God Won’t Bless Disobedience

God cannot bless disobedience and will not bless sin.While all our sin - past, present and future - is covered by the blood of Jesus and will not affect our eternal destiny, disobedience does influence our earthly inheritance and hinders our ability to flourish and fulfil God’s purpose in this life.

In Joshua 7, Israel lost a battle they should have easily won.  Joshua, their leader, couldn’t understand the reason for their defeat.  When he enquired of the Lord, it was revealed that the sin of one of his men was the reason for their loss.  One individual’s selfish disobedience removed the favor and blessing of God from a nation.  It was only when they had zero tolerance for sin that the Lord’s anger lifted and blessing was restored.

They learned a lesson from their loss.  You cannot compromise and continue to live in victory. You cannot wilfully sin and enjoy spiritual success.  It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart. 

The only way to return to a life of blessing is through genuine repentance. Ruthlessly remove anything standing between you and your destiny.

Joshua 7:1-26

“But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan...took some of them. So the LORD ’s anger burned against Israel. Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water....

....The Lord said to Joshua, “....Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction....

...Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath.

They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord.

Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan...

...Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the LORD turned from his fierce anger.“

What Opens When a Door Closes

In Acts 16, God closes two different doors to the Apostle Paul. We don't know if it was an inner prompting or an external prophetic instruction but, at the time, it must have been frustrating and confusing for Paul as he was only seeking to do what he thought was God's will. In his waiting and wondering. God totally redirects his path fo a place he hadn't intended to go. This led to incredible success in reaching a new group of people with the Gospel.

At times it feels like one door after another is closing on us, even those which we thought God was leading us towards. It can be a very difficult and disorientating season as we try to recalibrate our journey and make sense of what's going on. Yet, if we will wait expectantly in a place of faith, listen for His voice, and go to where He opens up for us, God’s repositions always lead to greater opportunities and success.

When God closes doors, ask yourself: What is He now opening up to me?

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Acts 16:6-10

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” 

Darkness is Lifting

Darkness is lifting and things are shifting.The prayers and cries of God’s people have been heard.  Light is breaking through and while there will still be challengacles, everything is now changing.There’s a renewed clarity, a sense of eyes being opened, a feeling of: “How did I not see this before?” Your thinking will become sharper, your perspective clearer, and your hope for the future restored. A new excitement and anticipation will even begin to bubble up as you begin to envision all that God has ahead for you.

Also there will be provision.  Today I’ve strongly sensed the Lord speak about financial blessing for His people.  After a season of struggle, frugality and apparent lack, I feel Him saying: “You will have what you need and more.” He is your Source and He will supply your every need.  Pray specifically for your provision.  Write it down, speak it out, be very clear and direct with the LORD.  He wants to show you how much He cares for you.  Watch and worship as you see Him come through again and again.

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Isaiah 60:1-5

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.

Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”

Philippians 4:19

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 58:11

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

According to your Faith

God is asking you to take the step of faith in the face of fear, uncertainty and apprehension.He will give you what you go after.If you settle for ‘normal’ and ‘same’ - that’s exactly what’s you’ll get.If you stretch for ‘more’, enlarge your capacity and raise the bar of your expectation, God will meet you there and take you beyond.

This is a defining moment.  I see someone standing on a cliff edge wanting to jump but also wanting to retreat because of fear.  It’s entirely your call.  God won’t force you.  He’ll give you what you choose. 

In recent days there’s even been evidence that you should pull back and play it safe.  However, this is to test your resolve and determination to press through into what you know God has said.

According to your faith it will be done to you.  Push through the fear, see beyond the obstacles, press through the limitations.  On the other side is a whole new level of living which you’re being invited into - but only you can make the decision to step forward and take the leap.

Matthew 9:2

“Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9:29

“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.”

Matthew 13:58

“And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Matthew 17:20

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 21:21-22

“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Luke 17:5

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Speak Life

When confronted by a valley of dead, dry bones, Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy life. He’s completely surrounded by a seemingly hopeless, impossible situation. Yet, as he spoke what God had said, everything changed. At first there was a sound - a rattle - and then there was a movement as the bones formed together and life returned.

