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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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!

Cross Examination

Written August 23, 2011 – the day we had an earthquake right after I wrote this!

I am feeling especially sensitive in the Spirit today. And I don’t feel that I am alone in that. In seeking the Lord, I sense He is saying that He is drawing near to His Church to deal with it, it is a season for that. If He does not deal with the Church, He cannot logically and righteously deal with the world…

He is drawing near to deal with our issues, if we will let Him. We can turn and run away, we can act distracted or put a wall up, but if we let Him in, He will help us and even change us. He is dealing with us for at least two reasons.

One, He is a Good Father and He knows we need discipling. That involves teaching and correcting. Secondly, He is preparing us for what lies ahead. We are also approaching the Shepherd’s Rod season, I don’t know the exact date of that at the moment, but the Spiritually sensitive will sense it approaching in the degree of their sensitivity.

The Shepherd’s Rod is where the sheep come under the Shepherd’s staff for inspection. The Shepherd then deals with the issues that the sheep has. The Good Shepherd cares for the sheep.

What I hear the Lord saying is that LOVE is approaching us, and He is examining us, every part of us, for what is coming, things that will be required of us. He is a good Father and He wants us to be prepared. He may adjust some things that are very sensitive to us but if we allow it we will really be better for it in the future. It will alleviate some problems and make us stronger.

God is going to deal with America, and some of those dealings will be hard. America has had the Light, it has had the Word and even those who want to criticize preachers will have no excuse for they have had access to His Word to do it better. Since some seem to know better, then they should DO IT!

God holds us responsible for rightly dividing His Word of Truth. That means if “another way” comes along, we may check it out, but if it is not fruit bearing in the Lord, but fruit limiting, then we should look for the better way.  God EXPECTS US to understand things by the Spirit, because He has poured out His Spirit and if we take another path, that is not His fault!!!  He has revealed Himself.

Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and they that worship Him worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” That means there is much that we understand in two dimensions. We have our intellect where we process things through our soul, or our mind, will and emotions AND we hear, see and understand also via our spirit by His Spirit! We mature in both areas, but a spirit that is in His Spirit will never die. We are responsible for our body, soul and spirit in this life.

If we fall sway to another man’s way and God has given us His Light, it is up to us to get ourselves corrected.  God wants to come with blessings for His people but if they do not allow themselves to become corrected, they will reap the judgments and corrections of those who follow the world.

When we have the Light, God expects us to ADVANCE with the Light. It is not just to sit in our little corners and enjoy ourselves. Things are expected of us!!! Sometimes we inspect our blessings for too long. We fail to see the needy and the lost and the dying. When we do that, it disqualifies us from the next event.

And if God has called us to shepherd, then we need to be first in allowing His dealings. WHO ARE those ministers who weep between the porch and the altar? Do you understand THEIR SIGNIFICANCE???

I have been weeping this morning. I feel weepy now. Too many want to put the burden on the shepherd(s) when the Shepherd is working to train THEM to shepherd! When we realize our responsibilities, we will not put undue adulation or responsibilities on the shepherds we see and that have been given to us.

When WE are about our Father’s business, we will be more concerned for our sins than another’s. Our concern for them will be that travail of Love that they get it right. We will not judge. When WE are about our Father’s business, we will sense the weight and gravity of His call upon our lives. We will realize that WE are held accountable for this calling. And we will be judged for it!

It’s a serious thing. When we realize that, we will put all our focus and efforts on pleasing Him. We won’t have time to look at the specks in our brother’s eyes, we will see the log in our own. And God is not in the condemnation business! We so need to learn that. We will realize that we are not seeing and doing all that God wants us to see and do. We will cry to wash that log out! Then we will be able to gently pull the splinter out of our brother’s eye.

As we mature we will find God’s uniqueness in dealing with us. As young ones we all need the basics of doctrine and even Spirit understanding. But as we mature into our “missions,” we will find we are not all the same in our callings. This means we have to adjust to the uniqueness of our callings and our assignments. It takes maturity in God to even understand it.

We have to learn how to get along with each other and we have to learn how to accept each other, even when we are different. We are also called to minister to one another, and support the work of God’s developments in the lives of others. We are not to hinder God’s works.

We honor each other with respect to their callings. We are not to monitor and judge it, but to work to see how we can receive or bless it. Along the way we will find these “fits” where “every joint supplies.” But even these need to be flexible. As we know, God can prune! But it is for our good and greater and healthy growth. This is the reason we need to discern with the Spirit and with Truth.

We don’t have to accept every “word” that comes our way but we do have to make every effort to discern and discover His Way. We will make some mistakes but some errors are even allowed for greater truth revelation. When we can accept that, we will not condemn ourselves but put more of our trust in Him.

When we work with Him, we will come to discover more and more that He is Good and His intention and end for us is good. That will build our confidence and make us even better as ministers. We will understand how He works through grace and has a great redemptive Plan.

We will need His “Cross Examinations” to prosper in our individual paths of Life.

Knowing “Our Times”

If you are not hurting financially for money, well, God bless you, but many people are.  Some people truly have financial wisdom and I thank God they do.  But many in the Body are feeling lack and compared to times prior, I can relate to that too.

Many preachers talk about the wrath of God and getting right with God and there are very few that are not preaching “Give” with all their hearts and souls, it seems.  Sometimes you just need a break from it!

