have a big company in the world and not do a lot of Kingdom business.

But his staff might!

So understand if God moves you, it might be so that you can do more Kingdom business!

Because you are talking to Him by your spirit.

It’s important to connect with the Body. Are you giving? Are you receiving? Are you in the flow? Who cares if you shake and quake, it’s good if something MORE is happening too that BLESSES God’s Kingdom!

God gave you a brain to use! Enjoy His benefits but connect with the Head.