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20 entries from January 2013

Where the Enemy Attacks Us

My friends, how has your week been? Did God speak to your heart about who you are to Him? Did you discover more lies the enemy has craftily embedded into your life? That last week I have sense God’s plans for this SUM community more strongly than ever before. He is getting us ready, the next step is coming and He wants us ready, willing and able! Our Great Redeemer is equipping us for victory and it is so exciting to watch and see how is working in all of us! This week I want you to see where the enemy attacks us and the truth that sets and keeps us free. Be sure to read to the end because I have something special for you to do. I promise, it’s really cool and so very much the heart of God for you. 1.Our Body (Physically and our Emotions): Food... Read more →

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It's Safe Inside of "This" House

Hi Everyone, I have so much to share with you that I feel like I’m going to bust open. Firstly, those of you who have already registered for the conference and those who are considering going and have written to me, I’m just doing the Snoopy Dance to know that I will meet you face-to-face, this side of heaven. This conference is going to be so filled with God’s presence that I’m expecting healing of hearts, marriages, and physical bodies. Dineen and I are committed to lay our hands on you and pray with you if that is what you want and need. Even if we stay up all night long in order to do so. If you have registered, email me so I know you are attending. Second, do you remember Maria who I met at the conference at Bethel. She and I spent 15 minutes talking that day... Read more →

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Why The Tormentors Come

Well it’s been a riveting series so far. I have prayed for all of you who left your lies at the foot of the cross on Monday. Thank you for your courage and for defeating the enemy’s power in your life. Stay diligent and work to place God’s truth into your lives, hearts and minds. The demons are relentless and will try to come back. Take every thought captive immediately. Say out loud again, I reject that lie in the name of Jesus. I believe I am a child of the Most High God. His truth is my truth. I will obey Him. I will trust Him. I know I am loved, valued, and I have authority over all demons, their works and effects. In Jesus name and by His blood. Amen Okay there’s another area where believers can sign over their authority and become captives. This is also an... Read more →

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You Are Invited - Conference Announcement

Scroll down to read today's post It's coming. Something that will transform your life. Something that will transform your marriage. Something we only dreamed about and only God could do. Join us, Lynn and Dineen, for this very special event! Saturday, April 6th from 9 am to 3 pm Friday Evening Meet & Greet April 5th 6:30- 8:30 pm Christ the King Lutheran Church • 3803 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. • Kingwood, Texas Click here for more information. We are expecting God to show up and show off. We are praying for transformed marriages, healing of hearts, freedom for the captives and to step together into this amazing journey of living in His fathomless love, joy and peace and His amazing grace. Expects some laughs, a ton of friendship, meaningful teaching and the power of the Holy Spirit to be received in your life. We can't wait to hug necks,... Read more →

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How the Enemy Targets Us

My dear friends, I want you to know that I am praying for you all through this series. I truly sense God is moving us to new places, to take new territories in our lives and regain territories we have lost too. Last week I talked about the enemy’s tactics, namely his attempts to keep us fearful and ineffective. Lynn’s post on Monday brilliantly showed us how the enemy uses lies to keep us in these places of defeat. Again, it’s all lies! This week I want to show you how the enemy targets us. Let’s go back to Matthew 4 and read the first eleven verses. I’ve bolded some key areas that I want you to pay attention to: 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The very first thing I want to point out will probably be the... Read more →

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Can A Christian Be Oppressed?

