Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Let it Go!

I feel like I'm singing the award winning song from the movie, Frozen. Let it go, Let it go... (Sorry, if you don't have kids and don't know what I'm talking about). Actually the let it go I'm referring to is much bigger and more costly than a catchy song from an animated movie. Everyone has been hurt, offended, betrayed and mistreated at some point. Sometimes those wounds are small and easy to move past, but other times, they are deep and take time to heal.
The important thing is that we choose to forgive so that we can open the door to God's forgiveness and healing in our own lives. Mark 11:25 (the Message) says, "And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive - only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins."
Forgiveness is such a powerful tool. Forgiveness sets us free and draws us closer to our heavenly Father. Whenever we pray, remember to invite the Lord to search your heart. Choose to forgive anyone that has hurt you. As you walk in forgiveness, you'll experience His hand of blessing in ways you never thought possible, and you will move forward in the abundant life He has in store for you. That's Good News!

Here is another sample of our current Wednesday night series called:

Matthew 5:6 (NIV)- "God blesses those who hunger and thirst (CRAVE OR DESIRE) for righteousness, for they will be filled."

* A Relationship: BEING RIGHT WITH GOD- Romans 1:17 (NCV)

WE CANT MAKE OURSELVES RIGHTEOUS- Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV); Romans 3:20 (NLT)
GOD SENT JESUS TO PAY FOR OUR SINS-Romans 3:23-25 (NLT); 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT); TITUS 3:5-
ACCEPT BY FAITH WHAT GOD DID FOR ME; Romans 3:22 (NLT); Romans 10:9-10
* A Lifestyle: LIVING IN FAITH AS GOD INTENDED- 1 John 2:29 (Message); Proverbs 12:28


2.       DON'T FILL YOUR LIFE WITH JUNK FOOD- Isaiah 55:1-2



Monday, June 23, 2014

Making Crooked Places Straight

Recently, I drove by the Six Flags theme park outside of Atlanta and visible from the interstate was the Super Mindbender roller coaster. As an elementary school student, just the thought of this ride made me sick to my stomach. As an adult riding by in the car I thought to myself, "Didn't that use to be much bigger?" I guess that's what 30 or 40 years of distance will do for you! I guess the truth is I saw it for what it really was! Not a kid terrifying nightmare but just another fun them park ride. The word acknowledge means just that, "to see things for what they really are." God has much to say about acknowledgement in His Word. He says in Proverbs 3:6, If we'll acknowledge Him in all we do, He promises to go before us and make the crooked places straight. (I encourage you to take a few minutes and look in your concordance at some other things God has to say about acknowledgment.)

   Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT) says,  "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock." That means He will cause the right people to show up. He will open doors that we could not open. He will crown our efforts with success. Acknowledging God isn't something we should just do every once in a while. He should always be on our minds. Think about two people when they are first dating. They are so enthralled with one another that no matter what they are doing, they are thinking about the other person. Well, that's how Isaiah says we should be with God. First thing in the morning when we wake up, we should acknowledge Him, while we're getting ready, while we're driving, and all throughout the day. Let's not allow the distractions of this temporary world to take our focus. Let's be determined to make our relationship with the Father our highest priority. Keep your mind stayed on Him, and He will direct your steps! Good news!

Here is a sample of our current Wednesday night series called, "PEOPLE GOD LIKES TO BLESS"

Luke 10:25-37
MERCY: give to others what is needed not what is deserved
"God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy." -Matthew 5:7

1. BECAUSE GOD HAS SHOWN ME MERCY- Eph. 2:4-5; Matthew 18:33 (NLT)
4. IT CAUSES HAPPINESS- Proverbs 14:21 (TEV)
5. I HELP MYSELF- Proverbs 11:17 (GW)

2. HELP HURTING PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH Proverbs 3:27 (TEV); Romans 12:8
3. FORGIVE THE FALLEN- Ephesians 4:31-32 (CEV)
4. DO GOOD TO OFFENDERS-Luke 6:35-36 (NIV)
5. GIVE UNLIMITED KINDNESS- 1 Timothy 1:13,16; Jude 1:22-23 (GW/NLT)


Thursday, May 8, 2014

He's Mad About You Not Mad At You!