Some of us are confronted and surrounded by pain, problems and needs which seem completely overwhelming and unchangeable.  Stop speaking ABOUT the problem and start to speak, decree and declare what God has said TO the problem.  It may seem completely hopeless, lifeless, impossible, even finished. But our God is famous for bringing dead things to life. Speak His Word until what you see lines up with what He has said.

At first you may not see much change - but often we sense the change before we see it. There is just a sound. A rattling. A stirring. There is something within us that just knows that things are not going to be the same.  These dry, dead bones are coming back to life.

Ezekiel 37:1-10

“The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ' ” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army.”

Mark 11:22-24

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Fight For Your Future

For some, there is a spiritual battle brewing around you - and for others, there is a battle raging around you right now.

Be aware and be spiritually discerning. Not everything is as it seems.  There is more to what’s happening in your life than that which is visible.  Angel armies and hell’s hordes are contending for your destiny.  Partner with the host of Heaven in fighting for your future through prayer, purity, praise and prophetic proclamations. Press through the resistance, push through the opposition.  Don’t give into weariness or weakness.  Don’t be derailed, distracted or discouraged.  The intensity of the battle shows the destiny which is at stake.  If you could only see what God has placed within you and before you, you would fight so much fiercer and contend so much stronger for your future.  You are the head, not the tail.  You are above, not below.  You are royalty, not a pauper.  Believe it’s true.  Live like it.  Fight for it.

Ephesians 6:10-13,18

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand....And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.”

Joshua 1:5-9

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life....I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

1 Timothy 6:12

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

James 4:7

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

1 Peter 5:8-9

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Luke 22:31-32

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.“

Overwhelmed but Overcoming

One of the enemy’s key strategies at the moment is to make God’s people feel completely overwhelmed.There is a deep, constant weariness which is bringing stress to the simplest of tasks.Things we would normally do with ease are causing anxiety.We feel swamped, overburdened and are struggling to get on top of things.The pressure and the demands feel relentless.

In the name of Jesus I prophesy and declare peace into your mind, rest into your soul, strength into your body, clarity into your thinking, joy into your heart, lightness into your spirit, and productivity into your work. 

Every attack and assignment of the enemy is broken off from you and you are going to enter and experience the freedom and fulfilment of abundant life in Christ.  Anxiety, worry and stress will have no place in your life.  Weariness will give way to new energy and vitality.  You will get twice as much done in half the time.  You have the mind of Christ and His peace which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 5:7-10

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Corinthians 2:16

“....we have the mind of Christ.”

Psalm 94:19

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Ecclesiastes 11:10

“So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body...”

Strength in the Stretch

In Mark 3, Jesus publicly asked the man with the withered hand to stretch it forth. He had to be willing to reach forward and reveal the one place in of his life where he felt most weak, insecure and vulnerable.As he obeyed and stretched himself, he received his miracle and complete restoration.

In the same way God is calling us to stretch ourselves in some areas where we currently feel completely inadequate and insecure.  He’s asking us to be vulnerable, to show our weaknesses, to push through our feelings of inferiority.  We have become comfortable in obscurity but God is asking us to step out of hiding.  We have been excluding and excusing ourselves from fully engaging in His call because of our apparent deficiencies and defects.  They are no longer going to define us or determine our impact.

The man's restoration was not found by looking back to the past, but by reaching forward into the future. Be willing to stretch yourself in this season, come out of hiding.  Even if it is uncomfortable and you feel vulnerable and insecure. Push on through. Stop looking back. Reach forward for your miracle. In your stretching will be your new-found strength.