It started in a garden… Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” People were given authority over the entire planet. And when Adam and Eve sinned they literally gave away their authority. They believed another master and surrendered their authority. It took Jesus and his death on the cross to take back this authority for mankind. Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. My friends, ALL AUTHORITY. Jesus has... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Walking in Freedom

My friends, this last week has been amazing! If you haven't read the posts and comments, please take the time to read and pray and soak in what God is doing right here in this amazing community of believers! The words and prayers are so precious and encouraging. God has big plans for us, dear ones. I just sense that deep in my heart and in my spirit. He sees our willing hearts and hunger for Him and He's honoring us in ways we have yet to even see. I'm so excited over this and what He's doing and putting together. Prepare to be blown away! And as we've talked about this week, our enemy wants to undo us, especially as we seek God more passionately and walk with Him more closely. But as Chris Thomlin sings in this song below, whom shall we fear? Nothing planned against us will... Read more →

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Terrorist Training Boot Camp

Welcome to the training ground my friends. Today we are getting started with basic training. The fundamentals. And we are working our way up to an exercise that will blow your mind and bring about freedom. Let’s get started. Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. How do we know who is a captive and who is a prisoner??? I wonder if you are like me. I’ve been in conversations where for some crazy reason we get into the discussion about demons and ultimately there is a debate over this question. “Can a Christian be demon possessed?” Well, I think that’s entirely the wrong question. And I can tell you that... Read more →

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Know Your Enemy's Tactics

Before we dive into the deeper waters of spiritual warfare, I feel led (and have for weeks for this series) to help you have a better understanding of what spiritual warfare is and what place is has in our lives. For years I lived in a place of fear in regards to the enemy. I’d dabbled with some of the occult as a teen without a Christian upbringing or someone to explain to me that God is bigger and more powerful and always will be. As I stepped into faith I began to learn and understand this truth, to understand that God is in complete control, even of satan and the extent of his evil plans (i.e. what he’s allowed to do. The book of Job is a good example), but I still worked and prayed from a place of fear in dealing with the enemy. One of the biggest... Read more →

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Welcome To The Terrorist Training Camp

On this bright and crisp Monday morning where it is colder here in Temecula (So California) than Chicago, I WELCOME YOU. I also welcome the FBI who likely will be reading this series because their computers have just detected a blog using the words “Terrorist Training Camp.” Hi Guys!!! Yep, that’s us. For the next few weeks, as long as God leads, we are jumping into some serious warfare training. I am so tired of the devil and his minions terrorizing the children of God. Fed Up! It’s time for the children of God to take back their authority and it’s our time to be doing the terrorizing. We, the believers, are NOT going to live in fear of the enemy. God’s word is filled, filled -I tell you, with every good word and truth to expose the enemy, to release us from fear, give us deliverance, and power over... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — Thank You, Rosheeda!

My friends, many of us spent this last week fasting and praying under the guidance of our dear friend, Rosheeda Lee. Ro has led this yearly fast for four years now and each year is different and phenomenal! If you didn't get to participate, don't worry! We plan to do this again in the next several months. I know I'm looking forward to that as well since I didn't get to do the whole week. And once a year just isn't enough. So today, ask God for blessings for Ro. She has been part of our community from almost the very start and is now an integral part of this ministry. Ro also manages our Twitter page, something we desperately needed help with. Love how God put that together. I prayed for help and she emailed asking, "God said I need to help. What can I do?" Seriously! I kid... Read more →

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What Will You Take With You From This Fast?

Receive the Holy Spirit ***Before we get to what God has for us today, I just want you to know intensely special this week has been for me. I cherish the opportunity to serve this ministry in this way every year. I know the power and might of the God we serve for myself and it is my greatest passion that others know it too. My heart has cried out as I completed today's post because I KNOW how hard it is to keep going. I KNOW how hard it is to trust God and to really truly take Him at His word when everything and everyone - including my own self - says to just let go and walk away. I have seen God start keeping promises this week that I have been praying for ten years. I have seen His faithfulness start to manifest in such a way... Read more →

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Day Four - The Power and Humility of A Fast

I Give You My Life Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, When we accepted salvation, we accepted the call to die. The kind of death that would allow God to live in and shine through us. The kind of death that would give us new life. REAL life. We accepted death understanding that through our death to ourselves, we would also find a re-birth as glorious as the one Christ experienced when he was resurrected. I know it's daunting, this thing of dying, but really ya'll. Membership has its privileges. The cost is... Read more →