Our Heavenly Father really wants to do great things our lives! So many of us struggle with believing that God desires good things for us. Maybe we grew up being taught that God was mad at us, or maybe we had some bad experiences that shaped our perspective. But the truth is God’s not mad at us today; He’s madly in love with us! That is great news today!!!

In the natural, the more you know someone, the easier it is to believe what they have to say. The same is true with God. The more we know Him, the more we will know His unconditional love. When we open the eyes of our hearts by reading and meditating on His Word, we will clearly see His goodness and the wonderful plan He has for our future. “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitch like darkness]...”(Psalm 13:3, AMP)

I encourage us as a church to seek Him so we can see Him, know Him and trust Him. Let His Word illuminate our hearts so we can see clearly with our eyes of faith. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you so you can find confidence in His love and experience the blessing He has in store for your future! we Started a new series last Wednesday night called, “People God likes to Bless”. Here are some of the notes!

MATTHEW 5:3- “BLESSED are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  (NIV)
“God blesses those who realize their need for him . . .” (NLT)
“. . . who recognize they are spiritually helpless . . .” (GW)
 “. . . who depend only on HIM . . .” (CEV)
 “. . . who know they have great spiritual needs . . .” (NCV)
“The Lord God blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him.” Psalm 146:5 (CEV)



How is your dependence level? Come join us on Wednesdays for encouragement, prayer and worship. Great ministries are happening for kids and youth every Wednesday night. See You on Sunday!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ever Feel Shortchanged?

Paul's writing to the Roman believers is powerful though not easy to digest. Romans 5:3-5 (message) says,  "There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, 4 and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. 5 In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary - we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!" I love this, We are NEVER, EVER, EVER left shortchanged with our Heavenly Father.
It's the end part, "keeping us alert for whatever God will do next" and "we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!", that makes the hard first part, "because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us...", bearable. Along with this great scripture is a great prophetic word I received this week from some ministry colleagues, hope they bless you.

Bill Burns Prophetic Word:
I see where you have camped out.  But, the cloud is moving.  The cloud is going before you, so get up and go with Me, and you will have no regrets.   For, I am leading you to a higher place than you have ever been.  Your discernment in this season will grow greatly, and your ability to seek and find Me will rise to a place that you have never understood.  You will know in your heart, without any doubt, that I am for you and with you.  I am leading you, guiding you, protecting you, and I will provide for you.  Healing will come.  The healing waters will flow.  The flow of the Spirit is increasing in these days.  So, come into agreement with My purposes and come with Me on this journey, says the Lord.
Ask for wisdom in your current dilemma, and I will show you how to proceed.  I will reveal pieces of the puzzle that you have not yet considered, says the Lord.  Trust Me to take you in a proper progression so that nothing is lost, stolen or destroyed that is still of value.  My ways always bring life and liberty to all concerned.  Be strong and persevere.  



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Finding the Happiest place on Earth

Today I declare that a shift is coming. Whatever you need — a shift in your health, a shift in your finances, or a shift in a relationship. It may not look like anything is happening in the natural, but we serve a supernatural God. He’s about to breathe in your direction in a new way! The enemies you have seen in the past, you will see no more. The addictions or bad habits that have held you back are being broken in Jesus’ name. God’s favor is being released in a new way that will propel you forward. What should have taken you 40 years to accomplish, God is going to do in a split second!

The shift is acceleration. The shift means going beyond where you could go on your own. The shift is seeing Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond. Now our attitude should be, “God, I’m ready. I’m taking the limits off of You. I’m enlarging my vision. I may not see a way, but I know You have a way. I declare I’m coming into a shift!”

Job 22:28 says it this way, “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.”

Blessings, PK

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Prayer of Blessing for the Mercy's Redemptive Gift

I bless you and honor you for your special place as the most complex and most sensitive of the gifts.  You are the crown jewel of God’s creation.  The apostle John is the model for your gift, with his intimate and confidential relationship with Jesus.

