Confession of a Mother

“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.” ~ Psalm 40:11-12 (ESV)

 

Giving the Lord my shame for many failures and disappointments as a parent, I prayed desperately, “Take this once and for all.  Please, let me know it’s gone.”

Immediately, I heard the Lord speak deep in my spirit, “Confession is not betrayal, it’s honesty.”

With His words came a sharp revelation of truth.  I was suddenly impressed with the understanding that the enemy would like to keep us from confessing many things in order to keep us trapped!

Feeling ashamed about my mistakes, I had rehearsed them privately.  Feeling embarrassed about my child’s attitudes and choices, I wanted to protect both of us.  If I said it out loud, it would be known.

Betrayal. Or Truth?

As I considered this, the old song returned to me, ‘I’m taking my sorrow.  I’m taking my shame.  I’m laying it down for the Joy of the Lord!’  and I knew that God was speaking to me to truly lay down my shame.  As much as I had wanted to think I was protecting my child, I was protecting my shame as a mother; protecting the shame that would steal my joy and hold me hostage to the past.

Even now, this is hard to share.  Who wants to confess the deepest hurts and hardest mistakes?  Shame is the trap that keeps these hidden inside; fuel for destruction of the soul that Jesus already died to save.  My denial of the truth became a denial of what my Savior accomplished for every mistake I’ve ever made.  And doesn’t that just suit the enemy’s goal to steal, kill and destroy?  If the forces of darkness can help us hide our confessions in the shroud of shame, he can hammer our joy and dim our light very effectively.  It’s not about you.  Right? That is the tricky part.  It’s really NOT about you.  It’s about the Light of Christ and what He has done for us. If the enemy can keep us ensnared, we fail to share the Light.

Yes, the trap is set with the bait of self.  Self-regret, disappointment in myself; as if anything I could do on my own would be of worth. These are the lies and deceit that we fall into any time we neglect to confess the truth of our need for a Savior.  Without the righteousness of Christ, there is no good in any of us.  Not even on our best day.

The truth is I failed as a mother.  And the truth is Jesus died for every failure of my life.

I need the reminder daily.  This is why we must be careful to feed on the truth of God’s word every day; Give us this day, our daily Bread.  The Bread of Life.  Jesus.  The One who gave all righteousness, and removed all unrighteousness, so that we can walk in the Light of His Love and Truth.

Renewal is a continual process.  We must intentionally receive that cleansing flow from the perfect sacrifice that was made for whosoever receives Him; once and for all.

My prayer is that this confession helps some other moms.  We have to share the truth. Only an honest testimony can truly glorify the Father.  Hang in there, Moms.  Jesus has you covered.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

“Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow…”
Just keep singing that beautiful song.
(Jesus Paid It All by Kristian Stanfill).

 

With love & belief, Jill

 

 

A Nation of Lovers

They will be a nation of lovers!  Lovers of God will spring up everywhere and parade proudly to My music!  

Their hope is in Me ~ The lost found!  The wretched and blind see, now full of the light of My love!  TRANSFORMED by the energy I bring to the equation of life; no more trampled on, no more hurting – only LOVE!

Designed for this purpose, My loves come back to Me!

Created for THIS ONE thing – to know Me and to be known; to love Me and to be loved by Me forever in harmony together!  THIS is ALL there is and ALL is this!  Love in Christ to the Father and with the Spirit of God to make Him known to all.

There is nothing of more value, nothing that lasts beyond this; there truly is nothing else in all the universe, but THIS ONE TRUTH – Jesus Christ – KING of KINGS – LORD of LORDS and LOVE of all LOVES!  Jesus is ALL in ALL.

And following this beautiful word of His love, He led me to Colossians 1:15-17 (MSG) ~

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen.  We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.  For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels – everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in him.  He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.”  

You just got hugged and kissed by the Father Himself.

Isn’t this the best feeling ever?  Rest in it!

With love & belief, Jill

 

A New Season of Visitation

The Lord says to you,

This is a NEW SEASON of visitation!  You will not hear Me the same, but you will begin to SEE Me anew and in new ways, I will reveal Myself to you.  I will open up your senses even more completely to the truth of Who I AM.  

THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE!  I AM EARTH-SHATTERING GOOD NEWS!  

I AM OLD FAITHFUL AND NEW LONGINGS!  This smorgasbord of goodness you will share with many!

Don’t be discouraged by these things that are unsettling you!  You are walking into a NEW time of FAITH in Me and the clouds cannot cover the sound of My Voice to you!