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Day Three - The Call

Lord, I Accept Your Call 2 Samuel 5:1-2 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.’” There is so much here... God called David to leadership, and had him walking in that call even before the throne was free for him to be seated. He was leading those God called him to shepherd even before Saul was dethroned. The Lord spoke to David even before it came to pass, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.' God asked David to accept the call even before the people that he was called to... Read more →

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Community Fast - Day Two

Lord, I Surrender The Rules 2 Corinthians 3:6 ...who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. When I read it here's how my heart interpreted it: God you have done a new thing and You have made me someone you call worthy to be part of it. It's not about keeping the rules, it's about knowing Your heart; the rules rob us of truth, but the heart gives us life because it gives us real intimacy with You. So much power and such a confidence booster! Ya'll, God doesn't want us to be rule-followers. He wants us to be Abba-Seekers, lovers of Him. He picked us! He made us worthy to go the distance with Him. There need be no fear, no worry. Not if we will just choose Him.... Read more →

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Day One of a Fasting Community

I Surrender My Will, Oh Lord Psalms 119:5 Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes! So much in such a short verse. I read it and was so stunned at how directly it spoke to my heart and what I believe is the Father's heart for us ultimately in this journey. In my mind, I translate it this way: I want the way that I live my life to reflect true obedience to Your Word. That really is the prayer of my heart, for myself and for you. This surrender is the first step in being prepared for what lies ahead. Begin today to give up your will for the greater will of the One who loves you endlessly. It will open your heart to accept what He wants to reveal to you. Oh Abba, How we worship You. We adore You, Holy One. We love... Read more →

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A Week of Preparation

A Week of Preparation The word that God has given me for this week is 'prepare'. When I first heard it in my spirit, I thought, "Ok Lord. What are you trying to tell me?" Well, He didn't answer the way I expected but that one word just kept resting in my spirit. Prepare. So I started meditating and asking for clarity and looking for scripture. Lemme just tell you, the thoughts that came to my heart were so unexpected and so pertinent - especially for this community of believers at this time. That's what I want to share with you today. To 'prepare'. To make ready in advance. That says to me that we are to be looking forward to what lies ahead and to position ourselves (or allow ourselves to be positioned) to navigate the new territory that's comin' our way. In all my reading, two passages of... Read more →

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Weekend Worship — His Glory Appears

This song from Hillsong brings me to tears at it's tenderness and truth. It's hauntingly beautfiul. And it's the perfect way to begin worshiping our sweet Jesus this weekend as we get ready for our week of fasting and praying. Be sure to come back tomorrow and read Rosheeda's post to get us ready for next week. It's AWESOME! You really don't want to miss this one! My friends, I love you with the heart and passion of Jesus! I'm so incredibly grateful to be on this journey (especially this week!) with you! Dineen Read more →

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Self-Love And The Battle At Hand

As we leap into 2013 and prepare for the series on Spiritual Warfare, I want to set the tone for that study. In December we spent some time talking about the love of God. We talked about moving our relationship into deep intimacy. (Read Can You Pray "Good Morning Daddy?”) What I have come to understand is that to move with effectiveness in the spiritual realms requires confidence. We must have confidence in who we are in the eyes of Christ. We must love ourselves. We must “like” ourselves and love who we are and view our lives as God sees us. Now I know that is easy to type, “Grasp who you are in Christ and live it.” But how do we move past our past, get over our hurts and insecurities to see ourselves as royalty instead of a pauper? That is the question. I know for some... Read more →

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Welcome to 2013!

For the last month I've started praying for words for myself and my family and specific Scriptures to go with them. In the past my words for the year have come in the quietness of my prayers and in the tenderizing of my heart by God's gracious hand. But this year's word has shown up like a horn blasting loud and long into the darkness, my friends, and I truly believe it's not just for me. God has big plans for us this year and is calling us to walk with Him on a journey to know Him more deeply and more powerfully in our lives. That word blasting in my heart and mind is WORSHIP. I type it in all caps because that is how I "see" it. It is bold and large and loud—a call for us to seek God as never before. I am not saying this... Read more →

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