Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:10-12
My friends, today I want to encourage to continue to stand strong in your faith, marriage and family; to be patient with how God is leading and moving you forward in your spiritual gifts and trust Him in that process; and to desire above all else His presence and to rest in Him.
Right now I'm reading Daniel and Revelations side by side and see more and more how our battles really are in the spiritual realm more than we realize. Thus why we must stand firm in Jesus. He is our strength, our rest and our unending source of hope. And hope is crucial to perseverance. Amen? Amen!
Over at our Mismatched & Thriving site, author Cynthia Ruchti shares an encouraging word about hope for those surviving the fallout of people's choices. She has graciously offered two copies of her book, Ragged Hope, to our SUM community. Leave a comment over at her post, HOPE RUSH, to enter the drawing for a copy (leaving one here doesn't count. LOL!)
Also, Lynn and I are blogging once a month with ChooseNOW Ministries. Click HERE to read our first post there.
And finally, dear friends, I pray your weekend is full of love and hope, I pray that the extreme GOODNESS of our Lord manifests constantly in your lives, and I pray that the Holy Spirit fills you to overflowing and floods your home with His constant presence. I love this community so much and am praying for each of you.
My friends, on Wednesday I left you with my story about a young man Tyler who prayed over me. I want to talk more about the purpose of prophesy in the church down the road, but for now please check out 1 Corinthians 14:3 which says that prophesy is for edification and exhortation and consolation. I describe it as having a word of insight and/or encouragement for another person that is from Jesus given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Ever give an encouraging word to a friend that you just knew in your heart was God’s truth for them? And when you told them, they lit up like a kid on Christmas morning? That’s giving a prophetic word to someone that’s intended to encourage and restore hope. (And don’t confuse prophets with the prophetic gift. You can walk in this gift and not be a prophet. They don’t go hand in hand.)
Now on to more of my Bethel story.
I woke up with great anticipation of what our last day at Bethel would bring. When I did a quick check of my email, this verse was waiting for me:
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. — Psalm 37:7
I knew in my spirit that God was telling me to expect His move, because just a few weeks ago in a simple moment of daily activity, He had spoken to me that my anointing was coming. I had no idea what that meant, but had wondered if it might happen at Bethel.
Now as I read that verse again, I sensed that today would be the day. But I wondered, doubted at times too. Had I heard Abba’s still soft voice? And what did Abba have in store for me?
We found our seats for the day’s events and wound up sitting behind two gentlemen, Matt and Marcus. As the day progressed we were blessed to learn more about these two men, who said that God sent them to various churches to pray over and encourage people. Matt shared a story that was absolutely stunning.
The year before he’d gone to the healing rooms at Bethel to be prayed over. He said the woman praying over him had her hands on his chest and when she took them away, her hands were covered in oil! Then she put her hands on his head and began to shake. She startled back and asked him, “Who are you?!”
After hearing this amazing story we asked them to pray over us and Matt jumped to it so quickly I could barely keep up. This guy prayed with fire and conviction! I can’t remember everything Matt prayed because it was so POWERFUL! He prayed anointings over Lynn and I and over this community and this ministry.
Through the day I kept thinking of that verse and wondering what Abba had in mind. Then it happened. During the worship session I felt God’s power come down on me. My lungs felt like they’d taken residence in my throat as I tried to catch my breath.
And I heard, “Your anointing is here.”
My friends, Abba intends that we walk in His anointings of power and the spiritual gifts He has for us. Look at what 2 Corinthians 1:21 says:
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
Amazing, isn’t it? I don’t understand all of it yet, but I believe it’s part of the prophetic gift God has given me and the oil of joy, which I’m still researching and and grasping. (Check out Psalm 45:7 and Isaiah 61:3.)
The next day I recorded as much as I could remember. I got to the part about Matt and Markus and suddenly felt the Holy Spirit kind of move over me. Hard to explain but with it came the thought that Matt and Marcus were like Matthew and Mark, apostles called to share the Good News and encourage the early churches. Somehow I knew that meant something.
A few days after we got back, Lynn emailed Marcus and mentioned my “crazy” thought. He wrote back that his actual given name is Mark Andrew! God is such a blast. I do believe that these two men carry the anointing of the disciples of the past, Matthew and Mark. I don’t know how I know it, but I do. There was no doubt about the power of God resting on these two men, that’s for sure. My friends, we (that means you too!) were prayed over by Matthew and Mark! :-)
So what did this all lead to? Something astonishing that I never expected. I will finish that story next week. Hang with me. This one may just rock you as much as it rocked me. It’s a story that started with tears, which led to a prophetic declaration, another round of tears and then PEACE! Abba is so good!
Can’t wait to share all that with you, my friends. In the meantime, keep asking Jesus what He has for you. He may ask you to give Him something first, like your spouse, your full heart, or maybe a stronghold that He’s desperate to see you free from. He came to set us free (Galatians 5:1), so He will not let us stay in those places—He wants us free! And the more you let go of that stuff, the more room you make in your heart and spirit for His Holy Spirit to fill you up and overflow—and that’s what changes lives and the atmosphere right in our own homes.