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.” ~ Luke 1:68

Journey with Me into a GOLDEN time!  All things are GOLDEN with Me!  I see you watching the sky and thanking Me.  I hear you saying My name out loud.  I answer with love and adoration back to you – multiplied!  These are our riches!  Our greatest glory is that we can be together!  Ordained to Me – married to My life – held dear and cherished greatly, beyond all imagination, we bear these together.  Greater and greater your love becomes, but Mine has never wavered!  Always, I AM the same.  ALL LOVE engaged with you!  So, Journey with Me now!  Let Me carry you to far away places I have to show you!

“The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, ” I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3

 

With love & belief, Jill

Release & Shift : The Power of Speaking THE WORD

Still in bed, I heard the word, “RELEASE.”

Listening and waiting for more, I heard, “Release the Word over the City!”

When I asked, “What word, Lord?”  He said, “Jesus.”  (Talk about Revelation clarity! He meant, THE Word.  The LIVING WORD.)  He continued to speak saying,

Collectively, they have nothing.  Individually, they are blind to the truth of their existence.  

Speaking ‘JESUS’ over the city ENLIGHTENS them all!

 “Paradigm Shift – There is a model that is changing.

It has been said, SHIFT = RELEASE, but I say RELEASE = SHIFT.

RELEASE the WORD and the SHIFT will come!’

He led me to this scripture regarding the ‘Enlightenment’ that comes in Jesus,

“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.

 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”  ~ 1 John 1:5-10 (MSG). 

It’s time to take back your city!  RELEASE the name of Jesus and the SHIFT will come!  Praise to the ONE Who reaches out to us to bring us into the true LIGHT!

With love & belief, Jill

Words of Fire

I had a recent vision of the Lord with fire in His eyes. The church building was colorless, desolate and empty with wind blowing dust and debris through broken out windows and Jesus was standing there with His eyes on FIRE.

He spoke to me about His passion for purification of His Bride and led me to this,

 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.  ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. ‘But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them–I place no other burden on you. ‘Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;

AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.

‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

~ Revelation 2:18-29

Since this, I have had visions of many people with eyes on fire and have received multiple confirming words from others about fire.  Holy Spirit is clearly speaking to His church for purification.

This morning, He woke me saying, WALL OF FIRE!

It is My reflection through your eyes.  You are reflecting My fire of love and determination with a heart set on winning souls.  The fiery furnace of My love burns deep within and the eyes reflect the top of the flames in the furnace.

REFINER’S FIRE of LOVE – Consuming all that cannot withstand the heat and glazing all that can – this is the fire I start within!  IGNITED by My passion and set forth for a consummation of our love – BONDED through this – FIRED UP and ready to roll!  This is the substance of My attitude – FIRE – flaming desire for those I love and all will come to Me as I light their passion!  Who can resist?  This is the light in the darkness and the warmth carried within – the heat that changes everything and the light that won’t quit!

BURNING BUSH!  Aflame for Me, but never consumed as the substance that is lasting withstands the heat!  My desire is set forth in your heart.  ON FIRE awareness hones your skills and gives you all you need to know in approaching others on My behalf.  LOVE BURNS deep in you and I make the way bright as you carry My flame to the world.

PURIFYING FIRE- Set on purpose for cleansing – the devastation that comes from this is to save your life eternally – no holds barred – I would do anything for your purity!  

In FULL REGALIA, I AM released to you- as a KINGLY processional rides through the distance.  The nearer your heart to Me, the nearer your heart to your destiny in Me.  Undeniable yours, I am preparing place for you there, to be with Me forever in a place of new beginnings every day; where HONOR and JUSTICE preside over every hearing and LOVE REIGNS and RULES the Day!  ‘Bright Morningstar!  You are magnificent above all things! they say, and Praises go on around the Throne – Forever- Constantly – Jumping for JOY and whooping it up with My LOVE!  KNOWING ME this way changes your approach to everything now, doesn’t it?

STRIVE only for LOVE, if you strive for anything at all, and PRACTICE it with CARE for My Name’s sake.  So be it, in Me.

Then I was in a vision standing in the Courts of Heaven being handed documents that were on fire with flames across the top and down the corners, but they weren’t being consumed and I wasn’t burned holding them.  I looked at them and heard the Lord say, ‘LOVE LETTERS! These are full of My love and on fire with My passion for you!’