I bless you for your safety for those who are wounded.  You tend to attract people who are having mental and emotional distress.  I bless your initiative toward wounded ones.  You know who is feeling rejected, excluded or wounded.  People, even strangers, can safely share their pain.  You can touch a grieving heart with your quick release of tears.

I bless your deep power of compassion, the most healing of all human emotions.  A biblical model for what mercy does is the Good Samaritan, who was sensitive and responsive to the needs of the wounded man when other travelers passed by on the other side.  He identified with the man who fell among thieves.  He had courage to translate caring into practical action.  He did what he did because he was the man that he was.

I bless your loyalty to those you love.  You are quick to take up the offenses of family and friends when they are rejected or mistreated.  You draw away from those who are insensitive to others.

I bless your ability to sense genuine love.  You have a large number of acquaintances and people who enjoy you, but you may have only a few close intimate friends.  I bless your need for deep friendships in which there is mutual commitment and closeness.  You have great expectations from friendships and can be deeply hurt by disappointments in friends.  Jesus is your only Friend who will never disappoint.

I bless the totally different language that you speak, the language of the heart that is sometimes too deep for logic or for words.  I bless you as you try to speak the language that your spirit does not have vocabulary for.  I bless how you can recognize and capture God’s presence in the ordinary events of everyday life.  You see the beauty in the smallest things.  You take time to smell the roses and appreciate unplanned moments of goodness.  You communicate so much with your eyes, your touch, and your attention.  You are frustrated when others don’t understand this.  You don’t like people to try to re-engineer you into being something you are not.

I bless your desire for closeness.  You measure acceptance by physical closeness and quality time together.  You crave intimacy of soul, physical touch, hugs, communication, and contact.  God designed you for intimacy in body, soul, and spirit.  He will make a way for its holy and righteous expression by his grace.

I bless you with God’s perspective on pain.  Without his perspective, you can see no spiritual benefit to pain and suffering.  When you avoid pain, the discipline of God may be wasted, because he builds righteousness and maturity through the discipline of pain.  You may react to God’s purposes in allowing people to suffer, and you want to remove the cause of pain quickly.  I bless you to keep your eye on the joy set before you:  to share in his holiness, a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who are trained by discipline, by pain, by struggle.

I bless you to turn to God for comfort when you are hurting.  You can be sensitive, easily inured by the words and actions of others.  You have a hard time healing from injury and processing and expressing what you are feeling.  Others say to you, “Just get over it.”  This lack of understanding can cause you to withdraw and shut down.  I bless you to pursue God of all comfort and Father of mercies, who will move into the pain and minister life where healing is needed. 

I bless you with healthy, God-ordained boundaries.  You can become a burden-bearer for burdens God does not intend you to bear, if you absorb pain from people who want to dump their pain on you.  You don’t have to absorb everybody’s burdens.  Jesus daily bears your burdens.  His yoke is easy, and his burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).  Trust him to help you process emotions.  I bless you to breathe deeper, live more freely, and connect more with people and God as you refuse to carry unholy burdens.

I bless your decision-making processes.  You tend to be slow to make transitions based on emotional processing.  It’s not wrong; it’s uniquely you.  You do not like change; you require longer to disengage emotionally and re-engage in the next thing.  I bless you as you let God take you through this process in his time.

I bless your ability to experience life differently.  God wired you to operate intuitively.  You feel the heart of God and make significant decisions based on your heart.  That is your God-given appropriate language.  I bless you for connecting with your heart and putting the other gifts in touch with processing that is spirit to spirit.  You hear from God but have difficulty explaining the “why.”  The first six gifts typically hear God with their mind in a linear, logical way, but you hear and understand God with your spirit before your mind can explain what your spirit heard.  I bless you to be free to say, “I don’t know how I know.  I just know.  I don’t have words.”