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Mark 3:1-5

“Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there...Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”...He...said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”

Delight in the Lord

This morning as I was praying I sensed the Spirit say to me: “There is so much available to you right now that you’re not accessing.” I was drawn to Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Often, if I’m honest, I focus on the ‘getting the desires of my heart’ part of the verse.  There is nothing wrong with having goals, desires, ambition and vision for the future. But today I was drawn to the word ‘delight’ so I studied it further. I was surprised to discover that in the Hebrew ‘delight’ actually means ‘to be soft, pliable, delicate or sensitive’.  In other words, it’s to keep our hearts soft and tender towards God; sensitive His leading and prompting, pliable to His shaping and transformation.  As we do that, our hearts are conformed to His perfect will.  Our desires and longings become His.  Therefore our requests and prayers are in alignment with His will for us and He will gladly give us what we ask.  Everything is available and attainable through attention and affection.

Psalm 37:4-6

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Psalm 35:9

“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.”

Psalm 37:23-24

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

Psalm 112:1

“Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.”

Moses is Dead

In Joshua 1, God shows up to Joshua and declares, "Moses is dead." This was not news to Joshua. He had just buried Moses and mourned. So why would God tell Joshua something he already knew?

"Moses is dead" is God commanding Joshua to face his current painful reality, leave the past behind, and move forward into the new promises God has for him. Moses was great but he's gone. He's not coming back. It's time to stop trying to hold onto him. It's time to let go of grieving painful losses. It's time to take the funeral clothes off and walk into the future.

In the same way God would say to some of us: "____ is dead. It's time to move on. They may have been so significant, incredibly special and shaped a past season of your life. Therefore honor their memory and build upon their legacy. But don't live in the past. Don't get stuck in your pain, grief or disappointment. Face reality and start stepping into the good future I have for you. My promises still remain. My presence goes with you. My power is available. Take the funeral clothes off. Dress for vour future. Enter the Promised Land."

Deuteronomy 34:5-9

“And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.”

Joshua 1:1-6

“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them - to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses...No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

Promotion and Priorities

As you transition from one level or place to the next, your priorities have to change. New doors opening for you will bring great opportunities but also potential challenges.

You will be saying yes' to some things you may have turned down in the past. But you will also have to say a gentle but firm no' to some things that you would normally have readily agreed to. This will take wisdom, discernment and the courage to risk displeasing some people.

The temptation will to keep saying yes' to both the old routines as well as to the new opportunities. This will cause you expend all your energy on things which are no longer your assignment and leave you with nothing to pour into the new thing God is bringing you into.

Be very careful at this time not over-extend yourself. Create margin and space for God to fill with the new. Don't just add to your life; replace the old with the new. For every yes you will need to say a 'no’.

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Matthew 9:16-17

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

1 Corinthians 5:7

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are.“

Matthew 5:37

“All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

“The old has gone, the new is here!”

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Reconfiguration and Reshaping

I sense that for many people their calling is being reconfigured and reshaped at this time. It’s not that the actual calling itself has changed - it’s just that the way it is lived out or how it is worked out and implemented is going to look different.

We need to get back to the very core of our original calling and strip away all those extraneous things that have been added over time that were never part of the Father’s desire or intention for us. They have, in many cases, become excess baggage which has brought unnecessary burden and diminished the joy of serving the Lord.

The core of the calling is who God made you to be in your soul, it’s your spiritual DNA - the rest has been put there through false expectations of yourself and from others.  Your true calling brings freedom and life.  The rest brings anxiety and exhaustion.

Get back to the heart of who you really are, press into your passion, strip away the excess, and recover the joy which comes from serving Jesus in the way that only you uniquely can.

Romans 11:29

“God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”

Psalm 139:13-16

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Jeremiah 1:4-5

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, [5] “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

1 John 5:3

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

Matthew 11:29-30

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Nehemiah 8:10

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Honor Releases Favor

Honor is the protocol of the Kingdom. Honor is simply the weight, worth or value we assign to someone.It’s how highly we esteem them. Honor means relating to someone according to their God-given identity.

The more we appropriately honor, the more we are able to access and avail of what others carry within them.  On the other hand, dishonour diminishes our ability to fully receive what others have.