Oh Church!  HE is HOLY!  He loves us so far beyond our capacity to understand! Give it all to Him and He will show you the details of your destiny.

The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 (MSG)

With love & belief, Jill

 

Ekklesia by Ed Silvoso, A Book Review

EKKLESIA Rediscovering God’s Instrument for Global Transformation by Dr. Ed Silvoso

Salt and Light.  Are we? Have you felt like we are failing as a church?  How are we impacting the world? Are we doing church things, but losing our children and our communities to addiction and countless other traps?  Are we called to invite people to church or are we expected to go out and be the church to the world?  What is the Great Commission we are actually living?

I didn’t even really understand what the word ‘Ekklesia’ meant until reading this book. In the chapter, ‘Transformation Is a Journey’, Dr. Silvoso says, “Light dispels darkness, which is exactly why Jesus defined the function of His Ekklesia as an operation of light against the spiritual darkness covering the world.”  ‘Ekklesia is the ‘corporate expression of the Body of Christ, as opposed to an individual…’ (p.190).

We talk a lot about ‘going out’ as a church; as people of God to the lost and dying world, to seek and save the lost.  But what are we doing out there?  This book answers through deep teaching of the truth of the scriptures. We are shown exactly how to create an atmosphere of transformation and to engage in that true transformation according to the way that the Lord has shown us in the Bible.

Most of the chapters begin with the words, ‘A Fuller Understanding of…’ and in these,  you will discover an easy to understand teaching that gives exactly what it promises.  There is so much to be gleaned here that I intend to continue to study and to share the vision, and use it as a model for what I am pursuing in my life.

‘Prayer Evangelism’ as a concept is an important missing tool in most church groups today.  Ed Silvoso simply describes this as, ‘…talking to God about the lost before talking to the lost about God…’ and goes on to detail the process from Luke 10:2-9 for changing the spiritual climate; bless, fellowship, minister and then preach.’

Instead of taking Jesus with us into the marketplace, we tend to hide Him there in the daily doing of life.  This book will give you the bold courage and inspiration necessary to step out into the truth of our destiny as the ‘Ekklesia’ we are called to be everywhere.

Dr. Silvoso shares accounts of numerous miraculous transformations in institutions and cities that will amaze and inspire you to the greatness of your calling.  I have been so moved already to begin to implement the ‘Adopt Your Street’ initiative within my circle of influence.  These alone are worth the read!

If you are looking for excellent teaching and a way to find your place in ministry, this resource will clarify your focus and straighten the course of your efforts!  It has given me a new vision for ministry and I thank God that Chosen Books sent this free copy to me for review.  (They also encourage an honest review, so don’t think I’m just trying to sell you a book.  It’s one of the best I have ever read and an essential for the church right now.  That is what I believe.)

If you lead a group study, absolutely use this book next.  If you don’t love it, please let me know and I’ll buy your copy from you to share with someone else.  That is how much I believe in this word for those who desire to walk in a restored compassion for the world!  I do not say this lightly.  I believe the teaching within this book is an essential tool for equipping of the saints to transform the world.

Go out and get the book, and then GO OUT and change the world.

“…so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church {the Ekklesia} to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.”  ~Ephesians 3:10

With love & belief, Jill

DNA = Destiny Now Activated

The Lord says, Don’t forget you have DEITY in you.  My DEITY resides within you.  Your DNA changed at the moment you introduced Me into the equation and by that event, everything changed in you.  Destiny Now Activated.  Destiny Far-Reaching; far exceeding your wildest dreams, thoughts, and imaginations, far-reaching!  I provide fire by night and a cloud to cover you in the day.  I make a way.  Still and always, I AM this.

Do not be discouraged, only believe.  Be strong and very courageous for the Lord will be with you wherever you go to give you great success.

Joshua 1:9 (MSG)

 After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:

“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

In this city, we are setting the boundary of the Lord around the perimeters of the city and taking it back for the Lord.  The Lord says, “Everywhere you set your foot, I am giving this land to you.”  All we have to do is walk and trust God.  As we prayer walk around the cities, we will see the enemy fall; we will see the addiction epidemic broken, and we will see the victory that has already been gained in Jesus Christ.

Listen, people keep saying, “What can we do?  Our state (city, nation, world) is a mess!  Children are dying!  Can’t law enforcement do more?  Can’t recovery and rehab programs do more?”  Many have made suggestions ranging from the ridiculous to the frustrated responses of our raw humanness.  But with all we seem to be doing, this series of motions and acts eventually circle us back to the original problem.  We must walk in the power and authority of Christ, knowing the Deity that resides in us, and take back what the enemy has stolen.