I bless you to represent God in tough love.  You hate to confront anybody.  You may find it hard to be firm and decisive because you don’t want to offend.  You tend to avoid decisions and firmness until not deciding will cause greater hurt.  When you are operating below the maximum of your gifting, you may bless what is broken or even sinful.  An enabler will sympathize with those who violate God’s standards to preserve the feelings of others.  I bless your design by God to be absorbed in his holiness so that there is no way to enable brokenness or sinfulness.

You do not like to take sides or choose between two people.  You may be seen as indecisive, because you do not want to hurt anybody or say they are wrong.  Your highest authority will come when you are so aligned with God’s perspective that you can appeal to those in sin and encourage them to come into alignment with God.  Your model is Jesus who only did what he saw his Father doing.  I bless you as you embrace your responsibility to see that which is clean and complete and aligned with God and bless others to raise the standard. 

I bless you to let Father God re-father you and show you who you really are.  Let him heal your wounds of earthly fathering and authorities.  I bless you to let your heavenly Father establish you in your spirit.  I bless you to be deeply fathered by him, until there is no fear, insecurity, or roots of rejection or abandonment, so that you have freedom, wholeness, willingness to risk, inclusion, and belongingness.  I bless you to step into your proper place in your heavenly Father, so you can live out your birthright.

Your spirit is not meant to be passive or to allow injustice.  I bless you to win the battle against the victim mindset that attracts infirmity, financial devouring, physical abuse, sexual assault, or dishonor.  You are a covenant child of the Most High God.  You have dignity, honor, authority, and a special place in God’s dominion.  I bless you to rise up and live in all that you are in God.

You dislike and avoid warfare until you are pushed into a corner.  When you see the pain others suffer, you can be drawn into spiritual warfare as a last resort.  You are intended to master the art of worship as warfare.  I bless you as you lift up the glory of God, his power, his miracles, and his works, his names, reminding all the heaven, earth and hell that we serve God Most High.  That is a radical disruption of the powers of evil around you.

I bless your creativity that raises the water table of the spiritual life of your faith community.  You are drawn to the arts that allow you to express your love of God or vent the pain you feel or say visually what you do not have words for.  Your sensitive spirit can express prayer, praise, reflection, peace, forgiveness, or reconciliation and connect them with the five senses.  You appreciate creative expression and beauty in the spiritual life of the church.

Your spirit knows you are made to worship.  You seek the face of God in intimacy.  You are called to fulfillment by connecting with the Spirit of God and easily going into his presence to absorb his holiness and glory and bring others there.  You can release the holiness of the glory of God into the world, and I bless you as you impart the blessing of presence and alignment to people, land, the environment, and buildings.  I bless you to absorb the holiness of God in the holy of holies, and then release the blessing of his holiness and to align that which is crooked or warped. 

On the seventh day God aligned, sanctified, and celebrated everything he had already made.  You celebrate the rightness of everything God has done and is doing.  You know what right alignment is when all the pieces are in their right place.  You are right to feel in your spirit that there is something more.  I bless your innate knowing that there is another dimension of beauty, excellence, and perfection where everything is so right it resonates in heavenly keys and rhythms.  I bless you with moving toward alignment in the spirit realm where the spirit brings out the best of the soul, and the spirit and the soul are releasing the finest of what the body can do.  That is your birthright.

I bless you with becoming the guardian of God’s alignment with your blessing of presence.  I bless you as God releases you into the fullness of who you were made to be-knowing your Father, blessing others, and releasing holiness to their spirits.  You are called to be large-spirited.  I bless you with authority and dominion in the community of the spirit.  I bless you in the name of the 7-fold Spirit of the true and living God, Amen.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blessing Prayer for the Ruler

I bless your leadership call to organize and administer social units, groups of people, and resources.  Your maximum leadership quotient is based on God’s gifting, being submitted to God’s law, and being life-giving to those around you.  I bless you as an implementer who takes a vision and effectively implements a plan from incremental steps.  You know the resources available and needed to reach a goal.  You can visualize the final result of a major undertaking by a group, and at the same time break down major goals into smaller achievable tasks for individuals, as Nehemiah did.  I bless how you pull together a group based on loyalty to own a problem together.  You need loyalty and confidence from those who are being directed and served.