But then you go to the world and everywhere you go there is a “Sale!”  and a “Deal”.  Some expenses for things that you must have are going up, and there are news reports “predicting” prices going up, too.  Many are getting evicted from their homes, and people who should have handled our money in the financial institutions, well, they have not.

Prophetically, like many others, I have gone to God over this.  Not just once, but  a number of times.  There are pressures not just on me but on many in the Body.  Now it’s one thing to miss our ice cream after a meal and other little perks like a new car every 2-7 years that we are probably used to, but some of it seems to be hitting closer to home in our lifestyles than that.

The other night watching GodTV, I heard Mike Jacobs interview a man who understood a lot of things about where our society is, especially as it relates to the global market, and I was impressed to hear LOGICAL REASONS for some of this.  One is the fact that the spending years of the baby boom generation has passed.

On a graph, the line went up, then suddenly dropped down because the numbers of people in that age range of those buying homes and other things that relate to that time in their life, sharply declined.  Today, those who are in the age range to buy homes are called the Baby Bust generation, and their demographics are in much smaller numbers.  This is expected to last until 2012-2015.

Then, the Baby Boomer grandchildren will see the bar on the graph go up again for spending, because, as he said, when the population is on an increase, more prosperity is seen.  He also mentioned it will not be as great as the Baby Boomer generation saw it because 54 million children were aborted and so the numbers are down.  Try to avoid the spirit of condemnation on that reality, but understand it.  God is on the side of life.

He went on further to say that the economy surge we saw from the Baby Boomers is like a balloon that inflated and then suddenly burst.  It is not something you can blow up again, the dynamics are just not there for it.  So people who before could count on resources in certain areas to come rolling in, can no longer do that because the dynamics for business with a generation that is retiring and not spending is not as strong now because of the numbers.

Now that is not to mention the people who have not done things right and added corruption into the mix, causing pain and theft for others.  Certainly that is felt more now, too.  As a Body, corruption has always been something that we have had to fight and stand against.  In this fallen world still, not everyone does it right!

But discovering this information, and I am no financial genius by a long shot, really came as a word from God to me.  Ministries who have been used to the extra income are also not finding it, and so the logical response when it gets cut off too, is to scream loud, put pressures on because their bills are behind, and some will even condemn the Body in places when it is not their fault!  I feel led to write about this!

Of course we as Christians want to belike those who lived as the Jews did in the land of Goshen, the ones dramatically different and full of prosperity.  And some businesses will do better in certain “times” than in other “times.”   Hospitals and graveyards do more business when there is a plague, or are there for in those retirement ages.

At least the good news from these actuary tables is that there will be a logical rebound in 2012 -2015, not taking into consideration any other social and spiritual factors.  Some want to define those factors sometimes in ways that are not true reality.  But I think if we take this information for what it is, it can be a key in how we plan the future days.

There is something about prosperity and luxuries that is so comfortable.  It seems so easy to move into, and so hard to come out of.  I think one reason for that is that we were created to prosper.  But we must learn the ways to do it correctly or we get hurt by what is not right. 

But we also must be practical and understand that the “times” are what they are right now.  If you were counting on a great increase because of “the numbers” from the past, it just may not be there logically speaking.  If you go preach in a poor country, you are probably not going to get wealthy from the offerings, unless God does a miracle for those people financially and the people congenially understand the concept of giving and receiving in the correct Spiritual context.

We Baby Boomers can thank God for the blessed and prosperous times that we have had.  Every mark is a part of the look of the sculpture God is designing.  He has not left, and it’s not that He doesn’t care, these are just the factors of our society and world.  There will be exceptions with different ones, but if you are coal mining and the coal on the land runs out, you are going to have to look for other resources or new land with more coal in it.

There is something to be said for the Spiritual aspects of this too.  Under the prophet Samuel and King Saul, Israel was struggling for Godly leadership.  Then King David came on the scene and his life and ministry was about taking out the giants and wicked rulers that surrounded and persecuted them.  He turned the hearts of the people to worship and the nation began to prosper in many ways.

By the time his son King Solomon took the throne of Israel, there was a lot more prosperity, safety and population.  What many would call expensive in other times, like gold and silver and special spices, was more commonplace.  But after King Solomon’s days, corruption came in again and prosperity left and the people were scattered.  I think our generation can understand this concept of the times better than most.

The good news is that God still has a people.  And those who know their God will be blessed!  They may go through trials but they have promises, potential and grace and favor.  God always has a remnant.  Sometimes they have to find each other to work together, sometimes they have to fight devils together to get things accomplished.  And the enemies of the Lord are just still here, but we have an overcoming God with rewards to give for doing it His way.

Prophetically I know God is going to do gatherings and outpourings.  I know He is especially going to do that in Israel.  But He will do it according to His precepts and prophesied plans.  I don’t want the Body to be discouraged or feel condemned when some of this is not their fault.

Let’s also not be duped by false realities given.  We are in an economic downturn for a short season.  Let’s be practical and not burdensome to others.  We have as many Christians as we have evangelized and raised up properly.  How well have we done on that?

We have to get it right, the wrong will not be blessed by Him.  BUT, the promises are great, and the plans are glorious!  Let’s be practical while we are seeking and doing His will.  The power of His Love is upon it.

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.