As much as the Holy Spirit pours out, the enemy is always going to kick back hard, but the TRUTH of God WINS in the end.  As we speak the Truth of the Word of God and stand firm on it, we pray and we walk IN Him in Victory over all of this.  He will guide us and direct us, as we acknowledge Him, purify ourselves before Him and pray.  As we listen, we hear His direction, and then (this is the hard part) we DO what we HEAR!  WALK it out in PRAYER.

Walk in Victory and not defeat.  Walk in Grace by Faith.

Walk, knowing the Deity that lives in us changes us and changes everyone we touch.

‘So, Move. Keep Walking. Soldier, keep moving on…and lift your head, it ain’t over yet…'(Toby Mac).

With love & belief, Jill

 

 

 

D-DAY

I woke up at 4:15 this morning hearing the Lord say,   I AM mobilizing units.  Legions are being dispatched.  I got up and began to pray and this is the word I received.

D-Day!  Things are about to change.  Mobile units are on the ground!  Thousands of angelic troops have been dispatched; forces at work are gaining ground and this is the time of change! The CHANGE AGENTS are being mobilized – Air to Ground and Sea Power dispatched to My BENEFIT.  I AM in it and I AM DOING it!  I AM making an appearance for CHANGE. 

Things are about to heat up!  Fireworks all about!  Air forces are in motion and Ground forces have arrived as well!  On earth as it is in Heaven!  These are the TROOPS of My angel armies- deployed forces for My Glory, coming to bring the change I allow.  I dictate in this hour and I rule in these matters of earth and sky, for this is My CREATION and I have the FINAL ‘say-so’ on everything.  Fear not and do not tread lightly in these things!  

NOW is the time for overtaking the enemy and he knows it!  You’ve got him on the run and there is no turning back!  FULL FORCES – FULL SPEED AHEAD!  TORPEDO RANGE in motion and ALL FLAGS displayed!  This is not a matter for the forces to hold back on!  ENERGY, FORWARD- HO!

When He woke me initially, the Lord spoke Matthew 12:30 to me.  By the time I got up and wrote all of this down, I had forgotten that, yet He spoke it again, reminding me.  He directed me specifically to the Message Bible on the table and I looked it up.  Ready for this?

In the Message version, Matthew 12:30 is under a sub heading titled, NO NEUTRAL GROUND- and verse 30 specifically states it this way, “This is war and there is no neutral ground.  If you’re not on My side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.”

As you may understand it, D-Day is the military expression for the initiation of a combat attack, but as I looked further to see what the D letter means, I found it most likely stands for DAY; thus the meaning of D-Day equates – DAY of DAYS.  Listen, this is where the Lord has me and He’s been teaching me word by word and minute by minute over the past year in a very new vein.  He has shifted things and I can tell you without question, we are living in a new time!  He is doing a NEW THING!  Prepare your heart before Him and seek Him out on your part in it.

Even as I write this out, the Lord reminds me (repeatedly) in my dream last night there was a large green, cylindrical receptacle, It was almost like a huge vase, but bigger, like a trash can, except it was glass.  Around the top of it, I clearly saw the word KARIN written twice.  I knew I had to look up its meaning.  Simply put, it means, PURE.   Church, it is time to purify ourselves before God.  Take out the TRASH and turn ourselves COMPLETELY over to Him.

Open the eyes of our understanding, Lord.  Wake Your Bride.  In the name of Jesus.  This is my prayer.  Praise God that He would even regard us!  That He would see fit to speak to us is His pure goodness!  Spend time with your Father and Hear the word of the Lord.  Do not put it off.With love & belief, Jill

Only By His Power

 You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people.  For it is only by your power and through your name that we tread down our enemies;  I do not trust my weapons. They could never save me.  Only you can give us the victory over those who hate us.  My constant boast is God. I can never thank you enough!  ~ Psalm 44:4-8 (The Living Bible)

It was April 3rd, and as I fell asleep, I began to hear these words,

“City of David,  Star of David; O Jerusalem, I yearn for you.  O Jacob, I love you.”

And I saw a huge MANE of hair and the face of Jesus turn into the Lion of Judah. And He said, “Judah, I Am.”