I bless your strength of seeing the opportunity to use imperfect, broken people and position them to draw the best out of them without letting their brokenness damage the whole.  I bless how you position others for success while minimizing their weaknesses that could hinder a project.  You can overlook character faults and woundedness, inexperience, immaturity in people who otherwise have valuable skills to offer in reaching the goal.  I bless you for bringing out of people the very best that they can contribute to the whole group.

I bless your ability to know what you should and should not delegate to others.  You can orchestrate the details by delegating, and you do not involve yourself in details in order to focus on the ultimate goal.

I bless your ability to thrive under pressure and also to motivate people to do more than they think they can do.  I bless how you challenge people to go beyond anything they have done before, but you are sensitive to know when you are putting other people under too much pressure.  Jesus has given you the life-giving treasure of himself in you with which to be life-giving, even when you are expecting people to go beyond where they have ever been.

God has given you the gift of being task-oriented, focused on the objective.  I bless your ability to endure reaction from insiders and outsiders to reach higher envisioned goal, as you appropriately balance suggestions, appeals, and valid complaints of those on the team.  I bless you to be totally in tune with God and doing what he says to do.  You do not need the affirmation of other people when you’ve heard from God.  You can receive your vindication from God and wait a long time for it.  Your example is Jesus, who was willing to be humbled and accepted the reviling of others to bring freedom to the world.  He endured the scorn, despising the shame (Hebrews 12:2), when sinful men tortured him and crucified him, thus bringing salvation to us.

Some will not appreciate the work that you are doing or the way you are doing it.  Some will resist and resent you, and others will be jealous of you.  I bless you to carry on, because God has designed you to be less influenced by public opinion than most.  You can endure opposition and criticism by those over, under, and around you.  I bless you to press on when people who should support you don’t.

I bless you as you inspire and encourage a team through cheerfulness, approval, praise, challenge, personal sensitivity, and nurture.  I bless you to give explanation to each strategic part of individual roles in the big picture.  Everybody needs to know that their role is vital, even indispensable, and where their contribution fits into the overall scheme.  I bless you to not overlook individual needs of workers and not to view them as resources, as pieces on a chessboard to accomplish goals or tasks.  I bless you to shepherd people.  It is a beautiful part of being a ruler when you see your call to shepherd the people who are involved in the organization or objective at hand.

I bless your independence in a positive way.  You have no welfare mentality.  You don’t look to others for solutions.  You are not into blame, either yourself or others.  I bless your strength of figuring out how to fix it when something goes wrong.  You are willing to own problems and accomplish the task rather than wasting time blaming and assigning fault.

I bless you with a singleness of heart and the ability to focus on what God has called you to do.  The result of your godly work is disproportionate to investment of resources.  The example of Nehemiah is your heritage as a ruler.  You get results that are beyond brilliant administrative skills when you are partnering with God, doing the main thing or the one thing he has called you to do.

I bless how you see the open door God places before you and use inadequate resources to accomplish extraordinary things.  This is how God made you, and it brings him pleasure when you accomplish that. When you are following God, at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, God’s grace is upon you to find resources that others don’t see and weave them together for a hugely disproportionate impact.  Your Father is pleased when you do the impossible, so that he gets the glory when the only explanation for it is “God was in it.”  He is tapping deep into what he placed within you, and your Father delights in watching you in operation.  That is his great joy.
I bless you to pursue the full range of dominion that God intended for you.  You are so gifted and talented in the natural, that it would take two lifetimes to do everything you are good at.  You look at anything and want to make it bigger and better.  Beware of the danger of success, when you are talented and gifted enough to succeed on your merits.  Your success can become a trap as you camp out on success when God wants you to partner in the spiritual realm and do the supernatural, and accomplish what only God can do.