Because of the lack of honor shown to Jesus in his home town, we are told, “He could not do any miracles there...”. The lack of honor prevented them from being able to receive all that Jesus had come to give them.  Dishonor shut down something within Jesus; it inhibited the supernatural from being released; it restricted the advance of the Kingdom in their midst.  The limitation was not on Jesus’ capacity to give but on their capacity to receive.

Sometimes honor is more about what we decide than what the other person deserves. Let honor be your standard. Honor will release the favor of God unto your life, it will draw out the best in others and it will position you for Kingdom promotion.

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Mark 6:1-6

“Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What's this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.“

Romans 12:10

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

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Gratitude Gets God’s Attention

Gratitude gets God’s attention.While we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland, I was reflecting today on how important gratitude is to God.When Jesus healed 10 lepers, only one returned to give thanks. Jesus response was: “Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise …”. He was amazed at their lack of gratitude.Then he said to the one who did give thanks, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Think about this. The other 9 had already been healed yet the one who gave thanks was the only one who was told “your faith has made you well.”  In other words, he received a deeper experience of healing and wellness than the other nine.  90% of them missed a special blessing Jesus had reserved for the one with a grateful heart.

I wonder what blessings we miss simply because we take things for granted and fail to give praise for all God has done for us and what He has given us. 

Gratitude is a little thing that can make a big difference in our lives. It is something that we feel, but it also must be expressed in some tangible or verbal way.  Gratitude is also a “gateway” spiritual practice. Psalm 100:4 commands us, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”  In other words, as we seek to encounter God, everything begins with thanksgiving and praise.

Take time today to express your gratitude to God.  You’ll discover that God is drawn to Your thankfulness and a greater miracle than you even hoped for could be made available.

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Luke 17:11-19

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Psalm 100:4

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

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Favor in Unexpected Places

In Joshua 2, when the spies entered the Promised Land they found incredible favor from the most unusual person in an unexpected place. Rehab, a prostitute, the least likely ally, became the greatest source of information and blessing.

Be open that God is going to divinely connect you into relationships with people that you would not naturally be drawn to or have much commonality with. Yet in those relationships you will find favor and resources for the future.

The Father is opening unexpected doors for you right how, He is bringing people into your life, connecting you with individuals and groups, some of whom you might not naturally be inclined towards. He has gone ahead of you and has already prepared the way with people, and in places, that you don't even know about. When God brings you into these relationships it is for His Kingdom purposes. He will give you friends in high places and low places. Your greatest connections won’t always be with the powerful and outstanding, it will also be through the seemingly unexpected and unimportant.

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Joshua 2:1-15

“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho .” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut. Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you..... “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don't tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.” So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.”

Right Thing, Wrong Place

In Judges 6, Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress because of fear of the Midianites. This wasn’t going to be effective or productive as threshing needed to happen on an elevated area so the wind could blow away the chaff.In other words, Gideon was busy doing the right thing - but he was doing it in the wrong place. Therefore he was never going to get the results he wanted.His fear led to futility and frustration.

Many of us are doing the right thing - we are giving it our all, being diligent, pouring ourselves out, trying our hardest - but we are not seeing the results that we long for or expect.  It could be that we are doing the right thing - but we are doing it in the wrong place. This could be because of fear, feeling trapped, insecurity, or the expectations of others - but if you keep doing the same thing the results are never going to change.

Gideon had to come out of hiding and face the enemy head-on to win the victory. Similarly, God is calling you to come out of hiding.  To stop allowing yourself to be controlled by fear.  The enemy looks much more intimidating than he actually is. You already have the victory. Take that step of courage Mighty Warrior, the spoils of battle are yours for the taking.

Judges 6:11-16

“Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior. ”....The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

Get Ready To Go!

As I prayed I saw a picture of a board game we played as kids, Snakes and Ladders (Chutes and Ladders in USA). The board had 100 squares and as you rolled the dice, you moved forward that number. But there were snakes and ladders. If you landed on a snake you slid back 2 or 3 rows.

However if you hit a ladder you skipped a number of rows, rising closer to the top.