The mane was a darker brown huge and wavy, but I realized I was right with him.  His mane was like a CURTAIN right beside me.  I felt like I was touching it and He was there with me and I was with him.  I heard Him saying, “I AM keeping watch.”  ” I AM vigilant over My city.”  “The herdsmen feed My flocks, but I am watchful over them.”  And then I saw the Lion at more of a distance watching and waiting.

Then, He spoke again and said.  “ O Jacob.  I love you.

Edom is coming against you again and I am not going to allow destruction again.  No more will Esau overtake what is Mine to cast her aside.”

“For it is that Jacob I loved and Esau I hated, for his treacherous dealing with Me and his lack of care for the thing s of Mine, He is an abomination to My sight and as the watchman, I watch over what is Mine and bring to destruction anyone who comes against it.”

Then I saw a BUS, almost like a school bus, but dark in color and I understood it to be a military bus.  It was going down a city road and was clearly on a mission, barreling hard toward its destination.  I sensed it was invading and sensed it indicated a coming invasion against the City of God.  I fell asleep praying and when I woke up, all of it returned to me.

As I went to receive my daily Communion with Him, I prayed and heard Him once again.  He said, “I AM bringing the LIGHT of REVELATION!”  I kept seeing the Lion watching and I heard as He began to explain to me what I had seen.  “This MANE is a CURTAIN, a wall between the nations and Israel, as I keep watch, I not only SEE, but PROTECT with My MANE covering them.  But when it is time, I will pull back the CURTAIN on this and remove the mane that stands between us, and reveal Myself (the TRUTH) and expose the lies of the enemy of My Heart.  This ALL is ‘coming out of nowhere’ (the desert place) for Edom is the stronghold of the enemy agains Me and My ways.”

Then He said,  “Release the power of the Holy Spirit over My people and they will come.”

So I began to pray as the Spirit directed me to do,

‘POUR OUT Lord, Over the church, over the believers, over all men who would come.  Hold back no more Your power God.  Pour out Your Spirit in a new way, WITH NEW FORCE as a mighty RUSHING WATERFALL overflowing the earth and COVERING Your people, completely taking them OVER, in a RUSH of MIGHTY WIND and WATER, whisk us away in YOU, and let YOUR FLOW BE the RIVER we are caught up in!  At all times, COVER, COVER and POSSESS the land, people, and all the inhabitants, ALL of CREATION is Yours and Your waters are plentiful enough to COVER it all, over ALL the EARTH.’

This prayer was spoken through me by the Holy Spirit as He gave me the words, I simply declared them.  And then I saw the EARTH as though I was in outer space looking at the planet and seeing it, the Lord reminds me that HE has used it as His FOOTSTOOL!  I saw the color of the earth changing and becoming more BLUE, which I understood were the waters, and also I saw white with it, and then He said, “I AM INVADING the EARTH with My FULLNESS.  My HOLY PRESENCE is WASHING over My people and all the earth will know it is I.  THE COMING INVASION is of MY PRESENCE and I FULLY take over and I overtake the enemy, but first, I OVERTAKE MY OWN.”

Then the Lord said Isaiah 17, and I did not know what the content of this chapter was, but clearly and strongly I heard Him say it, so I looked it up and found this.  ONLY God!

Isaiah 17Living Bible (TLB)

“17 This is God’s message to Damascus, capital of Syria:

Look, Damascus is gone! It is no longer a city—it has become a heap of ruins! The cities of Aroer are deserted. Sheep pasture there, lying quiet and unafraid, with no one to chase them away. The strength of Israel and the power of Damascus will end, and the remnant of Syria shall be destroyed. For as Israel’s glory departed, so theirs, too, will disappear, declares the Lord Almighty. Yes, the glory of Israel will be very dim when poverty stalks the land. Israel will be as abandoned as the harvested grain fields in the valley of Rephaim. Oh, a very few of her people will be left, just as a few stray olives are left on the trees when the harvest is ended, two or three in the highest branches, four or five out on the tips of the limbs. That is how it will be in Damascus and Israel—stripped bare of people except for a few of the poor who remain.

Then at last they will think of God their Creator and have respect for the Holy One of Israel. They will no longer ask their idols for help in that day, neither will they worship what their hands have made! They will no longer have respect for the images of Ashtaroth and the sun idols.

Their largest cities will be as deserted as the distant wooded hills and mountaintops and become like the abandoned cities of the Amorites, deserted when the Israelites approached (so long ago).[a] 10 Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you—the Rock who can hide you; therefore, even though you plant a wonderful, rare crop of greatest value, 11 and though it grows so well that it will blossom on the very morning that you plant it, yet you will never harvest it—your only harvest will be a pile of grief and incurable pain.