Right now, the abundant life waits for all of us—a life full of Jesus’ power, love and presence. It’s yours to claim and pursue, SUMites. Are you willing?
It’s Monday. The Labor Day holiday here in America so many
of you are away from your home and computer. But when you check in on Tuesday,
I don’t want you to be out of the loop. Beginning tomorrow, our community is
going to have a week of prayer and a day of fasting (fast is on Thursday). Tuesday through Friday with our week culminating on Saturday in
But for the next four days we are going to pray specifically
for ourselves. This is not a typical prayer focus as we are Prayer Warriors so
often for others. Our spouse, children, our church, neighbors, the world.
However, starting tomorrow we will spend time specifically focused on praying
for our needs and our soul. We will spend time just soaking in God’s Presence.
My sincere hope for this week is that we experience a fresh
anointing of the Holy Spirit’s power, authority and His lavish love. And
secondly that we have a breakthrough in some personal area where we struggle. I
know for me, I have a GIANT thorn in my life; I’m specifically seeking healing
This community will be fasting on Thursday. A daytime fast.
Sunrise to Sunset. To seek God and achieve that breakthrough. This Thursday is
Rosh Hashanah and I will be talking about why that is significant in our
evangelical faith. (Look up the sunrise and sunset times in your area)
Get ready. Fall is approaching. Kids are back in school. The
holidays will be here before we know what hit us. This week is the beginning of
a beautiful season and a time when we can grow personally in our love
relationship with Jesus and with others.
Lord, anoint this time. Give us a fresh Holy Spirit fire in
our hearts. Help us to pray with passion for our personal breakthroughs and
pray for our personal healing and to seek Your Heart with new passion. Lord,
teach us to pray so that when we speak, the heavens rattle in reply and
activity because we asked for action on this earth. Lord, let us be those who
bring Your Kingdom to earth. Let our prayers this week change the atmosphere in
our homes, workplaces and everywhere. Let people who are around us perceive we
are different and give us courage to share with them, why we are different.
Fill us to overflowing with love so we love You more and
love people. In your Son’s name, our King Jesus. Amen.
I love you. I really love you and deeply care for your
heart, your spirit, your marriage and family. Hugs, Lynn
PS. For those of you who are new to SUM, this is a taste of our week of prayer and fasting that we have every year in January. There are so many wonderful things about our community and this is one of my favorites. *smile*
I’m ordinary. I’m a mom, a wife, a weekend gardener and a
follower of Jesus. I’m a believer who is sold out for my Papa, Daddy and I
refuse to live lifeless Christianity any longer. I believe the Bible. Every
I love people and like flowers. I see God’s face in nature. Every…. single….. day…. I hear His voice and I live on the edge because God
likes surprises and He still training me. I refuse to live a comfortable faith
because that JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH anymore. I am in His army and I’ve been
bloodied but I’ve also watch God move in the supernatural that leaves me
undone. ON THE FLOOR…. undone.
Children are God’s best gift in life. And I believe in
marriage and as a follower of Jesus I can THRIVE in my marriage, parenting and
live a life of joy and abundance--God’s abundance.
I am a woman who prays with real belief and passion asking for more
love to love my God and His people and to especially love the un-lovely in my sphere
I’m a bit zany, ask Dineen! And I have blonde moments. But, I KNOW my Lord and He knows me. I love fall leaves and
Fantasy Football, and also my whacky dog, Peanut. I can’t wait to get up in the
morning to see what adventures my Daddy has instore for me.
Life is full. It’s sometimes pain. It’s often puzzling and
yet absolutely astonishing because I spend it with Jesus.
I’ve seen feathers falling from the sky where they shouldn’t,
I find doves everywhere (My every day miracles), I’ve had gold dust
appear on my hands and I’ve been overwhelmed to the point of shaking under the
love and power of my God. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit and that His
Holy Presence is walking with me and sits upon my right shoulder. I’ve prayed
for healing for me and others and to my complete amazement, God answers my prayers.
I’m an ordinary woman who will settle for nothing less than
being a sold out Jesus follower for the rest of my life.
Join me and let’s do this journey together. Dineen and I
share our hearts, our homes and our love for our Papa here. It’s a safe place
where you can find refuge from the world. A place where judgment dies and
people are free. This place is where Jesus shows up on the web and changes us.
He really changes us and He is good. We are a family here and our passion is to love God with
all of our heart and to love people.
It’s one of the best places in the world, the heart of God.
And if you are new here, you are in for the ride of your life. Today may be the
day you too will join us and become a follower of Jesus and leave life-less
Christianity behind… Because we want the miracles. And God does not disappoint.
We love you so very much.
Lynn Donovan & Dineen Miller
Okay, in the comments, TELL ME, WHO ARE YOU?
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