I sense God saying that for some of you - it seems like life has been all snakes. You feel like you get so far, and then you get knocked back down. God would say to you - you are about to land on a ladder. You're going to skip some squares. There's acceleration and advancement coming your way. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. Then, in Joshua 1, everything suddenly gets accelerated. 40 years of being stuck, and yet within 3 days they enter their Divine destiny!

God wants to say to some of you today: 'Get ready to go!' Theres a shift about to happenspiritually, emotionally, relationally, in your career, calling, ministry. Get ready.

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Joshua 1:2,11

“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them-to the Israelites. “Go through the camp and tell the people, 'Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.'

Ezekiel 12:25

“But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days...I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Ezekiel 12:28

“Therefore say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.'”

Habakkuk 2:3

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

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Winter is Over

While are we are just entering the winter season in the natural realm, in the spiritual realm I sense the Lord say: WINTER IS OVER!

For many of us, spiritually, emotionally, even physically, it has felt like we have been through a long season of winter in our lives.Perhaps life has just been harder than normal.Relationships have been strained. Money has been tighter. You have felt an unusual heaviness and weariness. There have been disappointments and setbacks. It could be many things, some even hard to define, but what you do know is that it has been tough. And you're tired of it! Winter has lasted so long that it feels like it’s the only season there is.

The Lord would have you know: THE WINTER IS OVER! There has been a Divine shift of seasons in your life.  The clouds are parting.  The sun is breaking through. The temperature is rising.  Like any change of seasons it won’t be instant, but gradually things are starting to change.  Step in to your new season.  You are coming through to the other side.  WINTER IS OVER!

Song of Songs 2:10-13

“My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

It Just So Happened

In the book of Ruth we read, “It just so happened…” (2:3) As we progress through the story we realise that this seemingly insignificant “just so happened” moment changes, not only the life of Ruth and her mother-in-law, but it alters the course of human history.

With God there are never any “just so happened’s”.  Many things might look like coincidence, seem like happenstance, appear to be the result of circumstance - but they are actually God’s providence.  He positions us for purpose in the right places without us even realising it. He brings significant people across our path who move us towards our destiny. He sets up seemingly ‘random’ events that alter the course of our lives.

Ruth’s loyalty, humility and hard work perfectly positioned her to experience God’s perfect providence and attract His abundant provision.  We can’t force the “just so happend” moments in our own lives - but we can posture our hearts in a way that gets God’s attention and attracts His favor.  Humility is an invitation to His intervention.

Ruth 2:3-6,11-12

“So Ruth went out to the fields and walked behind the workers, picking up the heads of grain which they left. It just so happened that she was in a field that belonged to Boaz. Some time later Boaz himself arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the workers. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” they answered. Boaz asked the man in charge, “Who is that young woman?” The man answered, “She is the foreigner who came back from Moab with Naomi. Boaz answered, “I have heard about everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband died. I know how you left your father and mother and your own country and how you came to live among a people you had never known before. May the Lord reward you for what you have done. May you have a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, to whom you have come for protection!”

Matthew 1:1,5-6

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.“

Proverbs 3:34

“He shows favor to the humble...”

Proverbs 18:12

“....humility comes before honor.”

James 4:6

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

1 Peter 5:6

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

Praying From Imagination

The Bible tells us that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...” (Eph 3:20). I believe God wants to take us from ‘asking’ in prayer to ‘imagining’.In other words, to allow our imagination to direct our intercession and declaration.When we simply ‘ask’ it’s normally about things that are realistic, concrete and possible. However when we get into the realm of ‘imagination’ the boundaries are pushed back and our prayers become so much wider, greater, bigger, broader and more expansive.

If you can imagine it in your life, you can pray it for your life.

Stop limiting God by praying small prayers. Stop lowering your expectations to your past experiences or disappointments.  Start to dream. Allow your mind to visualize potential and possibility of how things could be.  Write down your dream list.  Declare it daily as if it’s a present reality.  And remember the Bible says - God is able to do EVEN MORE than you can ever imagine!

Ephesians 3:20

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us....”

Genesis 11:6

“...nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.”

Joel 2:28

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”