12 Look, see the armies thundering toward God’s land. 13 But though they roar like breakers rolling upon a beach, God will silence them. They will flee, scattered like chaff by the wind, like whirling dust before a storm. 14 In the evening Israel waits in terror, but by dawn her enemies are dead. This is the just reward of those who plunder and destroy the people of God.”

This was on Monday.  The following day there was the worst nerve gas attack on Syria in history.  I believe the Lord is speaking so strongly and clearly to His people of the times that we are in, so that they will LOOK to HIM and SEE the POWER of their GOD.  There is none other.

The Lord has put a strong and heavy pull on my heart to PRAY for JERUSALEM, and PRAY for ISRAEL.  I had prayed for so long to know the heart of God, asking Him to move my heart for what moves His heart, and THIS is the answer.  HIS HEART is FOR ISRAEL.  Bless them with your prayers and Bless the Heart of God.

With love & belief, Jill

9-1-1 Dreams

“God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night and said to him, “Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.” ~ Genesis 31:24

Two nights in a row I have been given warning dreams where I needed to dial 9-1-1. Considering these, I was reminded that I had a 9-1-1 dream, in which I was attacked intensely, last April following the night of the women’s conference I co-organized.  It is apparent that there are times where the warfare is more amped up, and you may find this when you are involved in work that is particularly threatening to the enemy.  It is the nature of our journey on earth, while we walk through as ‘citizens of Heaven’, battling will be a part of our endurance here. We are in the battle either aware or unaware.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  ~ Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

I thank God that He is the our refuge and strong tower, protecting us constantly, in every way, and helping us even while we sleep!  He is faithful to watch over His children and lead us through it all.  I sometimes wake up realizing I’ve been praying even all night in my sleep.  These God-dreams have a way of making the lasting impression that carries me through the next strategic move of the battle plan.  That’s what it is, even when we don’t fully see.

In the first night’s dream, I was overseeing conferences and there was a woman walking quickly toward me who appeared to be trying to get away from a man I understood to be her former husband.  He was following after her and making comments that I could not hear, but it was apparent that he was making her afraid.  In the dream, I felt that I needed to dial 9-1-1, but couldn’t figure out how to use my phone or quickly find the dial pad because I felt panicked.

She looked at me in real fear and mouthed a silent plea for help, so I stepped into his path to intercept him and extended my hand to initiate an introduction.  He was a tall, handsome, strong looking man with dark hair who had an intense expression and visible scars on his face.  He acted as if he would receive the handshake I was offering, but he grabbed my hand hard and squeezed it, locking onto the knuckle of my index finger.  His eyes were full of hatred.  I yelled at him, “You are hurting me!”  He growled back, ” I know I am and I mean to hurt you!”

At this point, I gathered my strength and looked straight into his eyes and said, “You have NO authority here!”  I grew braver and finished it, “I am the one in authority and you will let go of me in the name of Jesus!”  He dropped my hand instantly and kept on by muttering things, and then walked toward the door.  I continued to try to call the police as he left.

Even on the surface, the meaning of this dream was pretty clear, but I received additional insight that really struck a deeper chord of understanding within me.

I prayed for clarity and received the message from the Lord,

“This man is the enemy of your soul, trying to put the squeeze on you to shut you down and disable your mission in Jesus Christ.”  “He is against you and can only grab ahold where you extend an outlet to him.  But when you speak your authority directly to him with confidence, he must drop the agenda he has against you.  He may keep talking, chattering on to try another way in, but you have the ‘call for help’ ready and in your hand.  Your LIFELINE!  KNOW how to use the weapons and tools you have been given to release yourself into strength and a position of REST from the attacks of the enemy.”

We know that our weapons are the name and the blood of Jesus, and the WORD of God (who is also Jesus) and remembering to consciously wear the full armor of God.

“…Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one…”  ~ Ephesians 6:13-18

Also, see the beauty of it is that we do ALL of this from a position of REST!  He is the God of all our battles.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:17

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not let your feet go out from under you. He Who watches over you will not sleep. Listen, He Who watches over Israel will not close his eyes or sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your safe cover at your right hand.” ~Psalm 121:1-5 (NLV)

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV

My friends, He is faithful to reach us in a thousand wonderful ways!  Sweet dreams.

With love & belief, Jill