“Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year for you.”
Exodus 40:2 (NLT; personalized)
In a very special moment. . .God directed my fine wife Bev and I to establish a tabernacle of prayer on New Year’s Day for you and other partners of this ministry.
I firmly believe that Exodus 40:2 is meant to open a door of abundance for you in 2015. That’s why I am sending you this email. Please let us have your specific prayer requests. (See Philippians 4:6).
Even though I may not be with you personally. . .God very clearly and directly told me how I was to build a tabernacle of prayer for you on New Year’s Day.
“Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year for you.”
Below is the text form a special email I sent this morning concerning 24 hours of Prayer on January 24th. I have also included the audio from my RichThoughts for Breakfast call from January 21st: Are You One of the 24? Audio.
It was 1:45 AM when I awakened from a deep sleep ... and “Day Of Prayer” was stirring in my spirit.
My first thought was God was directing me to build another Tabernacle of Prayer as I did on January 1, 2010 ... but He allowed me to drift back off to sleep without fully getting His instructions as to what He wanted me to do.
It just doesn’t make any sense.
Over the years, I’ve heard a number of people say that poverty is holy.
These people have given poverty a spiritual badge of honor. They said that prosperity is evil. . .which, by the way, is an unscriptural statement since God delights in the prosperity of His children.
Psalm 35:27 says:
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
Despite this and other scriptures to the contrary. . .there are some who have made poverty an acceptable lifestyle.
Wow! No other word seems appropriate in describing our Financial Deliverance Conference at Revival Center for the Nations in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The last night of the conference (Sunday, Jun 24th) was the most amazing meeting that I've ever been in. It started at 8 PM and ended after midnight. I believe these photographs tell the story. Thank you for your support of this trip and the ministry.
Have you ever had someone say something to you that cut you to the quick? Something that wounded you deeply even though you knew they were wrong in their assessment.
I remember such an experience and it wasn’t fun. . .it fact, it hurt very deeply. This person is someone for whom I had helped and over time had made them a substantial amount of money.
These friends had listened to a third voice. . .one that sought to advance himself at my expense. These friends assumed the third voice was correct. Even though he was wrong. . .they believed him and their perception of the events he described. . .became their new reality.
I’ll be honest . . . the things said wounded me. . .and could have caused me to become deeply offended …until I realized what the enemy was trying to do. He wanted nothing more than for me to be offended and hurt. . .thus opening myself to further and greater attacks by him.
It is not an easy task … BUT Never give place to the enemy. . .never allow him to even stick a big toe in the door of your mental thought processes. Give him no place.
Offense is a foul trick of a mean devil. Instead of falling into offense…consider it a compliment. Yes, you heard correctly. The devil attacks those who have potential for good in the Kingdom of God.
According to dictionary.com the word offense means:
“an act of stumbling; a cause or occasion of sin: stumbling block; something that outrages the moral or physical senses.”
Julie Meyers, worship and prayer leader said:
“Offense never lets you go. You have to let it go.”
Have you ever said, “Please Lord, help get me through this day. I don’t think I can take much more of this.”
Perhaps you were physically tired or mentally exhausted. . .but for whatever reason. . . you’re ready to close the books on this particular day.
On a spiritual dimension. . .if you’ve felt or ever feel that way don’t say it for several reasons.
First, your words can empower the enemy to continue tormenting your day.
The Word of God tells us that our words have consequences . . . we decide whether they are for good or for evil.
Proverbs 18:20 in the Good News Translation says:
“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.”
Think about that. . . and the depth of impact within that verse.
“<<YourName>> will have to live with the consequences of everything <<he/she>> says.”
Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t said and you knew it just as soon as the words came out of your mouth?
Have you ever been in a hurricane, tornado or storm where the winds were howling and were not only frightening but dangerous and perhaps even deadly?
About a year and a half ago, Hurricane Matthew swept through our part of the world with winds between 75 and 95 miles per hour. The force of the storm was so strong it blew down two sixty foot oak trees in the vacant lot next to our property.
As I reflect on that Saturday night. . .I recall another night where the winds were howling and waves were violently slapping the side of the boat.
Mark 4:39 says:
"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."
These were mostly experienced sailors so you know it had to be a storm of enormous proportion.
The disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee when a storm began to rage. The disciples were frightened, fearful and faithless in the midst of what they perceived to be a deadly situation.
What do we do to be sure we are equipped? Here are seven things we should do when facing the storms that arise in our own life.
1. When trouble is headed your way. . .do what Jesus did.
Your comfort zone is an enemy of your future. . .a hindrance to your success. . .a stumbling block to your destiny.
If you stay in your comfort zone. . .you will never leave nor surpass your current reality.
Here are seven ways to get out of your comfort zone.
1. Realize Why You Are. . .Where You Are
If you’re working the same job. . .in the same position you were ten years ago. . .if you’re still paying off the same debts. . .it’s time for some self-examination on your part.
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” Max DePree
You’ve got to know why you are. . .where you are.
Is it fear? Is it a desire to be comfortable in your surroundings and in the things you do on a daily basis?
If you don’t like where you are … why in the world would you want to continue living where you are?
The HOLY SPIRIT wants you ready to learn about how to develop a Debt Free. . .Rich Thoughts Mentality….
It’s important to understand. . .that our mentality has nothing to do with how smart we are. Let that sink in for a moment.
The dictionary defines mentality as:
“a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations”
Let me say it another way……
Who you are is not determined by how you look, where you live, who your parents are, where you work or what you drive.
Who you are is a result of choices that you’ve made.
You are where you are and what you are because of the dominant thoughts you’ve allowed into your mind.
If you want to change your mentality…you have to change the way you think.
Proverbs 23:7 in the King James Version says:
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he….”
Henry Ford once said:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
Your Mentality Operates on Three Levels and all of them can be found in Proverbs 23…
Your financial future is not based on the business or agency that writes you a paycheck whether it’s monthly or every two weeks.
Nor is your financial future secured through your knowledge of the financial markets.
Neither is your financial future safeguarded by the current contents of your retirement or investment portfolio.
None of the methods, knowledge or companies I just mentioned can promise without fail. . .your financial future.
However, there is Someone who is ready, willing and able to guarantee your financial future.
Money alone can’t & won’t guarantee your financial future. . .but God can & will.
Here are seven ways to guarantee your financial future.
1. You must leave behind what’s familiar when God says to.
Genesis 12:1 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
If you want to be debt free. . .you must think debt free.
If you want to be rich. . .you must be a rich thinker.
If you want to be successful. . .you must think success.
If you want to be healthy. . .you must think about having divine health.
Proverbs 23:7 says:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”
We’ll need to break some habits even though we may have had them for a while.
There are seven things we must stop doing and seven things we must start doing if we want to be a debt free, rich, successful and healthy thinker.
First, stop looking back. . .and start planning for tomorrow.
Luke 9:62 in the Contemporary English Version says:
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