I bless your diversity.  You have your finger in many pies, and you do it with great skill and grace.  You seem to be good at everything you touch.  You organize and you lead.  You see opportunities and possibilities.  There are things you may do that will bring you pleasure and leave a legacy in your community.  Nevertheless, the good is the eternal enemy of the best.  Sometimes you can settle for man’s plans and fall short of God’s design.  Jesus is your model, as he finished the one thing his Father sent him to do (John 17:4).  On the cross Jesus said, “It is finished.”  He got the key thing done.  There is no greater satisfaction at the end of the day or of a lifetime, than to know that you have glorified your Father by doing exactly what he wanted you to do.  I bless you to find your greatest fulfillment there, as his kingdom will be extended, and the world will be changed for generations to come.

A potential weakness of your gift is compromise, settling for what is OK instead of God’s best.  That is not God’s highest and best for you.  God designed you for living in righteousness, holiness, and life-giving.  On these values you stand or fall.  I bless you to use the moral authority that comes from submitting to God as the basis of your authority.  Where you have integrity, you will have spiritual authority, greater influence, and everything necessary to lead people.  As you do that, your moral and spiritual authority will grow and you will give life to your community as the righteous leader God wants you to be.

I bless your joy and fulfillment in seeing all the parts come together in a finished product.  Hebrews 12 says that for the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross where he paid in full the total legal penalty for sin.  Because of that finished work on the cross, we have freedom.  I bless you to live in freedom and fight for freedom for others.  I bless you in the principle of freedom that is the fruit of effectively weaving together resources, principles, and blessings to move toward your birthright.  I bless you in the fullness of your calling to show the world what freedom can be.

I bless your God-given authority in a high level of generational anointing.  You desire to impart generational blessings.  God’s call is for you to concern yourself with the spirit realm in your family, purging and cleansing the generational lines and building a generational blessing and heritage for the generations after you.  Your birthright is to invest in a community of faith and to cleanse others from the defilement coming down from their ancestors, to build a deposit of blessing that will carry them for generations after you leave.  I bless you as you step into the greatness that God has called you to and become passionate about cleansing your spiritual line and building a spiritual heritage for your physical and spiritual need.  You were made to leave a great spiritual heritage as you accrue a high level of spiritual dominion over spiritual issues and pass on to your physical and spiritual offspring generational blessings that will pursue them all their days.

I bless you with expanding your thinking about our gift.  It is more than dominion over people as of a leader of organizations.  That is a portion of your birthright, but that is not the original mandate of God.  Based on the sixth day of creation, God designed you for dominion over the animal kingdom, although you have not lived it yet.  Your birthright is to set the spiritual dynamic of the day and to call the right living creatures to do the right thing, whether in motion, or sound, or color, etc.  You may be nowhere near there yet, but I bless you with releasing what God has placed in you that has been carried for hundreds of generations since Adam and Eve without seeing its full expression.  I bless you in your generation with unleashing the power that God has placed in creation.  I bless you with living in the original blessing that God gave to you, son of Adam and son of the Second Adam.

As a ruler you may not have developed in your capacity for fathering and leading the human spirit.  On the sixth day of creation God created the human spirit and placed it in the first man.  The spirit is the righteous domain of the ruler, not just command and power and control.  I bless you as you grow and become accomplished in your spiritual DNA of leading the spirits of others.  I bless your capacity for fathering the human spirit, for knowing when to build and when to war, that comes with your gift.  You are called to know more about how to guide, lead, shape, and use the spirit, as well as the soul.  I bless your call to father by nurturing the human spirit, not just the soul.  I bless you in your challenge to understand the spirit as profoundly as you understand the soul.  I bless you as you nurture your spirit and rely on the power of heaven to supplement what you can do in the natural.

Mobilize the spirits of people – leading, grouping, deploying their spirits. Create the synergy of one person’s spirit with another, of one team’s spirit with another team’s spirit.  You were made to father the spirit, not just the soul.  I bless you as you understand how to bless the human spirit for the good of the kingdom of God.  I bless you as you live in your anointing to nurture the human spirit and weave together a human community based on oneness of spirit, not common goals for the soul.  When the spirit is dominant, it draws out the best of the soul.  The soul operates at a better level when it is under the leadership of the spirit.  I bless you to use the resources of the spirit and the resources of heaven in fathering the next generation.